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Senate scraps ‘allegiance fee’ for dual citizenship

By Patricia Lourdes Viray/philstar.com – The Senate finance committee has adopted an amendment for the proposed 2019 national budget, which directs the Department of Foreign Affairs to stop collecting fees from Filipinos who want to reacquire their Philippine citizenship. During the budget hearing, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano mentioned Read more »

LIST: 2019 holidays

via CNNPhilippines – Mark your calendars as Malacañang announced on Thursday the regular and special non-working holidays for 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Proclamation No. 555, declaring those 19 red-letter days next year. REGULAR HOLIDAYS January 1 (Tuesday) – New Year’s Day April 9 (Tuesday) – Araw ng Read more »

Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands at Manila airport

By Benjamin Zhang/businessinsider.com – A Xiamen Airlines jet crashed while landing at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday evening. “On August 16, 2018, Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8667 from Xiamen to Manila experienced a runway excursion while landing at Manila Airport at 23:55 Beijing time,” Xiamen Airlines said in a Read more »

Filipino amnesty beneficiaries fly home with memories of UAE

By Janice Ponce de Leon/gulfnews.com – Filipina Sapia Salik said goodbye to the UAE, her home for 10 years, on Wednesday with no regrets after overstaying for nine years. Her homecoming is her surprise to her family and she can’t wait to start her business back home. With luggage in Read more »

U.S. Set to Return Philippine Bells That Once Tolled to Mark a Massacre

By Richard C. Paddock/nytimes.com – The American soldiers were eating breakfast in Balangiga’s town square when Filipino villagers, including men disguised in dresses, attacked them with bolo knives. Forty-eight Americans died. The year was 1901 and for the United States Army, the massacre in the central Philippines was the worst Read more »

Philippines bride wades down flooded church aisle to reach groom after monsoon

By Chelsea Ritschel/independent.co.uk – A bride refused to let the weather ruin her wedding plans as she gracefully made her way down a flooded church aisle to join her groom-to-be. As monsoon season continues to batter the Philippines, Jobel Delos Angeles, 24, took the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Yagi Read more »