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Philippines urged to work with Vietnam on South China Sea code

By Patricia Lourdes Viray/philstar.com – The Philippine government should support Vietnam’s position on negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said. Del Rosario earlier warned that Beijing might use the COC in legitimizing its artificial islands in the Read more »

Merrymaking sans the tears: Government seeks ‘compromise’ with New Year’s Eve fire-works-use tradition to lessen injuries

By Rene Acosta/businessmirror.com.ph – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has vowed strict fireworks regulation and control during the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day revelry, with PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde’s order to all police commanders to strictly enforce Executive Order (EO) 28, which prohibits the use of Read more »

What went right in the Philippines in 2018

By Portia Ladrido/CNNPhilippines – Our media diet is frequently filled with bad news — a tragedy, a natural disaster, or a series of disconcerting quotes from people in power. The nature of how news stories are covered and shared often center around the traditional “where it bleeds, it leads” type Read more »

Love The Holidays? The Philippines Celebrates 4 Months Of Christmas Mania

By Julie McCarthy/npr.org – Sleigh bells, snowy skies and a glowing fire evoke an idyllic Christmas. But the tropics can be just as festive as any wintry holiday this time of year. The Philippines, Asia’s only Catholic-majority country, boasts the longest yuletide season in the world. September inaugurates the start Read more »

#WalangPasok: Class, work suspensions for Dec. 26, 2018 and Jan. 2, 2019

via CNNPhilippines.com – Some students and employees get a longer holiday break as government offices suspend classes and work for December 26, 2018 and January 2, 2019. Here’s a list of class and work cancellations a day after Christmas and New Year. December 26 Malacañang has ordered the suspension of Read more »

Philippines honors Japan’s Christian feudal warlord Takayama Ukon

via japantimes.co.jp – The Philippines on Friday honored Takayama Ukon, a Japanese feudal warlord who was exiled to the Southeast Asian country 404 years ago because he was Christian. In marking the anniversary of the daimyo’s arrival in the Philippines on Dec. 21, 1614, the municipal government of Manila declared Read more »