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Why the Conflict in the Southern Philippines Is Far From Over

By Charlie Campbell Philippine soldiers wear gas masks due to the smell of decaying bodies as they patrol amongst destroyed houses at the site of heavy fighting during the stand-off between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels in Santa Catalina area of Zamboanga City, on southern Read more »

Remembering 9/11 with reflection, respect

By Ludy Astraquillo Oongkeko, Ph.D./GMANews – Once again, the threshold of 9/11 is on us. That date is such a grim reminder of what took place on September 11, a dozen years ago. More than 3,000 lives were lost that day. That date changed the world forever. Terrorism was Read more »

Cebu dancing inmates go ‘Gangnam Style’

By Ryan Christopher J. Sorote – Due to insistent public demand, the world renowned dancing inmates of Cebu finally made their own version of Psy’s Gangnam Style music video. At least a thousand inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) entertained guests with their ecstatic adoption Read more »

Ivory Worship – The Philippines Connection

In an overfilled church Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines, leads an unusual rite honoring the nation’s most important religious icon, the Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu). The ceremony, which he conducts annually on Cebu, is called the Hubo, Read more »

The house on Balagtas St.: a one-man public library in Manila, Philippines

By Jenny Che/nydailynews.com – It’s the complete interior of a bookstore, turned inside out. In Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, you’ll find the young, old and everyone in between flocking to the Reading Club 2000, a public library operated by a quirky local from his childhood home. Read more »

Pinoy boy wins International Children’s Peace Prize

By Loui Galicia, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau – A 13-year-old Pinoy had the privilege to be the center of attention at the same venue where Queen Beatrix delivered her annual speech to the Parliament. Befitting a royalty, Carlos Valdez or “Kesz”, went up the stage as the winner of Read more »