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Catholic school wins versus BIR’s Henares

By Aries Rufo/ – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) absorbed a one-two punch from a Makati Regional Trial Court after the judge declared “unconstitutional” the controversial tax memorandum requiring non-stock and non-profit schools to secure certifications of tax exemption. In a joint resolution dated October 29, Makati RTC judge Read more »

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Yolanda anniversary: Light a candle on November 8

via – Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban City are lighting candles on November 8 to remember the dead and celebrate life. They’re hoping others will light a candle with them. Dubbed as the “Haiyan Candlelight Memorial,” the vigil is organized by the civic group “One Tacloban” Read more »

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Why I’m proud of my Philippine passport

By Kach Medina/ – Having read a lot of articles lately surrounding the so-called limitations of having a Philippine passport, I’ve seen way too many comments like, “Oh, we only rank number 69 in the world for free entries and can only visit 58 out of 218 countries!” I think Read more »

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Tacloban: a year after typhoon Haiyan

By Kate Hodal/ – They spent the first few weeks after the typhoon hunting for food and their two small children. They walked through the rubble of their city, among the dead and the living, like zombies, asking neighbours and scanning ad hoc burial sites. They even waded into the Read more »


Philippines is 95th ‘best place’ to do business – WB report

via – Setting up business in the Philippines seems not improving, as it slid down from 86th to 95th place, the latest “Doing Business” report of the World Bank showed. In 2013, the Philippines leapfrogged 30 notches in the global survey to 108th. But due to data corrections Read more »

Deborah Toh (centre, facing camera) getting a goodbye group hug from her classmates. Her three days at the Philippine school left such a huge impression that she has already asked to go back. --  PHOTO BY TOH YONG CHUAN - STRAITSTIMES

What my 8-year-old learnt at a Philippine school

By Toh Yong Chuan/ – Like many parents, I sent my eight-year-old daughter Deborah for extra lessons during the June school holidays which end today. But she didn’t attend an enrichment centre in Singapore; she spent three days at an elementary school in Cauayan city, a nine-hour drive north of Read more »