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Miss Earth PH apologizes for controversial remark, gives up crown

By Karmela Tordecilla/CNN Philippines – Miss Earth Philippines Imelda Schweighart has quit the Miss Earth Organization, following a controversial statement she made about Miss Earth 2016 pageant winner Katherine Espin of Ecuador. Schweighart drew criticism after a video of her talking to fans made the rounds online. In the video, Read more »

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Philippines No. 1 in gender equality in Asia; 7th in world

By Richmond Mercurio/The Philippine Star – The Philippines kept its spot as the world’s seventh most gender-equal society among 144 economies and remained the highest-ranked country in the Asia-Pacific region. The World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016 showed the Philippines closing nearly 79 percent of its gender Read more »

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Filipino hikers seen picking up litter praised widely by HK netizens

via – As the temperature begins to drop (marginally), more and more Hongkongers are making the most of the territory’s myriad hiking trails. Unfortunately, it appears that some of these merryweather trekkers have been littering around the paths, ruining the otherwise picture-perfect country park settings. However, one group of Read more »

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Lighting up the Singapore River, Pinoy style

By Margarita Y. Locsin/ -The Singapore River and the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in Singapore are now lit up at night by a giant Filipino parol. A gift from the Filipino community in Singapore to their second home, the beautiful floral-shaped giant Christmas lantern can now be seen by tourists Read more »

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Police van plows into protesters outside US Embassy in Manila

By Joshua Berlinger/CNN – Anti-American protests outside the US embassy in the Philippines capital of Manila ended violently on Wednesday when a police van repeatedly plowed into the crowd. 29 people were arrested, police told CNN. They have since been released. 12 people were injured in the protests. Warning: Read more »

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Cebu declares state of calamity over 5,000 dengue cases

By Nestle Semilla/ – The entire province of Cebu has declared a state of calamity due to the rising cases of dengue, which have exceeded 5,000 cases since the start of the year. The declaration was embodied in a resolution passed by the Cebu Provincial Board, even without a Read more »