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First Filipino A380 pilot: Flying a ‘gentle giant’

By Lynda C. Corpuz/ – At 10:26 pm on Tuesday, October 7, Filipino captain Franklyn Desiderio safely landed the Airbus 380 – Emirates’ flagship aircraft – at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. Desiderio, the first Filipino certified to fly A380, helmed that rare appearance of the world’s Read more »


The fight to make divorce legal in the Philippines

By Sunshine Lichauco de Leon/ – When Rowena Festin leaves her job as a congressional aide in Quezon City, Metro Manila each day, she returns home to three children and a husband. But her marriage, like many others in the Philippines, exists in name only. “My husband wants Read more »

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House OKs bill creating ‘Filipino ID card’

By Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star – Every Filipino may have a ”Filipino ID card” soon. The House committees on revision of laws and on appropriations have approved the proposed bill seeking to implement a national identification system, which authors said would help facilitate transactions with government and improve Read more »

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Mindanao plants 3M trees in an hour, challenges world record

By Karlos Manlupig/ – Thousands of residents from all walks of life across Mindanao traversed hills and crossed rivers at dawn Friday, September 26, for two missions: help the environment and bag a world record. The “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW” campaign seeks to plant 4.6 million trees across Mindanao covering a Read more »

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4-day work week for gov’t offices OK’d

By Julie M. Aurelio/ – Three-day weekends may soon be the norm for some government employees in Metro Manila after the Civil Service Commission (CSC) approved the four-day work week scheme as a response to the worsening traffic situation. Under the arrangement, government offices in the metropolis can voluntarily implement Read more »

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Manila port gridlock constricts economy

via – Philippine furniture maker Betiscrafts, Inc. should have delivered a shipment of custom-made chairs to Middle East customers last month. But a cargo from China of imported fabric needed for the upholstery has been held up by severe congestion at Manila’s main port, where containers have piled up Read more »