China has a new casino: the Philippines

By David Pierson and Alison Su/ – Gambling is illegal in China, but that didn’t prevent Fan Zheng from betting tens of thousands of dollars online. The 30-year-old store clerk from the island province of Hainan learned about the opportunity early last year from marketing agents who, Fan believes, contacted Read more »

Landlords big winners as Philippines bets on Chinese gaming boom

By Karen Lema/ – Tessie, her husband and their adult son recently vacated their home of 37 years in a Manila suburb to make way for some unfamiliar tenants – 20 Chinese nationals. It wasn’t an easy decision to let out their 5-bedroom home, but for 140,000 pesos ($2,730) a Read more »

My story, and the new story of Filipino immigration

By Emil Guillermo/INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau – When did your dad come to America from the Philippines? 2000? 1990s? Or was he an old-timer—1970s? My father—not my grandfather, my father–came in 1928. That’s when Babe Ruth was in pinstripes hitting real home runs and Al Jolson wore blackface. Different times. It’s Read more »

Distinguishing the ‘real’ Filipino fish

By Margaux Salcedo/Philippine Daily Inquirer – The DGF Essay Writing Awards—the country’s first and most prestigious food writing contest inspired by Philippine culinary writing icon Doreen Gamboa Fernandez—is now open for entries for this year’s competition. Writers may submit up to two entries of 800 words each under a pen Read more »

Filipinos ranked 3rd sexiest among 50 nationalities in the world — survey

By Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/GMA News – Big 7 Travel, a travel and food website, conducted a survey of the sexiest nationalities in the world and Filipinos came as 3rd among 50 nationalities named. The Big 7 Travel article gave a shoutout to popular Philippine representations: boxing champion and Senator Manny Read more »

Facebook Is Daily News Source for 21% of Adults in Philippines

By Cecilia Yap/ – At least a fifth of adults in the Philippines, or about 13.9 million people, use Facebook daily for news, according to a poll conducted by Social Weather Stations. As many as 40.4 million individuals, or 60%, still get their news through television, about 15% through radio Read more »