Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

By Vernise L Tantuco/rappler.com – It’s an unfortunate but familiar sight: trash strewn all over Roxas Boulevard due to the southwest monsoon winds (hanging habagat) blowing them over from Manila Bay. The bay itself is covered in trash after a storm. This happens annually, and nobody bats an eyelash when Read more »

100-year-old Filipino WWII veteran tears up receiving U.S. medal

By Carmela Fonbuena/rappler.com – Assisted by an embassy staff, 100-year-old World War II veteran Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad rose from his wheelchair to stand in attention when the national anthem of the Philippines and the United States were played. He wore his now-oversized black americana coat on Thursday, September 13, Read more »

Is the Philippines ready to address mental health?

By Sofia Tomacruz/rappler.com – “No one is spared” from the possibility of suffering from mental illness. This is the clear message mental health experts are sending to the public. Mental illnesses can cut across all professions and ages, and affect even those who care for patients with mental health issues Read more »

Pinoy scientists step up research on critically endangered crocs

By Erwin M. Mascariñas/ABS-CBN News – A non-government organization specializing on crocodile conservation has stepped up its research on the critically endangered Philippine crocodile in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Rainier Manalo, program head of crocodile research and conservation of the Crocodylus Porosus Philippines Incorporated (CPPI), said the population of Read more »

Ancient Filipino writing systems that aren’t Baybayin

By Chang Casal/CNNPhilippines.com – When a House committee approved the “National Writing System Act”, which seeks to declare Baybayin as the country’s national writing system and aims to put the script to use in street signs, public facilities, government halls, publications, and even food labels, many linguists, historians, and even Read more »

Motorcycle booking app Angkas to resume operations after court grants preliminary injunction

By Alyssa Rola/CNN Philippines – Motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas is back and ready to serve commuters soon. The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court has granted a preliminary injunction to the app-based ride-sharing service, allowing it to resume operations. The development was confirmed by Angkas in a statement Thursday. The Department of Read more »