Philippines to mark 75th anniversary of Death March

By Ronron Calunsod/Kyodo News – The Philippines will mark this year the 75th anniversary of Japan’s violent conquest of the Southeast Asian nation, earmarking events that will honor survivors from Japan’s atrocities and commemorate the lessons from that chapter in the two countries’ history, officials said Wednesday. “Our countrymen, Read more »

Palestinian refugee takes oath as Filipino

By Tarra Quismundo/ – At the most serious moment of his life, Maher Mohammed Al Raee cracked up the room as he fumbled through the oath he had waited so long to take. “Swear to God,” he ended his oath, improvising as he followed the judge’s words “So help Read more »

How Trump’s immigration EO might affect the Philippines

By Audrey Morallo/ – US President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday halting the US refugee program for 120 days and preventing immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries has sent shockwaves across the globe, with both leaders and ordinary citizens from several countries expressing consternation and outrage over the order. Read more »

OPINION: The Women’s March and the power of the ‘pussyhat’

Majalya Fernando is a Filipino writer who used to live and work in Washington, D.C. She now spends time in both Washington and Manila. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. By Majalya Fernando/ – Underneath knitted pussyhats, behind placards displaying artistic representations of female reproductive parts, the Women’s Read more »

Oops: Maxine Medina says Imelda Marcos invented the terno

By Marc Jayson Cayabyab/ – Bb. Pilipinas Maxine Medina major mistake in a video screened during the preliminary competition of the Miss Universe held on Thursday night: She claimed it was Imelda Marcos, wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who invented the traditional terno. “The terno was actually invented Read more »

When beauty queens become local celebrities

By Elvin Luciano/ – Filipinos, as several pageant commentators have declared, are among the best pageant fans in the world. But their love and adoration are not just reserved for the Filipina pambato. Each time international pageants are held in the Philippines, the ladies not only compete for the Read more »