Facebook cracks down on Philippines fake news sites

By Janvic Mateo/The Philippine Star – Several websites that contain false information have been blocked on Facebook as the social media giant began implementing stringent measures against the proliferation of fake news. These include pages previously identified to have published fake articles about President Duterte and the Philippines, such as Read more »

The cost of being a single mother in the Philippines

By Regine Cabato/CNNPhilippines – Filipino culture still largely upholds a sprawling family that, despite size, keeps tightly knit — but more and more kids are growing up in non-traditional family structures. In 2015, the Philippine Statistics Authority estimated about three million household heads without a spouse — two million of Read more »

Magnolia Bakery coming to Manila?

via rappler.com – The cupcake craze may just see a resurgence as the famous Magnolia Bakery is supposedly set to open in Manila. While no official announcements have been made yet, a Facebook page, M Bakery PH, has been set up naming Taguig as the bakery’s location. Magnolia Bakery’s Read more »

IKEA partners with mall operator SM Prime for first Philippines store

via reuters.com – Global furniture retailer IKEA AB [IKEA.UL] will in 2020 open its first store in the Philippines located at one of the world’s biggest shopping malls, mall operator SM Prime Holdings Inc (SMPH.PS) said on Friday. SM Prime, the Philippines’ biggest property firm, will build premises at Read more »

Philippines closes ‘cesspool’ tourist island of Boracay

By Euan McKirdy/CNN – The Philippines has announced a six-month closure of the popular tourist destination of Boracay over concerns the island’s famous beaches and clear blue waters have been transformed into a “cesspool” due to sustained environmental damage. The closure, which will begin April 26, was announced following a Read more »

Philippine coffee industry is hot and brewing

By Precious Leano/rappler.com – Kirstin Reyes worked for 7 years in Singapore where she began an affair with coffee. When she returned to her home in Tuguegarao City in 2013, she roasted coffee and created her own coffee brand. In 2014, she opened Barako Boy, Tuguegarao’s first coffee shop that Read more »