Traveler attempted to smuggle 1,500 live turtles into the Philippines

By David Oliver/USA TODAY – A passenger traveling from Hong Kong tried to smuggle more than 1,500 exotic live turtles into the Philippines on Sunday. “The confiscated turtles (Star Tortoise, Redfoot Tortoise, Sulcata Tortoise, Red-eared Slider live species) were found inside the left-behind luggage of a certain arriving Filipino passenger Read more »

Philippines slips in global ranking on women in business

By Louella Desiderio/The Philippine Star – The Philippines saw its overall ranking drop to fifth place in the Grant Thornton International Ltd.’s Women in Business report this year from first place a year ago, but it still topped the list in Asia. The country’s ranking dipped following a 10 percent Read more »

9 of 10 Filipinos want smoking in public places prohibited — Pulse Asia

By Daphne Galvez/ – Nine out of 10 adult Filipinos nationwide agree that smoking in public places should be prohibited, a recent commissioned Pulse Asia survey revealed. A Pulse Asia “Ulat ng Bayan” survey, commissioned by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), showed that 91 percent of Read more »

McDonald’s Philippines serves up new Japanese-inspired menu items

via – In case you haven’t heard, Mcdonald’s newest, much-hyped venture brings the flavors of the Land of the Rising Sun right onto our fastfood trays, and curious Filipino foodies are definitely not complaining. Starting Wednesday, February 27, Mcdonald’s is serving up a brand-new, limited edition Japanese-inspired menu of Read more »

‘We have your back’: US vows for first time to defend Philippines if country is attacked by Beijing over disputed South China Sea

By William Cole FOR MAILONLINE – The Philippines will be defended against ‘armed attack’ in the disputed South China Sea, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The senior diploma issued Washington’s starkest warning yet against China’s claimed ownership of the strategic waterway. Speaking in Manila on Friday after Read more »

First Philippine subway seen pushing up property prices in Metro Manila

By Ian Nicolas Cigaral/ – The completion of Metro Manila’s first subway could trigger a surge in property prices in the Philippine capital, with Quezon City seen benefitting the most from the project over the near to medium term, according to real estate consultancy services firm Colliers International Philippines. Construction Read more »