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Thousands protest against Gloria Arroyo

MANILA (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters blocked the main street in Manila’s financial district on Monday calling on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to step down and catching police officers by surprise.

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Santa kids

Urban poor children, wearing Santa hats, beam during an early Christmas celebration sponsored by the Catholic church in Manila, Philippines Monday Dec. (AP/BULLIT MARQUEZ)

Remittances by overseas Filipinos exceeds $10b mark

Dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos rose 16.6 per cent in the first 10 months of the year, exceeding 10 billion dollars, the government said Friday. The central bank said remittances from January to October totalled 10.3 billion dollars, compared with 8.83 billion dollars in the same period last year. Read more »

Reforming the Philippines

Let’s see if I can get this out in 10 minutes or less. I’ve been taking a class in Herndon, VA for the past three weeks and I haven’t had much time to blog. This morning, I was thinking about the current status of the Philippines. As far Read more »

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Pangasinan

Pangasinan, officially Province of Pangasinan (Pangasinan: Luyag na Pangasinan), is one of the provinces of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the west central area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf.

‘Little Fatty’ a big hit

An overweight Chinese petrol station attendant has become an unexpected celebrity after a picture of his portly face was posted on the internet – and then started appearing on movie posters and in other unlikely places. Nicknamed “Little Fatty,” 19-year-old Qian Zhijun’s picture was loaded on to the internet Read more »