Duty Free Philippines to open luxury store at SM Mall of Asia complex

via reppler.com – Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) announced on Monday, May 7, it would be opening in June a luxury store at the SM Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City and another outlet at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. DFP Luxe Store at SM MOA Read more »

Beijing ‘installs missiles’ on South China Sea islands

via AFP – Beijing Thursday, May 3, reasserted its right to build “defense” facilities in the disputed South China Sea, but declined to confirm reports it had installed new missiles on artificial islands it has built in the region. The Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also Read more »

Humans were in Philippines thousands of years before previously thought

By Ashley Strickland/CNN – About 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable — except that humans weren’t supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago. Before this discovery, the earliest indicator that early humans, or Read more »

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

By Aurora Almendral/nytimes.com – Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared for festivities honoring its patron saint, and as some people gathered in prayer, Read more »

A New Netflix Series Tells the Story of the Philippines’ Drug War. But Its Critics Are Condemning Amo as Propaganda

By Joseph Hincks/time.com – A week after it premiered, few of the extras that feature in Netflix’s first ever Philippine series had seen the show. Outside the barbecue stand she runs in the Manila neighborhood where Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza shot Amo (pronounced “am-ohr,” it means boss), Nerisa Perez Read more »

Statue honoring WWII sex slaves removed in Philippines

via AP – A statue honoring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II has been quietly removed from a busy seaside promenade in the Philippine capital, angering women’s groups. Manila City Hall said in a statement that the bronze statue of a blindfolded Read more »