Philippines honors Japan’s Christian feudal warlord Takayama Ukon

via – The Philippines on Friday honored Takayama Ukon, a Japanese feudal warlord who was exiled to the Southeast Asian country 404 years ago because he was Christian. In marking the anniversary of the daimyo’s arrival in the Philippines on Dec. 21, 1614, the municipal government of Manila declared Read more »

Pinoy doctor pioneers opioid-free robotic surgery in Philadelphia

By Don Tagala/ABS-CBN North America News Bureau – A Filipino doctor at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is making history in robotic surgery and prevention of opioid addiction among patients. Dr. Ian Soriano, a University of the Philippines Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine graduate, together with plastic surgeon doctor Suhail Read more »

Fact check: Is medical marijuana already allowed in the Philippines?

By Patricia Lourdes Viray/ – There is no need for a law legalizing medical marijuana in the Philippines as it is already allowed, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday. “That is what is in the law already. It is allowed already, there is just a process they should know Read more »

George H.W. Bush secretly sponsored a Filipino child for 10 years. Read some of the letters they sent each other

By Andrea Diaz/CNN – Even after his death, George H.W. Bush continues to warm our hearts. The 41st President sponsored a 7-year-old boy in the Philippines for ten years using a pseudonym, the nonprofit who connected them revealed. Through Compassion International, a nonprofit organization that uses local churches to help Read more »

Survey finds that Filipino companies are not accepting of LGBTQ+

By Chang Casal/ – For years now there has been a general consensus regarding Filipinos’ attitudes towards the LGBTQ+: tolerant, but not really accepting. While much has been written about how the Philippines can move forward in bridging that gap between tolerance and acceptance — the biggest step being the Read more »

Philippines among least generous in Southeast Asia, study suggests

By Gaea Katreena Cabico/ – Filipinos are among the least civically engaged people in Southeast Asia, a Gallup global report suggests. The Philippines obtained a score of 28 on Gallup’s “The World’s Most Generous” index, while its neighbor Indonesia—a lower middle-income country—topped the rankings alongside Australia with a score of Read more »