Indonesian player on offense in Philippines’ $1bn coffee war

By Cliff Venzon/ – A coffee war is brewing in the Philippines after Indonesia’s PT Mayora Indah announced plans to produce instant coffee locally to take on Swiss giant Nestle and local food and beverage juggernaut Universal Robina. PT Mayora early this week said it would invest $80 million in Read more »

Philippines Beats China In Happiness

By Panos Mourdoukoutas/ – Filipinos are happier than Chinese. That’s according to the recently published 2019 World Happiness Report, which ranks Philippines in the 69th position, and China in the 93trd position. The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by combining quantitative data, such as per capita GDP growth; and Read more »

No end in sight as Philippines communist revolt marks 50th year

via – Philippine policewoman Ruby Buena’s introduction to one of the oldest communist insurgencies in the world was a roadside bomb blast followed seconds later by an eruption of gunfire. “I thought it was my time to die,” said 25-year-old Buena, who instead woke up in a hospital with Read more »

What is Filipino architecture supposed to look like?

By Keena Vazquez/ – Where are you from?” For the last seven years I’ve spent living overseas, I’ve grown used to this question. I am one of those people whose eyes are of a nondescript shape and color and whose nose hints of diluted Western descent, but whose unbleached hair Read more »

Dead Whale Found With 88 Pounds of Plastic Inside Body in the Philippines

By Daniel Victor/ – A beached whale found in the Philippines on Saturday died with 88 pounds of plastic trash inside its body, an unusually large amount even by the grim standards of what is a common threat to marine wildlife. The 1,100-pound whale, measuring 15 feet long, was found Read more »

The women who helped shape Philippine feminism

By Nads Esteva/ – Women’s Month is greeted with the approval of Rice Tariffication Bill, the reclamation projects in Manila Bay and the administration’s refusal to recognize the demands of contractual and underpaid laborers such as the protesting NutriAsia workers and Sumifru plantation workers in Liwasang Bonifacio. All these pressing Read more »