What Netflix’s “Street Food” gets right about the Philippines

By Chang Casal/cnnphilippines.com – As a Manileño, when I think of local street food, my mind immediately goes to the usual tusok-tusok: fish balls, kikiam, tokwa, quek-quek, betamax, isaw. The list goes on forever. Yet Netflix’s new show, “Street Food,” presents something entirely different. The documentary series explores the Read more »

Cafe in the Philippines Now Uses Straws Made Out of Coconut Leaves to Cut Plastic Waste

By Ryan General/nextshark.com – A cafe in the Philippines has been earning praise online for using biodegradable straws made out of coconut leaves as a means of reducing plastic waste. The eco-friendly straws called lukay (local term for palm leaves) can be found in Cafe Editha, located in Dapa, Surigao Read more »

‘You only export products, not people’: The cost of being an OFW

By Portia Ladrido/CNNPhilippines.com – After over a year of being spat at, sleeping on the floor next to a washing machine in a storeroom, not getting paid for more than four months straight, and eating leftover food (if there is leftover food), Jenna Baldapan attempted to escape from her employer’s Read more »

2 Earthquakes Shake The Philippines; At Least 16 Dead

By Laurel Wamsley/npr.org – A powerful 6.4 earthquake struck the Philippines on Tuesday, the day after a different temblor took lives and collapsed buildings. Rescuers continued to search for survivors from Monday’s quake, centered just 50 miles northwest of Manila, the capital. That quake killed at least 16 people, according Read more »

Southeast Asia became dumping ground for plastic waste – study

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato/rappler.com – Countries, especially Southeast Asian nations, without policies banning imports of plastic waste are at risk of being toxic dumpsites, according to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). A report released Tuesday, April 23, showed plastic waste from highly-industrialized nations that they serve Cedar Read more »

Rescuers rush to find survivors in Pampanga supermarket rubble after quake

By Carolyn Bonquin/CNN Philippines – Rescuers are scrambling to find survivors on Tuesday after a four-story supermarket collapsed in Porac, Pampanga following a strong earthquake. The rescue operation is now focused in the middle part and both sides of the supermarket Chuzon Supermarket in Barangay Cangat where more people are Read more »