Sinking of Philippine Boat Puts South China Sea Back at Issue

By Jason Gutierrez and Hannah Beech/ – Tensions in the disputed South China Sea ratcheted up on Thursday as the Philippine government protested the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese fishing vessel, which left 22 Filipino fishermen floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat. Read more »

Filipinos Were Eating Adobo Before the Spaniards Came, Says Spanish Culinary Scientist

By Mario Alvaro Limos/ – The Philippines may have influenced the Spanish adobo, and not the other way around. “Filipinos had adobo before Spaniards came to your country, and I have proof,” said Borja Sanchez, a Spanish chef and culinary scientist. Sanchez revealed his findings at a lecture titled Read more »

The symbols and signifiers of Pinoy manhood throughout our history

By Ramon N. Villegas / – Filipino manhood has been displayed through disparate symbols. At one point, it involved major earrings and hair-plucking with tweezers. Each generation seeks to formulate its own concepts of gender identity and particular ways of expressing them. Thus, young Filipinos today do not look like Read more »

DA to sell 1 M kilos of surplus mangoes

By Catherine Talavera/The Philippine Star – The Department of Agriculture (DA) targets to sell around one million kilos of mangoes through its metrowide marketing campaign in a bid to address the two million kilo surplus produced by local farmers. “Within the week, we are expecting to dispose one million kilos. Read more »

Coca-Cola to invest in P1-billion recycling facility in the Philippines

via – Coca-Cola’s bottling arm in the Philippines says it recognizes that ‘there is a packaging waste problem in the world today,’ and it wants to be ‘part of the solution for the long haul’ Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Incorporated (CCBPI) said it will be investing P1 billion to pioneer Read more »

What’s behind the Philippine obsession with beauty queens?

* A shallow, exploitative spectacle in an image-obsessed society? Or a valuable opportunity for young women to get ahead? * Love it or hate it, the beauty pageant has deep roots in the Philippines, combining regional pride with glitzy spectacle By Thomas Sturrock/ – It’s nearly showtime at Manila’s Araneta Read more »