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Ballet Philippines battles Disney, typhoons and poverty to endure
by Cecil Morella - October 18, 2019 - 4:01pm
From fierce typhoons and tight budgets to losing its dancers to cruise ships and theme parks, Ballet Philippines has weathered almost every type of storm, but as it celebrates its 50th anniversary the renowned arts...
Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances
by Cecil Morella - September 9, 2019 - 11:32am
Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city's hospitals, medics warn.
The deadly odds of pigeon racing in the Philippines
by Cecil Morella - May 16, 2019 - 1:36pm
It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during wherein competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. 
'Widow candidate' tradition in Philippines' deadly elections
by Cecil Morella - May 11, 2019 - 3:41pm
Dozens of people, including candidates and their supporters, routinely get killed in the fierce competition for elected posts. Sometimes their widows take over their husbands' abandoned campaign.
'Beauty boot camps' key to Philippine pageant dominance
by Cecil Morella - February 24, 2019 - 11:48am
Rodgil Flores casts a stern taskmaster's glance as grimacing young women in bikinis stride across one of the mirror-walled studios that is central to making the Philippines a beauty pageant juggernaut. 
Jeepney artists stalked by extinction
by Cecil Morella - January 28, 2019 - 11:46am
Bernardo de la Cruz casts his eyes around the nearly silent workshop where he used to toil overtime hand-painting custom decor on jeepneys, the singularly Philippine minibuses facing the scrapheap. 
Xi visits Philippines as China, US wrangle for supremacy
by Cecil Morella - November 20, 2018 - 6:55am
China won a windfall partner with the 2016 election of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has rattled the Philippines' century-old bond with the US while courting trade and investment from the rising American rival...
Philippines revs up flagging green energy engine
by Cecil Morella - October 10, 2018 - 12:00pm
Deep below the ancient volcanoes scattered around the Philippines sits a simmering stockpile of intense heat that officials hope will help revive the nation's sputtering green energy machine.
'I'll come back': Sister Patricia Fox defiant over expulsion
by Cecil Morella - May 1, 2018 - 12:08pm
She spent decades helping the Philippines' poorest people, but Australian nun Patricia Fox is fighting deportation after drawing President Rodrigo Duterte's ire -- and says she will try to return even if expell...
Netflix series shows 'necessary' Duterte drug war — Brillante Mendoza
by Cecil Morella - April 5, 2018 - 4:35pm
The deadly drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte is to be dramatized in the first Netflix series by award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, who says the internationally condemned crackdown is "necessary...
Another Marawi possible, MILF chief warns
by Cecil Morella - February 21, 2018 - 7:30am
The chief of the Philippines' main Muslim rebel group warned that jihadists loyal to the ISIS group, flush with looted guns and cash, could seize another city after Marawi last year.
Thousands rally for and against Duterte
by Cecil Morella - September 21, 2017 - 1:46pm
Thousands of President Rodrigo Duterte's critics and supporters held rival rallies Thursday, taking emotional national debates over his deadly drug war and martial law threats to the streets.
GenSan fisherman back home after 58-day sea ordeal
by Cecil Morella - March 30, 2017 - 2:07pm
A young fisherman flew home to the Philippines on Wednesday after being given up for dead at sea, battling hunger, thirst and despair for nearly two months on a tiny boat that drifted all the way to Papua New G...
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