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Religious whipping marks Good Friday in the Philippines
by Ron Lopez - April 15, 2022 - 2:46pm
Catholic zealots in the Philippines whipped their backs bloody and raw on Good Friday, as the fervently religious country marked Easter with gruesome displays of faith.
Search for survivors in provinces hit by landslides
by Ron Lopez - April 12, 2022 - 3:16pm
Rescuers hampered by mud and rain searched Tuesday for survivors of landslides that smashed into villages in the central Philippines, as the death toll from Tropical Depression Agaton (international name Megi) rose...
Philippines, US kick off their largest-ever Balikatan exercises
by Ron Lopez - March 28, 2022 - 1:30pm
Nearly 9,000 Filipino and American soldiers will take part in the 12-day training event across the main island of Luzon, which is usually an annual affair but was cancelled or curtailed during the pandemic.
'Odette' survivors wish for roofs and food at Christmas
by Ron Lopez - December 25, 2021 - 1:03pm
Father Ricardo Virtudazo stands in a pool of water in his typhoon-hit church in the southern Philippines delivering Christmas Day mass to dozens of devotees whose wishes this year were for new roofs, food and fine...
'A little aid would help': 'Odette' survivors beg for food
by Ron Lopez - December 23, 2021 - 3:25pm
Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless after Odette cut a swathe through the vast archipelago last Thursday, knocking out power across entire islands and leaving desperate survivors pleading for help.
More than 90 reported dead due to 'Odette'
by Ron Lopez - December 19, 2021 - 11:15am
The storm knocked out communications and electricity in many areas, ripping off roofs, toppling concrete power poles and flooding villages.
Philippine 'circumcision season' underway after virus delays
by Ron Lopez - August 30, 2021 - 1:55pm
The Philippines has one of the highest rates of circumcision in the world, with many seeing the centuries-old practice as key for boys to enter manhood. 
Philippine gangs ink over tattoos to combat jail violence
by Ron Lopez - December 3, 2020 - 1:12pm
Heavily tattooed Philippine prisoners wince in pain as fellow inmates use improvised tattooing machines to cover up gang symbols — an effort to reduce jail violence that sceptics say is only skin-deep.
Major floods in Manila as typhoon batters Philippines
by Ron Lopez - November 12, 2020 - 4:04pm
The third typhoon to hit the storm-battered Philippines in as many weeks caused major flooding in Manila on Thursday, trapping people on rooftops and claiming at least two lives in another part of the...
Lockdown tests faith in virus-hit Philippines
by Ron Lopez - October 11, 2020 - 9:20am
After months of livestreaming mass to millions of faithful from behind closed doors, churches in the Catholic-majority Philippines are beginning to reopen.
Lockdown tests faith in virus-hit Philippines
by Ron Lopez - October 9, 2020 - 2:13pm
After months of livestreaming mass to millions of faithful from behind closed doors, churches in the Catholic-majority Philippines are beginning to reopen.
Hungry and homeless: Jeepney drivers hit by virus
by Ron Lopez - August 16, 2020 - 12:43pm
Jeepney drivers like Flores, and millions of others, are out of work after the months-long restrictions crippled the economy, plunging it into recession.
Countries tighten measures as global virus death toll nears 700,000
by Ron Lopez - August 5, 2020 - 7:57am
The global coronavirus death toll approached 700,000 Tuesday, as France and the Netherlands began tightening restrictions, and the Philippines placed millions of people back under lockdown.
Taal eruption steals livelihoods
by Ron Lopez - January 19, 2020 - 10:30am
With scores of bookings canceled and restaurants and hotels shuttered, the eruption will hurt, but no one knows how much yet.
Lost and damaged: Taal Volcano steals livelihoods
by Ron Lopez - January 18, 2020 - 12:57pm
Decimated fish, scarred coffee plants and vanished tourists: the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines has inflicted significant damage on the livelihoods of tens of thousands and is expected to cause...
Risking lives to rescue horses in Taal Volcano 'no man's land'
by Ron Lopez - January 15, 2020 - 12:36pm
The horses were still caked in grey ash as they stepped off the boat, lucky beneficiaries of a risky rescue mission to ground zero of the Philippines' Taal volcano eruption.
Typhoon Tisoy pounds Philippines, forces NAIA closure
by Ron Lopez - December 3, 2019 - 10:02am
Typhoon Tisoy (international name Kammuri) on Tuesday lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its...
Philippine boxing scouts search for next Manny Pacquiao
by Ron Lopez - November 28, 2019 - 1:43pm
In the boxing-obsessed Philippines, scores of young fighters dream of becoming the next Manny Pacquiao, but it takes a sharp eye and vast experience to pick out a potential world champion
'Circumcision season': Philippine rite puts boys under pressure
by Ron Lopez - June 19, 2019 - 11:36am
The removal of foreskins is a centuries-old rite of passage to adulthood in the country, which has one of the highest rates of male circumcision in the world. 
Shattered Marawi a tool for jihadist recruitment
by Ron Lopez - May 23, 2019 - 11:19am
Two years after the Philippine city of Marawi was overrun by jihadists it remains in ruins, with experts warning that stalled reconstruction efforts are bolstering the appeal of extremist groups in the volatile...
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