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Street life: Manila's homeless find shelter in pushcarts
by Mikhail Flores - December 2, 2022 - 4:48pm
Pushcarts, known as karitons, are a common sight in the city of more than 13 million people. Often made from scraps of wood, the human-powered carts are used as shelter, storage and a source of income, such as collecting...
US, Philippines reinforce alliance with joint military drills
by Mikhail Flores - October 7, 2022 - 4:36pm
US and Philippine marines stormed a beach near a disputed rocky outcrop in the South China Sea on Friday as part of joint military drills involving more than 3,500 troops. 
Philippine classrooms reopen after more than two years
by Mikhail Flores - August 22, 2022 - 12:37pm
Millions of children in the Philippines returned to school as the academic year started on Monday, with many taking their seats in classrooms for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Bakeries shrink 'poor man's bread' pandesal as inflation bites
by Mikhail Flores - July 24, 2022 - 1:43pm
"We had to reduce the serving size to survive," Mauleon told AFP, as children, workers and retirees arrived early to buy rolls baked in a brick oven that morning.
Dirty tricks allegations mar last days of Philippine election campaign
by Mikhail Flores - May 7, 2022 - 12:05am
Philippine election rivals traded allegations of dirty tricks and vote-rigging Friday, in the final stretch of an acerbic campaign that is tipped to bring the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos to power.
Volunteers in door-to-door blitz for Robredo
by Mikhail Flores - April 15, 2022 - 10:57am
Clutching pink flyers and face masks, supporters of presidential hopeful Leni Robredo are going door to door across the archipelago nation in an against-the-odds bid to win over voters.
Death toll from 'Agaton' landslides, floods rises to 80
by Mikhail Flores - April 14, 2022 - 8:54am
The death toll from landslides and floods in the Philippines rose to 80 on Wednesday with scores missing and feared dead, officials said, as rescuers dug up more bodies with bare hands and backhoes in crushed...
Search for survivors in provinces hit by landslides
by Mikhail Flores - 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 Mikhail Flores - 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.
NDRRMC: Agri damage due to Bising now at P218 million
by Mikhail Flores - April 23, 2021 - 11:36am
Agricultural damage incurred due to the onslaught of Typhoon Bising has reached P218 million, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest report.
Catholic priests in the Philippines turn TikTok into virtual pulpit
by Mikhail Flores - April 23, 2021 - 11:24am
As the coronavirus pandemic forced places of worship to close across the Catholic-majority country, tech-savvy priests like Pareja turned the popular video-sharing platform into a virtual pulpit to connect with young...
Major floods in Manila as typhoon batters Philippines
by Mikhail Flores - 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...
'Plantdemic' hits Philippines as demand for greenery grows
by Mikhail Flores - November 9, 2020 - 1:23pm
A gardening craze dubbed "plantdemic" has spread across the Philippines after coronavirus restrictions fuelled demand for greenery, sending plant prices soaring and sparking a rise in poaching from public parks and...
Weight off their minds: Hidilyn Diaz’s online workouts feed Filipino families
by Mikhail Flores - May 8, 2020 - 3:20pm
Filipina weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz noticed live-streamed concerts were collecting money for coronavirus relief and was struck by inspiration: Why not raise funds with an online workout?
Devotees swarm to Black Nazarene statue hoping for miracle
by Mikhail Flores - January 9, 2020 - 12:08pm
Swarms of barefoot believers thronged a revered icon of Jesus Christ on Thursday in Manila for a slow-moving and raucous procession considered one of the world's largest shows of Catholic fervor.
Win or don't eat: Philippines' poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars
by Mikhail Flores - November 26, 2019 - 3:21pm
Pool isn't just a game in the Philippines but a way to make a living, driving a fiercely competitive scene that has produced some of the world's top players.
'Not just basketball' — circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts
by Mikhail Flores - August 29, 2019 - 12:21pm
Indoor courts are central to life in tens of thousands of towns and cities across basketball-mad Philippines, hosting everything from funerals and beauty pageants to "circumcision season".
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