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The Philippines’ Eugene Domingo Snags Nomination at the “Asian Oscars” – 8th Asian Film Awards

(18 March 2014, Hong Kong) The multi-talented Filipino actress Eugene Domingo received a Best Actress nomination at the prestigious Asian Film Awards (AFA) for her role in the film Barber’s Tales. The role had previously earned Ms Domingo a Best Actress award at the26thTokyo International Film Festival in 2013.

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Farmers in typhoon-hit areas get help

MANILA, Philippines–About 43, 577 affected families are being assisted to plant rice in time for the present season, filling the gap for the Philippine government’s official request for rice seed support in typhoon Yolanda-badly hit areas like Region VI and VIII, according to Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations.

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Manila, January 21, 2014) – The Philippine government failed to match its rhetoric in support of human rights in 2013 with meaningful action to end impunity for extrajudicial killings, torture, and enforced disappearances, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
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The undersea horizon dims as a churning wall of bubbles, sand and zooming fish heads your way. You wish you can swim off … but you’re attached to a rock. As your brittle arms cradle a family of fidgety fish, the typhoon’s first wave hits – and the reef turns black.

Super typhoons Yolanda, Ondoy, Milenyo, Pablo and Pepeng have become household names. The damage they wrought on land is well-known – but what exactly do storms do to coral reefs?
Storms and typhoons continuously shape the composition, distribution and geographical range of the world’s reefs. Like plants, many corals take on forms best suited to their homes. Corals in areas pounded by strong waves have learned to grow dense, tough and compact colonies, while those in calmer waters maximize space to grow long, elegant but delicate branches. Solidly-built, rock-like species like brain coral can withstand much more punishment than branching or leaf-like corals.

When a super typhoon hits though, nasty currents are the least of a reef’s problems. Storm surges like the ones seen in Tacloban and Manila Bay can pull debris like logs and rocks out to sea, where wave action rolls them around, smashing the seabed in a brutal game of coral crush.

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Knowing your festivals: Cebu’s Sinulog

Street dancing, colorful parade and very festive vibes! Experiencing Cebu’s Sinulog Festival should be on anyone’s bucket list.

Held every third Sunday of January, Sinulog Festival is celebrated in one of the most progressive and vibrant cities in the Philippines, Cebu City. However, while enjoying the lively rhythm of drums and trumpets, do you even know the real story behind this much awaited celebration?

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SWS: Businessmen saw a lot of corruption in 2013

MANILA - More business executives in the country said they saw “a lot” of corruption in the government last year, more than in 2012, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed yesterday.

The 2013 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption found 56 percent of respondents saying they saw a lot of corruption in the public sector compared to a record-low 43 percent in 2012.

Forty-two percent say most/almost all companies in their own sector of business gave bribes to win government contracts, almost the same as the 41 percent in 2012.

The survey was conducted from July 31 to Nov. 29 last year, using face-to-face interviews of executives of 951 enterprises in the National Capital Region, Metro Angeles, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas, Metro Iloilo, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, and Cagayan de Oro-Iligan.

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Boy drowns in Agusan river; death toll due to Mindanao flooding now 24

A one-year-old boy died in Agusan del Sur after he was swept away by a river swollen due to floods caused by a low pressure area off Mindanao, disaster officials said Wednesday.

In a report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Adrian Alpeche Malayag was “carried away by strong current of water” in the Taglatawan River in Bayugan City.

Malayag was one of the three latest fatalities in the Mindanao flooding, bringing the death toll to 24.

Also killed were 13-year-old Arlene Fuentes of Misamis Occidental, who died of drowning, and 31-year-old Richard Aljas, who was electrocuted.

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Should Your City Wait for the Next Yolanda? WWF, BPI Offer Climate Adaptation Study to Philippine Capital Cities

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) smashed the Philippines in November 2013, taking 6200 lives and causing almost P600 Billion in economic damage. Tacloban, the largest city in the Eastern Visayas, was virtually obliterated.
With the growing unpredictability of climate change effects, who knows which city will be hit next?

“No one knows where the next big typhoon will hit, so all cities should prepare ahead,” recommends World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) Vice-chair and CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan. “Sure, relocating roads and communities to high ground, constructing seawalls, coastal barriers and establishing evacuation safe-zones will cost millions. But will you really put a price-tag on Filipino lives?”

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Unbelievable photos that aren’t photoshopped

We collected some photographs that are 100 percent real though some may say that they all look 100 percent fake! Below are unbelievable  images that have made millions of readers shout, it’s FAKE!

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WEATHER UPDATE: LPA currently in Borongan; Amihan in Luzon

MANILA, Philippines – As of 4:00 AM today, The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasts the Low Pressure Area (LPA), based on all available data,  at 100 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (11.5°N 126.4°E) while  Northeast Monsoon or Amihan are affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

Meanwhile, the regions of Bicol, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
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