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Magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Batangas could be felt in Manila

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake that hit Batangas today (Tuesday, April 4) could be felt in parts of Metro Manila and throughout south Luzon. Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum said the quake hit about five miles northwest of Tingloy town at 8.58pm. There was no threat…


Marine documentary makers stumble across illegal dynamite fishermen

Documentary filmmakers shooting a new nature series in the Philippines witnessed at first hand the devastation caused by dynamite fishing. A camera crew working on the new four-part documentary Big Pacific — which is set for global release this summer — filmed as coastguards accompanying them gave chase. “The illegal…




End of the road: Can plan to phase out old jeepneys ever get into gear?

The latest attempt to remove smoke-belching traffic-clogging old jeepneys from the nations gridlocked streets are causing controversy. Talk of a “jeepney phaseout” has been heard for decades, and now a new “jeepney modernisation” scheme is ruffling feathers. Jeepney operators and drivers say the measure is just an attempt to force small…





Woman killed as powerful aftershock rocks earthquake-hit city

One person died and several injured today (Sunday, March 5) when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Surigao City, which is still recovering from a more powerful quake last month. The quake at 8.08am caused some further damage to buildings and led to one woman dying of a heart attack. At least 29 people have been reported…