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Deerhurst: Is Duterte still marching in step with his military?

Increasingly, it looks like the Philippine military establishment and President Duterte are going through the sort of rocky patch that, in a marriage, would end in a messy divorce. For one thing, it seems that they’ve reached the point where they’re no longer talking. This was made clear when the…


Got something to share? PLN is looking for new writers to join the team

Philippines Lifestyle News is on the search for new writers to help us continue raising our game. Broadly speaking, there are three main areas we’d like to expand. Broadly speaking, they are ‘practical advice on living in the Philippines’, ‘personal stories/experiences’ and ‘travel/lifestyle advice/experiences’. So, in the first case, we’d…


In the Philippines, the premium placed on height is no tall tale

Two of the great obsessions of the Filipino people – basketball and beauty pageants – both, generally, favour taller people. However, even in comparison to their regional neighbours, most Filipinos are diminutive folk. So, it’s no surprise that height is a valued commodity in the islands, and some people will go…







Bramovich: How to eat a fish eye

A few years ago there was an extremely poorly behaved Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajökull, since you ask) which resulted in the shut down of all air traffic over Europe. At the time I was living in Malaysia and traveling regularly to Hong Kong to visit my (now erstwhile) Father who had lived in…