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EMBASSY WARNING: Avoid anti-American protest on Friday, January 20

US citizens in the Philippines have been advised to avoid a political demonstration in front of the US embassy in Manila on Friday, January 20. A travel advisory issued by the Department of State today (Thursday) said: “The US embassy informs US citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in front…


It’s official: Duterte seeks new ally and protector in Russia

In the clearest sign yet of Duterte’s rejection of long-standing USA-Philippine relations, the president has said he hopes Russia will become his country’s new ally and protector. His remarks came as he toured one of the two Russian warships currently moored in Manila harbour today (Friday, January 6). The president’s…



The Friday Briefing: Could Christmas have been any worse for Filipinos?

Any journalists hoping for a relaxing Christmas break would have been sorely disappointed this past week. As if typhoon Nina wasn’t enough, there were bombs, shootings, rumours of nefarious American plots (see our report here) and more “provocative” statements from the president. Here’s our executive summary of the week that was:…



Three of the best: Stunning golf courses in Manila region

The Philippines is quickly becoming regarded as a top destination for golfers looking to sample a different style of golf course. There are several top-quality golf courses to be found within the Manila region and I have picked out a few of my favourites for you to consider when planning…


Pride of a nation: 13 facts about Manila’s Rizal Monument

The Rizal Monument in Manila’s Rizal Park is almost certainly the most photographed site in the Philippines and the focus of huge national pride. It honours the man who is considered to be the father of the nation, Dr José Rizal. Most people who visit Manila will stop to take…


Digging up the past: How the Marcos years can’t be laid to rest

PROTESTS and legal challenges show no signs of abating following the controversial burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos. The preserved body of the former leader was recently taken from his mausoleum in Ilocos Norte and buried at the national heroes’ cemetery in Manila. Many were angered at how the Marcos…