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Luzon earthquake not connected to “The Big One”

A deep earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck off Luzon island today (Friday, August 11), rocking capital Manila. Office workers in the capital left their buildings but no damage was apparent after the quake struck at about noon. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake’s epicentre was…

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Mount Apo reopens to trekkers after devastating fire

Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, will reopen to trekkers after a devastating fire destroyed huge tracts of forest and grassland last year. The decision follows extensive lobbying from local people who rely on guiding tourists as a major source of income. Kidapawan City Mayor, Joseph Evangelista, said…