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Plastic ban stifles Philippine vendors

DAVAO CITY -- Agdao Public Market is fringed with long queues every morning. These are not eager shoppers. They're vendors waiting to get their daily ration of biodegradable plastic bags. "It's really hard, we have to adjust to the whims of the cellophane trader. They (traders) only gives us two packs for each of us,"… Continue reading Plastic ban stifles Philippine vendors

Philippines journo gets threat after posting “scandalous” photo of Catholic church

A journalist from Davao, Southern Philippines, is getting threats and hate messages after posting a photo of a half-naked man being forcefully driven away by security guard inside a cathedral. Karlos Manlupig, a freelance photographer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, says one of the blackmails he has received comes from an anonymous user who threatened… Continue reading Philippines journo gets threat after posting “scandalous” photo of Catholic church

Covering Mindanao storm for the first time

Emilio Mabalio hopes to find his missing relatives so he could finally lay them to rest Covering disasters in Southern Philippines was something I have never done in the past for a couple of reasons. First, I'm new to this field since I only started in 2009. Second, this is the first time in decades… Continue reading Covering Mindanao storm for the first time

Weak consumption during long holidays

It's a long weekend in the Philippines. With schools, banks and business establishments closed, most people here are at home. For those who find their living every single day, the long holiday was bad for their business. 30-year-old Julieta, a vendor selling sweet coconut water near a major park here in this city, says she… Continue reading Weak consumption during long holidays

Davao welcomes guests with a “punch”

A month ago, Davao City became well-known for its Mayor who punched a court sheriff. Criticized and praised by many, the talk about the punching became so popular that tourism groups here were able to turn it into something the city could benefit. But unlike the jab that hit the face of an unfortunate sheriff,… Continue reading Davao welcomes guests with a “punch”

Pinoy Muslim brings pride to predominantly-Christian country

KUALA LUMPUR -- A Muslim Filipino has brought pride to the Philippines, a predominantly-Christian country, as he won second place in an international Quran reading competition held here at the Putra World Trade Center last week. Official results presented by the 53rd International Quran recitation council revealed that Saudi M. Gandisa, a 24-year-old Arabic teacher… Continue reading Pinoy Muslim brings pride to predominantly-Christian country