The Philippines

Taiwan vows to protect Filipinos from attacks

Lu Shou-yen leading local residents in Taichung as they chant slogans to demand an apology from the Philippine government for the death of a Taiwanese fisherman killed by the Philippines Coast Guard. Photo: AFP

Taiwan yesterday ordered all law-enforcement personnel to step up the protection of Filipinos on the island, after a suggestion that Manila might evacuate its nationals from the island after hearing reports of attacks targeting them.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 4:11am 3 comments

Documentary inspires campaign to overturn wrongful convictions

Marty Syjuco’s documentary concerns a suspected miscarriage of justice. Photo: AFP

The award-winning Give Up Tomorrow follows Francisco Juan Larranaga as he is transformed from a carefree, culinary arts student into one of the nation's most vilified and hated people whose adult life is lost behind bars.

27 Jan 2013 - 7:00am

On a wing and a prayer

A blade is attached to the leg of a cockerel ahead of a cockfight.

Cockfighting may be frowned upon elsewhere, but in the Philippines it is a legal national pastime. Kit Gillet gets a bird's eye view of the action. Pictures by Jeffrey Lau.

13 Jan 2013 - 3:11pm 3 comments

Travel Review: The Farm at San Benito

The Farm at San Benito

Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, The Farm at San Benito is considered one of the pioneers of Asia's wellness movement. A 90-minute drive from Manila airport, this healing sanctuary in the foothills of Mount Malarayat delivers the latest medical services alongside luxe spa treatments and gourmet raw cuisine.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:26am

Briefs, January 3, 2013

Rohingya refugees sit in a boat as they are intercepted by Thai authorities off the sea in Phuket, southern Thailand. Photo: AP

More than 70 refugees from Myanmar's Rohingya minority found adrift off a Thai resort island will be repatriated to their homeland. Phuket provincial governor Maitri Inthusut said they were unable to continue their journey to Malaysia due to exhaustion and fear of mishaps at sea. Maitri said 12 children were among the 73 refugees, all of whom would be sent back to Myanmar by land on transport provided by immigration police.

3 Jan 2013 - 5:50am

Banking on domestic help

There are more than 170 licensed banks in Hong Kong. Besides the major ones serving the general population and which own prominent buildings bearing their names, there are lesser-known institutions catering mainly to minorities such as domestic helpers, imported labour and non-Chinese, non-Western ethnic groups.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Preparing for the main event

Chinese patrol ships which sailed between a Philippines warship and Chinese fishing boats near the Scarborough Shoal in April. Photo: Reuters

Amid the manoeuvring and megaphone diplomacy between Beijing and Manila over the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a potential legal time-bomb remains for China - even if the dispute eases.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Row over boats in disputed territory

Manila and Beijing are bickering over the number of Chinese vessels surrounding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, despite ongoing talks to resolve a long-running stand-off.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Island mentality ignores history

The tendency of the Communist Party government in China, as elsewhere, to rewrite history to reflect changes in personnel or ideology is well known. Less noticed, however, is the tendency to rewrite national history to justify expansionist foreign policies. The recent stand-off between Chinese and Philippine ships is a case in point.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Manila moves to defuse stand-off at disputed reef

The Philippines moved yesterday to contain tensions over a stand-off with China at the disputed Scarborough Reef in the South China Sea, replacing its warship with a civilian coastguard vessel.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Transfer bids being processed, prison bureau says

Requests from a handful of Hong Kong inmates in the Philippines to serve out their lengthy jail terms at home are being processed, the nation's prison authorities say, more than a year after they applied for transfer.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Luck part and parcel of sea challenge, says Pryde

A little bit of luck will be needed to win one of the 'most challenging' offshore races in the world, says defending champion Neil Pryde, whose boat HiFi will once again be among the favourites in the biennial Rolex China Sea Race, which starts today.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

26 boats to celebrate 50th year of China Sea Race

The spirit of yachting is alive and kicking in the city with 26 boats set to take the rum line from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines tomorrow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolex China Sea Race.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How a nude photo raised game in the Philippines

The naked truth about the red-hot Philippine Volcanoes was their meteoric rise in Asian rugby went unnoticed back home until a nude picture stunt stirred controversy.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Season to be jolly

In the Philippines, the only Catholic country in this part of the world, Christmas is a major festival and December is the month for celebrations. Festivities begin as early as this month and continue with revelry that is unrivalled elsewhere in the region.

Resorts World Manila will hold Grand Fiesta Manila for a second year from December 1.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am