Provinces of the Philippines

Time travellers' paradise

What do China's Forbidden City, the Giza Necropolis, in Egypt, and Vigan City, in the Philippines, have in common? They've all been listed as World Heritage Sites - places of special cultural significance - by Unesco.

Thursday, 12 July, 2012, 12:00am

Protesters force US military to retreat

Muslim activists stone convoy in south

A convoy carrying US troops in the southern Philippine city of Marawi has been stoned and forced to retreat by Muslim activists demanding the suspension of today's US-Philippine military exercises.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Islanders measure worth by power of their guns

A man's economic worth is measured by the calibre of his gun in Talipao, as in all other towns on the southern Philippine island of Jolo.

Home to the fierce Tausug tribe, Jolo is touted to be the next arena for a joint Philippine-American operation against terrorism.

22 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Air crash DNA tests

Davao, Philippines: Soldiers and volunteers have recovered the remains of 128 of the 131 passengers and crew killed when an Air Philippines plane crashed on Wednesday on Samal island.

22 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Cargo boat toll now 86

Zamboanga City, Philippines: The death toll in the sinking of an inter-island cargo vessel that had been illegally carrying passengers southwest of Mindanao rose to 86 yesterday.

At least 29 more bodies were recovered off the coast of Indanan town, Sulu province, a day after the wooden-hulled 71-tonne motor launch Anahada capsized.

15 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Negotiator seized

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Hotelier Arthur Atega, 51, who has been negotiating for the release of a kidnapped 80-year-old Taiwanese woman, has himself been abducted.

11 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Islands prove big attraction

Hong Kong is maintaining its rank as a leading source of tourists to the Philippines with visitor numbers increasing despite the economic downturn.

Just under 160,000 tourists from the SAR were counted last year - the fourth biggest source after the United States, Japan and Taiwan.

12 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Grain stores guarded as mobs grow hungry

Police and military units have stepped up security at government rice and grain silos across Mindanao, fearing food riots amid the worsening El Nino drought.

Intelligence reports suggested mobs were being formed to attack key government food centres in a bid to stave off starvation, police said yesterday.

10 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Young scour hills for food as weak fall ill

In the centre of the southern Philippines city of General Santos, signs outside grill houses still advertise 'all-you-can-eat' buffets.

But just two hours away, up a dusty mountain trail, B'laan tribal children are forced to scavenge for food in the hills each morning.

10 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Rebels take strong, silent stance

After taking over 70 civilians hostage, separatist Muslim rebels now refuse to talk with the Government, dimming peace prospects for the island of Mindanao and sullying their image as a religious revolutionary movement.

27 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Manila detains 21 fishermen

A Hong Kong fishing boat and its 21 crew members have been detained by the Philippine Navy for poaching in the Sulu Sea.

Yesterday, the Philippine Navy was trying to identify where the crew came from and Hong Kong authorities had asked the British Embassy in Manila to assist.

16 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Cepa turns on to enjoy hard-won power play

THE road to the Pagbilao power plant is hot and dusty, winding past mountains of coal, brown ponds, an ash lagoon, slippery dirt slopes and piles of refuse.

16 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Cepa faces bid ban

CONSOLIDATED Electric Power Asia (Cepa) may be barred from bidding for a project to build a 1,200-megawatt power plant in Batangas, south of Manila, state-owned National Power Corp (Napocor) of the Philippines says.

'It is an issue that has to be settled by the Napocor board,' Napocor legal counsel Alfredo Pancog said.

28 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Talks falter over demand for vote by Mindanao's people

PEACE talks between the Government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) appear to be bogged down again over expansion of the autonomous region.

The front wants the region in southern Mindanao to include 13 provinces and nine cities. It currently encompasses four provinces and four cities.

28 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Philippines to review case of 33 'smugglers'

THIRTY-THREE Chinese sailors, including five uniformed officers from the Hainan Island Frontier Police, appear to have become the political victims of a war of words between the Philippines and Beijing over the disputed Mischief Shoal in the Spratly Islands.

16 Feb 1995 - 12:00am