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As victims of typhoon-prone Philippines’ worst floods in 50 years clean up and rebuild, its disaster-risk management is back under the spotlight

Imagine living near a river whose waters rise higher than a five-storey building and wreck your home. Now imagine it happening twice in 11 years. But why? As flood victims in Metro Manila shrug their shoulders, experts explain the reasons.

Imagine living near a river whose waters rise higher than a five-storey building and wreck your home. Now imagine it happening twice in 11 years. But why? As flood victims in Metro Manila shrug their shoulders, experts explain the reasons.

As victims of typhoon-prone Philippines’ worst floods in 50 years clean up and rebuild, its disaster-risk management is back under the spotlight
3 Jan 2021 - 8:48AM
Covid-19 an ecological disaster for Asia as single-use plastics pile up and recycling is rolled back

The Philippines has eased the rules on waste disposal at a time when Covid-19 has brought a surge in demand for personal protective equipment and takeaway food containers made of single-use plastic.

The Philippines has eased the rules on waste disposal at a time when Covid-19 has brought a surge in demand for personal protective equipment and takeaway food containers made of single-use plastic.

Covid-19 an ecological disaster for Asia as single-use plastics pile up and recycling is rolled back
9 Sep 2020 - 8:05AM
With animal shelters full, millions of stray dogs and cats roam the Philippines – but one clinic is offering a solution

Twelve million stray cats and dogs roamed the Philippines last year, with many shot dead in pounds or dying of disease and hunger. One animal clinic is trying to stem the tide by organising free mass desexing programmes.

Twelve million stray cats and dogs roamed the Philippines last year, with many shot dead in pounds or dying of disease and hunger. One animal clinic is trying to stem the tide by organising free mass desexing programmes.

With animal shelters full, millions of stray dogs and cats roam the Philippines – but one clinic is offering a solution
2 Aug 2020 - 12:53PM
The phenomenal rise of SB19, Philippine answer to K-pop groups, who beat the odds to become home-grown idols

Picked from an audition in 2016 for years of intensive training modelled on K-pop star factories, SB19 weren’t sure they’d make it until their second single took off. Members of the five-strong group tell the Post about their humble start and high hopes.

Picked from an audition in 2016 for years of intensive training modelled on K-pop star factories, SB19 weren’t sure they’d make it until their second single took off. Members of the five-strong group tell the Post about their humble start and high hopes.

The phenomenal rise of SB19, Philippine answer to K-pop groups, who beat the odds to become home-grown idols
17 Mar 2020 - 12:27PM
Vegan in the Philippines: how plant-based diet is spreading in a country that loves its meat dishes

From 70 Facebook followers to more than 36,000 – the Manila Vegans Facebook group is one example of the growth of plant-based diets in the Philippines. The country is known for its love of meat dishes, but a lot of traditional fare is vegan.

From 70 Facebook followers to more than 36,000 – the Manila Vegans Facebook group is one example of the growth of plant-based diets in the Philippines. The country is known for its love of meat dishes, but a lot of traditional fare is vegan.

Vegan in the Philippines: how plant-based diet is spreading in a country that loves its meat dishes
11 Jan 2020 - 7:48PM
How one man’s cleaned up take on Philippine delicacy isaw gave him a steady future

Isaw, or cleaned and cooked intestines served on a skewer, is a popular snack in the Philippines. Lauro Condencido started making and selling isaw in Quezon City and it sold so well he now has three outlets.

Isaw, or cleaned and cooked intestines served on a skewer, is a popular snack in the Philippines. Lauro Condencido started making and selling isaw in Quezon City and it sold so well he now has three outlets.

How one man’s cleaned up take on Philippine delicacy isaw gave him a steady future
28 Oct 2019 - 7:15PM
The 10 best Philippine bands and singers of all time for Independence Day

Original Pinoy Music started in the mid 1970s and came to represent the musical consciousness of the island nation. They played through years of martial law and spoke out against injustice. Here are our 10 favourites

Original Pinoy Music started in the mid 1970s and came to represent the musical consciousness of the island nation. They played through years of martial law and spoke out against injustice. Here are our 10 favourites

The 10 best Philippine bands and singers of all time for Independence Day
12 Jun 2018 - 8:00AM