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NGO: Demafelis’ case trigger for change

Inquirer Breaking News - 31 min 15 sec ago
A nongovernment organization (NGO) helping overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) cope with cases of abuse and illegal recruitment appealed for a new law that would help bring to justice perpetrators of abuses and killings of OFWs, saying the killing of Joanna Demafelis should serve as a wake-up call.   Susan Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, said the case of Demafelis, who was found dead in a freezer in her employer's home in Kuwait, raised all the red flags on lack of protection for OFWs.   Lost contact   Demafelis, according to Ople, was recruited by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Global E-Human Resources Inc. and deployed in...

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Some Filipinos getting tired of loving their country – archbishop

Inquirer Breaking News - 32 min 52 sec ago
  Some Filipinos are getting tired of loving their country, which they claim has fallen into a disturbing moral decay.   Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas expressed this sentiment in an open letter on Saturday to Sen. Leila de Lima, who in several days will mark her first year in detention on drug charges.   "There are some of us who are beginning to feel a fatigue for loving our country," the prelate said in his missive to the embattled lawmaker.   Villegas wrote the letter to give spiritual succor to De Lima, a fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in ...

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PH giving China ‘too much, too early, too soon’

Inquirer Breaking News - 34 min 44 sec ago
The Philippines has given "too much, too early and too soon" in seeking rapprochement with China and may end up with the short end of the stick, a maritime law expert warned on Saturday.   "We are trading away too much, too early and too soon in dealing with China," said Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea.   "Even though we have had promises of billions of dollars worth of projects, it has been more than a year [and] we have not seen one project break ground," said Batongbacal, one of the experts who helped the government win its claim to Philippine (Benham) Rise.   Policy o...

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Where heroes and kin used to tread

Inquirer Breaking News - 39 min ago
  Walking the streets of Binondo and San Nicolas is like taking a trip to Old Manila. It's a leisurely stroll into the city's history and a visual way to get reacquainted with our past and its heroes.   On the Saturday that I decided to feel the city's stories with my feet. Ces Sunico, a fifth generation scion of the Sunico clan of Old Manila, joined me.   Sunico is a volunteer of the Binondo-San Nicolas Heritage Walk, an organization that helps local and foreign tourists as well as other interested parties get to know this district. She also works for the Martial Law Memorial Commission, which documents this harsh chapter in the country's history. &n...

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Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges ‘fantasies’

Inquirer Breaking News - 43 min 44 sec ago
  MOSCOW --- Russia's former ambassador to the United States is dismissing detailed allegations of attempted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as "fantasies" rooted in domestic politics.   Former Ambassador Sergei Kislyak said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday: "I'm not sure that I can trust American law enforcement to be the most precise and truthful source of information about what Russians do."   Kislyak's comments came as top Russian and American officials exchanged barbs over Friday's indictment of 13 Russians accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.   "I have never done anyt...

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7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 2 min ago
  MEXICO CITY --- Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said on Saturday, with mostly minor damage and no deaths directly caused by the temblor five months after two other quakes killed hundreds.   A national emergency committee that convened after Friday's quake adjourned in the afternoon after reporting 200 homes had been damaged, primarily in the southern state of Oaxaca, along with the city hall and main church in the town of Santiago Jamiltepec.   Two people sustained broken bones but had been treated in Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, and their lives were not i...

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Betsy Westendorp Brias: An artist undefeated by life

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 45 min ago
The word "friend" conjures images of intimate chats, exchanges of gossip, laughter over trivialities and baring one's soul, seared by life's cruel moments.   It could also be sitting quietly, concentrated on a canvas, painting with an amazing artist. These are all precious moments with Betsy Westendorp Brias. I call her friend because I have that privilege, and I would like to think the affection is returned.   Her home in the outskirts of Madrid, called Aravaca, is large and sprawling. Truly it is an artist's domain, for all around we see her collectibles. Beetles and insects of all sizes and shapes displayed on glass stands are her accents in the living room. ...

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Is photography art? Find your answer at Art Fair Philippines 2018

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 51 min ago
Is photography art?   It's an age-old debate that's been going on since the medium was invented nearly 200 years ago, now rekindled in the age of Instagram.   Filipino art lovers can judge for themselves at Art Fair Philippines 2018, which has grown into the country's premier showcase of contemporary art.   Apart from the usual selection of the best works by contemporary Filipino artists, this year's Art Fair pays special attention to the hitherto-neglected medium of photography with a new section: ARTFAIRPH/PHOTO presented by Swiss private bank Julius Baer.   "We're very excited about this section of the Art Fair," says Trickie Lopa, one o...

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The wedding of the year–and on a white-sand island

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 55 min ago
  A persistent drizzle that would later intensify did not dampen the spirit of celebration and merrymaking at what was undeniably the wedding of the year, held on Jan. 13 at Maribago Bluewater.   That is a luxury resort owned by the prominent Alegrado family in Mactan Island. Its white beach front fringes a shallow lagoon which has access to a white-sand island---the site chosen for the marriage of the beautiful Evangeline Hayco to Domiku Ugarte. She is the daughter of Edward and Eleanor Hayco, while he is the son of David Ugarte and June Alegrado.   Evangeline rode on a barge decked with flowers as guests on both shores cheered and applauded. The same b...

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Mark Bautista comes out–with juicy ‘blind’ items that keep you guessing

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 58 min ago
  Some public personalities spill all on a TV talk show, in a magazine or newspaper interview, or will forcibly 'fess up after getting caught in an incriminating situation.   Thus, singer and actor Mark Bautista's engaging memoir, "Beyond the Mark," is refreshing, if a bit belabored. It's generally well written (if you don't mind the "coz" and "wanna," since that's probably how his fans speak anyway), visually appealing (clean layout and sexy photographs by Ronnie Salvacion), and nicely paced.   From journals he kept through the years, Bautista writes about his humble beginnings in Cagayan de Oro, joining talent contests with no money, his doubts about h...

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Makati church treasure: A garden of art and agony

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 2 min ago
This treasure trove of sculptures, tucked away in a church in Makati City, can be considered a holy trinity in itself: a consummate display of craftsmanship, a tactile portrayal of Christ's passion, and a profound expression of faith.   Despite being kept in a garden along one of the country's busiest thoroughfares, its existence is practically unknown outside the local community.   The 16-year-old collection is the distinctive take of Magallanes Church on the Way of the Cross, the 14-step Catholic devotion that recounts the suffering of Christ on the day of his death.   Typically observed on Fridays during Lent, the ritual takes pilgrims through His ...

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Mindanao’s Tarintik car ready to compete in Singapore

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 3 min ago
ILIGAN CITY --- After months of planning, a team of engineering students from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) here has come up with a new look for Tarintik to compete in an international car design contest in Singapore next month.   The new car is no longer based on a shape of a raindrop as the Maranao name implied, but it still retains the aerodynamics of its former design, making it fuel-efficient, said Kister Jimenez, an instructor at MSU-IIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology and the faculty representative of the team.   Tarintik will compete in the urban concept category of the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon in...

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Why these ‘Kulasas’ love our reunions

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 4 min ago
  My Scholastican schoolmates (GS '59, HS '63, College '67) had vowed we would keep on traveling near and far, for as long as our legs could carry us---and with what we anticipated may be a limited time left, we did so with such a frenzy this past year.   First, a confession. Our class batches from St. Scholastica's College are notorious for being avid performers in the traditional February homecoming days. We like getting together, so much so that my daughter Aina, a "Kulasa" (as the Scholastican is called in the vernacular) herself, asked me, "Why is it that every year, your class seems to make a big fuss about performing at St. Cecilia's?"   The silve...

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Urdaneta Village folk see red over ill-maintained properties

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 9 min ago
A group of houses inside Urdaneta Village, Makati, reportedly owned by the Social Security System is drawing the ire of its neighbors.   The Urdaneta Village Association, Inc. wrote a letter dated Jan. 25, to SSS Asset Management department head Greg Sopoco, to call its attention to the "violation of UVA's Deed of Restrictions and UVA Construction Rules and Regulations" and "to Cease and Desist from Constructing the CHB Wall, Demolition/Removal thereof, and From Using the Lot for Purposes Other than Residential."   One house is said to be leased by a former senator. What has raised the hackles of residents of the posh village is the fact that the structure has suppo...

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It’s your party and you can celebrate with Mickey if you want to

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 13 min ago
  "Oh, it's your birthday? Happy birthday, Princess," Aurora said, her face lighting up after spotting a guest's birthday badge.   Birthdays and all kinds of occasions are made even more magical at Hong Kong Disneyland.   Birthday girls with a deep love for Disney princesses can drop by the Royal Princess Garden to meet their favorites.   On the days we were at the park, we got to see Sofia the First and Snow White. We bonded with Aurora over our shared love of naps and spent time talking to Belle about books.   "What are you reading now?" we asked.   "I'm reading about a girl who fell into a rabbit hole. Alice. Do you kn...

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Make it a magical weekend

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 14 min ago
  One day at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort really isn't enough, especially during a time like spring when there is so much going on (but there's always so much going on).   Not to worry. There are three unique themed hotels you can choose from and each one has the magic to transport you to a different place.   There's Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, an elegant Victorian palace facing the South China Sea, which has a very classic feel. Disney's Hollywood Hotel is a spacious Hollywood-themed hotel that will remind you of the glitz and glamour of California. Disney Explorers Lodge lets you go on an exotic journey across the world, with wings inspired by Africa, O...

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Resurgence

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 16 min ago
Once the San Miguel Beermen found their rhythm, the Alaska Aces couldn't keep in step. The Beermen poured in 33 points while holding the Aces to 15 in the third quarter to overhaul a 15-point deficit and win, 109-96, on Saturday night in Batangas City. Drawing firepower from reliables Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, San Miguel notched its seventh win against two losses, including a shock defeat to Blackwater last week, to keep top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup. The Beermen, who bucked the absence of the injured Alex Cabagnot, also bolstered their bid for a top two finish in the elimination round that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the qu...

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Celebrating the art of ‘inaul’ weaving

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 17 min ago
BULUAN, MAGUINDANAO --- Normina Collie started weaving the traditional Maguindanao cloth "inaul" when she was only 12 years old. Now 52, she is the province's lone surviving master weaver and still creates the cloth with passion.   "There is passion in doing it, every day I weave, it's in my system," Collie, who is fondly called Babo Normina by acquaintances, told the Inquirer in the vernacular. "I feel weak if I don't weave or make inaul for 'malong' (wraparound)."   Worn only by royals in the olden days, inaul has been touted to be the showcase of Maguindanao's "artistic expression."   "This is (made) only in Maguindanao and (could) not (be found) i...

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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is a paradise for foodies

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 19 min ago
  Confession time: one of our favorite things to do in Hong Kong Disneyland is eat. And why not? There is plenty to enjoy at the park and at the resort's three hotels.   Dining at the hotels   The cutest dim sum ever   At Crystal Lotus in Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, you can order the cutest dim sum ever---they come in the shape of your favorite Disney characters.   There's Mickey's Seafood Glutinous Pancake, Little Pigs Barbecue Pork Bun, Duffy & ShellieMay Steamed Sweet Bun, Little Green Men Pork and Vegetable Bun, Baymax Bun, Olaf Steamed Red Bean Bun, Order Disney Dim Sum 24 hours in advance on weekends and 48 hours in advanc...

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Makati village execs warned over street obstructions

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 21 min ago
  Makati City Mayor Abby Binay warned barangay officials that they may be suspended or removed from office if they fail to maintain order in the streets earlier cleared of traffic obstructions by the local government.   Binay on Saturday ordered the continued "sidewalk recovery operations" aimed at making city streets more "walkable" or pedestrian-friendly.   "We will continue to clear out all forms of obstruction on our streets and sidewalks, and that includes illegal vendors and their wares. We will apprehend violators of our environmental and traffic laws until they learn to obey the law," Binay said in a statement.   Aside from leading the...

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