The Philippine Coast Guard lifted the suspension of passenger motorbanca activities in the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait, where 31 individuals died previously this month after three wooden-hulled boats sank, an official said Tuesday.   Trips are expected to resume early Tuesday after the 10-day suspension, but the weather should be reasonable and only 75% of their passenger ability should be carried by ships.   Passengers are also needed to wear life jackets,


Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it had called on the Japanese ambassador in Moscow to complain about what it said was Tokyo’s criticism bordering on an effort to interfere with Russia’s national affairs. Earlier this month, Tokyo called on Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit one of four islands that Japan and Russia claimed to be highly regrettable and encouraged Moscow to take positive measures to advance


Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) recorded net income of P13.74 billion in the first six months of 2019, up 24.6 percent from P11.03 billion a year ago on the back of powerful development in its interest and non-interest business. In a report submitted by BPI assistant corporate secretary Josenia Jessica Nemeno to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Ayala-led lender said its total revenue for the January to June period


With intentional golden strokes, artist Taipan Lucero proudly revives an ancient script in the hope of encouraging an endangered but controversial portion of the heritage of the Philippines. Once restricted to history courses, Baybayin, a 17-character indigenous script used before Spanish colonization, makes a comeback among the nation’s millennials, young professionals, and diaspora. Even as technology makes writing by hand obsolete, internet calligraphy videos and digital fonts for the script


An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit south of Indonesia’s Bali. the European Earthquake Monitoring Agency EMSC stated that it causes some inhabitants and tourists on the tourist island to rush out of houses briefly. There were no instant reports of harm or injury from the quake and there was no tsunami warning given by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based in Hawaii. The epicenter was 102 km

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Around 130 passengers and seven crew members of mv Sunriser 2 were rescued after the vessel confronted big waves and strong winds in the waters north of Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City on Saturday morning, June 29, 2019. Bonifacio Dayangco, captain of the Cordova Inter-island Shipping Lines Inc. vessel, didn’t want to endanger his passengers. “We left the port of Cordova at around 8:18 a.m. bound for Getafe, Bohol. However, on


In the fourth time so far, the famous American burger chain set up a pop-up store in Manila to sell its products. Which begs the question, will In-N-Out finally open a branch in the Philippines? Pinoy fans were able to get a taste of In-N-Out burgers around 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, via a pop-up store at Blackbeard Seafood Island at Venice Piazza in Taguig City. Unsurprisingly, these

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Prehistoric bones and teeth found in Callao Cave in the Philippines have led to the discovery of a previously unknown species related to humans called Homo luzonensis, according to a new study. The fossils fit in to two adults and one child who lived between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago. In 2007, a single foot bone was found in the cave and dated to 67,000 years ago. During excavations in


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on Thursday elevated Taal Volcano’s status to alert level 1 and observed that was at an “abnormal condition.” PHIVOLCS reminded the public in an advisory that the volcano’s main crater continued to be “strictly off-limits for sudden steam explosions might occur and high concentrations of lethal volcanic gases can be released.” PHIVOLCS supplemented that the whole volcano island is a “permanent danger

Boy passed away after eating puffer fish in Cebu island

A five-year-old boy succumbed to food poisoning Tuesday after eating puffer fish, locally often known as “buriring”, together with his family in Pangan-anan, Olango Island, Cebu. Dr. Ramon Najarro, officer-in-charge of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the guy was the only casualty among the 9 family members after having breakfast. Najarro said the boy passed away at home after members