Award-winning Christmas tree in Tanauan, Leyte

The Christmas Tree Story

(Exclusive to The Philippine Reporter) THIS CHRITMAS TREE has gone viral. It has been called many names: the Tree of Life; the Tree of Hope; The Most Beautiful Tree in the World; and even won an award as The Best Christmas Tree in Leyte. This fallen acacia tree, a victim of Typhoon Haiyan, was transformed 

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BOAT LOADING ORE. This ship is at the base of the Shenzhou Nickel Mine, a Chinese owned mining company, and they are shipping the ore to China for processing.

Activists, farmers in Mindanao resist global mining, agribusiness and military intrusions

By Joseph Smooke “It is better to die from bullets than from hunger,” said Jucy Salado, spokesperson for a small scale mining community outside Surigao City, Mindanao. In the jungles and coastal communities of the Caraga Region in northeast Mindanao, indigenous people are risking their lives by organizing against corporations that are often protected by 

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According to her former aide, Janet Napoles stored cash in a bath tub. Shown above is allegedly her daughter Jeane. Huffington Post published a correction saying it wasn’t Jeane and that it was a stock photo.

‘Wrecking Ball’ and other objects that made news in 2013

By Mong Palatino 1. Martilyo. Robbers belonging to the ‘Martilyo Gang’ used a hammer and crowbar to rob jewelry shops in SM North Edsa, the grandmother of all supermalls in the country. Because of this incident which happened during the Christmas shopping rush, hammers cannot be sold anymore in malls and police has banned 

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Regie Musca (right) with Lola Posing

How our family miraculously survived Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Stories From Typhoon Survivor of Tanauan, Leyte By Regie Musca MANILA–The night before the landfall, our family prayed the rosary together after dinner. I kept on checking my twitter account, wanting to know every announcement that there was about the storm. An acquaintance twitted me “PH braces for the biggest storm in the planet this 

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RENOWNED film director Peque Gallaga

Rage vs PNoy, politicians, slow relief goods

An Open Letter From Peque Gallaga Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value. Because of this, we are 

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Update from Tacloban

Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath By Karl Gaspar UPDATE, TUESDAY, 19 NOV 2013:  Things are moving faster in terms of delivery of goods to the needy people of Tacloban and nearby areas, but this is not to say that the millions of peoples affected by the supertyphoon have what they need in terms of food, clothing, medicine 

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UPig Fight! – UP Intensifies the Struggle Against Corruption and the Abolition of the Pork Barrel System

The UP Scrap the Pork Alliance, drawing forces from the ranks of its faculty, students, staff, workers, administrators, and communities, in their stanch, just, and ultimately necessary call for the abolition of the pork barrel system, enjoins the people to intensify the struggle against corruption and participate in the September 11 UPig Fight! UP Parade 

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THERE were six of them, all in their 80s. They walked in a shuffle careful about balance. Accompanied by supporters, they braved the heat of the morning sun, to knock  on the gates of Malacañang Palace, where President Aquino was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. See page 5. (VERA Files)

Lolas cry for justice

While PNoy and Japanese PM meet THERE were six of them, all in their 80s. They walked in a shuffle careful about balance. Accompanied by supporters, they braved the heat of the morning sun, to knock on the gates of Malacañang Palace, where President Aquino was meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, crying for justice 

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For 2013: Lacaba is the U.P. Gawad Plaridel awardee

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 U.P. Gawad Plaridel in the person of MR. JOSE F. LACABA, also known as PETE LACABA. Mr. Lacaba has put his considerable writing and communication skills, despite perils to his life, in the service of the Filipino 

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The cast of “Burgos.”
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‘Burgos’: A film about the painful search and inspiring transformation of a mother

How many more mothers would have to shed tears before justice prevails? By RONALYN V. OLEA “Burgos” is probably the most courageous Filipino film in recent years. Based on the true story of a closely-knit family, beautifully written by Ricardo Lee, “Burgos” takes the audience to the most important scenes of almost six years 

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