Latest News on the Philippines

August 11, 2017: Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Philippine island of Luzon

Graft allegations against COMELEC chair Andy Bautista

August 3, 2017: President Duterte signed the bill granting free tuition in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)

Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog and his wife Susan were killed in a drug raid conducted by the Philippine National Police in the early hours of July 30, 2017.

Nationwide Smoking Ban took effect on July 23

San Miguel Corporation will be purchasing the Philippine Daily Inquirer for a sum estimated to be about 3.5 billion pesos (US$70 million). The paper has a circulation of 1.4 million and had been in the control of two of Manila’s patrician groups — the Prieto and Rufino families.

This “old money” from the capital Manila has not been very favorably disposed to the less genteel President Duterte, who hails from the southern island of Mindanao, currently under martial law.

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Filipino Food In the News

On the butter, margarine and cheese (BMC) issue, San Miguel wins in court against Ramar Foods, the USA company that pirated the Magnolia brand from the Philippines.

Despite that victory on the BMC issue, San Miguel is still prohibited by United States law from using the Magnolia brand name for ice cream and related frozen dessert products in the United States.

Any “Magnolia ice cream” you see in the USA is not produced by the company from the Philippines. It is the OMGpeke version manufactured by Ramar Foods of California.

To add to the ludicrousness of the situation, a representative of this OMGpeke company Ramar Foods registered “Filipino Food Movement” as a corporation in California in August 2015.

There are very few international news stories that mention Filipino food, compared to other cuisines. Here are recent articles from an automatically generated feed.

How Chef Tatung Sarthou is merging traditional and contemporary Filipino cuisine
And his thoughts on the evolution of the regional fare

Ramar Foods offers Comerica Bank their controversial Magnolia and Pampanga’s Best trademarks as collateral (2016)

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Latest News on the Philippine Economy

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a new law that makes education at all state universities and colleges in the country tuition-free, despite advice to the contrary by economic advisers.

Congress passed the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act earlier this year and sent it to Duterte last month to sign or veto.

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Lagarejos is the surname of a Roman Catholic priest accused of booking a 13-year-old girl for sex in the Philippines.

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U.S. Company Pirates Filipino Brand Magnolia

San Miguel is not allowed to sell Magnolia Ice Cream in the United States. Do you know why?

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News Articles on Tagalog

As of 2017, more than two percent of Californians speak Tagalog, making the language native to the Philippines the most common foreign dialogue spoken in the state of California, after Spanish.

There are about 832,024 Californians who speak Tagalog at home.

Tagalog is also the most commonly spoken foreign language after Spanish in the states of Washington and Nevada.

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What’s Happening in Metro Manila?

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News Coverage of Cebu

Cebu is the name of a major city and island province in the Visayas region of the Philippines.

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