Latest News on the Philippines

Philippines’ Defense Secretary confirms the deaths of Islamic militants Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon… This signals the end of the Marawi crisis on the southern island of Mindanao.

October 16 (Monday): Nationwide transport strike… No classes — all levels!

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Latest News About Mindanao in the Philippines

October 16, 2017:

Philippines’ Defense Secretary confirms the deaths of Islamic militants Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon… This signals the end of the Marawi crisis on the southern island of Mindanao.

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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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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)

Petition on Change.org to have USPTO cancel Ramar Foods’ Magnolia Ice Cream Trademark Registration

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Justice for Horacio

* Update: The “passerby” who discovered Atio’s body, John Paul Solano, turned out to be lying. Local officials have found no evidence of a body being dumped on a sidewalk. Instead, it appears that Solano knew the victim; in fact, Solano is a law student as well and is now considered the primary suspect in the fraternity member’s death.

The hashtag #JusticeforHoracio started trending in Philippine social-media circles on September 17, 2017, upon the news that a first-year law student at the University of Santo Tomas was killed in a hazing incident.

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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

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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