Roque says he followed health rules in Cebu gathering

Consuelo Marquez 11/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said he followed COVID-19 protocols when he was greeted by a huge crowd during a controversial local government event in Bantayan Island, Cebu. On Friday, a photo of Roque speaking…

PH named world’s top dive destination, Intramuros is top tourist attraction

Katrina Hallare 11/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — For the second year in a row, the Philippines was hailed as the world’s leading dive destination by the 2020 World Travel Awards. The award-giving body, which announced its 2020 winners on Friday, also…

DepEd data: Damage to learning materials from typhoons hit P567M

Christia Marie Ramos 11/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Damage wrought by recent typhoons to learning materials amounted to over P560 million, according to data from the Department of Education (DepEd). During a Senate hearing on Friday, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian showed figures DepEd…

DOH disowns NTC text blast on guidelines for Christmas parties

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 11/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Despite restrictions in social gatherings, are Christmas parties allowed if the venue would be outdoors? The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), in a text blast, said: “May Christmas party? Buksan ang bintana at electric fan.…

Blackpink’s Lisa delights Filipino fans as she says ‘sana all,’ ‘chika’

Ryan Arcadio 11/27/2020

Blackpink’s Lisa charmed her Filipino fans as she gamely tried speaking in Filipino, uttering popular phrases such as “Sana all” in a fun video. A local clothing brand posted a short clip of the K-pop artist chatting with a…

Filipinos’ foreign spouses, children, ‘balikbayans’ may enter PH by Dec. 7

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 11/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, along with returning Filipinos or “balikbayans,” will be allowed to enter the Philippines starting December 7, Malacañang announced Friday. “Also permitted is the entry of former Filipino citizens,…

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under pall of pandemic

11/27/2020

Washington, United States—Millions of Americans defied public health guidelines on Thursday, November 26, 2020, to spend a subdued Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends as coronavirus deaths surged worldwide. More than a million people were screened at US…

French shipbuilder to open Manila office in bid to supply submarines to PH Navy

Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ 11/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines—French shipbuilder Naval Group will open an office in Manila in early 2021 as it seeks to advance its serious interest in supplying the Philippine Navy’s first ever submarines. The office opening would be the first…

Why Janine Berdin feels pressure singing in Bisaya for 11th Himig Handog

By: Alex Brosas     INQUIRER.net / 11/26/2020

Of the 12 interpreters in the 11th edition of Himig Handog, singer Janine Berdin is easily the most pressured, having to sing her piece in her native Visayan tongue. Berdin, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” season 2 champion, is…

Nearly 100 whales die after mass stranding in New Zealand

Agence Presse France 11/26/2020

WELLINGTON — About 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins have died in a mass stranding on the remote Chatham Islands, about 800 km (497 miles) off New Zealand’s east coast, officials said on Wednesday. New Zealand’s Department…

Slapshock frontman Jamir Garcia dies at 42

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 11/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Vladimir “Jamir” Garcia, the frontman of the legendary Filipino heavy metal band Slapshock, has died at the age of 42. A report from the Quezon City Police District showed that Garcia was found lifeless…

PH to sign COVID-19 vaccine deal with AstraZeneca on Friday

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 11/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government, together with local private companies, will sign a tripartite agreement with British drugmaker AstraZeneca on Friday for the purchase of its COVID-19 vaccine. The country’s vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.…

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