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What Went Before: USS Guardian running aground Tubbataha Reefs

USS Guardian AP FILE PHOTO

On Jan. 17, 2013, while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay, the minesweeper ship USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs, a delicate ecosystem in the Sulu Sea treasured for its rich marine biodiversity.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH mountain known for dwarf trees now on Unesco World Heritage list

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PANORAMIC vista of Mt. Hamiguitan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental has been included on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Imagine the arts uniting 6 rivals for Spratlys on one stage

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Imagine some of the music greats of all six claimants to territories in the South China Sea—the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei—on one stage and taking part in a concert that aims to promote camaraderie and friendly relations among these nations and ease rising tensions in the disputed waters.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

The Artist Abroad

Putting money where our mouth is

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petroglyphs

I was astounded to learn that in the town of Binangonan, barely 90 miles from Manila, is a trove of cave drawings that are believed to be 5,000 years old, and that these drawings carved on stone, or petroglyphs, were first stumbled upon in 1965 by Carlos “Botong” Francisco when he was leading a Boy Scout troop on a hike. It’s fitting that it was a muralist, justly praised for his work, who came upon these artifacts. (Botong, named National Artist posthumously in 1973, was from Angono, not far from the cave site.) The human figures depicted in these drawings are thought to be in positions that imply acts of worship.

Posted: April 29th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

PH ‘Dream Ensemble’ a ‘big hit’ in Paris show

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/www.dfa.gov.ph

With a 30-minute performance that featured classic Filipino folk dances like the tinikling, sayaw sa bangko and maglalatik, as well as a Christmas musical number, a 10-member group of physically and mentally challenged dancers, including marginalized artists, from the Philippines, emerged as a “big hit” during the International Day of Persons with Disabilities rites held in Paris on Dec. 3.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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