#Philippines president #Bongbong #Marcos suffers a quite significant drop in his approval rating, according to Pulse Asia poll. His approval had been at 80% in June, now down to 65%. Rising prices of basic commodities and services, and the government's failure to adequate address the cost of living held responsible. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-marcos-suffers-significant-drop-approval-rating-2023-10-02/
Two Bodies Found inside Shipping Container in Bangkok #Bangkok #Container #LatKrabang #Philippines https://www.thailandnews.co/2023/10/two-bodies-found-inside-shipping-container-in-bangkok/
Dept of Tourism Usec Pamintuan: I think what we can expect is that we will continue to recover in the next year. Based on the global trends, it has been predicted that we will be able to reach our prepandemic levels of international tourist arrivals by 2025." #travel #tourism #Philippines
Because it was International Coffee Day yesterday, I'm sharing this story map my husband and I made. It's about the four varieties of #coffee cultivated here in the #Philippines: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/c83834bbd0804c8d959a718148320782
This story map is based on our blog post published a few years ago: https://www.pushpins.com.ph/different-types-of-philippine-coffee/
Normally, the election of a regional director at a distant WHO outpost would go unnoticed. But WHO Western Pacific Regional Office is different since it is a region of intense geopolitical competition as a repository of oil, fish, and sea-bed resources coveted by global powers. There is almost daily confrontation as Chna violates the rights of neighboring countries like Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Just another day of living with the bully.
The Chna Coast Guard has deployed rubber boats around Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal to prevent Filipino fisherfolk from entering the lagoon, a fishers’ group said yesterday. Panatag Shoal is in the Ph's exclusive economic zone.
Today in Labor History October 1, 1971: Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila, considered by many to be one of the best and most brutal boxing matches ever. As many as 1 billion people watched the fight. Before the fight, Ali declared that the watch would be a "a killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila."
Dunkin Donuts is now in NAIA 3 (Manila Airport). You can now get your sugar or caffeine fix in stall #4 in the arrival area.
Tropical Storm Jenny (Koinu) again intensified and now has maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour from the previous 75 km/h.
It is projected to pass over the Bashi Channel between Batanes and the southern part of Taiwan between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, October 5.
The Philippines gets its first gold medal in the 2023 Asian Games from pole vaulter EJ Obiena with a clearance of 5.90 meters. "Obiena broke the Asian Games record of Japan’s Seito Yamamoto of 5.70."
iPhone 12 sale in the Ph's Beyond tne Box and Digital Walker stores.
iPhone 12, 64GB: P29,990
iPhone 12, 128GB P32,990
iPhone 12, 256GB: P36,990
This Socorro Cult (developing) story is absolutely insane. A 22 year-old cult leader with a private army of more than 150 adults and children who also sexually abused minors. Harrowing details from the ongoing senate investigation,
Here is a photo of me taken in front of #Milan cathedral that I've ask LLaVA to describe for me. to my sighted friends, I'll appreciate you giving feedback on its accuracy.
The image features a man wearing a pink shirt standing in front of a large, ornate building with a blue sky in the background. The building appears to be a cathedral, as it has a tall structure and a prominent clock tower. The man is holding a camera, possibly taking a picture of the impressive building.
There are several other people in the scene, some of them closer to the foreground and others further in the background. They seem to be enjoying their time near the cathedral, possibly admiring its architecture or taking photos as well.
‘Bold step’: Philippines vows to remove future South China Sea barriers
#Pinoy #Filipino friends in the Fediverse! There's a #photoblogging challenge Pinoy edition happening soon. Masaya 'to! Here's the page created by @dyownie for those who want to join. And feel free to also suggest hashtag(s) for this!
If you can, please don't forget to include alt text to the photos. 😊
The #Philippines is the most dangerous country in #Asia to defend the #environment #ClimateCrisis
"According to Mr Bonafacio, the #Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has also been weaponised and escalated in recent months, its usage "skewed against environmental advocates".The law, using a broad definition of €terrorism, means people designated as "terrorists" can be arrested without a warrant and detained for up to 24 days without charge.
Professor Curato said the Anti-Terrorism Act, along with other bills passed recently, showed the Philippines government no longer needed to resort to outright authoritarianism and could instead rely on laws that had the veneer of credibility and due process.
Among the tactics used against activists by both state-backed and private security forces, red-tagging is one of the most pervasive and dangerous, according to Nicole Curato, a professor of political sociology at the University of Canberra."
#Climate #Counterterrorism #Repression #Antireport
Added Tara Frejas' site to my list of DRM-free bookshops!
Self-publishing romance stories since 2015, Tara has so far written 13 books (including collaborations), all available in both print and digital formats. 🐰💜
Find Tara's ebookshop and many, many more here:
#Philippines officials vowed Monday to remove a floating barrier placed by #China's coast guard to prevent Filipino fishing boats from entering a disputed lagoon in the #SouthChinaSea
They said the 300 metre-long barrier at the entrance to the lagoon at Scarborough Shoal is “illegal and illegitimate.” Chinese coast guard vessels laid the barrier, held up by buoys, on Friday as a Philippine government fisheries vessel approached
What set off the latest South China Sea row between China and Philippines?
Philippines cuts floating barrier in South China Sea | AJ #shorts
The hardest part of learning Tagalog is that almost everyone texts in abbreviations or nonstandard spelling. I can never use google translate to stay to figure it out.
I downloaded a book to learn with and numerous times, my wife had to tell me that the book was either incorrect or it was teaching a super old formal way of saying something that works never be used.
It’s not even on duolingo and they have fictional languages like Elvish.
⚠️🇵🇭South China Sea: Philippines removes Chinese barrier in contested area (BBC News VIDEO) #Ukraine #Philippines #USA #Australia #Press #News #Russia #China #RussiaUkraineWar #9yrInvasionofUkraine #WantedDeadOrAlive
I swear, the weakest link in a Filipino's cybersecurity is the Philippine government.
Hackers demand $300,000 from Ph health insurer.
Environmental activists killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022 – report
"#Colombia was the deadliest country and a fifth of the 177 recorded killings took place in the Amazon rainforest, says Global Witness.
At least 177 people were killed last year for defending the environment, according to new figures, with a fifth of killings taking place in the Amazon #rainforest.
Murdered by organised crime groups and land invaders, environmental defenders were killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022, figures from the NGO Global Witness show. Colombia was the most deadly country, recording 60 murders.
#Indigenous communities were disproportionately represented in the figures, making up 34% of all murders, despite representing about 5% of the world’s population. The new figures mean that at least 1,910 environmental defenders have been killed between 2012 and 2022, according to Global Witness, with most of the murders going unpunished.
#Brazil, #Mexico, #Honduras and the #Philippines were the most deadly countries in 2022 after Colombia.
Almost 90% of all killings were recorded in Latin America."
Philippines condemns ‘floating barrier’ in South China Sea
‘Baby steps’ for ASEAN as it wraps up first-ever joint military drills
⚠️🇵🇭Philippines condemns China's 'floating barrier' (more) #Ukraine #Philippines #chinasea #Press #News #Russia #RussiaUkraineWar #9yrInvasionofUkraine #WantedDeadOrAlive
Philippines condemns ‘floating barrier’ in South China Sea
Something I'm working on today: We have to think of detainees charged with abortion-related crimes as political detainees precisely because “the personal is political,” that abortion and bodily autonomy are political issues. The struggle for the legalization of abortion is part and parcel to any program of police and prison abolition in the Philippines.
#Philippines government issues a public health warning and advises folks to mask up, as the National Capital Region is suffering from high levels of sulfur dioxide and volcanic smog, caused by eruptions on Mount Taal, in Batangas province https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippine-issues-health-warning-volcano-brings-smog-capital-nearby-provinces-2023-09-22/
The beautiful chocolate hills of Bohol island in the Philippines. One of my favourite landscapes, there are over 1000 of these little elevations spread in a small area, most likely formed from a weathered marine limestone layer with no trees or shrubs growing on them.
#chocolatehills #bohol #philippines #philippines🇵🇭 #visitphilippines #cebu#droneoftheday
Two activists freed in Philippines after being ‘abducted by the military’
Losing my mind over the fact the Philippines wants to become a “major liquefied natural gas player” despite the lack of an abundant source of natural gas deposits in the territory, or that LNG/fossil gas has considerable greenhouse gas emissions (particularly methane). If you didn't know, the Malampaya gas field is steadily being depleted.
We are never going to get sensible climate/energy policy are we.
Philippines doomsday ‘cult’ accused of child sex abuse
Singapore based firm #Dyson commits to an investment of 11 billion PHP ($194 million) in the #Philippines for a new factory and R&D center. Dyson says 1250 new jobs will be created. https://business.inquirer.net/421514/singapore-firm-pledges-p11-b-investment-in-ph
Yurii Poita, a Ukrainian national security researcher living in Taipei, says that it may actually make #China speed up plans for an invasion.
“#China will not abandon its strategic plans to take over #Taiwan,” he predicted and may want to strike earlier due to renewed alarm (and related military buildups) by China’s adversaries in the Asia-Pacific.
ok, so, factual correction: Maya is the upcoming one (and was used originally as remittance transfer platform), GCash is the more established player with the market domination.
But here's the thing: the national QR code exists (as mentioned). It's in use. You *can* use GCash app to read the QR code on Maya app, and VICE VERSA. (we tested) You can use your bank app to read a GCash app QR code. You very much practically CAN pay directly without transferring money across e-wallets.
BUT: does this cost you transaction fees?
AND: why wasn't this better communicated by the payment providers?
After getting a better idea on the e-wallet ecosystem in the #Philippines, I get now why transaction fees are a pain point - if it makes anyone feel any better, this was actually the situation back home and was going to stay so if the concurrent work on developing a national QR code as part of the payment systems wasn't also happening and implemented shortly after. The thing I didn't quite grasp was what was going on at the point-of-payment - the ewallets aren't interoperable at qr code level: if this app isn't working, you have to use another app. Ok, same in my experience, or so I thought.
Each provider is controlling every part of the payment process. Maya apparently is trying (like Zelle in the US) to be defacto payment provider through market size so when you can synonymize "paying across many accounts" with "being on that network".
//ETA: i got updates, corrections, revisions downthread//
In the 🇵🇭PH, it was more common to take long vacations during the weeks approaching Christmas, in which kids also have long breaks.
We take the Christmas season there seriously: it takes up the whole “ber” months (September onwards), with a couple of days short break for Halloween 👻 on Nov., then Christmas resumes. 😄
I bet there are Christmas trees and lanterns around already this time. 😁
This is so funny! I don't know if this is real. #SANAOL is a #Filipino slang word which means "I hope all". It's usually used as an expression to something positive that you hope everyone else have or will experience.
A: I have a girlfriend now!
Everyone: Sanaol! (I hope all!)
B: I'm going to Korea!
Everyone: Sanaol! (I hope everyone else!)
Microsoft: We will replace "SELECT *" with SANAOL.
Every programmer: SANAOL!
New on the blog, in case you need some late-Saturday night read (and a quick escape from the gloomy weather in this part of the world). 🏖️
Wrote about this quaint resort years ago for Spot.ph, but here's a more personal take. 😊
I made a loan on Kiva to a woman in the Philippines who owns a fishing business. She still needs some support, if you would like to help. As little as $25 can help Lilibeth reach her goal.
Kiva is an easy way to make a real difference in someone's life. Will you join me in helping Lilibeth in Roxas Palawan to pursue their dream?
I see Filipinos complaining that we no longer live in a democracy. A few points,
—The current authoritarian hellhole we live in is the fullest conclusion of democracy, not the lack of it
—Democracy, from its ancient roots in ancient Athens, has ALWAYS meant elite rule
—Elite rule is democracy's norm, not its aberration
—The explanation why democracy means elite rule means democracy varies, but generally under democracy, the agency of people are reduced to become mere passive voters BY DESIGN
—As such, Marcos Jr. winning a majority for the first time under the 1987 Constitution is a vindication of the passivity of the voter
—People vote in authoritarians precisely because they have no power, precisely because the authoritarians provides them with an image of power
—The struggle for a free Philippines will necessarily mean an overcoming of democracy, bringing out the fullest agency in everyone and repudiating the ballot box
#AI #GenerativeAI #Philippines #WageSlavery: "The mathematical models underpinning AI tools get smarter by analyzing large data sets, which need to be accurate, precise and legible to be useful. Low-quality data yields low-quality AI. So click by click, a largely unregulated army of humans is transforming the raw data into AI feedstock.
In the Philippines, one of the world’s biggest destinations for outsourced digital work, former employees say that at least 10,000 of these workers do this labor on a platform called Remotasks, which is owned by the $7 billion San Francisco start-up Scale AI.
Scale AI has paid workers at extremely low rates, routinely delayed or withheld payments and provided few channels for workers to seek recourse, according to interviews with workers, internal company messages and payment records, and financial statements. Rights groups and labor researchers say Scale AI is among a number of American AI companies that have not abided by basic labor standards for their workers abroad."