Ch1na spends billions of dollars to suppress "critical information that contradicts its narratives on contentious issues such as Taiwan, human rights and its flagging domestic economy."
It has used Ch1nese apps like TikT0k and WeCha to disseminate official propaganda and to block potential critics.
Where to watch the UAAP basketball games, which start tomorrow Sept. 30.
Free TV: One Sports
Cable TV: One Sports Plus, UAAP Varsity Channel
Smart Livestream app (free for Smart/PLDT Home subscribers)
Pilipinas Live app (P149/month or $7.99/month)
‘Bold step’: Philippines vows to remove future South China Sea barriers
While many Filipinos are on revenge tourism mode, #UNWTO data showed their travel expenditures abroad reached just US$2.9 billion in the first half of the year, or 50-percent below the $5.75 billion recorded in the same period in 2019. #travel #tourism #Philippines
#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. 😊
There's a new(ish) video up on Austronesian languages - https://youtu.be/TAa9sT3qxaU - and this comment is such a callout for our people being too online lmao
(Context: for some reason, the word for 'five' is pretty consistently lima/ima/limo/imo across the languages in the family group)
ETA: the video also looks pretty interesting! I'll watch in a bit
#TootSEA #Pasifika #linguistics #Malaysia #Indonesia #Philippines #Vietnam #Cambodia #Fiji #Samoa #Tonga #Vanuatu #SolomonIslands #PNG #Hawaii #TimorLeste #Singapore #Brunei #Thailand #Nusantara #Taiwan #AsiaPacific #Madagascar #Maori #indigenous #Polynesia #Micronesia #Melanesia
Buy one take one on shoes in Marikina Riverbanks this weekend (Sept. 28 to Oct. 1).
You can score two for the price of one when you visit The Playground Premium Outlet at The Studio, Riverbanks, Marikina for Nike, Converse, Vans, Asics, Toms, and other brands.
Ph former beauty queen Maggie Wilson threatens to sue TikTok infuencers who spread lies against her. @DocCarms
Trending in #Philippines on Sep 28, 2023
2022 Asian Games
Discover more on https://trendingon.wiki/en/trends/philippines/2023-09-28
The Philippines was named one of the top climbers of the decade following the release of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2023, in which it placed 56th out of 132 economies, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said.
The index measures the innovation capacity of economies based on two sub-indices — innovation input and innovation output.
It's *West Philippine Sea* and I hope the international press takes notice of these atrocities, and the blatant attack on Philippine sovereignty that China is displaying. It is incorrigible, and impossible to forgive.
#Philippines this week removed floating barrier placed by #China to complete its control over interior lagoon of disputed #ScarboroughShoal in #SouthChinaSea. https://apnews.com/article/china-philippines-south-sea-barrier-scarborough-68163cbe8c5b3ad7844dfecad71bce9c
Manila Airport Terminals - Can you expect a smooth transit through?
Having read negative reports about Manila Nasay International, I was apprehensive about our 6-hour transit thru the Manila airport terminals
#Germany lifts embargo on #Philippines Iveco VBTP #Guarani 6x6 APCs https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_september_2023_global_security_army_industry/germany_lifts_embargo_on_philippines_iveco_vbtp_guarani_6x6_apcs.html
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/ArmyRecognition/status/1707360294081581239
Ateneo de Manila University has been the top Ph university for 2 years in a row based on the Times Higher Education rankings. Should the University of the Philippines (formerly Ph's best) be worried?
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
After beating Bahrain 89-61, Gilas Pilipinas (Ph men's basketball team) faces Thailand at 11 am in Asian Games basketball today.
China is asserting its claim to seas far to the south of its mainland, wreaking havoc with fishers from the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, who have used the waters for generations.
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.
How many days do you have to work to earn the money to buy the iPhone 15?
Philippines 79.5 days
South Korea 10.1
United Kingdom 9.9
United States 5.3
China sees ‘Cold War mentality’ in US-Vietnam pact, Vietnamese disagree
How ‘war on terror’ was fought, won in Southeast Asia – for now
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."
There's currently a rumor circulating that respected journalist and news anchor Mike Enriquez has passed away. His home network, GMA, has yet to publish a statement/announcement regarding this.
I really hope this is just a case of fake news. #Philippines
EDIT: Unfortunately, this news is true. Mike Enriquez has passed away at age 71.