Manila

  • World

    Baby #8 billion: Manila marks world population milestone

    Calling someone “one in a million” just doesn’t have the same strength that it used to. The world population has now hit eight billion people. And who is the lucky eight billionth person? It’s hard to say exactly, but a newborn baby girl in Manila has been chosen as the eight billionth global citizen for this new population milestone. Vinice…

  • Philippines

    Magnitude 7+ earthquakes hit northern Philippine islands – VIDEO

    The island of Luzon in the Philippines has been hit by a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake sending strong tremors felt in many areas nearby, including the capital Manila. The earthquake was measured at around 10 – 40 kilometres deep. There have been other similar magnitude earthquakes being reported this morning (below). At this stage there are no immediate reports of…

  • Philippines

    Philippines to lift most Covid restrictions in Manila from tomorrow

    A spokesperson for Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, says most Covid-19 restrictions in the capital, Manila, will be lifted from tomorrow. According to an AFP report, it comes as government officials declare Manila’s vaccination rate to be 100%, although it’s much lower elsewhere in the country. Manila has also experienced a sharp decline in case numbers. The country just…

  • Philippines

    Covid-19 subsiding in Philippines drops capital region to Alert Level 2

    As Covid-19 infections start to slow in the Philippines, Metro Manila and the capital region will reduce their restriction rating to Alert Level 2 out of 5. The easing will be in effect until November 21 as vaccination rates are increasing and daily infections are subsiding. The country is still reporting close to 2,000 infections per day, though yesterday say…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Philippines extends travel ban from Thailand, 9 other countries

    The Philippines is planning to extend its ban on travellers from Thailand and 9 more countries. The extension will go the end of this month out of Delta/Covid concerns, the presidential spokesperson said today. Philippine officials are rushing to control a spike in Covid cases that have stayed constant at around 12,000 infections for the second day in a row…

  • World

    Duterte approves lockdown measures for Manila

    The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, AKA Rody, or “The Punisher”, or “Duterte Harry”, has approved lockdown measures in the capital of the Philippines, Manila, today. The move is an effort to thwart the spread of the Delta variant and to protect the country’s medical system. Earlier in the week, Duterte expressed his lack of enthusiasm for lockdowns, framing…

  • World

    Volcano eruption in the Philippines, thousands evacuated

    The public is reminded that the entire volcano island is a Permanent Danger Zone One of the world’s smallest active volcanoes, the Taal Volcano in the Philippines, is forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate after it started blasting out a kilometre high plume of gas and steam yesterday. The alert went out that that the volcano, which is…

  • Business

    Thai Airways delays take off in 2021 | VIDEO

    Due to the current outbreak of Covid-19, Thai Airways, Thailand’s flagship airline, is reducing its international flight schedule until at least March 27. A limited schedule of domestic flights are still operating as normal under the airline’s domestic carrier Thai Smile. Thai Airways will reduce international flights to the following destinations: Asia •Hong Kong: One daily return flight – TG638/TG639…

  • Weather

    ‘Goni’ slams into Philippines’ coast, most powerful typhoon of the year – VIDEO

    Typhoon Goni, aka. ‘Rolly’, the region’s most powerful typhoon for 2020, has crossed the coastline in The Philippines packing sustained winds of 225 kilometres per hour. Goni hit Catanduanes island this morning just before 5am, Philippine time. It then moved onto the northern island of Luzon, and will pass some 100 kilometres south of the capital Manila. More than 500,000 people…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Manila goes on lockdown

    “It’s a lockdown It’s just a matter of protecting and defending you from Covid-19. That’s about it.” Some 12 million people in the Philippine capital of Manila are now in near total lockdown after a Thursday order from the nation’s president Rodrigo Duterte banning domestic travel and an announcement earlier today of a nighttime curfew in the capital. The president…

  • Việt Nam

    30 con tin bị bắt giữ trong vụ nổ súng ở trung tâm thương mại Philippines

    Hôm nay tại thủ đô Manila, Philippines, ít nhất 30 người bị bắt làm con tin khi một tay súng tấn công vào trung tâm thương mại. Người dân lo lắng gần trung tâm thương mại nơi xảy ra vụ bắt cóc (Ảnh: Facebook) Theo AFP cho biết vụ việc trên diễn ra tại trung tâm thương mại Virra Mall…

  • Crime

    Sacked security guard takes around 30 hostages at shopping mall in Philippines

    A man has been shot and around 30 people have been taken hostage by a gunman at a mall in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Armed police and negotiators are trying to end the standoff peacefully. The situation is ongoing. The shot man is already in hospital in a stable condition. The gunman, reported to be a former security…

  • Việt Nam

    Philippines đóng cửa sân bay ở Manila vì núi lửa

    Chiều nay, núi lửa Taal hoạt động trở lại khiến chính quyền Manila nâng mức cảnh báo nguy hiểm lên mức 3 và sơ tán hàng ngàn người dân, đóng cửa sân bay quốc tế ở Manila. Núi lửa Taal tiếp tục phun những đám mây bụi vào khí quyển, buộc ban quản lý sân bay Manila hủy tất cả…

  • Philippines

    Manila traffic jams block ambulances, patients die on way to hospital

    by Cecil Morella / Joshua Melvin Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city’s hospitals, medics warn. Special lanes for emergency vehicles are not enforced, the infrastructure is outdated, and local drivers are often unwilling or unable to make way – a situation experts…

  • Crime

    American woman tries to smuggle 6 day old baby in carry on luggage – Philippines

    A female US citizen remains in custody in the Philippines after allegedly trying to leave the country with a baby inside her hand luggage. She was flying out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. The baby was alive and now in the care of Philippine officials. The 43 year old American woman was caught with the child in…

  • Environment

    The Philippines declares national dengue epidemic

    PHOTO: Philippine Star The Philippines has now declared a national dengue epidemic reporting that the mosquito-borne disease has now killed at least 622 people in the country in 2018. More than 146,000 dengue cases have now been reported in the first seven months of the year, a number almost double last year, according to the The Philippines’ health department. Officials…