Author: Ted Alcuitas

Breaking: Duterte cancels Canadian helicopter order

GROWING FLEET – Eight brand new Canadian Bell-412eP combat utility helicopters and two Italian AW-109E attack choppers were unveiled by the Philippine Air Force (PAF)in 2016 with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin christening with champagne one of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) newest acquisitions at the Villamor Air Base grandstand in Pasay City. (John Jerome Ganzon)   Because of review over human rights concern BY THE MANILA TIMES  FEBRUARY 9, 2018 DAVAO, Philippines: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday ordered his defense ministry to cancel a US$235 million contract to buy 16 helicopters from Canada after Prime...

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Study: Filipinos are most ignorant in world

Rappler: Newsbreak Why worry about Filipinos online being ‘most ignorant’? Posted: 08 Feb 2018 02:11 AM PST MANILA, Philippines – Suicide rates. Number of teenage births. Smartphone owners in the Philippines. Even belief in Heaven, Hell, and God. These were only some of the things Filipinos online were wrong about, according to Ipsos’ Perils of Perception 2017 survey and its Misperceptions Index. (READ: Filipinos are 3rd most ignorant of key issues – report) The report aimed to look at the gap between people’s perceptions and reality, across a wide range of issues from health to social media use, to...

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Matutong magluto ng pagkaing Filipino

Vancouver, B.C. Updated: February 10, 2018, 4:00 PM  Kusina ni Lola A group calling themselves Reconnecting Cultural Networks (RCN) has teamed up with UBC Global Lounge and Multicultural Helping House to teach Filipino Cooking. The course will be on March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018. It will be held from 6-9 P.M. at the Multicultural Helping House Society at 4802 Fraser St. in east Vancouver. Deadline for registration is on February 25th. Contact: email:  [email protected] or A similar course on Filipino cooking was offered last year at Langara College but according to Camille de Gracia, one of the organizers of Kusina ni Lola, that course is no longer being offered.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Helicopters: Is Canada helping to kill Filipinos?

President Rodrigo Duterte CANADA Government to review sale of military hardware  Just one day after signing a $233 million agreement to sell 16 helicopters to the Philippines, the Canadian government on Wednesday (February 7)ordered a review of the deal amid concerns the aircraft could be used to fight rebels, Reuters reported. Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said that the deal – formally signed on Tuesday – had been struck in 2012 on the understanding the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions. Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla, military chief of plans, told Reuters on Tuesday the helicopters would be used for...

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Photography: Pinay maid sa Hongkong nanalo

Joan Pabona’s black-and-white photo, ‘Sacrifice,’ shows a worker in a helmet standing among safety nets used for bamboo scaffolding. National Geographic HK photo contest runner-up A  domestic worker from the Philippines has taken the first runner-up prize in a photo contest held by National Geographic, the Asia Times reported. Joan Pabona, a 35-year-old Filipina domestic worker who has been working in Hong Kong since 2013, was announced as first runner-up in the National Geographic Wheelock Properties Youth Photo Competition 2017 (People and Happenings in Hong Kong section) Titled ‘Sacrifice,’ her black-and-white photo shows a worker in a helmet standing among safety nets used for bamboo scaffolding. Joan said she took the picture from the home of the family she works for on the 8th floor of a residential building in Happy Valley, on Hong Kong Island. Joan told Asia Times she started taking photographs when she was in college in the Philippines and further pursued her interest after moving to Hong Kong. She attended photography workshops organized by the social enterprise Lensational. Now she says she often spends her days off walking around Hong Kong with her camera, hoping to capture details of local life. “Hong Kong (is like) a playground and a second home, I’m always interested (in) people surrounding me,” Joan said. The photo competition had four categories under the over-arching theme ‘Hong Kong Reminiscence: Place, People...

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