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FilAm Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel to join Miss U PHL coronation at MOA on May 13

By Claire Morales True NEW YORK  — Another popular Filipino American celebrity is visiting the Philippines. After award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens did a documentary film in Palawan and Manila, the first FilAm Miss Universe and Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel…

Pres Marcos, VP Duterte maintain high approval, trust ratings

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte received high approval and trust ratings in March, according to a Pulse Asia survey. Based on the “Ulat ng Bayan” survey conducted from March 15 to 19, Marcos got…

Marcos thanks GMA for advice, guidance on her birthday

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.  extended birthday greetings to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, thanking the incumbent House of Representatives Deputy Speaker for her “advice” and “guidance” on the presidency. “I would like to extend a very grateful and very…

Manny Villar wealthiest Filipino for 5th straight year – Forbes

By Jennifer T. Santos MAKATI CITY – For the fifth straight year, former Senate President and Speaker Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. remains the country’s richest Filipino based on the Forbes Billionaires List for 2023. Villar, who is a real estate…

Philippine gov’t debt soars to P13.8 trillion

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda MANILA – The national government’s total outstanding debt has reached P13.75 trillion as of end-February 2023, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). In a statement, the treasury  bureau said that for the month, the…

FilAm star Vanessa Hudgens now global tourism ambassador for Philippines

By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE LOS ANGELES/MANILA/PALAWAN – Yes, Virginia. Filipino American Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens is now the Global Tourism Ambassador of the Philippines. No less than President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. presented the document making Vanessa as such during a call…

Quo Vadis Filipino Americans 3 years into the pandemic?

By Jun Nucum SAN FRANCISCO – It has been three years since the pandemic began but about 24% of Filipino Americans (FilAms) in California, according to the 2021 tracking data, are still not fully vaccinated and boosted despite having a…

Philippines stands to lose EU trade perks

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Editor MANILA – The trade perks that the Philippines has been receiving from the European Union (EU) may be withdrawn unless the Marcos administration can prove that it has turned its back on the brutality of…

AMID TENSION, PHL NAMES 4 MORE BASES FOR U.S. TROOPS; 4 officials meet in Washington as biggest war drills set to begin

By ALFRED GABOT and CLAIRE MORALES TRUE Editor in Chief and Managing Editor   WASHINGTON/MANILA – As tension remains high in the Indo Pacific region, the Philippines and the United States announced the location of four more military bases to…

TEVES STILL IN U.S.? DEFIES CALL TO RETURN; Ex-governor brother faces raps over seized guns and explosives

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief MANILA – Even as  Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. and Justice Secretary Crispin Remulla hinted that there are “strong evidence” against the masterminds behind the March 4 massacre of Negros Oriental Governor Roel…