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May 26, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
BORACAY, Philippines - Can a million and a half people be wrong? That's how many vacationers are expected to visit Boracay Island this year. Can Travel & Leisure be wrong? That's the magazine that crowned Boracay the best island in the world. Can TripAdvisor be wrong? That's the website that dubbed Boracay a Travelers' Choice 2013 Winner. After my visit last year to this island 250 miles southeast of Manila, I decided that, yes, they could be wrong. Or misguided. Or I could be. I'm guessing that the visitors/voters aren't Californians on the far edge of middle age who fancy themselves beach connoisseurs.
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December 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The mayor of a town in the troubled southern Philippines was among four people shot to death in an ambush outside Manila's international airport Friday, authorities reported. The fatal attack on Ukol Talumpa, mayor of Zamboanga del Sur in the Labangan area of Mindanao, was at least the third attempt on the politician's life in the last three years, raising suspicions that the unknown gunmen were motivated by the region's brutal political conflicts. Talumpa, his wife Lea, an 18-month-old baby and a staff member were attacked by at least two gunmen shortly after they arrived at the Manila airport from the regional town of Cebu, airport manager Angel Honrado told a news conference at the scene, the Philippine Star reported.
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NEWS
May 17, 1994
In the second staging of the pageant in the Philippines, 77 contestants will compete Saturday for the title of Miss Universe at Manila's Philippine International Convention Center. The internationally televised pageant was first held in the Philippine capital in 1974 under the patronage of then-First Lady Imelda Marcos, herself a former beauty queen. In 1993, Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico won the title. The Philippines has produced two winners.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2013 | By Susan King
"Metro Manila," a thriller about a poor farmer who moves his family from the rice fields of the northern Philippines to Manila in hopes of a better life, was the big winner Sunday evening in London at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, earning honors for best film, director for Sean Ellis and achievement in production. James McAvoy was named lead actor for the crime comedy "Filth," and Lindsay Duncan won lead actress for the comedy-drama "Le Week-end. " Supporting actor honors went to Ben Mendelsohn for "Starred Up," and Imogene Poots won supporting actress for "The Look of Love.
NEWS
May 6, 2012
Luzon and the 7,100 other Philippine islands may have extra allure with this round-trip offer from LAX to Manila for $858, including all taxes and fees, on China Airlines. It is subject to availability for departures Mondays-Thursdays between Aug. 20 and Nov. 29. There is no minimum stay, but the maximum stay is two months. The ticket must be purchased by May 20. Info: China Airlines , (800) 227-5118 Source: Airfarewatchdog
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A woman killed over the weekend in a Bay Area limousine fire was going to have a wedding on a hilltop in the Philippines, her family said. Neriza Fojas, 31, had already had a civil wedding ceremony in Las Vegas with her husband, Carlo Moya, but was planning another June 19 on a Manila hilltop, her father told the San Francisco Chronicle . She was scheduled for a gown fitting and was expected to arrive in the Philippines on June 2. ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1986 | United Press International
Fire gutted the 168-room Tropical Palace Hotel in the Manila suburb of Paranaque on Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and the cause of the blaze was not known.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1987
Filipinos are hurt by Mark Fineman's reference to Manila as "a city notorious for murder and now terrorism" (Part I, Dec. 12). For while the city may have its share of criminality and terrorism, it is far from the level that makes some cities in other parts of the world "notorious." Criminal incidents in Manila have decreased over a comparative period last year. Terrorism activities are expected to abate considerably with the arrest of Gregorio Honasan and his men and the surrender of over 8,000 communist rebels and their sympathizers.
WORLD
August 24, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Al Jacinto, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Seoul and Zamboanga City, Philippines -- In a desperate act to regain his job, a disgruntled ex-police officer Monday hijacked a busload of Hong Kong tourists in Manila, prompting a 12-hour drama that ended with eight captives and the suspect being killed, authorities said. Much of the episode played out in pouring rain as authorities surrounded the bus, a maneuver that snarled traffic. In the end, the suspect, former police Capt. Rolando Mendoza, 55, was killed by a sniper shot near the front door of the bus, where he staked out a last-stand battle with 30 police commandos, who moved in with tear gas and flash bombs.
NEWS
December 14, 1987
Southeast Asian leaders flew into Manila for their first regional summit meeting in a decade as thousands of troops mobilized to ensure their safety in the troubled Philippine capital. The leaders of the six-member Assn. of South East Asian Nations, headed by Philippine President Corazon Aquino, are expected to concentrate on trade and economic issues in the third summit of the organization's 20-year history.
WORLD
November 22, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
PASAY, Philippines - Volunteers packed the grandstand at Villamor Air Base, eyes trained on the airfield for the next flight to arrive from islands battered by Typhoon Haiyan. As a C-130 cargo plane rolled into view, they surged forward to form a cheering, clapping guard of honor for the exhausted people disgorged from the aircraft. The display, which is repeated about six times a day, is part of an outpouring of support for victims of Haiyan, whose ferocity stunned a nation all too familiar with natural disasters.
WORLD
November 22, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Disaster relief workers pushing through mounds of debris in the worst-hit areas of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan have recovered hundreds more bodies in recent days, boosting the death toll well beyond 5,000, authorities reported Friday. The number of confirmed dead in Leyte, Samar and the Eastern Visayas region rose to 4,919 over the last five days, and fatalities nationwide now number 5,209, the Philippine News Agency reported , quoting the head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Eduardo del Rosario.
WORLD
November 15, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
ORMOC, Philippines - Dressed in shorts and a pink T-shirt, Dimples Juntilla was headed Friday to a village named Friendly, embarking on a mission of mercy in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Arriving by ferry from the relatively unscathed port of Cebu, Juntilla, a bank employee, bore boxes of biscuits, noodles, candles, medicine and toiletries, all to assist relatives in Friendly, just outside Ormoc. Her heart had sunk when she was told back in Cebu that the ferry was overloaded and the wares would have to be left behind.
WORLD
November 15, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Under fire for what critics say is the slow pace of its typhoon relief effort, the Philippine government Friday defended its handling of what might be the worst natural disaster in recent history. "In a situation like this, nothing is fast enough," Interior Secretary Max Roxas told reporters during a visit to Tacloban , the provincial capital that was largely destroyed by the typhoon a week earlier.  "The need is massive, the need is immediate, and you can't reach everyone.
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA -- Four days after Typhoon Haiyan blew away their homes and livelihoods, most Philippine victims remain in far-flung flooded coastal communities where they so far have been unable to obtain assistance, aid workers say. The United Nations on Tuesday launched an appeal for $301 million to help victims, while U.S. and British warships headed toward the region. In its appeal for funds, the U.N. estimated that more than 11 million people have been affected by the typhoon, one of the strongest storms ever to hit land, with 660,000 left homeless.
WORLD
November 11, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Each story is more heartbreaking than the last; tales of the courage and good fortune it took to survive amid utter destruction, balanced in many cases by the last glimpse or word of a loved one who didn't. President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity" Monday in an effort to speed up aid to islands of the central Philippines, ravaged by a monster typhoon. The death toll climbed slowly to 1,774, but it's expected to rise to 10,000 or more as bodies are collected in the cities and relief teams are able to reach cut-off rural areas.
NEWS
July 21, 1987 | From Reuters
The Philippine government plans to file corruption charges today against deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos, his wife Imelda and a string of business associates, officials said Monday. The Marcoses and seven other people will be charged with "misappropriation and theft of public funds, plunder of the nation's wealth, extortion, blackmail, bribery, embezzlement and other acts of corruption, betrayal of public trust and brazen abuse of power."
NEWS
August 6, 1986 | Associated Press
Agriculture Minister Ramon Mitra and two rebel delegates began negotiations Tuesday aimed at ending a Communist insurgency in the Philippines that began in 1969 and now costs an average of 11 lives a day. Mitra said his 3 1/2-hour meeting with Satur Ocampo and Antonio Zumel was held at a mutual friend's home in a Manila suburb. He would not be more specific. The minister described the session as a "pleasant . . .
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - With the vast scale of death and destruction slowly coming into focus, international relief teams rushed toward the central Philippines, where one of the strongest storms on record left bereft survivors looting food and water or scrambling for a way out. Aid agencies said they were hurrying supplies to the area hit early Friday by the typhoon. U.S. Marines were en route from bases in Okinawa, Japan, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Pacific Command to deploy helicopters, logistics officers and cargo planes to assist the effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Jason Felch
A group of doctors from the Mammoth Lakes area was among the first humanitarian aid groups to reach the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which is believed to have killed about 10,000 people as it moved across the island nation Friday. Sixteen doctors, surgeons and medical volunteers with the Mammoth Medical Missions were at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning on their way to a previously scheduled project in Chiapas, Mexico, when they learned about the devastating typhoon, said Pamela Bold, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit relief group based in Mammoth Lakes.
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