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VIPs, politicians not invited to Pope’s lunch

Pope Francis gives a thumbs-up as disabled children perform for him during his visit to the rehabilitation center for disabled people at Kkottongnae in Eumseong, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The Pope will lunch with the poor when he visits Tacloban City on Jan. 17, 2015.  AP PHOTO/AHN YOUNG-JOON

Bad news for politicians and rich people who hope to rub elbows with Pope Francis during his first visit to the Philippines in January.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Villages, not just houses

HANS SY (left), president of SM Prime Holdings Inc., leads the groundbreaking ceremony in Concepcion town in Iloilo province for a 200-house village for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” 

Since February, Manilyn Costorio has been staying with her husband and two children, ages 5 and 3, in one unit of a bunkhouse in Concepcion town in northern Iloilo province.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ rehab plans welcome but execs say: Please hurry up

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It’s about time. But please hurry up. Leaders of municipalities ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda welcomed President Aquino’s approval of the rebuilding blueprint for five provinces and Tacloban City. Mayor Ricky Ramirez of Medellin town in Cebu province said his constituents had been waiting for eight months for the rebuilding to get off the ground.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Yolanda survivors: Each day a new day, for better or worse

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SMILE THAT MELTS THE HEART A young survivor Luzviminda Baldo, 5, who survived the fury of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” poses at New Kawayan transitional housing site in Tacloban City. RAFFY LERMA

He is far from the grieving man captured in a news photograph seated in the rubble of his flattened home at Costa Brava amid a sea of debris left by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ survivor loses yet another home to ‘Glenda’

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He left Tacloban hoping that life would be better for him and his five kids.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »