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Revised traffic violation fines start today

Motorists and drivers especially in Metro Manila, beware. The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will implement today, June 19, the new traffic violation penalties in accordance with the Joint Administrative Order 01-2014. The...

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Get rid of your money – NOW!

Old banknotes good up to December 31, 2015. It is time to check your wallets and your secret hiding places. The old Philippine banknotes will loose their value in 18 months. Bangko Sentral ng...

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Swimming in the Philippines

No we do not think of tourists swimming in the hotel pool or in the sea, we think about swimming Pinoys and Pinays. Can they swim?  Years ago, when I still lived on Panay...

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#WestValleyFault Earthquake

Within a few days the hashtag #WestValleyFault spread all over the Philippines. It became so viral that in different forums people were asking about the Magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Metro Manila last Sunday....

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Funny Spiders

Jumping spiders (family Salticidae) are funny companions. My “office” is outside our house on a shadowy veranda. Most of the time when I work on my laptop computer, one of these funny and curious...


CAAP in bad position

CAAP, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines grounded two airlines yesterday. SkyJet Airlines and South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) were forced to suspend operations. Everything looks like an emergency operation of the CAAP top...

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Tropical Storm DOLPHIN approaching

Heavy rains and strong winds flattened houses on coastal areas as Typhoon NOUL/Dodong crashed into Cagayan, killing two people and prompting more than 3,000 residents to move to shelters. This typhoon left the Philippines...

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Cartooning for Peace in Manila

Founded in 2006 at the UN Headquarters in New York by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Plantu, “Cartooning for Peace” is a network of 130 cartoonists around the world who use the...

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Typhoon NOUL/Dodong – off Bicol

Typhoon NOUL/Dodong is now off the coast of Bicol and has been upgraded to a Category 3 Typhoon. The cyclone has gained a little bit of strength when it moved on a generally northwesterly track.  Here in...

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Funny Under Water World

‘Poussin Diver’ posted this funny octopus on April 19, 2015. The octopus is moving over sandy ground carrying two coconut shells with him. The octopus uses these two shells like a mobile home.

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Typhoon NOUL/Dodong almost Cat. 3

Typhoon NOUL/Dodong has continued its approach to the Philippine islands as predicted. The cyclone got stronger but a bit smaller. Its current diameter is estimated at 640 km. Upgrade to category 3 will happen...

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Bulusan Volcano getting nervous

Bulusan Volcano’s Alert Level has been raised to 1. Yesterday (May 6, 2015), Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon Province generated a steam-driven explosion from a vent on its northwest upper slopes that propelled an ash...