Stories about Philippines
Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz makes history for winning the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal
"A woman unfairly included in the drug matrix wins the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. Coincidence or a foretelling? The last man standing is a woman."
These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.
Rampant impunity means that accountability for attacks against activists and journalists is virtually non-existent.
A virtual exhibit features a student-led uprising at The Philippines' top university 50 years ago that has become a symbol of resistance to dictatorial rule and oppression.
"We are an innocent island in a lake in Laguna and we have nothing to do with Titans."
The government has discouraged family reunions, church gatherings and even prohibited the holding of Christmas parties.
"This is what happens when we have leaders who consent and encourage such behavior from policemen."
"We were forced to turn our backs for one hour while evidence was being planted."
"We halt our classes and academic work to amplify our call for justice and for the ouster of Duterte."
#NasaanAngPangulo (#WhereIsThePresident) and #OustDuterteNow trended on Twitter as Filipinos criticized the absence of President Rodrigo Duterte amid the successive typhoons that hit the Philippines this month.
Mobile phones are a reliable way for families to exchange information during disasters in the Philippines when power and communication services break down by strong winds and flooding.
"Saddened by Zara Alvarez's murder in Bacolod. Her daughter is now an orphan. The communities she served as a health worker and human rights advocate are orphaned too."
Defying threats of arrests, thousands protested President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address to condemn the slow, incompetent and militarist government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our dreams and future, these are the things they took away from us. I’ve worked so hard for this. But it’s gone in an instant. You are inhumane!”
"We persist against all odds. Our existence is resistance. We're here to dismantle oppressive systems, to change the things we cannot accept.", says Filipino LGBTQ+ activist Carla Nicoyco.
"If we can’t hold power to account, we can’t do anything," Rappler CEO Maria Ressa said after her conviction.
From "pagoda renovations" to "mananitas", the region's politicians are finding a language to bypass harsh lockdowns.
Southeast Asian countries have lost millions of visitors but none of their branding know-how.
"I felt that they listened to what I was trying to say, and it shows that they do value democracy here in Taiwan."