· August, 2008

Stories about Philippines from August, 2008

Southeast Asia’s Olympic performance

  25 August 2008

Southeast Asian countries garnered 12 medals in the recently concluded 2008 Beijing Olympics. Indonesia leads the pack with 5 medals: 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Philippines: Rebels invade remote towns

  18 August 2008

A Filipino doctor-blogger reports that two municipalities in a southern Philippine province were invaded by rebels: “School has been torched, houses are burning. People there are racing to the coasts for protection. A steady stream of refugees is being observed from the checkpoint. This is war.”

Philippines as a Federal State

  18 August 2008

Iloilo City Boy dissects the proposal to amend the constitution which will make the Philippines a federal republic. Carlo Ople believes it is part of a ploy to extend the term of the incumbent president.

Philippines: Humanitarian crisis

  14 August 2008

Filipino blogger On the 8 Spot insists the more important issue that media should tackle is not the charter change proposal of the national government but the humanitarian crisis in a southern province in the Philippines

Jose Ramos-Horta visits the Philippines

  14 August 2008

East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta recently gave a lecture in the Philippines. He told a university crowd: “If in the process of struggle for independence you use the same tactics as your opponents you are no better than them.”

Philippines: Technology and city development

  10 August 2008

Filipino blogger Our Awesome Planet is an admirer of a city mayor who vows to transform a small city into a world class city by leveraging on technology to solve social issues. The mayor also plans to build the first 100% WIMAX city in the Philippines.

Southeast Asia and Beijing Olympics

  9 August 2008

Close to 200 athletes from the Southeast Asian region are participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The big news (as far as the region is concerned) during the opening ceremonies are the exclusion of Brunei during the event and the “improper” waving of the Singaporean flag by the country’s flagbearer.