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Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign to undermine China during pandemic

WASHINGTON — At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. military launched a secret campaign to counter what it perceived as China’s growing influence in...

Negros bishop suppresses ‘Society of San Pedro Calungsod’

The bishop of San Carlos diocese has “suppressed” the Society of San Pedro Calungsod (SSPC) from operating in his ecclesiastical jurisdiction. The SSPC, which sought...

Puregold CinePanalo to return with bigger production grants

A local advocacy-driven film festival is set to return next year. In a release last week, supermarket chain Puregold announced the return of its CinePanalo Film...

‘Thank you so mu–‘: Claudine Barretto’s viral ‘thank you’ vids become new vid trend

A new video trend has been born. Actress Claudine Barretto's videos saying “thank you so much” multiple times have gone viral. The content features abruptly cut...

How ‘Inside Out 2’ explains anxiety to kids at heart, teens

Filipino teenagers and kids at heart are learning how to manage their complex emotions through a newly released heartwarming Pixar tale. Puberty is a rough...

‘Dead Poets Society’ film director Peter Weir to receive Venice career prize

ROME — Peter Weir, the Australian director of "Dead Poets Society" and "The Truman Show", will be honored for his career at this year's Venice Film...

BSP sees narrower 2024, 2025 current account deficits

MANILA — The Philippine central bank said on Friday it expects the current account deficit to be smaller than previously forecast in 2024 and 2025, due to a narrowing trade gap...

It’s a mistake to dismiss ‘Bridgerton’ as fluffy period drama

A couple of years ago, I was chatting to a friend about our recent television consumption. She was extolling the virtues of the US...

Nuncio: ‘Serious dialogue’ is path to geopolitical peace

Speaking before key government officials and diplomats from around the world, the Vatican’s ambassador to the Philippines on Wednesday said that ‘serious dialogue’ is...

Short circuit caused deadly blaze in Kuwait foreign workers building, fire service says

DUBAI — Kuwaiti prosecutors asked on Thursday to bring one citizen and a number of residents into protective custody over accusations of manslaughter due to...

‘Wala na talagang pag-asa’: Pinoy Swifties saddened by ‘The Eras Tour’ end news

After a year of touring around the world, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has announced that her concert tour, "The Eras Tour", will conclude by December this...

Houthi missile strikes set ship ablaze, injure one crew, US military says

DUBAI/CAIRO — Missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi militants struck the Palau-flagged Verbena cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, sparking a fire and severely...

Pope Francis: Keep your homilies short or ‘people will fall asleep’

ROME— Pope Francis has once again appealed to Catholic priests to keep their homilies short, this time warning that homilies should be no longer...

Philippines cracks down on POGOs

MANILA — Philippine authorities have launched a crackdown on illegal offshore gambling operators, several run by Chinese firms, as calls to ban these activities mount due...

What we know about the Philippines’ 1st World Cat Show

Cat moms and dads are in for a treat as the Society of Feline Enthusiasts of the Philippines Inc. (SFEPI) and the World Cat Federation...

‘Nasaan yung po?’: How Maine Mendoza responded to netizen who cussed at her

Actress and television host Maine Mendoza just responded to an online user who swore at her post on X (formerly Twitter) in a unique...

MUPH trophy payment issue opens talks about compensation for artists

The Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH) is now under fire after the pageant's trophy artist, Jef Albea, revealed that the MUPH organization did not pay him. Albea,...

Vatican taps Filipino priest to lead papal mission to Pacific nation of Tuvalu

Another Filipino missionary priest will lead the papal mission to the small Pacific island country of Tuvalu. Pope Francis on Monday appointed Fr. Eliseo Napiere...

‘The most extra in Southeast Asia’: Pinoys’ viral videos get int’l attention

A clip of two TikTokers during their livestream went viral for their Filipino “kanal” humor (low-end humor) —something that some people from other Southeast...

Hell or high water: Filipino schools lashed by climate extremes

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Just weeks after thousands of Filipino students were sent home from sweltering classrooms during a brutal heatwave, the country's schools...