The Philippines won a total of 18 medals, including two golds, in the just-ended 2014 Wizards at Mathematics International Competition (Wizmic), held from Oct. 18 to 21 in Lucknow, northern India, reports Inquirer.net. Sixteen senior primary students, mostly from Metro Manila, also bagged 13 silver and three bronze medals in the 12-nation contest where the young Filipino numbers aces placed third overall.
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Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2015” travel guide book ranked the Philippines 8th on the list of “Top 10 Countries” to visit next year, reports Inquirer.net. The recognition marks the first time that the Philippines was included in the “Best in Travel” guide book.
Filipina "X Factor Australia" winner Marlisa Punzalan advises aspiring singers to always have confidence in yourself. The 15-year-old daughter of Filipino immigrants won the singing competition, a feat some critics thought impossible when she auditioned as a meek 14-year-old last July, reports GMA News.
Although disappointed in the outcome of the final version of a Vatican document that was supposed to "welcome homosexuals" in the Catholic Church, Filipino leaders of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups lauded the Church for at least discussing homosexuality, reports GMA News.
US Secretary of State John Kerry assured the Philippines that no special treatment was being sought for an American marine who is charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipino outside a former U.S. Navy base, reports ABS-CBN News.
NEW YORK CITY - Dozens of Filipino activists and members of the transgender community showed up at the Philippine Consulate in New York to show their support for Jennifer Laude, the transgender woman slain inside a motel in Olongapo City on October 11, reports ABS-CBN News. The suspect, Joseph Pemberton, is a US Marine stationed in the Philippines under the Visiting Forces Agreement or VFA.
A new online registration system for absentee voters will make its debut in Madrid, Spain, in November to encourage greater participation among overseas Filipino voters in the 2016 elections. Called the iRehistro Project, applicants may schedule their time for registration at www.irehistro.com or www.comelec.gov.ph for 30 days starting November 3, reports GMA News.