The Philippines may have its first ever transgender lawmaker in its lower house elections on Monday. Geraldine Roman blew kisses to the crowd and serenaded them with a love song as she proudly campaigned in the mainly Catholic Philippines. If the 49-year-old candidate wins, it would be a remarkable breakthrough for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, reports the UK Daily Mail.
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Five Filipinos were included in the maiden “Asian Scientists 100” list released recently by The Asian Scientist magazine: National Scientist Ramon Cabanos Barba, a horticulturist known for devising a way for mango trees to produce flowers regardless of season; National Scientist Angel Alcala (7th place); National Scientist Edgardo Gomez (9th place; Project NOAH director Mahar Lagmay (10th place), reports Inquirer.net.
A massive bell that hung at a chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for decades was rung one last time Friday before being sent back to its home: the Philippines.
After a ceremony and Mass at West Point’s Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel, attended by the Philippine consulate general, the bell was crated up and readied for return to Saints Peter and Paul Church in Bauang, La Union, Philippines. More in Stars and Stripes.
The Philippine economy likely grew by more than 7 percent in the first quarter—the fastest expansion in 10 quarters—on the back of robust government spending on public goods and services, according to First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC), Inquirer.net reports.
Filipino children are more malnourished than ever. The Philippine chronic malnutrition rate among children aged 0-2 was at 26.2%, the highest in 10 years, according to a recent survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), reports Rappler.
The Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry has grown to be the second largest source of dollar income for the Philippine economy, according to the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). In 2015, the industry generated 1.2 million direct jobs and US$ 22 billion in revenues, Inquirer. net reports.
And now they are down to nine. This is the sad reality facing the number of surviving Filipino World War II (WWII) veterans who were able to attend the recent Prisoners of War Day, reports Inquirer.net.