Some 4.8 million Filipino families claimed to have gone hungry in the third quarter of 2014, the most number of families to do so this year, a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations concluded. The SWS poll found that 22 percent of respondents claimed experiencing involuntary hunger at least once in the last three months, reports GMA News.
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The Philippines remained the top performer in the Asia-Pacific in terms of gender equality, even as the country fell four notches to rank ninth out of the 142 economies assessed in the Global Gender Gap 2014 report, according to Inquirer.net.
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to expand operations to other areas of the United States, where there is a huge Filipino immigrant population, reports Inquirer.net. The carrier is set to fly daily to Honolulu starting December this year. The move comes ahead of flights to New York.
Filipinos have among the worst health habits in Asia, according to a new research from Sun Life Financial Asia covering eight major markets in Asia Pacific, reports Inquirer.net. The study showed that about half of Filipinos sleep less than six hours a day – the highest in the region – with 45 percent admitting to unhealthy eating habits, also the highest in the region.
Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights said Human Rights Watch, reports Inquirer.net/AFP. The group called on the UAE to reform a restrictive visa system and pass a labor law for domestic workers to stop the abuses.
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.
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.