Elaborately dressed cats and dogs and even a palm-sized sugar glider were among the animals blessed outside a Philippine mall on Sunday in celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and World Animal day.

DUBAI, Sept 7: Iran’s coast guard has seized a vessel for allegedly smuggling fuel in the Gulf and detained its 12 crew members from the Philippines, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

MANILA, Sept 5: An American woman who attempted to carry a 6-day-old baby out of the Philippines hidden inside a sling bag has been arrested at Manila’s airport and charged with human trafficking, officials said Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Nepal-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NPCCI) has vowed to work toward facilitating trade, educational and tourist ties between Nepal and the Philippines.

Mr Nepal 2017--- Akshay Jung Rayamajhi is all set to leave for the Philippines to participate in the Mr World pageant contest on August 6.

GENEVA, July 12: The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into mass killings during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called ‘war on drugs’, a step that activists said was long overdue.

A home and a house

June 22, 2019 14:08 pm

I feel a certain difference between a home and a house. One is four walls and a roof, the other is everything else. I am a student who lived in Vietnam for nine years and then in Nepal for four. The experiences of both drilled a clear line between ‘Home’ and ‘House’ in my mind.

Several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering.

Facebook Inc said on Thursday the company removed 200 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the Philippines, citing “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”.

Rodgil Flores casts a stern taskmaster's glance as grimacing young women in bikinis stride across one of the mirror-walled studios that is central to making the Philippines a beauty pageant juggernaut.

JAN 27: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

January 27, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

MANILA, Jan 27: Two bombs exploded outside a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 19 people and wounding nearly 50 during a Sunday Mass, officials said.

MANILA, Dec 29: A strong earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, raising fears of dangerous tsunami waves across the region but after about two hours, the tsunami warning was withdrawn.

MANILA, Dec 29: An earthquake of 6.9 magnitudes struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday and small tsunami waves were possible on parts of the coasts of the Philippines, Indonesia and Palau, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

BANGKOK, Dec 17: Catriona Gray of the Philippines was named a winner of the Miss Universe 2018 competition in the Thai capital Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries to claim the prize.

Maria Leonor Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines, is in Kathmandu for the Asia Pacific Summit 2018. Republica editor Subhash Ghimire and Nagarik editor Guna Raj Luitel sat down with her Friday to discuss a range of issues, including economic cooperation between Nepal and the Philippines. Excerpt:

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Vice-President of the Philippines, Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, who is here to participate in the Asia Pacific Summit-2018, met with Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun at Bahadur Bhawan on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: Myanmar defeated Philippines 5-1 in the final match of the AFC U16 Women's Championship Qualifier played today on the ground of the Armed Police Force at Halchowk, Kathmandu.

HONG KONG, Sept 16: Hong Kong and southern China hunkered down under red alert Sunday as strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the densely populated coast, a day after the biggest storm of the year left at least 28 dead from landslides and drownings in the northern Philippines.

TUGUEGARAO, Sept 16: Typhoon Mangkhut roared toward densely populated Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday after ravaging across the northern Philippines with ferocious winds and heavy rain that left at least 12 dead in landslides and collapsed houses.

TUGUEGARAO,Sept 15:  Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines' northeastern coast early Saturday, its ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power, and plowed through the agricultural region at the start of the onslaught.

MANILA, Sept 14: Philippine authorities were evacuating thousands of people from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's north.

MANILA, Sept 13: A powerful typhoon is expected to make a landfall in the Philippines’ main Luzon island on Saturday (Sept 15), prompting authorities to place 17 areas on alert and start evacuations.

WASHINGTON DC, Aug 22: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is thinking of dumping his smartphone over fears that the CIA is constantly eavesdropping on his conversations and might use his private information to eventually assassinate him.

MANILA, July 31: A Filipino soldier and four militiamen were killed by a powerful bomb that exploded in a van the troops were inspecting Tuesday amid threats of bombings in a southern province, military officials said.

China in the Philippines

May 23, 2018 00:30 am

The potential entry of Chinese firms in the massive rehabilitation of Marawi City is the latest major venture for China in the Philippines

A mysterious “globster” has washed ashore in the Philippines, prompting speculation that it is the carcass of a creature “from the deepest parts of the ocean”.

BAGUIO, Philippines, Dec 25:  A passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass at a church in the northern Philippines on Monday, leaving 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured, police said.

DAVAO, Dec 24: Philippine firefighters recovered one body from a burning shopping mall Sunday and there were “zero” chances of survival for 36 other trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao city, an official said.

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, Dec 23:  A tropical storm unleashed flash floods and set off landslides in the southern Philippines at a peak time for travel and Christmas preparations, leaving at least 75 people dead and 58 others missing, officials said Saturday.

Nepal, Philippines play goalless draw

November 15, 2017 11:23 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 14 : Nepal and the Philippines played a goalless draw in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers match at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Tuesday.  Both sides had chances to score but poor conversion forced them to share one point each in Group F encounter.

MANILA, Nov 7:  The Philippines has started upgrading military facilities on the biggest features it occupies in the disputed the South China Sea, its defense secretary said on Tuesday, asserting Manila’s claims in the strategic waterway.

MANILA, August 17:  At least 26 people died overnight in police operations in the Philippines capital Manila, authorities said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war on drugs and crime.

MANILA, August 1: The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday.

PHILIPPINES, June 22: Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the military said on Thursday, as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City raged on.

MANILA, June 4: Philippine police on Sunday identified the gunman behind an attack on a casino that killed 36 people as a heavily indebted local man addicted to gambling, ruling out any involvement by Islamic militants.

MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES, June 3: At the beginning of the battle that has raged for the past 12 days in Marawi City at the southern end of the Philippines, dozens of Islamist militants stormed its prison, overwhelming the guards.

MARAWI(PHILIPPINES), June 1: Foreign fighters including Chechens and Arabs are among Muslim militants who were killed in weeklong fighting in a southern Philippine city that involved about 500 gunmen aligned with the Islamic State group, the Philippine defense chief said Thursday.

MANILA, April 30:  U.S. President Donald Trump has called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship," a Filipino official said Sunday.

10-man Nepal thumped by Philippines

March 29, 2017 11:10 am

KATHMANDU, March 29: Nepal faced a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Philippines in its opening match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday in its away match. The Nepali squad was down to 10 players in the 13th minute and conceded two penalties in the match played at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, the Philippines.

Philippines beat Nepal 4-1

March 28, 2017 16:49 pm

KATHMANDU, March 28: Nepal suffered 4-1 defeat with the Philippines in the first away match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila on Tuesday evening.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Nepali national football team, spirited from the successes in the recent past, is all set to take on Philippines in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday. Nepali team will fly off to Philippines late Saturday evening via Hong Kong.

KATHMANDU, Mar 17:  The squad for the first match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers has been announced at the ANFA Complex on Friday.

MANILA, Philippines, Feb 2:  A Philippine governor says more than 100 workers, including three Japanese, have been injured and at least three are missing in a fire that hit a huge factory south of Manila and sent thousands of employees scampering to safety.

MANILA, Philippines, Jan 30:  A 23-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown Monday in the annual pageant held in the Philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school.

MANILA, Philippines, Jan 10: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck under the Celebes Sea off the southern Philippines on Tuesday but was far too deep to cause any damage and casualties or generate a tsunami.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has threatened corrupt government officials with the prospect of being thrown out of a helicopter in mid-air, warning he has done it himself before and had no qualms about doing it again.

VIGAN, Oct 20: At least five people were killed after Super Typhoon Haima smashed into the northern Philippines with ferocious winds and rains overnight, flooding towns and forcing thousands to flee before weakening Thursday and blowing into the South China Sea, officials said.

MANILA, Philippines, Oct 16: A powerful typhoon has slammed into the northeastern Philippines and has left at least two people dead, knocked out power and isolated villages in floods and toppled trees.

MANILA, Sept 21: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a profanity-filled tirade against the European Union, in his latest riposte to international criticism of the rising death toll in his brutal crackdown on crime.