Current Events and Issues Affecting the Philippines


Manny Pacquiao plans to finish college

Manila, Philippines –

Fast hands, quick wits, that’s Manny. Admitting that his glory in boxing will not last forever, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao acknowledged the value of education and plans to finish college. It’s a welcome news to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus as it will strengthen DepEd’s Alternative Learning System. The program which aims to encourage out of school children and adults to go back to school will gain more attention having Manny as a spokesman.

Kudos Manny! May you continue inspiring the Filipino nation both inside and outside the ring.


Pacman beats Golden Boy

Las Vegas, Nevada —

Manny ‘Pacman” Pacquiao made Filipinos proud once more by defeating Oscar ‘Golden Boy’ De la Hoya in their fight yesterday dubbed the Dream Match. The MGM Grand Arena was filled with 15, 000 eager boxing fans including celebrities and sports icons such as Thomas Hearns, Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Bernard Hopkins, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Walhberg and Russell Crowe to see the non-title but much-awaited fight of the year. (more…)

Proudly Pinoy – Surfing to victory

Credits to Jake White

Credits to Jake White

Siargao Island, Philipines –

Filipino surfer Edito ‘Peso’ Alcala ruled the recently concluded Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational and crowned himself the new king of Cloud 9.

The prestigious event gathered the world’s best wave riders in the seven-day competition. Participants came all the way from the USA, Hawaii, Indonesia, Australia, among others.

To reach the finals, Alcala eliminated Indonesia’s Lee Wilson while Australian Wade Goodall, the defending champion, defeated Hawaii’s Granger Larsen in separate semifinal events. The final heat was a closely fought one where Alcala posted a comeback in the final minutes to take the victory and the US$7,500 grand prize.

A sample video of the event is available here.