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As the year 1897 ushered in, there was an air of excitement as a Spaniard that went by the name of Señor Pertierra introduced the first motion pictures at Escolta. Despite this game-changing feat, however, it would take two more decades for a Filipino to release their own full-length work. The silent film Dalagang Bukid (1918) would make its way to cinemas and pave the way for the vibrant film industry that would come in the many years that followed.

In the international field in 1917, further developments in the film industry would lead to the Italian-Argentine immigrants’ first feature-length animated film.Titled El Apostol, the film is a political satire mimicking the regime of the Argentine president at the time. This celebrated progress in film came on the heels of the development of animated shorts that began as early as 1906. …


Should we expect the democrat to make substantial waves that will affect the Philippines? Here’s what experts think.

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Democratic nominee and career politician Joe Biden emerged victorious in the 2020 US elections against incumbent president Donald Trump. Biden’s road to the presidency was paved by a unified opposition against Trump who, since his ascent to the White House in 2016, has been criticized for his foul-mouthed remarks, divisive rhetoric, and precarious positions on various policies that affect the rest of the world.

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Trump’s infamous alliance with other populist leaders from other states, such as our own president Rodrigo Duterte, likewise created a chasm that felt bottomless for people across other countries. In 2017, Trump even phoned Duterte to express his support for the latter’s bloody drug war. “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump told Duterte. “Many countries have the problem . . . …


Cagayan Province’s government spent PHP 0 of its disaster preparedness budget for risk management research, disaster response and rescue equipment, PPEs, and evacuation center supplies in 2019.

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The 2019 annual audit report from the Commission on Audit (COA) revealed that the local government unit (LGU) of Cagayan Province did not utilize millions of funds for disaster preparedness and risk reduction and management, and failed to meet minimum standards for disaster preparedness for LGUs.

Received on May 4 this year by the office of Governor Manuel Mamba, who coincidentally heads the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Office, the report stated that the government of Cagayan did not use over PHP 57,000,000.00 …


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A movement in Nigeria initially focused on abolishing an abusive police unit evolved to a widespread call for equitable society and better governance

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Over the past few weeks, the streets of Nigeria have erupted in fury with the demand to abolish the Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS — Nigeria’s elite police force unit notorious for abuse of power, brutality, and corruption. The show of democratic force has logged tens of thousands of demonstrators decentralized all over the country, and has garnered international support from protesters in Toronto, New York, Pretoria, South Africa, Berlin, and Geneva.


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If you’re a 2000s kid in the Philippines like me, there’s a chance True Philippine Ghost Stories landed in your hands. To the unacquainted, it’s a series of books that features short stories on the supernatural — however, these are no ordinary horror stories. These tales have a Filipino flavor, something that Stephen King or Shirley Jackson’s works did not possess.

True Philippine Ghost Stories is easily relatable for Filipinos because apart from being set just around the corner, the series spans retellings of urban legends handed down by your grandparents. …


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As Western countries grapple with issues on race, activists in Japan beam light on racism and migrant struggles in their own land.

For many, living in Japan is a dream. It’s a global hub of rising tech advances, a melting pot of culinary fanfare, and a land that celebrates its own culture and history. But this largely homogenous population is rapidly growing more diverse, with its 47 prefectures already populated by about 3 million migrants — a number already thrice that of the 1990s.

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Gaijins (外人; “foreigner”) and hafu (ハーフ; “mixed-race”) individuals are now a common sight, especially in Japan’s metropolitan areas in Tokyo and Osaka. But despite the First World promises of decent living conditions, these two groups of minorities reportedly experience degrees of racism that are not largely discussed or addressed at the institutional level. …


To resolve sluggish internet speeds in the PH, are undersea fiber-optic cables and satellites the solution?

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In what seems to be an abrupt transition to everything digital given the quarantine restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines has found itself under a tough situation. Along with the much greater need to get connected to the internet, the country is plagued with insufficient surfing speeds.

Recently, we ranked 119th out of 175 countries in a Speedtest Global Index test for mobile internet speed. As of September this year, the average download speed of mobile internet is at 16.89 Mbps, with upload speeds at 5.57 Mbps. Meanwhile fixed broadband speeds are at an average download speed of 26.08 Mbps, with upload speeds trailing closely at 26.07Mbps. …


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In the clearest language since his ascent to the papacy, Pope Francis has endorsed same-sex civil union in an interview for the feature-length documentary Francesco that premiered on Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.

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“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” the pope said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film, AP News reports. “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered,” the Jesuit pope added in line with the topic of pastoral outreach to people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. …


Lawmaker and feminist figure Risa Hontiveros warns Parlade against threatening Soberano, Gray, after the NTF-ELCAC spokesperson said that they could suffer the same fate as slain activists.

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Prominent Filipino feminist figure and lawmaker Sen. Risa Hontiveros minced no words in line with the red-tagging of actress Liza Soberano by National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.

Parlade previously threatened Soberano after appearing as a guest speaker in one of Gabriela Youth’s events.

“Liza Soberano, there’s still a chance to abdicate the group,” said Parlade. The spokesperson of the Duterte-created task force also said that she could suffer the same fate as the late Josephine Lapira, a Gabriela Youth member who died in a clash between suspected NPA rebels and armed authorities three years ago. …


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Korean boyband BTS recently drew flak from Chinese nationalists after Kim Nam-joon — stage name RM — thanked the sacrifice of South Korean soldiers who died during the Korean War in the 1950s.

RM made the following statement on October 8, 2020, when the Korean Society gave BTS the Van Fleet Award for promoting US-Korean relations: “We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless men and women. After 70 years, the world we are living in is much closer than before. Boundaries in many aspects are getting more blurred. …

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