The Philippines - A Secret Paradise

Black Tomato | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

All the buzz surrounding these isles is starting to make sense now, right? But ignore the background noise for now and follow our guide. These are the spots you have to see; if you time it right, you might just have them all to yourself...

Two Years After Haiyan: Searching for Justice From Rich Countries

Renee Karunungan | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Renee Karunungan

The mass grave in Tacloban during Haiyan's first anniversary. The mass grave in Tacloban are lined with white crosses. Survivors who chose to rememb...

Super-Typhoon Haiyan - Two Years On

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Just days after the storm hit, I was there on the ground visiting affected people with our emergency response teams. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was to witness - the warm, festering smells; the brown, damp rubble strewn as far as the eye could see; the body bags lying in the streets and the desperation in peoples' faces.

Asia Needs Strong Climate Agreement to Survive

Renee Karunungan | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
Renee Karunungan

Many countries in Asia are extremely vulnerable to climate change. For this reason, the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 which will be happening in Dece...

Sailing By: Trouble in The South China Sea

Alistair Burnett | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Most eyes may still be on Syria as the epicentre of global tension, but the temperature just rose in South China Sea too where several countries, including China, lay claim to the same waters.

12 Under-Reported News Stories You Need To Know About

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2015 | UK

The age of the 24-hour rolling news channel is one in which it would seem almost impossible to miss a beat on world events in which governments topple...

Birdwatchers 'May Have Found The Skeleton Of The MH370 Pilot'

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK

Details from the reported discovery of plane wreckage on a remote island in the Philippines have stirred suspicions it could be linked to the doomed M...

China's Big Parade: Evidence of Expansionist Threat?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

For the first time ever, China has held a military parade, complete with its most modern missiles and watched over by 30 visiting Heads of State, to m...

American WWII Veteran's Tearful Plea

Yumiko Sato | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

After the funeral I said good-bye to George and thanked him for sharing his memories with me. He shook my hand tightly. His eyes were filled with tears.

Plant Appetite: El Nido Resorts, Lagen Island, Palawan, Philippines

Rupert Parker | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

El Nido, in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan, Philippines, is composed of 45 islands with Lagen home to a magical eco-resort that takes your breath away.

Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion Stages an Asian Version of its Gastro Summit in Manila, Philippines

Rupert Parker | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

For once fusion means exactly what it says - bring some of Spain's most renowned Michelin-starred chefs to Manila, the Philippines capital, mix with local chefs and ingredients, and the splendid result is Madrid Fusion Manila's three day event of master classes, presentations, tastings and pop-up dinners.

Why We All Need to Own the 'V' Word

Philip Goodwin | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

This says to me that we need to take volunteering out of the margins and into the mainstream. We in the sector have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine volunteering for the next few decades at least.

Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion International Gastronomy Summit 2015, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

We've all heard of those grand Chinese banquets with innumerable courses including delicacies like sea slugs and bird's nests, but at Madrid Fusion this year I caught a glimpse of the future. Goods from China dominate our shops but my suspicion is that Chinese food is going to take over our restaurant menus - and I don't mean chop suey and egg fried rice.

For Zlatan

Marko Kasic | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Sport
Marko Kasic

Zlatan does not know who I am. There is no reason why he should. But then, without Football, the world would not know who Zlatan is. Football, genius and valour have granted him an opportunity to catalyse a movement bigger than the game. Bigger than the UN. Bigger than Zlatan.

Now the Storm Has Passed

Nigel Chapman | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Just over one year ago a storm of epic proportions devastated the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, thought to be strongest storm to ever make landfall, took the lives of more than 6,200 people and affected over 14 million people across 44 provinces. This included some 5 million children, out of which 1.7 million were displaced. A matter of weeks after Haiyan had wreaked havoc across the country I went to visit the affected areas on behalf of Plan International. Driving out of Tacloban airport, the scenes left an indelible and vivid impression.

One Year After Typhoon Haiyan; Hope Without Justice

Marko Kasic | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK
Marko Kasic

For the few that fight against another Haiyan happening, hope and current action is not enough. More than offering help to the people of the Philippines, thre is a need to call for justice. If we don't have the will to fight for justice, we must at least lend a voice to all those like Yeb Sano, who do fight. Because just like poverty, restoring hope to natural calamity victims cannot be an act of charity, it must be an act of justice.

The Long Road to Recovery After Typhoon Haiyan

Tanya Barron | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

A year ago, a storm of biblical proportions devastated the Philippines. In Tacloban, one of the worst hit cities, it shattered Bernadeth's house and brought havoc to her community. For months, the teenager and her family stayed in an evacuation centre.

This Is Officially The World's Best Island

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Introducing Palawan, the greatest island that the world has to offer. The gem in the Philippines' crown, Palawan is a beautiful island which is hom...

Why You Shouldn't Swim With Baited Whale Sharks in the Philippines

Maria Sowter | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

There's only one thing I can tell you about the town of Oslob in the Philippines: don't go. There is a tendency amongst travel bloggers to over romanticise, but I wouldn't want to lie to you.

Exploring the Philippines: Surprises in Cebu City

Maria Sowter | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

Cebu City is uncharacteristic of the white sand and crystal clear waters experience that otherwise dominates one's idea of the Philippines. From the Cebu International Airport it sprawls, though relatively compact in size, as an urban metropolis that contrasts with the smaller more rural or seaside towns.

Book Review: "To The Front and Back, Please", by Carsten Stormer

Musa Okwonga | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

Carsten Stormer, a war photographer, was a man born out of place, and has spent most of his life rushing between peace and peril, trying to find out where he should be: hence the title of his memoir...

Rising Tide of Humanitarian Crises Demand More Than Aid

Mark Goldring | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

This is not just a humanitarian imperative; it is in all our interests to act. In the globalised 21st Century conflicts are not easily contained by borders. As the Stern Review made clear, tackling climate change will ultimately be cheaper than allowing it to proceed unchecked. But it is the human cost of these crises, the children of Gaza, the homeless Philippines and the South Sudanese families who do not know where their next meal is coming from that really demand our action. The UK public have shown they are up to the task; it is time for world leaders to do likewise.

These Children In Manila Really DO NOT Want To Go To School (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK

This is the first time these Philippines children have experienced what "Monday" really means. And trust us, kids, it doesn't get much better. The ...

Nurse Taped Baby Mouth Shut 'Because He Was Crying Too Much' (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

An investigation is underway after a couple visiting their newborn son found his mouth had been taped shut. Rye Kido, whose five-day-old baby boy ...

As the Emergency Response Teams Leave, the British Red Cross Is Stepping Up Its Long-Term Recovery Efforts

Sir Nick Young | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

This week, the British Red Cross is launching a long-term recovery programme in the Philippines as the disaster-prone country continues to recover from super-storm Haiyan and braces itself for the onslaught of this year's typhoon season. But as we mark six months since the typhoon hit, many organisations specialising in emergency response are leaving and the levels of support have dwindled, even though the needs remain immense.