Philippines

Now the Storm Has Passed

Nigel Chapman | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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.

Clowning Around - the Humanitarian Way

Angela Singh | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

"I'm not ashamed to call it humanitarian clowning. It involves knowing how to make children laugh, even those who have been through a very traumatic experience. It's about making mistakes. It's about exciting spectacles," says Samantha.

Beyond Relief in the Philippines

Mark Goldring | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

If this process is not done well - everyone loses. Families are being forced to choose between safety and putting food on the table. Yet jobs do not feature in the government's relocation plans. It is an omission they need to fix urgently.

Building Boats to Rebuild Livelihoods in the Philippines

Katharine Tengtio | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Katharine Tengtio

For the people of Dulag, like so many other people across the Philippines, there is still a long way to go before the life that they had before can be restored. With the support of locals, and those abroad, progress is being made and hope remains afloat.

GRAPHIC PICTURES: Christians Re-Enact Crucifixion

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK

Religious Filipinos have re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus as part of festivities to mark Good Friday. Catholics in San Pedro Cutud village, Pam...

Elusive Peace in Mindanao?

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Kristian Herbolzheimer

Good news of peace from the Philippines. After 17 years of negotiations, last Thursday the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a comprehensive peace agreement.

A Taxi Driver's Guide to Peace in the Philippines

Phil Vernon | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Phil Vernon

Taking full advantage of the opportunity for peace in the Philippines will require a sustained effort on the part of central and local governments, by the rebel movements, as well as in civil society and the business community, over many years. Some of the factors they will need to take into account were identified at by our taxi driver last night.

Crowd-sourced Mapping Is Opening Up the Darkest Corners of the World

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Most maps are static representations of a geographical snapshot in time but the world changes constantly, especially in fast-moving situations such as wars or natural disasters - something I recently explored in a recent documentary for BBC Radio 4, Mapping the Void.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

We Can Help Millions of Children Who Are Living in Danger

David Beckham | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
David Beckham

Right this second all around the world, millions of children are in danger. Huge numbers of children are caught up in emergencies, like conflicts in Syria and South Sudan and natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In the Philippines 1.7million children were forced from their homes when the Typhoon swept through their communities. I saw myself how children's lives have been destroyed and how they are slowly recovering with the help of UNICEF. As a father, it was a moving experience and the memories of the children I met will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Planet Appetite: Tourism Returns to Bohol, Philippines, After Earthquake and Typhoon

Rupert Parker | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The Philippine island of Bohol is recovering from a double whammy - a 7.2 earthquake in October and then Typhoon Hainan 3 weeks later, but now they're keen to welcome tourists.

Planet Appetite: A New World of Food in the Philippines

Rupert Parker | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Compared to its South Asian neighbours, Filipino cuisine is relatively unknown but the regional food of the Philippines is well worth exploring with its distinctive sour, salty and sweet flavours.

Beyond the Front Pages

Carla Buzasi | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

With typhoon Haiyan but a distant memory for most people outside the Philippines, reports emerged this week of a stand-off on one of the islands most seriously affected, which is keeping thousands from being re-housed. There are still 50,000 people in Tacloban whose homes were destroyed or are unsafe to live in. Despite a pledge from the mayor to re-house everyone by December, the necessary funds to make that happen have not been forthcoming from the Philippine government. Why? A decades-old feud between two political families

Where's Mavie?

Angela Singh | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

Peace in Times of War

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kristian Herbolzheimer

While the world focused on the Geneva II Conference on Syria, worried about the apparent intractability of that conflict, a very different sort of development has taken place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Saturday the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict, which originated in 1968.