Maps with meaning (Bangkok Post)

You wouldn’t be able to tell it by looking at newspaper headlines, but China is not the largest fear of the Philippines – the real danger is much more natural. Climate change is the top-of-the-mind fear of Filipinos, a recent survey by Pew Research Center revealed. And, indeed, it should be. The archipelago nation is …

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Remittance revolution (Bangkok Post)

When Jesehl Basco pitches the idea of using the digital currency Bitcoin to make payments, he is usually greeted with resistance and headaches. “Clients are skeptical with this new technology,” he says. “It takes a lot of time and effort to explain to them what it is and its benefits, especially during the early years …

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Disappearing into Davao, the Philippines’ remote southern capital

The woman sitting in seat 16A hadn’t noticed me yet, and I honestly wasn’t expecting her to. It was a short flight and she, I observed, was contented in her window seat. . The short woman wore the face of an endearing schoolteacher that could have also been an aunt. For the most part, she …

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Carmakers get rolling in the Philippines (Bangkok Post)

In Manila, the Toyota vehicles are becoming the new age taxi. Thanks to ride-sharing services, the automaker’s compact and affordable vehicles are becoming synonymous with private transport. And there might be more the way. Toyota Motor Philippines Corp (TMP) recently said they are thinking of applying to a special incentive program to produce the Vios …

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Heritage and hilarity: Funnyman’s mission to save Old Manila (CNN)

Manila (CNN) The old world ambiance of Manila's Cafe Adriatico is unmistakable. Wooden furnishings, brushstroke paintings and soft music are all a reminder of an era gone by. Located in the older neighborhood of Malate, Cafe Adriatico is a memento of what Manila once was. It's now obscured by the urban decay that epitomizes the bayside origins …

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