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Journalist critical of Duterte’s drug war becomes first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize awardee

Nobel Peace Prize winner

Journalist Maria Ressa, CEO of news outlet Rappler, became the first Filipino recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize award on Friday. She shares the prestigious honor with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. 

Press freedom advocates: On Friday, the pair, who both angered their respective local rulers with their work, received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 in recognition of the significance of press freedom in modern times, reported CNN.

Filipinos turn social media pink after VP Robredo announces pres. run vs. Marcos, Pacquiao, Duterte’s candidates

Leni Robredo runs for president

Filipino social media turned pink on Thursday after Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo officially filed for her candidacy to run for president in the 2022 election.

An uphill battle: In a speech delivered in Filipino, the 56-year old former human rights lawyer acknowledged the “heavy responsibility” that comes with the candidacy, noting that it “can’t be based on personal ambition or external pressure.”

Philippine Senate approves bill raising age of consent from 12 to 16

age of consent raised

The Senate of the Philippines approved a bill that raises the country’s age of sexual consent from 12 to 16, bringing efforts to end one of the world’s lowest ages of consent closer to reality.

Why this matters: To date, the Philippines has the lowest age of consent in all of Asia. Southeast Asia, where the archipelago is located, has particularly been a hub for child predators for years, and the onset of COVID-19 has only worsened fears of increased cybersex trafficking involving minors in the region.

Manny Pacquiao tests his chess skills against ‘10-year-old Magnus Carlsen’ in exhibition match

magnus carlsen app

Manny Pacquiao can now add “up-and-coming chess player” to his ever-evolving resume after his recent match against a chess app.

Valiant losing effort: The recently retired boxer, who has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) to join the Philippines’ 2022 presidential race, fared better than most celebrity challengers during the “Magnus Carlsen Celebrity Charity Challenge,” reported Rappler

Player 276 actor Christian Lagahit on his ‘surreal’ experience representing Filipinos in ‘Squid Game’

Squid Game Filipino actor

Some eagle-eyed Filipinos have spotted their “kababayan” playing a minor but significant role in the international phenomenon “Squid Game.”

Meet Christian: Christian Lagahit, an English teacher and marketing consultant in South Korea, acted in several projects in the past before landing the role of Player 276 in the popular Netflix show, according to Speed Magazine.

‘Until my next life’: Customer with three months left to live pens final ‘thank you’ note to Jollibee before chemotherapy

Jollibee customer

A cancer patient’s farewell bid to his favorite fast food restaurant in the Philippines is touching hearts on social media. 

Different message: Mechelle Centurias, manager at a Jollibee outlet in Cebu City, shared a Facebook post on Friday narrating the story of a customer who wrote a “thank you” note on the back of his receipt.

Boxing legend Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao to run for president in the Philippines in 2022

Manny Pacquiao running for president

On Sunday, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, a Filipino politician and legendary boxer, officially announced his candidacy for the highest position in the Philippine government.

We need progress: During a livestreamed speech, the 42-year-old Filipino senator claimed to be a fighter both inside and outside the ring before accepting his political allies’ nomination at a national assembly, according to Reuters.

Teen Filipino prodigy in the race for a coveted Ferrari Driving School scholarship

racing Filipina prodigy will race for Ferrari scholarship

A 16-year-old Filipino race car driver was the only Asian woman chosen to participate in the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Girls on Track Rising Stars program in France.

Prestigious program: Bianca Bustamante, who has been racing since she was 5, thanks to her father, is one of 14 drivers in the senior category who will compete in the shootout from Oct. 21-23 at the famous Circuit Paul Richard, CNN reported.