Let us understand the history of Republic of the Philippines, starting with
the most solemn, tightly guarded, and powerful place of the Philippines,
the Malacañang – in a 1998-production from the RTV Malacañang.
Now, let's walk through the Malacañang again but this time with some very
delicate and heart-touching personalities in
National Geographic's new documentary: Inside Malacañang 2012.
Philippines' marine ecosystem one of most deteriorated - study - yet they scored high in indicators like access for local fishing communities, preservation of habitats that absorb carbon, coastal protection, coastal livelihoods and economies, clean waters, and marine biodiversity - Manila Bulletin (2012/08/27)
Philippines to meet with Australia investors - the Philippine economy expanded in the April-June quarter at an annual pace of 5.9%, despite strong headwinds from the sputtering global recovery, Europe's continuing debt crisis and slower growth in China; that pushed first-half gross domestic product to 6.1%, above the government's target range of 5% to 6% - Wall Street Journal (2012/08/31)
Philippines competitiveness rank up to 75 - Philippines moved up 10 notches in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index to 75 out of 142 economies, but lagged behind most of its Southeast Asian neighbors, as the country's state of infrastructure continued to rank very low - Business Mirror (2012/09/05)
Philippines gears up for battle over reproductive health bill - a country of 96 million people and with the second highest teenage pregnancy rate in south-east Asia; number of babies born to teenage mothers has risen from 39 to 54 for every 1,000 births in past five years; under the new but controversial reproductive health bill free contraceptives and information on family planning will be available through government health centres, and comprehensive reproductive health classes will be held in schools yet more than 80% of Filipinos are devout Catholics and the Roman Catholic church has accused the bill's supporters of condoning abortion, which is illegal - Guardian (2012/09/07)
Philippines oversight aims to avert asset bubble - the country joins Asian nations including China and Singapore seeking to temper soaring property prices and avoid the economic fallout created by the bursting of the U.S. subprime bubble and real-estate crashes from Spain to Ireland - BusinessWeek (2012/09/09)
Muslim rebels: Philippine peace pact possible soon - the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front said more than 50 percent of the issues being tackled by the rebels and government negotiators in Malaysian-brokered talks have been settled in principle - Sun Herald (2012/09/10)
Philippines goes hi-tech for disaster response plan - providing real-time access to weather information and updating maps, some of which date back to the 1960s; better tracking and disaster response times helped to limit the death toll - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/12)
Working Holiday Scheme to start in 2013: New Zealand and Philippines sign memoranda of arrangement - will provide 12-month temporary entry visas in each direction to New Zealand and Philippine citizens between the 18 and 30; limited to a maximum of three months' work with any one employer and may enrol in training or study for no more than three months - Scoop New Zealand (2012/10/23)
- closely followed by "Philippines, Australia agree to boost trade, investments" - signing of a new air services agreement between the two countries to help increase trade and people-to-people links; plus building on the strong foundation provided by the agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area - Manila Bulletin (2012/10/24)
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Lukasz Gumowski (Blue balls),
Marcin Bania (Smiling and naked),
Lautaro Gonda (Milan station),
Jan Abt (Girl taking a picture),
Daniel Tang (Hot switch),
Barbara Henry (Moriah reading),
Ralf Herrmann (Checkmate II),
Marko Roeper (Led #4),
Ian Russell (Girl in downtown LA).
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