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PH embassy, consulate in UAE implement measures vs coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:48 PM

All clients will undergo thermal screening, with those having body temperature higher than 37°C to be asked to come another day and consult a doctor

Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. - The United Arab Emirates announced the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese family from Wuhan found to be infected. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

300 Filipinos evacuated as Australia bushfires rage

Jan 06, 2020 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine embassy in Canberra says Filipinos living in East Gippsland, Victoria, were evacuated to Bairnsdale City as a precautionary measure

DEADLY FIRE. This picture taken on December 31, 2019 shows a firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

LOOK: Philippines marks 65th year of German ties with new model embassy

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The 7-story structure stands among Germany’s government buildings in Mitte, the central district of Berlin

FOREIGN Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Philippine embassy in Berlin on February 18, 2019. Photo by Carol Ramoran /Rappler

DFA to open 14 embassies, consulates in 5 years

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs plans to open embassies in Sweden, Ireland, and Colombia, and consulates general in Barcelona, Nagoya, and Melbourne

FACING SENATORS. The Department of Foreign Affairs, led by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, faces senators during their budget hearing at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

200 OFW 'baby cases' in Dubai in Q1 2018 – PH consulate

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:14 PM

'They know the culture. They know the rules. They know it’s illegal, yet they still do it,' says Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi

No Filipino casualties in Oman due to Cyclone Mekunu – DFA

May 27, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Cyclone Mekunu triggers massive floods in Oman, where 49,000 Filipinos live and work

A picture taken on May 26, 2018, shows a car stuck in a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as the country prepares for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu. Cyclone Mekunu was downgraded further to a deep depression Saturday, a day after lashing the southern coast of Oman and killing at least two people, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED MAHJOUB / Oman OUT

Philippine embassy chef's sisig wins U.S. contest

May 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

For Philippine Ambassador to the US Babe Romualdez, 'this shows that Philippine cuisine is certainly being recognized in the American mainstream'

WINNING CHEF. Philippine embassy chef Abie Sincioco Mateo (center) wins awards for her sisig at the Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington DC on May 17, 2018. Joining Mateo are renowned Filipino chef and restaurateur Jessie Sincioco (right) and Ivan Gonzales (left), who concocted the 'black and gold' beer cocktail. All photos courtesy of Philippine embassy

Malacañang to probe corruption allegations vs PH envoy to Nigeria

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:12 PM

'The President takes this very, very seriously,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque of the claims against Ambassador Shirley Ho Vicario

ENVOY TO NIGERIA. Ambassador to Nigeria Shirley Shirley Ho Vicario faces a complaint filed by a consular officer. Photo from the Facebook page of Shirley Ho Vicario

PH embassy in Israel denies involvement in Christmas party strip show

Jan 06, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The embassy called the performance 'highly offensive' and asked the organizers to provide an explanation in writing

NO INVOLVEMENT. Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial clarifies that the embassy is not involved in thecontroversial Filipino Christmas party in Haifa, Israel. Photo from the Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy in Israel

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla.  / AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA

Philippine embassy in Mexico damaged by quake – Malacañang

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:16 AM

No Filipino casualties have been reported so far, says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

AFTER THE QUAKE. People crowd Reforma avenue after a strong earthquake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Victor Cruz/AFP

PH team to help Filipinos in hurricane-ravaged British Virgin Islands

Sep 09, 2017 - 10:35 AM

UPDATED There are no Filipinos among the 21 reported fatalities due to the wrath brought by Hurricane Irma according to the Department of Foreign Affairs

DESTRUCTION. An undated handout picture acquired from the Facebook account of Hubert Haciski on September 8, 2017, shows recent damages on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. Photo by AFP/Handout/Hubert Haciski

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Sep 08, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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PH embassy releases contingency plan as Korea tensions rise

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Here is the full text of the contingency plan of the Philippine embassy in South Korea which includes information on when and how to evacuate

H-BOMB TEST. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the situation in the Korean Peninsula with Ambassador to Seoul Raul Hernandez and Foreign Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

No Filipino hurt in violent Virginia protests – DFA

Aug 13, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Philippine embassy in Washington DC calls on Filipinos in Charlottesville and neighboring areas to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings

VIOLENCE. A vehicle plowed into a crowd of people at a Virginia rally, where violence erupted between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters, witnesses said, causing an unclear number of injuries. Photo by Paul J Richards/AFP

Missing Filipina in London fire presumed dead – embassy

Jun 18, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The remains of Ligaya Moore have yet to be found since the massive blaze engulfed the Grenfell Tower on June 14

CASUALTY. The Metropolitan Police has listed Filipina Ligaya Moore as those presumed dead in the massive fire that hit Grenfell Tower in London. Photo from the Facebook Page of the Philippine Embassy int he United Kingdom  CASUALTY. The Metropolitan Police has listed Filipina Ligaya Moore as those presumed dead in the massive fire that hit Grenfell Tower in London. Photo from the Facebook Page of the Philippine Embassy int he United Kingdom

Search on for missing Filipina after London fire

Jun 16, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Missing Filipina Ligaya G Moore is at least 60 years old a member of the Jesus Is Lord JIL church and a resident of Grenfell Tower in London

MISSING FILIPINA. Ligaya Moore, a Filipina, remains missing after the Grenfell Tower on July 14, 2017, killed at least 17 people in London. Photo of Moore from the Philippine embassy in London; photo of Grenfell Tower from AFP

Filipino-British citizen among London attack fatalities – embassy

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:12 AM

James Alexander McMullan 32 is confirmed to be one of the 8 people killed in the June 3 attack in central London

HAPPIER TIMES. James McMullan (L), with his sister Melissa (R), in an undated photo. Photo courtesy Melissa McMullan/Facebook

No Filipino casualty in UK concert bombing – embassy

May 23, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Initial reports do not indicate that any Filipino citizen is included among the casualties says the Philippine embassy in London

AFTERMATH. Emergency response vehicles are parked at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

Remain vigilant, PH embassy advises Filipinos after London attack

Mar 23, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Philippine embassy in London says so far there has been no report of Filipinos affected by the incident

EMERGENCY SITUATION. British police officers and emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on March 22, 2017, in the aftermath of a terror incident. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

PH slams U.S. show's portrayal of 'unconventional' PH president

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:22 AM

UPDATED The highly negative portrayal by the hit American TV series Madam Secretary casts doubt on the respectability of the Philippine president the Philippines says

CONTROVERSIAL EPISODE. Fictional Philippine President Datu Andrada is punched in the face by fictional US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord after Andrada made improper advances. Screenshot from the trailer of 'Madam Secretary'

8 OFW groups in Italy petition for recall of PH envoy

Nov 01, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Ambassador Domingo Nolasco denies the groups accusations and says there are more than 200 Filipino associations in Italy that the embassy serves and continues to constructively engage

Photo of Ambassador Nolasco Domingo courtesy of the Philippine Embassy.

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Oct 25, 2016 - 1:11 PM

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Drug users overseas to Duterte: ‘Stop playing God!’

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:57 AM

From Indonesia to Canada open letters are sent to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asking him to change his approach to a more constructive evidence based one that addresses the root causes of drug use

ANGRY PROTESTERS. Indonesian protest in front of the Philippine embassy in Jakarta, calling for President Duterte to stop the killings. Photo from PKNI

WATCH: 5 things OFWs in Turkey shouldn't do after the coup

Jul 17, 2016 - 1:40 AM

All Filipinos in Turkey are safe but should stay indoors according to Philippine embassy officials there

UNREST. Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

'Go to hell Philippines': Indonesian workers ask Duterte to act on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings

Jul 14, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Frustrated workers hold rally in front of the Philippine embassy decrying what they perceive as a lack of action from the Philippine government regarding the Abu Sayyaf

'GO TO HELL.' Protesters express their frustration over Abu Sayyaf kidnappings. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

PH embassy to Filipinos in China: Be careful

Jul 11, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The Philippine embassy advises Filipinos in China to avoid political discussions especially on social media

HISTORIC CASE. The Philippine delegation presents its arguments before an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in November 2015. File photo courtesy of PCA

Robredo urges Filipinos: Unite behind Duterte administration

Jun 26, 2016 - 11:51 PM

Vice President elect Leni Robredo tells the Filipino community in Tokyo that with the elections over Filipinos again have to aspire as a people as a nation

LENI IN JAPAN. Vice President-elect Leni Robredo meets with the Filipino community in Japan at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo at the National Day Celebration for the Filipino Community. Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Claude Tayag to represent PH at Embassy Chef Challenge

May 17, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Chef Tayag will showcase the unique flavors of Philippine cuisine at the high profile competition in Washington DC where he would be pitted against 18 other chefs from all over the world

Bodies of Filipinos killed in Iraq fire identified

Feb 08, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Now for the hard part: Conveying the sad news to loved ones says Philippine embassy official Elmer Cato

Filipino victims in Iraq hotel fire being identified

Feb 07, 2016 - 5:35 PM

In an update the Philippine embassy also says there are 13 not 14 confirmed Filipino fatalities

Qatar grants clemency to 10 Filipinos

Jan 08, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Philippine embassy officials in Doha are processing the repatriation of the OFWs in coordination with Qatar authorities

CLEMENCY. Qatar Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, grants clemency to prisoners, including 10 Filipinos, on the occasion of Qatar National Day on December 18, 2015. File photo by Ali Haider/EPA

PH warns citizens of possible attacks in Pakistan

Dec 29, 2015 - 8:33 PM

The alert comes over a week after the United States warned terrorists could strike in Islamabad during the holidays

SECURITY WARNING. The Philippines issues alert level one in Pakistan over possible attacks. On the same day on December 29, at least 21 people were killed and dozens wounded when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked the northwest town of Mardan. Photo by Hasham Ahmed/AFP

No Filipinos harmed in Japan floods – PH envoy

Sep 11, 2015 - 1:10 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez says at least 15 Filipinos in Ibaraki prefecture have been evacuated to safer locations

EVACUATION. Rescue workers transport evacuees in a rubber boat through floodwaters at Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo on September 10, 2015. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP photo

PH group Triple Fret wins at 27th Japan Guitar Ensemble Festival

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:18 PM

The trio also win three special awards

'Screen South Korean tourists amid MERS threat'

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:56 PM

Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian says the Philippines Department of Health should learn from their poor screening of passengers during the Ebola virus scare in 2014

SCHOOLS CLOSED. Hundreds of schools in South Korea have been closed to prevent the spread of the MERS virus. A Philippine congressman urges authorities to strictly screen tourists and students who are coming from the Southeast Asian neighbor. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Filipina among fatalities in Malaysia quake

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Filipina Karyl Mitzi Higuit Matahom 12 years old is among the Tanjong Katong Primary School students on their excursion in Malaysia s Mount Kinabalu when a 6 0 magnitude quake hit

RESCUE. A Singaporean student is being carried by local people during a rescue mission for more than 130 climbers stranded by an earthquake that rocked Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. Photo from EPA/MALAYSIA INFORMATION MINISTRY OF SABAH

Beating the odds: Making menopause bearable

Apr 12, 2015 - 5:00 PM

There is a lot women can do early in their lives to make the journey through menopause a lot easier

99 Filipinos, including infants, now out of strife-torn Yemen

Apr 06, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Land evacuations of Filipinos in Yemen continue while a mandatory repatriation from the Southern Arab state is in force

'Palakasan' at the Philippine embassy?

Feb 25, 2015 - 7:34 PM

Consul General Emil Fernandez responds to accusations

Alternative learning in Sabah: Giving hope to undocumented Pinoy kids

Dec 25, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Thanks to Alternative Learning Centers undocumented Pinoy kids in Sabah now have a shot at a brighter future

EARLY FOR CLASS. ALC students line-up for the flag ceremony. Photo by Carol Ramoran

A Filipino Christmas in Paris

Dec 23, 2014 - 1:37 PM

What s a Filipino Christmas like in Paris?

Filipino jihadists killed in Syria - reports

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The government says the reports are not confirmed but a group has been formed to monitor Filipino extremists activities in relation to ISIS

ENEMY LINE. A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

A passport to a better life

Aug 06, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Each consular mission gives us new perspectives new ways of doing things to help these Filipinos when our permanent presence cannot do otherwise

TEDIOUS PROCESS. Processors and encoders from the Philippine consular mission painstakingly interview each applicant to ensure that they get the correct entries.  Most applicants do not speak English or Filipino. All photos from Johann Andal

PH condemns kidnapping, rape of Filipina in Libya

Jul 31, 2014 - 6:10 PM

The Philippine government reiterates its call for Filipinos in Libya to heed its mandatory evacuation order with repatriation costs to be fully shouldered by the government

Non-core PH embassy staff in Libya sent to Tunisia

Jul 28, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Meanwhile Filipinos leaving the country continue to arrive home in trickles as 2 weeks of fighting over Tripoli s airport increase security concerns

Smoke, believed to come from explosions near Tripoli International Airport, rises in the sky over the Libyan capital on 23 July 2014. Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA

Flee Libya, Philippines orders nationals

Jul 20, 2014 - 1:45 PM

The Philippines raises alert level 4 mandatory evacuation in the strife torn country

WRECKAGE. Damaged planes and smoke rises following clashes between rival militias at the main airport of Tripoli, Libya, 16 July 2014. Fighting erupted between rival militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli on 18 July 2014 hours after they had reached a truce deal. Photo by EPA

PH posts in Switzerland push overseas voting registration

Jun 18, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine embassy in Berne and the Philippine consulate in Geneva team up with an online channel to encourage overseas absentee voters to register for the 2016 elections

Independence Day: PH embassy in Greece honors OFWs

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:04 PM

Like the country’s heroes Filipino overseas workers are also sacrificing a lot in the quest for a better life in other countries

Flee Libya, Philippines urges nationals

May 29, 2014 - 5:49 PM

The Philippines raises alert level 3 in the strife torn country

LIBYA UNREST. Libyan firefighters extinguish burning objects at the site after overnight explosions in the Salaheddin district in Tripoli, Libya on May 21, 2014. Photo by EPA/STR