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civet cat

Pricey, Rare Coffee Comes from the Philippines

One of the most expensive coffees in the world comes from the Philippines.

Known as Coffee Alamid, it can only be gathered in limited quantities because it comes from the civet cat or "alamid" as called in the Philippines.

How the civet cat gets involved with coffee production is the subject of this video from Brown Heritage. The civet cat chooses the ripest coffee beans, and this is the start of the production process. Watch video



by Johnny Pecayo

Irresistibly combining raw, unbridled sensuality with a rich, soulful voice that her thousands of excited fans have compared favorably to everyone from Aretha Franklin to Sade, Philippine born, Chicago- bred and L.A. transplant Tey is truly a musical citizen of the world.

Tapping into the passions of grooving R&B fans across the globe, Tey’s infectious soul/pop vibe has been a mainstay in DJ record pools and a hit on internet and terrestrial radio stations... Read more


Photo by Romeo Balboa of the MANILA -U.S. TIMES

The conventional wisdom was wrong again.

Even sports channel ESPN put too much premium on Oscar de la Hoya's 5'11 1/2" height and experience, and placed the Mexican fighter ahead in his match with Manny Pacquiao, a shorter fighter at 5'6 1/2".

Betting odds as far as Cyprus put de La Hoya as the favorite. It was the biggest fight for Filipino stalwart, Manny Pacquiao, who was to earn at least $10 million dollars, his biggest payday.

Some aficionados thought this was too much for a fighter who started his boxing career at 106 lbs. and was too ambitious to fight in the 147 lbs. welterweight division. Read more


California state champion and International Master Enrico Sevillano, from the Philippines, topped the 109 th U.S. Open held recently in Dallas,Texas. He tied for first place with former U.S. champion Alexander Shabalov of Pennsylvania and IM Rade Milovanovic of Texas by scoring 8 points our of 9 rounds.

Sevillano, who came in first out of the tiebreak, won convincingly in the last round against Chaitanya Vaidya playing black with Queen's Indian. Read More

People from the international surfing community
come to Siargao to experience its legendary waves. But for how long will the tiny island hold on to its crown as the mecca for surfers around the world? Read More
by Mike J.D. Dolar
There is this swath of an area at Quezon City that is almost bounded by the main arteries of Timog and Epifanio De Los Santos Avenues. This is where the gentrified homes of the 60s and the 70s have slowly but surely been swallowed up by the bursting commercialism and the exuberance of night time entertainment these days.
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by Johnny M. Pecayo

Pound-for-Pound king Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao, who never fails to pray to implore the Divine Providence in his boxing career, TKO'd Olympian gold medalist and Pay-Per-View king Oscar 'Golden Boy' de la Hoya on the 8th round of their aborted scheduled 12-round match at the MGM Golden Arena here last December 6, before 15,001 boxing enthusiasts, who came from the various parts of the United States and the Philippines. Read more  
by Vivien Del Mundo

Stakes are high and bets are running wild as the movie industry as well as fans gear up for the newest Philippine entry to the Best Foreign Film category at the 73rd annual Oscar awards night in Hollywood on February 22, 2009.
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Filipinos, while joyously embracing Western culture, have adorned Western clothing with the edge of its Asian and ethnic roots.
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  by Herky del Mundo

Mark Paragua chose an unusual career. Ever since, he was a child he wanted to be a chess player. His ultimate goal: to be a world champion
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  by Lorie Therese Locara
  Sisig is a delicious dish made of pork head/face skin and liver. Ask the chef to add pork brains if you have a death wish. It is so popular that many Filipino restaurants serve it.
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