Philippines: Importance of Faith in Fight against Covid-19
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Philippines: Importance of Faith in Fight against Covid-19

Across geographical boundaries, 93 percent of respondents from Mindanao said faith is “very important,” followed by those in Luzon at 87 percent, and finally by those in the Visayas at 66 percent. Respondents from Visayas said that faith is “important” at 32 percent followed by those in Luzon at 10 percent, and finally by those…

Iloilo, Philippines: Mill Hill Student takes Temporary Oath
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Iloilo, Philippines: Mill Hill Student takes Temporary Oath

On the occasion of the 122nd Philippines Independence Day and after almost 3 months of quarantine, the Mill Hill Missionaries in the Philippines met for the Temporary Oath of Isaias Estimo. Due to limitation of space inside the formation house chapel, the protocol of physical distancing was not seriously observed. However, the celebration of the…

Covid-19 and typhoon Vongfong: Double Trouble for Poor Filipinos
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Covid-19 and typhoon Vongfong: Double Trouble for Poor Filipinos

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Philippines: Bishops Warn as Internet Abuses Triple during Covid-19 Pandemic
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Philippines: Bishops Warn as Internet Abuses Triple during Covid-19 Pandemic

Marcelo said parents or relatives engaged in this kind of abuse believe it is not harmful to their children as there is no physical contact between them and the predator. “Many of them think that since there is no sexual contact, it is permissible to just take videos or pictures of them,” Marcelo told UCA…

‘Quarantune’ – Philippine Music a Balm to the Soul
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‘Quarantune’ – Philippine Music a Balm to the Soul

Jesuit Communications, the Philippine Jesuits’ media arm, has released an online music video featuring Catholic choirs and musicians performing a composition by Father Eduardo Hontiveros, considered the father of Philippine liturgical music. The video, called a “Quarantune” because it was made during quarantine restrictions, was produced to boost morale among Catholics in the face of…

Philippines: A Two-Wheeled Exit Strategy
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Philippines: A Two-Wheeled Exit Strategy

“Bicycles and motorbikes will play an important role because our train system cannot handle all commuters due to social distancing rules. It is also safer to ride on bikes or motorcycles because people will naturally be distant from each other,” Assistant Transport Secretary Steve Pastor said. City officials are preparing special bike lanes and stations along…

Philippines: International Seafarers in Dire Straits – a Podcast
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Philippines: International Seafarers in Dire Straits – a Podcast

More than ten million Filipinos live and work overseas. They work in the world’s high-paying cities, particularly in the Persian Gulf, Hong Kong, Canada, and Europe. The Covid-19 pandemic has made their lives miserable. A relatively overlooked group of Filipino overseas workers are thousands toiling onboard international crew ships. Most such ships were anchored abruptly…

Casay, Philippines: Message from a Parish under Covid-19 Strain
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Casay, Philippines: Message from a Parish under Covid-19 Strain

We are doing well here in the parish. Prudhvi (student, India) has extended his MEP time due to the cancellation of all domestic and international flights. Nicky and Joseph are well. We all underwent self-quarantine and survived it healthily. Most of our regular and scheduled activities have been cancelled for almost two months now. The…

Philippines: Catholic Dioceses Distribute Relief Packs
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Philippines: Catholic Dioceses Distribute Relief Packs

The faithful of the Diocese of San José de Antique, especially the Catechists and the Parish BEC Formation Teams are thankful to the Social Action Centre for the food relief packs they have received. In almost all Catholic Dioceses in the Philippines, the social action commissions are busy distributing relief food packs and other goods…

Filipino Health Workers in UK Die due to Coronavirus
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Filipino Health Workers in UK Die due to Coronavirus

At least 29 Filipinos including 18 health workers are thought to have died in the United Kingdom while a number of others are in critical condition due to coronavirus. Some 21 of these people were confirmed to have died from the virus while the other eight are suspected to have died from Covid-19, according to British media reports….

Manila, Philippines: Lockdown Will Create Unrest if Mismanaged – Bishop Pabillo
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Manila, Philippines: Lockdown Will Create Unrest if Mismanaged – Bishop Pabillo

“It is impossible to impose a lockdown in the capital’s many slums. Many live without a roof over their heads. Others are crammed into makeshift shelters where it is very hot. It is difficult to ask them to stay locked up for a long time,” the bishop said. According to the Philippines Statistics Authority, 21…

Covid-19 Philippines: Hospitals Overwhelmed
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Covid-19 Philippines: Hospitals Overwhelmed

At least five major hospitals in the Philippine capital Manila have said they are full and can no longer offer the required degree of care and attention to any additional Covid-19 patients. These top hospitals are considered well equipped in the Philippines. They are St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City, De Los Santos Medical Center, St….