BusinessWorld: New website to focus on the culture of Negros

BusinessWorld: New website to focus on the culture of Negros. The island. Not anything else you might be thinking about. “WHEN one thinks of the island of Negros, one thinks of its role in the sugar trade and the fortunes that it created. Those fortunes came to polish some of the nation’s most illustrious last names: these include figures in politics, showbiz, business, and the arts. The Angelica Berrie Foundation is launching the Negros Season of Culture Website, addressing the region’s cultural assets which can be seen in its cuisine, art, textile, architecture, and literature.”

NBC News: Amazon Ring call center workers in Philippines ‘scared’ to go to work during pandemic

NBC News: Amazon Ring call center workers in Philippines ‘scared’ to go to work during pandemic. “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, call center workers in the Philippines who are contracters for Amazon’s Ring home security division have been required to report to the office. At first, employees said, they had no choice but to sleep at work so they could respond to the calls of Amazon Ring’s customers in American time zones. The conditions spurred an Amazon investigation after pictures of employees on mattresses and blankets on the floor became public in news reports.”

Philippines Troll Patrol: The woman taking on trolls on their own turf (BBC)

BBC: Philippines Troll Patrol: The woman taking on trolls on their own turf. “The Philippines is playing a key role in the wave of disinformation sweeping the world. So-called troll farms are being used to create multiple fake social media accounts that post political propaganda and attack critics. But a group of people calling themselves the Troll Patrol are trying to use their own tactics against them, as the BBC’s Howard Johnson reports.”

Reuters: Philippine police draw flak for plan to monitor social media on quarantine

Reuters: Philippine police draw flak for plan to monitor social media on quarantine. “Philippine police drew criticism from netizens and activists on Sunday for a plan to monitor social media to enforce quarantine rules, with critics accusing the authorities of authoritarianism and double standards.”

Manila Bulletin: Nat’l museum unveils rare 14th century Chinese bowl in virtual series

Manila Bulletin: Nat’l museum unveils rare 14th century Chinese bowl in virtual series. “The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) recently shared to the public a 14th century bowl found in an underwater heritage site located at the southern tip of Palawan as part of its ‘Museum From Home’ series.”

NME: The OPM Archive Foundation unveils online archive of digitised Filipino music artifacts

NME: The OPM Archive Foundation unveils online archive of digitised Filipino music artifacts. “The OPM Archive Foundation has unveiled an online archive collecting digitised artifacts of Filipino music, now open for virtual viewing. Earlier this week (August 26), the OPM Archive Foundation announced the digital archive, now open for online viewing and for donations of memorabilia.”

Arab News: Philippine president pledges free coronavirus vaccines for poorest 20 million citizens

Arab News: Philippine president pledges free coronavirus vaccines for poorest 20 million citizens. “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced that 20 million of the country’s poorest citizens will receive free COVID-19 vaccines, which he hoped would happen by December.”

NBC News: Troll farms from North Macedonia and the Philippines pushed coronavirus disinformation on Facebook

NBC News: Troll farms from North Macedonia and the Philippines pushed coronavirus disinformation on Facebook. “One of the largest publishers of coronavirus disinformation on Facebook has been banned from the platform for using content farms from North Macedonia and the Philippines, Facebook said on Friday.”

Philippine Star: This is how some heritage sites are coping amid COVID-19 pandemic

Philippine Star: This is how some heritage sites are coping amid COVID-19 pandemic. “On National Heritage Month, some heritage sites shared how they are adapting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Tourism last Thursday hosted its 16th webinar titled ‘Paraparaan: Redefining the Use of Heritage Places for Covid-19 Survival’ where participants discussed how the COVID-19’s impact would reshape tourism, sustainability and conservation programs at the country’s heritage sites under the so-called ‘new normal.'”

NPR: As COVID-19 Fears Grow, 10,000 Prisoners Are Freed From Overcrowded Philippine Jails

NPR: As COVID-19 Fears Grow, 10,000 Prisoners Are Freed From Overcrowded Philippine Jails. “As COVID-19 sweeps through many of the world’s prisons and jails, the Philippine Supreme Court has ordered the release of nearly 10,000 inmates in one of the world’s most congested prison systems. Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta said in the order… that granting bail and releasing indigent prisoners on ‘recognizance’ would help staunch the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected both prisoners and staff.”

Wall Street Journal: Is That a Rooster on My Customer-Support Call? Yes, Blame Coronavirus.

Wall Street Journal: Is That a Rooster on My Customer-Support Call? Yes, Blame Coronavirus.. “Thousands of call-center employees in the Philippines and India are working from home, often on the outskirts of urban areas or outside them, during their countries’ coronavirus lockdowns. That has given cows and pigs—but mainly roosters—a chance to chime in.” Kind of here for it honestly.

Interaksyon: The rise of Ligo Sardines as a social media voice during COVID-19 crisis

Interaksyon: The rise of Ligo Sardines as a social media voice during COVID-19 crisis. “Ligo Sardines lately became popular online due to its witty social media advertisements which Filipinos perceived to throw a ‘shade’ against the government’s questionable policies during the duration of the enhance community quarantine. The sardines company also earlier gained attention for its graphic advertisement that showed the canned goods’ easy-open feature accompanied by the line: ‘No special powers needed.'”

GMA News Online: American man collects thousands of antique photos that captured the beauty of old Manila

New-to-me, from GMA News Online: American man collects thousands of antique photos that captured the beauty of old Manila. “A 76-year old American citizen loves the Philippines so much, he has a collection of antique photos that show what the country had been like over the years. Many of the photos immortalized the beauty of old Manila. In an episode of iJuander, John Tewll shared that he has over 12,000 photos in his collection.”

Google News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access

Good News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access. “The Taal Volcano LiDAR datasets were derived through the use of airborne systems mounted on an airplane. The output of the LiDAR sensor is a 3D point cloud containing points that were scanned. The LiDAR technology was able to generate maps with resolution of up to 1×1 meter which can be used for planning and reconstruction of areas damaged by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas on January 12, 2020. The Taal Volcano mapping is free and downloadable by anyone with internet access and by most modern GIS software.”