Today in History for January 2nd

(2 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: WV mine blast; JFK declares he’s running for President; Japan captures Manila, Philippines during WWII; Lindbergh baby trial; Annie closes on Broadway. (Jan. 2)

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Manila pig roasters in Christmas frenzy

Row upon row of pigs on bamboo spits sizzle slowly over orange embers in Manila just days before Christmas, peak season for the Philippines’ pig roasting “lechoneros”.

‘Stronger, faster’ Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says he is “stronger and faster” than ever ahead of his world title defence as he throws a lavish 40th birthday party with thousands of guests, including Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

ShowBiz Minute: Miss Universe, Cardi B, US Box Office

(17 Dec 2018) Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe; Offset interruption of Cardi B at Rolling Loud spurs outrage; “Spider-Verse” swings to the top of North American box office; “Mortal Engines” tanks. (Dec. 17)

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US returns war trophy bells to Philippines

Church bells seized from the Philippines by US troops as war trophies over a century ago are returned, in a bid to turn the page on a difficult chapter between the historical allies.

US priest accused of abuse in the Philippines

(6 Dec 2018) The U.S. attorney for Ohio’s southern district says an American priest accused of sexual abuse in the Philippines lived with multiple boys and insisted they bathe with him. (Dec. 6)

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Chinese President’s visit unwelcome among Filipino activists

Hundreds protest as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in the Philippines for his two-day visit to the country, a traditional US ally that is a key prize as Beijing and Washington jostle for supremacy in the Pacific.

AP Top Stories November 15 A

(15 Nov 2018) Here’s the latest for Thursday November 15th: At least 56 dead in Northern California fire; Attorney Michael Avenatti arrested; Bangladesh says Rohingya refugees can return to Myanmar; Bells taken by US Soldiers in 1901 returned to Philippines.

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Mattis: Bells’ return to help US-Philippine ties

(15 Nov 2018) Three war-trophy bells seized by U.S. troops over a century ago got a send-off back to the Philippines on Wednesday by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who called the controversial decision to repatriate them an important gesture of friendship between the two countries. (Nov. 15)

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