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25,000 Evacuated in Philippines as Lava Gushes from Taal Volcano, Officials Warn of Imminent Eruption: VIDEO

Nearly 25,000 people in the Philippines have been told to evacuate following the eruption of the Taal volcano over the weekend as officials warn a more massive blast could be on the way. NBC News reports: “Red-hot lava gushed out of Taal volcano Monday, which pumped out ash that blew 62 miles north to capital Manila, closing its airport. Experts have warned that the eruption could get worse, and officials were planning to evacuate hundreds of thousands. There have been no reports of casualties or major damage so far after...
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Philippines Supreme Court rejects ‘with finality’ last bid for same-sex marriage in damning blow to the community

The Philippines Supreme Court has rejected “with finality” a last bid for marriage equality and denied the possibility of a reversal of its decision. The push for same-sex marriage in the predominantly Catholic country was led by a young, openly gay Filipino lawyer named Jesus Falcis. He first petitioned the Supreme Court in 2015, arguing that the current legislation was a violation of his rights. In September the court threw out the case on technical grounds because of Falcis’ “lack of standing, violating the principle of hierarchy of courts, and failing...

Philippine University apologizes to Manny MUA and Bretman Rock

Leyte Normal University (LNU) in the Philippines apologized to international beauty bloggers Manny MUA and Bretman Rock last week. The university in Tacloban city used their images in a poster presenting ‘improper grooming for men’. It later published a letter expressing ‘deepest regret’ for ‘inadvertently’ including an image of the pair. LNU’s dress code poster shared last week, detailed ‘inappropriate hairstyles’ and ‘improper grooming for men’. It forbid male students to wear earrings, heavy makeup, and feminine clothes. Among the examples images was a photo of beauty blogger Manny MUA ...
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