SARADO KATOLIKO? Filipino Catholics Most Loyal to Church Teachings Except on Contraception – Survey

By: Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com
February 10, 2014 9:36 AM
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MANILA – Filipino Catholics support Church teachings on abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage, and priesthood, but are opposed to its anti-contraception stance, a global survey revealed Sunday.

The survey of 12,036 respondents in 12 countries showed that among the Catholic teachings on these subjects, the faithful were most likely to veer farthest from the long-held beliefs on contraception.
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In Manila, Women Demand Long-Term Birth Control

BY JEE Y. GERONIMO
POSTED ON 01/24/2014 3:44 PM | UPDATED 01/24/2014 5:18 PM

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WOMEN’S CHOICE. Long-term contraceptives like implants are popular among women in the city of Manila. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – List down all the birth control methods Filipino women really want, and implants are definitely a popular choice – at least in the city of Manila – indicating they want birth control for the long term.
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Court Junks Petition to Stop Sexual Health Forum

BY JEE Y. GERONIMO
POSTED ON 01/23/2014 5:36 PM | UPDATED 01/23/2014 6:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) will complete its 4-day run after all.

In a decision on Thursday, January 23, Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 110 denied the petition of the Pro-Life Philippines Foundation to issue a temporary restraining order on the ongoing conference.
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Tagle: Youth Want Happy, Not Judgmental Church

The Manila archbishop dances with people and exudes joy

Paterno Esmaquel II
Published 3:34 PM, Oct 28, 2013
Updated 3:34 PM, Oct 28, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The 56-year-old cardinal danced his way up the stage – which was used minutes earlier by the hip-hop group Philippine All-Stars, rock star Jett Pangan, and a university pep squad.
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Philippines Lags Behind SEA Neighbors in Hunger in 2013

The Catholic Basketcase country the Philippines again was shown to be lagging behind most of its more progressive neighbors in South East Asia. The Philippines was found to be in 6th place out of 9 countries measured in the “2013 Global Hunger Index” released by the organization, “International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)”, lagging behind Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, bettering only Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste. Data for Myanmar was unavailable for this year, though.

Here is the Global Hunger Index (GHI) per South East Asian country:
1) Singapore = 0
2) Malaysia = 5.5
3) Thailand = 5.8
4) Vietnam = 7.7
5) Indonesia = 10.1
6) Philippines = 13.2
7) Cambodia = 16.8
8) Laos = 18.7
9) Timor Leste = 29.6
Myanmar = No data

For more information about the topic, please proceed to the official IFPRI website:

http://www.ifpri.org/

SOURCE: 2013_GHI_Data

Do Condoms and Sex Ed Promote Sex?

BY ANTON AVANCEÑA
POSTED ON 09/17/2013 1:18 PM | UPDATED 09/17/2013 4:10 PM

Certainly many people—parents, teachers, legislators, and even priests—are interested in hearing the answer to this question. And why wouldn’t they, considering that the Supreme Court is set to rule over the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012 (RH law) soon.

But aside from being interesting and quite controversial, this question is extremely relevant and important to deliberate.
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Philippines Less Happy Than Progressive South East Asian Neighbors in 2013

The United Nations (UN) released their “World Happiness Report” for 2013[1], and one glaring fact from the list was how the Philippines was “less happy” than most of its more progressive South East Asian (SEA) neighbors, coming in at only 6th in the list. Here is the placing of SEA countries from the list:

30. Singapore
36. Thailand
56. Malaysia
63. Vietnam
76. Indonesia
92. Philippines
109. Laos
121. Myanmar
140. Cambodia

Little wonder, as in the Philippines, 1 out of 4 Filipinos is living below the Poverty Line. In fact, there is a real correlation between “Poverty Rate” and “Happiness Level” of countries in SEA as countries with less Poverty Rates are more “Happy” than countries with high Poverty Rates like ours. Here is the same SEA countries with their Poverty Rates[2]:

Singapore = 0%
Malaysia = 3.8%
Thailand = 8.1%
Indonesia = 12.5%
Vietnam = 14.5%
Laos = 26%
Philippines = 26.5%
Cambodia = 31%
Myanmar = 33%

So in effect, the Philippines is still near the bottom of countries in SEA in terms of Poverty Rate and Happiness Level, lumped with countries like Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. After such a long time, up to now the ONLY Catholic country in SEA is still, the SICK man of SEA …

SOURCES:
[1] UN 2013 World Happiness Report, http://unsdsn.org/files/2013/09/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf?
[2] Index Mundi Country Comparison – Population below poverty line, http://www.indexmundi.com/g/r.aspx?v=69