Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and they have turned the community of Oslob in the southern Philippines into a major tourist attraction. Thousands of tourists come each year to swim with the animals. Conservationists are worried.
Last month, nearly three-quarters of people in Mindanao voted in favor of more autonomy to end decades of unrest there. More areas are now preparing to vote to decide whether they want to join the new autonomous region.
The Philippines re-opens its crown jewel resort island Boracay to holidaymakers on Friday, after a six-month clean up aimed at repairing the damage inflicted by years of unrestrained mass tourism.
Over two dozen people have died and widespread damage reported as the monster Typhoon Mangkhut crashed into the northern Philippines coast and Taiwan. The storm is also expected to hit Hong Kong and southern China.
The Philippines shuttered its most famous holiday island Boracay to tourists on Thursday for a six-month clean-up, which the government has imposed with a muscular show of its security forces.
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