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Highlights include:

‘Talk Asia’ interviews with President Benigno Aquino III,

Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala

A week of live daily reports and features from across the Philippines

Extensive online coverage and iReport special

CNN’s ‘Eye On’ series is shining the international spotlight on the Philippines, with a special week of programming dedicated to the Southeast Asian country, airing to more than 280 million households around the world.

From April 30 to May 4 ‘Eye On The Philippines’ features live daily reports with Anna Coren from Manila, Batangas and Lake Taal and in-depth reportage from Kyung Lah, providing insight into the tropical country’s people, politics, business and culture. The special week of coverage culminates with a half-hour program featuring highlights from the week, airing May 4 to May 6.

‘Eye On The Philippines’ also includes extensive online coverage at In addition, CNN has launched a special iReport initiative calling on people to share their photos and videos highlighting the sights and sounds of the Philippines, with the best stories and videos featuring on CNN.

On-air coverage encompasses a wide range of special reports, including:

Talk Asia: President Benigno S. Aquino III – CNN correspondent Anna Coren sits down with the President at the Malacanang Palace for a rare and in-depth interview for CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’. The President discusses the opportunities and challenges currently facing the Philippines, as well as some of the experiences that have shaped him on a personal level.

Talk Asia: Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala – In this half hour interview, CNN correspondent Andrew Stevens talks with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, respectively the Chairman & CEO, and President of the Ayala Corporation, the country’s largest and oldest business conglomerate. The brothers discuss growing up in the illustrious Zobel de Ayala family which founded the business empire in the 19th century, their business philosophy, and what they have planned for the future.

Ballet Manila – Based on the belief that dance could change a child’s life, the first Philippine-based prima ballerina Lisa Macuja started funding lessons for poverty-stricken children in Manila. This summer, the first of her scholarship kids will dance in a prestigious international competition in Hong Kong, a fourteen year old girl whose parents are garbage scavengers.

Call Center Capital of the World – The Philippines has become a location of choice for business process outsourcing in the past decade due to its relatively low operational and labor costs. Combined with the young and vibrant workforce, the Philippines is becoming recognized as the so-called ‘Call Center Capital of the World’.

Anti-Piracy Training – A third of all the world’s seafarers are from the Philippines and since 2006, over 700 Filipino marine workers have been hijacked off the coast of Somalia. The Philippine Government is now making every seafarer undergo mandatory anti-piracy training before they go to sea.

Ending Child Labor – Dante Campilan is just 14, but he works seven hours a day, pulling weeds and tiling the soil barefoot. He is one of an estimated 2.4 million child workers in the Philippines. The Philippine government is trying to fight the problem, aiming to reduce the worst forms of child labor by 75 percent by 2015. ‘Eye On The Philippines’ reports on how those efforts are taking shape in one community which survives off the global sugar industry.

Poverty and Pag Pag – ‘Pagpag’ is a Filipino term for leftover food from fast food restaurants which is thrown away in garbage bins but then re-cooked, or sometimes eaten straight from the bins, by the urban poor. This compelling report investigates the situation in the Philippines and the extreme conditions in which these people are living.


Airtimes (all times are in HKT)


Daily Reports and Coverage

Mon April 30 to Fri May 4 at 0700 (live reports) on ‘World Report’

Mon April 30 to Fri May 4 at 2100 on ‘World Business Today’

‘Eye On The Philippines’ Special Half-Hour

Fri May 4 at 2300

Sat May 5 at 1800, 2330

Sun May 6 at 0830

Talk Asia: Jaime Augusto & Fernando Zobel de Ayala

Fri April 27 at 1730

Sat April 28 at 2000

Sun April 29 at 0630, 1330

Mon April 30 at 0830

Tue May 1 at 1530

Thu May 3 at 1230

Talk Asia: President Benigno S. Aquino III

Fri May 4 at 1730

Sat May 5 at 2000

Sun May 6 at 0630, 1330

Mon May 7 at 0830

Tue May 8 at 1530

Thu May 10 at 1230

* CNN International is a 24-hour news channel which reacts to live events and breaking news. Therefore, program schedules are subject to change at short notice.

EYE ON THE PHILIPPINES: CNN's Andrew Stevens talks with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, who head up Philippines' largest and oldest business conglomerate, the Ayala Corporation. The brothers discuss growing up in the illustrious family, their business philosophy, and what they have planned for the future. Airs today at 1730 HKT / 1130 CET and replays tomorrow at 2000 HKT / 1400 CET.


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At the end of April, we’re visiting the Philippines. We’d like you to share the sights and sounds that you think capture the true flavor of the country. Send us your photos, or put yourself on video and tell the world what the Philippines is really like.

The best stories and videos will be featured on CNN’s Eye On website and on TV. The deadline for submissions is May 11.