The United States was among the first foreign nations to move in to help the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation. The US has long had close, though not always happy, ties with the island nation.
The Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in Asia. But recently, the government passed a law, over the strenuous objections of the Catholic Church, that paved the way for providing free contraception. Reporter Aurora Almendral speaks with one woman, a grandmother at 33, about how free birth control could change the lives of the country's poorest.
Getting relief to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda as Filipinos call it, has been painfully slow. The World's Jason Margolis explains that much of the challenge comes from the geography and lifestyle of the Philippines, as well as the lack of everything from roads to runways.
Traffic in Manila is a nightmare. Privatized buses get some of the blame for causing chaos. And some say the roads would be better with more female drivers, so city officials are giving it a try. Reporter Jason Strother has the story.
For Filipinos looking for a taste of heir homeland, Jollibee is ubiquitous. With more than 900 locations in the Philippines and a growing number of branches abroad, the fast food chain blends American style fast food with a uniquely Filipino culture.
Orlando de Guzman reports from the Sulu Archipelago, a dangerous region in the southern Philippines where rebels with suspected links to al Qaeda are active, and so are US-backed government troops trying to hunt the rebels down
The Filipino Catholic Church has long been influential in the country's politics, as well as its morality. But that influence is waning, and perhaps nowhere is that more visible in the end of a decade-long battle to enact legislation providing for free contraceptives to the country's residents.