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Cebu house helps hailed for loyalty to employers amid crisis

CEBU CITY – One of the 10 “Sampung Natatanging Kasambahay ng Pilipinas 2023” (10 Outstanding Domestic Workers of the Philippines 2023) awardee of the Philippine Senate has been serving a family in Talisay City in Cebu province for over 20 years and never left even in times of... Read More

Completion of Bulacan Airport to boost tourism in PH

MANILA – Over the years, tourism has been proven to be a lucrative industry that contributes a big chunk to the Philippine economy.Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed 2.65 million international visitor arrivals in 2022, surpassing its 1.7 million target.This is a good indication... Read More

Govt, private agencies usher Pangasinan farmers to agri-entrep

BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan – Members of the Northern Bayambang Multipurpose Cooperative (NBMPC), a group of farmers who mostly are agrarian reform beneficiaries in this town, are excited about their new venture with Jollibee Group Foundation with the assistance of the Department of Agrarian Reform... Read More

Rowing historic routes, overcoming waves, self-doubts: Erden Eruç

MANILA – “Am I going to get where I want to go?,” Turkish-American adventurer and 15-Guiness World Record holder Erden Eruç once asked.This is one of the few trying questions recalled by the 61-year-old adventurer Eruç as he shared his breathtaking yet historic... Read More

More tourism projects for W. Pangasinan: solon

BOLINAO, Pangasinan -- The first district of Pangasinan will implement more eco-tourism and infrastructure projects that would further boost the tourism industry and economic development in the nine towns and one city of the province.Western Pangasinan or the first district of the province is... Read More

From darkness to light: A Priest’s encounter with the Sto. Niño

CEBU CITY – Stories abound attesting to the miraculous powers of the Senor Sto. Niño in Cebu, and among them is the personal “encounter” of a downhearted Dipolog priest whose spirits were “lifted out from darkness and brought into the light.”Fr. Leonilo Dagpin, Jr.... Read More

Budgeting skills, Kadiwa sites come in handy amid food price hike

MANILA – High prices of basic goods, including onion, a key cooking ingredient in every household and food establishment, welcomed Filipinos during the long Christmas holiday and New Year break.As of Tuesday, the prevailing price of red onions is still perched high between PHP400 to PHP 700... Read More

BRP Gabriela Silang: Serving in time of peace, pandemic

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – Residents of the Ilocos Region have witnessed not only the grandeur of the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) BRP Gabriela Silang when it docked on the waters of San Fernando City, La Union late last year but also learned about its significant role during disasters,... Read More

Yearender: Escape incidents, congestion down but still hound BJMP

MANILA – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Saturday reported that jail escape incidents dropped significantly by 30.7 percent compared to 2021.Only nine escape incidents were recorded in 2022 with a 100-percent recovery rate.It also reported an 18-percent drop in its annual... Read More

Yearender: Senate builds on ‘good start’ with passage of 2023 GAA

MANILA – Among the 1,610 bills and 388 resolutions filed in the Senate since the opening of the 19th Congress on July 25, the 2023 General Appropriations Act (GAA) was the most important legislation passed before it adjourned for the holidays, according to Senate President Juan Miguel... Read More

Yearender: AFP ends 2022 with anti-air missile capability

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will end 2022 with a lot more firepower than it began the year as it is now capable of engaging and shooting down hostile aircraft and drones that may intrude over the country's airspace.This was after the Philippine Air Force (PAF) formally... Read More

Yearender: PhilSA ‘resolutely’ expands domestic space ecosystem

MANILA – The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) continues its goal of expanding the domestic space ecosystem. Aside from implementing various programs and programs in 2022, the PhilSA has also bared some of its plans for 2023. “PhilSA faced outwards in 2022 with the objective of... Read More

Filipino-born Jasmine Lee: Championing diversity in Korea

MANILA – Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee, an icon of diversity in South Korea, never dreamt of becoming a politician.But with two children growing up at a time the concept of multiculturalism had yet to fully develop in the country, it was a job she was willing to take on if it was going to make society... Read More

Dreams do come true for kids from conflict areas in NegOr

DUMAGUETE CITY – For 10-year-old Rogelio (not his real name), watching the stars at night from his home in a hinterland barangay in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental is always a treat, especially when the dark sky is covered with the twinkling dots that could almost light up the entire village... Read More

Pangasinenses use alternative noisemakers for New Year revelry

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Like other Filipinos, Pangasinenses have been used to welcoming the New Year with noises with the belief that loud sounds cast away bad luck for the coming year and many other superstitious and practical ways. The "torotot" (trumpet) as well as kitchen utensils made of... Read More

Young couple opens picture-perfect, pandemic startup

MANILA – Starting up light and unique in a pandemic setup was a big plus for a young entrepreneur-couple in Quezon City, especially now that the economy is warmly opening up.For Mark and Kirsten Pangilinan, both 23 years old, a self-portrait studio is a strategic and trendy business, where... Read More

Christmas village to boost Pangasinan town's tourism, economy

CALASIAO, Pangasinan – The municipal government here has turned the town plaza into a Dubai Miracle Garden-inspired Christmas village which is expected to boost tourist arrivals and generate income, as well as promote anew "puto" (native rice cake) delicacy.Filled with a thousand colorful... Read More

Gaslighting is Merriam-Webster word of the year

MANILA – “Gaslighting”,a termlooked up frequently everyday, was chosen word of the year by Merriam-Webster.The top definition is the psychological manipulation of a person, usually over an extended period of time, that “causes the victim to question the validity of their own... Read More

Priscilla Salud: The daughter also rises

MANILA – Remember former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner and World Boxing Council (WBC) founding secretary-general Rodrigo “Rudy” Salud?Salud, who passed away on March 7, 2011 at the age of 72, was widely known for his servant leadership style as well as his... Read More

Father recounts chess prodigy's struggles toward victory

LEGAZPI CITY – Three days after the victory of Bince Rafael Operiano, the nine-year-old boy from Oas town, Albay province who emerged champion in the recently concluded 6th Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, is now back to his schooling and other regular chores in his... Read More