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Love at first swipe: stories of online strangers-turned-spouses

Love at first swipe: stories of online strangers-turned-spouses

February 14, 2024, 10:49 pm

MANILA – Navigating love through online dating platforms in the digital age poses both ease and excitement. Among the frequently used online dating applications for Filipinos is Tinder, where users may easily find their "perfect match" by swiping right. Tinder, developed in the early 2010s,… Read More

Veggie bouquet, fruit baskets sold as healthy Heart's Day gift options

Veggie bouquet, fruit baskets sold as healthy Heart's Day gift options

February 14, 2024, 6:45 pm

MANILA – Looking for a healthier and fresh twist to the same old Valentine's Day gifts like a flower bouquet or a box of chocolates? How about gifting your loved one with a bouquet of vegetables? This and other unique gift items like "love baskets" of fruits or eggs have been “specially… Read More

Finding love offline

Finding love offline

February 10, 2024, 12:17 pm

DARAGA, Albay – As more and more Filipinos turn to online dating platforms to find love at first swipe, algorithm-driven matchmaking is rapidly invading the human domain of romance. In this technology-saturated world, can love still find its way outside of dating apps? Three young couples share… Read More

For Chinese New Year, why not visit QC's own Chinatown

For Chinese New Year, why not visit QC's own Chinatown

February 9, 2024, 7:30 pm

MANILA – Binondo's Chinatown is probably the country's most popular one. But did you know that Quezon City has its own Chinatown, which at 591.9 hectares is said to be one of the largest in the world? For this Chinese New Year, this area could be the perfect alternative place to immerse oneself… Read More

How microloan turned Masbateño bus driver into entrepreneur

How microloan turned Masbateño bus driver into entrepreneur

February 9, 2024, 5:44 pm

MASBATE CITY – When the Covid-19 pandemic brought the entire country to a standstill, former bus driver Alladin Villar's world came to a screeching halt. The imposition of lockdowns and travel restrictions put a strain on his ability to provide for his family's needs, thus the father of three… Read More

For Albay's golden couples, every day is Valentine's Day

For Albay's golden couples, every day is Valentine's Day

February 6, 2024, 4:22 pm

DARAGA, Albay – In a world obsessed with the idea of love that stands the test of time, two couples from Albay who have breached the 50-year mark prove that finding a match made in heaven goes beyond romantic chemistry. Commitment and contentment When the Mirabete couple, Wilfredo, 75; and… Read More

On Love and Lent

On Love and Lent

February 4, 2024, 4:31 pm

DARAGA, Albay – In case you haven't checked your February 2024 calendar yet, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day. With two seemingly contrasting holidays sharing the same date—as the start of the liturgical 40-day season of Lent requires fasting and abstinence while the most romantic day… Read More

OFW promotes rich PH history via museum on wheels

OFW promotes rich PH history via museum on wheels

January 30, 2024, 12:52 pm

MANILA – A proud overseas Filipino has been making waves in the Middle East through his unique way of promoting Philippine history, culture and arts. Brian “Ibrahim” Asinas Mendoza, through his personal project and initiative, the Pinoy Museum on Wheels (PMOW), has been traveling across the… Read More

Why Cagsawa festival should be on everyone's bucket list

Why Cagsawa festival should be on everyone's bucket list

January 26, 2024, 1:22 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Culture, nature and adventure converge as Daraga town in Albay gears up for its annual Cagsawa Festival this February. As it pays homage to the 300th year of the rebuilding of the iconic Cagsawa Church (formerly Cagsaua), this year's month-long festival promises to be bigger and… Read More

A look at PH-UN's strong partnership

A look at PH-UN's strong partnership

January 24, 2024, 8:34 pm

MANILA – As the Philippines continues to grapple with the complexities of the 21st century, the United Nations (UN) has steadfastly remained its most trusted ally. Here's a look at some of the milestones that have defined and shaped this solid partnership, highlighting the country's engagement… Read More

Meet Irene Khan, freedom of expression's staunch advocate

Meet Irene Khan, freedom of expression's staunch advocate

January 24, 2024, 8:22 pm

MANILA – Irene Khan, the United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on freedom of expression and opinion, is a woman of many "firsts." In July 2020, this Bangladeshi lawyer and human rights advocate made history when she became the first woman ever to hold the position of Special Rapporteur since… Read More

PH winning the insurgency campaign

PH winning the insurgency campaign

January 24, 2024, 4:05 pm

MANILA – The year 2023 was a banner year for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its ongoing campaign against the New People's Army (NPA) insurgents and their allies as there are only 11 "weakened guerilla fronts" and "a little over 1,500" fighters remaining nationwide. AFP chief Gen.… Read More

State of human rights in PH improves under PBBM admin

State of human rights in PH improves under PBBM admin

January 22, 2024, 2:11 pm

MANILA – As President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. looks forward to a “Bagong Pilipinas” (New Philippines) through the collective effort and cooperation of Filipinos, he continues to advocate for peace, unity, and reconciliation in pursuit of the nation’s progress and development.  The… Read More

Government pushes for single-digit poverty rate by 2028

Government pushes for single-digit poverty rate by 2028

January 19, 2024, 2:03 pm

MANILA – The administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is doubling efforts to attain its single-digit poverty rate target by 2028. In his first State of the Nation Address in 2022, President Marcos vowed to bring down poverty to as low as 9 percent by the end of his term. Latest data… Read More

Congress marks milestone in legislating gender equality bills in 2023

Congress marks milestone in legislating gender equality bills in 2023

January 18, 2024, 3:01 pm Updated on January 18, 2024, 3:05 pm

MANILA – The Philippines continues to lead as the most gender-equal country in Asia with a 79.1 percent gender parity based on the 2023 Global Gender Gap Index Report by the World Economic Forum. Last year, the Philippines also improved three notches to 16th place among 146 countries in gender… Read More

Abra Itnegs celebrate life, preserve culture

Abra Itnegs celebrate life, preserve culture

January 18, 2024, 2:23 pm

SAN JUAN, Abra – The lay-og, a traditional practice by the “Itnegs” (also called Tingguians) celebrating the life of a deceased loved one, is not just about remembering a family member but also keeping a tradition that has been passed on through generations. The Itnegs live in at least 20 of… Read More

PH takes strides toward transparency

PH takes strides toward transparency

January 18, 2024, 9:53 am

MANILA – In a move to bolster transparency and accountability in government, over a dozen bills have been filed in the 19th Congress to create an enabling law on access to information. The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill aims to provide citizens with unimpeded access to official government… Read More

Training from gov’t agencies boosts Ilocos bakeshop biz

Training from gov’t agencies boosts Ilocos bakeshop biz

January 9, 2024, 8:44 pm

LAOAG CITY – Alladin and Mylene Galano, a couple who worked as overseas Filipino workers in Qatar, braved the challenges of the pandemic when they decided to return for good to Ilocos Norte in 2019 to follow their passion for baking. With skills training provided by several government agencies… Read More

Former NPA rebels commit to help gov’t anti-insurgency efforts

Former NPA rebels commit to help gov’t anti-insurgency efforts

January 2, 2024, 8:19 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Five years ago, former New People’s Army rebel "Ka Iyong" was always fearful that each sunrise would be his last -- until he grabbed the opportunity to surrender and provide a brighter future for his family. Ka Iyong, 35, retained his underground nickname even now that he has… Read More

Never too late to dream: How IP school in CamNorte combats illiteracy

Never too late to dream: How IP school in CamNorte combats illiteracy

December 31, 2023, 1:23 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Melody Portugal patiently stood in line to get her Christmas gifts -- a bag of groceries and an envelope of school supplies. "These will be of great help to me," she said in the vernacular, proudly showing her Grade 2 notebooks and pad papers, which would be her ally in her… Read More