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OTOP transforms 'kaingeros' into environmental stewards, entrepreneurs

OTOP transforms 'kaingeros' into environmental stewards, entrepreneurs

July 23, 2024, 9:35 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – The One Town, One Product (OTOP) project of the government has benefited a coffee cooperative in Barangay Baslay, Dauin, Negros Oriental. It has transformed kaingero (slash-and-burn farmers) into successful entrepreneurs and environmental stewards in over two decades. Ruel… Read More

Filipino fashion, textile take centerstage at SONA red carpet

Filipino fashion, textile take centerstage at SONA red carpet

July 22, 2024, 5:56 pm

MANILA – Filipino weaves and textiles took centerstage on the red carpet of this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City. Senator Raffy Tulfo wore a Rajo Laurel barong, adorned with key symbols from the Philippine flag, and took inspiration… Read More

CamSur doctor gives new lease on life to kids with heart defects

CamSur doctor gives new lease on life to kids with heart defects

July 10, 2024, 6:01 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – When Desiree Valencia was two years old, her mother, Celerina, noticed that something was not quite right. Unlike kids her age, Desiree seemed to tire more easily. She was also prone to frequent respiratory infections. After a series of tests and doctor consultations, Celerina was… Read More

‘McDo’ manager saves customer's life, thanks to CPR skills

‘McDo’ manager saves customer's life, thanks to CPR skills

July 2, 2024, 5:03 am

MANILA – Quick thinking and presence of mind enabled a McDonald’s Philippines store manager to save the life of a male customer who collapsed and was later learned to have suffered a mild heart attack. Bryan Bondoc, assigned at McDonald’s NLEX Drive and Dine in Valenzuela City, applied his… Read More

Albay 'ukay-ukay' entrepreneur scores big in thrift biz

Albay 'ukay-ukay' entrepreneur scores big in thrift biz

July 1, 2024, 6:39 pm

DARAGA, Albay – On Saturdays at exactly 7 a.m., Rhea Llaneta's "ukay-ukay" shop in the bustling market of Daraga town in Albay province transforms into a treasure trove as bargain hunters dig through piles of secondhand garments to snag the best deals. "It is chaotic and, at the same time, fun… Read More

Elderly farmer reaps fruit of labor of love

Elderly farmer reaps fruit of labor of love

June 28, 2024, 6:54 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Despite age weathering his body, 84-year-old Cresenciano Colagong proudly stood his ground as he held the land title for the agricultural lands in Polangui, Albay he has long tilled for more than three decades. His daughter, Aireen Colagong-Tigue, could not hold back tears as she… Read More

Taal’s Caysasay Church declared cultural treasure, historical landmark

Taal’s Caysasay Church declared cultural treasure, historical landmark

June 25, 2024, 8:18 pm

TAAL, Batangas – Following its recent declaration as National Cultural Treasure and National Historical Landmark, the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay here is expected to play a significant role in preserving the province’s rich history and fostering Catholic faith. The church was… Read More

How an NGO provides opportunities for women in Albay

How an NGO provides opportunities for women in Albay

June 20, 2024, 3:07 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – For a group of women in the towns of Manito and Camalig in Albay, women empowerment is not just a buzzword. As beneficiaries of the Project WE-LEAP (Women Empowerment on Leadership in Economics Resources, Access, and Participation) of Fundación Educación y Cooperación (Educo)… Read More

Job Fair offers chance for 77-year-old job hunter

Job Fair offers chance for 77-year-old job hunter

June 12, 2024, 10:08 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Evelyn Cotaran, 77, hoped to land a job through the Kalayaan (Independence) Day Job Fair in this city on Wednesday despite her age. Lola Evelyn was among the hundreds of job applicants who hoped to get employment or a better job position with the help of the event organized by the… Read More

Apo Whang-od's doctor on how to be an everyday hero

Apo Whang-od's doctor on how to be an everyday hero

June 12, 2024, 3:27 pm

DARAGA, Albay – It could have been just another doctor-patient consultation for Dr. Mary Libeney Sito. Except that the check-up required a grueling pilgrimage to the remote village of Buscalan in the town of Tinglayan, Kalinga, in November 2023, to meet the patient: the sprightly centenarian,… Read More

Cordillera's vegetable industry: Igorots’ labor of love

Cordillera's vegetable industry: Igorots’ labor of love

June 11, 2024, 6:48 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Have you ever wondered what the colorful, beautiful-looking, and nutritious vegetables in your favorite “chop suey” or “pancit” go through before reaching the dinner table? With it, goes tons of “labor of love” that farmers and “kumbaya” (persons manually carrying… Read More

Eastern Samar family reunites after leaving NPA

Eastern Samar family reunites after leaving NPA

June 11, 2024, 4:12 pm

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar – For Daniel Belicario, his 62nd birthday is the most meaningful celebration after he reunited with four other family members who also joined the armed struggle in the forests of Samar Island as members of the New People’s Army (NPA). The simple party happened… Read More

Southern Leyte dive volunteers fight destructive starfish

Southern Leyte dive volunteers fight destructive starfish

June 3, 2024, 4:58 pm

LILOAN, Southern Leyte – The daunting task and limited resources have not discouraged a group of volunteers in this coastal town from manually picking thousands of destructive and venomous crown of thorns starfish (COTS) that have been damaging coral reefs. The 12 regular members of the group… Read More

How a mother in Albay earns more working from home 

How a mother in Albay earns more working from home 

May 28, 2024, 3:27 pm

DARAGA, Albay – With the Philippines becoming a popular hub for outsourced and freelance workers, it is not surprising that more and more Filipinos are opting to give up on-site work for a fully remote work setup. In fact, "work from home" still remains the top most searched keyword in the… Read More

Bicolana recruits defy gender stereotypes in law enforcement

Bicolana recruits defy gender stereotypes in law enforcement

May 27, 2024, 5:11 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – At the graduation ceremony of 299 new police officers in Bicol on Friday, Charisse Ann Avisado beamed with pride as she received her medal as the top student of the batch. "I didn't expect to be the top in our Mabanaag class. I just aimed to be the best version of myself. This is… Read More

More Cordillera youths show interest in agriculture

More Cordillera youths show interest in agriculture

May 21, 2024, 10:00 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Agriculture officials and advocates are seeing an increasing interest among younger people in different agriculture-related activities, with more joining the ranks of agripreneurs, farmers, and fisherfolk. “The RSBSA (Registry System of Basic Sector in Agriculture) list shows… Read More

Continuing gov’t support improves lives of Cordillera farmers

Continuing gov’t support improves lives of Cordillera farmers

May 20, 2024, 10:30 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Farmers in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) said they do not belong to poor category given the assistance provided to them by the government through the different agencies.  “I went abroad but I was not able to save money. I went home and decided to be a corn farmer… Read More

Paying it forward: 4Ps monitored child now program’s municipal link

Paying it forward: 4Ps monitored child now program’s municipal link

May 17, 2024, 6:55 pm

MANILA – In the coastal town of Divilacan in Isabela province, producing professionals and white-collar workers among the locals was once a far-fetched dream. However, the stories of 13 former monitored children of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who have graduated from college are… Read More

Leyte mom builds wealth from sweet potato farming

Leyte mom builds wealth from sweet potato farming

May 17, 2024, 4:11 pm

DULAG, Leyte – The phrase “go home and plant kamote (sweet potato),” usually heard by Brenda Avelino from an irritated teacher during her elementary days, did not make any sense until three years ago when the crop brought PHP240,000 monthly to her pocket. Known as Leyte’s "Kamote Queen,"… Read More

175-meter-long 'yema' cake satisfies Quezon folk's sweet tooth

175-meter-long 'yema' cake satisfies Quezon folk's sweet tooth

May 16, 2024, 8:49 pm

TAYABAS CITY, Quezon – A tradition that began as thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest now helps support the local confectionery industry while also attracting tourists to this city. Tayabasins, the native population here, celebrated their annual “Mayohan” Festival on Wednesday in a unique… Read More