News Features

Beyond putting out fires, BFP steps up to help communities

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As the nation observes National Fire Prevention Month, the Bureau of Fire and Protection in the Northern Mindanao Region (BFP-10) seeks to burnish its public image as a modern firefighter with "upgraded capabilities and no longer a mere entity that solely extinguishes... Read More

Former PNAers: Where are they now?

MANILA – In connection with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philippine News Agency this month, I was requested by its newly-appointed executive editor, Demetrio "Jun" B. Pisco, to write an article about the former PNA staff members, specifically on the subject "where are they... Read More

DSWD care facilities: Enabling PWDs towards self-sufficiency

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to live up to its mandate to protect and promote the welfare of all Filipinos, including persons with disabilities (PWDs) by empowering them to become more productive members of society.Among the DSWD facilities that... Read More

Women of calling: Mangyan learners, worthy of dedication

MANILA – Many have excelled to thrive in greater career milestones but for some, genuine empowerment comes in setting aside recognition and promotion to uplift the marginalized sector.This disposition is not only a gesture but also a matter of lifestyle for two teachers who have decided to... Read More

Ternate residents hail PNP for leading mangrove planting

By Prof. Julio O. Castillo Jr.MANILA – Local folks in Ternate cannot help but commend the recent effort by Police Brig. Gen. Romaldo G. Bayting and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group to come up with an activity that is timely and relevant to today’s environmental... Read More

Couple starts drive to save animals in ‘problematic’ zoo

DUMAGUETE CITY – A young couple who started an initiative early this year to save “malnourished” zoo animals in Amlan, Negros Oriental has sought support locally and internationally amid a growing “controversy” over the welfare of these creatures.Corrine Alexa Utzurrum... Read More

Arts, culture, tourism converge for Pangasinan's Galila Arts Fest

DAGUPAN CITY – Galila (Come on!) Arts Festival promises an exciting, interactive, educational, and unique experience not only for the artists but also for the residents and visitors who will join the 10-day arts festival that will happen in selected areas in the fourth district of... Read More

Young environmentalists promote advocacy via documentary series

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – An ecological literacy non-profit organization based in this city believes that using video will effectively spread powerful ideas that will educate, entertain, and inform people on environment-related topics from around Northern Mindanao.This is what prompted the... Read More

Urban gardening: Transforming lives of Davao City inmates

DAVAO CITY – People might think that being incarcerated leaves no hope and would make a person less productive while inside the prison facility, but not with gardening as a new source of livelihood.Inmates "Manuel" and "Lakay," both locked up at the Davao City Jail-Annex due to drug-related... Read More

Informal workers’ group in Mandaue plots own business plan

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – A group of informal workers in this industrial city in Cebu province can now plot a marketing plan that could augment their income to support their families.The Casuntingan Informal Workers Association (CIWA), which has 57 members who worked as habal-habal (motorcycle... Read More

3 out of 10 Filipinos have experienced unrequited love: survey

MANILA –Have you tried confessing your feelings to a friend or someone you know but ended up being friend-zoned? Well, you are not alone as a survey reveals that three out of 10 Filipinos have experienced unrequited love or a love that was not reciprocated.A Social Weather Survey conducted... Read More

Sagada opens 'sacred', historic cave to lure more tourists

SAGADA, Mountain Province – Tourists who have been to this town have more reasons to return with the opening of new attractions including the Balangagan burial cave that features crystal-white rock formations.In an interview during a media tour on Sunday, Robert Pangod, former tourism officer... Read More

ARTablado's Buklod: Staging unity among Pinoy abstract artists

MANILA – Trying times may be discouraging for many, but for several artists, expression of art cannot be simply muzzled by the pressing struggles faced by Filipinos. Just like the 11 artists who will showcase their promising abstract masterpieces starting on Saturday in ARTablado in Robinsons... Read More

Kidapawan trike driver offers free rides as civic advocacy

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato – A tricycle driver here has continued his civic advocacy by offering “free rides” to public commuters despite the easing of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) protocols and high fuel prices.Juby G. Puyod, 42, a decade-old trike driver here,... Read More

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