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PTRI to develop software for apparel prototyping

MANILA–By 2024, asking a tailor or fashion designer to create clothes may not need the person to be physically present at the shop. Through a software to be developed by the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), one can even entrust the fitting to an avatar. The project of developing... Read More

Why August a significant month in PH history?

MANILA – Among the 12 months of the year from the last decade of the past century to the present, August can be considered as one of the most significant months in Philippine history.Here's why, based on a partial compilation by former Philippine News Agency's writers of selected historical... Read More

‘Whole-of-nation' programs change ex-Reds' lives for better: OPAV

CEBU CITY – The successful whole-of-nation programs of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) have changed the lives of former Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels who are now productive members of society after... Read More

Congress used to open every 4th Monday of January instead of July

MANILA – Filipinos who were born during the 1972-1981 martial law years and after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution may be interested to know that the Philippine Congress used to open on the fourth Monday of January, instead of July like at present.This was because the 1935 Constitution,... Read More

More opportunities with TESDA under Duterte admin

MANILA–The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has affected the global workforce. Thus, President Rodrigo Duterte made sure that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be assisted, whether they decide to go back abroad or opt to stay for good. In his 2020 State of the Nation-Address,... Read More

BP2 allows CamSur family to leave pandemic-affected life behind

MANILA – Despite hesitations, a teenaged boy agreed to go back to Camarines Sur together with his mother and nine-year-old brother after realizing they will have a better future through the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program of the national government.Jomari Regal, 17,... Read More

Budget carriers see Boracay rehab's worth

MANILA–Budget carriers Cebu Pacific (CEB) and AirAsia Philippines have seen the value of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to close Boracay Island for six months for rehabilitation in 2018."Ordering the closure of Boracay, to rehabilitate the beach and the ecosystem, was a good display... Read More

Passion for farming is his key to success

MANILA – When 47-year-old George T. Pasion Jr. of Barangay San Marcos in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte decided to follow his father's footsteps in farming, he knew he would need to adapt to change in many aspects of rice farming. From planting to harvesting, Pasion was prepared to embrace every... Read More

QC children now allowed outdoors in designated safe zones

MANILA – Now that children aged 5 years and above are allowed to go out, Quezon City has designated 19 safe zones where they may be accompanied by their parents or guardians who must be fully vaccinated.The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID)... Read More

PH population increases 15 times from just 7.6 million in 1903

MANILA – Did you know that the Philippine population of 109,035,343 as of May 1, 2020 reflected an increase of nearly 15 times compared with just 7,635,426 in the first census conducted in 1903, or during the American regime?According to the 1994 Philippine Yearbook published in April 1995 by... Read More

Front-liners vow to stop Covid-19 despite difficulties

MANILA – Since the first day of the Covid-19 pandemic declaration in March last year, there has been one constant figure in all efforts to fight the dreaded disease: the medical front-liner.Faced with the enormous task of treating Covid-19 patients, they are not exempted from committing... Read More

Seafarers rely on faith, jabs for protection against virus

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has been a most trying time for seafarers and their families who rely on them.To overcome their fears, they have their gods to turn to and vaccines to protect them against the dreaded disease.Marco Manuel Tan, 25, had to overcome his... Read More

Archaeologists say ancient rock art sheds light on folk migration

TUGUEGARAO CITY – A directly-dated rock art created 3,500 years ago and found at the Callao Caves in Peñablanca town is believed to help answer queries on folk migration in Cagayan, archaeologists said.Dr. Andrea Jalandoni, who heads the Griffith University’s Place, Evolution and... Read More

July 4, 1946: The day Filipinos gained freedom from US as RP

MANILA – On this day and month in 1946, or exactly 75 years ago, the Filipino people got their long-desired independence from the United States of America and since then officially became the Republic of the Philippines or RP.According to the book "The American Half-Century (1898-1946)" in the... Read More

Couple, 5 kids rebuild life in Ormoc with BP2 help

MANILA – Despite the odds that pushed them to go back to Ormoc, a family of seven happily looks forward to the future at home.Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program beneficiaries couple Felix and Tess Retoya caught the Philippine News Agency’s attention with their blue couple... Read More

Mother, son beat Covid-19, return to Leyte via BP2

MANILA – After emotional and physical challenges, 55-year-old Imelda Villena, and her son Erico, 21, are back in Jaro, Leyte with their family on Friday.Mother and son were scheduled to fly home last May through the "Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa" (BP2) Program of the national government,... Read More

Absalon mom appeals to PRRD to end communist terrorism

MANILA – The mother of the slain Far Eastern University football player is appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to put an end to the communist terrorist groups (CTG).Vilma Absalon, mother of student-athlete Kieth, a victim of anti-personnel mine (APM) explosion, said the Communist Party of... Read More

Pinoys abroad to mark 123rd PH Independence Day

MANILA – It has been 123 years ago since the Philippines has been freed from the clout of Western power, and yet, Filipinos here and abroad never forget to look for different ways to celebrate the country’s independence.Filipinos have been celebrating Independence Day every June 12 since... Read More

Jungle Fighter’s new chief is Medal of Valor awardee

MANILA – Maj. Gen. Bartolome O. Bacarro, new commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, is known for his bravery in combat when he led his men in repulsing 150 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels that attacked Maconacon town in Isabela in January 1991.The... Read More

Aguinaldo also wanted a monument for himself at Luneta

MANILA – Did you know that Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo, considered as the first president of the Philippines after the end of the Spanish rule, also wanted a monument for himself like that of Dr. Jose P. Rizal at the old Luneta, now better known as Rizal Park in Manila?Such a wish was personally... Read More