News Features

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

Love in the time of Corona

DAVAO CITY – June is traditionally the most popular wedding month, and still very common, especially among Filipinos who believe that the month has the best weather to get married.Art Jr. and Loraine Vinluan thought that tying the knot in June would be easy despite the restrictions imposed due... Read More

BP2 couple leaves ‘urban jungle’ for simpler life in Leyte

MANILA – Metro Manila has often been compared to a jungle.Only the fittest survive. City life is not for the weak and faint-hearted.Joel Cabalquinto, 34, and her 19-year-old partner, Rhea Aldamia, felt they are not cut out for the “jungle.”Hence, the decision to return to the... Read More

Santacruzan in the time of pandemic

MANILA – Flores de Mayo has been one of the most anticipated festivals in the Philippines, culminated with a night of grandeur called the Santacruzan every end of May to commemorate Queen Helena's search for the Holy Cross.Over time, the occasion has evolved into a moving exhibit of Philippine... Read More

Jabs recipients encourage hesitant population to trust gov’t

MANILA – Vaccine recipients are increasing by the day and urging others to get inoculated as well against Covid-19.Apart from qualifying under one of the priority groups, 34-year-old Taguig resident Sol Noblezada said she got vaccinated to help her community."Dahil vaccinated na po kami, meron... Read More

Leyte mother counts on BP2 benefits to sustain kids

MANILA – A fresh start for a better life.This is what Virginia Cruz, a mother of six, is looking forward to when she applied for the"Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa Program" (BP2) of the national government so they can go back to Leyte province.A single mother, Virginia lost her husband in March due... Read More

Gov’t 4Ps helps Pangasinan trike drivers tide over pandemic

MANGATAREM, Pangasinan – Physical distancing measures to control the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) being implemented by the government have greatly affected earnings of people, particularly public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, with some incurring as much as 80-percent decline... Read More

Kids in ‘dead spot’ Samar village enjoy digital learning

STA. RITA, Samar – Despite unstable phone signal and poor internet access, learners in a small village in Sta. Rita, Samar are participating in digital learning using smartphones through a system introduced by a Filipino engineer.Gone are the days when Grade 6 pupil Lianna Kim Solayao, 12, has... Read More

Reconnecting with nature in Leyte’s upland village

BURAUEN, Leyte – Tired of hustle and bustle of the city? It’s time to disconnect from your daily grind and reconnect with nature by exploring the forest of Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park (MVNP).In a less than two-hour trek, you will get to see dozens of huge trees, rare small and giant... Read More

Antique farmer inspires other hybrid rice growers

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – His physical deformity might have prevented him from pursuing his dream job, yet it brought him into the world of farming that landed him as one of the 300 national awardees of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Masagana Ani in 2020.“I am an aeronautics... Read More

Is it 'splurging' or 'treating' yourself?

MANILA–Have you ever asked yourself if you are already splurging, or are just treating yourself after years of hard work? Is splurging a bad habit? As online shopping is booming, for sure e-commerce platforms would tempt many to "add to cart", especially as payday approaches. How can one... Read More

Pandemic gives working mothers more family time

DAVAO CITY – Mother’s Day on Sunday was mostly celebrated at home due to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic restrictions.Sandee Rato, a public school teacher in Compostela, Davao de Oro, is not complaining though as time spent with her three children is her best coping mechanism while... Read More

PH Red Cross continues serving most vulnerable

MANILA–As we commemorate the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, we call to mind the principles that form the foundation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and reflect on how the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) lived up to and continue to live up to these principles.This year, some 192 national... Read More

UA&P Chorale wins world virtual competition

MANILA – The University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) Chorale emerged as the winner in the recently concluded 3rd Bandung Choral Society (BCS) World Virtual Choir Festival.In its official Facebook page, the Indonesia-based BCS announced that the UA&P Chorale bested five other... Read More

Inoculation is love for self, others: jab recipients

MANILA – There was no hesitancy whatsoever when registered nurse Arriffah Nangco Areffuddin learned she can already avail of the Covid-19 vaccine.Areffuddin said it is her contribution to the country's goal to beat the dreaded disease and she fully trusts scientists and experts who certify... Read More

Free-range chicken growing develops Cebu farmers’ determination

CEBU CITY – Every farmer has his or her own best farming practices that need to be disclosed so that other farmers may learn and adopt them.One good example is the best practice of the free-range chicken farmers in Tabuelan town in northern Cebu which is said to be the result of their... Read More

Healthy meal stations feed pandemic-affected QC residents

MANILA – A healthy community will result in happy and productive citizens.The local government of Quezon City thus came up with the idea of establishing 295 feeding stations in day care centers for the most vulnerable and needy residents.The Social Services Development Department (SSDD), as... Read More

Gulayan sa Barangay: Cebu town’s breeding of communal resiliency

CEBU CITY – When people of different strokes come together to build a common livelihood for the entire community, that is resiliency in the making amid difficulties of the pandemic, with the heaven blessing them with a bountiful harvest.While this sounds too good to be true, this is happening... Read More

Keeping music alive: University choir joins virtual competition

MANILA – A university choir in Pasig City which finds music as a source of hope took advantage of the international virtual competition to showcase its talent despite the present challenges due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid -19) pandemic.When the Bandung Choral Society (BCS) in... Read More

OFW in India sees each day as battle for survival

MANILA – Amid thousands of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections and fatalities in India, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) couldn’t help but expect a worst-case scenario.Annabelle Joy Villamarin, a 42-year-old primary school principal in Gurugram City (formerly Gurgaon), near... Read More