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Bohol’s 'mushroom queen': Reaping the fruits of fungi culture

CEBU CITY – Rona Denque, the woman behind the success of the Green Thumb Farm in Corella town in the neighboring province of Bohol, is now figuratively and literally reaping the fruits of the fungi that she has been cultivating since a few years back.She considers fungi as her lucky charm in... Read More

New ASTI chief prioritizes collaboration with stakeholders

MANILA–Collaboration with stakeholders, ramping up scientific publications and technology licensing activities are just among the priorities of newly-appointed Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) director Franz de Leon. "My experience taught me the importance of listening and... Read More

Malabon food pantry: Compassion in action

MANILA – Compassion and kindness know no boundaries.As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic continues to cause a lot of economic dislocation and suffering among Filipinos, acts of kindness like the setting up food pantries, where hungry people can at least can get their basic needs... Read More

‘Generosity virus’ infects Filipinos nationwide

MANILA – If the coronavirus can be killed with kindness, Filipinos could have easily prevailed against the pandemic.Lately, community pantries have been sprouting everywhere, inspired by initiatives along Quezon City roads, where donations have been pouring in.“The virus of generosity... Read More

Different vegetable recipes showcased in Baguio buffet

BAGUIO CITY – Extraordinary ways to cook and serve vegetables were shown to the public through a "veggie buffet" held at the Bureau of Plant Industry office here by the Department of Agriculture in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) last week.A statement from the agency on Saturday... Read More

Significance of April 15 in PH history cited

MANILA–Did you know that April 15 is replete with many significant events in Philippine history, particularly during the Spanish, American and Japanese occupations, or even after the country gained complete independence in 1946?For instance, a glance at the April 15 entries in the 1998... Read More

DOLE scholar now college instructor in Cebu City

CEBU CITY – For Achilles Cabaron Jr., studying is one thing. Sustaining it and hurdling the cost of education until graduation is another.Achilles always knew that the menace posed by financial constraints was a threat to his education. He trudged through his college years and somehow found a... Read More

Plant biz reopens, expands despite pandemic

MANGATAREM, Pangasinan – What started as a hobby has become the bread and butter of the family of Angelita Escaño, 58, for more than a decade.Before the words “plantita/plantito” went trending during the pandemic, Angelita said she has already been into ornamental plant... Read More

DSWD livelihood aid empowers women in Cebu

CEBU CITY– The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has benefited women in Cebu who have succeeded in their livelihood undertakings.In 2020, DSWD-Region 7 (Central Visayas) reported that 18,547 women became beneficiaries of the... Read More

Dumaguete diocese ready for 'call of faith' amid health crisis

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Diocese of Dumaguete is looking forward to respond to the call of faith amid the challenges posed by the prevailing health crisis.This, as the diocese marked its 66th founding anniversary, just a day after it also officially launched on Easter Sunday its celebration of the... Read More

'Stone kingdom' poised to become Baguio's newest attraction

BAGUIO CITY – A new tourist destination that tells about Igorot folklore and showcases the locals' rock-laying skills will be opened here by midyear.Currently completing the final touches on the park on a mountainside along Long-long Road, Pinsao Proper village, owner Pio Velasco said "the... Read More

‘Rix The Seminarian’ propagates God’s word through vlogs

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic that forced people to stay indoors, even while working, propagated the use of social media and digital platforms.The internet has undoubtedly become one of man’s greatest inventions as sending messages, thoughts, and stories in... Read More

Women lead mushroom growing in Meycauayan

MEYCAUAYAN CITY, Bulacan – In this city, females are taking the lead in mushroom growing as a potential source of new or additional income during the pandemic.Mayor Linabelle Ruth Villarica launched the local government’s mushroom house in November 2020 with members of Samahan ng... Read More

40 of 146 PH cities now headed by women

MANILA – Did you know that of the country's 146 cities, 40 or nearly one-third of the total are under the stewardship of women, indicative of the continuously expanding role and participation of women in the levels of governance in the Philippines -- the Executive, the Legislative, and the... Read More

Mom prepares appetizing food to keep toddler healthy

MANILA – A mother’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of her children, hence, a Filipino mom makes sure to prepare mouthwatering food that her one-year-old son will surely enjoy.Rodith Artista-Balagot, a full-time mom of three residing in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, said her... Read More

Filipinas break stereotypes through heritage conservation

MANILA – Masons, carvers, painters, and restorers are traditionally considered male-dominated occupations in the Philippines, but a vocational school located in Intramuros and Bohol is showing how women are slowly breaking these gender stereotypes.Since its establishment in 2009, Escuela... Read More

Pandemic-affected Pinoys get by with DOLE assistance

CEBU CITY – One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Filipinos have learned to deal with the crippling global economic effects.Thanks to government interventions, like the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) individual starter kit package of livelihood assistance, Jovelyn Maquez... Read More

Bike Coffee: A CDO barista's tale of surviving pandemic

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Like many other workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, Ruggierro Nicolae Rubio had to be let go by the hotel where he had been a barista for six years.As a barista who has long been harboring a dream to own a mini-bar or a coffee... Read More

Quarantine facility staff see work as service to the nation

MANILA – One may conjure images of medical personnel wearing protective equipment, attending to patients stricken with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), with a mere mention of the term "front-line workers".But, since the coronavirus outbreak last year, the term is not limited to doctors... Read More

Novo Ecijano PWD proves disability not inability

CABIAO, Nueva Ecija – Disability does not translate to inability.This stands true to 43-year-old Dennis Liwag, whose disability did not stop him from achieving personal success by being able to earn a living to support, not only himself, but also his family.Liwag, who has mobility impairment,... Read More