News Features

Quest to name Butuan site of first Catholic mass takes legal turn

BUTUAN CITY – The quest to recognize this city as the site of the first Catholic mass in the Philippines has taken another turn after a criminal complaint was filed against the members of a panel tasked to determine the site of the historic religious rite marking the start of Christianization... Read More

Where are you in the vaccine queue? This Pinoy-made tool can tell

MANILA – You can now get a rough idea how far you are in the line for the coronavirus vaccine with a Pinoy-made calculator that estimates where you are in the queue.Engineer Kenneth Alambra from the University of the Philippines Los Baños developed the Philippine Vaccine Queue... Read More

‘Taste of Negros’ creations enrich Negrense cuisine

BACOLOD CITY – Two Negrense food experts have created special recipes using ingredients from a well-loved brand for a campaign called “Taste of Negros” launched at the Casa A. Gamboa in Silay City, Negros Occidental on Wednesday afternoon.Homegrown Victorias Foods Corp. (VFC)... Read More

Integrated organic farm in Iloilo makes money from wastes

ILOILO CITY – A four-hectare diversified farm in the sloping terrain of Barangay Cairohan, Bingawan, Iloilo shows how to earn from wastes.“Sixty percent of the farm products go to wastes. They should be processed to be converted into fertilizers and into something that can be exchanged... Read More

Teacher’s activity kits inspire parents to support kids’ learning

MANILA – It was not until lockdowns were imposed last year when Virginia Fernandez-Tapay decided she would be a hands-on mother to her three-year-old son. Prior to the pandemic, she was not as involved with their child’s learning as she had a full-time job.Despite being a teacher by... Read More

A ‘vaccine’ for illiteracy: Fighting an invisible epidemic

MANILA – Ryan V. Uy is a wanderer, public speaking coach, illiteracy terminator. His advocacy to put an end to illiteracy in the country is an inspiring story in these challenging times.Ryan left his hometown in South Cotabato when he was a teenager. Back then, he was already a DJ at a local... Read More

Pinoys see benefits of 1-year lockdown

MANILA – Filipinos’ lifestyle has completely changed when coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) struck the country.Far different from having the liberty of strolling around and enjoying the sights in different parts of the country, most of them have been forced to stay home at all times... Read More

'Float': A father's journey on depression, yearning for respect

MANILA– Finding out your child has a "difference" that would need special care could be very difficult. One father, after battling with depression, used his talents to tell the world his story. Filipino-American story artist, Bobby Rubio, had his directorial debut for Pixar SparkShort's... Read More

It’s more frightening sans Covid-19 vax, front-line survivor says

MANILA – When opportunity knocked on her door, a medical front-liner and breastfeeding advocate who beat the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) grabbed the chance to get inoculated with the vaccine without any hesitation.Being a Covid-19 survivor, Lovelinne Veronica Ramos said the vaccine... Read More

Ilocos Norte's Chinese Garden opens to public

LAOAG CITY – Staying home for a long time to avoid being infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has made many individuals bored and stressed out.With the easing of its border and quarantine protocols, the provincial government opened a Chinese Garden with pavilions, small... Read More

Equality, inclusivity still sought by women

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—As the country marks the National Women's Month, young women--including those who identify as transwomen--said that while the fight for gender equality has come a long way, the advocacy to debunk stereotypes and end all discrimination against women and girls must be... Read More

QC mayor recalls perseverance of her ‘unwanted’ mother

MANILA – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte always remembers her mother, the late journalist and publisher Betty Go-Belmonte, every time International Women's Day is commemorated.She narrated how her mother, of pure Chinese descent, grew up unwanted as her father wanted a son.“She was the... Read More

#LadyBoss: Building a Filipino organic bath goods company

MANILA – From what started as a project to ease her kid's eczema problem at home, Angelica Chongco's Mayumi Organics has grown into a company known for locally-made shampoo bars and bath products that have since attracted more and more people to join the "green" movement and make hygiene... Read More

Laguna-based resto eases pandemic’s burden on LGBT workers

MANILA – While members of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) community may be fighting for acceptance in some workplace areas, this Laguna-based restaurant takes the exception.Labanera’s Kitchen, a silog (fried rice and egg) eatery in Sta. Rosa City, is a workplace environment... Read More

Getting vax is tribute to 'heroes of pandemic': DOH-7 exec

CEBU CITY – The chief pathologist of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas has remembered the “fallen heroes” who died while fighting the coronavirus disease (2019) pandemic last year, as she stepped up as among the first healthcare workers who took the China-made... Read More

Flight attendant's soap refill business takes off

MANILA – For Rochelle Sañano-Cabardo, 37, being a flight attendant was not just a job, but a lifestyle. Wearing her instantly recognizable cabin crew uniform not only guaranteed travel opportunities, but also financial stability over the past 12 years.But when Covid-19 pandemic started,... Read More

Amid pandemic, PNA evolves into ‘healers, hope givers’

MANILA – There’s no stopping state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) from going beyond the confines of basic news reporting, not even the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Forty-eight years after its birth and amid the Covid-19 crisis, PNA serves not only as a news source but... Read More

PNA's birth in 1973 came a year after PNS' death

MANILA – Many of the millennial Filipino journalists may be interested to know that the Philippines used to have its own news agency even before the advent of martial law imposed in September 1972 by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos.Yes, that privately-owned news outfit was the Philippine... Read More

Docus on PH intangible cultural heritage now on view

MANILA – The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) under the auspices of UNESCO has recently launched 10 video documentaries on different Philippine intangible cultural heritage (ICH) elements.The documentaries,... Read More

Strengthening family bonds online amid pandemic

MANILA – While physical distancing is being practiced amidst the pandemic, the online space enables people to stay connected. The "new norm" in events, concerts, churches, even the way people shop and pay their bills, is now often done online.For a family in Cavite, it served as an avenue not... Read More