News Features

OFWs staying put in host countries to make a living

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic may have had an adverse impact on overseas Filipino workers (OFW) but that would not stop them from working hard to make a living. Fernando Robles Jr., a florist in Kuwait, said he feels safe working in the Arab nation since strict... Read More

Batanes agripreneur starts production of sweet potato beer

TUGUEGARAO CITY– Mass production of the Ivatan Beer, the first and only locally brewed beer in Batanes, has started in the country's northernmost province.According to Dr. Alfonso Simon, Batanes State College (BSC) president, the technology used for producing the beer using sweet potato was... Read More

Ex-PNA executive editor writes '30'

MANILA – Veteran journalism and communications Prof. Iluminado M. Varela, better known as Jun Varela or JV to his former colleagues and students, died of a lingering illness on Jan. 18, 2021 at the Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center in Barangay Greater Lagro, Novaliches, Quezon... Read More

Teachers' commitment brings bright future for learners

AGUILAR, Pangasinan – News on educators’ commitment to their vocation amidst the pandemic continues to bring hope that learners’ future remains bright.Cancellation of face-to-face classes this school year is a big challenge for school officials, but the additional hurdle is the... Read More

Are you ready for ‘Ipon Challenge’?

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has plunged the global economy into a deep recession with millions of jobs lost and companies closed due to losses incurred. But some Filipinos have managed to take lockdowns as an opportunity to cut expenses and save more.Filipinos are... Read More

Bored Isabela lawyer tops Tiktok dance tilt

SANTIAGO CITY – Out of boredom, lawyer Lucky Damasen joined the months-long Online Tiktok Dance Challenge promoted in a social media group for lawyers in the country.What started as a way of passing time turned out to be an extraordinary achievement for him.After breezing through the... Read More

Award-winning short film mirrors life of Pangasinan Muslim girl

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – The short film titled "Decalcomania" produced by students under Layag Productions of Alaminos City National High School, which won in the 2020 International Teen Short Film Festival (ITSF) in Beijing, China, portrays the life of a Muslim girl in... Read More

Filipinas turn to bullet journaling to make 2021 more manageable

MANILA – It's no secret that most plans have been canceled or put on hold as a result of the pandemic. Being stuck indoors for the most part, the days felt pretty much the same. Months of living under uncertain times is taking a toll on people's mental health. Apart from talking to a friend or... Read More

Locally-made anti-dengue drug dev’t underway

MANILA–Local researchers are now gearing for the Phase 2 clinical trial for an anti-dengue drug, which could possibly be the first treatment for the disease. "Wala pa pong accepted medicine for dengue (There is no accepted medicine for dengue yet). This will be the first anti-dengue medicine,... Read More

Borongan couples plant trees before tying the knot

MANILA – Couples in Borongan City, Eastern Samar who wish to get married are now required to plant mangrove trees before they are issued a marriage license and given a wedding schedule by the mayor.Surprisingly, despite the additional requirement on top of the usual documentation needed to be... Read More

DMCI Homes, UP community welcome 2021 with UP Chapel repair

MANILA – The Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, or more popularly known as the U.P. Chapel at U.P. Diliman in Quezon City, has been repaired and repainted by DMCI Homes just in time for the New Year.DMCI Homes worked on rehabilitating the 65-year-old national historical landmark and cultural... Read More

DOST to focus R&D on agri, health, energy sectors in 2021

MANILA–For this year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is focusing its research and development (R&D) on agriculture, health, and energy sectors, Secretary Fortunato de la Peña bared on Monday. "These priorities were chosen because of their potential economic impact,... Read More

'Halayang ube': Making the holidays sweeter for Pinoy families

MANILA – While physical reunions and gatherings for the holiday season are put on hold, not even a pandemic could stop the holidays, which also means a season of eating for many Filipinos.At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, Filipino families would welcome another year by trooping to the... Read More

Helping farmers, fisherfolk weather Covid-19, ASF outbreaks

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture was banking on 2020 to be a rebound year after it experienced a major setback last year due to “birth pains" of the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).“The year opened with rice prices at stable levels, inflation in check, and... Read More

Year in review: Go’s people-centered legislative accomplishments

MANILA – Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and other crises faced by the country this year, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continues to deliver on his promise to serve Filipinos through his legislative work in the Senate, and through his initiatives to help those in need wherever they... Read More

Tough year for tourism: Exploring ways to restart, recover

MANILA – The year 2020 is unlike any other for the country's travel industry, which by yearend, often produce record-breaking figures on revenues and arrivals.In January, the year started with Taal's eruption, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. At that time, it was the industry's biggest... Read More

TESDA establishes training centers, gives relief amid pandemic

MANILA – The Covid-19 pandemic has brought challenges to many people in 2020, but the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was steadfast with its purpose of training individuals and pursued its goal of establishing training centers. It also provided aid by distributing... Read More

Reeling from Covid impact, C. Luzon sees economic rebound in 2021

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The year 2020 is no doubt the most challenging in modern times due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic which brought the daily grind to a halt and caused many changes to the lives of most people.Central Luzon was not spared from the devastating... Read More

Rehab recovers 'lost' Boracay, Manila Bay

MANILA–The government further pursued this year rehabilitation of world-famous tourist destination Boracay Island and historic Manila Bay, recovering the areas lost to encroachment and trash. The anti-encroachment crackdown amid the rehabilitation in Boracay has resulted in the recovery of... Read More

Holidays: Days of rest for people, but why not for all?

MANILA – As Filipinos begin the final week of this year with the most number of holidays, there are types or kinds of people who have to work on holidays.The Webster's New Dictionary describes briefly the noun holiday as "Day or period of rest from work, or of recreation.”The last week... Read More