News Features

Lualhati Bautista self-publishes debut poetry book

MANILA – Acclaimed author and screenwriter Lualhati Bautista, known for her award-winning novels and screenplays “Gapo”, “Dekada ‘70”, “Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?”, and “Bulaklak sa City Jail” has self-published her first poetry book... Read More

Hope for out-of-school youth amid Covid-19 pandemic

MANILA – Being out-of-school for three years, Timothy, 15, has decided to continue his elementary education this year amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Timothy admitted that addiction to mobile gaming made him neglect... Read More

Preventing future 'Ondoy', 'Ulysses' flooding

MANILA – On the night of November 11, Tayn Limson already felt the strong winds rapping on their windows. At that time, Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) already made landfall in Quezon, packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometer per hour."Sobrang lakas ng hangin naririnig mo 'yong whistle sa... Read More

Uniting science, culture thru bamboo musical instruments

MANILA – Who would have thought there could be science behind bamboo musical instruments (BMIs)?Bamboos are susceptible to insect attacks, fungal stain, thereby affecting the sound quality and the people's appreciation for the indigenous music.With the goal of preserving the indigenous music... Read More

'Techie' leaves job to plant papaya

LAOAG CITY – Oliver Cariaga Millet, 46, of Barangay Nangalisan here has never been happier seeing his papaya plantation burst with fruits while pickers join him with excitement, taking photos here and there.Sprawled on a less than one hectare lot, Millet's Nangalisan Papaya Farm is being... Read More

‘Rescued’, ‘adopted’ elderlies thankful to gov't

MANILA – While many have succumbed to fear and loneliness during the quarantine, senior citizens who were taken into the state-owned Golden Action and Reception Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases (GRACES) said they have many things to be grateful for.Orlando (not his real name),... Read More

Manila youth officials build free bike repair stations

MANILA – A bicycle repair station was put up by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Barangay 870 in Pandacan, Manila to help bikers free of charge.SK chairman Nomi Carel Cortez, in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Thursday, said as a biker himself, he saw the needs of bikers,... Read More

Colorful 'Belen' entries reflect resiliency of Tarlaqueños

MANILA – Their Belen (nativity scene) may be destroyed by the recent typhoons “Rolly” and “Ulysses” but for Tarlaqueños, the recent calamity cannot dampen their desire to rebuild their entries to be part of the annual 'Belenismo' festivity.Despite the calamities,... Read More

'Stars of Hope' bring Christmas glow to QC streets

MANILA – Amid the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), hope sparked among Quezon City residents as "Stars of Hope" lanterns and giant Christmas trees were simultaneously lighted in different parts of the city on Tuesday evening.“Hindi pa man tayo tapos sa ating... Read More

Christmas amid Covid-19: Looking forward to ‘normalcy'

MANILA – With the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) taking a toll on every country and industry, there seems to be a light at the end of a dark tunnel for the world as possible Covid-19 vaccines are inching a step closer to reality.With exactly a month before Christmas, Filipinos scrimp and... Read More

Giant Christmas tree ‘a symbol of hope' for Manileños

MANILA – The giant Christmas tree standing majestically beside the Manila City Hall is a symbol of hope for Manileños and all Filipinos especially at a time when the country is battling a surging pandemic and natural disasters.During the tree's lighting ceremonies Monday evening, Manila... Read More

Studying in US: The process amid the Covid-19 pandemic

MANILA – Travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic not only affected tourism but also the thriving international education sector, halting flights and shutting down several schools abroad.Among plans canceled during this time are those of Filipino... Read More

Passion for community service keeps Malabon riders going

MANILA – When he rode his first motorcycle at 16-years-old, Joseph Legaspi thought that nothing could beat the feeling of freedom and adrenaline that run through his veins. Now in his 40s, he gets the same fulfilment leading a motorcycle group to report fires in Malabon City, deliver relief... Read More

Policewomen making waves in PNP

MANILA – In a profession long dominated by men, women are making considerable progress inrising up the ranks.At the Philippine National Police,female police officers are playing key roles in the traditionally male-heavy hierarchy.One of them is Col. Portia Manalad, a member of PNP Academy... Read More

The hope that ‘TUPAD’, ‘Work for Davao’ give

By Jed Roland WongDAVAO CITY – Dennis Chan Tan is only one of the many Dabawenyos who were economically affected when the painful restrictions implemented after the onslaught of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic resulted in the closure of many businesses in Davao City.But even... Read More

Making a living while with disability amid pandemic

DAVAO CITY – When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March this year and placed limits on everyday life, its impacts are especially acute for people living with disabilities.This was particularly true for Balut vendor Iñigo Mindaros, born with amelia or the congenital absence or partial... Read More

Former drug users thankful for second chance

DUMAGUETE CITY – Ricarte de los Santos (not his real name) who hails from the interior, mountainous village of Panubtuban in Dauin, Negros Oriental, has promised to leave his former life as a drug user and stay away from the bad habit that almost ruined him.De los Santos, who spoke on behalf... Read More

Cops risk lives to save flood-trapped residents in Bulacan

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga— Photographs and videos of heroic flood rescue operations by policemen in Bulacan were posted on social media during the height and in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses last week.One of the most touching scenes that caught the attention of many was the rescue of a... Read More

Culture of goodwill saves lives in Catanduanes

LEGAZPI CITY – Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua is elated by the culture of generosity and service prevailing in his island province which have literally saved the lives of Catandunganons in times of super typhoons and other deadly disasters.“For a very long time now, our culture of... Read More

Coop finds market in DA’s Kadiwa program

BUTUAN CITY – A cooperative owned by 404 farmers here has recognized the role of the “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” (Kadiwa) program by the Department of Agriculture in Caraga Region (DA-13).“The Kadiwa program is a sure market for us, especially during this time of the... Read More