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LGU, agencies convergence sustains livelihood of Pangasinan group

BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan – Members of Bani Delicious Ice Cream, a group of ice cream vendors here, have thanked local and national government agencies that helped them survive the effects of the pandemic.Fernando Verseles, president of the association, in an interview on Wednesday, said they... Read More

Café in Quirino province eternalizes a mother’s memory

MADDELA, Quirino –Leonora’s Cakes and Pastries located in this town serves unique and flavorful offerings, along with a palpable warmth and care in its service that had customers coming back for more.But more than just a coffee shop with good food and excellent service, Leonora’s... Read More

Single moms agree 'deadbeat' parents must be punished

MANILA – Being part of a broken family is difficult for a child, more so for a mother who is left alone to raise, support, and care for him.In the Philippines, there are at least 14 to 15 million solo parents recorded, according to a study by the Department of Health and the University of the... Read More

Pangasinan school garden alleviates malnourishment among learners

CALASIAO, Pangasinan — A garden at San Miguel Elementary School serves not only its students but also the community as it helps address malnourishment among learners since it was established at the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.In a phone interview, school principal Michael... Read More

SoKor-PH over 70: Turning decades-old ties to opportunities

SEOUL, South Korea – From being brothers fighting for peace and democracy during the Korean War, relations between the Philippines and South Korea have come a long way.After over 70 years, the two are determined to elevate these historic ties into a "strategic" partnership -- one that creates... Read More

Cordillerans slowly accepting cremation, modern burial practices

BAGUIO CITY – For the indigenous peoples (IP) of the Cordillera Administrative Region, only animals and not human corpses are burned during wakes. But with the call of the times, residents are gradually being open to cremation and other modern burial practices."Some have adopted it, especially... Read More

Where to find Jesuits cemetery in Metro Manila

MANILA – Opposite Kilometer Post No. 23 along Quirino Highway in Barangay Pasong Putik Proper in Novaliches, Quezon City, there is a privately-owned, two-lane road shaded by tall narra and other trees on both sides. The narrow road leads to the 90-year-old Society of Jesus-owned Sacred Heart... Read More

Only vaccinated visitors allowed at Manila North Cemetery

MANILA – More than two years since the Covid-19 outbreak, the Manila North Cemetery in Sta. Cruz District will be more lax in accepting visitors, except those aged 12 years and below and the unvaccinated.Before the weekend, the Philippine News Agency chanced upon early birds at the 54-hectare... Read More

Teacher's ‘I love you’s’ set safe, warm learning space for kids

MANILA – A teacher in Taguig City has found an interesting and rather endearing way to set her class in the right mood every morning.Instead of the usual roll call, teacher Eujan Ruflyn Alice Gazzingan-Abracia, 30, from the Kapt. Eddie T. Reyes Integrated School, checks the class attendance by... Read More

Elderly farmers hailed for contributing to food security

MANILA – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recognized the contribution of elderly Filipino farmers who continue to bring food to Filipino families despite their advanced age.In Quezon province, 50 elderly agrarian reform beneficiaries were honored and given food packs, according to a... Read More

'Muyong' practice helps sustain Ifugao's wood carving industry

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The wood carving heritage of the Ifugao people is seen to stay alive as locals preserve the indigenous forest preservation system dubbed as "muyong"."Memorandum Circular 2-96 gave the people of Ifugao the right to manage their forest, exempting them from the nationwide... Read More

E-book aims to guide journalists in data reporting

MANILA – With the rising misinformation and disinformation on social media and other platforms, a journalist’s guide to reporting numbers is being made available to help media workers in data gathering.The e-book, “Making it Count: A Journalist’s Guide to Numbers", was... Read More

Nagtipunan, Quirino boasts scenic views, blend of culture

NAGTIPUNAN, Quirino – A 360-degree view of the mountains, including the majestic Sierra Madre, the corn plantation on the hills, the tributaries of Cagayan River, and several waterfalls are the boast of the town of Nagtipunan, but the place is more than just a sight to see as immersing in the... Read More

Authorities see challenges, opportunities vs. sex crimes

Last of 2 parts(Editor's note: Names of the victims are changed or withheld to protect their identities)CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In September 2016, police arrested 36-year-old Vilma and rescued four children.Investigations from joint law enforcement teams in the Philippines and Australia found... Read More

Priest calls for more prayers amid uncertainties

MANILA – A prelate of the Fatima Parish Church in Guadalupe, Makati City on Thursday urged the Catholic faithful to pray more amid uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and war between Russia and Ukraine.“We are at the end times!” Fr. Carlos Reyes replied when asked... Read More

Authorities see challenges, opportunities in fight vs. sex crimes

Part 1 of 2(Editor's note: Names of the victims are changed or withheld to protect their identities)CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Just over a decade ago, Selva decided to try her luck in this city to help her parents make ends meet and, at the same time, continue her studies. She was 13-years-old.What... Read More

NIB holds donation drive for elderly

MANILA – During crucial times in life, home brings warmth. Finding the proper care, especially for the elderly,is essential in ensuring that they live in comfort.For somesenior citizens, state-run Golden Reception and Action Center for Elderly and other Special Cases (GRACES), formerly known... Read More

Teachers uphold quality education amid challenges

MANILA – Meager salaries, heavy workloads, teaching style adjustments, and different forms of abuse against learners are but a few of the issues that teachers have to deal with on an almost regular basis, even as they are also weighed down by the global pandemic.But no amount of obstacles... Read More

'Bulalo' keychains boost Baguio inmate's livelihood, artistry

BAGUIO CITY – Spending more than two years in jail brought out the artistry and ingenuity of a person deprived of liberty (PDL) which helped him earn and support his family."Carlo" (not his real name), 39, said he thought of converting the "bulalo"(beef bone marrow soup) bone into a keychain... Read More

Rosary powerful prayer to attain genuine peace: priest

MANILA – In these troubled times when the world is facing man-made and natural catastrophes, a priest said man should "learn to humble himself by opening his heart to God’s forgiveness, and pray daily, especially the Rosary for the world to attain a genuine and lasting peace.”This... Read More