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The inspiring journey of a widowed mom

The inspiring journey of a widowed mom

May 11, 2024, 11:16 am

DARAGA, Albay – Of the 15 million single parents in the Philippines, nine out of 10 are women. As we celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, we pay tribute to a widowed mom who is proudly bearing the brunt of solo parenthood on her shoulders, all in the name of love. The sole provider Dona Marie… Read More

The view from below: How the Bicol Loco Festival changed 3 lives   

The view from below: How the Bicol Loco Festival changed 3 lives  

May 10, 2024, 5:49 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The colorful hot air balloons, mesmerizing skydiving stunts, and airplane aerobatics, as well as the electrifying musical performances, might just be a memory for many, but for three Bicolanos whose lives were changed by the first-ever Bicol Loco Festival, which ended Sunday, the… Read More

Cordillera coffee culture hikes coffee bean sales

Cordillera coffee culture hikes coffee bean sales

May 9, 2024, 10:00 pm

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera region’s coffee-drinking culture not only makes the people connect and catch up with each other but also provides a good prospect for the industry.   “When you invite somebody, you say inta agkapi (let us have coffee). In Bonctoc, it is so pronounced. In the… Read More

Each vote counts: Comelec eyes more 'firsts' in voter sign-up drives

Each vote counts: Comelec eyes more 'firsts' in voter sign-up drives

May 9, 2024, 9:04 am

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is sparing no effort in luring more Filipinos to exercise their right to suffrage, as it aims to hold more 'firsts' in the history of voter registration activities in the country. For Comelec chairperson George Erwin Garcia, ensuring inclusive voter… Read More

Visually impaired student wins gold in Cebu regional athletic meet

Visually impaired student wins gold in Cebu regional athletic meet

May 8, 2024, 5:40 pm

CEBU CITY – A 19-year-old visually impaired high school student from the west of Cebu province’s Toledo City gained the admiration of thousands of student-athletes after winning the gold in the running long jump and shot put in the ongoing Central Visayas Athletic Association (CVRAA) 2024… Read More

New road improves lives in Silvino Lubos, Northern Samar

New road improves lives in Silvino Lubos, Northern Samar

May 7, 2024, 4:52 pm

SILVINO LUBOS, Northern Samar – With the completion of an access road leading to this upland town from the provincial capital, Edison Mabanag, 43, is confident that the younger generation will not suffer the same ordeal of walking on a muddy road to earn a college degree. Edison, who completed a… Read More

OSHC on WFH policy: Are employees better off working at home?

OSHC on WFH policy: Are employees better off working at home?

May 2, 2024, 3:41 pm

MANILA – With the extreme heat prompting more offices to impose work-from-home (WFH) arrangements, the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) said safe and conducive working conditions at home should be considered to keep employees productive. “I think, we need to create a balance on… Read More

Cordillera students train on urban gardening

Cordillera students train on urban gardening

April 26, 2024, 8:56 pm

BAGUIO CITY – At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic that started early 2020, residents here and in other urban areas did not experience lack of food after flower gardens were turned into plots with edible plants. The city is continuing the initiative by training the youth to go into urban… Read More

Upland learners in Leyte keep their cool in extreme heat

Upland learners in Leyte keep their cool in extreme heat

April 23, 2024, 6:58 pm

BURAUEN, Leyte – While school authorities are seriously concerned about extreme heat leading to the suspension of face-to-face classes, teachers and learners in an upland village surrounded by mountain ranges here are unaffected by hot weather. Situated 1,450 feet above sea level, the classrooms… Read More

Albay millennial's 'leap of faith' yields sweet rewards

Albay millennial's 'leap of faith' yields sweet rewards

April 23, 2024, 3:56 pm

DARAGA, Albay – Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are said to be risk-averse. Studies show that this demographic cohort, sometimes referred to as Generation Y or the "instant gratification generation," would rather prioritize cash hoarding than investing as a response to economic… Read More

'Kalabaw' fest celebrates success of dairy industry in Pangasinan town

'Kalabaw' fest celebrates success of dairy industry in Pangasinan town

April 19, 2024, 8:35 pm

ASINGAN, Pangasinan – Residents of the small village of Bantog in this town were in a festive mood on Friday as they celebrated the first ever Kalabaw Food Festival. The Bantog Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BSNMPC), together with the municipal government, spearheaded the holding of… Read More

Transforming toxic past into promising future through coffee farming

Transforming toxic past into promising future through coffee farming

April 19, 2024, 6:08 pm

DAVAO CITY – As you sip a cup of coffee, do you ever stop to think about where it came from? Unknown to many, Lake Leonard, located within the hinterlands of Maco, Davao de Oro, was a tailing pond of mine wastes in the 80's and 90's.John Paul Matuginas, a senior agriculturist of the Department… Read More

From tragedy to opportunity: Albay women planters' tales of resilience

From tragedy to opportunity: Albay women planters' tales of resilience

April 18, 2024, 3:27 pm

LIGAO CITY – In times of crisis, it's easy to feel helpless and alone. But imagine a group of female evacuees united by a common goal: to provide food for their families. Cherrylyn Madrona Patriarca, 32, from Barangay Baligang, Ligao City, shared her experience staying in a campsite evacuation… Read More

Wild Wild West fantasies come alive in Masbate's Rodeo Festival

Wild Wild West fantasies come alive in Masbate's Rodeo Festival

April 16, 2024, 3:02 pm

DARAGA, Albay – No one can resist the allure of Masbate during its annual Rodeo Festival. As the curtains of the 28th Rodeo Festival officially closed on Sunday, let's listen to the tales of those who heeded the call of the thunderous beat of the hooves, the sharp crack of the whip, and the… Read More

Private defense firms appeal for more fiscal, legal support

Private defense firms appeal for more fiscal, legal support

April 16, 2024, 2:51 pm

MANILA – Investors in the indigenous defense sector are appealing for more fiscal and legal support amid recent geopolitical developments. In an interview on Monday, Stephen Anthony Garcia, vice president of sales and operations at Anos Research Manufacturing (ARM), cited a provision in the… Read More

Giant seawall project brings sense of safety to Tacloban villagers

Giant seawall project brings sense of safety to Tacloban villagers

April 12, 2024, 6:29 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – For passersby, the giant seawall here is a perfect place for walking and feeling the sea breeze, but for residents living just a stone's throw away from the structure, its presence brings them peace of mind. After eight years of construction, the big-ticket project has begun to… Read More

Opportunities come in waves for 'lambaklad' fisherfolk in Ilocos town

Opportunities come in waves for 'lambaklad' fisherfolk in Ilocos town

April 9, 2024, 7:40 pm

LAOAG CITY – Small-scale fisherfolk from Barangay Dilavo in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte have stopped braving the open seas to be able to feed their families. Thanks to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), they are reaping the benefits of the “lambaklad” project. Coined from the… Read More

Gov't workers say love of country means honest, dedicated service

Gov't workers say love of country means honest, dedicated service

April 9, 2024, 4:14 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Love of country is not just about brandishing rifles, battling terrorists or going after criminals. Love of country can also be expressed through the proper performance of duty, especially those in the government service. Cherrylyn Sabling, who heads the Philippine Veterans Affairs… Read More

Meet Camarines Sur's young math wizard

Meet Camarines Sur's young math wizard

April 4, 2024, 3:00 pm

DARAGA, Albay – With his screen freezing several times due to an unstable internet connection and the clock ticking relentlessly, 10-year-old Kiefer Maverick Pasion mustered every ounce of willpower to overcome what was seemingly an insurmountable obstacle in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao… Read More

Albay entrepreneur spills beans on how to brew success

Albay entrepreneur spills beans on how to brew success

April 1, 2024, 5:33 pm

DARAGA, Albay – Dubbed the "second largest consumer of coffee in Asia," the Philippines, without a doubt, is a country of coffee aficionados. Whether it is an instant pick-me-up in the morning, a quick afternoon brew to break the monotony, or an after-dinner reward for a day's work, Filipinos… Read More