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Changing the world one vision at a time

MANILA – Changemakers are often dubbed as modern-day heroes, transforming society for the better through startups and innovative solutions.Many of us wished to be one. But to be a changemaker without initial cash, is it possible? For Scott Stiles, founder of the Fair Employment Foundation, it... Read More

Caring for your mental health amid pandemic

MANILA – The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic has upended the lives of everyone in ways unimaginable. It has affected not only the working class hit hard by pandemic shutdowns but also the youth.Jennie (not her real name), 20, never imagined herself being depressed and seeking... Read More

The horrors among us: A mass grave in Intramuros?

MANILA – It is common among travelers to understand a place by learning its history and exploring its oldest infrastructure which is why the Intramuros is a must to visit destination when in Manila.Having been built by the Spaniards in 1521 to serve as their military and political base in... Read More

Like US, PH used to hold its elections in November

MANILA – As the American voters elect their 46th president on Tuesday, Nov. 3, many of the millennial Philippine population may be interested to know that Filipinos, like the Americans, also used to go to the polls every two years in November under the 1935 Constitution, instead of today's... Read More

Indigent widow provides for family amid pandemic

MANILA – Her day starts before sunrise. Armed with a broomstick, dustpan and face mask, Connie Ceroma-Mawa, 42, sweeps three streets in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City even when it is raining.She completes her task as a volunteer street sweeper by around 8 a.m. when the heat of the sun is... Read More

‘God sent me angels in many forms’, Pinay after kidney transplant

ABU DHABI – A Filipino woman, who is recuperating after a successful kidney transplant in the capital, said timely diagnosis by unplanned medical tests saved her life."God sent me angels in many forms since I was diagnosed with kidney failure three years ago until the smooth kidney transplant... Read More

Former rebels rebuild lives amid pandemic, security threats

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – When some former combatants of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) decided to renounce the ideology they once championed, they learned that the new path they chose to follow is still full of challenges and risks.But as they continued to follow their... Read More

Remembering departed loved ones during typhoon, pandemic

MANILA – Cemeteries and columbaria are closed on All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls' Day (Nov. 2), but Filipino families have found ways to honor their departed loved ones during a super typhoon in the middle of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Mayee Navarra, a customer... Read More

US polls: What's at stake for PH?

MANILA – The presidential race in the United States between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joseph Biden is moving into its final stretch.With the polls less than a week away, political pundits weigh in on its possible outcome and what is at stake for the Philippines.The... Read More

Albay family's grave 'branding' tradition alive amid pandemic

LEGAZPI CITY– The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has failed to stop an almost a decade-old family tradition in Oas, Albay during All Souls' Day, dubbed as grave "branding".Angel Roa Relleve, a nurse assigned in Metro Manila, said in an interview on Thursday that they continued their tradition... Read More

Tips to make your social networking sites stand out

MANILA – When flat lays are so passé, what else can you do to enhance the aesthetics of your social media accounts? Now that many people have more time to take videos and upload these on social networking sites, how can you make yours stand out?Fashion bloggers Laureen Uy and David... Read More

Love is not tourism: Binational couples long to reunite

MANILA – Long-distance binational couples have been lobbying using the hashtag #LoveIsNotTourism on social media for governments to allow them to reunite after months of being separated due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.The Philippines recently lifted the ban on... Read More

Youth volunteers buy meds for Surigao town's seniors

BUTUAN CITY – Because senior citizens are prohibited from going out of their homes due to the prevailing quarantine measures, a group of youth officials in the Surigao del Norte town of Bacuag has taken errands for the elderly in the area like buying medicines for them.“Since April this... Read More

Calls for self-ECQ mount in Dumaguete amid fears of Covid spike 

DUMAGUETE CITY–Julian (not his real name), a front-liner in his mid-40s, is now isolated from his family and colleagues after being in contact with an allied health worker who was exposed to a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case.This, after moving around the province of Negros Oriental... Read More

Feeding the front-liners: A Dabawenya's advocacy

DAVAO CITY – A former village councilor here has risen to the challenge following the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, enlisting her friends to provide meals to front-line workers who are in the thick of the city's Covid-19 response.For Jocelyn Tapic, the idea to hand out... Read More

Covid-19 survivors’ tales: Isolated but not neglected

MANILA – As the world continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in almost all aspects, patients also put up a battle between life and death including with the anxiety of being in isolation.Beyond the numbers, stories of survivors prove that... Read More

Performers connect online during pandemic

MANILA – The temporary shut down of movie sets, concerts, and theatres due to the pandemic has pushed performers in the entertainment industry to the sidelines, and now have been trying to adapt through the internet.The industry is among the most hit by the ongoing health crisis. Since March,... Read More

Dental clinic gives glimpse of new normal

MANILA – When dentists in the Philippines were allowed to reopen their clinics in June, patients were hesitant about showing up over fears of contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). To help patients feel safe about returning, oral healthcare professionals are taking all the maximum... Read More

New book bares Camiguin's forgotten history, folklore

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Xavier University (XU) Press, the official publication of XU-Ateneo de Cagayan, has launched a new book that revisits Camiguin’s history and folklore.Released earlier this month, "The Untold Stories of Camiguin Island" is XU Press’ latest published title... Read More

Self-taught artist uses talent to earn amid pandemic

MANILA – Gary Bonguit, a self-taught artist from San Pedro, Laguna, started to paint portraits of celebrities for him to have the chance to meet these local stars in person.His first artwork was a portrait of actress Liza Soberano, which he painted nine years ago.Some of his artworks include... Read More