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'Star of Bethlehem': Miracle or Science?

'Star of Bethlehem': Miracle or Science?

December 11, 2020, 7:19 pm

MANILA – The Bible says the three wise men followed a star in order to find where Jesus was born. People refer to that star as the "Christmas Star" or the "Star of Bethlehem". Did that star come out of the blue to guide the "Magi"? Or did Jesus' birth coincide with a celestial phenomenon? "This… Read More

Davao City Christmas in the new normal

Davao City Christmas in the new normal

December 9, 2020, 3:19 pm

By Jed Roland Wong DAVAO CITY – Around this time last year, upland communities of indigenous peoples (IPs) in Davao City host different fun and community-based activities for the members of the tribes, especially the children. At the same time, in downtown Davao, the entire city would sparkle… Read More

Teacher ‘Santa’ brings cheer to Nueva Ecija kids

Teacher ‘Santa’ brings cheer to Nueva Ecija kids

December 6, 2020, 5:51 pm

GAPAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Bringing joy to others can still be done this yuletide season despite the movement restrictions due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). An elementary teacher in this city proved this, not thinking twice about sharing her blessings and putting a smile into… Read More

Fashionista sparks buyers’ interest

Fashionista sparks buyers’ interest

December 6, 2020, 3:34 pm

MANILA – Laudale Zabala is a certified fashionista. When the lockdowns were imposed in March, she made it a point to continue getting dressed up as if she were going out for work. For her, putting on a nice outfit is a form of self-care. Although she couldn't leave her home in Valenzuela City… Read More

Preserving holiday cheers thru 'virtual reunions'

Preserving holiday cheers thru 'virtual reunions'

December 4, 2020, 2:29 pm

MANILA – With only three weeks to go before Christmas, planning getaways and gatherings with loved ones has been a part of the Filipinos' way of commemorating the season. However, with the current situation due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), people would have to defer seeing their… Read More

Lualhati Bautista self-publishes debut poetry book

Lualhati Bautista self-publishes debut poetry book

November 30, 2020, 9:05 pm

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 “Alitaptap sa Gabing Madilim”. As… Read More

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

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

November 30, 2020, 7:54 pm

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

Preventing future 'Ondoy', 'Ulysses' flooding

November 30, 2020, 6:41 pm

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 awang… Read More

Uniting science, culture thru bamboo musical instruments

Uniting science, culture thru bamboo musical instruments

November 30, 2020, 3:03 pm

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

'Techie' leaves job to plant papaya

November 29, 2020, 1:57 pm

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

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

November 27, 2020, 9:49 am

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), 73,… Read More

Manila youth officials build free bike repair stations

Manila youth officials build free bike repair stations

November 27, 2020, 9:45 am

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

Colorful 'Belen' entries reflect resiliency of Tarlaqueños

November 26, 2020, 6:11 pm

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, the coronavirus… Read More

'Stars of Hope' bring Christmas glow to QC streets

'Stars of Hope' bring Christmas glow to QC streets

November 25, 2020, 3:33 pm

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'

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

November 25, 2020, 2:39 pm

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

Giant Christmas tree ‘a symbol of hope' for Manileños

November 24, 2020, 1:59 pm

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 Mayor… Read More

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

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

November 22, 2020, 6:32 pm

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

Passion for community service keeps Malabon riders going

November 22, 2020, 4:41 pm

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

Policewomen making waves in PNP

November 21, 2020, 5:27 pm

MANILA – In a profession long dominated by men, women are making considerable progress in rising 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

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

November 20, 2020, 3:58 pm

By Jed Roland Wong DAVAO 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