News Features

Baguio photojournalist turns 'Spiderman' to give joy

BAGUIO CITY – A photojournalist in the city is dressing up as the fictional superhero "Spiderman" not to catch bad guys but to give joy to the public on Sundays, when the Session Road becomes exclusive to pedestrians for a weekend market.“Diversion ko ito kasi masaya ako na... Read More

Hobbyists rejoice as ornamental fish industry earns gov’t backing

MANILA – Attachment to nature, stress reliever, mood switcher, and income are just some of the benefits of getting into ornamental fishkeeping, according to a new hobbyist.Julius Acebron, 24, has been engrossed in ornamental fishkeeping for five months now.In a recent interview, Acebron said... Read More

What was Marcos Sr. thinking before he declared martial law?

MANILA – "I did not become President to preside over the death of the Philippine Republic."This was how the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. began the first paragraph of Chapter 5 of his 45-year-old book "The Democratic Revolution in the Philippines" (Third Edition) published by... Read More

How martial law paved the way for creation of ecozones in PH

MANILA – Economic zones, which started operations in the 1970s, are great magnets for foreign direct investments (FDIs) which the government aims to attract more as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic. Just almost two months after placing the country under martial law, former... Read More

CDO artist's woodwork features VP Sara

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As a performing and visual artist for over 20 years, Nicolas Aca has made several artworks for the community that include carved portraits of famous personalities.His most recent wood artwork, a portrait of Vice President Sara Duterte, was recently handed over to the... Read More

Brighter future ahead for Silaki islet’s children

BOLINAO, Pangasinan – Children here are now brandishing their sweetest smiles, delighted they would no longer cross the sea to attend classes as their parents are equally joyous during the inauguration rites of the very first elementary school on the islet of Silaki, a sub-village of Barangay... Read More

Octogenarian, 2 Taguig seniors finish elementary, HS via ALS

MANILA – Three elderly residents of Taguig City achieved their dream of finishing basiceducation through the city's Alternative Learning System (ALS) program.These senior citizens -- 82-year-old Mwusews Anthony Mari Diaz, 73-year-old Luvisminda Fajardo and 63-year-old Erlinda Dejumo, were... Read More

CDO village revives marine inspired festival with less catch

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The coastal community of Barangay Bonbon here once prides itself as a rich source of sardines where the species thrived because of the dense nipa (Nypa fruticans) palms thriving in the area.This is why the barangay (village) council sought to bring back its display of... Read More

Foundation lauds study on narra tree’s medical value

MANILA – The Million Trees Foundation, Inc. (MTFI) has lauded the result of a scientific study conducted by De la Salle Dasmariñas College of Pharmacy finding the medical value of narra as among the world’s top 10 antioxidants that can cure various illnesses.“This landmark... Read More

Agri graduate fulfills dream of having diploma, land

MANILA — An agriculture graduate finally fulfilled her dream of having a college diploma, but her blessings came abundantly after receiving a parcel of farmland under her name from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).Twenty-four-year-old Jie Anne Villacrusis of Barangay Alcate, Oriental... Read More

CDO's ‘Higalaay’ makes local biz vibrant again

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The month-long celebration of the "Higalaay" Festival here delighted some local business owners as they bounced back from the pandemic woes, with more people going out this year.Pretty Gin Tenio and her partner founded Dale's Taqueria food stall in 2020 when the pandemic... Read More

The 'Unang Sigaw' monument in Balintawak

MANILA – When I wrote for the Philippine News Agency on Nov. 28, 2018 an article on how the first "Cry" or "Unang Sigaw" monument of the 1896 Revolution was transferred in 1968 from Balintawak to the University of the Philippines (UP) campus in Diliman, Quezon City, there were varied reactions... Read More

No sweet life but sugarcane industry perseveres

ILOILO CITY – Life in the sugarcane industry is not always sweet but small players and stakeholders in Iloilo persevere as it has been "the most favorable crop" that has sustained the province even through this pandemic.The sugarcane industry is almost a PHP10-billion industry in Iloilo taking... Read More

Unmasking the sinister mind behind the 1971 Plaza Miranda bombing

MANILA – Former ranking security officials through the years have consistently belied the denials made by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria "Joma" Sison that he masterminded the Aug. 21, 1971 Plaza Miranda bombing in Quiapo, Manila that left nine people dead... Read More

Novaliches used to be 'egg, meat, fruit basket' of QC, Caloocan

MANILA – There was a time when the former town of Novaliches, shared by Quezon City and Caloocan City since 1948, served as the "egg, meat, fruit, and vegetable basket" or the source of these farm products for residents of both cities.That was until the early 1980s when Novaliches was still... Read More

Buwan ng Wika: Filipino paintings go beyond age, gender

MANILA – Highlighting the Philippines' rich culture and talent has been always fulfilling for artists and the appreciative local audience and Filipino supporters abroad.But the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic to the art industry have been undoubtedly... Read More

Newsmen remember FVR as ‘media darling’

MANILA – His charisma and accessibility to members of the media as a devoted public servant for nearly half a century made the late former President Fidel V. Ramos a “Darling of the Press”.Ramos, who was popularly called FVR after his initials, or “Steady Eddie” by his... Read More

Senate committee chairmanships almost filled up

MANILA – Only six Senate Committees are still left without elected chairpersons and vice-chairpersons in the second week from the opening of the 19th Congress.These are apart from the additional committees that are planned to be created by the Upper Chamber.Among the six vacant committees are... Read More

FVR second PH president who reached age of over 90

MANILA – Do you know that former President Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998), who passed away on Sunday at age 94, was the second Filipino chief executive to die at an age nearing the century mark?The first was Gen Emilio F. Aguinaldo (1898-1901), first president of the Philippine Republic, who died... Read More

Remembering FVR as courageous soldier, great leader

MANILA – “Kaya natin ito! (We can do it!).”This was the battle cry of the late former President Fidel V. Ramos throughout his presidency as he stressed the importance of unity, solidarity and teamwork (UST) by all sectors to resolve any problem confronting the country.Ramos, or FVR... Read More