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Celebrity reservists drum up support for 1st presidential drill

Celebrity reservists drum up support for 1st presidential drill

November 27, 2019, 4:11 pm

MANILA -- Excited for the first-ever presidential silent drill competition in the country, some celebrity reservists expressed their support and urged the public to witness the event on Dec. 5, 2019. Reservists 2nd Lt. Matteo Guidicelli (Army) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Rocco Nacino (Navy),… Read More

UP alumna finds passion for service thru ROTC

UP alumna finds passion for service thru ROTC

November 26, 2019, 9:58 am

MANILA -- When she was younger, 29-year-old 1Lt. Marjorie Siwa already planned that she would pursue law -- earn well, be a private individual, and have a good life. But in college, she decided to give herself some challenge through joining the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). “In my… Read More

'Korean Life Aesthetics': A mix of past, present styles

'Korean Life Aesthetics': A mix of past, present styles

November 25, 2019, 10:22 am

MANILA -- With "hallyu" (Korean wave) taking the Philippines and many other countries by storm, the door opened for many fans to explore the uniqueness and beauty of Korean culture and way of life. For those who want to take a trip both down memory lane into the Joseon dynasty and the modern… Read More

Iloilo City to shine with 1,600 parol

Iloilo City to shine with 1,600 parol

November 16, 2019, 3:36 pm

ILOILO CITY -- Iloilo City will shine brighter this Yuletide season when more than 1,600 colorful lanterns (parol) lining the stretch of its national highway and city roads, light up on Saturday night. Under a public-private partnership, more or less 150 establishments answered the call of the… Read More

Exhibit highlights Yolanda ‘ground zero’ in virtual reality

Exhibit highlights Yolanda ‘ground zero’ in virtual reality

November 11, 2019, 1:36 pm

MANILA -- An interactive 360-degree video of the coastal village that was hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) six years ago is the centerpiece of a non-government organization's exhibit in Makati City. Postcards From Disasters' (PFD) partnered with Australian technology… Read More

Rizal at the British Museum

Rizal at the British Museum

November 8, 2019, 11:02 am

MANILA --The Knights of Rizal held its 7th European Regional Assembly last August 30 – September 1, 2019 in London, United Kingdom with the theme “Isalin ang Rizalismo sa Gawaing Pagbabago” (Translate Rizalism to Transformative Action). Area Commander Sir Alfonso Taguiang, Knight Grand… Read More

Tradition, Asian fusion in Korean cuisine

Tradition, Asian fusion in Korean cuisine

November 7, 2019, 1:30 pm

MANILA -- Korean food isn't just about kimchi, bibimbap, chapchae and bulgogi. There's more. While samgyeopsal has been well-received in the Philippines, have we ever wondered how Koreans actually prepare their food? Are there similarities between their cuisine and ours? "We use a lot of… Read More

A taste of Korea's finest cuisine

A taste of Korea's finest cuisine

November 1, 2019, 11:44 am

MANILA -- A top Korean chef is in Manila to showcase a taste of Korea’s finest cuisine. Jang Jin-mo, one of Korea’s leading chefs, gave a sample of his culinary expertise during a dinner hosted by South Korean Ambassador Han Dong-man at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Taguig City Wednesday night.… Read More

Cemeteries, memorial parks abound in Novaliches

Cemeteries, memorial parks abound in Novaliches

October 31, 2019, 8:24 pm

MANILA -- Where in the country can you find a single place with concentration of 11 cemeteries and memorial parks within a diameter of less than 20 kilometers? Go to Novaliches, a former town now divided between Quezon City and Caloocan City in the northernmost periphery of Metropolitan Manila… Read More

88-yr-old man in Iligan City readies own casket

88-yr-old man in Iligan City readies own casket

October 31, 2019, 8:22 pm

ILIGAN CITY -- The senior citizen in Iligan City who prepared his casket at home years ago is now ready to die after his wife, who also prepared hers, died last January.  Luciano Tapic, 88, of Barangay Kiwalan, has asked his brother-in-law four years ago to make his casket so that his children… Read More

Earning a living from the dead

Earning a living from the dead

October 31, 2019, 6:37 pm

ILOILO CITY -- Being dead does not necessarily render one useless, as found by people living or residing near the cemeteries. Among those who found this advantageous is Giobil Marfil, 31, married with four kids. He shared that he has been doing manual labor at the Tanza cemetery in Barangay… Read More

The cost of dying in PH

The cost of dying in PH

October 31, 2019, 6:30 pm

MANILA -- There are a lot of reasons to revel as we get older, but having to ponder about the cost of death isn’t one of them. But everyone dies. It comes as no great surprise and is inevitable, but the question is — are we financially prepared for death in the family? Zooming into the… Read More

Living among the dead: Nanay Diday’s story

Living among the dead: Nanay Diday’s story

October 31, 2019, 5:32 pm

MANILA -- In the Manila North Cemetery (MNC), graves bring life to people who live on the fringes of society. Mausoleums become home for many poor families, enabling them to live like normal communities, as they eat and sleep beside the graves. For more than six decades, a chapel -- where two… Read More

 Grave cleaners share joy, struggles as PH observes Undas

Grave cleaners share joy, struggles as PH observes Undas

October 31, 2019, 5:28 pm

MANILA -- The observance of Undas is here and the cleaning business in cemeteries is alive again. As the morning breaks, visitors of the Laloma Catholic Cemetery in Caloocan can find a lot of residents roaming around, carrying buckets of paint with cleaning brush on the other hand. Among them is… Read More

All Saints’, All Souls’, 2 different days for the dead

All Saints’, All Souls’, 2 different days for the dead

October 31, 2019, 3:23 pm

MANILA -- Filipinos all over the country take advantage of the first two days of November to pay respects to their departed loved ones, as well as reunite with their kin and old friends. But while these days are, by all means, occasions for remembering the dead, November 1 or All Saints’ Day is… Read More

Scary creatures featured in Calamba pre-Undas 'treat for a cause'

Scary creatures featured in Calamba pre-Undas 'treat for a cause'

October 27, 2019, 4:00 pm

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna -- Scores of city folks and spectators were “freakily scared” on Saturday after a throng of spooky and creepy creatures were featured in a Halloween trick-or-treat event at the Old City Plaza, where the iconic “kalan-banga” (clay stove and jar) landmark in this city… Read More

How tech and P500 paved the way for 'Pandalivery'

How tech and P500 paved the way for 'Pandalivery'

October 25, 2019, 12:27 pm

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR. Pandalivery founder and CEO Jude Buelva attends to an inquiry from one of the participants of the IdeaSpace event in Makati City on Tuesday (Oct. 22, 2019). Buelva started his business venture with just PHP500. (PNA photo by Cristina Arayata)MANILA -- Bicol region's… Read More

Tacloban’s Price Mansion brings back World War II memories

Tacloban’s Price Mansion brings back World War II memories

October 18, 2019, 3:55 pm

TACLOBAN CITY -- Lilian Price turned emotional as she reminisced the pre-World War II years when their family lived at the Price Mansion, a historic landmark here that witnessed events that spanned over a century.  She was just five years old when American General Douglas MacArthur stayed in… Read More

All set for 75th Leyte landing anniversary Sunday

All set for 75th Leyte landing anniversary Sunday

October 18, 2019, 3:49 pm

MANILA – All is set for the grand celebration of the 75th anniversary of the historic Leyte Landing on Sunday by Gen. Douglas McArthur that liberated the Philippines from Japanese occupation in World War II. Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina (AFP, Ret.), administrator of the Philippine Veterans… Read More

2 cities, 22 towns, 2 provinces named after ex-PH presidents

2 cities, 22 towns, 2 provinces named after ex-PH presidents

October 12, 2019, 3:18 pm

MANILA -- As Quezon City, the erstwhile Philippine capital marked its 80th founding anniversary on Saturday, this writer decided to take a look at the country's national and regional maps to find out how many places nationwide--provinces, cities, towns--have been named in honor of past Filipino… Read More