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Army engineer recalls life as NPA captive 20 years ago

Army engineer recalls life as NPA captive 20 years ago

October 10, 2019, 8:43 pm

CEBU CITY – It was an awkward situation for an Army captain to be guarded by minors armed with long rifles during his two-month captivity by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Davao City some 20 years ago, but he befriended them, pinning hope on his young guardians for his survival. Then-Captain… Read More

Hard work pays off for Negros science quiz bee teen champs

Hard work pays off for Negros science quiz bee teen champs

October 8, 2019, 8:59 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – While most teenagers today are glued to their television sets, engrossed in online games or fiddling with their electronic gadgets, 18-year-old Jandale Samillano sacrificed being away from home for several weeks to prepare for the grand finals of Negros Island’s premiere quiz… Read More

Ex-NPA child warrior recalls life as Sparrow Unit member

Ex-NPA child warrior recalls life as Sparrow Unit member

October 7, 2019, 8:23 pm

CEBU CITY – After suffering physical abuse from her father, she left home and ended up being recruited into the New People’s Army (NPA) at just nine years old. She was a slim, long-haired girl when the “hukbo” (corps) enlisted her to the Sparrow Unit tasked to kill government troops in… Read More

Samulnori: A closer look at K-culture thru percussion music

Samulnori: A closer look at K-culture thru percussion music

October 5, 2019, 9:07 am

MANILA -- Cultural exchanges enable countries to get a peek of each other's culture. These include showcasing arts, dance, and music. At the recently concluded Philippines-Korea Exchange Festival, traditional Korean percussion music, Samulnori, was showcased. Who would have thought percussion… Read More

Daylong hikes highlight Calbayog teacher’s career

Daylong hikes highlight Calbayog teacher’s career

October 4, 2019, 5:23 pm

CALBAYOG CITY -- For young public school teacher David Refuncion, fulfilling his job means long trips, daylong hikes, crossing rivers, teaching multi-grade classes, and climbing a coconut tree -- just to send reports. For three years now, Refuncion has been assigned to the upland village of Mabini… Read More

WWII Japanese captain: Friend not foe for Leyte townsfolk

WWII Japanese captain: Friend not foe for Leyte townsfolk

October 3, 2019, 1:05 pm

DULAG, LEYTE-- For most Filipinos, the Japanese soldiers during World War II were enemies but for the locals of Dulag town in Leyte, the foreign invaders led by a young captain were regarded as good friends and still are after 75 years of the country’s liberation. Called “Little Tokyo”… Read More

The history behind Bacolod’s 'smile'

The history behind Bacolod’s 'smile'

October 2, 2019, 1:53 pm

MANILA -- Bacolod is widely known for its "City of Smiles" tag, which came after the success of the first MassKara Festival in 1980. But unknown to some, especially the younger generation, the colorful festival was created as a diversion from the series of tragedies experienced by the Negrenses… Read More

'Wind of change' starts blowing toward Novaliches

'Wind of change' starts blowing toward Novaliches

October 1, 2019, 3:22 pm

MANILA -- At last, the long-awaited wind of change has begun blowing from the Quezon City Hall in Diliman toward the distant former town of Novaliches near Bulacan province. Amid this development, the local residents are hoping that the current favorable wind direction they have been waiting for… Read More

October is Holy Rosary Month

October is Holy Rosary Month

October 1, 2019, 11:14 am

MANILA – October is Holy Rosary Month as declared by the Catholic Church and renewed its call to the faithful to pray the rosary daily to attain a genuine and lasting peace in the world. Rev. Fr. Kit Ramirez of St. Jude Parish in Malacañang, Manila, quoted St. Padre Pio of Petrielcina, who said… Read More

Duck meat: A nutritious replacement for pork

Duck meat: A nutritious replacement for pork

September 30, 2019, 9:23 pm

MANILA -- Amid the African Swine Fever scare, many mothers today are looking for a healthy replacement for pork and pork products apart from chicken. Celebrity Chef Pablo “Boy” Logro told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview that now is the right time to introduce duck meat to… Read More

No money, no problem: A guide for aspiring entrepreneurs

No money, no problem: A guide for aspiring entrepreneurs

September 28, 2019, 3:03 pm

MANILA -- Putting up a business requires capital. This often hinders aspiring entrepreneurs from starting their own businesses. However, even if one is cashless at the moment, there are several ways to start a business. Rebecca Bustamente, a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and now president… Read More

Uniqlo taps various local artists; launches new collection

Uniqlo taps various local artists; launches new collection

September 27, 2019, 9:19 am

MANILA -- Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo on Thursday afternoon launched its winter/fall collection, and its partnership with various local artists. The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of its flagship store, the largest in Southeast Asia, located in Makati City. "Today, we… Read More

LTO’s plate-making facility a safe workplace for PWDs

LTO’s plate-making facility a safe workplace for PWDs

September 26, 2019, 8:49 am

MANILA – The overly long wait for the release of new license plates is now over with the continued operation of the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) new plate-making facility inaugurated last year. The facility not only produces more and improved license plates in less time; it is also safer… Read More

Kagbana: a tale of a former rebel-infested village

Kagbana: a tale of a former rebel-infested village

September 21, 2019, 9:14 pm

BURAUEN, Leyte -- Gone are the days when New People’s Army (NPA) moved freely in upland Kagbana village to ask for food, recruit members and secure fiesta celebrations. Felipe Agustin, 39, a member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), said children in their village are lucky… Read More

Novaliches was once a part of Bulacan province

Novaliches was once a part of Bulacan province

September 14, 2019, 6:11 pm

MANILA -- As the people of Bulacan mark their annual "Singkaban Festival" (formerly Linggo ng Bulakan) themed "Sining at Kalinangang Bulakenyo, Dangal ng Pilipino" from Sept. 8-15, it may be of interest to them to know that the neighboring former town of Novaliches was a part of their historic… Read More

Young beauty raises fund for charity in PH

Young beauty raises fund for charity in PH

September 12, 2019, 6:04 pm

MANILA -- A Filipina beauty queen, who grew up abroad, finds her peace in doing charity works in her parents’ home country. It was Excelsa de Jesus’ first time to visit here when she was crowned Miss Philippines America in the United States in 2016. As she was raised by parents who are both… Read More

Hands off our children: Saving PH youth from communism   

Hands off our children: Saving PH youth from communism  

September 9, 2019, 2:23 pm

MANILA -- The fight has just begun. This is what the parents of teenagers who have joined left-leaning youth groups have declared during a recent interview over Philippine News Agency's (PNA) One on Juan talk show. Relissa Lucena, mother of Alicia Jasper who was recruited by Anakbayan, said she… Read More

Knowing PhiIID’s benefits, uses

Knowing PhiIID’s benefits, uses

September 3, 2019, 9:37 pm

MANILA -- For many people, nothing can be more frustrating than a transaction that cannot be processed due to lack of valid IDs that could verify their identities. May Pagkatipunan-Aceron, 38, told Philippine News Agency (PNA) that she has four government-issued IDs which she uses for public and… Read More

Schools show concern on environmental issues in Negros

Schools show concern on environmental issues in Negros

September 3, 2019, 3:20 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – More schools in Negros Island are increasingly becoming aware of problems, issues, and concerns related to climate change, renewable energy, and the environment in general. This has been demonstrated by the yearly spike in the number of schools participating in the island’s… Read More

TESDA eyes innovation centers for learners

TESDA eyes innovation centers for learners

September 1, 2019, 6:59 pm

MANILA -- As the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) marked its 25th year this week, Secretary Isidro Lapeña bared it is now preparing for the fourth industrial revolution, while targeting more people to be trained and get employed. In an exclusive interview with the… Read More