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Former NPA rebels commit to help gov’t anti-insurgency efforts

Former NPA rebels commit to help gov’t anti-insurgency efforts

January 2, 2024, 8:19 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Five years ago, former New People’s Army rebel "Ka Iyong" was always fearful that each sunrise would be his last -- until he grabbed the opportunity to surrender and provide a brighter future for his family. Ka Iyong, 35, retained his underground nickname even now that he has… Read More

Never too late to dream: How IP school in CamNorte combats illiteracy

Never too late to dream: How IP school in CamNorte combats illiteracy

December 31, 2023, 1:23 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Melody Portugal patiently stood in line to get her Christmas gifts -- a bag of groceries and an envelope of school supplies. "These will be of great help to me," she said in the vernacular, proudly showing her Grade 2 notebooks and pad papers, which would be her ally in her… Read More

A better NAIA starting 2024

A better NAIA starting 2024

December 29, 2023, 7:22 pm

MANILA – As 2023 comes to an end, all eyes are on the upcoming privatization of the country's main gateway -- the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) -- which can be considered its biggest change this year. NAIA's operator, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assures that… Read More

Bicol's 'pasalubong' list

Bicol's 'pasalubong' list

December 29, 2023, 5:39 pm

DARAGA, Albay – Returning home from your Bicol trip but still don't know what "pasalubong" to take with you to capture the unique flavors and culture of the region? Fret not! We have made the list and checked it twice to find out what's novel and nice. Sorsogon's pili skincare essentials If you… Read More

VP Sara makes OVP closer to Filipinos

VP Sara makes OVP closer to Filipinos

December 27, 2023, 1:09 pm

MANILA – Vice President Sara Z. Duterte said her office has implemented various programs and projects in various parts of the country this year to bring the Office of the Vice President (OVP) closer to more Filipinos.  These programs include the Medical Assistance Program, Burial Assistance… Read More

DepEd presents reforms for MATATAG basic education

DepEd presents reforms for MATATAG basic education

December 27, 2023, 12:19 pm

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) is determined to provide every Filipino learner, even in far-flung areas, the quality of basic education they deserve. Despite the challenges, the agency was able to implement reforms within the agency and to the entire basic education sector this… Read More

‘Dallot’ Queen: Preserving Ilokano oral traditions

‘Dallot’ Queen: Preserving Ilokano oral traditions

December 22, 2023, 6:56 pm Updated on December 29, 2023, 3:42 pm

LAOAG CITY – "Dallot," a native chant delivered during special occasions by the Ilokano community in the olden times, remains alive to this day, thanks to natives who have kept the tradition. Adelita Romualdo Bagcal, 77, has clung on to it like a lullaby since she was a child. In recognition of… Read More

Being hooked anew in Baguio’s crocheted products

Being hooked anew in Baguio’s crocheted products

December 20, 2023, 8:58 pm

BAGUIO CITY – High school learners in this city in the 80s and 90s used to be seen with either knitting needles or crochet hooks with rolls of colorful threads packed in their school bags, with thread-based products as among the popular souvenir items here then. Melanie Aquino or Lanie, a Baguio… Read More

Partners leave jobs to start profitable seedling production

Partners leave jobs to start profitable seedling production

December 18, 2023, 9:07 pm

LAOAG CITY – Two young farmers in Batac City, Ilocos Norte now find fulfillment in being engaged in farming after leaving their respective jobs in 2022. Kevin Wayne Baga, 27, and his girlfriend, Ana Cristina Guiang, 26, are owners of KA-Bukid Propagation Farm, which produces seedlings for local… Read More

Why Christmas is merrier in Albay

Why Christmas is merrier in Albay

December 13, 2023, 8:31 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – From a whimsical Christmas wonderland to exhilarating carnival rides, a festive food park and a bustling local bazaar that captures the holiday spirit, there are several reasons why Albay province is the best place to be during the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas… Read More

Christmas comes early for Albay town handicraft makers

Christmas comes early for Albay town handicraft makers

December 11, 2023, 4:03 pm

DARAGA, Albay – For a group of women handicraft makers in Albay town, Christmas starts in July. Like Santa's tinkering elves tirelessly working round-the-clock all year round, these women craft their holiday magic months before the festive season begins. Turning passion into profit In the humble… Read More

Batac City preserves gastronomic heritage through the years

Batac City preserves gastronomic heritage through the years

December 8, 2023, 8:11 pm

BATAC CITY – Native delicacies such as "lubi-lubi," "suman," "bibingka," "bilo-bilo" and "dudol" took residents and visitors down memory lane during the opening of Batac City's fiesta celebration at the Imelda Cultural Center on Friday. In the Ilocano tradition, lubi-lubi calls for a… Read More

Skilled artisans sustain Baguio’s silver craft

Skilled artisans sustain Baguio’s silver craft

November 24, 2023, 9:37 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Over 40 years in the business of hand-crafted silver and sustaining one of the things this city is known for have become the driving force of Pilak Silver Shop amid challenges. Rommel Marcelo, the 47-year-old manager of the family-owned business, said the craft shop is the lone… Read More

Taiwanese ‘agri envoy’ to Pinoy youth: There is future in farming

Taiwanese ‘agri envoy’ to Pinoy youth: There is future in farming

November 23, 2023, 9:36 pm

MANILA – With food security wholly dependent on agriculture, farming is indeed the world’s present and future. However, with an aging farmer population and a growing lack of interest in rural communities to pursue this line of work, many countries like the Philippines are faced with the huge… Read More

 It takes a 'Christmas village' to share holiday cheers

It takes a 'Christmas village' to share holiday cheers

November 17, 2023, 2:20 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Gaye Vergara, a native of this city who has been working as a medical technologist for 27 years in the United States, has been collecting Christmas houses since she started working abroad in 1996. “When I went to the States I started to buy collectible Christmas houses. I told… Read More

Prayers for the departed absolve their sins

Prayers for the departed absolve their sins

November 2, 2023, 4:42 pm

MANILA – Remembering and celebrating the life of a departed loved one is as important as praying for their souls, in the hope that they gain eternal life with God. Fr. Fernando Egargo, a professor of Theology and Philosophy at St. Johns University in New York, said the tradition of commemorating… Read More

SPARK PH bolsters girl power through sports

SPARK PH bolsters girl power through sports

November 2, 2023, 10:56 am

MANILA – While many women excel in sports these days, there are still young girls who have limited opportunities to engage in a sport they love. Girls Got Game coach Gybel Agregado told the Philippine News Agency this could be due to the notion that "girls are not fit for sports" spoken by the… Read More

Returning to the roots of Filipino 'Undas'

Returning to the roots of Filipino 'Undas'

October 31, 2023, 7:09 pm Updated on October 31, 2023, 7:27 pm

MANILA – Once again, Filipinos observe "Undas" to remember their departed loved ones, as well as partake in merry-making over the spooky, macabre, and fun side of the supernatural. "Undas" is the Filipino term for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, both of which are religious holidays.… Read More

Ex-rebel: Choosing path to peace ‘imperative’

Ex-rebel: Choosing path to peace ‘imperative’

October 29, 2023, 3:45 pm Updated on October 29, 2023, 6:22 pm

DAVAO CITY – Arian Jane Ramos, a former member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) known as Ka Marikit, cherishes the path of peace she chose as she joined the commemoration of the first anniversary of the declaration of Davao Region as “insurgency-free”… Read More

Memorials for departed Filipino journalists at NPC grounds

Memorials for departed Filipino journalists at NPC grounds

October 29, 2023, 1:12 pm Updated on October 30, 2023, 10:36 am

MANILA – When the founding members and officials of the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) decided in the 1950s to construct their clubhouse, which eventually became the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) building today, they had the foresight to make the planned structure a… Read More