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Ex-OFWs set up self-sustaining café in Pangasinan

AGUILAR, Pangasinan – Wake up to a view of the sky and mountain ranges, sipping a cup of brewed coffee, hot or iced, and feasting on fresh vegetables and fruits at the Daang Katutubo coffee shop in Sitio Mapita, Barangay Laoag in this town.The coffee shop, which has become a tourist attraction... Read More

Cagayan de Oro River's 'reawakened' mythical Kugtong fish

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – It was already high noon but Isidro Sabanal and his group of handymen, focused and with gusto, continued refurbishing two of the four boats at Cagayan River's docking site at the side of Barangay Carmen here.Isidro, along with his partner, Pretty, has been a caretaker of... Read More

Mother, daughter get a kick out of feeding stray cats, dogs

MANILA – An elderly citizen and her daughter proved that unwavering love and compassion for animals are possible amid uncertainties and one’s status in life.Erlinda Dela Cruz, 69, and daughter, Rhoda, feed about 40 stray cats and dogs daily.Residents and daily passersby are familiar with... Read More

Pangasinan mountain-volcano resort now drawing tourists

BALUNGAO, Pangasinan – The green surroundings, zigzag road, and cool environment greet tourists to the extinct volcano-turned resort here – the Mt. Balungao Hilltop Adventure.The mountain-volcano resort showcases the sulfuric water of hot and cold springs that are believed to have... Read More

Manila adjudged as one of world’s best cities

MANILA – The City of Manila was adjudged as one of the 53 best cities in the world, landing on the 34th spot, according to the data of the Time Out Index 2022.Time Out said that despite the chaos caused by overpopulation as well as the capital city's epic traffic jams, Manila boasts of rich... Read More

Part-time online instructor graduates magna cum laude in Cavite

MANILA – Finishing tertiary education is deeply considered a milestone in one’s life, let alone finishing this phase with flying colors while juggling part-time work alongside scholastic demands.But for 22-year-old Maria Clarizza Masangkay, family, determination, and endurance can move... Read More

106-year-old granny in Pangasinan reveals secret to long life

CALASIAO, Pangasinan – Surrounded by some of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Bae (grandma) Segundina Laforteza Quinto celebrated her 106th birthday on Sunday.While everyone was into the latest fab on diet, exercise, technology, and science, among others, to extend their... Read More

‘Mixed emotions' as 1st F2F graduation rites resume

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – More than a hundred excited pupils of the Pagatpat Elementary School here have gathered together with their parents at the school gymnasium Wednesday for the first face-to-face (F2F) graduation in two years.By 8 a.m., the graduation ceremonies started.It took less than an... Read More

‘Totoong tao’, supporters share why Duterte remains popular

MANILA – It may have been six years since a man described as a tough-talking mayor took his oath as the country's 16th president, but supporters of outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte are still in awe by his personality and his administration’s accomplishments.Duterte has maintained... Read More

DOST to help IP group put up metalwork biz

MANILA -- About 1,200 members of the Tinongdan Indigenous People's Organization (TINPO) in Itogon, Benguet, will soon have an additional source of income in the form of a metalwork business such as fabricating windows, doors, tables, and farming tools, among others.Helping them put up the business... Read More

Gratitude, well-wishes overflow in fitting send-off for PRRD

MANILA – Gratitude and love for President Rodrigo Duterte overflowed at the thanksgiving event “Salamat (Thank you), PRRD” at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday.Joan Manodom 31, traveled from Zamboanga del Norte to personally thank Duterte for the government’s... Read More

Duterte Legacy: No one left behind in quality education via ALS

MANILA – The limiting effect of unplanned circumstances on access to quality education has undoubtedly affected literacy in the Philippines, as the administration of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte pushed to widen the reach of the Alternative Learning System (ALS).For the past six years,... Read More

Oddities of Rizal, Bonifacio monuments in Novaliches

MANILA – Where in the Philippines can you find monuments of the national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio located just a few meters apart and appearing to be walking away from each other, perhaps because of differences in opinion and principle?If you want to see this,... Read More

Batasang Pambansa Bldg. and incoming President BBM's late father

MANILA – On June 30, 2022, incoming President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., or BBM (Bongbong Marcos) for short, will take his oath as the 17th president of the Philippines.Twenty-five days later, on July 25, he will deliver his maiden State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) at the joint opening of the... Read More

Urban farming 101: Mom shares tips for garden-to-table foods

MANILA – Sustaining daily meals might have just gone costlier for some families with crude price hikes consequently affecting the prices of goods in the market and warnings of a global food crisis rife.But for Jeddalyn Gaces, 40, a public school teacher and a mom in Cavite, the “global... Read More

Manila Bay then and now: Two worlds apart

MANILA – It used to be the best location in the country to experience and capture amazing sunset views but over time, the Manila Bay in Roxas Boulevard became an eyesore.The Duterte administration thus pushed for the Manila Bay rehabilitation program in consonance with the writ of Mandamus... Read More

Former 'kaingineros' rejuvenate cacao trees as new market emerges

DUMAGUETE CITY – Hopes are running high for former “kaingineros” or slash-and-burn farmers in Valencia, Negros Oriental, who have shifted to planting cacao trees and are now rejuvenating them as they are reassured of a new market that has emerged.Organized into the Puhagan Farmers... Read More

Manila Bay’s dolomite beach ‘impresses’ Independence Day visitors

MANILA – After three and a half years, the familiar stretch of the Manila Bay, which used to be infamous for its foul smell and garbage-filled shore, is now gradually finding its way back to its former glory.Through the joint effort of various government agencies, the Manila Bay dolomite beach... Read More

Gov’t must intensify steering ‘safe spaces’ awareness: expert

MANILA – Unwelcomed words and actions showing malice toward women, whether familiar or strange, remain a challenge in the country despite the existence of laws meant to protect women.In this reality, the administration, through the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), has been doubling... Read More

Single mom takes leap of faith with ‘Balik Probinsya’ program

MANILA – Angelie Montibano was in her early 20s and out of college when she left Negros Oriental province with dreams of a successful life in the Big City.She luckily found employment at once as a timekeeper in a construction company.Later on, she got pregnant and raised her daughter,... Read More