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Teachers’ dedication, passion seen in May 9 polls

MANILA– Just before Filipinos elected their new set of leaders on Monday, 25-year-old teacher Bea Joy Arcenio spent her night bracing for a long, uncertain yet exciting day in her life.It was one of the historic “first” in her career as an educator, she thought, purposely posing a... Read More

Early birds struggle to beat voting 'threshold'

QUEZON CITY – On previous occasions, those who tend to vote early on Election Day have been getting a smoother flow in casting their votes.This year's polls are a different one.With a lot of factors that kicked in, at least some of the "early birds" found themselves having to endure long lines... Read More

Food stall owners earn while voting in polls

AGUILAR, Pangasinan – Taking advantage of the volume of people during the local and national elections, some people made a living while waiting for their turn to cast their votes on Monday.Mila dela Cruz, 43, married, said she put up a snacks stand along the pathway leading to the Buer-Bayaoas... Read More

Elderly, PWDs unfazed by health conditions to cast votes

MANILA – No matter what their age and health conditions are, elderly citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) were among the early voters at Claro M. Recto High School in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday.Most of them wanted to avoid overcrowding by mid-morning or near closing time.Accompanied by... Read More

Pandemic adds extra layers of protection on election day

MANILA – Election day on Monday will be unlike any other polling exercise as the world is still under a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Aside from making sure the electoral exercise will proceed without any hitch, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is also burdened with the... Read More

IP achiever returns home to serve community in Bukidnon

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As a member of the Umayamnon indigenous peoples (IP) in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, Zacara P. Lastimado believes it is her calling to be one of the voices in her community.Lastimado, 22, finished this year her Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Social Studies degree at... Read More

Pangasinense siblings top board exams

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Velasco siblings in this capital town of Pangasinan proved that being raised by a single parent is not a hindrance to pursuing academic success and even topping their respective board examinations.Twenty-two year-old Franz Fernand Velasco, the youngest among the... Read More

Marawi residents mark Eid at Grand Mosque, first time after siege

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Marawi City's landmark, the Jameo Mindanao Al-Islamie Islamic Center or commonly called the Grand Mosque, is what defined the community for it to be known as the country's "Islamic City."During the 2017 siege perpetrated by extremists, the Grand Mosque was one of the... Read More

Transport competition: Get to know more other TNVS players

MANILA – Ride-hailing, considered one of the more convenient forms of public transportation services, has been made even more convenient with the approval of multiple transport network companies (TNC) in recent months.While a big chunk of ride-hailing services is currently operated by Grab... Read More

Business as usual for rice cake seller as economy slowly reopens

MANGATAREM, Pangasinan – After two years since the pandemic hit, provincial buses have resumed trips from Manila to Pangasinan and vice versa and people -- who do not have other means of transportation -- can finally travel again.This, as the government continues to reopen the economy to allow... Read More

Dagupan’s Bangus Festival is back

DAGUPAN CITY – Amid scorching heat, a crowd whose excitement could not be hidden behind the masks were all going in the direction of the city’s central business district and on Saturday noon which was closed to vehicular traffic for the occasion.Then the familiar beat of drums to the... Read More

Ex-NPA leaders get new lease in life as gov’t soldiers

DAVAO CITY – As former enemies of the state, serving in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was the last thing Daniel Castillo and Gelejurain l Alce Nguho had in mind. But fate has other plans.From being communist New People’s Army (NPA) officers, these surrenderers are now... Read More

2nd booster shot welcome relief for most

MANILA – The national government rollout of the second booster shot against the coronavirus virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) received positive feedback, mostly from citizens who are itching to get out of the pandemic.On Tuesday, local government units of Manila, Pateros, San Juan, and Pasig began... Read More

Taking COVID-19 vaccines to remote areas in Mindanao

ILIGAN CITY – While many people living in urban areas across the Philippines have been inoculated against Covid-19, there remains a significant number of those living in the hinterland of Mindanao who are yet to be vaccinated.This is primarily because many are unable to bear the cost of... Read More

Senate 2022: Who leaves, who stays, who wants a comeback

MANILA – A total of 12 Senate seats will be contested by 64 neophytes and reelectionists in the May 9 elections to join the remaining 12 in the 19th Congress.Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Pia Cayetano, Ronald dela Rosa, Bong Go, Lito Lapid, Imee Marcos, Koko Pimentel, Grace Poe, Bong... Read More

Innovating Northern Mindanao one 3D at a time

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Northern Mindanao's 3D printing industry is relatively new, its adoption being hampered by misconceptions that it's an expensive technology.At least this was the impression that Joseph Gaston had when he started his 3D printing business in 2020, at the height of a global... Read More

Catanduanes educator promotes abaca paper as artwork canvas

LEGAZPI CITY – Balancing the importance of science, economy, and art in promoting the abaca industry in the island province, Catanduanes State University (CatSU) president Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza has initiated an art exhibit that uses abaca paper as a canvas material.In an interview on... Read More

Finding precincts, avoiding virus on election day

MANILA – Locating polling precincts is the most common problem every election day.Voters flock to their usual polling places or where they voted at least in the previous election only to find their names missing from the list.This year, the threat of Covid-19 also ranks high among election... Read More

Pinoy priest serves Christian community in Morocco

MANILA – In the predominantly Muslim country of Morocco, Filipino priest Melito Pinili is serving a small community of Christians in the port town of Larache.Even with only about five Christians in the area, the Franciscan priest said he regularly celebrates the Holy Mass every Sunday.He... Read More

Cebu faithful back in churches after 2 years of virtual rites

CEBU CITY – After two years of celebrating Lent at home using the online platform, the Roman Catholic faithful in Cebu are now back in churches to physically participate in the various activities commemorating the Paschal Mystery in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.The... Read More