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‘MODA’ highlights Cavite culture through fashion

DASMARIÑAS CITY, Cavite -- It is more than just a display of the ‘50s to ‘90s fashion collection at the ongoing ‘MODA: Ang Pagtatahi ng Lipunang Caviteño’ exhibit at the Museo De La Salle (MDLS) here.Every piece of design -- from its color, materials used, and... Read More

Muslims, Lumad ‘clash’ in basketball courts

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The mostly marginal social and economic condition of their communities make Muslim and Lumad boys vulnerable to violent behavior and illegal drugs.And amid this adversity, basketball comes to the rescue. Hadji Nasir Ismula, one of Zamboanga City’s tribal leaders, organized... Read More

Bohemian coffee artist wins award in New York art festival

MANILA — Rens Tuzon, the country's Bohemian coffee artist, recently won a runner up award in the 2018 Coffee Art Project: New York City, with his coffee painting titled "Golden Happiness Coffee Brings." "Honestly, I was shocked because I thought it's New York City and New York Coffee Festival,... Read More

More than just a Madrasah teacher

ZAMBOANGA CITY – If teachers are key to the destiny of their students and consequently their ever-unfolding society, then Abou-Benhar Sihabon is devoting his life to prove that dictum right. His success in his professional and personal missions is validated by the Most Outstanding Teacher for... Read More

How peace movement transformed a Muslim village

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The great Sta. Cruz Island, which lies four kilometers away south of the southernmost tip of the city, is famous for its awesome beaches.Members of the Sama Bangingi tribe live in a small village, according to their lore, on the island since time immemorial.Today, the village... Read More

Tech-voc education: Ticket out of poverty

MANILA – Rizalyn Busico, 16, is currently enrolled in the Technical-Vocational (Tech-Voc) strand in Senior High School (SHS) to earn money while studying.“Mag-aaral pa po ako sa college pagkatapos ko po ng tech-voc. Gusto ko po kumuha pa ng Education, dahil dito pwede po ako kumita... Read More

Virtual Reality: The future of Philippine museums

MANILA — Making the young generation appreciate art, culture and history could be very challenging in the midst of all technological advancements happening left and right.Today, most young people find it dull and boring to visit museums as they would rather watch movies, play games or chat... Read More

Broadcaster says Virgin Mary saved him from brink of death

MANILA -- In 1969, broadcaster Rene Sta. Cruz, who was then 17, was critically ill as he lies comatose in his hospital bed for over a month.It was during this time that he dreamt of seven behemoth monsters carrying torches and an L-shaped coffin when the Blessed Mother appeared and told him to... Read More

'Miracle of the Sun' Fatima apparition on Oct 13, 1917 remembered

MANILA - The “Miracle of the Sun” that occurred during the 6th Apparition of Fatima on Oct. 13, 1917, and was witnessed by over 70,000 people in Portugal, was a manifestation of God’s almighty power and humility to save mankind from eternal damnation.Filipino Catholics join fellow... Read More

Tens of thousands view St. Pio's incorrupt heart at Manila Cathedral

Padre Pio’s stigmata initially occurred on Sept. 20, 1918. He was hearing confession when he felt bodily marks, pain, and bleeding on his body, corresponding to the wounds suffered by Jesus Christ during the Lord’s crucifixion in Calvary.For five decades, Padre Pio suffered the stigmata... Read More

Gruesome 1977 Patikul massacre recalled

MANILA – Oct. 10, 1977 was a day of infamy for the whole country. It was the day when Brig. Gen. Teodulfo Bautista, the soft-spoken commanding general of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division of the Philippine Army, and 34 of his men, were brutally massacred after they were lured into... Read More

Millennials wake up coffee-shop fad

BAGUIO CITY – Coffee consumption in the country has surged, with the millennials willing to shell out a hundred pesos just for a cup.Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for High-Value Crops Evelyn Laviña shared this observation at the opening of a four-day coffee exposition... Read More

How this PWD in Zamboanga sets his sights high

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Teddy Kahil is totally blind. As he turned 46 this year, however, his accomplishments are near-extraordinary for a man of his condition, and he even continues to strive to do more for himself and his fellow persons with disability (PWDs).For starters, Kahil received the Apolinario... Read More

Pangasinense teacher sidelines as ‘embalmer’

BINALONAN, Pangasinan --Teacher Leda Cariño, a Grade 6 class adviser in Linmansangan Elementary School here, also occasionally works as an embalmer at their funeral family business to honor her father’s legacy.Leda – along with her brothers - was taught by their father while still... Read More

How I became 'instant migrant' in QC at age 9

MANILA -- While Quezon City officials and residents are celebrating the 79th foundation day of the erstwhile capital city on Oct. 12, I am recalling how I and members of my immediate family have become instant migrants in Quezon City since 1948 without moving even a meter away from our former house... Read More

Teaching: Vocation for the patient and virtuous

BAGUIO CITY – For eight hours, Augustina Agmaliw has to walk her way to teach at the Es-esa S. Alodos Elementary School in upland Barangay Tacadang in Kibungan town, Benguet province.She has no choice but to go on foot, as she needs to cross over several mountains to reach her workplace, which... Read More

Stray furry beings sniff love, find their way home

Lou said they have a housemaid, whose responsibility is only to feed the pets, bathe them, and clean the pets’ house.The cats are fed with cat food, costing PHP2,000 to PHP2,300 a sack. This is mixed with scrap food that Lou and Ann buy from one of the restaurants nearby. The dogs are also fed... Read More

Overcoming shyness through art

DUMAGUETE CITY – For a young girl who admits to being timid, art is a helpful tool to overcome shyness and joining art competitions provides a venue for her and other young artists to show their talents, hone their skills and connect with people.Eleven-year-old Deelan Calumpang, or Dee to... Read More

Shia group joins efforts to ‘lick’ extremism, terrorism

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Shortly before the start of the Marawi siege last year, at least six of their Islamic Shia sect’s members were documented to have been killed by the ISIS terrorists, a Muslim faith leader has said.Philippine Ahlul Bayt Islamic Assembly, Inc. vice-president Hadji Salman Galang... Read More

Teacher Reycel: Tale of a multigrade educator

MANILA -- A multigrade classroom, where learners of various ages and grade levels are combined, especially in geographically challenged areas and where enrollment rates are low, is not exactly the ideal nor familiar set-up for learning and teaching.For 40-year-old Reycel R. Jugo, however, multigrade... Read More