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Street-side artist brings color to Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Why does a man paint or sketch an artwork? Is it to grab and interpret either reality or fantasy and thus, rule over and suspend them? This is what probably happens to Bador Bandoy and the pedestrians who gather around him whenever he sketches fantastic figures and colors them at... Read More

'Yolanda' survivor who served Pope now a priest himself

DUMAGUETE CITY -- It’s not every day that one gets to meet up close and personal the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, more popularly known as the Pope. For this young man in his mid-20s at the time, Alvin Villaflores, then a seminarian studying Theology in Palo, Leyte, it was more than... Read More

Pangasinan local artist wins prestigious art award

BINMALEY, Pangasinan --A 26-year-old artist from this town won the grand prize for the most coveted Maningning Miclat Art Awards 2018 with her artwork made from milkfish bones.Jessica Lopez collected the fish bones from milkfish deboners in Dagupan City and placed them together on 48 x 36 inches... Read More

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy: Mother of 70 churches in Novaliches

MANILA -- As the old Our Lady of Mercy Parish Church in Novaliches, divided between Quezon City and Caloocan City, marks its 162nd anniversary on Monday, I look back to trace how the parish church has evolved into a diocesan shrine.For one thing, the church has become the mother of at least 70 other... Read More

Teacher Eds and the many faces of Alternative Learning System

MANILA — It has been said time and again that teaching is more than just a profession. To many, it is a calling, a vocation, and a mission, as it equates to honing, nurturing, and enriching the lives of children entrusted upon the teacher’s care.But for Alternative Learning System (ALS)... Read More

Growth, nat’l pride inspire millennial artists in Calamba arts tilt

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna -- Nine young artists slugged it out for the eight-hour on-the-spot Art Painting Competition held here Thursday to promote this city’s art, culture and heritage tourism.Sponsored by the city government, in partnership with the National Historical Commission and the Museo... Read More

How I came to know about the 1972 martial law

MANILA -- Where were you when President Ferdinand Marcos began implementing Proclamation No. 1081 that placed the entire country under a state of martial law?That, in a nutshell, was the question former Philippines Herald executive editor Jose L. Pavia asked during our very first meeting at the... Read More

PH used to mark Nat’l Thanksgiving Day on Sept. 21

MANILA -- Not many of the millennials today may be aware that the Philippines used to celebrate National Thanksgiving Day every Sept. 21 from 1973 to 1985.The date of such celebration differed very much from that of the United States, which has been marking the same event every fourth Thursday of... Read More

Halal certification pushed in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- “Halal” -- it is a sign that hangs at some beef and poultry shops as well as eateries here, in an attempt to lure Muslims to patronize stuff from them.No agency, however, checks and certifies the authenticity of these “halal.” And for Muslims, eating kosher... Read More

Barangay Greater Lagro hosts the Novaliches watershed

MANILA -– Do you know what makes the 21-year-old Barangay Greater Lagro in Novaliches, Quezon City very much different from the other barangays (villages) in Metro Manila, which is composed of 16 cities and a municipality at present?It has the distinction of being host to the La Mesa watershed... Read More

How Muslim women deal with pain, trauma 5 years after Zamboanga siege

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Five years after the Zamboanga siege, majority of the displaced residents of the four barangays that comprised ground zero of the crisis are Muslims.Many of the estimated 10,000 houses that burned down during the attack have not been rebuilt, although the national government has... Read More

Filipino ingenuity at its best

MANILA -- If you think the CCTV (closed-circuit television) camera is sufficient enough as a security device to protect you, you better think twice.Now, it can be told that Filipinos are really innovative when it comes to information technology development.In fact, MiGuard, a wholly Filipino-owned... Read More

Quezon City: Home to beautifully-named barangays

MANILA -- Among the 16 cities and one municipality of Metro Manila, 79-year-old Quezon City can very well lay valid claim to the title of being home to the most beautiful and inspiringly-named barangays and villages.Here’s why: Of its 142 barangays in six congressional districts, more than... Read More

No shortcuts in becoming a pilot

MANILA -- "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It is a question we have all been asked when we were kids.A doctor to heal the sick, a policeman to put criminals in jail, a teacher like your first mentor, could be among the answers. One wonders how many have answered, "A pilot to see the skies... Read More

Filipino: A dynamic, evolving language

MANILA -- With the rise of technological advancements in the country, more and more students today have a hard time using Filipino language in oral and written communication because the vernacular seems impractical to use in discussions pertaining to modern education and lifestyle.“Mas madali... Read More

Teachers as modern-day heroes, a big shoe to fill 

MANILA -- Even before overseas Filipino workers were called modern-day heroes, teachers nationwide were already hailed as such because of the nature of their job and the devotion it requires from them.While many teachers bask in the glory of the title, Galcoso Alburo, veteran high school teacher... Read More

The day we saw them flying: A Dapitanon soldier's diary

DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte – Their hit and run tactics waged against the Japanese occupation forces was going on for more than two years. The guerrilla unit in Dapitan – “Bravo Company” of the 1st Battalion, 107th Infantry Regiment – composed mostly of Dapitanons... Read More

OFWs: Modern-day heroes still

MANILA -- Doing away with history books and superhero comic books, where would you find a hero in this day and age? They are the silent and the humble who finish their jobs without much exaltation; they are all in our midst.The local street sweepers who keep the streets clean of trash. The soldiers... Read More

Ifugaos' handiwork sustains famed Banaue Rice Terraces

LAGAWE, Ifugao -- The Banaue Rice Terraces, often called the 8th Wonder of the World, has been known to be a product of handiwork, carved by the hand, by the natives' ancestors around 2,000 years ago, to plant rice for daily sustenance.Martin says SITMO assists weavers in coming up with features,... Read More

Gawad Kalinga Capiz: Empowering lives thru social enterprise

MANILA -- Referring to the proverb "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime", Gawad Kalinga (GK) Capiz Social Enterprise head Tony Morente said as he hopes that their housing beneficiaries don't stay recipients of help, rather they become... Read More