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Airport improvement crucial after runway closure

MANILA -- Many people are wondering how a single plane caused many flights to be cancelled, diverted and delayed. Thousands of passengers struggled, got hungry and were puzzled how they can make it to their appointments. Those were not only the passengers who were at the Ninoy Aquino International... Read More

Mother of 3 transforms sleepy Maguindanao town

DATU ABDULLAH SANGKI, Maguindanao — When Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu won the elections as mayor of this town of 28,000 people in 2013, its state was so bad that seven out of 10 families were poor.Violence would occasionally erupt between the Muslim and Christian settlers; and also between some... Read More

Eid al-Adha: Muslim feast of sacrifice

MANILA -- Muslims worldwide start the celebration of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, August 21. It is the most important festival in the Islamic calendar as Muslims gather to feast on halal dishes, exchange gifts and mingle with family and friends.“Sa araw na ito, ang mga Muslim ay kailangan maligo,... Read More

Book launched to help farmers, fishermen in Capiz

MANILA -- Excellent and altruistic – these are the two qualities by which Suzette Vivar wanted other nationalities to describe Filipinos worldwide.“I have observed that Filipinos lately are getting all the flaks, I thought of something that would at least give the world a different view... Read More

Know your air passenger rights

MANILA — If a flight was cancelled, could passengers demand for hotel accommodation? If a passenger is sick and was denied to board the aircraft, could he or she sue the airline?Air passengers have many rights under the law. The question is, how well does one know these rights?Let's dissect... Read More

Kor-PH Teacher Exchange Program fosters patriotism, understanding

MANILA -- After his three-month teaching stint in the “Land of the Morning Calm”, Erwin Berry came back to the country invigorated and elated to share what he had learned to fellow educators and high school students of Bagbaguin National High School in Valenzuela City.Berry, 29, is one... Read More

Lamitan militiamen pay ultimate sacrifice to prevent carnage

ZAMBOANGA CITY – It was Friday morning, July 31, when some 3,000 young schoolchildren marched around the city center of Lamitan, Basilan Province, to cap the Nutrition Month celebration. The children and their teachers had no idea that earlier in the day, roughly five kilometers from the... Read More

Making the most out of one’s educational investments

MANILA -- Rhen Lu Ocampo, 31, is a nursing graduate who preferred to put up her own business instead of working in a hospital.“I was able to practice nursing for a few years before I decided to do business because of my kids. I’m able to use the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired... Read More

PH-Japan ties 'closer than brothers'

MANILA -- High-level engagements between Japanese and Filipino officials over the past two years signaled the expanded and deeper bilateral relations of the two nations -- a "friendship" that the Philippine embassy in Japan expects to further nourish.No less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte... Read More

Palaweño wins in world championship of performing arts

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- When Arjay Espartero went to Long Beach, California on July 4 to join the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA), all he had was trust in his ability as a vocal soloist and the longing to bring honor to his country and the province of Palawan.WCOPA is no joke.... Read More

Wild Expeditions Palawan: Promoting ‘Leave No Trace Tourism’

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The number of travel and tour retailers in this capital city of Palawan, now at more than 100, continues to increase -- undeniably, because tourism is a major contributor to the province’s economy.Travel and tour operators have mushroomed in the city, but... Read More

Teaching financial education to youth

MANILA -- Teaching the youth about money matters could help them make responsible and informed financial decisions when they become older."When young students grow up understanding their financial priorities and calculating financial risks, they become crucial advocates of nation-building,"... Read More

Tragic fire leaves Muslim families homeless in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A group of mostly Muslim families residing in Barangay Kasanyangan, Zamboanga City could only break into tears after a tragic fire gutted their homes last July 24, leaving them nothing but ashes.The late-afternoon fire destroyed about 141 houses, which were built on mangrove flats... Read More

Versatility, key to an artist's success: Bohemian coffee artist

MANILA -- Making a living from being an artist is possible, but it might require a lot of versatility.For someone who supports his loved ones through art, Renato "Rens" Tuzon knew from the start that focusing on one form of art may not be enough to cover his family's daily expenses and other... Read More

How to avoid being a victim of bullying

MANILA -- Angry and demotivated -- this is how Bea described her son, Zachary (not his real name), a year ago when he became a subject of physical and verbal bullying."I remember my son telling me, mommy please, I don't want to go to school anymore, I'm becoming a monster there, in his own... Read More

Ex-soldiers wage war vs. climate change

MANILA -- Former battle-tested soldiers have formed themselves into a group to wage another kind of warfare -- mitigate the effects of climate change through massive tree planting nationwide.The group is composed of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, DENR... Read More

GMA sets unique records among former presidential children

MANILA -- When Pampanga Cong. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sworn in as the 21st Speaker of the House of Representatives on July 23, 2018, she set a string of records in her professional and political careers that can be considered unique among former presidential children.For one thing, she now holds... Read More

Empowering people with disabilities in Quezon City

MANILA -- The local government of Quezon City, the largest in Metro Manila, has undertaken initiatives to empower persons with disabilities (PWDs), as it continuously looks for ways to make the city more PWD-friendly.Arnold de Guzman, focal person of Quezon City’s PWD Affairs Office (PDAO),... Read More

Donating blood: A gesture of love

MANILA -- For Nap Marilag, founder and president of Dugong Alay, Dugtong Buhay Inc., donating blood is one of the highest forms of loving and giving.His organization is a non-stock, non-profit organization in the Philippines, which had committed to collect blood nationwide and offer it for free to... Read More

Zambo Islamic school forges academic, spiritual dev’t

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- It is estimated that about 40 percent of the over 1 million population of Zamboanga City are Muslims, many of whom emigrated to the city due to chronic peace and order problems or were attracted by the socio-economic opportunities not available in the nearby native provinces.Unlike... Read More