News Features

Why do people bully others?

MANILA -- Seventeen-year-old "Arwin" (not his real name) has always seen himself as an alpha male.At age 10, he began throwing his weight around and bullying those younger than him. When people around him called him names, such as "Toyo" or "Suka", he defended himself, albeit in a different... Read More

Healing Marawi children thru art

MARAWI CITY -- In every war, the children are the most affected of all the so-called ‘collateral damages,’ for it changes their view about the world, the society, their future, and even themselves.The art of healing, for one, is an effective process that has been done in war-torn areas... Read More

Why include robotics in PH school curriculum

MANILA -- The use of computers and robots is becoming more prevalent in societies worldwide. More schools are integrating basic robotics and programming concepts in their lessons and curricula.Such initiative is true not only in advanced countries but also in third world countries like the... Read More

Manila Bay rehab a shared responsibility: MWSS

MANILA – The rehabilitation of Manila Bay is long overdue.Reynaldo Velasco, administrator of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), said he believes cleaning the natural harbor, which is famous worldwide for its beautiful sunset, is a shared responsibility involving not only... Read More

Mabini Shrine: Reminiscing life, works of 'sublime paralytic'

MANILA -- Have you ever wondered about the lifestyle of the country's "sublime paralytic"?The Apolinario Mabini Shrine in Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City will show you that he led an austere life compared to his classmates in law school.Rosana Misolas, museum curator, told Philippine News Agency... Read More

2 national living treasures featured in ARMM villages’ expo

COTABATO CITY – The Basilan village, one of the five communities represented in the ongoing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Villages Expo at Shariff Kabunsuan Complex here, is featuring two living national artists as main attraction.Aptly depicted as ‘Weavers of Peace’,... Read More

The checkered history of Novaliches as a town

MANILA – Among the different “pueblos” or towns created in the Philippines during the Spanish regime, the former municipality of Novaliches, now shared by Quezon City and Caloocan City in Metropolitan Manila, may very well have the most unfortunate and checkered... Read More

GenFest 2018: Youth overcoming borders, promoting unity

MANILA -- The youth have a lot of potential but some of them, who encounter struggles, are unable to live their lives to the fullest because of lack of direction and the hope to do so.Sarah Finch, program director of youth event GenFest 2018, said she has observed that when faced with difficult... Read More

Hooked on slots

(Last part)LOS ANGELES, California -- Would you believe that most of the players who frequent the casino resorts are the pensioners who can’t control the urge to play the slot machines? It’s like magnet that has put them in a bind for years.Like the other gamblers, they share the same... Read More

'Jackpot dreamers' on the loose

(First of two parts)LOS ANGELES, California -- Every Friday afternoon, a bunch of people congregates at the copious parking lot of a big supermarket chain at the corner of Main and Carson Streets in the city of Carson. It’s only a stone’s throw away from the St. Philomena Catholic... Read More

Restoring the ecological health of China’s Fuxian Lake

YUNNAN, China – Fuxian Lake, also known as the “fairy lake,” is the third largest lake in China. It looks like a shape of an upside-down calabash located in Yuxi City, rising 1,720 meters above sea level and spanning an area of 211 square kilometers of land.Foreign and local... Read More

The late Cardinal Sin: A benevolent and unselfish church leader

MANILA – Most Filipino people remember the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal L. Sin for his important role in the historic and peaceful February 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that ended the 20-year rule of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.The people’s revolt, aided by... Read More

Visual artist saves environment via recycled paper

MANILA – Armed with the intention to encourage the youth to recycle, visual artist Seb de Jesus thought of a creative and practical way to reuse old cardboards, catalogues, magazines, newspapers and yellow page directories."There are many items which we can recycle in order to lessen the waste... Read More

FVR recalls sterling feat of PH combat forces in Korean War

MANILA -- As the 68th anniversary of the Korean War on June 25 nears, former President Fidel V. Ramos, a Korean War veteran, vividly recalled the sterling performance of the 7,420 combat forces sent by the Philippine government to help stave off a communist invasion in South Korea.The Philippine was... Read More

From Propagandist to Propaganda: Rizal at the time of WWII

MANILA -- Dr. Jose P. Rizal has always been an interesting subject. As his 157th birth anniversary draws near, expect that articles, columns, and features will be written about him. We are enamoured, fascinated, challenged, even revolted by Rizal. He can be both a uniting and dividing figure. His... Read More

A Bao nut art: Philippine culture in a nutshell

MANILA -- Bao or coconut shells have many uses. Once emptied out of their juice and meat, they are usually repurposed into coin banks, soup bowls, plant holders, and other items that could suit their owners' needs.But in the hands of a visual artist like Bernadette Solina Wolf, they become canvasses... Read More

Eid'l-Fitr: A Festival of Breaking the Fast

MANILA -- As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close, Muslims around the world begin its festivities with Eid'l-Fitr to mark an end to the solemn period of dawn-to-dusk fasting.Eid'l-Fitr means the "feast of breaking the fast" to celebrate the successful completion of Ramadan. The holiday falls... Read More

5 years after Zamboanga siege, Muslim community picks up pieces

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Some five barangays located in ground zero of the so-called September 2013 Zamboanga Siege that saw fierce fighting between government troops and a few hundred rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) still try to pick up the pieces they had left.One of these... Read More

Significance of Katipunan Tree in Novaliches cited

MANILA -- Inclement weather failed to dampen the spirits of those who attended the 120th Independence Day anniversary celebration beside the duhat (plum) tree at the compound of the Metro Manila College (MMC) in Barangay Kaligayahan, Novaliches, Quezon City on Tuesday.The commemorative rites, themed... Read More

Katipunan Tree: Mute witness to history

MANILA -- A heritage duhat tree renamed “Katipunan Tree” 38 years ago, to perpetuate the memory of the revolutionary organization put up by Gat Andres Bonifacio in July 1892, will serve as a mute witness to the celebration of the 120th anniversary of Philippine Independence in... Read More