News Features

Tech-voc grad's P10 ticket to success

MANILA -- In a world where most countries seem to be dominated by men, how can a woman prove herself worthy in a male-dominated workplace? For Nina Rivero, her dreams, her PHP10, and TVET (technical and vocational education and training) helped her achieve success.Rivero's family isn't rich. Years... Read More

The DDS myth (3rd of 4 Parts)

DAVAO CITY -- Duterte’s initial term as Mayor was not a walk in the park. He had to confront the growing menace of drugs, KFR and all other forms of criminality. This was a dangerous time as terrorism was also on the rise. The San Pedro Cathedral was bombed in the early 1980’s and then... Read More

Ruben Enaje prepares to re-enact crucifixion for 32nd time

MANILA -- Fifty-seven-year-old Ruben Enaje, is ready to be nailed on the cross on Good Friday for the 32nd time in a row since 1986 to fulfill his promise to God after he survived from a near-fatal fall from a three-storey building unscathed in 1985.In a phone interview Sunday, Enaje said he is... Read More

The DDS myth (2nd of 4 Parts)

DAVAO CITY -- The NPA reign of terror in Davao City abruptly ended when their hitmen executed three of its city partisans task to collect revolutionary tax. Barely in their teens and have no idea of how to even fire a gun when they joined the NPA, the three new recruits, were among those assigned to... Read More

The DDS myth (1st of 4 parts)

DAVAO CITY — The issues surrounding the Davao Death Squad (DDS) and Extra-Judicial Killings (EJKs) had become so convoluted when much of these were farcical and twisted.These were in fact used as political black propaganda against the undefeatable Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who, for 23 years ran... Read More

FVR, wife Ming show dancing prowess in joint birthday bash

MANILA -- For former President Fidel V. Ramos and his wife, former First Lady Ming Ramos, age is just a number as they grooved in an impromptu dance number during their joint birthday celebration at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City on March 15.Their guests were overjoyed and clapped their hands... Read More

Culture-based educ is key to equality: Global Teacher Prize finalist

MANILA -- While most educators use the latest technological advancements to engage their students in the classroom, Dr. Jesus Insilada uses community culture that was once buried, to keep his poor students from dropping out of school and to believe in themselves as valuable members of society.The... Read More

Reading in the eyes of Global Teacher Prize finalist

MANILA -- The sun shines its brightest, his floating school glides smoothly over the river as he puts right mispronunciations in the singsongy reading of stories, eager learners heed his corrections.This was how 32-year-old teacher Ryan Habitan Homan described his usual reading class back at their... Read More

P4.4-B project improves lives in Mindanao’s last frontiers

DAVAO CITY – A farmers’ cooperative enterprise in Bualan, Lanao del Norte used to produce banana flour manually. The farmers in a Compostela Valley town settlement used to crisscross trails with dangerous gullies making it hard to market their products.Angel Bacoco, a member of the Board... Read More

The heroism and sacrifice of Gen. Fortunato Abat

MANILA -- Heroism and sacrifice.These two words aptly describe the late Defense Secretary and retired Gen. Fortunato U. Abat, who passed away at the Veterans Medical Center in Quezon City last March 6 at the age of 92.Abat will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City... Read More

Gov’t planned own news agency 3 years before 1972 Martial Law

MANILA -- Did you know that in 1970, or nearly three years prior to the birth of the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in 1973, there was already a government proposal to set up its own official news agency?I found this out while clearing a portion of my room of old newspapers and news clippings on the... Read More

108-year-old grandma relishes long life with ‘malunggay’, camote tops

ECHAGUE, Isabela – Reaching the age of 108–and still counting, centenarian Juanita Cariaga of San Miguel, Echague, Isabela considers her longevity as a feat for herself.What is her secret? She told the Philippine News Agency that she has been fond of eating malunggay (horseradish) and... Read More

Fine dishes pull Pinoys together

(Last of 3 parts)CALIFORNIA, USA -- Talking about the restaurant business, the Manila Lechon Restaurant, where everything is cooked under one roof, has endured the test of time.Established in 1995, it is still churning out its best-selling recipe -- the lechon kawali. Filipinos who are fond of... Read More

Bringing Pinoy flavors to CA

(2nd of 3 parts)CALIFORNIA, USA -- What were the factors that pushed some moneyed and enterprising Filipinos to venture into the super market chain in Southern California?At the time, when the first wave of Filipino immigrants landed in America, they were left with no choice but to scour other Asian... Read More

Pinoy businesses booming amid stiff competition

(First or 3 parts)CALIFORNIA, USA -- Wherever Filipino immigrants are, they'd always tinker with creative ideas that would somehow allow them to survive the dog-eat-dog competition in their adopted land.And it is no wonder why many are considered survivalists. Secret in their veins? Of course,... Read More

Uniqlo says PH economy growing

Every item that Uniqlo sells is the same item being offered in all its branches globally, according to Nakamura. He added the company keeps on innovating its products and communicates its selling points to the customers.Nakamura told PNA he noticed that in the Philippines, high-income earners seem... Read More

Putting up an afterschool care program in the PH

MANILA – A Filipino who earned his postgraduate degree in Australia decided to give back to the Philippines by encouraging kids to stay in school.Roy Ponce, who got his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Melbourne, won in the Excellence in Innovation category of the Australian... Read More

Traslacion: What forges a devotee

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Beware, December 28 is Holy Innocents’ Day

MANILA --By Philippine tradition, it is during the celebration of Holy Innocents’ Day that Filipinos play tricks to friends or neighbors like borrowing money, but with the intention of not paying back.The moment you give the money, they will say, “No hard feelings, no payback. Remember,... Read More