News Features

SE Asia’s top terror leader Hapilon killed as Marawi siege nears end

MANILA --After 16 years of dodging military dragnets and spreading terror in southern Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon, Southeast Asia’s most notorious IS-linked terrorist leader, was killed Monday dawn during a gun battle with government forces making their final offensive against Maute terror... Read More

Take it from F. Sionil Jose

MANILA –- Sometimes, people are told to learn from the experts, from the elders, or from the experienced professionals.How about learning lessons from the country’s National Artist for Literature, Francisco Sionil Jose?Perhaps you’ve read the name “F. Sionil Jose” since... Read More

Surigao town cited for marine protection, conservation

CORTES, Surigao del Sur — Fisherfolk of this coastal town have been guarding their rich marine sanctuaries and fishing grounds with utmost dedication.No wonder this once virtually unknown town gained national prominence when it received a national award for sustainable coastal management... Read More

Cimatu needs his brilliant past as DENR chief

MANILA -- This is one for the books.Newly-confirmed Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s storied past as a brilliant tactician and strategist during his illustrious long military career where he saw action in the Mindanao war in 2001, is worth recalling now that his... Read More

Reinventing ‘taka’ in contemporary fashion

MANILA -- Much of what people turn out to be when they grow up are mostly a product of the kind of childhood that they had.What started out as a fondness and a fascination for the “taka” or the art of “papier mache” has since become a passion, an inspiration and a journey... Read More

Pinoy cited for helping victims of Las Vegas shooting

MANILA--A Filipino taxi driver in the United States hailed as a hero when he evacuated six wounded victims at the height of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, disregarding his own safety, has been widely known by friends in his hometown in Bohol as a compassionate man and always ready to help a... Read More

Local sportswear brand introduces 'Airemov' in pre-holiday collection

MANILA -- Filipino sportswear brand Atsui launched its pre-holiday collection this week, and introduced the "Airemov" -- a specially designed fabric.The "Airemov" is a moisture-wicking fabric, and also has an increased elastane to allow wearers to move better and more comfortable."It quickly... Read More

October is month of Holy Rosary

MANILA -- October is the month of the Holy Rosary, which the Catholic Church celebrates with fervor and holiness. It is considered a powerful weapon against evil, as well as the perfect prayer to bring peace to the world.What makes 2017 doubly important is the celebration of the 100th anniversary of... Read More

On FOI Bill: Where do Filipinos stand?

MANILA --It has been more than a year since the Executive Order (EO) No. 2 or the Right to Information was signed. The Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, on the other hand, is yet to be passed. How do Filipinos, government agencies see the FOI and the Right to Information?It may be recalled that on... Read More

Gov’t, CSOs want to harmonize FOI, right to privacy

MANILA -- The government and civil society organizations (CSOs) are doing everything to harmonize the Freedom on Information (FOI) and the right to privacy.This was evident as the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Right to Know Right Now (R2KRN) Coalition conducted their... Read More

Agusan Sur IP community fulfills dream to own tribal school

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur—Members of an Indigenous People (IP) community, belonging to the Higaonon tribe, have bonded together to fulfill a long-time dream to have a school of their own for their children.Through the "bayanihan" spirit, tribe members constructed two new school buildings after... Read More

Church connects far-flung villages, schools to the world

BAYUGAN CITY— A thriving Christian denomination here has established its own wireless internet broadband service, not to lure more members in its flock, but to connect the far-flung communities and schools to the world.To propagate its state-of-the art global Airmax network, the A2wiser... Read More

Climbing sacred Bongao Peak now easier

Development of the eco-tourism park, aimed at the preservation and conservation of the area, is one of the priority projects of the Hataman administration.

Bongao Peak is one of the 12 key biodiversity sites in the country, protected by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under... Read More

Claveria lives up to its name as Coastal Paradise of the North

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- Clear blue waters, long walks along impeccable beaches, lush forests, bountiful and varied seafood – scenes that always evoke images of top-notch tourist spots.But did you know that all these can be found right here in Region 2? That’s right. The place is none other... Read More

Andanar named Distinguished Alumnus by Australia’s FedUni

MANILA — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar has become the first Filipino to be conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Federation University of Australia (FedUni).In the awards ceremony held at the Caro Convention Center in the... Read More

BNPP: A power giant in hibernation

MANILA – More than 30 years since it was closed down, much of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant’s (BNPP) physical structure remains standing despite the numerous natural calamities that hit the country over the past three decades, among them the 1990 earthquake that hit Central Luzon and... Read More

Swapping toys to bring smiles to Marawi kids

MANILA -- Toy collectors, hobbyists and enthusiasts from all over the country gathered under one roof to share their passion for collectible toys in the First National Swap Meet: For Collectors, By Collectors at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premiere in Taguig City.The event, organized by the... Read More

Cops feed barrio kids to promote peace

LAOAG CITY --When four-year-old Leighren Ramil saw a police patrol vehicle approaching, she tried to hid herself at the skirt of her grandmother, Nelda, in a rural village of Abkir, about 11 kilometers from this city.On a nice weather, the trip going in and out to Abkir via a tricycle, a common... Read More

Garlic, 'white gold' of Ilocos Region

DAGUPAN CITY, Aug. 14 -- Didn't Ferdinand Magellan accidentally discover the Philippines while he and his men were exploring the Pacific Ocean in search of spices that would whip up the taste of food in their home country, Spain?One of these spices wasgarlic, a root crop that originated in Central... Read More