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Meet Albay's 'grave branding' artist

Meet Albay's 'grave branding' artist

October 29, 2023, 9:58 am

DARAGA, Albay – For years, Jafryl Refran's "grave branding" artworks have sparked conversations both in the online and offline worlds. On All Saints' and All Souls' Days, when rows of austere tombs in white and gray usher in a sense of somber reverence, his colorful logo-inspired grave art at a… Read More

Self-sufficiency hinges on science use

Self-sufficiency hinges on science use

October 29, 2023, 8:37 am

MANILA – Time and again, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has been pushing for the application of science in food production to enable the country to attain its goal of self-sufficiency of 97 percent. He raised this point anew during his keynote speech at the recently concluded 6th… Read More

Scholarship: preserving culture, improving IPs’ lives

Scholarship: preserving culture, improving IPs’ lives

October 26, 2023, 10:24 pm

BAGUIO CITY –  Khyru Egyab, 25, of Sagada, Mountain Province is a first-year Bachelor of Science in Criminology student who is all hopes for his future in law enforcement. He is a new member of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Cordillera’s dance troop. Being part of this… Read More

'Undas' puts spotlight on Albay town's flower industry

'Undas' puts spotlight on Albay town's flower industry

October 25, 2023, 4:48 pm

DARAGA, Albay – With Mayon Volcano displaying signs of restiveness, spewing red hot lava down its slope just days before All Saints' Day and All Soul's Day, flower farm owner Eleanor Alaurin is in a race against time. "We hope to harvest all the flowers by Oct. 29 in time for the 'Undas' to… Read More

Nurturing the youth’s love for books amidst tech advances 

Nurturing the youth’s love for books amidst tech advances 

October 20, 2023, 9:21 pm

BAGUIO CITY – The advent of technology has made libraries farther from the heart of the youth, with preference now on gadgets.  However, personnel of this city’s public library are not letting their books to just remain untapped.  “We try to evolve. We do not wait for the public,… Read More

Rising together: Italy touts deep links with PH in commemorative book

Rising together: Italy touts deep links with PH in commemorative book

October 14, 2023, 8:19 am

MANILA – The relationship between Italy and the Philippines is expected to further flourish in the years to come, banking on their deep people-to-people connection that spans decades if not centuries, Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Marco Clemente said. The two states are committed to… Read More

4Ps is chance to have better life, says beneficiary 

4Ps is chance to have better life, says beneficiary 

October 12, 2023, 11:00 pm

BAGUIO CITY – At a young age, Cris Reshon Guiral, now 30 years old, has experienced poverty, which he described as eating rice paired with just salt, and going to school without supplies and allowance.  He said having rice with oil and soy sauce is already a treat for their family, who hailed… Read More

Teaching children to preserve Cordillera's weaving industry

Teaching children to preserve Cordillera's weaving industry

October 11, 2023, 8:55 pm

BAGUIO CITY – A weaver from the municipality of Lubuagan in Kalinga province has expressed confidence that their cultural practice of “laga” (weaving), which dates back over a century, will survive and will be preserved amid modern influences. “I was 12 years old when I learned to weave.… Read More

A Filipino's heart for kids of fallen Ukrainian heroes

A Filipino's heart for kids of fallen Ukrainian heroes

October 10, 2023, 9:38 am

MANILA – Filipinos have a unique ability to emphasize the significance of helping others, viewing it as not only a cultural trait but also a fundamental aspect of religious beliefs. This is what Brice Espino believes in and displays every time he reaches out to nations to support children who… Read More

Pangasinan ventures into global market promotion via Manila FAME

Pangasinan ventures into global market promotion via Manila FAME

October 6, 2023, 2:59 pm

 MANILA – Pangasinan’s provincial government has ventured into another way of promoting what it can offer to the global market by introducing 10 world-class enterprises through the premier trade show Manila FAME. On  Wednesday, 10 of the province’s “cream of the crop” small and medium… Read More

Beyond chalk and talk: The inspiring story of Albay’s model teacher

Beyond chalk and talk: The inspiring story of Albay’s model teacher

October 5, 2023, 6:52 pm

DARAGA, Albay – Elgie Radaza believes in second chances. Hailed as “Philippines’ Woman of Dedication and Most Innovative Alternative Learning System Teacher of the Year” in the 2023 Dangal ng Lahi Awards, Radaza is an advocate of the transformative power of education to make a difference… Read More

 Magdalena Gamayo: Weaving through the years

Magdalena Gamayo: Weaving through the years

October 2, 2023, 8:30 pm

LAOAG CITY – At 99, Magdalena Gamayo, the grandmother of handwoven cloth Abel Iloko, continues to weave the finest inabel textiles with a very high thread count and intricate designs that sometimes can take up to five colors. Every day, her local community in the farming village of Lumbaan,… Read More

Etched in Stone: The Artistry of Albay’s Lava Rock Sculptor

Etched in Stone: The Artistry of Albay’s Lava Rock Sculptor

October 2, 2023, 6:12 pm

DARAGA Albay – How do you breathe life into a stone? For lava rock artist Vicente "Enteng Bato" Ajero, all it takes is a hammer, a nail, and a healthy dose of imagination to transform nondescript and ordinary volcanic stones into stunning works of art that prove that one can find beauty in… Read More

Never too late to reform juvenile offenders in Abra's 'Bahay Pag-asa'

Never too late to reform juvenile offenders in Abra's 'Bahay Pag-asa'

September 29, 2023, 6:19 pm

BANGUED, Abra – In its almost 10 years of operation, Abra’s “Bahay Pag-asa” continues to help children in conflict with the law (CICL) reform and have a second chance to make their lives better.Bahay Pag-asa head Jeanietess Brillantes described the center’s role in the society as a… Read More

Alaminos takes measures for sustainable tourism

Alaminos takes measures for sustainable tourism

September 27, 2023, 6:27 pm

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – The home of the famous Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) in the province of Pangasinan has started implementing measures involving both the local government and the communities to ensure sustainable tourism in the city. In an interview on Wednesday, city tourism… Read More

Banaan museum relives rich history, culture of Pangasinan

Banaan museum relives rich history, culture of Pangasinan

September 24, 2023, 6:21 pm

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Residents and visitors now have a place to discover the rich history and culture of the province through the Banaan Pangasinan Provincial Museum. The Banaan (meeting or getting together) museum opened to the public only on Sept. 11. “I am happy that finally, we already… Read More

Putting the spotlight on Bicolano artists

Putting the spotlight on Bicolano artists

September 21, 2023, 9:01 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – In an age where artificial intelligence is ushering in a new era of artistic expression driven by algorithms and data, four local artists are out to prove that art is still an entirely human pursuit—bringing the arts and culture conversation to the foreground by redefining what… Read More

2 artists share fervor amid rise in support for creative industry

2 artists share fervor amid rise in support for creative industry

September 14, 2023, 5:16 pm

MANILA – As the country celebrates Philippine Creative Industries Month (PCIM), two local artists shared delight and fervor over the growing support for their profession, both from the government and private sectors. Roland Rosacay and Chito Mendoza, also known as "J. Servando," had just been… Read More

There is hope in palay farming

There is hope in palay farming

September 12, 2023, 4:00 pm

MANILA – Many young boys and girls– some of them still pursuing high school or tech-voc (technical-vocational) courses – have been religiously attending training courses under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in private farm schools accredited by the Technical Education and… Read More

School sitting atop Pangasinan islet thrives amid challenges

School sitting atop Pangasinan islet thrives amid challenges

September 8, 2023, 7:59 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The first and so far the only elementary school sitting atop a small island in Bolinao town in Pangasinan province continues to thrive amid challenges, a year since its founding on Sept. 9, 2022. Situated in the heart-shaped islet of Silaki in Barangay Binabalian, the… Read More