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In-person Visita Iglesia excites Catholics anew

MANILA – After two years of home and community quarantines during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) lockdown, pious Catholics felt again the excitement of physically doing the Visita Iglesia walk as they commemorate Christ’s agony and passion this Holy Week.Jiay Ducabo shared the... Read More

OAV 101: Exercising the right to vote abroad

MANILA – Filipino voters abroad began casting their ballots for their chosen leaders on April 10 as the overseas absentee voting (OAV) kicked off.Under the law, voters overseas have at least one month until May 9 to vote for national positions – one president, one vice president, 12... Read More

Covid-19 pandemic draw devotees to hold on more to their faith

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic is not just seen as a health and economic scourge but also an arduous test of the people's faith in God and how it became stronger despite the curbs to practice religious activities in the past years.After two years of churches closing... Read More

Filipino penitent cancels ‘crucifixion’ anew due to Covid-19

MANILA – For the third time in a row, Filipino penitent Ruben Enaje has been forced to cancel his Good Friday vow to be nailed on the cross as the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to pose a threat to public health.“I was informed by local government officials in San... Read More

‘Pabasa’ reminds faithful of Passion of Christ

MANILA – The observance of Holy Week is one of the most important occasions in the Catholic Church as it remembers the trials and sufferings of Christ.One of the Filipinos’ unique traditions is the “pabasa” (to read), where the events leading to the crucifixion and... Read More

Christian calendar-based names beginning to disappear?

MANILA – Have you ever noticed that most of the Christian calendar-based names of the Filipino people have started vanishing and being replaced by foreign-sounding ones which are sometimes difficult to spell when written but more pleasing to the ears when pronounced?There was a time when... Read More

Vatican City comes to life again after 2 years

MANILA – St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City was filled with devotees on Sunday, two years since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic erupted.Vatican City buzzed with activities on Palm Sunday with thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the world carrying palm... Read More

Tamaraw-inspired bag from PH stuns at Dubai design tilt

MANILA – Two budding Filipino artists bested 300 competitors in an international design competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a striking designer bag inspired by Mindoro's endemic Tamaraw or dwarf buffaloNeil Capistrano, 24, prime designer, with his business and designing partner... Read More

Be informed: How PH president, vice president are proclaimed

MANILA – Filipino voters have one month left to assess who they will pick to lead them for the next six years.After the casting of ballots on May 9, what happens next before the new president and vice president are proclaimed?The installation of the country’s top two officials has to... Read More

'Balik Probinsya’ beneficiary happy with lucky break

MANILA – One can feel the excitement of Michael Angelo Tel hours before he left Metro Manila for good and restart his life in Catanduanes where he was born.He and his partner, Angeline Calibat, were in the batch sent home to Catanduanes and Sorsogon on Thursday through the national... Read More

Oldest living Filipino World War II veteran is 113

MANILA–At 113, retired Army Sgt. Malomalo P. Salag is the oldest living Filipino World War II veteran. He was born on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1909.Lt. Gen. Nesty G. Carolina (AFP, Ret.), administrator of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), said of the 151,824 Filipinos who... Read More

Caloocan voters to elect 3 congressmen on May 9

MANILA – For the first time in the history of the 60-year-old Caloocan City in northern Metro Manila, its residents of over 1.5 million will be electing three representatives to Congress in the May 9, 2022 polls.This is because Republic Act (RA) No. 11545, enacted by the 18th Congress and... Read More

Fulfilled Filipina finds life, makes a mark in Morocco

MANILA – Regina Castillo is so far enjoying a happy, love-filled life in Morocco with her family, sharing her time to help fellow Filipinos in the African country.Originally from Antipolo City, Regina now calls Morocco her home, where she lives with her Moroccan husband and four... Read More

Couple reunites with child in Samar through BP2 program

MANILA – Grappling with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, 22-year-old Regine Pajares and her husband saw light at the end of their dark tunnel through the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2)” program.Four years ago, Pajares and her husband left Lapinig, Northern Samar in... Read More

Problems with family names similar in sound but not in spelling

MANILA – Do you belong to the few groups of Filipinos who have family names different in spelling when written but sound similar when pronounced?If yes, then you can easily understand and relate with the problems cited in some parts of this article. While such similarity in pronunciation may... Read More

Cavite mom 'learns' with 4 kids amid pandemic

MANILA – Watching your children sail through the turbulent waters of adolescence could be one of the most challenging stages for parents. But with proper perspective and reinforcement, such a phase could be a breeze and actually be subtly enjoyed.Maria Kenneth Agtarap, 38, a mother of four... Read More

Mom turns emotional as her family qualifies for ‘Balik Probinsya’

MANILA – Mieflor Soria patiently waited for two years to return home under the government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program.Soria, 43, is returning home to General Santos City with her three minor children, Stephanie, 16; Joan, 13; and Yuan, 4 years old.She said they were... Read More

Giving women 'lifestyle options', inspiring girls with grit at 25

MANILA – Lifestyle options and convenience for women now gently find their space in the community, with more slogans echoing gender equality, but for some, it still has a long way to go.June Lei Vitangcol, 25, a public Math school teacher, seems to find her quarter-life fulfillment in a... Read More

BP2 recipient wants his children to experience prov’l life

MANILA – The prevailing impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in a highly urbanized city like Metro Manila has pushed Gerardo Bueno, 49, to restart his business back to his hometown in San Antonio, Zambales.Gerardo and his wife, Mary Grace, 45, along with their 11- and... Read More

FVR turns 94, online presidential library unveiled

MANILA – Former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) celebrated his 94th birthday on Friday by unveiling the online FVR Presidential Library, the first and only online presidential library so far in the country today.A preview of the online presidential library was shown on the internet wherein... Read More