News Features

Renaming busy unloading zone: From Balintawak to Camachile

MANILA – In the first half of the 1970s, when then newly-built Manila North Diversion Road (MNDR) from Balintawak, Quezon City to Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan was opened to passenger buses, travelers bound for Metro Manila from anywhere in Northern and Central Luzon used to be asked by... Read More

Giant Christmas tree fans Manileños' hope for safer 2022

MANILA – The Christmas season has started in the capital city of Manila with the lighting of its 40-foot Christmas tree at the Kartilya ng Katipunan monument, near the City Hall, on Monday night.Six other sites -- Rizal Monument, Intramuros, National Museum, Manila Central Post Office,... Read More

Struggling ma, 2 kids back home in NegOr thru BP2

MANILA – The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program couldn’t have come at a better time when Criselyn Tolomia thought all is lost for her and her two children.The 47-year-old Tolomia resigned as an office staff in Makati after giving birth to her youngest child, now aged two.Her... Read More

‘Belenismo’ continues tradition of bringing hope, inspiration

MANILA – More than a traditional symbol of Christmas, celebrations with the "belen" (Nativity scene) carry stories of faith, hope, and resilience.In Tarlac province, the holiday season will not be complete without the yearly “Belenismo”, which brings out the creativity of... Read More

BP2 program convinces OFW to stay home for good

MANILA – A former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has abandoned her plans to leave the country anew and will restart life in the province, thanks to the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program (BP2) program.On Friday, Leonida Sevillano, with her two children and three siblings, left Manila for... Read More

Cinemas back but netizens still wary

MANILA – Movie buffs can now enjoy watching their favorite films on the big screen as cinemas in Metro Manila reopen on Wednesday.Not all netizens, however, are that excited to visit movie houses especially that the threat of dreaded coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is still very much present... Read More

Woman beats advanced cancer, cites Virgin Mary intercession

MANILA – A woman diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer barely a month after the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, claimed to have been healed of the deadly disease through the intercession of Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady of Health), the other name of the Blessed... Read More

First QC election on Nov. 10, 1959 recalled

MANILA – As the Commission on Elections (Comelec) prepares for the May 9, 2022 national and local polls, the young voters of Quezon City may be interested to know that the first local election in the country’s erstwhile capital held 62 years ago or on Nov. 10, 1959 caught nationwide... Read More

Love pets? Knowledge is key in protecting self, dogs from rabies

MANILA – We can’t help but love our pets. They provide us companionship and comfort, which can benefit us in many ways especially now that we’re spending more time at home. But while pets are undoubtedly therapeutic, unfortunately, they also have the potential to pose a threat to... Read More

Ghosts are real: Firsthand account

MANILA – Ghosts are real. I say this because I saw the ghost of my late grandfather myself when I was a 2-year-old toddler.His ghost popped out from a huge wooden post inside our house in Tagbilaran City in Bohol one evening during the nine-day prayer for the eternal repose of his soul.His... Read More

Better Christmas with more Covid-19 vax, but don't relax

MANILA – As more supplies of the life-saving coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs continue to pour into the country, there is a glimpse of light at the end of a dark tunnel as population protection is now almost a reality, thanks to intensified vaccination drives.While many countries have... Read More

Siblings return with mom to Dinagat Islands via BP2

MANILA – At a young age, the Diano siblings are swallowing a bitter pill as they left their father behind in Parañaque City to join their mother in returning to the province of Dinagat Islands.Driven by the desire to escape the hardships of city life, the Diano family, sans the man of... Read More

Needed: Official home for PH vice president

MANILA – As the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is busy preparing for next year's national and local elections, there is a lingering question with apparent national significance, but has never been asked.This is the question, which concerns the next vice president and all future ones: "Why... Read More

What motivates Hidilyn Diaz to win

MANILA–Hidilyn Diaz was not born with a silver spoon but struggled, persevered, and made a mark in Philippine history as an Olympic gold medalist. It wasn't an overnight success. While Diaz may have several motivations, giving back to her family has been the main pushbutton for her to hit her... Read More

PCAARRD urges public to rediscover indigenous veggies

MANILA – With the goal of increasing the utilization of indigenous vegetables, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) has announced the recently completed project that documented over a hundred indigenous vegetables from 20... Read More

13 of 146 PH cities named after saints, religious personages

MANILA – Are you aware that at least 13 of the country's present 146 cities created since 1901 bear names of saints or religious personalities with the appellations "san," "santa" or "santo"?Yes, these are the cities of San Juan in National Capital Region; San Jose in Nueva Ecija; San Fernando... Read More

Roque finds peace underwater, completes over 1K dives

MANILA – Thanks to being the mouthpiece of President Rodrigo Duterte, many people feel like they've known Harry Roque forever. Nevertheless, there’s a lot that the public don’t know about him—such as his passion for scuba diving.In his latest YouTube vlog entry on Saturday,... Read More

Some parents hesitant in sending kids back to school

MANILA– Even with cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections on the decline, some parents remain half-hearted in sending their children back to school for face-to-face classes.Not until the virus is eradicated or the entire population has been vaccinated, some parents said,... Read More

‘Nanay’ champions volunteerism for Cebu anti-poverty project

CEBU CITY – Poverty alleviation program beneficiaries in a small community in San Remigio, a third-class municipality in northern Cebu province, draw their inspiration from a septuagenarian who is a former school teacher who now spends her life as a volunteer.With the many challenges in... Read More

QC population growth from 39K in 1939 to near 3M in 2020 traced

MANILA – Did you know that when the Philippine Commonwealth Government created Quezon City in 1939, it had a much smaller area than at present and a population of only 39,103 people?That small number of inhabitants came from the then sparsely-populated barrios which were taken from the Rizal... Read More