News Features

Sta. Rosa City's Santa Village brings joy to locals

MANILA – If the Christmas spirit hasn't quite kicked in yet, consider visiting this plaza in Santa Rosa, Laguna that has set up a variety of life-size Santa statues.The Santa Claus Village in the city plaza located in Barangay Kanluran is quickly attracting locals looking for a way to safely... Read More

Rizal province turns discards into giant Christmas trees

MANILA – Rizal province, known for its galleries, museum and three National Artists, is celebrating yet another artistic holiday with Christmas trees made out of plastic materials.Rizaleños churned out eye-catching creations out of anything considered useless for the yearly Christmas... Read More

Marawi siege-displaced teens, adults avail of free circumcision

MARAWI CITY – When Norania Bangcola, a solo parent, heard of a free circumcision program in this city, she and her 12-year-old son traveled almost 25 kilometers to avail of the service. The mother and child were among those residents here who were displaced by the 2017 terrorist attack that... Read More

Significance of 1986 snap election recalled

MANILA – Younger Filipino voters, particularly those born during the 1972-1981 martial law years and beyond, may be interested to know that around this time in December 1985, the political camps of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos and the opposition parties were busy preparing for the snap... Read More

Abra matriarch turns 100

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic might have “spoiled” Mama Elsa’s long-planned homecoming and celebrate her 100th birthday here in the Philippines and yet there’s no stopping her children, grandchildren, and relatives from celebrating this... Read More

PH to use space tech for wider internet access

MANILA – Internet connectivity, especially in rural areas, has been among the challenges faced by many and education sector is among the most affected, prompting the Philippine legislators to push the passage of Public Schools of the Future in Technology (PSOFT) Act. The bill seeks to promote... Read More

Rizal agri office plants vegetables for front-liners

MANILA – More than aesthetics purposes, Rizal province has initiated planting of vegetables in areas surrounding the capitol grounds in Antipolo to aid in food security.The local government’s “Yes to Green” program promotes the planting of vegetables amid the Covid-19... Read More

Experiencing Pangasinan via arts exhibit

DAGUPAN CITY – Three Luzon-based artists truly captured the vibe of the fourth district of Pangasinan in their artworks displayed at the “Anakbanwa” Arts Exhibit at the historical MacArthur House in West Central Elementary School here that is open to the public from December 10... Read More

Pandemic ‘tweaks’ Pinoys saving, lending, insurance behavior

MANILA – Many Filipinos have experienced drastic financial challenges since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic as they lost their jobs or sources of income due to the early lockdowns.The pandemic also accelerated digitalization, making it easier for Filipinos to buy... Read More

NIB brings early Christmas cheers to abandoned children

MANILA – The News and Information Bureau (NIB), an attached agency of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, brought early Christmas cheers by bringing in-kind donations to abandoned children in an orphanage in Sta. Mesa, Manila on Tuesday.A total of 25 children, aged one year to... Read More

Tricycle driver escapes tough city life thru relocation program

MANILA – The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program is an escape from poverty and 69-year-old Ricarte Floresca is grateful for the assistance provided by the Duterte administration.Floresca, his wife, two children, and a grandchild were among the 17 who returned home to La Union... Read More

PPO relishes first live performance since pandemic began

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic drastically changes lives around the world.Even the prestigious Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) had to stop playing for nearly two years.On Friday, the PPO was back on center stage, thanks to the Philippine Postal Corporation... Read More

QC gov't promotes historical spots through its 'Libreng Sakay'

MANILA – The Quezon City government has literally been hitting at least "two or more birds with one stone" through the "Libreng Sakay" (free ride) program which it launched a year ago on Tuesday.Aside from providing free bus rides to daily commuters along several major routes throughout the... Read More

Cafe, food hub: community of start-up entrepreneurs in Pangasinan

MANGATAREM, Pangasinan – Ag.KAPI.ta (let's have coffee) is an alfresco café and food hub in the middle of a rice field in this town that is gaining popularity not just in Pangasinan but even in neighboring provinces and regions for its ambiance, delicious foods, and humble beginnings... Read More

Why political parties proliferate under the 1987 Constitution?

MANILA – Around this time of a pre-general election year like 2022, Filipino voters, young and old, become very busy debating and arguing over whom they will choose to lead them as president and vice president for the next six years.At the same time, there is usually an exodus of the so-called... Read More

Dabawenyos believe everyone can be a hero in a pandemic

DAVAO CITY - Inspired by revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio’s patriotism and selflessness, some Dabawenyos think that in this time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, anybody could become heroes in their own way - no matter how big or small the contribution.In an interview... Read More

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