News Features

Magdalena Gamayo: Weaving through the years

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

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'

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... Read More

Alaminos takes measures for sustainable tourism

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

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 onSept. 11.“I am happy that finally, we... Read More

Putting the spotlight on Bicolano artists

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... Read More

2 artists share fervor amid rise in support for creative industry

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

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... Read More

School sitting atop Pangasinan islet thrives amid challenges

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

Terrorism to tourism: Davao Sur town's caves attract tourists

DAVAO CITY – Some people think that it would be impossible for a former lair of the New People’s Army (NPA) to become an emerging tourism destination. However, the local government unit (LGU) of Matanao, Davao del Sur, is out to prove skeptics wrong.Early this week, Matanao officials... Read More

Transcending integrity, dedication to uphold PH border protection

MANILA – Providing swift and safe travel experience for travelers remains one of the main thrusts of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).But with the rising complexity of human trafficking schemes, the BI needs to fortify its measures to ensure border safety. A female immigration officer attested... Read More

What's behind the PNA logo?

MANILA – What does the "tambuli" or horn-like shape in the logo or graphic representation of the identification or business name of the government-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) signify?That question was relayed to me through the telephone one recent afternoon by a staff member of the PNA,... Read More

Celebrating characters of modern heroes in streets, screens

MANILA – The digital age has contributed to easing various lifestyles just by clicking devices for services and learning, all the more with the changes brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.This luxury of convenience for some, however, is not attained just by tapping... Read More

Filipinos always willing to fight for freedom

MANILA – Despite overwhelming odds, Filipinos have proven exceptionally fighters in defending the nation's freedom be it on the land, air or sea.One such patriot worth commemorating Monday as the country's observes National Heroes Day is the late Commodore Ramon Abacan Alcaraz, the namesake of... Read More

PH and UAE: Almost 5 decades of building bridges of friendship

MANILA – The essence of the task of a diplomat is to build bridges of friendship and understanding between countries and peoples. I found, upon my arrival in January this year, that Filipinos have been successfully undertaking this task long before the first Filipino diplomat ever set foot in... Read More

Davao City benchmark for LGUs on wire-free city

DAVAO CITY – As this city aims to get rid of overhead wires by 2029, some local government units (LGUs) in the country have done benchmarking activities here to replicate the city’s underground cabling project.Manila-based reporters recently visited the underground cabling project here... Read More

Pangasinan student-farmers promote agri-literacy to 4Ps families

CALASIAO, Pangasinan – A group of student farmers is teaching agriculture-literacy to household beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Calasiao, Pangasinan.The project, spearheaded by the members of the Pinablin 4-H Calasiao Inc. of the Calasiao Comprehensive National... Read More

DENR's Yulo-Loyzaga: From ivory tower to environmental frontlines

MANILA – It’s been a year since Maria Antonia "Toni" Yulo-Loyzaga has moved out from the ivory tower, as it were, down to the frontlines -- to lead the fight to preserve and protect what remains of the country’s natural resources.In keeping perhaps with her persona, she has quietly... Read More

'Tinapa' lures visitors in Calbayog City village

CALBAYOG CITY, Samar – For 40 years, Matobato village here maintains its identity as the top producer of smoked fish, locally known as tinapa, a favorite pasalubong among tourists here.The oldest store in the village is Pingping's Tinapa founded in 1983 by Guadalupe "Pingping" De Guzman. When... Read More

Vigan bag maker grows business from P4-K capital

VIGAN CITY – Using a PHP4,000 capital and basic knowledge in sewing, along with an immense desire to learn and hard work, a widow from this city has raised her children with her souvenir-making businessWhen Lucila Datuin, 63, lost her husband in 2007, she quit from her job as a restaurant... Read More