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'Memory, justice': Israel, PH remember victims of Holocaust

MANILA -- The Philippines and Israel on Thursday honored the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the darkest point in history that saw the mass murder of around six million Jews."Six million Jews were murdered – one-third of the Jewish population, only because they were Jewish,”... Read More

Strawberries help MisOcc farmers recover from pandemic

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Larry and Pearly Mansog were married for 26 years and things were already steady with their farm delivering good produce in Barangay Nueva Vista, Don Victoriano Chongbian town of this province.Until the lockdowns due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)... Read More

Chibi saints win hearts as ‘visual reminders’ of Catholic faith

MANILA – While scrolling through her Facebook newsfeed one day, an image of a tiny Santo Niño de Cebu caught the eye of Karen Fontillas. She instantly wanted one for her brother who collected sacred images of the Child Jesus. Little did she know that other saints depicted as childlike... Read More

New homes, productive lives for ex-NPA rebels

MANILA – In a remote village in San Isidro, Leyte, former Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels try to rebuild their lives shattered by years of armed conflict, together with their families and through the help of the government.“Ka Mayang”,... Read More

Limasawa typhoon victims homeless but not hopeless

LIMASAWA, Southern Leyte – Typhoon Odette’s fierce winds destroyed houses and shattered the livelihood of thousands of residents in this small island, but their will to rise up from the rubble stood firm.Antonio Oposa, 49, turned emotional when waves whipped by powerful winds washed away... Read More

PNP ends 2021 with greater transparency, enhanced capability

MANILA – The year 2021 marked a milestone for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in upholding transparency and accountability, as well as enhancing its capability through acquiring new assets which are vital in performing its mandate to serve and protect.Among these key measures is the... Read More

4.7M displaced workers benefit from aid programs: DOLE

MANILA – As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic took a toll on economies and greatly displaced many industries and workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has achieved significant accomplishments in assisting local and overseas workers in coping with the challenges... Read More

Malabon eats: Food bazaar helps MSMEs promote their products

MANILA – Every once in a while, a city manages to produce one or two types of food better than other places. For Malabon, it's pancit and kakanin (rice cakes). But if you’re a local who’s looking for something different, you’re in luck.After the country struggled through... Read More

PH Navy upgrades capability despite pandemic

MANILA – While the country continues to pick up from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippine Navy (PN) managed to continue with significant upgrades that will further enhance its capability to protect the country's waters.This year, the country got its second missile frigate,... Read More

Why the 19-year-old Diocese of Novaliches is unique

MANILA – Of the more than 80 bishoprics of the Roman Catholic Church in the country, the 19-year-old Diocese of Novaliches in the Ecclesiastical Province or Archdiocese of Manila under Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula can be considered unique.For starters, it is the only Philippine... Read More

BP2 Program gives Leyte family a merrier Christmas

MANILA – A family's dream of having a bountiful Christmas with more than enough food on their table is now a reality, thanks to the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program of the national government.BP2 beneficiary Von Cubilla no longer needs to ask for loans from friends as they can now... Read More

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