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Catanduanes educator promotes abaca paper as artwork canvas

Catanduanes educator promotes abaca paper as artwork canvas

April 21, 2022, 8:35 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Balancing the importance of science, economy, and art in promoting the abaca industry in the island province, Catanduanes State University (CatSU) president Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza has initiated an art exhibit that uses abaca paper as a canvas material. In an interview on… Read More

Finding precincts, avoiding virus on election day

Finding precincts, avoiding virus on election day

April 19, 2022, 8:44 pm

MANILA – Locating polling precincts is the most common problem every election day. Voters flock to their usual polling places or where they voted at least in the previous election only to find their names missing from the list. This year, the threat of Covid-19 also ranks high among election… Read More

Pinoy priest serves Christian community in Morocco

Pinoy priest serves Christian community in Morocco

April 18, 2022, 9:37 pm

MANILA – In the predominantly Muslim country of Morocco, Filipino priest Melito Pinili is serving a small community of Christians in the port town of Larache. Even with only about five Christians in the area, the Franciscan priest said he regularly celebrates the Holy Mass every Sunday. He… Read More

Cebu faithful back in churches after 2 years of virtual rites

Cebu faithful back in churches after 2 years of virtual rites

April 14, 2022, 6:48 pm

CEBU CITY – After two years of celebrating Lent at home using the online platform, the Roman Catholic faithful in Cebu are now back in churches to physically participate in the various activities commemorating the Paschal Mystery in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The… Read More

In-person Visita Iglesia excites Catholics anew

In-person Visita Iglesia excites Catholics anew

April 14, 2022, 5:35 pm

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

OAV 101: Exercising the right to vote abroad

April 14, 2022, 8:40 am

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 senators,… Read More

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

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

April 13, 2022, 6:44 pm

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

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

April 13, 2022, 2:08 pm

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

‘Pabasa’ reminds faithful of Passion of Christ

April 12, 2022, 7:04 pm

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 resurrection of Christ… Read More

Christian calendar-based names beginning to disappear?

Christian calendar-based names beginning to disappear?

April 12, 2022, 4:52 pm

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

Vatican City comes to life again after 2 years

April 11, 2022, 8:21 pm

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 branches. Pope… Read More

Tamaraw-inspired bag from PH stuns at Dubai design tilt

Tamaraw-inspired bag from PH stuns at Dubai design tilt

April 11, 2022, 8:01 pm

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 buffalo Neil Capistrano, 24, prime designer, with his business and designing partner… Read More

Be informed: How PH president, vice president are proclaimed

Be informed: How PH president, vice president are proclaimed

April 9, 2022, 8:16 pm

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 undergo… Read More

'Balik Probinsya’ beneficiary happy with lucky break

'Balik Probinsya’ beneficiary happy with lucky break

April 9, 2022, 6:24 pm

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

Oldest living Filipino World War II veteran is 113

April 8, 2022, 7:07 pm

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

Caloocan voters to elect 3 congressmen on May 9

April 7, 2022, 5:37 pm

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

Fulfilled Filipina finds life, makes a mark in Morocco

April 6, 2022, 3:05 pm

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 children.… Read More

 Couple reunites with child in Samar through BP2 program

Couple reunites with child in Samar through BP2 program

April 4, 2022, 5:43 pm

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 search of… Read More

Problems with family names similar in sound but not in spelling

Problems with family names similar in sound but not in spelling

March 31, 2022, 4:17 pm

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 be… Read More

Cavite mom 'learns' with 4 kids amid pandemic

Cavite mom 'learns' with 4 kids amid pandemic

March 25, 2022, 9:15 pm

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