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Agri graduate fulfills dream of having diploma, land

MANILA — An agriculture graduate finally fulfilled her dream of having a college diploma, but her blessings came abundantly after receiving a parcel of farmland under her name from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).Twenty-four-year-old Jie Anne Villacrusis of Barangay Alcate, Oriental... Read More

CDO's ‘Higalaay’ makes local biz vibrant again

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The month-long celebration of the "Higalaay" Festival here delighted some local business owners as they bounced back from the pandemic woes, with more people going out this year.Pretty Gin Tenio and her partner founded Dale's Taqueria food stall in 2020 when the pandemic... Read More

The 'Unang Sigaw' monument in Balintawak

MANILA – When I wrote for the Philippine News Agency on Nov. 28, 2018 an article on how the first "Cry" or "Unang Sigaw" monument of the 1896 Revolution was transferred in 1968 from Balintawak to the University of the Philippines (UP) campus in Diliman, Quezon City, there were varied reactions... Read More

No sweet life but sugarcane industry perseveres

ILOILO CITY – Life in the sugarcane industry is not always sweet but small players and stakeholders in Iloilo persevere as it has been "the most favorable crop" that has sustained the province even through this pandemic.The sugarcane industry is almost a PHP10-billion industry in Iloilo taking... Read More

Unmasking the sinister mind behind the 1971 Plaza Miranda bombing

MANILA – Former ranking security officials through the years have consistently belied the denials made by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria "Joma" Sison that he masterminded the Aug. 21, 1971 Plaza Miranda bombing in Quiapo, Manila that left nine people dead... Read More

Novaliches used to be 'egg, meat, fruit basket' of QC, Caloocan

MANILA – There was a time when the former town of Novaliches, shared by Quezon City and Caloocan City since 1948, served as the "egg, meat, fruit, and vegetable basket" or the source of these farm products for residents of both cities.That was until the early 1980s when Novaliches was still... Read More

Buwan ng Wika: Filipino paintings go beyond age, gender

MANILA – Highlighting the Philippines' rich culture and talent has been always fulfilling for artists and the appreciative local audience and Filipino supporters abroad.But the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic to the art industry have been undoubtedly... Read More

Newsmen remember FVR as ‘media darling’

MANILA – His charisma and accessibility to members of the media as a devoted public servant for nearly half a century made the late former President Fidel V. Ramos a “Darling of the Press”.Ramos, who was popularly called FVR after his initials, or “Steady Eddie” by his... Read More

Senate committee chairmanships almost filled up

MANILA – Only six Senate Committees are still left without elected chairpersons and vice-chairpersons in the second week from the opening of the 19th Congress.These are apart from the additional committees that are planned to be created by the Upper Chamber.Among the six vacant committees are... Read More

FVR second PH president who reached age of over 90

MANILA – Do you know that former President Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998), who passed away on Sunday at age 94, was the second Filipino chief executive to die at an age nearing the century mark?The first was Gen Emilio F. Aguinaldo (1898-1901), first president of the Philippine Republic, who died... Read More

Remembering FVR as courageous soldier, great leader

MANILA – “Kaya natin ito! (We can do it!).”This was the battle cry of the late former President Fidel V. Ramos throughout his presidency as he stressed the importance of unity, solidarity and teamwork (UST) by all sectors to resolve any problem confronting the country.Ramos, or FVR... Read More

Ex-OFWs set up self-sustaining café in Pangasinan

AGUILAR, Pangasinan – Wake up to a view of the sky and mountain ranges, sipping a cup of brewed coffee, hot or iced, and feasting on fresh vegetables and fruits at the Daang Katutubo coffee shop in Sitio Mapita, Barangay Laoag in this town.The coffee shop, which has become a tourist attraction... Read More

Cagayan de Oro River's 'reawakened' mythical Kugtong fish

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – It was already high noon but Isidro Sabanal and his group of handymen, focused and with gusto, continued refurbishing two of the four boats at Cagayan River's docking site at the side of Barangay Carmen here.Isidro, along with his partner, Pretty, has been a caretaker of... Read More

Mother, daughter get a kick out of feeding stray cats, dogs

MANILA – An elderly citizen and her daughter proved that unwavering love and compassion for animals are possible amid uncertainties and one’s status in life.Erlinda Dela Cruz, 69, and daughter, Rhoda, feed about 40 stray cats and dogs daily.Residents and daily passersby are familiar with... Read More

Pangasinan mountain-volcano resort now drawing tourists

BALUNGAO, Pangasinan – The green surroundings, zigzag road, and cool environment greet tourists to the extinct volcano-turned resort here – the Mt. Balungao Hilltop Adventure.The mountain-volcano resort showcases the sulfuric water of hot and cold springs that are believed to have... Read More

Manila adjudged as one of world’s best cities

MANILA – The City of Manila was adjudged as one of the 53 best cities in the world, landing on the 34th spot, according to the data of the Time Out Index 2022.Time Out said that despite the chaos caused by overpopulation as well as the capital city's epic traffic jams, Manila boasts of rich... Read More

Part-time online instructor graduates magna cum laude in Cavite

MANILA – Finishing tertiary education is deeply considered a milestone in one’s life, let alone finishing this phase with flying colors while juggling part-time work alongside scholastic demands.But for 22-year-old Maria Clarizza Masangkay, family, determination, and endurance can move... Read More

106-year-old granny in Pangasinan reveals secret to long life

CALASIAO, Pangasinan – Surrounded by some of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Bae (grandma) Segundina Laforteza Quinto celebrated her 106th birthday on Sunday.While everyone was into the latest fab on diet, exercise, technology, and science, among others, to extend their... Read More

‘Mixed emotions' as 1st F2F graduation rites resume

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – More than a hundred excited pupils of the Pagatpat Elementary School here have gathered together with their parents at the school gymnasium Wednesday for the first face-to-face (F2F) graduation in two years.By 8 a.m., the graduation ceremonies started.It took less than an... Read More

‘Totoong tao’, supporters share why Duterte remains popular

MANILA – It may have been six years since a man described as a tough-talking mayor took his oath as the country's 16th president, but supporters of outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte are still in awe by his personality and his administration’s accomplishments.Duterte has maintained... Read More