News Features

Rekindling Mimaropa and 'the long lost connections'

ODIONGAN, Romblon -- Aside from promoting the Philippines' archipelagic heaven located right in its heart, 2017's Mimaropa festival has more familial reason behind it.In a press conference before the actual parade to highlight talents from Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon... Read More

After 72 years, Church revives Virgen de la Salud

MANILA – After 72 years in hibernation, the Catholic Church in the Philippines has revived the devotion to the Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady of Health) Novena with a Holy Mass held at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Project 6, Quezon City on Nov. 17.More than a thousand... Read More

A teacher's take home pay

MANILA --Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones recently signed the DepEd Order (DO) 55 or the “Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of PHP4,000 Net Home Pay for the DepEd Personnel.”DepEd said this DO would prioritize loan deductions due the Government Service... Read More

TESDA holds first Star Awards to recognize TVIs

MANILA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) recently held its first Star Awards to recognize the outstanding Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs in the country.TESDA's star rating system aims to... Read More

Technology paves new way towards correct Filipino

MANILA - Is it 'imahe' or 'imahen?' 'Dyaryo' or 'diyaryo?'Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is developing a software that aims to help address misspelling of words in Filipino, the country's national language.Targeted for launching in 2018, KWF's first spellchecker software will operate much like... Read More

'Big void' discovered in Egypt's Great Pyramid

CAIRO -- An international team of scientists announced on Thursday the discovery of "a big void" in Khufu's Pyramid in Egypt's Giza Plateau by imaging the pyramid using cosmic-ray muons.The discovery was revealed in an article published on Nature, an international weekly journal of science, showing... Read More

Pansit Malabon: A delicious treat for 'Undas'

MANILA -- With the All Saints and Souls' holiday now in full swing, some families in Malabon are now busy cooking "Pansit Malabon", the signature noodle dish of the locality.This will be table fare for families holding mini-reunions in the cemeteries during the "Undas" holidays.Cooking "Pansit... Read More

Souls ‘reunion’ with the living not only during “Undas”

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna - A lot of stories have been written and read about “All Souls’ Day” -- there are articles that scare the readers and others provide important information why people across the world have fixed a date to observe it.Whatever it is, in the Philippines, this day... Read More

How do different countries observe the Halloween?

MANILA -- Have you already prepared your costume for the Halloween? Are you in for a trick-or-treat?Every October 31, Halloween or the eve of the All Saints' Day, is being observed in different countries. The Philippine News Agency listed what some countries do during this day.* PhilippinesMost... Read More

Pangasinan’s ‘deremen’: Food for the living and the dead

DAGUPAN CITY -- Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, Litlit Decena and her elder sister, Flor, make their way to the office of the newspaper The Sunday Punch at the second floor of the Florencia Duque Building here to peddle to employees a native cake called kinerel.Jocelyn de la Cruz, the paper's... Read More

Soldiers’ heroism and sacrifices cited in the liberation of Marawi

MANILA –The men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) again showed to the whole world their heroism and sacrifices beyond the call of duty that ended the five-month siege of Marawi City, foiling Islamic terrorists from establishing a... Read More

Mega Rehab gives hope to lost souls

MANILA – As a subtle approach to the war against illegal hard drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte proposed the use of a portion of the Fort Ramon Magsaysay military installation to construct the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (Mega DATRC).In November of 2016, President... Read More

SE Asia’s top terror leader Hapilon killed as Marawi siege nears end

MANILA --After 16 years of dodging military dragnets and spreading terror in southern Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon, Southeast Asia’s most notorious IS-linked terrorist leader, was killed Monday dawn during a gun battle with government forces making their final offensive against Maute terror... Read More

Take it from F. Sionil Jose

MANILA –- Sometimes, people are told to learn from the experts, from the elders, or from the experienced professionals.How about learning lessons from the country’s National Artist for Literature, Francisco Sionil Jose?Perhaps you’ve read the name “F. Sionil Jose” since... Read More

Surigao town cited for marine protection, conservation

CORTES, Surigao del Sur — Fisherfolk of this coastal town have been guarding their rich marine sanctuaries and fishing grounds with utmost dedication.No wonder this once virtually unknown town gained national prominence when it received a national award for sustainable coastal management... Read More

Cimatu needs his brilliant past as DENR chief

MANILA -- This is one for the books.Newly-confirmed Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s storied past as a brilliant tactician and strategist during his illustrious long military career where he saw action in the Mindanao war in 2001, is worth recalling now that his... Read More

Reinventing ‘taka’ in contemporary fashion

MANILA -- Much of what people turn out to be when they grow up are mostly a product of the kind of childhood that they had.What started out as a fondness and a fascination for the “taka” or the art of “papier mache” has since become a passion, an inspiration and a journey... Read More

Pinoy cited for helping victims of Las Vegas shooting

MANILA--A Filipino taxi driver in the United States hailed as a hero when he evacuated six wounded victims at the height of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, disregarding his own safety, has been widely known by friends in his hometown in Bohol as a compassionate man and always ready to help a... Read More

Local sportswear brand introduces 'Airemov' in pre-holiday collection

MANILA -- Filipino sportswear brand Atsui launched its pre-holiday collection this week, and introduced the "Airemov" -- a specially designed fabric.The "Airemov" is a moisture-wicking fabric, and also has an increased elastane to allow wearers to move better and more comfortable."It quickly... Read More

October is month of Holy Rosary

MANILA -- October is the month of the Holy Rosary, which the Catholic Church celebrates with fervor and holiness. It is considered a powerful weapon against evil, as well as the perfect prayer to bring peace to the world.What makes 2017 doubly important is the celebration of the 100th anniversary of... Read More