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Couple reunites with child in Samar through BP2 program

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... Read More

Problems with family names similar in sound but not in spelling

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... Read More

Cavite mom 'learns' with 4 kids amid pandemic

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

Mom turns emotional as her family qualifies for ‘Balik Probinsya’

MANILA – Mieflor Soria patiently waited for two years to return home under the government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program.Soria, 43, is returning home to General Santos City with her three minor children, Stephanie, 16; Joan, 13; and Yuan, 4 years old.She said they were... Read More

Giving women 'lifestyle options', inspiring girls with grit at 25

MANILA – Lifestyle options and convenience for women now gently find their space in the community, with more slogans echoing gender equality, but for some, it still has a long way to go.June Lei Vitangcol, 25, a public Math school teacher, seems to find her quarter-life fulfillment in a... Read More

BP2 recipient wants his children to experience prov’l life

MANILA – The prevailing impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in a highly urbanized city like Metro Manila has pushed Gerardo Bueno, 49, to restart his business back to his hometown in San Antonio, Zambales.Gerardo and his wife, Mary Grace, 45, along with their 11- and... Read More

FVR turns 94, online presidential library unveiled

MANILA – Former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) celebrated his 94th birthday on Friday by unveiling the online FVR Presidential Library, the first and only online presidential library so far in the country today.A preview of the online presidential library was shown on the internet wherein... Read More

Manileña joins husband returning home to Masbate for fresh life

MANILA – Rommelyn Francisco, 36, was born and raised in Manila. Her partner Godofredo Lupango, 61, was a native of Mobo, Masbate who ended up in Metro Manila in search of a better life.The two met in the garment industry. Godofredo was a tailor while Rommelyn was a trimmer. They became a... Read More

Makeshift farm facilities sustain ‘agri-preneurship’ for kids

MANILA – Sustaining adequate food supply in the country is undeniably vital to ensure multi-sectoral stability, but early training to learners for such a mindset in these trying times is an extra mile.Mann F. Lee, 43, a public school principal in Capiz province, has intentionally included in... Read More

Ilocos Norte residents share tips to cope with oil price hike

LAOAG CITY – In light of the rising cost of fuel, Ilocanos here shared some practical tips on how to cope with it.In Burgos town, Julius Managad Castillo, 38, of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, has shifted gears from commuting via motorcycle to bicycle to save on... Read More

Future looks bright for NorMin sericulture industry

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In 2020, Alfredo Angcop used a hectare of his farmland to venture into planting mulberries in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.Months later, he started rearing silkworms.In his town, there are 20 of them who are engaged in sericulture, but it was not easy for starters like... Read More

Inequality, stigma push Filipinas to keep soaring

MANILA – It could not be denied that gender stereotypes are still pervasive, thereby affecting women’s self-esteem and career progression. But Janicka Cristine Mendoza remained unshakable and proved that women, just like men, can also take the lead.Mendoza, a 27-year-old business... Read More

How could space tech help protect one's territory?

MANILA – Countries around the globe are watching the war between Russia and Ukraine. Aside from strengthening a country's armed forces, what else could be done to prevent an invasion? "Through earth observation satellites, we would have an 'eye in the sky' that would get images of different... Read More

Struggling couple to start anew in Camarines Norte thru BP2

MANILA – Struggling in Talisay, Camarines Norte way back in 2018, couple Ervie Dumasig San Fernando, 29, and Jeric Miranda, 25, sought chances of having a better life in Metro Manila.The couple, along with their then one-year-old son, left their simple life in the province to seek a better... Read More

Investing in women empowers dreamers, future

MANILA – Quite literally, investing in women-led businesses can lead to an empowered future.From a realization that education is not accessible to many, Carmina Bayombong and her partner Ronald Replan now sustain hundreds of students through InvestEd, a social enterprise that provides loans to... Read More

How 6 ex-PH VPs also became fortunate to sit at Malacañang Palace

MANILA – Did you know that of the 13 former Filipino vice presidents from 1935 to 2016, six had been more fortunate enough to also assume the top elective seat at Malacañang either through constitutional succession or direct vote by the people?Yes, they were: Philippine Commonwealth... Read More

Seeing opportunities amid pandemic: Pinoy inventor

MANILA – Finding opportunity amid the Covid-19 pandemic helped Filipino inventor Gary Vasquez to come up with an idea that eventually became popular, his mist-dispensing innovation, Misty Kool."Covid is a disaster, but it also gives an opportunity,” Vasquez said at the virtual launch of... Read More

Lessons from PNA, the govt’s official newswire service

MANILA – The Philippine News Agency (PNA) has been providing daily news services to both local and foreign readers on the policies, activities, and programs of the government and the presidency since March 1, 1973. It's no secret that the agency’s success is heavily dependent on the... Read More

Ex-hog raiser finds bigger profit in catfish farming

MANILA – A former hog raiser in Nueva Ecija has generated big savings on feeds since she shifted to catfish (hito) farming when the Covid-19 pandemic began.For 20 years, Noemi Mata tended to pigs, which cost her PHP3,000 on three sacks of commercial feeds per week before her shift.She spends... Read More

Love prevails amid Covid-19 pandemic

MANILA – Not even the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic can dampen the innate romantic traits of Filipinos on Valentine’s Day Monday.Social media platforms were filled with posts and photos of flower gifts among couples and within families.Au Pangan-Martillo proudly posted a... Read More