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POLITICS

UHC LAW TO FACILITATE COVID VACCINATION – GORDON

As the Senate continues its hearing on the national coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program, Senator Dick Gordon pointed out that implementing the Universal Health Care Law would ensure a speedy and organized rollout of the vaccination program. Gordon said that the UHC mandates that every Filipino shall register with a public or private primary care

USE ‘3M RULE’ IN COVID VACCINE CHOICE – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva defended the Senate hearings on the national vaccine plan, saying their ongoing probe will “save lives and money” in a country that is among the hardest hit in the region but last in securing vaccines. “When we finetune the plan, then we are not competing but we are collaborating with the executive.

JUNE 12 IS PH TRADITIONAL WEAR DAY – TORRES-GOMEZ

In its first hearing in 2021, the House Committee on Basic Education has approved recently a resolution designating June 12 as “Philippine Traditional Wear Day.” Authored by Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, House Resolution 1374 seeks to further promote awareness and practice of Filipino culture on Independence Day. HR 1374 states that the practice of

ILOILO CITY OPENS VIRTUAL DINAGYANG FEST – TREÑAS

Threats posed by the pandemic have failed to dampen the Ilonggo spirit as the opening of the annual Iloilo Dinagyang Festival honoring the Holy Child Jesus pushed through recently. To adjust to the new normal, the Iloilo City government, the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI), and the San Jose Parish Placer held the “Pamukaw sa

GOVERNMENT

PHILIPPINES IS NOW BIRD FLU-FREE – DAR

The Philippines is now free of the Avian Influenza (AI) A(H5N6) virus. The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI), announced that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared that as of January 8, 2021, the country is now free of the last remaining A(H5N6) strain of the Avian Influenza

‘WE CAN’T TEACH HUNGRY LEARNERS’ – BRIONES

In the fight against hunger, Education Secretary Leonor Briones acknowledged the major role of the Department of Education (DepEd) in keeping Filipino learners healthy. In her message during the first anniversary of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger and the launching of the NFP document, Briones stressed the importance of healthy learners and how

54,761 STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM B2HELP – DE VERA

A total of 54,761 private school students who have unpaid tuition and miscellaneous fees have received a grant of P5,000 under the Bayanihan 2 for Higher Education Tulong Program (B2HELP) implemented by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The P300M fund for the B2HELP is part of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan

PUMPING STATIONS READY FOR RAINY SEASON – ABALOS

In his first few days in office, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos has ensured residents of Metro Manila that all pumping stations needed in the Metro’s flood control operations, are in good working condition ahead of the onset of the rainy season. During his inspection at Libertad Pumping Station in Pasay today, Abalos

TRAVEL & TOURS

THE TOP PLACES TO STAY IN OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

Mindoro Island in Southern Luzon is divided into two provinces: Oriental Mindoro on the eastern side and Occidental Mindoro on the western side. Oriental Mindoro is “in the map” because of Puerto Galera and its many beaches. In fact, in 2004, Puerto Galera was voted as a member of UNESCO-affiliated “The Club of the Most

REDDOORZ CLIMBS TO TOP OF TRAVEL APPS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Current trends in traveling have drastically changed over the years. More and more people are looking for ways to start an adventure without having to shell out a lot of money, be it in the outskirts of the Philippines or in international territories to visit beaches, tourist spots, and other cultural landmarks. One way to

THE BEAUTY OF THE PHILIPPINES IS GOD-GIVEN -SIGUA

“The beauty of the Philippines is genuine; there is no need to build fancy theme parks and other man-made attractions because our beaches, islands, and other hidden treasures are God-given natural wonders.” This according to Xander Kim Sigua, Executive Director of the Tourism Educators And Movers Philippines (TEAM Philippines), a leading advocate for the tourism

La Union Sunset Chronicles

It is known for its surfing spots, hip food places, and modern and Instagrammable accommodations. It is easily accessible—in just four hours, you’ll reach this laid-back coastal town in the North. Indeed, La Union is a top choice for weekend warriors. Thousands of tourists visit La Union every month, especially when there are music festivals

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

THE URBAN CHICK LIVES ON

There was a time when Maginhawa Street in Quezon City was the place to be for many university students and young alumni looking for a nice and cheap but great place to eat, drink and be merry. Those were the days when food hubs were on the rise and customers flocked often to try something

THE TOP 10 FOODIE GOODIES OF SORSOGON

The gem of Luzon’s southern tip is definitely Sorsogon. And as you go along and #SeeSorsogon; doing island hops, wakeboarding along the shores, bathing in its numerous majestic swimming spots, and interacting with the warm and festive locals, you should never fail to also indulge in the delectable food and drinks they offer. Sorsogon is

ZAMBOANGA: HOME OF THE KNICKERBOCKER

In 2013, the city of Zamboanga went on a war between military troops and rebel fighters. Over a thousand locals were hurt and displaced. Homes were destroyed by fire. Schools and businesses were shut down. But despite the chaotic situation, the people of Zamboanga were able to stand up and bounce back. They were able

THE TOP 10 PASALUBONGS FROM THE VISAYAS TO THE WORLD

How many pounds, or kilograms for that matter, did you gain over the holidays? The holidays have just ended and most of us are still at our binge-eating sprees. We have grown accustomed to eating lots of yummy food over the season that it seems impossible to just stop. Now, of course, with us moving

FASHION & BEAUTY

FIRST EVER DERMASIA ELITE CLINIC OPENS IN TIMOG AREA, QUEZON CITY

To kick off its 10th anniversary next year and in line with its dedication to provide excellent skin care to Filipinos, DermAsia Skin Care Center franchisor Catherine Pangan announced the launching of the first ever DermAsia Skin Care Elite Branch in Timog Area, Quezon City on Sunday, September 29. The Elite franchise is part of DermAsia Skin Care Center’s rebranding strategy. DermAsia

One of the Best Barbershops in Makati: Barberia Ilustrados

With men rediscovering the art of hairstyling these past few years, a lot of good barbershops have emerged in the metro. With each of these barbershops having different themes and specialties, it has been a very difficult task for a lot of guys to choose which ones cater to their tastes the best. Worry not

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2018 CANDIDATES VISIT WOUNDED SOLDIERS

Proving that they are not just beautiful but also compassionate, the 40 official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 visited soldiers confined at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center in Quezon City. With the help of the Makati Medical Center Foundation, the ladies brought cheer to the soldiers at the hospital’s Heroes Ward.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

TEAM LAKAY’S ADIWANG EYES TO FINISH KAWAHARA

Filipino fighting phenom Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang is first up to bat for Team Lakay this year, as he climbs into the ONE Circle looking to make a huge statement. After a year full of setbacks, Adiwang hopes to set the stage for an incredible resurgence for the Baguio-based martial arts outfit. Adiwang, formerly ranked

ONE: UNBREAKABLE KICKS OFF 2021 IN SINGAPORE

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), today announced that the promotion will broadcast its first event of 2021, ONE: UNBREAKABLE, live on Friday, 22 January, from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This event continues ONE Championship’s partnership with the Singapore government to pilot the return of live international sports productions.

UP’S SUPPORT DOGS TREATED BY TOPBREED, UP MBT

Nineteen dogs from the Emotional Support Animals (ESA) Program of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) received a holiday treat from the UP Fighting Maroons Basketball Team and its newest sponsor TopBreed, the leading Philippine-made dog food brand in the country. TopBreed provided the dogs with 900 kilograms of high-quality dog food and essentials like TopB+ vitamins

BANARIO GOES FOR ANOTHER RUN AT ONE WORLD TITLE

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines, is looking to embark on another run at the ONE World Title this year.  The 31-year-old feels re-energized and extra motivated to build on his sole victory in 2020 — a close split decision against fellow top

ART, MUSIC, SCIENCE, TECH & HOBBIES

SMC STARTS REGULAR DISTRIBUTION OF FREE NUTRIBUNS

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) makes good on a promise to continue helping the urban poor cope with the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has started implementing a plan, together with non-profit groups, to distribute free nutribuns to disadvantaged communities via feeding kiosks at identified Petron service stations. SMC President and Chief Operating Officer

RAMON ANG LEADS SMC EMPLOYEES IN NATIONWIDE BLOOD DRIVE

In response to the urgent need to replenish the blood supply at the Philippine Red Cross–and contribute to the treatment of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients–San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has launched a quarterly blood and convalescent plasma donation drive across its facilities nationwide. SMC, which is marking its 130th anniversary, is the first private company in

SMC GIVES CEBU MEDICAL FRONTLINERS P2M INSURANCE

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it has completed providing life insurance coverage to about 5,000 medical frontliners from 18 hospitals across Cebu, who are now insured for P2 million each.  “We started this initiative several months ago, at the height of COVID-19 cases in Cebu, when our medical front liners there were really having a

RSA FOUNDATION TO BUILD HOSPITAL, RESEARCH CENTER ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES

RSA Foundation, established by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang, is looking to build a state-of-the-art hospital on a 3-5 hectare property in the southern part of Luzon as its first project and foray into helping future-proof society post-pandemic. The facility is envisioned to help arm and better prepare