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POLITICS

FREE COVID-19 TESTING FOR JOBSEEKERS – ANGARA

If they can’t feed hungry mouths, how can they pay for nasal swabs? This, Senator Sonny Angara said, is the predicament facing jobseekers who are having a hard time complying with the requirement of potential employers that they include a negative COVID test result in the credentials they submit. “For jobless breadwinners, it is choosing

ADOPT SWAB-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY FOR OFWS – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III said he supports the “swab-upon-arrival” policy for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs). This is in response to the various appeals received by Pimentel’s office from OFWs asking for more reasonable quarantine protocols. The existing protocols require OFWs and ROFs to undergo a minimum of 10 days quarantine

POE TO TELCOS: FAST-TRACK INTERNET ACCESS INFRA

Senator Grace Poe urged telecommunications companies to continually fast-track the construction of cell towers and installation of fiber optic cables, as processes in securing government permits have already been shortened. “We must not cease to work double time to ensure faster and better internet service to all our people across the country,” said Poe, chairperson

SAN CARLOS CITY LAUNCHES 1ST MALL-BASED VAX SITE

The city government of San Carlos, Pangasinan launched its first mall-based coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination site in partnership with the City Mall. Mayor Julier Resuello said the mall is the 11th vaccination site in the city. “We have started coordinating with other malls in the city so that when more vaccines become available, we

GOVERNMENT

MMDA SETS UP COMPOSTING FACILITY IN PATEROS

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) launched recently its Mobile Materials Recovery Facility (MMRF) and Community Based Takakura Composting, two waste diversion initiatives designed to minimize waste towards a greener and healthier metro while promoting segregation and composting in communities. “Through these initiatives, we hope to teach barangay leaders and residents how they can reduce

BOHOL TOURISM WORKERS TO GET COVID VAX JABS SOON

Some 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be arriving in Bohol, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat announced in a virtual meeting with the province’s tourism industry stakeholders. “I am delighted to bring the good news that vaccine czars Sec. Carlito Galvez and Sec. Vince Dizon have approved our request for additional vaccines for Bohol. With this,

DENR, SMC START PASIG RIVER DREDGING PROJECT

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) officially commenced the Pasig River Dredging Project, a major venture to rehabilitate one of the large river systems linked to the Manila Bay. The signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA), held at the Petron Sales Training Office in Manila, signifies

PH NOW EXPORTING PROCESSED MEAT TO JAPAN – DAR

In addition to “chicken yakitori,” the Philippines can now export processed meat products to Japan. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said this favorable development is due to the recent inclusion of the Philippines by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in its list of certified countries that passed the Hazard Analysis and Critical

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

HELPING EACH OTHER: THE MERCADO ONE WAY

During these trying times, we’ve seen the importance of intangible traits like persistence, resilience, and kindness. The ability to not give up and see hope in spite of the hardships and the willingness to provide a helping hand to those in need have been highlighted during our battle against this pandemic. We’ve seen and heard

BULLS AND BEARS TAUGHT ME WELL

Ever seen the movies The Big Short and the box-office hit Wolf of Wall Street? Yes, they’re both about trading stocks. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you to watch those after reading this article.  Phones ringing off the hook, papers rustling, people in suits and corporate attires anxiously monitoring the ticks and upticks

BROWNOUT? STAY ONLINE WITH GLOBE MYFI LTE, LTE-A

Power outages could be an inconvenience especially now that most are working or learning from home and heavily dependent on internet connectivity. With Globe’s pocket WiFi devices MyFi LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), these help ease one’s worries so power interruptions don’t interrupt what needs to be done for school, work, or life. These nifty devices

GLOBE LTE SAVES DONSOL TOURISM, ONLINE LEARNING

Just like any coastal town in the county, most people in Donsol, Sorsogon rely on the sea for their livelihood. The sea gives them fish and the magnificent butandings or whale sharks to earn their keep.  These gentle giants were responsible for giving Donsol monikers and accolades such as the Best Animal Interaction in Asia

TRAVEL & TOURS

BORACAY: IT’S UGLY

Hold your horses. Now, before you release the Kraken of emotions and negative comments, allow us a small amount of your time to walk you through the stories of Boracay people, their experiences, whether they bring a smile to your faces or tears to your eyes. Their story. Their life. The little voices of Boracay. 

SOMETHING ABOUT BAGUIO

I always see Baguio as a place of new beginnings. For some, Baguio is the first thing that crosses their minds whenever the summer sunshine becomes scorching. Others are reminded by Baguio as the go-to place when the chorus to a Whitney Houston hit starts asking, “Where do broken hearts go?” But behind the familiar

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

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

POTATO PARK: FOOD VS CLIMATE

The potato is one of the most versatile ingredients.  It can be prepared through different methods of cooking. For example, you can have it fried, mashed, or mashed then fried. The potato can be served as a pie crust or covering, or prepared as a side dish, or can even be the main ingredient of

OF MENTAL HEALTH AND VOICES IN THE HALLS

I’d be lying if I tell you that I’m not having any problems starting this piece. For one, there are just too many possible ways to open discussions about mental health.  Second, it’s just too close to home, making it challenging to find the right words. Third, sharing something so personal requires emotional catharsis. Nevertheless,

ROOTED: HEALING THROUGH THE EARTH

In the past, our ancestors were closer to the Earth. They walked barefoot and slept on the ground.  As we developed into the society we are now, with more concrete spaces than parks. Our connection, and interaction, with the Earth have decreased significantly.  Coincidentally, as our lives have gotten more comfortable, immune disorders, chronic diseases,

SURVIVAL KIT: COPING IN THE TIME OF COVID

Iba talaga ang panahon ngayon ‘no? Because of the pandemic, even just being exposed to someone who might have COVID-19 requires us to self-quarantine or isolate to prevent the further spread of the virus.  For some of us, isolation may be difficult. “Bakit? Uuwi ka lang naman ah. Wala ka lang namang makitang iba. Sandali

FASHION & BEAUTY

HUMID HIGH HORRORS: KEEPING YOUR SKIN HEALTHY IN ERRATIC WEATHER

We’re steadily inching towards the rainy season, which means we get scorching and humid weather. We see a drastic change in the temperature during this change of seasons, especially when it’s sunny for a few hours and rainy for the next. This sudden temperature change can trigger a hot and humid environment.  High temperatures aren’t

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

POC: TOKYO-BOUND PINOY ATHLETES ABROAD TO GET VAX

The country’s Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes who are training abroad will get their COVID-19 vaccines in their host countries, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Representative Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said. Tolentino said Malaysia assured that weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and her team will get their second dose of the vaccine, while Japanese sports officials guaranteed the inoculation of

RAMELLA WINS 'THE APPRENTICE: ONE EDITION'

The inaugural season of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” came to a close with its epic season finale. Episode 13 aired on Thursday, 10 June, and crowned a winner after 12 weeks of intense competition. In the finale, Singapore-based Sales Director Jessica Ramella from Venezuela went head-to-head with former Mixed Martial Arts Champion Louie Sangalang

THE APPRENTICE: ONE EDITION DOWN TO 2 CONTESTANTS

The stage is set for the final two candidates to battle for the US$250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong as ONE’s new Chief Of Staff. After 11 weeks of intense physical tasks, demanding business challenges, and high drama in the boardroom, the competition is down to Singapore-based

SANGIAO READY TO SHOW TEAM LAKAY’S ‘NEW BREED’

Looking back, Jhanlo Mark Sangiao could only smile knowing how far he has come. “Nung nag-start pa lang ako, ako yung laging nagta-tap, ako yung binabaliktad lang,” he said. It truly was a longtime coming for Jhanlo, who always was magnetized to the world of MMA with his dad Mark a decorated champion in his

ARTS & CULTURE

PINOY ROCK: THERE'S A FRUITCAKE FOR EVERYBODY

Let me straighten my back. Breathe. Ready? Hit play. Now, don’t be fooled by the title. While I’m a staunch Eraserheads fan, we’re not going to focus only on them. Let’s see how this will pan out. I’m currently playing the first song in the Pinoy rock playlist I’ll feature below while typing. Let’s find out

TINIKLING: TENSION TO TREASURE

Tinikling is one of the best-known folk dances in the Philippines. It originated in Leyte during the Spanish occupation of the country. Tinikling was born out of the need of local Filipinos to survive the punishment of standing between two bamboo poles, which were then clapped together.  The word tinikling came from the name of

TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES THROUGH THEATER

Acting, dancing, and singing. That exhilarating feeling when the show reaches its closing scene. These are the things theater enthusiasts long to experience again. Although canceled shows and live-streamed plays are scenarios theater faces today, most theater organizations must adjust and innovate in this time of the pandemic since mass gatherings are forbidden. By defying all odds,

NO SELFIES, JUST ART: FIVE ARTISTS WORTH FOLLOWING ON INSTAGRAM

Despite earning a bad rap as the worst social media network for mental health, according to a report published by Time magazine in 2017, Instagram can be a great source of creative ideas and inspiration, especially when you follow remarkable artists with extraordinary minds.  These people have been putting the famous photo and video sharing app to

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

2ND LIFE: REPURPOSING PLASTIC FOR THE EARTH

Pollution is considered a global crisis. Around 22,000 tons of mismanaged waste makes its way into the ocean daily, with the Philippines contributing 7,400 tons. It was also reported by the World Wide Fund (WWF) in 2018 that most of the plastic waste from the Philippines end up in the ocean and that it comes

PRIDE: FREEDOM TO BE

The most important day is the day you decide you’re good enough for you. It’s the day you set yourself free. Brittany Josephine As social beings, we put so much gravity and importance into how society views us. We want to be accepted. We want to feel that we belong, and that’s normal. This is

THIS OR THAT: WHICH PET IS PERFECT FOR MY KIDS?

Growing up, I always wanted a pet for myself. I always thought that pets are so cute and fluffy and that it would be nice to have something to care for that would return my affection – something I wouldn’t be able to do with my toys or plants. With kids, most of them are

SMC STARTS BIG PASIG RIVER REHAB WITH P2B BUDGET

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), other national government agencies, and Metro Manila mayors, yesterday officially launched its ambitious, five-year plan to clean up and rehabilitate the Pasig River.    The project is set to become the largest ever river rehabilitation project in the country, with

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

FILIPINO SCIENTISTS EMBRACING CHALLENGES

Filipinos have always been innovative. Filipinos are known for their hospitality and sheer knack for making things light despite adversities. We find ways to make unfavorable situations work for us. Seek answers. Ask. Never cease to learn new things. Steve Jobs said, “Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.” However, this statement may lack the

Will Flying Cars Become Reality?

If you were born in the 1970s like me, the chances are that you thought that by 2020 there would be flying cars in the sky. All of the sci-fi movies of the 1980s such as “Back To The Future” portrayed that by 2020 flying cars would become mainstream. We are a long way behind