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POLITICS

GORDON CALLS FOR VIGILANCE VS OMICRON VARIANT

Senator Dick Gordon warned the public to be more vigilant and cautious against the threat of a possible transmission of Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant the World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to as a variant of concern. Gordon said the new COVID-19 variant, scientifically labelled as B.1.1.529 strain, has shown to have many mutations

ANGARA TO PHILHEALTH: SETTLE HOSPITAL OBLIGATIONS

Senator Sonny Angara reminded the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to settle all of its obligations, particularly to the private hospitals, which have accumulated to billions of pesos over time. The Chairman of the Committee on Finance took note of the increase in the government subsidies provided to PhilHealth–from P71.3 billion in 2021 to P79.9

FILL SHORTFALL IN SHS VOUCHER PROGRAM – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking to fill the shortfall in the Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS-VP) to prevent the mounting of government debt to private schools. SHS VP is a financial assistance program in the form of vouchers that subsidizes qualified SHS learners from participating private or non-DepEd public senior high schools. “A shortfall

MANILA HONORS MEDICAL WORKERS ON BONIFACIO DAY

The city government of Manila paid tribute to medical workers during the celebration of Andres Bonifacio’s 158th birth anniversary at Liwasang Bonifacio. The city again called medical front-liners the country’s modern-day heroes because of their sacrifices to help the country in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno offered and asked

GOVERNMENT

PH TOURISM WORKERS NOW 75% VAXXED – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that 75.39% or 236,714 of the total active tourism workers in the country are now vaccinated against COVID-19.  “We will not stop until we achieve 100% vaccination for all our active tourism workers,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. Romulo-Puyat expressed her satisfaction with the latest vaccine numbers as she hoped

‘NUMBER CODING’ IN METRO MANILA RESUMES – ABALOS

Effective December 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will reimplement the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme during rush hour in the afternoon on Mondays to Fridays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., except on holidays. This was after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) approved a resolution on the

SUBIC TO HAVE 1ST COLD EXAMINATION FACILITY – DAR

To prevent the smuggling of imported agricultural commodities and the entry of transboundary agri-fishery pests and diseases, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is prioritizing the establishment of an integrated Cold Examination Facility in Agriculture (CEFA) with complementary testing laboratories. Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)

MMDA BAGS FOI COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) bagged the Commitment to Excellence Award, under the Agency Category, for being the Freedom of Information Champion Hall of Famer, conferred by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). The FOI Hall of Fame – Commitment to Excellence Award is given to recipients of the FOI Champion Hall of Fame

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES THIS CHRISTMAS

Did you know that the practice of packaging biscuits and cookies in tin cans has been around since the 16th century? European voyagers packed biscuits as snacks for long trips and placed them in cans. Several hundred years later airtight cans, meant to store biscuits so they would not crumble and stay oven-fresh, were invented. Since

OF MILLENNIALS & FUTURE TALKS

If it isn’t rude to ask, probably one of the most dreaded questions you could ask a millennial is their net worth. Despite being the highest-earning generation, millennials seem to hold way fewer riches. Perhaps, the idea of gaining wealth and putting it to something they can call their own, isn’t as pleasing as other

SMC EXPANDS NATIONWIDE DISINFECTION PROGRAM

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) food unit San Miguel Foods is expanding its program to disinfect public spaces nationwide, as part of a continuing effort to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 amid the further easing of pandemic restrictions. The program, to date, has benefited 100 barangays. For several months now, teams from SMC

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR FUTURE IS

When do you draw the line when it comes to your purchases? Where do you put your hard-earned money? How do you spend it and how often? These are just some of the things we have to ask ourselves. Finding answers to these questions will help us determine if we are going overboard with our

TRAVEL & TOURS

COULDN’T STAY STILL? HERE ARE 4 PLACES YOU CAN NOW VISIT

Nearly two years of being in this pandemic could really change your psyche. Looking back, one could only imagine how we survived being cooped up in our homes and not be in places. Suddenly, the world that seemed so big for us to handle became too little—even breathing becomes taxing. But hey, look where we

THE POETRY BEHIND BAGUIO'S G1 LODGE HOTEL

Some places can really surprise us. In the kindness of strangers, I found warmth and comfort. I could only imagine the countless number of wandering souls— lost, joyous, or hopeful, that walked along the hallways of this special place—how they chose it as their sanctuary and home away from home. Despite the hotel’s aesthetically pleasing

GET YOUR SWEATERS READY FOR BAGUIO

Baguio, The Summer Capital of the country, has reopened its doors to fully vaccinated travellers since the closure of its borders in August due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the city. Baguio announced that it would be open to welcome 2,000 tourists per day starting October 25. With that, visitors who have been

BARGAIN HUNTER’S LAIR: DAPITAN ARCADE

These days, online shopping is the go-to option for many people. Aside from ease and convenience, it simply is the safest way to run our errands for obvious reasons. However, we can’t deny that real-life experience can never be substituted. Luckily, whether to shop online or see the items physically, whichever works for you, these

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

OATMEAL BENEFITS AND COMBINATIONS

Did you know that having oats every day can help decrease your total cholesterol level? There are very few grains that are more nutritious than oats. Oats are gluten-free and a good source of vital nutrients. You can use oats to make oatmeal, granola bars, or cookies. Oats are even used as substitutes for wheat

THE OMINOUS FACE MASK

January 12, 2020. Do you still remember what you were doing during this day? This was the day the Taal Volcano started erupting. Days later, various places in Batangas and some parts of Metro Manila experienced ashfall—prompted everyone affected to wear a face mask. After 42 years, the Taal volcano erupted again. But who would

FILIPINO FAVORITES: CORNED MEAT

Since most of us are just about to enter our work week today, let’s talk about a common Filipino breakfast food: Corned Meat. While the most popular kind is corned beef, we can also see corned tuna, chicken and pork available in grocery stores. What is “corning”? Corning is one kind of curing meat using

‘MODERN LOVE’ SPITS SOME TRUTHS ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER

(This article may contain some spoilers) This may already be two years late, but over the weekend, I stumbled upon the third episode of season 1’s Modern Love titled “Take me as I am, whoever I am” which talked about bipolar disorder. First, Modern Love is a series from Amazon Prime inspired by personal essays

FASHION & BEAUTY

DRESS TO IMPRESS: CHOOSING A SUIT

Suits are timeless clothes. It’s stylish and classy, and can be worn during important events or activities such as for business, formal gatherings, or even casual daily wear if you feel like looking dapper. But good suits aren’t always easy on the wallet. This is why it’s important to choose the right one for you.

STYLE WITH PURPOSE: ARE SOCKS IMPORTANT?

To some, wearing socks is nothing but a hassle – especially since it’s usually warm or hot where we live. It feels lighter not to wear socks, too! But making a habit out of not wearing socks makes us miss out on all the benefits that socks bring us.  Benefit 1: Protects from Calluses and

HOMEMADE MAGIC: SIMPLE FACE MASK INGREDIENTS

Our face is the most exposed part of our body to different kinds of elements: dust, sunlight, sweat, and other things that can affect the skin. Being exposed to pollution and extreme heat can irritate the skin and can cause dryness, itchiness, among others. This is why it’s important to develop healthy habits and routines

WORK FROM HOME: SHOULD I DRESS FOR WORK?

One of the things I really wanted when I started my first corporate job was to go to work in comfortable clothes, or not have to worry about how I dress for work and how I looked. Because of this, working remotely was something that really appealed to me. Now that we’ve been in various

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

PBA PARTY-LIST: GIVE ATHLETES ADMIN SUPPORT STAFF

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list said the issue over EJ Obiena’s supposed non-payment of his coach would not have happened in the first place if only the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) assigned a dedicated support team to help Obiena with financial, administrative, and logistical matters. “Having administrative staff support should

PINOY VOLLEYBELLES RAVE ABOUT OSAKA-STYLE BISCUITS

Some of the most recognizable faces in local volleyball are posting online their new go-to snack for the holidays: Limited edition Hansel Premium Osaka-style Pink Vanilla biscuits. Check out the posts of Choco Mucho Flying Titans opposite hitter Kat Tolentino, Ateneo and national team outside hitter Faith Nisperos, and F2 Logistics Libero Dawn Macandili. The

F2 LOGISTICS, WITH A ROARING COMEBACK, WINS PNVF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

After nearly two years of not fielding its MVP-led lineup due to the COVID-19 pandemic, F2 Logistics Cargo Movers returned to the tara flex with a bang after winning the first PNVF Champions League held inside the Aquamarine Recreational Center Gym in Lipa, Batangas. Despite not fielding their prized Setter, Kim Fajardo, the Cargo Movers

PBA PARTY HITS PSC FOR INACTION ON OBIENA CASE

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list on Wednesday said the decision of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to take a hands-off approach on the issue involving Olympic pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) was not only unfair for Obiena but was also lazy and irresponsible on

ARTS & CULTURE

THE FUSS ABOUT THE LAST MERCURY RETROGRADE FOR 2021

When Mercury retrogrades, it makes our heads spin. How have you been the past few weeks? Did you suddenly feel like things were not going your way? Did the universe seem like it was not on your side? If you’re one of those people who experienced a cluster of misfortunes the past few weeks, you

SAAN GALING ‘YON: THE PHILIPPINE FLAG

A country’s flag is its most important symbol. It signifies the patriotism and freedom of the nation. It also expresses the sentiments and hopes of Filipinos. Have you ever wondered why The Philippine flag looks the way it does? Where did it come from? Flag History of the Philippines During the pre-colonial period, sources and

MINDANAO ART 2021 OPENS WITH RENEWED MESSAGE OF HOPE

Mindanao Art 2021, with the theme, Art in between: Mindanao Art in Liminal Space, has proven, once again, that art is undying and ever relevant. For this year, Mindanao Art chooses a butterfly as its logo. Butterflies are symbols of transformation, hope, and new life. Their colours and patterns symbolize beauty—that along the process of

PINOY CLEVER WORDPLAY PART 2: GAY LINGO

For the last installment of the two-part series about Pinoy clever wordplay, we will talk about the gay lingo. Bekinese, swardspeak, beki speak, whatever you call it. For better articulation, we will be borrowing some words from Danton Remoto’s essay. It was read at the International Conference on Queer Politics, University of Amsterdam, July 1998.

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GIVES THIS CHRISTMAS

Did you know that the practice of packaging biscuits and cookies in tin cans has been around since the 16th century? European voyagers packed biscuits as snacks for long trips and placed them in cans. Several hundred years later airtight cans, meant to store biscuits so they would not crumble and stay oven-fresh, were invented. Since

JPICHE HOSTS MEDIA LITERACY WEBINAR, CONTEST

On its 23rd commemorative year, Junior Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers– Batangas State University (JPIChE–BatStateU) proudly launches the 2nd ChEnematography, with an overall theme, “Unblur: Sharpening Distorted Imagery through Media and Information Literacy.” JPIChE-BatStateU is a well-known organization promoting the excellence and holistic development of Chemical Engineering students of the 21st century. This competition aims to showcase

UST UNESCO CLUB TACKLES HEALTH, CHILD WELFARE

Magnifying narratives, provoking consciousness, and fostering unity amongst peace, have become pivotal objectives for Say Peace! UST UNESCO Club’s (UUC) official podcast for the academic year 2021-2022. In this campaign, UUC has decided to team up with experts in the field of medicine, politics, the environment, and more to produce a series of seven podcast

YTPI PLANTS 250 SEEDLINGS IN ANGELES CITY

Members of the Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) planted native tree seedlings at Sitio Saw Mill, Sapang Bato, Angeles City for the recently-concluded fifth expansion of the Forever Forest Project. YTPI President Tetsuya Nagao and Executive Vice President Kazutoshi Morimoto led the tree-planting activity in collaboration with the Angeles City Environment and Natural Resources Office

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN FOG TO A KID?

Over the weekend, I found myself riding a bus headed up north. Right in front of me was a kid I presumed was in preschool—seated next to her mom. As curious as kids go, I shifted my focus to their conversation when she asked her mom how fog is formed. I wasn’t quite sure if

WIFI DOWN, DON'T PANIC!

Losing connection during a shift is one of the most stressful things. Especially now that a lot of industries rely on home internet because of the transition to work from home. In terms of connection stability, there’s not a lot of things we can do at that very moment. We have no control over the

PHILIPPINE WEEDS: TAWA-TAWA

Weeds are common plants that can sprout almost anywhere. Because of this, it’s easy to assume that they don’t have any benefits. That they only feed off of the nutrients in the soil meant for the other plants in our garden. Today we’ll talk about the Tawa-tawa! What is Tawa-tawa? The Tawa-tawa, also known as

CELEBRATING 23 YEARS OF GOOGLE

Everyone with access to the internet knows about Google. With its mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” Google has taken the internet by storm. Its innovations transcend its original service, which is the Google website, to their own applications and even their own devices. Inception and History Larry