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POLITICS

HOUSE PANEL BEGINS DELIBERATION ON E-VAWC BILLS

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman held initial deliberations on House Bills 86, 403, 3849, and 4054. These key pieces of legislation seek to amend Republic Act 9262 or the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004” that would address the problem of electronic violence…

DAVAO CITY PWDS TO WATCH MOVIES FOR FREE

Persons with disability (PWDs) in Davao City can soon watch free movies in all cinemas in the city after the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed and approved an ordinance on the third and final reading. Committee on Games and Amusement chairperson Councilor Jessica Bonguyan, in an interview with the Davao City Information Office (CIO), said she expects the ordinance…

POE TO MWSS: DO MORE VS MAYNILAD INTERRUPTIONS

Senator Grace Poe said the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) needs to do more to ensure that its concessionaires fulfill their obligations, as “slapping fines on those who fail their obligations is not enough.” The MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) penalized Maynilad P27.48 million recently for failing to supply water to consumers in the south…

7M GOT AID FROM 154 MALASAKIT CENTERS – BONG GO

Senator Bong Go reminded Filipinos to take advantage of the streamlined medical assistance offered in the 154 Malasakit Centers scattered throughout the country so that they can prioritize their health and well-being without being burdened by the costs.  In a recent interview, the chair of the Senate Committee on Health described the laborious process that…

GOVERNMENT

FRASCO LEADS RECEPTION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS

The Philippines mounted a warm welcome reception for arriving Chinese tourists in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the continuous influx of Chinese visitors, following the easing of outbound travel restrictions of China. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco personally welcomed the batch of visitors arriving onboard Xiamen Airlines flight MF819, together…

CHEAPER IMPORTED GARLIC DRAW MARKET BUYERS – DA

With the rising demand for garlic in the household and various industries, consumers continue to prefer to buy the imported variety over the local produce. Based on recent market monitoring, more garlic users prefer imported bulbs, which are sold at P80 per kilo rather than the locally produced garlic sold at P300/kilo. The wide price…

DA, SEED COUNCIL AIM FOR BETTER FARM PRODUCTION

The government continues to forge cooperation with various entities to ensure that the Filipino farmers are extended with the best services and support to improve and increase farm production. “The Department of Agriculture (DA) has developed a longstanding and fruitful partnership with the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) over the years,” DA Senior Undersecretary Domingo…

DPWH FINISHES FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD IN PANGASINAN

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed a new farm-to-market (FMR) road in the Municipality of San Fabian in support of local industry and tourism in Pangasinan. DPWH Region 1 Director Ronnel Tan, in his report to Secretary Manuel Bonoan and Undersecretary Eugenio Pipo Jr., said that a 916-meter road project was constructed…

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

SMC TO GIVE BULACAN HOUSEHOLDS SAFE DRINKING WATER

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), through its Luzon Clean Water Development Corp. (LCWDC), will make available potable and affordable water from the Angat reservoir to more than 350,000 households in Bulacan by early 2025 as it starts implementation of Stage 3A of the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project (BBWSP) covering the water districts of Baliwag, Norzagaray,…

SMC INITIATIVE RESCUES FARM HARVESTS AMID PANDEMIC

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), together with Rural Rising Ph (RuRi), has rescued over 1.7 million kilos of fruits and vegetables in total from farmers struggling to sell their harvests since the pandemic started in 2020 to date. SMC’s partnership with RuRi has helped boost incomes of about 4,500 farmers from Luzon and provided consumers with…

TRAVEL & TOURS

PRIVATE DINING SPOTS OUTSIDE THE METRO

How do we measure the quality of a dining experience? Good food? Good service? Cleanliness? Instagram-worthy place? Clearly, it’s relative. Private dining experiences are meant to cater to our most intimate and specific preferences. However, few options could truly deliver the experience we expect our money to be worth.  There are over 115 million Filipinos…

RENOVATED MANILA ZOO NOW OPEN TO RECEIVE VISITORS

The Manila Zoo reopened to the public after being rehabilitated, with visitors from Luzon provinces and even as far as Davao City in Mindanao were the first guests. During the “Balitaan sa Harbor View” news forum, Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna said a senior citizen from Davao City told her that he would be staying in…

DRIVE AROUND TOWN. DISCOVER PLACES.

Are you seeking new places where you could dine and unwind? Have you had enough of the same dishes whenever you are out and about? If so, check your tires, get your keys ready, and start your engine because we will go on a metro road trip. Driving around Metro Manila can go from exhilarating…

SAGAY, BAGO IN TOP ‘GREEN DESTINATIONS’ LIST

The cities of Bago and Sagay in Negros Occidental have made it to the world’s Top 100 “Green Destinations” list for 2022, a recognition given by the Green Destinations Foundation based in The Netherlands. The two cities, being featured for their sustainability stories, are among the only three places in the Philippines listed this year…

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

UP PMS KAPATID BLOOD DONATION DRIVE LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY

Salamat sa mga kapatid naming Pilipino na nagbigay ng kanilang oras at dugo! January 14 was a day of family, love, and giving life as students, athletes, and staff of the University of the Philippines Diliman alongside joggers and passers-by took time out of their busy schedules to donate blood at the Kapatid Blood Donation…

COFFEE 101: WAVES IN A CUP OF INNOVATION

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity — not a threat.” Steve Jobs For something to survive and stand the test of time, constant innovation is necessary—regardless of whether it’s done intentionally or not. One thing that’s constant about human desire is that it changes. There is a shelf life for how…

COFFEE 101: BRIEF HISTORY OF COFFEE IN THE PHILIPPINES

Coffee in the Philippines has been a staple part of the early morning Pinoy scene. It is the literal image of “but first, coffee,” which means no transaction, talks, or anything else before coffee. Today, it is more than just a cup of Joe we sip while reading dailies. Every brew and sip has become…

PRIVATE DINING SPOTS OUTSIDE THE METRO

How do we measure the quality of a dining experience? Good food? Good service? Cleanliness? Instagram-worthy place? Clearly, it’s relative. Private dining experiences are meant to cater to our most intimate and specific preferences. However, few options could truly deliver the experience we expect our money to be worth.  There are over 115 million Filipinos…

FASHION & BEAUTY

MISS BINGOPLUS LUCKY BATS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ED

Fil-Canadian Jasmine Paguio finished as runner-up in the recently concluded Miss Philippines Earth beauty-with-a-cause pageant, but for the BingoPlus community of players, game developers, employees, partner brands, institutions, and beneficiaries, she is their queen. The 23-year-old actress and model who grew up in Canada but returned to the Philippines to seek an acting and pageantry…

FILA, STARBUCKS PARTNER FOR A LIMITED-EDITION LINE

Two classic and iconic brands are partnering to give back to their customers who have remained loyal despite the challenges of the pandemic in the past two years. For a limited run, FILA and Starbucks will give free fashionable and functional items inspired by their iconic hues and logos. The results represent FILA’s red, blue…

Mr. and Ms. JPIA continues legacy

To continue the legacy of Mr. and Ms. JPIA, PUP JPIA Manila announced its search of the event for this year on their Facebook page on November 16, 2021. The event is open to all bonafide students of Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa branch, which is also a PUP Junior Philippine Institute…

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.…

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

AMORANTO SPORTS COMPLEX OPENS 4 NEW FACILITIES

Quezon City can now host local and international sporting events following the inauguration of four modern and first-class facilities at the Amoranto Sports Complex.  Mayor Joy Belmonte led the inauguration of the facilities together with officials from the QC government and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Also present at the event were…

TAMAYO THANKS UP, ANNOUNCES DECISION TO TURN PRO

University of the Philippines (UP) Maroons star forward Carl Tamayo has announced that he has accepted an offer to play professionally in Japan, and in a social media post on Tuesday said that playing for the State university was “one of the greatest blessings in my life.” “I am grateful to Coach Gold, Coach Bo,…

WORLD ROBOT GAMES MEDALS FOR ILOCOS SUR STUDENTS

The Philippine Robotics National Team from Narvacan National Central High School (NNCHS) in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, bagged eight gold and silver medals in the recently concluded World Robot Games (WRG) 2022, held in Thailand. Team members Jhenny Carta, Joana de Leon, Algine Mendoza, and Ysrael Caneso bagged four gold medals from the competition. At the…

UP TO SHARE OFFICIATING FINDINGS, RECOMMENDATIONS WITH UAAP AFTER S85

In the interest of improving officiating in the UAAP, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons will be sharing the results and recommendations of its analytics and video team (a-team) with the UAAP as the team believes that all member-schools should help the league make the games fairer and more competitive.  UP team manager…

ARTS & CULTURE

TIP MANILA TEAM REFLECTS ON EULAT WORKSHOP WIN

Working well under pressure while navigating differences is what a group of seven junior architecture students from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) consider as one of their takeaways from winning a recent architectural competition. Their design proposal “Hinto: A Glimpse of the Forgotten” bested 95 other entries at the 2022 EULAT Manila Architectural…

‘LONDON BRIDGE’ TRENDED. WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

For many of us, preparations for when a member of our family passes can be a bit uncomfortable. So much so that here in the Philippines, we try to avoid talks about deaths as much as possible. It is common to let the surviving members decide what steps to take when the inevitable comes. However,…

“WOOD WIZARD” AGI PAGKATIPUNAN SHOWCASES CREATIVITY IN “GATONG”

Nature never ceases to amaze us, even for things we consider worthless. Like fuel for a fire, “gatong” or “panggatong” is an often seen wood scrap that has less utility for people. But when one taps on their imagination and follows the weave of creativity, we can turn scraps into a masterpiece—beaming with usefulness and…

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

PRC BACK IN AKLAN TO HELP PAENG-HIT FAMILIES

The Philippine Red Cross returned to Aklan to provide food items and jerry cans, or water containers, to families affected by Severe Tropical Storm (STS) Paeng. Aklan was among the provinces severely affected by Paeng, which made landfall on October 29 and inundated several parts of the country, causing landslide and displacement. 500 families from…

PRC RELIEF OPERATIONS IN FLOOD-HIT AREAS ONGOING

Floods caused by shear line-driven heavy rains which began last Christmas weekend have displaced hundreds of families and affected the provision of basic services including drinking water, food and health in affected communities. In line with this, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) ramped up its relief operations, alongside its rescue preparations, to assist flood-hit families…

PRC STAFF, VOLUNTEERS LAUDED FOR NAZARENO 2023 AID

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) CEO and Chairman Dick Gordon praised the hard work and unwavering dedication of PRC staff and volunteers who provided medical services to devotees during the recent feast of the Black Nazarene 2023. The PRC staff and volunteers have been on standby and providing continuous assistance to devotees who needed medical…

PRC SENDS DRINKING WATER TO MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL

Flooding caused by a shear line has damaged the water supply system of the municipality of Lopez Jaena in Misamis Occidental and left residents without access to safe water. In a letter to PRC Chairman and CEO Dick Gordon, Lopez Jaena Mayor Andrea Cherry Pink Gutierrez expressed her appreciation for the Philippine Red Cross’s (PRC)…

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

T.I.P. MANILA STUDENTS PUSH FOR GREEN ENGINEERING

Motivated by their strong feelings against water pollution and its harmful effects on public health, three senior high school students from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) in Manila are trying to blaze their own trail towards the field of green engineering. Grade 12 students Mark Joseph Funilas, Nichole Emmanuelle Barcelona and Ansharina Therese…

T.I.P.IANS MAKE IT TO THE 2022 NASA SPACE APPS CHALLENGE GLOBAL FINALISTS

A group of budding computer engineers and software developers from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.), who worked on a solution for measuring open science, emerged among the Top 35 Global Finalists in the recently concluded 2022 NASA Space Apps Challenge. Open science seeks to broaden public access to a number of scientific studies…

BE HAPPY YOU DO NOT “FEEL” YOUR INSIDES

Does it ever make you wonder why we do not feel our blood as it runs in every vein in our body? Or why do you not hear your stomach digest that burrito you had for lunch? Our white blood cells fight off bacteria and viruses every millisecond, yet we do not hear or feel…

UP STATISTICAL SOCIETY’S 41ST ANNIVERSARY: ADVANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

For every pixel represents a member, and when put together, they create an image that may last forever. The UP Statistical Society celebrates its 41st Anniversary Celebration with the title POWER UP: Unlocking StatSoc @Level 41. Truly fitting for its title, the organization constantly strives to create a better environment for its members, alumni, statistics…

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