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POLITICS

POE: ‘BANGKO SA BARYO’ TO AID PANDEMIC-HIT POOR

Senator Grace Poe underscored the need to establish banking services in remote communities as more people turn to digital transactions on worries of coronavirus transmission. Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies, led a virtual public hearing to tackle bills seeking to institutionalize Bangko sa Baryo that will allow banks

TOLENTINO: CLASSROOM CLASSES IN LOW-RISK AREAS

Senator Francis Tolentino is pushing for the gradual resumption of face-to-face classes in low-risk island provinces in the country for the upcoming opening of the school year in September amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with ANC’s Headstart, Tolentino stressed that island provinces such as Guimaras, Biliran, Batanes, and Camiguin which have low

INMATES SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE – ESCUDERO

Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure that inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) would be able to exercise their rights to vote in the May 2022 local and national elections. In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Escudero said the rights of these PDLs should be upheld

LANDBANK OPENS 1ST MOBILE BRANCH IN PAMPANGA

The Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) officially inaugurated its first mobile facility here serving as a pop-up branch to reach more Filipinos in underserved communities. “We are very proud to inaugurate the very first Landbank mobile branch in the country, right here, especially first in the City of San Fernando,” Landbank branch banking sector

GOVERNMENT

DPWH COMPLETES NEW SIPALAY CITY BRIDGE – VILLAR

The tourism industry in the southern part of Negros Island is seen to thrive after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently constructed a bridge that now facilitates a more convenient access to the pristine beaches of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. Secretary Mark Villar said that the construction of the 75-lineal meter bridge

FAMILY ROOM SHARING OK IN QUARANTINE HOTELS -- DOT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) reminded accredited accommodation establishments operating as quarantine hotels to allow room sharing for individuals belonging in the same household traveling together, especially families with minors. “We have received reports that some DOT-accredited accommodation establishments operating as quarantine hotels have been implementing a one-room-one-person policy even for travelers coming from the

LOPEZ TO MSMES: JOIN ASEAN ONLINE SALE DAY

The Philippines, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will be participating in the second ASEAN Online Sale Day (AOSD) which will be held on 8-10 August 2021. The AOSD is held annually on the occasion of the ASEAN Founding Anniversary to boost online consumer trade in the region and enhance stronger collaboration between

2nd PH AGRI-INDUSTRIAL HUB RISES IN TAGUIG – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will establish the first Agri-industrial Business Corridor (ABC) for freshwater aquaculture and urban farming in Taguig, in partnership with the city government and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA). Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano and LLDA General Manager Jaime Medina forged an agreement commencing the 10-year project,

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

VACCINATED? CHECK OUT THESE BENEFITS FROM INGAT ANGAT

Remember when everyone in the world was at the edge of the seat waiting for vaccines? Remember that time when we were confined in our homes and are unable to go to places or dine in our favorite restaurants and coffee places? Those days will soon be over, and you will be the most significant

JUXTAPOSING MANILA COST OF LIVING

Manila is Southeast Asia’s third most expensive city to live in – just behind Singapore and Bangkok. Need to take a second to let that sink in? It came as no surprise, though, given almost everything in the nation’s capital seems to have exorbitant cost. But what’s surprising, perhaps, is that the city also recorded

SA FLEXFUEL, TAYO ANG BIDA!

Are you looking for a good investment? Do you want to build your passive income? Have you ever thought of opening a franchise or a gasoline station? Try FLEXFUEL! FLEXFUEL is an independent fuel company that was incorporated in April 2019. Its goal is to provide opportunities for individuals to own a gasoline business through

SMC TAPS LOCAL DRESSMAKERS TO PRODUCE PPES

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) packaging unit San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation (SMYPC) has begun local production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the medical sector, tapping community-based tailors and dressmakers to assemble the protective suits, using medical fabric produced in its woven products facility in Malaysia. SMC president Ramon S. Ang underscored the

TRAVEL & TOURS

TALE OF THREE SISTERS: ANAWANGIN, NAGSASA, AND CAPONES

Few kilometers away, a mountain top in Zambales is spewing lava. The wind blowing the ashes quickly – forming an eruption cloud, making the skies look like they’re burning. Three young siblings, Anawangin, Nagsasa, and Capones, witness their Mother Pinatubo release her cataclysmic wrath. Anger dissipates, and after hours of darkness, ashes start falling to

OFF THE WALL: THE WORLD'S OLDEST CHINATOWN

Binondo, the country’s Chinatown and the world’s oldest, continues to brim with pride. It held its fort from its humble beginnings when it was all just a flat, marshy land until it erected buildings and establishments of cultural relevance. Binondo’s heritage can be traced back to the Spanish colonial era when Chinese immigrants were restricted

PORT BARTON & BALABAC: THE LAST FRONTIER’S LAST FRONTIERS

One of the perks of living in a tropical country is that you never run out of places to go to when you feel like connecting with nature. Away from the busts and noise of the city life, sometimes one can’t stop thinking about lounging on the beach, walking barefoot in fine white sands, drinking

CHAO LONG: TASTE OF HOME

Palawan is known for its majestic sceneries. From the UNESCO World Heritage Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park, up to the Crocodiles in Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre, the place just never stops to impress. As a true-blue Palaweño, one thing that I always look forward to whenever I visit my humble hometown is Chao

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

HUMAN CONNECTION AND WELLNESS

If you’ve played the sims before, you’d know that one of the bars you need to fill in is the social bar. All my life I pegged it at us just being innately social beings that needs connection and never questioned it. Socialization is natural – not just for humans but for many, if not

WHO WE ARE AS FOOD?

If the food we eat is what we are, then who are we? Filipino cuisine has been around for centuries. It went through several changes of the seasons and colonial influence. These are evident in every food we serve on the table today. But when it comes down to it, what does our food really

SAAN GALING 'YON: BUBBLE MILK TEA

Let’s talk about one of my favorites: Milk tea! This is usually my go-to when I’m stressed or when I want something that’s equally refreshing and filling. My usual flavor favorites are either Taro or Brown Sugar. Both go really well with pearls or tapioca, but I sometimes pair it with egg pudding. Bubble milk

DOWNS OF THE HUSTLE

Living in the city, and having been raised here, a lot of how I view myself and my value is based on what I can do and what I can offer. There’s huge pressure on being able to prove myself worthy and back that up with achievements and visible proofs of success. We’re pressured to

FASHION & BEAUTY

SAAN GALING 'YON: MAKEUP

Throughout history, cosmetics have been used for aesthetic and practical reasons. We use it to feel more beautiful and confident. And, also, as protection from the sun, pollution, and other elements that are harmful to the skin if directly exposed. Makeup was first seen in ancient Egypt, when it was used as a symbol of

GET YOUR CURLS ON

Having dry, curly hair is frustrating. If you’re like me, then you’ve spent a long period of your life relying on getting your hair straightened or rebonded. It was always too dry or looked like a big lion’s mane and that was my only go-to at the time. After going with it for almost 10

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

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

THREE B’S OF THE PHILIPPINES

The Philippines prides itself on its three Bs: Basketball, Boxing, and Beauty Pageants. These three might as well be our country’s identifier considering their massive following and influence. Remember when Pacman was just starting to make waves? Not just in the country but also in various international arenas – breaking records after records?How the streets

ONE RETURNS WITH ONE: BATTLEGROUND ON 30 JULY

ONE has announced the full card for ONE: BATTLEGROUND, which will broadcast live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 30 July. In the main event, reigning ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defends his World Title against Thai phenom Prajanchai PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym. In the co-main event, former two-division ONE World Champion Aung

BOARDS & PIECES: CHESS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Chess is a competitive 2-player game. It is played on a board with 64 squares of contrasting colors which are usually black and white. The game is played by using abstract strategies and tactics using 16 pieces per player. The pieces are called chessmen: 1 king piece, 1 queen piece, 2 rook pieces, 2 bishop

#TIL: PHILIPPINE SPORTS

#TIL – Sports, an ever-present aspect of our culture, has been a consistent source of pride and nationalism. It’s always a source of inspiration to young and aspiring athletes and even non-athletes. Filipino athletes will again have another shot to make our country proud again. Nineteen of the country’s best athletes will be gunning to

ARTS & CULTURE

CONFERENCE TO TACKLE CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of new societal and cultural norms have emerged. Some are well-known, while others are isolated only to communities where they exist. It will always be better to be knowledgeable about these new emerging cultures as they contribute to the betterment of our society at large.  Thus,

WHO WE ARE AS FOOD?

If the food we eat is what we are, then who are we? Filipino cuisine has been around for centuries. It went through several changes of the seasons and colonial influence. These are evident in every food we serve on the table today. But when it comes down to it, what does our food really

CINEMALAYA: VANGUARD OF PINOY INDIE FILMS

Cinemalaya, the country’s premier independent film festival, has produced some of the best movies that graced the Philippine cinemas. It has been a breeding ground for filmmakers and actors who wish to break boundaries and create statements through the art of filmmaking. Since Cinemalaya started in 2005, we witnessed old and new representations with their

FINDING PEACE IN ROOTEDNESS: KUBLAI MILLAN

“My source is endless, as an artist. In my search for the heavens, I have to look down instead of looking up. Down to Earth is my way up to heaven. Mindanao, amongst islands, is the closest to Earth. “ Art is an essential element of society. It depicts life, culture, and state of mind

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

CONFERENCE TO TACKLE CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of new societal and cultural norms have emerged. Some are well-known, while others are isolated only to communities where they exist. It will always be better to be knowledgeable about these new emerging cultures as they contribute to the betterment of our society at large.  Thus,

SURVIVAL KIT: DEALING WITH WRITER’S BLOCK

Writing isn’t always easy. It involves planning, research, fact-checking, inspiration, among other things. Sometimes, it takes much more time than we anticipate, even if it’s just writing about simple topics or topics that we know a lot about. In some cases, we might take time to write because of writer’s block. Writer’s block is when

D&D: STORIES THROUGH DICE

Role-playing games, or RPGs, are interactive and collaborative games. Players of RPGs create or choose their own characters and play that role throughout the game. The players, then, move around the fictional setting based on the rules or guidelines of the game. There are also different kinds of Role-playing games. There are video games, table-top

GO HIT THE BOOKS, THEY DON’T HIT BACK

You may have been asked the dreaded question about the number of books you read per year. If so, there is a very good reason why some people often ask this question. Reading is, not just what? FUN-damental! It is also necessary for the growth of our cognitive abilities. Needless to say, the less you

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

#TIL: DO YOU KNOW YOUR BODY?

The human body comprises various systems that work hand in hand to produce a single move. Even when we are asleep or at a standstill, our body continues to function 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our body is like a hard shell filled with many functions, some we might not even be

SURVIVAL KIT: REMOTE WORK TOOLS & TIPS!

Since the pandemic started, plenty of businesses have transitioned into the digital space. This could mean having more digital processes, or people on remote work or transitioning to a work-from-home setting. I previously gave you some tips on how to declutter your physical spaces, now we proceed to your digital spaces! Why is this important?

#TIL: 5 TRIVIA PICKS OF THE WEEK

#TIL or Today I Learned will give you your weekly dose of trivia and fun facts – title of this weekly piece excluded, but sure! Go add it to your urban dictionary. This week, we are giving you trivia items you may have already heard of but have already forgotten. Of course! While trivia items belong to

SOCIAL MEDIA: GOING VIRAL AND GOING GONE

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, etc. It would be hard to find someone who has not heard, in this internet era, at least one of these social media platforms. When traditional reading, viewing, and listening pivoted to digital platforms, our screen time also increased. It