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POLITICS

P50B SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET EYED FOR PENSION FUND

The chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations said Tuesday he would file a P50-billion supplemental budget to augment the Pension and Gratuity Fund (PGF) for retired uniformed personnel in the 2021 national budget. ACT-CIS party list Representative Eric Yap made the statement after Anakalusugan party list Representative Mike Defensor, a known ally

VILLANUEVA ENDORSES KOUAME’S PINOY CITIZENSHIP BID

Senator Joel Villanueva endorsed at the Senate the granting of Filipino citizenship to Ateneo standout Ange Kouame, who is being eyed by Gilas Pilipinas as its naturalized player in the upcoming 2021 FIBA Regional Qualifiers. Villanueva, who played for the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers basketball team that strung together four consecutive championships in

PH RED CROSS, ANGKAS PARTNER FOR AID DELIVERY

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has partnered with Angkas, the first and largest app-based professional motorcycle taxi service in the country, to assist in the delivery of humanitarian interventions such as blood needs, first aid, and other responses in relation to the fight against COVID-19. “Our partnership with Angkas is a game-changer because this will

PANDEMIC GAVE WOMEN MULTIPLE ROLES -- HONTIVEROS

In celebration of International Women’s Month, Senator Risa Hontiveros lauded all Filipino women who are taking on multiple roles both at home and at the frontlines of a pandemic and an economic recession. “Ang buwan ng Marso ay isang pagbibigay pugay sa mga Pilipina para sa ating buong pusong pagtupad sa napakaraming gawain sa kabila

GOVERNMENT

DENR WILDLIFE TASK FORCE WINS UN AWARD – CIMATU

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu cited the inter-agency task force Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife or POGI for winning the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards given by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Cimatu said the award is “a testimony of the continuing commitment of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

COCONUT TRUST FUND LAW A GAME-CHANGER – DAR

Agriculture Secretary William Dar welcomes the signing by President Rodrigo Duterte of Republic Act No. 11524, or the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act (CFITF), saying the law will pave way for the efficient use of the multi-billion-peso coconut levy to uplift the livelihood of millions of farmers and sustain the development of the

PH MANUFACTURING SECTOR REMAINS STEADY – LOPEZ

Fresh off a 25-month high in January, the Philippine manufacturing sector output remained steady in February, according to a survey conducted by IHS Markit.   The Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) for the country sustained its figure at 52.5, still above the benchmark of 50 that distinguishes expansion from contraction. IHS Markit said operations inched up

DOT OPENS MORE SAFE TRAVELS STAMP APPLICATIONS

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has opened the application for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp to all DOT-accredited accommodation establishments (AEs) and tourism destinations that are open to local tourists. “With uniform travel protocols expected to stimulate domestic travel, the need for more establishments for leisure will arise,” DOT Secretary

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

BUNTAN TO SHOW FILIPINO ROOTS IN ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

Heading into her much-anticipated ONE Championship debut, 23-year-old Filipino-American Muay Thai fighter Jackie Buntan is excited to represent her Filipino roots on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition, and perhaps follow in the footsteps of a Pinoy sports legend. Buntan is scheduled to face off against rising Thai star Wondergirl Fairtex in a

SANGALANG RECOUNTS HIS ‘THE APPRENTICE’ EXPERIENCE

Following the conclusion of his professional combat sports career, Filipino Louie Sangalang pivoted to his corporate ambitions, where he developed the skills that later on earned him a spot in the upcoming reality television series, “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.” The former undefeated URCC Featherweight Champion is one of 16 “candidates” on ONE Championship’s unique

WUSHU CHAMP CATALAN: SELF DEFENSE IS IMPORTANT

Former ONE World Title challenger and wushu champion Rene “The Challenger” Catalan of the Philippines is considered one of the pillars of modern-day Filipino mixed martial arts. The 42-year-old veteran has been around the block and then some, having started martial arts at a very young age. Catalan has been practicing martial arts all his

MARTIAL ARTS NO LONGER JUST A SPORT -- TEAM LAKAY

Over the past few years, people all across the globe have increasingly turned to martial arts as their primary fitness option. It’s no longer just a sport, but also a viable alternative to traditional gym. In fact, some of the greatest martial artists in the world can attest to the very many benefits martial arts

ART, MUSIC, SCIENCE, TECH & HOBBIES

SMC SPENDS P1B TO VACCINATE 70K-STRONG WORKFORCE

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is spending close to a billion pesos for a program to vaccinate all its 70,000 employees and extended workforce for free and help the country in its effort to build a collective defense against COVID-19, which has claimed millions of lives worldwide. The company has secured COVID-19 vaccine doses from various

SMC HANDS OVER 70,000 PIECES ‘NUTRIBUN’ TO POOR

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has distributed over 70,000 “nutri-buns” to poor communities as part of its ongoing efforts to provide food aid for Filipinos still struggling to cope with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “It’s been almost a year since the pandemic started, and while we have made a lot of headway in

GLOBE MYBUSINESS GIVES MSMES EXCLUSIVE PERKS

Registering your business and renewing government registrations at the Business Process Licensing Office (BPLO) is a necessary part of running and keeping up your enterprise. It establishes your legitimacy and makes you more credible not just to the government, but also to partners, investors, clients, and customers. To aid the ever-increasing number of micro, small

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