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POLITICS

ABANTE: DOTR’S 'NO VAX NO RIDE' ORDER UNNECESSARY

With the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) “no vaccination, no ride” policy set to be fully implemented on Monday, January 17,  Deputy Speaker Benny Abante, Jr. urged the DOTr to reconsider and rescind its department order prohibiting unvaccinated individuals from riding public utility vehicles, and said on Friday that there were already safeguards in place to

BIR URGED: SUSPEND ONLINE TRANSFER FEES AMID COVID

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the banking community to suspend the collection of fees on online money transfers while COVID-19 cases peak. “With a number of banks shortening their operating hours, some banks even temporarily closing as some of their employees have also contracted the disease or manifested symptoms

GORDON TO SSS MEMBERS: BE WARY OF ONLINE SCAMMERS

Senator Dick Gordon warned Social Security System (SSS) members and their employers to take extra precaution against scammers amid the recent rise in the number of fraudulent incidents, especially during pandemic. Gordon, who chairs the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises, urged SSS members and their employers alike not to disclose sensitive information

SENATE TO HONOR F. SIONIL JOSE – DE LIMA

Senator Leila de Lima filed a Proposed Senate Resolution honoring the late National Artist for Literature, F. Sionil Jose, for his invaluable contributions to Philippine literature. De Lima, a champion of social justice and human rights, said Jose’s pieces depict social issues and struggles and emphasize the importance of social justice, thereby immortalizing arts in

GOVERNMENT

DEPED BAGS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARD

The Department of Education (DepEd) has been recognized as one of the top-requested and top-performing agencies in frontline service through its electronic Freedom of Information (e-FOI) Portal during the 2021 FOI Awards. “We acknowledged that the right to information is constitutional, and the Department is making sure that the free exchange of information is unhindered

PASAY QUARANTINE FACILITIES STILL OK – MERCADO

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger Mercado inspected an operational modular health facility suitable for mandatory quarantine put up by DPWH National Capital Region (NCR) in Pasay City. “We are checking if facilities, after months of use, remain conducive to people experiencing mild symptoms or if we need to undertake preventive maintenance

PH EXPORTS UP BY 15.2% IN 2021 – LOPEZ

Despite continued disruptions in the global economy due to COVID-related restrictions, the Philippine exports grew by 15.2% from January to November 2021 to $68.4B compared to the same period in 2020, based on Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) preliminary data. Philippine merchandise exports increased by 6.6% year-on-year (YOY) amounting to $6.3B in November 2021 from $5.9B

DEPED BOOSTS RIGHTS-BASED EDUCATION - BRIONES

The Department of Education (DepEd), through its Legal Affairs strand, highlighted the different initiatives of the agency in promoting and implementing rights-based education (RBE) for this year. In her year-end report during the DepEd General Assembly, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Josephine Maribojoc highlighted the advocacy of the agency to develop happy, well-rounded, and smart

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

CONSUMER SENTIMENTS: SPENDING NOW VS. SAVING FOR LATER

One of the many exciting things about the holiday season is how spending seem justifiable. We buy gifts for our friends and loved ones, we spend a little more on meals, and we buy ourselves something nice. These are all okay, so long as your resources can afford them while keeping the rest in case

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

TRAVEL & TOURS

TOURISM WORKERS, THE BRIGHT SPOTS OF PHILIPPINE TOURISM INDUSTRY

The Philippines is known worldwide for its excellent tourist attractions. This fact is proven by the number of international vloggers and travel pages that constantly put various spots in the country on their top lists. The country was getting so much attention—thanks to these global features. But when the pandemic started, everything was put on

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DOMESTIC TRAVELS

Travelers wearing face masks, strolling the long stretch of a white sand beach, socially distanced, and sanitizing hands from time to time. This is how traveling looks like these days. The new normal, as they call it. But these are all things most of us don’t mind adhering to. After all, to travel or be

EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS IN VARIOUS PLACES IN THE COUNTRY

It’s the second Christmas season we’ll be celebrating in a time of the pandemic. Some of us were forced to stay indoors and be away from our families for months. Others, to this day, still couldn’t spend time with their families due to the restrictions in their hometowns. Our chances of being with our family

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

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

ORAL HYGIENE: TAKE CARE OF YOUR SMILE

You’re never truly dressed without a smile. Oral hygiene is something that is often overlooked and taken for granted. Dental hygiene is usually associated as being purely for aesthetics and physical appearance. But good oral health is part of our overall well-being. It can affect how we speak, our ability to eat and can even

STOP THE SNEEZE: WAYS TO REDUCE ALLERGIES

Airborne allergens, insect stings, or ingested food or medication triggers allergies. For airborne allergens, the common triggers are usually the concentration of pollen, dust or dander in a given space. Exposure to these allergens can trigger mild to severe sneezing, coughing, allergic asthma, and even headaches and inflamed eyes.  Airborne allergens are common substances that

WEAR MASKS THAT OFFER THE BEST PROTECTION

You may have already heard by now that many of us experience symptoms of the still-dreaded COVID-19 virus. Despite nearly half of the population completing their primary vaccine doses, some still fell ill and caught the virus. Fortunately, though, it protected them from experiencing the worse symptoms of the virus that could lead to hospitalization—an

NEW YEAR, BETTER ME: BUILDING HEALTHIER HABITS

Starting the new year often includes making new year resolutions, planning the year ahead, and aiming for a better year than the last. With goals as a main core of resolutions, this can sometimes cause unnecessary pressure and stress. It may be best to dig deeper and ask why you want those goals in the

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

GIVE SEA GAMES ATHLETES STRICT BUBBLE TRAINING

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list said the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) must ensure that all training bubbles for athletes bound for the coming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will be totally sanitized and secured to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 infections. This, after PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez said the usual training venues for Team

PBA PARTY-LIST SLAMS PATAFA FOR DROPPING OBIENA

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list on Tuesday slammed the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) over the organization’s decision to drop Olympic pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena from its national training pool. “This is not how we treat our athletes, especially those who show great potential! The other sports organizations should learn

PBA PARTY-LIST CALLS FOR JUICO’S RESIGNATION

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA party-list) on Thursday called on Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) president Phillip Juico to resign from his post. PBA Party-list spokesperson Atty. Migs Nograles issued the statement after Juico was declared persona non grata by the Philippine Olympic Committee following the PATAFA chief’s public spat with Olympic

ATHLETES IN ‘ODETTE’ RELIEF EFFORTS HAILED

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list lauded Filipino athletes who took the initiative of raising donations for those affected by the onslaught of typhoon Odette. Nograles, in particular, commended Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and national beach volleyball team member Sisi Rondina for using their influence and reach on social media to call for

ARTS & CULTURE

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER?

It’s that time of the year when we indulge ourselves in knowing our odds. Many of us subscribe to astrology and Chinese predictions in the hopes of knowing what color would be best worn on what day to bring good luck. Are the odds in your favor? Let’s find out what the year of the

12 FACTS FOR CHRISTMAS: PART 3

Apat na tulog na lang, pasko na! Since the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, Christmas has always been a very important part of our culture and lives. So important that we have the longest-running celebrations of the season compared to any other country. Holiday preparations, including jingles and carols, can be heard once the

12 FACTS FOR CHRISTMAS: PART 2

Last time, we talked about Christmas or holiday trivia revolving around songs, movies, and books. Today, let’s talk about four of some of the odd and crazy traditions or celebrations that some people do over the upcoming holidays. ICYMI: 12 FACTS FOR CHRISTMAS: PART 1 FACT # 5: Krampus is part of a centuries-old German

SAAN GALING 'YON: GLASS

If you live in the city, you’d most likely see glass everywhere. It makes up our windows, screens, glasses, and other items. It is sand that is melted using extreme heat and formed into almost any shape or form. The color and quality depends on the process and the type of sand that you use.

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

HOW DOES IT WORK: SOAP

Each square centimeter of skin on our hands contains an estimated 1,500 germs. We’re also prone to subconsciously touching our eyes, noses, and mouths. To avoid getting sick because of the bacteria on our skin, we should wash our hands with soap often. This also helps prevent the spread of these bacteria to others. This

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

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

WEAR MASKS THAT OFFER THE BEST PROTECTION

You may have already heard by now that many of us experience symptoms of the still-dreaded COVID-19 virus. Despite nearly half of the population completing their primary vaccine doses, some still fell ill and caught the virus. Fortunately, though, it protected them from experiencing the worse symptoms of the virus that could lead to hospitalization—an

HOW IT WORKS: WIRELESS CHARGERS

In the past few years, mobile phones and other portable devices have started to include wireless charging technology to its features. With its increased popularity and only recent developments, it’s hard to believe that the technology for wireless chargers has actually been around since the late nineteenth century.  History of wireless charging In 1831, Michael

GET VACCINATED—IT’S FREE; GETTING SICK ISN’T

Vaccinated yet? It is of utmost importance to get as much protection we can get especially with the rising cases of Omicron in other parts of the world and the recent reports about the local cases of the COVID-19 variant in the country. One of the major goals of the country’s vaccination drive is to

KAPNAYAN 2022: UPLB CHEMICAL SOCIETY HOSTS CHEMISTRY FAIR ONLINE

The UPLB Chemical Society, a duly recognized academic organization in the University of the Philippines Los Baños, will be hosting KAPNAYAN 2022. This event is a nationwide Chemistry fair for high school students entitled The Prescribed Dose. The theme is “Immunizing Minds Through Chemical Literacy Against the Infodemic”. The event will be conducted through online