IKOT.PH SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESSES IKOT.PH SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESSES August 24, 2020 Must Read: Practical Considerations for Political Strategists (Updated) Must Read: Practical Considerations for Political Strategists (Updated) December 9, 2020 CEBU TOURISM WORKERS 51% VAXXED – ROMULO-PUYAT CEBU TOURISM WORKERS 51% VAXXED – ROMULO-PUYAT September 27, 2021 1,152 ‘YOLANDA’ HOUSES DISTRIBUTED IN BILIRAN 1,152 ‘YOLANDA’ HOUSES DISTRIBUTED IN BILIRAN September 27, 2021 SENATE URGED: ACT ON BILL TO DEVELOP BORACAY SENATE URGED: ACT ON BILL TO DEVELOP BORACAY September 27, 2021 OK RAE YOON WINS ONE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE OK RAE YOON WINS ONE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE September 27, 2021 P1.8B IN 2022 BUDGET FOR ELECTRIFICATION PROJECTS P1.8B IN 2022 BUDGET FOR ELECTRIFICATION PROJECTS September 27, 2021 P34B ROW FUND TO COMPLETE GOV’T INFRA PROJECTS P34B ROW FUND TO COMPLETE GOV’T INFRA PROJECTS September 27, 2021 FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY OPENS IN BUTUAN CITY FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY OPENS IN BUTUAN CITY September 27, 2021 MANILA AMONG TOP ASIAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS – LOPEZ MANILA AMONG TOP ASIAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS – LOPEZ September 27, 2021

POLITICS

EXTEND VOTER REGISTRATION FOR 1 MONTH - PBA PARTY-LIST

Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list Spokesperson Atty. Migs Nograles on Friday joined the calls for the extension of the deadline for voter registration for the 2022 national and local elections. “While we acknowledge that the lockdowns imposed were necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19, these have unfortunately resulted in a fewer number of

AFFORDABLE TRAININGS FOR PROFESSIONALS URGED

Pending Congress’ review of the implementation of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act, Senator Win Gatchalian pushed for the affordability and practicality of the training programs required for the millions of registered professionals in the renewal of their licenses. “By standardizing and rationalizing the fees, as well as offering online training programs to respond to

VILLANUEVA: GIVE ALL HEALTHCARE WORKERS HAZARD PAY

All healthcare workers should all be given hazard pay and allowances for risking exposure to COVID-19 every day in private and public health institutions, Senator Joel Villanueva said. At the Senate hearing on Senate Bill No. 2371 or the Benefits for Healthcare Workers Act, Villanueva not only endorsed a proposal doubling the Special Risk Allowances

ANGARA: SUSTAIN BENEFITS FOR HEALTH WORKERS

The Senate Committee on Finance is set to present in plenary the committee report on the bill that will ensure the benefits intended for public and private health workers under the Bayanihan 1 and 2 laws will continue to be provided even after their expiry. Senate Bill 2371 filed by Senators Dick Gordon and Senator

GOVERNMENT

DA OPENS SHRIMP HATCHERY IN ORIENTAL MINDORO

Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the inauguration of the country’s first Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) Shrimp Hatchery and Broodstock Development Center in Barangay Labasan, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro recently. “It’s such a historic occasion to really emphasize that Oriental Mindoro is home to the first DA-BFAR Shrimp Hatchery in the country. Hindi

MANILA AMONG TOP ASIAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS – LOPEZ

The Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) 2021 featured anew the Philippine startup ecosystem. Ranking among the top 30 Asian ecosystems in terms of performance, the value of Manila’s startup ecosystem is at $584-M, with $101-M in total early-stage funding over the last 2.5 years. Globally, affordable talent (or the ability to hire tech talent) is

P1.8B IN 2022 BUDGET FOR ELECTRIFICATION PROJECTS

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) said P1.827 billion has been allocated to support the continued implementation of the rural electrification projects in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022. The bulk of the said amount, or P1.627 billion, is appropriated for the implementation of the Sitio Electrification Program. At least P200 million is earmarked for

1,152 ‘YOLANDA’ HOUSES DISTRIBUTED IN BILIRAN

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, in coordination with the National Housing Authority and local government officials turned over a total of 1,152 permanent housing units to qualified beneficiaries in Naval, Biliran last September 24, 2021, as part of the housing commitment of Task Force Yolanda which Nograles heads. The free housing distribution was done through a

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

FLEX FUEL'S CONCEPCION BATANGAS OPENING TOMORROW!

Convenience and premium service just got closer, with Flex Fuel’s second station in Concepcion Batangas opening tomorrow, September 24, 2021. Flex Fuel PH now has 30 operational stations! Keep winning with Flex Fuel’s Ka-Flex perks! Flex Fuel is an independent fuel company that aims to provide good quality products to all motorists and travelers at

MGA KA-FLEX, MORE WINS WITH FLEX FUEL PH TODAY!

Things just keep getting better and better! One of Flex Fuel PH’s strong suit is their resilience through the pandemic, and their not stopping anytime soon! Few days ago, Flex Fuel posted save the dates for 3 events this month, with 2 grand openings slated for this week! ANOTHER FLEX FUEL IN BATANGAS OPENS TODAY!

FLEX FUEL: PANALO KA DITO, MAGING KA-FLEX NA!

As they hustle to be one of the biggest distributors of petroleum products in the Philippines by 2030, Flex Fuel made efforts to continue operating throughout the pandemic. New Station in Batangas Now Open! Despite the weather and technical difficulties, the Grand Opening of Flex Fuel Pangao Ibaan pushed through yesterday at 5:00PM! Flex Fuel

SURVIVAL KIT: KEEPING UP WITH EMAIL ETIQUETTE

One of the downsides of working remotely is that we don’t have the same opportunities to build rapport easily, and communicate with the help of tone and facial expressions. Some businesses also streamlined through working asynchronously, which means we rely on text-based means of communicating like chat or emails. Email etiquette is important for everyone.

TRAVEL & TOURS

CHASING SUNSETS

We often see sunsets as a signal that the day is about to end. When we see the sun reaches the west, we know we are about to finish another working day or a day in class. With its beautiful colors, sunset is like the universe’s way of tapping our back for making it through

GO BACK TO BAGUIO, AS FRIENDS

Maybe they are right when they say Baguio is where broken hearts go. Be that as it may, I refuse to believe it’s a place to dump brokenness and lost souls wandering through the stillness of Baguio’s cozy ambiance. Maybe, instead of thinking of it as a boot camp for our emotional misfits, we should

MORE THAN HOME, QUEZON CITY IS A HAVEN

Quezon City, the city of the stars. The second richest city in the country and the best place for a food crawl. One would never run out of things to do and go to in this city. From its rich history down to the dishes that land on your table, Quezon City offers a wide

MISSING THE FLAVORS OF SOUTH KOREA

I first had the opportunity to visit South Korea in 2015. As soon as I got off the plane and processed where I was, I really felt a connection with the place. This was odd for me because I knew almost nothing about Korea. At the time, I had only started watching some Korean dramas

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

BED PILLOWS: COMFORT AND CARE

Proper bed pillows reinforce and support the complex structures of the head, neck, shoulders, hips, and spine during sleep. This is because they keep the upper body aligned, and are able to relieve pressure and offset tension spots in the body.  HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BED PILLOWS Size Because of this purpose, the pillows

LIFESTYLE-RELATED DISEASES IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC

They say that you don’t kick the habit until you hit rock bottom. Unfortunately, some of these habits can cause unhealthy effects on our bodies. For one, lifestyle-related diseases are caused by unhealthy habits, which we may find challenging to get rid of. The Department of Health defined cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and some

TO MILK TEA AND BEYOND

Milk tea or Bubble tea. A thirst-quenching, flavorful drink with irresistibly fun to chew pearls. During the first decade of the millennium, we were introduced to pearl shakes. Those iced-shaken powdered drinks with weirdly large ‘dyahe’ straws—yeah, big straws used to be so weird back then. Come the second decade of the ’00s; a new craze came

FOOD ALLERGIES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Food allergies are the unusual response of the body’s immune system to certain food items. Here in the Philippines, the common food allergy triggers include cow’s milk, nuts, soy, and seafood, to name a few. While allergic responses are generally minor, some reactions can cause more long-term harm when ignored. What are food allergic responses?

FASHION & BEAUTY

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

SAAN GALING 'YON: MOISTURIZERS

Moisturizers are part of almost all skincare regimen. This ensures that the skin has enough moisture to give it thecapacity to heal itself. Generally, skin care doesn’t have a lot of medical and scientific research backing. But as a society, we have been using moisturizers for a long time. NATURAL OILS According to research, our prehistoric

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

OK RAE YOON WINS ONE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE

ONE Championship™ (ONE) electrified the Singapore Indoor Stadium with ONE: REVOLUTION, which aired live on Friday, 24 September. The event featured a completely stacked card of mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and kickboxing matches, headlined by three World Title bouts. In the main event, #3-ranked lightweight Ok Rae Yoon stunned longtime titleholder Christian Lee to

JAJA SANTIAGO: THE FUTURE OF PHILIPPINE VOLLEYBALL

Some fans would have my head sent on a pike for saying this, but Jaja Santiago is the Philippines’ future of volleyball. Despite issues looming around the sport and its officiating bodies, an athlete that should have been recognized long before the accolades she has been amassing on the international stage has emerged to become

INIONG HAPPY TO SEE OLSIM MAKE HER OWN NAME IN ONE

Much has been said about the new breed of Team Lakay fighters as the likes of Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, and Jhanlo Mark Sangiao have all garnered hype upon their arrival in ONE Championship. But make no mistake about it, that excitement isn’t limited to the legendary stable’s

ARTS & CULTURE

RAINBOW MAGIC: HOW COLOR AFFECTS US

The average human eye can register 300 different color shades, and can distinguish up to about a million. Colors are a big part of our lives. Because of this, most of us find it difficult even imagining a life without it. Colors hold so much importance and meaning to us that it can spur emotions.

SARILING ATIN: FILIPINO IDIOMS

In honor of Buwan ng Wika, we´ll talk about Filipino Idiomatic Expressions. Idioms are phrases or sayings that are used to describe a situation. They are a type of figurative language that gives us the opportunity to describe our circumstances or express ourselves in a more creative way. Idioms also help you understand and speak

ART AND OUR EMANCIPATION

It has been almost two years since the pandemic shifted our lives. An era that continues to challenge our daily living, to this day, and pushed some of us to the brink of giving up. No industry or sector was spared by the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic. People losing their jobs, sources of income

TOP JAPANESE FILMS: MAKOTO SHINKAI

Whether it be through cartoon animation or ramen, which sounds so good right now in this rainy weather, Japanese culture has been making waves in various landscapes in the country, long before the dominance of our Oppas and Noonas from K-dramas and K-pop scene. Shout out to the ARMYs and BLINKs out there! For this

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

HOW TO ATTRACT GARDEN BIRDS

Did you know that there’s a variety of garden birds that roam around our cities? The most common birds are the Maya, the Euronesian sparrow that we can find almost anywhere in the Philippines; and the Bato-bato, or what is also called a zebra dove for its dove-like appearance and gray and white colors. But

FILIPINO WOMEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FETED

Over 270 students, workers, and professionals related to construction listened to inspiring stories of Filipino women in the construction industry in an event hosted by FilPass Tamperproof Tech Inc. last September 1 via AirMeet and FilPass’ Facebook page. The Industry Academe Linkage for Construction Series: Women in Construction is the third episode in the set

TALK TACKLES FILIPINO WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

For the longest time, women have been robbed of opportunities to succeed – such is the case in the Philippine construction industry. With that, FilPass Tamperproof Tech Inc. will be holding a virtual talk titled, “Industry Academe Linkage for Construction Series: Women in Construction” on September 1, 2021 via AirMeet and streamed live on the

SA’N GALING ‘YON: YO-YO EDITION

The yo-yo is a toy that often dies down but manages to come back. This is usually through revolutionary evolutions of the toy itself or through evolutions on how it’s played. Because of this, the toy always seems to be a contemporary product. Unknown to many, the yo-yos, although not called that until the 1920s,

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

PHILIPPINE WEEDS: MIMOSA PUDICA

The Philippines is a country that has good soil and resources. Many plant species thrive here because of it. In the Common Weed Species with Medicinal Uses (RISE Vol. 21, No. 1) published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, they outlined 27 common weed species in the Philippines. One of these is the

MECHANICAL KEYBOARD: IS IT WORTH IT?

Increase in popularity of computer games, and computer-dependent professions has brought the mechanical keyboard back for a better typing experience. Some of the biggest differences in mechanical and membrane keyboards are aesthetics, experience, and price. The mechanical keyboard is usually a lot more expensive than the regular keyboards even with the same specifications. Let’s talk

#TIL: FILIPINO INVENTIONS

Pilipinas, a nation of more than 7,000 islands and over 170 languages. Additionally, you have always been home to inventions from resilient and brilliant Filipino minds. You are the source of inspiration for so many young, innovative minds to stand up to the rigors of changes in the modern world. Our reason for pushing through

SYNESTHESIA: BLENDING OF SENSES

Just like how we might hear different things even while we listen to the same track, or see different colors even when we’re looking at the same dress (yes, the blue and black or white and gold dress debate!), we all experience senses differently. Sometimes, our difference in perception is little, but with some individuals,