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POLITICS

CONCERN RAISED OVER UDENNA MALAMPAYA BUYOUT

Senator Win Gatchalian expressed grave concern over the country’s power situation following reports that businessman Dennis Uy of Udenna Corporation is mulling selling his controlling stakes in the Malampaya deepwater gas-to-power project. “With the expiration of Malampaya’s service contract in 2024, the depletion of the remaining reserves in the gas field by 2027, and now

LEGARDA LAUNCHES ANTIQUE TRADE FAIR

Recognizing the significance of culture and tourism in empowering micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), showcasing local products, and promoting the province as a premier ecotourism destination, Antique Representative and Senator-elect Loren Legarda continues to invest invaluable support in culture-based livelihood and protection of natural wonders all over the province. Legarda’s longtime advocacy was top

BELMONTE ORDERS QCPD, BJMP TO PROBE QC JAIL RIOT

The Quezon City government has ordered authorities to investigate the riot between rival gangs at the Quezon City Jail recently that left one inmate dead and several others hurt. Mayor Joy Belmonte has directed the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to look into the incident that

BATAC CITY HONORS FARMERS WITH WEEKLONG FESTIVAL

Officials and residents in the city of Batac, Ilocos Norte are once again showing their gratitude to their farmers through a weeklong festivity that includes activities like vlogging and doing TikTok challenges. Hosted by the city government of Batac and led by reelected Mayor Albert Chua, the week-long farmers festival kicked off with a thanksgiving

GOVERNMENT

DISPLAY THE PH FLAG PROPERLY – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) issued an advisory reminding accommodation establishments (AEs) to practice and observe proper procedures in displaying the Philippine flag within their premises. “Displaying our country’s flag is a sign of pride and patriotism as it reflects our loyalty and commitment to the Philippines,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat stressed. “It should be

BRIONES RECOGNIZES LEARNERS WHO WON INT’L AWARDS

Education Secretary Leonor Briones praised Filipino learners who excellently represented the Philippines in international science, mathematics, and research competitions in the past years. Briones cited the recent triumph of Oriental Mindoro National High School’s Grade 10 STEM learners Symone Monika Yambao and Juliene Gabrielle Catibog in the 12th Regional Congress Search for SEAMEO Young Scientists’

DAR LAUDS MANGATAREM COMMUNITY RICE FARM PROJECT

Agriculture Secretary William Dar commended the success of around 400 Pangasinense farmers who participated in the Philippine Rice Research Institute’s (PhilRice) RiceBIS Community Modern Farms Project in Mangatarem, Pangasinan. The RiceBIS Community Modern Farms Project is the brainchild of agriculture steward Dr. Inocencio Bolo, most notable for his role as Director for Field Operations during

DISPOSE OF CAMPAIGN MATERIALS PROPERLY -- SAMPULNA

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna urged the candidates in the 2022 national and local elections to clean up and dispose of campaign materials in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. “Win or lose, these candidates must consider the long-term consequences

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

DOLE CITES SMC FOR ‘MALASAKIT’ AMID PANDEMIC

For hiring and regularizing some 25,000 former workers of its third-party providers, strict compliance with labor laws, and a commitment to help over 70,000 employees in its nationwide network throughout the pandemic, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) was given special recognition by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as an exemplary Filipino company, with malasakit (care) for

BBB 2022: Next Level Entrepreneurship

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? As the pandemic continues to test the Philippine economy, there has been a great rise in the number of small home businesses, from home bakers to small clothing stores, and everything in between. In order to support the growing number of micro, small, and

Coworking Is a Billion-Dollar Industry: How to Be a Part of It?

Right off the bat, we love coworking because it’s the utopia of a perfect work environment. The stress-free work atmosphere gets you on the go on whatever it is you’re working on. In this article, you’ll find out how the billion-dollar industry is loved by millions of people worldwide. What Is Coworking? Before we dive

TRAVEL & TOURS

RENOVATED MOUNT DATA HOTEL REOPENS TO TOURISTS

Officials of Bauko, Mountain Province have expressed confidence that the re-opening of the Mount Data Hotel will further boost the tourism industry of this town and province amid the global pandemic. “I am a believer in the contribution of tourism to the economy and with Mt. Data Hotel operating, it will boost Bauko, Mt. Province tourism,

DIY TRIP'S PROS AND CONS

Are all your bags packed and ready to go? If you can no longer wait for that next trip to the beach to get some #VitaminSea, read through to ensure that your trip will definitely be one for the books! Find out if a DIY trip is for you. Thanks to the loosening of restrictions

OF TIDES OF HOPE AND PROMISES IN THE SUNSET

Sunset signals the end of a day. A reminder that no matter how long and tiring a day was, rest is inevitable.We often say that to carry on and move forward, we need to let go of some things to make our journey easy. When a crippled place begins to regain what is lost, some

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

FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

STROKE IN FILIPINO YOUNG ADULTS

The muscles in your arms stiffen. Heart pounds like a beating drum. Head in the clouds. The sound of your sigh in despair echoes across the room. Your body starts to tremble, and there seems to be nothing you can do but lie on the ground until it’s over. At first, you think it’s just

START YOUR DAY WITH THIS

In building better habits, it’s also important to pay attention to how we start our day. For some of us, the first thing we do is check our phones. In doing so, we can be giving ourselves unnecessary stress. What happens as soon as we wake up? Since we came from rest, our bodies experience

BREATHING AND THE GIFT OF PAPER BAGS

The most important thing in our lives is usually the ones we barely exert effort for. They remain to be our bridge between the living and the opposite—like breathing. Breathing is the most important thing in our life. Without it, the very basics of existence become moot. Just like how plants need oxygen to bring

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

FASHION & BEAUTY

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.

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

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

PBA’S REVIEW OF UNIFORM PLAYER’S CONTRACT LAUDED

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list on Thursday lauded the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) plan to review the Uniform Player’s Contract (UPC) of its players. “Considering that the PBA’s UPC is already 40 years old and has not been amended since, it is high time that it be updated to better reflect the current

PBA PARTY-LIST: QUARANTINE TEAM PH POST-SEA GAMES

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list urged the delegates to the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam to quarantine when they get back to the Philippines to limit exposure to the coronavirus. PBA Party-list spokesperson Atty. Migs Nograles issued the call after the Philippine College of Physicians asked the government to bring back

ABSENTEE VOTING FOR SEA GAMES DELEGATES URGED

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party list on Wednesday urged the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to allow members of the Philippine delegation to the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to avail of local absentee voting privileges. “Our election day is only three days away from the SEA Games, and by then our delegates will

PBA PARTY-LIST LAUDS EALA DOMINANCE IN W25 TOURNEY

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list lauded tennis sensation Alex Eala for dominating the W25 Chiang Rai tournament in Thailand. Eala, currently the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 533, beat hometown bet and WTA World No. 955 Luksika Kumkhum, 6-4, 6-2, to clinch the W25 Chiang Rai title. “We congratulate Alex on her

ARTS & CULTURE

FILIPINO: A QUICK TRAIL OF OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a time when there were no words you could use to describe an object or express what you feel? I dare imagine it would be as taxing as giving a direction you do not know yourself. Thankfully, learning a language is quick and natural when we are

TASADAY CONTROVERSY: WHAT WEIGHS MORE?

If the outcome is cultural distortion, then some things are better left undiscovered. Same goes with people and groups of people. In the case of South Cotabato’s Tasaday, did we bring help and protection or did we tarnish a quiet culture free from the influence of the modern world? In 1971, the head of the

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

HOBBIES & ADVOCACIES

PUP YCG presents 9th edition of PUP Radio Conference 2022

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)’s DZMC-Young Communicator’s Guild (YCG) presented its 9th edition of PUP Radio Conference 2022 yesterday, via Zoom. If you missed it, you can still catch the Facebook Livestream today at 1:00PM! PUP Radio Conference 2022 With the theme “REVAMP: The Media Blueprint in Reclaiming the Republic,” the PUP Radio

JSWAP-PLM celebrates World Social Work Day

“Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.” – Andrés Tapia  As the world evolves, social workers serve as catalysts for change throughout decades, embarking on a journey towards achieving inclusive development in light of the diversity of individuals, societies and communities. Social workers are essential to nation building and therefore deserve to

SMC TO BUILD P50M SPORTS CENTER IN BATANGAS

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will build a P50-million sports center in Balayan, Batangas as part of its commitment to help develop homegrown athletes who can compete in local and international sports competitions, as well as promote health and wellness in the town and throughout the province of Batangas. This was announced recently by SMC President

SMC PLANTS 3.8 MILLION TREES IN 3 YEARS

San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) group-wide reforestation initiative nationwide has yielded 3.8 million trees since 2019 to date, even as it recently completed planting over 26,000 trees in Angat, Bulacan together with the town’s Dumagat communities.  The initiative is among SMC’s major environmental sustainability projects aimed at helping address the impacts of climate change through the

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

9th NGC: Aim for the Apex!

National Geology Congress (NGC) is back in its 9th year with all events conducted ONLINE and FREE OF CHARGE. Calling all teachers, high school students, geosciences majors, and earth science enthusiasts! Watch out for these dates: EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS’ WEBINAR (ESTW):  April 2 This is a webinar for high school teachers featuring techniques for teaching

Get Ready For Lift-Off At NAW 2022

The 29th National Astronomy Week is just around the corner! On the third week of February, the country will celebrate its annual National Astronomy Week, a celebration aiming to broaden the public interest and understanding of astronomy, especially in our unique Filipino experience. In line with this, the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society will

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR GADGETS

Quality gadgets don’t come cheap, especially if you work with graphics or use them for extended periods of time on a regular basis. Because they are not readily replaceable, it is essential to take proper care of your equipment in order to keep them operating smoothly for as long as possible while also ensuring 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