MMSU, PhilRice put up rice paddy art in honor of late President Ferdinand Marcos

BATAC CITY— The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) here launched Tuesday the first paddy art in Ilocos region as a tribute to the many contributions of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in Philippine agriculture. Dubbed as FEM 101, the paddy art, which is established at the northern portion …

Kumbira culinary show opens “Kitchens of Mindanao”

Cagayan de Oro (August 15)– The most awaited largest culinary show and competition in Northern Mindanao, Kumbira, launches its grand opening, with the theme, “Kitchens of Mindanao.” Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA), the organizer, seeks to promote the diverse Mindanaon culinary culture and for everybody to explore and experience the distinctive cuisine. …

House okays prohibiting discriminatory acts vs. women employees

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure prohibiting acts of discrimination against women in the workplace. The lower chamber passed via voice vote House Bill No. 6769, which seeks to expand the prohibited acts of discrimination against women employees with respect to terms and conditions of employment. House …

Priests urge Christians in BARMM to journey with Moro people

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (August 14) — Mindanao religious leaders urged Christians living in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to participate in the newly established Bangsamoro Region. Father Ramonito Torres, Vicar General of Prelature of Saint Mary in Marawi said “Christians can contribute so much for peace.” During the forum,  dubbed as Christians …

Duterte appoints Court of Appeals Reyes as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (August 11)— President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jose Reyes, Jr. to replace retired Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr. in the Supreme Court. Duterte chose Reyes from a shortlist of eight candidates submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council, which screens applicants to the judiciary. Reyes will take his oath …

New drugs put cancer cells into ‘permanent sleep’

SYDNEY — Australian scientists said they have discovered a new type of drug that targets specific proteins to arrest the growth and spread of cancer, without the harmful side effects of conventional therapies. The drug, which put cancer cells into a “permanent sleep” without damaging DNA, have “already shown great promise in halting cancer progression …

President Duterte signs national ID system

DAVAO CITY (August 6)–  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine System Identification Act (PhilSys Act) which mandates the government to create a single official identification card for all citizens and foreign residents that would serve as a de facto national identification number. Duterte has assured the public that government will protect the database, amid growing concern …

DFA upholds transparency on West Philippine Sea negotiations

DAVAO CITY (August 5)–   There are no secret meetings with China on the issue of the West Philippine Sea, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said. “All meetings are on record and some are even on Facebook,  which goes to show that there are no secret deals,” he pointed out. Cayetano said …

Palace: PH-China renewed ties bear fruits

DAVAO CITY (August 4) —- The Philippines renewed friendship  renewed friendship with China has brought forth collaborative undertakings that are beneficial to the Filipino people. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said “We’re very happy that we have this newfound cooperation that has resulted in collaborative undertakings from bridges to rehab facilities.” President Rodrigo Duterte …