Landmark congress highlights Filipino language’s versatility

MANILA, Philippines —  A landmark congress in Metro Manila aims further elevating the campaign of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and its partners to promote Filipino, the country’s national language. Presentations of experts during this week’s three-day KWF-led Pandaigdigang Kongreso sa Araling Filipinas sa Wikang Filipino highlighted use of Filipino in intellectual discourse, increasingly demonstrating …

Bill seeks to allow women revert to their maiden names without court order

MANILA, Philippines —Women can have their maiden names reverted without passing through the tedious and expensive court process. This will happen if the proposed House Bill no. 6082 called “Reversion to Maiden Name Act”, will be passed and ultimately becomes a law. Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has filed a measure …

Tausug artist uses paintbrush to promote peace

ZAMBOANGA CITY,  Philippines —  Tausug painter Rameer Amilasan Tawasil is using the canvass to bat for peace, drawing inspiration from his dark childhood marred by bloodshed and the chaos of the Moro rebellion. For his masterpieces, Tawasil uses critical thinking to promote a common understanding of Mindanao in a bid to highlight the Moro people’s …

More pilots, aircrew awaits for Cessna ISR planes  

MANILA,  Philippines — Sufficient pilots and aircrews will be trained to ensure the constant operations of the two US-donated Cessna 208B “Caravan” intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla  said “We do have an initial set of aircrew and we will train more.” And when …

Duterte wants his photo and other public officials off from gov’t offices, schools

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants his picture, and that of other government officials, removed from all public offices and schools. In his speech during the ceremonial turnover of 3,000 pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines  Tuesday, Duterte made public his plan to  issue a decree encouraging the  display of pictures of …

Korean embassy Manila donates Php5-M for Marawi evacuees

MANILA, Philippines — The Korean embassy here has donated PHP5 million to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for the benefit of those affected by the armed conflict in Marawi City. “This donation is very timely,” Red Cross  chair and CEO, Senator Richard Gordon, said as he thanked Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin during the turnover ceremony …

Mismatch in curricular programs in some ASEAN schools bared

MANILA, Philippines — A University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB)Filipino student, elected as the first President of the newly formed Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) University of Student Council, is calling for education leaders in the region to resolve the issue on mismatch of some curricular programs in various colleges and universities in its …

Swimming for peace

“I am saddened by the ongoing war in Marawi City,” he told Newsline in a private message sent to this reporter. “This swim is my humble contribution to promote peace between our brother Muslims and Christians in Mindanao.”

World’s Press Calls for Renewed Solidarity in the Wake of Threats to Independent, Free Media in South Africa

DURBAN, South Africa—The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting in Durban, South Africa on 7th June 2017 ahead of the 69th World News Media Congress, has called on the South African government to ensure an environment that better protects media freedom and the independence of journalists, notably in the …