‘Lang-ay’ Festival eyed to further boost Mt. Province tourism

BAGUIO CITY — The local government of Mountain Province expects the annual “Lang-ay Festival” to further boost the tourism industry of the province, Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan said in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Monday. “We are optimistic that the Lang-ay Festival will be an avenue through which we could showcase our tourist …

Duterte meets 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray

DAVAO CITY (December 20)—President Rodrigo  Duterte met  the victorious  Filipina Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray  in a courtesy  call  at Villamor Airbase Thursday evening. In a series of photos taken by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, Duterte was in a casual collared shirt,  while Gray was in pantsuit, when  the President handed a  bouquet of orchids …

Miss Universe eyed as SoCot ‘adopted daughter’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — A member of the South Cotabato Provincial Board is pushing for the declaration of newly-crowned 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray as the province’s “adopted daughter.” Board Member Dardanilo Dar, who is currently the acting provincial governor, said Tuesday the move aims to recognize Gray’s efforts to promote the province during the …

Peace, friendship dominate Balangiga Bells handover

BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar — It was indeed a day of friendship and peace in this town when President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the handover of Balangiga Bells seized by the US government for 117 years. The President arrived at around 5 p.m. Saturday at the town’s covered court where hundreds of government officials, Roman Catholic priests, …

Army vs MNLF in Zamboanga Sibugay sports event

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Some 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members “clashed” with troops of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade (IB) during a sports fest in Zamboanga Sibugay province. Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd IB commander, said the sports event was held at the grounds of the brigade headquarters in the province’s capital town of Ipil …

GSIS releases pensioners Christmas cash gift

DAVAO CITY (December 7) —  Here’s good news to all pensioners! The  Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has started releasing the Christmas cash gift of its old-age and disability pensioners, currently numbering 280,000. In a press statement, the GSIS stated that the  cash gift has been deposited to the pensioners’ eCards beginning December 1. GSIS …

60 Lanao del Norte kids with cleft lip, palate get free surgery

ILIGAN CITY — Around 60 children with cleft lip and palate from known conflict areas in Lanao del Norte were recipients of free surgical operations this year held last Nov. 15-17. Now, the children, ages one to 16 years, can flash their innocent smiles and talk clearly. The Adventist Medical Center, where the surgeries were …

DepEd-ARMM honors 2 outstanding Bangsamoro teachers

COTABATO CITY (November 20) — The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) honored on Monday two outstanding Bangsamoro teachers, as part of its “Search for Outstanding Bangsamoro Teachers 2018.” Joymanil Tiblani, 33 of Sulu Division won the recognition for elementary level. Tiblani has been a teacher for the past 13 years …

Bulacan marks 143rd birth anniversary of Gregorio del Pilar

BULAKAN, Bulacan — Bulakenyos commemorated on Wednesday the 143rd birth anniversary of the young general of the Philippine Revolutionary Army, Gregorio H. Del Pilar, in a simple yet meaningful way. The celebration dubbed as “Catorse De Noviembre” was highlighted with a parade and street dance participated in by residents dressed in colorful costumes. Town Mayor …