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 …

Balangiga bells’ return thrills Eastern Samar town

TACLOBAN CITY — The town of Balangiga in Eastern Samar is preparing for the celebratory welcome for the much-awaited return of three bells seized by American soldiers 117 years ago. After hearing the report on the bells’ repatriation, priests, local government officials, and some volunteers have met to talk about possible activities for the welcome ceremony, …

Badjaos avail of community outreach program in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Some 700 residents here, mostly marginalized Badjao indigenous people (IP), benefited from the one-day Medical-Dental and Community Assistance Package (MEDCAP) caravan initiated by the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) over the weekend. The MEDCAP, held in partnership with the PRO-9 Officer’ Ladies Club, was conducted in Barangay Mariki, one of the greatly-affected areas during …

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Quevedo; appoints Bishop Lampon as successor

DAVAO CITY (November 8) — Pope Francis has finally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the archbishop of Cotabato and named Bishop Angelito Lampon of Jolo as his successor. The resignation and appointment were made public in Rome on Tuesday at noon (7:00pm local time). “After 20 years of service as Archbishop in Bangsamoro territory, …

St. Padre Pio’s heart relic returns to Italy

MANILA — The Philippines has the biggest number of devotees who venerated the incorrupt heart of Saint Padre Pio of Petrelcina during its 20-day visit to the country. Father Joselin Gonda, rector of the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas, said the almost one-month stay of the Italian saint’s first-class relic was …

‘Honeylet is really my true love’: Duterte

DAVAO CITY (October 21)  — President Rodrigo Duterte described his partner, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, as his “true love”. “Out of everyone else that I know, she’s the one that I will really believe in,” Duterte said during the inauguration of the Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall in Davao City on Friday. The President made this remark …

CDO wins ICT award for PWD online enlistment system

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–This city placed second in a national competition among local governments that have already integrated Information Communication Technology (ICT) in government services. The “eGov Awards” recognized the city’s innovative “Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Online ID Registration” system, said Jong Pamisa, PWD online ID registration head, who received the award on October 12 …

CDO hospital opens ‘kangaroo’ unit for premature births

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Justiniano R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) here on Friday opened its “Kangaroo Mother Care Unit” for premature newborns. Dr. Ramon Nery, JRBGH chief, said the new unit is intended to give a “dedicated care” to premature newborn children without being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which usually …