Making Things Count

IN his third State of the Nations Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raised an important pronouncement regarding the protection of the environment and the policy of the government to prohibit open pit mining.   “Do not destroy the environment or compromise our resources. Repair what you have mismanaged. Try to change management radically because this …

Tuloy ang Laban

Davao City— Filipinos are curious on the reasons of the Oblation as one of the symbols of the University of the Philippines. UP students, alumni, professors, staff and even the Filipino sculptor Guillermo Tolentino have different notions about Oble.   As a fresh graduate who journeyed the in and outs of UP, my perception of …

Duterte’s 14-page 48-min SONA, 34 times applauded

DAVAO CITY (July 23) — The 14-page State of the Nation Address  (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte lasted for 48-minutes and was applauded 34 times. Contrary to his previous SONA,  his third  SONA was shorter and delivered clearly without a single expletive,  contrary to the expectations of his critics. Last Friday,  Vice President Leni Robredo in …

Duterte in ‘good health’ after routine checkup before SONA

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is in “good health”, Malacañang confirmed after the chief executive underwent his routine medical examination a day before he delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. “I confirm that the President had a routine medical check up at Cardinal Santos Hospital tonight before rehearsing for the …

Dayaw Badu fashion show: Davao Oriental’s indigenous identity

MATI CITY (July 20)  —  In the words of the First Lady of Davao Oriental, Nanette Dayanghirang,  the city “speaks so much about beauty.” During the  51st Founding Anniversary last July 1,  Dayanghirang  has successfully organized Davao Oriental’s most awaited fashion show, dubbed as Dayaw Badu which fabulously showcased a contemporary take on traditional attire …

Duterte congratulates Pacquiao for victory over Matthysse

DAVAO CITY (July 15) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday congratulated  Filipino boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving the Philippines pride and honor after winning the WBA welterweight title via a technical knockout  over Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In a press statement, Duterte said “Daghang salamat (thank you so much), Manny! …

Palace wishes Pacquiao good luck in Malaysia bout

DAVAO CITY (July 15)  — Malacañang is wishing Filipino boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao good luck  of his boxing match against Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur scheduled today, July 15 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to watch the fight between Pacquiao and Matthysse. The Pacquiao-Matthysse match will take …

Duterte to watch Pacquiao fight in Malaysia

DAVAO CITY (July 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte will cheer for Filipino boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao when he steps into the boxing ring against Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 15. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  revealed  Duterte will watch the Pacquiao-Matthysse title fight. Duterte, according to Roque, has long planned to watch …

2018 T’nalak fest in SoCot opens today

DAVAO CITY (July 12) — The province of South Cotabato will showcase today July 12,  their rich indigenous culture and traditions, as it formally unveils the famous 2018 T’nalak Festival, in time for their 52nd foundation anniversary. The T’nalak Festival,  considered as as one of the biggest annual celebrations in Region 12 or Soccsksargen, it …

Manila Symphony Jr. Orchestra wins 1st place in Vienna fest

MANILA — The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) bested over 30 youth orchestras from 14 different countries to claim the top spot in Austria’s most prestigious youth music festival. The young orchestra won first place at the 12th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. The …