Zambo Norte wins SWAT team challenge

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines  — The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Mobile Company (ZDNPMC) emerged champion in the recently-held 1st Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) SWAT Challenge. Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, PRO-9 information officer, on Tuesday said the ZDNPMC garnered a total of 1,650 statistical points in the five stages …

Ilonggo teacher finalist in global award brings honor to Pinoys

ILOILO CITY, Philippines  — An Ilonggo teacher bested 30,000 applicants from 173 countries to land as one of the 10 finalists for an international award brings honor not only to Western Visayas but to all Filipinos. The inclusion of 39-year-old Dr. Jesus Insilada as a top contender for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018 is …

Kidapawan City vies for Guinness record as the largest and longest “Samba dance”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Kidapawan City is again vying for another Guinness World Record, this time, as the “largest and longest samba dance.” On February 12 ,2018 some  17,000 individuals or 8,500 pairs danced to the tune of samba along the three kilometer stretch of Quezon Boulevard, Maharlika Highway,  Kidapawan City , North Cotabato. Participants …

Pope Francis to priests, clergies : keep Homily short

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Pope Francis called on Catholic priests and clergies to keep their homilies short and well prepared. The Catholic News Agency reported,  the Pope emphasized  mass-goers must give “the appropriate attention, thus assuming the proper interior dispositions, without subjective demands, knowing that every preacher has both his merits and his limits.” However, …

Koronadal city offers free movies for its 26,000 senior citizens

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines — The Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) has launched the implementation of an ordinance that granted “free movie” for the city’s 26,000 registered senior citizens. Under the ordinance, which was crafted by City Councilor Annabel Garcia Pingoy, registered senior citizens in the city are allowed to avail of a free movie on the first …

Dagupan seeks to regulate funerals to minimize traffic

DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines –Due to the daily traffic bottleneck in all the roads here, a city councilor has filed an ordinance regulating the conduct of funeral processions during weekdays. Filed by Councilor Alvin Coquia, the draft ordinance is actually in anticipation of the impact that may be brought by the opening of the City Mall sometime …

Dinagyang holds 1st int’l cultural night in 50 years

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — For the first time ever, an international cultural night was held here as part of the Dinagyang Festival. Last Friday, January 27,  an international cultural presentation highlighted the Golden Anniversary s of the Dinagyang Festival. “We are very happy to bring to you this cultural extravaganza, where we bridge our racial …

Bulacan priest faces probe for dancing in church altar

MANILA, Philippines  — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos is conducting an investigation on the priest caught on video dancing in front of the altar. Bishop Jose Francisco Oliveros expressed sadness over the incident. “We are already investigating the case. I have instructed our Vicar General to talk with Fr. Willy Lucas. I am sorry …

Sinulog 2018 draws 1.4-M crowd

CEBU CITY, Philippines  —  Over 1.4-million local and foreign tourists joined the Cebuano’s  in  this years Sinulog festival grand parade Sunday, January 2018. The grand parade highlighted Cebu’s  weeklong festival in honor of the Holy Child Santo Niño. Devotees carrying different sizes of  the Holy Child’s image danced and  chanted on the streets, many of …