Duterte pays last respect to former House Speaker Prospero Nograles

DAVAO CITY (May 7) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday morning, May 6, visited the wake of former House Speaker Prospero “Boy” Nograles Jr., who passed away at the age of 71 on Saturday, May 4. President Duterte arrived at 12:12 a.m. at the Heritage Park to pay his last respects to Nograles, the “pride …

Iloilo celebrates Carabao-Carroza festival

ILOILO CITY — Despite new and emerging farm technologies, Pavia town in Iloilo province keeps its farmland’s tradition alive as it celebrated the annual Carabao-Carroza Festival on Friday. The celebration, which began in 1973 and is considered to be the longest-running festival in Iloilo province, is held annually to honor the farmers and their hardworking water …

Scandinavian film fest in Davao to feature Pinay actress Mercedes Cabral

DAVAO CITY  (April 26) — Three ambassadors from European Union-member countries will be coming here on Sunday to lead the first Scandinavian Film Festival in the Philippines, which features Filipina actress Mercedes Cabral. Expected to attend the grand opening on Sunday include Danish Ambassador Top Christensen, Swedish Ambassador Herald Fries, and Norwegian Ambassador to the …

Southern Leyte town commemorates 1st Holy Mass at Limasawa

LIMASAWA, Southern Leyte — Some 3,000 Catholics attended the 498th anniversary of the historic first mass held on the island town of Limasawa on Sunday. Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Most Rev. Gabriele Giordano Caccia headed the celebration along with high-ranking church officials in the Visayas led by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Palo (Leyte) Archbishop John …

Prelates wish PRRD good health, strength on 74th birthday

MANILA — Two Catholic Church officials have offered prayers for President Rodrigo Duterte who is celebrating his 74th birthday on Thursday. Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI), said they asked God to give the President strength and bless him …

Cultural mapping sought to preserve Pasuquin church ruins

LAOAG CITY — The recent discovery of a heritage artifacts which was accidentally found in the Vatican Archives has stirred so much interest from residents in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. The old photo shows a picturesque facade of a ruined Fil-Hispanic church in Pasuquin town which can help prove the town’s rich history. As a result, the …

PDEA verifying reports on 31 celebrities in the illegal drugs ‘watch list’

DAVAO CITY (March 27) —— Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director Aaron Aquino on Tuesday said they are still verifying the information that 31 celebrities in the showbiz industry are allegedly linked to illegal drugs. Aquino in a report published by Philippine News Agency said the PDEA is validating information on the alleged drug links …

Vigan zoo visitors to soon see new animals from S. Africa

LAOAG CITY — Visiting Vigan in Ilocos Sur is never complete without going to the Baluarte Zoo, a free-admission zoological park located in Salindeg village, and owned by former governor Luis “Chavit” Singson. This summer, more tourists are expected to visit the zoo with the arrival of more animals such as giraffes and antelopes from South Africa. As …