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 …

Baste topbills Bohol concert

TAGBILARAN CITY – Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte will showcase his singing talents to a politically-charge audience in line with his transformation into public service. Dubbed the “I am Bol-anon: Youth for Change Concert”, the three-hour musical treat will also feature pop entertainer Ice (Aiza) Seguerra, who briefly served as National Youth Commission chair after helping …

Army to build halfway houses, farms for ex-NPAs in ZamboSur

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — Halfway houses and farms are set to be developed on a 19.5-hectare land of the provincial government for the “From Arms to Farms” project. Intended for former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, the project is a joint undertaking of the provincial government, Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion, and the Department of …

Kitty asks Papa Rody, to rest and relax in HK on her Mama Honeylet’s birthday

DAVAO CITY (February 17) — Presidential daughter Veronica, nickname Kitty, asked her Papa President Rodrigo Duterte to rest and relax in Hongkong over the weekend to spend the birthday of her mother Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña privately. Today, the three of them celebrate Honeylet’s 49th birthday. Former presidential aide Christopher “Bong” Go confirmed the trip, saying …