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  • Oil prices down, again

    GAS: P1.10 DIESEL: P1.35 KEROSENE: P1.40 The continued softening of oil prices in the global market has prompted a new rollback in the prices of oil products: P1.10 per liter for gasoline; between P1.30 and P1.35 for diesel; and…

  • Smuggling persists in Mindanao – BOC

    Although the extent of smuggling activities has tapered off in the country’s ports, Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner John P. Sevilla acknowledged that “significant” smuggling activities still persist in some ports in Mindanao. He monitored that the problem of…

  • Arum: Pacquiao to judge Miss U

    It looks like Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is headed for Miami, Florida next month not to defend another boxing title but to sit as one of the judges in the 63rd Miss Universe pageant, according to his promoter…

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  • Motorists told to avoid Roxas Blvd on Tuesday

    Motorists told to avoid Roxas Blvd on Tuesday

    The motoring public is advised to avoid Roxas Boulevard and other roads leading to the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park on December 23, 2014 to avoid being caught in traffic during the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)…

  • LP-allied party floats Roxas-Poe in 2016

    LP-allied party floats Roxas-Poe in 2016

    A stalwart of the National Unity Party (NUP), which is allied with President Aquino’s Liberal Party (LP), is not just floating the possibility but committing its all-out support for a 2016 presidential tandem of Interior and Local Government Secretary…

  • Palace mum on Comelec chairman’s successor

    Palace mum on Comelec chairman’s successor

    Malacañang yesterday said there is no discussion yet on the possible replacement for Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes, who will retire next year. The statement was issued amid reports that Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino…

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  • No LPAs within PH vicinity

    No LPAs within PH vicinity

    There are no tropical disturbances or low-pressure areas across the Western Pacific Ocean, the Philippine Sea and the West Philippine Sea, says meteorologists at weather.com.ph. There are, however, clusters of cloudiness that are bringing in scattered rain and thunderstorms…

  • Magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported in Hinatuan

    Magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported in Hinatuan

    A magnitude 5.5 earthquake was reported at around 8:25 a.m. on December 21, 2014 79 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Eastern Samar. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake was tectonic in nature with seismic intensity…

  • Sariaya bridge now open

    Sariaya bridge now open

    In what is surely music to the ears of motorists and riding public, the bridge along Daang Maharlika in Quezon province is now open to vehicular traffic. They got an early Christmas gift from the Department of Public Works…

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  • 10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

    10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers inland. Driving in the remade communities today, it’s easy to wonder where it all went.…

  • Indonesian rescuers end search for landslide victims

    Indonesian rescuers on December 21, 2014 ended their search for victims of a landslide on the main island of Java, officials said, giving a new death toll of 95. “The search for victims buried under the landslide… ended on…

  • Indonesian capital bets on web drive to lift fortunes

    Indonesian capital bets on web drive to lift fortunes

    The Indonesian capital—a chaotic metropolis with shaky Internet access—is hoping to turn its fortunes around with an ambitious online platform that allows residents to report problems, from crime to traffic jams, with their smartphones. A concrete jungle with a…

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  • DOST tells public: Take care of newly opened Wellness Garden

    DOST tells public: Take care of newly opened Wellness Garden

    The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has appealed to the public, including students, to take care of its newly launched Wellness Garden in Bicutan, Taguig City, as the agency’s National Capital Region office (DOST-NCR) invited people to come…

  • Scientists discover 2 frog species in Southern Leyte forest

    Scientists discover 2 frog species in Southern Leyte forest

    Tacloban City – Scientists are studying the species of two kinds of frogs found in Southern Leyte, a report from the  Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office 8 (DENR-8) based here said. DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca…

  • At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier

    At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier

    Lima, Peru  – A last-minute deal that salvaged United Nations (UN) climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark…

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  • Changing lives, one note at a time

    Changing lives, one note at a time

    Early this month, eight MRT stations were blown away by artists whose riffs and powerhouse voices were powered not by large expensive speakers, but by their passionate fight for justice. RockEd Philippines, a volunteer organization that strives for alternatives…

  • 12 Books You Can Give This Christmas

    12 Books You Can Give This Christmas

    The Invention of Wings By Sue Monk Kidd Easy, powerful reading on the slavery abolition movement as told by two women—one the master, the other a slave. Despite its serious theme, this book is simply storytelling at its best.  …

  • Shine bright

    Shine bright

    For Filipinos, the parol is a symbol of light and hope. This colorful star-shaped lantern is seen on display at almost every Filipino home during the Christmas season. These days, however, the humble parol takes on new shapes and different meanings. Last Monday evening, the otherwise dimly lit roads of the University of the Philippines (UP)…

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  • Editorial: ‘Huwag Kang Magnakaw’

    Editorial: ‘Huwag Kang Magnakaw’

    “Huwag Kang Magnakaw” – “Thou shall not steal.” This is one of the Ten Commandments given by God on Mount Sinai, as recorded in the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. It has been…

  • Celebration: Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 79th founding anniversary

    Established 79 years ago on December 21, 1935, with the signing of the National Defense Act, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – then called Philippine Army – has grown in stature, personnel, and capability. It has been…

  • A season of hope

    Nine out of 10 respondents in Pulse Asia’s recent Ulat ng Bayan survey said they will welcome 2015 with hope. Some 34 percent said they expect to have a more prosperous Christmas and New Year celebration this year, compared…

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  • Great Dane’s upset stomach yields 43 ½ socks

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate. X-rays showed a stomach full of foreign material. After nearly…

  • Ice sales soar on bucket challenge

    Ice sales soar on bucket challenge

    The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a global internet phenomenon, raising millions for charity and boosting sales of ice – one company says it’s seen a 20 percent increase. The craze which started in the US has spread around…

  • Celebrities in ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to fight disease

    Celebrities in ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to fight disease

    Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates are among many celebrities pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, in a fundraising effort that has gone viral. Since June, several thousand people…