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  • Peace council welcomed; solon says it could help expedite passage of BBL

    President Aquino’s creation of a peace council that would review and improve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would help expedite the passage of the peace measure, the chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro bill said…

  • Timely lessons of Palm Sunday

    Timely lessons of Palm Sunday

    Today, Palm Sunday, ushers in the celebration of Holy Week. There is an amusing story which relates that when Jesus made the triumphal entry to Jerusalem, he rode on a lowly donkey. As the Jews waved palm branches, spread…

  • ‘Gov’t should likewise press peace bid with leftists’

    Lawmakers have urged the Aquino administration to likewise continue its peace talks with the communist rebels to once and for all end the decades-long insurgency problem in the country. 1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III, who served as government…

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  • Parts of Metro Manila to have no water during Holy Week

    Parts of Metro Manila to have no water during Holy Week

    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. said water service will be suspended in some parts of the metro from March 31 to April 3 due to the flood control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways…

  • MMDA offers Pabasa, Visita Iglesia via ferry service

    MMDA offers Pabasa, Visita Iglesia via ferry service

    In the observance of the Holy Week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct its own Pabasa and Visita Iglesia using the Pasig City ferry service that will remain operational even during the Lenten break. “We will operate…

  • Palm Sunday marks start of Holy Week

    Palm Sunday marks start of Holy Week

    Roman Catholics will observe the solemnity of Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion today, the first day of the Holy Week. Churchgoers will welcome the priest in a procession by waving palm fronds, a reenactment of Jesus’ triumphant entry…

Provincial More

  • Zip through the tigers, Zoobic dares visitors

    Zip through the tigers, Zoobic dares visitors

    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Zoobic Safari has opened a zipline cage that takes visitors over a den of tigers, the first ever in the world to have this kind of ride. Aptly named as Kamikazoo – a play on kamikaze,…

  • Black Nazarene rekindles faith in North

    Black Nazarene rekindles faith in North

    Laoag City, Ilocos Norte — Thousands of faithful in Ilocos Norte and nearby provinces in Region 1 converged in this city last Friday to join the procession of the revered image of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo. The image…

  • Candon hosts 1st Calamay and Cornik Festival

    Candon hosts 1st Calamay and Cornik Festival

    Candon City, Ilocos Sur — Local officials and residents had successfully launched the first “Calamay and Cornik Festival” at the city plaza, here, last Friday. The traditional way of cooking calamay (native rice cake) was showcased while contests on…

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  • Singapore honors Lee with grand state funeral

    Singapore honors Lee with grand state funeral

    Thousands of people braved heavy rains Sunday (March 28, 2015)  to line major streets in Singapore for a final farewell to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, who will receive a rare 21-gun salute before a state funeral attended by…

  • Farewell PM Lee Kuan Yew

    Farewell PM Lee Kuan Yew

    Many bowed. Some saluted. Others sobbed. Thousands of people have gathered in Singapore since Wednesday to pay their respects to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Today, thousands more are expected to come, including world leaders, in an unprecedented…

  • Xi reaches out to Asian neighbors with investment opportunities

    President Xi Jinping reached out to China’s neighbors, saying his country will offer other Asian nations trade and investment opportunities as it seeks support for two regional initiatives that it’s championing. The $40 billion Silk Road Economic Belt has…

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  • PHL observes Earth Hour with 170 other countries

    PHL observes Earth Hour with 170 other countries

    Earth Hour kicked-off at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (March 28, 2015) with celebrations in over 7,000 hubs across 170 countries. The Quezon City Memorial Circle hosted the Philippines’ main event. Clad in glow-in-the-dark costumes, thousands danced and celebrated climate change solutions…

  • Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks

    Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks

    MEXICO CITY — Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include…

  • NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it

    NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it

    WASHINGTON — NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it — a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars. The space…

SCU More

  • ‘Let’s give her a round of applause’

    ‘Let’s give her a round of applause’

    It’s a scene straight out of Dead Poets Society or Scent of A Woman (or any student-versus-teachers movie): a rebellious student expressing her true and ill feelings against an academic institution, in an important gathering, is immediately and openly reprimanded by the school head for her “bad behavior.” A…

  • Youth is wasted on the young, or is it?

    Youth is wasted on the young, or is it?

    Much has been said about how pathetic and silly today’s youth could be. Countless tweets and memes, and even a popular song by the Architects, romanticizes the issue as though saying the youth today makes older people look better. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that…

  • You can be a changemaker

    You can be a changemaker

    Our favorite sweet banana is in danger. The fungus called Fusarium Wilt is killing bananas in the Philippines. It has brought massive banana plantation wipe outs resulting in massive losses in the local industry. Even plantations in other countries…

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  • Editorial: Peaceful search for agreement must continue

    Editorial: Peaceful search for agreement must continue

    The action last week of four leading American senators in writing to the US State Department and Department of Defense expressing concern over China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea adds a new dimension to the long-standing issue…

  • Israel’s connection with prophetic events (3)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (who recently won his re-election bid) delivered a speech before the joint session of the US Congress last March 3, 2015. Here are excerpts of his speech: “I want to thank you Democrats and…

  • Hyper child

    “I, the restless one; the circler of circles; Herdsman and roper of stars, who could not capture The secret of self.” — Conrad Aiken (1889–1973), U.S. poet, novelist. Tetélestai (l. 47–49). Skeptical is the word to describe parents whose…

Off Beats More

  • Portuguese water dog is the pooch to watch at Westminster

    Portuguese water dog is the pooch to watch at Westminster

    NEW YORK — True to his breed, Matisse the Portuguese water dog likes to play in the koi fish pond. He enjoys going on long bicycle runs, chewing Benny Bully’s liver treats and falling asleep on his back. Pretty…

  • Beard of Egypt’s King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy

    Beard of Egypt’s King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy

    CAIRO — The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning, conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo…

  • 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…