Photo #1

Sebaste’s unpublished dance “Pangatas It Patuyaw”

Sebaste’s unpublished dance “Pangatas It Patuyaw” is the winning dance during the Regional Festival of Talents 2016 held at Kalibo, Aklan on Jan. 29-31, 2016. The dance researcher is Joe Cyril Tunguia Jara, a native of Sebaste, Antique. (PNA photo by OJT/Leah... [Read more...]

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Opening parade of Panagbenga 2016

The month-long 21st Baguio Flower Festival — Panagbenga 2016 — opens with a parade through the main thoroughfare of the city featuring the Drum and Lyre Competition- Elementary Division. The opening parade is a preview of the main events on Feb. 27 and 28, the Grand... [Read more...]

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Comelec signs MOA with DPWH and MMDA for a green may elections

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista (center) signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos authorizing both... [Read more...]

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DPWH Office AIMS for ISO Certification

????????????????????????????????????The Department of Public Works and Highways-Unified Project Management Office (DPWH-UPMO)is working on the certification of the Quality Management System of its five (5)specialized clusters against the requirements of ISO:9001:2008 standards.... [Read more...]

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Senator Cynthia Villar greets visiting Japanese Congressman Yosufumi Mori

Senator Cynthia Villar greets visiting Japanese Congressman Yosufumi Mori of Nara, Japan during a courtesy call at the Philippine Senate in Pasay City on Monday (Feb. 1, 2016). (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)SCS/acd  Read More →

2013 Campaign Trail

(Elections)Espino voting in Bugallon, Braganza in Alaminos City

DAGUPAN CITY, May 13 — Confident of getting reelected, Gov. Amado Espino Jr. is casting his vote at 7:30 a.m. in his electoral precinct at the Portic Elementary School in Bugallon town.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

Team PNoy bets ready to cast votes on Monday polls

MANILA, May 12 — All the senatorial candidates of the ruling coalition Team PNoy are ready to join the more than 50 million Filipino voters who will go out on Monday to cast their votes for 12 senators, partylists and local candidates.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm

Voters turn out in Cagayan de Oro 70-75%

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 13 – Volunteers expect a 70-75 percent voters turnout in this city although the Commission on Election (Comelec) has yet to release the official figure.

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May 13, 2013 10:35 pm



National

SC junks MRs of Pamatong, 2 party-list groups for lack of merit

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, Feb. 3 (PNA) — The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has dismissed for lack of merit the motions for reconsideration (MRs) of Elly Pamatong and two party-list groups, respectively.

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February 3, 2016 11:57 am

DND chief to EMC troops: Remain apolitical in coming polls

MANILA, Feb. 3 — Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin reminded all officers and enlisted personnel of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) to remain apolitical in the forthcoming May 9 elections.

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February 3, 2016 11:57 am

Stronger occupational safety and health standards in workplaces

MANILA, Feb. 3 — The proposed amendatory law to further protect workers against undue occupational and health hazards was approved on final reading by the House of Representatives, two days before Congress takes its break this week.

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February 3, 2016 11:57 am



Foreign

Extremism, terrorism threaten humanity, global security

BELGRADE, Feb. 3 — Iran's Ambassador to Macedonia Saeed Sadeq Mohammadi said on Tuesday that extremism and terrorism should be regarded as a global threat against humanity and security.

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February 3, 2016 12:07 pm

Fed halts new offshore fracking permits off California coast

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 — On Friday, federal regulators agreed on a pair of settlements that will halt new permits for offshore fracking off the coast of California, pending an environmental impact assessment.

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February 3, 2016 12:07 pm

Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

TOKYO, Feb. 3 — Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defense ministry said Sunday.

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February 3, 2016 12:07 pm



Sports & Entertainment

11 Asian Games events to be held in Palembang: OCA

JAKARTA, Feb. 3 — The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has decided to hold 11 sports events of the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.

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February 3, 2016 12:17 pm

Refugees living in Kenya camps to get chance to compete at Rio Olympics

NAIROBI, Feb. 3 — Refugees living in Kenya will have a chance to compete at the Olympics under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flag if they attain the recommended qualifying times.

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February 3, 2016 12:17 pm

Deadline day sparks late movement in Spanish transfer market

MADRID, Feb. 2 — Perhaps the biggest story of the last day of the transfer window in Spain was the deal which never happened as striker Radamel Falcao's return to the Vicente Calderon stadium, where he had enjoyed such success with Atletico Madrid never happened.

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February 3, 2016 12:17 pm



Travel & Tourism

Japanese tourist arrivals to reach 500,000-mark this year with new flights–DOT

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Feb. 2 (PNA) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday expressed optimism that Japanese tourist arrivals into the Philippines will hit 500,000 mark this year with the launch of new flights next month.

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February 3, 2016 12:25 pm

Negros Oriental’s tourism destination brand launched

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 2 — Negros Oriental has launched recently its destination brand, “Negros Oriental: This is what you want to live,” to step up its tourism marketing to attract more local and international tourists.

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February 3, 2016 12:25 pm

Davao gets over a hundred leads/appointments during the ATF 2016

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 2 — Davao is among the big winners in the 2016 Asean Tourism Forum in Manila drawing attention of most international buyers with about 120 appointments and leads for travel packages this year.

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February 3, 2016 12:25 pm



Health & Lifestyle

Russia to start exporting cancer treatment microsources to EEU, Middle East

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 — Russia plans in 2016 to start exporting its unique microsources to treat prostate cancer to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the Middle East, the Ministry for Investment and Innovations of Moscow Region said on Tuesday.

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February 3, 2016 12:22 pm

One-third of W. Australians unaware of cancer prevention methods

MELBOURNE, Feb. 3 — A study has found that one in every three Western Australians are unaware of measures to prevent common cancers.

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February 3, 2016 12:22 pm

Disinfected zones may protect athletes from Zika virus at Rio Olympics

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 — Special demarcation zones may be established in brazil in order to protect athletes competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio from catching Zika fever virus raging in the country, an aide to the Russian prime minister said on Tuesday.

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February 3, 2016 12:22 pm



Provincial

Suspects in Tacurong blast captured on CCTV, cops dig deeper

TACURONG CITY, Feb. 3 -– Police authorities here have identified the two men who allegedly planted an improvised explosive device (IED) under a parked car Tuesday afternoon that exploded at 2 p.m. and left three persons injured, officials said today.

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February 3, 2016 12:03 pm

Solid waste exec urges Nueva Vizcaya towns to hire ENROs

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Feb 2 — A Solid Waste Management Program(SWMP) coordinator here has urged local government units (LGUs) in the province to hire their own Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers(MENROs) as a major move in addressing environmental issues and concerns in their respective communities.

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February 3, 2016 12:03 pm

1,041 inmates in Cagayan Valley register for May '16 elections

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Feb 2 — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 2 said about 1,041 of the 2,160 detainees in various jail facilities in the region have registered as voters for the May 9, 2016 national polls.

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February 3, 2016 12:03 pm



Business

Tokyo stocks dive in morning on U.S. stock sell-off, oil price slide

TOKYO, Feb. 3 — Tokyo stocks dived Wednesday morning as U.S. stocks sold off overnight on a sharp drop in oil prices added to fears of a global economic slowdown.

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February 3, 2016 12:15 pm

Venezuelan, Russian oil officials discuss oil price stabilization

CARACAS, Feb. 3 — Venezuelan Oil and Mining Minister Eulogio Del Pino on Tuesday met with Igor Sechin, head of Russia's state oil firm Rosneft, to discuss joint measures to stabilize plunging prices of crude oil.

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February 3, 2016 12:15 pm

Yahoo to close offices in five cities, reduce workforce by 15%

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — The US multinational technology company Yahoo said in a press release that it will lay off a portion of its workforce in the first quarter of 2016 and shut down five offices in foreign countries.

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February 3, 2016 12:15 pm



Agri-Business

PCCI, Israel Center partner to improve PHL agri sector

MANILA, Feb 2 — The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the International Center for Agricultural Studies of Israel have partnered to boost the country’s agriculture sector.

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February 3, 2016 12:10 pm

LGU, academe partner with international research center to boost Or. Mindoro calamansi industry

MANILA, Feb. 2 — The local government of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro and Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) on Tuesday inked a partnership with the Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to revitalize the town’s calamansi industry.

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February 3, 2016 12:10 pm

Vietnam's rice exports increase sharply in January

HO CHI MINH CITY, Feb. 2 — Vietnam exported nearly 315,000 tons of rice as of Jan. 28, an increase of 46 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the Vietnam Food Association.

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February 3, 2016 12:10 pm



Features

Feature: Death doesn't end Syrian refugees' misery in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Jan. 31 — Syrians who fled their war-torn country to Lebanon since 2011 are living in very harsh conditions.

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February 3, 2016 12:08 pm

Feature: Japan looks to music therapy as population grays

TOKYO, Jan. 31 — As Japan's population grays and diseases of aging increase, some hospitals and municipalities are introducing "music therapy" as a way to help patients living with dementia.

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February 3, 2016 12:08 pm

Ecological peculiarity makes Jovellar town spectacular

By Danny O. Calleja

JOVELLAR, Albay, Jan. 28 (PNA) — Deep through the woods down the outskirts of this poor, sleepy Bicol town are peculiar natural settings that make the place incredibly spectacular.

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January 29, 2016 7:33 am