Sebaste’s unpublished dance “Pangatas It Patuyaw” is the winning dance during the Regional Festival of Talents 2016 held at Kalibo, Aklan on Jan. 29-31, 2016.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...]
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...]
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...]
????????????????????????????????????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...]
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sports & Entertainment
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.
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.
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.
Travel & Tourism
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.
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.
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.
Health & Lifestyle
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.
MELBOURNE, Feb. 3 — A study has found that one in every three Western Australians are unaware of measures to prevent common cancers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BEIRUT, Jan. 31 — Syrians who fled their war-torn country to Lebanon since 2011 are living in very harsh conditions.
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.
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.