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  • For enduring peace and sustainable development MB - 10 hours ago

    By Fidel V. Ramos, Former President The tradition of Holy Week is deeply ingrained in us Filipinos.  Because of our Christian faith, the passion, suffering, sacrifice, death, redemption, and salvation of Jesus Christ, as man and as son of God, provide all of us the supreme example of a life well lived in the service of God, country, people and the environment.  The Christian ideal of service is to be CARING, SHARING and DARING for others. In this modern age, the most meaningful lesson of the Easter experience we can derive from the Bible is that of man’s redemption and salvation.  The Bible speaks of a dream that God has for humankind.  It is a vision of peace and plenty that describes the best that we could ever wish of life.  The Lord gave this assurance (from Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 65): "I am making a new earth and new heavens.  The events of the past will be completely forgotten.  Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create.  The place will be full of joy, and people will be happy....  There will be no weeping there, no calling for help.  Babies will no longer die in infancy and all people will live out their life span.  Those who live to be a hundred will be considered young....  People will build houses and get to live in them – they will not be used by someone else.  They will plant vineyards and enjoy the wine – it will not be drunk by others....  The work they do will be successful, and their children will not meet with disaster.  Even before they finish praying to me, I will answer their prayers.  Wolves and sheep will live together in peace, and leopards will lie down with young goats.  Calves and lion cubs will feed together and little children will take care of them....  Even a baby will not be harmed if it plays near a poisonous snake.  In that place, there will be nothing harmful or evil.  The land will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the seas are full of water!" So, why are leaders and nations still bickering against each other to the extent of inflicting violence to eliminate opponents or acquire the territories of others??? More »

  • Choi leads with 67 MB - 10 hours ago

    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — K.J. Choi’s early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday. Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under 137, one stroke ahead of Robert Allenby and two in front of a group led by former world No. 1 Luke Donald as the second round was suspended because of heavy storms. Allenby was among 65 players still on the course when the rain hit Harbour Town Golf Links. Officials delayed the round shortly before 3 p.m. and then sent everyone home until Saturday morning after waiting through about 90 minutes of steady, heavy rain. More »

  • Jimenez up 10 hours ago

    Duluth, Georgia — After shooting a course record in his first round on the Champions Tour, Miguel Angel Jimenez proclaimed “I love it!” and then departed in search of his usual post-round refreshments. Avoiding a post-Masters letdown, Jimenez had an eagle and five birdies in his 65 on Friday to lead the cold, soggy Greater Gwinnett Championship by three strokes. More »

  • New hybrid rice variety doubles income of farmers MB - 10 hours ago

    New hybrid rice variety SL-18H is doubling the income of farmers in a swamp land in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, enabling them to earn in just one season what they usually yield for two croppings. Cabiao farmer-leader Luisito delos Santos was inspired by his brother, Florencio, who planted SL-18H in last year’s dry season. This year, in his four-hectare land, Delos Santos recorded a harvest of 572 cavans at 58 kilos per cavan. If that’s the case, we would have been rich by now,” said Delos Santos in an interview. More »

  • New life for Vhong, Anne, and Lance MB - 10 hours ago

    Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach • • • [caption id="attachment_129856" align="aligncenter" width="432"] ANNE CURTIS, Lance Raymundo (Facebook) and Vhong Navarro[/caption] NEW LIFE: Easter Sunday signals new life, the rebirth of Jesus in our hearts. In January, Vhong Navarro was charged with rape following a mauling incident inside a condo unit in Taguig. Another “It’s Showtime” co-host, Anne Curtis, has mercifully recovered from a freak accident while filming “Dyesebel” in San Juan, Batangas. • • • FACE BROKEN, SPIRIT WHOLE: Also in March, singer-actor Lance Raymundo met an accident while working out in a gym. More »

  • Uphill climb MB - 10 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_130174" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Catholic devotees at the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church in Lucban, Quezon, where the 15.24-meter statue of the Ascending Christ provides a religious backdrop for the picturesque Via Dolorosa Grotto of Healing and Purification. (Danny J. Estacio)[/caption] More »

  • ‘Indefinite’ injunction on Meralco sought MB - 10 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- Lawmakers joined yesterday their Makabayan colleagues in pushing for the issuance of “indefinite” injunction on Manila Electric Company’s P4.15 kilo-watt per hour rate increase. Deputy Majority Leader and Citizens Battle against Corruption party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna said his group rallied behind the progressive solons’ petition for another injunction to stop the power distributor from causing “grave and irreparable injury to millions of Meralco consumers and those affected by the erroneous rate hike.” “The petition for an indefinite injunction is the proper remedy sought until the issue and allegation of collusion and illegal anti-competitive behavior is resolved,” he said in an interview. “An injunction is a fair situation because if it is not issued and our hard-up consumers pay and the SC eventually decides that there is collusion, it will be hard for the power producers and retailers to return it to the end consumers. There will be irreparable damage to the consumers, the very basis of an injunction,” he explained further. More »

  • Nadal falls MB - 11 hours ago

    Monte Carlo, Monaco — Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to compatriot David Ferrer on Friday while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic struggled into a semi-final showdown. Ferrer claimed a famous 7-6 (1), 6-4 win to hand the top seed only his third loss in the principality just a day after Nadal had won his 300th career claycourt match and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club. More »

  • For Easter egg hunt MB - 11 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_130087" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Six-year-old Mara Principe shows a basket of colored boiled eggs to be used for today’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Catechetical Ministry of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. (Michael Varcas)[/caption] More »

  • Ex-mayor appeals graft conviction MB - 11 hours ago

    After being convicted on graft charges, a former municipal mayor asked the Sandiganbayan to reconsider the decision it made against him. Claiming that the complaint against him was politically motivated, Salvador Perez, former mayor of San Manuel, Pangasinan, asked the Sandiganbayan Second Division to set aside its decision against him or conduct a new trial on his case. Last March 30, the Sandiganbayan Second Division convicted Perez whom they found guilty of violating Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act 3019) for the overpriced purchase of a computer worth P120,000 without any public bidding in 1998. In his Omnibus Motion for Reconsideration, his lawyer, Atty. Jose de Ferrer, cited that under Commission on Audit (COA) Circular No. 92-386 that personal canvass is allowed after failure of two previous biddings. More »

  • Bill empowers barangay chief to Swear in even the President MB - 11 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- The House committee on Revision of Laws has approved a measure empowering the barangay chairman to administer the oath of office of any government official, including the President of the Philippines. “The paramount objective of this piece of legislation is to give the incoming President wider latitude or great opportunity to choose who, from among the public officials, will administer oath to his Excellency,” said Camarines Sur Rep. Salvio Fortuno, the bill’s author. He explained that the euphoria generated by President Benigno S. Aquino III when he announced after his election in 2010 that he would like to take his oath before a punong barangay in his hometown in Tarlac has brought to the fore the issue as to whether or not the punong barangay can administer the oath to the highest official of the land. More »

  • In Christ we live MB - 11 hours ago

    By Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Pampanga Representative, Former President A Blessed and Joyful Easter Day of the Resurrection to all our beloved kapanalig in the Church and kababayan in the Nation!  As we celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us engulf our mind, heart, and soul in the singular truth and bounty overflowing the past 40 days of Lent and into our Easter season: God loves us. In His acts of creation and redemption through His Death and Resurrection, God loves you and me, our families and friends, our communities and nation, even our adversaries and the generations long gone and yet to come. More »

  • NCA derby set Tuesday MB - 11 hours ago

    The 6-cock derby of the National Cockers Alliance (NCA) on Tuesday, is guaranteed to be filled with epic battles between the best of the best in Philippine cockfighting. The derby is hosted by well-respected sportsmen Gov. Ito Ynares and Atong Ang. It will be held at the world-class and fully-airconditioned Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The NCA is the premier organization of gamefowl breeders and cockfighting enthusiasts in the country. It counts among its members the top cockers in the world. ... More »

  • For love, charity, strength, and unity MB - 11 hours ago

    By Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Mayor of Manila, Former President Rejoice, for our Savior is risen! I join all my brethren in Christendom as we unite for the celebration of Easter Sunday, the day that illuminates our faith and provides us all a glimpse of what it means to be loved beyond all measure. For this is the day when our Redeemer conquered death and arose, and showed us that there is no dying when our hearts and our spirits are pledged to Him. ... More »

  • More big spenders from New Zealand visiting PH MB - 11 hours ago

    “Wowed” by the natural beauty of the country, more Kiwis are flocking to the Philippines. Citing data from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand said 15,783 tourists from New Zealand visited the Philippines in 2013 or a growth rate of 11.94 percent from the previous year. “In January 2014, there were 1,425 New Zealanders who came to the Philippines representing a growth rate of 11.07 percent on a month-on-month basis, which is higher than the overall average of 5.80 percent,” a statement from the Philippine Embassy in Wellington said. Moreover, the Embassy noted that the DOT data showed “that tourists from New Zealand demonstrated high spending capacity of US$92.48 average daily expenditure with an average length of stay of 14.35 nights.” “It is estimated that they spend an average of about US$1,300 per visit, which is higher than the overall average of about US$1,000,” the Embassy pointed out. More »

  • Gaga's un-retouched images cause uproar
    Gaga's un-retouched images cause uproar

    Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are said to be upset that un-retouched images they took of Lady Gaga for her Versace campaign were leaked. …

  • Centipede Bursts from Snake's Stomach
    Centipede Bursts from Snake's Stomach

    A group of researchers stumbled upon a grisly scene during a field study in Macedonia last year: a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen. "All of us were astonished, as nobody has ever seen something like this," Ljiljana Tomovi?, a herpetologist at the University of Belgrade, told Live Science in an email. The remnants of the death match were discovered when one researcher, Dragan Arsovski, turned over a stone, Tomovi? The unfortunate nose-horned …

  • Laptop used for first US presidential email finds a buyer
    Laptop used for first US presidential email finds a buyer

    The laptop computer that Bill Clinton used in 1998 to send the first-ever US presidential email has sold for $60,667 in an online auction, the Boston auction house that handled the transaction said Thursday. RR Auction did not disclose the name of the buyer of the still-functional Toshiba Satellite that Clinton borrowed to email veteran astronaut John Glenn, who was orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The laptop, with accessories and full documentation, originally belonged to …

  • Stars and sacrifice this season
    Stars and sacrifice this season

    [caption id="attachment_127550" align="aligncenter" width="780"] From left: Julia Barretto, Miguel Tanfelix, Bianca Umali, Robi Domingo, Rovilson Fernandez, and Maria Isabel Lopez[/caption] Holy Week is not just about taking a break from work or school. Here is a list of things celebrities have opted to give up and their prayers during this solemn season: Leisure "Mira Bella" star Julia Barretto is really hoping to hit the beach during Holy Week break but it seems her production won't let …

  • Tubbataha finds champion in several hunky celebs
    Tubbataha finds champion in several hunky celebs

    [caption id="attachment_128205" align="alignright" width="298"] Piolo, Luis, Rovilson and Marc (Instagram)[/caption] The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines recently brought its celebrity stewards – actors Piolo Pascual and Luis Manzano – and ambassadors – Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez – to the Tubbataha Reef in Palawan for a diving trip. The main thrust of the five-day visit is to promote public awareness about the 97,030-hectare Marine Protected Area (MPA), a UNESCO World …

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