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Community thrives on Palaui’s bounty

ECOTOURISM GEM This white sand and coral beach is among the attractions of Palaui Island off Santa Ana town in Cagayan province. EDWIN BACASMAS

On the northeastern edge of Luzon mainland, Palaui, a seahorse-shaped island, along with the unique islets that surround it, is gaining worldwide attention for its pristine natural beauty and idyllic tropical landscape.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Finding ‘tugasi’ on Colibra Island

ZUMA? Nick Vilda puts a “tugasi” (sea snake) around his neck in this photo taken in 2002, when sea snakes could easily be found on Colibra Island. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY YOLANDA SOTELO

It was summer of 2002. Nick Vilda and his friends were having a picnic on Colibra Island (Snake Island) in Dasol town in Pangasinan province. While spearfishing, a “tugasi” (sea snake) slithered near Vilda. He grabbed its head and brought it ashore.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

In PMA, honor is not a hard concept to grasp

HONOR  The Philippine Military Academy molds future leaders of the country’s military through an honor system that does not tolerate lying, cheating or stealing. RICHARD BALONGLONG

Rumors turned viral last week after news that graduating Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia was discharged from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) by a council of cadets for lying, a violation of the premier military school’s Honor Code.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Long, short stalks of rice production

GOLDEN GRAINS  Without machines and modern drying facilities, a farmer in Kalinga province dries stalks of palay under the sun by hanging these on bamboo poles. Kalinga is among the top producers of traditional rice varieties in the Cordillera region. FILE PHOTO

Whenever the rice supply situation is brought up in conversations, two grave misconceptions are at once entertained by the public.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Skin as archive of history, culture, identity

WHANG-UD, a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, is the oldest practitioner of traditional Kalinga tattooing, a skill she learned by observation. ANALYN V. SALVADOR-AMORES/CONTRIBUTOR

After much prodding, a university professor researching about tattoos got herself tattooed, enduring the pain from a lemon thorn dipped in charcoal, which a 92-year-old Kalinga woman, Whang-ud, used in leaving a permanent snake figure on her left shoulder.   Grimacing in pain, Analyn “Ikin” Salvador-Amores was able to endure the one-hour session somehow, thanks, [...]

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

No funds for flood control in Pampanga River Basin

PEOPLE in a boat cross flooded roads and rice fields in San Simon, Pampanga, in this photo taken in 2011. RICHARD A. REYES

The Pampanga River Basin (PRB), the main drainer of northern and Central Luzon, was not in the list of P351-billion worth of flood control projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) approved in September 2012.

Posted: June 18th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

A new plan to revive famous Ifugao terraces


European tourists, who negotiated the steep pathways leading to the Batad rice terraces in Banaue, Ifugao, on April 28 found little of the scarring that marred the picturesque, amphitheater-like relic.

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Filipino-American trader won’t abandon her Pangasinan roots

FILIPINO-AMERICAN Alma Quintans-Kern is proud of her Pangasinan heritage. RAY ZAMBRANO

Filipino-American trader and social worker Alma Quintans-Kern never thought that one day she would speak in the provincial capitol that her grandfather built almost a century ago.

Posted: April 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Marcoses’ One-Ilocos Norte crumbles

PROMISING unity under One-Ilocos Norte, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ children, Gov. Imee Marcos and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, endorse the Fariñas couple Michael and Chevylle during a proclamation rally. 

The political landscape in Ilocos Norte is no stranger to wrangling between members of a political clan or to a circus of former allies becoming fierce enemies.

Posted: April 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

A getaway from the madding crowd

THE GINTUNG Pakpak Ecopark in Arayat is one of Pampanga’s summer destinations. PHOTO BY E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS

While many summer getaways are built on pristine settings, three friends worked the other way around. They first restored 8 hectares of denuded sections of Mt. Arayat in Pampanga to make an ecological park.

Posted: April 9th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

In Cordillera, resilience vs piracy

A STALL at the Baguio public market sells copies of Cordillera movies and music videos for P130 per compact disc. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Sometime in the 1990s, Elsie Gawidan Maliones was peddling at her stall cassette tapes of originally recorded songs by Kankanaey and Ibaloy singers from Benguet.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Machinery, track record to decide Pangasinan race


With less than a month before the election campaign period for local candidates officially begins on March 29, the gubernatorial race in vote-rich Pangasinan has become the most anticipated event this summer.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Creativity rides commerce at Baguio flower fest

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A giant “balangay” (wooden boat) rides the sea of commerce on the final week of the 18th Baguio Flower Festival, the only piece of art looming over tents filled with food and products from various parts of the country at the street bazaar called “Session Road in Bloom.”   The huge sunflower-bedecked boat, manned by [...]

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


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  • What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • A first in a mall: Authentic Greek yogurt–made fresh in front of diners
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
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