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‘Sakurab’ wafts way to empowerment

Potra Hadji Karim beams with pride at her “sakurab” harvest. KARLOS MANLUPIG

A meal in a Maranao household in Lanao del Sur province is not really complete without the tasty and spicy “palapa,” an appetizer that according to tradition, should be prepared with love using “sakurab,” or white scallions, ginger and chili.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Talks on long-term solutions to Manila truck ban urged


Local and foreign business groups have warned anew of serious damage to the economy due to Manila’s expanded truck ban when the volume of trucks going in and out of the city’s port picks up in the next two months.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Cardinal Tagle laments poverty amid progress

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, gestures during a press conference at Manila International Airport after arriving from Rome on March 21, 2013. Tagle has expressed alarm over the rising unemployment and worsening poverty in the Philippines despite the highly touted economic growth rates. AFP

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has expressed alarm over the rising unemployment and worsening poverty in the country despite the highly touted economic growth rates.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cuban lawmakers weigh key foreign investment law

In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, workers landscape the area near a new port under construction in Mariel, Cuba. Cuban authorities are on the verge of enacting a new foreign investment law considered one of the most vital building blocks of President Raul Castro’s effort to reform the country’s struggling economy. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)

Cuban lawmakers meet in Havana on Saturday for an extraordinary session on a proposed law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to do business in and with the country.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China-Malaysia tourism hit by MH370—state media

A man, one of the relatives of Chinese passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, takes a picture of a board covered with written wishes from relatives during a briefing given by Malaysian officials at a hotel in Beijing, China Thursday, March 27, 2014. A major Chinese tour operator is breaking ties and canceling bookings with Malaysia Airlines while another is seeing country reservations drop as travelers grow wary after Flight MH370's disappearance, state media reported Thursday.  AP

A major Chinese tour operator is breaking ties and canceling bookings with Malaysia Airlines while another is seeing country reservations drop as travelers grow wary after Flight MH370′s disappearance, state media reported Thursday.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

As summer starts, PH faces power shortage

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On the average, Zamboanga City is without electricity for eight hours a day, broken down into two-hour segments and rotated among different sections of western Mindanao’s biggest city and economic hub.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Crimeans wary of future after secession vote

Pro-Russian people celebrate in Lenin Square, in Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. AP

Crimeans woke up to an uncertain future on Monday after a referendum that raises the prospect of months-long economic turmoil and a legal vacuum ahead of a planned merger with Russia.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuela expels Panama ambassador, three others

Demonstrators prepare to throw molotov bombs against Bolivarian National Police officers during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 6, 2014. A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed earlier today in a clash between residents of a Caracas neighborhood and armed men who tried to remove a barricade, Venezuelan officials said. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

The Venezuelan government declared Panama’s ambassador and three other diplomats “persona non grata” Thursday, saying they must leave the country within 48 hours, a Panamanian official said.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis creates new Vatican finance ministry

Pope Francis.  AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis on Monday created a new finance ministry to oversee the Holy See’s economic affairs in a move aimed at increasing transparency and boosting funds for the poor following a wave of scandals at the Vatican bank.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Filipinos optimistic their quality of life will be better, poll shows


Filipinos are less optimistic when it comes to the economy but are looking forward to better quality of life, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll showed.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Global tax evasion under G20 scrutiny

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew described taxation reform as among the G20′s most crucial initiatives Friday as the world’s major economies look to close loopholes used by huge multinational firms.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Palace vows to create more jobs


All hands on deck. The President’s men and women vowed to increase jobs and curb poverty, Malacañang said in a press briefing Wednesday.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino on rise in joblessness: What went wrong?

Cabinet members enjoy a light moment before the arrival of President Aquino for Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting in Malacañang. They are (from left) Voltaire Gazmin (defense), Patricia Licuanan (Commission on Higher Education), Paquito Ochoa (executive secretary), Dinky Soliman (social welfare), Rogelio Singson (public works and highways), Cesar Purisima (finance) and Rene Almendras (Cabinet secretary).  LYN RILLON

Baffled by the high unemployment rate, President Aquino on Tuesday quizzed the Cabinet on its “action plan for poverty reduction” as the benefits of a strong economy were eluding the country’s middle class and poor.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

  1. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  2. Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police
  3. Hair salon’s Kim Jong Un poster riles embassy
  4. Siquijor ‘healer’: For every cure, there’s a plant
  5. State seeks guilty verdict for Abalos
  6. Why college grads end up in the PNP
  7. Estrada: I will pray for my detractors
  8. Miraculous image makes Gapan City top site for pilgrimage in Central Luzon
  9. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  10. Five men from Cavite found dead in jeep in Batangas
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. Massage attendant arrested on rape complaint filed by Japanese tourist
  3. ‘Tell no one’ Makati bettor won P250M lotto
  4. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  5. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  6. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  7. North Korea uses flamethrower to execute official
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  10. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


  • Romblon mining site collapses; 3 killed
  • South Korea says 295 missing in ferry disaster
  • OFW who returned home from UAE tests positive for MERS-CoV – DOH chief
  • QC cops bear crosses as penance for demerits
  • Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  • Sports

  • China, Taiwan rout foes for 3rd, 5th places in Asian Club volleyball
  • Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  • Fielder ends HR drought, Rangers beat Mariners 5-0
  • Power Pinoys salvage 7th place in Asian men’s volley club championship
  • Knicks prevent Nets from clinching fifth seed
  • Lifestyle

  • Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

  • Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao’s greatest hits
  • Deniece Cornejo posts bail—report
  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels US concert
  • Otaku Summer Jam 2014: Summer’s hottest J-rock/Cosplay event
  • 2NE1 returns to Manila with “All Or Nothing” Tour
  • Business

  • I-Remit teams up with Lakhoo for remittances from Oman
  • Megawide nets P1.4 B in 2013
  • Longer TRO sought on rate hike
  • Make a stylish statement with the all-new Yaris
  • Hearing set in Olarte case
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • We may never know
  • Couple of things
  • Mommy D’s magic
  • Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals
  • Holy Week taboos
  • Global Nation

  • Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism
  • 2 PCG men ordered arrested over Balintang Channel shooting
  • US Embassy closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday
  • Relief worker draws inspiration from helping Yolanda victims
  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
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