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Woman on top in a male-dominated marine academy

Two hundred thirty Philippine Merchant Marine Academy midshipmen and midshipwomen belonging to the Sinag-Balangay Class of 2014 graduate from the academy during the 191st commencement exercise on May 20 at the PMMA complex; midshipwoman Laarni Grace Pangilinan (inset), 23, delivers her valedictory speech.  PHOTO BY RANDY DATU/Contributor

In the male-dominated Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) here, a woman did not only show that she could excel alongside men. She also proved that women could rise above discrimination.

Posted: May 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Pride in native roots shines in graduation


Ecru Filipiniana for women and Barong Tagalog for men worn with the sablay are the usual attire combinations for University of the Philippines (UP) graduates.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

CHR: PMA Cadet Cudia not guilty of lying, should be granted diploma


The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has found Cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia not guilty of the offense he was charged with in the Philippine Military Academy and recommended to President Benigno Aquino that he be issued a diploma as a graduate of the premier military school.

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

5 years of hard work pay off for top UP grad

THE FUTURE holds unlimited possibilities for 21-year-old Alexander John Cruz, one of UP’s best and brightest this year. photo by Lyn Rillon

Five years after he first entered the University of the Philippines (UP) as an eager-eyed graduate of a provincial science high school in Cabanatuan City, Alexander John Cruz will be graduating at the top of his class this Sunday.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

A mother’s sad graduation in Tacloban, other stories

A building in the campus of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College is barely standing after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” struck Palo town in Leyte. FILE PHOTO/RUBEN GAMALA

In disaster-stricken Eastern and Central Visayas, where classes had been extended to make up for the lost school days, elementary and high school students are still marching—in makeshift graduation venues that reflect the extent of their loss—to receive their diplomas.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »