THIS IS OURS. Filipino youth activists brave the waves as they hoist a Philippine flag on the shores of Zambales on Monday facing the West Philippine Sea as a symbol of the country’s claim of the disputed territory. The group timed the flag-raising in commemoration of Philippine Independence Day. (Jun Dumaguing, ABS-CBN News) 

11th Most Dangerous

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is the 11th most dangerous country for tourists, according to the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum. The report was prepared before a disgruntled gambling addict stormed Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, killing 37 people before taking his own life.  Full story...

Maute bomber nabbed in CDO

Law enforcers arrested Thursday a suspected bomber of the Maute terrorist group in Cagayan de Oro.
Mohammad Noaim Maute, alias Abu Jadid, was arrested in Barangay Macasandig around 7:00 am, according to Philippine National Police Regional Office 10 spokesperson Supt. Lemuel Gonda. Full story...

NBA: Curry to pass on White House celebration visit

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said Wednesday that if the team is invited to visit the White House after winning the NBA championship then he probably won’t go.
“Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen, what would I do,” Curry said. “I answered I wouldn’t go. I still feel that way today.”

Dashcams, mounts allowed in
revised Anti-Distracted Driving Law

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has finally released the revised set of Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for Republic Act 10913, or the Anti-Distracted Driving Law (ADDL).

This comes more than three weeks after the agency suspended the law due to confusion surrounding its implementation. With the finalization of the new IRR, the ADDL will no longer cover dashboard cameras, ornaments, and toys placed on the dashboard or hanging from the rearview mirror. It is limited to “mobile communication devices and electronic entertainment gadgets.” It will still cover both private and public vehicles.



World Book Day – NanieGuanlao and his free library in Manila

In the Makati district of Manila in the Phili‚Äčppines, there’s a large sign outside the front of an otherwise unassuming house stating “free reading to the public”. Over the last fifteen years, Ernando ‘Nanie’ Guanlao has transformed his home into a library, open to anyone and everyone.

Starting with only 100 books, the 63 year-old former accountant has spent the last years collecting books for the library. He now piles up more than 1,000 books every year.

“My home, my library. It’s free, for everybody. You’re welcome to drop in, to talk to me, to see me, enjoy my place”, Nanie says, “books are my mission, they are here simply to make people happy.”


The WorldRemit app helps people support initiatives like this back home by letting them send money straight from their smartphone, instead of having to travel to a money transfer agent. Those receiving money– often in developing countries - can collect the funds as mobile money, bank transfer, for cash pickup or as a mobile airtime top-up.

WorldRemit’s service is available to senders in 50 countries. It offers transfers to more than 125 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. WorldRemit customers send 400,000 transfers every month.


Gerald Anderson on working with Arci Munoz: ‘She’s the life of the movie’

As the release date draws near for Star Cinema’s Can We Still Be Friends, Gerald Anderson said he enjoyed every minute of working again with leading lady Arci Munoz. “It was great. She was the life of the movie eh, parang life of the party. Yung energy niya, yung sex appeal niya, lahat. And that’s what people are going to see in Can We Still Be Friends. Talagang mas marami silang makukuha. And I think tungkol sa buhay, tungkol sa relasyon, mas maraming tanong itong movie na ito,” he shared. Full story... 

Rachel Peters begins preparation
for Miss Universe 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Binibining Pilipinas Miss Universe 2017 Rachel Peters said she already started her preparation for the upcoming annual international beauty pageant that she heard will be once again be held in the country.
“I’m working with myself. I think that’s probably the most important factor for me when I go to the Miss Universe especially that I heard that it’s most likely going to be in the Philippines,” Rachel said at the launch of PLDT Home Roku Powered TVolution, an all-in-one plug and play box that enables one to watch high-definition TV channels. 
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MANILA (Nov. 10, 2012) –President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with arrival honors in Malacañang. Full story...
MANILA (Nov. 10, 2012) -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Canada and the Philippines that will create new opportunities for Canadian businesses in the defence and security sector. Full story...
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Soft target


From criticizing the administration for denying the presence of the Islamic State in Mindanao to accusing President Duterte of exaggerating the IS threat to justify the proclamation of martial law, the pendulum has again swung to the other end. This time, the President is being criticized for failing to grasp the magnitude of the IS threat because of his singular preoccupation with his war on illegal drugs.

The President had in fact warned of IS presence in Mindanao in the past months, but admitted that the government had been complacent about the threat. From recent developments, it looks like he at least got one aspect right: drug trafficking is being used for terrorist financing.   Full Article...

Serving the Canadian Forces is an experience of a lifetime


BACK in 1982 I decided to join the Canadian Forces. I can still remember the slogan “There is no life like it” as the posters and commercials showed men and women proudly wearing military uniforms. I was so excited when I was accepted and even started exercising before my training began.Full Article..

Aral mula sa isang puno


Ngayong tag-init na, panahon na rin na magtanim ng magagandang bulaklak. Umuusbong na rin ang maraming mga pananim. Namumunga na rin ang mga puno. Alam niyo bang maging sa biblia, ginamit ang iba’t ibang halaman para turuan tayo ng Diyos ng mga leksyon at iyan ang aking tatalakayin ngayon at sa mga susunod na araw. Sa ating ugnayan sa Diyos, unti unti nating nauunawaan na may mga bagay tayong hindi nakukuha nang magdamagan.  Sa paglipas pa ng panahon  natin nakikita ang katuparan ng ating mga pangarap. Kung anong ating tinanim ang siya natin aanihin. At sa daan tungo sa tagumpay, may mga hadlang, may mga hamon tayong hinaharap.  Pero sa atin na mga nagtitiwala sa Panginoon, mayroon siyang mensahe. Babasahin ko ito mula  sa biblia sa aklat ng Awit 92:12-13, “Ang matuwid ay tulad ng palm tree na tatatag ang buhay. Para rin siyang mga cedar na kahoy na mula sa Lebanon na lalago nang mabuti. Para siyang punongkahoy na doon natanim sa tahanan ng Diyos, sa banal na templo. Ito ay lalago na nakakalugod.  Patuloy itong namumunga kahit na ang punong ito ay tumatanda. Luntian at matatag pa rin ito at and dahon nito’y laging sariwa.”  Full Article...

Courageous Fathers


THE father of five children had won a toy at a raffle. He called his kids together to ask which of them should have the present. “Who is the most obedient?” he asked. “Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?” Five small voices answered in unison. “Okay, dad, you get the toy.”

In all seriousness, we are to honor our fathers, and our mothers, and this day in June (18) is set aside for us to honor the fathers in this country. But we are to honor our fathers, not because it’s a holiday, not because it’s a tradition, not because there are sales going on all over the country, but because God said so. Full Article...


Let’s talk about ‘Spousal RRSPs’

BUILDING your nest egg with a savings plan is step one.  But it’s also important to consider how taxes can impact this nest egg when you retire.
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