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Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 Although born in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany on September 24, 1989 to a German father and Filipina mother, Pia grew up in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines and became an actress with screen name Pia Romero. On December 20, 2015, Pia became the third Miss Philippines to bag the Miss Universe title. ...

High Court stops disqualification of presidential aspirant Grace Poe

SC chief issues 2 TROs against Comelec rulings

MANILA (PhilAmPress) -- The Supreme Court (SC) stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, Dec. 28, from enforcing its decision that disqualified Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares from running in the 2016 presidential polls. This after the SC issued two separate temporary restraining orders (TROs) stopping the Comelec en banc from removing Poe’s name in the list of presidentiables in next year’s national elections.


January 1, 2016

Poe immediately lauded the decision of the High Court for acting expeditiously on her petitions, adding she was humbled and grateful for issuing the TROs. “I thank the Supreme Court for a just and compassionate decision. From the start, I had put my full faith in the judicial process. The Comelec denied our people their choices in an open election but I am confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the truth and the spirit of the Constitution,” said Poe. The TRO prevents Comelec from disqualifying Poe and removing her name from the ballot in the 2016 election. This also means that Poe, for now, remains a candidate for president.

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“The Making of a Monument (One generation’s legacy to the next)

December 1, 2015 The Dr. Jose Rizal Monument was the brain child of the late Sir Roberto Roque and Lady Herminia Roque of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, Malaya Chapter. Conceived in 1994, the initial plan was to purchase a bronze statue at $65,000...Read more »


Pope Francis condemns killings in Mindanao

January 1, 2016 MANILA -- Pope Francis has condemned the “senseless attacks” that killed at least nine civilians in Southern Philippines recently. In a telegram sent to Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Cotabato Archdiocese by the Pontiff’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy Father said he was saddened by the killings. ...Read more »


FilAm Donaire vows to win bigger fights

January 1, 2016 MANILA - Now back as reigning world champion, Filipino American Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Philippines is readying to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt....Read more »


PHL now has 415 classified caves

January 1, 2016 QUEZON CITY - The country now has a total of 415 classified caves, which the government is required to preserve and ensure their sustainable use. This developed as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has classified an additional 51 caves to guide communities on their responsible management. Prior to this, 364 caves had already been classified by the agency according to their characteristics. ..Read more »


‘Walang Forever’ wins best picture award, ‘My Bebe Love’ tops early box office gross as Metro filmfest breaks record

January 1, 2016 The ongoing Metro Manila Film Festival has broken last year’s box office record with a gross sales of tickets of P380 million in only three days since opening on Christmas Day....
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Editorial : 
Members of Congress Need to Spend More Time on Capitol Hill

December 1, 2015 When Paul Ryan became House Speaker a few weeks ago, he made it clear that he has no intention of spending too much time in Washington. His wife and children are in Wisconsin, he pointed out, and he plans to commute, as he’s done since he got elected to Congress. “I just work here,” he told CNN, “I don’t live here.”..more »

Yoly Tumangan Tubalinal :  The Write Connection : 
What 2016 Might Bring

January 1, 2016 Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson...more »

Perry Diaz :  PerryScope : 
It’s never too late to change

January 1, 2016 In 1914, more than a century ago, the German Army was advancing into French territory along a 27-mile stretch of land known as the “Western Front.” The French and the British armies were fiercely defending French territory in trenches along a 200-foot narrow strip called “No Man’s Land” that separates them from the Germans who were dug in on the other side. ..more »

Carmelita Cochingco Ballesteros, Ph.D. :  Lifelong Learners : 
Opening New Doors Your Ultimate Career Reinvention and Transition Planner (Plata, 2015)

January 1, 2016 Curiosity led Lucy Pevensie and her siblings to a large and empty spare room in Professor Kirke’s country home. In the room was a big wardrobe with a looking glass in the door. Nothing else. ..more »

Arnold De Villa :  Witness : 
Old Novelties of a New Year

January 1, 2016 If only we could start from the end, begin from a conclusion, act upon a given outcome, then life’s complexities could be simple, pain could be avoided, joy could be measured and happiness obtained without a gush of tears. ..more »

Fred C. Wilson III :  Philippine Adventures : 

January 1, 2016 The Holiday Season in Chicago can be wonderful experiences if you know where to go and have an ample supply of money. The Museum of Science and Industry is a great place to start your holiday experience...more»

Fermin Salvador :  Estado : 
Mga Biro at Bulay-Bulay (Part 4) 

January 1, 2016 Kaugnay sa pagdalaw ni Papa Francis sa Amerika, mainam na pagbalikan ang ilan sa mga naganap sa loob ng limang araw na pagdalaw ni Papa Francis sa Pilipinas na ngayon pa lang nababatid. Halimbawa, alam ng lahat na habang nasa Vaticano ay hilig ni Papa Francis na gumala kapag gabi para makita ang tunay na kalagayan ng mahihirap na naninirahan sa siyudad. Isang gabi, matapos makipagpulong kay P-Noy at sa ibang matataas na opisyal sa Malakanyang ay sinabi niyang maglilibot-libot siya sa siyudad. ..more»

Dr. Philip S. Chua :  Health Sentinel : 
All about foods

January 1, 2016 Some companies irradiate their meats to prevent food-borne illnesses. At the legally prescribed level, irradiation is effective and safe. However, some people are uncomfortable about it. In the United States, the Radura symbol (international symbol for radiation) must be on the label of foods that are irradiated, together with the wording “treated by radiation” or “treated with radiation.” Science has shown over the past several decades that the irradiated food items are safe for consumption. Does MSG have to be listed too?..more»

Rodel Rodis :  Telltale Signs : 
Heneral Luna and the French

December 1, 2015 After Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists began their massacre of Parisians on Friday the 13th of November, the spectators at a soccer match in Paris between France and Germany spontaneously and defiantly burst into singing the French National Anthem, the La Marseillaise, even though the stadium had just been bombed...more»

Paul Ballard :  Tea Leaves Under Stones : 
Sharing the Spirit of Christmas Where Can It Take Us in the New Year?

January 1, 2016 We are swamped in commercialism at Christmas time - even more so this year when Americans are spending more than ever since 2007. But, perhaps, like me, you have paused to ponder that this is a time for giving, sparing a thought for the needy. Also, in a time of goodwill and good cheer, it is a time for sharing - particularly with those we are seemingly much at odds with in the world. If we look around us far enough, we will see that surprising things often happen at this time of year. ..more»

Pastor Pascual and Mrs. Lydia Taycol :  Questions Of Faith : 
Only One Life

November 1, 2014 We have only one life and so soon it will pass. Life is temporary and extremely brief. It is likened to a mist, a breath, a wisp of smoke, “I am here on earth for just a little while.” (Psalm 119:19). ...more »

Bart SG Tubalinal, Jr :  Pure & Simple