I had a close encounter with Manny Pacquiao. He was boasting that he had the most expensive Bible in the world. 

And so I asked him if he could display it for everyone to see. However, he refused and everyone else agreed with him. 

For some reason, I could not comprehend how the public could have agreed with such greedy response to my request and it made me feel queer and irrelevant for requesting from a famous person to do such action of displaying his Bible for everyone to see.

But then out of the blue after some…


NCCA assured of full funding support

PRESERVING the Philippines’ historical and cultural heritage has always been at the forefront of Senator Loren Legarda’s advocacies.

As National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario took the helm at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Legarda made the assurance that the Philippines’ arts and cultural sector will continue to enjoy the government’s help and support.

In a statement following Almario’s election to NCCA chair, the senator said his experience and track record as former chairman of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) will be a great asset in carrying out NCCA’s programs to preserve Filipino culture.…

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A Tale of Three Cities

By Romeo N. Dyoco, Jr. 

IT CAN be the best of times. It can be the worst of times. This can be what the future holds for the cities of Angeles, Mabalacat and San Fernando. 

Being linked to each other geographically, the recent rapid developments in economic infrastructure and activities have virtually joined these cities together into one seamless economic unit. 

They are, of course, under different political subdivisions which have become cities due precisely to these developments in economic income and population growth. 

And they are governed by different city administrations.

The present city mayors,…

Read more: A Tale of Three Cities

Licuanan scored over anti-student stand

COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan should know better than to issue sensitive statements that reflect the institution she is heading. 

After all, she, being the head of the said institution, should be the one that is sensitive to the needs and should be protecting the interests of higher education students here in the country.

But obviously, this is not the case.

Just recently, Licuanan drew flak with regards to the statements she made in her interview with Winnie Monsod, wherein she said that while CHEd is welcoming to the budget allocation for SUCs, there are still…

Read more: Licuanan scored over anti-student stand

Underground cemetery opens in Laguna

NATIONAL Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) recently opened the Museo ng Libingan sa Ilalim ng Lupa in Nagcarlan, Laguna.

It is the agency’s first heritage-centered museum, breaking its tradition of history-themed museums.

Located at a building in front of the octagonal-shaped cemetery, the museum features artifacts associated with the 19th-century burial ground and the techniques used by NHCP in conserving the chapel and perimeter walls as well as the properties of the materies utilized in its construction.

Museum viewers can learn of the history of the cemetery through audio-visual presentation and infographics.

During the opening ceremony, church art and…

Read more: Underground cemetery opens in Laguna

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