Actress Yasmien Kurdi finishes magna cum laude



By Boy Villasanta


The fruits of hard work and perseverance bore abundantly for actress Yasmien Kurdi, who recently graduated magna cum laude at Arellano University in Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila.


Yasmien Yuson Kurdi Soldevilla in real life, she finished Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.


In a solemn investiture held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Kurdi earned an academic honor of magna cum laude despite her tight schedule as an actress, a mother and a wife.


Her whole family including her mom, Miriam Ong-Yuson, was around to cheer for her. Husband Rey…

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Teacher-Filmmaker bestowed QC Dragon Star Award



By Boy Villasanta


Are teaching and filmmaking complementary with each other? Both are in pursuit of education.


That’s why public school teacher and filmmaker Jek Jumawan has made a considerable reconciliation between the two fields of endeavor—and charmingly so.


A mentor at the Lagro High School in Fairview, Quezon City, Jumawan teaches Filipino subjects and organizing regular filmmaking workshops to his students, among them, Teatro Oktubre Nueve and Sining Bahandi Youth Filmmakers. “It’s a mission and a vision,” said Jumawan whose first film, “Hulagway” won Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Pandayang Lino Brocka Independent and…

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Aim for 2.4 percent inflation



By Rose de la Cruz


While acknowledging the feat of 3.3 percent in March 2019, Rep. Henry Ong, 2nd district of Leyte and chair of the committee on banks and financial intermediaries, is asking the economic team to aim for 2.4 percent inflation, a level achieved in July 2017.


Ong urged the Department of Agriculture to have the Rice Fund ready as a safety net for farmers and drought relief be put in place this El Nino summer.


"The 2.4 percent we had in July 2017 is the proper benchmark because government has been working hard…

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2nd country review on UN SDG ongoing-NEDA


By Rose de la Cruz


The Philippines is now conducting a second review of its compliance to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes the 17 sustainable development goals prior to its reporting in July.

The government’s second Voluntary National Review (VNR) will be presented at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to be held in New York City in July 2019.


The VNR, led by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in partnership with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), intends to share the country’s…

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Chinese invasion is real



By Rose de la Cruz


It’s not a question of the number of Chinese fishing vessels, manned by maritime militia (civilians armed and taking orders from the regular military commands of China) encircling or operating in the small island of Pag-Asa.


The implication of their steady presence clearly indicates an impending invasion as they are not here to fish but to keep watch and protect it from Filipinos, whose nation was deemed the legitimate owner of the island under the 200- mile economic zone of the United Nations. They are militias because they don’t wear uniforms…

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