Lost in translation

By David Casuco Balita Media News Service The hotel wakeup call came almost simultaneous with the yapping of my cell phone. It was my second day in mysteriously hot Manila, and I was expecting a lot of calls that day from people – family, friends, relatives. I grabbed the...

Beef Mechado Pinoy recipe

Estimated cooking time: 1 hour Mechado Ingredients: 1 kilo of beef cut into chunks 1/8 kilo of pork fat cut into strips 4 onions, peeled and quartered 5 medium potatoes, quartered (optional: fried) 1 medium sized carrot, sliced in 1/2″ sections 2 red bell pepper, sliced 2...

Jose Mari Chan given tribute CD by U.S. artists

MUSIC icon Jose Mari Chan again made history, this time as the first Filipino artist to be given a tribute CD by American singers and composers. “The Manhattan Connection: The Songs of Jose Mari Chan” is the title of the tribute CD done by the American vocal music...

Discovery could aid tuberculosis treatment

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2011 (AFP) – Scientists have isolated the enzyme that allows tuberculosis to destroy lung tissue, a discovery that could speed the search for treatments, said a US-British study published Monday. Tuberculosis is a highly contagious and often fatal...

Revolutionaries set theme for Kalayaan 2011

Rizal, Aguinaldo, Silang Memorialized through Sponsorship By Lydia V. Solis LOS ANGELES – What do a poet, general, and woman warrior have in common, other than being the pride of the Philippines? The revolutionaries, both peaceful and fierce, are part of the sponsorship...

Paula Abdul in talks for ‘X Factor’

Paula Abdul may soon reunite with her “American Idol” nemesis Simon Cowell: The entertainer is in negotiations to join the judges’ panel on Cowell’s upcoming talent competition, “X Factor.” “I’ve always wanted Paula. Always been...

Philippines to ramp up oil exploration

MANILA, April 25, 2011 (AFP) – The Philippines said Monday it would ramp up oil and gas exploration to diversify its energy sources, with up to 15 contracts to be auctioned off by July. Manila expects to coax hundreds of millions of dollars from prospective investors in the...

No survivors in Philippines landslide

PANTUKAN, April 24, 2011 (AFP) – Philippine officials said Sunday there was little chance of finding more survivors after a landslide struck a remote gold mining area, with 22 people likely killed in the disaster. Two days after tonnes of debris and mud washed over...