A flicker of hope for typhoon victims

The expected arrival next week of Pope Francis in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, will bring both joy and hope to millions of Filipinos who have experienced so much calamities last year. After all the powerful typhoons that have devastated the Mindanao and...

Her adventure brings her to the edge of the earth

Lourdes “Odette” A. Ricasa is a globetrotting traveler, author, poet, painter and realtor who has traveled to 257 countries and has accumulated a total of 1.8 million flight time miles, having been awarded a certificate by the Travelers’ Century Club, honoring her for travelling...

Emotional Alex thanks Toni for support

Alex Gonzaga turned a bit emotional when she thanked her sister Toni for being supportive as she makes her own name in the showbiz industry. The sisters were asked to share what they want to tell each other after all their individual achievements in the past year. Alex sai...

Pope Francis practicing English speeches for PHL visit, Vatican says

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Pope Francis has been honing his English speaking skills for his upcoming visit to the Philippines on January 15 to 19, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Translating Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi’s speech at a press conference on Wednesday, Pontificio...

P600-B needed for AFP modernization – Defense Usec

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A Defense official on Wednesday disclosed that the military needs at least P600 billion for the modernization of the country’s armed forces. In a press conference, Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo, chairman of the Department of Defense’s bids and awards...

Sandigan ‘sekyu’ denies soliciting from Napoles lawyer

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Sandiganbayan security guard accused of soliciting money from the lawyer of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles has denied the allegation, saying it came from individuals with sinister intentions. “Isa lang po ang masasabi ko sa alegasyon....

Aquino not quite satisfied with papal visit security

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Government agencies may spend the next few days fine-tuning security arrangements for Pope Francis’ five-day visit to the Philippines next week. This was after President Benigno Aquino III indicated he was not satisfied with the security plans for the visit. At...

DOTC chief Abaya skips House hearing on MRT, LRT fare hikes

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was a no-show at the House transportation committee’s hearing Thursday on the fare increase for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT). According to Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo...

Deployment of newly hired PHL maids to UAE still on hold: official

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A senior Philippine labor official in the United Arab Emirates has denied reports on the supposed relaxing of rules in hiring Filipino domestic workers. Interviewed by Gulf News, Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz of the Philippine Labor Office in Al Ghusais said newly...