Success of antigen pilot test seen to boost Philippine tourism amid COVID-19

MANILA, Nov 23 (Mabuhay) — The government is banking on the success of antigen pilot testing to fully boost the country’s local tourism badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Monday. Currently on pilot run in Baguio City, antigen testing is seen as a...

Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo gamely ride on romance rumors

MANILA, Nov 23 (Mabuhay)– Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo seem to be unbothered by rumors romantically linking the two of them. In a recent post on her Instagram Story, Panganiban shared a photo of Marudo with the following caption written across it: “Sinalubong ako...

Duterte proclamation declares 4th Sunday of November as National Bicycle Day

MANILA, Nov 20 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the fourth Sunday of every November as “National Bicycle Day” to promote non-motorized transportation. The Clean Air Act mandates the state to focus on “pollution prevention rather than...

Drug maker AstraZeneca applies for COVID-19 vaccine trials in PH

MANILA, Nov 20 (Mabuhay) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday said the country’s vaccine expert panel recently received and is now studying the application of United Kingdom-based drugmaker AstraZeneca to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in the Philippine...

Duterte orders ‘back-up’ government center outside Manila

MANILA, Nov 19 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a “back-up government center” outside the Philippine capital to prepare for potential disasters and attract investments in the countryside. Duterte, in Executive Order No. 119,...

US committed to give Philippines access to COVID-19 vaccines

MANILA, Nov 18 (Mabuhay)– The United States has committed to give the Philippines access to COVID-19 vaccines once they become available after an American biotechnology firm Moderna reported positive results from its late-stage vaccine trial. It was US Secretary of State...

Duterte places entire Luzon under state of calamity

MANILA, Nov 18 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Luzon under state of calamity following the onslaught of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in consecutive weeks. In a briefing on Tuesday night, Duterte said he already signed on Monday the papers placing...

Duterte blames ‘squatters’ for deforestation

MANILA, Nov 18 (Mabuhay) — Following the widespread flooding in several provinces due to Typhoon Ulysses, President Rodrigo Duterte blamed low-income families for deforestation. In a briefing with Cabinet officials on Tuesday night, Duterte said poor communities in farms...

DepEd unlikely to issue academic freeze, official says

MANILA, Nov 17 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Education will not likely issue an academic freeze following the onslaught of several storms, an official said Tuesday. Several groups called for an academic freeze or break after a series of typhoons ravaged parts of the country...

Philippine COVID-19 cases top 407,000 as new recoveries hit 11,290

MANILA, Nov 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally rose to 407,838 on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,530 new infections. The areas with the highest number of newly reported cases were Cavite with 90, Rizal with 84,...