The Changing (May)weather

The fighter best known for his unblemished boxing record and best-hated for his arrogance and big talk is seeming likable these days, less haughty in interviews and even talking about things other than money. “The main thing that’s important is family,” said five-division world...

A journey back to life

“What would you do if God gave you a second chance?” This is the question Filipina-American author Karen Henson Jones posts in her book, “Heart of Miracles,” chronicling her near-death experience and the struggles she had to face as she journeyed back to life. “Would you change...

Manny Pacquiao: So faithful

All he aspired for when he was starting his boxing career was to be the champion of the Philippines. But after two decades in the sport, Manny Pacquiao has become not only his beloved nation’s champ; but also a well-respected world boxing record-holder – the first and only...

Holiday Events: ‘Tree Lighting’ at NBC Universal; ‘In Nomine Matris;’ ‘Pedro Calungsod’

NBC Universal, the “entertainment capital of LA,” welcomed LA Mayor Eric Garcetti last Thursday, December 4th as he kicked off the lighting of the very first “Grinchmas” tree. In his message, Mayor Garcetti spoke on behalf of LA tourism’s growth and that the city’s goal of “...

Pope visits S. Korea with PHL in his sights

SEOUL (AFP) – Pope Francis arrives in Seoul on Thursday looking to fuel a new era of Catholic growth in Asia – a mission fraught with complex political challenges but huge potential rewards. His five-day visit to South Korea is recognition for one of Asia’s fastest-growing, most...

INC’s 100th anniversary draws 2 million faithfuls

BOCAUE (AFP) – As many as two million people gathered in the Philippine capital on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of a powerful homegrown church, showcasing the conservative group’s discipline and influence. Some of the faithful waited overnight in the pouring Manila rain...

Pacquiao seeks to become basketball champ

MANILA (AFP) – Being world boxing champ, a heavyweight politician, an actor and a preacher is not enough for the Philippines’ irrepressible Manny Pacquiao – now he wants to be a professional basketballer. The pint-sized 35-year-old has caused shockwaves and much disbelief with...

Top religious leaders gather in Long Beach, declare commitment to work together for peace

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Over 100 religious leaders from across North America and hundreds of university students gathered at the Grand Event Center in Long Beach for the 2014 Religious Leaders Peace Conference, hosted by the international non-profit organization Heavenly Culture,...