Month: December 2023

Pacquiao celebrates 45th birthday, sees fights in 2024, twits China on WPS

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – World boxing icon and former senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao turned 45 last week and celebrated his birthday with celebrities, friends and relatives at a party at the Grand Summit Hotel in General Santos City. Pacquiao’s wife,…

PHL GIRDS FOR ESCALATION OF WPS ‘WAR’ WITH CHINA; Marcos eyes new strategy on sea feud

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief MANILA/TOKYO – Eyeing new strategies to counter China’s aggression in South China Sea (SCS) and West Philippine Sea (WPS), the Philippines is girding for an escalation of hostilities in the region even as it…

Marcos signs P5.768-trillion 2024 national budget

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.  signed the 2024 General Appropriations Act (GAA) which contains the P5.768-trillion budget that will be tapped to fund the administration’s key programs and projects for next year to expedite the country’s recovery in a…

Longer life expectancy and improve life seen projected with more trees and expanded green space

By Cesar Antonio Nucum Jr. LOS ANGELES – The proverbial belittling of the otherwise important functions of abundant grown trees and ampler and better green space as beautification strategies can now be regarded a thing of the past as it…

Reckoning with our racial past reflects present-day inequalities

By Cesar Antonio Nucum Jr. LOS ANGELES — The words of philosopher George Santayana in 1905 goes that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” while British statesman Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a speech in…

The Outsider (Melandrew T. Velasco): Dreaming of a merrier Christmas with MRT 7 and new int’l airport

As the year is about to end, I am hopeful like other Filipinos that our country will move up to become an upper middle-income country earlier than the 2025 forecast. Economists have painted a rosy growth prospect for the country…

Dolly de Leon’s 2 films, Leni Robredo campaign docu to premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January

Two movies starring Dolly de Leon and a documentary about the 2022 presidential campaign of former vice president Leni Robredo are going to premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival in January 18 to 28. This is gleaned in the…

As I See It: Will Trump be GOP standard bearer, run as independent if not chosen?

Unless something drastic will occur between now and the convention of the party, former president Donald Trump will likely be the GOP’s standard bearer for the 2024 presidential derby! What if he is not, will he run as an independent?…

Piolo Pascual is Aliw Awards Entertainer of the Year

By Jennifer T. Santos Movie and theater actor Piolo Pascual copped the 2023 Entertainer of the Year award at rites held at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel, which was jampacked with fans of the winners of the more…

Venus Raj marries non-showbiz boyfriend North Orillan

Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj has  married her non-showbiz partner. “Today is the day that the Lord has made,” the Doha, Qatar-born Venus whose full name cis Maria Venus Bayonito Raj-Orillan, wrote  on Instagram. The former beauty queen, actress and model, who…