The values of young Filipinos A giant of a man, bearded and wearing a mask of death, wildly played a spiff on his guitar. The bassist swung his head round and round, his long hair making fractals in the air. … Read more »

Philippine tertiary education used to be dominated by family-owned universities. Sure, the state and the religious orders build and operate tertiary schools. But that is in accordance with a global mandate. From the Jesuits to the Dominicans, running schools was … Read more »

Palace bent on train fare hike

The government on Saturday stood firm on its decision to increase fare rates of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT) amid threats by some groups to challenge the increase before the Supreme Court. Deputy Presidential … Read more »

President in face-off with High Court over ‘pork’

Intrigues and controversies flew thick and fast this year, but the one that will be remembered most is President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s face-off with the Supreme Court. The President took on the High Court when he questioned its ruling declaring … Read more »

Malacañang stands by Soliman in CCT ‘mess’

MALACAÑANG will not fire Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) over the Commission on Audit (COA) report that at least P1 billion of the Conditional Cash Transfer program for the poor went to … Read more »

3 senators’ detention hurt minority

IT has been a very challenging year in so far as the members of the opposition in the Senate are concerned because after being investigated by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) controversy in … Read more »

Schools using Tagalog given perks

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said it will give incentives to institutions that constantly use Filipino or Tagalog as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction. In a statement, CHEd said schools that opt to use … Read more »

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The art of cyberwar

Cyberwarfare, as defined by, is “Internet-based conflict involving politically motivated attacks on information and information systems.” Cyberattacks can “disable official websites and networks, disrupt or disable essential services, steal or alter classified data, and cripple financial systems—among many other... Read more »


Beyond the stick and blade

“Danny [Inosanto] came to Parker [Edmund K. Parker] as a kicking specialist and by the time he earned a black belt under the Kenpo founder, Parker had infused his own brand of deceptive hand work to Danny’s movement to round … Read more »


AFP plan to build base for US military use hit

A labor group has expressed misgivings to the plan by the Philippine military to let American troops stay at the Ulungan Bay Naval Base in Palawan and the naval facilities to be built in Oyster Bay, also in Palawan, in … Read more »

Pope asked to intercede for 2 detained youths

THE mothers of the two University of the Philippines (UP) students abducted in August want Pope Francis to “intercede in the quest for freedom” for their sons. The Pontiff will visit the Philippines in January. Marita Cadanao and Rowena Salonga … Read more »

‘Amazon’ surrenders on Christmas

A female medic of the New People’s Army (NPA), identified as Rebecca Megew Timban, surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion in a remote village in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on Christmas Day. Command Chief Aurelio Baladad lauded the … Read more »

Rebels free captured soldiers in Bukidnon

COMMUNIST rebels freed on Friday morning two soldiers it had taken captive in August this year. Major Ezra Balagtey, public information chief of the Philippine Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command, identified the duo as Private First Class Jerrel Yorong and Mamel … Read more »

Murder suspect nabbed in Surigao Sur

Members of the Rosario, Surigao del Sur Police Office has arrested a murder suspect, who was trying to escape by attending a rebel plenum on Friday dawn at a remote village in Surigao del Sur. Reports reaching Camp Crame identified … Read more »

Philpost launches “2015 Year of the Goat” stamps

Just a few days before 2014 bids goodbye, the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) launched its 2015 special stamp for the Year of the Goat. The special stamp has two designs. One features a colorful image of a goat’s head, which … Read more »

Analysis & Commentary

Fr. Shay Cullen

The story of the Christmas lights

Hiking uphill through the hot tropical afternoon to the Aeta village of Baliwit, San Marcelino carrying our loaded backpacks was a challenge in itself. The happy thought of bringing some Christmas cheer into the lives of the very poor indigenous … Read more »


Holiday transport woes

It’s the time of year when people count the number of days they can go on leave from the office, count the number of parties they need to go to, the number of people to tick off a gift list. … Read more »

Fr. James Mctavish Fmvd

See Salvation

[The Holy Family, Year B, December 28, 2014, Gen 15:1-6; 21:1-3 / Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 / Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 / Luke 2:22-40] Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. The Scriptural readings present to … Read more »

Rosalinda L. Orosa

A riveting night in ‘Chicago’!

Most obvious in Chicago, Broadway’s longest-running American musical, is the excellence of each member as singer-dancer-actor. Choreography by Ann Reinking is utterly riveting, whether executed by the entire cast, by two, three dancers or by soloists. The women are particularly … Read more »


Oca Villamiel, art and magnitude

In 2012, I happened upon Oca Villamiel’s Stories Of Our Time, which was a deceptively simple set of art assemblages made from old dolls, with expectedly missing heads and limbs. I was on a gallery run with Singapore art journalist … Read more »


Roaring for 2015

IT’S the last Sunday of the year and as “Bianca” tradition would have it, I am listing down the most important things I learned this year. On top of that is the fact that instead of writing only for my … Read more »

Legal Advice

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Non-payment of cellphone bills not a criminal offense

Dear PAO, I am fond of subscribing to postpaid plans on different telecommunications company. Just recently, I subscribed to a plan 2499 that came with an iPhone 5S. I paid the advance payment and signed the contract with a lock-in … Read more »