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 »


Grizzlies beat Heat to snap four-game losing skid

MIAMI: Mike Conley scored 24 points and Marc Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds to power the Memphis Grizzlies over Miami 103-95 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) and snap a four-game losing skid. Beno Udrih added 11 points and … Read more »


PSL honors Lozada, De Borja

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will honor the some of the country’s great swimmers including Gertrudes Lozada and Col. Arsenio De Borja for their notable contributions in sport. PSL President Susan Papa said that Lozada will be inducted to the … Read more »

Impounded P300M victim of ‘politics’

SENATOR Nancy Binay sees politics behind the move of Malacañang to impound the additional P300 million funding allotted by Congress to the National Housing Authority (NHA) under the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and intended for the housing needs of … Read more »

Bangsamoro law divisive – MNLF

The Moro National Liberation Front has declared that it is not supporting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), citing the government’s supposed failure to fully implement a peace agreement that it signed with the MNLF on September 2, 1996. Besides, MNLF … Read more »

CA affirms life term for pyramiding queen

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a Makati court decision finding Rosario Baladjay, the brains behind the Multitel pyramiding scam, guilty of syndicated estafa. In a 43-page decision penned by Associate Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier and concurred in by Associate … Read more »

Staggered train fare increases proposed

A lawmaker has sought a middle ground on the controversial fare adjustments by Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), Light Rail Transit 1 and LRT 2, saying the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) should consider gradual and staggered fare … 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 »

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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Valid deceased partner’s will entitles ‘wife’ to inherit from him

Dear PAO, My live-in partner just died, leaving with me our three children. We lived together for twenty years and were able to buy property. I was unemployed then as I was busy tending to the needs of my children … Read more »