103rd Birth Anniversary of NVN Gonzalez

Today is the 103rd birth anniversary of NVN Gonzalez, National Artist for Literature.   He was born on September 8,1915 and he passed away on November 28,1999.   Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzalez, better known as NVN Gonzalez, fictionist, essayist, poet, and teacher, articulated the Filipino spirit in rural, urban landscapes.   He triumphed in appropriating the English language… Read More »

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SEATO

On September 8, 1954, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization or SEATO was established in Manila, with the signing of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty or the “Manila Pact.”   The purpose of the organization was to prevent communism from gaining ground in the region.   The Photo below shows the SEATO Manila Conference of 1966.   Among… Read More »

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Meet Joselito Caasi Padilla

Meet Joselito Caasi Padilla, a former sea urchin diver who is now a certified seaman.   Joselito Caasi Padilla was only five years old when he started diving for sea urchin to help with his family’s daily expenses.   But even in this difficult situation, he dreamed of becoming a seaman and continued to persevere and studied hard… Read More »

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What is Amnesty?

What is Amnesty? The word amnesty is very much in the news today because of President Duterte’s revoking of the amnesty granted to Senator Trillanes.   What is Amnesty exactly? The Philippine Constitution provides that “except in cases of impeachment, or as otherwise provided in the constitution, the President may grant a reprieve, communications, and pardons, and remit… Read More »

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Single-Use Plastics Now Banned In Boracay

Single-Use Plastics Now Banned In Boracay   The Local government of Malay, Aklan is enforcing a Municipal Ordinance No.385, prohibiting single-use plastics when Boracay reopens in October of 2018.   This will prohibit hotels,resorts,other accommodation establishments,and restaurants in Malay and Boracay from using single-use plastics.   Any hotel,resort,restaurant or establishment in the accommodation business found violating this ordinance… Read More »

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