• Pope Francis doing well after first night in hospital, Vatican says

    ROME— Pope Francis was doing well on Thursday morning after his first night in hospital following abdominal surgery, the Vatican said. “The night went well,” the Vatican said in a brief statement, adding that more information would be released later in the morning. Francis, 86, underwent a three-hour operation in a Rome hospital on Wednesday to repair a […]

  • Viral: Alleged intoxicated student barges in classroom, confronts teacher

    Videos of an alleged inebriated student confronting a senior high school teacher in class have been circulating on social media platforms. The video showed a male student talking to a female teacher who suspected that the former had been drinking alcohol. According to the teacher, she was in the middle of a lecture when the […]

  • BSP cuts reserve requirement ratios for big banks by 250 basis points

    MANILA— The Philippine central bank said on Thursday it will cut the reserve requirement ratios by 250 basis points for universal and commercial banks and for non-bank financial institutions with quasi-banking functions, effective June 30. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) also lowered the RRR, or the percentage of deposits and deposit substitutes banks must keep with […]

  • World's first vaccine against deadly swine fever nears approval in Vietnam

    Vietnam testing two vaccines in large pilot projects Next step for Hanoi to be regulatory nod, in world’s first US agriculture secretary sees potential buying interest HANOI— Vaccines against African swine fever being tested in Vietnam are close to approval, global and U.S. veterinary officials said, in what would be a major breakthrough to tackle the […]

  • Santuario de La Salle wins prestigious architecture award

    The Santuario de La Salle, a pilgrimage site for educators in Laguna province, was declared Jury Winner in the Religious Buildings and Memorials category of the prestigious 2023 Architizer A+Awards. The winners were announced last week at the website of Architizer, the world’s leading online platform for architecture and building-products based in New York. Running […]

  • Phivolcs raises alert level at rumbling Mayon volcano after rockfall, quakes

    MANILA— The Philippines raised the alert level at the popular Mayon volcano by a notch on Thursday, after detecting volcanic earthquakes and hundreds of rockfall events. The 2,462-metre (8,077-foot) volcano in central Albay province – a draw for tourists because of its near-perfect conical shape – “is exhibiting magmatic eruption,” the state volcanology agency said in […]

  • 'Pumasa ba siya?': Bam Aquino bumps into student who attended CONQuest before finals

    A former senator sought the help of local Twitter to search for a student he was able to bump into at the recently-concluded CONQuest Festival 2023 who had finals the day after the pop culture convention. Former senator Bam Aquino, a supporter of Philippine esports, on Wednesday shared a video that showed him walking inside one […]

  • Filipino sci-fci film ‘HITO’ bags award at 2023 Vienna Shorts film festival

    A Filipino science-fiction film bagged an award at a major international short film festival held in early June. Stephen Lopez’s dystopian short-form movie “HITO” received the Vienna Short Film Award for Best Film for the FIDO Fiction and Documentary – International Competition category. It also qualifies for the Academy Awards Live Action Short Film category. This […]

  • Sovereign vs investment fund: Chel Diokno weighs in on Maharlika Investment bill

    The Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) was deemed to be only posing as a sovereign wealth fund. Former senatorial candidate Chel Diokno stated this in a tweet on June 1, following the Senate’s approval of the bill that will create it. Senate Bill No. 2020, also known as the Maharlika Investment Fund Act of 2023 in the 19th […]

  • 'Sobrang waley': MJ Lastimosa comments on visa requirements, passport power

    A former Miss Universe semifinalist shared her musings about the process of traveling overseas and the weakness of the Philippine passport on a Twitter post. Actress-host Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa, a Miss Universe 2014 top 10 semifinalist, cited that Filipinos have to secure visas from embassies to be able to travel to certain countries. “Ang […]

  • Explainer: What are the health risks from wildfire smoke?

    The northeastern United States is blanketed under a pungent haze caused by smoke carried down from wildfires burning in Canada that contains a host of noxious gases and particulate matter that carry serious health risks. Here is what you need to know about the risks of the lingering smoke that has left the air quality in […]

  • Nikola Jokic's historic effort sends Nuggets past Heat in Game 3

    Nikola Jokic produced a historic stat line of 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists, Jamal Murray also had a triple-double and the Denver Nuggets notched a 109-94 victory over the host Miami Heat on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Jokic became the first player ever to log at […]