Philippine News

COVID-19: Heart, Pia Show Support For Each Other’s Relief Efforts

COVID-19 – Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach have been encouraging in each other’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The Philippine government has released billions to provide aid to the families who are greatly affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus crisis. they have also allotted money for the COVID-19 frontliners. Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that the P275 billion is not enough. Good thing, Filipino celebrities are also doing their part to support. Recently, Heart Evangelista and Pia Wurtzbach showed support for each other’s coronavirus relief efforts. The two update their fans about their relief efforts on social media. In a previous article, Sorsogon Governor Chiz...

Military resumes offensives vs NPA, denies violating lapsed ceasefire

The military has reported at least 3 armed clashes with communist guerrillas since the government’s unilateral ceasefire ended on April 15 MANILA, Philippines – Military offensives against the New People’s Army (NPA) have officially resumed and will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Friday, April 17. The government’s unilateral ceasefire that was declared parallel to the lockdown of Luzon island and many other parts of the country lapsed at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 15, and combat operations against NPA guerrillas resumed on Thursday, April 16, said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo in a statement. The Communist Party of the Philippines, the parent organization of the NPA, extended its unilate...

An urgent call for unified action

We are now into the third week since the lockdown, otherwise known as the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). To be exact, we are on Day 20 of the lockdown since March 15, 2020. To date, 136 people have died and 3,018 have been found to be COVID-19 positive. This is a 12-fold rise in deaths (from 11) and 21-fold rise in positive cases (from 140) in just 20 days. Seventeen fellow doctors – many I personally know – have fallen. Nakakalungkot. (That is so sad.) These figures are just the tip of the iceberg. In the following weeks, we will see more and more cases detected and more deaths. This can become a deeper disaster if we don’t get our acts together NOW. In this time of great uncertainty brought about by the disruptive COVID-19, we need adaptive responses to the challenges that don...

Persistence of COVID-19 ‘devastating’ for children in poorest areas of the world, NGO warns

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is certainly impacting the world as we know it, but according to non-governmental organization (NGO) Educo, it is devastating most especially for children in the poorest areas of the world.advertisement In a press statement, Olga Rodriguez, country Director of Educo Philippine explained: “In order to avoid transmitting the coronavirus, it is vital to wash your hands various times a day. This simple gesture saves lives, but if there is limited to no access to clean water in the homes, schools, and communities, the virus will spread very quickly.” Educo also expressed concern on the children’s access to nutrition, saying children often depend on the meals they receive daily in Educo schools. With schools closed, children may suffer from undernour...

Pope Francis names a Sorsoganon as new Jolo bishop

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the vicariate apostolic of Jolo, Sulu. The appointment of Fr. Charlie Inzon as apostolic vicar of the Jolo Vicariate was announced by Pope Francis on Saturday, according to the CBCPNews, the official publication of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Before his appointment, Inzon had been serving as provincial superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) since 2018. Jolo has been without a bishop for 14 months. The 54-year-old Inzon replaced Bishop Angelito Lampon, who was appointed archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cotabato in January last year.  Another OMI priest, Fr. Romel Saniel, served as acting administrator of the Jolo Vicariate before Inzon’s appointment. An apostolic vicariate is a local chu...

Shoe designer Jojo Bragais raises money for Bicol frontliners

Popular Filipino shoe designer Jojo Bragais is one celebrity who wants to put his name and fortune to good use. This young international heels maker is once again lending his talents to support the frontliners and regional hospital units in his hometown in Albay. (Instagram) “I have raised more than P211,000 for our frontliners in Bicol. I want to thank all those who supported me in this effort. I am praying that I could raise more. God bless you,” said Bragais in an exclusive online interview. Bragais, the official shoe designer of the prestigious Bb. Pilipinas pageant, said that he has earlier donated items to Bicol such as aerosol boxes, gallons of alcohol, face shields, raw mats, face masks, and personal protective equipment (PPE) suits. “I am preparing my permit and my second wave of ...

UST coach Aldin Ayo says Tatay Aric inspired him to go to Manila

Aldin Ayo and Aric Del Rosario’s connection extends far beyond University of Sto. Tomas. As it turns out, Del Rosario was one of Ayo’s inspirations in basketball. “Malaki ang impact sa akin ni Coach Aric lalo yung four-peat team niya,” Ayo said of the legendary coach who passed away a week ago. “Lumaki akong sila ang pinapanood ko nung nasa Sorsogon pa ako. Isa siya sa mga dahilan bakit ako nagpursiging makapunta sa Manila.” When Coach Aric won four consecutive championships with the Growling Tigers, Aldin was still a teen in his hometown of Sorsogon. Apparently, though, that black and gold dynasty was one of the seeds that ultimately took root inside of Ayo. Not long after, he was in Colegio de San Juan de Letran and won his own title as a Knight in 1999. Fast forward 16 years and Al...

Philippine mayors step up pandemic response in helping communities cope with lockdown

Trina Alejandra Firmalo-Fabic, a town mayor in the Philippines, was surprised when President Rodrigo Duterte announced on March 16 that he would lock down the entire island of Luzon. The one-month lockdown aims to stem the rising cases of COVID-19 infection in the Southeast Asian country. The directive, however, worried Fabic, the 38-year-old mayor of Odiongan. The coastal town is in the province of Romblon, more than 200 kilometers south of the Philippine capital, Manila. Most of its 45,000 residents rely on fishing and farming for their livelihoods and get basic supplies through the ferries that dock in its port. But the lockdown requires that everyone in Luzon – home to roughly half of the country’s 105 million population – stays at home and practices social distancing. And this cr...

Pag-alis sa umiiral na lockdown sa Luzon, posibleng mapaaga ayon sa DILG

Hindi na makatutulong para sa mga Pilipino at sa ekonomiya ng bansa kung magpapatuloy pa ang umiiral na lockdown sa buong Isla ng Luzon. Ito ang binigyang diin ni Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año makaraang pawiin nito ang pangamba ng publiko hinggil sa posibilidad ng extension umano ng umiiral na lockdown. Sinabi ng Kalihim na ang kailangan lang gawin sa ngayon ay mahigpit na sundin ng publiko ang tagubilin ng mga otoridad na manatili lang sa bahay upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng virus. Nakadepende aniya ang itatagal ng Lockdown kung patuloy na dumarami ang kaso ng COVID-19 na naisasailalim sa testing. Source: https://rmn.ph/pag-alis-sa-umiiral-na-lockdown-sa-luzon-posibleng-mapaaga-ayon-sa-dilg/

DUTERTE DECLARES NAT’L WEEK OF PRAYER AGAINST COVID-19 CRISIS

By CBCP News March 23, 2020 Manila, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a “national week of prayer” as the country battles the coronavirus crisis. After a declaring a nationwide state of calamity, he urged Filipinos to turn to God in prayer in this time of “affliction”. In his Proclamation no. 934, Duterte announced that moments of prayer would be taking place on the fourth week of March. He particularly asked Filipinos of all faith to pray for those afflicted with COVID-19, and for the frontliners in the fight against pandemic. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga has welcomed the initiative, saying that “we have to pray unceasingly and return to Him all the praise and glory which are rightly His”. “We should not only pray but much more honor God. God should never be mocked nor...

Heart Evangelista reacts to ‘guillotine the rich’ comment, asks if netizen wants her dead

Heart Evangelista may not normally snap back at netizens directing their comments toward her, but one netizen caught her attention. He made an uncalled for comment saying that Heart was such a darling and that she would be the first in line when people will “guillotine the rich.” This came after another netizen asked the actress what her pet peeve was. The actress didn’t take the comment lightly and took to her IG story, posted a screenshot of the comment and went on to enlighten the netizen and others. Heart asked the netizen @jubi_lance, “You really think a perfect life exists?” She then said that she has been working really hard for the past 23 years and asked whether she can’t be happy for herself and also share her blessings? The most direct qu...

‘No right to resist’ quarantine under state of public health emergency – DOH

MANILA, Philippines – A high-ranking Department of Health (DOH) official said patients suspected to have the novel coronavirus would face sanctions should they refuse to undergo quarantine once the Philippines declares a state of public health emergency. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Monday, March 9, that there would be necessary protocols and sanctions once President Rodrigo Duterte formally makes the declaration. “‘Yong mga mag-re-resist hong mag-quarantine, wala na silang karapatang mag-resist ngayon. May karampatang sanctions po kapagka ganito. Meron tayong mga protocols,” Vergeire told Dobol B sa News TV aired on GMA News. (Those who will resist to undergo quarantine, they will have no right to do so. There will be san...

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