Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Monthly Archives: November 2019

By Beting Laygo Dolor Contributing Editor After Malacañang insisted that President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for Vice-president Leni Robredo to handle the government’s anti-drug war was for real, her camp has yet to formally accept or reject the job. While Duterte’s original offer was for Robredo to handle the war on drugs for a period of only six months, the President later upped the offer to three years or until both of them step down at the end of their six-year terms...

By Daniel Llanto FilAm Star Correspondent Malacañang dismissed the reported harassment of a Filipino-manned Greek commercial vessel near Scarborough Shoal by a Chinese navy warship as not a concern of the Philippines to the dismay of maritime law experts who said it’s a sign of acquiescence to China’s assertion of jurisdiction over the disputed territory. One such maritime law expert, Director Jay Batongbacal of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea,...

Filipina-Mexican-American actress-singer Eva Noblezada shines in her debut feature film role in “Yellow Rose” Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Picks Up Award-Winning Independent Film “Yellow Rose” FilAm director Diane Paragas’ narrative feature debut is first Filipino film acquired by Sony for theatrical release in the U.S. Culver City, CA, October 24, 2019 – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today that it has acquired all worldwide rights, excludin...

The ground zero of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the Leyte Landings last October 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2019 were naturally at Palo, Dulag and Tacloban City, Leyte. The official celebration was generally low-key with the absence the Guest of Honor, His Excellency President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who was represented by Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, National Security Adviser. The Embassy of the United States of America had a modest official delegation led by Mr. John C. Law, Charge D...

Delve into a hidden gem of the coffee industry with San Diego-based roaster Mostra Coffee-- winner of Roast Magazine’s Micro Coffee Roaster of the Year Award for 2020! Known for not only roasting coffees of superior quality, Mostra is also helping put the coffee industry of the Philippines on the map-- an act driven in honor of their Filipino heritage and as a way to bring jobs to poverty stricken regions. “We dreamt up this company and wanted our Filipino culture to be...

As I See It by ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Scholarship is the key to poor but deserving students earning their college degrees and being successful in life upon graduation. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Pretty soon, these scholars will be the change agents of society, especially in the city of Urdaneta, which they already are showing. Six years ago, the Southern California-based non-profit 501C3 organiza...

Street Talk by GREG B. MACABENTA Remember that sick joke about how fast the cops arrived at a crime scene? Cops in other countries were said to arrive in just a few minutes. But Pinoy police were said to be at the scene of the crime at the moment it was being committed. That’s the bad news. The worse news is that rogue cops are not unique to the Philippines. Even the “ninja cops” that have been hoTgging the Manila headlines are unique only in terms of the cinemati...

By Macon Araneta FilAm Star Correspondent Some 18 multi-national pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines are offering to reduce their medicine prices substantially to help the public cope with rising health care costs. “We will announce these initiatives as soon as we work out the partnership details with the Department of Health (DoH),” said Teodoro Padilla, executive director of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines. But Health Sec. ...

By Beting Laygo Dolor Contributing Editor The government has not only failed to arrest the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the hog raising industry but processed products such as tocino, longganisa and hot dog sold in the country’s fresh markets and supermarkets have been found to be infected with the virus. These processed pork products are breakfast staples in most Filipino homes but are also consumed for lunch and dinner. The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikul...

2938410237840