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Monthly Archives: January 2021

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto filed a bill last week seeking to grant a fresh 25-year franchise to operate by the country’s erstwhile largest broadcast network. Joining Sotto is another former showbiz celebrity-turned-politician, Vilma Santos, who filed a similar bill in the House of Representatives, from where any franchise renewal must emanate. Sotto’s Senate Bill number 1967 seeks the renewal of the network’s fran...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The slow recovery of the Philippine airline industry took a serious hit recently after a new strain of Covid-19 forced the country to impose a new ban on inbound travelers from 28 countries last week, including the US. Demand which slowly picked up in recent months went into a downward spiral  after a new strain was discovered in the UK. It was also the first country whose nationals were banned from entering the Philippines. ...

By Daniel Llanto President Duterte expressed intention in recruiting House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez as his vice-presidential candidate in the 2022 general elections. This also signifies that Duterte’s mind is made up as to his choice of presidential candidate: his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Former Speaker now simply Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap were among the allies who heard Duterte proclaim Romualdez as his c...

By Daniel Llanto The government on January 11 is poised to conduct a massive information campaign to promote the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, after surveys showed that a number of Filipinos are wary of receiving the vaccine. Vice-president Leni Robredo earlier called for a clear communication plan. This as the Philippine government signed an agreement to secure the supply of 30 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Serum Institute of Indi...

By Jun Nucum The campaign for Filipino American California state Assembly Member Rob Bonta to be appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom as Attorney General (AG) gained the support of a broad coalition of leaders from government, non-profit, labor, business, law, and grassroots organizations who got together in a recent video conference. Organizations that include National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA); San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce; KAYA: Fil...

Crave Filipino Aims to Satisfy Filipino-Americans Cravings with High-Quality Frozen Filipino Food Straight to Their Doors. PITTSBURG, Calif. -- To start the new year,  Ramar Foods officially launches its own Filipino food E-commerce site, www.cravefilipino.com. Crave Filipino allows Filipino-Americans to get their favorite premium frozen Filipino food straight to their doorstep. Known for its premium brands such as Magnolia, Orientex, Manila Gold, Frescano, and Primo Sorb...

As the year 2020 proved to be by far one of the toughest – with all the different crises brought about by the pandemic as well as natural and man-made calamities that tested the Filipino spirit – GMA Network soldiered on to deliver Serbisyong Totoo as it remained as the Filipinos’ top news and free entertainment source. Based on Nielsen Phils. TV Audience Measurement’s Total Philippines data for 2020 (from January 1 to December 26), GMA reached over 98.5 percent of TV hous...

By Elpidio R. Estioko  While watching the television on January 6 when US President Donald Trump’s-inspired supporters were staging a riot in the Capitol while Congress was in session, I was reminded of a reality movie Under Siege starring Steven Seagal. I thought it was a reality television (just like Trump’s The Apprentice) where his unknown supporters were rampaging in the halls of Congress, “a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted rea...

By Greg B. Macabenta  Pardon the mixed metaphor but I think that the situation we now face in the US calls for it. “It ain’t over till it’s over!” is attributed to Yogi Berra, a legend not only in baseball but also for mangling the English language. “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings!” is credited to Dick Motta, coach of the basketball team, Washington Bullets. Motta paraphrased Yogi Berra’s malapropism by making a reference to the buxom singer who usually san...

By Perry Diaz In three days, three events occurred that changed the political landscape of the U.S. for the next two or four years, or perhaps, for decades to come.  On January 5, the state of Georgia – long a Republican bastion – elected two Democrats to replace two Republican senators.  Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to fill their Senate seats. The two new senators will take their oath between January 15 and ...

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