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Rain expected to prevail across Luzon

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

The weather bureau on Friday said most areas in Luzon and Mindanao will get rain showers, while the Visayas will have fair weather, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. "Because of the southwesterly surface windflow, many areas...

Red Cross now accepts walk-in applicants for booster shots

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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said its “bakuna” (vaccination) center will allow the administration of a second Covid-19 booster shot to all eligible walk-in vaccinees, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. In a statement, PRC...

Korea set to resume tourist visa issuance 

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South Korea will resume the processing of applications for the issuance of all types of visas, including the C-3-9 for tourists starting June 1, 2022, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. The Korean Embassy in Manila, in an advisory...

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No Honeymoon

chrome_reader_modeMay 24, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

There’s frenzied activities in the political arena. There’s the proclamation of LGU winners, followed by the top 12 senatorial candidates, who will be sitting in the 19th Congress. And amidst the petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy of the son of the deposed dictator and name...

The Aftermath

chrome_reader_modeMay 13, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

Manang Myrna, our live-out laundry woman, comes in twice or thrice a week. Last Saturday, she requested for a day off to be at the grounds of the Mall of Asia during the ‘miting de avance’. She is an Ilocano. She and her family simply admire the Marcoses. Some say this is because the Il...

Pricing in

chrome_reader_modeApril 26, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

We’re on the razor-edge period of the campaign. A little over two weeks to go, and the candidates from the tiniest local position up to the Malacanang post can sigh with relief and rest their weary bodies tattered by the grueling campaign. Some are already pricing-in a Junior presidency, taki...

Last two minutes

chrome_reader_modeApril 18, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

The game clock is on. In basketball, it’s called the last two minutes, when the so-called “play-by-play report on all calls and material non-calls in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of an overtime period,” if appropriate and relevant, for al...

What Change?

chrome_reader_modeMarch 16, 2022 loyalty account_circleMalaya

It’s a luxury. On the eve of the second year anniversary of the strictest lockdown, I had dinner with friends in one of the sought-after restaurants in the metropolis. Yes, it was some sort of a reunion, not having seen each other since the imposition of the lockdown in mid-March 2020. Each ...

It Came Rushing In

chrome_reader_modeMarch 11, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

The Philippines is, on a total straight line, 5,132 miles away from Moscow based on It’s roughly four round trips from Manila to Davao and vice versa. Ukraine, on the other hand, is 5,464.3 miles away. Pictured graphically, it’s about three round trips from Manila to ...

The Experience

chrome_reader_modeMarch 05, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

It's my vow to hear mass, face-to-face, once the freedom of movement is allowed and gathering is acceptable. This activity, which I normally do every Sunday or Saturday for anticipated mass, I’ve been yearning for close to two years since the pandemic was declared. Maybe it was propitious...

Cool Campaign Posters

chrome_reader_modeFebruary 24, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

Verbal tussle on the campaign posters between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal has been ongoing for the past two weeks. The two camps are at loggerheads regarding Comelec’s authority to proceed with its “Operation Baklas,” a not so subtle...

Let’s Party

chrome_reader_modeFebruary 15, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

The nation is in a party mood. As the song goes by Kool and The Gang, “there’s a party going on right here, a celebration to last through” but not “out the years” as the lyrics enthused but only up until May 7. This party mood will continue unless another Covid-19 vari...

The Song-and-Dance Begins

chrome_reader_modeFebruary 08, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

It’s the campaign period and the gang’s all here. For the nationally elected positions it starts today, February 8 and to run for 90 days. Back then, pre-pandemic, I both love and hate the start of the campaign period. I love it. I’m entertained with the rhetorical promises and t...

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