Bernard Testa

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Siso hits the sweet spot between fate and faith

Acclaimed songwriters TJ Cardona, Randy Pusing and Carlo Manawis began their music career as the band, Plaster of Paris. In 2006, their song, the atmospheric ballad, “Sinungaling” was included in the compilation album, Rock Grooves in Mysterious Ways.

Temple Lighting

Area President Elder Steven R. Bangerter of the Philippine Mission of The Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints leads the lighting of the Church’s temple on Temple Drive, White Plains in Quezon City.

Belenismo 2022 showcases creative ways of depicting nativity scene

Since its first staging in 2007, Belenismo has become an annual pre-Christmas tradition in Tarlac, dubbed the Belen Capital of the Philippines. Organized by the Tarlac Heritage Foundation, the widely-anticipated event depicts the birth of Jesus Christ in a humble manger through the belen as a meaningful way of representing the Christmas season.

Coming together for sustainable tourism

A crested honey buzzard is seen from a distance, one of the many things Masungi Georeserve, located in Baras, Rizal, has to offer to the those who are looking for an adventure. That adventure includes a four-hour trek inside the limestone park situated at the foot of the Sierra Madre.

Life after death

BuyAnihan sa Palengke, championed by foodpanda and 7-Eleven, ties up with LGUs and NGOs to provide hope to those impacted by the pandemic, including those haunted by Caloocan’s drug war.

Holy Week in the time of Covid-19

Images of the traditional Holy Week practices in the Philippines—such as the waving of palm fronds on Palm Sunday and the reenactment of the nailing on the cross like this in Barangay Kapitangan in Paombong, Bulacan, on Good Friday—will be missed again this year.

Fish be with you

INFANTA, Quezon—Village Chairman Reynaldo Pereña was busy collating data from his seven kagawad (councilors) who assist the purok (village) leaders in the mass evacuation of their constituents.

Teaching life in a pandemic

THESE days, Neriza Solidarios is among thousands of public-school teachers feverishly preparing for what’s probably the biggest challenge of their career: ensuring they and their students successfully migrate to a “blended learning” forced by severe limits on classroom interactions as a pandemic rages.

In the name of the father

On the wide expanse of the Marcos Highway along the boundaries of Barangays Dela Paz and Bagong Nayon in Cogeo, Antipolo, DPWH personnel are constructing a rip-rap to prevent soil erosion beneath a high-voltage transmission line. Gravel, sand and other construction material aside from 26 culverts can be seen next to the construction area. And a family lives there. This is the ballad of Artemio and Armida.

Waiting for ‘new normal’ | The hunger, uncertainty deepens sorrow of this jeepney driver

Job Calayo, 62, is a jeepney driver from Antipolo City. He is one of those plying the Antipolo-Cubao route that serves thousands of middle- and lower-income workers to keep industries spinning. These days, he is anxiously waiting for the official pronouncement that jeepney drivers can already ferry passengers from Antipolo City and other areas since Antipolo attained General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status.
The Eternal Gardens Team

Crematorium workers struggle with more tasks, and the pain of witnessing rushed good-byes

They’re used to the "drill" of helping grieving relatives give a proper sendoff to their dearly departed. They'd give them all the time they need to say their final good-byes, with their prayers and flowers and rosaries. These days, however, all those extended farewells are gone. Under strict health protocols prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, they must help those in mourning make swift goodbyes, before they cremate the dead.

Glovy to God

Fire razes over 200 homes in the slums of Tondo, Manila, but people there, used to a ‘bayanihan’ way of life, say they’ll rise again—with divine mercy, and despite the painful words of the ignorant.

In Taal’s shadow

PHIVOLCS announced earlier this week it had downgraded the alert level from 4 (“imminent hazardous eruption”) to 3, to the delight of residents who had been forced to flee their communities in haste after Taal Volcano’s January 12 phreatic eruption.