Interracial marriage: A Filipina’s online journey to blissful ties

INTERRACIAL marriages in the country have existed long before the advent of air travel and the Internet.  It is defined as “a marriage between...

TROs seen restraining PHL economic potential

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte assumed his post with a warning against the courts’ unwarranted issuance of injunction orders that tend to delay government projects. In his...

The next big experience: ‘Romblown’ away

MARBLE’S a marvelous mineral. From enhancements that beautify walls and lobbies of elegantly designed skyscrapers to giving character to hotels, offices and homes; bathrooms...

Salmonella summons PHL farm sector’s strength

IT is shorter than the width of a strand of spider-web silk. But it is now challenging the stability of an industry and of...

Robots (all steel, don’t tire) are coming: Time to be scared?

THE Philippines’s Sarah Connor, relax: robots are still far from being Terminators. And they would still need humans, according to Science and Technology Undersecretary...

Socioeconomic prospects: Year 2 of President Duterte

THE popularity of Asia’s newest and most colorful strongman keeps soaring. The Social Weather Station (SWS) reported that 78 percent of the population gave...

Rural banks march on amid mergers, strict rules and technology progress

MORE than half of rural banks are gone. But Antonio O. Pasia of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) sees a half-filled...

Urbanization, population growth seen to heighten garbage woes

JOSHUA makes time for waste. Every morning, the 13-year-old high-school freshman waits in front of their house to make sure kitchen waste is picked...

Will the next advertising copycat please step up?

BACK in the early ’90s, when Philippine advertising entered a new phase and ads that were called malinis—clean, produced with polish but not exactly...

PHL ICT projects seen to breed digital Pinoys

INFORMATION and communications technology (ICT) has been hailed by many governments around the world as the great enabler to achieve a higher degree of...

Duterte administration banks on reforms in tax system to cut poverty...

When President Duterte assumed office in July last year, his economic team bared 10 specific programs aimed at achieving inclusive growth and lifting millions...

PHL still teaching self in journey to K to 12

A letter-number combo defines one of the Philippine government’s boldest moves: K to 12. As the Department of Education (DepEd) rolled out Grade 12...

Business continues to bet on PHL’s gambling industry

IN the late ’70s the Marcos administration decided to pursue a project that aims to reclaim a portion of the Manila Bay, part of...

PHL path to greater renewable-energy source still brightly lit

NINE years since the Renewable Energy (RE) Act of 2008 was passed into law, consumers and RE developers have reaped the benefits of the law,...

Ramadan: When a quarter of the world goes fasting

DAVAO CITY—Arnel Maylupas remembers vividly the first 10 straight days when he first went fasting eight years ago. “It’s an anticipation if I can...

Government goes all out so youth can resist tobacco addiction

DIZZY and nauseous. This was how Raymart Domingo Abaño described his first taste of cigarette. “Nahilo ako sa umpisa nang subukan ko manigarilyo ,” Abaño...

PHL rising to challenge in Benham Rise

BENHAM RISE—The second expedition of the MV DA-BFAR over this controversial extinct volcanic ridge east of Luzon is more than the historic repeat of...

Philippines continues to reckon with QR

At the end of the day, things boil down to economics. And how a country addresses issues related to economics is a measurement of...

As trade barriers teem, PHL plays victim, villain

By Cai U. Ordinario, Catherine N. Pillas & Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas ALL the world’s a market and every country merely merchants. Trade barriers abound, too,...

Honks, hisses as PHL attempts modern public transportation

THE government’s thrust in modernizing public transportation in the country to gain access to reliable transportation may be well and good, but for ordinary...