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Randy Halasan: The teacher from ‘place where light shines’

BRIDGING THE GAP Teacher Randy Halasan, who crosses the perilous waters of Sinod River and Davao River as part of a seven-hour trip to
Pegalongan Elementary School in Davao City, says: “When you help, you don’t ask for anything in return. I never thought others would
recognize our efforts.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Getting two bridges built for an indigenous community in a remote village in Davao City tops the wish list of 32-year-old school teacher Randy Halasan, this year’s Ramon Magsaysay (RM) Awardee for Emergent Leadership.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Alert up against animals from Africa amid Ebola outbreak

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014,  a public information board explains the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus in the city of  Freetown, Sierra Leone.  AP FILE PHOTO

Wildlife authorities have been put on high alert against smuggled wild animals coming into the country from Africa in light of the deadly Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa.

Posted: August 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DENR chief makes pitch for Vigan in online voting

THE HERITAGE VILLAGE in Vigan City remains busy at night
as tourists enjoy walking on its cobblestone streets and ride in calesa (horse-drawn carriages) that ply the city famous for its rich culture and Spanish-era mansions. LEONCIO BALBIN JR.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has called on Filipinos worldwide to flex their formidable online voting power once more to get the historic Vigan City in Ilocos Sur voted among the so-called New Seven Wonder Cities of the World.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Coast Guard men in slay of Taiwanese appeal case

Chinese Coast Guard ships. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Eight Coast Guard personnel charged with homicide for shooting to death a Taiwanese fisherman during an alleged poaching incident on May 9, 2013, have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its decision, saying they were victims of “selective persecution.”

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gov’t, UN death toll estimates don’t match

Policemen and volunteers bury some 100 bodies in a mass grave in the Tacloban City public cemetery on Thursday. RICHARD A. REYES

Even the government’s estimates of casualties from the Supertyphoon “Yolanda” have come under criticism amid increasing disapproval of the Aquino administration’s response to the typhoon, the strongest ever recorded, that roared through the central islands of the Visayas a week ago.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »