The one-legged carpenter

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 05:32 p.m.

NOT even a physical disability can hinder a determined man.

Meonilo was only four months old when his right leg was taken from him because of a fire that razed their house.

Underwater oases of Southern Leyte

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 04:23 p.m.

THE atmosphere is very tense. With people hurling questions all at the same time, the resource person finds it hard to decide which question to answer first. But the questions have one thing in common -- they want to know why they should be prevented from fishing anywhere they like.

Thank You, World

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

NEW YORK -- A Cebuana based in the United States wrote and sang a song of thanks to the nations who came and answered the call for help of Filipinos who suffered Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) on November 8. 2013. The super typhoon left 6,166 individuals dead and 1,785 missing.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 09:47 p.m.

(Editor's Note: Elizabeth Canoy-Franco is a Cebuano based in the United States. She worked for 18 years at a hotel in Times Square and worked her way up to become Director of the hotel's Loss Prevention Department. Franco is married to an American and has found a home in New York for over 20 years. Inspired by the world's response to the call for help of Filipinos in Central Philippine battered by Super Typhoon Haiyan, Franco wrote and sang "Salamat". 

"In memory of my dear aunt, Yolanda Dy Gimarino and to all those gone too soon." - Marie Elizabeth Canoy- Franco, written in New York

Signs of life amid misery reveal Filipinos’ spirit

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 08:24 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY -- They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes.

Pintados, Kasadyaan, Sangyaw: A triple treat

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 07:25 p.m.

IT’S a triple treat for Taclobanon and visitors during the fiesta celebration in honor of Señor Sto. Niño next month.

Three colorful festivals -- Pintados, Kasadyaan and Parade of Lights -- are expected to take center stage in one day tentatively scheduled on June 29.

Abiera Museum of Arts: A museum for the people

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 10:47 p.m.

THE Abiera Museum of Arts in Barangay Tunga-Tunga in Maasin City is every Maasinhon’s pride, something that the locals would willingly “brag” or share to any history buff, visitor, or acquaintance.

In the fast-paced Maasin City life, the museum not only stands as a premier place for people who may have lost grip of their sense of history but also serves as a solid reminder of the dedication, diligence and desire of one Maasinhon luminary: Salvador “Boy” Abiera.

Ormoc’s Bb. Pilipinas bet loves volunteer work

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 11:09 p.m.

SHE survived the Ormoc flashflood tragedy in the 1990’s and being bullied as a young girl. In her teens, she used to laugh at people joining beauty pageants because she found it shallow. But today she walked with confidence on the stage as one of the 50 candidates of BB. Pilipinas 2013.

Christine Paula Love Ramas Bernasor, 25, is candidate #19 in the country’s most prestigious pageant. She said she is happy to represent Ormoc City, her hometown. She graduated at New Ormoc City High School.

300 women judges attend confab in Tacloban

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 07:47 p.m.

AROUND 300 women justices and judges led by Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno arrived in Tacloban City on March 6 & 7, 2013 to attend the 18th Annual Convention of the Philippine Women Judges Association at the Oriental Hotel.

In the evening of March 6, the honorable members of the Bench – put their hair down, donned colorful, flower-printed dresses accessorized with leis and flower-hair bands – took to the floor – singing, dancing and bonding the evening away at a Luau reception hosted by Mayor Alfred and Councilor Cristina Romualdez at Patio Victoria.

Cave tourism: The next adventure attraction in Northern Samar

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 06:06 p.m.

LAS NAVAS, Northern Samar—If you feel like being a caver just for a day, kit yourself out with a lighted helmet, a jumpsuit and boots, and prepare to descend into the entrails of Northern Samar tourist caves.

American editor’s quote inspires 2 mothers

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 09:26 p.m.

A RENOWNED American newspaper editor once said “I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”

This quote by William Allen White motivated two mothers - at their 50s – who have found an abundant life ahead from selling the masterpiece of the country’s top homebuilder - Camella Communities, slowly dispelling the yesterdays of subsistence living, barely making ends meet.