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Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 3 min ago
In a low-key but historic event, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (Mormons), through its Family Search arm, recently turned over digitized Philippine Catholic Church records spanning four centuries to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). The digitized documents from 1614 to 2014 were personally received by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles and Caloocan Bishop Virgilio David, president and vice president of the episcopal conference, respectively, at the CBCP office in Intramuros, Manila. Handing the documents which included, birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as canonical decrees, inventory of church objects, were Family Search (fo...

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Ragma’s ‘Linear Imaginings’

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 5 min ago
In "Linear Imaginings" at Galerie Joaquin Podium, Jay Ragma pursues his geometric aesthetics, establishing relationships between simple and planar lines on surfaces. A line, an outline, or any work that becomes any gauge of location in space is an intentional statement. It reflects what is taking place in the artist's mind or psyche. In "Linear Imaginings," the colors are solid reds and blacks that become strong visual elements attracting viewers. Lines vibrate with their own life. Infuenced by Swiss master Paul Klee, Ragma tries to conjure magic through multitudinous lines across an expanse of black space. The zigzagging graphic elements become metaphors for life.---CONT...

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National volleybelles come home with bronze, and a lot of gains for SEAG wars

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 5 min ago
stock Screams of jubilation pealed inside the locker room after a hard-earned five-set win over Vietnam in the tournament being used to gauge the Filipinos' readiness for the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games. "I'm very proud of the players, they did all they could given the limitations we had," said head coach Shaq Delos Santos following a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12 nipping of the Vietnamese at Terminal 21 Mall. But the Nationals know the mission is just beginning as the country's hopes to medal---and consolidate on the sport's success---rest squarely on their shoulders. "This is what we came for. We didn't come here to lose. This is part of our goal, and that is to w...

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Taiwanese-American Marlon Chen is new MSO conductor, music director

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 6 min ago
The Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has a new conductor and music director---Taiwanese-American Marlon Chen, former associate conductor of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, assistant conductor of the MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk) Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. Jeffrey Solares, MSO executive director, made the announcement during the orchestra's concert last Sept. 1 at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati. Chen may be familiar to concertgoers since he has been a guest conductor in the last three seasons of the MSO. Last June, he successfully led the MSO in the 5th Hunge River Bank Symphonic Festival in Shenyang, China....

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Tale of three odettes

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 7 min ago
On two weekends last week, Ballet Philippines attracted a big chunk of Metro Manila's balletomanes with its latest revival of "Swan Lake" in time for its 50th anniversary. On opening night, Elena Evseeva as the White Swan displayed a willowy figure with shimmering arms and a forlorn face of a maiden under an evil spell. She had the body and the fragile contour of Odette and she used it to project a swan in distress. In the much-awaited Act II, a solo violin highlighted the much-awaited White Swan soliloquy, and Evseeva projected lyricism with able and solid support from Evgeny Ivanchenko as Siegfried. Ending on a lyrical note with the ethereal corps de ballet providing a magical...

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Teachers’ choir from Bicol bags top prizes in int’l choral tilt in Indonesia

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 9 min ago
A choral group composed of elementary and high school teachers from Bicol won top prizes in 4th North Sumatra International Choir Competition held in Parapat, Sumatra, Utara, Indonesia, recently. Formed only last May, the Camarines Sur Teachers' Choir (CSTC), composed of 28 Bicol teachers whose ages range from 24-50, won the silver medal in Church Music and the gold in the Mixed Choir category. It was a finalist in the Grand Prix round. Conductor was Hermilino "Bemot" Briones, also the conductor of the multiawarded Baao Children's Choir. In the Church Music competition, the CSTC sang "Alleluia" by Ralph Manuel and "Ave Maria" by Kevin M. Memley. In the Mixed Choir, it sa...

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US authorities identify 4 Chinese tourists killed in bus crash

CNN Top Stories - 4 hours 30 min ago
The four Chinese tourists killed in a bus crash in southern Utah have been identified, the Utah Highway Patrol said on Twitter.
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Funds for health cut by P10 billion

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 32 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Funds for health services in the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 that the House of Representatives approved on Friday were slashed by about P10 billion, even as the country is facing a polio epidemic as well as dengue and measles outbreaks that have claimed the lives of more than a thousand people, mostly children. The P88-billion budget of the Department of Health (DOH) in the 2020 spending bill decreased by P10.6 billion from its 2019 level of P98.6 billion, said Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin. In the 2020 proposed budget, government subsidies to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and government hospitals have a total allocation of P71.4 ...

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Laurice Guillen directs restaging of Nestor Torre’s ‘Magnificat’

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 42 min ago
"Magnificat," possibly the modern religious musical play that has been restaged the most in local theater history, is due for another run in September and October. The play, written and first directed by Nestor Torre Jr., is now being presented by Lyric Opera of the Philippines (LyrOpera) headed by Sherwin Sozon as executive producer. Sozon says the presentation is a totally new staging of the 1996 musical whose music was composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab. "Magnificat," Torre's tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary has to its credit been staged more than 200 times in different parts of the country. Developed by Torre as a travelling theater piece, it was st...

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Diokno: Docu on drug war could be used vs Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 50 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A documentary on the Philippines' drug war that has been criticized by Malacaang can be used against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is what impressed human rights lawyer Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno on watching "On the President's Orders" at its Philippine premiere on Sept. 20. "On the President's Orders" is the first full-length documentary of the drug war on President Duterte's watch. The film was made by Emmy award-winning filmmakers James Jones and Olivier Sarbil for the US television program "Frontline." The film's Philippine premiere at the Film Center of the University of the Philippines was scheduled...

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3 in PMA fatal hazing held

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 58 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Three Philippine Military Academy (PMA) upperclassmen are being held for the hazing death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio, following a pledge by the military chief, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., to hold accountable all people responsible for the 20-year-old student's demise. In a radio interview on Sunday, Maj. Reynan Afan, spokesperson for the PMA, said two cadets third class had been sent to the stockade and a cadet first class was being held at the holding center at Fort Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City. 2 persons of interest Afan said the two cadets in the stockade were suspected of having direct involvement in the hazing of Dormitorio, while ...

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House leader: No room for vetoed pork in budget

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Lawmakers hoping to raise their "pork" allocations will no longer get a chance to reinsert some P70 billion to P90 billion worth of vetoed public works funds in the newly passed 2020 spending bill, a House leader said on Sunday. "It's impossible to restore the vetoed items," the lawmaker, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, told the Inquirer, citing lack of funding sources. Some 68 disgruntled House members had been pushing for the restoration of their share of P95.3 billion worth of projects they "inserted" in the 2019 budget that was later vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte for not being in line with administration pri...

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Congress urged to check on Pogos

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 8 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Congress should step in to stop unregistered Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) from becoming hotbeds of illegal drug trade and money laundering by foreign syndicates, a House leader said on Sunday. Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, chair of the House dangerous drugs committee, raised fears that Pogos could suffer the same fate as international gaming hubs used by mafias and drug syndicates for money laundering. In a statement, he called for a "close scrutiny" of Pogos, suggesting they might have links to illegal drugs and organized crime. "However, this requires a deep, profound and perhaps long and tedious investigation," Barbers said...

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Filipino students join climate strike

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 10 min ago
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte --- Nearly six years after Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan), Giela Ann Delleva still breaks into tears whenever she remembers what her family went through after the most powerful tropical cyclone to hit land flattened her hometown of Guiuan in Samar province. "It was so difficult because our hometown suddenly felt unfamiliar," she said. Delleva was only 12 when Yolanda, with monstrous winds of more than 300 kilometers per hour, made the first of six landfalls in Guiuan on Nov. 7, 2013. "It doesn't feel like six years ago," Delleva, now 18 and a college student said, wiping away her tears. "It feels like it all happened just yesterday."...

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21-year-old worked 32 hours alone at a hotel during a flood. Guests say he's a hero

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 13 min ago
When Satchel Smith's father dropped him off for his shift at Homewood Suites in Beaumont, Texas, he expected the day to be like any other: He'd start at 3 p.m. and leave around 11 p.m. that night.
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Swine fever scare may raise prices of Bulacan ‘chicharon’

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 14 min ago
SANTA MARIA, Bulacan, Philippines --- Rising prices of pork skin have aggravated the impact of the African swine fever (ASF) scare on "chicharon" makers in Bulacan province. The government has tightened controls over the importation of most pork commodities that may result in supply shortages for processed hog skin used in making the popular cracklings in the province, said Lailanie Aguilar of the municipal tourism office. There is no African swine fever in Bulacan, according to Voltaire Basinang, Bulacan provincial veterinarian. "[But] while our chicharon makers rely on the domestic pork skin supply, they require imported skin too to augment their needs, and many fear the i...

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Panelo: Martial law a tool to save democracy

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 17 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The declaration of martial law is not necessarily antidemocratic, but "the very tool to save the exercise of democracy," President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said in a statement on the eve of the actual enforcement of Ferdinand Marcos' martial law 47 years ago. "Those who perceive that a declaration of martial law is antidemocratic is oblivious of the fact that its application is precisely the very tool to save the exercise of democracy," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Sunday. "It is only when it is clothed with abuse by its enforcers that it becomes obnoxious," added Panelo, a former lawyer of the Marcos family in its ill-gotten wealt...

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PH Embassy in S. Arabia: Don’t report abuse on social media

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 19 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia has warned the 1 million-strong Filipino community there against "sensationalizing" and reporting cases of abused overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on social media. All requests for assistance should be coursed directly to the embassy so they can immediately assist the distressed OFW, it added. The embassy complained that the news report did not provide the victim's personal details. ---Dona Z. Pazzibugan...

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Bantag wants to bring some BJMP officers to BuCor

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 20 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- New Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag has asked that he be able to bring in with him some of his fellow officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to "clean up the mess" in the country's prisons. Bantag made the request when he took his oath of office before Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sept. 20. "The first thing he did was to request the detail or secondment of certain BJMP people whom he can trust to help him at BuCor," Guevarra said on Sunday. Guevarra said he would take up Bantag's request with Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao "as soon as possible." Bantag was the regional director of the BJMP in Region 4-...

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New doctors told: Work in gov’t hospitals

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 22 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday urged the more than 4,000 newly licensed doctors to serve their countrymen by taking on jobs in the government's public hospitals. Following the Professional Regulation Commission's announcement that 4,006 examinees passed the September Physician Licensure Examination, Duque said he hoped this new set of doctors would use their skills and talents to help improve the delivery of public health care services in the country. Serve marginalized "There is no better way to fulfill our oath as doctors than to serve our marginalized and underprivileged countrymen through public institutions," Duque said. He poi...

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