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"Ivy Grace", 11" x 14", Prismacolor pencil, Strathmore Tone Gray. Image © Vics Magsaysay

Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria: When Love, Passion and Art Touch Lives

“PAINTING is the love of my life; it’s my passion. And not only that, it enables me to touch the lives of people, especially my subject,” says Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria, in justifying the many years that she has been zealously engrossed in doing just that. One thing I noticed with this painter is the fact that when her subject’s […]

Spikes and spices of volleys and planes

Spikes and spices of volleys and planes

JUST when you start thinking how to report a rude trike driver to the authorities, in walks an olive-skinned gal with her dad in front of her and suddenly you’re struck By stars and lightning. “I am Janah Kristine Platon Zaplan but please call me Janah,” she smilingly introduces herself in a very faintly sweet husky voice that is so […]

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HMS Valedictorian Mary Joyce Espinosa with the Board of Education Academic Excellence Award. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Filipino Americans continue their quest for academic honors in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio FILIPINO Americans continue to grab the top academic honors in Saipan, this time at the Hopwood Middle School. This was learned after HMS promoted 303 middle schoolers (8th grade) to high school (9th grade) next grade last June 1. Principal Rizalina Liwag said these students have succeeded and completed their educational journey in the middle school […]

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Francisco M. Sablan Middle School salutarorian Camia Janae Aguon Sablan and valedictorian Mariechrist Castro. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

A Filipino American grab the top academic honor as she led the middle school graduates of Saipan’s FMSMS

By Lori Lyn Lirio LED by their Filipino American valedictorian, 97 8th grade students of the Francisco M. Sablan Middle School has been promoted to 9th grade during its 4th annual promotional ceremony recently held at Royal Taga Ballroom World Resort. Principal James Sablan introduced the Class of 2018 promotees, who he said have brought honor and accomplishment to the […]

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Memorial Day is not just to honor fallen soldiers but their families as well

By Lori Lyn Lirio “MEMORIAL Day is not just to honor the fallen soldiers, but also recognizing their families who are also on the “frontline of sacrifice.” Thus said Veterans Affairs acting Executive Officer Bernie B. Dela Cruz during last month’s commemoration of Memorial Day. “To the families of the veterans, we salute you all. You deserved our recognition as […]

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Jason Masaganda and Lester Budy at the Marikina city Hall. Image   © https://twitter.com/ABSCBNNews

PH gay couple longs for recognition, wishes to get married

DESPITE the recent rejection of their application for a marriage license by the Civil Registry Office of Marikina City, gay couple Jason Masaganda and Lester Budy still remain hopeful that the day will come that Philippine state will finally recognize them and allow them to enjoy the civil rights presently accorded to heterosexual couples only. “We had no illusion that […]

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Respect the slipper: Crimean safari park director uses footwear to keep lions in line

By RT THE director of a Crimean safari park has developed a powerful weapon for maintaining order among the park’s pride of lions – his slipper. A viral video shows Oleg Zubkov using his footwear to break up a (big) cat fight. Zubkov, who runs the Taigan Safari Park in Crimea, has apparently perfected the art of slipper-throwing. In a […]

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Filipino American valedictorian of Marianas High School and Harvard U student accepted as a Google intern

Filipino American valedictorian of Marianas High School and Harvard U student accepted as a Google intern

By Lori Lyn Lirio MARIANAS High School valedictorian of Class 2017 Robert Malate was accepted in Google as summer intern in its California office. For the next 12 weeks, Malate, a Filipino American, will be under Google’s Engineering Practicum Internship program. “This is a unique internship that Google offers that is primarily focused to freshman and sophomore college students,” Malate […]

MHS keynote speaker Republic of Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

“Be the leaders today, don’t wait for tomorrow” — Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr.

By Lori Lyn Lirio “I AM not going to tell you that you are the leaders of tomorrow. No, you are the leaders starting today. Don’t wait for tomorrow. The sky is the limit. Go for it and create your future. Thus said Republic of Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr. to the 392 graduates of the Marianas High School graduation […]

The Philippine government aims to issue a national ID. Image © computerworld.ph

The PH National ID and the printing challenge

By Rodolfo Andal THE impending passage of the law creating a National Identification System should be a welcome development for many Filipinos. This according to a United States based political analyst Mike Webber. He said gone will be the days when even the simplest transactions would require multiple Identification (ID) Cards – all of which serve basically the same purpose. […]

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The cast of 'Into the Woods' produced by the Friend of the Arts. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Friends of the Arts presents ‘Into the Woods’

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE baker’s hunt for ingredients – the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold – brought the popular fairy tales characters of ‘Into the Woods’ into life and created a one magical musical night. The two-act play, which premiered last […]

Boxers Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan flank couple Rey and Bernie Ganon, FACLA director and office manager.

Pinoy boxers in tears after surprise reception in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown

By Abner Galino TOMORROW, either International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas would have retained his junior bantamweight world boxing belt, or his challenger Jonas Sultan would have earned his first world championship title. Whichever way the Fresno, California fight goes, the Philippines will not lose a world championship belt — as both fighters are Filipinos — and the […]

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Why read Beyond Deadlines?

Why read Beyond Deadlines?

What is Beyond Deadlines? Beyond Deadlines is an electronic news site (e-news) that aspires to initiate meaningful conversations or dialogues through its postings. Hopefully, the ideas emanating from these exchanges would lead to the empowerment of the poor, deprived and the oppressed. At the same time, Beyond Deadlines wants to be at the forefront of spearheading changes in the reading […]

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Historic CNMI museum rebuilt due to government and private sector efforts

Historic CNMI museum rebuilt due to government and private sector efforts

By Lori Lyn Lirio UNITED States Congressman Gregorio Kilili Sablan lauded the joint efforts of the government and private agencies in restoring the Northern Mariana Island Museum of History and Culture. “The museum is as much a tribute to the story of the people of the Marianas as it is to the resilience and determination of those who have led […]

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It took a master one year to finish his winning sculpture

It took a master one year to finish his winning sculpture

By Lori Lyn Lirio NICK N. Klewei’s ‘Turtle and Octopus’ wood carving won the Best of Show in the Bridge Capital’s 8th annual Art Competition at the Flame Tree Arts Festival. This is the first time Kwelei won the Best of Show but it is his fourth win in the competition. In 2017, he won first place in the Wood […]

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Simbahang Bato, a Work of Art of the Mangyans of Mindoro

WHEN traveling to Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, do not forget to visit the ruins of the “Simbahang Bato.“ The “Simbahang Bato” is part of the ruins of the original church built by the Mangyans upon the supervision of the Augustinian priests in 1679. It was constructed out of limestone, wood and other materials quarried and gathered by the natives from the […]

Angelicum Iran: A reunion that turned out as a farewell to a unique educational system

Angelicum Iran: A reunion that turned out as a farewell to a unique educational system

By Kleo Hernandez- Kannangara FLIGHTS from different parts of the world carried Angelicum School Iran (ASIR) alumni to meet with those who are based in the Philippines. Former teachers, administrative staff and students converged at the Zen Garden in Tagaytay on 17th/18th March 2018 for what was to be a gathering hoping to be in touch, one more time for […]

Leaders in MHS take the lead in the underage drinking discussion. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Youth summit in Saipan shows empowerment can help solve adolescent problems

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to help young adults tackle teenaged problems, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Public School System organized a one-day summit at the Taga Hall of the World’s Resort in Saipan, it was learned yesterday. Attended by 200 students from the CNMI’s PSS, the April 6 summit centers of common juvenile issues like underage […]

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How Long Would the US Navy Survive in a Shooting War?*

How Long Would the US Navy Survive in a Shooting War?*

By Russia Insider THE US Navy is a huge force but largely based around aircraft carrier groups that modern weaponry may have made obsolete. America sees itself as a ruler of the world’s oceans. After all, the country — which spends 10 times more on its military forces than the following nine countries — has by far the biggest naval […]

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MF - Motheread/Fatheread program coordinators and parent-trainers during the professional development training held at the Pacific Islands Resort on March 23.

CNMI literacy program going strong @ 20

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motheread/Fatheread Family Literacy Program is gearing up for its 20th anniversary in October to celebrate its expansion and success. According to the NMHC, 20,997 families from the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) have participated in its literacy program in its 20 year existence. “We have a lot of parents and […]

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Israel Mendiola de Leon while about to undergo medical scanning. Image © Facebook

A Fil-Am cop in Saipan is battling the “Big C” for his life, warns about the dangers of chewing betel nut and tobacco

By Lori Lyn Lirio POLICE Officer Israel Mendiola De Leon, 32, quit chewing betel nut in 2015, in a bid to avoid the “Big C” but to no avail. In 2017, he was diagnosed with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma on his right buccal area. “I stopped chewing because my kids ask me to. I wanted also to stop because […]

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Former Uruguay and Ecuador Presidents Jose Mujica (Left) and Rafael Correa (Right)

Global community, not global market: Rafael Correa and Jose Mujica discuss perils of globalization

By RT EX-Ecuador President Rafael Correa discussed with his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica how globalization may become less damaging and more benefitting to humanity in general as opposed to rich corporations. Mujica served as president of Uruguay between 2010 and 2015, winning the nickname “the world’s poorest president” over his insistence on living at his wife’s farm and driving an old Volkswagen […]

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Fil-Am Med student Ryan Ortizo. Image © Lori Lyn Lirio

Fil Am medical student accepted to Harvard University’s Master’s Degree program

By Lori Lyn Lirio A GRADUATING Filipino-American medical student from Saipan was offered by Harvard University a USD30,000 worth of scholarship for a one-year master’s degree program. Former Mount Carmel School student Fil Am Ryan Ortizo received a letter from Harvard University informing him that he was admitted to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is slated […]

SXSW, the power of creative economy

SXSW, the power of creative economy

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX – On March 14, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia here in cooperation with Indonesian-American Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Central USA and The Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy held an interactive and fun South by South West panel of Indonesian startup business. The power of Indonesian creative economy I was invited to […]

Driving and Living:  The Not-so Odd Couple

Driving and Living: The Not-so Odd Couple

WE can easily know a person by how he or she thinks. I think that’s pretty obvious considering that what we think of is usually expressed in our words and actions. Now, this is also something. I heard that we could also know a person by checking how that person eats. Burps? Possibly. But there is another way of knowing […]

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