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Bacolod holds Masskara Festival in Long Beach

By Abner Galino THREE-day celebration that culminated in the jubilant and colorful staging of the internationally known Masskara Festival was recently held in the City of Long Beach. The July 28 activities that formed part of the celebration of the so-called “sisterhood” between the City of Bacolod (Philippines) and City of Long Beach (USA) included a seminar on international trade […]

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Lack of transportation hampers learning of CNMI students

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE lack of transportation is one of the biggest barriers the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands students are facing to access and participate in the programs to improve their learning, Kagman High School Principal Leila Staffler said. In a recent interview, Staffler thanked the Northern Marianas Trades Institute for providing the school a 15-seater van that […]

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Tropical storm Karding (Yagi) showcases the incredible imagery and resilience of talented Filipino photographers, videographers and citizens journos

By Daniella Flanagan MANY areas in the Philippines experienced flash flooding due to a south-west Monsoon or Hanging Habagat. exacerbated by Tropical Storm Karding (Yagi). Karding, the 11th storm to hit the country this year, brought flooding, heavy rains and fierce wind to Metro Manila. Southern and Central Luzon. Heavy rain poured on Saturday, flooding several areas in Metro Manila […]

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A photo of Shane Selloria and Winston, the turtle, in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center.

Ten-year-old ventriloquist shines in Filipinotown fest

By Abner Galino SHANE Selloria, a 10-year-old singing ventriloquist and his “turtle” named Winston, stole the show at the 15th Historic Filipinotown Festival in Los Angeles this weekend. Selloria, who performed for an hour or more, obviously got the crowd excited with his hilarious conversation and duet with his friend Winston, the turtle. The boy, said to be a self-taught […]

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QC urges DOH to assist residents vaccinated with Dengvaxia

EIGHT months after the World Health Organization has confirmed the dangers brought about by the Dengvaxia vaccine to those who have not been previously infected by the Dengue virus, the Quezon City Council asked the health department to grant medical assistance to city residents who were inoculated with the said vaccine. In City Resolution 7469-2018, introduced by Councilors Precious Hipolito-Castelo, […]

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High school students from PSS and private school shortly after presenting their research projects to medical experts at the Memorial Park Theatre. In this photos, the students poses with NHI-NIDDK's STEP-UP project directors Dr. Lawrence Agodoa and Dr. George Hui with PSS STEP-UP coordinators Asap Ogumoro and Annette Pladevega, Associate Commissioner Jackie Quitugua and research mentors.  Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Promising hs student researchers from Saipan identified and praised by medical experts

By Lori Lyn Lirio SIX underrepresented high school students from Saipan showed promise in their medical researches that a ranking health official recently encouraged them to live their passion and continue their medical research and lead the effort against diseases in the islands. Minority Health Research Coordination director Dr. Lawrence Agodoa said praised the six high school students – De […]

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PH Commission on Election official caught while allegedly selling illegal drugs

PH Commission on Election official caught while allegedly selling illegal drugs

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK A COMMISSION on Elections official and another person were arrested in Cagayan De Oro City by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency after he allegedly sold methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu to an undercover agent last Wednesday. The report of the arrest came after PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino had expressed suspicions that some government […]

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HOV Traffic Scheme for Metro Manila Set for Dry Run Next Week

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Friday appealed to the public to give the proposed expanded High Occupancy Vehicle traffic scheme a chance. This after the MMDA disclosed that the expanded HOV scheme is set to begin its dry run along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue next week. Under this scheme, single occupancy vehicles will be restricted from EDSA at […]

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PH government officials and employees helping international drug syndicates operate in the country?

PH government officials and employees helping international drug syndicates operate in the country?

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino has expressed suspicion that some government officials and employees are helping international illegal drugs syndicates hence the brazen attempts to smuggle illegal drugs in the country via the postal service and piers despite the on-going intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/08/10/mga-salamisim-4/) This was learned after the PDEA […]

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Australian human rights advocate deported from PH

By Benjie Lim Vergara PHILIPPINE immigration authorities have barred from the country an 84-year old human rights advocate from Australia because he allegedly participated in a 2015 rally protesting the senseless killings of Lumads in Mindanao. Australian national Gill Hale Boehringer arrived Wednesday night at the Ninoy Aquino International airport from China only to find out that his name is […]

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Voter roster omissions in June 5 election in Los Angeles is not a cyber attack

Voter roster omissions in June 5 election in Los Angeles is not a cyber attack

By Abner Galino AN extensive independent review by information technology leader IBM Security Services identified software misconfigurations and not a cyber attack caused the omission of 118,509 names from the printed voter rosters in precincts across Los Angeles County during the conduct of the June 5 Primary Election. No voters were removed from voting rolls because of the roster error, […]

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Million Dollar Scholars.From left, Jessa Camacho, Allison Arellano, Josepha Cabrera and Viron Tenorio at the MYPros fundraising mixer on July 27. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio.

CNMI scholars aiming high

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE first batch of Million Dollar Scholars is not content with just finishing college as its members are aiming to pursue post collegiate courses after finishing their undergraduate studies college two years from now. This was learned following a brief interview with Josepha Cabrera, Allison Arellano, Jessa Camacho and Viron Tenorio, the first cohort of Gerard […]

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PH Embassy in USA Now Accepting Applications for 2018 FYLPRO Immersion Program

PH Embassy in USA Now Accepting Applications for 2018 FYLPRO Immersion Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) – a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States, the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), and the FYLPRO non-profit organization – is pleased to launch the 2018 Immersion Program. FYLPRO is now accepting applications for young Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the U.S. who are interested in […]

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DOST-SEI boosts improved S&T scholarships

DOST-SEI boosts improved S&T scholarships

By Seymour Barros Sanchez THE Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute said it will increase the number of offered scholarship slots and the amount of monthly stipends for its scholars as it revealed more developments in its programs. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo made the announcement in a press conference held last July […]

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92.27% pass special police exams – NAPOLCOM

MORE than 90 percent of the 893 examinees who took the Special Philippine National Police Entrance and Promotional Examinations conducted by the National Police Commission more than two months ago, passed the test. This was learned after NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio Casurao has expressed elation that the May 27 examinations, which were held at the PNP […]

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CNMI Department of Public Health officials join Gay Pride celebration

By Lori Lyn Lirio CELEBRATING equality and their uniqueness, members of the local LGBT community recently hosted the first-ever Gay Pride in Saipan. Event organizer Sharmaine Casquero said the July 29 celebration, which was held at the GIG Discotheque, was a success as she announced that they will do it yearly. Initially, she said, the show was meant to raise […]

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Team France’s goalkeeper in FIFA World Cup games is Filipino

Team France’s goalkeeper in FIFA World Cup games is Filipino

By Daniella Flanagan HOUSTON, TX– Here is a great #ICYMI, there was another testament to the power of Filipino ethnic identity and solidarity in the World Cup July 15, 2018 in Moscow! This time a French Filipino is in the news! We should be proud that football player Alphonse Areola, one of France’s national pride ng France, is Pinoy even […]

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US justice department indicts Napoles and five family members

By Abner Galino A UNITED States federal grand jury has indicted Janet Napoles, who is currently detained in a Philippine prison, for allegedly laundering Philippine public funds in and out of the States amounting to approximately US$20 million through suspected “multi-layered bribery and fraud scheme.” Five other family members of Janet Napoles, who are presumably US citizens were also included […]

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Pulis dinakip ang isang umano ay nagpupulis-pulisan sa QC

Ni Santiago Celario SUWAK sa kulungan ang isang sexagenarian matapos itong hulihin ng mga tauhan ng Quezon City Police District dahil sa illegal na pag-iingat ng baril at usurpation of authority nitong nagdaang araw ng Sabado. Ayon kay QCPD Director Chief Superintendent Joselito T Esquivel Jr., dakong 11 ng umaga ng kinompronta ni Pacifico Leoquinco, 65 at residente ng Malabon […]

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Poisonous Chinese made lipsticks sold in Divisoria – EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, warned the public about the toxic lipsticks being sold in Metro Manila. The Coalition issued the warning in a recent press conference where it detailed its discovery of the continuing unlawful sale in Manila of Qianxiu and counterfeited MAC lipsticks with high concentrations of poisonous heavy metals. The discovery was made […]

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90 percent of STEP-UP participants in CNMI pursue science and health career

90 percent of STEP-UP participants in CNMI pursue science and health career

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE innovative and highly experimental Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons program is a continuing success. According to Minority Health Research Coordination director Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, about 85 to 90 percent of the students who participated in the Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons or STEP-UP have pursued science-and health-related courses in college. Under the National […]

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Illegal drugs worth PhP4.3 billion intercepted and seized at Manila’s North Harbor

Illegal drugs worth PhP4.3 billion intercepted and seized at Manila’s North Harbor

COMBINED operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Customs on Monday have intercepted and seized a shipment of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with an estimated value of PhP4.3 billion at the North Harbor of Manila International Container Port. The alleged illegal drugs, weighing approximately 500 kilograms, were concealed inside magnetic lifters. […]

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House Speaker Arroyo: No committee hearings on draft federal charter

By Rose Anne Dela Cruz THE Draft federal charter of the President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Consultative Committee will be fast tracked in the House of Representatives. This is after House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered Constitutional Amendments Committee chairman Representative Vicente Veloso to leave the deliberations on the substance of the draft federal constitution to the proposed Constituent Assembly that […]

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Duterte signed into law the National ID Act

By Rodolfo Andal PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Philippine Identification System Act, which aims to make public service delivery more efficient. “Today, I also signed the Philippine Identification System Act, a measure that will establish a single national identification system that will promote good governance, enhance governmental transactions, and create a more conducive environment for trade and commerce […]

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Members of the Power Impact Dancers pose with Los Angeles community event organizers Rose Sarreal and Odette Galino (standing 3rd and 4th from left, respectively, on the second row). A fan, Tricia Pascual Mirandilla (sitting last from left), joins her idols at the stage of the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Photo by Pol Joaquin

Former RP college dancers group shines in US contest

By Abner Galino THE members of a Filipino dance group called “Power Impact Dancers” may not be coming home to the Philippines as big title winners but they are proud nonetheless for performing well and bagging the 11th place in the recently concluded World of Dance in Pasadena, California, USA. Another Filipino dance team though, the Nitrous Image Crew, bagged […]

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