From 24/7 service to ‘estero-telling’: Checking up on the state of public libraries

It may be considered wrong to judge things by physical appearance, but in the case of public infrastructure, created by and maintained under the jurisdiction of the government, how much would physical appearance matter? What does, for example, a public library in a state of disrepair say about the way it is run? Or what can be said about the relevance of a library, decked with the latest technologies and collections, if it is always empty? A law led the way for the creation of more public libraries. In June 1994, Republic Act No. 7743 was passed, an act providing for the establishment of public libraries (congressional, city, municipal and barangay-level) throughout the Philippines. T...

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Patok ngayon ang iba’t ibang pakulo at tema tuwing magkakaroon ng prenuptial photo shoot ang mga magkasintahan Isang magkasintahan ang isinama ang kanilang mga alagang aso sa litrato ng kanilang prenuptial Umani ang larawan ng [Read More]
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Personality trait called ‘planfulness’ could predict how often you exercise, says study
New research has found that having a personality trait called "planfulness," which is related to how well you plan and focus on long-term goals, could mean you are more likely to exercise. Carried out by researchers at the University of Oregon in the United States, the study looked at 282 participants, many of whom were students, and tracked their gym attendance over two semesters, which was a total of 20 weeks. The participants were asked to complete measures of self-control and grit, the Big Five Inventory of personality and the researchers' own 30-item planfulness scale to measure this personality trait, which describes a person's ability to make short-term sacrifices to pur...Keep on reading: Personality trait called ‘planfulness’ could predict how often you exercise, says study
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Joel Wright lifts Rain or Shine over Columbian
Rain or Shine banked on import Joel Wright to weather tough-fighting Columbian, 96-90, in the PBA Governors' Cup in Sunday night's curtain-raiser at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Wright scored seven of the Elasto Painters' last nine points down the stretch to finish with a game-high 30 points that went with 10 rebounds. "He's a good import, but we still need him to play longer minutes," coach Caloy Garcia said of his reinforcement who delivered despite grappling with foul trouble early. Good thing for the Painters, their locals--especially their second unit--filled the hole in the third quarter when Wright was benched due to fouls. Rey Nambatac scored 20 points, while Javee Moc...Keep on reading: Joel Wright lifts Rain or Shine over Columbian
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Weaker monsoon expected to affect Northern, Central Luzon
MANILA, Philippines --- The southwest monsoon is expected to weaken but will continue to affect the Northern and Central Luzon regions, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Sunday. The southwest monsoon will bring cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the provinces of Pangasinan, Bataan, and Zambales. No other weather disturbance is being monitored around the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). Fair weather is expected across the country on Monday, with isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. In Metro Manila, good weather is expected to continue in the next three days, but isolated thunderstorms are s...Keep on reading: Weaker monsoon expected to affect Northern, Central Luzon
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82% of Filipinos satisfied with campaign vs drugs in Q2 2019
MANILA, Philippines --- Some 82% of adult Filipinos said they were satisfied with the government's campaign against illegal drugs in the second quarter of 2019, the latest Social Weather Survey showed. According to the survey, only 12% said they were dissatisfied with the campaign while 6% said they were undecided. This resulted in a net satisfaction rating of +70, which is considered "excellent." The second quarter 2019 net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign matches its +70 rating in March 2019 but fails to reach its the highest recorded net satisfaction rating of +77 in December 2016. "Net Satisfaction with the campaign has always been either very g...Keep on reading: 82% of Filipinos satisfied with campaign vs drugs in Q2 2019
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Tigers turn back Tams
Soulemane Chabi Yo topped UST with a double-double in the tune of his 21 points and 15 rebounds, while neophyte Mark Nonoy garnered 11 points and six rebounds.
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VP: Rejected foreign aid could have boosted gov’t programs
MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo was saddened by the order to suspend the financial aid from countries who supported the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution calling for a probe into the Philippine drug war. Robredo said on Sunday that the money that the Duterte administration refused could have been used as additional budget for some programs of the government for the poor. "It would have been OK if we had our own money to replace it, but if we don't have any, the beneficiaries of these programs would be the ones who would sacrifice," Robredo, speaking in Filipino, said in her weekly radio show "BISErbisyong Leni." "It's sad because this...Keep on reading: VP: Rejected foreign aid could have boosted gov’t programs
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Hot-shooting Sherwin Concepcion, UST gun down FEU
Sherwin Concepcion had the hot hand as he shot University of Santo Tomas past Far Eastern University, 82-74, in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. The rookie big man unleashed an avalanche of triples as part of a blistering Growling Tigers run bridging the third and fourth quarters to bury the Tamaraws. During that pivotal stretch, Concepcion hit three consecutive 3-pointers inside the final two minutes of the third period where UST took a nine-point lead after trailing by as many as 12 in the second quarter. "They responded to my challenge that they have to show up," said UST head coach Aldin Ayo. "Good way to bounce back from our l...Keep on reading: Hot-shooting Sherwin Concepcion, UST gun down FEU
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Millions in Asia at risk from melting of world’s ‘third pole’
SINGAPORE ---One of the most devastating impacts of climate change in Asia is set to be rapid melting of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, the source of 10 major rivers. Temperatures are already rising faster in this vast mountainous zone than the global average, speeding up melting of glaciers that provide water for farmers, hydro-electric power plants and drinking water for millions of people. Major rivers including the Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus and Mekong are also critical for regional economies and demand for water is growing as populations increase. The Hindu Kush Himalayan region covers all the high mountain chains of Central, South and Inner Asia and comprises tho...Keep on reading: Millions in Asia at risk from melting of world’s ‘third pole’
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Maldives bans Bangladeshi workers
DHAKA ---The Maldives has imposed a year-long ban on recruiting Bangladeshi workers as it says the quota for Bangladeshi workers was already reached. The authorities imposed the ban on Wednesday and announced a program to regularise undocumented foreign workers. Migrant workers from Bangladesh would be able to register at an office set up in Male, said Ahmed Fayyaz, minister of economics in Maldives. The country has fixed a quota of 150,000 migrant workers for a country and Bangladesh has already reached the limit, he said. The restriction, however, will not be applicable to skilled workers. "We decided to impose a limit for each country. In determining this limit, we refer to the un...Keep on reading: Maldives bans Bangladeshi workers
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Garcia stands firm on banning Luzon pork products in Cebu
CEBU CITY -- Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia stood her ground in prohibiting the entry into her province of pork and pork-related products from Luzon despite the appeal of Agriculture Secretary William Dar. The governor admitted that she was "overreacting" to the crisis. "I say guilty as charged. But you see when it comes to the interest of the province and the Cebuanos, I would rather overreact. If we must err, we must err on the side of caution," Garcia said in a press conference on Saturday. Last Friday, Dar said Cebu's decision to ban all pork products from Luzon due to ASF infestation was an overreaction to the crisis and might disrupt interregional trade. Garcia said she...Keep on reading: Garcia stands firm on banning Luzon pork products in Cebu
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Seniors in Japan flock to gyms as govt seeks to curb medical costs
TOKYO ---Fitness club Tipness in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo, was crowded with seniors one afternoon this month. "[Coming here] helps to prevent my chronic ailments from getting worse. It's also fun to chat with other members," a 76-year-old said. A company executive, 59, said he came here on his days off: "I want to keep working energetically even when I get old," he said. Tipness Ltd., which operates 55 gyms in the Kanto and Kansai regions, said 29 percent of its members as of the end of August are aged 60 or older, up seven percentage points from five years ago. The company is trying to boost membership by offering programs for seniors that put less strain on the body. According to ...Keep on reading: Seniors in Japan flock to gyms as govt seeks to curb medical costs
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WATCH: Paul Rudd sees double in ‘Living with Yourself’ trailer
Paul Rudd stars in a new comedy entitled "Living With Yourself", where he plays a man who finds himself confronted by his not-at-all-evil twin. The official trailer for the new TV series was released on Netflix's YouTube channel last Monday, Sept. 16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=5w54yW2Ur50 In the clip, Rudd is seen as Miles, a man in the throes of an existential crisis. Torn between the desire to become someone better and the reality of such a process, Miles quickly becomes disenchanted. After visiting an establishment promising to make him a better person, he finds himself replaced by his more successful double. Confronted with himself, Miles is goin...Keep on reading: WATCH: Paul Rudd sees double in ‘Living with Yourself’ trailer
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Danielle Collins fights back to beat Venus Williams at Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China --- American Danielle Collins beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the opening round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday. Williams controlled the match early, going up 5-3 in the first set before dropping nine games in a row. A major turning point occurred when Williams failed to convert two set points while up 5-4 in the first. After falling behind 0-5 in the second set, Williams stormed back to force the tie-break, which Collins won 7-5. "I didn't really play great the entire way through so I wasn't too happy with my performance even though I got the win, but I was happy to pull it out and sometimes you have to win ugly," said Collins. Collins h...Keep on reading: Danielle Collins fights back to beat Venus Williams at Wuhan Open
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Philippines overcomes Vietnam in 5 sets in Asean Grand Prix
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand ---The Philippines survived a daring Vietnamese ambush to escape with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12 triumph Sunday and claim third place in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix at Terminal 21 Mall here. UnderheavyfirefromayoungbunchofVietnamese,theFilipinosleanedontopgunnersMylenePaat,CesMolinaandKaleiMaudownthestretchtoscoretheironlywinintheshorttournamentmeanttoprepare them for the Southeast AsianGames. "Thisiswhatwecameoutherefor.Wedidn'tgothroughthetroublejustbylosing,"saidMolina,whoisturning25Monday."ThisiswhatIwishedfor." The Philippine team lost a narrow five-setter to finalist Indonesia in the opening day Friday, and stretched powerhouse Thailand...Keep on reading: Philippines overcomes Vietnam in 5 sets in Asean Grand Prix
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Atio’s parents urge lawmakers to list hazing as heinous crime
The parents of hazing victim Atio Castillo III asked lawmakers to define hazing as a heinous crime.
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Bob Odenkirk of ‘Better Call Saul’ to star in new thriller ‘Nobody’
Bob Odenkirk, known for his roles in "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul", will star in a new thriller entitled "Nobody". He is set to play the role of Hutch Mansell, a nondescript father, husband and neighbor who suddenly unleashes his dormant rage and violent instincts when two burglars break into his house one night, going down a dangerous path that could uncover his deepest secrets. This will be the first solo feature by director llya Naishuller, who co-helmed 2016's "Hardcore Henry", while the "John Wick" saga's screenwriter Derek Kolstad will head the script. The film is slated for an Aug. 14, 2020 release. In addition to leading its cast, Odenkirk will produce the pr...Keep on reading: Bob Odenkirk of ‘Better Call Saul’ to star in new thriller ‘Nobody’
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Hidilyn Diaz shows great resolve in double bronze feat
After two failed attempts in the snatch, Hidilyn Diaz made the crowd wonder if the reigning Olympic silver medalist still has what it takes to take on the best lifters in the world. But the world-class athlete in Diaz prevailed in the succeeding lifts as the country's weightlifting heroine went on to seize two bronze medals in the women's 55kg category of the 2019 IWF World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. While the audience appreciated that double-bronze feat, people comprising the core team of Diaz at backstage likewise played a vital role in the successful shift in performance. Nutrition coach Jeaneth Aro made spot changes to Diaz's liquid recovery nutrition following ...Keep on reading: Hidilyn Diaz shows great resolve in double bronze feat
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Petro Gazz keeps Lady Red Spikers winless
Led by the steady offense of Jovy Prado and Cai Baloaloa, the Angels register their sixth win of the conference.
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MVP not giving up on Gilas Pilipinas, sets eyes on 2023 and 2027 World Cup
There was a brief moment of silence before Manny V. Panglinan, telecommunications tycoon and chairman emeritus of the Smahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, breathed out a huge sigh. "When we were in China [during the World Cup], yes," said Pangilinan, when asked if the devastating and painful basketball setbacks he has witnessed since becoming the sport's designated godfather in the country has floated thoughts of giving up. "Right after the Italy game," he added. That was Gilas Pilipnas' first game in the World Cup and the Filipinos were unprepared for what the Italians threw at them, That ended in a forgettable rout. And it only got worse from there. But Pangilinan isn't one ...Keep on reading: MVP not giving up on Gilas Pilipinas, sets eyes on 2023 and 2027 World Cup
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Lea Michele enlists ‘Glee’ co-stars for first Christmas album
Lea Michele will be working with her "Glee" co-stars and longtime friends Jonathan Groff and Darren Criss on her first Christmas album, entitled "Christmas in the City". After revealing the album cover on Instagram last Wednesday, Sept. 18, the actress-singer shared details about the genesis of "Christmas in the City" in an interview with People. https://www.instagram.com/p/B2jt1jeAukk/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link "It was always my dream to make a Christmas record. Christmas is so special to me. It's such an important time of year for me and my family that I have so many incredible memories from," she told the magazine. The album will feature a selection of Michele's favo...Keep on reading: Lea Michele enlists ‘Glee’ co-stars for first Christmas album
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Haze over Bohol pose health risk to residents
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Philippines --- Some Boholanos have complained of health problems as haze hovered over the island. Dave Albarado, 44, said he has experienced "runny nose, dry throat, cough, and allergies" since Sunday, Sept. 15. "I think the haze could have contributed to my allergies because I usually have them only for 24 hours. Now, it has persisted for days," he said. To protect himself from air contaminants, he decided to buy and wear a mask. "I am doing my best to stay indoors and take medicines to control the symptoms," he said. Residents have also taken to social media to relate how the haze has been affecting them as air quality continued to worsen. Some ...Keep on reading: Haze over Bohol pose health risk to residents
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Palace dismisses US senator's call to free De Lima as 'nonsense'
"We don’t respond to nonsense," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
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NU, UP shuttlers pick up wins
Defending champion National University and University of the Philippines picked up convincing wins in a prelude to their showdown in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Badminton Tournament, Sunday at PNP Sports Center.
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After cadet’s death, PMA must be open to probe – Zubiri
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) should be open to investigation following the death of one of its cadets due to internal bleeding apparently caused by "blunt force trauma," Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said on Sunday. "The Academy must open themselves to investigation or they themselves will be subjects to harsh penalties under the new law we authored together with Sen. Ping Lacson last 17th Congress which was R.A. 11053 or the Strengthened Anti-Hazing Law," Zubiri said in a statement. Zubiri made the remark after PMA Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio died of hazing, the first such case in the academy in 18 years. READ: Police confir...Keep on reading: After cadet’s death, PMA must be open to probe – Zubiri
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UST blasts UP to open beach volley title defense
The four-peat seeking Tigresses are looking good to extend their reign even in the post-Sisi Rondina.
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Ateneo drubs NU to stay perfect
Ange Kouame steered Ateneo to its fifth straight victory, taking the 71-50 win over National University in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here
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WATCH: Homeless woman whose bike was stolen given new one by police
A police officer went above and beyond the call of service when she gave a homeless woman, whose bike had been stolen about two months ago, a new one. Jessica Madras' bike was stolen while she was at work in Florida, United States, as per the Sarasota Police Department's Facebook post on Thursday, Sept. 19. https://www.facebook.com/SarasotaPoliceDepartment/videos/2415838842072742/ She then reported the theft to Amelia Wicinski, who has not been able to recover the stolen bike. Wicinski later found out that Madras was an expectant mother. This led her to work with Salvation Army, a popular charity organization, to buy a new bike for Madras. The officer also gave her lights and a l...Keep on reading: WATCH: Homeless woman whose bike was stolen given new one by police
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#FreeLeilaNow: US senator asks gov’t to release De Lima anew
US Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called on the Philippine government to release detained Sen. Leila de Lima anew.
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UE stays perfect, NU-Nazareth, Adamson win in boy's volleyball
The Junior Red Warriors outlasted University of Santo Tomas, 25-16, 22-25, 29-27, 25-12, while the Bullpups made quick work of Ateneo, 25-11, 25-16, 25-14.
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Senate panel to conduct hearing on looming ATM fees increase
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies is set to conduct a hearing regarding the application of some banks for an increase in automated teller machine (ATM) fees on Monday. Poe, who chairs the committee, assured that the issue will be thoroughly scrutinized especially as it would affect 4.1 million minimum-wage earners, particularly those who receive their salaries through their ATM accounts. "We recognize the convenience of ATM machines and the need to keep them working, but any increase should be warranted and should not be too burdensome on the users, especially the workers. P15 means a lot to the minimum-wage earners," Poe said ...Keep on reading: Senate panel to conduct hearing on looming ATM fees increase
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6 posing as DILG official, ‘journalists’ nabbed for extortion
ORANI, Bataan -- Six people who were posing as an official of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and as "journalists" were caught extorting P4,000 from an amusement games operator on Saturday night. Police said Manila resident Cynthia Gabinay, 61, pretended to be a DILG employee tasked to monitor illegal gambling activities. She was accompanied by a group claiming to be staffers of an obscure publication called "MHG News" who extorted money from amusement operator Henry Guanzon in Barangay (village) Mulawin. Police Staff Sergeant Andhy Saludares and Mulawin village chairman Marvin dela Cruz caught the group receiving the cash. Gabinay had earlier visited Dela...Keep on reading: 6 posing as DILG official, ‘journalists’ nabbed for extortion
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Ateneo dominates NU for 5-0 record
Defending champion Ateneo handily beat National University, 71-50, to remain undefeated in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. The Blue Eagles raced to an early double-digit lead and showed no letup en route to their fifth win. For the first time this season, the Bulldogs took their first convincing defeat. Their first four games ended in heartbreaking fashion, including three one-point losses....Keep on reading: Ateneo dominates NU for 5-0 record
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Where's MVP's passion for basketball comes from
“That’s the sport Filipinos love. How can you turn your back,” said MVP.
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Air Force sweeps BanKo, extends winning streak to five
They now sport an even 5-5 slate after losing their first five games in the conference.
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Three Bulacan suspects killed in weekend drug busts
CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan -- Three drug suspects were killed in clashes with the police over the weekend. Melvin Padojelaga, 20, allegedly fired at policemen and was shot dead at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday during a police operation in Sitio (subvillage) Dapdap at Banga 1stvillage in Plaridel town, said Police Col. Chito Bersaluna, Bulacan police director. On Saturday at 4:30 a.m. in San Rafael town, police killed a suspect identified only as Tonio during a drug bust. On the same morning in San Ildefonso town, Ben Angell Tacadena died in a 4 a.m. gunfight with undercover police officers. Tacadena is on a police drug watch list. Recovered from the three suspects were 20 plastic sachets ...Keep on reading: Three Bulacan suspects killed in weekend drug busts
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Duterte admin again sets prediction on communist rebellion's looming demise
Malacañang said President Duterte is working to attain peace by undertaking "landmark socioeconomic reforms."
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BOC seizes P900k worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga
MANILA, Philippines -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) agents have intercepted 30 cartons of smuggled cigarettes amounting to P900,000 at a public market Zamboanga City. The BOC said Sunday that the smuggled cigarettes were seized after the agency received a tip that some individuals were involved in smuggling in the Magay Public Market, Zamboanga City. According to the BOC, the smuggled cigarettes were loaded in two different hatchback-type vehicles inside the Pier Area of the said market. During inspection, the drivers of the vehicles failed to present the necessary documents needed, which led to their arrest. The drivers were then brought to the National Bureau of Investigatio...Keep on reading: BOC seizes P900k worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga
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Man drowns after underwater marriage proposal to girlfriend
A couple's "best day of their lives" took a turn for the worst when the man passed away following a marriage proposal to his girlfriend underwater. Steven Weber Jr. asked Kenesha Antoine the big question while they were vacationing in Tanzania in Eastern Africa, as per The Advocate last Friday, Sept. 20. The couple, both from Louisiana, United States, stayed in a bungalow with a bedroom submerged in the sea, and had windows that showed the waters surrounding them, as per Antoine's post on Facebook on the same day. https://www.facebook.com/KeneshaAntoine/posts/10101915267492163 Weber proposed to Antoine by diving underwater, wearing a snorkeling mask and fins, and swimming to one of t...Keep on reading: Man drowns after underwater marriage proposal to girlfriend
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Countries backing Iceland resolution never gave PH anything worthwhile—Locsin
MANILA, Philippines --- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Sunday defended the alleged order to refuse grants and aid from other countries who voted to approve a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution calling for probe on the Philippines' drug war killings.   "Experience showed the same countries that voted for the Iceland resolution never gave or lent us anything worthwhile or offered with conditions more onerous than the loans we'd have to pay back," Locsin said in a tweet.   Locsin was responding to former Commission on Election (Comelec) commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal who argued: "If 'we don't need money' from countries, it means w...Keep on reading: Countries backing Iceland resolution never gave PH anything worthwhile—Locsin
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Intense, challenging practices paying off for Maraño, Philippine team
NAKHON Ratchasima, Thailand --- In the middle of training here, one would overhear members of the Philippine national women's volleyball team screaming catchphrases like "We want to improve." Sometimes "confidence in passing," would ring in the quiet gym. Or "Improve. Be better." For the 14-member squad currently here for the Asean Grand Prix, it's one way to vent out their tiredness and frustrations. "We are training twice a day every day, sometimes you feel your body shutting down because of exhaustion," team captain Aby Marao told the Inquirer. "Sometimes you need to shout. And then boom." More often, she said, the team gets the second wind they needed. "Suddenly, our adrenalin ...Keep on reading: Intense, challenging practices paying off for Maraño, Philippine team
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Philippines shows promise despite losses to Indonesia, Thailand in Asean Grand Prix
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand---Finally, after all the hoopla involving its formation, the Philippine women's volleyball team got to know how it stood in the scheme of things. Its heart-breaking five-set defeat at the hands of Indonesia, 25-21, 26-28, 12-25, 25-18, 15-9, in Friday's Asean Grand Prix opener gave a glimpse of what the much-followed squad is capable of doing. "You know we are a strong team, we have our definite strengths and weaknesses so we were able to get through and show what we are made of and what we can do well," said top spiker Kalei Mau. "But you know it's not how you started, it's how you finished so I thought, obviously Indonesia wanted it more," added...Keep on reading: Philippines shows promise despite losses to Indonesia, Thailand in Asean Grand Prix
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DFA: Seven Filipinos reported safe in Maldives fire
MANILA, Philippines --- The seven Filipinos residing in a building engulfed by fire in Maldives were reported safe, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday. The DFA said the fire happened at Maldives' capital city of Mal last Friday night, which resulted in the displacement of hundreds of residents. The foreign affairs department added that the Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh, which has jurisdiction over Maldives, as well as the Philippine Consulate in Mal, are continuing to monitor the aftermath of the incident. In a Facebook post, the Maldives Airport Rescue and Firefighting Service (ARFF) said its firefighters provided support to the Maldives National Defence For...Keep on reading: DFA: Seven Filipinos reported safe in Maldives fire
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Soldiers nab 6 drug suspects, seize guns in Maguindanao
COTABATO CITY --- Acting on a tip from civilians, soldiers from two Army units in Maguindanao raided a drug den on Saturday that led to the arrest of six suspected drug peddlers and the seizure of assorted firearms and cash. The joint operation was conducted by combined elements of the Army's 57th Infantry Battalion and 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion in two houses in Sitio Matilak, Barangay Butilen of Datu Salibo town, according to Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, 6th Infantry Division commander. Troops under 2Lt. Kim Belacuan of 57th IB raided the house of a certain Anwar K. Bucca, 49, and seized from him two sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia, one 9mm caliber pistol,...Keep on reading: Soldiers nab 6 drug suspects, seize guns in Maguindanao
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Fun & Games: Noah Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt
The most promising signal that track and field remains in good hands even after Usain Bolt's retirement comes from a 22-year-old American namedNoah Lyles, who appreciates the Jamaican superstar more for what he did after his races than during them. When Lyles spends time studying Bolt on video, he's not only looking at the lanky speedster's form in between the lanes, but at the dancing, rollickingpost-race celebrationsBolt concocted to make his sport can't-miss viewing whenever he was on the track. "I saw more of his fun-loving side and liked that more than I liked actually watching him run,"Lyles saidin a recent interview as he prepares for the world championships that begin next we...Keep on reading: Fun & Games: Noah Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt
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Taylor Swift pulls out of Melbourne Cup gig
Pop superstar Taylor Swift has pulled out of a performance at the Melbourne Cup, with animal rights activists taking credit after a campaign to highlight cruelty to racehorses. The Grammy Award-winner was announced as the headline act for the "race that stops a nation" earlier this month and was due to sing two songs from her latest hit album "Lover". But it sparked a backlash on social media and a push by the Campaign for the Protection of Racehorses, which claimed she had "put money before compassion" and was "endorsing animal abuse". More than 6,500 people signed an online petition urging her to cancel. In a statement late Saturday, promotor Mushroom Events cited sched...Keep on reading: Taylor Swift pulls out of Melbourne Cup gig
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‘It was breathtaking’: Man City crushes Watford 8-0 in EPL
With his team leading 5-0 after 18 minutes and threatening Premier League scoring records, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sat with his arms folded in his dugout and might even have looked a little guilty. Whether it's in the FA Cup final or just a run-of-the mill league game, Watford just does not know how to handle the most free-scoring team in England. City ended up romping to an 8-0 win on Saturday, falling just short of the heaviest margin of victory in the Premier League era (since 1992) --- Manchester United's 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995. It came four months after City beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium to complete an unprecedented domestic treble ...Keep on reading: ‘It was breathtaking’: Man City crushes Watford 8-0 in EPL
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Tigresses arrest skid with squeaker over Lady Tams
Grace Irebu led the Golden Tigresses with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks as they averted disaster after losing a 13-point lead in the third frame.
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