Manila News

  • DA Wants Snaps Of PHL Agri Products Displayed In NAIA Hallways

    The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday said it is planning to boost promotion of Philippine agriculture products by having snapshots of them displayed in hallways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to pique the interest of arriving tourists.

    Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol announced this plan in a Senate hearing on the department's 2017 proposed budget of P50.6 billion which is lower by 6.34 percent versus this year's budget of P53.9 billion.

    Piñol said he has already spoken with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on the plan to enhance the departm ...

  • DOT Promotes Tourism For All

    The Department of Tourism (DOT), in partnership with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), has pushed for accessible tourism in celebration of United Nations World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) World Tourism Day this year.

    In support of this year's theme, Tourism for All — Promoting Universal Accessibility," 10 barrier-free accommodations were recognized at the Accessible Tourism Pilipinas Forum at the Diamond Hotel in Ermita, Manila.

    The event aims to disseminate information about barrier-free tourism, encourage more tourism entities to be PWD friendly, promote efforts o ...

  • Saturday Morning At The LPPCHEA

    I was happy to be back at the LPPCHEA (Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area) for a bit of Saturday morning birding with some members of the WBCP.

    I had not been back for a few years and I was curious to see the beach we once dubbed as "rubber slipper beach" when I was just starting out birding. All sorts of trash littered the beach, from your usual plastic packaging to styrofoam boxes, discarded nets and rope, furniture, handbags, clothes, toys... ANYTHING you can think up, including A LOT of rubber slippers. Well, there was still a LOT of the city's trash washed up o ...

  • Urban Gardening

    Who says farming and gardening can only be done efficiently and effectively in the rural areas?

    With urban gardening, one can practice agriculture and generate extra income from it, making healthy food available just right at your backyard or garage for instance.

    Recognizing this, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is strengthening the Urban Gardening Program, this time, pushing for "Garden in the Sidewalk" and "Gulay sa Likod Bahay" programs.

    Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol said in his Facebook page that this program will be launched this October.

    Under the programs, ...

  • Look Quezon Memorial Shrine Bathed In Shifting Colored Lights

    I have something to confess. In my entire life of studying, working and living in Metro Manila, since 1991, it was only the third week of September that I have, finally, visited the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. Sure, I know about it, as that one big grand rotunda with a tall, art deco style monument that I've been passing whenever I am in the area. But it actually is amazing once you get inside. The park is big, at around 27 hectares and, although it is called a Circle, is actually in the shape of an ellipse with the 66 meter monument the centerpiece of the park.

    This monumnent, b ...

  • Timelapse Inside Quiapo Church

    The doors of Quiapo church are open to those who seek spiritual healing.

    The Philippines is predominantly Catholic, so it is common to see Catholic churches with open doors to welcome the faithful. The ritual of novena and lighting of candles can be traced back directly to the Spanish colonization.

    Quiapo Church is quie known to Filipino all over the country. Faithful devotees usually make one's way to Quiapo Church to offer a prayer by lighting a candle or doing the stations of the cross.

    Some penitents walk on their knees from the entrance of the church all the way to the altar. Som ...