Iglesia Ni Cristo: Philippine Arena

Politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo said Thursday it had started building one of the world’s biggest indoor arenas with a seating capacity of 50,000. The 74,000-square-meter (796,000-square-feet) mega-structure called the Philippine Arena is part of the Christian sect’s Ciudad de Victoria, a sprawling complex being built just outside the Read more »

'PH should be as easy to sell as Chickenjoy'

By RG Cruz – “The Philippines should be as easy to sell as Chickenjoy.” Advertising and Marketing Executive Ramon Jimenez said this as he faced the media for the first time as President Aquino’s new secretary of tourism. Jimenez faced Malacañan media with his predecessor Alberto Lim, Communications Secretary Ricky Read more »

'Ber’ months on, countdown starts

By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA — Despite the hard times, here and abroad, Filipinos have reason to smile as the cool “ber” months begin Thursday, Sept. 1, ushering in the joyous countdown to Christmas. Radio programs begin playing holiday tunes as the world’s longest Christmas season unfolds in the Philippines, Read more »

With The Opening Maharlika, A Filipino Food Resurgence

By DANIEL MAURER – The closing of Elvie’s Turo-Turo a couple of years ago left East Villagers (New York) starved for Filipino food, but earlier this summer Sa Aming Nayon opened across from where Elvie’s once stood, and now Maharlika, the brunch pop-up that was first at Resto Leon and Read more »

US envoy ‘dismal failure’ for hit on Cory

By Jerry E. Esplanada – Former US Ambassador Kristie Kenney was “well-traveled in the Philippines and was extremely sociable. Unlike her distinguished predecessors, however, she was a dismal failure in helping the Filipinos defend our democracy.” So said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Tuesday in a text message to Read more »

The unsinkable Chavit Singson

By Joanne Rae M. Ramirez – It was really with trepidation and a racing heart that I stepped into the home of Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson in Quezon City. Not just for his reputation as an Ilocano kingpin one dared not cross — but because a tiger weighing a Read more »