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Miss Venezuela pageant reflects hard times

Mariana Jimenez, center, from Guarico State models in swim wear during the Miss Venezuela 2014 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Jimenez won the pageant as the new Miss Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mariana Jimenez, a 20-year-old social communications student, has been crowned as the new Miss Venezuela, surpassing 24 other contestants and winning the right to represent Venezuela in the Miss Universe pageant.

Posted: October 10th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Love for books + learning = way to fight poverty

Senator Bam Aquino giving his keynote speech during the opening ceremonies of the 35th Manila International Book Fair.

“Love for books equates to love for learning,” was the key message of Senator Benigno Aquino IV in a speech at the opening of the 35th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Go Negosyo marks 9th year: ‘The way out of poverty is to empower the self’

MARISSA Concepcion, Lizette Cojuangco, Roseann Belmonte

Go Negosyo, the campaign that aims to fight poverty through entrepreneurship, marked its ninth anniversary recently at the Manila Polo Club. It also celebrated a number of milestones: the ratification of the Go Negosyo Law; the recent success of the First AgriNegosyo Summit; and a sharing of insights from big-time entrepreneurs.

Posted: September 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Living fearlessly


Your mantra for the week: I bravely live my passion without fear or doubt. Man is faced with five basic fears, we are told: ill health; poverty; getting old; loss of love; and death. I believe that we can transcend these fears in our lives.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

In God we trust, maybe, but not each other

Shown is the cash box at Dennis and Darlene Hess's farm stand Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Litiz, Pa. AP

Americans don’t trust each other anymore. We’re not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other fellow — has been quietly draining away.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »