Smart unveils new Signature Plans

PLDT mobile services arm Smart Communications is ushering in a reimagined postpaid experience that puts customers first with the launch of Signature Plans. Designed for goal slayers who need a plan that can keep up with their fast-paced lifestyle, Smart Signature shatters the limitations of the traditional plans to deliver a prioritized, worry-free, and in-control […]

Boracay Bliss

By REGINA G. POSADAS Boracay, after the six-month cleanup ordered by the government, is definitely hopping again. “Ay, oo! Okay na ulit lahat at marami nang pumupunta ulit dito (Yes, everything is back to normal and a lot of people are visiting the island again)” said a beaming John “Jun” Ramirez, a paddleboard instructor I […]


By SOL VANZI   My hometown, now a part of Metropolitan Manila, is a microcosm of the Philippines. It feels all the pain while enjoying the benefits of progress. Attracted by its proximity to Manila, the town’s population ballooned from a measly 16,000 in 1960 to around 800,000 today, stretching the government’s resources to provide […]


By DEEDEE SIYTANGCO   ANGEL THOUGHTS Winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening our country. –Indira Gandhi     The first Rotary Wheel Celebrity Awards for Public Service were presented last week at the Marble Hall of the Ayuntamiento Building of the Bureau of Treasury next to the Manila Cathedral in […]


By DOM GALEON   Peter Mayhew’s official Twitter account posted the sad news earlier today about the English-American actor passing away last Tuesday, April 30, four days before the worldwide celebration of May the Fourth. Mayhew was working as a medical orderly before George Lucas first casted him as the iconic big and furry wookie Chewbacca in […]

Frontrow View (Part 2)

By JOHN LEGASPI MORE THAN BLACK AND WHITE The simplicity of using black or white provides a designer with a great canvas to explore proportions, techniques, and fabrication. Take it from Jun Escario’s all-white ensemble with an explosion of ruffles and exaggerated sleeves. The black brocade dress with billowing sleeves and flounced neckline by Protacio is […]

Intramuros Administration @ 40 (Part 3)

By Dr. Jaime Laya The “old town” across from San Agustin was baptized Barrio (later Plaza) San Luis, after one of the quadrants into which Intramuros was divided. The ones that rose first were: The three-story house at the corner—the house museum (“Casa Manila”) whose façade reproduces that of a 19th century three storey structure […]