Joel C. Paredes Joel briefly served government as director-general of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), although he has been a practicing journalist and writer for nearly 37 years. He led a team organized by the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB)  and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that worked on the book entitled “Protecting our Natural Wealth, Enhancing our Natural Pride.”
  • Here’s why Chef Sandy Daza ‘hates’ fusion food Amid the growing hype for ‘fusion food,’ renowned Pinoy Chef Sandy Daza said he is not a big fan of the trend. “If I cook the dish my mom would have wanted done it a different way. Her pochero is different from my pochero. But you know I got all kinds of pochero and if […] 3 min read
  • Celebrity Chef Sandy Daza’s ‘recipe’ for life CELEBRITY Chef Sandy Daza admits hurdling a “no pain, no gain “life. And despite his captivating wit and humor, his success really came with being honest to his c audience. “So if it’s good, tell them that it’s good. if it’s not, who am I criticize? I don’t try to project something I’m not. I […] 5 min read
  • A second look at ‘trolling’ WHAT deserves trolling range from something that is “harmlessly funny” to being “outright disgusting”? In her study, University of the Philippines-based sociologist  Maria Corinna Pricila D. Escartin  pointed that online posts  that are bound to swarmed by critical and mocking comments  are  those that do  not meet desired expectations and  and   perceived as absurd or […] 3 min read
  • A second look at ‘trolling’ ONLINE aggression can be beneficial on establishing one’s identity. For one, anonymity and non-personal contact does not heavily demand accountability nor does it pose immediate and decisive threat to offline identities, said University of the Philippines-based sociologist Maria Corinna Priscila D. Escartin. Online posts, Escartin wrote in her study published in the 2015 issue of […] 5 min read
  • A second look at ‘trolling’ TROLLING may not be that bad after all. At least that is what a University of the Philippines-based sociologist found in a study that investigated perceptions of the trolling phenomenon among the Filipino youth. “Trolls, for all their aggression can be considered as ‘rogues’ who test and flout boundaries, as well as ‘cops’ who establish […] 4 min read
  • The search is on for drought-resistant rice (last of two parts) ‘Tall’ order’ Advertisement Advertisement DR. Chito Protacio, Philrice Executive Director, agrees it will take 12 years to develop a variety by conventional means, but “with biotech tools like market aided selection, we can shorten the process.” He said they are not talking about recombinant DNA, or genetically-engineered varieties yet like the research on “golden rice” […] 1 min read
  • The search is on for drought-resistant rice (1st of two parts) AS a young boy, Roel R. Suralta had witnessed the seeming helplessness of farmers during the months that drought would hit Camotes island off Cebu province. “These dry months would mean a shortage not only in our corn production, but also our food,” said Suralta, an agriculture scientist who now heads the Philippine Rice Research […] 4 min read
  • The Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte: From movie set to natural laboratory These amazing sand dunes in Ilocos Norte  have been there for ages, but recently, these geological treasures are fast becoming a top tourism destination north of the main island of Luzon. Ivan Domingo, a local journalist, wrote that the scattered sand dunes of La Paz in Laoag City gained attention after being featured in the […] 4 min read
  • The Ilocano ‘invasion’ of Pinoy cuisine I remember my father, a genuine Ilocano or GI, would always tell his friends that the best empanada can be found in his hometown of Batac in Ilocos Norte. And all our chicharon was no match against the bagnet. Whenever he sat for dinner, the table was served with pinakbet, and dininding — or inabrao, […] 4 min read
  • Bar girls rediscover life in one of the world’s most beautiful bays IN THE not so distant past, a rude city mayor forcibly evicted all bar girls in his fiefdom’s so-called tourist belt cum red-light district , thinking that he would finally get rid of its image of a “sin city.’” Some of these “working girls” opted to transfer to Puerto Galera, a coastal town that was […] 5 min read
  • A mystical cave uncovered in Mindoro Barangay Chairman Oscar Santelices of Cabacao in Abra de Ilog, Mindoro Occidental found the National Greening Program a big boost in persuading local Mangyans to help protect their mountain village from rampant illegal logging. When they started developing 100 hectares of thinning forest lands, not only did it provide livelihood for the Mangyan communities; it […] 2 min read
  • Que horror! Trapik sa Metro Manila: Isang depressing comedy Maaring hindi nakakamatay ang trapik sa Metro Manila, pero ‘di ba nakakahibang na? Tulad nito, bigla na lang yatang na-topak ang isang commuter at nag-share tuloy sa Facebook na “’di naman ‘worst’ ang traffic sa atin. ‘very bad’ lang. Maraming salamat sa MMDA.” Aba, bigla na lang nagsunud-sunod ang mga reaksyon sa iba’t ibang mga […] 3 min read