Zambo Is Nation’s Stage for Theater Festival in February

Zamboanga City – UNIVERSITY-BASED theater guilds as well as theater specialists in the country will converge here in February for the Second National University Theater Festival dubbed as “Tanghal 2.” The festival, which will run from February 19-23, is also part of the month-long celebration of National Arts Month, or Philippine Arts Festival, under Presidential […]

Pope Calls For ‘Info-ethics’ In World

Vatican (UCAN, Jan. 25) – POPE Benedict XVI has emphasized the need for ethics in the media, and called on the media “to avoid being spokesmen for economic materialism and ethical relativism.” Media “can and must contribute to making known the truth about humanity, and defending it against those who tend to deny or destroy […]

Official Halal Certification in Offing After Ulamas Form Accreditation Board

Zamboanga City – MINDANAO’s ulamas, or Muslim religious scholars and leaders, have formed a board to accredit halal certifiers. This will move will ensure the strict implementation of the Philippine National Standards on Halal Food, which is expected to be approved during the First Halal Summit in Malacanang in March. The approval of halal standards, […]

Nagdilaab’s Micro Loans Are Making Lives Better in Basilan

Maluso, Basilan Province – BASILAN residents, particularly the small-scale vendors, sari-sari store owners, farmers and fisher-folks alike, now have more opportunity to improve their livelihood, thanks to Nagdilaab Foundation’s micro-financing program. The more than P6-million peso program run by this local non-government organization is funded b y a four-year Spanish community development grant. The program […]

Manos Unidas Officials Visit Convenio Projects, Express Satisfaction

Zamboanga City – THREE high-level officials of the Spanish non-profit organization Manos Unidas (MU) visited Basilan province and this city last January 26 to 30 to check on the implementation of community development and other projects it funds in partnership with the Spanish government. The three officials were Country Officer for Southeast Asia Mariqui Duenas […]

12,000 Come to Read Monthly in City’s 88-Year Old Public Library

Zamboanga City – A PUBLIC library is seen to bridge the gap in knowledge particularly for people who never got to foot set in academic institutions. At this city’s library, an average of 12,000 visitors visit every month, particularly during the peak season, city librarian Emilia R. Natividad told PeaceWorks. The city library has been […]

Counselors Urged to Help Ease Social Ills

Zamboanga City – GUIDANCE counselors in the region are urged to utilize their knowledge and skills to resolve conflicts and empower people to make a contribution for the betterment of their organizations or communities. The many social and economic problems – slums and battlefields and insane asylums – represent the challenges facing our society and, […]

Zambo’s Catholic Clergy Pay Last Respects To Slain Oblate Priest Fr. Roda

DIOCESAN and missionary priests and nuns in Zamboanga City led by Archbishop Romulo Valles paid their last respects to slain Oblate priest Fr. Reynaldo Jesus Roda during a mass and vigil held at the mortuary chapel of the Metropolitan Cathedral in the evening of Friday, January 18. Fr. Roda’s remains made an overnight stopover in […]

All Hands Together Against Poverty

Its First-Year Achievements Accelerate ZABIDA’s 4-Year Dash to Win Real Social Justice “The goal is to overcome poverty, which is systemic and not just economic a problem.” IT may not win a Nobel Peace Prize as Grameen Bank micro-lending’s founder Yunus did last year, but Nagdilaab Foundation’s small loans program may yet win the struggle […]