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MB ‘Best Broadsheet’ at Lyceum awards

For the second consecutive year, Manila Bulletin (MB) was named “Best Broadsheet” of the Lyceum of the Philippines University’s (LPU’s) 3rd UmalohokJUAN Awards held last Thursday at the university’s JPL Hall in Intramuros, Manila. “We are very proud to say that the Manila Bulletin is now 116 years old, but we are doing our best to deliver news using new platforms… You, the youth, are our audience,” said MB Editor-in-Chief Cris J. Icban Jr., who received the award in behalf of the Manila Bulletin. MB, which also won the same award last year, bested four other nominees: The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Business Mirror. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Rizalina A. Cruz explained that the word UmalohokJUAN in itself gives tribute to the people in the media …

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Women in gov’t service increasing, but rate is slow

Through the years, the number of women participating in the field of governance has increased, but for the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the growth “has been slow and the proportion of women to men is still far from equal.” “In recent years, the trend was that women occupy only less than one-third of third-level positions in the government, less than 20 percent in local government units, and more than one-third in the judiciary,” PCW said. Figures from the commission show an increase in the number of females who ran for the Senate in the 2007 and 2010 elections. In 2007, only 10.8 percent or four of the 37 candidates were women while in 2013, the figure rose to 23 percent or 14 out of 61 candidates. The latest list that Manila Bulletin Research …

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Internet love story: They talked, fell in love, met, and got married

Everything can be found on the Internet nowadays – the answer to a tough Science homework, the easiest way out of a congested road on a Friday night, tips for a special dinner on a budget for a Valentine’s date, and for the lucky, even one’s true love. A couple who’s stayed married for almost 15 years now – Marita and Cesar Gozum – still vividly recall the first time they “met” on the Internet. Marita, a newspaper layout artist, was then new to instant messaging application (app) Yahoo! Messenger (YM). Through that, “Carmela,” (her nickname) responded to a message from “Astig,” and a conversation followed. Through the exchange, Marita discovered that the man behind the name “Astig” was Cesar, an overseas filipino worker (OFW) stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her interest became …

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3 years after, still no justice for victim of stray bullet

Three years ago, on New Year’s Eve, a celebration suddenly turned into grief when a stray bullet fired by an irresponsible reveler found its mark on 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella. The bullet changed everything, especially the way the Ella family has met the New Year after that incident in 2013. From a family gathering to sing, dance and watch fireworks in their house in Caloocan City, New Year’s Eve has become a time to stay indoors and wait for the fireworks to stop.  And if one of those fireworks fell on the roof of this family, anxiety quickly spreads around. “We welcome the New Year inside our house, we do not go out anymore,” said Aquilino Ella Sr, the grandfather of Stephanie. “Kapag may gumagalaw sa bubong namin, mga kwitis, talagang nagugulat …

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