THE Abu Dhabi Central Jail released 15 Filipino prisoners as a gesture of goodwill for the holy month of Ramadan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday.
According to a statement, the 15 Filipinos were among the 879 prisoners ordered released by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
The report was made public by prison officials in Abu Dhabi Central Jail. (MORE)
THE committee in charge of the overall preparations for President Benigno Aquino III’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) has aimed to bring down the cost of next week’s event.
House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap, chair of Task Force SONA, said that although the cost of food will be much higher compared to last year, the overall expense for the occasion on July 27 will not exceed last year’s budget of around P2.3 million. (Read more)
YOUNG Filipino students took home eight awards in a tough math competition in Hong Kong.
The Philippines won two silver and six bronze awards in the 18th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest (PMWC), said Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG).
Bagging silver awards for the Philippines are Albriz Moore Bagsic of Lilyrose School and Naomi Anne King of St. Jude Catholic School.
The bronze medalists are Maria Monica Manlises of St. Stephen’s High School, Annika Angela Mei Tamayo of Ateneo de Iloilo-Sta. Maria Catholic School, Dominic Lawrence Bermudez of Notre Dame of Greater Manila, Sted Micah Cheng of Hope Christian High School, Gregory Charles Tiong of St. Jude Catholic School, and Aiman Andrei Kue of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School.
Other members of the Philippine delegation are Vanessa Ryanne Julio of St. Jude Catholic School, Al Patrick Castro of Pasig Catholic College, Hiraya Marcos of Philippine Cultural College-Manila, Justin Teng Soon Khoo of Learning Circle, John Angelo Oringo of Guinobatan West Central School, Erika Emmanuelle Pantaleon of Small World Christian School Foundation, Jan Cedrick Quintin of Mothergoose Special School System and Allyana Coleen Reyes of Falcon School.
Team leaders who accompanied the delegation were Dr. Luz Almeda, regional director of the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR); Dr. Eduardo dela Cruz, Arellano University assistant vice president for Basic Education; Rechilda Villame, MTG executive vice president; and Dr. Chua.
During the awarding ceremony, the Filipino contestants wearing Maria Clara and Barong Tagalog costumes performed a “La Jota” dance as part of the program’s cultural presentation of all participating countries.
A total of 160 elementary students from 15 countries and territories joined the contest held from July 13 to 17.
They were from the United States, Australia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Macau, Malaysia and the Philippines. (PR)
A LAWMAKER urged President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday to express support to bills that will lower individual income taxes in his final State of the Nation Address (Sona).
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate committee on ways and means, said he is hoping that among the measures the President traditionally mentions in the Sona as for priority approval are those that will revamp tax brackets. (Read more)
Lauro Eklund (left), who was born in Cebu, Philippines in 1996, stars in National Geographic channel show “Yukon River Run”. Lauro’s father, Neil, told Sun.Star website at www.sunstar.com.ph that they still visit the Philippines often. Lauro is featured in this year’s show and is seen to carry the Yukon log raft legacy when his father retires. According to the National Geographic, Lauro has been doing the Yukon trip since he was 10 years old with his father, but this year will be his first time to go on an adventure on his own. (Photo grab from Lauro Eklund’s Instagram)