26 6 / 2013

SLIDESHOW: Taong Putik (Mud People)

TEXT BY DAX SIMBOL, PHOTOS BY ABS-CBNNEWS.COM CONTRIBUTORS,06/25/2013 7:19 PM

NUEVA ECIJA - More than 500 men, women and children gathered here on Monday in the quiet village of Bibiclat to celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist using mud, grass and dried banana leaves on their bodies.

The event is the annual “Taong Putik,” where people of all ages honor St. John the Baptist, who is believed to have saved villagers from Japanese soldiers during the Japanese occupation. 

06 8 / 2012

On September 26, 2009 tropical storm Ondoy dumped a record amount of rainfall equal to a month’s average.

It was too much even for a tropical country like the Philippines, and the resulting floods inundated almost 80% of Manila and affected 25 other provinces. Of the more than 300 casualties of Ondoy, 52 came from Bgy. Bagong Silangan. Almost an equal number of residents were reported missing and were never found.

Before Ondoy, an area of Bgy. Bagong Silangan known as Greenland had a thriving farming community of 500 families. In President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address, he outlined plans for the relocation of informal settlers living in waterways and other high-risk areas.

Aquino earmarked P5.5-billion to push through with the project. Of the amount, P4 billion will go to the National Housing Authority mostly for housing, community facilities and security.

“If we were to merely relocate these communities without accounting for their basic needs, we would be doing the affected families a great disservice.” - Budget Secretary Butch Abad

(Source: abs-cbnnews.com)

20 7 / 2012

ON ABS-CBNnews.com: SLIDESHOW: Former NBA, PBA stars entertain Pinoy hoops fansText by Camille B. Naredo and photos by Rem Zamora for ABS-CBNnews.comThe USA All-Stars defeated the Philippine All-Stars, 112-93, in an entertaining game that provided numerous light-hearted moments for the sizable MOA Arena crowd.

ON ABS-CBNnews.com: SLIDESHOW: Former NBA, PBA stars entertain Pinoy hoops fans
Text by Camille B. Naredo and photos by Rem Zamora for ABS-CBNnews.com

The USA All-Stars defeated the Philippine All-Stars, 112-93, in an entertaining game that provided numerous light-hearted moments for the sizable MOA Arena crowd.

21 6 / 2012

THE LIST: 10 PICTURESQUE CHURCHES FOR WEDDINGS(Story by Karen Flores, graphics by Francin Cruz for ABS-CBNnews.com)June is usually a busy month not only for couples but also for wedding photographers who make sure that every moment is captured on their big day.Here are 10 churches that are guaranteed to add drama and depth to your wedding photos, as recommended by members of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines.

THE LIST: 10 PICTURESQUE CHURCHES FOR WEDDINGS
(Story by Karen Flores, graphics by Francin Cruz for ABS-CBNnews.com)

June is usually a busy month not only for couples but also for wedding photographers who make sure that every moment is captured on their big day.

Here are 10 churches that are guaranteed to add drama and depth to your wedding photos, as recommended by members of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines.