What it means to be outstanding

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/25/2018

Refusing to be pressured by relatives and friends to give money to voters for her to win, Krystal Jill Delos Reyes filed her certificate of candidacy on April 20 at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Office in Barangay…

WHEN AUTISM WORKS: A mother’s journey to acceptance

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/23/2018

Kalvin was two years and four months old when a developmental pediatrician diagnosed him with autism. “I was told by the pedia that Kalvin was the 20th patient that she saw that day,” recalled the boy’s mother,…

WHEN AUTISM WORKS: Making a difference

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/22/2018

Six years ago, as a young lass in Doong island Bantayan town, northern Cebu, Eunicel Escala, 23, dreamed of studying in Cebu City — 146 kilometers away from home — to become a teacher. The third of…

When autism works

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/21/2018

PART 1 Wearing a white shirt paired with black pants and a blue apron, 20-year-old Kalvin Roa stands by the entrance of a supermarket as he welcomes customers with a warm smile, open arms and shopping baskets.…

Carrageenan firm’s new thrust: Nanotechnology, new facilities

Irene Sino-Cruz 05/21/2018

SHEMBERG future (Second of two parts) When Benson Dakay passed away in 2012, the survival of his carrageenan company, Shemberg group, was in doubt as his children took over the task of leading the company out of…

Shemberg: Changing of the guards

Irene Sino-Cruz 05/20/2018

FEATURE (FIRST OF 2 PARTS) When Shemberg group founder Benson Dakay passed away on January 2012, many thought the company will not survive. His four children, sons Pierre Collin and Benson Ernst; and daughters Marie Cecille (Rere)…

For the love of Mary

Rosalie O. Abatayo 05/19/2018

Flore de Mayo Eversince she was five, 15-year-old Ashlea Bea Cantilla has been spending summer in a way different from many children her age. Instead of playing outdoor games or going to the beach, Bea and some…

A roadmap to free college education

Mars G. Alison and Nestle L. Semilla 05/18/2018

Despite the nationwide implementation of Republic Act 10931 or the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act”, the reality is that not all students wanting a free college education can avail of it this coming school year…

Confessions of a hitman

Benjie Talisic 05/16/2018

He was an avid fan of actor Robin Padilla, who was one of the country’s most popular action stars in the 1990s. It was from years of watching his idol’s movies that Eric (name withheld) gained inspiration…

Teenage mom turned Palengke Queen

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/12/2018

She dreamed of becoming a teacher. But at 14, Catherine Caritero found herself pregnant. It was February 2001 and Catherine was a second year high school student at a public school in Lapu-Lapu City. She broke the…

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