First Filipino table tennis Olympian Ian “Yanyan” Lariba dies at 23

By Chuck Araneta/ – Ian “Yanyan” Lariba, a Filipino athlete who represented the country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio passed away after a lengthy battle with leukemia. The Twitter account of the Philippine Sports Commission broke the news. She was 23. Born in Cagayan De Oro on October 13, Read more »

Juan Luna’s boceto of the Spoliarium surfaces. But is it real?

By Alecs Ongcal/ – A smaller version of the country’s largest painting and national treasure, the Spoliarium by Juan Luna, surfaced during a private presentation in Makati City on Thursday, August 30. The boceto (a sketch or study that guides an artist in producing a final work), dated a year Read more »

US Senator John McCain: A friend of the Philippines

BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C. – Babe Romualdez/The Philippine Star – The remains of US Senator John McCain lay in state at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Friday – an honor given to only a few statesmen requiring a resolution of Congress. The practice started in 1852 Read more »

Here’s why ‘Signal Rock’ is a family drama every Pinoy needs to see

By Gillan Lasic/ – During the run of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), one the of the films that stood out was Chito Roño’s “Signal Rock”. It bagged the Critic’s Choice Award and lead actor Christian Bables won a Special Jury Award for his performance in the film at the Read more »

Philippines to fine Xiamen Air P33 million

By Paolo Romero/The Philippine Star – The government will demand from Xiamen Air at least P33 million in fines for the inconvenience caused by the accident involving its jet last Aug. 16 that delayed flights and stranded thousands of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Manila International Airport Read more »

Skateboarder Margielyn Didal wins 4th gold for Philippines

By Nelson Beltran/The Philippine Star – In a few rides, she learned to skate. And in the first staging of skateboarding at the Asian Games, Margielyn Didal wowed everybody with a golden performance. The 19-year-old Cebuana proved as good as advertised, outperforming seven rivals in a showdown in the women’s Read more »