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From child star to mentor

Camille Pratts has come a long way from being a child actress and now, one of the country's bankable adult thespians.
At present, she plays the role of Jillian Ward's mother in GMA Network's teleserye "Luna Blanca."
Since the early part of the TV soap involves a lot of children (because the story starts with Luna and Blanca as kids), Pratts observed that her life as a child actress and that of the young ones now are the same.

"It's basically the same. Ganoon din ako noong maliit. I started their age so I can easily relate to them. I know how to put them in a good mood again," she told The News Today during last Saturday's promo tour of Luna Blanca in SM City Iloilo.
"To put Jillian in a good mood, we play with the iPod. If I have new apps, I show it to her because she likes to play with things. She's very curious and adventurous. Kailangan may bago siyang kinakalikot," Pratts said.
Mona Louise Rey, on the other hand is "timid…

Living in the moment

A happy experience in the past, if recalled, creates a feeling of lightness and can bring a person to smile. A painful experience, on the other hand, awakens feelings of hurt and hate.
When one desires and worries about gaining something in the future, it makes him or her anxious.
We were born and were brought up to have desires. For example, while we were kids, adults would tell us, “Study well so that you’ll have a bright future and can buy all the things that you want.”
This is normal. What becomes disturbing is when we become anxious on whether or not those desires will be met. That’s where the conflict in relationships happen – snapping at a loved one because plans didn’t go well, failure to lend a hand to a brother or sister in need because one is too busy reaching for his or her own dreams and most of all, the lack of peace in oneself.
All these stem from one thing – the lack of focus on the beauty of the moment, of what one has at present. That you’re “here now”, but you’d rat…

Jay Taruc brings reality closer to people

For a journalist to tell a story effectively, he/she has to at least take part in the reality that he/she is trying to convey.




Jay Taruc, one of the hosts of I-Witness, a late-night documentary program of GMA Network, reveals what it’s like to be immersed in stories that he has made. May it be eating re-cooked food taken from restaurants’ leftovers, sharing a room with burn patients who writhe in pain, or spending days with prisoners.

Q: What’s the hardest documentary that you have made?
A: That would be “Lapnos”. At the Davao Medical Center’s burn unit, there are children screaming in pain as every day, doctors and nurses wash their wounds, apply medication and put on clean gauze. I, the cameraman and the director had to stay in the room for three days in order to document the process and to interview people. So, it was very emotional. 

Difficult. Nanlalambot kami. I have an eight-year-old son and I saw a child there who’s as big as my child. I could just imagine the parents’ suffer…

Legend of the miraculous cross

Four hundred years ago, villagers unearthed a wooden cross in Brgy. Sta Cruz, district of Arevalo, believing that Spanish missionaries left it when villagers attacked them for whatever reason we do not know.
They noticed that the cross grew bigger every day and sap continued to come out of it.
Since the villagers believed the cross is miraculous, it has become the centrepiece in their yearly Santacruzan, a must-watch pomp celebration every May.


This can be explained by another legend, according to the book “Mga Ginto ng Iloilo”.
Old folks narrated that when the village held a procession without a Reyna Elena or Constantine, the cross fell down even it was firmly nailed on its carriage.
The cross stood firmly when the presentation became complete the next day.
At one time when the celebration had no king and princesses, a fire took place in houses where the procession passed.
At another time when the village decided to cancel the celebration, thunder and lightning hit the area.
Men and…

Arevalo’s handwoven products

In the 1950’s, the womenfolk of Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Arevalo made woven Jusi, a material extracted from silkworm cocoons. 
One of these women was Maura Junsay Arenal. She and the others enjoyed a lucrative craft because Jusi Barong Tagalogs and Filipiniana dresses which were  woven from  silk thread imported from China, were in demand in the then Queen City of the South and the textile center of the Philippines – Iloilo City.
They also exported handwoven cloths to other cities and countries.
In the 1960’s, President Carlos Garcia wanted Filipinos to support their local products, so his All Filipino Policy caused a stop to the importation of silk threads from China.
But Filipinos are an innovative lot. By using locally produced mercerized cotton thread, Maura’s sister, Ramona Arenal-Larida, was inspired to make “Hablon”.
However, the industry suffered as a result of capitalists supplying low-quality mercerized cotton. The finished product shrank and the colors bled, giving “Hablon” a bad r…

Do you want to be self-employed?

The time has come when ordinary people can easily start a business because of the presence of financial assistance provided by several government agencies.
One of them is the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program of the government. It is a livelihood and capability building program that enhances the skills of poor families so they could establish and manage sustainable credit organizations in order for them to start a business.
In the municipality of Oton, the Lambuyao SEA-K was established on Aug. 19, 2001 with 25 members.

Lambuyao is an agricultural village which is three kilometers away from the Poblacion.
Most of its residents are farm labourers, vendors of fish or vegetables, embroiderers, dressmakers and owners of sari-sari stores.
The Lambuyao SKA was established through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office in order to improve the villagers’ economic situation.
“The role of the MSWD was to provide capital and training channelled through the associa…