Marinduque, one of the islands to be visited by PHINSAF

The Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Foundation has released the Notice of Race for the 15th Philippine Hobie Challenge, set for March 14-22, 2015. The route as specified in the NOR, will begin in Laiya, Batangas, and move on to Marinduque, Verde Island, Puerto Galera, Ambil Island, and end in Nasugbu, Batangas. Hobie 16 sailors from all over the world are expected to participate in the annual staging of the Challenge, a unique race that combines long distance sailing, inshore races, the ultimate island hopping experience, and a humanitarian mission through an…

Earthquake swarm shakes C. Mindanao

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded a “swarm” of at least 15 earthquakes in Central Mindanao on Saturday with the strongest, felt at magnitude 5, damaging 54 houses and a church in North Cotabato. The strongest quake struck at 12:26 p.m. and its epicenter was located 14 kilometers south of Kidapawan City in North Cotabato at a depth of 11 kilometers, Philvolcs said. It was part of a swarm of earthquakes that began at 5:59 a.m. with a 4.4-magnitude tremor followed by nine other quakes, but the only…

Legion of Marinduque Morion shines in Sikat Pinoy

Various Filipino artists from different disciplines will be exhibited in the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Bureau of Domestic Trade fair for micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Dubbed as Sikat Pinoy National Art fair, the event aims to promote art entrepreneurship and support the creative industries in the country. Nemi R. Miranda Jr., painter and sculptor of Rizal Lakeshore Artist Association, sees this as an opportunity for more artists in the region to be exposed and recognized by a larger audience and by major galleries. Based in Angono,…

Passengers, families stranded in southern luzon

MANILA, Philippines – Southern Luzon was not spared from the heavy rains brought about by Topical Storm Mario (international name: Fung-Wong) on Friday, September 19. As of posting, rains continued to batter provinces in the regions of Calabarzon and Mimaropa, causing trip cancellations and high floodwaters, stranding families and passengers. In Rizal, one of the provinces on alert level 3, water is above head. About 20 families from North Libis, Barangay Banaba, are waiting for help from the San Mateo municipal government to be rescued, according to the Philippine Information…

Poe backs inclusive mining industry

Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday asked mining companies to foster more transparency and openness in the industry to address the public’s negative perception on mining. Poe, speaking before the Mining Philippines Conference and Exhibition at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City, said “people’s perception of mining is colored through the prism of post-colonialism rhetoric, environmental disasters and a lack of transparency in the mining industry.” “I know that the Philippine mining industry has been diligently conducting disaster relief operations across the country. Yet, the image of the once-pristine and…