French drug maker Sanofi is appealing the revocation of its dengue vaccine’s registration as outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease hit parts of the country, a health official said Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia in February, about a year after Sanofi admitted that the drug can cause more severe symptoms among those who have not had dengue. Last week, Sanofi sent an application

star cinima

Star Cinema’s “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is off to a huge beginning with grossed P34 million on its opening day. The film, top-billed by Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards ‘ first ever team-up, focuses on the love tale of 2 foreign Filipino employees in Hong Kong. Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and written by Carmi Raymundo, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” opened 350 cinemas nationwide on Wednesday. The film nearly broke the P35-million opening


In view of latest localized confrontations, the Department of Foreign Affairs highly recommends Filipinos in Hong Kong or those who travel to the land to prevent regions where mass demonstrations and actions are taking place. Filipinos were also recommended to put their safety first and take all needed precautions. DFA’s advisory came out on Tuesday after renewed conflicts broke out previously this week between pro-democracy demonstrators and police in Hong


Singer Aicelle Santos once again made the Philippines proud after winning 2nd position in the recent ASEAN+3 Song Contest in Vietnam on July 28. Singer and manager Carlo Orosa posted the excellent news. Timmy Pavino and Steven Bedolido also participated in the competition apart from Aicelle. Aicelle sang “Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig” for the finals. The grand award was won by Malaysian singer Rosario Ninih Chamini Bianis. Aicelle has been busy

To draw X-Men from Pinoy comic book artist Leinil Yu

As an executive at the world’s biggest classics publisher, Filipina Elda Rotor has the chance to push for Filipino writers to be included in Penguin Classics ‘ esteemed list of authors. With the 75-year history of Penguin Classics and 1,900 titles in its backlist, Rotor, who is its vice president and publisher, faces the daunting task of overseeing the publication of the world’s greatest literary works while ensuring that the


According to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the price of harm caused by the sequence of earthquakes that struck Itbayat, Batanes on Saturday exceeded P47 million. The NDRRMC stated in its recent situation report that the damage price of the two health centres hit by the earthquakes is P40 million for Itbayat District Hospital and P7 million for Itbayat Rural Health unit. The NDRRMC said the earthquakes

Philippines tourism

Despite Boracay’s 6 months closure, the Philippines Department of Tourism has reported that 2018 closed with a 7.68% increase in tourist arrivals. The 6 months long closure of tropical paradise Boracay, from May to October, seems to have little affect on the overall growth of the country’s tourism. Boracay was closed down last year for a ‘makeover’, mainly to tackle pollution after the Duterte described the island as a “cesspool.”

Idol Philippines

Filipino-American Idol star Jessica Sanchez has arrived in Manila, just in time for Idol Philippines’ finale tomorrow at the Newport Theater. Carlo Orosa, the talent manager of Jessica, shared an Instagram photo and IG stories of her arrival. Jessica, a 23-year-old Filipino-Mexican singer, finished as runner-up of the 11th season of American Idol’s back in 2011. She released her first studio album, Me, You & The Music two years later.


Jasmine Curtis-Smith is in the center of filming “Culion,” a film about three leper patients living in Culion in the 1940s. And because leprosy is a factor, the celebrity of Kapuso, along with her film co-stars Meryll Soriano and Iza Calzado, had to get facial prosthetics. Jasmine showed how hard the method was getting a mold done by sharing a video of herself. According to Jasmine, the prosthetics team decided


Five young adults with Down syndrome demonstrated that nothing was impossible because they worked as interns for an upscale bayside hotel in Pasay City. Recently, five-star Sofitel introduced a three-day internship program in collaboration with the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI), according to Shai Lagarde’s Stand for Truth report on Wednesday. Each allocated to a particular assignment, from helping out in the kitchen to greeting visitors in