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(UPDATED) From a Mindanao-inspired menu to the President reusing one of his old barongs, here's what to expect on SONA day on July 24
While the couple prefers to reuse outfits worn in previous events for Duterte's second SONA, Davao-based designers offer Marawi-inspired options
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte practices for his second State of the Nation Address 4 days before the big day
Around 20,000 workers are also pending for regularization, the labor department says
Repairs are underway at the Batasang Pambansa, where President Rodrigo Duterte will be delivering his speech on July 24
'It’s time to resist in a time of corruption and extrajudicial killings. There is a need to break the apathy...of the youth,' says rally leader at St Scholastica's College
From the perspective of the people, what is the story of the nation? Tell us through images.
(UPDATED) Former presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have all confirmed their attendance to the event
Protesters will also be allowed to stage demonstrations closer to the Batasang Pambansa
President Rodrigo Duterte commits to push for the legislation that will complete the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Classes in all levels, public and private, will be suspended in Quezon City on SONA day, July 24
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirms that Mendoza, who directed last year's SONA, will be back this year
'Ang magsabi sa akin na hindi na critical ang armed forces at ang pulis. I do not have an independent study of how things are on the ground,' Duterte says
They came to protest, preach, and to celebrate diversity and unity
Local governments are 'encouraged' to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
(UPDATED) Five previous rounds of UN-backed negotiations fail to yield concrete results and hopes for a major breakthrough remain dim
The writer, labor activist, Aglipayan church founder, and politician from Vigan, Ilocos Sur, started the tradition of honoring the workers every May 1
The social network admits that governments have used its services to mount 'information operations' to achieve certain political outcomes
The children's choir from Mandaue, Cebu will perform at different venues in San Francisco
Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman and Founder of Jollibee, is a true “Bossing” not because he knows how to succeed – but because he knows how to dream big
Last November 23, PLDT SME Nation recognized 8 outstanding Filipino entrepreneurs for their achievements in driving their businesses towards inclusive growth. See the highlights here
(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo is given the Tanglaw award – last given to an awardee in 1995 – for 'championing women's rights' and 'empowering the marginalized'
Named The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service for 2016 are 8 achievers in the fields of social development, sports, media, arts, government service, social enterprise, education, and ICT
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she still has to 'clarify things' and 'get more clarity on what the President wants'
The nominations are open until November 9
The Sexy Chef, Sky Eye Inc., Holy Carabao, and Pedro Brewcrafters emerged as winners after getting top marks from the panel of judges and most votes from the public
Catch the winners' announcement live as we stream the awards night from Conrad Manila on Friday, September 9
Members of the UN Security Council agree to 'continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures'
Think big and approach each challenge as an opportunity
'The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service Award is a prestigious recognition given triennially to women who, aside from having excelled in their respective disciplines, have also contributed to the advancement of our country'
'Realistically, [Duterte] wants it. I don't know if he will push [for] it right away, but we might as well do the groundwork,' says Commission on Higher Education chair Patricia Licuanan
The Department of Education's proposed budget for 2017 is P571 billion, and Secretary Leonor Briones says they plan to ensure the swift flow of funds
'You can't talk peace if there's rape going on and social injustice happening,' says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez
'What we need is a better path for the socio-civic involvement of the youth, a path that is congruent to the challenges of the changing times'
Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty, and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility
'No real gain is made when the law is sacrificed. It is precisely because trafficking in drugs offends the law that there is legitimacy in the full application of the State’s reserve of force against those who engage in it with impunity.'
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman opposes the death penalty, lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility, and the shift to federalism
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says the market demand should dictate which farming method farmers in different areas can use
Advocates of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation suggest immediate actions the Duterte administration can undertake in its first 100 days to build more resilient communities
'There will be no let up in this campaign. Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be,' the President tells police, barangay captains, and local chief executives
What do advocates have to say about President Rodrigo Duterte's statements on different environmental issues during his first State of the Nation Address?
Of priests and human rights groups, President Rodrigo Duterte says in his first State of the Nation Address: 'Hindi nakakapigil 'yan ng kamatayan'
'Siyempre nagulat ako. I shook his hand. He didn’t say anything he just looked at me straight in the eye, with a little smile and I could only say 'Hi Sir,'' says Senator Leila De Lima
(UPDATED) Social media users, including Carlos Celdran and Hotdog's Dennis Garcia, react to the camera angles at President Duterte's first State of the Nation Address?
Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past, including measures pushing for freedom of information, ending political dynasties, and increasing the pension for SSS members
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon hopes President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks will send a signal to law enforcers to follow due process
Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address
Compared to appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte's predecessor, the new Cabinet secretaries won't find it hard to jump right into work, analysts say