I-Witness: 20 years of life-changing documentaries

Atom Araullo, Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Howie Severino

I-Witness premiered on Philippine television at the turn of the millennium. It was a time of uncertainty in a changing world, and GMA News and Public Affairs saw the need to tell stories of truth through the documentary format. Twenty years since, I-Witness has become one of the leading TV documentary programs in the country, with over 1,000 life-changing stories that have pursued the truth about Filipino values, culture, current events, and the human condition.

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‘Astronomical’

Imee Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte

Pinagdiskitahan kamakailan ni Imee Marcos, bagong senadora at anak ng yumaong diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos, ang mga convenience store dahil sa aniya’y “astronomical” na presyo ng mga paninda sa mga ito.

Dapat daw imonitor ng Department of Trade and Industry ang mga tindahang ito na bukas 24 oras, ayon pa kay Marcos.

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Just Add 8

PLDT phone

Starting October 6, 2019, all landline numbers with area code 02 will become 8 digits.

In compliance with the directive of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in its memorandum no. 10-10-2017, all telecom providers in the Greater Metro Manila area will migrate all existing 7-digit landline numbers to 8-digit telephone numbers.

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Buhay-pasahero

Kapit lang, Kuya!

Habang isinusulat ito, masakit ang kaliwang balikat ko. Gaya nang dati, nakipagsapalaran na naman kasi ako sa MRT kaninang umaga. Mga tatlong tren muna ang dumaan bago ko naipagsiksikan ang sarili ko sa punong-punong bagon. Sumabit sa katawan ng ibang tao ang maliit na bag may lamang payong at powerbank at nahila nito nang todo ang balikat ko.

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Church people stand with Mary Jane: Let her testify!

Let Mary Jane Testify

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  (Isaiah 43:19)

In the weeks before the scheduled execution of Mary Jane Veloso in April of 2015, Church people came to understand that a poor Filipina mother of two small boys had been duped into unknowingly carrying a suitcase lined with heroin. As the data unfolded, many were flabbergasted at all of the unfortunate twists, complicated with both major and minor injustices and indifference. Mary Jane Veloso’s experiences reveal that she — like many hopeful migrant workers — was made vulnerable to being trafficked, due to joblessness and inadequate opportunities to provide for her children.

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Onitsuka Tiger partners with Will Smith

Will Smith for Onitsuka Tiger

In celebration of its 70th anniversary, Japanese brand Onitsuka Tiger has released a video featuring American actor and rapper Will Smith as its collaboration partner.

In the 44-second collaboration video, Smith wears a tracksuit in Onitsuka Tiger’s signature yellow and MEXICO 66™ SD sneakers, which Onitsuka Tiger says “have been very well received for their comfortable fit since their release.”

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Pasumpa-sumpa ka pa

Duterte swearing in

Katanghalian noong Hunyo 30, 2016 nang manumpa nang ganito ang kasalukuyang pangulo:

“I, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. So help me God.”

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Ang nagpanalo sa bagong Senado

Head researcher ako dati ng mga palabas na kumilala at kumilatis sa mga tumatakbong pangulo at pangalawang pangulo ng Pilipinas sa halalan noong 2004. Sinaliksik namin ang personal, educational, at professional background — pati mga kontrobersiyang kinasangkutan — ng mga kandidato. ‘Yan ay para matulungan ang mga botante na piliin ang pinakakarapat-dapat.

Pero kahit ilang candidate profiles at election debate shows ang gawin ng media, tila iilang bagay pa rin ang nagtatakda kung sino-sino ang mga mananalo. Muli itong namalas sa nakalipas na eleksiyon para sa mga senador.

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