The pursuit of happiness is best achieved on a bike’: Musings of a newbie bicycle commuter

“Isn’t it risky?” That is what most people I talk to automatically ask, when I say “I commute by bicycle to my work in Makati from Bacoor, Cavite every Monday.” Well if they mean, me getting arrested for having such a handsome face while riding a bicycle along the streets of Metro Manila, then it …

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Bamboo: The worthy alternative to rapidly disappearing wood

The search for alternatives to wood for handicraft, furniture, and construction industries is intensifying, thanks largely to the dawning realization that wood products are quickly becoming depleted as the world’s forested areas inevitably give way to human development. The remaining naturally forested areas and timber lands, at least in the Philippines, have become protected by …

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Global Pinoys are among those most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

According to a recent announcement by the Philippine National AIDS Council, every day, an average of 32 Filipinos are tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the infection that would most likely lead to full-blown Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). On the occasion of World AIDS Day this December 1, the party-list group ACTS-OFW …

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Expanding the caring

After its Philippine debut early this year, Mitsubishi’s small SUV Xpander has finally taken members of the local motoring media on its official ride-and-drive this November 23 and 24 from Manila to Subic Bay in Zambales, then onwards to Bataan province. Boasting of spacious legroom, minimal noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), and sedan-like suspension and …

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Gretchen Ho: On Vios Cup and her favorite “meatless fuel”

During the Vios Cup’s just-concluded final leg of the 5th season held September 21 and 22 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga, TessDrive.com got to sit down with TV and sports personality Gretchen Ho, who shared her experiences behind the wheel and her favorite meatless snack Quorn. The adrenaline-pumping Vios Cup has been touted …

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Want to start a plant-based Christmas feast in your home? Get great ideas from VegFest Pilipinas this November 17 and 18

“Let there be peace on every plate” is this year’s VegFest Pilipinas theme, and the 80 all-vegan merchants of the most awaited festival will prove that vegan food can be delicious, fun and exciting to eat, without the artery-blocking cholesterol and all the violence that comes with eating meat. “This 2-day festival is filled with …

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Philippine centenarians get P100,000 incentive; double if you live in this city

Since the passage of the Centenarians Act in 2016, the Philippine government (via the Department of Social Welfare and Development) has awarded a total of P468.8 million in cash to 4,688 Filipinos who turned 100 years old–a one-time, tax-free payout of P100,000 per centenarian. For 2019, the government will set aside another P109 million for …

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Once more, La Salle students bag environmental innovation competition

For the second straight year, a team from De La Salle University-Manila has bagged Schneider Electric’s Go Green in the City country finals. This team then represented the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific regional finals held in the last week of August. Don Emmanuel Santamaria and Fae Nicole Serrano, Team Green Goldies from DLSU-Manila, won for …

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Forest trees are becoming endangered, too; here’s what our scientists are doing to help

LUCBAN, Quezon – To meet the high demand for quality planting materials of the wood-based industry, ensuring the supply of our forest tree resources is a must. To achieve this, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) funded a project in support …

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In Nueva Vizcaya, the smiles are ‘sour’ because the citrus grows better

A visit to the citrus plantation in Malabing Valley in Nueva Vizcaya last September 13 and 14 has provided some valuable information. The visit was part of the activities on the conduct of the Cagayan Valley Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development’s (CVAARRD) Farms and Industry Encounters through the S&T Agenda (FIESTA) on Citrus. …

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