You often hear about the dangers of social media, including: narcissism, wasted time, envy of the lives of others, lack of integrity or the temptation to restart unhealthy relationships. Of course, these are all concerns, and you need to consider them in terms of what role social media has in your life. But I don’t [...]
A district judge in Oklahoma who sentenced a 17-year-old boy to 10 years of church attendance is standing by his sentence as the right thing to do — even if it may not have been the constitutional thing to do. Judge Mike Norman gave Tyler Alred a 10-year deferred sentence for DUI manslaughter. Alred was [...]
Pope Benedict XVI canonized the Philippines’ second saint on Sunday, giving one of the church’s top honors to the 17th century teen martyr Pedro Calungsod before throngs of Filipinos in St. Peter’s Square. Cheers went up in the crowd when Benedict declared Calungsod a saint and worthy of veneration by the entire Catholic Church. In [...]
Calling on the laity to increase efforts to revive the faith, Catholic priest Fr. Catalino Arevalo cited a 2000 study that said the Philippines would no longer be a Catholic country in 40 years at the rate the Church was losing members. Speaking at a symposium on lay spirituality at the University of Sto. Tomas [...]
Despite having minimal buying power, young people, as it turns out, are one of the most effective advocates for green technologies. “Change can only happen if we are able to generate a collective concern over the issues we face today. The youth of today can inspire people to be a part of the solution, rather [...]
15-year-old Asenad Bago, an Ata-Manobo, has made his school his home. This is because Asenad’s sub-village (sitio) is three hours away by foot from the Salugpungan Ta ‘Tanu Igkanugon (Unity in Defense of Ancestral Land) Community Learning Center, located in Sitio Dulyan, Palma Gil Village. He asked his teachers if he could stay with the school [...]
As senators continue to deliberate whether to pass or not the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, a group of experts urged legislators to consider the stake of the youth in the debate. In a roundtable discussion among experts from the fields of education, adolescent health, law, demography and social sciences on August 29, they stressed [...]
Young people across Southeast Asia, including those in the Philippines, may find it harder to get jobs in the years to come. In a paper titled Global Employment Outlook: Bleak Labour Market Prospects for Youth, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said this will be due to spillovers from the euro crisis that could spread to [...]
Communist rebels have said they will target organizations and individuals, including their own ranks, who violate the rights and welfare of children.
A human rights organization stressed the need to have more specialists to assess young sexual offenders to provide them intervention as they get more vulnerable to the causes of deviant sexual behavior.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved on Tuesday a $350-million loan to help the Philippines in policy reforms aimed at developing skills among out-of-school youth.
A ruling Liberal Party congressman who claims to be a devotee of the Black Nazarene, a life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, has criticized opposition lawmaker Raymond Palatino for proposing a law that would ban religious symbols and ceremonies in government offices.