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By Ferdinand G. Patinio / Philippines News Agency WITH less than two weeks before the June 8 deadline, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reminded candidates in the May 9 polls to file their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce). Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, head of the Comelec Campaign Finance Office,...

When I Was 25


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By Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times/TNS PYONGYANG, North Korea—Soaring more than 50 stories, the new blue-and-white skyscraper at the top of Future Science Street cuts a Jetsons-like form. Its tower is crowned with a golden planet, and its sleek tiers of stacked oblong shapes call to mind a cartoon spaceport,...


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ISE-SHIMA—Vietnam is hoping Group-of-Seven (G-7) countries and multilateral organizations will continue to assist the country and other Mekong nations in managing and protecting water resources, and improving their capacity to adapt to climate change, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuân Phúc said. The Vietnamese leader made the call while addressing the first...



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SAN BEDA COLLEGE (SBC) got two huge scoring spurts, first from William Navarro and then from Javee Mocon to blow a close game wide open for a 84-70 win against nemesis Letran on Sunday in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. Navarro, the Filipino-Greek...


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Indeed, motherhood has tamed Marian Rivera. “Baby Zia has become the center of my world,” gushed Marian, adding, “I have mellowed so much as a person and my priorities in life have certainly changed now that I am a mother and a homemaker.” Baby Zia, or Maria Letizia, is now 6...


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Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino JUST like the name derivation, the Volkswagen Touareg also conveys that nomadic-like character to surpass anyone’s expectation from a luxury sport-utility vehicle (SUV). Sharing the same platform with the Porsche Cayenne and the stretched Audi Q7, it may very well possess the elements of...


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THE financial crisis in 1997 and 1998 brought down many companies, among them property developers. Some of those that survive then became busy keeping themselves afloat. Many of these firms, some noted for developing mass housing, decided to go up a notch to serve the higher class of the market, leaving...


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By Angelica Faye Tolosa THERE are printers and there’s the HP Deskjet GT 5280, which can print remotely using a smart device. And not all printers can print directly from a mobile phone. I tried using my friend’s iPhone 5, and I was surprised how quickly the Deskjet GT 5280...

Envoys & Expats

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TO me, it was basically the French version of Before Sunrise.  It was just that Un + Une was literally and figuratively more sensual and sexy. During the middle of last week, I attended the screening of the 2015 movie directed by Claude Lelouch and starring Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein, Alice...

Executive Views

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By Roger Pe | Special to the BusinessMirror Imagine a billboard on Edsa. It may seem harmless, but on closer look, you see a different version of what was originally approved for display. In the aftermath, the netizens start bashing it. The trigger-happy kind join the fray and all-knowing people...


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WITH the government’s continued investment in basic education, the Department of Education (DepEd) vowed to strengthen reforms to ensure a safer and learner-centered education for Filipino children. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said DepEd has sustained the foundations of reforms by empowering not only the learners but also DepEd teachers and...

Our Time

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By Ayako Mie | Japan Times, Tokyo (TNS) JAPANESE and South Korean officials on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to setting up a ¥1-billion fund to assist former “comfort women.” The girls and young women forced to work in wartime Imperial military brothels are now elderly and in dwindling numbers. Kimihiro Ishikane,...


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PILGRIMS to the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy churches in the Archdiocese of Manila have reached at least 100,000, as indicated by the number of “passports” that were issued since the pilgrimage in the archdiocese started on Ash Wednesday, February 10. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has launched the...


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Story & photos by Stephanie Tumampos & Almond Carlo Gamil / Special to the BusinessMirror FREEDIVING is a growing leisure sport for many people around the world. In the Philippines it is common for fishermen and sea gypsies to go freediving for food. It naturally runs in the blood as, geographically, the...


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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica—As the Global South works to overcome a history of weak institutions, armed conflict and poverty-driven forced exodus, which are key causes of its humanitarian crises, developing countries now have to also fight to keep global warming from compounding their problems. “Disaster risk reduction and climate-change adaption...


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HIROSHIMA, Japan—Ikuko Murai remembers when the American Jeeps would come after school to take her and other young survivors to a lab at the top of a hill. This was the 1950s, just a few years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “They examined my head and measured my height,”...


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PRESIDENT-ELECT Rodrigo R. Duterte is assuming office amid high expectations from his many supporters, with the detractors continuing to doubt that he will deliver.  He would, therefore, be well advised to start with drastic doable announcements, with the purpose of getting national support for his administration. To begin with,...


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Most industrialized countries—the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, most of European nations and even some parts of Africa—experience four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. Among the four seasons, I really like spring; it follows winter and precedes summer.  It is the time of the year when flowers...


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From an initial 25 branches, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) now has 53 branches in its network to better serve Filipinos around the country. When I and my fellow directors were appointed to serve at the PCSO at the start of the Aquino administration in mid-2010, we found out...
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