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Thursday, September 1st 2016

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The Duterte administration supports proposals to create a housing department to fast-track the implementation of programs aimed at wiping out the housing backlog, according to the country’s economic planners. In a budget hearing at the Senate on Wednesday, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said the Cabinet has already decided to...

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TOKYO—Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high ¥5.17-trillion ($51-billion) budget for the 2017 fiscal year to bolster missile-defense capability amid an escalating North Korean threat and to better protect disputed islands also claimed by China in the East China Sea. If approved by parliament, the budget request submitted on Wednesday...


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THOROUGHFARE operator Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) has set a P1.14-billion capital to undertake massive expansion of lanes in major toll plazas at the North Luzon Expressway (Nlex) and the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (Sctex). This spending program, MNTC President Rodrigo E. Franco said, will result in a “dramatic positive...



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A LOT is expected of University of Santo Tomas (UST) as it hosts the 79th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). After all, the Growling Tigers are coming off a runner-up finish in Season 78 behind Far Eastern University (FEU), something that was unexpected. But after hiring...


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IT is the start of September, and not a few kids are just starting their school year. And, of course, homework. How does your child see homework? I see some kids dread it, while others enjoy it. How about you, as a parent? How do you view your child’s homework...


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Story & photos by Patrick Tulfo SOME interesting facts about Peugeot that you may not have known, the company began its life manufacturing bicycles before eventually venturing into automotive production. Today Peugeot is the second-largest car manufacturer in Europe after Volkswagen, which holds the distinction for now. In his opening remarks before...


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IN the past, the city of Lapu-Lapu was known as the place where local chieftain—the city’s namesake, Lapu-Lapu—defeated and killed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, putting on hold Spain’s ambition to colonize the Philippine islands for another 40 or so years. Today, the city is known for quite different reasons. Although...


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THIS young Siberian loves the heat. Dmitri Borisenko, head of public relations of Home Credit Philippines Inc., admits, however, the transition from being assigned to the Philippines from Russia was not a walk in the park. Nevertheless, he notes  the multicultural environment in Home Credit made it easier for him...

Envoys & Expats

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TAIWANESE Cheryl Yee was an accomplished and highly regarded television news personality in her country for more than 21 years and, yet, all throughout, she has always believed there was something missing in her life. Her journey toward finding fulfillment started when she was a child growing up in Taiwan....

Executive Views

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RESORTS World Manila (RWM) Chief Operat­ing Officer Stephen Reilly has been behind the reins of the country’s first integrated resort since opening its doors in 2009. Ever since, RWM has been the leading purveyor of thrills, pro­viding Filipinos with a taste of world-class enter­tainment, accommodations and gaming, the likes...


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MULTINATIONAL professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) officially launched last week its pioneering competition on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for Filipino college and university students aimed at bridging the gap between academe and the practical application of business consolidations. PwC Philippines Managing Partner for Deals and Corporate Jade Divinagracia said it...

Our Time

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By Tam Natividad IN a posh village in Dasmariñas, Makati City, there resided Viola (a pseudonym), an 83-year-old single woman, who had spent the last few years of her life in her upscale mansion, alternating trips to the hospital with days spent in her room watching television and going about...


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By Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS | ONE holy person I’d touched while alive etched such a deep and lasting impression on me: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta who is going to be canonized on September 4. Let me tell you why. I met this saint-to-be, when she was simply “Mother Teresa,” on...


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MORE and more people are now into fishing—in the city, that is, wherein bodies of water are notoriously dirty and contaminated with toxic pollutants. “I come here during weekends. I like to go fishing a lot,” said 47-year-old Richard Desierre of Malibay, Pasay. “Others come here on weekends.” Desierre, a welding...


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BAGUIO CITY—It was 1992. The Balatoc Mines in Itogon, Benguet, had closed and gold miners were out of work. On the other side of the mountain, Toby Tamayo, a known environmentalist, already had then a long-running love affair with bees and a gold mine of his own—the mountain sunflowers. From...


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HOMEGROWN innovators recently pitched innovative products to prospective investors, even as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) gave the biggest push for this convergence. Dubbed “Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Demo Day,” the event was held recently at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City by the Royal...


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PUBLIC relations (PR) can be a powerful force for good. And for companies, one of the salutary ways they can put PR to good use is for them to promote the development of the arts. Palanca Awards for Literature AMONG the most successful of these arts-promotion initiatives is the Carlos Palanca...


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By Marky Ramone Go THE backpacking culture in the Philippines has grown significantly in the last few years. Coinciding with this development is the emergence of many travel bloggers who have peppered the social media with inspiring travel narratives and images of picturesque destinations. In this sub-culture of modern day travelers one...

Health & Fitness

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OSTEOPOROSIS – which comes from the two Greek words, ostoun meaning “bone” and poros meaning “pore” – is a silent killer.  Unknowingly, many people do not know they have osteoporosis until they have a fracture, sometimes due to just a slight fall. “One out of every three Filipino women, as well as one in five Pinoy men, is...

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