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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Duterte wants land-use law, strict mining rules

President Duterte, in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, vowed to prioritize the passage of a national land-use policy and the...

President reaps praise for clearer mining tack

Local economists supported President Duterte’s statements on mining and his stand against the export of raw mineral ores from the Philippines. The President, in his...

America First no more as IMF sees US fading as growth engine

The world is leaning less on its biggest economy to sustain the global recovery, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The fund left its...

Trump asserts he has ‘complete power’ to pardon

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump said last Saturday that he has “complete power” to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian interference...

Chris Froome wins 4th Tour de France title

PARIS—After the champagne bubbles fade and Chris Froome drifts away from his Sunday night celebrations to reflect on a fourth Tour de France win, he may do so...

Katie Ledecky wins two golds to open world championships

BUDAPEST, Hungary—Katie Ledecky is off to a golden start at the world championships. Make it a double. The 20-year-old American star began an audacious week by...

Bersola’s Week

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PHL sugar output hits 2.485 MMT

The country’s raw sugar output in the current crop year has already reached 2.485 million metric tons (MMT), 11.03 percent higher than the 2.238...

Megaworld to launch seventh residential tower in Iloilo Park

MEGAWORLD Corp. on Monday said it is launching its seventh residential tower in Iloilo Business Park after the success of its residential development launched...
CREATIVE new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art. “Designs are now not only a source of light, but a distinctive feature of an interior design,” New York architect West Chin says. Chin recently...
AMSTERDAM—In 2010 Latif Mukasa, an artist and gay-rights activist from Uganda, was forced into hiding after his name and photograph were printed in a newspaper’s list of  “Uganda’s 100 Top Homos” with the words “Hang Them”. When the police issued a warrant for his arrest, he escaped. He managed to...
LOS ANGELES—It’s victory for Dunkirk and Girls Trip at the box office this weekend. Both original and well-reviewed films smashed expectations and enticed diverse audiences to the theaters, even though cumulatively summer remains down from last year. Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic brought in an estimated $50.5 million to...

Sons and Fathers

Are you ready for your morning stroll, Mr. T? In a minute, he bristled unable to get his arm into his heavy cardigan. It’s not that cold, you know, the Filipina caregiver reminded the harrumphing octogenarian. He was in the process of making a 180-degree turn, trying to fix the...

Independence Day

William found it a great struggle to put on the necktie, not that he didn’t know how.  He gazed at himself in the polished mirror, and frowned at what he saw, an Asian face wearing strange clothes. And yet, today, June 11, 2312 was a very special day, for...

Rural banks march on amid mergers, strict rules and technology progress

MORE than half of rural banks are gone. But Antonio O. Pasia of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) sees a half-filled glass. The disappearance of some rural banks (RBs) is taken also as a precaution as the Central Bank has urged them...

BM Reports

Terror groups in PHL: Removing the masks

Part Two IF the terrorists grew and became strong in Mindanao, to the point that they could now directly challenge the military, as it is now in the case of the Maute-ISIS Group, blame no one but the government because of its complacency and, may...

Envoys & Expats

Motoring

New Bosch country head

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino THE leading global supplier of technology and services ended its 2016 fiscal year with an impressive consolidated sales of $56 million (€51 million) in the country alone. Bosch achieved an equivalent of 13-percent growth compared to the previous year. ...

Another look at new excise vehicle tax

STILL a favorite clubhouse talk these days is the proposed increase in excise tax for vehicles. Once passed into law by both the lower and upper chambers, House Bill (HB) 5636 will jack up vehicle prices in the next two years. Already, the bill has...

CTEK launches latest models 

Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo DID you know that Jay Leno is not only known as the host of the popular TV program that also bears his name before? He is also a well-known car collector, with at least 130 cars and 93 bikes...

Property

Megaworld brings more smiles to Bacolod

BACOLOD, which is the capital city of the province of Negros Occidental, bears the nickname “The City of Smiles”. It is also known as the “Land of Sweet People” because of its culinary heritage, which boasts of such gastronomic delights. It’s no surprise that Bacoleños...

Agri-tainment real estate, something new from Mindanao

RECENTLY, I had a chat with Damosa Land Vice President Ricardo F. Lagdameo, a former investment banker and scion of the Floirendo and Lagdameo families. In my many interviews with real-estate leaders, this is the first time a high-level player mentioned agriculture at least 10...

A road map in rebuilding Marawi City

JUST like the legendary phoenix, Marawi City will rise from the ashes. From the ruins, it is a great chance for the government to develop Marawi into a modern, resilient, sustainable and world-class city. In a recent interview with the BusinessMirror, urban planner and architect...

Millennials

Story and photos by Rosabel Toledo ON nonpeak months when buses to and from Baguio aren’t even half-filled with excited tourists, the city falls into a sleepy lull: Rates for transient homes drop, the queue for a combo meal at Good Taste clears up, and one can walk Mines View Park...

Health & Fitness