Wednesday, October 26th 2016

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Finance Secretary  Carlos G. Dominguez III brushed off concerns about a sliding currency and weakening investor sentiment, pledging the government will take rational action on the economy. The peso’s 2.4-percent decline against the dollar this year—the worst performance among Asian currencies after the yuan—doesn’t worry authorities as much as an...

When I Was 25


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DORAL, Florida—Suddenly armed with fresh political ammunition, Donald Trump and anxious Republicans across the nation seized on spiking health-care costs on Tuesday in a final-days effort to spark election momentum. The Republican presidential nominee, trekking across must-win Florida, insisted “Obamacare is just blowing up” after the government projected sharp cost...


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Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEVI) said its net income grew 44 percent during the first three quarters of the year ending September to P17.1 billion, from P11.9 billion last year, as the recovery of its power unit lifted the company. Power accounted for 63 percent of its business, followed by...

The Broader Look


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DE LA SALLE and Ben Mbala put up another dominating performance to move closer to an elimiantions sweep for an automatic Finals seat in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Wednesday. The Green Archers rode Mbala’s broad shoulders once more and coasted to...


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THE problem with train rides is that you just can’t stop them anywhere when you want to. It’s the same thing is with the film The Girl on the Train. There is an even greater problem, an internal one: the girl on the train always makes you feel she...


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Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo THE high-end luxury sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment is occupied by only a handful of players, mostly German marques, such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche and Range Rover from Britain. With the remarkable growth in the demand and sales of SUVs worldwide, it was only...


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TODAY’S most admired companies in the world are known for enabling employees to merge passion for their careers with leisure and entertainment. Name any of the famous companies where people dream of working. Chances are, they are all famous for productivity and creativity—getting real results—even as (or precisely because,...


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By Christine Clarridge | The Seattle Times/TNS SEATTLE—This Halloween, sexy is out and slugs are in. Pokémon trumps politics, and gory is sought by kids and older adults with millennials looking for Instagram-worthy beauty, according to novelty shops, costume emporiums and thrift stores. “People are looking for silly or gory instead...

Envoys & Expats

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RETIRED Philippine Ambassador Alberto A. Encomienda believes the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) must focus on its task of implementing the country’s foreign policy and regaining its stature as one of the government’s leading agencies. Encomienda, who has served as the Philippine top diplomat in Greece, Malaysia and Singapore, said he...

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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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is asking the Department of Budget and Management to restore the P12 billion removed from its proposed budget in 2017. This was urged by the CHED as they expressed dismay over the decision of the House of Representatives to reduce their 2017 proposed budget...

Our Time

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MORE than 11,000 people nationwide joined the kick-off activities in celebration of Elderly Filipino Week spearheaded by SM Foundation and the SM Cares Program on Senior Citizens Affairs on October 3. The nationwide simultaneous 1-kilometer walk billed as “Walk for Life” started at 5 a.m. in 16 key venues all...


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MILAN—The Milan city council bestowed honorary citizenship on the Dalai Lama on Thursday over the objections of the Chinese Embassy, which said the gesture would have a negative impact on bilateral relations and regional cooperation. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate accepted the honor inside a theater at the University...


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THE pangolin, known as anteater, has recently been included on the list of animals that are threatened with extinction under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  CITES’s Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among its listed animals...


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AGRICULTURE is on the hot seat due to climate change, even as the agricultural development agenda undergo a major shift because of the significant reduction in food production and global food insecurity. Agricultural scientists, economic experts, academics and civilized societies agree that “a dramatic increase in efforts and investment is...


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Not all parasites are harmful. Species of the thorny-headed worm, or acanthocephala (Acanthogyrus species), can infect fishes but they bring more good than harm—on humans. This was found in a recent study by the Institute of Biological Sciences of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on thorny-head worms—fish-parasites...


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PUBLIC relations is a form of classic business storytelling. As PR professional Robbie Vorhaus said, “It is pure nonfiction. It is truth told in the precise same context as any other story form as movies, advertising and journalism.” Storytelling is essentially having a point of view or a central idea...


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‘OH, deer,” I muttered to myself as I sensed how these lovely creatures seem to almost outnumber us two-legged humans, who are all trying to corner them into taking selfies in the park that day. An estimated 1,200 sika deer romp the grounds of Nara Park every day in paramount...

Health & Fitness

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THOSE who love to eat meat, will you please raise your right hands! These days, more and more Filipinos are eating meats (beef, pork, chicken and fish).  But it is not only in the Philippines that meats are getting popular but in other developing countries, too. “Meat consumption in developing...

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