Monday, October 24th 2016

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THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is working to simplify visa procedures for more foreign visitors, especially Chinese nationals, in a bid to further increase the number of tourists in the country. During a meeting with China National Tourism Agency Administration (CNTA) Chairman Li Jinzao, Teo emphasized the need to simplify...

When I Was 25


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It’s squalid and dangerous, crowded and muddy—and home to thousands of migrants desperate to reach Britain. French officials said on Friday the sprawling encampment, known as “the Jungle,” outside the port city of Calais, will be closed in the next few days and its inhabitants sent to hundreds of reception...


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MOGADISHU, Somalia—A Somali pirate said on Saturday 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid, and international mediators said it “represents the end of captivity for the last remaining seafarers taken hostage during the height of Somali piracy.” The crew...

The Broader Look


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MANY months ago, when Kiefer Ravena’s talent miserably failed to deliver the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) crown to Ateneo and Kevin Ferrer’s three-point shooting fell short in handing University Santo Tomas (UST) the crown during the Season 77 best-of-three title series, it was a lesser star—but...


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POPULAR Spanish brand (Sfera) recently showcased its Fall/Winter 2016 collection at The SM Store Makati ( Hosted by Gianinna Ocampo, the event was a great time for the brand’s fashionable guests—including (Sfera) Style Ambassadors Katt Valdez and Nicole Aguinaldo, and Spanish Chamber of Commerce’s Maita Gomez and Alvaro J....


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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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ROCKWELL Primaries Development Corp. (RPDC) is always attuned to what the market wants. RPDC now moves down under Metro Manila, where various economic and infrastructure developments take place, with the recent launch of East Bay Residences in Sucat, Muntinlupa—a soon-to-rise condominium that is close to nature amid the hustle...


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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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ALEXANDRA Cousteau, filmmaker and environmental advocate for the oceans, represents a new wave of luxury traveler heading for El Nido Resorts in Palawan, these days. Together with her husband and two children, the granddaughter of legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a recent visitor to three of the four resorts named...


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UNITED States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was looking up at a 5-feet-tall glass cylinder filled with a turbulent milky white concoction. It was suspended several feet off the ground by a scaffold wound through with tubes and wires. Surrounding him were scientists at the Grove School of Engineering at the...


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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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ANN Hernandez’s abaca carpets are not for the stingy. Their creations, all handmade and transported straight from the Philippines’s abaca capital, Albay, are sold almost twice as expensive as most of the natural floor coverings in the market, like sisal or jute. Now who would buy such luxury from a...

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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