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‘Weaker peso boosts BPOs’ competitiveness’

The weakening of the peso will allow the Philippines’s business-process outsourcing (BPO) sector to be more competitive in terms of cost, but industry executives...

Tourism stakeholders urge Montano to resign

By Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo / Special to the BusinessMirror TOURISM-Industry stakeholders are calling for the resignation of actor Cesar Montano as COO of the Tourism...

Deadly rampage in heart of London

LONDON—A knife-wielding assailant driving a sport-utility (SUV) vehicle mowed down panicked pedestrians and stabbed a police officer outside Parliament on Wednesday in a deadly...

US tells allies: Do more amid new offensive vs IS 

WASHINGTON—Declaring the Islamic State (IS) group’s destruction its top Middle East priority, the Trump administration on Wednesday urged coalition partners to contribute more to...

World Baseball Classic: Major Success, Bright Future

By Greg Beacham / The Associated Press LOS ANGELES—Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic (WBC)...

A rough, emotional day for top seeds at Match Play

By Doug Ferguson / The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas—Defending champion Jason Day lasted only six holes at the Dell Technologies Match Play until a heavy heart...

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In Asia’s infrastructure race, Vietnam is among leaders

It may be one of the smallest economies in Asia, but Vietnam is among those leading the infrastructure race. Vietnam’s public and private-sector infrastructure investment averaged...

Myanmar luxury property reels from confusion over foreign buyers

Confusion over a law allowing foreigners to buy condominiums in Myanmar is prolonging a slowdown in its residential property sector, highlighting the challenges of...
By Michael Paulson / New York Times News Service MISS Saigon started with an audacious idea—create a musical that explores the end of the Vietnam War through an ill-fated romance between a virginal Vietnamese bargirl and a hunky American GI. It would become much more than that. Over 28 years, Miss Saigon...

Preparing for the best

WHEN my youngest niece suddenly says, “Tita Stella, I have a surprise for you!” the first thing that pops into my mind is, “Yay! Food?” Or “New boyfriend?” (For her, not for me, fools!) “Are you buying me a house and lot?” “You’re bringing me on a trip abroad,...
By Rey dela Cruz & Maui Daton AT the very entrance of Manila Bay, in the southwestern part of Luzon, sits the once mighty island of Corregidor, where many lives were lost in defense of the freedom we have the luxury of enjoying now. In its glorious past, Corregidor had...

The Empty Northern Hemisphere

By Dominic Dayta Once upon a time in the early history of the Earth, the planet was almost completely covered by water. Jutting out from the blue on the northern hemisphere like birthmarks on an otherwise flawless skin were two small islands that, together, added up to just a little...
By Victor Fernando R. Ocampo On the long, stifling nights when her father was out in the mines and her mother was defeated by sleep, the young Tagalog girl would feel her way towards a corner of their hut where a big storage basket was kept. When she was certain...

Cancer treatment: Govt, patients continue to grapple with costs

ONE word stopped time for Lani Eusebio in 2004: Cancer. Her doctor’s words seemed far away as the 39-year-old’s mind raced through the past. Being diagnosed with cancer was quite a surprise because she was sure her family didn’t have history of cancer. “In...

BM Reports

Farmers to dump rice for corn when QR ends

The country’s paddy-rice output could decline to below 18 million metric tons (MMT), after the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice is scrapped on June 30, according to a Global Agriculture Information Network (Gain) report. The Gain report, which was published by the US Department of Agriculture’s...

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Isuzu concludes 4X4 Action Adventure series

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino IT may be the last of the highly coveted 4x4 Action Playground series this year, but Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) made sure that the finale was worth remembering. Recently staged at the Limketkai open grounds in Cagayan de...

Vios Cup Season 4 unveiled

THE fabled Vios Cup is coming back this year loaded with impact-laden newbies. For example, it will be star-studded all the more, what with the addition of celebrities Gretchen Ho, Dominique Roque, Ella Cruz and Aubrey Miles. They will be joining resident celebs Jericho...

DPWH oversees NLEX-Harbor link project

Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo PUBLIC Works Secretary Mark A. Villar recently inspected the ongoing North Luzon Expressway (Nlex)–Harbor link project of Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC), which was held at Karuhatan Village in Valenzuela City. A few journalists, including this writer, were invited...

Property

The continuing saga of socialized housing in the Philippines

"WE have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.” Although this statement by former Hawaii governor and housing advocate Linda Lingle was about the American housing crisis, when you read it today, it hits dangerously and...

‘More rooms’ for growth seen in coworking space industry

NOW that small-scale enterprises and independent entrepreneurs are gaining more freedom and flexibility in the way they conduct business, the coworking industry continues to pick up with more spaces in this set up are expected to mushroom elsewhere in the world, according to one...

Baguio City’s outlook soars with Vista Residences’s Hill Series

CARVED into the Benguet province in the Cordillera Administrative Region, 1,500 meters above sea level, Baguio City is a quaint spread decorated with pockets of houses balanced on undulating mountainsides, aproned by pine forests and low-lying clouds.  Because of the highland climate, Baguio is...

Millennials

By Felix U. Basadre Jr.  | Correspondent THE senior citizens in Cebu City cannot trade places with the young, but in this city they become assets to team-playing,” said Domingo O. Chaves Jr., the head of the city’s Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca) in a talk with the BusinessMirror. Right...

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