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THE increase in consumer prices will still fall below the central bank’s target range for the year, even if markets expect an uptrend of inflation toward the second half of 2016, the economist of an international banking giant said. In a recent commentary on Philippine inflation, Singapore-based DBS Bank...

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GENEVA—The United Nations special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of humanitarian corridors around Aleppo to the UN and its partners, issuing a gentle snub to Moscow, which had made the proposal a day earlier as pro-government troops tightened their encirclement of rebel-held parts...


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METRO Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc., the health-care holding company of conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp., on Friday said it completed its acquisition of a tertiary hospital in Marikina City. The company said it completed its acquisition of 469,077 shares, representing approximately 93 percent in Marikina Valley Medical Center for P2,117.80...



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UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) started its campaign with an impressive 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 win over first-timer San Beda College in the opening day of Shakey's V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Last season’s University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)...


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By Todd Martens / Los Angeles Times A FAN at the Comic-Con International here had a message for Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and director of two Avengers movies: We want you back. In this hyperconnected, social media-driven age, Whedon has been missing in action since spring 2015. That’s...


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Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino WHEN the latest Hilux pickup arrived in the country, it was the dawn of the Toyota IMV platform triumvirate showcase.  At that moment, many of us were quick to speculate as to how the new generation Fortuner would be like. For years, these two...


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ALVEO Land, a subsidiary of property colossus Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), continues to push the envelope in transforming Circuit Makati into a major residential and business district in the metropolis by introducing Callisto, a two-tower condominium residential project. Alveo Land Project Sales and Marketing Group Head Rufino S. Gutierrez said,...


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SHE is now version 2.0, thanks to a Georgetown University education. Mary Rose Cabigao, business development officer of CBRE Philippines, considers her four-year stint in the private research university in Washington, D.C., as one of her memorable experiences in life. Aside from the strong academic program, the 24-year-old said she...

Envoys & Expats

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A GROUP of United States (US) businessmen recently made a five-day visit to the Philippines as it explored trade and investment opportunities in the country. Led by California State Assembly Member Rob Bonta, a 23-member delegation of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian) looked at the country’s energy and...

Executive Views

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At 37 years old, Maynard Ngu, the young CEO and visionary of Cherry Mobile has proven to many that a proudly local mobile brand can compete even against international tech titans. Through premium and affordable smartphones and devices that promise a seamless mobile experience, Cherry Mobile aims to hold...


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THE United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) estimates 3.3 million, or 8 percent, of children under the age of 18 in the Philippines are living with disabilities. The actual number could be higher. “They are often likely to be among the poorest members of the population. They are less likely to...

Our Time

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By Leandro Anton Castro | Special to the BusinessMirror ‘I’VE lived a very colorful life.” That is how my senior fraternity brother, former Rep. Roquito Ablan Jr. of Ilocos Norte, described his life as he narrated his fond memories of college, the fraternity and his life in politics. That is how my...


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KRAKOW, Poland—The head of the Archdiocese of Manila called on the world’s young people to show mercy in everyday life, saying “now is the time for mercy.” Speaking before World Youth Day (WYD) audience on Wednesday morning, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said Pope Francis is calling on the faithful to...


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ONE of the oldest reserves and last few remaining wetlands and lowland rainforests in Indonesia would be launched as an Asean Heritage Park (AHP). Way Kambas National Park (WKNP) will be launched as AHP on July 27 at the Elephant Conservation Center within the WKNP in Bandar Lampung, the Philippine-based...


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THE Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC) on Thursday urged the Philippines to continue to engage in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiating process in order to influence the level of ambition, targets and rules of climate action that benefit vulnerable countries. The iCSC said the...


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By Stephanie Tumampos & Lyn Resurreccion THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be holding its 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), with the theme “Juan Science, One Nation,” starting on July 25. This will be the first NSTW to be held under the less-than-a-month-old Duterte administration. And this time,...


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DEAR PR Matters, I am working in a PR agency and, at times, our clients ask us to handle some crisis matters they are facing.  The advent of social media is definitely a game changer in this aspect, and the rules of handling crises may have changed. I hope you can share...


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WHO says farming is never fun? Over 500 farmers and farm enthusiasts, farm owners and workers, local government executives, municipal tourism and agricultural officers, barangay officials, entrepreneurs, community stakeholders, start-up business owners and farmer wannabes from all over the country, plus local and international experts, gathered for three days in Tagaytay...

Health & Fitness

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IN a world of eternal struggle, corporate people or students had been exposed to exhaustive and stressing circumstances, like commuting in the midst of irritable heavy traffic, sleeping less than normal, and completing work and school projects overtime just to comply with the needs and wants of this demanding...


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I ASKED this question because it took only exactly 31 days today for a simple man what his five predecessors failed to do in 30 years: To put a clearer direction to where this beautiful country is going. I am referring to hardworking and visionary President Duterte, 71, a proud...
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