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MisOr town holds annual ‘cenaculo’ to mark Christ’s passion, death

MisOr town holds annual ‘cenaculo’ to mark Christ’s passion, death

MEDINA, Misamis Oriental—The passion of Christ was once more reenacted by the home-grown talents in this town, showcasing one component of its “One Town, One Product” scheme as tourism destination in the province.

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

‘SEEING the beauty of the cathedral just overwhelms me, and seeing how this place of worship has become more beautiful is beyond my expectation and my capacity to express in words,” the awe-struck Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio Cardinal Tagle said as he welcomed the Catholic faithful at the reopening of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, or the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, on April 9 after its two-year restoration.

South Korea ferry disaster shows few lessons learned from ‘Concordia’

South Korea ferry disaster shows few lessons learned from ‘Concordia’

THE sinking of the Sewol ferry off South Korea raises new concerns about ship safety more than two years after the capsizing of the Costa Concordia ocean liner spurred a global campaign to improve passenger security.

Bohol’s first beach club is now its newest and finest

Bohol’s first beach club is now its newest and finest

ASK any Bol-anon for a resort in the region and Bohol Beach Club would probably be one of the first places that will be mentioned. This is not surprising, because not only is it the first official resort on the island of Panglao and the rest of the province, but now it is also Bohol’s newest.

News

‘Higher policy rates won’t affect growth’

THE economy could easily grow within the government’s target range this year should the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) decide to raise policy rates to tame pressures on the economy, several economists said.

Police pension fund may run short of cash this year

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Saturday that the amount appropriated by the national government for the payment of pensions, including differentials of retired policemen, including members of the defunct Constabulary for this year may not be enough to cover all the benefits due all former members the police service.

Returning Pinoy free of MERS

THE Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday the Filipino worker who was placed under quarantine upon his return to the country for previously testing positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United Arab Emirates is now negative for the virus.

Aquino urged to release detained NDF consultants

PRESIDENT Aquino should heed calls by different peace groups to release arrested communist leaders Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria-Tiamzon to kick-start the resumption of the stalled peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF).

Tanchanco’s legacy

Tanchanco’s legacy

WITH the passing of former Food Minister Jesus T. Tanchanco Sr., the country will be missing a key point on how to achieve rice self-sufficiency. That was his principal legacy and up to now, those massive National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses that have withstood typhoons Cosme and Ondoy, and even Supertyphoon Yolanda, were part of the rice self-sufficiency master plan that the late Tanchanco pursued with a passion until his death before which he talked about the need to adopt hybrid rice, which is how China solved its rice crisis.

US venture investments jumped 57% in Q1

NEW YORK—Funding for US start-up companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out on Friday.

Business

Razon unfazed with opening of rival casino City of Dreams

BILLIONAIRE Enrique K. Razon said he welcomes the opening of another billion-dollar casino within the complex before end of the year.

Government warns speculators over price hike

THE Sugar Regulatory Authority (SRA) warns speculators of repercussions should they be proven responsible for the unexpected climb in the prices of sugar, the agency said on Monday.

NG debt monthly pace dips, but annual rate up 5% in February

NG debt monthly pace dips, but annual rate up 5% in February

THE outstanding debt of the national government dipped to P5.59 trillion as of end-February, representing a decline of 0.04 percent, or P2 billion, from the level registered the previous month.

Asto brings designers to the world stage

Asto brings designers to the world stage

Twenty-two-year-old Kate Dorothy Ngo, chief executive officer of the Asto group, has a herculean load on her shoulders—she has been tasked to promote Filipino and Asian designers in the global market. Nevertheless, she maintains confidence and a cool disposition in handling the challenges.

Data breaches: a new way to game Google?

Data breaches: a new way to game Google?

IT’S a familiar routine: A company gets hacked, is subjected to a cascade of negative coverage online and spends months trying to repair its image.

Singapore seen to favor modest currency gains to curb inflation

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will probably keep favoring modest currency gains as it seeks to curb inflation while supporting economic growth.

Sports

NBA Playoffs: ‘16 teams have the chance to win it’

NBA Playoffs: ‘16 teams have the chance to win it’

MIAMI—Before the season started, a poll suggested that the Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite to win the National Basketball Association (NBA) title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.

Lifestyle

Tasty adventures

Tasty adventures

TRYING out new restaurants is our way of going on an adventure for busy families like ours—whether it’s for a weekly date with my husband, spending time with our kids or catching up on our friends. It is also about forging stronger bonds or making new friendships through casual-dining experiences.

Tourism helps Eastern Visayas bounce back

Tourism helps Eastern Visayas bounce back

MENTION the phrase “I shall return,” and US Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his momentous, game-changing landing in Palo town, Leyte province, in 1944 easily comes to mind. This landing signaled the start of the country’s liberation from Japan during World War II.

Nicole Kidman gets to the very soul of adventure

Nicole Kidman gets to the very soul of adventure

LOS ANGELES—It’s too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert.

PHL has a fast-growing aging population, now at 7.5 million

THE Philippines is now classified under World Health Organization (WHO) standards as an aging population, with 7.5 million elderly citizens now and an estimated 14 million elderly by 2040.

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

DAVAO City has always been one of my favorite destinations ever since I started going there in the late 1980s.

Features

The life of a modern-day diplomat

The life of a modern-day diplomat

WITH Easter finally upon us, many Filipino families gather together after the traditional dawn Mass to break the fast of the Holy Week. With all the prescriptions against worldly excesses of the previous week, the period to rejoice and celebrate in our spiritual rebirth has come. It is an occasion that Christians worldwide observe.

Surviving a PR crisis: Some useful tips Part 1

The recent sudden and mysterious disappearance in mid-flight of a Malaysian Airlines plane bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, and the serious PR crisis it created for the company, underscores the fact no company, not even those among the biggest and the best-managed, can be fully certain it would not have to deal with some form and degree of PR crisis in its existence.

China, US, India are top three polluters, UN panel report says

China, US, India are top three polluters, UN panel report says

BERLIN—The UN’s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide (CO2) from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.

Environmental architects

Environmental architects

IN this age when strong typhoons such as Ondoy and Yolanda are the new normal, the country will have to produce more emergency architects who will also be involved in providing quality infrastructure design against earthquakes, tsunamis among others.

How African Firms Can Make the Most of Outside Investment

TRADE between Africa and China surpassed $200 billion this year, strengthening China’s position as Africa’s biggest trade partner—a position it has held since 2009. Less than 15 years ago, the corresponding value was a modest $10 billion. Africa holds a growing pulling power for foreign investors. Beyond trade relationships, investors increasingly look at African consumers and see immense opportunities to invest locally. For African companies, this presents a special chance to climb the food chain of global competitiveness.

Group to give special children one great summer-camp treat

ABOUT 150 special children will convene for merry-making, and basic self-care and independence training during the 10-day annual summer camp of Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children Inc. (Guide Inc.) from April 25 to May 4 in Orion, Bataan.

Indigenous leaders are targets in battle to protect forests

Indigenous leaders are targets in battle to protect forests

WASHINGTON—Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.

Search for Malaysian airliner reveals China’s technology gap

Search for Malaysian airliner reveals China’s technology gap

BEIJING—In June 2012 China reveled in a major scientific achievement: The nation’s first manned deep-sea submersible, the Jiaolong, had dived more than 4.3 miles into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The feat, state-run media said, put China among the elite ranks of such deep-sea-faring countries as the US, France and Japan.

It’s ‘Semana Santa’!

It’s ‘Semana Santa’!

AND definitely it’s that time of the year when families and barkada go on exodus to visit relatives and friends, drop by some holy place, or just swing by the beach to scratch off that summer heat.

As planet warms, clean-energy investments take a dive

As planet warms, clean-energy investments take a dive

UNITED NATIONS—Policy uncertainty and plummeting solar prices led to a 14-percent decrease in investment in renewable energy in 2013, according to a report released last week.

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

‘SEEING the beauty of the cathedral just overwhelms me, and seeing how this place of worship has become more beautiful is beyond my expectation and my capacity to express in words,” the awe-struck Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio Cardinal Tagle said as he welcomed the Catholic faithful at the reopening of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, or the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, on April 9 after its two-year restoration.

Climate change threatens human health

Climate change threatens human health

AS global temperature continues to rise due to climate change so are diseases. “Climate change endangers human health,” declares Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO).

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