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THE Philippines successfully participated in this year’s ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin), considered the world’s leading tourism and trade fair, which could give massive European exposure to tourist destinations.
THE recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the online-libel provision in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 as constitutional has not resolved the general libel laws in the Philippines.
ATENEO de Manila University forced a no-tomorrow contest on Saturday after a stunning five-set 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 16-25, 17-15 win in Game Four over De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 women’s volleyball finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday night.
BEIRUT—The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million—more than half the country’s children—with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said on Tuesday.
TOYOTA Motor Corp. agreed to increase base wages in Japan for the first time since 2008 as the nation’s largest carmaker heads for record profits.
The “sin” tax law can be considered a success because it has added P65 billion to the country’s coffer, but lawmakers said the earnings could have been bigger if loopholes in the law that allowed the smuggling of tobacco were plugged.
THE Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the Court of Appeals (CA) from implementing its decision issued last year exonerating businessman Delfin Lee in the P6.6-billion syndicated estafa case filed by the Department of Justice against him and several others.
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The main complainant in the graft case filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. and three others, including a private contractor, denied having made statements which saw print in several Metro Manila-based daily newspapers, about continuous black-sand extraction along the Lingayen shore in a news conference held here on Wednesday.
BARACK OBAMA’S meeting with Ukraine’s prime minister on Wednesday raises the stakes in his attempt to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in Crimea and preempt its spread to other countries in the region.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to honor the country’s top rice-producing municipalities, cities and provinces, farmers and irrigators’ associations, and agricultural workers in ceremonies on Friday at the Resorts World Manila.
THE peso plunges the most in almost two months on speculation that companies stepped up their dollar purchases to meet import payments.
EVEN social enterprises need to join the cyberspace to capture a bigger share of the market.
So after being active in promoting social enterprise and healthy lifestyle for the past five years, the Environment Community Hope Organization Store (Echo Store) joined the virtual world in December 2013 by launching Echostore.ph.
SEOUL, South Korea—Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year.
Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras.
BASEL 3-compliant bond sales in Southeast Asia are forecast to almost double this year by the region’s top underwriter, driving merger and acquisition activity as smaller lenders find it too costly to sell the debt.
FOR many travelers, a vacation is only a vacation if there is a beach to sunbathe on. For others, activities are a must. With this in mind, members and editors of travel website and community VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) prepared a list of the “Top 10 beach activities and where to do them.”
THE Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), of which this writer is the former chair, has always been accused of favoring independent cinema. Favoring one product over another—a film over another—entails a kind of favor, one that is closer to commerce than criticism. But indies are generally considered the poorer relative of mainstream cinema, the latter supported by a machinery that includes bad and good publicity, well-organized public appearances, product endorsements that enable further advertising. And let’s not forget the studio’s own marketing budget, the amount of which can already finance an indie film or two. If that seems like a sad joke, well, that’s because it is. Because the films introduced by this new breed of filmmakers make the products of mainstream cinema like VHS reissues. Ah, but this is getting ahead of our discussion,
SIS. Gloria V. Felix was only 15, intelligent and lovely, when she joined the Daughters of Saint Paul. She was that young when she and a fellow nun were selling prints of the Holy Family calendar in the Port Area, when a Customs officer teased her, “May gatas ka pa sa labi, madre ka na [You still have milk on your lips, and you are already a nun],” to which the street-smart young sister answered back with a disarming rejoinder: “Hindi kasi tayo nagkita kaagad [Because we did not meet immediately].”
When Ambassador Akinyemi Farounbi of Nigeria went on a trip to Iloilo for the Dinagyang Festival, he had a moment of realization. He thought maybe the reason Filipinos and Nigerians have such great chemistry is because Filipinos are actually from Nigeria. In fact, he says that in some parts of his country, especially in southern Nigeria, the people could easily pass themselves off as Filipinos. They are not as dark skinned as most Africans are.
It is generally accepted that for most, if not all professions—whether it be law, medicine, engineering or whatever—its practitioners must be committed to continually learning in order to maintain or even enhance whatever initial success they have already achieved. This is especially true in public relations, both as far as content or messaging and the medium or tools and techniques, are concerned.
Biotech crops are gaining a headway in the Philippines, with a total of 795,000 hectares devoted to growing them last year, representing an expansion of more than 6 percent.
Globally, biotech crops are grown by 18 million farmers in 175.2 million hectares of land spread in 27 countries.
CONSTRUCTION and completion works continue in full swing at Cebu’s latest upscale residential address, Marco Polo Residences. Situated within easy walking distance from Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, the branded and serviced condominium is for families who want to live the luxury-hotel lifestyle every day.
BITCOIN enthusiasts donated about $28,000 to Dorian S. Nakamoto, a 64-year-old physicist who denied a report last week by Newsweek magazine that identified him as the digital currency’s creator.
THE country’s level of proficiency in Mathematics has vastly improved, as students are being encouraged to love the subject in the hope of developing experts in various professions.
Teresita Comia, a Filipino mother of seven, is a plain housewife who usually spends her time preparing food for her children, raising chicken, doing household chores and maintaining a vegetable garden: her routine since her husband left to work abroad.
The growth of large online investment platforms has captured the attention of Chinese authorities in recent months. Non-state enterprises such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which runs the e-commerce website Taobao, and Tencent Holdings Ltd., a social-media conglomerate that runs the popular WeChat online messaging program, are an emerging force in China’s financial system.
CHINA’S leaders want to lift the gray blanket of deadly smog that often chokes Beijing’s residents by shifting power plants to the less populated western part of the country inhabited by minorities.
IN the second part of the Canon of the Mass, seven names of women saints are honored and invoked: Perpetua, Felicitas, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia and Anastacia.
EVEN to the most dedicated person, going to the gym three to five times a week to work out could become a boring routine that will eventually make him or her skip a session. Some may even resort to just cutting down on carbs and doing a couple of push-ups and crunches at home, which, truth be told, does not really give us the fitness we need.