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Gift from Lao PDR

Gift from Lao PDR

AMBASSADOR Antonio L. Cabangon Chua (center) receives a framed birthday greeting from Lao PDR Ambassador Malayvieng Sakonhninhom during her visit to his office in Makati City on Monday.

Eden rising

Eden rising

IN 2011, premium property developer Century Properties launched the “residential Eden” concept through the Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong City. Rising on a 2.4-hectare site that was formerly occupied by an old sugar refinery, the six-tower project unveiled its plans of a revitalized riverside lifestyle experience—complete with a 300-meter boardwalk,   a promenade of shops and cafés that celebrate the regenerating Pasig River, and a multi-level country club of amenities exclusive for residents.

Sta. Lucia Land Inc. makes waves in Davao City

Sta. Lucia Land Inc. makes waves in Davao City

DAVAO City, the third most populous city in the Philippines, is not only the largest in the world in terms of land area—it is also one of the world’s finest cities with the fastest-growing economies.              

Jimini and the birth of ‘Philippinized’ pizza

Jimini and the birth of ‘Philippinized’ pizza

THE steady popularity of pizza in the country, the ever-increasing reliance of nearly 80 million Filipinos on prepared food and the booming food-cart businesses in the country make a good recipe for a pizza business.

News

Ayala Land to invest P75 billion in Porac township project

Ayala Land Inc. on Tuesday said it expects to rake in an initial P15 billion in sales from its P75-billion project in Porac, Pampanga, where the company plans to establish a new integrated town in an area once ravaged by lahar.

Consumers assured of ‘tolerable’ power-rate hike in summer of 2015

House leaders on Tuesday assured the public that the additional power-rate costs expected to be passed on to consumers in the summer of next year will be “tolerable.”

Top beneficiaries of DAP largesse are Aquino LP partymates, allies

The top 10 lawmakers from the House of Representatives who benefited most from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) largesse are Aquino administration allies and members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) data showed on Tuesday.

Japanese agency turns over new Mindanao map to Bangsamoro

THE Japanese government recently turned over an updated geographic information systems (GIS) database to the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).

Aegis doesn’t matter? It actually does

Aegis doesn’t matter? It actually does

THE venom of an advertising spiel allegedly created by Aegis Malaysia, a business-process outsourcing company, recently went viral on the Internet.

Protesters arrested at Wall Street climate crisis sit-in

Protesters arrested at Wall Street climate crisis sit-in

NEW YORK—A day after over 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, more than 1,000 activists blocked parts of Broadway in Manhattan’s financial district in a sit-in to protest what they see as corporate and economic institutions’ role in the climate crisis.

Business

BOI voids Filinvest Land incentives registration for Cavite business park

THE Board of Investments (BOI) has canceled the certificate of registration of Gotianun-led Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) for the operation of a business park for the micro- and medium-sized firms in General Trias in Cavite.

Israeli farm expert visits Philippines

Israeli farm expert visits Philippines

AN Israeli agricultural expert has visited the country recently to assess an ongoing project between the two countries in the Philippines, according to a statement from the embassy of Israel on Monday.

Government securities may now trade freely

THE Department of Finance (DOF) now permits the unrestricted trading of government securities and allows the transfer of these government securities between tax-exempt and taxable entities.

Jimini and the birth of ‘Philippinized’ pizza

Jimini and the birth of ‘Philippinized’ pizza

THE steady popularity of pizza in the country, the ever-increasing reliance of nearly 80 million Filipinos on prepared food and the booming food-cart businesses in the country make a good recipe for a pizza business.

Wearable technology market to be worth $5.8 billion by 2018

Wearable technology market to be worth $5.8 billion by 2018

A Transparency Market Research report states that the global wearable technology market, which is valued nearly $750   million in 2012, is expected to rise with a compound annual growth rate of 40.8 percent during the forecast period of the report, i.e., between 2012 and 2018, and rise to a value worth $5.8 billion by 2018.

Indonesia okays Asean transboundary haze pact

Indonesia okays Asean transboundary haze pact

INDONESIA agreed to ratify a regional haze pact it signed 12 years ago in an effort to stem illegal burning blamed for pollution over neighbors Singapore and Malaysia that hit record levels last year.

Sports

Finally, medals for Pinoys in Incheon

INCHEON, South Korea—The Philippines, finally, is on the medal tally board with a silver and a bronze from wushu in the 17th Asian Games on Wednesday.

Lifestyle

A guide to Amazon’s new Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers

A guide to Amazon’s new Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers

AMAZON updated its lineup of tablets and e-readers on Wednesday, announcing two new devices and refreshing several others. The online retailer has been pushing an increasing amount of hardware, packing each of the devices with features that tout the benefits of purchasing from Amazon’s online store.

Cotabato: The ‘Empire Province’ revisited and reborn on its 100th year

Cotabato: The ‘Empire Province’ revisited and reborn on its 100th year

WHEN we think of the glorious empires of the ancient world—their rise and fall, and how they had helped shape the world as we know it—we must thank—or blame—Hollywood for “educating” us about them. Whether we like it or not, Hollywood’s glamorized—and sometimes inaccurate—depiction of these empires—and history in general—has captured the imagination and interest of film buffs and couch potatoes around the globe.

Tea Leoni carries the sane and heroic ‘Madam Secretary’

Tea Leoni carries the sane and heroic ‘Madam Secretary’

Of the non-comic-book-related dramas debuting this fall, Barbara Hall’s Madam Secretary on CBS is clearly a front-runner.

Doctor couple weathers war and politics together

Doctor couple weathers war and politics together

AT 101 years of age, Dr. Luz Gacula is still amazingly mentally sharp, remembering with accuracy dates of events that took place 80 or so years ago.  She spoke to the BusinessMirror in impeccable English.

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

Gift from Lao PDR

Gift from Lao PDR

AMBASSADOR Antonio L. Cabangon Chua (center) receives a framed birthday greeting from Lao PDR Ambassador Malayvieng Sakonhninhom during her visit to his office in Makati City on Monday.

For CSB’s new CEO, it’s about finding one’s niche and servicing it well

For CSB’s new CEO, it’s about finding one’s niche and servicing it well

THE Citystate Savings Bank (CSB) marks its 17th anniversary this year with several strategic moves that are seen to bring it closer to its goal of being the top thrift bank in the country. These include not only system upgrades and new branches, but also a new leader at its helm: Andres Narvasa Jr.—an international banker, private financial advisor and now the bank’s CEO.

Study: Artificial sweeteners may mess with the way bodies metabolize sugar

Study: Artificial sweeteners may mess with the way bodies metabolize sugar

Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests.

High doses of artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose and aspartame can change the population of healthy gut bacteria in mice and in some humans.

Eden rising

Eden rising

IN 2011, premium property developer Century Properties launched the “residential Eden” concept through the Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong City. Rising on a 2.4-hectare site that was formerly occupied by an old sugar refinery, the six-tower project unveiled its plans of a revitalized riverside lifestyle experience—complete with a 300-meter boardwalk,   a promenade of shops and cafés that celebrate the regenerating Pasig River, and a multi-level country club of amenities exclusive for residents.

A Test to Weed Out Consultants You Shouldn’t Hire

A Test to Weed Out Consultants You Shouldn’t Hire

WE’VE seen a lot of consulting “misses” over the years—polished management products and services that fail to achieve what the clients want. Often it’s because executives recruit their consultants the wrong way.

Mondelez Philippines begins 3-year ‘Joy Schools’ program in Tacloban

ALMOST a year after Supertyphoon Yolanda devastated the Visayas, Mondelez Philippines found the sixth recipient of its Joy Schools program in Tacloban City.

The mission goes on

The mission goes on

In the latter part of the 20th century, the ozone layer was the buzzword. Before climate change became the most important global issue, ozone-layer depletion was one of the most talked-about environmental problems. But today, stories concerning the ozone layer rarely get media coverage.

Iran prepares for a leadership transition

Iran prepares for a leadership transition

Though Iran has been broadcasting pictures and videos of top state officials and noted foreign dignitaries visiting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the hospital, the health of the man who has held the most powerful post in the Islamic Republic remains unclear.

Toyota shines in 5th Philippine International Motor Show

Toyota shines in 5th Philippine International Motor Show

AUTO enthusiasts were treated to a grand display of “Progress In Motion” when the number-one automotive company in the country, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), opened its display during yesterday’s inauguration of the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (Pims), organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi). The 350-sq-m Toyota booth features the bestselling Vios and Vios one-make race model, the Wigo mini hatchback, the well-loved Innova, as well as the new Fortuner and Hilux.

UN Climate Summit: Staged parade or reality show?

UN Climate Summit: Staged parade or reality show?

UNITED NATIONS—The much-ballyhooed one-day Climate Summit next week is being hyped as one of the major political-environmental events at the United Nations (UN) this year.

Cardinals debate: Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

Cardinals debate: Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

VATICAN CITY—The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.

Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’s favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics who divorce and remarry without an annulment can receive Communion.

Infectious diseases can they be contained?

Infectious diseases can they be contained?

IN February, “the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses” was reported in Guinea. This was the first Ebola virus outbreak registered in West Africa. Two months later the virus had spread to other parts of the region.

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