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The Taiwan External Trade Development Council expects the bilateral trade between the Philippines and Taiwan to increase by 10 percent this year and in 2014.
BANGKOK—Thailand put politics aside on Thursday to celebrate the 86th birthday of the country’s revered monarch, who used his annual birthday speech to call for stability but made no direct reference to the crisis that has deeply divided the nation.
THE Mercedes-Benz mantra “The best or nothing” is clearly not an empty promise but an apt description of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Exclusive Mercedes-Benz Philippine distributor CATS Motors unveiled its flagship model S500 LWB (for long wheelbase) with a simple program at the Manila Peninsula last week.
Technology has changed the way we work, and especially how we play. The new generation of youngsters is able to intuitively swipe a parent’s tablet and operate a smartphone with ease.
The government’s budget deficit for this fiscal year stood at P112.5 billion as of October, well within the target deficit of P152.7 billion by the end of the year, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Thursday.
The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) urged the government to step up measures such as power and water subsidies to revive the labor-intensive factories and high-value manufacturing that will help create some 4 million new jobs in the next 10 years, particularly in the disaster-stricken areas of the Visayas.
Public schools “squatting” on private lands will no longer become subjects of property disputes once the proposed measure on the titling of public-school sites has become a law, Rep. Evelina Escudero of the First District of Sorsogon said.
FAMILIES living in areas ravaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code Haiyan) appealed to the government to continue its assistance until they have recovered even as foreign governments continue to pour in relief efforts to the affected cities and towns in the Visayas.
ASIA is 13 years into the 21st century, but the conflicts of the 20th and 19th centuries are anything but history. Last week China imposed air-traffic rules for a section of the East China Sea that includes a set of barren islands taken from it by Japan in 1895.
BEIJING—Giving no ground, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Vice President Joe Biden traded strong arguments on Wednesday over China’s contentious new air-defense zone, with little indication of progress toward defusing a situation that is raising anxieties across Asia and beyond.
THE Pasay City government and the Pasay Public-Private Partnership (PPP)-Selection Committee (PPP-SC) on Thursday maintained that the joint venture agreement (JVA) with SM Land Inc. “is already a perfect contract” and that the resolution issued recalling the award of the 300-hectare reclamation project is a “violation of the due process and constitutional rights” of the winning bidder.
IN THREE years’ time, the country’s rice farming should be mechanized enough and demands for locally manufactured farm implements already in sway, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced on Thursday.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.06 billion to cover for the rehabilitation and recovery of infrastructure in areas damaged by Typhoon Pablo nationwide. The amount, which will be released to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), will be used for the reconstruction and repair of several bridges in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental under the DPWH-helmed Task Force Pablo Rehabilitation Plan, which supports the reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged national roads and bridges critical to the economic development of the affected areas.
It never crossed Roberto “Obby” del Rosario’s mind to enter the food business. The athletic Obby was into wrestling and was quietly earning his keep in the United States when he was asked by his father to come home and help out in the family business.
MICROSOFT Philippines recently unveiled the Windows Glass House, a life-size installation that replicates a typical home, but is reimagined with the incorporation of different Windows 8.1 devices and apps made for each member of the family. The Glass House, designed by renowned interior designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario, illustrates the ability of Microsoft technology to power Filipino families and to transform their everyday living.
BALI, Indonesia—Top trade officials began talks on Tuesday that will either produce an eleventh-hour deal that could boost the global economy by $1 trillion or possibly spell the end of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) relevance as a forum for negotiations.
THOUSAND OAKS, California—Tiger Woods believes it’s harder than ever to win on the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour because of the increasing depth of talent of the players.
VIENTIANE—Officials of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR, or Laos) have announced 21 projects this year to develop the country’s tourism sector and certain tourism sites, following the government’s approval of the 8.3-billion-kip ($10.3-million) budget to finance the work.
A LAWMAKER has filed a bill seeking to give “all indigent senior citizens” a monthly pension of P1,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
WHEN the Department of Foreign Affairs organized a familiarization tour of key cities in the country for members of the diplomatic corps a few years ago, Ambassador Malayvieng Sakonhninhom of Lao PDR missed the part of the trip that took participants to Bohol. After the disastrous earthquake in the province in October, she regrets not having gone there earlier. She is now wondering whether she would still be able to see the Chocolate Hills. That is why before her term in the Philippines ends in the next year-and-a-half, she plans to go to Bohol, and discover for herself its charms.
CALABARZON is a collection of five provinces in Metro Manila that were initially conceived as a model for the first regional industrial center in the country. With a total land area of 1,622,861 hectares, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon together were earmarked as the prototype for sustainable development, as well as the answer to decongesting an overpopulated Manila. Designed to accommodate the deluge of economic activity as well as a population overflow from the country’s main business district, Calabarzon was established as a separate region in 2002 to allow the government to channel resources to the area so as to create a second business center for the country.
AS a teenager during the martial-law years, Jose Manuel Diokno would go with his father—the late Sen. Pepe Diokno—to the military court in Camp Aguinaldo, where he was first exposed to handling human-rights cases. “Even then, I was already decided I would study law,” the now 53-year-old Diokno says.
DAVAO CITY—Rather than face demolition as with the other houses in a riverbank here, school and city officials have publicly appealed to homeowners to dump their extra and waste earthfill at the school ground of Josefa Llanes Escoda Elementary School (JLEES).
IN Philippine forests, it is quite difficult to see animals in the wild, save for birds, snakes, leeches and insects. Reduced habitats, poaching, lack of prey and other factors have reduced wildlife populations to the point where it takes days for researchers and forest rangers to see fauna in most of the country’s protected areas.
WITH an estimated 140 million Americans predicted to shop this weekend, retailers are bolstering security, deploying Segway patrols and putting on live music to distract shoppers and avoid the deal-hunting scrums that can foster Black Friday tramplings.
DESIGNED under the concept of “producing the world’s cleanest products at the world’s cleanest plant,” the people-friendly and environmentally responsible Yorii Plant strives to become the world’s top-class energy-saving plant through the adoption of Honda’s most advanced production technologies and establishment of a highly efficient production system.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will earmark P347 million for mangrove reforestation in Eastern Visayas, one of the regions severely affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) early this month.
THE ways of evangelization is evolving, and one college in Davao City dares to bring onstage the Gospel through music and dances.
DALLAS—Finding a workout is easy. Just pick up a fitness magazine, follow a video, read umpteen-and-a-half gym advertisements. Voilà! You’re on the pathway to a dream physique.