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Discovering the Philippines one island at a time

Discovering the Philippines one island at a time

This peripatetic Englishman claims he had seen more of Luzon Island than any foreigner and dares them to exceed this claim.

Stephen Lysaght, first secretary and head of the political and economic section of the British Embassy, Manila, relates his adventures during an exclusive interview with the BusinessMirror.

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.

‘Driven to Abstraction’

‘Driven to Abstraction’

IF you were around the fourth level of SM Megamall Building A a few weeks ago, no doubt you would have been inspired by the window display of Renaissance Art Gallery, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary with a special exhibition titled Driven to Abstraction, a group study on contemporary Philippine nonrepresentational art. Featuring the works of artists Max Balatbat, Bien Benitez, Benji Bisaya, Marco Coching, Arley Carig, Jane Ebarle, Fitz Herrera, Josef Laureano, Sio Montera, Cid Reyes, Aner Sebastian, Resty Tica and Valen Valerio, the show also highlighted the artworks of master abstractionists, such as National Artists Hernando R. Ocampo, Jose Joya and Arturo Luz, as well as Mauro Malang Santos, Romulo Olazo, Gus Albor, Lao Lianben and Nestor Vinluan.

News

BSP: PHL still attractive to foreign investors

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said long-term foreign investors will still be keen to invest in the country amid renewed global uncertainties and risks in international markets.

Shipbuilding industry needs govt, private-sector support

GOVERNMENT and private- sector support is needed to sustain the country’s standing as one of the leading shipbuilding destinations globally.

From being the fourth largest in the world in terms of volume of ships delivered in 2010, Tsuneishi Technical Services (Philippines) Inc. (TTSI) General Manager Segismundo Exaltacion Jr. noted that the Philippines slid a notch to now stand at No. 5, shortly after it was dislodged by Brazil.

Minority legislator backs House refusal to suspend Arroyo

A SENIOR member of the minority bloc in the House of Representatives has backed the refusal of the chamber’s leadership to enforce a Sandiganbayan order suspending former President and now Lakas-Kampi-CMD Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga in connection with her alleged involvement in the controversial $329-million NBN-ZTE deal.

Subic cuts container-port fees by more than 80%

Subic cuts container-port fees by more than 80%

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has announced the reduction of port charges at the New Container Terminal (NCT) here by more than 80 percent effective on October 1.

Better but not yet enough

Better but not yet enough

The results of Tropical Storm Mario (international code name Fung-Wong) hitting Metro Manila were predictable. Major thoroughfares were turned into rivers and lakes, and the National Capital Region came to a standstill.

World population unlikely to stabilize this century–study

WASHINGTON—The world’s population is unlikely to stabilize this century but, instead, keeps growing and could reach 11 billion by 2100, a new study using modern statistical tools said on Thursday.

Business

Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share

NEW YORK—Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse named after a fabled, poor woodsman who discovers a thieves’ den full of treasures, is ready to strike it rich on the New York Stock Exchange(NYSE).

DA, Koica to develop upland areas in Panay

RECOGNIZING the high agricultural potentials of upland areas in the four provinces of Western Visayas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica) will implement the five-year Panay Island Upland Sustainable Rural Development Program (PIU-SRDP) beginning next year.

BPI-Century Tokyo enter joint venture

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has entered into a joint venture with Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. (CTL), a leading Japanese financing company.

Inventor-entrepreneur gets the water flowing

Inventor-entrepreneur gets the water flowing

GOOD entrepreneurs find opportunities in crisis. Noble entrepreneurs find crisis and disasters as opportunities to give back to the communities the fruits of their success.

Using analytics to mitigate card fraud in the Philippines

Using analytics to mitigate card fraud in the Philippines

WITH its economy being one of the fastest growing in Asia, not to mention the stable inflow of remittances from overseas Filipino workers, the Philippine banking system is expected to grow over the next few years—30 percent year-on-year by some estimates.

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

‘Gangnam Style’

‘Gangnam Style’

INCHEON, South Korea—A lavish opening ceremony at the Asian Games included poetry, the standard fireworks, and a rousing finale of singer PSY belting his signature hit “Gangnam Style” through a sequined microphone on Friday.

Lifestyle

‘Driven to Abstraction’

‘Driven to Abstraction’

IF you were around the fourth level of SM Megamall Building A a few weeks ago, no doubt you would have been inspired by the window display of Renaissance Art Gallery, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary with a special exhibition titled Driven to Abstraction, a group study on contemporary Philippine nonrepresentational art. Featuring the works of artists Max Balatbat, Bien Benitez, Benji Bisaya, Marco Coching, Arley Carig, Jane Ebarle, Fitz Herrera, Josef Laureano, Sio Montera, Cid Reyes, Aner Sebastian, Resty Tica and Valen Valerio, the show also highlighted the artworks of master abstractionists, such as National Artists Hernando R. Ocampo, Jose Joya and Arturo Luz, as well as Mauro Malang Santos, Romulo Olazo, Gus Albor, Lao Lianben and Nestor Vinluan.

Expanded tourism destination introduced in Kalibo

KALIBO, Aklan—A tourism magnate based in the island-resort of Boracay has partnered with the Kalibo Save the Mangrove (Kasama), an organization of mangrove farmers, for the introduction of a new tourism destination in Kalibo.

Matthew Crawley is dead. Get over it.

Matthew Crawley is dead. Get over it.

IT’S been almost two years since Dan Stevens’s beloved Downton Abbey character, Matthew Crawley, met with an untimely end, and some die-hard fans of the PBS costume drama still may not quite be over it. But for the 31-year-old British actor, Crawley’s tragic death marked a kind of rebirth—or at least a chance to strike out in some very different directions as an actor.

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

SANTA CRUZ, Zambales—The Zambales provincial government inaugurated here on September 3 a building housing the office of the town’s Senior Citizens’ Federation, the latest project in a province-wide program to provide the elderly with a venue for their social and official activities.

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

Discovering the Philippines one island at a time

Discovering the Philippines one island at a time

This peripatetic Englishman claims he had seen more of Luzon Island than any foreigner and dares them to exceed this claim.

Stephen Lysaght, first secretary and head of the political and economic section of the British Embassy, Manila, relates his adventures during an exclusive interview with the BusinessMirror.

Is good public relations good charisma?

Is good public relations good charisma?

Dear PR Matters,

I work in corporate public relations (PR), and have noticed that the most successful PR practitioners are those who are charismatic and have a great personality.  How important is charisma in charting one’s career in PR? How can one develop this?

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.

Starmall Prima Taguig officially opens

Starmall Prima Taguig officially opens

STARMALL is raising the level of the mall experience for the Filipino by building better-quality malls with a more dynamic tenant mix, an upgraded interiors, and a façade with a high-end vibe. This new level of mall design is incarnated in all Starmall Prima, an in-the-pipeline collection of commercial centers with a brand-new, intensely upgraded new lifestyle experience of live, shop, dine and entertain.  

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

WE can no longer qualify certain threats as problems “over there.” Local phenomena can create consequences that involve the entire world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the control of infectious disease.

PBEd portal seeks to reduce youth unemployment by 30%

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, has developed an online career-exploration portal to help reduce youth unemployment in the country by almost one-third.

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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