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Alfonso Louis Chusuey talks about the growth of the Henann Group of Resorts and the possible closure of Boracay.
Chatri Sityodtong’s warrior spirit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zifpSxj9XA WORDS  SANTIAGO J. ARNAIZ | PHOTOGRAPHY KAI HUANG Chatri Sityodtong begins, as he often does, with a story. It’s something he picked up from a mentor he had in his youth, training in the art of Muay Thai back in...
Janina Dizon Hoschka on her mother’s legacy and keeping balance in her life. WORDS  ZSARLENE B. CHUA Janina Dizon Hoschka, who, at first, resisted being a jeweler, finds herself celebrating her 10th year in the business with a 200-piece collection that...
Cirilo F. Bautista, National Artist for Literature. Art and War When I look at abstract art and think of the dead in the war in Iraq, things even out considerably, even if the firework is heavy on this or that side. They seem to...
José María V. Zaragoza, National Artist for Architecture. Words  Augusto Villalón | Photos  Chippy Rivera José María V. Zaragoza, an almost forgotten icon in the development of truly Philippine architecture, totally deserves the distinction of finally being conferred as National Artist...


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These poems, first published here, will be collected in a future anthology.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the creation of a task force to investigate irregularities within the Philippine Health Corp. (PhilHealth) as the state insurer’s officials face allegations of corruption. Palace Spokesperson Harry L. Roque said in a briefing on Friday...
The Department of Health (DoH) on Friday said pooled testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is only effective in areas where incidence of the disease is low. In a virtual briefing on Friday, Health UnderSecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire...
Four Filipinos died while 31 were injured by the deadly blast that destroyed the port of Beirut, Lebanon last Tuesday. In a statement released on Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said four Filipinos perished in the explosion that...
A BIT more than half of Filipinos feel that it is dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical of the administration even if it is truthful, according to a July poll by the Social Weather Survey (SWS). Its National Mobile...
Angkas will deploy 1,000 motorcycle riders to 10 hospitals in Metro Manila as it teamed up with the government to provide medical workers with transportation during the strict lockdown. The government’s task force on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) on Friday...
Indigenous People (IP) and Moro leaders went to the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday to file the 26th petition against Republic Act 1147, better known as the Anti-Terrrorism Act. AkoBakwit chairperson Samira Gutoc-Tomawis and 14 others filed a petition to...
The government’s move to impose a stricter lockdown for two weeks will ensure a more “sustainable economic recovery” said the top official of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). “If we did nothing and continued ‘yung (the general community...
The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Friday said that the financial service providers it has partnered with for the distribution of government aid can operate at full capacity. In IATF-EID Resolution No. 61...
New government health protocols will not require businesses to test asymptomatic workers for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). But workers with symptoms will be required to take the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said in...
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and the United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo discussed the latest US policy declaration on maritime disputes in the South China Sea, after the US called China’s claims as “unlawful”...
A NATIONWIDE school-based milk feeding program is set to be implemented in accordance to the law that institutionalized a national feeding program for undernourished children in public schools, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) said. The PCC said that it has...
By Beatrice M. Laforga, Reporter The government raised a record P516.3 billion from the sale of retail Treasury bonds (RTBs) amid strong market liquidity and a boost from online sales. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) raised P488.5 billion in...
Economic managers are reducing the budget allocated for infrastructure projects this year and 2021, even as a World Bank report showed the Philippines' road, power and water infrastructure remain inadequate. The Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) in a July...
By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s credit rating is likely to be threatened despite the record drop in the second quarter gross domestic product (GDP), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said on Friday. “Does...
The Philippine economy faces a "painful recession" this year, as the country struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research. In a commentary released on Friday, Fitch...
By Jobo E. Hernandez, Researcher EMPLOYMENT growth among large Metro Manila firms continued to improve in the third and fourth quarter of 2019, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Friday. In its latest quarterly Labor Turnover Survey, the PSA said...
THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) hopes the government can soon adopt a position on including nuclear power in the generation mix. Executive Order No. 116 signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on July 24 authorized a study on the...
THE ENERGY and Agriculture departments have inked a deal to develop programs and projects that would tap renewable energy for food production. The two departments met on Thursday to sign a memorandum of agreement on creating the Renewable Energy...
MORE FILIPINOS are now using digital payments for their e-commerce transactions, shifting from the previous preference for cash on delivery. “The Philippines is a cash-on-delivery market. But we did feel a change of behavior during the pandemic with more and...
THE ROLE of local price coordinating councils (LPCCs) has been strengthened after the Department of Agriculture (DA) partnered with other government agencies in efforts to shield consumers from possible price hikes due to the return of Metro Manila and...
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez is calling for more direct support for the manufacturing industry to help them lower operational costs and recover from the slowdown caused by the pandemic. “As they want to go into digital transformation, bigyan din...
By Denise A. Valdez, Senior Reporter Earnings of Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) plunged 97% in the second quarter, as malls were shuttered and property sales dropped during the lockdown. In a regulatory filing Friday, ALI said its attributable net income...
San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is pursuing the shelf registration of up to P40-billion preferred shares to be issued over a three-year period. In a stock exchange disclosure on Friday, the listed conglomerate said its board of directors has authorized the...
Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC), the holding company of the Gotianun family, reported a 39% growth in attributable net income in the second quarter despite challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic. In a regulatory filing on Friday, FDC said its net...
By Adam J. Ang The Philippines' telecommunications giants are likely to raise their investments next year as they face regulatory pressure and looming competition, according to Fitch Ratings. Globe Telecom, Inc. and PLDT, Inc. both have reduced their capital expenditures...
The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) revised the composition of the 30-member benchmark index to include Emperador, Inc., which will replace Semirara Mining and Power Corp. The bourse operator released on Friday the result of its semi-annual review of...
Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) reported an 8% decline in profits to P3.7 billion in the first semester as its business operations were disrupted during the coronavirus-related lockdown. Despite a lower bottomline, the property developer said in a statement on Friday...
SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) and its property and banking units remained part of the FTSE4Good Index Series for its environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. In a statement Friday, the flagship company of the Sy family said it was once...
MONEY SUPPLY growth slowed in June following the easing of quarantine measures and as funds went to other investment instruments. Domestic liquidity or M3, the broadest measure of money supply in an economy, expanded by 14.9% year on year, slowing...
BANK OF THE Philippine Islands (BPI) raised P21.5 billion from its offer of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response bonds to be used for lending to micro-, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSME) amid the pandemic. The amount raised from the lender’s...
The peso logged new high against the greenback on Friday on profit-taking amid prospects of weaker US economic data. The local unit closed trading P49.041 per dollar, inching up by less than a centavo from its P49.05 finish on...
THE MAIN INDEX fell on Friday as foreign investors reacted to Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) data showing the economy shrank by 16.5% in the second quarter. The 30-member Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gave up 56.56 points or 0.95%...
GMA Network’s weekend film bloc, Kapuso Movie Festival and GMA Blockbusters, will be showing two children’s films on Sunday, Aug. 9. Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) by Rob Minkoff is an animated film based from the characters of the 1950s...
Top officials of Pag-IBIG Fund reported on Monday (27 July) earnings of over P22.8 billion in the first half of 2020. From January to June, Pag-IBIG Fund’s gross income reached P22.82 billion, driven mainly by earnings from its housing loans...
Facebook Inc. will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home office needs, a spokeswoman for the social media giant said on Thursday. The company joins other...
WASHINGTON — The US State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending US citizens avoid all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead issued a raft of high-level warnings...
MANILA — The Philippines is seeking to confirm whether a recently registered death was that of former Wirecard executive Christopher Bauer, one of several people being investigated over a multi-billion dollar fraud at the German payments firm. Philippine Justice Secretary...
NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE STOCKHOLDERS OF KEPPEL PHILIPPINES PROPERTIES, INC. TO ALL STOCKHOLDERS: Notice is hereby given that the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting (“Meeting”) of Keppel Philippines Properties, Inc. (the “Company”) will be held on 13 August 2020, Thursday, at 2:00...
By Marissa Mae M. Ramos Researcher THE Philippine economy shrank for the second consecutive quarter, plunging into a recession for the first time in nearly three decades, data of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. Gross domestic product (GDP) slumped by 16.5%...
By Beatrice M. Laforga Reporter THE government now expects gross domestic product (GDP) to contract by 5.5% this year, lowering the outlook amid the widening economic fallout from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) on Thursday...
THE government has shelved eight major infrastructure projects worth P370 billion under its flagship program, as it seeks to conserve resources and prioritize shovel-ready ones with high economic and jobs impact. Vivencio B. Dizon, the presidential adviser for flagship infrastructure...
THE government is eyeing to borrow P3 trillion next year in order to fund more than half of its spending plan and plug the ballooning deficit, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said on Thursday. “For 2021, we expect to...
By Jenina P. Ibañez, Reporter</em THE CAR INDUSTRY is retaining its sales projection despite the two-week return to a strict lockdown in Metro Manila and four key economic areas. “We still maintain the revised target of down by 40% from last...
By Arjay L. Balinbin Senior Reporter PLDT, INC.’s second-quarter attributable net income grew 15.8% to P6.37 billion from P5.5 billion posted in the same period last year, driven by the surge in data and broadband revenues amid the coronavirus pandemic. The second-quarter...
PHILIPPINE SEVEN CORP., the local operator of 7-Eleven stores, swung to a P493.5-million net loss in the second quarter as an effect of the coronavirus pandemic In a statement on Thursday, the listed company said it reversed its P373.2-million net...
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