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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.
By John Authers The coronavirus pandemic has stress-tested the world. Beyond challenging human fortitude, national health services and international rivalries, it has forced a series of moral choices. Many have provoked impassioned disagreement — over whether governments can force businesses...
Preparing for the worst, at this point, means recognizing and accepting the fact that the government and the private sector can do only so much in containing the spread of COVID-19 and saving people from it. No, this is not a defeatist nor a fatalistic stance. On the contrary, bracing now and doing what we can as individuals and as families, with what we have, is one way of improving our chances of physical and economic survival.
Despite the incoherent rants against the country’s water, telecom, and electricity companies by President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2020 last week, one good thing in his speech was the absence of reference to climate alarm and the need for more mandates, more subsidies to renewables which would mean more expensive electricity.
SCHEDULED MEETINGS, even virtual ones, need to be prepared for. A detailed agenda (and the clickable link for the meet) is sent out to attendees to make sure they have useful insights and comments to offer. The agenda provides a list of matters to be taken up. Attached position papers and risk assessments may accompany the items.
A MASSIVE explosion at Lebanon’s main port rocked Beirut, overwhelming hospitals dealing with the injured and dying. The blast was so large it blew out windows across the capital and was even heard from Cyprus.
TAIPEI — US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days, his office said on Tuesday, making the highest-level visit by a US official in four decades - a move likely to anger China, which claims the island as its own.
THE global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.
NEW YORK — World number two Rafa Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he will not defend his US Open crown this year at Flushing Meadows as organizers released the singles entry list for the Grand Slam.
LUKA DONCIC capped a 34-point, 20-rebound, 12-assist triple-double with a basket inside to break a tie with 1:57 remaining in overtime Tuesday afternoon as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Sacramento Kings for a 114-110 victory.
FOLLOWING a tough Season 82 at the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the Adamson Soaring Falcons are looking to bounce back this year, armed with more experience and better understanding of who they are as a team.
WHILE conduct of sports in the country is currently grounded because of the coronavirus disease pandemic, La Salle Green Hills has made sure its scholar-athletes are taken care of by honoring scholarships granted to them amid the tough times.
SAN FRANCISCO — Two former world number ones will play alongside the game’s freshly crowned top player when Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas go out as a group in the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park this week.
SOUTHEAST Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion REBEL Fighting Championship fortified further its organization by adding accomplished individuals to key positions.
TOKYO — Japanese drugstores were stripped bare of gargling solution by Wednesday, a day after the governor of the western prefecture of Osaka suggested it could help fight coronavirus, triggering panic buying reminiscent of the early days of mask shortages.
In the Philippines, signs of an economic crisis abound: empty malls, buy-one-get-one-free car deals, and restaurants closing permanently.
Microsoft has emerged as a savior to young users of TikTok, who praised the tech industry giant for trying to buy parts of the social media company’s operations, in hopes of avoiding a US shutdown.
SINGAPORE — Singapore researchers have developed “electronic skin” capable of recreating a sense of touch, an innovation they hope will allow people with prosthetic limbs to detect objects, as well as feel texture, or even temperature and pain.
Before the pandemic, Levi Fedley would bike to one of Melbourne’s famous laneway cafes, sit down with the perfect cup of coffee and watch the world go by.
The rise of “femtech” has been a long time coming given that women make up half of the global population and their higher spending power is pushing the “she-conomy.” 
Novavax Inc. said on Tuesday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced high levels of antibodies against the novel coronavirus, according to initial data from a small, early-stage clinical trial, sending the company's shares up 10%. The company said it could start...
BEIRUT — Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut, killing 78 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll that officials expected to rise. Tuesday’s blast at...
THE COUNTRY'S exports and imports continued to plunge, albeit at a slower pace in June, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning.  Merchandise exports shrank by 13.3% to $5.33 billion in June after a 26.9% yearly decline in May,...
The overall year-on-year increase in prices of widely used goods quickened slightly in July, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning. Preliminary data from the PSA showed headline inflation at 2.7% last month, picking up from the 2.5% pace in...
The continuous threat of COVID-19 to public health has severely hit business process outsourcing (BPOs) firms and enterprises who rely on agents to provide critical frontline support for customers. Globe, despite its commitment to delivering good customer experience, is no...
Medical community offers to help DoH with contact tracing, telemedicine THE MEDICAL community has offered to help the Department of Health (DoH) in improving the contact tracing system and use of telemedicine. These two areas, considered as “very low hanging...
THE Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) increased the minimum public ownership (MPO)requirement for companies that plan to list on the stock market. 
THE global coronavirus pandemic has given the US government much reprieve after Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte delayed the termination of a military agreement on troop deployment, which he finds to be a distraction to the world’s anti-COVID-19 efforts.
PHILIPPINE HEALTH Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) faces the risk of collapse by 2022 if the pandemic continues and it fails to secure additional subsidies from the government, an official told the Senate on Tuesday.
THE digitalization that is expected to spur the country’s young workforce to drive consumption by 2030 will be accelerated by the pandemic, a report from the World Economic Forum and Bain & Company said.
SAN MIGUEL CORP. (SMC) is expecting its beer business to start recovering in the second half, after being battered with a 62.3% earnings drop in the first six months by restrictions on alcoholic beverages.
PETRON CORP. posted P14.2 billion in total net loss in the first six months of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic brought down the demand for fuel products, leading to poor refining margins and collapse in prices.
THE grand prize winner of Popeyes’ online talent competition is now under fire after his winning video montage of Eraserheads songs was called out for allegedly ripping off the musical arrangement of Ang Huling El Bimbo: The Musical.
THE second-quarter net income of Globe Telecom, Inc. declined 7.8% to P4.90 billion from P5.32 billion in the same period last year due to the impact of coronavirus lockdowns on its operations.
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is holding its third outreach apprenticeship program for regional artists and cultural workers, but this time everything will be held virtually.
DOUBLEDRAGON PROPERTIES CORP. has raised $75 million from its debut in the offshore bond market, which will support capital expenditures and refinance existing obligations.
TOKYO — Some of Japan’s best-known artists are finding new avenues of expression in areas such as online communication and the environment, as the novel coronavirus outbreak sparks ideas as radical as renaming the country’s “Reiwa” imperial era.
MASS HOUSING developer 8990 Holdings, Inc. booked 12% higher earnings in the first quarter of the year, on the back of sustained demand for its products in Metro Manila and key regions.
LONDON — A nine-ton sculpture of a giant swirl of whipped cream with a cherry on top, as well as a fly and a drone, was unveiled on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in London on Thursday.
ITALPINAS DEVELOPMENT CORP. (IDC) continued posting a double-digit income growth in the second quarter despite the strict quarantine rules to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
UPGRADES to the facilities in La Mesa Treatment Plant 1 in Quezon City were finally completed and put into commission, according to Maynilad Water Services, Inc.
PARIS — Stuck at home during lockdown, Dutch researcher Wouter van der Veen finally found time to look through old postcards of the French village where Vincent van Gogh died and made a remarkable discovery.
THE GOVERNMENT made a full award of the Treasury bills (T-bills) it offered on Tuesday as rates declined amid strong demand.
MINING COMPANY Marcventures Holdings, Inc. (MHI) posted a turnaround in its consolidated net income for 2019 to P37.8 million, compared with a net loss of P388.8 million in the previous year, due to higher nickel tonnage.
LOS ANGELES — Actress Portia de Rossi defended Ellen DeGeneres on Monday after a social media campaign called for the talk show host to step down following reports of a hostile work environment for employees on set.
RIZAL COMMERCIAL Banking Corp. (RCBC) is looking to tap the domestic debt market again this semester through medium-term papers, but will push back a planned dollar bond issue as it monitors global developments.

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