2019 ABS-CBN Ball set for Sept. 14

MANILA, Philippines --- The much-awaited 2019 ABS-CBN Ball set to happen this September 14 will gather stars for the benefit of children's education. ABS-CBN announced Wednesday that charity ball will give celebrities a chance to grant scholarships to underprivileged kids through Bantay Bata 163's Bantay Education program. Through the program, beneficiaries will be given the chance to have a normal education as complete tuition assistance, meal and transportation allowances, school supplies and other fees will be covered. The ball will also honor Gina Lopez, founder of ABS-CBN Foundation and Bantay Bata 163 who initiated the rescue of thousands of children from physical and ...

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Claudine Barretto’s ‘Ghost Writer’ Reply to Basher, ‘Patama’ to Marjorie?
Is Claudine Barretto doing “patama” to Marjorie Barretto when whe replied “ghost writer” to a basher? Kapamilya actress Claudine Barretto replied to a basher “ghost writer”, is this her “patama” to her older sister Marjorie Barretto? Showbiz enthusiasts are familiar to the feud between the Barretto sisters. Claudine and her older sister Gretchen Barretto had […] The post Claudine Barretto’s ‘Ghost Writer’ Reply to Basher, ‘Patama’ to Marjorie? appeared first on Philippine News.
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This Glass Chapel in Batangas Has a View of the Sea
In case you want to walk down the aisle surrounded by a gorgeous vista.
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Envoy to Panelo: What if China suspects OFWs of spying, too?
MANILA, Philippines --- Do Filipinos suspect that Chinese workers in the Philippines are really spies? Well, the Chinese can think the same way about overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in China, too. But let's perish the thought that the thousands of our nationals working in your country and yours working in ours are security threats.   That was the message from Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to Malacaang after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana raised concerns about the presence of Chinese-manned Philippine offshore gaming operation (Pogo) sites near military and police camps, according to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo.   Lorenzana earlier said that ...Keep on reading: Envoy to Panelo: What if China suspects OFWs of spying, too?
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Cardema cries extortion; all for publicity, says poll exec
MANILA, Philippines --- He and his party mates are "the victims" here, Duterte Youth party list nominee Ronald Cardema said on Saturday as he claimed that Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, through an emissary, had asked favors from him in exchange for the party's accreditation in January.   Cardema was apparently responding to Guanzon's recent claims that she had been receiving death threats from his camp after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division canceled his nomination as Duterte Youth representative on Aug. 5 for "material misrepresentation" of his age.   The law requires youth sector nominees to be 25 to 30 years old on Election Day. Car...Keep on reading: Cardema cries extortion; all for publicity, says poll exec
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Tide of fear rising in Dumagat land
The Dumagat have been living on the banks of the Kaliwa River for centuries, and swimming is second nature to them. Yet they are afraid that they, along with their ancestral domain, their culture and traditions, will be drowned in the planned Kaliwa Dam, a project of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to be built with an P18.7-billon loan from China.   "We will drown ... They say it will be deep," said 10-year-old Erik John Leynes, who lives with his family near the Kaliwa River.   The river, which is to be the dam's main water source, flows between the towns of Infanta and General Nakar in Quezon province, on the boundaries of Barang...Keep on reading: Tide of fear rising in Dumagat land
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COA questions CAAP over P500M spent for 10 execs’ life insurance
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for purchasing life insurance plans worth a total of P500 million for 10 of its officials, despite lack of board approval and proper selection criteria.   In its annual audit report, the COA said the insurance plans, bought from United Coconut Planters Life Assurance Corp. (Cocolife), were the single-pay variable life insurance type, also called the Zenith plan under Cocolife.   A variable life insurance product is an investment-linked product that simultaneously provides insurance and invests in mutual funds or unit investment funds.  ...Keep on reading: COA questions CAAP over P500M spent for 10 execs’ life insurance
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‘Free’ movies for seniors, PWDs cost Makati gov’t P18M
MANILA, Philippines --- Those "free" movies are not totally free after all.   The local government of Makati City said it paid more than P18 million in the first half of the year for movie tickets given to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).   In a report by the accounting department's officer in charge William Dayrit, City Hall paid a total of P18,146,284 to its six cinema partners from January to June.   Of this, P16,595,131.75 went to movie tickets of more than 110,000 senior citizens, and P1,551,152.25 to movie tickets of at least 12,000 PWDs.   The amounts represent the 25-percent share of the city government in the c...Keep on reading: ‘Free’ movies for seniors, PWDs cost Makati gov’t P18M
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Basilan opens ‘House of Peace’ to help ex-Abus start anew
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines --- Inside the sprawling camp of the Philippine Army's 4th Special Forces Battalion in Isabela City, Basilan, stands a newly built one-story facility.   There is nothing extraordinary about the building that houses an office, sleeping quarters and a prayer room, among others. But its name --- Baithus Salam, or "House of Peace" --- makes it stand out in a land that has known violence and strife for decades.   Inaugurated last week, the facility is dedicated to the reformation of former members of the Abu Sayyaf, a group of bandits that has bedeviled Basilan's growth and progress since its inception almost 30 years ag...Keep on reading: Basilan opens ‘House of Peace’ to help ex-Abus start anew
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FACES OF THE NEWS: Aug. 18, 2019
Persida Rueda-Acosta It seems anti-Dengvaxia crusader and Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta is facing a mutiny.   In an anonymous manifesto, several ranking lawyers from the PAO's central office exposed Acosta's alleged entrenched and systemic corruption.   The lawyers, who said they had knowledge of the goings on in Acosta's office, said she had placed in the PAO's finance department loyal certified public accountants who helped her funnel the agency's budget for her personal use.   She is also allegedly an "ambulance chaser," forcing the families of children who have died after reportedly receiving the dengue vaccine t...Keep on reading: FACES OF THE NEWS: Aug. 18, 2019
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Roque mulls charges vs PhilHealth execs
MANILA, Philippines --- Lawyer Harry Roque plans to file criminal cases against current and former officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. who allegedly allowed payments for fraudulent claims and approved the accreditation of hospitals supposedly involved in questionable practices.   Roque said on Saturday that he was willing to file the cases for free, if new PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales would provide him with the documents to identify the officials involved in the activities.   "This is the litmus test for Morales," he said in a phone interview. "I'm challenging Morales to give me the documents, and I am willing to file the cases for free, pro b...Keep on reading: Roque mulls charges vs PhilHealth execs
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Privileges, perks for Singapore Airlines frequent travelers
Good news for travelers who always fly via Singapore Airlines (SIA). EastWest has partnered with KrisFlyer, SIA's frequent flyer program, to launch a new premium credit card: the EastWest Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Mastercard. The teamup was formally announced at the Shangri-La at the Fort grand ballroom. It was a well-attended affair. Representatives from EastWest and SIA, and other VIPs, gathered and enjoyed a sumptuous meal with Lea Salonga as special guest performer. Among the guests were Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines Gerard Ho, SIA VP for loyalty marketing Ryan Pua, SIA regional VP for Southeast Asia WK Lim, EastWest VP consumer lending cluster service deliv...Keep on reading: Privileges, perks for Singapore Airlines frequent travelers
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Palace on Duterte: He’s well but very busy
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang assured the public that the President was well and focusing on work although he had not been seen in public since a police anniversary event in Camp Crame on Aug. 9.   "I just talked to him," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters during a gathering of Chinese-Filipino businessmen in Quezon City on Saturday.   "He really has a lot to do. He has a lot of paperwork, private meetings and courtesy calls. So he's very busy," he said.   Panelo explained that the Chief Executive had to catch up with paper work that had piled up and he had to spend a lot of time going through many documents.   He joke...Keep on reading: Palace on Duterte: He’s well but very busy
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Autopsy of EJK victims pushed
MANILA, Philippines --- Recalling the police killing of teenager Kian delos Santos on Aug. 16, 2017, Sen. Francis Pangilinan again pushed for the mandatory autopsy of people who died under questionable circumstances.   Prevailing civil registry rules already require autopsies of those who died under questionable circumstances but Pangilinan's proposal would make it a matter of law even if the next of kin waive an autopsy.   "The original purpose of this measure is to help investigate the increasing daily killings way back in 2017," said Pangilinan, who had proposed a similar measure two years ago.   Under the bill, autopsies will be mandated for deaths re...Keep on reading: Autopsy of EJK victims pushed
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Same mighty Beermen
Their PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign wasn't perfect---then again, nothing ever is. But the San Miguel Beermen opened the conference in a far from ideal manner and questions began to rise as to whether they could make a run to the title. Making the prospects even worse, on the opposite end of the Finals showdown was TNT, which steamrolled the opposition and had pundits anointing the KaTropa champions long before the Finals series tipped off. "We struggled in the eliminations," said veteran guard and defensive whiz Chris Ross. "We were the 7th seed. We had to overcome twice-to-win and then we had to play a gritty Rain or Shine team that pushed us every game. Then you play a team...Keep on reading: Same mighty Beermen
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Eddie Baddeo: Even when he was very sick, he worried about others
Eddie Baddeo laughed heartily on the phone when we called to ask if he was making any dresses for the Sona (State of the Nation Address), seeing the humor in our query. This was in mid-2014, only a few months after he gave an affidavit on his role in the Janet Napoles and the PDAF (Priority and Development Assistance Fund) scam, ultimately becoming one of the whistleblowers. The fashion designer had many clients among politicians and the moneyed set, including Napoles---connections that the convicted plunderer later exploited. Baddeo, in his affidavit, said that it was he, on Napoles' behest, who went around procuring signed letters from 44 mayors---most of whom were his loyal c...Keep on reading: Eddie Baddeo: Even when he was very sick, he worried about others
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28 vie for 2 seats in Supreme Court
MANILA, Philippines --- The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday bared the list of 28 final applicants to the two Supreme Court seats to be vacated by Justices Francis Jardeleza and Antonio Carpio who are retiring on Sept. 26 and Oct. 26, respectively, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.   The JBC, in an announcement issued by Supreme Court clerk of court and JBC ex-officio Secretary Edgar Aricheta, would interview the applicants by batches on Sept. 6, 9, 10 and 11.   18 from CA   Eighteen of the applicants are from the Court of Appeals (CA), namely Justices Samuel Gaerlan, Japar Dimaampao, Edwin Sorongon, Ramon Cruz, Ramon Bato Jr., Edu...Keep on reading: 28 vie for 2 seats in Supreme Court
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Tubbataha: ‘We must build apartments for some 2,000 birds—we’re halfway there’
One cloudy afternoon last June, I skipped a dive during the extended transition trip from Tubbataha to Batangas of the Discovery Fleet's sleek, comfortable dive boat M/V Discovery Palawan, so Angelique Songco, the indefatigable Protected Area Superintendent of Tubbata Reefs Natural Park, could entrust me to her veteran Marine Park Ranger Segundo "Seconds" Conales of the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO). Seconds took the Discovery Fleet's operations head and photographer Yvette Lee, photographer Andrei Voinigescu, and myself for a quick spin by TMO speedboat around the little strip of land known as Bird Islet. It was a rare treat, as no visitors are allowed within a hundred meters of ...Keep on reading: Tubbataha: ‘We must build apartments for some 2,000 birds—we’re halfway there’
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James Younghusband ends inactive spell, joins powerhouse Ceres-Negros club
National team centurion James Younghusband is set to end his eight-month hiatus from the sport as he completed his move to reigning Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros last Friday. Younghusband, 32, has not played a competitive match since seeing action for the Azkals in the group stage clash against Kyrgyzstan in the AFC Asian Cup last January in Dubai. The move augurs well for Younghusband who is not just reviving his club career but also looking to make a case for inclusion to the national team that will vie for a spot in the 2022 World Cup. "I'm really excited to be signing for Ceres-Negros FC," Younghusband who has 12 goals in 101 appearances for the Azkals to...Keep on reading: James Younghusband ends inactive spell, joins powerhouse Ceres-Negros club
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2 Customs personnel injured in ambush in Magallanes Village
MANILA, Philippines --- Two personnel of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) were wounded after armed men attacked them inside the upscale Magallanes Village on Friday night.   Sisters Maricon Manalo and Marietta Lasac, along with Sherlyn Salazar, another BOC employee, were on board a van along Lapu-Lapu Avenue in Barangay Magallanes when their path was blocked by another vehicle at the corner of Victoria Street around 8:40 p.m.   According to Maj. Gideon Ines, chief of the Makati police, four unidentified men alighted from a black Toyota Wigo and surrounded the victims' grey Toyota Corolla Altis.   The suspects told them to get out of the vehicle and forced them...Keep on reading: 2 Customs personnel injured in ambush in Magallanes Village
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Antonia E. Bacasmas; 87
Antonia Elemia Bacasmas of Roseller T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay province, mother of Inquirer photographer Edwin E. Bacasmas, died on Aug. 16. She was 87.   She is survived by her children Ernaldo and wife Myrna; Ejojita Mary Bacasmas-Dapat and husband Feliciano Jr.; Ernesto Jr.; Edmund and wife Yolanda; Edwin and wife Maricar; Elmer and wife Arlene; Edward and wife Anne; and Eugene and wife Valerie; and grandchildren....Keep on reading: Antonia E. Bacasmas; 87
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To Laguna couple, natural farming comes with a heart
SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, Philippines --- Couple Joel and Myrna Frago, both 53, spoke at great length about natural farming --- the practical knowledge they so willingly shared with farmers, students and young entrepreneurs.   But perhaps another takeaway from visiting Forest Wood Garden in this city in Laguna province was seeing the Fragos not only run a business but help communities and save the environment as well.   Forest Wood is a family-run farm tourism site in a 5-hectare land that Joel inherited at the foot of Mt. San Cristobal.   "Farming is my first love, but Tatay (father) never really wanted me [to venture into] it," said Joel, whose parent...Keep on reading: To Laguna couple, natural farming comes with a heart
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THIS WEEK’S FESTIVALS: Aug. 18 to 24
Aug. 18 to 25: Ibalong Festival   Legazpi City's greatest mythical heroes are remembered in a weeklong festival in Albay province.   The festival showcases the Ibalong epic, which describes the exploits of mythical Aryan heroes Baltog, Handyong and Bantong in the land called Ibalon. Activities include photo exhibit, sports events, Ibalong mask making contest and an augmented reality experience of the Ibalong epic.   Aug. 18 to 26: Niyogyugan Festival   A weeklong celebration of Quezon province's coconut industry. The festival's name came from the words "niyog" (coconut) and "yugyog" (move to the beat).   The 141st birth anniversary o...Keep on reading: THIS WEEK’S FESTIVALS: Aug. 18 to 24
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Get drunk with milk tea
Spiked milk tea is a thing. It's the cheapest way to get your booze and milk tea fix at the same time. At Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen in Poblacion, mixologist Jay Natividad showed us how to make the #MToTD, one of the tea cocktails presented during the Lipton TeaMagination launch. Natividad, chef of the New York-inspired NoKal bar and Giffard West Cup 2019 champion, used cold Lipton English Breakfast tea as base. He added one part each of Cointreau Noir and dark rum, fresh milk, cream and Monin toffee. Generous chewy pearls are a must, of course. Creamy with a kick, #MToTD is a true crowd pleaser from the Diageo World Class 2016 Southeast Asia finalist. Tea cocktails ...Keep on reading: Get drunk with milk tea
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Gundam Universe gets into the action figure action
Ever since "Mobile Suit Gundam" (Kido Senshi Gundam) first aired in Japan in 1979 and launched the "Real Robots" mecha anim genre, the Gundam franchise has been closely and almost exclusively associated with the hobby of plastic model-making ---colloquially called "Plamo" for "plastic model"---to the point that it earned its own hobby subgenre, "Gunpla" for "Gundam plastic." Through its decades of the Universal Century canon and its alternative realities--- including the wildly popular "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" (1996), the gritty "Mobile Suit Gundam: O8th MS Team" (1996), the divisive "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED" (2002), the noirish "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" (2007) and the kid-friendly "Gu...Keep on reading: Gundam Universe gets into the action figure action
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‘Dani Girl’ makes a triumphant return
Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond's musical "Dani Girl" was the maiden production of The Sandbox Collective, and for their fifth anniversary they decided to return to it with a new cast (as alternates to their returning one) and a new stage. Directed once again by Toff De Venecia, "Dani Girl" tells the tale of Dani Lyons, a precocious 9-year-old girl distraught by the return of the cancer she thought she'd beaten. Set in a hospital, she makes a new friend in roommate Marty, a fellow cancer patient and certainly less made-up than Raph, her imaginary friend cum guardian angel. Together they go on a series of adventures to recover Dani's lost hair and an answer to the question "why...Keep on reading: ‘Dani Girl’ makes a triumphant return
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It’s playtime with BTS
The BTS dolls by Mattel were made available to fans and collectors last Thursday. The dolls landed at the Super K headquarters early, thanks to National Book Store and the dolls' Philippine distributor Richmore Global Inc. (Watch our unboxing video on Facebook!) BTS is the super boy group from South Korea. Its members are RM, Suga, j-hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook and V. All the members have dolls made in their likeness. Each doll comes in a clear box that is designed with the BTS logo and has a black backing. The clear box allows you look at the doll from every angle without actually opening it. The group's logo is indented on both sides of the box. The word BTS is in silver lettering...Keep on reading: It’s playtime with BTS
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Fire leaves 100 families homeless in Cagayan de Oro
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Philippines --- Close to a hundred families here were left homeless as a two-hour fire swept through their neighborhood Saturday morning, Aug. 17. SFO3 Samson Velarde said the fire started at the house of couple Apolinario and Leoncia Diaz around 8:50 a.m. According to Velarde, Leoncia, 68, was cooking rice while also doing another chore. When she went back, the kitchen had already caught fire. She called on Apolinario, 74, to help her put out the fire, but it had already spread fast to the rest of their shanty. Both suffered burns in trying to put out the fire. From the Diaz couple's so-called St. John neighborhood in Barangay Punto...Keep on reading: Fire leaves 100 families homeless in Cagayan de Oro
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Limited diagnosis of our traffic problem
It is disappointing and unsettling to hear MMDA’s proposals to address traffic congestion, which bears an economic cost of about P3.5 billion a day. We say disappointing because the proposals…READ
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When whimsy, not transport science, dictates traffic policies
There  is a traffic plan for  Manhattan’s 14th Street in New York City, easily the borough’s most congested road. The New York  City government is coordinating with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority…READ
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On her Assumption, remember Mary’s agonies
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul, into heaven, celebrated last Thursday, has been commemorated by Christians since the early centuries. The belief, affirmed as Catholic dogma…READ
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The attempted abduction of Jemma
It’s a case of child abuse and human trafficking that has caught much media attention.  It is being held in the court of Judge Maria Angelica Paras-Quiambao, Regional Trial Court…READ
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Stop in the name of drugs
A drug war is not an easy job for any government. I have taken the cue from many countries, who indulged this seemingly eternal chore to weed out this menace….READ
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Fuzzy/techie
These are terms used in a number of universities in the United States to distinguish between people in the humanities and those in technology. One is “techie” if he does…READ
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LOTTO RESULT August 18, 2019
LOTTO RESULT August 18, 2019 – Draws for 6/58 Ultra Lotto, 6/49 Super Lotto LOTTO RESULT August 18, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/58 Ultra Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today, Sunday, August 18, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major […] The post LOTTO RESULT August 18, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Marcio Lassiter proud of how teammates covered for him
MANILA, Philippines---Marcio Lassiter is over the moon after San Miguel Beer's latest championship. But he is even more elated with how his teammates stepped up to fill the void he left. "I've always had belief in everyone," he told reporters in the din of celebration at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night. "They were tremendous, you know," he said of his teammates, who finished off top-seeded TNT in six games, capped a 102-90 decision. "We needed all of that." "Whether it was one second, one minute or big minutes---everyone filled a void," he said. Lassiter hurt his left knee during the Beermen's twice-to-win stand against NorthPort in the quarters. Shortly aft...Keep on reading: Marcio Lassiter proud of how teammates covered for him
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Norwood, Aussies looking forward to trouble-free friendly
MANILA, Philippines--- Gilas Pilipinas captain Gabe Norwood hopes the Australians have buried the hatchet over the embarrassing brawl that marred a Fiba Olympic Qualifying game here over a year ago. Speaking to reporters after the Nationals' practice last Thursday, Norwood, a pioneer of the Gilas program and one of the three men who kept their cool during the bench-clearing incident, said that he hopes members of the visiting Adelaide 36ers have put that incident behind. "At the end of the day, we're all men. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. Whether we're out there or not, new to the team or not, we have a country to carry and present ourselves to the entire world," ...Keep on reading: Norwood, Aussies looking forward to trouble-free friendly
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Rufa Mae Quinto, 41, stages movie comeback
Because she was packaged as a bombshell comedian and usually appears on television in revealing outfits, Rufa Mae Quinto has had to deal with men who objectified her, or expected her to act in a certain way in person. "I find these men annoying, because they think I'm pangkama. But I'm not that type of person," she told reporters at a recent press conference for the comedy flick, "And Ai, Thank You." Her Filipino-American husband, Trevor Magallanes, didn't have such preconceived notions. This was one of the things that made him stand out. "I didn't get that feeling with him. He really loved me; he didn't make me feel disrespected kahit na gaano kalaki ang hinaharap!" she sai...Keep on reading: Rufa Mae Quinto, 41, stages movie comeback
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Deployment of Pinoy workers to Hong Kong continues
Despite the intensifying protest actions in Hong Kong, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said yesterday deployment of Filipino workers to the special administrative region continues.
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2 BOC officers survive Makati ambush
Two Bureau of Customs officials were wounded after they were shot by unidentified men Friday night in Makati City.
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Plan to boost police visibility in universities opposed
An administration lawmaker yesterday opposed the plan of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to increase police visibility in universities and colleges.
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Palace, DILG chief back expanded wiretap law
Malacañang supports the defense department’s call for amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007 or Republic Act 9372, aimed at expanding the government’s wiretapping powers in fighting terrorism and other threats to national security.
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Lotto results for August 17, 2019
Lotto results for August 17, 2019
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Strong no to racism
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial took a firm position in sanctioning San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos for his sideline monkey taunt aimed at clouding TNT import Terrence Jones’ focus in Game 5 of the recently-concluded Commissioner’s Cup finals.
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Power Builders rebound, rip Red Spikers
Myla Pablo flashed top form as Motolite bounced back from a shutout loss to Creamline last Wednesday with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 victory over a debuting Chef’s Classic in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
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AAO derby at Las Piñas
The annual AAO Big Event 6-Stag Derby of Las Piñas Coliseum, featuring the country’s bigtime cockers with at least 120 fights, unfolds on Sept. 7.
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Frankie Lim goes on leave as Altas coach
Perpetual Help basketball coach Frankie Lim was asked to go on “leave” after his Altas absorbed one of their worst defeats in a long while at the hands of reigning three-peat champion San Beda.
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Haridas Pascua continues hunt for GM title
For four years now, International Master Haridas Pascua had tried but failed to breach the 2500-rating that would have made him the Philippines’ 12th chess grandmaster and the first since 2011.
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