Catriona Gray rallies behind Gretchen Diez: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights

MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray expressed her support for transgender woman Gretchen Diez after she was barred from using the female restroom at Farmers Plaza in Cubao last Tuesday, August 13.

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Diaper buried in Boracay beachfront recovered, DENR says
DENR said authorities have recovered the diaper buried in the white sand of the newly rehabilitated Boracay island.
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Palace tells Cardema not to drag Duterte in squabble with Guanzon
"Why does he have to drag the Palace to it?"
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Gregg Popovich faces tough numbers game for Fiba World Cup
ANAHEIM, Calif. --- When Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball roster, those making the decision took the easiest way out. They posted a note. "Clueless people," Popovich said, 47 years later, grinning to at least try to suggest it doesn't still bother him too much. It'll soon be time for Popovich to walk in those same decision-making shoes, when he has to pare USA Basketball's roster from 13 players to 12 in time for the FIBA World Cup this month. All 13 remaining hopefuls were on the team plane Saturday to Australia. So when the last cut gets made --- expect it about Aug. 27, unless injuries happen --- a guy will see his gold-medal hopes come to a...Keep on reading: Gregg Popovich faces tough numbers game for Fiba World Cup
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Kiana Valenciano Elicits Bashing for Littering Despite Clean-up Advocacy
Netizens bashed Kiana Valenciano for littering Kapamilya performer Kiana Valenciano received bashing for littering despite the clean-up advocacy that she has promoted in the past through her social media post. Previously, the daughter of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano shared a video on her Instagram account showing the garbage at a resort in La Union. […] The post Kiana Valenciano Elicits Bashing for Littering Despite Clean-up Advocacy appeared first on Philippine News.
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Kings’ De’Aaron Fox withdraws from Team USA
LOS ANGELES --- De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball's national team Saturday, meaning the Americans now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster. Fox told USA Basketball of his choice a few hours before the team was to fly to Australia for final preparations for this month's tournament in China. Fox was in the team's plans for the Australia trip, and it was believed he would have been a strong candidate for the World Cup squad. Fox played a team-low six minutes in the Americans' 90-81 win over Spain in a pre-World Cup exhibition at Anaheim, California, on Friday night. He had two points and one assist, and the U.S. outscored ...Keep on reading: Kings’ De’Aaron Fox withdraws from Team USA
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Afghan officials: Suicide attack in wedding hall kills 63
KABUL, Afghanistan --- The death toll from a suicide bombing at a wedding in Afghanistan's capital is at least 63, including women and children, officials said Sunday, as Kabul reeled from its deadliest attack this year. Another 182 civilians were wounded in theSaturday nightexplosion, government spokesman Feroz Bashari said. Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi confirmed the toll. The Taliban have condemned the attack and denied any involvement in the blast that carried the hallmarks of an assault by the local affiliate of the Islamic State organization. The blast occurred in a western Kabul neighborhood that many in the minority Shiite Muslim Hazara commun...Keep on reading: Afghan officials: Suicide attack in wedding hall kills 63
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Top Chinese, North Korean generals meet in Beijing
BEIJING --- Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing. The meeting Saturday came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over nuclear negotiations and joint military exercises. The official Xinhua News agency says Zhang Youxia, the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, met Kim Su Kil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army. Zhang said China's military wanted closer communication to "promote cooperation and mutual s...Keep on reading: Top Chinese, North Korean generals meet in Beijing
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Cristiano Ronaldo featured in 'Shopee' commercial
In the 30-second ad, Ronaldo scores a goal and does his iconic 'siii' celebration amid a stadium engrossed on the Shopee app on their phones.
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This QC Restaurant's Changing Menu Will Give You a Reason to Visit More Than Once
Even the interiors transform after sundown!
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Collapsed coping beam of Skyway Stage 3 project causes NLEX traffic
NLEX warned of traffic buildup at the southbound lane of Balintawak after a 58-ton coping beam of the Skyway Stage 3 project fell down.
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A bad year for Xi clouds Communist China’s 70th birthday celebrations
BEIJING,China --- It was meant to be an unabashed celebration of the triumph of Communism in China, and of President Xi Jinping's authority as the country's undisputed leader for years to come. But as the People's Republic of China approaches its 70th anniversary on October 1st, Xi finds himself battling threats on multiple fronts. From a biting US trade war to relentless protests in Hong Kong challenging his rule and international condemnation over Beijing's treatment of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang, Xi is having a very bad year, analysts say. Furthermore, the crises have left him with limited room to act and simultaneously shore up support at home. "Xi Jinping ha...Keep on reading: A bad year for Xi clouds Communist China’s 70th birthday celebrations
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Hontiveros debunks ‘I love my LGBT friends but…’ statements
MANILA, Philippines --- "I love my LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) friends but..."   One may have heard this statement whether be it from a friend, overheard from a conversation at a cafe, or randomly read in a Facebook post.   But for Senator Risa Hontiveros, loving a friend who is a part of the LGBT community should not come with ifs and buts.   "No, mahal. If we really love them, we'd fight that they enjoy the same rights as we do," Hontiveros, who is a known advocate of women's and LGBT rights, said in a Twitter post.   "We'd educate ourselves about their struggles. We'd use our straight privilege to dismantle an old system t...Keep on reading: Hontiveros debunks ‘I love my LGBT friends but…’ statements
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Soon, You Can Make Origami Out of Japanese KitKat Wrappers
They're transitioning from plastic to paper packaging!
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Florida man dumps dirt on girlfriend with tractor — sheriff
CRESTVIEW, Fla. --- Authorities say a Florida man used a front-end loader to dump a large bucket full of dirt on a car with his girlfriend inside. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hunter Mills was charged with felony criminal mischief. The girlfriend was not hurt. The sheriff's office says Mills invited his girlfriend to talk with him at a dirt pit in Crestview, Florida, where he worked. Officials say the girlfriend arrived in a white sedan owned by someone else, and after he asked her a question, he used a front-end loader to dump a mound of dirt atop the car. The sheriff's offices posted a photograph on social media showing dirt piled atop the car and ...Keep on reading: Florida man dumps dirt on girlfriend with tractor — sheriff
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New York City subway scare suspect taken into police custody
NEW YORK --- A homeless man from West Virginia faced charges Saturday for allegedly placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a New York City subway station, forcing an evacuation and snarling the morning commute, police said. Larry Kenton Griffin II, of Bruno, West Virginia, was awaiting arraignment late Saturday in Manhattan's central booking after he was released from a New York hospital where he was being treated and under observation. Police did not specify what, if any, injuries or condition he was being treated for. Police announced on Saturday evening that Griffin, 26, was charged with the placing of a false bomb. He was taken into police cust...Keep on reading: New York City subway scare suspect taken into police custody
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Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change
REYKJAVIC,Iceland --- Iceland on Sunday honors the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate. A bronze plaque will beunveiled in a ceremony starting around 1400 GMT to mark Okjokull -- which translates to "Ok glacier" -- in the west of Iceland, in the presence of localresearchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States, who initiated the project. Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson are also due to attend the event. "This ...Keep on reading: Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change
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Filipina booters annihilate Timor-Leste 7-0 in AFF tiff
Camille Rodriguez and Hali Long, who both scored against Malaysia in their AFF opener, netted two goals each.
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China condemns US lawmakers’ support for Hong Kong protests
BEIJING --- A spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature has condemned statements from U.S. lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. You Wenze called the comments "a gross violation of the spirit of the rule of law, a blatant double standard and a gross interference in China's internal affairs." He says Hong Kong's 7.5 million people and Chinese population as a whole reject the actions of a "very small group of violent protesters" as well as "any interference of foreign forces." You did not mention any specific lawmaker or comments, but numerous U.S. senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have affirmed the U.S. commitment to...Keep on reading: China condemns US lawmakers’ support for Hong Kong protests
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At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon protest
PORTLAND, Ore. --- Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon. Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart. They were largely successful. "This was a dynamic event with demonstrators frequently moving from one part of the city to another," Mayor Ted Wheeler said at an evening news conference. As of early afternoon, most of the right-wing groups had left the area via a downtown bridge. Police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black-clad, helmet- and mask-wearing a...Keep on reading: At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon protest
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Angat Dam water level rises, nears minimum operating level
MANILA, Philippines --- After falling below critical level in July, Angat Dam slowly regained its water level as it nears its minimum operating level.   The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (Pagasa) dam bulletin showed that water level at Angat Dam further rose to 177.54 meters as of 6:00 a.m., Sunday.   This is 0.37 meters higher than the 177.17 water level recorded on Saturday morning and merely 2.46 meters below the dam's minimum operating level of 180 meters.   The water level at Angat Dam, which serves as Metro Manila's main water source, dropped to critical levels in July, but was slowly replenished by r...Keep on reading: Angat Dam water level rises, nears minimum operating level
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10 New Makeup Finds Under P500
Good makeup doesn't have to be pricey!
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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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LPA, southwest monsoon to bring isolated rain showers in parts of PH
MANILA, Philippines --- The southwest monsoon or habagat is expected to bring isolated rain showers in the northern and central part of Luzon, Pagasa said Sunday.   Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, and Bataan will experience cloudy skies and isolated thunderstorms and rain showers.   Other areas in Luzon will experience isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.   Meanwhile, Pagasa is also monitoring a low pressure area located 2,195 kilometers east of Visayas area.   While the LPA is still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, its trough or extension will bring cl...Keep on reading: LPA, southwest monsoon to bring isolated rain showers in parts of PH
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Shadows still loom around Epstein after sexual predator’s death
  NEW YORK,United States --- A week after his death, multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein is being seen not only as a sexual predator with an insatiable appetite but also one whose proclivities were known in his well-heeled world. Even in a country where numerous powerful men have been brought down by revelations of the #MeToo movement, Epstein's alleged sexual aggressions against underaged girls and young women stand out as shocking. His suicide on August 10 in a federal jail in Manhattan provided the latest jolt -- but no final closure -- to his disturbing story. From 2,000 pages of court documents released the day before his death, as well as new l...Keep on reading: Shadows still loom around Epstein after sexual predator’s death
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ArthaLand and Japanese property giant Mitsubishi Estate partner for its first venture in the Philippines
ArthaLand Corporation (ALCO) recently signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Estate Company, Ltd. (MEC), which is one of the largest real estate developers in Japan. This agreement will be Mitsubishi Estate's first venture in the Philippines. Mitsubishi Estate is acquiring from ALCO a 40% stake in ALCO's ownership of Savya Land Development Corporation, which is developing the Savya Financial Center in ARCA South, Taguig City. "We are pleased to join the promising Philippine market and collaborating with a good partner, ALCO. ArthaLand has great experience in providing valuable and sustainable developments to the Philippine society. It was one of the important elements for us in decid...Keep on reading: ArthaLand and Japanese property giant Mitsubishi Estate partner for its first venture in the Philippines
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10 Korean Movies to Watch If You Liked Parasite
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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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