Current account gap narrows in April to June

THE current account — a major component of the country’s balance of payments (BOP) — posted a $145-million deficit in the second quarter of 2019, a 95.6-percent decrease from $3.28…READ
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Palace vows Duterte veto after Ping finds ‘pork’
President Rodrigo Duterte will again veto any budgetary item that he finds unconstitutional, Malacaang said on Thursday after Sen. Panfilo Lacson questioned what he called last-minute insertions in the P4.1-trillion proposed spending plan for next year. "Provisions in the budget that run counter to the Constitution will be vetoed by the President, there is no change in that policy," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Mr. Duterte vetoed provisions worth P95 billion in the 2019 budget for inconsistency with his administration's priority programs. The rejected provisions included projects inserted by the House of Representatives and that the Senate had questioned as these we...Keep on reading: Palace vows Duterte veto after Ping finds ‘pork’
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Stock market: P127B lost after Duterte hits water firms
An estimated P127 billion worth of fortune has been wiped out of the stock market over the past eight trading days after Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. incurred the wrath of President Duterte over what he called onerous provisions in their contracts, which jeopardized their operations beyond 2022. Worst hit by the sell-off was businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), parent conglomerate of Maynilad, which lost P53 billionas stock prices tumbled 38.4 percent. The worst drop was seen in the last two days, when MPIC's shares fell 15.67 percent on Tuesday and 13 percent on Wednesday. Its share price closed at P2.69 per share on Thu...Keep on reading: Stock market: P127B lost after Duterte hits water firms
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Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de Leon: ‘In every platform I touch, my job is to make people better and happier’
LONDON---"It's time. It's time for someone new to take my role. It's time for a new project, new energy, new dreams." With the 69th edition of Miss World to be held on Dec. 14 here, Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico is excited to crown her successor. It was a rare, crisp day in London, the tail-end of autumn as the temperature dropped to single digit and winter neared. Clad in a warm and cozy hood, Vanessa toured the docks, the Tower Bridge behind her gleaming in the sun. The weather was a welcome change in a city known for its showers and gloom. If given an opportunity, Vanessa said she would choose London as her next country of residence after her reign. Englan...Keep on reading: Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de Leon: ‘In every platform I touch, my job is to make people better and happier’
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A cry for unity
A near brush with a medal in the Southeast Asian Games was good enough proof for the national women's volleyball team to pick up a valuable lesson in preparedness. But the men's team, performing way under the radar, drove home the point like a killer spike with a runner-up finish---the country's first in 42 years in the regional Olympics. Alyssa Valdez, the country's top volleyball player, saw reality handed to the women's program on a silver, well, medal. "The men's team [proved] it because they have the unity that a sport needs [to succeed internationally]," said the former Ateneo hotshot and current Creamline star. Aby Marao, the national team skipper and one of the most voca...Keep on reading: A cry for unity
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PH pangolin closer to extinction
Despite conservation efforts, the Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis) has inched closer to extinction after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently declared the endemic species as critically endangered. Formerly listed as endangered for the past seven years, the local pangolin's most recent reclassification on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species further spells out the impending doom for one of the world's most trafficked mammals. The list is the most comprehensive resource on global conservation status of more than 112,000 species.Dr. Sabine Schoppe, a pangolin expert who led the latest assessment, said the growing attention to the plight of the Ph...Keep on reading: PH pangolin closer to extinction
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A time to learn
The Philippines' best showing in many editions of the Southeast Asian Games wasn't enough to land a medal in football, the region's most popular sport. As Vietnam completed a golden sweep at Rizal Memorial Stadium when its under-22 side blanked Indonesia, 3-0, for the men's crown on Tuesday night, the Filipinos were left to ponder what might have been in a campaign that had plenty of encouraging moments. The Young Azkals missed out on the semifinals on goal difference with Cambodia snatching the berth for their first appearance in the Last Four, while the Malditas suffered a heartbreaking end to what was a promising campaign when they bowed to Myanmar, 2-1, in the battle for th...Keep on reading: A time to learn
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Awardees honored at Philippine Tatler’s 18th annual fundraising ball
The Philippine Tatler hosted its 18th annual fundraiser ball at Shangri-La at the Fort. The elegant affair, led by Philippine Tatler managing director Irene Martel Francisco, welcomed more than 500 guests. For this year's charity auction, the following lots were up for bidding: a five-night stay at Tellus in Niseko, Japan from Luxe Nomad; three iconic 2001 magnums from Bordeaux generously donated by Gigi Montinola; Geraldine Javier's "Must It Be?" painting; a Reverso Tribute Small Seconds timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre from Lucerne; and a six-night safari in private camps at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania for eight people from A2A Safaris. Guests were encouraged to make donatio...Keep on reading: Awardees honored at Philippine Tatler’s 18th annual fundraising ball
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Bangko Sentral keeps rates steady
The central bank on Thursday declared victory in its war against inflation---which it had been waging for two years now---saying prices of consumer goods and services for next year and beyond will likely be "benign." This developed as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno announced that the policy-making Monetary Board decided to maintain the interest rate on the BSP's overnight reverse repurchase facility at 4 percent during its final meeting of the year. Accordingly, the interest rates on the overnight deposit and lending facilities were kept unchanged at 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively. "The Monetary Board's decision is based on its assessment of a be...Keep on reading: Bangko Sentral keeps rates steady
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PCC holds training on competition policy for legislative staff
The Philippine Competition Commission said it was training legislative staff in Congress on competition law and policy to help them put pro-competition safeguards in the bills that they draft. The PCC piloted its project at the Senate, kickstarting a series of capacity-building and advocacy seminars that will hopefully give the concerned people perspective in the subject of competition. If successful, the effort will save the competition watchdog time and resources, which would otherwise be used in correcting the anticompetitive provisions that find their way in congressional bills. "Legislative staff are tasked to draft and study bills, serving as the technical backbone of Cong...Keep on reading: PCC holds training on competition policy for legislative staff
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Study: World’s oldest artwork uncovered in Indonesian cave
JAKARTA---An Indonesian cave painting that depicts a prehistoric hunting scene could be the world's oldest figurative artwork dating back nearly 44,000 years, pointing to an advanced artistic culture, according to new research. Discovered two years ago on the island of Sulawesi, the 4.5-meter (13-foot) wide painting features wild animals being chased by half-human hunters wielding what appear to be spears and ropes, said the study published in Nature on Wednesday. Using dating technology, the team at Australia's Griffith University said it had confirmed that the limestone cave painting dated back at least 43,900 years during the Upper Paleolithic period. Hunting scene "This hunti...Keep on reading: Study: World’s oldest artwork uncovered in Indonesian cave
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Oxen, horses back to farm work due to fuel shortage
  LOS PALACIOS, CUBA---Lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, is forcing Cubans to return to horse and ox power for farming, transport and everyday travel. In Los Palacios, 100 kilometers west of the capital Havana, Heriberto Piloto bellows at his oxen "Montezuelo" and "Pasajero" as they plow a tobacco field at "La Juanita" farm. Once, the fields were plowed by tractors, plus some animal help, but now beasts of burden are the only option, meaning the job of plowman has made a comeback, too, in Cuba's fields. "Under normal conditions, we always used animals and ... given the country's fuel restrictions, we've had to increase this activity," said Alfredo Reynoso...Keep on reading: Oxen, horses back to farm work due to fuel shortage
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Electronics sector sets low 2020 target
Electronic exporters will likely set their export growth target for 2020 at only 0 to 3 percent, as the uncertainty over their tax breaks and the US-China trade war make it difficult for the industry to grow beyond that range, according to Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc. (Seipi) president Danilo Lachica. Seipi's board sets the growth target for the industry yearly. Lachica, however, said that although the board has yet to meet to discuss the 2020 target, it would likely just be 0 to 3 percent, the same as the target for 2019. "We haven't really had our board meeting to project 2020 but it's going to be very challenging," he said in a rece...Keep on reading: Electronics sector sets low 2020 target
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Parts of Bicol still without electricity
Some areas in the Bicol region where Typhoon "Tisoy" rendered transmission lines unavailable may go without electricity up to Dec. 20 as restoration efforts continue, according to National Grid Corp. of the Philippines. NGCP said in its latest bulletin that as of Thursday, there were 11 transmission lines that were still not working. The grid operator said these include six 230-kilovolt lines in Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon. Also, there were five 69-kilovolt lines that were out of service, including the ones that link Daraga and Sorsogon, Daraga and Sto. Domingo, Daraga and Legazpi City, Daraga and Ligao, and Sorsogon and Bulan. These lines deliver electricity to the franc...Keep on reading: Parts of Bicol still without electricity
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Ceres, Kaya in tough continental leagues next year
Filipino clubs Ceres-Negros and Kaya-Iloilo face familiar foes as they vie in continental competitions next year, following the draw of the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup held late Tuesday. Ceres, the three-time Philippines Football League champion, has been drawn with Myanmar side Shan United in the first round of AFC Champions League qualifying with the duel slated on Jan. 14. It will mark the sixth straight year that the Busmen are seeing action in a continental competition. Their best performance came in 2018 when they reached the final round of qualifying before losing to Chinese powerhouse Tianjin. Ceres nailed the AFC Cup Asean zone title two years ago, but lost in the ...Keep on reading: Ceres, Kaya in tough continental leagues next year
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Wardrobe staples with understated elegance
Manila's stylish set will surely love the luxurious basics from this clothing label. Singaporean brand Behind the Vines (BTV) recently opened its very first store in Manila. For married couple Daniel Chew and Rebecca Ting, leaving their corporate jobs to start their own clothing company was the best decision they've made. Daniel handles the financial side while Rebecca oversees the brand's aesthetics. "We wanted to create an apparel line that is classic, timeless and functional, " Rebecca said. "Vine is an informal word for clothes. We named our brand Behind the Vines because we want to go beyond just selling garments. From the choice of fabrics and the feel of the materi...Keep on reading: Wardrobe staples with understated elegance
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The Moment Group comes of age
Going into the restaurant business seems the easiest thing to do for budding entrepreneurs who profess a love for food and have money to burn. It won't take them long to find out, however, and painfully for some, that getting a food business off the ground and running, able to compete with future and existing rival concepts, is far more difficult than it looks. This according to the founders of The Moment Group who know whereof they speak. "There are far easier ways to turn a profit than by being in the food and beverage business. It's a business that requires you to be hands-on, whether you're creating your own brand or bringing in somebody else's. There's no getting around...Keep on reading: The Moment Group comes of age
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Developing a taste for food research
Chito Medina Cue Jr. is the general manager of Puratos in the Philippines. Puratos operates in over 100 countries with over 70 subsidiaries worldwide. In this interview, he shares with us Puratos' continuing research on "Taste Tomorrow," the largest global research on bakery, patisserie and chocolate. Q: Puratos has been doing the "Taste Tomorrow" research since 2011. What new trends have you discovered? A: Puratos' global research follows a three-year cycle. Presently, we are sharing the third edition of Puratos Taste Tomorrow research conducted in 40 trending countries around the world, with more than 40,000 respondents and 80 focused interviews with industry experts and food...Keep on reading: Developing a taste for food research
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Court orders recomputation of supervision fee on PT&T
The Court of Appeals has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to recompute the supervision and regulation fee (SRF) it had slapped on Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T) in 2018 ahead of what was then a highly anticipated bidding for the third telecommunication player slot. To recall, PT&T questioned P444 million in SRF charged by NTC for 2002 to 2017. "The computation of NTC is incorrect since it is based on its erroneous interpretation of what constitutes PT&T's paid-up capital," PT&T said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday. The CA rendered a decision remanding the case to NTC and further requiring NTC...Keep on reading: Court orders recomputation of supervision fee on PT&T
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Water firms’ woes drag market lower
The local stock barometer tumbled on Thursday as investors continued to digest the impact of the government's decision to terminate the water concession of Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services after 2022. Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), parent of Maynilad, slid by another 15.67 percent, while its partner DMCI, lost 1.17 percent. MPIC was the day's most actively traded counter, with P681.98 million worth of stocks changing hands. Manila Water, which is not part of the main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), fell by 11.54 percent while its parent Ayala Corp. lost 1.52 percent. Overall, the PSEi shed 45.34 points or 0.58 percent to close at 7,741.07. E...Keep on reading: Water firms’ woes drag market lower
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Supplements to help boost your health and beauty routine
When they say real beauty comes from within, there's a certain truth to it. Our skin and bodies are manifestations of what we consume. Our skincare routines that vary from three steps to even 15 steps a night have their benefits. However, they can only do so much, as they are topical solutions. Factor in our daily habits. Sleep, food, exercise, stress and basic health all contribute to how we look and our overall wellness. Beauty isn't superficial when you think about it this way. It's a lifestyle. A beautiful body is defined by a series of things we do constantly. It's about combining our good habits for maximum results. FrontRow International understands this. The compa...Keep on reading: Supplements to help boost your health and beauty routine
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Liza ‘better’ in kissing scenes than bf Quen, who kisses ‘like a 2nd grader’
"I'm better at doing kissing scenes ... He kisses like a second grader." This was how Liza Soberano described real and reel-life partner Enrique Gil to reporters during a media gathering for their latest project, the romantic-comedy series "Make It With You." The couple was asked whether or not they have kissing scenes in the series, to which headwriter Mark Angos replied: "They will be super intimate. They're currently working on Week 2 so they don't know this yet. They have yet to find out what will happen to Week 10, for example." Liza quipped that whenever Enrique would have a kissing scene, like the one with Bea Alonzo in the movie "She's the One," the actor would down ...Keep on reading: Liza ‘better’ in kissing scenes than bf Quen, who kisses ‘like a 2nd grader’
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Vice Ganda reconciles with Coco Martin after a falling-out 2 years ago
Vice Ganda has admitted that he and good friend Coco Martin had a falling-out two years ago, but that all is well now after they had a heart-to-heart talk. "Nag-artehan kaming dalawa. We didn't sit down and talk right away. We just kept telling common friends what we didn't like about each other in the hope that these would reach the other party," Vice said. "When we finally met again, we greeted each other as if nothing was going on," he told reporters during the grand press conference of "The Mall the Merrier," an entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which will run for two weeks starting Christmas Day. The two stars were supposed to make a sequel for their ...Keep on reading: Vice Ganda reconciles with Coco Martin after a falling-out 2 years ago
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Louise’s ‘dry run’ for marriage
It's a dry run of sorts---that's our thinking," Louise delos Reyes said of her decision to live in with her non-show biz boyfriend. The couple moved in together under one roof about a year ago. "We have to prove that we can do it. We're both working hard, so that we don't end up asking for help, money for rent, etc.," she told reporters at a press conference for her Dec. 11 romantic drama film, "My Bakit List." Louise added that their setup is more practical because they get to split living expenses. Because she comes from a "traditional family," her mother---who passed away six months ago---had initial misgivings about the concept of living in. "But she soon realized that I...Keep on reading: Louise’s ‘dry run’ for marriage
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When movie queens meet
Something like this doesn't happen every day. But special occasions---like the taping of the ABS-CBN Christmas Special last Tuesday---have a way of making more magical moments happen. The occasion didn't just gather the Kapamilya network's biggest stars, it also brought together the movie queens of the '80s, Sharon Cuneta and Maricel Soriano. The Megastar and the Diamond Star were seen in a rare huddle at the taping, capped off by a photo that was posted by Sharon for her 1.1 million followers on Instagram. Maria and Shawie were the top box-office champs of the '80s, but they were made more popular by their respective love teams with Gabby Concepcion (for the latter) and William Marti...Keep on reading: When movie queens meet
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LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019
LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019 – Draws for 6/58 Ultra Lotto, 6/45 Mega Lotto LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/42 Lotto and 6/49 Super Lotto draw for today,Friday, December 13, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major lotto games […] The post LOTTO RESULT December 13, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Mimiyuuuh is PH’s top emerging local YouTube content creator in 2019
MANILA, Philippines --- There's another addition to yuOr LOcq4l j3j3 gHurl Mimiyuuuh's long list of achievements as she was hailed as the top emerging local YouTube creator in 2019.   This was revealed Thursday during a thanksgiving party organized by Google Philippines at their headquarters in Taguig City.   From going viral for her "Dalagang Pilipina" video, Mimiyuuuh now has a strong 1.92 million subscribers on YouTube, as of writing, as she shares a wide array of content on the platform such as fashion tips, music and dance covers, and simple daily adventures.   Her videos may offer a wide range of topics but one thing is constant in each one of t...Keep on reading: Mimiyuuuh is PH’s top emerging local YouTube content creator in 2019
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Christmas hush
‘T is the season to be jolly and with all the hustle and bustle going around, not to mention the traffic, I think we can all say that we’ve entered into Christmas madness.
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Fear in the city
There is a growing number of women both local residents and foreigners who’ve asked me about the reported kidnappings of young children, a white van used in grab and snatch of kids, and the latest kidnapping in Makati that authorities suspect is POGO related.
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Dubious intention
Kidnapping is the forcible taking and detention or deprivation of liberty of a person, which is a crime punishable under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code.
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More fun, jobs and money from tourism
We had so much fun with the pieces of good news shared to us by the Department of Tourism led by Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat during our Kapihan sa Manila Bay last Wednesday.
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Having fun
After seeing moms and dads bursting with pride, some of them teary-eyed, over their medal-winning children in the just-concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games, I’m sure there are other parents who now face a dilemma: should they allow their kids to indulge their fondness for sports at the possible expense of their studies?
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If students fare bad, then we’re the failures
“K-12” can’t be the culprit in Filipinos’ poorest scores among 79 countries in Reading, Mathematics, and Science.
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EDITORIAL - A growing problem
A law was passed last year, Republic Act 11036, laying down a national policy to promote mental health.
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Wise is the person who would rather give honor than receive it.
Wise is the person who would rather give honor than receive it.
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The STAR Cover for December 13, 2019
The STAR Cover for December 13, 2019
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PNP needs more agents vs POGO-related kidnappings
The police Anti-Kidnapping Group wants to recruit more agents to beef up manpower against the rising number of kidnappings involving personnel of the Chinese-run Philippine offshore gaming operators.
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Caviar ‘queen’: Chinese roe reigns around the world
by Ludovic EHRET The caviar on the menu of Michelin-starred restaurants may come from an unexpected place: China. The country has endured embarrassing food scandals in recent years, but its sturgeon eggs have gained the respect of caviar connoisseurs around the world. It has also become pricier for US buyers as Chinese caviar is among the slew of products hit with 25 percent tariffs in the US-China trade war. The bulk of China's production comes from a picturesque lake ringed by mountains in eastern Zhejiang province where industry leader Kaluga Queen breeds the giant fish. The brand was created in 2005 by experts who worked for the ministry of agriculture and it now pro...Keep on reading: Caviar ‘queen’: Chinese roe reigns around the world
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Bong Go: Harassing critics not Duterte’s cup of tea, style
  MANILA, Philippines --- Harassing his critics is not President Rodrigo Duterte's "cup of tea," according to his former aide and now Senator Christopher "Bong" Go.   Speaking with reporters at the Bureau of Fire Protection's (BFP) 46th Fire Service Recognition Day on Thursday, Go criticized a recently passed US Senate resolution calling for the immediate release of detained Senator Leila de Lima.   "Wag muna kayo manghimasok sa bagay na hindi niyo alam. Alamin n'yo muna 'yung totoo. Walang ginagawang political harassment po ang ating pangulo. Hindi po ganun si Pangulong Duterte," he said.   (Do not intrude in things you don't know about. Know...Keep on reading: Bong Go: Harassing critics not Duterte’s cup of tea, style
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EU leaders keep quiet on Brexit as Britain votes
BRUSSELS, Belgium – European leaders arrived for their Brussels summit on Thursday, December 12, knowing that before their late-night budget debate is over British voters will have given their latest verdict on leaving the bloc. The 27 remaining EU chiefs have a packed summit agenda and a dispute to resolve over how to fund the ...
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What’s trending in PH in 2019? Google reveals Filipinos’ top search queries
  MANILA, Philippines --- As we approach the end of the year 2019, Google Philippines revealed Thursday the top search queries made by Filipinos this year---ranging from personalities, events, entertainment, music, and news, among others.   During a thanksgiving party organized by Google Philippines at their headquarters in Taguig City, they revealed that online chat site Omegle, which allows users to talk to strangers to discuss topics of common interest, topped the list of the overall trending searches for 2019.   This was followed by gaming sites MemoryHackers and Codashop.   Here is the complete list for the overall top trending search...Keep on reading: What’s trending in PH in 2019? Google reveals Filipinos’ top search queries
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Malaysia's Anwar quizzed over sex assault claims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia's leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim was Thursday, December 12,  questioned by police over allegations he sexually assaulted a male former aide, the latest such scandal to hit the veteran politician's career. Anwar told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) he was quizzed at national police headquarters over the claims by ...
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Catriona Gray: Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet
MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray sees actress Liza Soberano as a potential candidate to represent the country. But the 25-year-old beauty queen stressed it still boils down to one's passion and willingness. During her contract signing with ABS-CBN Books Thursday, Gray was asked whom she thinks could be fit as the Philippines' Miss Universe bet. "Well, everyone always wanted Liza to join di ba?" Gray said. "She's very very beautiful and I feel like she would be wonderful, but I really feel it needs to be the girl that wants to do it," she added. Gray, who just relinquished her title to South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi, underscored the need for passion t...Keep on reading: Catriona Gray: Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet
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Sandiganbayan imposes 90-day suspension vs Eastern Samar town mayor
              MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan has preventively suspended the mayor of Guiuan town in Eastern Samar for 90 days pending an investigation on a graft case filed against her.   In its resolution dated November 25, the Sixth Division denied Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan's bid to overturn the ruling, as Section 13 of the Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act mandates the preventive suspension of incumbent officials.   That is, even if Gonzales-Kwan contended that the informations were filed prior to her election as Guiuan mayor. The accused is facing graft charg...Keep on reading: Sandiganbayan imposes 90-day suspension vs Eastern Samar town mayor
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Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet, but it needs to be her passion
MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray sees actress Liza Soberano as a potential candidate to represent the country.   But the 25-year-old beauty queen stressed it still boils down to one's passion and willingness.   During her contract signing with ABS-CBN Books Thursday, Gray was asked whom she thinks could be fit as the Philippines' Miss Universe bet.   "Well, everyone always wanted Liza to join, di ba?" Gray said.   "She's very very beautiful and I feel like she would be wonderful, but I really feel it needs to be the girl that wants to do it," she added.   Gray, who just relinquished her title to South Afri...Keep on reading: Liza Soberano ‘wonderful’ as Miss Universe bet, but it needs to be her passion
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Where her journey began: Catriona Gray to return to kids of Tondo
    MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is back in the country after her reign as queen and is set to return where her pageant journey began --- the kids of Tondo. "Yes, I definitely want to go back and visit. I think it'll be very emotional for me because I really did in a way start my journey, this journey with them," Gray said Thursday when asked if she plans to visit the kids of Tondo, Manila who inspired her answer during last year's Miss Universe 2018 pageant. Gray had been involved with non-government organization Young Focus Philippines, focused on children's welfare, even before joining pageants. "It was really volunteering with them...Keep on reading: Where her journey began: Catriona Gray to return to kids of Tondo
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LOOK: Henry Cavill and Lauren Hissrich Bring The Witcher to Manila
Cavill was pretty much born and raised for the role of Geralt.
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Shopping List: What you need to rule 2020 and where to find them
"I need to this to reach my new year goals" is the reason I often use when I buy gifts for myself this Christmas. I can abuse the reason a bit, but there's some sense in making purchases for your resolutions. They can be a tool to improve your work, reminders of the trips you want to take, or just everyday pieces that reduce daily stressors. This weekend, Dec 14 to 15, one of my favorite shopping parties, Soire by Retail Lab, is happening at The Fifth at Rockwell. As a physical home to local brands, you will love how Retail Lab manages to put together various labels under one roof. It's hard to leave the event empty-handed, so be ready with your card and a reusable tote bag. You'll al...Keep on reading: Shopping List: What you need to rule 2020 and where to find them
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2 alleged Chinese ‘loan sharks’ arrested in Parañaque City
  MANILA, Philippines ---Two suspected Chinese loan sharks were arrested in Paraaque City for allegedly kidnapping a fellow Chinese who owed them money spent in a casino.   Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, director of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), on Thursday identified the arrested suspects as Wan Renhong and Wan Liang.   According to Estomo, the suspects lent P2 million to the victim identified as Wang Hong, who had lost his cash after playing at a casino. Under their deal, Wang will pay the suspects 15 percent commission every time he wins a game.   The victim, however, lost all his borrowed cash prompting the sus...Keep on reading: 2 alleged Chinese ‘loan sharks’ arrested in Parañaque City
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