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TORONTO, Canada –  NASA may have grounded its space shuttles, but more Hollywood A-listers than ever are exploring the final frontier, with Natalie Portman launching one of two astronaut movie premieres at Toronto's film festival.

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Catriona Gray now a Kapamilya; joins pool of celebrity authors
Miss Catriona Gray just added a new chapter in her life The Miss Universe 2018 signed a contract with ABS-CBN’s  publishing Arm last Thursday Her book “Conquering Your Universe” will be published in 2020 by [Read More]
Funds for contraceptive implants scrapped; PopCom alarmed
Senate President Vicente Sotto III's "regrettable" move to scrap the P195-million budget meant for contraceptive implants would only worsen the problem of teenage pregnancy, the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) warned on Friday. PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III explained that the progestin subdermal implants cater mainly to young mothers, so that removing access to them would hamper "efforts to reduce repeat teen pregnancies across the Philippines," which have become "a national social emergency," according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia. Based on PopCom's data, the country needs a supply of 200,000 implants every six months. Wit...Keep on reading: Funds for contraceptive implants scrapped; PopCom alarmed
Gov’t film defending Duterte drug war eyes int’l viewers
Barely two months after the movie "On the President's Orders" made the rounds of European and US cinemas to present what its award-winning filmmakers described as a "cinematic investigation" of the country's bloody war on drugs, the Philippine government is coming up with an onscreen rebuttal. A documentary titled "Gramo" will show a "balanced picture'' of President Duterte's anti-narcotics campaign and inform the global community and the international media about his administration's efforts to "save" the future of the nation, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said on Thursday. "By showing all the facts in this documentary, we are hoping for an appreciation of what is re...Keep on reading: Gov’t film defending Duterte drug war eyes int’l viewers
Mexico’s obese cops get $50 bonus if they do workouts
Mexico City---It's a sunny morning here, and police officers drip with sweat as they do push-ups and squats, part of a program for overweight cops in one of the world's most obese countries. The two dozen officers grimacing through their workout on the pavement of the station house yard---most with round bellies bulging beneath their drenched T-shirts---are just a handful of the more than 1,000 across the capital who have enrolled in the program, "Healthy Police." They get a bonus of 1,000 pesos (about $50) a month to participate---though judging by the looks on their faces as their instructor shouts encouragement to finish one more set, some of them seem to doubt whether it's wort...Keep on reading: Mexico’s obese cops get $50 bonus if they do workouts
‘Harry Potter’ theme brings magic to UST’s ‘Paskuhan’
The chilly air, Christmas lights, and students cramming for their finals mean the holiday season is here. For those in the Tomasian community, it means another spectacular "Paskuhan" is just around the corner. Every year, at the start of December, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) celebrates Christmas with "Paskuhan," the universitywide yuletide event. It required endless planning months in advance to create the stunning designs in the campus. Last year, people were in awe of the campus' "Tangled"-inspired lanterns. Now UST is bringing back the magic with a "Harry Potter"-theme "Paskuhan." Magic and spells "Harry Potter" has always been a beloved movie, having transported us to a ...Keep on reading: ‘Harry Potter’ theme brings magic to UST’s ‘Paskuhan’
ADB lends record $2.5B to PH
The Philippines and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday signed three loan agreements worth $623 million to reduce youth unemployment, better enforce the country's antitrust law and help the government prepare shovel-ready infrastructure projects under its ambitious "Build, Build, Build" program. ADB vice president for operations Ahmed M. Saeed told reporters that the total loan financing extended by the Manila-based multilateral lender to the Philippines in 2019 amounted to $2.5 billion, the biggest ever in a single year. "This reflects the government's clarity of vision and our strong commitment to supporting your efforts," SaWeed said. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Doming...Keep on reading: ADB lends record $2.5B to PH
Palace: US panel misled on De Lima
Malacaang on Friday advised the US Senate's foreign relations panel to study the Philippine judicial system after it was "misled" by the opposition and the media into issuing a resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima and seeking sanctions against officials responsible for her detention. "Apparently they have been misled by the reports coming from the opposition, as well as media outlets [that have] been biased against the administration," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told a television interview. Panelo urged US Sen. Ed Markey and his colleagues to "study our processes here, so they will not make mistakes by just listening to hearsay and what they read ...Keep on reading: Palace: US panel misled on De Lima
DTI program to give manufacturers extra push
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will spend up to P30 billion to help innovative manufacturers in the remaining years of the Duterte administration. This initiative will be implemented under the SMART program, which stands for securing manufacturing revitalization and transformation. In a statement, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the projects that would be supported under the program would have to be performance-based, targeted, time-bound and transparent. These will include the eco-PUV (public utility vehicle) modernization program, an initiative that aims to replace outdated PUVs such as jeepneys, and an incentive program for the production of electric vehicles. ...Keep on reading: DTI program to give manufacturers extra push
Phoenix lists P3B in short-term commercial paper
Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. has listed with the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. P3 billion worth of short-term commercial paper, representing the third tranche of a P10-billion program. The Davao City-based company said proceeds from the listing would be used to finance working capital requirements for its importation and sale of petroleum products. "More than a fundraising activity, for us, [this] program is a simple, ingenious approach in meeting working capital requirements in an efficient, cost-effective way," Phoenix Petroleum chief finance officer Ma. Concepcion de Claro said in a statement. This latest batch is the third series of Phoenix's three-year program...Keep on reading: Phoenix lists P3B in short-term commercial paper
If Judas had a monologue
Today's youth is affected by this thing called "relationships." Not just the romantic kind but relationships in general.   We care about relationships, we want relationships to be real and authentic. When they are not, we get upset and our emotions get the better of us. Community One of the strongest models of relationship is our community. A community could be an organization or workplace, or even family and friends. However, we define what community means to us, we can always be proud of the community we belong to. The fact that we can have and be part of many communities means that we care. And whether our caring is innate or developed, it shows our human side and capacit...Keep on reading: If Judas had a monologue
PSEi rebounds, closes 1.76% higher
The local stock barometer rebounded on Friday as the two-day bloodbath on companies with exposure to beleaguered water concessionaires attracted some bargain-hunters. Manila Water, one of the concessionaires that got into the nerves of President Duterte, remained in the doldrums, losing 9.24 percent on Friday. However, it is not part of the main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi). The PSEi recouped 136.56 points or 1.76 percent to close on Friday at 7,877.63. For the week, it gained a total of 75.91 points or nearly 1 percent. All counters ended higher on Friday, led by the property counter, which rose by 2.85 percent. The industrial, holding firm, services and m...Keep on reading: PSEi rebounds, closes 1.76% higher
Bench Beauty unveils long-wearing lip tattoo, 24-hour brow tint, subtle cheek tint
The uncomplicated beauty trend continues to make headway as Bench Beauty revamps its long-loved beauty brand by curating a line of accessible, relatable and affordable products that are sure to become staples. Continuing its mission to promote a proudly local lifestyle, the retail giant was inspired to craft items that complement and enhance one's natural features. The impressive collection features products for lips, brows, cheeks and even makeup tools to create looks that last from day to night. Maintaining its guarantee to quality, all Bench Beauty items are cruelty- and paraben-free. Cult favorite Among its products is the cheekily named cheek and lip tint Pretty When Pinched. F...Keep on reading: Bench Beauty unveils long-wearing lip tattoo, 24-hour brow tint, subtle cheek tint
Fatigue factor?
  Fresh from conquering the Southeast Asian Games, five players will plunge straight into semifinal action when the PBA Governors' Cup resumes at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday. Barangay Ginebra will field Gilas Pilipinas regulars Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter in its showdown with NorthPort, and the main concern is the quick turnaround from having to represent the national team to fending off a squad that has positioned itself as a giant-slayer. But Tim Cone thinks that the Gilas standouts in the Kings' roster will actually be a positive influence on the team and that fatigue will hardly be a factor. "[T]hose players who participa...Keep on reading: Fatigue factor?
ICTSI takes over port concession in Brazil
Tycoon Enrique Razon Jr.-led port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has officially taken over the port terminal project at Port of Rio de Janeiro City in Brazil after getting all the regulatory clearance needed to consummate its P9.1-billion purchase of the port concession. ICTSI also disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday that it had received about 27 million euros (P1.52 billion) from the Sudanese government as second partial repayment of the upfront fee for the aborted terminal project in Sudan. "We continue productive discussions with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Republic of the Sudan for the refund of the rema...Keep on reading: ICTSI takes over port concession in Brazil
Common station to link Taguig monorail, Makati subway in Guadalupe
The proponents of key skyway and subway systems have agreed to form a vital interconnection at the Edsa-Guadalupe junction, giving commuters a mass transit option between the cities of Makati and Taguig, two thriving central business districts where traffic gridlock is an everyday woe. Businessman Antonio Tiu-led Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc. said Makati City Subway Inc. (MCSI) had accepted a term sheet from tycoon Andrew Tan-led Megaworld Corp. for the creation of a joint-venture company that would develop a common station for the Makati subway system and the proposed Skytrain of Infracorp Development Inc. "The common station of the two train systems shall have access and conn...Keep on reading: Common station to link Taguig monorail, Makati subway in Guadalupe
Best of theater 2019
No less than 14 previously staged, full-length Filipino productions returned this year. 9 Works Theatrical brought back its APO Hiking Society musical "Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!". The crowd-favorite Eraserheads show "Ang Huling El Bimbo" played three sold-out runs at Resorts World Manila. Floy Quintos' "The Kundiman Party" moved from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman to the Peta Theater Center, and "Himala, Isang Musikal," coproduced by 9 Works and The Sandbox Collective, reappeared even better than its already perfect form in 2018. Two perennials also turned up---a record-setting seventh run of "Rak of Aegis," and the fourth (and inarguably best) version of Tanghalang Pil...Keep on reading: Best of theater 2019
Treasury eyes repeat of ‘premyo’ bond offer as sales breach P4B
The Bureau of Treasury is planning another round of "premyo" bond sale next year as this year's offer raised more than P4 billion in additional funding for the government's priority programs and projects. In a text message Friday, National Treasurer Rosalia V. de Leon said the Treasury would recommend to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III a "repeat performance" of the premyo bonds offer. As of 1 p.m. Friday, the Treasury already sold more than P4 billion of the one-year IOUs, De Leon said. The premyo bonds were made available to individuals, associations such as non-stock and loans associations as well as employee associations, cooperatives, employee retirement funds, pro...Keep on reading: Treasury eyes repeat of ‘premyo’ bond offer as sales breach P4B
‘Lam-ang’: Filipino musical theater’s needed return to legend
A marvelous sense of scale, local texture and atmosphere pervades "Lam-ang," Tanghalang Pilipino's new musical adaptation of the Ilocano epic poem "Biag ni Lam-ang." In its best moments, the production has a hypnotic, phantasmagorical feel to it, summoning through the power of words and music a lost world that is unmistakably Filipino. Unfortunately, it is burdened by Eljay Castro Deldoc's dissonant narrative rendering. Splitting the musical into two acts, Deldoc somehow has also written two entirely different shows: The first half, mesmerizing but also wearying to a degree, is clearly more in tune with the spirit of an epic; the second half is a mind-boggling rom-com with shades o...Keep on reading: ‘Lam-ang’: Filipino musical theater’s needed return to legend
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Pangulasian—Condé Nast’s top resort—reopens
The reopening of Pangulasian Island Resort in El Nido, Palawan, earlier this month was awaited by luxury travelers eager to again experience the island's myriad charms. After all, the property was once more listed by Cond Nast Travelers as one of the Top Resorts in Asia in its 2019 Readers' Choice Awards. For six months, the famous resort was closed for refurbishments, foremost of which was the replacing of the thatched, peaked roofs made of cogon grass, a signature detail of the resort's structures. "It costs around P2 million to replace the cogon for each villa," said resident manager Heidi Hocson. The painstaking work includes finding a reputable supplier, tying u...Keep on reading: Pangulasian—Condé Nast’s top resort—reopens
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How Filipinos can take an active part in sustainable tourism
For Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Boracay's rehabilitation was a wake-up call to everyone. "It inspired a movement to take care of our tourist spots because it showed what would happen if we didn't. We always remind them that our natural wonders, which provide jobs to many, won't last if we don't do our part in actively preserving them," Puyat told Lifestyle. She shares some concrete steps Filipinos can take to ensure that these tourist spots continue to flourish. 1. Don't litter: Throw your trash in the right bin. 2. Ask for permission first before taking a picture with the locals. 3. Leave all the shells, starfish and sand where they belong. 4. Buy lo...Keep on reading: How Filipinos can take an active part in sustainable tourism
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Why humor is essential in Ryan Reynolds’ explosive new actioner
SEOUL---If you love Ryan Reynolds for his movie-star good looks and mischievous wit, you'll like him even more for his sense of humor, which comes off as more good-natured and self-deprecating than vituperative or derogatory. When you're the target of his jokes, you don't feel you're in danger of getting bombarded with insults. This was apparent when we attended the splashy world premiere last week of Michael Bay's latest action film "6 Underground," which began streaming on Netflix yesterday. For instance, when the question of a Korean host was rudely interrupted by a miscued booming sound, intended to introduce each cast member, Ryan winkingly quipped, "Uh, sorry, that was me...Keep on reading: Why humor is essential in Ryan Reynolds’ explosive new actioner
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The carols in Jose Mari Chan’s home
Filipinos have been known to have the longest Christmas celebration in the world, with ornaments starting to embellish homes and offices, and holiday ditties in a constant loop in shopping malls as early as September. For many, as soon as they hear Jose Mari Chan's "Christmas in Our Hearts" blaring from the speakers, the holiday spirit quickly engulfs them. The singer-songwriter had also been visible in promotional campaigns ushering in the Yuletide season this year, which further cements his status as a constant fixture for Christmas. "I'm very fortunate that my song, 'Christmas in Our Hearts,' now 29 years old, continues to be sung year after year, not only by people my age, but ...Keep on reading: The carols in Jose Mari Chan’s home
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Aga Muhlach in touch with original ‘Miracle’ star Ryu Seung-ryong
In the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the actual competition takes place not on awards night, but at the box office. However, Aga Muhlach, who's marking his return to the annual event after a 26-year-absence, isn't particularly hung-up about which of the eight movies in the lineup ends up raking in the most money. "[Competition] was never in my blood," he stressed, when asked by the Inquirer how he thinks his entry, the local adaptation of the popular Korean drama film, "Miracle in Cell No. 7," would fare against the respective offerings of perennial top-grossers Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto and Coco Martin. "That was already the case even when I was younger: I got pitted again...Keep on reading: Aga Muhlach in touch with original ‘Miracle’ star Ryu Seung-ryong
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It’s action over drama for Jestoni’s daughter
For as long as she could remember, Angela Alarcon has always wanted to become an actress. In fact, one of her most vivid childhood memories was watching her father, Jestoni Alarcon, on television and mimicking his lines. "It really is a dream of mine. I always tell dad that watching his work inspired me to pursue acting," she told the Inquirer in a recent interview at a press conference arranged by GMA Artist Center for its new batch of talents. The seasoned actor didn't have any objections about her daughter's desire to work in show biz. But he and his wife, Lizette, had one condition: Studies first. Angela did as she was told---and with flying colors, at that. Earlier this ye...Keep on reading: It’s action over drama for Jestoni’s daughter
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John Lennon’s legacy through the eyes of 4 local music artists
For many of us who grew up in the '60s and '70s, one band continues to resonate in our hearts and dominate our playlist, The Beatles, which was recently ranked No. 1 artist of all time by Billboard Magazine as part of its 125th anniversary. While each of the fab four---John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, continues to have his own impact on the music industry, this article will focus on the former who was shot dead 19 years ago. Martin Nievera, local music industry's Concert King, described Lennon as "a hero who wears no cape, yet he can fly and change the world with just one well-sharpened pencil." "The music of John Lennon has inspired movements, e...Keep on reading: John Lennon’s legacy through the eyes of 4 local music artists
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China says 'phase one' trade deal reached with U.S.
BEIJING, China – China announced Friday, December 13, ...
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LOTTO RESULT December 14, 2019
LOTTO RESULT December 14, 2019 – Draws for 6/55 Grand Lotto, 6/42 Lotto LOTTO RESULT December 14, 2019 – Here is the official result of the 6/55 Grand Lotto and 6/42 Lotto draw for today, Saturday, December 14, 2019. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or more commonly known as PCSO got five major lotto games […] The post LOTTO RESULT December 14, 2019 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Filipino seafarer dies as Togo pirates release Greek ship – company
ATHENS, Greece – Suspected pirates in Togo have released 3 crew members of a Greek oil tanker seized in November, but a fourth crew , a Filipino, died in captivity, the ship managers said Friday, December 13. European Products Carriers Ltd said the 3 men "are safe and well, have had medical ...
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No more heroes
Aung San Suu Kyi decisively completed her transformation from international symbol of hope for oppressed people to populist nationalist champion of the very same thugs in military uniforms that imprisoned her for almost 15 years now accused of the most heinous crimes against humanity itself.
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EDITORIAL - Another chance for peace
Security officials are opposing a Christmas truce with the communist New People’s Army.
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Boycott galunggong from China – group
The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamalakaya ng Pilipinas yesterday urged local vendors and consumers to boycott galunggong imported from China and patronize “locally sourced aquatic and marine products of small fishers.”
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P10 million meat seized in Tondo
City police and veterinary personnel confiscated around P10 million worth of meat products during an inspection of a warehouse in Tondo, Manila Thursday night.
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PACC probes exec over illegal STL ops
The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is set to investigate ranking officials outside the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office allegedly involved in corruption in the controversial small-town lottery.
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Spaghetti downs 49 students at Negros Christmas party
About 49 students were hospitalized on Thursday due to suspected food poisoning in Barangay Ma-ao, Bago City, Negros Occidental.
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Early Christmas for lone P15 million jackpot winner
A lone bettor in Cavite province won P15 million from the Super Lotto 6/49 jackpot last Thursday, according to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
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Pilot birth registration launched for Sama-Bajaus
More than 200 Sama-Bajaus were issued birth certificates on Tuesday in a program launched by the local government here and United Nations based agencies, with the goal of saving tribe members from being stateless.
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P6.8 million shabu seized, 3 nabbed in Zamboanga hotel
Anti-drug agents and police seized a kilo of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with a street value of P6.8 million and arrested three suspects in a sting at a pension hotel in Zamboanga City Thursday night.
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House panel approves Trump charges, sets up impeachment vote
WASHINGTON DC, USA – US lawmakers took the grave step Friday, December 13, of approving two charges against Donald Trump, setting up a full House of Representatives vote to impeach the president  for abusing his powers and obstructing Congress. Democrats and Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee voted along strict party lines, ...
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US House panel approves 2 Trump impeachment charges
WASHINGTON --- Impeachment charges against President Donald Trump went to the full House on Friday, following approval by the House Judiciary Committee. The House is expected to take up the two articles of impeachment next week. The abuse of power charge stems from Trump's July phone call with the Ukraine president pressuring him to announce an investigation of Democrats as he was withholding US aid. The obstruction charge involves Trump's blocking of House efforts to investigate his actions. Trump has denied wrongdoing. The vote in the House panel was split along party lines, with 23 Democrats voting in favor and 17 Republicans opposed. Trump is accused, in the first art...Keep on reading: US House panel approves 2 Trump impeachment charges
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Duterte, Misuari meet anew in Davao; push for peace in Mindanao 
      MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte met Friday with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari.   Misuari, together with members of the Peace Coordinating Committee, "had a fruitful discussion" with Duterte and the members of the government peace panel.   "President Duterte reiterated that he wants to make some headway towards peace at least before his term ends, adding that concerned government agencies are working hand in hand to achieve the desired results," Malacaang said in a statement.   "The President expressed gratitude to MNLF Chair Nur Misuari for his unwavering support for the gover...Keep on reading: Duterte, Misuari meet anew in Davao; push for peace in Mindanao 
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Lacson urges Duterte to veto questionable budget insertions | Evening wRap
Today on Rappler: Lacson urges Duterte to veto questionable P16B in bicam-approved 2020 budget Trump says Greta Thunberg should 'chill,' go to movies Star Wars fans camp outside LA theater week before film opens It's 'Keanu Reeves day' as 'Matrix,' 'John Wick' sequels to premiere on same day Catriona Gray to write about pageant journey ...
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12 Days Before Christmas:'s Ultimate Bazaar Guide 2019
Get ready to do some shopping!
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NPC slams Sinas for ‘humiliating’ lady reporter; NCRPO refutes
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Press Club (NPC) condemned Metro Manila police acting director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas for allegedly disrespecting an unnamed female reporter during an ocular inspection of the police for the traslacion 2020 in Manila. In a statement, Paul Gutierrez, chairman of NPC Press Freedom Committee and Vice President, said the reporter was asking Sinas about the inspection but the Metro Manila police acting chief turned her down and asked to do the interview later. Sinas then covered the reporter's face with his hand while the latter was still talking, Gutierrez said. "Nagsasalita pa umano ang mamahayag nang takpan ni Sinas ang kanyang...Keep on reading: NPC slams Sinas for ‘humiliating’ lady reporter; NCRPO refutes
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‘Friday the 13th’ highway mishap fatalities rise to 7
          TACURONG CITY---The death toll in the "Friday the 13th" highway mishap here rose to seven after a critically injured five-year-old boy died in the hospital, police said.   Lt. Colonel Rey Egos, Tacurong police chief, said Najib Mamusaka, 5, died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital, three hours after the 4 a.m. freak accident involving a sports utility vehicle (SUV), a pickup truck, two-passenger tricycles and a motorbike along the national highway here.   Egos said Dr. Omar Shariff Acob, driver of the SUV, and Brent Nicole Cerebo, 20, driver of the pickup truck, admitted they were under the influence...Keep on reading: ‘Friday the 13th’ highway mishap fatalities rise to 7
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Miss South Africa 2019’s closing speech: Something Pinays should reflect on, a netizen says
Pinays love to lighten their skin tone because society perceives fair skin  to be more attractive A netizen wrote on Facebook about why some Pinays want to whiten their skin while Miss Universe has proven [Read More]
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How the world is reacting to Johnson's big UK vote win
PARIS, France – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's resounding election victory was largely welcomed by governments around the world on Friday, December 13, with hopes it will put an end to years of Brexit deadlock. Here are some of the initial reactions: 'Massive' trade deal with US "Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great ...
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Push for beauty in 2020: Holiday fashion, beauty essentials
Be prepared for the holidays, the most beautiful time of the year, with these fashion and beauty must-haves for the season.
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U.N. talks struggle to stave off climate chaos
MADRID, Spain – United Nations climate negotiations in Madrid were set to wrap up Friday, December 13, with even the best-case outcome likely to fall well short of what science says is needed to avert a future ravaged by global warming. The COP25 summit comes on the heels of climate-related disasters ...
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