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Avenues for stronger Philippines-Japan linkages

In light of the devastation brought forth by Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of victims and sympathize with all those who were affected......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 22nd, 2018

PH, Japan near deal

The Department of Finance (DoF) on Tuesday revealed that the Philippines is already formalizing loan agreements with Japan in the first quarter of 2019 which covers three infrastructure projects. In a statement, the DoF said that the loan agreements are for flood control projects in Metro Manila and accessibility and linkages projects in conflict areas […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Philippines seeks stronger partnership with Japan

Philippines seeks stronger partnership with Japan Source link link: Philippines seeks stronger partnership with Japan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Japan, US pledge stronger ties with PH

PILAR, Bataan, April 9 (PIA) -- Japan and the United States pledged today stronger ties with the Philippines as the three countries mark the 76thAraw ng Kagitingan. Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda sai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Japan, US pledge stronger ties with PH

PILAR, Bataan, April 9 (PIA) -- Japan and the United States pledged today stronger ties with the Philippines as the three countries mark the 76thAraw ng Kagitingan. Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda sai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Customs forging stronger relations with US, Japan, South Korea counterparts

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) has ordered the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to strengthen cooperation with its counterparts in South Korea,.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The MBA vs. the PBA

What is it about sports leagues and why can't two actually exist at the same time in the same territory? The National Basketball Association has no real competition in the United States. The National Football League? Powerhouse. And while the World Wrestling Entertainment is not exactly as sports league, it's main competition is on the other side of the world. You can argue that the New Japan Pro Wrestling is not even competing with WWE. In the Philippines, there's the PBA. We can't really count the Asean Basketball League as a rival to the PBA can we? The PBA stands alone. 20 years ago though, that wasn't the case. With the Metropolitan Basketball Association, the  old and mighty PBA finally had a worthy rival. That's what it seemed like and that's what many people thought. But is it that actually true?   THE GREAT MISUNDERSTANDING While it's understandable, due to a lot of reasons, that people thought that the MBA was going after the PBA, that was never the case. The people behind the MBA never thought about competing in the PBA. In fact, they wanted to help them. Oh yes. "We did not want to rival the PBA," Ramon Tuason, CEO of MetroBall, Inc., the mother company of the MBA, told ABS-CBN Sports. "As a matter of fact, before we even started, I went to June Bernardino, who was [PBA] Commissioner, and I asked him and I said I have a system and it will reduce your salaries by over 50 percent in the first three years," he added. Wait, what?   THE LITTLE BROTHER With the MBA taking on a regional format, Tuason thought that his league could serve as the PBA's developmental territory. The MBA will scoop up players from the farthest of areas, let them hone their skills in the MBA, and when they're ready, allow them to move on to the PBA. "So in other words we would be like the draft, they would have to come to us, play for two years and can only then move to the PBA. So we would be getting regional players, develop them into our type of play, which is more rough, faster, stronger, and they would be then ripe for the picking of PBA teams through a draft," Tuason said. "It's going to be like in the States, they had the ABA before, which merged with the NBA, but it was the lower league, developing players for the NBA," he added. The idea seemed so simple and good-natured. However, the PBA didn't bite it. And so the supposed little brother decided to come after the big bro. For real this time. "They were very confused with what we wanted to do, they thought we were going after them. So when they declined us, we decided let's go full blast and turn professional," Tuason said. "Because our first thing was amateur muna, we would be developing the players and then moving them up as professionals. That's how the PBA would be able to save money," he added. "[The MBA] was not created to compete directly with the PBA."   IN THE SERVICE OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE While ABS-CBN failed to strike a deal with the PBA, the MBA was never intended to be the vehicle that The Company would use for revenge. People can think otherwise but PBA vs. MBA was never the case. "We did not," Peter Musngi said when asked if ABS-CBN saw the MBA as a possible competitor for the PBA. "The superstar players were with the PBA so what we wanted to have then was a second-tier league that can be a developmental league but at the same time, be able to avail of the services of the new college graduates, the stars of college basketball, and at the same time discover the talents in the far-flung areas who otherwise would not even be visible to the PBA." "It’s grassroots, but at the same time it’s also giving more opportunities for the college kids, the new graduates, to further their career in basketball. We were very excited with the idea and since ABS-CBN was practically present in all the regions in the country, it was a natural decision to say yeah, in the service of the Filipino, here’s something to cheer about, here’s something to entertain you," he added.   LONG-TERM POWER The MBA was never intended to be a rival to the PBA. However, in time, the MBA could have definitely challenged the PBA. Ramon Fernandez, the four-time PBA MVP who became the first MBA Commissioner, certainly thinks that way. He saw that the MBA could one day give the PBA a worthy fight. "Definitely," Fernandez said with hesitation when asked in he saw the MBA as a potential rival to the PBA. "That's why I said we should look at this league in the long term. Look at this league 10-15 years from now, wag this year lang. There should have been a longer vision, dahan-dahan. Because nakaka-motivate sa kabataan na maglaro ng basketball para makasama sa liga na to. Meron nang choice, hindi lang puro PBA. There was another league growing," he added. Unfortunately Fernandez only lasted for about two seasons as a Commissioner and the MBA didn't last 10-15 years. Not even close. What is it about sports leagues and why can't two actually exist at the same time in the same territory? After directly competing with one another, the American Football Leaue and the National Football League merged, retaining the NFL name. At one point, WCW was beating the WWE in the Monday Night Wars. The WWE ended up purchasing WCW. The American Basketball Association, which was a lot like the MBA in many ways, ended up merging with the NBA, allowing the NBA to rise as the most powerful basketball league in the world. In the Philippines, no such merger happened. The PBA is still good on its own after 43 seasons and the MBA died a slow death. A slow death that could have been prevented... (to be continued)   *I Love You, This Game is a series celebrating the Metropolitan Basketball Association's 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more! READ PART 1: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The logo that started a basketball revolution READ PART 2: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: The Passion of the Nation READ PART 3: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Trouble from Lakerland READ PART 4: I LOVE YOU, THIS GAME: Death threats and 5-peso coins, the MBA was crazy   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Caroline Kennedy hopes for stronger US-PH ‘bond of friendship’

FORMER Ambassador Caroline Kennedy expressed hope that the bond between the Philippines and the US would grow stronger. Kennedy, who served as the US Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017, is in the Philippines for a four-day visit. She arrived in the country on February 6. READ: Caroline Kennedy in Manila, visits US cemetery [...] The post Caroline Kennedy hopes for stronger US-PH ‘bond of friendship’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Japan commits $1.3-B grant, soft loans to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Japan has committed a total of $1.26 billion in grants and soft loans to the Philippines last year amid the stronger bilateral relation.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

PM Abe’s visit to strengthen PH-Japanese relations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Jan) – The two-day visit of Japanese Prime Shinzō Abe will bring the relationship of Philippines and Japan to a new level. Romeo Montenegro, director for investment promotion and public affairs of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), told a press conference Wednesday that the stronger Philippine-Japan relations will specifically benefit Mindanao in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Abe’s visit to strengthen PH-Japanese relations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Jan) – The two-day visit of Japanese Prime Shinzō Abe will bring the relationship of Philippines and Japan to a new level. Romeo Montenegro, director for investment promotion and public affairs of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), told a press conference Wednesday that the stronger Philippine-Japan relations will specifically benefit Mindanao in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Philippines seeks stronger links with Europe travel mart

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines’ participation in this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) in London is seen to strengthen linkages with the European trav.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2016

Intellasia East Asia News - Japan to lend Philippines $202-M for Mindanao roads

Intellasia East Asia News Japan will lend the Philippines up to $202 million to build roads and bridges in conflict areas of Mindanao in the countrys south. Japanese Foreign minister Taro Kono exchang.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News18 hr. 17 min. ago

World’s top supplier of used heavy machinery expands in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT --- AA Japan, one of the biggest and top suppliers of used heavy machinery around the world, officially opened here on Friday its first facility in the Philippines. The opening marked its business expansion and full service in the country in partnership with a local automotive trader and dealer, Filanka Subic Corp. Officials of AA Japan said the exclusive partnership with Filanka hopes to address the country's continuous development in the field of infrastructure, agriculture and energy, as they demand high-quality, heavy-duty trucking and transportation, and heavy equipment services. "[The partnership] will allow us to adapt our services and products to a...Keep on reading: World’s top supplier of used heavy machinery expands in Subic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News21 hr. 17 min. ago

PHL to use $202-M ODA from Japan for roads in Mindanao conflict areas - Money

PHL to use $202-M ODA from Japan for roads in Mindanao conflict areas GMA News MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan The government of Japan is set to lend the Philippines $202 million to develop a road network in c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Japan to lend Philippines $202-M for Mindanao roads - ABS-CBN News

Japan to lend Philippines $202-M for Mindanao roads ABS-CBN News Japan will lend the Philippines up to $202 million to build roads and bridges in conflict areas of Mindanao in the country's south.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Mitsubishi Motors is helping to build a school in the Philippines - Auto Industry News

Mitsubishi Motors is helping to build a school in the Philippines AutoIndustriya.com This new classroom in Samar was built thanks to the donation of Mitsubishi Motors Japan......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Duterte OKs bill pushing for stronger SSS pension fund

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into the law a measure which will overhaul the charter of the Social Security System (SSS). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed this Friday. One of the salient features of the new law is the rationalization of powers of the Social Security Commission, the policy-making body of the SSS, allowing it to expand the investing capacity of the pension fund that will generate better income for the benefit of its members and pensioners. /ee...Keep on reading: Duterte OKs bill pushing for stronger SSS pension fund.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Japanese foreign minister meets with Duterte - Philstar.com

Japanese foreign minister meets with Duterte Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines Japan's foreign minister met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City last Saturday and relayed his country&#.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

NU appoints new commissioner for UAAP Season 81 Volleyball

The Volleyball Tournament of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines has a new Commissioner for Season 81. Host school National University has appointed international referee Yul Benosa as this year’s commissioner for the men’s and women’s volleyball wars, which begins on Saturday, February 16 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. An international volleyball referee since 2009, Benosa has officiated various tournaments such as the Asian Men’s Club Championships held in Manila in 2014 and the ASEAN University Games in Singapore in 2016. The Sison, Pangasinan native knows the collegiate volleyball games circuit as well because he has been the UAAP’s chief referee from 2008 to 2018. Besides officiating the highest level of collegiate volleyball in the country, Benosa has been serving as Assistant Tournament Manager of the Palarong Pambansa Volleyball Tournaments since 2012. He is also a coaching clinician and volleyball event organizer for the Philippine Volleyball Federation and teaches senior high at the Pasay City North High School-Tramo Campus. Benosa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education Major in Physical Education, Health and Music from the University of Santo Tomas. He was a student athlete in college who helped capture three UAAP Men’s Volleyball titles for his school from 1989 to 1991. As an athlete, he represented the country as RP Youth Team Captain in Kanchanaburi Thailand in 1992 as member of the National Men’s Senior Volleyball Team in Fukuoka, Japan in 1993 and the National Beach Volleyball Competition in Yokohama, Japan in 1993 before moving on to coaching and officiating. His volleyball career began as a high school junior at Pasay City West High School when he was selected to the RP Youth Volleyball Team that competed in Australia in 1987. Mr. Benosa brings this wealth of volleyball playing and technical experience to the Season 81 volleyball tournament.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

PH receives anti-bomb gear from Japan

MANILA, Philippines – After back-to-back bombings in key areas in Mindanao, the Philippine National Police (PNP) received anti-bomb equipment from the government of Japan. The Japanese government on Tuesday, February 12, handed over 6 bomb suits, 6 ballistic shields, 440 bulletproof vests, and 440 ballistic helmets to the PNP during ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019