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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

Philippines seeks stronger partnership with Japan

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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

Carpio: Duterte affirms arbitration award in recent PH-Japan declaration

President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of commitment to freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea in the joint Philippines-Japan declaration last week is an affirmation of the 2016 arbitration award, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Sunday.   The acting chief justice, one of the leading figures in the Philippines' arbitration victory against China, lauded the President for his support to freedom of navigation and said this was the "most welcome development in resolving the South China Sea dispute."   "The statement of President Duterte upholding freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea should be the main thrust of our for...Keep on reading: Carpio: Duterte affirms arbitration award in recent PH-Japan declaration.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News13 hr. 59 min. ago

Top Pinoy tennis bets Pantino and Eala clinch semis berths

Filipino top bets Arthur Craig Pantino and Alex Eala went through different routes in getting into the semifinals Friday in the Phinma-PSC International Junior Tennis Championships Week 1 at Manila Polo Club clay courts. The 17-year-old Pantino, ranked 113th in the world, crushed New Zealand’s Corban Crowther, 6-2, 6-1, to book a place in the Final Four against third seed Fumiya Yoshino of Japan. Eala, the 13-year-old tennis wonder, displayed toughness of character beyond her years as she subdued Lu Yu-yun of Chinese Taipei, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to also advance in the meet sponsored by Philippine Tennis Association, Philippine Sports Commission, Phinma and Tecnifibre. Pantino also place a foothold in the boys doubles after he and compatriot Justin Suarez barged into the finals. Pantino is back-to-back doubles champion last year aside from making the singles final in Week 1 and capturing the singles title in Week 2. They defeated Crowther and Marcus del Rosario of the Philippines, 6-2, 6-4, to arrange a final duel against top seeds Tom Evans of Australia and Yoshino. Evans and Yoshino bested third seeds Jean Marc Malkowski of Switzerland and Zsombor Velcz of Hungary, 6-4, 1-6, (13-11). Eala will battle Fang WeiNing of China, who moved after pulling off an upset over second seed Saki Oyama, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Top-seeded Janice Then of Indonesia marched to the semis as well with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Tian Fangran of China, 7-5, 6-4. Yoshino advanced after beating Lin Nan-Hsun of Chinese Taipei, 6-3, 6-2; Boys No. 1 ranked Mann Shah of India also rolled into the final four with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Taiwanese Lo Yi-Jui. He will take on Evans who booted out Japanese Kokoro Isomura, 6-3, 6-2.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Eala, Zoleta sizzle in Phinma-PSC Int’l Juniors Championships

The Philippines’ most promising tennis talents Alex Eala and Amanda Gabrielle Zoleta barreled through the second round of girls singles Wednesday in the Phinma-PSC International Juniors Championships Week 1 at the Manila Polo Club in Makati. The 14-year-old Eala spearheaded the local girls’ campaign with an easy 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Hsuan Huang of Chinese Taipei in this tough ITF Grade 4 tournament sponsored by the Philippine Tennis Association, Phinma, Philippine Sports Commission and Tecnifibre. Immediately after, wild card Zoleta stunned Skia Kung of Chinese Taipei, 6-2, 6-2, to book a place in the next round. Their victory followed up the rousing start of the Filipino boys led by last year’s Week 2 champion in singles Arthur Craig Pantino. Seeded second here, Pantino clobbered Japan’s Ryotaro Koshiba, 6-0, 6-2 during Tuesday’s first round in boys singles. Pantino tagged along compatriots Justin Suarez, Matthew Garcia and Aljon Talatayod to the next round of the tourney played on clay indoor courts. Suarez crushed Jerail Yasin of Indonesia, 6-2, 6-2; Garcia defeated Kun Liu of Chinese Taipei, 6-4, 6-2; while Talatayod outlasted Chen Yan-cheng also of Chinese Taipei, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. Top seed in boys singles, Mann Shah of India also got through, trouble-free, to the second round after a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Japan’s Noritaka Koizumi. Unfortunately, seven other Filipino boys fell on the wayside with Sebastien Lhuillier losing to Jean Marc Malkowski of Switzerland (6-2, 6-1), Loucas Julian Fernandez falling to Lo Yi-jui of Chinese Taipei (2-6, 6-4, 6-2), Marcus de Rosario yielding to Kokoro Isomura of Japan (6-4, 6-3). Jose Antonio Tria also lost to Hungarian fifth seed Zsombor Velcz (6-4, 6-3), Vince EJ Tugade dropped to Thai Patom Hanchaikul (6-2, 6-0), Jude Miguel Hidalgo bowed to Lin Nan-hsun of Chinese Taipei (6-0, 6-0), and Mark Nicole Suson fell to Corban Crowther of New Zealand (6-4, 7-6 (3).  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Davao to host youth leaders from ASEAN, Japan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 13 Nov) – The city will host youth leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Japan on Sunday as part of the activities during the four-day stay of the delegates for Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) in the Philippines. Steve Laurence Arquiza, former commissioner of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

DIARIES FROM THE FIELD | Where agricultural machines are farmers’ best friend

There is a wide gap of farming technology between Philippines and Japan but there is always hope that soon farmers here can use appropriate technology to increase production to feed the growing population......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

PH, Japan ink P18-B loan

The governments of the Philippines and Japan, through the Department of Finance (DoF) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), formally signed the P18-billion loan agreement for the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) Rehabilitation Project on Friday. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and JICA senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka signed the loan agreement, witnessed by […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Government, inks P18.8 billion JICA loan for MRT-3 rehabilitation

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has extended a ¥38.1 billion loan to the Philippines for the improvement and rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line-3 System......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Philippines almost wins Miss International 2018

Miss Philippines Maria Ahtisa Manalo almost made it to give the country its seventh Miss International title after she finished first runner-up in the competition held at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on November 9......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Bb. Pilipinas finishes 2nd in Miss International

      Binibining Pilipinas Ma. Ahtisa Manalo placed second in the 58th Miss International pageant held at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on Friday afternoon, bowing out to Venezuela's Mariem Velazco for the crown.   Velazco becomes the eighth Venezuelan beauty to bag the crown, solidifying the country's status as the most successful participant of the Miss International pageant, distancing itself further from the Philippines which has six crowns so far.   Kylie Verzosa was the last Filipino to bag the crown. She won in 2016.   This year's pageant drew a record 77 delegates from around the world.   South Africa's R...Keep on reading: Bb. Pilipinas finishes 2nd in Miss International.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Miss Philippines Ahtisa Manalo first runner-up at Miss International pageant

MISS Philippines’ Ahtisa Manalo was named first runner-up in the Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo, Japan on Friday in a livestream of the event. Mariem Claret Velazco Garcia of...READ MORE The post Miss Philippines Ahtisa Manalo first runner-up at Miss International pageant appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018