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BSP check shows most Filipinos unbanked

MAJORITY of Filipinos still did not have bank accounts as of 2017 due to lack of funds to meet required minimum balances, a study of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJul 11th, 2018

Workers urge Roque: Check market prices

Labor groups urged presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday to go to market --- a nod to a nursery rhyme --- to get a sense of how Filipinos were hard-pressed in stretching their budgets amid soaring prices of basic commodities. They issued the challenge after Roque said on Friday that while the 6.4-percent inflation rate in August was higher than usual, "it's nothing to be worried about." The public may not find comfort in the Palace official's assurance as fuel prices have increased anew, a development that can thwart efforts to tame inflation. For the fifth week in a row, oil companies in the country increased pump prices. Prices of diesel, gasoline and kerosene we...Keep on reading: Workers urge Roque: Check market prices.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

London show explores hidden world of facial recognition

LONDON --- Don't judge by appearances. It's an age-old piece of advice that is being roundly ignored by corporations, governments and law-enforcement agencies around the globe. British police use facial-recognition technology to scan crowds for suspects. Owners of the latest iPhones can unlock their phones with face ID. Whole Foods and other retailers are testing facial recognition as a way of eliminating check-out tills in stores. Modern technology means your face is both your identity and a commodity --- but as an exhibition going on display in London shows, that technology is far from perfect. "Face Values," the U.S. entry at the multinational London Design Biennale, expl...Keep on reading: London show explores hidden world of facial recognition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Reality check: Iñigo Pascual’s tweet on street children, family planning, poverty goes deeper

Iñigo Pascual’s tweet on street children, poverty and family planning were met with varied reactions from Filipinos who both criticized and supported his belief. According to him, he is “so done seeing kids asking for money from people in cars… kids are meant to have a childhood.” The actor’s first lines were met with ire […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

No Filipinos severely affected by Hurricane Lane in Hawaii – DFA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday, August 25 said no Filipinos have been reported severely affected by Hurricane Lane that continues to threaten Hawaii.  "The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to check on the situation of the 375,000-strong Filipino community in Hawaii as it monitors the progress ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Bongbong: Critics should see bid to abolish PCGG as cue to ‘move on’

  Answering questions on the issue of his father's strongman rule, former senator Bongbong Marcos said that the proposed abolition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) is proof that their critics should "move on." Marcos was explaining to reporters during a forum in Quezon City on Friday the reason behind the comments of her sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos who asked people to move on from the issues that have hounded their family. In the process, the former lawmaker said: "PCGG has been abolished, ano pa ang gagawin natin dito?" A check on the status of the PCGG shows the agency created 35 years ago remains to be a government entity. Acc...Keep on reading: Bongbong: Critics should see bid to abolish PCGG as cue to ‘move on’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Aquino urges Filipinos to campaign, vote for opposition bets in midterm polls

Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Tuesday campaigned for opposition candidates in the 2019 polls, whom he said would serve as a check on the administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

From bubbles to bullet holes: Filipinos explore alternative designs for 2019 SEA Games logo

As the Philippines gears up to host the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year, the logo for the upcoming sports event was unveiled during the 37th Olympics Council of Asia General Assembly last Sunday, Aug. 19. The logo for the games was presented by chairman of the Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. His presentation was later posted on the Facebook page of the 30th SEA Games. The logo shows 11 circles that apparently stand for the 11 rings of the SEA Games, all bound together in what was supposed to be the shape of the Philippine archipelago. However, people had negative reactions to the logo, with some ...Keep on reading: From bubbles to bullet holes: Filipinos explore alternative designs for 2019 SEA Games logo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Neil Gaiman’s love for Philippine mythology shows richness of Filipino culture

British fantasy and comic book writer Neil Gaiman reminded Filipinos to learn to love their homegrown talents after a fan asked him if he would ever write about the Philippines’ folklore and mythology. A shoutout from a great The bestselling author made the statement on Twitter after a Filipino fan asked if he would write […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

New Zealand offers support to develop Philippine Rugby

New Zealand gave Philippine rugby a huge boost after sending in club team Mangatainoka Barbarians to help reinforce their support for the sport's growth in the country.  An exhibition match was played between the Mangatainoka Barbarians and their Filipino counterparts at the International School Manila in Taguig.  Aside from treating fans to some quality rugby, New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan passed over a check for P800,000 to the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU).  The financial aid was in support of the PRFU project “Rugby for All”, which aims to offer equal opportunities to youth and increase participation in sport.  The grant will help provide rugby training, clinics and festivals in Negros Occidental and will be implemented in 60 schools and provide equal opportunity for boys and girls to participate in organized sport. An added highlight to the evening was a haka performed by the visiting team.  It was the first time for many fans to witness the ancient Māori war dance traditionally performed by New Zealand teams in tournaments around the world. “Whenever someone thinks of New Zealand, rugby and the All Blacks come to mind. We are delighted to share this passion with young Filipinos with the help of the Philippine Rugby Football Union. It is an honour for New Zealand to support the development of rugby in the Philippines,” said Ambassador Strachan. ‘Rugby —A Sport for All’ is PRFU’s contribution to the Asia 1 Million Project initiative of Asia Rugby, to kick start the growth of the sport across the region. The Mangatainoka Barbarians will be hosting various clinics for the public, children, local club teams and opportunities to meet the players and participate in event around the Philippines. The team will head to Clark, Pampanga on 8 August for a Rugby Open Day. From there, they will fly to Puerto Princesa, Palawan to participate in the third Annual Palawan Rugby Festival. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Existing Naia location favored, survey shows

Most Filipinos are optimistic about the rehabilitation of Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), according to a March 2018 survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS). The f.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

WATCH: Team Lakay shows you how to shop Baguio-style

Ah, Baguio City, the so-called 'Summer Capital of the Philippines.' Baguio is known for quite a lot of things, among them being strawberries, the ukay-ukay markets, and of course, Team Lakay, the Philippines' top mixed-martial arts stable.  Based in La Trinidad, Benguet, Team Lakay is home to some of the country's top mixed-martial artists, including reigning ONE Championship world champions Geje 'Gravity' Eustaquio and Kevin 'The Silencer' Belingon, as well as former ONE world champions Eduard 'Landslide' Folayang and Honorio 'The Rock' Banario just to name a few.  And of course, if you wanted to experience some of the best sights and sounds that Baguio has to offer, who better to take you around, other than this group of Baguio City natives?  Watch as Team Lakay Head Coach Mark Sangiao and the rest of the team show you how to go on an ukay-ukay shopping spree, as well as the many products that you can get from strawberries!  For more ONE Championship content, check out our ONE Championship section! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Asian Games: Christian Standhardinger excited to play under Yeng Guiao

Returning Gilas player Christian Standhardinger is very excited for another tour of duty donning the Pilipinas jersey, this time at the 2018 Asian Games. The Fil-German forward, who was among the 14 included in the lineup announced by the PBA, exclaimed that he is very much excited playing for long-time coach Yeng Guiao. "I’m excited to see what’s the playing style of coach (Yeng), what system he’s gonna bring to hopefully be successful. I have to see and check who we play against. I think it’s without Australia and without New Zealand exactly. And the only team to beat is China and South Korea. I hope that we can go all out and obviously make the country proud." Even though nursing a left knee injury, Standhardinger is willing to sacrifice when country calls him.  "I want to represent the country. I want to make my fellow Filipinos proud, our countrymen proud and I hope that we can do that." The number one pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft even managed to tweet a message of thanks just before the introduction of the starting lineup in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. Now trying to juggle training between the Beermen and the national squad, Standhardinger sets his priorities straight, and that is the conference crown. "So yeah, for me obviously, the first priority is to try to win the finals here. That’s very important for me. That’s very important for San Miguel. And then I can completely focus on hopefully getting some victories in the Asian Games." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

PNoy on West Philippine Sea, inflation, Serena Williams | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Former president Benigno Aquino III opposes the proposed 60-40 sharing of natural resources between the Philippines and China in the joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority released Tuesday shows the poorest Filipinos felt the harsh impact of inflation during the 2nd quarter ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Metro Star Realty and Team Core to represent PH in Hoopbattle Championship in China

Metro Star Realty and Team Core booked their ticket to the HoopBattle Championship in China after finishing on top of the first ever Vivo HoopBattle Championship Philippines last Sunday (July 29) at the Market! Market! Activity Center, which aired live on ABS-CBN S+A and via livestream on ‪sports.abs-cbn.com. Led by 6’7 Jamal Thomas, who was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Metro Star Realty dominated Team Core, 21-10, in the final match to win the P200,000 grand prize of the 3x3 basketball tournament brought to the country by Ayala Malls and ABS-CBN Sports with co-presenter Vivo Philippines and in cooperation with Virtual Playground. Thomas and teammates Joseph Navarro, Reinier Quinga, and Argene Sabalza will represent the Philippines in the HoopBattle Championship in China later this year, where they will battle foreign teams for up to P3 million worth of prizes.  “It’s mission accomplished for me. I’ve always wanted to make my lola proud and make a name for myself and my family. I’m totally humbled and blessed,” said Thomas, who is currently a practice player for a local professional basketball team. Team Core, composed of Maharlika Basketball Pilipinas League players Axel Torres, John Vidal, John Cauilan, and JR Alabanza, also qualified to play in China, and took home P100,000 as the tourney’s second best team. “For me sobrang saya ng feeling, sobrang blessed, kasi hindi namin hiniling pero binigay ni God. Sobrang thankful kami. Mahirap pero sabi nga nila mag-enjoy lang,” shared Torres, whose team played undermanned with JR Alabanza getting injured prior the games. Both teams emerged on top after a single round robin elimination with six other teams that topped the Vivo HoopBattle legs held in different Ayala malls this July. The Metro Star Realty beat Team Ballers in the semifinals, while Team Core defeated Team Arellano University 2 in their own knockout game. The other teams that made it to the last eight were Just Coco led by Prince Rivero, Team Enderun bannered by former Batang Gilas Mike Dela Cruz, and Team F4 led by UP Fighting Maroon AJ Madrigal, and Team BS Susim Shipping. In an exhibition three point shootout, the tournament’s best long-range shooters Marco Sario (Team Ballers), AJ Madrigal (Team F4), and Mike Dela Cruz (Team Enderun) also bested Chinese players Jason Song, Camel Luo, and Young Sean, drawing cheers from Filipinos watching live in the venue. Song and Luo play for Chong Son Kung Fu in the ASEAN Basketball League, while Sean played in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour. HBC president Temple Deng said he is very happy with the turnout of the first HBC event outside China during an interview with ABS-CBN Sports anchor Andrei Felix, who hosted the event with UAAP basketball analyst Bea Daez and NCAA courtside reporter Roxanne Montealegre. “Just one word, amazing. I love it. They were very entertaining. Their performances were amazing,” he said. The tournament, which aims to highlight the both upcoming and undiscovered basketball talents in the country, started with 48 teams composed of players from both amateur and professional ranks. It was played under the strict guidelines of FIBA and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. “This only shows how big 3x3 basketball already is here in the country. Players from all walks of life came to participate here. I know we even had a surprise team composed of security guards of an Ayala Mall. In terms of the level of play, these guys have obviously been playing a lot of 3x3,” ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena shared. AMSI Inc. general manager Gabby Katigbak also said they look forward to more partnerships like the Vivo HoopBattle that gives Filipino athletes a chance to showcase their talent. Fans who watched the event yesterday also enjoyed special appearances by OPM star Inigo Pascual and athletes Ponggay and Therese Gaston, Bobby Ray Parks Jr, Chris Tiu, and Jimmy Alapag. ABS-CBN Sports anchors Martin Javier and Renren Ritualo also served as commentators for the livestream of the games. For more sports news and stories, visit sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abscbnpr.com  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Filipino TV writers in Hollywood meet in historic mixer

(First of two parts) LOS ANGELES---Someday, it will be considered historic: Filipino TV writers in Hollywood recently met for the first time at the Kimpton Everly Hotel in Los Angeles. While the meeting, arranged by Bernard Badion and Grace Moss, was a step toward more representation of Filipinos, it was a "reality check" for Rene Gube, writer and supervising producer of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." "Attending Grace and Bernard's mixer and learning that there are only 25 Filipino writers in the WGA (Writers Guild of America) was such a reality check for me," said Rene, whose other credits include "Brockmire" and "Ground Floor." "I always had this fantasy that after enough hard work, ...Keep on reading: Filipino TV writers in Hollywood meet in historic mixer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Inclusive Business in Finance Sector Reaches More Unbanked, Underserved Filipinos

When the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released the 2014 Consumer Finance Survey in 2017, results showed that 86 percent of Filipino households remain unbanked. The members of these households do not avail of financial services because they have little access to financial institutions, lack skills in managing bank accounts, have little trust in banks […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Italian shows how design and social enterprise can light up the Philippines

Italian Sergio Boero was a consultant of exporter Hacienda Crafts in Bacolod in 2009 when he discovered that many artisans had to stop working before 5 p.m. because they lived in an off-grid area and had no electricity. "I was affected by the fact that people lived without electricity," recalled Boero, president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) here. Over 16 million Filipinos have no access to electricity, according to a research by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in 2013. Most of them live in far-flung areas outside the scope of power companies. Very poor communities also could not afford electricity. The same may be true with the rest of the world as ...Keep on reading: Italian shows how design and social enterprise can light up the Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Game over? Fans mourn as Game of Thrones completes shooting final season

The hit television series Game of Thrones has finished shooting its eighth and final season which is expected to air in 2019. Fans worldwide are bracing for the finale of one of the past decade’s biggest hit shows and Filipinos are part of the mourning denizens. Bidding farewell Members of the cast of Game of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao says players involved in Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl should apologize

Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao is no stranger to throwing punches on the biggest stages in the world.  That is, after all, what made him a household name all over the world.  The thirteen players involved in the ugly brawl that ensued during the Gilas Pilipinas versus Australia FIBA World Cup Qualifiers match at the Philippine Arena however, had no business throwing hands at all.  The fight, which of course went viral within minutes of happening, left four Australians and nine Filipinos ejected from what was an otherwise non-bearing game.  Australia went on to win, 89-53, by default, and the FIBA will be reviewing the incident and most likely, sanctions will be handed out.  When asked about the fiasco, Pacquiao said that the players involved should have done a better job of keeping their emotions in check, especially the boys in blue, being that the Philippines was the host for the night.  "Para sa akin, tayo dapat ang mag-control sa sarili natin because tayo ang host eh." Pacquiao told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo. "Kumbaga, dapat ipakita natin yung magandang, yung passion natin para sa kanila, yung pag-papakumbaba natin para makita ng buong mundo na mapag-kumbaba tayo." Pacquiao, who once owned a team and even played in the PBA, added that while the mounting tension in a very physical contest was understandable, it should not have escalated the way it did.  Instead of jumping in the melee, the other players should have tried to pacify the situaiton.  "Hindi naman natin maiiwasan yung mga ganung pang-yayari pero, yung ibang mga sumali, naki-gulo, dapat hindi na nangyari yun. Dapat between them lang, yung naglalaro, yung dalawang players, ang pangyayari. Dapat ang away nila, awatin nila." "Nakakahiya kasi host tayo eh." Pacquiao continued.  Sen @mannypacquiao ‘s insight re AUS vs PH “ dapat tayo ang magcontrol dahil tayo ang host, dapat ipakita natin ang passion at pagpapakumbaba. hindi naman maiiwasan ang mga ganyang gulo. #FIBA #PacquiaoMatthysse pic.twitter.com/WFfVEAUHmJ — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 While many have their opinions on Pacquiao in and out of the ring, one thing that can be said about the "Pambansang Kamao" is that he's always been gracious, whether in victory or defeat.  The boxing Hall of Famer and Philippine senator agreed that the players who figured in the physicality should offer up an apology.  "Yung mga players na naki-halo sa gulo, especially yung mga nasa bench lang na humalo, naki-gulo, ganun dapat." "Ang gulo, madali pasukan, anytime, pwede ka mag-hanap ng gulo. Ang problema dun, yung record mo, yung panglan natin." Sen @mannypacquiao thinks that the players involved should apologize. He adds “ ang gulo anytime madali yang pasukan, anytime pwede ka maghanap ng gulo pero ang importante dun ah ang record, ang pangalan natin. #FIBAWCQ #FIBAWC #PacquiaoMatthysse pic.twitter.com/6vqMhHb707 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 A day after the incident, players involved such as NBA player Thon Maker and Gilas stars Japeth Aguilar, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwood have also offered apologies for the mess.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

ARMM Village Exhibit Shows Culture, Traditions and Rich History of Bangsamoro People

COTABATO CITY – To enlighten many Filipinos who are still unfamiliar with Bangsamoro’s rich cultural heritage, the Autonomous Region in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018