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HBO Asia marks 25 with Asia-focused original shows

SINGAPORE — Inspired by the unparalleled success of its Hollywood counterpart in producing global phenomenal hits, HBO Asia has unveiled a lineup of original.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarDec 7th, 2017

Tigresses forge sudden death with UE

The UST Tigresses forced a do-or-die match as they dispatched the UE Lady Warriors, 63-53, in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday morning.  UST, who defeated the FEU Lady Tamaraws in the first stepladder semifinals match, was the more focused team from the get-go, establishing an 18-point lead, 31-13, midway through the second quarter.  The Tigresses cruised through the game and led by 16 in the payoff period, 56-40, before the Lady Warriors fought back and almost ran away with it. UE forced UST to turn over the ball several times in the late stages of the game. and hit timely baskets which cut the lead to six, 59-53, following a Ruthlaine Tacula steal and layup with 1:29 left. Kikay Gandalla then responded with the dagger for UST with a booming triple from the right wing with 11.9 seconds left to nullify the twice-to-beat advantage enjoyed by the second-place Lady Warriors. Anjel Anies topscored for UST, scoring 21, including four triples. Jhenn Angeles meanwhile almost finished with a triple-double, recording 12 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Tacula meanwhile paced UE’s offense with 14 points before fouling out late in the game. Love Sto. Domingo added 12 markers and 12 boards. “We’re one step away from the finals and I know UE will be right back on Saturday so we have to be prepared and ready to counter whatever adjustment they will make,” UST head coach Haydee Ong said after the game. Though UST won the game, the Tigresses committed 25 turnovers, leading to 12 points. UE meanwhile had a forgettable shooting clip of 21 percent. On facing the Lady Warriors a second time around, Ong said that the team’s mindset has already been primed, as they already went through a do-or-die match against the Lady Tamaraws. UST and UE will battle for a trip to the Finals against idle NU on Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 am, at the same venue. THE SCORES: UST (63): Anies 21, Angeles 12, Larosa 12, Jerez 10, Gandalla 6, Aujero 1, Capilit 1, Portillo 0, Sanggalang 0, Rivera 0, Penaflor 0, Isanan 0, Magat 0 UE (53): Tacula 14, Sto. Domingo 12, Requiron 11, Chan 5, Gayacao 4, Cortizano 4, Ramos 0, Francisco 0, Antonio 0. Quarterscores: 17-9, 33-21, 47-35, 63-53.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Glittering affair marks milestone year for Bench

Bench, the lifestyle brand founded by businessman Ben Chan 30 years ago in 1987, clearly knows how to pack in a crowd eager to see their favorite stars in various stages of undress. At "Under the Stars," the 30th anniversary show held at the Mall of Asia Arena last night, the venue was packed with fans who bagged tickets after making qualified purchases at selected Bench stores. The mood leading up to the show was one of excitement. Those seated at the bleachers were given Bench pins that flickered on and off like stars. Once the show started, however, all eyes were on the elevated runway. What appeared to be loosely woven chain mail on four models turned out to be oversize...Keep on reading: Glittering affair marks milestone year for Bench.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

On-court digital experience unlocks access to basketball training in Manila

In a city where basketball is the pulse and access to data and training is limited, Nike is launching Nike Hyper Court, the first ever on-court digital experience that unlocks exclusive HD basketball content without the need for data, to inspire ballers across the city to take their game to the next level. Turn up to one of the initial five courts across Manila and ballers can connect to Nike Hyper Court and gain free access to content, powered by Google technology, that includes training drills, elevated member activities and the best of Nike global basketball content. “The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia. We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspects of their sport. Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and data costs,” said Nike Southeast Asia & India Senior Marketing Director, Bulbul Khera. “Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, presents a great example of how businesses can partner with the community to customize technology and provide an original, digital solution aimed at empowering Filipino basketball players and youth across the capital. We are excited to see Nike Hyper Court use Google’s technology to change the game. This technology allows for endless possibilities on and off the court,” mentioned Miguel de Andrés-Clavera, Google Creative Technology Lead. The content is designed with a hyperlocal approach with the help of experienced coaches. Features include drills and skills training programs addressing power, quickness and versatility tailored for different types of players, all delivered through a program that learns and makes recommendations from continuous user interaction. Each of the Nike Hyper Courts in the five Barangays (districts) are visually stunning thanks to the design of Arturo Torres, internationally renowned artist known for his signature superhero themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times bestselling books. Arturo’s design for each court features an emblematic identity of five basketball superstars: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving. “I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn. Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can't do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong – to anyone that's ever said no to you,” said Torres. The first five courts are launching this holiday season: 1. Titan Love Court, BGC – LeBron James Court 2. Ususan Court, Taguig – Kobe Bryant Court 3. Comembo Covered Court, Makati – Kevin Durant Court 4. Scarlet Homes Covered Court, Paranaque – Russell Westbrook Court 5. YCL Covered Court, Quezon City – Kyrie Irving Court.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Good news coming from Manila for the protection of endangered species, their future is our future

In Manila all eyes are clearly focused on the upcoming ASEAN and East Asia summits and the arrival of an impressive number of world leaders......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Dream battle

champion San Beda overcame San Sebastian’s physical game to carve out a 76-71 win and forge an interesting duel with first-time finalist Lyceum of the Philippines University in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Ang daming natutunan namin dito, which is to stay focused,”….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

How Pilita Corrales manages to still sing high notes at 78

Retirement? The word has never crossed Pilita Corrales' mind in the six decades she has so far spent in the entertainment biz. "Maybe 10 years from now---how about that?" she told reporters at a recent press conference for her coming concert, "An Evening with Pilita," whose title is a nod to the popular musical TV show she topbilled from 1965 to 1972. "As long as there are people who want to listen to me, and as long as the Lord gives me good health, I will continue." Pilita, dubbed Asia's Queen of Song, remains active in the live-music scene---as she so prefers. She still goes on concert tours abroad. And every so often, she makes guest appearances on TV shows, like the GMA 7...Keep on reading: How Pilita Corrales manages to still sing high notes at 78.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Ed Sheeran Asia tour dates in doubt after cycling injury

LONDON, United Kingdom – Award-winning British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran said Monday, October 16, that some upcoming shows could be cancelled after he suffered a cycling accident, posting an image of his arm in a cast and a sling. "I've had a bit of a bicycle accident and I'm currently waiting on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Leading eSports company looks to lift Philippine gaming to the next level

Eric Redulfin started his cyber cafe business with just four units. Now, his TNC Cyber Cafe has blossomed into a firm that has over 100 branches with a total of 12,000 computers. Aside from his success, Redulfin and his company has also been an integral part of the booming eSports scene in the Philippines, with an array of pro eSports teams that have found success in their respective games. 'From having only a Dota 2 team, now we have League of Legends, CSGO, Crossfire, Hearthstone and Dota 2 girls’ team – the TNC Amazons,' Redulfin said. With the teams taking pride in their victories, Redulfin has bared a plan to help the gaming squads, and Philippine eSports itself flourish even more. TNC Philippine Holdings Inc. has announced its grand opening to help safeguard the growth and presence of eSports in the country.  The grand opening was graced by titans in the gaming industry, Nvidia, Predator, among others, and representatives from the Game Amusement Board. New teams from TNC E-Sports were also introduced. Aside from the TNC Pro Team, now they have League of Legends, CS:GO, CRossfire, Hearthstone and a Dota 2 female team – the TNC Amazons. TNC is set to focus heavily on developing eSports by targeting multiple gaming platforms, hopefully strengthening the hold of TNC towards gaming in the local and global scene. “Ensuring the growth of eSports, it doesn’t stop there. TNC Philippine Holdings Inc. will dive into innovations, research and development, high level marketing to further the quality of growth of eSports in the Philippines. And most importantly, to build a strong relationship and trust with all the company all around the Philippines and show them that eSports is the future.” says Lester Ryan Wong, the CEO of TNC Philippine Holdings Incc. Redulfin said that the founding of this company will give opportunities to aspiring players which was his original plan when they first established TNC Pro Team.  Now, more than giving opportunities to these aspiring gamers, the company will secure more breaks for new players with the goal of proving that there can be a professional future in eSports.  With the help and support of the Games and Amusements Board's accreditation eSports will be the next big thing. Aside from this, we also want to strengthen our main business, our cyber cafes. This is only the start for a stronger Philippine eSports industry,” Redulfin added. In the near future, TNC Philippine Holdings Inc. plans to establish more professional teams, hold bigger eSports events and expansion of TNC. The company also plans to go full power with their merchandises and gears which will soon be able to the public. TNC Philippine Holdings also promises to ensure innovation from what the eSports industry currently have right now especially in Southeast Asia. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

LOOK: Stranger Things stars greet fans in Manila

MANILA, Philippines — Cast members from the Netflix original series "Stranger Things 2" made an appearance at the recent Asia Pop Comic Con in Manila, stoppi.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2017

Shorthanded Gilas braces vs behemoth China

Gilas Pilipinas will be facing a bloody battle against the formidable champion China in the FIBA Asia Cup to be held from August 8 to 20 in Beirut, Lebanon according to its head coach Chot Reyes. “We are completely focused on getting the team together but the biggest problem is that we must beat China,” [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 29th, 2017

Draft a sign of progress on South China Sea code of conduct

div class="feed-description"> BEIJING -- A framework agreement between China and the Association of Southeast Asia Nations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea marks a potentially significant step toward cooling tensions in the strategic waterway, analysts said Friday, May 19. p class="feed-readmore"> a target="_blank" href ="/news/2891-draft-a-sign-of-progress-on-south-china-sea-code-of-conduct">Read More... /a> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  filipinoexpressRelated NewsMay 29th, 2017

Nation: Survey shows dip, but performance approval, trust remain for top officials

PUBLIC OPINION on the performance and trustworthiness of the top government officials led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte remains "virtually constant" in Pulse Asia's latest survey compared with its poll last December. But Mr. Duterte and Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo saw a modest to notable decline in their numbers -- if still scoring majority approval and trust ratings as of March this year......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

second woman held over death of Kim Jong-nam – The Guardian

Malaysian police have detained a second woman in connection with the apparent assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. The Malaysian inspector general said in a statement that the suspect had been identified as Siti Aishah, an Indonesian national. Her birthday was given as 11 February 1992, and place of birth as Serang, Indonesia. It is not clear if her passport was genuine. The statement said she had been positively identified from CCTV footage at Kuala Lumpur international airport and was alone when she was apprehended in the early hours of Thursday. Channel News Asia quoted a police source as saying that a Malaysian man had also been arrested on Thursday in connection with Kim’s death. The confirmed arrest of a second suspect follows the detention on Wednesday of 28-year-old woman, whose Vietnamese passport bore the name Doan Thi Huong. She too had been positively identified from CCTV footage and was alone at the time of her arrest, the inspector general said. Still photos from the video, confirmed as authentic by police, showed a woman in a skirt and long-sleeved white T-shirt with “LOL” emblazoned across the front. Malaysian police have reportedly been granted permission to remand both women in custody for seven days. Police are also seeking “a few” other suspects in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam, apparently carried out with a fast-acting poison, as he prepared to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to his home in Macau on Monday morning. “We are looking for more suspects,” Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat said, but declined to say how many were being sought, or their nationalities. Intelligence officials in South Korea have said they suspect Kim’s killing was carried out by people working on behalf of the North Korean regime. There is mounting speculation that his death was ordered by Kim Jong-un, possibly as retribution for criticisms his elder brother made against his leadership in interviews with the Japanese journalist, Yoji Gomi, in 2012. As Malaysian authorities searched for other suspects in a case that has focused attention on the apparent lengths to which North Korea will go to ensure the regime’s stability. Malaysian media cited unnamed sources as saying that North Korean officials had spent hours trying to persuade Malaysia not to conduct an autopsy and for Kim’s body be handed over to Pyongyang. Malaysia refused the request, since North Korea did not submit a formal protest, according to Abdul Samah Mat, a senior Malaysian police official. No decision has yet been taken on whether the body will eventually be handed over to the North. While Pyongyang has made no official comment on Kim’s death, it has not attempted to conceal its interest in his fate. On Wednesday, it sent a black Jaguar car with diplomatic number plates and flags to the mortuary at Kuala Lumpur hospital, where an autopsy was conducted on Wednesday evening. It was not immediately clear if or when the autopsy results would be made public. Kim, who was 45, fell ill after apparently being attacked from behind with a chemical spray, and died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. At the time of his death he was carrying a North Korean passport that gave his name as Kim Chol, born in Pyongyang on 10 June 1970. His death has parked speculation about the possible involvement of Kim Jong-un, whose five-year rule of North Korea has been marked by purges and executions of people perceived as a threat to his leadership. The highest-profile victim of Kim’s “reign of terror” was his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who was executed on treason charges in late 2013. Jang, once considered his nephew’s most trusted adviser, was also believed to have been close to Kim Jong-nam, whom he had helped raise. Kim Jong-nam attempted to lead an unremarkable life with his family in Macau, according to exchanges with Gomi. “Because I was educated in the west, I was able to enjoy freedom from early age and I still love being free,” he told Gomi, whose book on Kim was published in 2012. “The reason I visit Macau so often is because it’s the most free and liberal place near China, where my family lives.” Kim Byung-kee, a South Korean MP, said intelligence services had told him Kim Jong-un professed to “hate” his half brother, whom he feared could one day play a role in the overthrow of his regime. The spy agency’s has also made unverified claims that North Korea had spent five years attempting to kill Kim Jong-nam. They cited a “genuine” attempt in 2012 after he had described his brother as ”just a nominal figure”, and lambasted the county’s hereditary transfer of power as a “joke to the outside world”. “The Kim Jong-un regime will not last long,” he told Gomi. “Without reforms, North Korea will collapse, and when such changes take place, the regime will collapse.” A terrified Kim is reported to have written to Kim Kong-un after the 2012 assassination attempt in which he pleaded with his brother to assure his safety and that of his family. The letter said: “I hope you cancel the order for the punishment of me and my family. We have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide, and we know that the only way to escape is committing suicide.” Kim Jong-nam may have succeeded his father, Kim [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Strategist advises Asia: Pay attention to Europe

HONG KONG -- From Paris to Paju, Asian currency watchers focused solely on the impact of US President Donald J. Trump’s policies on the dollar or Beijing’s fight against a weakening yuan are ignoring risks emanating from upcoming elections in Europe, according to the region’s most accurate foreign exchange forecaster......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2017

Environmentalists praised closure of 23 mining firms

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Environmentalists and anti-mining groups lauded the closure of nearly two dozen mining firms and vowed to support government efforts to curb destructive mining practices in the country. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ordered the closure of 23 metallic mines in the country, while suspending five more, for serious environmental violations discovered during the industry-wide audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since July last year. “My issue here is not about mining. My issue here is social justice. If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of the island suffer, that’s social injustice,” Lopez said. She said the closure orders were based on the final results and recommendations of the multisectoral audit teams formed to look into the compliance of mining operators with the existing environmental laws and regulations. The mining firms ordered closed were the following: Benguet Corp. Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., Zambales Diversified Metals Corp., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., all in Zambales province, due mainly to siltation of rivers, destruction of a functional watershed and illegal tree-cutting. Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corp., Emir Minerals Corp., and TechIron Mineral Resources Inc. in Homonhon mainly for siltation of coastal waters and destruction of functional watershed. AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration, Kromico Inc., SinoSteel Philippines H.Y. Mining Corp., Oriental Synergy Mining Corp., Wellex Mining Corp., Libjo Mining Corp., Oriental Vision Mining Phils. Corp., in Dinagat Islands mainly for siltation of coastal waters. ADNAMA Mining Resources Corp., Claver Mineral Development Corp., Platinum Group Metals Corp., CTP Construction and Mining Corp., Carrascal Nickel Corp., Marcventures Mining and Development Corp., and Hinatuan Mining Corp. in Surigao del Norte mainly for siltation of coastal waters and mining in functional watersheds. Benguet Corporation in Itogon, Benguet and Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp. in Bulacan were likewise issued suspension orders by Lopez. &'160; She also deferred to give a decision on the fate of Filminera Resources Corp. pending further investigation. The five mining companies that were issued suspension orders are Berong Nickel Corp., OceanaGold Phils., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corp., Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. and Strong Built Mining Development Corp. According to DENR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna, the companies can file for a Motion for Reconsideration to the DENR within 15 days from receipt of the order. Luna said the DENR decision can still be appealed to the Office of the President. The DENR had earlier assured the mining sector and the general public that due process was “meticulously observed” in the audit of all existing metallic mines nationwide. It also assured that the audit results “really promote the common good and social justice” espoused by Lopez and President Rodrigo Duterte. A staunch advocate of responsible mining, Lopez has made it clear that the common good and the protection of the environment would be her paramount concern, not money. She emphasized that no mining company can operate in a functional watershed which protects water sources. “Water is life. We will not allow the water of our people to be at risk for any business interest,” Lopez said. 16 Audit Teams Barely a week at the DENR, Lopez ordered an industry-wide audit in July last year to look into the adequacy and efficiency of environmental protection measures taken by the mining companies, determine gaps in those measures and identify the appropriate penalties for violations of mining and environmental laws. A total of 16 audit teams were formed to review the environmental compliance of mining companies in all regions in the country. Each team is composed of representatives from the DENR central and regional offices, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and civil society organizations. The audit focused on safety and health; mine environmental management; social development; mining tenement; and compliance with laws on clean air, clean water, hazardous waste and solid waste. Technical experts from the different government offices that have been invited to conduct the audit all abide in the standards of truth, service, and the common good. “We based the checklist of the criteria for the audit on the items in compliance with the different mining and environmental laws. A cross-audit was also done, which means that the auditors who reviewed one site, have come from a different region,” Lopez said. “We also gave seven days for the companies to respond to the results of the audit, providing a leeway for them to clear the issues that were raised. We had to review the reported results of the audit for five months before we have to release it, ensuring that we followed the process meticulously.” Lopez said the issue is not about mining, but social justice. “If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of that island suffer, that’s social injustice. We assure the industry and the general public that due process was meticulously observed in the mining audit conducted by the agency and that the results would be always anchored on integrity, social justice, and the common good,” she said. Zamboanga del Sur, Tawi-Tawi Environmentalists also urged Lopez to review again the mining operations of TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc. in Zamboanga del Sur’s Bayog town where Subanen natives opposed the entry of the company in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

NTRC study shows Philippine auto excise tax lowest in Asean

MANILA, Philippines - Automobile excise tax is the lowest in the country across Southeast Asia and covers the least number of vehicles, justifying government.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

Twitter Announces Globe as the First Advertising Partner in Asia for NBA Live Stream Shows

Twitter Announces Globe as the First Advertising Partner in Asia for NBA Live Stream Shows.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

ADB, BSP heads to keynote November 21 ACRAA conference

MANILA, Philippines - The Association of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia (ACRAA) marks its 15th anniversary with an international conference/symposium under t.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 19th, 2016

HBO Asia s original martial arts movies

HBO Asia s original martial arts movies.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 19th, 2016

In SWS and Pulse Asia surveys, Duterte gets high marks; highest in Mindanao - Minda News

In SWS and Pulse Asia surveys, Duterte gets high marks; highest in Mindanao - Minda News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 13th, 2016