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It s happening: Starbucks Philippines to offer the pumpkin spice latte

MANILA, Philippines – If you've been envious of friends abroad posting and raving about everyone's fall favorite, the pumpkin spice latte, envy no more.  Starbucks Philippines will be offering the stateside favorite for a limited time beginning October 25.  "Our signature espresso and milk are highlighted by flavor notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerOct 18th, 2018

Fall foliage map will help you plan out your leaf-peeping weekends in the US

The kids are back in school. The other day you spotted a lone, sad leaf browning at the edges at your feet. And Starbucks has released its Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's official: leaf-peeping season is once again upon us. For nature lovers in the United States who have a habit of missing optimum foliage viewings in their area, there's a fall foliage prediction map that can help you plan out your autumn weekends. Smokymountains.com collects data points from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including past temperatures and forecast temperatures, along historic foliage trends. The data is then turned into an algorithm to project peak foliage viewing times. Thi...Keep on reading: Fall foliage map will help you plan out your leaf-peeping weekends in the US.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 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

At the new Starbucks Reserve bar, coffee and heritage blend together

MANILA, Philippines - The newly-opened Starbucks Reserve store at the Power Plant Mall isn’t just a regular coffee shop, it’s a theater for the best coffees the brand has to offer. Opened to coincide with Starbucks’ 20th anniversary in the country, the shop has some pretty sweet interiors. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

BEST OF 5 Part 4: LPU can thank cellphones for all of this

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 3 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. --- Topex Robinson has laid the groundwork, and it was finally time to build something in Lyceum of the Philippines University. Just like he had off-court, the always amiable mentor also had grand plans on-court for the Pirates. Having a plan is different from getting it done, however. “It was hard. I already had a vision of what I wanted my team to be and I made sure I articulated my vision,” he shared. “Obviously, getting people wasn’t easy, but if they know that you’re going to a direction, you would attract those people who shared my vision.” And so, slowly but surely, Robinson’s staff was being filled by the likes of Rommel Adducul, a former big-time professional player, and Jeff Perlas, a highly-esteemed assistant in coaching circles. In terms of players, however, still nothing much was going for the Intramuros-based squad. GAME-CHANGER Until one phone call. Robinson personally fetched CJ Perez from Ateneo de Manila University after the latter learned that his academic deficiencies would force him to sit out the season. Earlier that day, Perez called Robinson and told him all that was happening. Right then and there, the former had an offer for the latter. “When CJ left Ateneo, I gave him an opportunity with us, pero ang sabi ko, ‘You can go to any team.’ He said he wanted to play for me,” the head coach said. “I said, ‘Are you sure? Because all of the collegiate teams are gonna get you and gonna offer you anything you want.’ But he committed to us and I appreciate the trust he gave me.” PRODIGAL SON Indeed, LPU had one advantage all others didn’t – Robinson had long been a father figure to Perez as the two were formerly the faces of San Sebastian College-Recoletos for two years. “Isang beses, pinaisip (ni coach Topex) sa amin yung heroes namin tapos napapatingin ako sa kanya. Siya yung iniisip kong hero kasi yung trust na binibigay niya sa akin, sobra-sobrang trust,” the now 23-year-old tantalizing talent shared. “Tinutulungan niya ako, pinu-push niya ako kahit anong magyari. Siya talaga ang nagmo-motivate sa akin.” And so, Perez became a Pirate – without a doubt, the biggest get in the history of their basketball program. However great he is, however, he is just one man. “Obviously, who would love to have a CJ Perez on the team, but again, CJ is just a part of the puzzle. He’s not the whole equation,” Robinson said. “Yes, CJ could win us games, but he could also lose games. People are tagging us as CJ’s team, but it’s very important to get everybody on the same page.” THE STANDARD Indeed, Perez becoming a Pirate is not the rule, but an exception to the rule. As history has proven, Intramuros was not a dream destination for youngsters – be it LPU, be it Colegio de San Juan de Letran, be it Mapua University. And so, the LPU head coach tried to work with whatever he had. “You accept the fact that you will not get the blue-chip players. What you’re really looking for are players who are driven,” he shared. He then continued, “The skill, we could work on that. The character, yung may chip on the shoulder, yun yung kailangan namin.” In other words, he looked for a player like Topex Robinson. “That’s basically how I was as a basketball player. My PBA career, I knew I was not gifted and I knew I had to survive. Pretty much, I was looking for players I could see myself in,” he said. JOIN THE CLUB Fortunately, there were many places to find treasure. And even better, sometimes, treasure comes to find you. Another phone call came – and getting shipped to the Pirates were two talents who would prove to be the perfect pieces for what they wanted to do. “Bago kami sa LPU, galing kaming Adamson. Nung nagbago na yung coach, tumawag na kami kay coach Topex kung pwede niya kaming matulungan,” Jaycee Marcelino narrated. He was referring to the regime change for the Soaring Falcons in 2016 which saw Franz Pumaren take over for Mike Fermin. And for them, it was only their kababayan in Robinson whom they trusted to continue harnessing their potential. “Magkakilala po kami ni coach kasi magkababayan kami. Humingi kami ng tulong para makapaglaro pa rin kami sa pangarap naming liga,” Jayvee, the twin, shared. Robinson and the Marcelinos all hail from Olongapo in Zambalaes. And so, the twins became Pirates – without a doubt, one of the biggest steals in college basketball in recent history. X MARKS THE SPOT And now, Topex Robinson has a crew full of Topex Robinsons. From Perez to the Marcelinos, from glue guy MJ Ayaay to National University outcasts Kim Cinco and Ralph Tansingco, and from forgotten foreign student-athlete Mike Nzeusseu to underrated Reymar Caduyac, all of LPU has something to prove. Whether or not that would be enough to win a championship is not yet certain. What is certain now is that Robinson has a Pirate crew completed in his vision – both on and off the court. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Philippine Tax Academy taps UPLB for post graduate program

The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA), in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB), is planning to offer a free post-graduate program on finance and taxation to qualified employees of the Department of Finance (DOF) and its attached agencies......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 5 min. ago

BPI expands fundraising program, cites demand

STRONG investor demand has prompted the Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) to raise its initial bond and commercial paper offer from P15 billion to P25 billion. In a disclosure…READ The post BPI expands fundraising program, cites demand appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Comment on AIM expects new supercomputer to boost data science, drive innovation by The key to future-proofing your job? Study gov’t regulations.-Times of News Philippines

[…] low in local supply. Earlier this year, the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) launched a new master’s program on data science and a matching RD facility to churn out local data scientists only this year. Ateneo is also set to offer a master’s program […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Condominium For Sale in Bonifacio Global City for 4,550,201 – Web reference 113427427 – Property for sale Philippines : Property24

MOST SALABLE PRE-SELLING CONDO IN TAGUIG near Bonifacio Global City and Mckinley Hill 2021 Target Turnover UPDATED & LOWEST OFFER NOV 2018 Studio Unit (22 sqm) starts at 2.6M | 12k monthly 2 Bedrooms (41 sqm) starts at 4.5M | 22k monthly 3 Bedrooms (64 sqm) starts at 6.7M | 32k monthly > 20k reservation… link: Condominium For Sale in Bonifacio Global City for 4,550,201 – Web reference 113427427 – Property for sale Philippines : Property24.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Honasan accepts offer to head DICT

Senator Gringo Honasan has accepted the offer to become the next secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Honasan himself confirmed this in a text message to reporters on Friday. "For a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino People, and for a better future for our most precious Children; I have decided to accept the offer of the President to help lead the DICT," he said. The senator said he would be deemed automatically resigned from the Senate after his appointment is confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) and once he finally takes his oath. "Upon appointment, confirmation by the CA, and oathtaking-w/c trig...Keep on reading: Honasan accepts offer to head DICT.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao wants to test 'big boy' Kai against Gilas 'old boys'

In a loaded 20-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for the new FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers window, one name stood out the most. Young Kai Sotto was easily the most surprising name in head coach Yeng Guiao's lineup announced Tuesday and while the 7'2" high school phenom is a long shot to make the final 12, it wouldn't hurt for him to be included in the senior team as early as now. Former head coach Chot Reyes actually teased about the possibility of Kai joining the senior team as early as 2017 but this year, it's no longer just a possibility. [Related: Chot considered including Kai Sotto to Gilas' SEA Games lineup] It's happening. "With Kai kasi, we have nothing to lose [and] we have everything to gain," Guiao said on why he included Sotto in his new pool that also includes June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Christian Standhardinger, and Japeth Aguilar. "I'd like to see him play against the big boys and be able to accelerate his development. Who knows? Baka gulatin tao, baka makakuha siya ng spot sa top 12," he added. As the undisputed future of Philippine basketball, many are clamoring for Kai to improve his competition. The junior ranks in the Philippines are not exactly challenging for Sotto. At 7'2" and still growing, no one can match up to Kai's size and improving skill set. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Castro and Tenorio make Gilas return in new 20-man pool] With plans to train abroad shelved for the moment, joining the senior team of Gilas Pilipinas is the next best thing for the Ateneo star. "I think Kai is our future, and we're just trying to make use of the opportunity for him to be developed and be able to upgrade the competition he's been playing in kasi dominado niya masyado yung high school, dominado niya rin yung Under-18, so now maybe it's time for him to try the big boys," Guiao said of Kai. "Or the old bots kasi big boy din siya," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

China Telecom joins local tycoon in joint bid for Philippine telco license

MANILA—China Telecom and firms controlled by a Filipino tycoon jointly bid on Wednesday for a third telecoms license on offer in the Philippines, as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to boost its notoriously weak services and end a domestic duopoly. State-controlled China Telecom joined businessman Dennis Uy, whose interests include real estate, energy, shipping and logistics, […] The post China Telecom joins local tycoon in joint bid for Philippine telco license appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Japan, PH sign ‘exchange of notes’ on P18-B loan for MRT-3 rehab

The Japanese government agreed to offer a 38-billion yen loan (P18 billion) for the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) in an "exchange of notes" conducted on Wednesday. Japan's Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, who represented the Japanese government, said he was "delighted" that the country chose Japan for the rehabilitation of the MRT-3. "I am delighted that the Philippines chose japan as its partner to tackle problems of the MRT-3," Haneda said during the signing ceremony. "The project will be set of Japan's pledge of 38 billion yen or P18 billion to restore the MRT-3 back to a modified [...] infrastructure." The loan from the Japanese agency will imp...Keep on reading: Japan, PH sign ‘exchange of notes’ on P18-B loan for MRT-3 rehab.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

13 Artists Award exhibit: mirror of society’s illnesses

THE WINNERS of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists awards this year demonstrated that they’re not only concerned with their aesthetics, but also with what is happening in reality. The recipients have responded to the problems of our times: extrajudicial killings, social injustices, the oppressed’s endless plight, and fake news......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

The Manila Bulletin takes a tour inside the local Ubisoft studio. – Manila Video

Ubisoft, AAA game developer, has expanded its local operations in the Philippines with its new studio located in De La Salle University Laguna campus. The company also partnered with the said institution to offer gaming courses. source link: The Manila Bulletin takes a tour inside the local Ubisoft studio. – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

From House to Palace: Karlo Nograles is next Cabinet Secretary

MANILA, Philippines – Davao 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles has been chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte to be his Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Monday, November 5. Nograles had accepted Duterte's offer to take the Cabinet post of his longtime friend and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

INFOGRAPHIC: Singapore lights up with holiday festivities

MANILA, Philippines – This year flew by so fast, the next thing you know, we’re already about to bid it adieu. But before we do, let’s give ourselves a well-deserved break to indulge in the exciting celebrations happening this November and December in Singapore! The whole of Lion City slowly becomes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

MCO Philippines proceeds with tender offer

MCO (Philippines) Investments Ltd., the major shareholder of Melco Resorts and Entertainment Philippines Corp. (MRP), proceeded with its tender offer last Oct. 31......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Moody’s unit forecasts 6.3% Q3 GDP growth

Moody’s Analytics, the financial risk analysis, modelling and consulting subsidiary of the sovereign credit rating firm Moody’s Investors Service, said the Philippines regained some lost ground in the third quarter and reaccelerated during the period to 6.3 percent in terms of the gross domestic product (GDP). This, it said in reporting events happening around the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

Here s everything you can eat and drink at Starbucks for the holidays

MANILA, Philippines – For Starbucks lovers everywhere, the holiday season truly begins when the coffee chain releases its annual holiday drinks. The limited edition drinks were once crucial to acquiring the coveted Starbucks planner. This year, though, the mechanics have changed so that any handcrafted beverage qualifies for a sticker. (IN ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Employers offer P20 minimum wage hike

An employers group finds "acceptable" a P20 increase in daily minimum wage for workers in Metro Manila, an amount that is way below the P344 that a labor group is seeking to allow them to recover lost purchasing power.   The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop) cautioned against a significant pay increase, saying it would further jack up prices of goods and result in the closure of several businesses and loss of jobs for thousands.   Ecop made known its stand during the second consultation meeting conducted on Wednesday by the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, which is hearing the petition for the P344 wage increase filed by the Associate...Keep on reading: Employers offer P20 minimum wage hike.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018