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Most powerful passports: Philippines in weaker half

MANILA, Philippines — Despite improving its position, the Philippine passport remained in the lower half of the latest annual rankings for world’s most power.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 11th, 2018

Global games market expected to hit $137.9 billion in 2018 – report

MANILA, Philippines – The global market is forecast to spend $137.9 billion on games in 2018, with more than half of that on mobile games, according to the 2018 Global Games Market Report of Newzoo. Newzoo projected a base of about 2.3 billion gamers worldwide in 2018, with around 51% of all ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

La Salle storms back from 20 down to stun Gilas cadets

    MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers stayed undaunted in the face of the country’s best collegiate players. Down by as many as 20 points in the first half, the Green Archers slowly chipped away the deficit with their feared perimeter shooting and destroyed Gilas Pilipinas in a stunning ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

DFA to accept online appointments for passports only until June 30

  DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)on Fridaysaid it would accept online appointments only untilJune 30. In July, it will enhance the passport online appointment system by incorporating an electronic payment system. In an advisory sent to reporters, the DFA said the pilot testing of ePayment had actually started. "(The DFA) wishes to inform the public that passport online appointment slots from July 2018 onwards have not been opened," because of the preparations, the agency said. The adoption of ePayment "will enable applicants to pay at a payment facility of their choice before going to any DFA Consular Office in the Philippines," it said. "...Keep on reading: DFA to accept online appointments for passports only until June 30.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

The best 'Tweetanaga entries for the 4th week of April 2018

MANILA, Philippines – It's been an amazing month of tiny, powerful poetry!  To celebrate this year's Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month), Rappler once again challenged our readers to tweet their very own tanaga – an indigenous Filipino poem featuring 4 lines with 7 syllables each. This year, we featured the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

St. Pio relics shown in NY, may be headed for PH

  NEW YORK -- Talks are under way to bring the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina to the Philippines, as part of a global awareness mission, through the auspices of The Most Reverend Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican's Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, and Philippine Mission's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Teddy Boy Locsin.   Padre Pio, born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887, spent over half a century of apostolic activity at San Giovanni Rotonda where he established The Home for Relief of Suffering, also known as Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, which started as a 300-bed facility in 1956. Today, it thrives as...Keep on reading: St. Pio relics shown in NY, may be headed for PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

At least 579 structures in Boracay face demolition

AKLAN, Philippines – Over half a thousand structures are facing demolition in Boracay, said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on the first day of the island's rehabilitation. Richard Fabila, the DENR's focal person for Boracay, said in a press briefing on Thursday, April 26, that a total ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Global Cebu caps off 2018 AFC Cup run with win over Bali United

MANILA, Philippines – Eliminated Global Cebu FC finished strong in its 2018 AFC Cup campaign with a statement 3-1 win over Bali United FC on Wednesday, April 25, at the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Indonesia.  All 3 goals of Global came from the first half as Rufo Sanchez scored a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Philippines hopes to pass rice tariffication law in 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The government expects the rice tariffication bill  to be passed into law by the 2nd half of the year, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia. Under the measure, the prescribed import volume would be removed and imports can eventually be opened to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Sony s 2018 flagship XZ2 lands in PH for P43,990

MANILA, Philippines – Sony's flagship for the 1st half of 2018, the XZ2, has been officially launched in the Philippines, with retail availability on May 11 in all authorized Sony dealers.  Revealed at Mobile World Congress 2018 last February, the XZ2 boasts a redesigned look, ditching the angular looks ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

World’s best nationalities for 2017 revealed; PH ranks 125th

A new report ranking the best nationalities in the world, based on quality of life and external value attached to a country's citizenship, has placed France at the top of the charts. In the third edition of The Henley & Partners - Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), France outperformed the rest of the world to take the top spot, followed narrowly by Germany, Iceland, Denmark and the Netherlands. The report is published by the same outfit that ranks the world's most powerful passports. Co-created by constitutional and citizenship law professor Dimitry Kochenov, the index aims to measure and rank the world's nationalities as legal statuses through which citizens c...Keep on reading: World’s best nationalities for 2017 revealed; PH ranks 125th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Paul Zamar proving full-blooded Filipinos can be world-class reinforcements

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar was playing with a black eye in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. And yet, he turned in one of his best games of the season, scoring 25 points and helping Thailand’s Mono Vampire almost steal homecourt advantage. Zamar, Mono’s Asean Heritage import from the Philippines, had his right eye all black now, four days after it got up close and personal with the elbow of Chong Son Kung Fu slotman Justin Howard. “Ang liit kasi niya e,” the Mono guard jokes now. That didn’t stop him, or even slow him down, in Game 1 of the championship round, though. “Hindi ko iniinda. Pinoy tayo, hindi tayo aatras sa laban,” he said. Of course, the fact that he was playing in his native land and with his family, including coach Boycie Zamar, in attendance also motivated Zamar. “Inspired lang ako kasi nandito yung family ko. Tapos siyempre, nandito tayo sa Pilipinas,” he shared. He then continued, “Taga-rito ako e so itotodo ko.” The now 29-year-old has been pushing it to the limit all throughout the season and not just whenever he is in the Philippines. He, along with Filipino-American Jason Brickman, have formed a potent backcourt that has been a big part of Vampire’s surprising Finals run. For him, it’s all about living up to the Filipino fighting spirit. “Hindi ko lang nire-represent yung Mono at Thailand. Nire-represent ko rito yung lahat ng Pilipino,” he said. He then continued, “Pinapatunayan natin na pang-world class tayo. ‘Di lang tayo pang-Pilipinas, kaya nating mag-import sa ibang bansa as pure Filipino.” Well aware of that Filipino fighting spirit, however, Zamar also saw Alab Pilipinas erase a two-point lead in the last two four seconds of regulation and ultimately come away with a 143-130 overtime win in Game 1. “Never say die talaga e. (Ang) Pilipino, ‘di titigil hanggang mag-buzzer,” he said post-game, after he and the rest of Vampire now find themselves in a 0-1 hole in the best-of-five series. He then continued, “Pero siyempre, lesson learned na sa amin. Dapat matuto kaming mag-concentrate lalo na sa dying moments.” Nonetheless, the former University of the East star is relishing facing off with his kababayans for all the glory in the ABL. Asked about how it feels to playing in the Philippines again, he answered, “Ang sarap. Ito yung the best feeling ever.” And along with that, spending time with the family whom he hadn’t been with for almost half a year now. “May team policy kami na siyempre, dapat magkakasama kami sa hotel (in Alabang), pero during free time, umuuwi ako sa amin (sa Paranaque),” he shared. With his family still behind him and his kababayans still proud of him even though he’s at the opposing side, Zamar vowed to only be better as the series goes along. “I can still be better in the coming games. As a basketball player, hindi ka dapat makukuntento sa laro mo kasi you can always do better,” he said. He then continued, “And as a team, alam naming we came up short this game, but we can also do better. Of course, they’re (Alab) also gonna do better, may the best team win na lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Paul Zamar proving full-flooded Filipinos can be world-class reinforcements

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Paul Zamar was playing with a black eye in Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals. And yet, he turned in one of his best games of the season, scoring 25 points and helping Thailand’s Mono Vampire almost steal homecourt advantage. Zamar, Mono’s Asean Heritage import from the Philippines, had his right eye all black now, four days after it got up close and personal with the elbow of Chong Son Kung Fu slotman Justin Howard. “Ang liit kasi niya e,” the Mono guard jokes now. That didn’t stop him, or even slow him down, in Game 1 of the championship round, though. “Hindi ko iniinda. Pinoy tayo, hindi tayo aatras sa laban,” he said. Of course, the fact that he was playing in his native land and with his family, including coach Boycie Zamar, in attendance also motivated Zamar. “Inspired lang ako kasi nandito yung family ko. Tapos siyempre, nandito tayo sa Pilipinas,” he shared. He then continued, “Taga-rito ako e so itotodo ko.” The now 29-year-old has been pushing it to the limit all throughout the season and not just whenever he is in the Philippines. He, along with Filipino-American Jason Brickman, have formed a potent backcourt that has been a big part of Vampire’s surprising Finals run. For him, it’s all about living up to the Filipino fighting spirit. “Hindi ko lang nire-represent yung Mono at Thailand. Nire-represent ko rito yung lahat ng Pilipino,” he said. He then continued, “Pinapatunayan natin na pang-world class tayo. ‘Di lang tayo pang-Pilipinas, kaya nating mag-import sa ibang bansa as pure Filipino.” Well aware of that Filipino fighting spirit, however, Zamar also saw Alab Pilipinas erase a two-point lead in the last two four seconds of regulation and ultimately come away with a 143-130 overtime win in Game 1. “Never say die talaga e. (Ang) Pilipino, ‘di titigil hanggang mag-buzzer,” he said post-game, after he and the rest of Vampire now find themselves in a 0-1 hole in the best-of-five series. He then continued, “Pero siyempre, lesson learned na sa amin. Dapat matuto kaming mag-concentrate lalo na sa dying moments.” Nonetheless, the former University of the East star is relishing facing off with his kababayans for all the glory in the ABL. Asked about how it feels to playing in the Philippines again, he answered, “Ang sarap. Ito yung the best feeling ever.” And along with that, spending time with the family whom he hadn’t been with for almost half a year now. “May team policy kami na siyempre, dapat magkakasama kami sa hotel (in Alabang), pero during free time, umuuwi ako sa amin (sa Paranaque),” he shared. With his family still behind him and his kababayans still proud of him even though he’s at the opposing side, Zamar vowed to only be better as the series goes along. “I can still be better in the coming games. As a basketball player, hindi ka dapat makukuntento sa laro mo kasi you can always do better,” he said. He then continued, “And as a team, alam naming we came up short this game, but we can also do better. Of course, they’re (Alab) also gonna do better, may the best team win na lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Duterte magic to be tested in 2019 Senate race

MANILA, Philippines – The more things change, the more they stay the same. A newly released Pulse Asia survey on the 2019 senatorial race showed old names dominating the race, suggesting that the voters are not keen on changing the composition of the powerful legislative chamber.  This is a challenge for President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Philippine inflation rate averages 3.8% for Q1 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Inflation, or the movement of prices of basic goods and services, hit its highest quarterly average since 2014 as the tax reform law, higher oil prices, a weaker peso, and the tightening of United States monetary policy took their toll. In a briefing on Friday, April 20, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Pablo, Reyes, Lazaro lead 11 new players in nat l team tryout

Eleven new faces showed up in the second installment of the national women’s volley team tryout at the Arellano University Gym in Legarda on Wednesday. Pocari Sweat’s Myla Pablo, Petron’s Mika Reyes, Denden Lazaro of Cocolife, University of the Philippines’ Tots Carlos and University of the East libero Kath Arado were some of the big names who joined the pool of national team hopefuls after skipping last Friday first tryout. A total of 21 players attended with half of the group showing up for the first time in the selection process facilitated by national team head coach Ramil De Jesus as the country builds up for the 18th Jakarta Asian Games in August and the AVC Asia Cup in September. Also in attendance were other first-timers Elaine Kasilag of Pocari Sweat, Petron’s setter Rhea Dimaculangan and Ces Molina, Bang Pineda of Generika-Ayala, Cocolife’s Royse Tubino and Lourdes Clemente of F2 Logistics.   Kasilag and Pablo skipped the drills and scrimmage to attend their team practice in Villamor Airbase while Reyes, Molina and Dimaculangan also left early for their club training.   Back in the tryout were Sta. Lucia’s Becca Rivera and MJ Phillips, De La Salle University’s Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili and Cha Cruz, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo and Aby Maraño and University of Sto. Tomas’ Sisi Rondina.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Unsettled bills at Philippine Heart Center reach P627 million

MANILA, Philippines – The amount of unsettled bills at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) has reached more than half a billion pesos, the Commission on Audit (COA) found. In a report released on April 4, COA said financial records show that the unpaid bills of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: Semis-bound UST defeats NU in final eliminations match

University of Santo Tomas finished the elimination round of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football tournament with a 2-0 win over National University, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Stephen Anotado opened the scoring for the Growling Tigers with a 28th-minute conversion, giving UST the advantage heading into halftime. Later in the second half, the Taft-based side doubled their lead courtesy of a breakaway goal from Marvin Bricenio in the 77th minute, to ultimately seal the deal for UST. “Nung first half, na-halfcourt kami ni NU, pero naka-goal kami. Medyo lugi kami physically in the first half, pero after that, nakapag-adjust kami in the second half and lumabas yung laro nung boys,” said UST Assistant Coach Carlos Santiago. “They played physically, tumapat sila sa NU and ayun, nakuha yung second goal.” The focus shifts now to the Final Four for UST, where they’ll be taking on either defending champions Ateneo de Manila or current top seed University of the Philippines. “Mag-aadjust kami tactically, yun nga, marami kaming lapses in defense, pero titignan namin yung key players nila, and we will make our adjustments based on UP or Ateneo’s lineup. With the win, UST finishes with seven wins, four draws and three losses, good for 25 points and the third seed. NU ends their season at sixth place with five wins, one draw, and eight losses......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Youthspeak: Whos is the terrorist here?

Terrorism is now being used to justify foreign-sponsored ‘liberation’ movements in some war-ravaged middle east countries, to rationalize the building of military bases of a powerful country in the territories of its ‘friends’ and ‘allies’, and to vilify political opponents and democratic movements. It helped the spread of Islamophobia across many countries, feed much war-profits into the US military intelligence complex, and assisted the stay of US influence in the Philippines and other resource-rich countries......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: Ateneo survives high-scoring affair vs. FEU

Defending champions Ateneo de Manila picked up their tenth win of the season after surviving Far Eastern University 5-4, in a high-scoring matchup Sunday morning at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Much like their first round encounter that ended in a 4-3 win for Ateneo, this match caught fire pretty early. Koko Gaudiel opened up the scoring for the Blue Eagles, converting in just the fifth minute of action, while Sam Lim doubled the lead in the 18th minute. The Tamaraws responded in the 33rd minute, with Donggyu Jung finding Marole Bugnay for FEU’s first goal of the match. Less than ten minutes later, Gaudiel doubled his output, recovering and scoring off a missed save in the 41st minute. Just before the midgame break, the Tams pulled one back again, with Gilbert Mendoza Jr.’s free kick recovered and converted to make it 3-2 after 45 minutes. The second half would feature nearly just as much action, as Christian Castillo added to Ateneo’s lead in the 54th minute with a high header. Literally just a couple of minutes later, John Renz Saldivar answered back for FEU, tipping it over Ateneo keeper Gavin Rosario to trim the lead back to just a single goal. Jarvey Gayoso, the league’s leading scorer, played facilitator this time around, finding Ryan Haosen with a nifty back-heel pass for the 71st minute goal to restore Ateneo’s two-goal lead, 5-3. FEU fought until the very last minute, with Saldivar scoring his second goal of the matc two minutes into injury time to make it a 5-4 final scoreline in favor of Ateneo. The win puts Ateneo at 31 points, just one behind league-leaders University of the Philippines. The top seed will be up for grabs when Ateneo and UP figure in the final match of the eliminations on Thursday, April 19th. FEU remains at seventh place with 10 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

US vows freedom of navigation, freedom from fear, coercion

Through the presence and more frequent visits of powerful aircraft carriers in in the Philippines and other parts of the South China Sea, the US is sending a loud and clear message that America’s military forces are ready to defend and protect its allies in the Indo-Pacific region......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018