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Sowing a brighter future

Bulacan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office official Celia Esteban, Philippine Manila Standard Publishing, Inc. Assistant Corporate Secretary Atty. Jennelyn Go-Sison with daughter Gabby, and PMSPI Publisher Rolando Estabillo led the 6th so.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 29th, 2016

Inflation, jobs edge out crime as Filipinos’ top worries – poll

MANILA, Philippines – Most Filipinos want the Duterte administration to prioritize inflation and job creation more than criminality in its first 6 months in office, according to the results of a Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated survey released on Wedne.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2016

Case fixing at CDO prosecutor’s office probed

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered an investigation into alleged case fixing at the Cagayan de Oro City prosecutor’s of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

DOLE eyes more OFWs for local teaching jobs - Manila Bulletin

DOLE eyes more OFWs for local teaching jobs - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Vice mayor suspended over SALN

MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of Vice Mayor Bonnie Kali of General K......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

PSA to honor Diaz as 2016 Athlete of the Year

Behind her powerful arms and legs, a young petite lady gave Philippine sports a lift it badly needed in the year just passed. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz gave this country of 100 million people something to cheer about at the break of dawn one rainy day in August after copping an Olympic medal that was long overdue during the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games. A combination of hard work, effort, heart, and sheer luck paved the way for the 25-year-old pride of Zamboanga City to run away with the silver in the women’s 53-kg weight division behind eventual winner Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei. Diaz totaled a combined 200 kgs. in both the snatch and clean and jerk to the 212 of the Taiwanese bet. An Airwoman First Class at the Philippine Air Force, Diaz was only hoping for a bronze medal finish, but ended up a surprise runner up when fancied Li Yaiun of China – who earlier set an Olympic record in the snatch - failed to complete her final two attempts in the clean and jerk. “Sabi ko thank you Lord. Bronze lang ang hinihingi ko, pero silver ang ibinigay mo,” said Diaz moments after her triumph as the first-ever Filipina to win an Olympic medal. The Cinderella finish by Diaz was the first for the country in the last 20 years since boxer Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco punched his way to a similar silver medal feat during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Hidilyn also became the first Filipino weightlifter to win an Olympic medal for the country and the only one to bag a silver outside of boxers Velasco and the late Anthony Villanueva (1964 Tokyo Games). In the light of her outstanding feats, the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) was one and unanimous in naming Diaz its 2016 Athlete of the Year during its traditional Awards Night presented by MILO and San Miguel on Feb. 13 at the LE PAVILION in Pasay City. Diaz is the first lady to be feted by the country’s oldest media organization with its highest individual honor after boxer Josie Gabuco and the Team Manila women’s softball team in 2012. “This one is a no-brainer. Hidilyn Diaz is truly the hands-down choice as the 2016 PSA Athlete of the Year,” said PSA president Riera Mallari, sports editor of The Standard. Last year, pro boxers Nonito Donaire Jr. and Donnie Nietes, along with young golfer Miguel Tabuena were the recipient of the coveted award annually handed out by the PSA, comprised by editors and sportswriters from the different broadsheets, tabloids, and online portals in the country. Diaz, who came home empty handed during both the 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Olympics, respectively, leads a long list of personalities and entities to be recognized during the formal rite co-presented by CIGNAL/HYPHER TV. In the coming days and weeks, recipients of the President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement honor, Executive of the Year, National Sports Association of the Year, Mr. Basketball, Mr. Golf, Mr. Football, and Ms. Volleyball will also be named as part of the two-hour program backed by Smart, Foton, Mighty Sports, Philippine Basketball Association, ACCEL, Gold Toe, SM Prime Holdings Inc., Globalport, Rain or Shine, ICTSI, and MVPSF. There will also be major awardees in different sports and citations to various personalities and entities in the annual rite backed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Federal Land. Not to be missed out is the PSA’s recognition to young promising achievers such as the Tony Siddayao Awards and the Milo Male and Female Junior Athletes of the Year, as well as posthumous awards to those dearly departed friends of the local sportswriting community.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Tabuena hones up for Open defense

MANILA, Philippines - Miguel Tabuena is to play in a series of top-level tournaments abroad in preparation for his Solaire Philippine Open defense this March.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

OTS personnel nasa hot water sa ‘kotong-try’

NASA hot water ang isang security personnel ng Office for Transportation and Security (OTS) makaraan iutos ni Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal na siya ay imbestigahan kaugnay sa indirect extortion attempt sa isang Filipina balikbayan sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 1. Kinilala ni Monreal ang suspek na si Sergio Padilla, ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

For Love of Game: Valdez takes lower paycheck to play in Thailand

Local volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez will be receiving less than what a club in the Philippines can offer her as salary playing for 3BB Nakornnont but the experience of playing and carrying the country’s pride in the Thai League is more than enough compensation. The two-time UAAP champion is more focused on learning from her stint and going back to spread the knowledge and experience she gained at home. “I think this is really big (playing abroad). It’s well known na here sa Philippines yung volley. I think we need to level up and I think one way of getting it is for players going to different countries to play and go back here and share everything,” said the 23-year-old open hitter in an earlier interview. “’Yun naman din ang goal and para maging inspiration din sa mga bata na aspiring volleyball players.”    The former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle was formally welcomed by the Thai squad by presenting her the team’s jersey where she will wear the no. 9 uniform – the same jersey number she wore while playing and winning three titles for University of Sto. Tomas high school in the UAAP. As for the specifics of her contract, a source from Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., which processed her release paper to play abroad, Valdez will earn 30,000 Baht (P42,000) as monthly salary while playing for the club in the Thai League and the Thai-Denmark Super League.                 Valdez’s monthly paycheck will be way below what she had earned with her last local team Bureau of Customs during the V-League Reinforced Conference few months back. The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player reportedly received a six-digit contract from the Transformers for the two-month tournament. Valdez flew to Thailand last Sunday and will stay there until early April. She’ll debut for 3BB Nakornnont on January 29 against King-Bangkok. Valdez also vowed to return next month to join either the Cebu or Davao tryouts for the national team that will see action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.     The local volleyball phenom was a part of the national squad during the Singapore edition of the biennial meet where she was also chosen as Team Philippines flag-bearer during the traditional parade of nations.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

OTS security personnel under ‘hot water’ (Pinay, Jordanian naiwan ng flight)

KINAKAILANGANG magpaliwanag ang isang security personnel ng Office for Transportation and Security (OTS) nang maiwan sa flight ang isang Filipina at kasama niyang Jordanian dahil sa ‘kotong-try.’ Ayon kay Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, pinaiimbestigahan na niya agad ang sinasabing indirect extortion attempt sa balikbayan na Pinay sa Ninoy Aquino International ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

BOI goal: Breach P500-B mark

MANILA, Philippines - The Board of Investments (BOI) sees project approvals this year hitting their highest level in nearly two decades, growing at least 13.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Lazaro, Gumabao to star in a new team

A week after Michele Gumabao left Pocari Sweat, the former De La Salle star is set to banner a team that is expected to break the barrier between two of local volleyball’s most heated rivalry. Gumabao will team up with former Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagle star libero Denden Lazaro as the main stars of new team United VC that will see action in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference. Though sponsorship of the squad is yet to be ironed out, team manager Joshua Ylaya said that the team will definitely play in the tournament.        Gumabao left the V-League two-time champion Lady Warriors after some issues with the management last week while Lazaro last played for BaliPure in the same league.  For the longest time Gumabao and Lazaro has been on rivals starting from their UAAP days. Gumabao won three straight UAAP titles from Season 73 to 75 while Lazaro got two UAAP crowns from Season 76 to 77. The two faced each other in two UAAP Finals series with Gumabao winning both.   “The main reason why we called the team ‘united’ is because we wanted to show that we can play together despite our differences in the past,” said Ylaya, who represented the team in the league’s team owners’ meeting Tuesday. “At the end of the day, it’s just one sport and we can play competitively together.” Angeli Tabaquero, an Adamson co-assistant coach of Gumabao, former DLSU player Wensh Tiu and another ex-Pocari Sweat volleybelle Erika Alkuino are all expected to join the squad while there are reports that Mae Tajima and setter Jem Ferrer will also suit up for the team.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Valdez assures LVPI she will attend national team tryouts

Former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez promised to join the tryouts set by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc, for the national women’s team that will see action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games on August 19 to 31. LVPI vice president Peter Cayco said that Valdez told him Saturday that the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player will undergo the selection process just like other national squad aspirants. The Manila tryout is on January 28, 29 and 31 with legs in Cebu and Davao set next month. Each aspirant must complete the three-day tryout. The names of the players that will make the 20-woman pool will be announced on the last week of February. Valdez, a two-time UAAP champion who bannered the PHI team in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, assured LVPI in a meeting with Cayco in the sports association’s office at Arellano-Taft before she flew to Thailand Sunday to join 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League, that she will return home during the break to join any of the three tryouts. “Nakapag-usap kami noong Saturday ang sabi niya sa akin uuwi siya para sa tryouts,” Cayco said Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Rizal Memorial Complex Media Center. Valdez will debut in the Thai League on January 29 making her unavailable for the Manila leg. She is expected to show up either in the Cebu or Davao leg.       National team head coach Francis Vicente, who discovered and molded Valdez into a star during her high school days as a University of Sto. Tomas player, pointed out that though Valdez is a cut above the rest with her volleyball skills, leadership and fan base she will still go under the scrutiny of the selection committee. “Alam naman natin na Alyssa Valdez is angat, sikat and sa akin din galing yan pero ayaw ko na kukunin ko na siya na, ‘O halika na rito wag ka na mag-tryout.’ Unfair naman ‘yun sa iba,” said Vicente. “Unfair naman yun kina Myla Pablo kina Grethcel Soltones e magaling din naman sila. Ayokong mabansagan na may kinikilingan. If she really wants to play in the national team kailangan niyang pumunta sa tryouts, no special treatment.”                             LVPI president Joey Romasanta commended the gesture of Valdez, who served as the country’s flag-bearer during the last SEA Games, saying that her willingness to join the tryouts during her break in the Thai League.          “’Yung sinabi ni Alyssa na uuwi siya rito to join the tryout for the national team is very commendable and a manifestation of her being a true athlete and her sincerest desire to serve the country via the national team,” said Roamsanta. “Ako, we are very hopeful that during the breaks in her (Thai League) schedule she will be able to join any of those tryouts.”       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles             .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

LIST: Baguio roads closed for Miss U parade

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region has announced that some roads in Baguio City will temporarily be closed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Bacolod city mayor, 8 others dismissed over P50-M office furniture mess - Manila Bulletin

Bacolod city mayor, 8 others dismissed over P50-M office furniture mess - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

PCSO expands STL operations

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is expanding the operations of small town lottery (STL) to stop illegal gambling and g.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Disney to offer seven films in 2017

MANILA, Philippines — After a record-breaking $7-billion haul in the global box-office for 2016, Disney proudly announced its formidable slate for 2017: seve.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Duterte administration raises P1 T in ODA

MANILA, Philippines - The Duterte administration has raised roughly P1 trillion in official development assistance (ODA) in its first seven months in office,.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Basilan exec indicted over unremitted social fund contributions

MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against the provincial treasurer of Basilan for allegedly failing to remit P3.69.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

LIST: Roads closed in Pasig due to Grand Bambino Festival parade

MANILA, Philippines — The City of Pasig Public Information Office and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced that some roads will be tempora.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017