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PH eyes greater regulation of Islamic schools

  SINGAPORE ---Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Sunday that authorities in the Philippines will standardize teaching in both public and private Islamic schools in the wake of a militant siege last year that raised fears of greater radicalization in the country. Lorenzana said the Philippines will implement an "institutionalized madrassa system" with standard curriculum and greater oversight from the Department of Education. He said some such schools were found to be run by people with extremist beliefs, making them funnels for the discreet funding of radical activities. Lorenzana was addressing a security conference in Singapore attended by U.S. Secretary of D...Keep on reading: PH eyes greater regulation of Islamic schools.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 4th, 2018

Philippines eyes greater regulation of Islamic schools

Philippine's Secretary of Defence Delfin Lorenzana speaks at the fourth plenary session during the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday. (AFP)........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

BEST OF 5 PART 3: Is San Beda the king of college basketball?

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. --- San Beda College is the only undisputed dynasty in all of college basketball in the Philippines. In the UAAP, since Ateneo de Manila University’s five-peat, four different teams have won the championship. In the CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.), both Southwestern University and University of Visayas have caught up with University of Cebu. In the NAASCU (National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities), Centro Escolar University had been the standard, but are no longer in the league. Compare that with what the Red Lions have done in dominating the last 12 years of the NCAA? Only twice during that span have they not been crowned as kings there – and even during those two times, they finished close second. EXTENDED EMPIRE Mendiola’s dynasty isn’t contained to their mother league, even. Teaming up with Cignal HD, they won the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. There, current players Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon were key cogs, with the former even recognized as Conference MVP. They were also the winners in two of the last three Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournaments as well as the two most recent National Collegiate Championships. Going by championships alone, there is no other collegiate team that could touch San Beda. Present day team manager Jude Roque believes as much. “Right now, it’s fair to say we have the best program in all of college basketball here if only for the number of major championships in the last five years,” he said. VISION-MISSION While all that winning has been, of course, primarily because of all the top-tier talent they have had in the last dozen years, that top-tier talent would not have been Red Lions if not for an aligned team management as well as instrumental mentors in the likes of Koy Banal, Frankie Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Boyet Fernandez, and Jamike Jarin. As Roque put it, “It’s a combination of good recruitment, good coaching, and proper team management.” He then continued, “Of the three, recruitment is still the biggest key to success in college basketball. Of course, it helps that we have generous alumni patrons led by boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan).” That much was evident right from the very beginning when, now serious about contending, they brought in Nigerian powerhouse Sam Ekwe and also reeled in Borgie Hermida, one of the top talents in Juniors then who just so happened to be a San Beda Red Cub. Ekwe proved to be the first in what is now a long line of impactful reinforcements they have had in Sudan Daniel, Ola Adeogun, and Donald Tankoua. Meanwhile, Hermida was the pioneer in Cubs turned Lions – something Renren Ritualo and LA Tenorio didn’t do before but is now a common sight in the likes of Baser Amer and Javee Mocon. CULTURE CHANGE Add to that how, right from the get-go, the Red Lions were able to mine hidden gems such as Alex Angeles and Yousif Aljamal. In fact, in Banal’s eyes, it was those two who set the tone for what is now the only undisputed dynasty in all of college basketball in the Philippines. “I believe it all starts with leadership and I was just thankful and blessed that I had captain Alex Angeles and co-captain Yousif Aljamal,” he said, looking back at that magical championship run in 2006. He then continued, “I talked to them, sabi ko lahat ‘to magsisimula sa atin. Kayo ang tinitingala ng players kaya kailangan ko ng tulong niyo. I told them na if I’m expecting somebody to finish the drills first, that (would be) you guys. The rest is history.” WINNING IS CONTAGIOUS Indeed, the rest is now history and Mendiola has, time and again, taken in promising players and turned them into championship contributors. That winning tradition has also led to even transferees choosing to go there. Such was the case for Bolick who had already won a championship with De La Salle University, but saw a greater opportunity and a bigger legacy in red and white. “I chose San Beda because of coach Jamike. He told me he will give me a chance to play,” he shared. He then continued, “But that’s just one reason. I really wanted to play in a winning culture. I wanted to win again, yun lang.” Bolick, who hailed from College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, could have been a Blazer or could have enrolled in a few other schools who had interest in him. However, he ultimately chose San Beda for its winning tradition. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER A winning tradition that was seen through from management to coaches to players to community. “Maraming magagandang schools with a solid educational program and a very good basketball program, but dito sa San Beda, everybody works hand-in-hand so we will have a consistent winning tradition year after year,” Fernandez said. A winning tradition that had been witnessed firsthand by Mocon, beginning in high school, that he didn’t even have to think twice about staying. “The unending support of MVP and the excellent support of San Beda are the key factors for this winning tradition. Talent is never wasted in San Beda – there are always results to the time and work you put in,” he said. A winning tradition that gives San Beda the most rightful claim as the only undisputed dynasty in all of college basketball in the Philippines. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

More schools in Canada to teach Filipino language

More schools in Canada to teach Filipino language Rappler Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says this will help the Filipino community 'continue to grow deep roots and make this province even greater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

The Philippines eyes more agricultural product exports to Russia

The Philippines continues to explore export opportunities for various agricultural products, this time targeting to tap a greater chunk of the Russian market......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

DepEd eyes drug education in public schools

The Department of Education has proposed including drug education as part of the public school curriculum in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2019

Russian group eyes P8-B investment in Maguindanao banana plantation

A RUSSIAN group is looking to invest P8 billion to build a banana plantation in Camp Abubakar, the main enclave of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Bong Go eyes evac centers

Particular properties should be converted to permanent and strategic evacuation centers for calamity and fire victims so that work in barangay halls and classes in public schools used as temporary shelters are not disrupted, according to former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. “Alam niyo, mahirap, katulad […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Sabah to meet with MILF over cross-border crimes

KOTA KINABALU --- Sabah will meet with the new leaders from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Southern Philippines to get a better idea of the security situation there. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the meeting would most likely be held within the coming week. "We want to understand the situation there and find ways to work together in terms of keeping our borders, and Sabah's east coast, safe from cross-border criminals, including kidnappings," he said. Decades back, the group took part in terrorist attacks and assassinations to achieve their goals of having greater autonomy for the Bangsamoro people in the southern Philippines. On January 24, 2014, a peace a...Keep on reading: Sabah to meet with MILF over cross-border crimes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Morocco eyes terror link as it makes new arrests in hikers murder

RABAT, Morocco – Moroccan investigators said Thursday, December 20, they have arrested 3 fugitive suspects in the grisly murder of two Scandinavian hikers as they follow a link to Islamic extremism. The arrests in the city of Marrakesh on Thursday morning follow a first arrest on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

NGCP Eyes a Unified National Grid by 2020 Through the MVIP

As the Philippines continues on its path of greater economic growth and development, the demand for electricity among industries, communities, and households will also continue to grow, and this demand can only be addressed by strengthening the nation’s power grid. As a response to this growing demand for reliable electricity transmission, NGCP launched the Mindanao-Visayas […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

NU draws favorite label | Inquirer Sports

All eyes will be on defending champion National University when the 7th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship Rain or Shine Cup tips off on Dec. 15 at SGS Gym in Quezon City. The post N.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

The search is on for the first ever Fudgee Barrkada!

Get your chance to cast your vote for the very first teen ambassadors for Fudgee Barr, one of the country's most-loved packaged cake brands, while watching good friends strut their stuff and show the rest of the country what they're made of! Fudgee Barr is looking for its next set of high school barrkada who each have their own personal advocacies. These kids from Greater Manila Area (GMA), Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are selected by their schools to participate in the competition. Enter the adventurous trio of hosts at the first-ever Fudgee Barkada: OBarr sa Galing Squad series, bound to get you waiting for episode after episode. Ladies first: Quirky-perky-matchy-matchy My...Keep on reading: The search is on for the first ever Fudgee Barrkada!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Philippines eyes Sukuk bonds

The government is exploring the possibility of issuing “Sukuk” or Islamic bonds to diversify the country’s investor base, according to the Department of Budget and Management......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

ONE: Folayang eyes double celebration vs Khan in Manila

Eduard Folayang couldn't think of a better gift for his birthday than being a world champion again. The Filipino MMA star eyes to regain the ONE lightweight title against Singaporean standout Amir Khan on November 23, a day after his 35th birthday, as one of the anticipated bouts in the Conquest of Champions card. Folayang will also shoot for the crown before his home crowd at Mall of Asia Arena, the same place where he also yielded his belt in a stunning knockout loss to Martin Nguyen last year. "There's no greater gift I can receive on my 35th birthday other than winning the ONE Lightweight Word Title back,'' he said. "And there's no better place to do it but in front of my countr...Keep on reading: ONE: Folayang eyes double celebration vs Khan in Manila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Two Malaysian women caned under Islamic law for lesbian sex

KUALA TERENGGANU, Malaysia -- Two Malaysian women were caned Monday for having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws, despite an outcry from activists at the "cruel and unjust" punishment. The case has sparked widespread condemnation and focused attention on what rights groups say is a deteriorating climate for the gay community in the Muslim-majority country. Campaigners said it was the first time that women in Malaysia have been caned for violating a sharia regulation which forbids same-sex relations. The country operates a dual-track legal system and Islamic courts can handle religious and family matters for Muslim citizens, as well as cases such as adultery. ...Keep on reading: Two Malaysian women caned under Islamic law for lesbian sex.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

DepEd eyes medium-rise schools

THE Department of Education (DepEd) plans to build medium-rise school buildings in Metro Manila in a bid to address the perennial classroom shortage problem. DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua said since there are no buildable spaces in Metro Manila, the only way to provide more classrooms to the increasing number of students in the region is [...] The post DepEd eyes medium-rise schools appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

PH shooting eyes UP, Ateneo as breeding grounds

MANILA, Philippines – With a new set of officials at the helm, the Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) hopes to discover fresh talents for the national team from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and top Metro Manila schools like Ateneo and University of the Philippines (UP). "We would like to target ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

AFP eyes extortion as motive behind Basilan blast

The military dismisses the claim of the Islamic State, the terror group, is behind Tuesday's deadly bombing in Basilan.  Source link link: AFP eyes 'extortion' as motive behind Basilan blast.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

NGCP eyes a unified national grid by 2020 through the MVIP

As the Philippines continues on its path of greater economic growth and development, the demand for electricity among industries, communities, and households will also continue to grow, and this demand can only be addressed by strengthening the nation. As a response to this growing demand for reliable electricity transmission, NGCP launched the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project […] The post NGCP eyes a unified national grid by 2020 through the MVIP appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018