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Philippines AirAsia eyes IPO before end of 2018

By Denise A. Valdez PHILIPPINES AirAsia, Inc. is targeting to conduct its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) before the end of 2018. In an interview with reporters in Clark, Pampanga on Thursday, AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anthony Francis “Tony” Fernandes said the low-cost Philippine carrier still needs to secure clearance from its board […] The post Philippines AirAsia eyes IPO before end of 2018 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMay 17th, 2018

Hangzhou, Taipei and Osaka: AirAsia eyes new flights from Philippines

Southeast Asian budget airline AirAsia is looking to add several more flights to its operations this year, including a route from Manila to Osaka during the last quarter of 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

UAAP Finals: Too short, weak, slow Anton Asistio graduates as a champion

Anton Asistio was never a star Ateneo Blue Eagle. In his four years playing for the Ateneo de Manila University, he was never the type to rack up big shots, which can send the whole blue-and-white crowd to celebration. But in Asistio's last game as a Blue Eagle in UAAP Season 81, where they sealed back-to-back champion status against the University of the Philippines, he experienced what it was like to be given such immense attention. Ateneo supporters in the Araneta Coliseum chanted "A-sis-tio! A-sis-tio!" in honor of the graduating point guard. Ateneo crowd chanting "Asistio! Asistio!" #UAAPFinals pic.twitter.com/ZErL4wicEh — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) December 5, 2018 Anton Asistio graduates as a champion. #UAAPFinals pic.twitter.com/JJPydFVaFb — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) December 5, 2018 "Surreal. I was never the main guy pero nagkataon I'm the only one graduating so it was a wonderful experience. Parang sobrang naging emotional ako noon," he said. He may be basking in the glory of graduating as a champion in Season 81, but the path leading up to this beautiful exit was not pretty for the 5-foot-8 point guard. Moments after the championship festivities, he reflected about his very far from perfect UAAP career. "When I was first year and second year, I made it to the line-up and that was my dream ever since I was a kid. Pero it wasn't how I saw myself because I wasn't really playing," said one of Ateneo's homegrown talents who started playing as early as grade school. Due to being small and not much of a great ball handler, Asistio was a benchwarmer in his first two years. It became worse when he was relegated to Team B the next year. "And then my third year, I was sent down to Team B, but instead of seeing it as a downgrade, I looked at it as an opportunity, an opportunity to get better, kasi the fact that they sent me down means na may kulang pa ako as a player," he said. Come his fourth chance to play, the arrival of a foreigner Tab Baldwin as their new head coach, who had zero prejudices about the players, signalled new beginnings for Asistio. "Then lucky enough, in my fourth year a new head coach was appointed, si Coach Tab. And I knew it was another chance, so it was a clean slate for everyone. He's a foreigner, so he didn't really know anyone," he narrated. Baldwin took a chance on him and he delivered. "'He's too short, he's too weak, he's too slow, and he can't handle the ball.' And this is all true, and he knows it. And so at least I had to give him a fair shot and tell him those things. And so what did we end up with? We ended up with a guy who got in the weight room, changed his body, changed his mentality, continued to be a great shooter, became very dependable handling the ball, and also is one of our more dependable defensive players," shared the Ateneo mentor. "So of course, he's sitting here today as a graduating senior with all the laurels that he deserves because he worked his tail off to get them," credited Baldwin. Now, the short, weak, and slow point guard that hardly made a dent in Ateneo's past campaigns closed his UAAP career as a champion. From being a liability, he has turned himself into an asset defensively and most especially, offensively. In his last season, he posted averages of 7.6 points, 1.8 three pointers a game on a 43-percent shooting clip beyond the arc. This makes him the third best scorer of Ateneo this season. Interestingly, his last championship was won against his former coach who relegated him to the Team B, Bo Perasol. "Medyo nakakatawa lang na si Coach Bo pa nakalaban ko. Actually, thankful ako kay Coach Bo kasi kung hindi dahil sa kanya hindi ako magpepersevere. Naging motivation ko rin yun. I'm the kind of guy who when I'm going after something, I use everything that I can as motivation and I guess that is just one of them," he said.  Looking forward, Asistio eyes a spot in the PBA D-League or the MPBL to continue his basketball career. On top of that, he plans to also finish his Masters Degree in Communication in Ateneo. Five years ago, Asistio couldn’t even get his own minutes, then his own spot in the roster. But look at him now, he was given a grand exit of a two-time UAAP champion. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Gab eyes protection of intangible heritage

By: Gail T. Momblan IN order to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) through various research, documentation and education, the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) hosted the “Pagtib-ong 2: The UP Visayas International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage” on Oct. 25-26, 2018. This was done in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts […] The post Gab eyes protection of intangible heritage appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

El Clasico fires up La Liga on S+A

The La Liga gears up for another “El Clasico” match that will surely provide all the fireworks this weekend for Filipino football fans as FC Barcelona and Real Madrid face off for pride and glory this Sunday (October 28) LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A at 11:10 pm. Before the storied rivals take the field in Camp Nou, the English Premier League (EPL) will pit Leicester and visiting West Ham at 12:25 am on Sunday (October 28), to serve as appetizer for the main meal later in the day. Another EPL match-up will air on Tuesday (October 30), as Tottenham hosts the 2017-2018 EPL champions Manchester City LIVE at 3:55 am. However, all eyes will be on the age-long rivalry between Spain’s two biggest, and most successful, professional football clubs in Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barca leads the Los Blancos in their match-up with 112 wins against Real Madrid’s 99. This coming “El Clasico,” however, will be played without football greats and usual headliners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The pride of Portugal has transferred to the Italian side Juventus in the offseason, while ultimate rival Messi suffered an arm injury recently. Still, fans will have a lot to watch with Uruguayan superstar Luis Suarez leading the attack line of Barcelona while the Los Blancos have Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, as well as 2018 Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Luka Modric in the midfield. Meanwhile, French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germaine and Marseille will get on their own rivalry match in the Ligue 1 fixture airing LIVE on S+A on Monday (October 29) at 3:55 am. Brazilian star Neymar Jr. and 2018 FIFA World Cup star Kylian Mbappe, who has been a scoring machine with nine goals in six matches, looks to lead the Red and Blues against the Olympians bannered by Florian Thauvin, who has scored seven goals this season in the French clasico known as “Le Classique.” S+A and LIGA, sports channels of ABS-CBN Sports, were also the country’s official broadcasters of the recent the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. S+A also airs selected matches and highlight shows from top European club football leagues such as the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A through a partnership with Hong Kong-based holdings company Triple CH, as part of ABS-CBN Sports’ efforts to promote love and appreciation for the most popular sport in the world in the Philippines. Don’t miss the intense action in La Liga and the EPL this week as S+A brings the “El Clasico” between Barcelona-Real Madrid LIVE on Sunday (October 28) at 11:10 pm. Meanwhile, the EPL sees Leicester take on West Ham on Sunday (October 28) LIVE at 12:25 am while Tottenham hosts Manchester City on Tuesday (October 30) LIVE at 3:55 am, all on S+A. French premier football will take center stage on Monday (October 29) as PSG faces Marseille LIVE on S+A at 3:55 am. For sales and advertising inquiries, please contact ABS-CBN Airtime Sales at (+632) 415-2272. For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook and Twitter. For updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

Kiteboarder Tio eyes Olympic gold in 2024

After bagging the Philippines’ first silver medal at the recent 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina, 17-year old kiteboarder Christian Tio is eyeing a gold medal finish at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. “Kiteboarding will be an Olympic sport in 2024 in Paris, that’s part of the plan,” said Tio, in the press conference on Monday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. Tio was joined by Philippine Sports Commission Commissioners Arnold Agustin and Celia Kiram, YOG Chef de Mission and Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation President Jonne Go and Tio’s mother Liezl Mohn. “I got six more years to prepare and get better every day,” added the Filipino-Norwegian athlete.   Go intimated that she was really banking on Tio upon she learning that he qualified for the Youth Olympics.   "I looked over his credentials and had a gut-feel he will deliver,"she said. Agustin congratulated Tio “for giving us our first medal in the Youth Olympic Games, since we participated in 2010” and assured him of PSC’s full support in his campaign going to 2024. Tio shared the silver medal in the men’s kiteboarding twin tip racing with Toni Vodisek of Slovenia while Deury Corniel of Dominican Republic won the gold. “With all the postponements happening for the finals race due to the inclement weather, I was already expecting for a fourth-place finish or just the bronze. But, I just went all in and made it through,” said the Boracay-native Tio. “I am very proud of Christian for what he’s achieved,” said his mother Liezl, who is also a kiteboarder and who introduced Christian to the sport at the age of seven. Meanwhile, Kiram shared that by virtue of Republic Act 10699, Tio is set to receive two million five hundred thousand pesos (P2,500,000.00) in cash incentives, with his coach receiving the equivalent of fifty percent of Tio's incentive. Incentives of Tio and 2018 Asian Paragames medalists will be awarded at the Malacañang Palace next month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Christian Tio eyes Olympic gold in 2024

MANILA, Philippines – After bagging the Philippines' lone medal in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 17-year-old kiteboarder Christian Tio has shifted his focus to clinching gold in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. "Kiteboarding will be an Olympic sport in 2024 in Paris, that's part of the plan," said Tio in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

FAO, PDRF eyes more disaster-resilient Filipino communities

11 October 2018 – The ever-increasing threats from climate change, evidenced by the increasing severity and frequency of disasters, require concerted efforts to build and strengthen resilience of communities in countries most vulnerable and at-risk from disasters, like the Philippines. In response to this challenge, and to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable collaborations on emergency response, preparedness, mitigation and building livelihood resilience......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

LOOK: Patriotic blue gown at Miss World PH praised by Filipinos

A patriotic blue gown worn by Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 winner Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez caught the eyes of pageant watchers and earned widespread praise for its unique design. From the imagination of designer Benj Leguiab IV, the studded cobalt blue strapless gown tightly hugged Alvarez's figure to accentuate her curves. The gown spreads out to a wide base from the knee down. However, its most prominent feature could be found in the back, where the Philippine archipelago has been recreated in detail. A snapshot of the gown worn by Alvarez during the Oct. 7 Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night at the Mall of Asia Arena was shared on the organization's Fa...Keep on reading: LOOK: Patriotic blue gown at Miss World PH praised by Filipinos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Lauren Young’s DFA appointment was basically an exorcism 

A post shared by Lauren Young (@lo_young) on Sep 2, 2018 at 12:50am PDT Celebs are just like us---they do groceries, they go out, they hang out, and they also process their government papers. Yesterday, actress Lauren Young took to Twitter her most recent experience at the Department of Foreign Affairs. "Processing for documents in the Philippines makes me wannapullmy hair out, scream, and have my eyes roll back," she said. "Basically an exorcism." And quite frankly, she's not the first to experience this---not only have we had a hard time booking slots for DFA the past few months, but the processing itself can get just as horrifying. She shared about lining up for thr...Keep on reading: Lauren Young’s DFA appointment was basically an exorcism .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

PH golden skateboarder Didal eyes Tokyo Olympics berth

Gold medalist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines gestures during the victory ceremony for the women's skateboard street event during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 29, 2018. / AFP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

DPWH eyes NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 completion in 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday, August 16, said the 8.25-kilometer North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 will be completed by the end of the year. During the site inspection on Thursday, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said right-of-way acquisition already stands at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Duterte eyes resumption of talks with rebels

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a South Korea-Philippines business forum and luncheon in Seoul, South Korea, in this June 5, 2018 photo. (AP)........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

All eyes on Pinoy chessers

TAGAYTAY CITY -- The 2018 Asian Universities chess championships finally reel off today (May 27) with host Philippines fielding “a young but talented team capable of winning the title” at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Bannered by IM Paulo Bersamina of National University and FM Mari Joseph Turqueza of San….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

AirAsia celebrates half a billion passengers with P1-seat sale

MANILA, Philippines – AirAsia is having a piso sale, just in time to celebrate their 500 million passengers flown. The booking period for the sale is from May 21 to 27, for flights between November 1, 2018 to August 13, 2019. Passengers who take advantage of the sale can fly from Manila, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Philippines eyes new global bond sale for 2018

The government is planning to raise funds through another dollar-denominated global bond sale this year, according to the Department of Finance......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists in 2018 as San Vicente Airport opens

PALAWAN, Philippines – The emerging tourism town in San Vicente in northern Palawan expects to welcome 100,000 tourists in 2018 as its airport was finally inaugurated on Thursday, May 10.  “San Vicente projects to log up to 100,000 tourists for 2018,” municipal administrator James Inawasan said. Seen as the Philippines’ first Flagship Tourism ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

AirAsia eyes expansion in regional air hubs in PHL

PHILIPPINES AirAsia is beefing up its operations in regional international air hubs in the Philippines, as the lack of space in the main international gateway limits the airline from further expand.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

ABL: Paul Zamar hit a dagger right through the hearts of Filipinos

BANGKOK, THAILAND – As if the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals needed even more of it, Ray Parks Jr. and Paul Zamar have even more evidence to prove just how equally matched Alab Pilipinas and Mono Vampire are. In Game 4 on Saturday, Zamar swished a floater over the outstretched arms of Parks Jr. to put out the fire in Alab’s comeback and push Mono to an 88-83 win. This, coming from two days earlier when Parks Jr. hit a fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of Zamar to keep Mono at bay and claim for Alab a 99-93 win. Filipino head coach Jimmy Alapag could only marvel at the parallelism of those shots. “Down the stretch, Zamar hit a big one-legged shot similar to Ray’s the other night. That was a big shot,” he told reporters. For Zamar, his clutch shot wasn’t answer to Parks Jr.’s clutch shot. “I didn’t look at it as redemption. I looked at is as survival because our season was on the line,” he said. Indeed, the Thais needed to win Game 4 to level the best-of-five championship series at 2-2 and schedule a winner-take-all Game 5. Good thing then that their Filipino import came through with, in his own eyes, one of the biggest shots of his career. “Coach was stressing before the game that it’s not gonna be easy so we have to find other ways to win. We pushed especially in the end when we needed it the most the most,” he said. In the end, staying true to how he has long known to be, Zamar remained modest and deflected all credit to his teammates. “That clutch shot, it’s team effort that gave me the opportunity. We were trading blows with them (Alab) and I made it,” he said. He then continued, “I’m thankful and relieved I made it.” Zamar and Mono Vampire hope for the same result when they travel to the Philippines for Game 5 on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. That final showdown of the season tips off at 8:00 PM and will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Davao Region eyes first gold in softball vs Western Visayas in Palarong Pabansa 2018

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines- Davao Region hopes to get its first gold in softball elementary as it squares off with Western Visayas in the finals here at Palarong Pambansa 2018 on Friday, April 20. Region 11 endured seven innings and an extended first man out inning in the semifinals to beat ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

TPB eyes late 2018 for Madrid Fusion

MANILA, Philippines – It looks like there's still hope for Madrid Fusión to take place in 2018 after all. On Wednesday, April 4, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) released a statement, signed by TPB Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano, saying that they might hold the food festival in late 2018. According ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018