Sparkling holidays

As the festive season is now in full swing, Anya Resort Tagaytay made sure that the spirit of the holidays is warmly felt in its charming property......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 22nd, 2017

Makati lights up holidays with native fabric flair

  It's going to be a native Christmas in the country's premier business and lifestyle district this year.   Makati City has turned on its streetlights to welcome the holiday season as a Filipino Christmas wonderland, with larger-than-life Yuletide symbols featuring the patterns of native woven fabrics, such as the Inabel and Burdado of Luzon, Banig Tikogo of Visayas, and T'Boli, Ukol and Yakan of Mindanao.   Behind these sparkling attractions along Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue is Zenas Pineda, an interior designer specializing in visual merchandising and events styling.   Over the last eight years, Makati has kept this tradi...Keep on reading: Makati lights up holidays with native fabric flair.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Corporate tax reform to level playing field

The Duterte administration is pushing income tax reforms in the corporate sector to level the playing field of business and make our system equitable, transparent and more accountable by, among others, removing perpetual tax holidays enjoyed by only a select group of investors, which is unfair especially to smaller enterprises….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News13 hr. 36 min. ago

Holy Week holiday: 10% traffic surge anticipated in tollways, 8% at airports

SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) said its tollways unit will mobilize all operations staff, additional toll collectors, ambulant tellers and traffic management personnel during the Catholic Holy Week holidays to cope with an expected 10% surge in traffic. March 29 and 30 are declared national holidays leading up to Easter Sunday. SMC said in a statement […] The post Holy Week holiday: 10% traffic surge anticipated in tollways, 8% at airports appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Babysitter can’t see boyfriend, strangles boy – prosecutors

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- A young woman babysitting her four-year-old brother has gone on trial accused of strangling him because she was angry that she could not see her boyfriend, a court in Belgium heard on Monday. An Italian-Moroccan woman identified as Bouchra F., who is now 20 but was aged 17 when the boy died in 2015, denies murder and is backed by her parents who say she would "not have laid a finger" on him, Belgian media reported. She was looking after her younger brother on the first day of the school summer holidays while her parents were working in the Brussels suburb of Berchem-Saint-Agathe. Bouchra, whose family moved to Belgium from Italy in 2012, exchanged mobil...Keep on reading: Babysitter can’t see boyfriend, strangles boy – prosecutors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Business groups buck moves to add non-working holidays

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s largest local and foreign business groups have jointly opposed moves to increase the number of non-working holidays in th.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018


Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres ELEGANT flower and umbrella decors at the plush District 21 Hotel welcomed well-wishers of the 75th milestone celebration of the amiable Herminia Ortigas. Wearing a sparkling lace-accentuated gown, Our Diamond Celebrant entered the cool venue escorted by her daughter Faith Clero (Bahrain-based jet-setter and one of the Philippines’ best-dressed lady) and […] The post A TOAST TO THE DIAMOND GRAND DAME! appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

Allison Janney wins Oscar for figure skating biopic ‘I, Tonya’

Allison Janney on Sunday took home the best supporting actress Oscar for her turn as the cold, sardonic mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya" --- capping a sparkling awards season which saw her win all of the major prizes. The statuesque 58-year-old Janney, the overwhelming favorite in the category, bested another actress playing a stern mother, Laurie Metcalf in "Lady Bird," as well as Octavia Spencer for "The Shape of Water." "My fellow nominees, you represent everything that is good and right and human about this profession," she said. Janney had already bagged the Screen Actors Guild Award, a Bafta and her first trophy in January at the Golden Glo...Keep on reading: Allison Janney wins Oscar for figure skating biopic ‘I, Tonya’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

Peza wants more tax perks for firms serving domestic needs

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) wants more tax incentives to be put under the second tax reform package, including a conditional extension of income tax holidays for every new investment, among other factors. Peza Director General Charito Plaza told reporters in an interview earlier this week that she has formed a technical working group that would come up with a counterproposal to the tax package. While finer details of the counterproposal are still being fleshed out, the point is to reward companies with more tax perks for businesses that serve the basic needs of the domestic market and for making additional investments. The possible conflict, however, is that th...Keep on reading: Peza wants more tax perks for firms serving domestic needs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

After Olympics, South Korea mulls reviving bulldozed forest

JEONGSEON, South Korea--- As hundreds of Olympic spectators flocked to a sparkling white ski slope cutting through the rugged mountains of Jeongseon, the marquee venue of this year's Winter Games, Cho Myung-hwan stepped back and looked up. He let out a sad chuckle. "It's dreadful to watch," Cho, 62, a landscape photographer from Seoul, said as he examined the steep downhill course one day during the Olympics. "Under all the cheers and fun, there are the screams of buzzed-off trees." Cho has visited Mount Gariwang 16 times since 2006, including several trips after 2014 to document the construction of the slope, which was finished in late 2016. He pointed to a spot near the s...Keep on reading: After Olympics, South Korea mulls reviving bulldozed forest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

French Crémants are a delicious, sparkling alternative for Champagne

MADE BY the same method as Champagne, French crémants are the latest buzz-grabbers in the expanding bubbly universe — and a wise choice if you’re looking to move on from boring prosecco. Think of them as the underdogs of the French wine world, offering sophisticated Gallic flair without the Champagne price tag. “Crémant” is an […] The post French Crémants are a delicious, sparkling alternative for Champagne appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Holidays and leaves

There are several bills currently pending before the 17th Congress, all proposing to grant additional vacation leaves on all workers and employees in both go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Skated with our hearts : Virtue and Moir win stunning gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir planned to guzzle some champagne to toast their sparkling record-breaking ice dance triumph Tuesday, February 20, which saw them become the most decorated Olympic skaters of all time. In what is almost certainly their final appearance on the world stage, the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Humanoid robot hired by airport in Germany to help flyers

  Over the next few weeks, flyers traveling through Munich Airport will be greeted by a humanoid robot named Josie Pepper, who will be able to field questions about flight operations, and the nearest restaurant or loo. At the airport's Terminal 2, Ms. Pepper will take up residence at the top of the ramp leading to the shuttle connecting the main terminal to the satellite building, where she will help passengers with their travel-related queries. At a child-sized 120 cm tall, the humanoid is designed with big, round, sparkling green eyes that light up when she talks and arms and fingers that can replicate hand gestures --- charms that make her irresistible to passers-by ...Keep on reading: Humanoid robot hired by airport in Germany to help flyers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Employers told to observe holiday pay rule on Feb 25

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has called on employers to observe the proper pay rules during special non-working holidays, which include the anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Monday the “no work, no pay” rule applies on all special non-working holidays specified [...] The post Employers told to observe holiday pay rule on Feb 25 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Remittances rebound by 9.3% in Dec — HSBC

British banking giant HSBC said remittances from Filipinos abroad may have rebounded strongly in December in time for the Christmas holidays, enabling the country to exceed the projected four percent growth set by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

At a gallop, Hermes expands HK flagship—and how

  Some are still wondering whether or not it really happened, a month after the fact. That dream-like party with the starry indoor sky, stallions galloping across murals, and a garden straight from "Alice in Wonderland" that Hermes hosted one chilly night in West Kowloon after the holidays. VIP and media guests were asked to wear comfortable shoes. "There will be a lot of walking," organizers said. Invitees alighted from vans and found themselves in Nursery Park, an isolated venue along the waterfront in Hong Kong City's cultural district. Rickshaws fashioned from vintage bikes took the guests from the driveway to a gigantic tent with a nondescript dome. It looked un...Keep on reading: At a gallop, Hermes expands HK flagship—and how.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Public Announcement: 3 Holidays in February

There will be at least three holidays for the whole month of February this year. February 16 Friday will be a special non-working holiday in the entire country for the Chinese New Year celebration which is the start of the “Year of the Earth Dog” in the Chinese Lunar Calendar which will last until the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Raptors center Poeltl gets his bounce from volleyball roots

By Steve Aschburner, Jakob Poeltl went for the volleyball but stayed for the basketball. The place: the gymnasium in Vienna, Austria, where Rainer and Martina Poeltl practiced and honed the skills that earned them roster spots on Austria’s national volleyball men’s and women’s teams. Martina Poeltl (red uniform, second from left) was a standout on Austria's national volleyball team. The child: Jakob Poeltl, dragged along, running loose, playing around and messing with sports equipment from whomever, wherever. Legend has it the energized six-year-old one day picked up a bigger, heavier, pebble-grained orange ball he’d found and, in that instant, began straying from his parents’ sport. The result: Poeltl is a promising, second-year big man for the Toronto Raptors, the first Austrian to reach the NBA and a fellow for whom dunks have replaced spikes entirely. “I was more in basketball,” Poeltl said before a recent game in Chicago. The 22-year-old, now seven feet and 248 pounds, pronounces his name “YA-kub PURR-tuhl.” “I did play volleyball with my parents when we went on holidays. But it was never anything serious, it was always just fun. They taught me a lot -- I think I’m half-decent at volleyball. Obviously I couldn’t play it at a very high level like they did, but I still know some stuff from back in the day that they showed me.” Ranier Poeltl (back row, second from left) was a standout on Austria's national volleyball. Still knows some stuff? That’s intriguing as Poeltl continues to develop as an active, mobile center who backs up Jonas Valanciunas. Is it possible that any aspects of the family business transfer to NBA play, offensively or defensively? Besides the high fives, that is. “A big chunk,” Poeltl said. “I got my height from them. I got my athletic ability probably, to a certain extent, from them too. Always, growing up, I was around sports. It was a very active family, I guess. I was always moving. They say I couldn’t stop running around.” That’s a good start for a big man in today’s NBA. There’s more. Future Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (left, sunglasses) plays some beach volleyball in this 2010 family photo. “His footwork is unbelievable,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “The athletic genes are there. Quick feet, great hands, good hand-eye coordination. And he picks up stuff so fast. I think it comes from being around that athletic background.” Said teammate C.J. Miles, new to Toronto this season with an inside glimpse at Poeltl’s development: “He’s extremely mobile for his size. Great hands. His athleticism shows up on both ends, defensively and offensively. He’s got a tremendous feel for the NBA. “His agility. His feet. He’s got good bounce off the floor.” Volleyball and the NBA have a pretty long history. Wilt Chamberlain, after wrapping his legendary hoops career, picked up the sport and played it well into his 40s. He played both beach and indoor versions and was quoted in his 1991 book, “A View From Above,” saying, “For a long time, volleyball became as big a part of my life as basketball once was.” He even got involved in the mid-1970s with, and lent legitimacy to, the short-lived pro International Volleyball Association. Bill Walton, not surprising given his southern California roots and nature-loving way, played beach volleyball. So does his son, current Lakers coach Luke Walton. On a recent trip to Chicago, the younger Walton talked about how forgiving the sand is for an NBA player whose legs and bodies don’t need any extra pounding. The Waltons honed their games with the help of Greg Lee, a UCLA teammate of Bill who became a renowned beach volleyball star. Vince Carter played both sports at Dayton Beach's Mainland High School, earning Conference Player of the Year status in 1994. Former NBA forward Chase Budinger was more of a standout at volleyball than basketball while at La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad, Calif. During the 2011 lockout, Budinger joined his brother Duncan briefly on the pro beach tour. The offspring of numerous NBA figures, from Jermaine O’Neal’s daughter (Asjia, committed to Texas) to Houston coach Mike D’Antoni’s niece (Bailey D'Antoni, freshman at Marshall), have snagged college volleyball scholarships. Another former NBA player, Jud Buechler, a member of Walton’s staff, played volleyball in high school, then coached up his daughter, Reily, to a spot at UCLA. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid was a seven-foot Cameroonian volleyball player before he got introduced to hoops shortly before an NBA Basketball Without Borders camp. And Portland coach Terry Stotts played high school volleyball in Guam when he attended high school there, his parents taking the family overseas in their jobs as teachers. “Volleyball was a varsity sport, so I played volleyball for a couple years,” Stotts said. “The things I would say transfer to basketball are the explosive jumping. Hand-eye coordination. Quick reflexes. Timing. Going to spike the ball is like going to get a rebound -- you’ve got to time your jump. Lateral quickness to the ball. So yeah, I would say there’s some valid skills.” So Stotts is OK if his rebounders occasionally tap out the ball rather than grabbing it. “Robin Lopez used to do that for us on the offensive glass,” the Blazers coach said, “and we’d get a lot of three-pointers because of it.” Said Poeltl: “I actually do that a lot. I also find myself doing a lot of tip-ins. Maybe that has something to do with it.” The 22-year-old’s overall game has stepped up thanks largely to opportunity. Already, he has logged more minutes in 2017-18 than he did all of last season, his nightly shifts increasing by about 50 percent from 11.6 minutes to 17.8. His production has jumped accordingly -- Poeltl is averaging 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 63.7 percent. “The most important improvement I’ve made was getting more comfortable on the court,” said Poeltl, who is not afraid to challenge dunkers at the rim, regardless of the poster potential. “Just gaining experience. I don’t think it’s anything I specifically worked on in my game. “The chemistry with my teammates, finishing around the rim, all of that, small things have helped me. Knowing opponents, for sure. Knowing my own game more and more. How my teammates play and how I have to play around them.” Said Toronto forward Pascal Siakam, Poeltl’s best friend on the team after arriving as rookies together last season: “I know he looks awkward, but he’s doing a great job of moving his feet.” Poeltl is still carrying that flag as the first Austrian drafted into the NBA, realizing a dream few others in his country had when the Raptors used the No. 9 pick on him in 2016. Austria had a spirited basketball faction through the 1950s, with qualifying for EuroBasket competition six times. But it dropped off after that, with little or nothing to show in international competition over the past five decades. Poeltl’s journey, however, has begun to revive basketball interest in his homeland, and he’s just getting started. “That’s what I’m trying to do -- be something of a role model for young basketball players in Austria,” Poeltl said. “I’m really trying to make basketball more popular and get more kids to play. If I can have that kind of effect, that would be great.” He is on the Austrian roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Europe), and participated in August in pre-qualifying games. Poeltl will remain strictly a one-sport participant, though, not crossing over to the one his parents played. “They know better,” he said. “I think [the national team organizers] have some better volleyball players than me.” Volleyball’s loss, the Raptors’ and the NBA’s gain. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Keys to the heart at Seda BGC

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Seda BGC with its dining offers at its signature outlets, Misto restaurant and Straight Up roof deck bar. For the traditional date, Misto presents A Dinner to Remember, featuring a buffet with the finest meats and seafood as main dishes, and a rich variety of sumptuous starters and desserts to complete the feast. A glass of sparkling wine enhances the flavors. Dinner buffet on February 14, 2018 is Php1,200++ and available from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. A different kind of setting is offered at Straight Up, Seda's popular roof deck bar that stuns for its amazing view of the metro skyline, cool music and extensive fare. Its Valentine's Day buffet consists of ...Keep on reading: Keys to the heart at Seda BGC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Actor Gerald Anderson becomes the face of the Zenfone Max Plus

Along with the recent launch of the long-awaited ZenFone Max Plus, ASUS Philippines also revealed the newest personality to join the ZenFone Family. Crowned as the Action Drama Prince in local showbiz, prominent and well-loved actor, Gerald Anderson is all set to take on a whole new action-packed adventure as the new Hero of the Battery King that is the ZenFone Max Plus! "We are very happy and excited to finally share the ZenFone Max Plus with you all. This is one product that really circulated a lot of buzz over the holidays," Product Marketer for Smarphones, Francis Garcia, claimed during the big launch of the phone. "And to usher it in with someone as incredibly talented an...Keep on reading: Actor Gerald Anderson becomes the face of the Zenfone Max Plus.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018