US and Philippines: Friends, Partners, and Allies

By US AMBASSADOR Sung Kim/ – MEvery July 4, the United States and the Philippines celebrate Philippine-American Friendship Day and the United States celebrates our Independence Day. This gives me an opportunity to reflect on the US-Philippine bilateral relationship as well as my time here. Over the past Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource: thepinoy thepinoyJul 4th, 2018

US and Philippines: Friends, partners, allies

Every July 4, the United States and the Philippines celebrate Philippine-American Friendship Day and the United States celebrates our Independence Day......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Duterte visit showcases Netanyahu’s roster of tough-guy pals

JERUSALEM --- The first-ever visit of a leader of the Philippines is sure to be touted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as another success in his campaign to enhance Israel's relations across the globe. But critics say this outreach has come at a cost, with Netanyahu cozying up to authoritarian leaders, some of whom are guilty of human rights abuses. Netanyahu takes great pride that under his leadership Israel has found new friends in Europe, as well as in far-flung countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America that long sided with the Palestinians at the United Nations and other global bodies. But while many of Netanyahu's new allies have offered blanket support for Israel, ...Keep on reading: Duterte visit showcases Netanyahu’s roster of tough-guy pals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

EU hiking fund aid to ASEAN

THE European Union (EU) is doubling development cooperation funds amounting to over €2 billion to support ASEAN countries. EU President Donald Tusk made this announcement as he recognized that Europe and Asia needs each other not only as trading partners but also as friends and allies. “In the end, it….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Champions On and Off the Pitch: Milo, FC Barcelona train young footballers in Road to Barcelona Camp

div> MANILA, Philippines, 20 September 2017 – Inspired by MILO and FC Barcelona’s (FCB) shared values of humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork, over 140 kids participated in the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Camp last September 2 to 3 at the Mckinley Hill Stadium in Taguig. The weekend training saw young footballers from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, IloIlo, and Cebu gather to showcase their skills and embrace life values in sports, with the hopes of being nominated to the team representing the country in the FCB Escola Camp in Barcelona happening in October.  The four-year values-driven partnership between MILO and FC Barcelona was formally launched globally earlier this year, aiming to help more young Filipinos aspire to be the best they can be and realize their dreams through sports and the programs of MILO and FCB. The MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Camp provided free world-class training to deserving young Filipino football players under the tutelage of esteemed FCB Escola Camp Coaches from Barcelona, Spain. These athletes were exposed to playing the Barca way while also getting the opportunity to make new friends among their peers from different clubs, all in the spirit of fun and friendly competition. Aside from this one-of-a-kind training session, the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Team will also be on the lookout for two of the most deserving players who will stand a chance to get an all-expense paid trip to Barcelona, Spain. They, along with other identified players from the other MILO markets worldwide, will get to go on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to train in Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona, in October. A selection panel led by the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Team will help identify the players who will be included in the event. Just as important as skill, the principal values that define the spirit of FCB and the essence of MILO, will be included in the criterion for selection of the said players. Joining MILO and the Philippine Football Federation in the selection camp were FC Barcelona coaches Arnau Blanco and Marti Vila, who’ve previously held international FCB Escola camps in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Arnau and Marti conducted football drills for the kids which included theoretical concepts that underlined the football club’s system and culture. Bannered by the message of 'TEAMMAKESME, the young athletes were also taught the value and role of their team around them—teammates, coaches, family, and friends who play an important role in their holistic growth to be come champions on and off the field. “You see the kids smiling, improving, enjoying, trying to understand our philosophy, and it really is fulfilling for us coaches. Having them play together as a team and learn the values and skills in football is amazing to witness. For us, it is important that we help Filipinos experience the Barca way through our program,” said FCB Escola Camp coach Arnau Blanco. “We are grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to do this for the local football community. With the our partners, FC Barcelona and the Philippine Football Federation, MILO is eager to search for the most deserving players to send to a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Camp Nou. It is truly encouraging to see these  athletes from all walks of life come together, and we send a big thank you to their supportive parents and coaches who joined them in this journey.The selection process will be a challenging one, but we’re looking forward to providing Filipino athletes a platform to share their talents on a world stage and benefit from the life-changing opportunity this partnership offers,” said de Robbie De Vera, Sports Marketing Executive of MILO Philippines. /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Closer ties with US allies seen to benefit Philippine military

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines under the Duterte administration should foster closer security ties with the United States and its security partners in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

China: Reject Cold War mentality; seek partners, not allies

MANILA, Philippines — China this week called for a rejection of a "Cold War" mentality in the Asia Pacific region, saying nations should pursue partnerships.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

We are great friends, allies – Goldberg

MANILA, Philippines – Despite President Duterte’s tirades, the United States is committed to keep its long-standing ties with the Philippines, outgoing US Am.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2016

IN PHOTOS: Southeast Asia s first Bandai Namco VR gaming facility in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – If the family or your friends are searching for your next weekend hangout spot, why not try a day of gaming in Southeast Asia's first ever virtual reality gaming facility, produced by none other than gaming giant Bandai Namco?  The Garage is City of Dreams Manila's newest ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Travel to Manila Philippines and Meet These Kids Who Play in a Dirty River. Philippine Religion – Manila Video

I never thought there would be people in this crooked world who are willing to share what they have to their fellow mankind. Cheers my friends, there will be another family who will be happy because of your generosity… But I will be honest with you guys, we need your continues support. We need your… link: Travel to Manila Philippines and Meet These Kids Who Play in a Dirty River. Philippine Religion – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Joma’s crystal ball: Opposition to pull upset in midterm polls

LUCENA CITY---As the 2019 elections draw near, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison has expressed bold optimism that the still fragmented political opposition could score a substantial victory against administration candidates.   "We can expect that the Duterte regime will lose heavily in the Senate," he said in an online interview.   Sison said there would be fewer pro-Duterte members of the House of Representatives too.   The mainstream political opposition has yet to finalize a lineup, though.   Survey says otherwise   Based on early survey results, aspirants known as allies of President ...Keep on reading: Joma’s crystal ball: Opposition to pull upset in midterm polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Core Capital, Gobi Partners launch $10-M fund for Philippine startups

Philippines-based venture capital (VC) firm Core Capital and Malaysia-based Chinese VC Gobi Partners have entered a partnership to launch the Gobi-Core Philippine Fund (PH Fund) — a $10 million fund for seed-stage and pre-Series A companies in the Philippines. Core Capital will be managing the funds, with Gobi Partners contributing test processes, best practices, and other… link: Core Capital, Gobi Partners launch $10-M fund for Philippine startups.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Japan envoy hosts dinner for National Artist and ambassador

Metro Manila was due for a storm visit that night, but the foreboding weather didn't stop a few longtime friends from stepping out to a special dinner in the residence of Japan's ambassador to the Philippines. What they had in common? Japan holds a special place in their hearts. Industrialist Manolo Lopez was the Philippine ambassador to Japan for six years until 2016, a sojourn made significant by giant strides, which included the growth in Japan's investments in the country, the visits of then President Benigno Aquino III to Tokyo and dinner with Emperor Akihito, and the reciprocal visits of His Majesty to Manila. It was also during the posting of Ambassador Lopez that a coff...Keep on reading: Japan envoy hosts dinner for National Artist and ambassador.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

US Embassy partners with PSC for basketball clinics

A two-day goodwill basketball camp has wrapped up at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The US Embassy, in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Alaska Aces, concluded a special series of sports clinics Tuesday in Manila. Over the course of three sessions in two days, select Jr. NBA Philippines coaches, with special guests Alana Beard and Cherokee Parks, conducted classes with a couple hundred kids, working on their basic basketball skills. Beard, a four-time WNBA All-Star, and Parks, a former NBA first-round pick, are in the country as NBA Sports Envoys to help out with various programs in coordination with the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. "In the United States, we know that the Philippines is a big basketball country and we love it. Thank you for having us here, thank you for listening, and thank you for playing hard," Parks said. Parks, who played for a number of NBA teams including the Golden State Warriors, encouraged the kids to keep grinding even though coaches like him are not always around. "Doing it solo, that's when it's difficult but that's what makes you better if you do it by yourself. If you're doing things on your own, you motivate yourself [that's what takes you to the next level]," he added. Beard added that it's important to keep the fire burning and urged the kids to continue with their passion in basketball. "Keep loving the game, keep dreaming big and if you work hard, I promise you can achieve eveything you want in life," she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

House ethics probe looms over lawmaker John Bertiz

MANILA, Philippines – ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz's own allies are eyeing an ethics complaint against him following the backlash over his recent controversial actions caught on video. No less than House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said that the more than 44 lawmakers in his bloc are already set ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Salma Hayek joins Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne in ‘Limited Partners’

The comedy "Limited Patrners" will be directed by Miguel Arteta ("The Good Girl", "Chuck & Buck"). Tiffany Haddish ("Girls Trip") and Rose Byrne ("Bridesmaids") play two best friends who start a successful beauty company together. When a big buyout offer from a tech company comes their way, their relationship is put to the test as the two find themselves at war with each other. Hayek will play an executive from the tech company, who makes the buyout offer and then pits the two friends against one another. The Mexican actress most recently starred in "The Hitman's Bodyguard" (2017). Arteta recently directed the comedy "Beatriz at Dinner" with Hayek and John Lithgow. ...Keep on reading: Salma Hayek joins Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne in ‘Limited Partners’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Blockchain firm partners with Grab on rewards

LOCAL blockchain company LoyalCoin said it has partnered with Grab Philippines (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) to allow riders to pay for their trips through a crypto digital wallet called LoyalWallet. The post Blockchain firm partners with Grab on rewards appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

UAAP: Sisi Rondina s last beach volleyball ride

Gunning for a three-peat in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament, University of Santo Tomas Sand Tigresses Sisi Rondina and Blove Barbon opens their Season 81 in dominating fashion after crushing the University of the Philippines' Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, 21-12, 21-12. The queen of beach volleyball Rondina has partnered with rookie Barbon. The newbie from Bukidnon is Rondina's fourth partner in five years in the sand courts. "Kahit sino naman ang partner ko basta they will play with our school in mind, wala akong problema doon. As long as kaya niyang ipaglaban 'yung school namin," Rondina shared. This comes as no surprise as Rondina has been playing in the sand with different partners almost every year and regardless, she still wins the championship. This season is Rondina's last year to play for UST and she can't help but wax sentimental on her last ride. "For me lang naman, hindi siya pressure, nasa-sad lang ako kasi siyempre last year. Sana makuha namin 'to para maganda 'yung exit. Siyempre, hindi rin kami, ako papayag na aalis akong walang makuha. Tatrabahuhin pa rin namin. Magkakabuhusan na lang talaga," she shared. No worries for Rondina because when rookie Barbon spoke to reporters after their match, she giddily expressed her willingness to help her Ate Sisi. "Kinabahan po kasi first time ko po, rookie po ako. Wala pa po masyadong experience tulad ni Ate Sisi. Tiwala lang po sa sarili na kaya namin, na kaya ko tulungan si Ate Sisi, gawin ko lang yung part ko," said Barbon. But behind that willingness is also an honest nervousness. "Sobrang saya na sobrang pressured kasi yun nga last year na ni Ate, kailangan namin [manalo para] mas maganda yung pag exit niya," said the young player. Who can't blame her? Barbon is partners with arguably the best beach volleyball player to ever grace the Philippines sands......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

IN CHARTS: Most Filipinos still marry before 30

MANILA, Philippines – Are you a millennial and have been frequently getting invites from friends or colleagues for wedding ceremonies? Well, you are not alone. Data show Filipino millennials prefer to get married before hitting the big 30. In the latest release of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the median ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Duterte welcomes U.S. national security adviser s threats vs ICC

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has found an ally in United States National Security Adviser John Bolton who, last September 10, threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it would proceed with investigations into America's war crimes in Afghanistan or into any of its allies. "The timely word of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

In Itogon, sister volunteers to dig beneath the soil to look for brother

MANILA, Philippines – In Itogon, Benguet, locals are looking for relatives and friends buried by a  landslide caused by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) . One of them is Benylyn Gumuwang, 45, who stood in line, volunteering to go down to what is left of the shelter area for the Itogon miners. "Gusto ko magbungkal para makita ko, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018