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

Sonia Roco directs original play on Jungian archetypes

  With its paisley prints and pastel hues, the poster for "Halo Halo Tayo!" looks like one for a dessert place selling all manner of sweets. It's actually an original, full-length play directed by Sonia Roco, wife of the late senator and presidential candidate Raul Roco.   Now in her mid-70s, Sonia keeps a schedule that allows her to indulge in her interests: traveling, meeting up with friends, and expressing her artistic bent. In her youth, she took a year-long course in speech and drama in London.   When she returned to the Philippines, she acted in and directed musicals and stage plays. "Halo Halo Tayo! The Delicious and Colorfully Complex Filipino So...Keep on reading: Sonia Roco directs original play on Jungian archetypes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Food gifts to bring to your next get-together

  MANILA, Philippines – Food, undeniably, remains a universal love language; a constant among generations, cultures, family, and friends. The key to a man and woman's heart, the solution to bad days, the addition to good days – it is food, in all its glory and form, that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

ONE Championship: Four World Titles make Team Lakay’s Christmas special this 2018

Christmas is one the biggest holidays in the Philippines. Incomparable to other countries, Christmas lights and holiday jingles start to play as early as September.   People from all walks of life gather on this special occasion and celebrate the holiday with food, drinks, and by spending time with friends and family.   Members of Team Lakay, the country's most renowned mixed martial arts group, have its own way of holding an annual celebration for the Yuletide season.   Housing four ONE World Champions such as Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio and Joshua Pacio, the Baguio City-headquartered camp holds a yearly Christmas party in mid-December to cap off the year.   "We have an early celebration coming up this Saturday, 15 December. We are going to have a beach house party in San Juan, La Union," Eustaquio shared.   "The gathering will celebrate our accomplishments this 2018, and also prepare for 2019. Everybody will come that day, most notably our professional athletes.”   Their way of celebration is not like any other party as it involves honoring their native tradition with a sumptuous feast and holding insightful talks for the advancement of their athletes’ career.   "We have a program, a feast, and an open mat for whoever wants to roll. Our world champions will share their experience and tell what they went through this year," Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao bared.   "This kind of gathering is our way to spend quality time with each other. This is our way to inspire other athletes, tighten our bond, and learn from each other.”   Finishing their campaign with four gold-plated belts under the ONE Championship banner, Sangiao believes that 2018 is Team Lakay’s most successful year since its inception in 2003   “It’s our biggest year. We won championship titles and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice,” the Team Lakay headmaster said.   “Like we always say, this is our passion. We love what we do. These awards and titles are just the fruit of our hard labor.”   Although Team Lakay hauled all the titles, recognition and accolades that they could possibly get in 2018, all that matters to them is seeing each individual with gleeful smiles on their faces by the year's end.   "We are grateful for every year. We are always full of joy,” Eustaquio stated. “Seeing each other happy, seeing everyone living a peaceful life is more than enough.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

US returns war trophy bells to the Philippines - Kuwait Times | Kuwait Times

MANILA: Church bells seized from the Philippines by US troops as war trophies over a century ago were returned yesterday, in a bid to turn the page on a difficult chapter between the historical allies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

ITO Bamboo Bed Sheets and Sleepwear for a Luxurious Night’s Sleep

Looking for an eco-friendly gift for Christmas? Check this out! Your friends will surely love this. ~ When in Manila MaeITO Philippines ITO Bamboo Bed Sheets and Sleepwear for a Luxurious Night’s Sleep Source link: ITO Bamboo Bed Sheets and Sleepwear for a Luxurious Night’s Sleep.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Contractor that cornered projects nationwide has ties with Duterte gov’t – Andaya

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives subpoenaed the contractor of a construction company that has not only allegedly bagged billions worth of projects across the country since 2017, but has ties with President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in government.  On Tuesday, December 11, the House plenary approved the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Arroyo allies got ‘pork’? But 2019 budget prepared during Alvarez time – Andaya

MANILA, Philippines – House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr deflected the accusation of Senator Panfilo Lacson that allies of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo received huge insertions in the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019. Andaya on Monday, December 10, delivered a privilege speech as a response to Lacson’s allegations ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Lacson: Arroyo allies districts get big pork in 2019 budget

MANILA, Philippines – Congressional districts which received huge insertions in the House-approved 2019 budget have one "pattern," according to Senator Panfilo Lacson: their representatives are "close" to House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo . "Ang pattern makikita mo pagka na-identify mo sino ang congressman sa district na medyo malaki at biglang lumobo. Isa lang ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Balangiga bells: Icons of nation’s patrimony, symbol of Filipinos’ hope

The return of the Balangiga bells signifies the long-standing relations between the Philippines and the United States – one that is based on acknowledging our shared histories as former adversaries in war and eventually, as close allies working together to safeguard our common interests. Balangiga bells: Icons of nation’s patrimony, symbol of Filipinos’ hope Source link: Balangiga bells: Icons of nation’s patrimony, symbol of Filipinos’ hope.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

NBA, Vivo now partners in the Philippines

AFTER being partners in programs and activities in China, the National Basketball Association and Vivo have brought their successful linkup to the Philippines via a comprehensive multiyear marketing partnership......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

LIST: 2018 hotel buffets, special holiday meals

MANILA, Philippines – It's December! And that means putting up the Christmas tree and decor, making plans with family and friends, and yes, putting on weight thanks to those holiday feasts. If prepping meals in the kitchen for Christmas eve or Christmas day isn't your thing, we've got your covered ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Celebs pick carols they want to revive

Christmas is just around the corner. What makes the Yuletide season even more festive in Christmas-crazy Philippines is hearing carols being played or sung everywhere. They make the holidays merrier. We asked celebrities what carols they'd choose to revive, and here are their choices:   JULIE ANN SAN JOSE I'd like to do a cover of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" because it has always been my favorite Christmas song. I used to sing it a lot when my friends and I would go caroling from house to house. It's so much fun to sing!   GABBI GARCIA I'd choose "All I Want for Christmas is You." I know it's iconic, and has been covered by a lot of artists. And...Keep on reading: Celebs pick carols they want to revive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Vendor partners join Globe Telecoms volunteering program | Inquirer Business

Vendor partners of Globe Telecom have joined the telecom companys volunteering program through a back-to-back meal-packing activity with Rise Against Hunger (RAH) Philippines, a branch of the internat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018