Valentine& rsquo;s Day 2020

It’s the time of the year again when social media is full of images of hearts. As I am writing this, I have received more than a hundred greetings for Valentine’s Day from friends, acquaintances, and even people that I do not know. Love is in the air, people say......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 14th, 2020

Valentine& rsquo;s Day 2020

It’s the time of the year again when social media is full of images of hearts. As I am writing this, I have received more than a hundred greetings for Valentine’s Day from friends, acquaintances, and even people that I do not know. Love is in the air, people say......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Valentine 2020: Happy Hearts Day, mga Kapamilya!

Joshua Garcia, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Donny Pangilinan, Kid Yambao, Nash Aguas, and more Kapamilya stars wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Celebrating perfectly imperfect stories of real love

Jollibee kicked off the month of love by unveiling #KwentongJollibee Valentine’s Series 2020: #CoupleGoals, Space, and Apart in an exclusive press preview held recently at Estancia Mall - Ortigas Cinemas......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Is IMF& rsquo;s 6.3% 2020 growth forecast achievable?

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) regularly conducts consultations with each of its member-countries to review their progress, discuss their plans, strategies and targets and express thoughts on the near-term economic prospects of the member-countries......»»

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GMA earns 9 nods at New York fest

Leading broadcast company GMA Network scores nine nominations at the 2020 New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films” Competition, once again having the most number of short-listed entries from the Philippines......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated News8 hr. 33 min. ago

Tight duel up as PH Ladies& rsquo; Open begins

​The Philippine Ladies Open 2020 gets going today (Tuesday, Feb. 18) with Rianne Malixi out to extend her winning ways, Abby Arevalo seeking redemption and Nicole Abelar and Eagle Ace Superal ready to foil the two aces who clashed for the national crown the last time out......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Tokyo Olympic motto: United by Emotion

Tokyo--Tokyo 2020 organizers on Monday rolled out the motto for this year’s Olympics, “United by Emotion”, which they said reflected the “universal values” and “unifying power of sport”......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

FIBA 3x3 Olympic qualifier to push through despite NCoV outbreak scare

The 3x3 basketball Tokyo Olympics qualifier in India will push through as planned despite the scare of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. FIBA 3x3 Event Manager Ignacio Soriano said on Monday that the world basketball governing body will stick with the scheduled qualifier in Bangalore, India slated on March 18 to 22. “It’s a force majeure, we cannot plan something we don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow and in the next month or in the next couple of months. So for now the first reaction is to keep the Olympic qualifying tournament in India as it is,” said Soriano, who is in the country to meet with Chooks-to-Go 3x3 league owner Ronald Mascarinas to talk about the league’s 2020 calendar as well as the country’s hosting of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters. Twenty teams will compete for slots in the Olympics’ first-ever staging of 3x3 basketball. The Samahang Basketbol sa Pilipinas is set to announce the six-man line-up of the national squad, which will include at least two players in the PHI top 10 3x3 ranking on Tuesday. The deadline of submission of names was on Monday. “As you know this is an important event for FIBA. This is the first-ever qualifying tournament and it’s a 20 teams per gender whereas only three will qualify to the Tokyo Olympics. It’s our first Olympics and we’re doing our debut,” said Soriano. However, the FIBA official added that there could be some changes in the FIBA Asia Cup set on May 13 to 17 in Changsha, China.   “We’re working already in potentially changing the host city for the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup that is happening in May,” said Soriano. “We’re working with different hosts but as of now nothing is official.” Soriano welcomed the possibility of the PHI taking over the hosting duties especially with the country’s growing 3x3 basketball following and successful hosting of international events of the sport in the past.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

UAAP Big Guns Kobe Paras and Soulemane Chabi Yo Start Swim Season in Style

The basketball season may be over, but two of the athletes from UAAP Season 82’s Mythical Five, Kobe Paras and Soulemane Chabi Yo, are back—this time, for swim season! With summer upon us, H&M is kick-starting swim season with a brand-new men’s swim collection that will be available in all H&M stores nationwide starting February 13, 2020. UP’s Kobe Paras, H&M’s first-ever Filipino local male ambassador, returns for the brand along with another UAAP superstar: Season 82 Men’s Basketball MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo of the UST Growling Tigers. Together, they’ll be the faces—and the bods—of H&M’s much-anticipated swimwear collection. The collection includes a wide variety of pieces that’ll fit any and all styles. So whether you’ll be hanging out on the beach or lounging by the pool, you can mix and match H&M’s great selection of swim shorts, tops, and accessories to create the perfect swim outfits. And with the brand’s commitment to offer fashion and quality at the best price, you can get your hands on swim shorts for as low as ?599 and tops at ?899! Start gearing up for swim season with H&M! For more information on this all-new men’s swim collection, follow the official Facebook page of H&M and the hashtags #SwimEscapeforHM and #KOBEforHM......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020


Looking back at the events of last week, when late evening of Monday the 10th, the Civil Aeronautics Board implemented a travel ban upon Taiwan based on the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (then called nCov 2019), and the subsequent withdrawal of the same travel ban on Friday evening, Valentine’s Day, there are lessons to be learned......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Pia Wurtzbach, Kai Sotto catch up at NBA All-Star 2020

Miss Universe 2015-turned NBA Philippines insider Pia Wurtzbach and towering Pinoy teen hoops phenom Kai Sotto got to hang during the second day of the 2020 NBA All-Star festivities in snowy Chicago, Illinois, Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila time). Our Rep to the Republika takes a selfie with the towering Pinoy basketball sensation! ???????? — NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) February 16, 2020 Sotto, who's already started to turn heads as part of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, got to show Queen P some basketball fundamentals and chat for a bit.  Queen @PiaWurtzbach works on her fundamentals with help from @kzsottolive. ???? — NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) February 16, 2020         View this post on Instagram                   A few outtakes from @piawurtzbach ‘s interview with @kzsotto at #bwbglobal #familyfirst #eastwestprivate ALL RIGHTS TO THESE CONTENT OWNED BY EASTWESTPRIVATE A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:58pm PST           View this post on Instagram                   The Philippines’ own Ms. Universe @piawurtzbach spends time to chat with @kzsotto at #bwbglobal #proudtobepinoy #familyfirst #eastwestprivate ALL RIGHTS TO THESE CONTENT OWNED BY EASTWESTPRIVATE A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:54pm PST The two even got to come up with their own special handshake...           View this post on Instagram                   When Ms. Universe herself @piawurtzbach pals around with you at #bwbglobal #familyfirst #eastwestprivate ALL RIGHTS TO THESE CONTENT OWNED. Y EASTWESTPRIVATE A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Feb 15, 2020 at 1:56pm PST ...and Queen P even got to lob one up for Kai to throw down!  .@PiaWurtzbach lobs it to @kzsottolive for the alley-oop slam! ???? What do you think of this duo? — NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) February 16, 2020 Nice to see the PH well-represented during the NBA's All-Star festivities.  Who knows, maybe in a couple of years, our very own Kai could be part of the action during All-Star Weekend as well.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Japan rules Smart Badminton Asia

Sayaka Takahashi stepped up once more and brought Japan its second consecutive title in the women’s tournament of the 2020 SMART Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

Top oral surgeons to grace PH meeting

The world’s top oral and maxillofacial surgeons will be in town to grace the joint 60th anniversary celebration and 43rd national convention of the Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons on Feb. 21 to 23, 2020 at the Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex, Pasay City. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

Jane Oineza, RK Bagatsing reunite in post-Valentine flick

In Regal Entertainment’s post-Valentine offering directed by Joy Aquino, Kapamilya stars Jane Oineza and RK Bagatsing are reunited to play the lead roles. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

MPBL: Pampanga takes Game 1 of quarters over Bataan

Pampanga-ADG Group of Companies halted 1Bataan-Camaya Coast's late uprising, 71-64, to take Game One of its best-of-three quarterfinals series in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season, Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Pampanga went on a 17-0 start to start the game with Mark Cruz, Levi Hernandez, and Reil Cervantes leading the charge. The Giant Lanterns sustained their blazing start in the second frame, leading by as big as 30 points, 48-18, off a lay-in from Jeric Fabian. “We prepared yung skills namin. We were able to prepare defensively. Maganda yung depensa namin nung first half pero medyo nagkaroon kami ng lapses sa schemes. Sabi ko nga, importante that we were still ahead and we just have to score,” said Pampanga head coach Bong Ramos. 1Bataan though did not go down without a fight. Riding the hot hands of Reed Juntilla, Bataan went on a 25-8 run to slice Pampanga's 25-point advantage to eight points, 58-64, with 6:26 remaining in the game. “Nag-relax. Well, actually yung yung sinasabi ko na it can't happen. Buti na lang may puhunan kami. I'm still happy the way that we played,” lamented Ramos. But that's the closest the Risers could get as Hernandez and Cruz drained shots to quell the run. Hernandez poured in 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field along with five rebounds to lead Pampanga, who is now on a nine-game winning streak dating back from November 22 last year. Cervantes added 13 points built on three three-pointers while Jeric Fabian had 10 markers, four boards, and two steals for the Giant Lanterns. Ryan Batino paced Bataan with a double-double performance of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gino Jumao-as finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists while Juntilla poured eight of his 10 points in the Risers’ final run. Pampanga will look to end the series on February 20, Thursday at 6:30 pm at its homecourt, the Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium. The Scores: Pampanga (71) -- Hernandez 18, Cervantes 13, Fabian 10, Juico 8, Cruz 8, Maiquez 5, Thompson 5, Apreku 2, Alberto 0, Enriquez 0, Concepcion 0, Baltazar 0. 1Bataan (64) -- Batino 19, Jumao-as 12, Juntilla 10, Villarias 9, Llanto 4, Nalos 4, Castro 3, Gozum 2, Jaime 1, Inigo 0, Bregondo 0, David 0. Quarterscores: 25-8, 48-23, 56-40, 71-64. Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Quarterfinals Game One: 1Bataan (dark) vs Pampanga (light) February 15, 2020 - Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan City.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

IN PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas 2020 candidates perform at talent competition

MANILA, Philippines – The 40 candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2020 spent Valentine's Day showing off their skills during the talent competition of the pageant held at the New Frontier Theater on Friday, February 14.  Twenty of the candidates got a chance to show their talents before a panel of judges led ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Love in the time of viruses

Some say it is not a good time to celebrate love, even as I write this on Valentine’s Day. It’s not just the COVID-19 virus that is threatening our society and families—the viruses of hate and anger fueled by disinformation can be more harmful than a virus that we don’t understand. With so much mean spiritedness in our world and our islands, there seems not much to celebrate......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

More Pinoys attracted to brains than beauty

Four in every five Filipino respondents said they were more attracted to brains than body, according to a Social Weather Stations’ survey released on Valentine’s Day......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Get ready to get love advice from Idol Raffy on Valentine& rsquo;s Day

'Di pinansin ni crush? Pinagpalit ng jowa? Sinulot ng best-friend? Ipa-Tulfo mo sa Shopee Love Doc ngayong Valentine’s Day!.....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

ONE Championship: Honorio Banario motivated to maintain Team Lakay s hot start

After witnessing his teammates nearly sweep their assignments at ONE: FIRE & FURY, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario is inspired to keep up.  The Team Lakay star returns to the featherweight division when he takes on Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai of Thailand at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 28 February. “After the Manila card, I even got more motivated with the way the team performed. I want to follow it up with [more] good news – continue our winning ways this 2020,” Banario said.  “But aside from the win, I also want to maximize all the lessons that the team gained in Manila. I watched them closely, and I know that will help me achieve my goal in Singapore.” The outstanding result in Manila was a stark contrast to their team’s start in 2019, where they lost four World Titles in a span of three months.  Banario thinks the results in Manila is proof there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel, no matter the struggles.  “On that card, it proved that with focus and determination, good results will come. We are all training hard every day to reach our dreams as an athlete and as a person, and I know that it’s never too late to reach that,” Banario said. “I also understand that we won’t be winning all the time, but the most important thing is growth in each match.” Growth is something Banario needs to show to end his three-match skid.  The Mankayan, Benguet native is confident he has learned from all his previous setbacks, and with momentum on his team’s side, he has no plans of letting up.  “I am even more eager now to win because I want to continue the team’s winning ways. I also want to show how dedicated I am even during my struggles in the past,” Banario said. “It will be far from easy against Shannon, but I believe that if you are confident and prepared, a win is attainable.” Will Banario carry on his team’s winning ways? Find out at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE on 28 February at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020