LEADING Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) launched its maiden Manila-Melbourne on August 14, 2018. The only low-cost carrier operating the route, Cebu Pacific, offers thrice weekly services using itsAirbus A330 aircraft fleet. CEB launches the new route with a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday frequency, and an all-in seat sale fare of PHP3,999 per way […] The post CEBU PACIFIC BEGINS MANILA-MELBOURNE ROUTE: Offers special P3,999 all-in sale appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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U.S. gives P807-million surveillance system to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The United States gave the Philippines an P807-million ($15-million) surveillance and reconnaissance system to help the Southeast Asian country monitor its waters, fight terrorism, extend humanitarian aid, and respond to disasters.   US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim turned over this Special Airborne ........»»

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House wants to extend validity of Martial Law victims’ compensation

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The House of Representatives approved on second reading a joint resolution seeking to extend the validity of funds for the reparation of Martial Law victims to December 31, 2019.  Lawmakers gave their nod to House Joint Resolution (HJR) 26 through viva voce voting or ........»»

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Tesla board forms committee to consider going private

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Tesla's board of directors said on Tuesday, August 14, it formed a special committee to consider chief executive Elon Musk's proposal to take the electric auto giant private. Musk disclosed on Monday that he had been in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other potential investors on a plan that ........»»

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Mega’s busy weekend with the boys

It was a busy working weekend for Megastar Sharon Cuneta. On Saturday, she graced the History Maker Awards at the World Trade Center Manila---where she met up with fellow honorees and screen partners Christopher de Leon, Albert Martinez and Aga Muhlach. Mega jokingly exclaimed that she couldn't help beaming because she was sandwiched between her "ultimate crush" Christopher and "puppy love ex-beau" Albert in the photo session. She related that she had just bought a copy of Christopher's old film with another favorite Hilda Koronel, Laurice Guillen's "Kasal?"---the first Filipino movie she saw in a movie house in 1980. Christopher said he was honored to score the History M...Keep on reading: Mega’s busy weekend with the boys.....»»

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Jake Cuenca hints at crush on Erich Gonzales

Image: Instagram/@juancarloscuenca Jake Cuenca hinted at having a crush on Erich Gonzales while working with her on 'The Blood Sisters.' Cuenca shared several photos of himself and Gonzal.....»»

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As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport

In this July 25, 2018, photo, members of joint Indonesian police and military special forces take part in an anti-terrorism drill ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia is d.....»»

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Go brings hope to wounded soldiers

CATBALOGAN CITY, August 14 (PIA) - - Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Secretary Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go visited three Wounded in Action soldiers in Camp Lukban Station Hospital, 8th Inf.....»»

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Rody, Go, friends aid typhoon victims

President Rodrigo Duterte, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and the latter’s friends on Monday started giving assistance to residents of Marikina, Taytay, and Quezon City that were affected by floods caused by typhoon Karding and the southwest monsoon over the weekend. The President directed Social Welfare and Development Acting Secretary […].....»»

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National 3x3 team will not be at the mercy of ball clubs says chief backer

The team Chooks-to-Go is trying to build will be on-call pretty much anytime as long as it's about representing the Philippines in international competitions. The chief Gilas backer announced Tuesday that it's working on creating a full-time national 3x3 team with the goal of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. [Related: Plan to form dedicated 3x3 national team already in motion] And when Chooks says full-time national team, it means full-time national team. In light with the persisting issue of Gilas having trouble securing players to play in international tournaments, this dedicated 3x3 team will have no such problems as assured by Chooks' big boss himself. "The whole point of our investment sa sports, hindi lang dahil mahal namin ang basketball. Our primary agenda is to restore our spirit of nationalism na nawala na. If you talk to the UAAP, to the pro leagues, parang hindi na nahihiya yung mga tao ngayon to refuse to represent the country," Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascarinas said. "Yung bang local tournament ng collegiate o sa pro is more important than to serve the country? We keep on compromising. Yung compromise natin is hindi na nahihiya yung mga leaders natin to refuse to serve the country. We will be a nation of pasaway if magtuloy pa ito," he added. In a strong message, Mascarinas says he wants to change that culture. In essense he doesn't want the national team to be at the mercy of ball clubs which is why PBA players might not see action in the 3x3 national team, which has Kobe Paras for the time being. "I really take personal offense na ang lalakas ng loob nila na magpaalam ka. Narinig lang nila that we need to send representatives, sana mag-offer sila ng available na player. Pero hindi nangyayari yun. We want to change that culture," Mascarinas said. "We want to full-time engagement. Sa tingin ko if they are full-time PBA players, we will be at the mercy of the clubs again," he added. The national 3x3 team backed by Chooks-to-Go is set to embark on a grand plan of qualifying to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. To complete the pool of players, there will be a series of tournaments and tryouts all across the country. "This is a good opportunity for everybody. Yung tryouts na ito, even yung out-of-school youth in the barangay-level, puwede sila mag-try out. Itong programa na ito will bring out the best among our dreamers," Mascarinas said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Tyra Banks is a fan of Maymay Entrata’s runway walk

A post shared by MayMay Entrata (@maymay) on Aug 3, 2018 at 8:05am PDT We're not the only ones who think Maymay Entrata is model material. A few days ago, Bench posted a video of her working the runway. Twitter's her runway. And she's totally killing it. @maymayentrata07 Heart if you agree.#BENCHOJDailyware #BENCHEveryday --- BENCH/ (@benchtm) August 10, 2018 She looked confident as she posed in front of the cameras. And it wasn't just her fans who noticed, Tyra Banks did too. Her fans noticed that the video on Twitter was part of Tyra's liked tweets. This is the second time she has expressed some interest in Maymay's modeling. So, do you th...Keep on reading: Tyra Banks is a fan of Maymay Entrata’s runway walk.....»»

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What JC Santos loves about working with Bela Padilla

Costars JC Santos (left) and Bela Padilla Bela Padilla and JC Santos got me totally engrossed in their movie, 'The Day After Valentine's' (Viva Films' entry in the Pista ng Peli.....»»

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Game-changing imports who raised the bar in the PBA

Imports are considered not only crowd drawers that invite national attention to the PBA. They are also game changers who raised the bar of play in the pioneering Asian pro cage league, with their incredible skills, breathtaking court wizardry, huge scoring might, and of course fantastic flights of fancy. Through the years, we’ve anticipated only the best from them, and definitely there are a few of them who really made their mark with their names etched in the annals of the league. One of them is Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who bagged the PBA Best Import Award recently. Not flashy or flamboyant, Brownlee just gets the job done, leading Ginebra to the 2016 and 2017 Governors Cup, and just recently the 2018 Commissioners Cup. Aside from Brownlee, who were the other imports in PBA history that made a huge impact in the league and in the consciousness of this basketball-crazy nation? Here are some of the greatest imports ever to play in the country. 1. Cyrus Mann Cyrus Mann is remembered as one of the first prolific imports that played in the PBA, donning the Crispa Redmanizers jersey during its Grand Slam year in 1976 up to 1979. He provided that imposing presence in the paint with his 6’10” frame and was a monster off the boards, including those killer moves in the paint scoring at will against opponents. 2. Byron “Snake” Jones Memorable for his versatility and workhorse attitude, Byron “Snake” Jones was a journeyman, playing for three different teams in the PBA and leading two of them to championships. He played for the Toyota Comets in the PBA’s maiden season and won the First and Second Conference crowns and then went on to play for the U-Tex Wranglers and help them in bagging their first-ever title in the PBA Open Conference in 1978. He would then end his PBA journey with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1981. 3. Andy Fields Considered the first “resident import” in the league, Andy Fields has been called back frequently to play for his lone PBA team Toyota in his entire stint in the PBA. A feared shotblocker, midrange shooter, and rebounder, Fields led Toyota to three PBA championships, including the 1979 Invitationals, 1981 and 1982 Open Conference titles. 4. Norman Black Norman Black is simply called the import that gives his all in each game, one who was frequently labeled as “Mr. 100%.” He started his PBA career with the Teflin Polyesters in 1981, then began his connection with the San Miguel franchise in 1982 as its main workhorse and scorer, who would guide the Beermen to its second franchise title in the Invitationals the same year. He would then serve as import for Great Taste the next year, played again for the SMC franchise in 1985 under Magnolia Quench Plus, then suited briefly for Alaska in 1986. After returning to San Miguel in 1987, Black would then become a playing coach and eventually a coach who engineered its first Grand Slam in 1989. 5. Billy Ray Bates Billy Ray Bates is considered by many as the “best ever” who would fascinate everyone with monster dunks from the charity stripe years before Michael Jordan. Not only would he run rings around defenders, Bates would soar up, up away to score, and score without letup, hence the title “The Black Superman.” His debut stint with Crispa in its second Grand Slam year in 1983 was astounding and remarkable, as his unstoppable incursions, aerial shows, and powerful slams made him unforgettable to this day. Three years later, he would bring his greatness to Ginebra San Miguel and bag the 1986 Open Conference crown, which was the then-Palanca franchise’s first title. 6. Michael Hackett Loyal and dedicated, Michael Hackett is the gentle giant opponents feared. He is considered one of the most dominant forces in PBA history, who would just power his way through defenders at the paint and score at will. Playing for Ginebra San Miguel, Hackett is best remembered for being the first PBA player to score over a hundred points, 103 points to be exact, in a match against Great Taste in the 1985 Open Conference, wherein he won Best Import honors. In the next year, Hackett and fellow import great Billy Ray Bates collaborated to lead Ginebra to the 1986 Open Conference title.   7. Bobby Parks For most coaches, the late Bobby Parks was seen as the greatest not only due to the fact that he is the most decorated with seven Best Import awards, but also being the most hard working and coachable import ever. A gallant scoring machine yet a silent operator, Parks showed a wide variety of moves in his lane incursions in his prime that would leave defenders helpless, ending in mind-boggling baskets. Apart from his individual skills, Parks really completes his mission, giving championships to San Miguel Beer in the 1987 Reinforced Conference, and then Shell as its resident import with two titles, the 1990 and 1992 First Conference plums.      8. Tony Harris He might not be that much of an obedient trooper, but Tony Harris and his brand of play was simply breathtaking. As Coach Yeng Guiao decided during his time as coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties that they must let him be and ordered his court lieutenants to just pass the ball to him and make him simply wield his magic. And he did leave everyone in awe with his speed, agility, and power to score over all defenders thrown at him, hence the monicker “The Hurricane.” Proof of his incredible abilities is scoring 105 points, the single game scoring record that holds to this day, against Ginebra in the 1992 Reinforced Conference, wherein he would single-handedly cop the title for Swift. 9. Sean Chambers You could be charmed by his beaming smile when you meet him off the court, but when you meet him on-court, prepare for the worst beating. Though he’s not the heavy scorer type of an import PBA fans are accustomed to, Alaska’s “resident import” shows his class and might as a team player. He worked for the Milkmen in 13 seasons, giving them titles 6 times, yet only won the Best Import plum once—in the Reinforced Conference of Alaska’s Grand Slam year in 1996. The memory of what these imports brought to the league continues to delight true PBA fans through the years. And we see their legacy in such players as Justin Brownlee, who continue to show the example, the standard for other foreign players setting foot in the country to follow.     .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

DENR suspends Rizal quarrying after call from Bong Go

MANILA, Philippines – A phone call from Special Assistant to the President Bong Go was all it took for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to order a halt to quarrying in San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal. "Suspending" these quarrying operations was supposedly Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu's ........»»

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China’s vaccine scandal highlights Hong Kong’s special status

IN mid-July, China’s state drug administration ordered Changsheng Bio-technology, a company headquartered in Changchun, in northeastern China, to stop production of rabies vaccines after it uncovered evidence of forged data. At about the same time, the company was fined 3.4 million yuan ($502,000) for the production of inferior DPT vaccines last year. As soon as [...] The post China’s vaccine scandal highlights Hong Kong’s special status appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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2 militiamen, dedo sa North Cotabato ambush

NORTH COTABATO – Napatay ngayon Lunes ang dalawang mga miyembro Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary o SCAA makaraang tambangan […].....»»

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Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft. Authorities probe how airline… link: Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane.....»»

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AFP assured of Duterte support

CATBALOGAN, Samar—Soldiers wounded in action can expect government support following President Rodrigo Duterte’s assurance through Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go. Go visited the soldiers at the Camp Lukban Station Hospital here to personally check on the condition of three soldiers wounded in action. He took the opportunity to assure the Armed […].....»»

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More push for Federalism

By Mario Mallari GO AIRS NEED The definition is not clear to many, it does not trickle down to the grassroots. Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go yesterday admitted to the need for a wider, more effective campaign for Federalism to make the people understand its features and benefits. Go […].....»»

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Our Badjao brothers and sisters

AUGUST 9 was International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme was “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement.” In the Philippine context, the tribal people most associated with ‘migration and movement’ are the Badjao. From their original home in “the Sulu Sea, between Tawi-Tawi and Sabah” (Rappler, December 2, 2015), they have dispersed across [...] The post Our Badjao brothers and sisters appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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