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Hot money tally positive for 2018 | The Manila Times Online

Net foreign portfolio investments dropped in December but the full-year tally for 2018 reverted to positive and hit a five-year high, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Thursday.READ Th.....»»

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December BoP surplus biggest in more than six years

THE PHILIPPINES’ balance of payments (BoP) posted the biggest surplus in more than six years in December, which also marked the second straight month of surfeit, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday, but it still ended 2018 with a wider deficit than in 2017......»»

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Lending standards ‘broadly’ steady in Q4, but more banks tighten criteria

BANKS in the country widely maintained lending criteria in 2018’s final quarter, although those that tightened such standards outnumbered those who eased theirs, according to results of the latest Senior Bank Loan Officers’ Survey which the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday......»»

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PBA: Defiant Arwind says he’ll still do Spider-Man dunk if given the chance

Arwind Santos’ signature Spider-Man dunk could be no more. The PBA released a memo to all 12 PBA teams last Jan. 15 regarding players hanging on to rims after made dunks. A particular note in the memo read that players who hang on to rims after a dunk and “places either or both of his feet onto the backboard,” will be given a technical foul. [Related: PBA: Arwind's signature Spider-Man dunk now merits a technical foul] Literally only one PBA player does that and the league could have named the whole thing as the “Arwind Santos rule.” The new ruling was met with interesting responses to say the least with some saying it’s about time while others say that the PBA has singled out Santos, robbing him of his individuality. Well Arwind had this to say on the new rule. “Ako, hindi ako sang-ayon,” he said. “Kasi sabi ko nga, sabi nila Alex [Cabagnot], suporta rin. Magi-isponsor nga sila na kahit may fine daw, babayaran nila. Nakaka-tuwa naman. Na-touch ako. Pero ang akin kasi, trademark lang ba. Wala namang masama sa ginagawa ko,” Arwind added. Santos argued that the PBA could focus on better things, fixing issues that really needs fixing. Arwind feels that his trademark move is pretty much harmless, maybe except for opposing teams on the receiving end of his slam dunk. “Maraming mas pwede nating pagtuunan ng pansin na ipagbawal. Wag na yung Spider-Man dunk,” he said. “Mayroon rin kasing mga batang gustong-gusto makita yung Spider-Man dunk, [media], lalo na yung mga fans ko,” Santos added. Given the chance, Arwind says he’ll still do the Spider-Man dunk. As for the supposed danger the trademark dunk poses, Santos said accidents happen and things could still end up wrong regardless. “Kapag may chance, gagawin ko pa rin. Maliban sa alam kong may fine, hindi ko naman sinusuway pero para sa mga fans ko, kapag may pagkakataon, gagawin ko pa rin dahil kung sinasabi nila na may madidisgrasya, naniniwala ako, kapag madidisgrasya ka, madidisgrasya ka. Di ba?” Arwind said. “Kahit  anong ingat mo, sabi ko nga, meron nga dyan natutulog lang sa loob ng bahay, nabagsakan ng eroplano. Nag-iingat o hindi? Ano tawag doon? Aksidente diba? Aksidente. Pag maa-aksidente ka, maa-aksidente ka. Di ka makaka-iwas. Kung sakaling babagsak ako sa Spider-Man dunk, wala akong sisisihin. Baka nakangiti pa akong bumagsak eh. Sa totoo lang, pag nangyari yun,” Santos added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Alab Pilipinas re-ignites in ABL after repulsing Macau

Once more in the continuation of their title defense in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League, Alab Pilipinas came off a loss, came through in the next game, and came away with a big-time triumph over another contender. Renaldo Balkman’s game-long brilliance coupled with total team effort in the endgame proved to be the difference on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the Filipinos turned down the lights on visiting Macau, 106-99. The two teams were going at it for majority of the matchup until Balkman, PJ Ramos, and Pao Javelona got together for a 10-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters that built up an 82-73 edge for the home team. Of course, the Black Bears would only battle back and pulled within two points inside the last six minutes only to see Balkman and Ramos connive yet again, this time alongside Ray Parks Jr., Ethan Alvano, and Caelan Tiongson in a 16-3 answer that re-increased the Alab lead to 106-91. Both the lead and the momentum would remain with them until the final buzzer. In the end, Balkman 37 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and three assists while fellow Puerto Rican reinforcement Ramos contributed his own 21-marker, 14-board double-double. Parks Jr. also did damage with 13 points and 10 assists while point guards Javelona and Alvano merged for 16 markers, 14 dimes, and eight rebounds. This strong showing was nothing but a welcome development as, just five days ago, the Filipinos fell for the second time in the last four games. With the bounce back win, though, the defending champions remained alone atop the leaderboard now at 7-2. On the other hand, Macau dropped to 6-5 in the standings despite the best efforts of Anthony Tucker who had 22 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds to his name. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 106 – Balkman 37, Ramos 21, Parks 13, Domingo 13, Javelona 9, Alvano 7, Tiongson 6, Urbiztondo 0, Rosser 0. MACAU BLACK BEARS 99 – Watkins 24, Tucker 22, Yu 20, McKinney 18, Liu 12, King 3, Lai 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-19, 47-48, 79-73, 106-99. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PBA: Almazan’s ROS return delayed with ankle injury

Raymond Almazan’s long-awaited return to Rain or Shine has been pushed back. After infamously going AWOL towards the end of last season, Almazan was all set to come back for the Elasto Painters in 2019. However, as RoS got its first win of the season Friday against NLEX in the Philippine Cup, Almazan sat out. He was forced to, as Raymond is dealing with a sprained ankle. “Natapakan ko sa paa si Norbet [Torres] sa practice,” Almazan said. “Panay kaliwa na rin yung tapilok ko dati. Tapos yung mga old injuries ko, nakita sa MRI eh. Alam ko may tumubong bone spur. Sa kakalaro ko siguro, minsan kahit masakit nilalaro ko eh,” he added. Despite his new injury, Almazan assures that he’s fine. If there’s one frustration for him however, is that this new injury came when he was named to be part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool once again. Hopefully, he recovers and gets his conditioning back in time. “Hindi naman siya ganoon kalala,” Almazan said on his injury. “Medyo nakaka-disappoint kasi mabibigyan ng bagong tsansa [on Gilas] tapos bigla na naman injury. Sana talaga makabalik ako ng mabilis. Yun talaga,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Kevin Alas sees improvement in NLEX return

Returning NLEX Road Warriors guard Kevin Alas sees that his team and even himself still need fine tuning as the action in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup continues to unravel. Alas, who is playing in his first game since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last March, came off the bench and contributed 12 points and 4 assists in 29 minutes of playing time. However, his side was not able to carve out a win against the gritty Rain or Shine Elasto Painters side, falling 96-87 at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday evening. “It felt good pero syempre I wanted the win sana kasi we've been doing well sa offseason. They were the better team, personally. But sa akin personally it felt good kasi 8-10 months ako nawala,” said Alas. The team also paraded new big man Poy Erram, who added 10 markers and 5 rebounds to the team. Though it may it may not be impressive numbers in Erram's debut for his new squad, the former Ateneo big man sees opportunity, as he stressed improvement of chemistry with one another. Alas also shared that he was almost sleepless in anticipation of his return, as it was comparable his feelings before his own pro debut some few years back. With his return to the squad, Alas knows he still has a lot to improve upon as he will only get better in time. “I felt comfortable naman kanina. Pero siguro yung hangin ko kulang pa kasi iba yung hangin na nakukuha mo sa practice iba eh so kanina I felt kulang na kulang pa yung hangin ko,” he shared.   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

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Rookie CJ steers Dyip past mighty Beermen

Columbian Dyip, featuring top draft pick CJ Perez and its gritty old bunch led by Jackson Corpuz, scored a huge upset right in its first game in PBA Season 44 with a 124-118 humbling of reigning all-Filipino four-time champ San Miguel Beer at the Cuneta Astrodome last night......»»

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Pacquiao-Broner fight referee has shaky reputation

The referee assigned to work WBA welterweight champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s title defense against challenger Adrien Broner will carry some baggage into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here tonight (tomorrow morning, Manila time)......»»

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San Miguel calls out Alaska’s Alex Compton for ‘kawawa ang liga’ remark

MANILA, Philippines---San Miguel cried foul over what it called "unnecessary remarks" by Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton regarding the Beermen's recruits over the past years. Compton, whose Aces lost three championship series to the Beermen since 2014, said San Miguel's acquisition of three-time scoring champion Terrence Romeo put all the other teams at a disadvantage. "There was San Miguel for three finals, and June Mar Fajardo was always an issue," said Compton in a previous Inquirer report. "Then they added Christian [Standhardinger] and now they added Terrence [Romeo]. Kawawa ang liga." San Miguel rebutted Compton saying that the Aces also traded away "competent play...Keep on reading: San Miguel calls out Alaska’s Alex Compton for ‘kawawa ang liga’ remark.....»»

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How interior sliding doors help you beat stress

Today's ideal home is one that suits a non-ideal lifestyle---which is busy, always on the go and multi-tasking, prone to clutter, highly segmentized into various interests. This is where space planning comes in. It is the judicious, yet stylish use of space---maximizing it for function while at the same time creating ambiance. That is why glass doors and walls become the miracle space solutions and ambiance enhancers in today's homes. On this page are living areas that best illustrate the use of interior sliding doors: they create privacy walls that serve their function while enhancing the design statement; they increase natural lighting and flexibility; they help declutter th...Keep on reading: How interior sliding doors help you beat stress.....»»

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Rain or Shine rides James Yap’s hot hand to frustrate NLEX

Rain or Shine rode on a vintage performance by James Yap to open its Philippine Cup campaign on a good note, thwarting NLEX, 96-87, Friday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome. Yap turned back the clock, uncorking three straight long bombs to wrest the lead from the Road Warriors in the first half and finish with 20 points and three assists, leading the Elasto Painters in scoring for the first time since pushing them to a semifinals berth July last year. "We had good ball movement, we shared the scoring, and James stepped up big time," said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. The ElastoPainters kept their iron grip on the lead with the help of Javee Mocon who fir...Keep on reading: Rain or Shine rides James Yap’s hot hand to frustrate NLEX.....»»

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Eraserheads, APO musicals lead 2018 Gawad Buhay 2nd semestral citations

Two original Filipino jukebox musicals---Full House Theater Company's (FHTC) "Ang Huling El Bimbo" and 9 Works Theatrical (9WT) and Globe Live's "Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!"---led the combined third and fourth quarter citations of the 2018 Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards for the Performing Arts. The Eraserheads musical "El Bimbo" garnered the most citations with 14; "Eto Na!," which uses the songs of APO Hiking Society, had 11 citations. The three eligible nonmusical plays---Tanghalang Pilipino's (TP) "Manila Notes," Red Turnip Theater's (RTT) "A Doll's House, Part 2" and The Sandbox Collective's (SC) "Lungs"---each earned seven citations. No citations were given outstanding product...Keep on reading: Eraserheads, APO musicals lead 2018 Gawad Buhay 2nd semestral citations.....»»

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At 40, Pacman fights Father Time, Broner

At 40, Pacman fights Father Time, Broner.....»»

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Balance of payments deficit widened to $2.31b in 2018

Balance of payments deficit widened to $2.31b in 2018.....»»

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Siakam makes game-winning shot for Toronto

TORONTO — The Phoenix Suns figured Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was going to take the decisive shot. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors had other plans. Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired, leading the Raptors to a 111-109 victory over the Suns on Thursday night. Serge Ibaka put Toronto up, 109-107, on a […].....»»

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December 2018 surplus trims Philippines’ full-year net dollar outflows

More dollars flowed into the domestic economy last December, helping pare the country’s balance of payments deficit for the whole 2018, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported Friday......»»

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ANZ Research sees slower GDP growth in Q4 2018

The Philippine economy likely slowed down in the last three months of 2018 partly due to lackluster export growth, analysts at a global bank said Friday......»»

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HSBC Private Bank: PSEi on track to hitting 8,600 | Inquirer Business

After a turbulent 2018, the local stock barometer may recover to 8,600 by the end of this year The post HSBC Private Bank: PSEi on track to hitting 8,600 appeared first on Inquirer Business ......»»

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2018 hot money flows turn positive | Inquirer Business

The Philippine financial system ended 2018 in the black as far as short-term investment flows were concerned The post 2018 hot money flows turn positive appeared first on Inquirer Business ......»»

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