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Cirtek gets & lsquo;PRS A& rsquo; rating on proposed P2-b fund-raising

Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corp. said Wednesday it received a credit rating of PRS A (corp.) with a stable outlook from Philippine Rating Services Corp. on its planned fund-raising......»»

Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardJan 13th, 2021

& lsquo;Use SEF to help private teachers& rsquo;

A lawmaker has proposed the use of the special education fund of local government units in extending financial assistance to private school teachers aside from giving them training, amid the Covid-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 6th, 2020

Roger Gorayeb: A coach s role is also to be a father

Coaching a collegiate team especially in women's volleyball is never an easy job. For Roger Gorayeb, being a mentor to kids in their teens goes beyond the call of duty inside the court. You play the role of both a coach and a second father. What they will become in the future -- a continuing career in the sport or on a different endeavor -- the knowledge a coach will impart on them will be their guide in their chosen paths. The multi-titled mentor has been coaching since 1984. He has a wealth of experience dealing with different personalities and has touched a lot of lives in his almost four decades in the industry. What he cherishes the most is not the number of titles, accolades or success his players collected under his watch, but what these players or what he likes to call his ‘children’ have become. “Ang dami na ng mga players (na na-handle ko). Dadaan sila sa buhay mo tapos nakikita mo kung ano ang nagiging future nila maganda naman. Siyempre natutuwa ako,” said the 59-year-old coach. Gorayeb played a big role in the careers and lives of his players from San Sebastian College, Ateneo de Manila University and National University. Alyssa Valdez, Grethcel Soltones, Jaja Santiago, Jasmine Nabor, the Ateneo Fab Five of Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet- Cayetano, Dzi Gervacio, Jem Ferrer and A Nacachi are just some of the stars that saw their collegiate careers take flight under his tutelage.  “Masaya at masarap sa feeling,” Gorayeb told ABS-CBN Sports as he tried to put into words the satisfaction he feels while doing his passion to coach. On court he is a strict mentor, serious, all-business, but beyond that he is a father-figure to his players. “Kapag may laro o ensayo volleyball lang talaga kami. Pero after n’yan yung aming relationship 'di na coach at player,” said the PLDT coach in the Philippine Superliga. “Kapag may problema sila magsasabi na sila sa akin. Dun mo malalaman kasi kung mayroon silang hinainng sa buhay, mga times na gusto nilang humingi ng tulong sa’yo. Yung mga simpleng ‘Coach pwedeng makahingi ng pamasahe, pambili ng ganito.’ Kasi during training di mo naman malalaman yan eh.” “Mapaghihiwalay mo talaga (ang pagiging coach at tatay sa kanila), sa akin kasi ewan ko sa iba, pero ako kahit pagalitan ko ang player during the ensayo, after ng ensayo wala na. Parang barkada na lang,” added the former women’s national team mentor. “Sa bonding ninyo mapaghihiwalay mo yung pagiging player at pagiging tao ng player mo mismo. Kaya lalong nagiging deep-rooted ang aming relationship. “Sa totoo lang 'yung mga napahirapan ko sa ensayo, ‘yan pa ang nagiging close sa akin. Minsan naiisip ko nga na magsisi na, ‘Bakit napahirapan kita noon tapos ang bait-bait mo sa akin ngayon. Dati pinahirapan kita.’ Pero doon kasi sila natututo. Nagi-struggle sila tapos malalampasan nila,” said Gorayeb. Last year when Gorayeb was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the players that he guided during their collegiate careers never left his side. “Tulad nu’ng nangyari sa akin tapos ‘yung mga dati kong player mapa-Ateneo, mapa-Baste nandyan sila para sa’yo. Bumibisita sila sa ospital,” he said. “Parang dun ko nakita na marami pala akong na-touch na buhay ng bata di lang sa paglalaro. Yung during the course of that five years na pag-stay nila namin bilang player at coach malalim ang nagiging ugat ng relationship.” “Nandyan sila sa’yo sa oras ng pangangailangan mo. Maski yung mga di mo madalas nakikita. Dyan mo malalaman na naging malaking part ako sa buhay nila kahit limang taon lang na magkakasama.” Their presence and prayers along with his family, according to Gorayeb, were his strength during that difficult time. “Itong nagkasakit ako ang daming nagbabantay sa akin, ‘yung mga taga-Ateneo ‘yan sina Gretchen, hindi umalis sa tabi ko. Yung mga players ko sa San Sebastian na dati pa kasi inaanak ko na ang mga anak nila. Araw-araw nasa ospital, na-witness nila yung nangyari sa akin,” said Gorayeb, who is still undergoing chemotherapy. He’s thankful for all the efforts his players did to help especially the fund-raising concert they organized last November for him. “Dumating si Mr. Tony Liao nu’ng umaga (sa intensive care unit) sinabi niya na, ‘O Roger alam mo ba ito, mayroong mamaya yung mga player naggawa sila ng concert sa’yo.’ So naiyak na lang ako noon kasi wala akong boses di ako makapagsalita,” he said. “Parang inaano lang ako ni Sir Tony na, ‘Lakasan mo lang ang loob mo. Yung mga players mo gumagawa lang ng paraan para lumakas ka.’ Yung mga ganoong tipo ba.” “Doon nag-sink in sa akin na lahat pala sila concerned sa akin kahit na di na sila naglalaro sa akin. Nakakatuwa kasi yun yung time na sabi ko di dapat ako mawalan ng pag-asa at kailangang suklian ko ang effort nila na ginagawa,” added Gorayeb. Now with just two chemo sessions left and a few tests to assure that his cancer-free, Gorayeb is looking forward on his return to coaching. He wants to resume his mission. “’Di pa ako magreretiro sa pagko-coach kasi ang mga bata nandyan pa. Marami pa akong dapat tulungan,” said Gorayeb. “Ako nagsusumikap na gumaling kaagad para marami pang matulungan.” “Masama man sabihin, pero kamatayan na lang ang magpapatigil sa akin sa mga ginagawa ko. Iba pa rin ang may tulong ka na maibibigay sa mga bata,” he added. Gorayeb vows that he will continue to be a father – both inside and outside of the court. For more on the improved conditon of Roger Gorayeb, read here.  --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriless.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

S& P Global assigns & lsquo;BBB+& rsquo; rating to PLDT& rsquo;s planned US dollar notes

S&P Global Ratings assigned a ‘BBB+’ long-term issue rating to PLDT Inc.’s proposed issuance of US dollar-denominated senior unsecured notes. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

Former and current Lady Spikers reunite in online fund-raiser

De La Salle University alumnae gave encouraging words for the current crop of Lady Spikers in their virtual reunion Sunday night in the Kada-Uno Lasalyano fundraiser for families affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Led by DLSU legends Michele Gumabao, Aby Marano, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes and Dawn Macandili, the Lady Spikers came together for an online fan meet and greet, games and a question and answer session in the six-hour program aimed at raising funds for over 1,000 families. In the cancelled UAAP Season 82, the Lady Spikers showed much promise in their lone match as they defeated archrival and defending champion Ateneo De Manila University in four sets. Rookies Leila Cruz and Thea Gagate as well as sophomore Jolina Dela Cruz, Michelle Cobb and seniors Tin Tiamzon and Aduke Ogunsanya made their intentions clear of reclaiming the throne they lost last year. Unfortunately, the tournament was cut short because of the contagion. Still the Lady Spikers’ performance impressed those who came before them. “Super proud. Nakita naming sila kung papaano mag-training,” said Fajardo, who three titles for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad. Macandilli, who was a catalyst on defense for the DLSU’s third three-peat batch from Season 78-80, gave an advice to the current Lady Spikers.       "Lahat ng tao may masasabi sa team ninyo. Maku-compare at maku-compare ang team ninyo sa previous teams ng La Salle. Ang advice ko lang sa inyo ay mag-focus kayo sa kung ano meron sa team ninyo. Huwag kayo maghahanap ng iba na wala naman. Yun naman ang laging sinasabi ni coach,” said Macandili in the video conference which included rookies Jus Jazareno, Ali Borabo, Fifi Sharma, Juls Coronel, Matet Espina, Cruz and Gagate.   “Nasa inyo lahat ng answers, you just have to find it for yourselves," added Macandili. “Sa side ko naman as an audience, wag kayong panghinaan ng loob,” said Reyes. “Ngayon very challenging talaga ito for us kasi very uncertain ang future. Let’s enjoy this moment muna and i-appreciate natin ang mga dumadating na blessings sa atin.” Galang, who came back from a career-threatening knee injury to help the Lady Spikers reclaim the crown in 2016, remains upbeat that her alma mater will make it back on top. "Excited talaga ako sa Season 82 kasi nakakasama natin sila sa training. Nakikita natin ‘yung pag-improve nila. Sayang kasi di nila ma-showcase. Alam kong dadating ‘yung time na ma-share nila talent nila. Keep working hard, magtiwala sa sarili at magtiwala sa kasama ninyo," said Galang. The event, which also featured performances from Gary Valenciano, Barbie Almabis and Jett Pangan, raised P4,009,241.59. (Watch the event here)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020

ABS-CBN& rsquo;s & lsquo;Pantawid ng Pag-ibig& rsquo; raises P256.6M for Filipinos affected by quarantine

Filipinos are coming together to help families affected by the enhanced community with donations and pledges to ABS-CBN’s “Pantawid ng Pag-ibig” fund-raising campaign already reaching P256,663,658 as of March 23......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

Volleyball community unites for Jovelyn Gonzaga’s nephew

National team hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga was thankful for the overwhelming support from fellow volleyball players and volleyball fans for her nephew who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The local volleyball community united to extend financial help for Gonzaga’s three-year old nephew Calix Vander or CV.      “Sobrang overwhelming ng volleyball community,” said the opposite hitter on Thursday during the welcome dinner for the ASEAN Grand Prix second leg in Crimson Hotel in Alabang. “Ang dami nga nagme-message na ganito lang ang maitutulong ko. Walang konting tulong, pag pinagsama-sama ‘yun napakalaking bagay. And prayers, sabi ko prayers niyo napakalaking bagay na ‘yun para sa pamangkin ko.” Hi VB Community! We are organizing another jersey auction for ate @JOVZKIE08 and her nephew, Calix Vander, who's been recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This auction will be participated in by both PSL and PVL players. Hope we can all support this cause. ????????? pic.twitter.com/eE8eyOAeKW — Carmela Tunay (@carmelaloo08) October 3, 2019 Gonzaga said that CV had undergone numerous check-ups the past month and was hospitalized for two weeks before the doctors found out that it was leukemia. “Almost more than a month na ‘yung check-ups niya tapos na-hospital na rin siya for more than two weeks, muntik na nga akong hindi sumama ng Thailand (ASEAN Grand Prix first leg) kasi gusto ko siyang tutukan pero hindi pwede kasi may commitment ako kata tuluy-tuloy ang monitor ko sa kanya,” said Gonzaga. “At that time ang dami niyang test eh,” continued the enlisted Army personnel. “Kasi unang finding sa kanya, may namuong bukol sa heart niya pero doon na na-find out na may problema siya sa dugo. So ang daming test, bone marrow test, biopsy and all. Hanggang sa nalaman na may leukemia.” It was her friends Carmela Tunay of Petron and Cignal teammate Rachel Anne Daquis who started a fund-raising campaign for CV.    “Thankful ako kasi that time mga two weeks pa lang na-admit si CV, nag-message na si Mela sa akin,” said Gonzaga. “Sobrang blessing ni Mela at ni ate Rachel Daquis.” “Actually sila talaga ‘yung nagri-reach out sa akin na, ‘ate, if ever gusto mong magpa-auction’ kasi dati nagpa-acution na rin siya para kay Ian Larriba,” Gonzaga added. “So sabi ko sa kanya, ‘sige beh lapitan kita’ kasi that time wala pang final confirmation sa sakit ng pamangkin ko eh.’” Daquis, according to Gonzaga, has been helping her since CV got sick. “Si ate Rachel naman, mula noong nagkasakit si CV, sobrang nagnaga-update na siya sa akin na kung ano ang matutulong niya, gagawa daw siya ng videos para humingi ng tulong sa mga tao,” said Gonzaga. “And ngayong araw nga nagbigay na ako ng go signal kasi magsa-start na ‘yung cycle ng chemo. Sobrang laki pala ng gagastusin, every cycle umaabot na siya ng 100k. Maliban sa chemo madami pa siyang tests kasi mino-monitor ang progress niya.” Gonzaga said that her brother, CV’s father, will open a bank account on Friday where people can deposit their donations and will post the details on her social media account......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2019

Fitch affirms & lsquo;BBB& rsquo; rating with & lsquo;stable& rsquo; outlook on PH

Fitch Ratings said Monday it affirmed the Philippines’ investment grade score of “BBB” with a stable outlook, citing the country’s resilience amid the global pandemic and strong growth outlook that may hit around 6.9 percent in 2021 and 8 percent in 2022......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Cebu Pacific raising $250M to fund airline& rsquo;s transformation

Cebu Air Inc. said Friday it is raising $250 million from the sale of preferred shares through a stock rights offering to fund business transformation amid the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Our & lsquo;heroes& rsquo; fund

As I write this piece, more than 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are stranded in various quarantine facilities, collateral damage to another example of a failed bureaucracy: the continuing failure of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to pay its P1-billion debt to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for the latter’s COVID-19 testing services......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Converge& rsquo;s IPO raises P29.1b but share price sinks 9.4%

The share price of Converge ICT Solutions Inc. fell 9.4 percent in its market debut at the Philippine Stock Exchange Monday, after raising P29.1 billion in proceeds from the initial public offering to fund the rollout of its fixed broadband until 2025......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2020

Sultry Sanya Lopez is the & lsquo;First Yaya& rsquo;

When Marian Rivera opted out of the proposed lock-in taping for the drama First Yaya so she could continue taking care of her kids Zia and Ziggy, GMA Network executives immediately had a meeting and decided on who would replace the primetime star to take on the important role. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Five fintech start-ups qualify for investment& nbsp;

Five start-ups that are building financial technology solutions have been chosen to receive equity-free investments and technical and business mentorship for one year under the ‘Fintech for Impact’ initiative of ING Bank and the United Nations Children's Fund......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

PSC& rsquo;s & lsquo;21 budget gets Senate nod

The proposed budget of the Philippine Sports Commission for 2021 was approved on committee level of the Senate on Tuesday in a virtual hearing presided over by Chairperson of the Committee on Sports, Senator Bong Go, along with Senators Imee Marcos and Nancy Binay......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 6th, 2020

& lsquo;Beep& rsquo; card firm offers free QR tickets for buses traveling EDSA

AF Payments Inc., a consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp., on Monday proposed a QR code ticketing system for buses plying the EDSA loop after the government suspended the mandatory use of “beep” cards......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

& lsquo;Speakership row ends with quit-bid rejection& rsquo;

As far as Malacañang is concerned, the speakership row at the House of Representatives is “over” for now and lawmakers should focus on the passage of the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

& lsquo;Mornings with& nbsp;GMA& nbsp;Regional TV& rsquo;& nbsp;

From the producers of top-rating and award-winning newscast Balitang Amianan comes the pioneering morning show in North Central Luzon, Mornings with GMA Regional TV, airing weekdays at 8:00 in the morning......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

Tragic abandonment

In Wednesday’s Pre-Budget Briefing on the Department of Health’s (DOH) proposed 2021 budget conducted by the House of Representatives Committee on Health, Chairperson Rep. Angelina ‘Helen’ Tan exercised the committee’s oversight function and probed into the implementation and funding of the Universal Health Care Act, the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA) and other health legislation......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

Rody& rsquo;s intel budget & lsquo;too much& rsquo;

President Rodrigo Duterte’s confidential intelligence funds for year 2021, from the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget, face questioning by a member of the Senate, who wanted to know how the money would be spent......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020

Senate to rush & lsquo;fighting budget& rsquo; of P4.5 trillion

Senator Sonny Angara, head of the Senate’s finance committee, said Wednesday the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021, which he described as “a fighting budget,” would be delivered on time as they kicked off the budget deliberations......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

& lsquo;Special powers needed to fix PhilHealth mess& rsquo;

A leader of the House of Representatives on Saturday denounced senators’ rejection of the proposed emergency powers for President Rodrigo Duterte to fix the corruption-laden Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth)......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 5th, 2020