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Pivot to survive

In June, Rustans.com was a sad version of the brick-and-mortar Rustan’s, the country’s premiere upmarket department store that carries many of the world’s luxury brand names for personal, as well as home and leisure use......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 16th, 2020

ABS-CBN Films innovates to bring entertainment during pandemic

While the prospects of cinemas re-opening remain bleak and the halting of film productions, ABS-CBN Films accelerated its digital pivot, innovated its content offerings and ultimately, engaged its audiences who are quarantined at home during this pandemic......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Infrastructure spending back in red as contractors fight to survive

Government infrastructure spending returned to the negative territory in July, as strict health protocols imposed to arrest coronavirus spread weighed down on much-awaited resumption of construction activities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

Thai Airways obtains court approval for restructuring

BANGKOK, Thailand—A Thailand court on Monday approved the restructuring of Thai Airways, which is billions of dollars in debt and struggling to survive the coronavirus tourism crash......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Families of elderly prisoners in for another long wait with SC ruling on 5-month old petition

“It has been a long and difficult wait, and hurtful because while we expected swift and positive action, the Supreme Court, despite the prisoners’ life and death situation in overcrowded, disease-ridden jails, let go of five months and neglected the call of prisoners who hoped for at least a chance to survive.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Virtual banking becomes fixture

Universal bank Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) took the first step in its journey toward digitization some four years ago and a lot has changed since then. From a mere necessity to survive the onslaught of disruptions that had been rocking the banking and finance industry at that time, UnionBank’s digital transformation has enabled […] The post Virtual banking becomes fixture appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

UnionBank remains the undisputed leader in digital banking in Philippines

A lot has changed since Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) took the first step in its journey toward digitization about four years ago. From a mere necessity in order to survive the onslaught of disruptions that had been rocking the banking and finance industry at that time, UnionBank’s digital transformation has enabled it to […] The post UnionBank remains the undisputed leader in digital banking in Philippines appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Gerald: Hindi ko masu-survive ang ‘pandemic’ ko noong 2019 kung hindi dahil sa…

    NAKA-SURVIVE si Gerald Anderson mula sa naranasan niyang “pandemic” noong 2019. Ito ay dahil na rin sa mga taong nagmamahal at sumusuporta sa kanya at hindi siya iniwan sa gitna ng laban. Hindi man binanggit ng Kapamilya actor kung ano ang tinutukoy niyang “pandemic” na tumama sa buhay niya last year, maaaring ito […] The post Gerald: Hindi ko masu-survive ang ‘pandemic’ ko noong 2019 kung hindi dahil sa… appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Philippine Airlines eyes layoffs next month to survive crisis

MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is mulling deep job cuts across the board in a bid to survive the COVID-19 pandemic while it waits for government support that has been slow to arrive. PAL is looking at more drastic measures to reduce costs as demand remains weak and travel restrictions in the […] The post Philippine Airlines eyes layoffs next month to survive crisis appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

Zooming in on art in the time of corona

Does art still hold a place during times when people are more focused on their struggle to survive the COVID-19 pandemic?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

Filipino dies in oil tanker fire; only 2 survive cattle ship sinking

A Panamanian-registered oil tanker burned out of control for a second day off Sri Lanka on Friday as authorities confirmed a Filipino crew member was killed in an explosion and fears grew of a major new oil spill in the Indian Ocean......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 4th, 2020

To survive, musicians in Cagayan de Oro resort to busking, baking …

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/ 31 August) —  Everyday, a group of young R&B musicians and folksingers perform at the small park beside the City Hall here. A sign displayed on one side reads, “ I am a musician affected by the pandemic. I have no other means of income but gigs and events. Please help […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020

MSME must survive

The Bayanihan We Recover As One Act or Bayanihan 2 specifically provided that all purchases from the billions of pesos of funds to be allocated to government agencies as additional budget and private businesses in the form of subsidies should give priority to local products in purchases made. Just recently, local manufacturers of personal protective […] The post MSME must survive appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Eduard Folayang: When an underdog finally became a world champion

In the five years that I was with the ABS-CBN Sports website, I was fortunate enough to have covered quite a number of memorable sports moments, so when I was asked to write about which was the most memorable for me, it was tough to narrow it down to just one single coverage. I could have written about Letran’s momentous upset of a dynasty-seeking San Beda in the NCAA Season 91 Finals, or I could have written about the Philippine Azkals making history by clinching a spot in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.  Being an MMA fan, I could have written about getting to be Octagon-side for the UFC’s first and only trip to Manila, which was indeed a dream come true for me.  When I think about it however, the coverage that sticks with me to this day, even four years later, was being cage-side, just inches away from Eduard  “Landslide” Folayang as he pummeled Shinya Aoki to become the ONE Lightweight World Champion in Singapore back in 2016.  I tell people about that night all the time, and I believe I’ll continue to do so for the rest of my life.  A Fan First As I mentioned earlier, I’m an MMA fan. In fact, being a fan was actually how I eventually got into sports writing.  During my first year or so with ABS-CBN, I got wind of a show on Balls Channel entitled “The Takedown” which was, you guessed it, about the UFC. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to be a part of that show, in any capacity. I even offered to research or write for free, LOL.  While I never did get to work on the show (because unfortunately, it lasted only a few episodes), I did get to make some connections (shoutout to Sir Lori, Ms. Jo, and Ms. Anna!) which eventually landed me a gig as a UFC writer for the Balls Channel Website. During that time, I got to meet and interview stars like BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson, Urijah Faber, Cung Le, and even Arianny Celeste. For an MMA fan like me, it was like working a dream job. It was a pretty sweet gig.  Eventually, that job with the Balls Channel Website would lead me to a spot on the ABS-CBN Sports Website which was launched in 2015. By 2016, I had started covering Asia-based MMA promotion ONE Championship quite a bit because ABS-CBN had signed a broadcast deal with them, and because ONE had a ton of homegrown Pinoy fighters on their roster, most notably Folayang and the Team Lakay guys.  Folayang, whose contract with ONE expired in March of 2016, re-signed with the promotion and returned to action in August, defeating Adrian Pang by Unanimous Decision in Macau. That win over Pang earned Folayang the biggest bout of his career at that point: a title shot against reigning champion Aoki.  When I learned of that title fight, I was very excited for Folayang, but had little expectations for his chances, being that Aoki was a legend in the sport.  Best Seat in the House Eduard Folayang finally getting to fight for a world championship was a huge deal for Filipino MMA fans, especially those that had followed the Baguio-based star’s career since his days in the URCC. The Pinoy star was on ONE’s first ever event, but could never seem to gain enough momentum to compete for a world title, until that point.  That November night in Singapore, all the years of work sacrifice that Folayang had put in during his nine-year MMA career would finally pay off.  This was only my second time to cover a ONE event overseas, so apart from having to write stories, I also had to take pictures. Learning from my past mistakes, I asked if I could have a spot cage-side so that I could take some at least decent photos. Thankfully, the ONE people agreed and gave me a spot just beside one of the judges’ tables.  I had the best seat in the house.  Now, as I said, I had tapered my expectations for the fight. I had seen what Aoki could do in the cage. I’ve seen the guy break peoples’ bones before, so honestly, I was just hoping that he wouldn’t injure Folayang. Our guy was the underdog heading into this fight, no doubt about it.  Of course, as a Filipino and as a fan I was hoping for a massive upset. The beautiful thing about MMA is anything can happen.  Shock The World This was legitimately the first time that I felt nervous covering a fight. It’s like that feeling you have when your favorite basketball team is in a close game with just seconds left.  That first round was a frigging whirlwind of emotions if you’re a Pinoy MMA fan. It looked like Aoki was within moments of being able to submit Folayang on multiple occasions.  The second round was a little bit more relaxed for Folayang, especially since he had been able to survive Aoki’s opening round grappling blitz. It looked like he was a bit more confident and he started to throw some of his trademark spinning kicks and elbows.  A miscalculated flying knee attempt led to another Aoki takedown, but this time around, Folayang appeared a little more calm and relaxed under the pressure.  Late in the round, Folayang began to attack Aoki’s torso with punches and kicks, and it looked like it had the Japanese legend a bit winded. The tide had shifted.  Heading into the third round, there was a different feeling in the air. It felt like Aoki was done, and it felt like Folayang knew it.  In the opening seconds of that fateful third frame, Folayang knew exactly what Aoki was going to do and had an answer for it. Aoki shot in for a takedown, and Folayang countered it with a jumping knee to the jaw.  For a brief second, Folayang was on his behind, but managed to outmuscle Aoki and deliver another vicious knee.  “Oh sh*t!” I yelled internally while scrambling to take photos of the ensuing beatdown.  Folayang turned Aoki over and began to connect with punch after unanswered punch.  Without taking my eye away from my camera’s viewfinder, I started yelling for Folayang to finish it.  Folayang continued to punish Aoki with piston-like punches as the Singapore Indoor Stadium began to erupt.  For what felt like an eternity, referee Yuji Shimada watched as Folayang unloaded nine years worth of heartbreak and frustration into a ground-and-pound sequence.  And then, it was over.  There was a new lightweight king.  AND NEW! EDUARD FOLAYANG STOPS SHINYA AOKI IN ROUND 3! — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) November 11, 2016     The Landslide Reigns As much as I would have wanted to keep it cool, I started to freak out. I looked to my right and saw my fellow Pinoy journalists doing the same, one was even standing on the table, cheering the new world champion on.  At that point, I had watched UAAP championships, NCAA championships, even some boxing world championships, but this one was different. I knew what Folayang had gone through. I knew that the odds were stacked against him.  As the confetti began to rain down and the celebration inside the ring continued, I recomposed myself and started to take pictures again. I wanted to be able to capture this moment.  After the official decision and the post-fight interview, I remember calling out to Folayang so that I could take a photo of him with his shiny new toy.  I’ve gotten to witness other members of Team Lakay become champions since then. I’ve been blessed enough to see Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon and Joshua Pacio all become titleholders within a single year. While getting to see Team Lakay draped in gold to end 2018 was definitely a sight to behold, being there cage side as ‘Manong Ed’ realized a life-long dream was definitely an experience that I won’t soon forget.  Folayang's title win wasn't Team Lakay's first world champmionship, and it isn't the last. For me however, I think it's the most important, because it showed that no matter how many times you fall, you can still find your way to the top.  Everyone loves a good underdog story.  -- Santino Honasan has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2015. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Agrarian reform beneficiary organizations provide critical food supplies to hospital, jail

The agency-issued quarantine accreditation pass helped the marketing activities of the agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Eastern Visayas survive amidst the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

Tropical songbirds stop breeding to survive drought

Songbirds in tropical rainforests curtail their reproduction to help them survive droughts, according to a study Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

Fit Summit CEO Ross Campbell on making the fitness industry better and stronger

‘To survive this ongoing crisis, any (fitness/wellness) company needs to be best-in-class, rich with innovation, with deep pockets and shareholders who will accept short-term losses in lieu of longer-term gains.’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2020

UnionBank, Philguarantee to help SMEs

Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines has partnered with state-run Philippine Guarantee Corp. for a program to help small businesses survive the impact of the pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2020

P50 million allocation for industrial sector sought

The Department of Trade and Industry is proposing the allocation of P50 million under the Bayanihan 2 bill to help businesses under the industrial sector survive the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

Businesses Can’t Afford Another Lockdown: ECCP

It will be harder for businesses to survive and recover if the government will extend stringent community quarantine, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) president Nabil Francis said on Thursday. In a webinar and press conference, Francis said the current modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) should be the last and the government should […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Para sa mga anak : Eric Fructuoso turns to driving tricycle to survive COVID-19 crisis

Former actor Eric Fructuoso revealed that he is driving a tricycle in Naic, Cavite to survive the coronavirus pandemic. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020