CBCP Pastoral Letter for the 2021 Year of Missio Ad Gentes: Becoming Jesus’ Missionary Disciples

Dearly Beloved People of God, The Philippine Church rejoices as it enters a national celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in our treasured homeland.  Five centuries ago we received the marvelous gift of the Christian faith; our hearts overflow with joy and gratitude.  Why of all the nations and peoples in Asia was the […].....»»

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In Photos: Toledo cops uproot, burn P130K worth of marijuana plants

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Policemen in Toledo City burned P130, 000 worth of marijuana plants which they uprooted from a plantation in Sitio Kaluctogan in Barangay Pangamihan late afternoon on Tuesday, November 24. In an advisory, Police Lieutenant Colonel Junnel Caadlawon said that they received information on location of the plantation from a tipster at […] The post In Photos: Toledo cops uproot, burn P130K worth of marijuana plants appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 25th, 2020Related News

BOI approves Cebu hotel project

SureStay Plus Hotel, one of the globally-recognized and fastest growing Best Western® Hotels and Resorts brands, is investing P45 million to expand its location to Cebu City. The Board of Investments has already approved the registration of the hotel project entitling it to a package of tax and fiscal incentives. ........»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 20th, 2020Related News

DOT allows over 7,200 hotels to resume operations

The Department of Tourism said Tuesday it accredited more than 7,200 hotels, resorts and other accommodation establishments to operate under different quarantine classifications and serve different types of travelers, depending on their location and purpose......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceNov 10th, 2020Related News

DOT allows over 7,200 hotels to resume operations

The Department of Tourism said Tuesday it accredited more than 7,200 hotels, resorts and other accommodation establishments to operate under different quarantine classifications and serve different types of travelers, depending on their location and purpose.“Not only will a certificate of authority to operate or a provisional CAO from DOT indicate the allowable operation of accommodation […].....»»

Source: Balita BalitaCategory: NewsNov 10th, 2020Related News

Stars to grace SMB’s first virtual festival on October 31

The Dawn, Razorback ft. Kevin Roy, Mayonnaise, Kylie Versoza, Alyssa Muhlach, PBA star June Mar Fajardo and other performers are set to join in SMB’s first virtual festival on October 31. The country’s largest producer of beer, San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMB), comes up with an exciting and fun way to reach out despite the social limitations. Last October 17, and again this coming October 31, SMB brought the Oktoberfest party to homes through its first San Miguel Oktoberfest Beer and Music Virtual Festival. The two-day festival, co-presented by Stream and in cooperation with Set & Stage and Network Rentals, offers plenty to the varying and evolvingentertainment preferences of its target market through its multi-stage setup. Audiences can choose to rock out loud at the Band Stage, move to the beat at the Dance Stage, or hangout with the stars at the Backstage via Zoom. To join, simply visit the Facebook pages of San Miguel Oktoberfest and your beloved SMB brands to catch the live event and take part in this once in a lifetime beer and music virtual festival. To complete the festival experience, SMB offers official merchandise for the San Miguel Oktoberfest Beer and Music Virtual Festival......»»

Source: NewsOct 22nd, 2020Related News

'Kadiri: Baguhang artista nag-iwan ng ‘milagro’ sa portalet

SA isang taping o shooting ay portable toilet (portalet) ang kadalasang ginagamit ng mga artista pati na rin ng production staff and crew. Alam naman ito lahat ng mga taong involved sa production. Kapag nasa building naman ang location ay masuwerteng ipagagamit ang restroom ng may-ari. Going back sa paggamit ng portalet ay naloka ang […] The post #Kadiri: Baguhang artista nag-iwan ng ‘milagro’ sa portalet appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsOct 22nd, 2020Related News

Memorial lot investments yield good ROI – Golden Haven

Investing in a memorial lot offers higher yield, according to the top executive of Golden Haven Memorial Park. Red Rosales, chief operating officer of the country’s first integrated memorial parks, reported of the huge price valuation of Golden Haven lot owners. Investing in Golden Haven lots now will grant you high returns in the future. When its Golden Haven Memorial Park, Las Pinas first opened in 1984, memorial lots cost only P5,000. “Today that value has gone up to P378,000, showing an impressive 2,240 percent increase or 67 percent increase per annum,” said Rosales. Golden Haven Memorial Park in Las Piñas, a 15-hectare property that features elements of Spanish architecture and a beautiful Butterfly Garden for people of all ages to enjoy. When the park first opened in 1984, memorial lots at this location cost P5,000. The Villar Group owned Golden Haven has also other memorial park investments in other locations. The Golden Haven Cebu, the most beautiful memorial park in the country inspired by Italian design, costs only P25,000 per plot in 2005. Today, a lot at Golden Haven Cebu costs P232,000, an increase of over 828 percent in value or a 46 percent increase per annum. This mountaintop sanctuary maximizes the enchanting surroundings with its various amenities such as the Pope John Paull II Memorial Hill, the Garden Plaze, the Imperial Gardens, among others. Still another choice place is the Golden Haven Memorial Park in Cagayan de Oro which is known for its majestic replica of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2007, memorial plots at this beautiful location cost P33,000. Today, those plots now cost P89,000, boasting a 170 percent increase in value.  Under normal circumstances, Rosales said that investing in a memorial lot might be the last thing on many people’s minds. After all, the pursuit of leisure and other mundane affairs often take precedence over matters like a final resting place—for themselves or for those they love.          However, Rosales said that realizing how fragile and unpredictable life is may motivate people into making smart decisions now such as investing in a memorial lot at any of Golden Haven’s premier locations. Families go to Golden Haven Memorial Parks not just to visit those long gone but also to forge new happy memories together. “Because there is no telling what lies ahead for all of us, now is actually the best time to invest in a beautiful final resting place that befits the wonderful memories we shall leave behind. In this regard, there is no better choice than a prime lot at any of Golden Haven Memorial Park’s many locations across the country,” he said.  But people do not just buy a memorial lot, they now choose parks that are strategically located, beautifully designed, and high potential for growth.    According to Rosalies, families go to Golden Haven Memorial Parks not just to visit those long gone but also to forge new happy memories together. “Golden Haven inspires this through its elegant architecture that complement the park’s picturesque naturescapes,” said Rosales.  Golden Haven has more going for it than its beautiful parks and tranquil settings that honor the dearly departed. As with any piece of real estate, memorial lots at Golden Haven increase in value over time. “With an annual appreciation of 20 percent, investing in Golden Haven lots now will grant you high returns in the immediate future,” he said. The pandemic also presents opportunities for clever investors—both seasoned and beginners—to purchase properties while price increases have been temporarily halted. He said that many developers are now offering incredibly flexible terms and even substantial discounts to prospective property seekers. They can come in at a low cost—with no risks involved—but with a proven high return on their investments. “Nowhere is this more evident than at Golden Haven, one of the most trusted names in the deathcare industry,” he said. As it works towards having a memorial park in every Filipino’s hometown, Golden Haven now boasts of thirty beautiful and enticing sites across the country, offering memorial lots that make perfect low-risk and safe investments. For the numbers do not lie when it comes to Golden Haven. Rather, they tell a story of continuous growth. Golden Haven is a subsidiary of publicly listed Golden Bria Holdings Inc., currently positioned as the third largest real estate company in the country in terms of market capitalization valued at more than P200 billion......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 18th, 2020Related News

‘No to a new Cold War’

The Philippines should actively engage in the webinar on “No to a new Cold War” because of its strategic location......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 11th, 2020Related News

Animated series & lsquo;Bionic Max& rsquo; qualifies for production incentives from FDCP

The animated TV series Bionic Max has qualified for financial incentives under the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and its FilmPhilippines Office’s (FPO) Film Location Incentive Program (FLIP). .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesOct 5th, 2020Related News

Cebu North Bus Terminal moved to mall compound as Capitol takes over CNBT’s operations

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Capitol will already take over the management of the Cebu North Bus Terminal (CNBT) as the terminal moves to its new location by mid-October. In a news release, the Provincial Information Office said the terminal would be moving to SM City Cebu and would have its soft opening on October […] The post Cebu North Bus Terminal moved to mall compound as Capitol takes over CNBT’s operations appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 24th, 2020Related News

Kate Valdez inatake ng matinding takot sa pagbabalik-taping: Parang back-to-zero ‘yung acting ko

INATAKE rin ng takot ang Kapuso young actress na si Kate Valdez nang magbalik-taping na para sa Kapuso series na “Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday.” Aminado ang dalaga na talagang iba ang pakiramdam habang nagte-taping sila sa ilalim ng new normal kung saan mahigpit ngang ipinatutupad ng production ang safety protocols sa location. […] The post Kate Valdez inatake ng matinding takot sa pagbabalik-taping: Parang back-to-zero ‘yung acting ko appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 18th, 2020Related News

Kissing at hugging, bawal kay Yasmien Kurdi at sa asawa!

Manila, Philippines – Pagkatapos ng isang linggong walang uwian, hindi akalain ng Kapuso aktres na si Yasmien Kurdi na may nakalaang sorpresa para sa kanya ang asawa at anak. Halos isang linggo kasing naka-lock-in si Yasmien para sa taping ng bagong mini-series ng GMA7, ang ‘I Can See You: The Promise.’ Ang location ng lock-in […] The post Kissing at hugging, bawal kay Yasmien Kurdi at sa asawa! appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsSep 15th, 2020Related News

Geolocation API: What It is And Why It Matters

Simply speaking, geolocation API is the process of identifying a user’s country, city, latitude, and longitude (meaning, his geo-location) through their Internet Protocol (IP) address based on a database of country locations. This is possible because each device’s IP address is unique. The availability of IP geolocation databases, or APIs allows the server to pair […] The post Geolocation API: What It is And Why It Matters appeared first on Kagay An......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

The Country’s Most Remote Cell Site

Despite challenges due to the island’s location in the West Philippine Sea, PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) has recently fired up its 4G/LTE service in Pag-asa Island in the municipality of Kalayaan, the country’s most remote cell site, located some 500 kilometers from the capital city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.    Residents of Pag-asa Island can now use mobile data to communicate with family members and loved ones via chat apps and video calls, share photos, send emails or watch videos online.    In an email sent from Pag-asa Island, Smart engineer Edbert Aquitania shared a screenshot of the message he received upon firing up the LTE site: “Welcome back to the Philippines!” it said.   This development marks another step towards improved communications for the people of Pag-asa, who were first connected via mobile communication in 2005, when Smart turned on its 2G service on the island.    “The activation of LTE in Pag-asa island is proof of our continued commitment to give our customers access to our services, wherever in the Philippines they may be, regardless of the challenges,” said Mario G. Tamayo, senior vice president and head of Network Planning and Engineering at PLDT-Smart.    Smart LTE Nation  This LTE activation is part of Smart’s continuing rollout of its LTE services nationwide. To date, Smart’s high-speed broadband service is available in 93% of the country’s cities and municipalities and serves 95% of the population.    This rollout is part of PLDT and Smart’s sustained investments in their network, which have totaled some Php260 billion from 2015 to 2019. Amid the regained momentum of its network rollout efforts following the easing of lockdown restrictions, PLDT has leveled up its target capital expenditures for 2020 back up to about Php70 billion.   In the first half of 2020, Smart further increased the number of its LTE base stations by 10% compared to end-2019. In April, it also increased the capacity of its LTE network by reallocating its assigned 1800 Mhz frequency from 2G to 4G/LTE. As a result, 3,785 Smart base stations are now providing additional capacity for its LTE network.  Smart’s mobile network is supported by PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, which provides high-capacity links to LTE base stations and is now nearly 360,000 kilometers nationwide. .....»»

Source: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Cleanergy Park in Davao City cited as bird-watching haven

DAVAO CITY (PNA) – The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park located in this city was cited as an excellent site for bird-watching where its recorded bird species already nearing 100, 10 to 15 of which are endemic to the Philippines, a birdwatcher expert said. An imperial pigeon spotted from a distance last August 2020 at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Davao City. The park was cited as an excellent site for birdwatching where its recorded bird species already nearing 100, 10 to 15 of which are endemic to the Philippines. (Photo courtesy of Pete Simpson via PNA) Davao-based birdwatcher Pete Simpson said a wide variety of habitat types, combined with the area’s safe and secure environment, has made the park an excellent site for birdwatching. Simpson, a member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines-Davao who has studied environmental biology, considers the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park — an eight-hectare ecological preserve located in Barangay Punta Dumalag here — to be one of Davao del Sur’s top five bird-watching sites, which is remarkable considering its relatively urban location. Throughout the Philippines, there are just 90 birding sites that have reached the milestone of 100 birds recorded and Aboitiz Cleanergy Park will join that group soon. Simpson said to have 100 species in a site only a few hectares is “excellent” in an area surrounded by an urban environment. “In terms of urban bird-watching sites, Cleanergy [Park] is, by far, the best in Davao City, and I would say it’s one of the best urban bird-watching sites in the whole Philippines,” he added. Around 20 bird species in the park are considered migratory, and a number can be found in other parts of the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia. Some of them are vagrant birds that were only seen once at the site — rare birds. “It’s good for bird-watching because there is a range of habitats within a small area — the sea, the beach, mangroves, other trees, and recently, a small grassland area. A range of habitats and each habitat has different birds specialized to live in these habitats. So, to be approaching nearly 100 bird species in such a small area and to be surrounded by an urban environment is excellent,” he added. The park, known as an urban-based biodiversity conservation site, it is home to the critically-endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), endemic and migratory birds, and marine species. “The existence of nearly 100 bird species at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park is a remarkable achievement that reflects the Aboitiz Group’s strong commitment to sustainability and the preservation of an environmentally-vital site in Davao and Mindanao. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the succeeding generations will also be able to appreciate the natural environment of the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park,” said Sabin Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group president and chief executive officer. In 2019, the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park welcomed 10,735 visitors and has so far released 4,811 pawikan hatchlings. Since 2014, the park has been home to 40 discovered pawikan nests......»»

Source: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Moviegoer: TWO WOMEN

JUST A THOUGHT: Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. —Lao Tzu TWO WOMEN: They were icons in their fields, one in the movie world, the other in lifestyle journalism. They ought to be remembered, not only for the marks they made  in their lifetime, but just as importantly, for the color and vibrancy with which they lived their lives. Here’s hoping the heavens will still make women of their caliber, with that bravura, generosity, and sense of style, with matching humor, in the days to come.    Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda and Ethel Soliven-Timbol, two feisty, accomplished women, died within days of each other this September.      ‘’Manay’’ Ichu, as she was fondly called by all, was 77. Ethel T was 80. Both suffered from lingering illnesses. JOLLY GOOD FELLOW: For all her sophistication and pedigree, ‘’Manay’’ Ichu, industry pillar and heiress to the legacy of Sampaguita Pictures, was the easiest person I have had to deal with in the movie business. Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda She was always casual and jolly in her conversations, and showed genuine interest in the other person. She was simple as she was grounded. In the late 1970s, I joined her on a coverage of a movie her outfit, MVP Productions, was filming in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. On the first day of shoot—the film was “Dyesebel” — early the next morning, the set was filled with young actors and actresses,  either half-naked or in swim suits. Dyesebel herself, Alma Moreno, wore pearly shells on her breast and a fishtail. Ichu surprised everyone by showing up at the beach, wearing high heels and a formal white gown. She said she dressed that way because she wanted to create a happy, glam-filled set. OLD SCHOOL, OLD WORLD:    ‘’Manay’’ Ichu could be playful. She loved to laugh. Tell her a bad joke, and she’ll still laugh for you. I guess that’s her way of showing she cares for you and your presence. Or maybe, she was just being polite. Politeness comes with the territory. Marichu is so old school, so old world, that her death can be compared to the passing of an era, such as the Philippine Commonwealth. They don’t make men and women like them anymore.  People who are gentle, genteel, elegant. To the end, she lived up to the demands of that bygone era she was brought up in. She wrote letters to friends by long hand. Her last letter to me was written in 2019, in which she enclosed a basket of tinapang bangus from Pangasinan. She sent Christmas cards delivered at your doorstep. She wrote sympathy notes when someone dear passes on. She was everything this new world has ceased from being. COLOR IN JOURNALISM: Throughout her lifetime, many couldn’t understand her. She wasn’t a woman for nothing. Ethel Soliven-Timbol, 80, who reigned as Lifestyle Editor of the Manila Bulletin from 1976 to 2007,  was a tough nut to crack. She was feisty, all right, yet she could also be very funny and witty. Ethel Soliven-Timbol She gave color to journalism by speaking her mind, what first came to it, regardless of audience, location, or circumstance. Often, that remark could be biting, which sent people cowering in fear, or in awe. An old school journalist, Ethel demanded perfection from her writers. She screamed over wrong grammar or syntax, swore at PR persons who wrote bad press releases. On a good day, in the middle of editing and closing pages, we would hear her sing out loud, as if she was alone in the big newsroom, nonchalantly. But, that was Ethel, she could get away with most anything. She was queen, after all, and who cared if she couldn’t sometimes hit those high notes? SOFTY SIDE: We, Ethel’s long time colleagues at the Bulletin, also knew the lady’s other side. She could be soft and tender, like the slice of moisty chocolate cake she would offer me in the afternoons when her desk would be flooded with all sorts of pastries and food from everywhere, from people who worshiped at her feet for a square inch of space in her most sought after section.   Dianne Feinstein said, ‘’Toughness doesn’t have to come in a pinstriped suit.’’ Ethel did one better. She dressed elegantly at all times, never forgetting she was one tough lady whose voice was to be taken seriously at all times, whether or not she was joking, or just being her spoiled-little-rich-girl self. Bye, Ethel!.....»»

Source: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Pampanga’s parol: More than just a decor, it’s a symbol of hope

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA – Mang Elmer readies his stocks of Christmas lanterns while his workers fix the wiring of some other decors at his shop in this city. This is the usual scene you get to see when you go to a lantern shop in San Fernando, Pampanga. They usually display their merchandise […] The post Pampanga’s parol: More than just a decor, it’s a symbol of hope appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 4th, 2020Related News

Galvez cites 4 reasons in spike of COVID-19 cases in Iligan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Aug) – The National COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force cited geographic location, lack of isolation units, weak contact tracing and the lack of testing center as factors that contributed to the spike in coronavirus disease cases in Iligan City. Secretary Carlito Galvez, National Inter-Agency Task Force chief implementor, said […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2020Related News

DOH: More than 1,200 COVID-19 clusters reported nationwide

Clustering happens when cases are concentrated in the same geographic location at the same time......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2020Related News