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'Vinta' poses threat to southern Palawan
Philstar - 2017-12-23
ALBAY, Philippines -- State weather forecasters said "Vinta" is posing a threat over southern Palawan as it intensified into a severe tropical storm Saturday. At 4 p.m. Saturday, the eye of "Vinta" was located at 230 kilometers south of Puerto ...

75 reported dead as Tropical Storm 'Vinta' floods parts of Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-23
Story updated to include rise in death toll. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- Seventy-five people are reportedly dead and thousands have been displaced by Tropical Storm "Vinta" (International name: Tembin), which has caused heavy flooding ...

Developer remains a steady anchor for dreamers
Inquirer - 2017-12-23
You can purchase a bigger land area that can be used for a small farm or rest ... true partner with a name that has been trusted over the years. Property developer Sta. Lucia Inc. has been built on solid foundation and sound practices.

Churches for Christmas Eve
Inquirer - 2017-12-23
Christmas is the most celebrated season in the Philippines. But amid the holiday rush, the true meaning of Christmas--which is the celebration of the coming of Christ--can sometimes get lost. What better way to celebrate the birth of the Christ than ...

Ecotown continues to spark growth in the south
Inquirer - 2017-12-23
The industrial park is also expected to house offices of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and the Bureau of Customs to allow tenant-locators to fast-track their business permit requirements. The park would also have its own administration office ...

Practical first home choices
Inquirer - 2017-12-23
This is why property developers are keen in combining residential lots and business areas in one township. Below are some of these developments which mix business with pleasure. Acropolis North in Cabanatuan City is perfect mix of a residential estate ...

2018 property forecast
Inquirer - 2017-12-23
Outside Metro Manila, growing hubs for flexible workspace are Iloilo, Bacolod, and Davao ... Among the most aggressive are the SM Group and Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy of Udenna. 6 Industrial park developers head north of Luzon Major developers ...

Wonders of Christmas
Inquirer - 2017-12-23
In the spirit of Christmas, I will focus on festive displays of different hotels, malls, and outdoor spaces in the city. The grandest and most spectacular light show is The Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. The annual lights and ...

Ex-Negros mayor faces graft raps for 'business interests'
Philstar - 2017-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- A former mayor of the municipality of La Castellana in Negros Occidental is facing graft cases for allegedly favoring his and his wife's businesses in 2013. Filed by the Office of the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan on December ...

The Story of the Filipino: Mental Health
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-23
According to Philippine Health Information on Mental Health (PHIS-MH), half of Filipinos with mental health problems have schizophrenia; making it one of the common mental illnesses in the country today. With the impending law on Mental Health, how will it ...

'Vinta' maintains strength while moving toward southern Palawan
Philstar - 2017-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Vinta maintained its strength as it moves toward southern Palawan, the state weather bureau reported Saturday. In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services ...

18 dead as 'Vinta' pummels Lanao del Sur
Philstar - 2017-12-23
LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines -- Eighteen villagers perished as rampaging floods spawned by heavy rains swept through a dozen towns in Lanao del Sur on Friday. Lanao del Sur, a component province of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, is one of the ...

People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-12-23
Doctors from the Bacolod City Health Office also gave free medical checkup and medicines to the children, who were entertained by a magic show. Kiwanis Club Buklod partnered with the Bacolod City Government Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bacolod City ...

'Vinta' continues to intensify, moves toward Palawan
Philstar - 2017-12-23
ALBAY, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Vinta continued to intensify as it barrels toward southern Palawan. In its 8 a.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said "Vinta" has maximum winds up to 80 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 95 kph.

SC asked to compel govt to treat injected kids for free
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-12-22
A group has asked the Supreme Court to compel officials of the Health, Education and Interior departments to provide free medical services and treatment to children injected with the controversial anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine. The Gabriela Party-list made ...

Proposed BOT Law changes to boost PPP governance
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The proposed amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law -- of which nine are pending at the House of Representatives -- would improve the governance and competition for projects pursued under the public-private partnership ...

DBP to boost 2018 lending
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) is planning to strengthen its lending programs by adopting a new organizational structure starting January 2018. Under the reorganized structure, DBP president and chief executive ...

SMC Global Power lists P20-B fixed-rate bonds
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., the power generation arm of San Miguel Corp., has listed P20 billion worth of fixed-rate bonds at the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. (PDEx) yesterday. The bonds consist of a five-year series ...

BSP: Duterte-promised Overseas Filipino Bank on track to open in February 2018
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
"Loans for house repair, for educating the beneficiaries here, and direct remittances to schools, so those are the programs we have discussed with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and he seems to be very happy about the service we would be providing ...

The value of registration
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
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Practical first home choices
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
With a total land area of 41.3 hectares, Acropolis North is also highly accessible to nearby cities of Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales and Baguio City. With a panoramic view of the sea, and the surrounding mountains as your backdrop, Vista Montana is indeed a ...

4 more foreign firms keen on 3rd telco slot
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
Rio said the government would not want another incident wherein a potential third player would be "gobbled up" by PLDT and Globe Telecom Inc., which was what happened when the two companies bought the telco assets of San Miguel Corp. last year.

Wonders of Christmas
Inquirer - 2017-12-22
In the spirit of Christmas, I will focus on festive displays of different hotels, malls, and outdoor spaces in the city. The grandest and most spectacular light show is The Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. The annual lights and ...

Uber messes up Facebook ad by confusing Puerto Rican and Cuban flags
Mashable - 2017-12-22
Uber may operate in more than 80 countries, but it still had a difficult time understanding the nuances of country flags. SEE ALSO: Flying taxis could be here by 2020 thanks to Uber In what appeared to be an attempt to recognize and celebrate the ...

BSP greenlights Overseas Filipino Bank opening in Feb
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Overseas Filipino (OF) Bank is expected to open early next year after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) gave state-run Land Bank of the Philippines the green light to acquire Philippine Postal Savings Bank (Postal Bank).

Russia firm eyes investment in Philippines
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- A Russian company is planning to put up the first pipeline coating facility in the Philippines, making the country its production hub for Asia. Trade Secretary and Board of Investments (BOI) chair Ramon Lopez said he met with ...

Women's weight drops as income rises -- but not men's
United Press International - 2017-12-22
Dec. 22, 2017 -- A comprehensive survey on the widening American waistline finds that as paychecks get bigger, women's average weight tends to drop. But men aren't following suit. Based on 2014 data, "obesity prevalence was lower in the highest income ...

10 things in tech you need to know today
Business Insider - 2017-12-22
Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Friday. 1. Eric Schmidt is stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company. Schmidt will remain on Alphabet's board and serve as a technical adviser to the company.

Apple's $5 billion 'spaceship' campus is ready for takeoff -- but some employees will be left behind
Business Insider - 2017-12-22
Apple employees are currently moving into Apple Park, the company's new $5 billion headquarters. However, not all Apple employees will move into what's called "the ring" by insiders. The campus will hold 12,000 employees. Apple has 25,000 employees in ...

China's EV Startups Have Struggled So Far, But Tesla Should Prepare For Serious Challengers
Forbes - 2017-12-22
When Google announced in May 2014 that it planned to build driverless cars, two of the largest industries in the world -- the internet and the auto -- began to converge. Even when Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook confirmed that Apple had been ...

Major cryptocurrencies crash more than 30% as 'fear, uncertainty, and doubt' grip the market
Business Insider - 2017-12-22
Bitcoin is selling off aggressively on Friday as investors cash out before Christmas. The sell-off has spread into other cryptocurrencies. Litecoin, ether, and bitcoin cash have seen losses of double-digit percentages. LONDON -- Major cryptocurrencies ...

How a tumor grows can predict which cancer drug will work best
United Press International - 2017-12-22
Dec. 22 (UPI) --New research out of the University of Southern California suggests the growth patterns specific to a tumor can predict which cancer therapies are likely to work best. Like the patients in which they grow, every tumor is unique. Doctors and ...

'Vinta' reintensifies into tropical storm
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- "Vinta" (International name: Tembin) has reintensified into a tropical storm as it crosses the Sulu Sea, the state weather bureau said. In its 2 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and ...

Cybersecurity researchers breach Windows 10 facial recognition with a photo
Mashable - 2017-12-22
Researchers at the German IT Security company SySS GmbH successfully fooled the Windows 10 facial recognition system by using a printed photo of the user's face. Their spoofing efforts were published on the cybersecurity site Seclists on Dec. 18.

Parents of vaccinated kids file raps vs Aquino
Philstar - 2017-12-22
Gabriela Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas accompanied mothers who filed before the Office of the Ombudsman the graft complaint against Aquino and his officials - health secretary Janette Garin, budget secretary Florencio Abad and executive secretary ...

Amazon just acquired smart home startup Blink
Mashable - 2017-12-22
Amazon wants to be inside your home, not just dropping off packages at your door. Now, the book-seller-turned-retail-giant is acquiring home security camera startup, Blink. The companies announced the deal on Friday. SEE ALSO: A new 'Lord of the Rings ...

Philippines seen to import 1.3 MMT more rice
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is expected to import more rice next year as local production will still not be enough to cover the national demand, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said. In the latest report of the USDA Foreign ...

Forex policy further eased, says Espenilla
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched yesterday a fresh wave of foreign exchange liberalization measures to facilitate the ease of doing business in the country and support sustained economic growth. BSP Governor Nestor ...

PCC, BSP ink pact on bank mergers, acquisition
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) inked yesterday an agreement to pursue a harmonized campaign to foster competition amid the changing landscape of the banking industry. PCC chair ...

The traveling angels
Philstar - 2017-12-22
BUSINESS MATTERS BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE By Francis J. Kong (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 23, 2017 - 12:00am Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay ...

SC told: Urge agencies to give medical care to kids given dengue vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-22
Militant group Gabriela, together with parents of children injected with the vaccine, filed a 42-page petition for mandamus on Friday against officials of the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and ...

Bulacan, Pampanga irrigation supply to be cut
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MALOLOS, Philippines -- Irrigation supply to farms in Bulacan and some parts of Pampanga will be cut starting March 31, 2018 to pave the way for the rehabilitation and improvement of irrigation canals. Angelito Miguel, National Irrigation ...

Houses buried in landslide
Philstar - 2017-12-22
TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan, Philippines -- Two houses were buried in a landslide in Barlig, Mountain Province on Thursday. The families of Ebelio Chongael and Jovie Mawini were holding Christimas parties when the landslide occurred amid rains at around noon.

Blue Origin Secretly Launched Experiments To Space
International Business Times - 2017-12-22
The company Blue Origin launched and recovered one of its rockets and capsules earlier this month from its west Texas facility but released very little information about it beforehand. Afterward, Blue Origin founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, released a video of ...

3 nabbed for guns in Cebu
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Three persons were arrested for illegal possession of firearms in Cebu on Thursday. Farmer Loreto Cabungcag, 60, was collared at his residence in Barangay Sacsac, Dalaguete based on a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 93 ...

Tax evasion raps filed vs hospital execs
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the officials of a hospital in Olongapo City for tax evasion. The BIR said officials of the Our Lady of Lourdes ...

More fireworks display areas identified
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 52 additional fireworks display areas for the Christmas and New Year celebration in Bulacan have been identified. Vacant lots in Barangays Camangyan, Caysio, Mahabang Parang, Parada and Pulong Buhangin in Sta. Maria town ...

2 drug suspects, 2 others shot dead
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Four persons, including two drug suspects, were shot dead in Laguna and Masbate in the past two days. Levy Landicho was driving his motorcycle when he was shot along Yulo Avenue in Barangay Canlubang, Calamba shortly after midnight ...

Sorsogon mayor faces graft charges
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The mayor of Bulan, Sorsogon is facing graft charges for allegedly overpaying a private firm that constructed a bus terminal in 2007. Helen de Castro violated Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt ...

4 dead, 14 hurt in road mishaps
Philstar - 2017-12-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Four persons died and 14 others were injured in road accidents in Luzon on Thursday. Silvino and Timothy, both surnamed Salarza, were hit by a car along Aguinaldo highway in Silang, Cavite. Julieta Mandak was in a tricycle when it ...

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