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January 16, 2019 8:15 AM Japan-funded projects for signing in Q1 2019

More flood control and road projects are set to be funded by Japan this year MANILA, Philippines – Three loan agreements with Japan are set to be formalized this 1st quarter of 2019, said the Department of Finance (DOF). The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be funding the North-South Commuter Railway extension project, the 4th phase 458

January 15, 2019 10:38 AM Elections, infra push to boost PH economy in 2019 – First Metro

First Metro Investment Corporation expects economic growth and lower inflation, but a weaker peso in 2019 MANILA, Philippines – Infrastructure projects, improved consumer spending, and the upcoming elections will help boost the economy in 2019, Metrobank's investment arm First Metro Investment Corporation said on Tuesday, January 15. First Metro said the recovery 347

January 11, 2019 10:20 AM FALSE: These are not pictures of the 'clean' hometown of President Duterte

No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte A post that has been shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook contains photos claiming to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city of Davao as “clean.” A reverse search and a check of Google maps reveals that the photos, however, show another city. The two images 126

January 10, 2019 6:11 AM Pimentel: New Bulacan airport to kick off provincial development 'domino effect'

Senate Trade and Commerce Chair Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III today welcomed a proposal to build a new airport in Bulacan, saying the project would kick off "a domino effect" of development in the province that would provide economic opportunities for millions of Filipinos outside Metro Manila. "President Duterte is right; Metro Manila is in the ICU (intensive 144

December 23, 2018 2:04 PM Eddie Garcia on being gay: ‘God created you that way, there’s nothing wrong with it’

The actor portrays an elderly gay man in the upcoming film 'Rainbow's Sunset' MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actor Eddie Garcia’s turn as an elderly gay man in Rainbow’s Sunset is already being talked about, and the film hasn’t even premiered yet. In the film, Garcia plays an ex-senator who comes out to his grown children when his lover falls ill. It isn’t 148

December 23, 2018 10:05 AM IN PHOTOS: MMFF 2018 Parade of Stars

The annual parade saw stars brave the rains to represent their films MANILA, Philippines – The 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Parade of Stars pushed through on Sunday, December 23 in Parañaque city, despite the gloomy weather. The parade included floats featuring the 8 films competing in the MMFF: Fantastica: The Princess, The Prince, and The Perya 113

December 23, 2018 9:56 AM Heavy rain delays MMFF 2018 Parade of Stars

It literally rained on their parade MANILA, Philippines — Despite heavy rain on the morning of Sunday, December 23, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 Parade of Stars pushed through, leaving fans and stars alike at the mercy of gloomy weather. The Fantastica float kicked off the parade past 1 pm without any of the stars on board. The film’s star-studded 112

December 19, 2018 12:10 PM SMC South highways will be toll-free on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Fees won’t be collected at the toll gates of the following highways: NAIAx, Skyway, SLEX, and Star Tollway San Miguel Corporation’s tollways serving southern Metro Manila and Luzon will be waiving its fees on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, their operators announced on Wednesday, December 19. The operators of these tollways – the Skyway O&M Corporation 95

December 17, 2018 9:31 AM SM regularizes 11,660 workers in 2018 – DOLE

Meanwhile, Jollibee has regularized some 1,000 workers this year and has committed more for next year, says the Department of Labor and Employment MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, December 17, announced that the Henry Sy-owned SM Supermalls has regularized 11,660 workers this year. In a press briefing, Bello explained 109

December 10, 2018 6:30 AM IN PHOTOS: Magical Christmas spots south of Metro Manila

The south also comes alive with Christmas colors, and the sights are just an hour or so away from Manila MANILA, Philippines – Every year, during the holiday season, Metro Manila comes alive with Christmas lights, sounds, and colors. In Laguna is a vast field of what looks like 5,000 rose buds, except that they come aglow at night. Living up to its name, This year, the Magical 96