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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 286

January 16, 2019 1:03 AM Lacson Eyes P75-B 'Deleted' from DPWH's Proposed 2019 Budget for BLISTT Road Slope..

There are several worthwhile programs that could use the P75 billion deleted from the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways - such as slope protection for key roads in Northern Luzon, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said. "If my other colleagues will allow ... we might give part of the P75 billion to the DPWH for slope protection 284

January 15, 2019 12:47 PM Cone, Austria, Victolero vie for PBA Coach of the Year

BEST OF THE BEST. Chito Victolero, Leo Austria and Tim Cone (left to right) duke it out for the yearly award. Photos from Josh Albelda/Rappler (Austria and Cone) and PBA Images (Victolero) MANILA, Philippines – Leo Austria, Tim Cone, and Chito Victolero crowd each other out for the 2018 Coach of the Year as the PBA Press Corps celebrates the 25th year of its traditional 251

January 15, 2019 12:00 PM Djokovic begins seventh Aussie Open title bid with romp

The world No. 1 makes quick work of Mitchell Krueger to set up a second round date with old foe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga CONSISTENTLY GREAT. Novak Djokovic has now advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for 13 straight years. Photo from Twitter (@AustralianOpen) MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record seventh Australian 242

January 15, 2019 4:01 AM Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper's book reviews

NEW YORK, USA – When Stephen King's local newspaper, under financial pressure, announced it would cut regional book reviews, the horror author swooped in – and managed to save the section with just a few tweets. The story began on Friday, January 11 when King shared that The Portland Press Herald, a prominent newspaper in his home state of Maine, would 129

January 15, 2019 3:11 AM New 'West Side Story' Maria revealed

Rachel Zegler is set to play Maria in Steven Spielberg's remake of the movie LOS ANGELES, USA – A 17-year-old high school student has finally been picked to play Maria in Steven Spielberg's remake of the iconic musical West Side Story. Rachel Zegler, of New Jersey, was picked among 30,000 Latino actors who submitted video auditions for the highly sought-after 122

January 14, 2019 10:57 AM Big-time oil price hike set for January 15

The Department of Energy says the increase is due to oil-producing countries cutting their output to stabilize global prices MANILA, Philippines – Pump prices are set to spike on Tuesday, January 15, as oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia cut their output to prevent oversupply. Shell, Petron, Caltex, Flying V, Unioil, Seaoil, Total, PTT Philippines 133

January 14, 2019 5:12 AM Nadal blazes through to Australian Open 2nd round

Nadal shows no signs of injury worries with a straight-set victory over James Duckworth MELBOURNE, Australia – A ruthless Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first round thumping at the Australian Open Monday, January 14. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who cut short his 2018 season to have surgery on a foot injury, cruised through to round two of the opening 82

January 14, 2019 4:38 AM Egg photo tops Kylie Jenner for most-liked Instagram post of all time

A silly post explicitly created to beat Kylie Jenner's record-holding post is a hit among netizens – The world of viral internet content is off to a ridiculous start this year as a photo of an egg becomes the most-liked Instagram post of all time, beating American celebrity Kylie Jenner’s February 2018 post. has 18.2 million likes as of writing. The egg photo 71

January 14, 2019 2:17 AM Maroon 5 announced as Super Bowl 2019 half-time performers

The group is set to perform with Atlanta native Big Boi and Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott during the half-time of the NFL championship NEW YORK, USA – Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 was named Sunday, January 12 as the headline act of next month's Super Bowl 53 half-time show, a performance that has aroused controversy and protest 85