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PHL could import more rice to ease high prices

THE additional rice imports of the Philippines could exceed 250,000 metric tons (MT) to increase the availability of low-cost rice sold by the National Food Authority (NFA) and cut high retail prices. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel...

House says on track in deliberations on budget

DESPITE the two-day delay in its budget deliberations, the House of Representatives is still on track in finishing deliberations for the P3.757-trillion budget for 2019. Majority Leader Rolando G. Andaya Jr. explained they were able...
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GMA, who opened up mining in 2004, backs tax on sector

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday vowed to pass a law that would allow the government to earn more revenues from the mining industry, as part of President Duterte’s priority legislative agenda. Arroyo declared this at the Committee...

LandBank told: Go back to first mission of helping farmers

PRESIDENT Duterte wants the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) to go back to its...

Landslide near quarry site buries 20 homes, kills 3 people in Naga, Cebu

Rescuers are now racing against time to save residents of two small communities whose houses...

PHL posts $1.27-billion BOP surplus, its first for 2018

THE country’s dollar transactions with the rest of the world made a turnaround in August...

The 3 Magnitudes of First-rate Customer Service In a Business

An international research done by RedAlkemi, an organization that does web development and Internet marketing, suggests that 60% of organizations consider customer service as...

What is co-branding?

Two is better than one. If there’s one sweeping change in entrepreneurship today, it is the synergy among business organizations to come up with collaborations...

Globe Telecom says thank you with 917 Day

Inspired by Globe Telecom’s most iconic prefix 0917, September 17 or 917 Day is a celebration like no other. This special day is all about the...

Comelec needs P857 million for Bangsamoro plebiscite

The two expected referendums to be held by the Commission on Election (Comelec) next year...

New landslide kills 15, buries houses in Cebu

NAGA, Philippines—A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain on Thursday,...

DFA chief thanks international community’s help after Ompong destruction

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday conveyed the Philippine government’s appreciation and gratitude...

DOJ files homicide raps vs Espenido for ‘Martilyo Gang’ raid that killed 6

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of homicide charges against Ozamis City police...

Palace slams ‘sham decision’ by international tribunal finding Duterte ‘guilty’ of rights violations

MALACAÑANG dismissed as a “sham decision” and “useless piece of propaganda” the International Peoples’ Tribunal’s...

Government pitches ‘BBB’ to potential investors

CAPAS, Tarlac—A group of local and regional bank analysts, portfolio strategists and economists visited the...

Cavite now included in HNCP for ‘Big One’ through Viper

The Vulnerability and Impact Reduction to Earthquake (Viper) project has included Cavite in the Harmonized...

BSP orders PDIC to take over Lanao del Norte rural bank

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued a circular letter prohibiting the Rural Bank...

Except for Loakan, airports in N. Luzon running–Caap

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) reported on Sunday that except for Loakan Airport...

DENR Western Visayas requires P3.4B to build sanitary landfills

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is proposing the construction...
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An association and its value 

AS a member of the Washington, D.C.-based American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), I get...

Sun Life sees 7 percent inflation in PHL after Typhoon Ompong

SEVEN percent inflation in the Philippines could be around the corner. More than half-a-million metric tons...

DTI eyes safeguard measure amid rise on cement imports

Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez has initiated an investigation to determine whether the government should...

PHL foreign meat purchase bill grew to record 27.91% in last 7 months–BAI data

The country’s meat imports this year is on track to hit a new record high,...

DICT bans firms with huge government loans from bidding for third telco spot

THE government is barring parties with outstanding liabilities to the government from joining the bid...

Sheryl Barrozo: The hand behind Sendang’s Cakes market success

SHE wants to be a full-time mother but has to help augment the family income so...

Laguna physical therapist ventures into the resto business

BEING young and single in the food industry is no problem for someone whose passion...

Entrepreneur unveils FindWork app for underserved blue-collar market

Cognizant of the dearth of online job-search platforms catering to the local blue-collar job market since...

Couch Potato: Flavored fries for every Juan

Although the French fries industry in the Philippines may be dominated by well- known international and...

SBC releases 1st batch of loans for small Boracay enterprises

The Small Business Corp. (SB Corp.) has released the first batch of loans for Boracay-based...

DPWH’s Mark Villar: Govt ready to fulfill ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’ promise

A CONSTRUCTION executive once said: “The Philippines is like a teenager wearing kid’s clothes. We...

On the move to nation-building

The government is set to spend P8 to 9 trillion from 2017 to 2022 for...

Conspiracy theories made Alex Jones very rich. They may bring him down

By Elizabeth Williamson & Emily Steel | New York Times News Service AUSTIN, Texas—More than ever...

Tariffs stirring fear at many US points of entry for imports

By David Koenig | The Associated Press To understand why the impact of President Donald Trump’s...

Women’s group behind rebel memorials quietly battles on

By Allen G. Breed | The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina—On a glorious, late-spring day,...

If You Position Products as a Set, People Are More Likely to Buy Them All

Just how far are people willing to go to achieve “completeness”? Recent research I conducted...

How to Give and Receive Feedback About Creative Work

Feedback is crucial for learning and improving, but it’s rarely fun to be on the...

How Coca-Cola, Netflix and Amazon Learn from Failure

Why are so many successful business leaders urging their companies and colleagues to make more...

Strategies for Working From Anywhere

By Dorie Clark OVERWORKED professionals have always dreamed of escaping to a quiet beach. But, instead of...

How to Get Men Involved in Gender-Parity Initiatives

When it comes to programs aimed at increasing gender parity, diversaity officers struggle to engage...

Ex-PM Najib Razak faces new corruption charges in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia’s detained former Prime Minister Najib Razak will face at least two dozen...

China vows ‘countermeasures’ to Washington’s new imposition

BEIJING—China said on Tuesday that it will take “countermeasures” to US President Donald J. Trump’s...

Trump imposes new tariffs on $200-billion Chinese goods

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next...

South Korea’s Moon wants ‘heart-to-heart’ summit talks with North’s Kim Jong Un

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that he will...

Oil trades near $69 as signs of higher supply offset Iran fears

Oil traded near $69 a barrel on signs of increased drilling by American producers and...

Del Rosario, princess of endurance sports in Batang Pinoy National Championships

BAGUIO CITY—Nicole Marie del Rosario pedaled and ran her way to three gold medals in...

Gin Kings battle Elite

BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel and Blackwater clash in battle of unbeaten leaders  in the Philippine...

Southwoods hangs on to slim lead in PAL Ladies Interclub

MANILA Southwoods hung on to a slim three-point lead over defending champion Pradera Verde on...

Red Lions prevail; Codinera quits as Chiefs coach

Robert Bolick put on a scoring clinic in the third quarter as San Beda overpowered...

North, South Korea to bid for 2032 games

PYONGYANG, North Korea—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said...

PHL International Law Society holds national conference

A LARGE number of legal scholars, eminent personalities and students of international law attended the...

EU, Asean, China ready to aid PHL after Ompong

THE European Union (EU), Asean member-states and China on Sunday expressed readiness to assist the...

BOI partners with garments, textile, leather-goods manufacturers to further strengthen local industry

THE Board of Investments (BOI), the country’s lead industry development and primary investment promotion agency,...

PHL, Spain to hold academic, scientific, cultural exchanges

MADRID—Ambassador of the Philippines to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)...

Awarding of foreign-backed transpo projects

Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Garry V. de Guzman (left) formalizes the Department of Transportation’s...

‘Mission: PHL’ opens embassy nominations for Project of the Year

THE BusinessMirror is enjoining all embassies, consulates, as well as economic and cultural offices to...

Diplomatic, expat community; govt agencies show enthusiastic support for ‘Mission: PHL’

AMBASSADORS and representatives of the nation’s diplomatic circle, including executives and officials of government agencies,...

Neda in ‘Mission: PHL’

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia (seated, right) and BusinessMirror Publisher T. Anthony C. Cabangon (seated, left)...

The inflation train: Are policy-makers all on board?

EVERY scoop of rice that canteen owner Lolit Gogolin puts on a customer’s plate is...

‘Workers’ Spring’ looms amid government bias against labor-only contracting

THE seeds of a “Workers’ Spring” have been sown on the fertile garden of labor-only...

Snapshot of rice-consumption data remains grainy as Pinoys grapple with supply, prices

AS Filipinos’ appetite for rice becomes as big as its political-economic implication, a snapshot of data on its consumption remains grainy. This is so because the government uses two data sets to estimate the amount of rice consumed by every Filipino. Having two data sets to compute for a single amount can result in data discrepancies that make rice demand and supply difficult to evaluate.

Swapping Goods: The costs and potentials of a PHL-US bilateral free trade

OPPORTUNITY knocks only once and Trade Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo Jr. wants to tap on...

Fowl farmers’ fears persist 1 year after bird flu flare-up

FIFTY-five weeks ago, poultry farm owner Librada Sese celebrated life; today she can only recall...

Teacher’s son Gabby Concepcion, other stars to perform in Gabay Guro’s Grand Gathering 2018

Gabby Concepcion will return with an ensemble of stars for Gabay Guro's Grand Gathering 2018,...

Please stop merchandising mental illness

I WAS seeing a guy from London, and he told me Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald...

‘M Butterfly’ to assist a mix of beneficiaries

MUCH has already been written about M Butterfly, the David Henry Hwang masterpiece that hits...

Shhh! Introverts share travel survival secrets

Travel can be busy, noisy and crowded—a potentially daunting environment for anyone. But if you’re...

‘Enduring teachables’ from grandparents

I HAVE shared many a story about my grandparents’ influence in my life. To this...

With ‘The Nun,’ Warner Bros.’ winning streak continues

By Lindsey Bahr | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES—The horror movie The Nun has topped the...

Carlo Aquino’s star continues to shine

WE are excited for the resurgence in the film career of one of our favorite...

Back-to-back is back with a bang

The buzz is getting louder for A Lani Morisette Musical Journey, the upcoming concert of...

‘Gee-Gee at Waterina’ is a musical gem

Sometimes a small theater production turns out to be so memorably poignant that it acquires...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines bright at the box office

By Lindsey Bahr| The Associated Press LOS ANGELES—Glitz won over guns as the gilded romance Crazy...

Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean’s plastic trash

By Janet McConnaughey | The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS—Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about...

Silly old bear: Exhibition explores world of Winnie-the-Pooh

By Kate Brumback | The Associated Press ATLANTA—A new exhibition in Atlanta celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh, wandering through...

22 world records set at Christie’s Rockefeller auction

By Verena Dobnik | Associated Press NEW YORK—Twenty-two world records have been set at a Christie’s...

Modesto finds his ‘Bliss’

THE dictionary defines “bliss” as joy, contentment and is generally associated with peace of mind and...

‘Nasaan Si Jonas Burgos?’ takes center stage in Reb Belleza’s show

‘Aktibista lang po ako! Aktibista lang po ako!” were the last words of Jonas Burgos...

YouTube NextUp a push for Filipino creators to level-up their content

YouTube NextUp returns to Manila to help Bronze-level creators boost their channel’s engagement through a...

Teens say social media makes them feel better

NEW YORK—Today’s teens are always on their smartphones, many check social media “constantly” and prefer...

From nature-inspired to the colors of the cosmos

IT all started with the stunning Twilight color of the Huawei P20 Pro, followed shortly...

ADB promotes digital transformation for development; stresses ICT’s role in reaching SDGs

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) is “proactively seeking ways” to help countries leverage digital technologies...

How do you cross the line from calling-out to bullying?

BEFORE the Internet became everyone’s birthright, a celebrity or politician involved in a scandal would...
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Eastwood Café + Bar: Cozy, Chic and Chill

Eastwood Café+Bar (EC+B), the all-day dining restaurant of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, is both chic and...

The house that peanut sauce built

Nuts are a great addition to any dish. Apart from being great sources of good...

Benjarong Manila’s Thai Experience Tasting Menu: Modern Thai done right

Asian food has always been admired, replicated and adapted by Westerners to suit their tastes....

Beef Pares Noodle Soup

Beef Pares has long been a popular “street food,” ever since it was invented in...

Bejeweled Boeuf: To soak or to sulk?

If ever a dish had a way of making papansin, or seeking attention, this would...

DSWD accredits 50 Muntinlupa day-care teachers

THE local government unit (LGU) of Muntinlupa welcomes the Level 1 accreditation to the city’s...

DICT wants youth to become digital entrepreneurs

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is urging the youth to become digital...

NGCP ties up with Don Bosco to develop tech-voc programs in host communities

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has partnered with the Don Bosco Foundation...

DICT develops academic program to help local universities train cybersecurity experts

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it will offer an academic program...

Metrobank Foundation names 10 Outstanding Filipino teachers and soldier awardees for 2018

THE Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI), in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), presented the...
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SC: P0.10 levy vs oil tankers constitutional

THE Supreme Court (SC) has unanimously declared constitutional a provision in Republic Act (RA) 9483...

Climate change becoming a reality check for the North

WAGENINGEN, the Netherlands—“This season, the month of May was particularly hot and dry,” said Leo...

High food prices, scarcity highlight need for regl biodiversity cooperation

Participants at a regional forum hosted by the Philippines on September 4 underscored the importance...

Panay forest, climate-protection project lauded

Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources lauded a forest and climate-change project...

Give stronger protection to municipal waters–groups

Environmental groups are opposing the opening of municipal waters to commercial fishers in order to...

Protecting the habitats of nature’s lamplighters

Conclusion Eating habits Firefly larvae also differ greatly in their eating habits. Since fireflies spend most of...

Where have our beautiful corals gone?

The Philippines used to boast of over 27,000 square kilometers of coral areas. Back then,...

Protecting the habitats of nature’s lamplighters

First of two parts One night, alone in my forest farm, The Habitat, in Tublay, Benguet,...

‘Higher fines urged vs smuggling of Philippine marine resources’ 

Some 1,800 pieces of live hard and soft corals, and three giant clams worth around...

Manila to host Asean Biodiversity Heroes forum

The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will hold the Asean Biodiversity Heroes Regional Forum in...

Saint Peter Claver, Patron of All Catholic Missions

Popes of the Catholic Church condemned chattel slavery, or personal slavery. Pope Pius II in...

Jesus heals a deaf and mute man

The gospel today is another one of the many wonderful messages of God’s love through...

PHL gears up for visit of Padre Pio’s heart relic

There’s only a month to go until the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio,...

Catholic board seeks laity-led abuse probe

A committee created by the Catholic Church specifically to prevent sexual misconduct by clergy on...

Martyrs of September 2 

France was populated with Catholics prior to social and political upheavals in 1787. The agitations...

Searca PhD research scholarship open to Filipinos, Southeast Asians

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) offers research...

Zamboanga Peninsula native chicken gives new source of livelihood

The native livestock production is a growing industry in many regional areas in the Philippines....

Plastic bottles needed for trimaran’s fabrication

KALIBO, Aklan—A local shipyard in Aklan province may be needing thousands of plastic bottles for...

PSHS bares achievements of 2018 graduates

The best of the best in science and mathematics. That is how graduates from Philippine...

Air pollution causes lower verbal, math scores

WASHINGTON, D.C.—While health has long been thought the most common casualty of air pollution, a...

Meanderings of a business and thin spaces traveler

Part One SEPTEMBER is an epic time for business travel for me and, over a span...

Mindanao’s northern lights

DON’T let embassy travel advisories and unsavory news stories about Mindanao deprive you the opportunity...

A view to a thrill

Story & Photos by Bernard L. Supetran SEASONED travelers, almost always, would look for three things...

A ‘baluarte’ of culture and environment

THIS month wraps up a nostalgic visit for me in paradise, Sumilon. Very few could...

Sandbox raises the bar with two new attractions

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino SURROUNDED by Pampanga’s vast plains and mountain ranges is...

PHILGBC pushes green agenda in the workplace

In the further pursuit of the green agenda, the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) recently...

Women and youth in real estate

INCLUSION has always been a driver for me in our advocacies. A most meaningful work...

DENR fields personnel, equipment in disaster clearing ops

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has mobilized at least 87 chainsaws to...

Arthaland to embark on major expansion

MAJOR property boutique developer Arthaland Corp. will expand its footprint in the immediate future, according...

Makati Poblacion regentrified!

IN a recent eight hour, four bar crawl, I found myself reveling at how Makati had...

City of Dreams Manila trailblazes the first ‘Soap for Hope’ program

City of Dreams Manila held a kickoff activity of the first “Soap for Hope” program...

The Elegant Filipinas on its 4th year at Diamond Hotel

Diamond Hotel Philippines has been home to heads of state, women leaders, diplomats, international artists and...

The ancient city of Persepolis

I spent an eventful day in Shiraz: lost and ripped off by a cab driver;...

Beijing’s Silk Road extends to Manila with ‘Charming Beijing’ Tourism Promotion

Historically, the Silk Road (also known as Silk Route) was China’s famous road which literally...

Portugal continues to attract Filipino visitors and investors

With the landscape of the Atlantic Ocean, the century-old rustic architectural backdrop and wooden trams...

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‘Fleeing’ to Bacolod in escaping Ompong

BACOLOD—I am here enjoying the sun and the smiles of people too friendly and loving...

LTO publishing Filipino Drivers Manual in September

THE government will release in September a resource meant to help Filipinos become better motorists....

New HR-V means space and convenience

THREE years after its debut, Honda gave its crossover entry the HR-V a makeover to...

Isuzu launches ‘Kababayan Promo’ for OFWs

AS a way of showing its appreciation to the millions of tireless overseas Filipino workers...

Honda HR-V showcases its dynamics and technology

THE new Honda HR-V is packed with numerous enhancements—definitely not only about form factor, but...

First batch of Davao seniors enrolled in ‘Pagkalinga’ program

DAVAO CITY—Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go enrolled the first...

Daughter reveals lifestyle of centenarian mother

BAGUIO CITY—One of those recognized by the Baguio City government on its 109th Charter Day...

‘Apolong’ Tasya, my great grandmother, is an Igorot

EVERY individual living in this world dreams of living a long life, but it is...

Elderly Koreans shut out of family reunions use back channels

SEOUL, South Korea—Kim Kyung-jae will probably never be chosen in the government lottery that would...

A new US law helps banks flag fraud against seniors

DAWN Shaw, a retired legal secretary in northern Maine, made two stops weekly without fail....

Dance of the flies

Once upon a time there was a thumb and a mouth that were born on...

The Lunchbox

"What we eat defines who we are,” Abah often said. “The essence of food will...

Under the Mangrove Trees

The mangrove trees cradle boughs laden with leaves close to their chests. Below, their unborn fruit lie...

Mountains of fear, valleys of hope

"What about me? And Lobsang?” Linpa asked Tenzin through tears. He stared mutely at the handleless...

For Abby and those who struggle daily

Woman. You are an oyster ripening a grain of pain in the pit of your belly until it becomes a globe...

The hot college gig: Online brand promoter

NOAH LAMFERS, a senior at the University of Northern Iowa, had never tried a 5-Hour...

These are the best loved brands of fashion-forward millennials

ATHLETIC apparel and lingerie are prominent in the minds of fashion-forward shoppers, but there’s no...

Young social entrepreneur bares ‘more mindful venture’

WHOEVER said you can’t be a successful entrepreneur and help promote sustainability by empowering environmental efforts clearly hasn’t met Jen Horn yet.

Millennials Down Under are sick of paying for Boomers’ health

AUSTRALIA’S millennials have found another reason to resent cashed-up baby boomers: they’re subsidizing their health...

Use of technology in investing still eludes millennials—broker

THE stock brokerage arm of the Metrobank Group said millennials lag behind baby boomers and...

Making music from sustainable materials

MADE through the passion and pride of a Filipino artist, Tree;ty Drums is giving a...

Discovering music to love

SPOTIFY believes in music for everyone, and making music accessible to every user. Now, it...

PhilPop song interpreters announced

THE country's premier songwriting competition PhilPop has recently announced its roster of interpreters for 2018. ...

Fil-Italian hardcore crew comes out with split record

FILIPINO-ITALIAN hardcore punk band The Seeker recently released a split record with German power-violence crew...

Coke Studio hones top, upstart Pinoy sound smiths

COKE STUDIO PHILIPPINES has finally revealed its line-up of 14 artists for the show’s second season themed, “Homecoming.”

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