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SC bars BIR from collecting P3-billion tax from Petron, Shell

THE Supreme Court has thrown out the bid of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to collect around P3 billion in alleged tax liabilities from giant oil companies Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Petron...

58:$1 projection in 2019 out of this world–Diokno

BUDGET Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno disputed the Capital Economics’s projection that the peso will further fall to 58 against the dollar next year, branding it as “out of this world.” Aside from this projection, London-based...

House okays realignment of P51.8 billion in DPWH budget

THE House of Representatives, convening as the Committee of the Whole, on Tuesday approved a report seeking to realign some P51.792 billion of the proposed budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways...

DOF: Policy, infrastructure reforms anchor PHL growth

THE Department of Finance (DOF) has assured members of the regional financial community that the...

Remittances grow 5%, as peso hits 2005 low

MONEY sent home by Filipino migrant workers in July picked up its pace from the...

‘Trabaho bill’ to force semicons to shed 140,000 jobs–industry bloc

THE irony is real—and could be costly. The government’s second tax-reform measure, dubbed the Trabaho...

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...

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...

Big thanks, bigger perks on Globe 917 Day

Globe says thank you to its customers with a celebration that begins this weekend! The number 917 is turning out to be the most...

Karen Empeño’s kin, friends hail guilty verdict on Palparan

MASINLOC, Zambales—Family and friends rejoiced here on Monday as a Bulacan court convicted retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito...

Ompong death count rises to 73

The death toll from Typhoon Ompong has risen to 73, according to the Philippine National...

Bulacan court convicts Palparan, 2 others for disappearance of 2 UP coeds in 2006

THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Malolos, Bulacan, on Monday sentenced retired Army Maj. Gen....

DepEd to G.S.I.S.: Write off loan interest

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday assured teaching and nonteaching personnel that the department has taken...

General Santos, Midsayap police chiefs axed

National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde relieved on Monday the chiefs of police...

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...

Local mobile apps developer bullish on Mindanao market

DAVAO CITY—Consumers in at least two cities in Mindanao are beginning to patronize the services...

READ | Career Service exam taker? It’s Nov. 11 for NCR, Rizal

In view of the suspension of the Career Service Examination, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT)...
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Moody’s paints rosy long-term outlook for Philippine banks

THE Philippine banking system is gearing up for robust growth in the next decade, international...

SMC formally submits to DOTr proposal for New Manila Airport in Bulacan

DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday its revised...

Filipinas in Global Network

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it!...

AGI plans to spend P240-billion capital expenditures through 2020

ALLIANCE Global Group Inc. (AGI), the holding firm of businessman Andrew L. Tan, on Tuesday...

Dubai firm interested to partner with PNOC to build PHL’s LNG hub

LLOYDS Energy Group of Dubai has expressed interest to submit soon a solicited proposal to...

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...

‘Beijing should target goods US firms need’

BEIJING—One of China’s most prominent figures in global finance says Beijing should press Washington to...

Report: Trump going ahead with new tariffs

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump is going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about...

Nasa satellite to measure Earth’s ice changes

VANDENBERG Air Force Base, California—A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) satellite designed to precisely...

Historic Kim Jong Un summit may make or break Moon’s presidency

Moon Jae-in has more than world peace riding on a successful summit with North Korean...

Volkswagen to stop making iconic Beetle next year

DETROIT—After selling it on and off in the US for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has...

Cardinals avoid Blazers’ upset ax

MAPUA averted an endgame collapse behind Justin Serrano and Laurenz Victoria to beat College of...

Yuka Saso leads Pradera Verde’s title-retention bid at PAL Ladies Interclub

ASIAN Games champion Yuka Saso kicks off Pradera Verde’s title-retention bid on Wednesday at the...

Donate it, you say? Fiba unfair

NO less than P32 million were supposed to be pocketed by five Filipino lasses in...

Grand Tour sweep for Britain as Yates wins Spanish Vuelta

MADRID—Simon Yates won his first Grand Tour title after a largely ceremonial ride into Madrid...

Eliud Kipchoge sets world record in Berlin marathon win

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in two hours, one minute and 39 seconds on Sunday.

Fashioning and fabricating through bamboo

Story & photos by Recto L. Mercene COMMEMORATING the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel...

GHI envoy champions public health in Micronesia, Guam

AGANA—Special envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives (GHI) and former Health Undersecretary Dr....

Japan aids in scientific research outcomes, health-care delivery

THE Embassy of Japan in the Philippines’s Second Secretary Takeo Okada and Department of Health...

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)...

‘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...

Climate change, land lack nip floriculture sector in the bud

WHILE the country’s production of chrysanthemums, orchids and roses remained stable, the latest report of...

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

LOS ANGELES—Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel became the first streaming series to win top Emmy comedy...

Blind Spot

THE REAL REASON IF you want to know why the celebrity is moving from her longtime...

Tips on how pet owners can get multiple pets to get along

PET lovers live by the philosophy, “the more, the merrier” but is this always true?...

The grand football camp for kids where skills aren’t everything

CEBU CITY—The impending downpour of a dim Sunday afternoon over the Cebu City Sports Center...

Luxury Parisian brand’s signature sofa gets Filipino treatment; exclusive pieces to be auctioned off

IT’S the Filipinos’ turn to take on the iconic Mah Jong. The crown jewel of luxury...

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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Rolling with refined strength

IT was during the 2018 Manila International Auto Show (Mias) when the all-new Hyundai Santa...

A basic German in the Bali of Luzon

THERE will always be a Farrah Fawcett of the original Charlie’s Angels in any group...

How we were before, we are today

THE turbulent 1970s saw a court issuing a ruling banning vehicles from entering roads in...

Lalamove, Ropali sign partnership

LALAMOVE, Asia’s leading on-demand delivery app, and Ropali Corp., one of the biggest dealers of...

Suzuki presents its new sexy models

SUZUKI Philippines, in a grand amalgamation of concept and style, shared recently to their hundreds...

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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