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‘PITC rice imports must use government funds’

THE National Food Authority Council (NFAC) could approve the Philippine International Trading Corp.’s (PITC) proposal to import rice on the condition that it will use its own funds instead of tapping money from the...

‘NFA incentives to rice farmers like hiking palay buying price’

THE National Food Authority Council (NFAC) has effectively increased the government’s support price for palay to P20 per kilogram (kg) when it decided to approve the grant of more incentives to rice farmers. Agriculture Secretary...

Ompong farm damage climbs to nearly P27B

FARM sector damage caused by Typhoon Ompong has reached P26.7 billion, the highest since Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) wrought havoc in 2013 and caused P35 billion in production losses, according to the...

Leni, Bongbong both claim they won this round: PET upholds 50% threshold for validity of votes, but tells revisors to refer to ERs in...

THE Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has upheld its decision to adopt...

‘Trabaho’ bill advocates told to prove ‘jobs’ claim

THE Department of Finance (DOF) on Tuesday disputed critics’ claim that the House version of...

Books still VAT-exempt under TRAIN 2–DOF

THE Department of Finance (DOF) has clarified that the purchase and importation of books will...

Peso sinks to a new 13-year low ahead of Monetary Board meet

THE local currency sank further into the 54 territory on Monday on the back of...

Big oil traders say $100 coming as Opec tries to fill Iran gap

MAJOR oil trading houses are predicting the return of $100 crude for the first time...

Senators nix publication, book taxes in TRAIN 2

SEVERAL senators, including key Senate leaders, signalled support for an emerging majority consensus for Congress...

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...

NCRPO readies raps vs Olivar over bomb-scare post

THE National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday rescheduled the formal filing of criminal...

Ex-VP Binay vows ‘constructive voice’ once elected in Congress

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay will be a “constructive voice” once he is elected in...

Zuellig Family Foundation eyes to expand tie-up with local officials for rural health promotion

The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) bared on Tuesday its plan to expand the coverage of...

Marina aims for ‘ambitious’ zero-incident goal by 2025

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) aims to reduce the number of maritime incidents to zero...

Palace: Courts affirm rights abuse during martial-law era

Malacañang on Monday acknowledged there were grave human-rights violations committed during the martial-law years in...

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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SEC keen on lower REIT ownership requirement

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is amenable to bringing down the minimum public ownership...

Media’s responsibility

Mr. Businessman went to Mass on Sunday; Mr. Businessman went to hell because of what...

PAL gets 4-star carrier tag from New York-based rating body

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been named a four-star major regional carrier by New...

Clark named a major office space market

CLARK FREEPORT— An executive of a property developer has cited this free port as the...

Government borrowing lower in fourth quarter

The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) plans to borrow P270 billion for the last quarter...

Filipina entrepreneur Malou Villarreal reaps award, recognition in the Land Down Under 

"A sleeping baby is a happy baby, and a happy baby is a happy family.” With this as her guiding inspiration, a Filipino-Australian emerged to be a successful entrepreneur in a foreign land.

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...

Podcasting aims for a whole new level, and a TV drama maestro joins in

Fifty-six percent of Americans have never listened to a podcast. One of Hollywood’s most aggressive companies wants to change that, and it has enlisted Dick Wolf, the king of broadcast television, as part of its campaign.

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...

How to talk to a grieving customer

By Megan Devine When Matt drowned in a fast-moving river, it fell to me to cancel...

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...

China open to US trade talks, but not with knife at its throat

China said it’s open to talking on the trade dispute, but it needs the US...

EU, Iran set financial ‘vehicle’ to ease trade between them

UNITED NATIONS—Five world powers and Iran agreed late Monday to establish a financial facility in...

Iran holds funerals for 25 victims of terror attack on military parade

AHVAZ, Iran—Iran was holding funerals on Monday for the victims of the weekend terror attack...

China slaps new tariffs on US exports as trade war intensifies

BEIJING—China imposed new tariff hikes on US goods on Monday and accused Washington of bullying,...

133 world leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

UNITED NATIONS—With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting...

Soaring Falcons seek win No. 4

ADAMSON University goes for win No. 4 when it battles struggling University of the Philippine...

Woods’s win a comeback for the ages

WHEN Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Monday (September 24 PHL time), the biggest...

Make way for Pinto

John Nard Pinto continues to play a steady role as Blackwater’s lead playmaker in the...

Tiger’s Back!

ATLANTA—Tiger Woods, in his Sunday red shirt, both arms raised in victory on the 18th...

A timeline since Woods last won a tournament

ATLANTA—A timeline between the 79th and 80th victories on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour...

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 getting costlier as inflationary pressures increase every day.

‘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...

Mystery around disappearance of Chinese star Fan Bingbing

BEIJING—X-Men star Fan Bingbing’s Beijing management office is dark and abandoned. Her birthday passed almost...

For internationally acclaimed author, the secret to aging beautifully is to eat healthy

"People don’t have a choice when it comes to aging, but they can choose how...

A dog’s life: Uno, beagle who wowed Westminster, dies at 13

EVERY dog might have its day, but not many ever had a night like this. Cheered...

A ‘guide’ to–and the odds of–winning the lottery

THE lottery’s nine-figure jackpot is still up for grabs as of this writing, and has...

Blind Spot

MAKING THEIR DEBUT WHICH new couple was seen holding hands at the event organized by a...

When art and music share the spotlight

TRAGEDY can sometimes lead to rebirth. In 2000 the then 28-year-old Maningning Miclat jumped to her death from the seventh floor of a building in Far Eastern University (FEU), where she worked as a professor.

Gwen Zamora comes out of her cocoon

ONE doesn’t go to see Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral expecting the fire and bull-headedness of...

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...

Photo exhibit documents revival of Polish Jewish life

By Vanessa Gera | The Associated Press WARSAW, Poland—American photographer Chuck Fishman was just 21 when...

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...

XS, XS Max and XR?

THE new iPhones are out and, once again, Apple fanbois are in a frenzy with...

Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking

NEW YORK—Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads...

WikiLeaks files expose group’s inner workings

LONDON—Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying...

Korean star to hold first fan meeting in Manila

IF you are a fan of the Korean variety show 2 Days & 1 Night, then you probably know Jung Joon-young, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter who was born in Indonesia and lived in the Philippines for two years.

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...
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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...

BASF PHL to hold programs to provide students better understanding of science

IN a bid to promote science education in the country and also as part of...

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...
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Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

BILLINGS, Montana—The Trump administration recently rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to...

SC: P0.10 levy vs oil tankers constitutional

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

UN chief: World must prevent  runaway climate change by 2020

UNITED NATIONS—United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last Monday that the world is facing...

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...

Closing the biodiversity conservation financing gap

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Experts from 20 countries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific recently discussed effective...

PHL tops participation in intl coastal cleanups 

The Philippines ranks first among the top 25 countries that participated in international coastal cleanup...

Unclos expands to cover marine biodiversity

By Palitha Kohona | Inter Press Service COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Responding to a persistent demand by developing...

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,...

Saint Pio de Pietrelcina: First stigmatist priest

"I need to love You more and more, but I don’t have any more love...

Spiritual childhood brings joy

Today’s Gospel leads us to a scene where the disciples argue among themselves, trying to...

Who is Jesus for You?

Jesus went with His disciples to the villages of Caesarea. Along the way, He asked...

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church

Hildegard of Bingen, “one of the few prominent woman in medieval church,” was declared saint...

Saint Peter Claver, Patron of All Catholic Missions

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

Equipment with radioactive materials reported missing

A “potentially dangerous” moisture density-gauge equipment containing radioactive materials was reported missing a month ago...

PHL space agency’s creation a step closer to reality

The Philippines is a step closer to the realization of having its space agency. Dr. Rogel...

Proposed whale sanctuary in South Atlantic defeated in meet

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil—A proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic was defeated at...

Searca PhD research scholarship open to Filipinos, Southeast Asians

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

DOST-SEI, Smart bring Courseware to remote schools

Filipino elementary pupils and high-school students in remote areas will soon have access to the...

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...

Women leadership in real-estate sustainability

WHEN I first met Cristina “Tina” Samson, it was to celebrate the need to promote...

Office market transactions hit 1.4 million square meters

THE office segment of the Philippine real-estate industry continues to enjoy a strong market demand...

Life gets closer to everything at The Fifth

BEING in close proximity to everything—a luxury that living within a vibrant central business district...

BASF introduces poles for telcos and power producers

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany-based BASF recently said it plans to work with small and independent power producers...

PHILGBC pushes green agenda in the workplace

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

Enjoy members-only travel perks on AirAsia web site and app

Your holidays with AirAsia are about to get better! AirAsia BIG members will enjoy more perks,...

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila wins Philippines’s Leading Hotel in World Travel Awards

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is honored to have been recognized as the Philippines’s Leading Hotel...

Luang Prabang’s laid-back lure and rich heritage

I remember sitting inside a cramped van negotiating the snaking countryside road of Lao PDR,...

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...

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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...

Elegant seniors reign at Ms. Eternal Beauty Lipa 2018 beauty pageant

ETERNAL Gardens celebrated the timeless beauty and elegance of the elderly with the Ms. Eternal...

Smart trains Cebu ‘milleniors’ to be techies

SIXTY is the new 40. This isn’t just a catchphrase for people trying to keep...

Batangas senior citizens share life after retirement in Grandparents’ Day fete

LIPA CITY, Batangas—To some senior citizens, life after retirement from their long years of regular...

Ms. Grandma Malabon 2018: Celebrating age and grace

TIMELESS. That is probably the best word to describe the winners of the 2018 Grandma...

Elderly women to bear the brunt of spending cuts, belt-tightening in Japan

AS Japanese society ages and the government cuts social welfare spending, older women are bracing...

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...

4IR: Are young Pinoys ready?

SINGAPORE-based Asean Youth Community (AYC) and local consultancy firm Ygoal Inc. recently launched the local...

Motorcycle makers try minting new riders with youth programs

MOTORCYCLE sales in the United States went into a skid in 2008 and have been...

Everyst to showcase next-gen Filipino writers, illustrators

EVERYST, the social-fiction platform, has announced the addition of two new Filipino talents to its...

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...

Lyric, TOA seal partnership

LYRIC Organ and Piano Store Corp. has further expanded its reach to their musician-enthusiasts as...

Tuning in to people, music, fun

GLOBAL customer experience specialist Transcom Worldwide Philippines Inc. recently held its music fest, “Tunog Transcom...

Lance Raymundo reprises song for the ‘hashtag’ generation

TARGETING millennials and the “pop generation”, Viva Records recently released #YATO, a rework of Lance...

Pasada: From OPM to world music

WITH the fast-paced living of modern life, we tend to forget about the things that...

Making music from sustainable materials

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

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