NFA shoots for overhaul of rules on rice imports

The National Food Authority (NFA) is seeking to have the exclusive right to import rice from Asean member-countries at lower tariffs to boost its...

Despite ‘complex’ regulation, PHL tax system seen effective

Part One THE tax system of the Philippines have seen improvements in terms of generating revenues for the national government over the years, with data...

US warplanes flies close to North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea—US warplanes flew close to North Korea’s coast last Saturday, the same day that the North’s foreign minister told the UN General...

May breaks impasse in Brexit talks

Britain and the European Union are set to resume Brexit negotiations next week after United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May broke the stalemate in the...

Trump wages war with star athletes

By Catherine Lucey And Tim Reynolds | The Associated Press SOMERSET, New Jersey—President Donald J. Trump denounced protests by National Football League (NFL) players and...

Eagles soar

ATENEO de Manila kept its poise against a late University of the East (UE) uprising to score an 83-65 rout and remain unbeaten in...

Eyes on Mondilla

Bangladesh coastal town a place of Rohingya hope and tragedy

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh—From a distance you can see elegantly carved wooden boats bob gently in the waters that surround this coastal town at...

UN exec: Global community must step up Rohingya aid

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh—The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said last Sunday that the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh is “the...

Agribusiness

Mathilde’s Absence

She forgot where she’d put that goddamned lipstick. Rummaging through the drawer, cursing at everything, dewdrops of sweat forming on her brow, she was all the while harboring a vague suspicion that the dark universe was intent on heaping misery on her without letup. Deaf to her exhortations, her...

Burial in Marawi

Red dimpled flesh where a tooth was pulled, isn’t the pit like a grave-- hollow-- the body fills with itself, sealing the lesion and, along with it, the pain of removal.   But in Dalipuga, honeycomb crypts grow black and bitter with every ill-fitting casket deposited in no order, for every candle lit is for all and no one. They are bodies unclaimed and their tombs,...

Interracial marriage: A Filipina’s online journey to blissful ties

INTERRACIAL marriages in the country have existed long before the advent of air travel and the Internet.  It is defined as “a marriage between spouses who belong to different races”. Interracial marriage was historically a taboo in the US and outlawed in South Africa. It...

BM Reports

Despite ‘complex’ regulation, PHL tax system seen effective

Part One THE tax system of the Philippines have seen improvements in terms of generating revenues for the national government over the years, with data for 2016 pointing to a 4.2-percent increase in collections compared to that of collections generated in 2015. According to data from...

Envoys & Expats

Motoring

It’s more than just driving

AFTER all those years telling the stories of different people, I finally decided that it was time to write about the man who has served as my mentor, an inspiration and who also happens to be my husband in my career as a motoring...

Riveting action in the Vios Cup

Story & photo by Randy S. Peregrino WITH the fourth season approaching to an end, competing teams and its individual racers are becoming more and more competitive. The recently concluded third leg of the Vios Cup showcased the kind of intense racing that kept spectators at...

Infrastructure a key cog to progress

IT’S been said here a lot of times, but I’ll have to say it again, because it needs to be hammered into our coconuts time and again for its perennial relevance.  And so, here it is again: Infrastructure is a key cog to declog...

Property

Ayala Land Premiere Arbor Lanes: The new southern gateway to Metro Manila

THE Ayala Land Premiere (ALP) team, led by its Managing Director Mike Jugo, is on cloud nine these days as Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) luxury brand project Arbor Lanes is now 74-percent sold-out, and set for completion of its first building next year. Arbor Lanes...

Seda Vertis North weaves local flare with sophisticated hospitality

REFINING further the quality of its local, yet world-class, brand to compete vis-á-vis with international chains that have entered the domestic market in the past recent years, Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corp.’s wholly owned Seda has built another facility—in addition to its growing...

To VAT or not to VAT: VAT to negatively impact PHL housing backlog

I HAD a casual chat with the president of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), Chris Narciso, who is appealing to the government to reconsider proposals to lift the value-added tax (VAT) exemption on low-cost, economic and socialized housing, especially in light of...

Millennials

Story and photos by Mau Victa | Correspondent THE fate of 64-year-old Roland Bay-an of Baguio City as a visual-artist painter seemed to have been carved in stones, since he was a kid frolicking with his friends at the banks of Baguio’s rivers. From the first time he saw the beauty...

Health & Fitness