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Forever 21 adds to Robinsons Magnolia’s trendy vibe

Inquirer Breaking News - 17 min 36 sec ago
  California-based fashion favorite Forever 21 has opened its 14th boutique in the Philippines, on the upper ground floor of Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City. The 840-sqm boutique houses the brand's full collection, including Forever 21 Plus, men's styles, and young girls' lines. Summer's hottest trends are all represented in the season's selection: Coachella-inspired looks, metallic bodysuits, graphic tees, distressed denim, '90s band tees for men, as well as the latest in footwear, like slides and pom-pom sandals. Forever 21 entered the Philippine market in 2010, and it has been one of the top go-to brands for trendy, affordable fashions. The boutique's inaugur...

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Italy-based Mai Mai Cojuangco designs leather bags with ‘tanto amore’ (much love)

Inquirer Breaking News - 27 min 47 sec ago
  I've always, always loved handbags," said Mai Mai Cojuangco with a dreamy expression in her eyes. "I can't afford to buy everything I want, but I've always had this appreciation for bags. My sister Liaa (Cojuangco-Bautista) is like me." Last Saturday, Cojuangco launched her first collection of handbags under her label Demetria---a 24-piece collaboration with Idee clothing store in Makati. Demetria is a name she shares with her daughter, and is also her grandmother's name. Margarita Demetria Cojuangco-Zini, Mai Mai to family and friends, has been living in Florence, Italy, for the last 15 years, where she studied bag and accessories design. Years ago, she was workin...

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My guide to surviving hormonal acne

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 44 min ago
  It's been a while since my face saw the light of day without being obscured by whiteheads and the occasional cyst. It's one thing living with polycystic ovaries (PCOS), and another dealing with the hormonal acne related to it. We work around our acne in many ways, hoping we could end our pimply histories and recover our lost self-esteem. And while I probably don't have the solution you're looking for---spoiler alert: a board-certified dermatologist may have it---I'd like to share how I'm living with mine. Be wary. Don't. Ever. Self-medicate. Dr. Google did not go to medical school, so we shouldn't believe everything we find online. I've realized that I was blinded ...

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How to make a smooth transition to summer

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 49 min ago
    Time marches on so fast that we're nearing the end of April. The holiday glitter and metallic products of seasons past have been fading and disappearing from the limelight. Coming up are the hot summer essentials Sun protection The only qualm I have about living in a tropical country are the seemingly endless hot and dry summer days. That means having to constantly apply sun protection---and I don't mean bearing with low-quality brands. Don't you just hate the feeling of sticky, tacky, even oily sunscreens? Good thing Bioderma has its Photoderm line. An advocate of in-depth skin research and simple skincare that works, the French brand has relea...

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Take time to smell the air, says Diptyque

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 1 min ago
  Time, not material wealth, is modern living's most precious commodity. To introduce French perfumer Diptyque's revamped hourglass fragrance diffuser, Le Sablier, Rustan's tapped some of Manila's most prominent interior design personalities last week to design personal spaces where they would choose to spend an hour and just savor the moment---60 precious minutes to reflect and meditate, unwind, or just be. The personal corners---by Mia Borromeo, Anton Barretto, Tessa Alindogan, Marissa Lopa, and Ivy and Cynthia Almario---were sort-of-metaphorical representations of the 60 minutes it takes for the fragrance in a Diptyque Sablier to travel from one glass vessel to the o...

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Body found in Burnham

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 11 min ago
  BAGUIO CITY---A jogger on Wednesday found the body of a man who could have been stabbed and killed at Burnham Park here, raising issues about the security of the popular tourist destination. The body had a stab wound on the chest. His right arm bore a tattoo. Adelino Sacla Villena Jr., 47, found the body at 5:25 a.m. at the park's picnic grove on Jose Abad Santos Drive. Senior Supt. Ramil Saculles, city police director, on Thursday said investigators have yet to establish the man's identity. Forensic investigators said a red sling bag was strapped to the body. It contained electrical tape, a coin purse and a sachet filled with what police said could be marijuana...

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Company GM abducted after cockfight win

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 20 min ago
  A cockfighting aficionado who had just won a huge sum of money in a cockfight was abducted and robbed by four men in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday evening. Warlie Tan, an official of a plastic bag packaging company, said that his captors, who wore bonnets and were armed with high-powered firearms and handguns, let him go after they realized that he was not carrying the cash prize of P200,000. However, they took his ATM card and the P7,000 in cash he had on him. Tan, 36, told reporters on Thursday that when he left the San Juan cockpit arena around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, he noticed that he was being followed by a white Toyota Vios. This prompted him to hide the ...

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MMDA guarding gains in Baclaran

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 26 min ago
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed tow trucks to Baclaran, Paraaque City, to keep the area free from road obstructions and remind motorists that it is a tow-away zone. Plastic barriers have also been placed to restrict sidewalk vendors to only two lanes while they wait to be relocated to another place. The MMDA last week conducted clearing operations in the congested Baclaran service road, opening up four lanes to motorists. MMDA officer in charge Tim Orbos said the agency would set up an outpost to keep watch over the area. The MMDA plans to clear the entire six-kilometer stretch of the service road, from Baclaran to TM Kalaw in Manila. Orbo...

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Pasay prosecutors earn praise from detained de Lima

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 28 min ago
  Detained Sen. Leila de Lima commended the Pasay City prosecutor's office for the indictment of two policemen who shot and killed an arrested drug suspect and his father, who were among of the first casualties of President Duterte's bloody war on drugs. De Lima issued a statement from Camp Crame on Thursday in praise of the legal action taken against PO2 Alipio Balo Jr. and PO1 Michael Tomas over the killing of JP Bertes and his father Renato in July last year. "When the Senate Justice Committee which I formerly chaired led the investigation into the killing of the Berteses, among others, it found out glaring evidence that these two police officers did not only blatantly i...

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Two medals and a ‘GC’ for Marikina cop wounded in funeral wake shooting

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 33 min ago
  Two medals and a "GC" for a new gun. These were the rewards given by the Philippine National Police to a Marikina City officer who was wounded after exchanging fire with a man who went on a shooting spree at a funeral wake last week. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa personally awarded PO1 Hannie Acebron with the PNP Wounded Medal Award and the PNP Merit Award, along with a gift certificate for a .45-caliber Glock pistol from the company Trust Trade. Dela Rosa visited the 27-year-old Acebron at the PNP General Hospital, where he remained confined for a gunshot wound in the leg, according to Senior Supt. Lorenzo Holanday, Jr., Marikina police chief. Ace...

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Duterte: Arbitral ruling not an issue for Asean

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 46 min ago
  President Duterte on Thursday said it was pointless discussing at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit the Philippines' victory over China in the South China Sea dispute, and no one dared pressure Beijing anyway.   Mr. Duterte told reporters that the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling in favor of the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute was an issue between Manila and Beijing only and it was not worth discussing with other Asean member states during the summit in Manila this week.   "I will skip the arbitral ruling. It is not an issue here in the Asean," Mr. Duterte said.   Handed down on July 12 last ye...

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Group seeks SC protective order

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 49 min ago
The Duterte administration has relegated drug suspects to homo sacer---persons bereft of human rights---in advancing its merciless antinarcotics campaign, according to a group of human rights lawyers.   In a 15-page petition it filed on Wednesday, the Center for International Law (Centerlaw) asked the Supreme Court to formulate a new protective order to stem the spiraling summary killings in the country triggered by President Duterte's war on drugs.   'Carnage'   It urged the high court to intercede in the "carnage" by making use of existing international laws in coming up with supplemental rules on criminal prosecution to protect the rights of drug suspe...

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PH, Brunei to resolve sea row peacefully

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 52 min ago
  The Philippines and Brunei, which have rival claims in the South China Sea, on Thursday agreed to work for the peaceful resolution of disputes in the strategic waterway.   President Duterte of the Philippines and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei also emphasized the importance of the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, signed in 2002 by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China to maintain peace and stability in the region despite the competing territorial claims.   The two leaders also welcomed the progress in the consultations on the framework of a proposed code of ...

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Duterte shrugs off complaint in int’l court

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 58 min ago
President Duterte on Thursday brushed off the complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking his investigation for crimes against humanity, even as he defended himself from criticism that he was responsible for the killing of thousands of drug suspects in the country.   "Let them be. There's nothing I can do. Nobody can stop from filing [against] you. I can even invent one and go to the fiscal's office now and accuse you for entering into three marriages," Mr. Duterte told reporters.   He said he himself had not read the information, sent by the lawyer for confessed Davao Death Squad hit man Edgar Matobato, who said he had carried out Mr. Duterte's orde...

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President threatens to block franchise of ABS-CBN

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 1 min ago
President Duterte on Thursday stepped up his attack on the press, threatening to block the renewal of ABS-CBN television's franchise when it expires in 2020.   Mr. Duterte again accused the giant network of estafa for supposedly not providing him the airtime he had paid for.   ABS-CBN is a listed company and operates TV channels, radio stations and a website.   Renewal Mr. Duterte brought up the fact that the franchise was up for renewal after he was asked if he would take legal action against the network for supposed estafa.   He said its franchise was fine as long as it adhered to journalistic standards. But he said he would block the ...

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Veteran guards out to make repeat bid tougher for Ahanmisi

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 13 min ago
LUCENA --- Winning the Obstacle Challenge is one thing, but staying on top is another. That's the reality Maverick Ahanmisi is facing as he braces for a challenging field to retain his crown here on Friday. "It's going to be a fun competition," he said. "Obviously, I'll try to win again, but I know it's going to be tough. I got a lot of tough competitors who will try to beat me." The Rain or Shine sophomore shot to the top last year as he fended off his vaunted competition to snare the Obstacle crown. This year, however, presents a different threat with guys like Stanley Pringle, Alex Cabagnot, and Sol Mercado hot on Ahanmisi's tracks. Given the depth of his opposition...

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Newsome ready to put on show in PBA Slam Dunk contest

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 22 min ago
LUCENA --- Losing last year's Dunk Contest by a mere point, Chris Newsome vowed to come back stronger this year. But more than anything, all he wants to do is to give a good show in front of an expected packed crowd inside Quezon Convention Center here. "From my side, I just want to give the fans a new show. I feel like that's why we're in this competition in the first place is to put on a show for the fans. And I know these guys don't see us play here too often, so I know they're all excited with the All-Star coming to Quezon," he said on Thursday. Newsome knows that he's up against stiff competition, especially with defending champion Rey Guevarra eyeing title number four....

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One last tryout

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 32 min ago
  LUCENA---Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes will have just one more game to make up his mind on the final roster for the National team that will try to win the Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship in two weeks. The second batch of Reyes' Gilas pool plunge into action against the PBA's Luzon All-Stars on Friday at Quezon Convention Center here, and Reyes will fill---more or less---three slots to complete his roster and join the likes of June Mar Fajardo and naturalized center Andray Blatche. The 7:30 p.m. game will be the second---and last---game for the national pool before Reyes trims the group to the 12-man lineup. Reyes, in an earlier interview, had...

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Stars’ absences worry national coach Vicente

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 41 min ago
  National women's volleyball team coach Francis Vicente has sounded an alarm regarding the absences of pool members during their Sunday practices. Vicente said he is concerned because "some of the superstars are not showing up" during the weekly training set from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Arellano University gym. The mentor said only 9 to 12 players show up during practices the past five weeks. He didn't say who among the 25 A-listers are habitually absent but said he is still confident that they are in top condition because "they are playing in different leagues." "I know they are in good condition although that depends on the coach handling their conditioning," Vice...

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Duterte, Widodo may discuss Mary Jane case

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 51 min ago
  The plight of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipino on death row in Indonesia, may come up in President Duterte's discussions with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malacaang said on Thursday.   Widodo is calling on Mr. Duterte in Malacaang today as part of his state visit to the Philippines. His visit comes a day after that of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei.   The Brunei and Indonesian leaders are also attending the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Manila.   Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Mr. Duterte might bring up the condition of Filipino workers in Brunei and Indonesia, including the case of Veloso, ...

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