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Palawan coastal association turns seaweeds into diplomas

18 hours 35 min ago
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY --- Twenty-three years ago, Mardy Montao moved a thousand kilometers away from her home in Negros Occidental to be with a man she met while she was on a three-day vacation in Palawan. Now, this 48-year-old woman is leading a group of seaweed farmers in the coastal community of Sitio Balintang, Barangay Isugod in Quezon. Montao is the president of the Cherish Fisherfolks Association, which has 86 members --- 22 women and 66 men. Though hesitant at first, she accepted the challenge of leading the organization. "I never dreamed of becoming president of fisherfolk because it should be a man. But it went through an election. I don't want this position, but...

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Dutch watchmaker TW Steel celebrates 10th anniversary in the PH

19 hours 50 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines - Commemorating 10 extraordinary years of fine craftsmanship and modern design in the Philippines, celebrated watch brand proudly launches limited edition watch. With only 320 pieces available, the TW Steel X is set to be a highly-covetable timepiece especially for watch collectors and fans of the Dutch premium watch brand. Starting out in The Netherlands back in 2005, TW Steel was founded by father-and-son duo, Ton and Jordy Cobelens. From a simple conversation regarding the rising popularity of oversized watches that time, the Cobelens took a big leap of faith and developed TW Steel. From the comforts of his own home, Ton started realizing their dream a...

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Undefeated Blackwater is ‘for real,’ says Ray Parks

19 hours 19 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---All eyes were on the marquee matchup featuring the top two picks in the 2018 PBA Draft. Sunday's game between Columbian and Blackwater marked the first time No. 1 selection CJ Perez and second pick Ray Parks met, but the Elite freshman would rather focus on something else. "At the end of the day, my thing is to lead my team to victory," said Parks after the Elite's 118-110 win over the Dyip. "It ain't really about one person, I want the task of guarding the best player on the other team but at the end of the day I just do my best to help my team win." Parks was the last rookie in the 2018 draft class to enter the PBA after he spent the first few months ...

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Lauv’s singing new track ‘Sad Forever’ to PH fans to be part of music video

19 hours 24 min ago
The first time he visited the Philippines in 2017, Ari Staprans Leff---the singer-songwriter popularly known as Lauv---played at malls. The following year, he joined a local music festival. But in his third and recent stop in the country, he held court at the Araneta Coliseum before thousands of screaming fans. As it turned out, it was the "biggest headlining show" he has ever done so far in his burgeoning career. "It's such an honor to be back here," said Lauv, whose bulk of listeners on Spotify comes from Quezon City---ahead of places like Jakarta, Los Angeles, London and Chicago. "Every single time I come here, it feels like second home to me for real, for real, for real....

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John Estrada at his happiest now that he and ex-wife Janice can talk amicably

19 hours 25 min ago
Actor John Estrada, whose marriage to Janice de Belen was annulled in 2004, claimed he's "at his happiest right now" in terms of his relationship with his ex-wife. "It's only recently that we've started talking with each other. Also, the court cases we've filed in the past have all been resolved," John told the Inquirer at the press conference of his latest film, Ceasar Soriano's "The Last Interview: The Mayor Antonio Halili Story." "Our kids are all grownups. It's about time for us to [act as] one for our children. I'm happy that we've reached that point now. While I can't say that we're now good friends, at least we're able to talk amicably for the sake of our children," the ...

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Jessa Zaragoza’s coming show ‘Just Right,’ one of her biggest tests after throat surgery

19 hours 27 min ago
Last year, Jessa Zaragoza was forced to cancel a guest appearance in a variety show---there was something wrong with her voice. "Three songs in, and I was already sounding hoarse," she recalled. Some of her colleagues told her it could be just stress or lack of sleep. But she knew her instrument better than anyone else. And she suspected that the problem was far more serious. "First, I was prescribed Prednisone, which didn't do much but make me gain weight. Later, I had my throat checked and was told that I had polyps. And despite my initial worries, I underwent surgery to have them removed," Jessa said in a recent pocket interview for "Just Right: The Diva and the Crooner," he...

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Derek Ramsay now a basketball player, too

19 hours 30 min ago
Derek Ramsay is determined to add more feathers in his cap. The actor, TV host, product endorser, Ultimate Frisbee player and beach soccer ambassador will soon be a basketball player. "I love the game of basketball. I always considered myself an athlete before an actor. I know there will be haters and people who will doubt me, but that's OK," Derek declared. "This is a challenge that I've decided to take on. I hope to help the team in any possible way I can." The 42-year-old is set to join the Batangas City-Tanduay Athletics team for this season's Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), which will open on June 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena. He will also play in their Dubai...

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‘The Lease’ to showcase PH in India

19 hours 31 min ago
The Philippine-made full-length indie horror flick "The Lease," starring Garie Concepcion and Italian actor Ruben Maria Soriquez, will have a theatrical release in India. The film, by Italian director Paolo Bertola, will be distributed by Mumbai-based Dhananjay Galani. It will also be screened in the United States, Europe and Canada, Soriquez told the Inquirer. "We've already signed the deal, and I think it's a great opportunity to showcase the Philippines there, especially since 'The Lease' was shot in scenic Tagaytay City," Soriquez beamed. The horror film tells the story of Filipino-Italian engineer Romano Gonzales (Soriquez) and his wife Clara (Garie), who moved to the P...

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Quest’s ‘Sasamahan Kita’ inspired by his grandma

19 hours 32 min ago
As a child living a less than ideal life, music artist Quest said it was his grandmother, a teacher, who instilled in him the importance of education. "She took care of us from the start. She inspired me to work hard and never give up," the singer-songwriter said of his lola, who prompted him to write "Sasamahan Kita"---an uplifting song for the recent campaign of PHINMA Education, a network of schools in the country. "I placed myself in her shoes and wrote about the experience," related Quest, whose real name is Jose Villanueva III. "I saw how much she dedicated her life to her profession. I saw her dedication and hard work." "Sasamahan Kita," which talks about pursuing one...

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CJ Perez relishes first duel vs Ray Parks in matchup of top two picks

19 hours 32 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---Draft orders don't matter for Columbian rookie CJ Perez, but playing against Blackwater freshman Bobby Ray Parks Jr. does. Perez was the top overall pick of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft while Parks was chosen right after him at No. 2, yet the two only got to play their first game against each other on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. While Perez was having himself a conference to remember in the Philippine Cup, where he averaged 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals, Parks was still with Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League. The delay also fanned the hype surrounding their first matchup, but Perez didn't focus on that and instead praised ...

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Grateful Justin Brownlee pays homage to late agent Sheryl Reyes

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 23:47
MANILA, Philippines---Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had himself a day not just on the basketball floor, but also outside of it. Brownlee started off his Sunday paying tribute to his late agent Sheryl Reyes who passed away earlier this month due to cervical cancer. Reyes was 38. Ginebra's amiable import wrote the words "RIP Sheryl" and "Agent from hell" on the midsole of his Air Jordan 3s that he wore in the Gin Kings' 110-95 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. "She's very important to me, and it's very unfortunate what happened," said Brownlee Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "It hurt a lot, she was very important to my life and where I'm at today in m...

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Ginebra comes back to beat Meralco behind Justin Brownlee

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 22:12
MANILA, Philipines---Defending champion Barangay Ginebra used a blistering second half to crawl back from 15 down and beat Meralco, 110-95, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum. Gin Kings' beloved import Justin Brownlee scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds and eight assists in the crowd darling's entry into the win column following a loss to Blackwater Elite last week. "We played about badly as we could in that first half. It was so discouraging and they talked about it in halftime and they came out played with so much fight in the second half," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, who had deputy Richard del Rosario take over in that turnaround. "Wasn't feelin...

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Suspended Ronald Tubid has no qualms over PBA decision

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 21:25
MANILA, Philippines---San Miguel forward Ronald Tubid wholeheartedly accepted the repercussions of his actions during the "Spider-Man" incident that disrupted Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. Tubid hit court invader Paolo Felizarta, who dressed up as the Marvel superhero, with a cheap shot after the latter collided with Beermen center and five-time MVP, June Mar Fajardo. The PBA slapped Tubid with a P75,000 fine and three-game suspension for his actions. "I've said right after the incident that I'm sorry for what I've done and I'm man enough to accept what the PBA imposed on me," said Tubid Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I went overboard the PBA rules." Tubid ...

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4 killed in separate gun attacks in Maguindanao

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:55
COTABATO CITY, MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- Four were killed, two of them applicants to the Philippine Army, in separate gun attacks in Maguindanao over the weekend, police here said. On Sunday, at past 1 p.m., two men on a motorcycle were waylaid by still unidentified gunmen aboard another motorcycle in Barangay Rebuken, Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao. Maj. Julhamin Asdani, chief of the Sultan Kudarat Municipal Police Station, identified the victims as Celso Kusain, 25, and Anthony Jumadiao, 23. They came from Cotabato City and were on their way to their hometown in Parang, Maguindanao when attacked. Both died on the spot after being shot several times in different parts...

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Maduro invites Huawei to set up 4G network in Venezuela

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:51
  CARACAS, Venezuela --- Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro is inviting China's Huawei to help set up a 4G network in Venezuela, prompting opposition leader Juan Guaid to accuse him of having an "absolute disconnection with reality." Guaid said Friday that telecommunications problems were due to the "poor use of state resources and funds." Maduro said a day prior that he wants to make a joint investment with Huawei and other Chinese and Russian companies to improve infrastructure. But he didn't offer details about how such a project would work in a country gripped by hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods. The United States calls Huawei a threat to national s...

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Ex-Facebook exec recommends Zuckerberg step down as CEO

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:45
SAN FRANCISCO --- Facebook's former security chief is disagreeing with calls to break up the social network. Instead, Alex Stamos believes the way to fix problems is for Mark Zuckerberg to step aside as CEO. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and other critics contend that government regulators should require Facebook to spin off popular services such as Instagram and WhatsApp. But Stamos believes that just creates "three companies that have the same fundamental problems." Facebook has been grappling with such problems as privacy, fake news and hate speech. Zuckerberg remains the company's controlling shareholder, making it unlikely he will be replaced without his consent....

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Surging Blackwater remains perfect, downs Columbian

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:34
MANILA, Philippines---Blackwater continued its perfect run early in the conference after turning back Columbian, 118-110, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Elite moved to solo first in the standings with a 3-0 record with TNT and NorthPort tied in second at 2-0. Alexander Stepheson came up big for the Elite, putting up 26 points, 21 rebounds, and seven blocks while this year's second overall pick Bobby Ray Parks Jr. had 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. The win, however, did not come easy for the Elite with the Dyip able to stay in the thick of the fight. Blackwater started the final quarter up, 92-79, but only ...

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The Boring Company approved to start underground tunnel in Las Vegas

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:17
Elon Musk has announced that The Boring Company will begin its first commercial project in two months; the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Board of Directors approved a Boring Company contract to create an underground transport tunnel to hasten trips across the Las Vegas Convention Center grounds for convention and trade show visitors. Earlier this week, The Boring Company won its first commercial contract to build a high-speed underground transport tunnel. According to The Guardian, the convention center will be paying the company $44 million (around P2.2 billion) to create a loop system that connects all the convention center halls, reducing the transport time from the New Exh...

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie now set for 2020

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:08
Three weeks after its title character was promised a makeover, video game adaptation "Sonic the Hedgehog" is now due four months later than expected, with a new February 2020 date announced. Sonic the Hedgehog did not quite look his usual self in the debut trailer for his self-titled movie. Its director, Jeff Fowler, is now following up on an earlier promise to make adjustments to Sonic's appearance with news that the movie will be released later than first announced. The hashtag, "No VFX artists were harmed in the making of this movie," relates to discussions around the reasonableness of requests to rework Sonic's a...

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‘Call of Duty’ 2019 to be ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’

Sun, 05/26/2019 - 19:04
This year's entry to the "Call of Duty" franchise appears to be called "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare", the name leaking after a few weeks of private demonstrations. The sixth "Call of Duty" game within its Modern Warfare sub-series is to take the name "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" according to YouTuber and Twitter user LongSensation. It helps establish a recent trend for bac...

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