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Fatigue factor?

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:40
  Fresh from conquering the Southeast Asian Games, five players will plunge straight into semifinal action when the PBA Governors' Cup resumes at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday. Barangay Ginebra will field Gilas Pilipinas regulars Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter in its showdown with NorthPort, and the main concern is the quick turnaround from having to represent the national team to fending off a squad that has positioned itself as a giant-slayer. But Tim Cone thinks that the Gilas standouts in the Kings' roster will actually be a positive influence on the team and that fatigue will hardly be a factor. "[T]hose players who participa...

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ICTSI takes over port concession in Brazil

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:40
Tycoon Enrique Razon Jr.-led port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has officially taken over the port terminal project at Port of Rio de Janeiro City in Brazil after getting all the regulatory clearance needed to consummate its P9.1-billion purchase of the port concession. ICTSI also disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday that it had received about 27 million euros (P1.52 billion) from the Sudanese government as second partial repayment of the upfront fee for the aborted terminal project in Sudan. "We continue productive discussions with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Republic of the Sudan for the refund of the rema...

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Common station to link Taguig monorail, Makati subway in Guadalupe

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:35
The proponents of key skyway and subway systems have agreed to form a vital interconnection at the Edsa-Guadalupe junction, giving commuters a mass transit option between the cities of Makati and Taguig, two thriving central business districts where traffic gridlock is an everyday woe. Businessman Antonio Tiu-led Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc. said Makati City Subway Inc. (MCSI) had accepted a term sheet from tycoon Andrew Tan-led Megaworld Corp. for the creation of a joint-venture company that would develop a common station for the Makati subway system and the proposed Skytrain of Infracorp Development Inc. "The common station of the two train systems shall have access and conn...

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Best of theater 2019

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:30
No less than 14 previously staged, full-length Filipino productions returned this year. 9 Works Theatrical brought back its APO Hiking Society musical "Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!". The crowd-favorite Eraserheads show "Ang Huling El Bimbo" played three sold-out runs at Resorts World Manila. Floy Quintos' "The Kundiman Party" moved from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman to the Peta Theater Center, and "Himala, Isang Musikal," coproduced by 9 Works and The Sandbox Collective, reappeared even better than its already perfect form in 2018. Two perennials also turned up---a record-setting seventh run of "Rak of Aegis," and the fourth (and inarguably best) version of Tanghalang Pil...

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Treasury eyes repeat of ‘premyo’ bond offer as sales breach P4B

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:30
The Bureau of Treasury is planning another round of "premyo" bond sale next year as this year's offer raised more than P4 billion in additional funding for the government's priority programs and projects. In a text message Friday, National Treasurer Rosalia V. de Leon said the Treasury would recommend to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III a "repeat performance" of the premyo bonds offer. As of 1 p.m. Friday, the Treasury already sold more than P4 billion of the one-year IOUs, De Leon said. The premyo bonds were made available to individuals, associations such as non-stock and loans associations as well as employee associations, cooperatives, employee retirement funds, pro...

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‘Lam-ang’: Filipino musical theater’s needed return to legend

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:20
A marvelous sense of scale, local texture and atmosphere pervades "Lam-ang," Tanghalang Pilipino's new musical adaptation of the Ilocano epic poem "Biag ni Lam-ang." In its best moments, the production has a hypnotic, phantasmagorical feel to it, summoning through the power of words and music a lost world that is unmistakably Filipino. Unfortunately, it is burdened by Eljay Castro Deldoc's dissonant narrative rendering. Splitting the musical into two acts, Deldoc somehow has also written two entirely different shows: The first half, mesmerizing but also wearying to a degree, is clearly more in tune with the spirit of an epic; the second half is a mind-boggling rom-com with shades o...

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Pangulasian—Condé Nast’s top resort—reopens

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:10
The reopening of Pangulasian Island Resort in El Nido, Palawan, earlier this month was awaited by luxury travelers eager to again experience the island's myriad charms. After all, the property was once more listed by Cond Nast Travelers as one of the Top Resorts in Asia in its 2019 Readers' Choice Awards. For six months, the famous resort was closed for refurbishments, foremost of which was the replacing of the thatched, peaked roofs made of cogon grass, a signature detail of the resort's structures. "It costs around P2 million to replace the cogon for each villa," said resident manager Heidi Hocson. The painstaking work includes finding a reputable supplier, tying u...

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How Filipinos can take an active part in sustainable tourism

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:00
For Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Boracay's rehabilitation was a wake-up call to everyone. "It inspired a movement to take care of our tourist spots because it showed what would happen if we didn't. We always remind them that our natural wonders, which provide jobs to many, won't last if we don't do our part in actively preserving them," Puyat told Lifestyle. She shares some concrete steps Filipinos can take to ensure that these tourist spots continue to flourish. 1. Don't litter: Throw your trash in the right bin. 2. Ask for permission first before taking a picture with the locals. 3. Leave all the shells, starfish and sand where they belong. 4. Buy lo...

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