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‘Kilabotitos’ Ogie and Ian to serenade fans with hits from past eras in digital show

2 hours 32 min ago
At 53 and 46, respectively, Ogie Alcasid and Ian Veneracion are at a point in their lives where younger people are starting to call them "titos." And while that may be technically true, the two artists insisted that they don't really feel their age---that the fun-loving and, at times, mischievous selves haven't really left them. For Ogie, it's Nate, his 9-year-old son with Regine Velasquez, who keeps him feeling young. "Now that we're staying at home, I have realized that I have to start teaching him things. I used to be heavily into martial arts. It's not obvious, but I love them! So, I have been training again to teach him," he told the Inquirer in a recent video conference for ...

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6 Kapamilya stars renew contracts with beleaguered network

2 hours 34 min ago
I've never lost hope," declared singer-composer Gary Valenciano, who admittedly was among our best local live performers gravely affected by the pandemic. Venues and bars were forced to shut down, while events with live audiences were called off in all parts of the globe as we battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gary's major concert to celebrate his 37th year in the biz, scheduled last November 2020, had been canceled. "I don't mean to sound too spiritual, but when you read His words, many of these things have already been stated. Instead of focusing on the problem, let's just focus on the faithfulness of God and how He will see us through. The best example here is ABS-CBN," Gar...

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Myanmar unions call for nationwide strike starting Monday

2 hours 34 min ago
An alliance of influential worker unions in Myanmar has called for an extended nationwide strike starting on Monday, with the intention of causing the "full, extended shutdown" of the country's economy in an attempt to stop a military coup. In a statement, nine labor organizations called on "all Myanmar people" to stop work in an effort to reverse the seizure of power by the military, which overthrew the civilian government on Feb. 1. Moe Sanda Myint, chairwoman of the Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar, said she believed the majority of workers would join. "We are urging to continue the strike until the dictatorship is uprooted," she said. Andrew Tillett-Saks, Myanmar...

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Teleserye an opportunity for ‘StarStruck’ alum to show his religion in a positive light

2 hours 35 min ago
As a kid, Abdul Raman was terrified of Cherie Gil. He had yet to understand the distinction between reality and fiction, and so he believed that the actress and the ruthless villains she played on television were one and the same. He didn't want to become an actor, he recalled. "What if I run into her?" He did run into her. By a curious twist of fate, Abdul joined the talent search "StarStruck" in the same year Cherie was selected to sit as one of the judges. Now, surreally enough, the two find themselves working together in GMA 7's coming drama series, "Legal Wives." But he's no longer scared, Abdul said. In fact, he now sees and treats Cherie as his "second mother." "I hav...

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In-person internship, clerkship suspended in Metro Manila hospitals as COVID-19 cases rise

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 22:58
MANILA, Philippines --- With new COVID-19 cases increasing in Metro Manila, the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) suspended face-to-face internship and clerkship rotation in hospitals in the region "until further notice." "All learning activities may be continued in virtual mode," the APMC said in an advisory issued on Sunday. For areas outside Metro Manila where COVID-19 cases are also rising, the APMC gave hospital directors the prerogative to "decide on the suspension of face-to-face rotation" guided by announcements from local and national government officials. For clinical clerkship programs, the APMC said deans of medical schools could decide on the suspens...

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5 more Filipinos abroad die of COVID-19 — DFA

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 21:39
  MANILA, Philippines --- Five more Filipinos abroad have succumbed to COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday. The new deaths were recorded in the Middle East and Africa, pushing the total number of deaths among Filipinos abroad to 1,038. The DFA said there were also 10 new COVID-19 cases recorded. To date, there are 15,089 COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, of which 9,526 are recoveries. The DFA said it "remains fully committed to monitoring the situation of overseas Filipinos and remains steadfast in promoting and protecting their welfare." In the Philippines, health officials recorded on Sunday 3,276 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the to...

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Fashion designer Ben Farrales passes away at 88

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 20:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Fashion designer Ben Farrales, whom the industry fondly calls the Dean of Philippine fashion, has passed away. He was 88. His grandniece Jaimie Farrales told INQUIRER.net the fashion designer died on Saturday, March 6. https://www.facebook.com/jaimie.farrales/posts/10158938999025446 Best known for his pieces that took inspiration from Muslim culture, Farrales was among the pioneer designers who put the Philippines on the international map of fashion. In his six decades in the industry, he took the "malong" fashion to other parts of the world like Canada, Los Angeles, New York, and more. In 2015, he was awarded by the Cultural Center of the Philippin...

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Medvedev confirmed to break ‘Big Four’ 15-year rankings grip

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 20:44
Russia's Daniil Medvedev will take the world number two ranking on March 15, the ATP said Saturday, and become the first man outside the sport's 'Big Four' to occupy the spot in almost 16 years. The 25-year-old Russian will replace Rafael Nadal as the number two behind Novak Djokovic who on Monday will set a record himself for total weeks in the top spot with 311. Since July 25, 2005, only Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have made the top two. "With the release of next week's @atptour draws, @DaniilMedwed is confirmed to become World No. 2 on 15 March," the ATP tweeted. "Medvedev will be the 1st player in the Top 2 since 25 July 2005 other than the Big 4 of...

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More than 240,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to be sent nationwide this week — Galvez

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 20:15
  MANILA, Philippines --- More than 240,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines developed by British-Swede firm AstraZeneca will be sent to all regions this week, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Sunday. Galvez said 54,500 doses of the vaccine have already been deployed in Metro Manila, Region 4-A or Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), the Cordillera Administrative Region, and Region 3 or Central Luzon. "We are expecting more than 200,000 na AstraZeneca ang maidedeploy natin (will be sent) nationwide," Galvez said in an interview over state-run People's Television Network. "For this week, to all regions, magdedeploy po tayo ng (we will be sending...

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Julia Barretto shares sweet photo with Gerald Anderson on his birthday

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 20:03
MANILA, Philippines --- For the first time, actress Julia Barretto shared a sweet photo with Gerald Anderson as she greeted him on his birthday.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Julia (@juliabarretto) "Everyday I celebrate you, but today I am extra grateful," Barretto captioned a photo of her receiving a kiss from Anderson, who turned 32 on Sunday. "Happy birthday my love, I am SO PROUD OF YOU," she went on. Earlier on Sunday, the couple made their first public appearance as their distributed relief to Aeta families in Zambales. Anderson confirmed his relationship with Ba...

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As ‘Ang sa Iyo ay Akin’ nears end, Kira Balinger thanks Grae Fernandez for his friendship, trust

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 19:35
Actress Kira Balinger expressed gratitude for the support given to her by her leading man Grae Fernandez in one of their difficult scenes together recently, in the teleserye "Ang sa Iyo ay Akin." Balinger and Fernandez were in a scene where the latter admitted that he was not her brother. It entailed a lot of dialog and there were times that it had to be cut to shoot another angle. "Every scene is always memorable with him kasi lagi siyang nagbibigay lalo na sa favorite scene ko, 'yung aminan," she said during the online press conference last Friday, for show's last two weeks on air. (He is always giving, especially in my favorite scene, the admission scene.) "The noise is there...

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House buyers still active amid COVID-19 pandemic, says DHSUD exec

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 19:32
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- The housing sector has not totally slowed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, with several developers reporting a 25-percent increase in loan takeouts, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) said. Westchester Realty, which has taken over the marketing and management of Xevera subdivisions in Bacolor and Mabalacat City in Pampanga, has reported selling 1,800 units in eight months. "It's really a basic need for every family to own a home," Del Rosario said in a meeting with Central Country Estate Inc. chair Nestor Mangio here last Friday. The more hard-up firms reported a 10-20 percent decline in s...

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38,400 more AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrive in PH

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 19:27
  MANILA, Philippines --- Some 38,400 doses of vaccines developed by British-Swede pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, the National Task Force against COVID-19 said. https://twitter.com/ntfcovid19ph/status/1368515933895991299 These vaccines were from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX facility, a global vaccine pool that ensures equitable access to COVID-19 jabs in developing countries. The additional AstraZeneca vaccines are part of the 525,600 doses promised by the COVAX facility to the Philippines. But on March 4, only 487,200 doses arrived in the country. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. had explained this was due...

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Ledecky nabs fourth win at Texas Pro Swim

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 19:12
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky closed out the Pro Swim Series in San Antonio with a dominant victory in the 800m freestyle on Saturday, her fourth win in as many days. "I wanted to finish the meet on a good note, a positive note, and that's the best I felt all week," said Ledecky, who cruised to victory in 8min 13.64sec. "I'm happy to get back in training next week coming off that." Leah Smith was a distant second in 8:25.67 and Haley Anderson third in 8:29.15. The meeting in Texas was Ledecky's first full-scale long-course competition in a year, and a key step on her path to the US Olympic swimming trials in June and the rescheduled Tokyo Games. She opened...

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Polls open for presidential election at troubled Barcelona

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 18:37
Polling opened on Sunday morning for a presidential election at crisis-hit Barcelona, where the winner will face the challenge of rebuilding the club's finances and squad. Voting started at 09:00 local time (0800 GMT) in an election reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. The three candidates are former president Joan Laporta, the favorite according to the Catalan press, Toni Freixa and Victor Font. They are running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October and was briefly taken in for questioning following police raids on the club on Monday into the 'Barcagate' scandal which revolves around allegations that Barcelona carried out a defamation campaign against cu...

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NBA G League: Ignite books last playoff spot

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 18:11
MANILA, Philippines --- G League Ignite clinched a playoff spot after routing Austin, 127-92, in the elimination round of the NBA G League Sunday (Manila time) at AdventHealth Arena inside Walt Disney World Resort. Ignite built a sizable 29-19 lead at the end of the first quarter and that foundation was big enough for the youngsters to hold off the Spurs. That lead ballooned to 34 points, 100-66, in the final seconds of the third quarter after Isaiah Todd's jumper off of Bobby Brown's assist. Ignite moved to eighth in the standings with an 8-7 record. Veteran Amir Johnson went perfect from the field going 12-of-12 for 27 points while the 19-year-old Todd put up 25 points and 11 reb...

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9 dead, 6 arrested in series of raids in Calabarzon

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 18:03
MANILA, Philippines --- At least nine were killed and six others were arrested on Sunday in simultaneous police operations across Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), the Police Regional Office 4A (PRO4A) said. Of the 9 killed, PRO 4A information officer Lt. Col. Chitadel Gaoiran said six were reported in Rizal, two in Batangas, and one in Cavite. Meanwhile, three of the six arrested were from Rizal and the other three were from Laguna. Gaoiran said eight individuals in Rizal and one in Rizal remain at large. "[Twenty four] po lahat na SW [search warrant] ang sinerve. May mga nakuha pong explosives at assorted firearms sa mga suspects," Gaoiran told INQUI...

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P16-M marijuana bricks seized in Isabela buy-bust

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 17:51
QUEZON, Isabela -- Police arrested two suspected high-value target drug dealers and seized P16-million worth of marijuana bricks here on Saturday. Police Col. James Cipriano, Isabela police director, identified the suspects as Anwar Sindatoc, 54, from Las Pias City, and Elson Cabunyag, 43, from Port Area in Manila. Investigators said the suspects were caught transacting with an undercover agent inside a moving car at the boundary of Barangay Abut here and Tabuk City in Kalinga province. The suspects engaged the policemen in a brief car chase before they were finally flagged down at a quarantine control checkpoint in Quezon. Police seized assorted boxes, sacks, and cartons...

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Amid struggles, Gorayeb finds solace in volleyball

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 17:50
MANILA, Philippines --- Sports and life in general have always been related to each other one way or another, but for the iconic Roger Gorayeb the art of volleyball is more than a career. Gorayeb did not start out as a volleyball coach, he had an odd job or two growing up, but the sport has provided him a reprieve and ultimately, happiness from the harsh realities of life. The 39-time NCAA champion battled and won against multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that forms in the plasma cells responsible for making antibodies, in June of 2020 in what he described as a medical miracle. "Until now I still have questions on how I won because even the doctors never thought that I would live, ...

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PNP files murder raps vs 8 suspects in Cotabato bombing

Sun, 03/07/2021 - 17:40
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed murder and frustrated murder charges against eight suspects in the January 27 North Cotabato bombing that killed one and injured two others. In a statement on Sunday, the PNP identified those charged as Salahudin Hassa, Lutre Aman, Tasly Saligan, Norodrin Haman, Datu Ali Camsa, Sandali Sindatok, Jordan Kamad, and Tahir Abubakar. Police said the suspects, all residents of Datu Paglas in Maguindanao, were allegedly members of the Al Khobar Group and Dawlah Islamiya-Hassan Group. The indictment was filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group before the North Cotabato Provincial Prosecutor's office. ...

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