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‘4 white men’ name their US bar ‘Barkada’—and the internet reacts

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 55 min ago
  The ugly head of cultural appropriation (though I think misappropriation is more accurate) appeared again when a bar in Washington, D.C., named itself Barkada. Mostly young Filipinos criticized the "four white men" who own the place for using the Tagalog word. The label of cultural misappropriation was mainly because the owners are white and because the bar did not serve Filipino food nor Filipino drinks. Yet, there were those who thought the name was a great idea. For non-Filipinos, the term needs to be explained, so people learn that it means a group of friends. A friend commented that it celebrates the spirit of togetherness. To the people who objected, she had one...

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Inflation hits 6-month high

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 57 min ago
The lack of public transportation while more Filipinos returned to work during the gradual easing of the lockdown pushed transport costs higher for the second straight month in July, pushing inflation to a six-month high of 2.7 percent year-on-year, the government reported on Wednesday. The latest Philippine Statistics Authority data showed that the rate of increase in prices of basic commodities last month was the fastest since the 2.9 percent posted in January. Month-on-month, consumer prices in July inched up 0.4 percent from June. The July headline rate brought the seven-month average to 2.5 percent, within the government's 2-4 percent target range. In particular, transpo...

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Agriculture posted growth in 2nd quarter

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 13 sec ago
Despite disruptions in the country's food supply chain caused by lockdown measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the agriculture sector was still able to register a 0.5-percent growth in the second quarter, thanks mainly to the increased demand for staple crops like rice and corn. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that farm production rose by 0.5 percent after a contraction of 1.4 percent in the first quarter. Similarly, the value of agricultural produce increased by 4.6 percent to P439.8 billion. The Department of Agriculture saw the latest figures as a welcome surprise, as Agriculture Secretary William Dar said they were expecting a negative perfo...

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‘Pindang damulag,’ ‘tidtad,’ ‘hornong pistu’—heritage Capampangan dishes now in Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 36 sec ago
  Pampanga's best is now available in the metro---and we're talking not just about the food, but also the province's notable chefs and restaurateurs. Composed of Sau del Rosario (25 Seeds), Den Lim (DenLim's Kitchen), Howard Dizon (Howard Dizon's Catering), Cherry Pasion-Tan (Apag Marangle), Vince Garcia (Rainforest Kitchene), Judy Uson (Caf Noelle), Froi Cruz (Cioccolo), and beloved home cook Aling Mila Gomez of Mila's Tokwa't Baboy in Angeles City, the Culinarya Pampanga was formed in December 2016 to preserve and promote Kapampangan cuisine. Though the pandemic makes it hard for people to travel, this group is making it easy to enjoy a most welcome escape through the...

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2 San Miguel projects get toll road status

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 2 min ago
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) won the Philippine government's recognition for two proposed expressway projects---including an elevated road from Manila to Rizal province over the Pasig River---that will stretch hundreds of kilometers across Luzon once completed. Through the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), the Department of Transportation declared the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Toll Road 5 and Pasig River Expressway (Parex) as toll road projects, a statement on Wednesday showed. The declaration allows key agencies such as the TRB, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Finance and the National Economic and Development Authority to move forward with discussions ...

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MECQ finally calms market, but grim growth data lurks

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 4 min ago
The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) gained on Wednesday as investors digested a slew of earnings reports and ahead of the government's disclosure of the second quarter economic data. The PSEi closed higher by 1 percent or 58.08 points to 5,833.58 while the broader all-shares index was up 0.86 percent, or 29.2 points, to 3,456.29. All subsectors ended in positive territory, with mining and oil and financials leading the way with respective increases of 3.32 percent and 2.6 percent. Chris Mangun, research head at stock brokerage firm AAA Equities, said investors also welcomed the less restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). "Most businesses r...

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Versatile bacon mushroom sauce, cheese sticks, smoked bacon

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 4 min ago
  Mother-and-son team Maureen and Mio Ferrer of MM Bites are no strangers to good food. Maureen started baking at a young age and her only child grew up watching his mom cook. Maureen makes some of the tastiest home-cooked meals. Her baked spaghetti is one of the best, as is her lasagna. Each bite is a taste of home. Inspired by the sprouting of home-cooked meals being offered on Instagram, Mio thought his mother's treats should also be offered for others to enjoy. Maureen encouraged the incoming college senior to pursue the idea. It is her way of guiding him to run a small business, from digital marketing and customer service, to production and purchasing. "Since...

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Liberalized retail trade still gov’t priority

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 5 min ago
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to make it easier for foreign businesses to set up shop here, easing their burden at a time when the health crisis has left Filipino mom-and-pop stores struggling to even pay rent. In a recent Zoom conference with foreign business groups, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government wanted to improve the investment climate in the Philippines as part of its strategy to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. To do this, the DTI wanted Congress to pass economic bills, including amendments to the retail trade law and the Public Service Act. The House of Representatives already passed these amendments in March, ...

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Cell tower applications pending beyond 7 days deemed approved

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 8 min ago
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) said the pending applications of Globe Telecom and Smart Communications---as well as those of cell tower companies---are automatically approved if they have been left pending for more than a week. Arta Director General Jeremiah Belgica said in a Viber message to reporters on Tuesday night, adding that they had already asked the private sector stakeholders to give them a list of their pending applications. He did not respond to requests for clarification when asked to give details about the backlog, such as an estimate of the number of pending applications.This followed President Duterte's statement giving telco giants until December to improve their ...

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Healthful, refreshing ‘bignay’ juice

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 10 min ago
  Also called Queensland cherry, salamander tree, currant tree, bugney and by its scientific name antidesma bunius, bignay is a fruit that's little known in the Philippines' urban areas. Yet bignay has many health benefits. It contains vitamins A, C, E and B1, aside from iron, minerals, potassium and phosphorus, according to healthbenefitstimes.com. Because of its antioxidant properties, bignay is said to lower cholesterol, help fight cancer and help maintain a healthy heart. That's a whole wealth of benefits for such a tiny fruit---just 8 to 10 mm long. Indigenous to Southeast Asia and Western Australia, bignay is rarely cultivated and grows wild in the second growth f...

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E-Painters will come out better at PBA restart, vows Garcia

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 10 min ago
  Rain or Shine (ROS) coach Caloy Garcia feels the long layoff in the PBA caused by the COVID-19 pandemic should work to the advantage of the Elasto Painters, whose lineup is stacked with young and talented upstarts determined to prove their worth.Eight players in the ROS roster for the Philippine Cup are under 30 years old, including four rookies in first-round picks Adrian Wong, Clint Doliguez, Prince Rivero and Vince Tolentino as the Painters build for the future with the help of veterans James Yap, Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood. While practices remain on hold after Metro Manila was placed on modified enhanced community quarantine, Garcia can't help but express his excitement...

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5,000-year-old ice caps have completely disappeared

CNN Top Stories - 4 hours 21 min ago
New satellite images from NASA show that Canada's St. Patrick Bay ice caps have completely disappeared.
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Teacher dies alone and isolated in mock obituary

CNN Top Stories - 4 hours 33 min ago
Art teacher Jeremy Dumkrieger wrote his own mock obituary describing a lonely and isolated death due to Covid-19 in the hopes that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will mandate masks ahead of schools reopening.
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See what bomb expert thinks caused Beirut explosion

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 34 min ago
An ex-British Army explosive expert says the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, shows the tell-tale signs of an ammonium nitrate explosion. CNN's Sam Kiley reports.
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Esper: 'Most believe' it was an accident, despite Trump's claim

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 51 min ago
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that "most believe" that the explosion in Beirut "was an accident, as reported," despite President Donald Trump's claim a day prior that it was an attack.
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Keilar debunks Trump campaign official: You've got to shovel B.S.

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 52 min ago
CNN's Brianna Keilar fact checks Trump 2020 campaign official Mercedes Schlapp's claim that a Nevada law allows people to send in their votes after the polls close.
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The purpose of this odd flying metal cylinder that SpaceX launched

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 53 min ago
SpaceX launched an experimental rocket prototype on a "hop test" this week during which the giant tank-like vehicle — reminiscent of an old metal grain silo — soared nearly 500 feet above ground before touching down safely on a nearby ground pad.
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Weed is not good for your heart, studies say

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 11 min ago
You may love smoking weed, but it does not love your heart, according to the American Heart Association's new scientific statement on marijuana.
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