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Angels look to close out HD Spikers

7 hours 7 min ago
It's not often that a team can spot a problematic part of its game despite coming from a victory. Petro Gazz has that advantage. "We learned our lesson against Cignal when we let go of [parts of] the third set," said Angels coach Rald Ricafort. "We have to lose the complacency [we fall into] when we get a two-set lead, because there is that chance that we turn [our game] off a little bit." Ricafort was referring to a previous game against the HD Spikers where they blew three match points in the third set before closing out the match in the fourth. But he might as well have been talking about Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference championship. Th...

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Gov’t cuts economic growth forecast for 2023 to 6-7%

9 hours 6 min ago
The Philippine government's economic managers on Monday lowered the growth outlook for 2023, following a year of record-high inflation and the substantial weakening of the local currency. The inter-agency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) cut the growth forecast for the country's gross domestic product---which is used as a measure of the size and health of a country's economy---to 6-7 percent, from the original 6.5-8 percent. "This momentum is expected to slightly decelerate in 2023 and range from 6 to 7 percent considering external headwinds, such as the slowdown in major advanced economies," the DBCC said in a statement. The DBCC is comprised of the secretar...

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BTS’ Suga reaches 400M views with ‘Daechwita’ video

10 hours 12 min ago
Suga of BTS amassed 400 million views on YouTube with the music video for his solo work "Daechwita," according to label Big Hit Music on Monday. The video came out in May 2020 and reached the milestone on Sunday. "Daechwita" fronted the artist's second solo mixtape "D-2," sampling a traditional Korean marching tune of the same name. The song hit the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 76 and the mixtape on listed on the Billboard 200 at No. 11, entering both charts simultaneously for the first time as a solo K-pop musician. The No. 11 spot was the highest rank for a K-pop solo act at the time. In the meantime, he announced via Twitter last week that he will launch a talk show -- tit...

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Marcos creative comms adviser Soriano says he will reach out to critics

10 hours 19 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- In his new post as the presidential adviser for creative communications, film director Paul Soriano said on Monday he would "reach out" to critics and work with them to "make the creative industry even greater." Soriano admitted that politics in the Philippines has been "very polarizing." "Let's be honest. It has been very polarizing, right? But I choose to see the creative in them rather than the other side. So I want to reach out to my fellow creative people in the industries out there. Let us work together," he said. "Yes, we can disagree on many things, but let us agree that we can make and we can show the world how creative we are. We may disagre...

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25 years in the biz, Allen Dizon no longer in it for the money

10 hours 47 min ago
In the beginning, I was simply in it for the money," recalled actor Allen Dizon, who is celebrating his 25th year in the business this year, adding that he now has nothing but love and gratitude to the industry that took care of him well. While there is no definite plan yet, Allen said he is considering sharing his life experiences to young and aspiring artists through acting workshops or by working behind the camera as a way to pay it forward. "Twenty-five years ago, my goal was to finish school so I would be able to help my family financially. I also wanted to make sure that my siblings receive the education they deserve. To earn money was the main reason I tried to make it i...

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Aubrey Caraan of Pop Girls ‘nervous’ to go solo again

10 hours 52 min ago
After years of performing as part of the music group Pop Girls, singer-actress Aubrey Caraan is back performing as a solo artist. And the transition, she admitted, was quite nerve-racking at first. "I started out solo before joining Pop Girls. And after being with the group for years, I became accustomed to sharing the stage with other members. But then we disbanded [in 2017]. I was very nervous going solo again because I wasn't sure how I should carry myself onstage and interact with the fans. Those were my worries," she told the Inquirer at a recent virtual conference. Aubrey, who finished fourth in the reality singing competition "Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers" in 200...

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Marcos expects stronger ties with Mauritania, Mongolia

11 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. expects to develop stronger bilateral relationships with Mauritania and Mongolia. That was what he told the ambassadors of the two countries --- newly designated B.A. Samba Mamadou of Mauritania and Enkhbayar Sosorbaram of Mongolia --- in a meeting in Malacaang on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Press Secretary. Mamadou said Mauritania had been trying to extend its relations beyond traditional partners like Japan, China, Turkey, and the European Union to new ones. Mauritania, he said, recognizes the Philippines' history as a producer of rice, one of Mauritania's main commodities. He pointe...

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PH, Laos to boost agricultural trade, people-to-people exchange

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:39
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines and the Lao People's Democratic Republic have vowed to boost ties in the agricultural sector, as well as to strengthen people-to-people exchange between the two nations. According to the Office of Press Secretary in a statement, this came after the Lao Ambassador to the Philippines Sonexay Vannaxay presented his credentials to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Malacaang on Monday. According to Marcos it is time for the two nations to explore a stronger bilateral relationship, especially with both being part of Southeast Asia. "Agriculture in the Philippines has become a very high priority for this government. And so if there ...

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A slap, a maverick and some ABBAtars: the 2022 showbiz stories

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:39
LONDON --- From a shocking Oscars slap to a virtual ABBA taking to the stage, this year has seen a range of entertainment stories dominate headlines. Below are some of the biggest. * Will Smith smacked Oscars presenter Chris Rock in the face for making a joke about his wife's hairstyle in a shocking moment that overshadowed Hollywood's top awards ceremony. Smith went on to win best actor. * A tearful Adele postponed her Las Vegas residency the day before the concerts were due to start, saying half her crew had COVID-19 and the pandemic had caused delivery delays. She kicked the shows off 10 months later. * Johnny Depp and Amber Heard faced off in a Virginia court afte...

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Nueva Ecija, Tarlac among Luzon areas with highest COVID positivity rate

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:30
MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga--- The provinces of Nueva Ecija and Tarlac were among the areas in Luzon that registered the highest weekly COVID-19 positivity rate as of Dec. 3, the independent pandemic monitor Octa Research disclosed on Monday, Dec. 5. According to OCTA fellow Guido David, 23 Luzon provinces, including the National Capital Region, posted high and increasing weekly positivity rates. Nueva Ecija's positivity rate rose from 32.9 percent on Nov. 26 to 39.1 percent on Dec. 3, while that of Tarlac fell from 36.5 percent to 25.3 percent during the same period, but was still considered high. The COVID-19 positivity rate is the percentage of tests that turn out positive. ...

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Bill granting PH citizenship to Justin Brownlee hurdles second reading in Senate

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:29
MANILA, Philippines --- A measure aiming to grant Philippine citizenship to basketball player Justin Brownlee hurdled second reading in the Senate on Monday. Brownlee currently plays as an import for Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Ginebra first brought in Brownlee as its reinforcement in 2016 and the 34-year-old forward has helped the Gin Kings win five PBA titles since his arrival. Senators deliberated on House Bill No. 6224 or An Act Granting Philippine Citizenship to Justin Donta Brownlee during the plenary session. Senators took into consideration Senate Bill Nos. 1336, 1516, and 1519 under Committee Report No. 13, which had the same goal. ...

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Senate panel OKs creation of Negros Island Region

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:07
MANILA, Philippines --- Five measures seeking the establishment of the Negros Island Region were approved by the Senate committee on local government on Monday. The panel, chaired by Senator JV Ejercito, passed Senate Bill Nos. 126, 89, 812, 1422, and 1469. The Negros Island Region would consist of the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. The bills, the senator noted, are needed to bolster the efficiency of service delivery in the areas and to provide convenience to its residents. "Malinaw po ang pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan sa Negros Occidental at Negros Oriental na gawing isang rehiyon ang Negros Island upang mas mapabilis at mailapit ang mga se...

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15 ‘drug dealers’ nabbed in Olongapo City

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:40
OLONGAPO CITY--At least 15 alleged drug dealers were arrested in a series of operations here in the past week, police said Monday, Dec. 5. In a report, the Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO) said seven anti-narcotics operations from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 led to the confiscation of 8.44 grams of "shabu" or crystal meth valued at P53,392. During the same period, six more people were arrested in separate police anti-gambling operations. According to the OCPO, 11 others, who were among the most wanted fugitives in the city, were also collared last week. INQ   RELATED STORY: 3 'drug dealers' yield over P21,000 meth in Olongapo City JPV...

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Repertory Philippines goes live again via ‘Carousel’ with Karylle, Gian Magdangal

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:28
MANILA, Philippines --- Karylle and Gian Magdangal are back on the musical theater stage, and they will lead the cast of Repertory Philippines' staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel" that marks not only the theater company's return to live productions, but also their 55th anniversary this year. Dubbed by Time Magazine as the greatest musical of the 20th century, "Carousel" tells the story of Billy Bigelow (portrayed by Magdangal) and Julie Jordan (played by Karylle) set in the "Great Depression" of 1920s United States. Under the direction of Toff De Venecia, the current iteration utilized post-modern techniques in presenting the narrative to its audience. "Though we ha...

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Rain likely in Batanes, Cagayan; fair weather for rest of PH – Pagasa

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:18
  MANILA, Philippines --- Some areas in Northern Luzon are expected to see rain on Tuesday, December 6, due to the shear line, as generally fair weather may possibly prevail over the rest of the country. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. weather bulletin on Monday that Batanes and Cagayan will experience rain due to the shear line anticipated to bring overcast skies, as well as scattered rain with thunder and lightning. As for Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, good weather continues despite partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. "Dito sa bandang Batanes pa...

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OCTA sees increase in COVID-19 positivity rate in Ilocos region

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:08
  LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte---Three provinces in the Ilocos region recorded an increase in COVID-19 positivity rate between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, according to independent pandemic monitor OCTA Research on Monday, Dec. 5. OCTA's data showed that Ilocos Norte's positivity rate increased to 11.1 percent on Dec. 3, compared with 7.8 percent on Nov. 26. The neighboring province of Ilocos Sur also saw a rise in the positivity rate, climbing to 36.2 percent from 32.9 percent during the same period. A slight increase in its one-week positivity rate was also noted in Pangasinan province, up to 16.6 percent on Dec. 3 from 16.5 percent on Nov. 26. In La Union, the weekly COVID-19 ...

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PNP chief says colonel in NAIA altercation with security guard relieved

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:00
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has relieved the police colonel involved in an altercation with a security guard at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). According to PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., the bickering stemmed from a misunderstanding between airport authorities and PNP Aviation Security Group National Capital Region (AVSEG-NCR) chief Col. Cesar Gerente after the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) implemented new security arrangements at the NAIA Terminal 1. Azurin said that MIAA security officers allegedly challenged Gerente about why he was doing rounds within the airport premises while in his uni...

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Senate ratifies reconciled version of P5.268-trillion 2023 budget

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 19:59
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate ratified on Monday the reconciled version of the 2023 national budget amounting to P5.268 trillion. The Congress' Bicameral Conference Committee approved on Monday morning the consolidated version of the proposed 2023 budget, containing the reconciled versions from the Senate and House of Representatives. Senator Sonny Angara, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, presented the reconciled version of the proposed budget during the plenary session. Angara told his fellow senators that there is huge support for agriculture and food security. "Mananatili ang makabuluhang pondo para sa sektor ng agrikultura sa ilalim ng Department o...

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Sunshine Dizon confined in hospital due to bronchitis: ‘So far, thank God it’s not COVID-19’

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 19:57
Sunshine Dizon gave an update on her health after she disclosed that she was diagnosed with bronchitis, aside from suffering from mental health conditions. The actress shared her diagnosis while showing herself with an oxygen mask and dextrose injection through her Instagram page on Sunday, Dec. 4. "So this is my best effort to look cute and feel my rays of sunshine to uplift my spirits," she said in the caption. "So far, thank God it's not [COVID-19]." "Again, I tested negative for COVID-19. So far, what my [pulmonologist] is saying is bronchitis," she added. Dizon then appealed to fans to include her as well as those "battling something" in their prayers. "I know pra...

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House ratifies Bicam’s consolidated P5.268-T proposed 2023 nat’l budget

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 19:51
MANILA, Philippines --- The bicameral conference committee's report containing the consolidated version of the proposed P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023 has been ratified by the House of Representatives. During the tail end of the session on Monday, Majority Floor Leader and Zamboanga City 2nd District Rep. Manuel Jose Dalipe moved to ratify the bicameral committee's report, which was approved just this morning. House Speaker and Leyte 1st District Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez presided over the viva voce voting. READ: Bicam approves consolidated version of proposed 2023 budget With the House ratification, lawmakers would await the Senate's ratification before t...

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