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Make every day of May Mother’s Day at SM Supermalls

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:33
Moms are the guiding light of every family. Their unwavering love, support, and sacrifice for their families are unmatched -- from juggling work, running a household, and taking care of kids; they power through for the sake of their loved ones, and that's what makes them heroes of our home. Although the first Sunday of May is usually celebrated as Mother's Day, at SM we believe that every day in May is Mother's Day because one day of celebration is never enough to thank her for. Here are 10 ways to celebrate our #SuperMoms today and every day till the end of May or even beyond: Treat her to a scrumptious meal. Be the ladies who lunch at SM or surprise her with dinner at her f...

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Marcos eyes Laguesma, Toots Ople to head labor, migrant workers departments

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:27
MANILA, Philippines --- Presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is wooing former Labor chief Bienvenido Laguesma and migrant workers advocate Susan "Toots" Ople to join his Cabinet, his camp said Tuesday. His spokesman Vic Rodriguez said Marcos is eyeing Laguesma as his Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment while he is courting Ople to lead the newly created Department of Migrant Workers. Rodriguez said Marcos met and talked with the two before going on his "private" trip to Australia for a "much-needed rest and vacation." "Ito 'yung mga taong respetado sa larangan ng labor and employment na kanyang kinausap at tinanong kung nais maglingkod sa gobyerno, sa i...

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Andrea Brillantes no longer affected by bashers: ‘Sanay na sanay na ako’

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:16
Andrea Brillantes spoke about how she has become unbothered by bashing, explaining that she is already used to it after years in the showbiz industry. Brillantes opened up on what she feels towards her bashers after talent manager-comedian Ogie Diaz asked her how she handles them, as seen on Diaz's YouTube channel today, May 17. Diaz noted that the actress is always a subject of controversy, to which Brillantes agreed. "Hindi naman po sa manhid. It's just that hindi lang po naaapektuhan sa kanila. Lalo na parang more than 10 years na ako sa industriya kaya sanay na sanay na po ako," she said. "Nasasaktan pa rin naman ako pero at this time, hindi talaga po nakakaapekto sa akin."...

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SEA Games: Alex Eala cruises to women’s singles quarterfinal

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:15
BAC NINH -- Second seed Alex Eala started her campaign in the women's singles tennis event of the 31st Southeast Asian Games with an impressive win Tuesday at the Hanaka Sports and Service Center here. Eala, 16, blasted Phonphatehep Philavong of Laos 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals, while teammate Janaila Rose Prulla also made it to the quarterfinals without sweating it, scoring a walkover victory against Malaylack Pathummakuronen of Laos due to medical reason. Eala will face Singaporean Lynelle En Tong Lim in the next round while Prulla will take on top seed Chanelle Vang Nguyen of host Vietnam. Defending men's doubles champion Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Pat...

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Closure order vs Megaworld Corp halted as firm vows cooperation with BIR – exec

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:13
MANILA, Philippines --- The implementation of a closure order against Megaworld Corp. has been suspended by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) after company representatives assured "full cooperation" with the taxman. In a media advisory on Tuesday afternoon signed by BIR National Capital Region Director Eduardo Pagulayan Jr., the agency said the closure order purportedly for implementation on Wednesday, March 18, was "held in abeyance." "The activity tomorrow (May 18, 2022) is being held in abeyance until further notice. Representatives from Megaworld Corporation manifested their full cooperation with all the requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue," BIR said. The c...

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Robi Domingo pens poem post-elections: ‘Walang pagsisisi dahil kami’y tumindig’

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:03
Robi Domingo expressed his feelings on the results of the May 9 elections, stressing that he has no regrets for standing up for what he believes in. The "Pinoy Big Brother" host talked about the elections as he showed a photo of himself in the Makati campaign rally of Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan via his Instagram page yesterday, May 16. Both Robredo and Pangilinan are lagging behind in the partial and unofficial count by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). "Walang pagsisisi dahil kami'y tumindig / Ipinaglaban ang pinaniniwalaan gamit ang tinig," Domingo said. "Salamat sa mga Tropang nagkapit-bisig / Dahil pinakita niyo sa amin ang pag-asa a...

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Marcos on ‘private trip’ to Australia for ‘much-needed rest, vacation’

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:01
MANILA, Philippines --- The camp of presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday confirmed his trip to Australia, saying it was a "private trip" with family for a "much-needed rest and vacation." His spokesman, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, said Marcos just wanted to enjoy his few days as "Citizen Bongbong." "It's more of a private trip, a private visit for a much-needed rest and vacation for Bongbong Marcos and I think he would just want to enjoy the remaining few days before he assumes officially his office as President of the Republic," he said in a press conference. "Pinipilit na lang niya i-enjoy, momentarily, 'yung kanyang pagiging Citizen Bongbong," he adde...

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Robinsons Magnolia supports young writers with book launch of Marga Monserrate

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:59
A famous quote that goes, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up," is attributed to Spanish painter and co-founder of the Cubist movement Pablo Picasso. Before we became jaded with this thing called life or before our thoughts became muddled with day-to-day survival, our imaginations once ran wild playing house with our dolls, pretending to drive cars that are actually just huge carton boxes, or creating stories of princes and princesses in our minds. For 17-year-old writerMarga Monserrate, it was only a matter of time before the tales in her head were translated into paper---and later on, a whole novel titledIt Was A Pleasure to Be Yours, Arab...

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Over 13 million people availed MRT-3 free rides — DOTr

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:57
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said more than 13 million passengers have availed the free ride program of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) since March 28. According to the DOTr in a statement, a total of 13,150,386 commuters availed of the program from March 28 to May 16. The initial program was implemented from March 28 to April 30, with a total of 8,472,637 passengers recorded. This, however, was further increased by 4,677,749, as of May 16, when the MRT-3 extended its free rides until May 30. READ: Free MRT-3 rides extended until May 30 Apart from the free ride extension, MRT-3 also started operating its four sets of 4-car C...

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Johnny Depp’s lawyers to resume questioning of ex-wife in defamation fight

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:52
LOS ANGELES --- "Aquaman" actor Amber Heard will face more questioning on Tuesday from attorneys for her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, the Hollywood star she has accused of physical and emotional abuse before and during their brief marriage. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor, 58, is suing Heard for $50 million, saying she defamed him when she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. Heard, 36, has countersued for $100 million, arguing that Depp smeared her by calling her a liar. On Monday, she told jurors it was "torture" to see her claims being questioned and to have to defend herself to the public. "I want to move on," she said through tears. "I want Johnny to move on too...

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Zambales, 3 other Central Luzon provinces stay safe from red tide

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:48
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales---The coastal waters of this province and three other provinces in Central Luzon remained free of the toxic red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Luzon said Monday, May 16. Citing its latest laboratory test on shellfish samples, BFAR said all types of shellfish gathered from the coastal waters of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Bulacan are safe for human consumption. BFAR regularly collects samples from these areas to determine the presence of toxic microorganisms that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. In Zambales, Masinloc Bay is one of the areas that BFAR regularly monitors for the presence of red tide toxins. Red...

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Total election returns at PPCRV now at 69.68%

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:41
MANILA, Philippines --- A total of 75,107 election returns (ERs) have so far been received by poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) on Tuesday. According to PPCRV in an update that as of 10:30 a.m, the number is equivalent to 69.68 percent of the total ERs. These will be used by the poll watchdog to verify--- through the help of hundreds of volunteer encoders--- if they match with the electronic results from the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) transparency server. The total ERs received consist of 45,271 ERs from North and South Luzon, 10,033 from Metro Manila, 13,751 were from Visayas and 6,052 were from Mindanao. On the other hand, no ERs f...

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Cannes film fest launches with veterans and zombies

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:36
The red carpet is ready for the opening of the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, with Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the first guest of honor and a French zombie comedy to kick off proceedings. The masks are off, health passes are no longer needed and the world's leading cinema get-together is ready to party after two years in which the pandemic put a dampener on proceedings. Whitaker, the 60-year-old star of "The Last King of Scotland" and cult films such as "Ghost Dog" and recent TV hit "Godfather of Harlem," will pick up an honorary Palme d'Or at the opening ceremony on the Cote d'Azur.   He won an acting award at the festival back in 1988 for his role as...

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Russia says talks with Ukraine are not going on ‘in any form’ – Ifax

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:32
  Russia and Ukraine are not holding talks "in any form", Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko as saying on Tuesday. "No, negotiations are not going on. Ukraine has practically withdrawn from the negotiation process," Interfax cited Rudenko as saying. RELATED STORIES Russia's Lavrov says Finland, Sweden joining Nato makes 'no big difference' Ukraine restarts gas distribution stations, supplies in Kharkiv Nato expects Turkey not to hold up Finland, Sweden membership War in Ukraine: Latest developments Flood saves Ukrainian village from Russian occupation Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east...

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Velasco endorses Romualdez as next House Speaker

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:27
MANILA, Philippines --- House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Tuesday endorsed Majority Leader Martin Romualdez as the Speaker of the lower chamber in the 19th Congress. During their meeting in Makati City, Velasco said that Romualdez' election as the Speaker of the 19th Congress "will ensure that the legislative agenda of the incoming administration will be pursued and completed." "Romualdez has my support and friendship," Velasco said. Velasco likewise thanked Romualdez for being a "steady partner and ally" in the 18th Congress. "His strong leadership and support as our Majority Leader were crucial to the passage of relevant and timely pandemic-response measures and the appro...

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Russia’s Lavrov says Finland, Sweden joining Nato makes ‘no big difference’

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:26
  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Finland and Sweden joining Nato would probably make "not much difference" as the two countries had long participated in the alliance's military drills. "Finland and Sweden, as well as other neutral countries, have been participating in Nato military exercises for many years," Lavrov said. "Nato takes their territory into account when planning military advances to the East. So in this sense there is probably not much difference. Let's see how their territory is used in practice in the North Atlantic alliance." RELATED STORIES   'Dancing, not war': Signs of normality in Ukraine's shattered Kharkiv...

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PBA: Ginebra gets Gray from Terrafirma for Gomez de Liano, Enriquez

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:19
MANILA, Philippines---Perennial title contender and crowd darling Barangay Ginebra was among the first teams to make personnel moves ahead of the Philippine Basketball Association's 47th season. The Gin Kings on Tuesday have agreed on a deal with Terrafirma to land Jeremiah Gray, the second overall pick of Sunday's Rookie Draft, in exchange forJaviGomezde Liao and incoming sophomore Brian Enriquez. Gray, who was drafted by league doormat Terrafirma, is currently nursing his knee in the United States, but head coach Tim Cone said that the 6-foo-5 forward's rehabilitation is but a small inconvenience to the club, which is on a mission to reclaim the Philippine Cup. "Jeremiah is a tale...

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Pimentel says open to joining Senate minority; political dynasties are legal

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:11
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Tuesday expressed his disinterest in building "alliances" in the Senate, as well as his willingness to work as part of the Senate minority. "I'm not so interested in all of these alliances that they're building because I'm open to not belonging to the majority...I'm flexible enough to belongto the majority or to the minority but right now, I'm not really moving so that I will belong to the majority," he said on CNN Philippines' The Source. "If I get left behind, therefore, I will belong to the minority. Okay lang sa akin (It's okay with me)," he also said Set to end his second term as senator in 2025, Pimentel steer...

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Marcos camp on Romualdez speakership bid: We respect House independence

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:11
    MANILA, Philippines --- The camp of presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Tuesday it will respect the independence of the legislative branch as it refused to comment on the current race for the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. This development came after several political groups and prominent individuals in the House have endorsed Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, cousin of Marcos Jr., as the Speaker for the 19th Congress. "I think we're still in the 18th Congress. For the incoming, we're not yet in the position to be making any comment on that since it will be presumptuous to join the fray," Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos Jr.'...

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Q1 foreign investment pledges fall to lowest since 2009

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:09
MANILA, Philippines---Ahead of the May 9 presidential elections, pledges from foreign investors who wanted to avail themselves of tax and other perks for their forthcoming projects fell 54.1 percent year-on-year to P8.9 billion during the first quarter--also the lowest quarterly haul since the global financial crisis 13 years ago. The latest Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data on Tuesday (May 17) showed that commitments approved by the country's seven investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from January to March dropped from P19.6 billion in the first three months of last year. IPAs give away fiscal incentives to qualified projects. Historical PSA data showed that the first-qua...

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