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Heartbreak with tongue firmly in cheek in ‘The Accidental Influencer’

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 00:15
Comedy is a tricky thing. But the HBO Asia Originals series "The Accidental Influencer" puts the genre's angst-leavening ability to good use by mining the hard lessons learned from a person's direst and most challenging situation---like heartbreak---without a heavy hand. In the 13-part comedy, which began streaming with a three-episode rollout on HBO Go last Feb. 10, HBO Asia, Each Other Films and director Pei-Ju Hsieh cleverly utilize the acting chops of its enthusiastic Golden Horse Award- and Golden Bell-winning cast to examine protagonist Red Ho's (Golden Horse Award winner Shu-Yao Kuo of "Step Back to Glory" and "Teenage Psychic") romantic sorrows. Red, an accountant-turne...

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Glaiza de Castro on LDR with husband David Rainey, Angelica Panganiban

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 00:10
"We're not the clingy type," said actress Glaiza de Castro of her long-distance relationship with Irish husband David Rainey. "We need time away from each other to make our personalities more complete, I guess. We make sure we have time for ourselves and for each other. It's like we constantly need to reset---every three months or so---so that when we eventually see each other, the kilig is renewed. We really miss each other, and, as in a flashback, we're reminded of the time we first fell in love," Glaiza told Inquirer Entertainment in a recent virtual chat. "Of course, we communicate regularly, even though it can get crazy in terms of time zones---like right now, when he's in Ir...

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West PH Sea dispute expected to be issue in 2025 midterm polls

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 22:48
MANILA, Philippines --- The tension in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) is likely one of the issues in the 2025 midterm elections, Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea Commodore Jay Tarriela said. "The West Philippine Sea issue is likely to become a political slogan leading up to the 2025 midterm elections," Tarriela said in a Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum in Manila. "Given the heightened awareness among Filipinos regarding Chinese aggression in the region, politicians may exploit patriotic sentiments for their own gain," he added. Tarriela also warned that inflammatory remarks from politicians could esc...

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All Agusan del Sur food poosoning victims discharged from hospital

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 22:31
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur---All 216 food poisoning victims from Esperanza, Agusan del Sur have been discharged from Esperanza Medicare Community Hospital (EMCH) and neighboring public hospitals on Wednesday. The patients, who are also flood victims from the isolated village of Tandang Sora in Esperanza town, were transported home via a large pump boat operated by the Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur (SARAS) team. They were rushed to hospitals on Monday when they felt ill after consuming the food packs distributed by Philippine Red Cross (PRC) staff. Mayor Deo Manpatilan, Jr. emphasized the need to refrain from assigning blame amidst an ongoing investigations. "This is...

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PVL: Aduke Ogunsanya hurts knee in Choco Mucho win

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 22:18
MANILA, Philippines --- Choco Mucho is holding its breath after Aduke Ogunsanya hurt her left knee late in the third set of its campaign-opening win over Nxled in the 2024 PVL All-Filipino Conference on Thursday at FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City. Ogunsanya fell awkwardly off a block attempt when they were leading the third set, 21-17. The middle blocker cried in pain but after a few minutes, she was able to stand up and and was able to walk to the locker room. "We still don't know what happened to Aduke, so we're a bit down," said coach Dante Alinsunurin after their 25-12, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Nxled. "Now, it's important for us to fix our game." SCHEDULE: PVL All-F...

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Gilas pulls away to beat Hong Kong in Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 21:55
HONG KONG --- Promise delivered. Save for a forgettable first half, the new-look Gilas Pilipinas played splendidly on both ends on Thursday night to whip Hong Kong, 94-64, and take a victory many thought they would easily take. The Nationals found the gaps in their game just in time to pocket a resounding victory at Tsuen Wan Sports Centre here. SCHEDULE: Gilas at Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers window 1 Naturalized ace Justin Brownlee starred with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game back from a three-month voluntary suspension helping the Nationals, ranked 38 in the world, to a key first victory in their four-year cycle geared towards returning to the Bask...

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P6.8-M shabu seized, 2 suspects arrested in Lanao del Sur drug sting

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 21:44
COTABATO CITY -- Anti-narcotics agents, backed by police and military troops, seized on Thursday some P6.8 million worth of suspected meth and arrested two alleged drug dealers during an entrapment operation in Bubong town, Lanao del Sur. Director Gil Cesario Castro of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) identified the arrested suspects as Jamel Dimaporo, 29, and Jalil Macaayong, 19, both of Barangay Pindolonan in the town of Bubong. Dimaporo and Macaayong were immediately arrested after handing over a kilo of meth to an undercover agent during the operation at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Soldiers from the 103rd Infant...

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VP Duterte visits soldiers wounded in Lanao del Norte clash

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 21:30
  ILIGAN CITY --- Vice President Sara Duterte visited two wounded soldiers confined at Adventist Medical Center here following Sunday's clash with Islamic State-linked terrorists in Munai, Lanao del Norte. Duterte was accompanied by Major General Gabriel Viray III, commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, and Brigadier General Anthon Abrina, commander of the Army's 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade. She was also met by Iligan City Mayor Fredrick Siao in the hospital lobby. The Vice President said she was to hand some assistance to the wounded soldiers. READ: 6 soldiers killed in clash with terrorists in Lanao After the visit of Duterte, Viray pinned a "Medal fo...

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BINI explains why EP ‘Talaarawan’ will drop on International Women’s Day

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 21:26
P-pop girl group BINI disclosed that the release date --- which falls on International Women's Day --- of their upcoming EP "Talaarawan" is meant to be a celebration of their advocacy for women empowerment. On Valentine's Day, BINI announced that their first EP will be released on March 8 during a Valentine's Day event. When asked by ABS-CBN News in an interview if the release date was an intentional move on their part, the leader Jhoanna said it was a conscious decision as it's meant to be a "gift" for their fans. "Napili namin [ang date na 'to] kasi feeling namin, ang March 8 is a celebration at regalo para sa mga Blooms namin (We chose this date because we feel that March 8 ...

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PVL: Choco Mucho kicks off new season with sweep of Nxled

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 21:07
MANILA, Philippines--Despite still feeling each other out after adding a few pieces to its roster, Choco Mucho remained a force to be reckoned with to start the new Premier Volleyball League (PVL) conference. Behind the powerful Sisi Rondina and Mars Alba, the Flying Titans blasted Nxled, 25-12, 25-22, 25-18 to open their PVL campaign strong on Thursday at FilOil EcoOil Arena. Rondina and Alba, Choco Mucho's newest setter, found their connection just in time. SCHEDULE: PVL All-Filipino Conference 2024 "Mars and I rarely connect during training so I said 'maybe when game time comes, in transition, we will eventually get it," Rondina told the Inquirer after leading her ...

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Dani Alves found guilty of rape, sentenced to four and a half years in prison

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 20:45
BARCELONA, Spain --- Football star Dani Alves was found guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub and sentenced to four years and six months in prison on Thursday. A three-judge panel at the Barcelona Provincial Court convicted the 40-year-old former Brazil and Barcelona defender of sexual assault for the incident on Dec. 31, 2022. The court also ordered Alves to pay 150,000 euros ($162,000) in compensation to the victim, banned him from approaching the victim's home or place of work, and from communicating with her by any means for nine years. READ: Brazilian player Dani Alves to face trial on sexual assault in Spain Alves was in the courthouse to hear the verdict an...

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Kim Chiu admits not being open to giving a second chance

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 20:45
Kim Chiu was once again put on the hot seat when she was asked if she was the type to give second chances to an ex-boyfriend who would betray her trust, to which she said no. Without mentioning anyone in particular, Chiu was asked by her "It's Showtime" co-host Vhong Navarro during its "Expecially For You" segment if she's the type of person who believes in second chances should a partner break her heart. "Sa pagmamahal? Hindi, ilalaban mo naman talaga (When it comes to love? No, you'll fight for it," said Chiu at first. But Navarro asked Chiu again what she would do if she fought for a relationship but the partner ended up leaving her. "Halimbawa, nilaban mo naman tapos naw...

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PVL: Out of her comfort zone, Kim Fajardo still shines

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 20:35
MANILA, Philippines --- Kim Fajardo debuted in style for PLDT, dishing out 11 excellent sets in their dominant 25-22, 25-6, 25-9, win over Galeries in the 2024 PVL All-FIlipino Conference on Thursday at FilOil EcoOil Centre on San Juan. Getting out of her comfort zone may be a challenging task but the veteran setter believes her transition has been easier because of coach Rald Ricafort and the High Speed Hitters. "It was easy for me because of the guidance of my coaches and teammates. I'm happy because we got a good result on our first game but we still have a lot to polish," said Fajardo, who also scored two points. SCHEDULE: PVL All-Filipino Conference 2024 "It's my first t...

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Veterinarian appointed as BAI’s new head

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 20:35
MANILA, Philippines --- Veterinarian Enrico Miguel Capulong has been appointed as the officer-in-charge (OIC) director of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). Agriculture Secretary Francisco P. Tiu Laurel announced his decision to appoint Capulong on Thursday. Before this designation, Capulong was head of Manila South Harbor's quarantine office. Capulong graduated from Araneta University in 1986 with a degree in veterinary medicine and has a Master of Science in Agriculture degree from Pampanga Agricultural College. BIZ BUZZ: DA continues to fill up key posts Tiu Laurel also designated veterinarian Romeo Manalili as the OIC-Assistant Director of BAI. Capulong succeeded Paul...

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Beyoncé makes history on Billboard’s country music chart

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 20:15
LOS ANGELES --- Beyonc made history once again: The superstar singer has become the first Black woman to top Billboard's country music chart. The Grammy winner achieved the feat after her new single "Texas Hold 'Em" reached No. 1 on the country airplay chart this week. She dropped the song on Feb. 11 --- during the Super Bowl --- along with her other single "16 Carriages," which debuted at No. 9 on the same chart. Both songs are expected to be featured on Beyonc's upcoming, country-themed album, which is referred to as "act ii," on March 29. It's a follow-up offering to her 2022 album "Renaissance," which is frequently referred to as "Act I: Renaissance." Beyonc announced th...

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Instagram official? JM De Guzman hopes to ‘marry’ Donnalyn Bartolome

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 19:36
JM De Guzman made known his desire for wedding bells as he recently shared a photo of him and rumored girlfriend Donnalyn Bartolome after they appeared to have attended a wedding ceremony. The actor took to Instagram on Thursday morning, Feb. 22, to post a photo of him and the internet personality, expressing his desire to see the vlogger walk down the aisle. He wrote in the caption, "How I wish I see you walk down the aisle (heart eyes emoji) @donna."   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by JM De Guzman (@1migueldeguzman) Netizens' comments poured in to ask the actor if this i...

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DA delays release of fighting cocks from US as precaution vs. bird flu

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 19:13
  MANILA, Philippines --- Department of Agriculture (DA) withheld the release of about 400 fighting cocks imported from United States (US) as a precaution against bird flu. Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of DA delayed the release of game fowls from Atlanta, Georgia. The birds were delivered by a courier representing several Filipino breeders of fighting cocks, according to Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. About 30 of the game fowls also underwent a test for avian influenza. DA said the animals will be released if test results will yield negative results for the virus. "We're just being extra careful and vigilant," Laurel said in a statement. H...

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Pangilinan, Aquino, Diokno to run for Senate in 2025, says LP’s de Lima

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 18:39
MANILA, Philippines --- Former senators Kiko Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, along with human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, are the initial senatorial candidates of Liberal Party (LP) for the 2025 midterm polls. LP spokesperson Leila de Lima announced on Thursday. De Lima, in a message relayed by her staffers to INQUIRER.net, said the three personalities intend to be opposition candidates. Pangilinan, who was former vice president Leni Robredo's running-mate in the 2022 presidential polls, will be running under LP's banner, according to de Lima. Aquino and Diokno, meanwhile, are not LP members, but both ran in the opposition coalition in the 2019 midterm polls, dubbed as 'Otso Di...

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Bishop on Cha-cha: PH has ‘most liberalized economic policy’ in Asia

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 18:38
MANILA, Philippines --- Why push for economic Charter change (Cha-cha) when the Philippines has "the most liberalized" economic policy in the entire Asia? Kidapawan Bishop Jolin Colin Bagaforo pointed this out during Thursday's ecumenical gathering held in Intramuros, Manila. The gathering consisted of three parts: Panaghoy, Panalangin, and Panindigan --- all of which served as a platform to block ongoing Cha-cha efforts in Congress. READ: Cha-cha: No for framers, yes for foreign chambers "[Sa] katunayan, ang Pilipinas ang merong pinaka liberalized economic policy sa buong Asya. Kung ang gusto nilang palitan ay 'yung foreign ownership ng ating lupa ay palagay ko'y nakakatakot...

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PNP terminates 131 police from service in the first two months of this year

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/22/2024 - 18:27
MANILA, Philippines --- Around 131 police officers were dismissed from service from January 1 to February 14, 2024. Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Jean Fajardo gave the number in a press briefing on Thursday. She said most of the terminations involved officers who went AWOL (absent without leave), while the rest were proven to have committed grave offenses. "Around 131 persons po ang dismissed from the service po from January 1 to February 14, 2024," reported the PNP official. "62 cases involved in AWOL cases, while others were found guilty of grave offenses including robbery, illegal drugs, obstruction of justice, and conduct unbecoming of police o...

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