BIR’s Henares: Pia Wurtzbach has to pay taxes unless exemption law is passed

MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) — Unless a law is passed, the Queen still has to pay her taxes after all. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is still not exempted from paying her taxes in the Philippines unless she gets the approval of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, said Bureau of Internal […]

04.02.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US envoy: Sea disputes not covered by EDCA

US envoy: Sea disputes not covered by EDCA

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg on Friday clarified that the disputes in the South China Sea are not covered by the Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). “EDCA isn’t directly related to the South China Sea issues. It’s about the United States helping its ally, the Philippines, as it goes about […]

03.02.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Cuisia briefs DC-based journalists on PHL foreign policy

Cuisia briefs DC-based journalists on PHL foreign policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “In the past seven decades, the Philippines and the US have seen themselves become treaty allies, strategic partners and close friends. We believe that bilateral relations are truly at their best as they are comprehensive, dynamic and forward-looking,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said in the opening of his special briefing […]

02.02.2016 · Filled under: Local News ·
PHL economy grows 5.8% in 2015

PHL economy grows 5.8% in 2015

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) – The economy grew by 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, the highest quarterly growth for the year, but slower than the  6.6 percent a  year earlier, data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday showed. The fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) compares with the revised […]

28.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Miss Universe to push HIV awareness after crowning blunder

Miss Universe to push HIV awareness after crowning blunder

(Manila-AFP) – The new Miss Universe, back in the Philippines after an epic televised blunder surrounding her crowning, said Sunday she would use the attention the incident attracted to campaign for HIV awareness, especially in her home country. In front of an estimated one billion television viewers worldwide last December, pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly […]

Cuisia talks South China Sea tension in DC

Cuisia talks South China Sea tension in DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. addressed issues surrounding the South China Sea and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in a speech to the prestigious Foreign Policy Discussion Group (FPDG) of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, arguing that an atmosphere characterized by tension and insecurity does not bode well for economic prosperity and integration. The Ambassador outlined […]

14.01.2016 · Filled under: Local News ·

Vietnam issues second warning to China over island flights

Hanoi, Vietnam | AFP |   – Vietnam has issued its second rebuke in a week to Beijing, accusing its northern neighbour of “threatening peace” after more Chinese aircraft landed on a contested reef in the South China Sea. Chinese state media on Wednesday said two civilian planes landed on one of the islands in the Fiery Cross reef in […]

12.01.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
LBC, BOC collaborate to ensure speedy balikbayan box deliveries

LBC, BOC collaborate to ensure speedy balikbayan box deliveries

PASAY – Following through on their discussions in the recently concluded Asia Logistics Summit 2015, LBC Express, Inc., the country’s largest logistics, remittance, and courier company, and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) are working hand-in-hand to ensure that Balikbayan boxes, especially ones targeted for Christmas, arrive promptly and safely. BOC Chief Bert Lina was one […]

07.01.2016 · Filled under: Services ·
Santa absent this year in typhoon-hit PHL

Santa absent this year in typhoon-hit PHL

By Cecil Morella San Jose, Philippines | AFP |   – Wading through knee-deep floods, 12-year-old Joana Yambao pushes her infant sister in a black wash basin along the surface of the filthy water in a typhoon-hit Philippine village where residents have little to celebrate this Christmas. Under sunny skies, their mother sweeps mud from the floor of her […]

26.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Miss Colombia releases response on Miss Universe debacle

Miss Colombia releases response on Miss Universe debacle

(Relaxnews) – Miss Universe Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo has broken her silence via her official Instagram account, following Sunday night’s embarrassing fiasco at the the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. Gutierrez was awarded and then immediately stripped of the Miss Universe title, after host Steve Harvey mistakenly named her the winner, as a live television audience watched […]

24.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars ·
Japanese actress Maria Ozawa said she enjoyed doing her first movie in the Philippines.

Japanese actress Maria Ozawa said she enjoyed doing her first movie in the Philippines.

Ozawa is part of the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Nilalang”, which also stars Cesar Montano and Meg Imperial. Comparing her experience in doing movies in the Philippines and Japan, she said: “Everything was new to me, totally different from Japan, from what I’ve experienced. And I love it here, [it’s] way better than Japan… […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mix-up

Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mix-up

(Las Vegas-AFP) – Miss Colombia was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions on Sunday, before the rightful winner Miss Philippines was finally handed the glittering crown. The pageant’s host, US comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and initially announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, World News ·
Sister cities Olongapo City and VA beach unveil anchor of friendship

Sister cities Olongapo City and VA beach unveil anchor of friendship

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines and the United States further strengthened their friendship and people-to-people ties through a special dedication ceremony of the Kempsville Road – Princess Anne Intersection and the Philippine Sister Anchor of Friendship on 30 November 2015 in the Kempes Landing Park in Virginia Beach. The dedication ceremony was a symbolic gesture between sister […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Poe camp points to US Embassy doc to prove PHL residency since 2005

Poe camp points to US Embassy doc to prove PHL residency since 2005

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe did not lie when she indicated in her certificate of candidacy (COC) for president that she has been residing in the Philippines for 10 years and 11 months, her camp said Thursday. Poe’s spokesperson, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said the senator had clearly stated in a document submitted […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL to be a $1-T economy by 2030: IHS Global

PHL to be a $1-T economy by 2030: IHS Global

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines is on its way to become a $1-trillion economy by 2030, according to international analytics firm IHS Global Insight, saying it is only sovereign entity in Asia with improving credit prospects. The country is presently following a trend of improving financial fundamentals, investor confidence, and governance standards, IHS Global, noted […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Sarah Geronimo restarts career with ‘From the Top’

Sarah Geronimo restarts career with ‘From the Top’

Sarah Geronimo, Philippines’” Popstar Royalty”, aims to discover where her career as an artist is headed during and after her two-night concert at the Araneta Coliseum on Dec. 4 and 5. Christened with different titles since her career’s onset, the 27-year old recording artist and concert performer, wants to rediscover herself as an artist. She […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
PHL gets new S. Korean fighter jets

PHL gets new S. Korean fighter jets

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines | AFP |  – The Philippines took delivery of two South Korean-made FA-50 aircraft on Saturday, marking the country’s return to supersonic fighter jet status after almost a decade, amid growing tensions with China. The two new aircraft are the first of an order of 12 and signal a new readiness […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL, World Intellectual Property sign MOU to develop national strategy for intellectual property

PHL, World Intellectual Property sign MOU to develop national strategy for intellectual property

The Philippines and the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last November 25 to jointly develop for the Philippines a national strategy for intellectual property (IP), which it can use to address its needs and priorities in line with existing development policies and economic goals. WIPO is the primary international body tasked […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
PABA to push for the naming of a school in honor Larry Itliong

PABA to push for the naming of a school in honor Larry Itliong

Los Angeles, CA – The Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) spearheads an effort to name a school facility within the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) in honor of Filipino American labor leader, Larry Itliong, a native of Pangasinan, Philippines.  Itliong was the founder of the Filipino Farm Labor Union and leader of the Agricultural Workers Organizing […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Le Bourget, France | AFP |   – If mankind fails to curtail global warming, we will have to deal with fallout ranging from massive refugee crises and submerged cities to scorching heatwaves and drought, scientists say. Starting Monday, 195 nations are huddled in Paris to negotiate a climate rescue pact to rein in the […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·