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Peso ends at new 7-year peak
2007-10-26 03:05:00
THE PESO closed at a seven-year peak yesterday, bucking the nervousness in global markets after weak earnings and housing data from the US. The peso closed at a new record of P44.04, 24 centavos stronger than Wednesday’s P44.28 and taking its gains in the past six weeks to more than 6%. The peso was last seen at $1:P44.03 in July 2000. The local currency opened at P44.17, went as low as P44.18 and as high as P44.03 per dollar, but the central bank intervened to curb the peso’s appreciation, another trader said. "There are strong flows from various sources — investments, overseas workers, equity flows and speculative funds," a trader said. "There will be swings like what we saw this week. But the overall trend is still for a stronger peso until yearend, and that should continue next year if there is no political risk," he added. Another trader said the central bank had been seen buying dolla...
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Virtual flowers offered to Glorietta mall blast victims
2007-10-25 03:00:00
By Erwin OlivaMANILA, Philippines -- Filipino blogger Ding Fuellos thought nobody would notice his simple act of extending his sympathies to families who have lost their loved ones in last week's mall blast that killed 11 people. "Everyone seems to be blogging about what happened, to the point of pointing fingers at every possible suspect in the country. Everyone is busy trying to know what the cause of the blast was. Every blogger is interested on the political angle, and its repercussions, too mechanical, too cognitive. But no one is paying attention to the mourners themselves. I would have written my own blog about this incident but what counted more was the fact that there seems to be no one expressing their sympathy to the families of the victims," Fuellos said in an e-mail interview. Fuellos, author of the Inkblot: Life Unravaled blog, has urged bloggers to offer their prayers and post a photo of a flower in their blogs. Initially, the response was not very encouraging. He ...
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Bohol - Splendor Underwater And Over Hills
2007-10-24 02:41:00
by Remus Mark CarballoBrief Description Another gem of the Visayas, Bohol ’s historical significance extends way back to the blood compact between Boholano Chieftain Sikatuna and the Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, in 1565. Scenic Bohol casts an enigmatic charm drawn from the many archaic mementos spread throughout the oval-shaped island: from the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier to 16th century watchtowers and Jesuit Baroque mission churches. The Chocolate Hills, all of 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills, are undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction in the province. Among these hills that abound in Central Bohol, two have been developed into top-class resorts. One of the rare faunas found in the Philippine archipelago, the Tarsier is the smallest primate in the world. It is a nocturnal primate measuring from four to five inches, with a tail that is longer than its body. Those interested in tarsier watching are always welcomed by the Boholanos to see the fa...
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The Philippines’ next business and tourism hub is rising in Bay City
2007-10-23 02:58:00
The vision of Henry Sy Jr.Philippine conglomerate SM Investments Corporation (SMIC), has embarked on a multi-billion peso development project for the construction of a 60-hectare mixed-use complex envisioned to become a premier business and tourism destination in the Philippines. Dubbed the “Mall of Asia Complex”, the project is located along the coast of Manila Bay and will consist of technologically- advanced infrastructure integrated with office, retail, institutional, residential, and leisure components. The complex is now home to the Philippines’ largest shopping mall, the SM Mall of Asia, and will soon boast of the latest business and IT hub, the country’s largest convention center, a 16,000-seat sports and entertainment arena, and a wide range of facilities with recreational, tourism, and residential uses. “We envision the Mall of Asia Complex to be a prime business and tourism district in the country and in the region,” says SM Investments Corporation executive vic...
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Scientists Exploring Sea Basin Off Philippines Coast Discover Rare Marine S
2007-10-22 05:06:00
By OLIVER TEVESMANILA, Philippines - Scientists exploring a deep ocean basin in search of species isolated for millions of years found marine life believed to be previously undiscovered, including a tentacled orange worm and an unusual black jellyfish.Project leader Dr. Larry Madin said Tuesday that U.S. and Philippine scientists collected about 100 different specimens in a search in the Celebes Sea south of the Philippines.Madin, of the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said the sea is at the heart of the "coral triangle" bordered by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia a region recognized by scientists as having a high degree of biological diversity.The deepest part of the Celebes Sea is 16,500 feet. The team was able to explore to a depth of about 9,100 feet using a remotely operated camera."This is probably the center where many of the species evolved and spread to other parts of the ocean, so it's going back to the source in many ways," Madin told ...
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Bloggers cover Makati mall blast
2007-10-20 08:57:00
By Joey AlarillaMANILA, Philippines--The Makati mall blast that rocked the financial district this afternoon and left at least eight dead as of this writing has also reverberated in the Philippine blogosphere, with some even posting photos of the blast site. One such blogger is "Disney Cute Land," who took photographs of the aftermath with his digital camera and posted them on In a telephone conversation with this writer, he recounted what he posted on his entry -- it was ice cream that saved him from possibly becoming a victim of the blast. "I was in a state of shock. If I hadn't bought ice cream... I'm still shaken," Disney said, recounting that he had decided to buy ice cream while he was on his way back to the Park Square 2 walkway. Disney gave permission to publish the photos he took. Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and blogger Manuel L. Quezon III also covered the blast on his Current blog. For more on the blog coverage of the Ma...
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US outsourcer invests $14M in third RP call center
2007-10-19 03:19:00
By Lawrence CasirayaMANILA, Philippines -- APAC Customer Services Inc. (APAC) formally opened its third and largest call center in the country and revealed plans to invest in two more sites. Located at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, APAC's newest facility can employ 2,000 workers. APAC operates two more facilities located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, which have a combined capacity of 1,700 seats. The company, which started operations locally in 2003, expects to end the year with 4,000 workers in the Philippines. APAC, based in Deerfield, Illinois, runs seven facilities in the US and employs more than 9,000 workers worldwide. Its local operations provide services to the healthcare, publishing and travel industries. Bob Keller, APAC chief executive, said the company will open two additional sites beginning second quarter next year. He mentioned Sta. Rosa (in Laguna province) and Pasay City (near SM Mall of Asia) as possible sites. "Either one of those won't be as big as...
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Makeover set for amateur boxing
2007-10-18 04:51:00
By Dennis U. EroaMANILA, Philippines -- Amateur boxing is set to make changes that could have a tremendous impact on the sport. Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) president Manny T. Lopez, one of the four executive committee members from Asia under the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), Wednesday said that a congress to discuss innovations will be held a day before the start of the World Boxing Championships slated Oct. 20-Nov. 3 in Chicago, Illinois. Among the proposed changes by some AIBA-member nations are the rules concerning the use of head guards, the number of rounds per bout and the changing of some aspects of the referee-stopped-contest rules. “These are just examples of the proposals for rules changes. The executive committee which is AIBA’s highest policy-making body is tackling a lot of issues,” said Lopez, also the secretary-general of the Federation of Asian Amateur Boxing. The other three members from Asia are Kamel Shabib of Sy...
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PLDT expands partnership with Intel
2007-10-18 04:46:00
By Lawrence CasirayaMANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has expanded its partnership with technology company Intel , offering a networking solution targeted at small end-users using Intel-powered hardware. Called SNAP, or Simplified Networks on Auto Pilot, PLDT’s service bundles helpdesk support, LAN (local area networking) and server solutions and broadband connectivity for a fixed monthly fee. Under the partnership, PLDT will provide PCs and servers using the latest Intel processors and hardware components. PLDT corporate business group head Eric Alberto said in a statement that the networking bundle addresses common barriers to entry -- financial, technical and human resource constraints. PLDT and Intel have maintained a strategic partnership in the last two years, targeting small and midsized end-users by bundling products with broadband services. From bundling PCs and servers with broadband services, the two firms have extended the tie-up to ...
Pacquiao-Barrera fight gets 350,000 PPV hits
2007-10-17 02:57:00
Manny Pacquiao ’s rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera raked in 350,000 pay-per-view hits, including 3,800 in San Antonio Texas alone according to a website report. Boxing website reported that the "Will to Win" fight between the Filipino bomber and the "Baby-Faced Assassin" also generated $3 million at the gates of the Mandalay Bay Events Center, where more than 10,000 spectators watched the match. Top rank promoter Bob Arum is reportedly considering bringing Pacquiao back to San Antonio possibly in March against his next opponent. Among those who are lining up to be Pacquiao's next opponent are WBA/WBO/IBF lightweight champ Juan Diaz, WBC lightweight champ David Diaz, WBO super featherweight king Joan Guzman, WBA super featherweight champion Edwin Valero and even WBA featherweight champ Chris John of Indonesia and WBO interim lightweight champ Michael Katsidis. "Everybody just wants to have a piece of Pacquiao nowadays. Even unknown fighters are now calling out th...
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Kodak launches HD-ready digital cameras
2007-10-17 02:52:00
By Lawrence CasirayaEasyShare Z1275EasyShare V1253MANILA, Philippines -- Kodak has introduced two high-definition or HD-ready digital cameras, looking to jump the gun on competitors while riding on the current HD craze. TechTrends Corp., Kodak's local distributor, recently launched the EasyShare V1253 and EasyShare Z1275. The V1253 features 12-megapixels and a 3.1-inch LCD widescreen format. The latest among the V-series cameras, aimed primarily at consumers, but with a high-end price tag at P21,995. The Z1275, meanwhile, likewise features 12-megapixels but with a higher 5X optical zoom. SRP for the Z1275 is P17,995. In an interview, Raymond Albert, president of TechTrends, noted that while HD-ready appliances, especially TV sets, have hit the local market, content optimized for HD format is lacking, if not totally non-existent. "It would then depend on captured devices like cameras to take advantage of available HDTVs out there," he said. Kodak claims to have the lowest-priced H...
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CICT pilots high school education delivered via the Web
2007-10-16 03:13:00
By Lawrence CasirayaMANILA, Philippines--The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) says it is making progress towards its goal of making public high school education completely accessible over the Internet. A project by the commission called "e-eskwela" (electronic school) aims to digitize the entire high school curriculum as an alternative to taking it in the normal classroom setting. The project involves a partnership between the CICT and the Bureau of Alternative Learning Systems (formerly the Bureau of Non-Formal Education ), which is under the Department of Education or DepEd. Of the total 80 modules (20 for each year of high school), around 40 have been digitized and made available online, said CICT commissioner Tim Diaz de Rivera. The CICT has piloted the online modules in four designated e-learning centers, located in Roces Avenue in Quezon City, San Jose, Bulacan, Mandaue City in Cebu and Cagayan De Oro City. These centers are located in public sch...
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UP students shine in first Philippine Yahoo! Hack Day
2007-10-11 08:33:00
By Alexander VillafaniaMANILA, Philippines -- Five computer science students from the University of the Philippines Diliman showed their programming skills to executives of Internet giant Yahoo ! in the first Philippines Hack Day contest. Ralph Justin Arce and Wigi Vei Oliveros won the gold medal for their project called “YM Status Logger,” which tracks the Yahoo! Messenger user’s status. Meanwhile, Abigail Yacat won silver for her “YM Conversation Distributor” project, which describes how a user can distribute private conversation to other users. Bronze medalists were Vanessa Rose Castro and James Wyson who developed the “YM Thesis Mate,” helping thesis makers edit their documents collaboratively using YM. All three winning projects used application programming interfaces (API) from Yahoo! Yahoo! Chief of Advanced Development Division Bradley Horowitz awarded the medals to the students at the newly built UP Diliman Engineering Library and Computer Science Building. H...
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Philippine Komiks with Gerry Alanguilan
2007-10-08 03:45:00
by Remus Mark A. CarballoThe Lopez Memorial Museum and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines will host a lecture by preeminent comic writer and artist Gerry Alanguilan on Philippine Komiks on October 13, 2007 (Saturday) from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Komiks in the Philippines had its golden age in the 1950s to the early 1970s and is on a resurgence. The talk will provide an overview of the history of komiks the aesthetics as well as the artists and work involved in this collaborative art. Alanguilan is a licensed architect who has become known for his work as an inker for Marvel, DC and Image, and on books like New X-men, Fantastic Four, X-Force, Wolverine, Batman: Danger Girl, Silent Dragon, and Superman: Birthright. Here in the Philippines, he has written and drawn comics since 1992 including Johnny Balbona. Siglo Anthology stories, Lastik-Man, Tales of the Big City, Timawa, Humanis Rex! and publis...
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ICT Group opens two more call centers in Metro Manila
2007-10-04 03:54:00
By Lawrence CasirayaMANILA, Philippines--Outsourcing firm ICT Group has announced the opening of two more call centers in Metro Manila . The US-based operator said it has added another facility in Marikina City and has opened another one in Mandaluyong During formal inauguration ceremonies, Karen Batungbacal, ICT Group president for Asia Pacific, said the two facilities will have a combined capacity of more than 2,000 seats "potentially employing 3,000 people." In addition to its two new call centers, the company operates three other centers in Makati, Pasig and Marikina, which employ more than 6,000 workers. The company's first facility in Marikina, located at Riverbanks Center, operates more than 1,100 seats. The second center will likewise have a capacity of more than a thousand seats. ICT Group, headquartered in Pennsylvania, US, has been doing business in the Philippines for four years.
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Comeback Trail For Philippine Economy, Harsh Remedies Pay Off President's T
2007-10-03 03:53:00
By James HookwayMANILA, Philippines -- The perpetual sick man of Asia is making an unexpected recovery. Once among Asia's most prosperous nations, the Philippines had languished economically for decades while neighboring countries, big and small, raced ahead. But for the past two years -- almost lost amid the international excitement about the growth of China, India and Vietnam -- the Philippines has been rebounding. This year, the nation's economy is expected to post its fastest growth rate since the early 1990s, despite the economic shadow cast by the global credit squeeze sparked by problems in the U.S. mortgage market. The Philippine economy grew at a 7.5% annual rate in the second quarter. The stock market has soared over the past two years, although it has faltered recently. Foreign investors are coming back, attracted by the Philippines' young population -- the average age of its 89 million people is 22 -- and the widespread use of English, a legacy of its past as an Ame...
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Pacquiao could win by repeating himself
2007-10-03 03:33:00
By Recah TrinidadLAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao , a merciless lefty, knows a great right hand when he sees one. He had a full, bright view of that right punch on Saturday. He also won a few friendly dollars betting on that punch. The deadly shot was thrown by Kelly Pavlik, also known as The Ghost, in his world middleweight title fight against the undefeated Jermain Taylor. * * * Before we go further, it must be noted that the punch that mesmerized Pacquiao into picking a fighter who was clearly on the losing end, was not that booming baseball bat of a facial slam Taylor received with disfiguring, devastating impact in the seventh round. No, it was another one, although practically of the same edition. * * * It’s like this. Taylor floored Pavlik in the second round and was highly favored to finish the job in the third. Nobody in his right mind, therefore, would put money on Pavlik, even if he happened to be his brother. Still, Pavlik came back from the dead, like a real ghost, to sco...
Catholic bishops 'thank God' that Abalos has quit
2007-10-02 04:28:00
By Nikko DizonMANILA, Philippines—The country's Catholic bishops have thanked God that Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Sr. has resigned, saying it was an answer to their prayers. "Thank God Mr. Abalos responded to our prayer. We congratulate the Senate for the inquiry they have done on ZTE-NBN," the Catholic Bishops ' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said in a statement signed by Iloilo Archbishop Angel Lagdameo. Following the May midterm elections, the influential CBCP had called for the resignation of Abalos to give way to a more credible Commission on Elections (Comelec). The bishops said that to resign amid threats of an impeachment was the "best decision" that Abalos has made. "It was a short cut. Thank you, Mr. Abalos for your decision," the bishops said. "In other countries, like Japan, when high officials are accused of graft and corruption, they do not wait for any conviction to be pronounced, they simply volunteer to resign. May what Mr. Abalos h...
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BIR mulls using text messaging to detect tax irregularities
2007-10-01 04:20:00
By Lawrence CasirayaMANILA, Philippines--The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) says it is studying the use of text messaging to detect companies that do not properly remit the taxes of their employees. Under the BIR's "substituted filing" system, employers collect and file tax returns on behalf of their employees. "We noticed, however, some discrepancies in the amount declared versus actual remittances," said Alberto Pio de Roda, assistant BIR commissioner. For January to June this year, the bureau was short of its target by P40 billion, he said. Through text messaging, an employee can send his tax identification manager (TIN), employer's registered name, gross income and amount of tax withheld from him for the year. "We can then match the data with actual remittance. We then conduct an investigation if they don't match," Pio de Roda said. He admitted, however, that many employees do not check their declarations properly. It may take at least two years to build the text messagin...
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Dagyang: An Ilonggo Film
2007-09-27 11:57:00
A movie is a significant medium for communicating ideas and changing society. Thus, when Atty. Joenar Pueblo produced Dagyang and when Ilonggos like Councilor Julienne Baronda, Erwin Chiongson and Joanne Paulette Libo-on, among others, agreed to be part of the movie "Dagyang: An Ilonggo Story," we felt proud. Maharlika Group Dagyang: An Ilonggo Story, considered as the first full-length Ilonggo movie created by Ilonggos themselves, was presented to a selected few last month. It was a story of love and passion interwoven with Ilonggo culture and heritage. As the story went on, Iloilo's pride were presented, like the hablon of Miag-ao and Oton, the Binukot and Binanog of Calinog and Dinagyang of Iloilo City, among others.Councilor Baronda plays a woman descended from a long-line of people engaged in witchcraft; Erwin Chiongson as a lawyer called Atty. Hablon because of his preference for hablon clothing and the object of Baronda's love; while Libo-on is a Binukot, who, becau...
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Comeback Trail For Philippine Economy Harsh Remedies Pay Off President's Ta
2007-09-27 11:34:00
By James HookwayMANILA, Philippines -- The perpetual sick man of Asia is making an unexpected recovery. Once among Asia's most prosperous nations, the Philippines had languished economically for decades while neighboring countries, big and small, raced ahead. But for the past two years -- almost lost amid the international excitement about the growth of China, India and Vietnam -- the Philippines has been rebounding. This year, the nation's economy is expected to post its fastest growth rate since the early 1990s, despite the economic shadow cast by the global credit squeeze sparked by problems in the U.S. mortgage market. The Philippine economy grew at a 7.5% annual rate in the second quarter. The stock market has soared over the past two years, although it has faltered recently. Foreign investors are coming back, attracted by the Philippines' young population -- the average age of its 89 million people is 22 -- and the widespread use of English, a legacy of its past as an Ame...
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Local iPhone users doubt Apple warning
2007-09-27 04:34:00
By Erwin OlivaMANILA, Philippines -- Some Filipino owners of hacked iPhones doubt Apple 's recent warning against using unlocking software to allow them to use the handset outside the United States. A debate is raging among members of the Philippine MAC Users Group who also questioned the authenticity of the Apple warning issued this week. Apple, however, confirmed with that it has indeed issued a warning this week. "Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed," the company said in an e-mailed copy of the warning. Apple said it plans to release the next iPhone software update, containing many new features including the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store later this week. "Apple strongly discourages users from installing unautho...
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PNB deploys next-generation banking software
2007-09-26 04:01:00
By Lawrence CasirayaMANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Bank (PNB) is on its second phase of deploying next-generation software from Indian firm i-Flex Solutions. Called FlexCube, PNB started deploying the solution in August 2006. The software covers corporate and retail banking, trade and finance and mobile banking, according to A. Srinivasan, chief operating officer of Mumbai-based i-Flex. FlexCube is already used in six of PNB's international branches, which mainly provide remittance services to OFWs. PNB has branches in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Deployment is ongoing for PNB's domestic operations, which covers more than 350 branches. "The solution allows PNB to roll out products and services faster," Srinavasan said in a lunch briefing. Moreover, he said the software also allows PNB to conform with current international banking standards. FlexCube has a user base of at least 25 banks in India, according to Srinavasan. I-Fle...
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BIR to computerize more of its offices
2007-09-25 04:39:00
By Lawrence CasirayaMANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal and Revenue (BIR) has said it will equip more of its offices with computers to help improve tax collection. In an interview, BIR assistant commissioner Alberto Pio De Roda said at least 75 BIR offices, mostly in provincial areas, do not yet have computers and thus no access to the bureau's integrated tax systems. The BIR plans to have the computerization underway via a $6-million project, which will be put up for bidding. "So far, more than 40 sites are computerized and these already account for 80 percent of our total tax collection. With automation, it should improve collection for the remainder of our sites," Pio de Roda said. As it adds more computers, the BIR is also outsourcing the bulk of its IT operations. The bureau has trimmed down its IT workforce from 800 to around 300 people due to outsourcing, Pio de Roda added.
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RP set to overtake India in business outsourcing
2007-09-24 04:07:00
By Ronnel DomingoMANILA, Philippines -- THE PHILIPPINES is poised to overtake India as the world's top provider of business process outsourcing services as industry players firm up their strength and marketing efforts. Cesar B. Bautista, co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the Indian cyber services sector was losing its edge as telecommunication infrastructure get saturated and costs go up. "At the same time, our BPO sector has started strengthening their organization into something like India's Nasscom [National Association of Software and Services Companies], which can represent the members as a bigger and more influential entity," Bautista said. He was alluding to the Business Process Association of the Philippines, which he said could now be more decisive because it had reformed its structure, unlike the "weak" group it had been in the past years. Bautista, a former trade secretary who now represents the private ...
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