• Osmeña wants electricity exempted from VAT
    Osmeña wants electricity exempted from VAT

    Sen. Sergio Osmeña III wants electricity to be exempted from value added tax under a proposed measure that will amend the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and the Reformed VAT Law. He said the move aims to ease the burden of the public in paying high electricity rates in the country. “VAT on electricity is another burden on the already over-taxed shoulders of our people, especially those whose incomes are barely enough to cover their basic needs. Osmeña, chairman of the Senate …

  • No lotto draws starting tomorrow until Easter Sunday
    No lotto draws starting tomorrow until Easter Sunday

    No lotto tickets will be sold and no lotto draws made starting tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, up to Easter Sunday in observance of Holy Week. In a statement, Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, acting Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman and general manager, said the selling of lotto tickets and lotto draws will resume on April 6,  Monday. “We thank all Lotto players for your trust and confidence in the PCSO games, and we count on your continued support of our efforts to raise funds for …

  • Quake rocks C. Visayas
    Quake rocks C. Visayas

    A magnitude-3.2 earthquake rocked parts of Central Visayas yesterday. State seismologists said the quake was an aftershock of a powerful tremor that hit the region in 2013. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake occurred at 7:54 a.m. Its epicenter was located 10 kilometers  southeast of Buenavista, Bohol. Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013. …

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  • Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels Associated Press
    Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said. …

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  • Installing CCTV systems in your home for better protection Property24 Philippines
    Installing CCTV systems in your home for better protection

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    Senior drivers strive to stay on the road

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    Purchasing a home: Renovate or Buy Brand New?

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  • China PMI rebounds in March to 50.1 AFP News
    China PMI rebounds in March to 50.1

    China's manufacturing activity expanded in March for the first time since December, the government said Wednesday, a bright spot as the world's second-largest economy fights a broad slowdown in growth. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) came in at 50.1 last month, up from 49.9 in February and the first result showing expansion since a similar 50.1 in December. The index, which tracks activity in factories and workshops, is …

  • Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at Hollywood Hills home Associated Press
    Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at Hollywood Hills home

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirmed that it was the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty. …

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    Installing CCTV systems in your home for better protection

    Wherever you may be, feel more assured that your family is safe at home by installing a CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) system. 3. Contrary to belief, CCTV systems are not that expensive. For a minimum of P5,000, you can avail of the basic CCTV system which includes 2 Indoor Day and Night Vandal-proof CCTV cameras and a 4 channel 960h H.264 DVR. …

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    Trending at SXSW: Mind cloning, off-the-grid messaging

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  • Amazon puts home staples on refill button AFP News
    Amazon puts home staples on refill button

    Amazon moved Tuesday to become an errand service for home staples, introducing a "dash button" to allow consumers to instantly order popular products for home and kitchen. The move boosts Amazon's presence for everyday services and goods and comes a day after the online retail giant launched a wide-ranging services marketplace. "When you're running low, simply press Dash Button, and Amazon quickly delivers household favorites so you can skip the last-minute trip to the store," says the online …

  • BlackBerry gets its second wind AFP Relax
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    After almost disappearing in 2013, BlackBerry is back on track this year, thanks in large part to its enterprise software services. Once the leading name in mobile devices for business, BlackBerry took a nosedive as its signature keyboard smartphones were outpaced by Android and iOS touchscreen devices, with their abundant apps offerings. Between December and February, BlackBerry sold a mere 1.6 million smartphones at an average price of $211. In what is perhaps a sign of the times, …

  • IBM to invest $3 bn in 'Internet of Things' AFP News
    IBM to invest $3 bn in 'Internet of Things'

    IBM announced Tuesday it was pumping $3 billion into a new division focusing on the growing market for connected devices, or the "Internet of Things." The move adds IBM's resources to the fast-growing market for smart devices such as refrigerators, cars, clothing and other objects which can connect to the Internet or be linked to smartphones. IBM will make its real-time analytics available to makers of these devices to help improve their functionality. "Our knowledge of the world grows with …

  • First eBay-Sotheby's sale to be held Wednesday AFP News
    First eBay-Sotheby's sale to be held Wednesday

    The first live auction from a collaboration between Sotheby's and online giant eBay was set for Wednesday, bringing together both in-person and virtual bidders. "The experience enables art aficionados and casual collectors alike to participate in Sotheby's live auctions anytime, anywhere with the same confidence and access of those bidding in person in the New York salesroom," the companies said in a statement. The first auction will feature photographs from the 19th century to the modern era …

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  • VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    Note Verbale No. 15-1979 sent to Malaysia, the basis of VERA Files’ story, stated that it is reviewing the Aug. 4, 2009 protest (No. 000819) it filed with the United Nations.  The Philippines’ August 2009 protest, contained in two pages, singles out North Borneo or the old name of Sabah. Contrary to what DFA’s comment that putting out the story was a disservice to the country, VERA Files released the story in the interest of the public to help it fully understand the issues involved. More »

  • The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    At the helm is the patriarch, Henry Chusuey. His wife Ana, twelve years his junior, is the company treasurer. Helping Henry and Ana (“Henann”) expand their empire are their two sons, Alfonso and Hendrick.   Alfonso, 29, is neither an architect nor engineer, but takes charge of construction in all properties while  Hendrick , 25, takes care of sales, marketing, advertising and PR. Henann own the imposing 1400- room Boracay Regency Hotel in the world-famous island. More »

  • PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission by Malaysia and Vietnam to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in which Malaysia claimed an extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from baseline) that was clearly projected from Sabah. The Philippines has excellent relations with Malaysia. More »

  • Loom bands for a cause

    Loom bands for a cause

    For Melchora Grace Balacdao-Matias, looming bands began as an activity to merely overcome boredom in her new work environment in Kuwait. Little did Matias (Mitz to her friends) know that her loom bands would be of help to some 500 school children in the remote municipality of Bakun in Benguet Province. “My husband and I went to one of the shops in Kuwait and I saw these popular loom bands and I decided to try [doing] it, learning from Youtube how to do the designs,”Matias recalled. She was given the go-signal to make a solicitation letter for her loom bands project that made the rounds of the office. More »

  • What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    OMG. I almost fell off my chair upon reading the text exchanges between President Aquino and his sister, Kris Aquino posted by journalist Cecil Morella in Facebook. More »

  • A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    Free medicines and half a sack of rice have gone a long way in combatting deadly tuberculosis here. Alarmed at the high TB detection rates in Upi, the local government and the rural health center have resorted to rewarding cured patients, as well as those who take their medicines religiously. “Once mag-negative, i-certify ng medical technologist, maghingi na kay mayor ng half sack (Patients who have been certified cured of TB receive half a sack of rice from the mayor),” said doctor Carmelo Esberto, Upi’s municipal health officer. The reward system has been an effective strategy in persuading those with tuberculosis to take their medication, he added. More »

  • Dancing to a better life

    Dancing to a better life

    From bleak garbage dumps to glamor-filled  dance  floors, Wilbert Aunzo has come a long way. Aunzo was a scavenger and an out –of- school youth  who picked garbage to buy his daily meal of rice and salt .  When he was twelve, he joined a dance camp organized by Edward and Eleanor Hayco and literally danced his way out of poverty and his crime-ridden neighborhood. His dancing prowess qualified him as an athletic scholar, enabled him to graduate high school, become a nine-time national champion, a member of the elite Philippine national team and the grand winner of the World Youth championship in Australia. More »