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  • Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears
    Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

    Philippine health authorities said Wednesday they have quarantined a Filipino who arrived from the Middle East because he tested positive for the deadly MERS virus. The man, who arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, is not yet showing symptoms but has been isolated in hospital, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said. The Health Department is also quarantining the man's family and tracing the people who had contact with him during his flight to see if they may also be infected with the MERS or …

  • Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'
    Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of Filipinos begin travelling for the Easter holidays during one of the hottest months of the year. The transportation ministry also issued a separate public apology Wednesday, on the eve of four-day Easter holidays in the Catholic …

  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
    Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

    The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead. …

  • CBCP lists 7 churches for ‘Visita Iglesia’

    Manila, Philippines -- Those planning to observe the traditional ‘Visita Iglesia’ (church visit) today might want to consider visiting some of the most famous churches in Metro Manila. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, in a news post, listed seven of the most famous and historically significant churches that the faithful can visit in Metro Manila. These are the San Agustín Church in Intramuros; …

  • Sta. Lucia posts lower profit of P300M in 2013

    Publicly listed real estate company Sta. Lucia Land Inc. (SLI) reported a 3.6 percent drop in net income to P300 million last year from the P311 million earned in 2012. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, SLI partially blamed this on the decline in commercial lot sales as it moved towards increasing its lease income from these properties. He added that “the opening of the new mall, the thrust to increase lease income by offering the company’s commercial spaces in selected …

  • The washing of the disciples' feet

    John 13:1-15 Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that His hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved His own in the world and He loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. ... …

  • Probe ‘Yolanda’ human trafficking – lady solons

    Lady solons from the House minority bloc yesterday sought a congressional inquiry into the alleged trafficking of women in areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda over five months ago. Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus (Party-List, Gabriela), authors of Resolution 780, asked the Committees on Women and Gender Equality and Welfare of Children to investigate reports that trafficking of women and children are rampant in disaster-stricken areas. “Almost the entire population of the …

  • Lent alert against illegal logging on

    To prevent illegal forest activities during the Lenten break, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),  in coordination with the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force,  would man all checkpoints and monitoring stations in the Davao Region on a 24/7 basis. In a memorandum dated April 4, 2014, DENR-Region 11 (Davao Region) Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada directed the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs and CENROs) to be extra …

  • Jakarta, Manila tagged as top 2 cities going global in 2 decades

    Jakarta and Manila, two of Asia’s most chaotic, congested cities, are likely to get a lot better in the next two decades, according to a new ranking by A.T. Kearney. The US-based consulting firm placed Indonesia’s capital at the top of a list of 34 cities in low and middle income countries most likely to become a global leader in everything from business activity to workforce health and security. The only other Southeast Asian countries on the list were Kuala Lumpur (10), Bangkok (21), and Ho …

  • PCPPI nets P904M in new banner year

    Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) posted another banner year reported that its net income inched up 6 percent to P903.5 million last year due to high volume growth, stable cost of inputs and manageable operating expenses. In a statement, PCPPI said its gross sales revenue reached P26.4 billion, an increase of 16 percent from 2012, fuelled by high volume growth from both the carbonated and non-carbonated beverages segments. As such, we are pleased to have outperformed industry …