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THIS year’s Earth Hour — when people, businesses and governments around the world simultaneously switch off their lights for 60 minutes to highlight environmental protection — starts at 8:30 p.m. on March 30 for the Philippines.

Victoria town police defend station from NPA attack

THREE SUSPECTED members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) were killed and another was captured after they attacked the police station in Victoria, Northern Samar early Thursday morning, a day before the 50th founding anniversary of the armed group.

Kennon Road open on weekends for light vehicles

KENNON ROAD, one of the routes in and out of popular mountain destination Baguio City, will be open to two-way traffic on weekends, only for light vehicles with gross weight of up to five tons.

Cebu CENRO needs 500 volunteers for tree-planting program to compensate affected trees due to...

A GREENING program intended to compensate for the 2,182 trees that will be earth-balled to pave the way for the Bus Rapid Transit project in Cebu City will be in full swing next month and at least 500 volunteers are needed.

Military takes hold of Abu Sayyaf arms cache in Sulu

TROOPS found an arms cache of the Abu Sayyaf group in Patikul, Sulu on March 26 as military pursuit operations continue against the bandit group.

Davao-Samal bridge alignment starts at Azuela Cove

THE REGIONAL Development Council (RDC) has approved the alignment of the proposed bridge that will connect Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal.

Nation at a Glance — (03/29/19)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.
UP Lady Maroons

UP looks to do better in match with Ateneo

BADLY beaten when they first collided in University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 81, the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons are looking to do far better when they take on the league-leading Ateneo Lady Eagles on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
ONE Championship

Japan event fills a ‘void’ for ONE Championship — analyst

TOKYO -- This weekend ONE Championship makes history as it holds its first-ever event in Japan with “ONE: A New Era.”

GoPilipinasGo pep rally unites PHISGOC and PSC

PHILIPPINE Southeast Asian Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday night vowed to leave behind the bickering among sports officials as he tried to rally Team Philippines toward the overall title in the coming Games.

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US NCAA tourney: How much are Sweet 16 tickets?

LOS ANGELES -- The cheapest ticket for this week’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games is at Kansas City’s Sprint Center.
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PBA goes to Pangasinan for annual All-Star event

THE HOMESTRETCH of the elimination round of the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association tournament Philippine Cup ceases momentarily to give way to the annual All-Star festivities this weekend in Pangasinan.
Roger Federer

Federer beats Medvedev into Miami Open quarters

MIAMI -- A clinical Roger Federer took a confident step towards a fourth Miami Open title on Wednesday, easing past 13th-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-2 to book his spot in the quarter-finals.
Stephen Curry v Tyler Dorsey

Curry, Durant propel GS Warriors past Grizzlies

LOS ANGELES -- The Golden State Warriors needed a late surge and 28 points apiece from Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to hold off the host Memphis Grizzlies 118-103 on Wednesday night.
Simona Halep

Halep sees off Wang, will face Pliskova in Miami semis

MIAMI -- Simona Halep overcame a hiccup in the second set to secure a 6-4 7-5 Miami Open quarter-final victory over China’s Wang Qiang on Wednesday, putting the Romanian one win away from reclaiming the world’s top ranking from Naomi Osaka.

Woods is still Woods

By all accounts, Tiger Woods had a mediocre round at the Austin Country Club yesterday. Three birdies and three bogeys that included an inexcusable three-putt effort on the 14th hole pretty much summed up his up-and-down run. Even his irons, invariably the best clubs on his bag, were off, leading to head-scratching ball positions on the greens -- or, worse, short of the greens -- even after lengthy discussions with caddie Joe LaCava. And yet the World Number 14 sounded more relieved than downcast in the aftermath, contending that “there’s no scorecard except for whether you won the match or not.”

Online learning: Five tech skills to build your next creative project

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Calungbuyan Bridge

Economists count budget delay’s Q1 cost

ECONOMIC GROWTH this quarter could hover close to last quarter’s pace but will be substantially slower than the year-ago clip when official data is reported on May 9, according to economists asked on Wednesday, citing primarily the impact of delayed enactment of the P3.757-trillion national budget for this year.

Banks’ bad loans grow in January

BAD LOANS held by big banks grew in January to outpace lending growth, the latest central bank data showed.

Power grid operator flags spike in demand

THE NATIONAL GRID Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is bracing for power demand to hit a record high in this year’s dry season, prompting the privately owned grid system operator to call on consumers to use energy efficiently.

With Fed pause, list of potential Asia rate cutters grows

SEOUL/HONG KONG -- A slowing global economy and abrupt end to Federal Reserve policy tightening have shifted rate cut expectations in Asia to probable from possible, with the market betting on moves by a growing list of central banks.

Filinvest income rises 31%

FILINVEST Development Corp. (FDC) grew its earnings by a third in 2018, driven by higher recurring revenues from its property unit and better energy sales from its power segment.

7 ways to avoid trans fats in daily life

THE DANES and the New Yorkers have it easy. The former won’t find foods with trans fatty acids on their grocery store shelves. That’s because Denmark banned the artery clogger in 2003. On the other hand, New Yorkers need not worry about trans fats when they eat out. A ban took the harmful fats off their dining plates in 2007.
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Manila Water unit, Tubig Pilipinas bag Iloilo project

ILOILO CITY — Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc. (MWPV) and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. (TPGI) have been granted a franchise by the local council to establish and operate a water distribution system in parts of Iloilo City.

Keeping the tradition going

THE KING is dead, long live the king. The popular phrase has been used to symbolize continuity; that in an institution like a monarchy, while the head may die, the show goes on.

GT Capital books P13.4-billion profit

GT CAPITAL Holdings, Inc.’s net income slipped by six percent in 2018, following a double-digit drop in its topline due to softer vehicle sales from its auto unit.

Odette is No. 1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

AFTER FOUR consecutive years topping the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Bangkok’s Gaggan has finally been dethroned.

Aboitiz taps Irish firm for airport bids

ABOITIZ InfraCapital, Inc. said it partnered with Irish company daa International for bid to upgrade and operate airports in Bohol-Panglao and Laguindingan.
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Samsung unveils appliances for ‘connected living’

SINGAPORE -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd has launched in Southeast Asia new products supporting its vision of connected living, including an 8K television and appliances all integrated via Bixby, its intelligence platform.

Tugade wants 2nd Clark runway built by 2022

CLARK, Pampanga — Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said he expects a second runway to be built at the Clark International Airport before President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term ends in 2022.

Don Papa marries food and cocktails in a competition

WHAT IS a dish without the drink, and vice versa? Without a dish, one approaches sin, and without drink, one courts a sort of insufficiency, and, well, choking. Homegrown Don Papa Rum encourages one to live life to the fullest with both food and drink in its Chef & Shaker competition.

Bids for term deposits decline as BSP slashes auction volume

DEMAND FOR term deposits was halved this week as the central bank slashed the auction amount, in anticipation of higher cash requirements next month.

Fascinating finds at the National Food Fair

SM MEGAMALL’s Megatrade Hall was buzzing with activity (and we kid you not, there were actual bees — at least in the honey booths) during the National Food Fair: Philippine Cuisine and Ingredients Show held from March 14 to 17.

Century Tuna maker’s earnings jump 9% on higher branded sales

EARNINGS of Century Pacific Food, Inc. (CNPF) grew by nine percent in 2018, driven by strong sales from its branded food products.
Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo launches V15 Pro

CHINESE technology company Vivo has innovated its design, AI and camera features with the release of the Vivo V15 Pro.
Asia United Bank (AUB)

AUB books double-digit income growth

ASIA UNITED BANK Corp. (AUB) posted double-digit growth in its net income in 2018 driven by the robust performance of its core businesses.

Summer cupcakes

JUST in time for summer, Andrew Café’s resident pastry chef Erna Canatoy has come up with the Sweet Summer Series, a collection of cupcakes in banana, strawberry, and carrot flavors with cream cheese topped with a drizzle of walnut brittle, a tangy slice of fresh strawberry, and a carrot candy made of butter cream.

Zobels take responsibility for Manila Water’s shortcomings in handling outage

AYALA CORP. Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala told customers of Manila Water Co., Inc. that the group is taking responsibility for its own shortcomings in the water shortage that has beset Metro Manila’s east zone since early this month.

Trend Micro warns of cybersecurity threats in 2019

GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY firm Trend Micro, Inc. said there are “more sophisticated” threats expected to arrive in 2019 that individuals and companies must watch out for.

BDO to raise P5 billion in fresh funds via LTNCDs

BDO UNIBANK, Inc. is set to raise P5 billion worth of long-term negotiable certificates of deposit (LTNCD) to support its business expansion and extend the maturity of its funding sources.

MPTC subsidiary begins working on Cavite portion of CALAX

A METRO PACIFIC Tollways Corp. (MPTC) unit on Wednesday broke ground for the Cavite segment of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).

Shakespeare theater company coming to Manila

SHAKESPEARE’s Rose Theatre Company will make its international debut in Manila in September. The UK company will be performing two of Shakespeare’s plays — Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The two plays will play over one week for nine shows only from Sept. 17 to 22.

Tech-based confidential feedback platform for workplaces helping women employees speak up

IN A male-dominated industry, women in the field of technology are now given the chance to speak up through tech-based tools.

Asia junk bonds may return 14%

HSBC PRIVATE BANKING has joined a growing number of funds that are bullish on Asia’s junk bonds and expect further gains after a strong rally in the first quarter.

These fats keep processed foods fresh longer — but they shorten people’s lives

WHAT are you having for lunch today? If you’re like four in every 10 Filipino adults, you will eat lunch out. Will you eat a burger and fries in a fastfood restaurant, fried fish in a canteen, or fried chicken in a convenience store? Maybe you’ll have a donut or a cup of 3-in-1 coffee for dessert.