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Understanding the Eddie Garcia Bill

LEGENDARY actor Eddie Garcia arrived on set on June 8, 2019 for the taping of an upcoming television series, Rosang Agimat. During the shoot, the 90-year-old actor accidentally tripped over a cable, fracturing his neck which eventually left him in a coma. He passed away 12 days after the accident.

4th Ortigas Arts Festival: A film contest, on-site and virtual workshops

ORTIGAS Malls is pushing through with the fourth year of the Ortigas Art Festival, both on-site and virtually until Mar. 31. The onsite venue is the East Wing of Estancia at Capitol Commons, Pasig City.

Manila museums, library reopen amidst ongoing pandemic

AFTER being closed to the public since the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic lockdowns in 2020, the National Museum of the Philippines’ three component parts —  the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Museum of Natural History —  will be welcoming visitors again beginning March 2, albeit with many restrictions and regulations. Also opening are the National Library and the San Agustin Museum in Intramuros.

KZ Tandingan sings first Filpino Disney song

Disney Philippines has announced that “Gabay” by Filipino singer KZ Tandingan will be the first song sung in Filipino to be used in the soundtrack of a Disney movie. 

Netflix to launch more original Korean content

GLOBAL streaming service Netflix is bringing new original Korean content to its lineup of new shows this year.

New RLC brand targets young professionals

ROBINSONS LAND Corporation (RLC) has launched a new brand, RLC Residences, that targets young professionals and families.

Vaccines, inflation, and GDP recovery to drive financial markets this year

THE FOURTH QUARTER of 2020 saw local financial markets rebound somewhat with reports of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine developments and expectations of economic recovery driving performance during the period.

Playing life, not notes

AWARD-WINNING American bassist Victor Wooten introduced his masterclass with an improv solo performance. The rhythm of jazz and bluegrass bass filled this writer’s room for the first 20 minutes. The music fulfilled the atmosphere of a physical live performance despite watching through a laptop screen.

Smart launches 5G plans

SMART COMMUNICATIONS, INC., the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc., has launched its latest mobile data campaign with fifth-generation (5G) plans.

Out of the fire: Joey de Castro — From photography to pottery

FROM pots and vases, to bowls and mugs, Joey de Castro has ideas for pottery swirling in his head. These ideas are made material, one kiln-load at a time, and as those cool down after firing, at the start of the week, he moves on to the next idea.

Out of the fire: The Pettyjohns — Molding beauty and function

FOR decades now, a couple of potters have been creating beautiful and distinctive works of functional — and not so functional — art in a workshop in Calamba, Laguna, where they continue to hone their skills. The artist couple, Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, have been at the forefront of ceramic arts in the Philippines.

CCP launches online project series with a music contest

THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) is giving young artists an opportunity to show their creativity through the “Kanto Kultura” project, a series of online activities for music, broadcast and film, literature, theater, dance, and visual arts.

From GMA News TV to GTV 

THE KAPUSO Network’s second free-to-air channel, GMA News TV, is rebranding as GTV beginning Feb. 22, offering “the news you trust and new shows to love.” Aside from a large number of news programs, it’s programming mix will now include basketball,  rom-coms, public affairs and lifestyle shows, and anime.

LA-based Pinay singer releases single inspired by popular K-drama

LAST YEAR, Los Angeles-based Filipino singer Bey posted a video snippet of her singing Filipina singer-songwriter Moira Dela Torre’s “Ikaw at Ako” online. Then Darwin Hernandez, founder of music management group Soupstar Music, came across the cover and he reached out to the young artist.

FDCP holds 5th Film Ambassadors’ Night online

THE FILM Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has named the 60 honorees and special awardees for it’s 5th Film Ambassadors’ Night (FAN). The event will stream online on Feb. 28 on the FDCP Channel.

The Final Pitch seeks post-pandemic solutions in new season

BUSINESS reality TV show, The Final Pitch returns for a sixth season with the theme “Heroes Edition,” in search for ideas that promote “new solutions to address the economic and social impact of COVID-19.”

Intramuros opens three sites to public

AFTER being closed for nearly a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Intramuros, Manila’s walled city, reopens three sites to the public.

Yields on government debt end mixed on GDP report

YIELDS on government securities (GS) ended mixed last week after the country’s economic output contracted at a record low.

ICTSI draws investors after finishing Manila terminal expansion

INVESTORS loaded up on shares of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) last week after it completed its Manila container terminal expansion project.

Fewer Filipino families had access to basic water, sanitation facilities in...

FEWER FAMILIES had adequate access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities last year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS).

Capital infusion and market sentiment lift AC Energy stock

AYALA-LED AC Energy Philippines, Inc. ended the year on a high note amid the sustained positive investor sentiments and following the company’s infusion of capital in its subsidiary to acquire potential project sites.

Yields on government debt inch down after BSP meet

YIELDS ON government securities (GS) dipped slightly last week as market players took profit after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) kept its key rates but revised upwards its inflation outlook in the near term.

Wholesale price growth of general goods eases in Sept.

YEAR-ON-YEAR wholesale price growth in general goods eased in September compared with August, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Foreign trade decline continues in October

PHILIPPINE international trade performance shrank once again in October as imports declined for the 18th straight month and exports returned to negative territory.

PHL foreign trade decline continues in October

PHILIPPINE international trade performance shrank in October as imports declined for the 18th straight month while exports returned to negative territory. Preliminary data by the...

Yields on gov’t debt inch up on faster inflation print

YIELDS ON government securities (GS) inched up last week after the November inflation print jumped to a near two-year high.

Investors snatch up Security Bank after Q3 earnings data

INVESTORS took positions on Security Bank Corp. last week after it released its third-quarter (Q3) earnings report.

Economy contracts by 11.5% in Q3

THE Philippine economy continued to shrink for a third straight quarter, although at a slower pace compared with the second quarter, as lockdown restrictions were further loosened amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

PHL recession continues in third quarter

The Philippine economy shrank in the third quarter, albeit at a slower rate compared with the second quarter, data released by the Philippine Statistics...

Building approvals flat in 2019

CONSTRUCTION starts as measured by building permit approvals declined slightly in 2019, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported in its final estimates for the indicator.

Converge slips as wary investors find price tag ‘overvalued’

CONVERGE ICT Solutions, Inc. debuted in a wobbly footing as investors found its price too expensive, making it the most actively traded issue last week.

Yields on government debt end flat on inflation report

YIELDS ON government securities (GS) closed flat last week following data showing a benign September inflation print.

Inflation slows in September

INFLATION eased for the second straight month in September to its lowest level in four months on the back of moderating prices in the heavily weighted food and nonalcoholic beverages, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Tuesday.

Inflation slows to 4-month low in September

Inflation eased for the second straight month in September to its lowest level in four months on the back of moderating prices in the...

PHL external trade activity plunges in 1st half

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman THE COUNTRY's external merchandise exports and imports fell by a quarter in the first half of 2020, revised trade data...

Investors lukewarm on Jollibee Foods after FTSE rebalancing

JOLLIBEE FOODS CORP. (JFC) was one of the actively traded stocks last week after the rebalancing of a global index  while market players look for clues for the pandemic-battered company’s recovery.

Outlook on bank stocks remains mixed

THE OPINION on whether bank stocks are attractive to buy and hold remain mixed among analysts as uncertainties surrounding the economic recovery from a pandemic-induced slump remain. However, those drawing up their shopping lists on stocks may want to look at listed banks based on analysts’ recommendations.

Jobless rate eases from record level

THE COUNTRY’S unemployment and underemployment rates declined in July compared with those seen in April as lockdown restrictions were gradually eased.

Unemployment hits 10% in July

LATEST official labor data showed a decline in the country's unemployment and underemployment rates in July compared to April, but were higher when compared...

Wholesale price growth of building materials in NCR picks up in...

THE wholesale price growth of construction materials in Metro Manila picked up in July, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), likely reflecting the restart of major building projects after the easing of some quarantine restrictions.

Investors buy Axelum shares as lockdown measures ease

MARKET PLAYERS snapped up Axelum Resources Corp. (AXLM) last week immediately after Metro Manila and surrounding areas returned to general lockdown, despite the coconut products exporter booking lower profit in the second quarter.

NCR wholesale price growth of construction materials eases

GROWTH in wholesale prices of construction materials in Metro Manila slowed in June, the Philippine Statistics Authority said Monday.

Domestic trade of goods plunges in Q1 — PSA

DOMESTIC TRADE sharply fell in the first quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.

Debt yields drop on GDP

YIELDS ON government securities (GS) fell last week following news that the Philippine economy entered a recession, increasing demand for these papers.

Factory output declines for fourth straight month

FACTORY OUTPUT extended its losing streak for a fourth month in June, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday.