1 killed, 2 hurt in Navotas City fire


MANILA, Philippines — One person died while two others were injured in a fire that left over 400 families homeless in Navotas City early Friday morning.   Report from Navotas police said the fatality was identified as James Bantasan while two other victims identified as Mercy Abero and Lester Razon sustained minor injuries.   The blaze struck 200 homes at a fish port complex in Barangay NBBN which reached until fifth alarm at 4:49 a.m.   The fire was completely extinguished at 6:11 a.m. /je READ: Navotas City fire: 200 houses razed…

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Poor start vs FEU wake up call for Blue Eagles


MANILA, Philippines—Two versions of Ateneo showed up against Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday. The Blue Eagles were lifeless in the first half and fell behind by 40-29 against the Tamaraws before coming out of the break like the real champions they are, bringing down the Tamaraws in every way possible. “The guys became who we believe we are in the second half. Defensively we really locked down, rebounded the ball better, and the players went out with a purpose that we didn’t have in the first half,” said head coach Tab Baldwin. Ateneo went to outscore FEU 36-15 in the final 20 minutes and tallied more rebounds, 34-17, point…

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Siopao worth P1.1M intercepted in Bacolod, returned to Cebu


BACOLOD CITY —- A truckload of siopao worth P1.1 million was intercepted at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. Port and was sent back to Cebu. Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of the Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said the container van loaded with 51,840 pieces of siopao was prohibited from entering the city because of a 90-day ban on pork and pork products from Luzon. The shipment came from Mandaue City, Cebu but the documents showed that the manufacturing address is in Quezon province. The Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force sent back the shipment to Cebu. On Wednesday, the task force passed a resolution stating it…

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Seiko 5 Sports: A Seiko classic sports a new look


Seiko celebrated the grand relaunch of the Seiko 5 Sports collection at the SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway, Taguig City on October 16, 2019. Seiko 5’s distinctive appearance and strength are attributed to the company’s commitment to quality and its promise to deliver its five key attributes; an automatic movement, a day-date display at the three o’clock position, water resistance, a recessed crown at the four o’clock position and a case and bracelet built for durability. “In addition to the fundamental values of Seiko 5, Seiko 5 Sports offered enhanced water resistance, a strengthened crystal and luminous hands and hour markers. Throughout the nex…

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505 OFWs diagnosed with HIV in 2019, up by 12% from 2018 — ACTS-OFW


MANILA, Philippines — Some 505 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from January to June 2019, up by 12 percent from the 451 discovered in the same period last year, ACTS-OFW Coalition of Organizations said on Friday. “The cumulative number of OFWs found living with HIV as of June has reached 6,760 — 5,844 men (86 percent) and 916 women (14 percent) — since the government began passive surveillance in 1984,” ACTS-OFW chair Aniceto Bertiz III said in a statement, noting that their median ages were 32 for the men and 34 for the women. In light of the recent data, the former party-list lawmaker urged returning OFWs who suspect the…

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Crude oil reaches tourist beach in the ‘Brazilian Caribbean’


RIO DE JANEIRO – Crude oil contaminating the northeastern coast of Brazil has reached the town of Maragogi, one of the region’s main tourist beaches, its mayor said on Thursday.   Images on local television showed dozens of people in Maragogi, known for its natural pools of crystalline water, shoveling and raking the sand in an attempt to remove the sludge from the coast. The region is known as the “Brazilian Caribbean.”   As a truck from Brazil’s environmental agency loaded up with oil-stained sand, some volunteers, apparently without supervision from authorities, joined the work with small shovels.   Environmental regulator Ibama reported there are …

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New Amazon Show ‘Modern Love’


Every week, devotees of “Modern Love” — a Sunday column in The New York Times — read all kinds of love stories: heartwarming, heartbreaking, inspiring, infuriating. Now, fans can get even more of the cult favorite: Amazon has adapted some of the most uplifting accounts into a feel-good series premiering Friday that runs counter to the dark, sarcastic tone of much of today’s peak TV. “I hope that when people watch this, their heart is opened up because I think it can’t hurt,” said actress Cristin Milioti, who plays a woman seeking advice from her doorman. ” [embed]https://twitter.com/AmazonStudios/status/1184580844884807681[/embed] Modern Love” first appeared in October 2004…

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Pagasa: Perla now a tropical storm off Northern Luzon


  MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Perla intensified into a tropical storm on Friday, the state weather bureau said.   In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that “Perla” was last spotted 790 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.   Perla packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.   The tropical storm is almost stationary, Pagasa added.   While no tropical cyclone warning signal is hoisted over any part of the country as of the moment, the state weather bureau added that Batan…

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BPI profit up 29.5% as of Sept


Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) grew its net profit at end-September by 29.5 percent year-on-year to P22.03 billion on strong earnings from its lending, treasury and fee-based businesses.   For the third quarter alone, the net profit of Southeast Asia’s oldest bank rose by 38.6 percent year-on-year to P8.29 billion, the bank disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday.   As the third quarter results were better than expected, BPI shares gained by 1.06 percent to close at P95 per share on Thursday. It was the day’s second-most actively traded company.   Total revenue for the nine-month period increased by 24.8 percent to P71 bill…

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Red Charity Gala: Each showed what he does best—unmindful of others


  Last Saturday’s Red Charity Gala had all the makings of a battle royale after its organizers and cochairs Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tiga, with their longtime supporter Bench, decided to gather all 10 designers they have featured to share one stage at Shangri-La at the Fort.   What we saw from our roost that night, however, were 10 designers who seemed unmindful of any imagined one-upmanship. Each showed what he does best. (On top of that, their efforts raised P6 million, said Valdes.)   Cary Santiago told Lifestyle, “When you know your craft, you don’t mind everybody else. We all came together for a good cause.”   It’s a sentiment seconde…

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