Big Bang’s T.O.P, Steve Aoki to join billionaire Yusaku Maezawa in journey to the Moon  – Manila Bulletin

K-pop boy band Big Bang’s T.O.P, Steve Aoki and six others have been selected to join Japanese billionaire and crew leader Yusaku Maezama on the first civilian mission to the Moon next year. From one million applicants in 249 countries, eight crew members were selected under the dearMoon Project. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezama (center) and the eight crew members and two backup crews for the dearMoon Project (dearMoon website) The flight plan of the dearMoon Project (dearMoon website) The nine crew members including Yusaka Maezama will head to the Moon…

DOH logs 1,460 new Covid-19 cases; warns vs antigen tests for screening amid holiday gatherings – Manila Bulletin

DOH The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 1,460 new Covid-19 infections on Friday, Dec. 9 Metro Manila was still in the top spot among regions with the most number of cases in the recent two weeks with 5,535. It was followed by Calabarzon with 2,194; Central Luzon with 1,064; Western Visayas with 841; and Cagayan Valley with 789. Active cases nationwide were at 18,632. Since 2020, the Philippines has already logged 4,046,849 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of the confirmed cases, 3,963,372 were recoveries and 64,845 were fatalities. Antigen test for screening…

Maroon 5 rocks Pinoy fans for 6th time – Manila Bulletin

Adam Levine of ‘Maroon 5’ Following their “Red Blue Pills” tour in 2019, Grammy-award winning group Maroon 5 came back with a bang for their one-night concert at the SM MOA Arena last Thursday night.  As the lights went dim, Adam Levine opened the show with a fan favorite, “Moves like Jagger.” The fans went wild and sang along as the band played the upbeat song.  Swinging light sticks and the loudest cheers made the concert even more exciting. Before singing “Payphone,” Adam told his fans how special the show…

Stocks bounce after Wednesday’s drop – Manila Bulletin

Stocks bounce after Wednesday’s drop The local stock market bounced from last Wednesday’s drop on more optimism over the US and Chinese economies. The main index rose 54.96 points or 0.84 percent to close at 6,580.12 as the Services sector led at advance while Banks and Industrials retreated. Volume remained steady at 516 million shares worth P6.1 billion as gainers edged out losers 92 to 84 with 47 unchanged. 92486 “Philippine shares closed higher as investors shifted their attention to new inflation data,” said Regina Capital Development Corporation Managing Director…

Marcos hails Hidilyn Diaz for ruling world championships – Manila Bulletin

News / National / Marcos hails Hidilyn Diaz for ruling world championships Marcos hails Hidilyn Diaz for ruling world championships President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has congratulated Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz for dominating the 2022 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Bogota, Colombia. President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and Hidilyn Diaz (Photo courtesy of OP and AFP) Marcos hailed Diaz in a statement posted on his social media pages on Friday, Dec. 9. “Muli na namang nagpamalas ng natatanging galing ang kauna-unahan nating Olympic gold medalist na si Hidilyn Diaz sa…

PRO-Cordillera receives 46 brand-new patrol cars – Manila Bulletin

News / Luzon / PRO-Cordillera receives 46 brand-new patrol cars PRO-Cordillera receives 46 brand-new patrol cars CAMP DANGWA, Benguet – Police visibility has been enhanced and the peace and order situation in the Cordillera region is expected to improve with the addition of 46 brand new patrol vehicles to the fleet of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera. Col. Freddie Lazona, chief of the Regional Logistics and Research Development Division (RLRDD), said they received 46 Toyota Hilux 4×4 personnel carriers, 19 of which will go to the Abra Provincial Police Office, Kalinga…

GSIS, SSS dropped as Maharlika fund backers; BSP steps in – Manila Bulletin

News / National / GSIS, SSS dropped as Maharlika fund backers; BSP steps in GSIS, SSS dropped as Maharlika fund backers; BSP steps in The House Committee on Appropriations has officially dropped the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS) as sources of funds for the controversial Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF). (MANILA BULLETIN) This, after the appropriations panel approved during a public hearing Friday, Dec. 9 the revised funding provision of the now-unnumbered bill seeking to institutionalize a Philippine sovereign wealth fund. The title of the measure…

Senate lauds Filipino health worker for bagging UK’s George Cross medal – Manila Bulletin

The Senate has adopted a resolution honoring Filipino-British nurse May Richell A. Cestina-Parsons for bagging the prestigious George Cross Award from the British government. Senate Resolution No. 320, introduced by Sen. Imee Marcos was unanimously adopted by the Upper Chamber on Wednesday, December 7, taking into consideration, Senate Resolution No. 347, introduced by Sen. Grace Poe. The resolution primarily recognizes the honor she brought to the country and fellow Filipino healthcare workers who were at the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. All members of the Senate were…

Iran probes police officer over death after World Cup loss – Manila Bulletin

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has arrested a local police chief over the shooting death of a man while he celebrated the Islamic republic’s World Cup loss last month, local media quoted a family lawyer saying. A member of Iran’s riot police waves a national flag as fans celebrate their football team’s win against Wales during the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in the capital Tehran on November 25, 2022. (AFP) Mehran Samak, 27, died in the northern city of Bandar Anzali on November 30, after being hit by shotgun pellets, the…

Charo reunites with 31 ‘MMK’ letter senders in ‘MMK Grand Kumustahan’ – Manila Bulletin

Charo reunites with 31 ‘MMK’ letter senders in ‘MMK Grand Kumustahan’ Charo Santos-Concio (left) and Dimples Romana (right) with ‘MMK’ letter senders Charo Santos exchanges heart-to-heart conversations with 31 letter senders in a two-hour special titled “MMK Grand Kumustahan,” which will premiere this Friday (Dec.9) at 6PM on MMK and ABS-CBN’s YouTube channel and Facebook page and iWantTFC. The “MMK Grand Kumustahan” serves as a reunion of Charo and the letter senders throughout the 31 years of the program. From feel-good chronicles to societal narratives, various letter senders talk about…