US basketball star Griner swapped for Russian arms dealer – Manila Bulletin

WASHINGTON (AFP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner was headed home on Thursday, Dec. 8, after being freed from a Russian prison in a swap for Viktor Bout, the notorious arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death.” In this file photo taken on July 15, 2022 US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner smiles inside a defendants’ cage during a hearing at the Khimki Court in the town of Khimki outside Moscow. (AFP) President Joe Biden announced Griner’s release in an address to the nation and Moscow confirmed she had…

Counting and waiting – Manila Bulletin

Children, including us children at heart, are counting the days with Christmas 16 nights/sleep away. But for those who are goody-goody as well as those mischievous are waiting, looking forward to what Santa will give. The counting and waiting game has also engulfed the corridors of banking. Talks circulating around the community revolve around the possibility that there’ll be a new Philippine National Bank (PNB) president. Veteran banker Florido “Doy” Casuela, the current PNB officer-in-charge, fully understands that being the chief steward of the country’s top five in the industry…

MB’s ‘Through Untrue’ judged ‘Best Opinion Column’ in 44th CMMA – Manila Bulletin

Lifestyle / Society / MB’s ‘Through Untrue’ judged ‘Best Opinion Column’ in 44th CMMA MB’s ‘Through Untrue’ judged ‘Best Opinion Column’ in 44th CMMA Fr. Rolando V. Dela Rosa, O.P., columnist of ‘Through Untrue’ for the Manila Bulletin, bagged the ‘Best Opinion Column’ in the 44th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) held at the Manila  Grand Opera Hotel on November 23, 2022. Awarding the plaque are Manila Archbishop and CMMA Honorary Chairman Cardinal Jose F. Cardinal Advincula and CMMA and the ALC Group Chairman, Mr. D. Edgard A. Cabangon.  The…

AppleOne Properties CEO Ray Go Manigsaca puts its Cebu developments on the world map – Manila Bulletin

When AppleOne Properties bagged multiple wins in the recent 10th PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards, a lot of people were surprised and curious how a relatively young company was able to rise above the competition and continues to carve a reputation as a premier luxury developer in Cebu through its Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort, which was cited as “Best Luxury Resort Development” and The Residences at Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort, which was the “Best Branded Residential Development.”  Add to these accolades, the interior designs of both projects were also cited, garnering…

Dolphins beat Pirates by 64 points; Darang posts triple-double – Manila Bulletin

Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas broke off the gates with all guns blazing and dealt Lyceum of the Philippine University-Batangas a thorough 102-38 beating in the 5th PG Flex Linoleum-Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Paco Arena in Manila. The Dolphins went off to a hot start, exploding for 31 points while limiting the Pirates to just four points in the opening frame – a stretch which practically set the tone for the rest of the contest that gave PCU-D a winning start to the second round of…

Save the environment, minimize or terminate use of plastics – Manila Bulletin

Editorial “Plastic pollution seriously endangers the ecosystem, especially bodies of water like rivers that are vital to fishermen’s livelihood.” With this in mind, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading this week House Bill No. 4102 that proposes to raise the ₱20 excise tax on single-use plastic bags by 400 percent. The bill defines single-use plastic bags as secondary level plastics made of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic polymer such as “ice,” “labo,” or “sando” bags, with or without handle, used as packaging for goods or products. This…

Towards a truly digital Philippines – Manila Bulletin

NIGHT OWL Anna Mae Lamentillo A truly Digital Philippines is the vision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. Digitalization is no longer an option, but a necessity in order to achieve our development goals. From the onset, the President’s directive is to ensure universal connectivity as this will be a vital component to ensure that no citizen is left behind. During the recent Telco Summit, President Marcos reiterated his administration’s goal of achieving a more connected and genuinely digital Philippines. He stressed that connectivity is exceedingly important for an archipelagic…

Security agency owner in Bacolod gunned down – Manila Bulletin

BACOLOD CITY — A businessman was shot to death by two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle in Magsaysay Avenue, Henrietta Village, Barangay Singcang-Airport here on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The victim was identified as Ivan Magbanua, 39, of Barangay Singcang-Airport, an owner of a security agency. Major Joery Puerto, head of Police Station 8, said the victim was driving his sedan on his way home when he was pursued by the perpetrators. When the victim slowed down, the perpetrators went near him and the back-rider, whose face was not covered, shot…

Filipino worker dies while working at a Qatar resort—DFA – Manila Bulletin

News / National / Filipino worker dies while working at a Qatar resort—DFA Filipino worker dies while working at a Qatar resort—DFA An overseas Filipino worker died while working at a resort in Mesaieed, Qatar, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. DFA (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “It is with regret that the Philippine Embassy in the State of Qatar confirms the death of a Filipino national who unfortunately met his demise while working at a resort in Mesaieed,” the DFA said in a statement on Thursday night, Dec. 8.…

Converge names Delta Pineda as new team manager – Manila Bulletin

Converge names Delta Pineda as new team manager Converge isn’t only making sure it is improving inside the court but also outside of it. Gov. Delta Pineda with some of the successful players under the Pampanga stable. The FiberXers bolstered their backend support with the addition of Pampanga governor and known Philippine basketball patron Dennis “Delta” Pineda as their team manager. Known as “godfather” to most PBA stars who hailed from Pampanga including Arwind Santos, Calvin Abueva and Jayson Castro due to his local basketball programs, Pineda is expected to…