Championing culture: Philippine Heritage Society Ball and 2022 Filipino Heritage Awards

Proud to be Filipino! What a night of celebrating local music, heritage, and all things Filipino! All roads led to the Fiesta Pavilion of the historic Manila Hotel last July 25 for the Philippine Heritage Society (PHS) Ball and 2022 Filipino Heritage Awards. Guests arrived at the reception area dressed to the nines in formal Filipiniana and to partake of the unlimited coffee by Curve Coffee Collaborators and cocktails by Destileria Limtuaco. Special exhibitors lined up the reception area of the hall including media partners Globaltronics/PARC Foundation and Light TV;…

Philippine President Duterte’s China pivot hasn’t reduced South China Sea tensions

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China. Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty Images More than five years on, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly postures have not tamed China’s assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea — and the next Philippine leader should be bolder in challenging Beijing, said a political and risk analyst. The Philippines will hold general elections to vote for a new president in May as Duterte’s six-year term comes to an end. Duterte has sought closer…

Bank of the Philippine Islands @ 171

SPEAKING OUT Ignacio R. Bunye At 171 years and counting, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – the country’s and Asia’s first bank – continues to lead in the banking and financial industry. BPI is marking this milestone with an anniversary mass this morning to be officiated by the Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D. Bishop of of Cubao at BPI’s satellite office – BPI Buendia center. Originally named Banco Español de Isabel II (after Spain’s then reigning monarch), BPI was established on August 1, 1851, by the Junta de…

Top Philippine Minister Tells China to “Get Out” of Spratly Islands

Chinese maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef, March 2021 (Image courtesy Armed Forces of the Philippines) Published May 3, 2021 3:01 PM by The Maritime Executive Manila and Beijing are engaged in an increasingly heated diplomatic dispute over the status of Chinese forces in the Spratly Islands, which both sides claim.  The Spratlys lie within the Philippine EEZ and are hundreds of miles away from the Chinese mainland, but China asserts that these land features – and most of the rest of the South China Sea – fall…

Nissan showcases the all-new Kicks e-POWER ahead of its Philippine launch – Manila Bulletin

Nissan Philippines (NPI) recently gave motoring media and content creators an exclusive hands-on experience of the much-anticipated all-new Kicks e-POWER, accelerating the local electrification strategy with another state-of-the-art innovation adding excitement to the daily driving of Filipino motorists. (From left) Akihiro Shibuya, Alliance Powertrain Engineering Director for e-POWER, Naoki Nakada, Chief Powertrain Engineer, and Juan Manuel Hoyos, NPI President took the lead in opening the track to introduce the all-new Kicks e-POWER to the media. During a two-day event at Clark, Pampanga, Nissan Philippines introduced the exciting all-new Kicks e-POWER…

China Warns Philippine Ships ‘Making Trouble’ as Island Dispute Escalates

Chinese government vessels have for the first time made direct threats against a Manila-held outpost in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to a report out of the Philippines this week. The latest saga in the decades-long standoff over Second Thomas Shoal—known as Ayungin in the Philippines and Ren’ai Jiao in China—happened as Philippine boats attempted to resupply a contingent of marines in the Spratly Islands in June, the Philippine Daily Inquirer said in a July 4 report. During a June 21 rotation and resupply mission, China Coast…

Xi congratulates Marcos on inauguration as Philippine president,‘sets good start for pushing ties toward new golden era’

Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. delivers his inaugural address as the 17th president of the Philippines at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila on June 30, 2022.Photo:Xinhua Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos on his inauguration as president of the Philippines on Thursday and stressed that he is ready to work with the new president to continue the friendly relations to benefit the peoples of the two countries.  The Chinese top leader’s congratulations together with the attendance of Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan,…