APEC wary US-led trade pact could become ‘rich-economy club’

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – APEC does not want to see a United States-led free-trade agreement become a “rich-economy club”, a senior forum official said Monday. Speaking ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Philippine capital Manila, Alan...

Help us BOX A SMILE for 3,000 kids this Christmas

The LBC Foundation, in cooperation with Project Pearls, aims to move love this Christmas through its project BOX A SMILE. The LBC Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of LBC Express. Together with Project PEARLS, a non-profit organization, whose vision of seeking...

Sept 26 rally pushes for Duterte presidential bid

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A supporter of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Friday that convincing the tough-speaking mayor to run for President in 2016 is the only way to push for real reform. Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman and president Dante...

Spandau Ballet, Blake, 9 Filipino cast members of Miss Saigon West End to perform at ‘ASAP 20 Live in London’

World-class U.K-based mainstream acts confirmed to join Europe’s biggest Filipino event on September 6, 2015 at The SSE Arena Wembley LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM   – “It just keeps getting bigger.” This was the enthusiastic statement of ABS-CBN Managing Director of Europe, Middle East...

Ten killed, thousands flee as typhoon lashes PHL

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines | AFP | – Ten people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Saturday. Nine people died in Mountain...

Cebu Pacific profit up strongly

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Cebu Pacific saw its half-year net profit soar 63 percent as low fuel costs helped it take full advantage of higher passenger and cargo traffic, the Philippines’ largest airline said Friday. The carrier reported a net income of 5.2 billion pesos...

Mega casinos in PHL ‘losing’ money

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The owner of the Philippines’ first mega-casino on Friday said its second-quarter profits halved amid an industry wide slump that could threaten the country’s bid to become a top gaming destination. Travelers International Hotel Group, operator of...

PHL cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday hailed  what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the US Pacific Fleet released photographs of its...

Filipino gays find sanctuary in Catholic stronghold

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines (AFP) – A gospel serenade of deep baritones echoed through a dim alley in one of Manila’s red light districts on a humid Sunday evening – the joyful sounds emanating from a rare religious outpost for gay Filipinos. In the small room, where a...

PHL to base jets, frigates near China-claimed waters

Manila, Philippines (AFP) – The Philippines plans to station fighter jets and frigates on a former US naval base facing the South China Sea, where it is engaged in a maritime row with China, a defence official said Monday. They will be located in Subic Bay, some 200 kilometers...