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Virgin Labfest 13: Diverse plays in a divisive time


This Wednesday, the 13th Virgin Labfest (VLF) will begin its three-week run, and like in previous years, theatergoers in and outside of Metro Manila shall flock to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to watch many of Philippine theater’s finest talents try to bring a dozen untried, untested, and unstaged one-act plays to captivating life in a time of …

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Award-winning ‘Pamilya Ordinaryo’ in Cine Lokal’s July lineup

Hasmine Killip (left) and Ronwaldo Martin in a scene from Pamilya Ordinaryo. (Photo: "Pamilya Ordinaryo" Facebook page)

Almost a year after it premiered to great acclaim at the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Eduardo Roy Jr.’s Pamilya Ordinaryo (Ordinary Family) will be screened in SM theaters from July 7 to 13, 2017 as part of the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) Cine Lokal program.

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Watsons’ grooming products for men: Making guys look, feel their best


by Alvin I. Dacanay Many shoppers know Watsons as a top health-and-beauty retailer that offers body-boosting and appearance-enhancing products to women. But they often overlook the fact that the store chain also carries similar products for men. Obviously, it knows that more guys today are looking beyond the basic soap, shampoo, and deodorant, and realizing that exerting more effort in …

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Data-saving Twitter Lite launched in the Philippines

(From left) Harvey Libarnes, Smart Communications vice president for digital products and partnership; Tina Pang, Twitter Southeast Asia head of sales; Dwi Adriansah, Twitter Southeast Asia and Australia head of business development; and Popo Yambao, Globe Telecom prepaid brand director, pose with the logos of their respective companies during the launch of Twitter Lite in the Philippines at The Peninsula Manila hotel in Makati City on June 14, 2017. (Photo: Alvin I. Dacanay)

Representatives from Twitter Southeast Asia recently launched Twitter Lite in the Philippines, allowing users to save up to 70 percent of data and continue browsing the popular online microblogging site, even when their data connection becomes erratic.

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Indigenized liturgical robes showcased in designer-turned-monk’s exhibit

(Left) Dom Martin Hizon Gomez, OSB. (Right) Indigenized liturgical robes on display at the "Vestments for Worship: Wrapped in Identity" exhibit at the Ayala Museum in Makati City. (Photos: Dom Martin Hizon Gomez OSB's Facebook account; PNA)

By Albert-Anthony Abando / Philippine News Agency Sixty liturgical vestments from 20 ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines are now on display as part of a recently opened exhibition at the Ayala Museum in Makati City.

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Paint the town red with new, enhanced HSBC Red Mastercard


Love, passion, energy, power, luck, and strength—all these are reflected in the color red. These things are what most, if not all people, want in life—from their relationships to their careers. So when it comes to aspirations or goals in life, don’t settle for anything less than “red.”

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Negros Oriental town celebrates BDO-rehabilitated health center

Residents of Valencia town in Negros Oriental province celebrated the completion of the rehabilitation of the Oscar M. Lopez Birthing Home and Rural Health Unit of Valencia during a ceremony attended by local government officials and Banco de Oro (BDO) Unibank executives.

The people of Valencia municipality in Negros Oriental province recently celebrated the opening of their newly rehabilitated health center, the Oscar M. Lopez Birthing Home and Rural Health Unit of Valencia. About 60,000 individuals from 24 villages are expected to benefit from the improved maternal healthcare, child-care, and outpatient services of the renovated structure, officials said.

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AREA honors BDO Foundation’s CSR program

BDO Foundation President Mario Deriquito (center) accepts a certificate of achievement recognizing the foundation’s rehabilitation program at the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The BDO Foundation was recognized at the recent Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) 2017 for its outstanding and exemplary achievements in social and responsible entrepreneurship.

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Sterling Bank of Asia takes part in DepEd’s 2017 Brigada Eskwela

Sterling Bank of Asia, one of the Philippines’ leading thrift banks, took part in the repainting, repairs, and cleaning of five classrooms in San Juan National High School in San Juan City on May 20, 2017. The bank also donated 250 new armchairs for the public school’s students. In photo with Sterling Bank of Asia volunteers are (seated third from left) Rowena Cruz, Brigada Eskwela coordinator and Social Studies department head of San Juan National High School; Lucila Galang Artuyo, principal of San Juan National High School; Benson J. Hari Ong, Sterling Bank of Asia executive vice president and commercial lending group head; and Dulce Y. Edillor, Sterling Bank of Asia first vice president and human-resources group head.

As part of its celebration of its 10th anniversary, Sterling Bank of Asia, one of the leading thrift banks in the Philippines, recently partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) and took part in the 2017 Brigada Eskwela program by helping refurbish selected schools in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao in time for the start of the school year.

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Congress, BSP to probe BPI on 2-day tech glitch

The headquarters of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) in Makati City. (Photo: Alvin I. Dacanay)

By Riza Lozada  A computer glitch that lasted for two days had resulted in huge problems for the Ayala Group’s banking arm, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), including a possible congressional probe. 

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