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EastWest reports 32% profit jump for first quarter

EastWest Banking Corp. reported a 32-percent jump in net income in the first quarter to P600 million from P456 million a year ago, driven by strong growth in recurring revenue base. The bank’s total assets increased by 20 percent to P184.7 billion from P153.8 billion in the same period last year.

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Globe’s UAE partnership to cut OFWs’ call costs

Globe Telecom recently launched a co-branded service with du, the Middle East’s fastest growing telecommunications company that’s based in the United Arab Emirates(UAE). With approximately 7.3 million mobile subscribers, the Kabayan offer of du allows their prepaid mobile subscribers to call Globe and TM for 20 percent less than the cost of calls to other networks in the Philippines.

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Megaworld opens two major hotel projects

Megaworld, the country’s leader and pioneer in developing integrated urban townships, is opening two new hotels this year in its two townships in Metro Manila and Iloilo. Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, which will occupy eight levels of the 12-storey Richmonde Tower in the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, is set to open in June this year.

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Federal Land, Alveo ink deal for Laguna project

GT Capital Holdings Inc.’s (GTCAP) property development arm, Federal Land Inc., has entered into a joint venture agreement with Alveo Land Corp., a fully owned subsidiary of Ayala Land Inc., for the development of a 45-hectare property along Laguna Boulevard in Biñan, Laguna province.

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Index surge not a sign of growth, experts say

By Jerry Maglunog Many are ecstatic about the 8,000-plus Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), as they believe it is one of the indications that the Philippine economy is really growing.

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8990 taps Walter Mart for integrated mall plans

Mass-housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. has signed up the Walter Mart Group to operate malls in two of its mixed-used development projects in Metro Manila, 8990 Holdings Chief Executive Officer Januario Jesus Atencio said.

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Cebuana Lhuillier opens 1st branch in Middle East

By Riza Lozada Cebuana Lhuillier has opened its first office in the Middle East, located at the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), to provide remittances service to the Philippines as well as a liaison office for its partners in the region.

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Bourse suffers ‘jinx’, stays below 8,000

Stock market stakeholders call it as almost “a jinx.” The stock index in the days after the visit of President Aquino to the bourse had refused to rise back to the 8,000 point level, ending the week at 7,946.89 down by 0.02 percent or 1.31 points.

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Lopez, SMC lead bidders for 200-MW coal project

By Riza Lozada Twelve power consortia, led by the Lopez group and San Miguel Corp. (SMC), expressed interest to bid for the contract to become the independent power producer administrator (Ippa) of the 200-megawatt (MW) Mindanao coal-fired thermal power plant.

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PNB income up 5% to P5.5B last year

The Philippine National Bank (PNB) posted a net income of P5.5 billion in 2014, reflecting a 5-percent increase from its previous year’s level-despite the challenging conditions in the local financial markets that caused the bank’s trading gains to decline substantially by 72 percent to P1.3 billion.

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