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San Miguel Corporation to Bid for World’s 6th Biggest Cookie Maker – United Bisuits

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San Miguel Corporation is eyeing to buy the world’s sixth biggest cookie maker, United Biscuits Ltd. With its 160-year-old McVitie’s brand including Jaffa Cakes and Digestives, Ramon Ang said Wednesday he is interested in bidding for the British snack and cookie maker. Others in the potential buyers list include Kellogg Co.

United Biscuits has a combined sales of €1.10 billion (or $1.42 billion) in 2013.

Read more about it at The Wall Street Jounal.

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Sharapova, Murray, Williams, Ivanovic, Bouchard to Play Tennis in Manila

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The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) will bring tennis greats to Manila, Philippines, in the Manila leg of the inaugural IPTL event which will run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13. Confirmed to participate are Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, and Eugenie Bouchard.

The IPTL matches are played between star-studded teams, featuring the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. The tournament will feature a total of 21 Grand Slam Champions and 14 current and former World Number Ones.

From 28th November to 13th December 2014, the teams will play a total of 24 matches in a round robin format to determine the inaugural IPTL League Champion. Modelled after successful sports franchise concepts, the IPTL combines world-class sports and entertainment in a format that keeps both, spectators and TV viewers completely engrossed.

The Philippine team includes Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kristen Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya, Maria Sharapova, and Teat Huey.

For more information, please visit the IPTL Website.

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Google Takes Down Anti-Filipino Blog

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Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Sunday asked Filipinos to hold their heads high in the face of discrimination as he thanked Google for taking down an anonymous blog urging Singaporeans to harass Filipinos living in the island nation.

In a post titled “Filipino infestation in Singapore — 5 point guide to showing displeasure without breaking the law,” the blog advised Singaporeans to refuse to be served by Filipinos in restaurants, “accidentally” shove them in crowded places, and not to help Filipinos involved in traffic accidents.

The blog, “Blood Stained Singapore,” was hosted on Google-owned Blogger. It was no longer available by late Thursday.

The Vice President lauded Google’s move and thanked the internet giant “for not allowing itself to be a platform for prejudice and ethnic discrimination.”

A Google spokesperson confirmed that the US web giant removes material from Blogger that violates its policy on hate speech.

The Philippine embassy earlier urged Singaporean authorities to take action against the blogger.

“It is obvious that the blogger, in choosing to hide behind the veil of anonymity, knew he would be held liable for what he wrote under Singaporean law against hate speech. And even as we condemn the hate speech, we Filipinos reiterate our well wishes for the people of Singapore,” he added.

There are currently some 170,000 Filipinos living in Singapore, most of them professionals.

Source: Office of the Vice President of the Philippines.

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Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas Outstanding Filipino Writers

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Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) recently awarded Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas to outstanding Filipino writers who have contributed significantly to the development of Philippine literature in any language.

The ceremony was held on Aug. 30 at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Auditorium (UP CMC). The awards was the culminating event of the 2014 UMPIL Pambansang Kumperensiya, which was conducted from Aug. 28 to 30 at the same venue.

The awardees were:

Lamberto G. Ceballos
Querubin D. Fernandez, Jr.
Steven Patrick Fernandez
Luis Francia
Eulalio R. Guieb III
Nilo P. Pamonag
Jose Victor Peñaranda
Lorenzo G. Tabin
Regina Garcia Groyon

Read more at Manila Standard Today.

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Philippine Airlines to Double Flights to Canada

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The flag carrier of the Philippines is eyeing to double its frequency of flights to Canada very soon, after the successful conclusion of talks between both countries on air flights. The Philippine panel secured seven additional flight frequencies per week to Canada and Philippine Airlines (PAL) will pursue trying to get all these entitlements with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Once approved, the number of flights per week PAL does between Manila and Canada will double from seven to fourteen.

At present, PAL flies seven times a week to Vancouver and three times a week to Toronto with a stopover in Vancouver.

“With the successful conclusion of the government- to- government air talks, we look forward to flying twice daily to Canada and offering our passengers greater flexibility and choice,” said PAL President and COO Ramon Ang in May of this year.


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The 35th Manila International Book Fair

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The country’s biggest book event is right around the corner: the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), which heads back to the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on Sept. 17-21, 2014.

Now on its 35th year, the MIBF still remains the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair. It showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading. Everything you need from fiction bestsellers, to textbooks, to graphic novels, and even educational materials are all under one roof. Moreover, the MIBF is also the go-to venue for this year’s most awaited book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and other literary events.

After three decades, it has evolved from an event for the publishing industry and the academe to one of the most-awaited exhibitions for all sorts of readers. The MIBF has become a gathering of sorts for bookworms of all ages and walks of life to celebrate the joys of reading and the knowledge each book brings about. It has also been providing a venue for the exchange of ideas amongst players in the publishing and academic industry.

Apart from great reads at affordable prices, the MIBF also showcases special events for readers: storytelling sessions, poetry readings, book signings, book launches, literary awards, quiz bee competitions, interactive education, the annual St. Paul National Bible Quiz and many more activities that enrich the reading experience and contribute to the reading awareness of the Filipino public.

For more information, visit

Photo from MIBF Facebook Page.



Note: This is not a paid article/post.

What the Philippines Needs for Inclusive Growth

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What will bring about more inclusive growth in the economy? We need more of our economy’s growth to come from sectoral inclusive growth drivers. And to be an effective driver of inclusive growth, an economic sector must meet two important criteria:

One, the sector must be job-rich or labor-intensive. It must employ large numbers of workers, such that growth in the sector will also translate into similar growth in jobs. A sad commentary to the lack of inclusiveness in our 2013 economic growth is the fact that while the economy grew by a hefty 7.2 percent, the number of jobs actually grew by a mere 0.17 percent then.

Two, the sector must have strong and wide interlinkages with the rest of the domestic economy. That is, it must rely on other domestic industries for its inputs such as raw materials and intermediate goods (backward linkages), or its products must find use as inputs by other domestic industries (forward linkages).

Read the entire article by Cielito F. Habito at The Korea Herald.

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A Travel Insurance Every Filipino Can Afford

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When you travel to away from your home, whether it is to the next province, the next island or a foreign destination, it is imperative that your loved ones are financially protected in case something happens to you – accident or otherwise. Even if about 66 percent of Filipinos are mindful of having insurance coverage, half of that actually have insurance coverage, regardless of amount or type. What about the others?

The Philippine Constitution has a section that specifically tells every Filipino that they need to insure themselves for the intereest of their spouse and their children. Section 10 of the Insurance Code of the Philippines defines “insurable interest” as “Every person has an insurable interest in the life and health: of himself, of his spouse and of his children; of any person on whom he depends wholly or in part for education or support, or in whom he has a pecuniary interest; of any person under a legal obligation to him for the payment of money, or respecting property or services, of which death or illness might delay or prevent the performance; and of any person upon whose life any estate or interest vested in him depends.”

Simply said, every Filipino must have a self-interest to protect his family from loss of family income because of an accident or death.

However, not many Filipinos can afford to buy insurance lumped over the course of a decade or more with huge contracted payments. The Philippine national statistics shows that the average family income is less than P20,000 a month for a household of more than 4 family members, and after deducting basic needs expenditure, the actual average savings per family is a paltry P3,500 a month.

I think the introduction of the Pioneer Insurance Travel Buddy is timely given that more than 50 percent of the population are employed or underemployed, and many of them take local and foreign trips from time and time again.

For only P100, you can be insured for P100,000 during 30 days.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) can now insure themselves while traveling to their employment destination, on top of what other insurance they have that kicks in but only if they are in the country of their employment.

Filipinos traveling to other countries for a short stay like a vacation know that if they meet an accident, they have P100,000 in accident insurance from Pioneer Insurance to depend on.

Backpackers and budget travelers locally traversing the wonders of the Philippines can be protected in month they are enjoying the sights and sounds of the country.

And P100 is not even 1% of the insurance that can be claimed by you or your beneficiaries should you meet an accident or untimely death.

The benefits of getting the Travel Buddy by Pioneer Insurance are:

  • Loss of life (Php 100,000)
  • Disablement of both hands or both feet or sight of both eyes (Php 100,000)
  • Disablement of one hand and one foot or either hand or foot or sight of one eye (Php 100,000)
  • Disablement of one hand or one foot or sight of one eye (Php 50,000)

The Travel Buddy by Pioneer Insurance is solely available online. To know more about the Travel Buddy, click or visit

If you have questions, you may also write on the COMMENTS section located at the bottom of this article/blog.


Source: Pioneer Facebook | Pioneer Insurance site | | Philippine Census

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Note: This is not a paid article/blog.