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OMB pushes anti-piracy campaign worldwide

MANILA, Philippines (December 26, 2012) – Optical Media Board (OMB) chairman Ronnie Ricketts has vowed to strengthen its Zero Piracy Campaign especially with the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in full swing.  In a report by ABS-CBN News, Ricketts said that while their...
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Strong currency hurts PHL call centers

MANILA, Dec 26, 2012 (AFP) – The peso’s rise is hitting call centers in the Philippines, handicapping the global leader in the lucrative business as it combats a challenge from top rival India, industry officials said Wednesday. Forty percent of the members of the Business...
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PHL to buy three naval helicopters

MANILA, Dec 27, 2012 (AFP) – The Philippines said Thursday it would buy three naval helicopters from an Anglo-Italian manufacturer as part of its military modernization program amid a territorial dispute with China. The three AW 109 “Power” helicopters from AgustaWestland will be...
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Parking employees get $4.7-M settlement in class action suit

LOS ANGELES – When Filipino parking attendant Dioscoro Tocong was suspended by AMPC System Parking Company (AMPCO) for a minor mistake, he got to thinking about the parking giant’s labor practices. While waiting for his re-instatement, Tocong, who worked at the Grove parking...
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DOH to consider fireworks ban even as total fireworks-related injuries decreased by 33%

The Department of Health (DOH) is considering a ban on individual use of fireworks/firecrackers if injuries continue to rise during the holiday season despite its all-out efforts. From 21-26 December, there were a total of 72 fireworks-related injuries. Of this number, 71 were...
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Aquino appeals to all Filipinos to refrain from using firecrackers

MANILA, Dec 27 (Mabuhay) – The Aquino administration has appealed to the public to refrain from using dangerous firecrackers and pyrotechnics to prevent injuries and loss of lives during the New Year celebration, a Palace official said. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda...
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Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega meets with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

Los Angeles, 21 December 2012 – Consul General Maria Hellen M. Barber De La Vega paid a courtesy call on Mayor Bob Filner on 19 December 2012 at his office in San Diego County in Southern California.  The two officials discussed ways of stimulating Philippine-US relations. Mayor...
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The FAPCLA (est.1978), Inc./SIPA hold Larry Itliong forum

Collectively, The Filipino American Press Club (est. 1978), Inc. SIPA, Weekend Balita/USAP, Philippine News and  the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association presented a significant forum on December 13th on Larry Itliong, the forgotten hero of the US Labor Movement. Below...
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President Aquino leads ceremonial signing of 2013 General Appropriations Act in Malacanang

MANILA, Dec 19 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III led the ceremonial signing of the P2.006-trillion 2013 General Appropriations Act (GAA) in ceremonies held in Malacanang on Wednesday. Dubbed the Empowerment Budget, the 2013 GAA was signed into law by President...
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Donaire says he learned from Pacquiao’s mistake

MANILA, Dec 19 (Mabuhay) –A victorious Nonito Donaire Jr. returned to the Philippines Wednesday, following his third-round KO of Jorge Arce in a successful defense of his WBO and Ring Magazine Super Bantamweight title, and told reporters that he had picked up a few pointers...