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World Bank trims PHL growth forecast for 2014

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The World Bank trimmed its growth forecast for the Philippines this year to 6.6%. This is slightly lower than the 6.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast the World Bank gave last October, and on the low-end of the government’s 6.5%-7.5% target for...
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Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

On going Display UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History UCLA Campus www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/intersections Museum admission is free.  Some of the exhibit can also be viewed online. Los Angeles museum-goers at last have an ongoing opportunity to enjoy one of our...
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Gutierrezes in first Asian reality family series

With the family of showbiz veterans Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama set to star in their own reality show this summer, daughter Ruffa Gutierrez shared what fans can expect from the six-episode special. Said to be the first show of its kind in Asia, “It Takes Gutz To Be A...
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Milestone birthday bash for trio: Carina, Malou and JP

The harsh weather and pouring rain didn’t stop the surprise 70th  birthday bash for “teen-looking” songstress Carina Afable given by her family and close friends at the Verdugo Room of the Castaways Restaurant in Burbank last Saturday, March 1st. Carina’s celebration was not only...
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Enrile resurrects bill exempting electricity users from VAT

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile has recently resurrected his pet bill exempting the sale of electricity to residential consumers with consumption not exceeding 250 kWh from the Value Added Tax (VAT). Senate Bill Nos. 2547 and 2159 respectively,...
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‘Remarkable’ growth for PHL economy despite disasters

By Mynardo Macaraig MANILA  (AFP) – The Philippine economy was one of the fastest-growing in Asia last year after shrugging off devastating natural disasters and expanding at a “remarkable” pace in the final quarter, the government said Thursday. The economy grew by 6.5 percent...
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Like it or lump it: LG’s flexible phone’s bumpy screen

(Relaxnews) – LG has confirmed that its flexible screen smartphone, the LG G Flex, can develop bumps on its display if users subject the handset to excessive flexing. The phone, one of two in the world with a flexible display — the other being Samsung’s Galaxy...
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Catholic bishops welcome Quevedo cardinalship

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Catholic prelates were elated with the naming of Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, OMI as Cardinal by no less than Pope Francis at the Vatican. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle thanked Pope Francis for associating the Cardinal-elect prelate and...
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Barefoot hordes in spectacular Nazareno procession

By Jason Gutierrez MANILA, January 9, 2014 (AFP) – Millions of barefoot devotees packed the Philippine capital’s streets Thursday for one of the world’s biggest Catholic parades, honoring an ancient statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers. Chanting “Viva, Viva...
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Filipino films make waves in Palm Springs International Film Festival

By Fe P. Koons Palm Springs, CA – Three very moving Filipino films attracted audiences in the Palm Springs International Film Festival last weekend Jan. 3-5 at the Regal Cinema. Iloilo which garnered the Cannes D’Oro award for first time filmmakers at the Cannes packed the...