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Entertainment News (12/31/21)

CLARA BENIN Season 2 of Muni-Muni Stories podcast in January THE Muni-Muni Stories podcast, co-produced by the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and Podcast Network Asia, will launch its second season on Jan. 3. In this new season, heavyweights in the film industry will talk about the official soundtracks (OSTs) in …

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Telcos expand service restoration to more Vis-Min areas

MOBILE NETWORK services have been restored to more areas in Visayas and Mindanao, such as Negros Island. In an advisory on Thursday, Globe Telecom, Inc. said its services have been fully restored in Negros Occidental and 21 municipalities in Negros Oriental have mobile connection once again. Globe said it …

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PHL net external liability improved as of September

THE COUNTRY recorded a slimmer net external liability position as of September, amid the pickup in the central bank’s reserve assets. The international investment position (IIP) of the Philippines was at $21.1 billion as of September, based on preliminary data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). This is lower …

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From Chicago to West Side Story, how to successfully adapt a musical from stage to screen

STEVEN SPIELBERG’s West Side Story THE SECOND HALF of 2021 is proving to be a peak time for movie musical-goers, with the release of critically acclaimed In the Heights, disastrously received Dear Evan Hansen, and Steven Spielberg’s hotly anticipated West Side Story. These films lead to reflection on one of …

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Toyota applies as local maker of light commercial vehicles

REUTERS TOYOTA MOTOR Philippines Corp. (TMPC) is applying as a new domestic producer of mobility light commercial vehicles, according to the Board of Investments (BoI). BoI said in a notice on Thursday that TMPC is applying for registration for these vehicles at an annual capacity of 18,337 units under Republic …

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Banks miss lending quota for agriculture, agrarian sectors

BW FILE PHOTO LENDERS were not able to meet the required credit for the agriculture and agrarian (agri-agra) reform sectors in the July-to-September period, based on central bank data. Banks disbursed loans worth P804.17 billion in the third quarter for the two sectors, according to preliminary data released by the …

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Ballet Philippines ends the year with three online performances

1 of 3 FOR the yearend celebration of the company’s 52nd Season, Ballet Philippines (BP) is offering three online performances: Ancient World by BP’s guest choreographer John McFall; She’s So Heavy, choreographed by BP’s guest artist Joseph Phillips, and Abstract, choreographed by BP’s Artistic Director Mikhail Martynyuk. The performances, which …

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AirAsia Philippines to increase flights in 2022

Airasia Philippines is increasing flight frequencies starting next year and will be reopening one of its key hubs to serve more customers. The low-cost carrier said in a statement on Thursday that beginning Jan. 1 next year, it will increase its flight frequencies to Caticlan (34 times weekly), Kalibo (eight …

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SEC issues halt order against operations of SCET Colleens

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a cease-and-desist order against SCET Colleens Corp. for its unlicensed investment scheme. In a document dated Dec. 7, the commission is calling on SCET Colleens to immediately halt its operations, cease its internet presence, while prohibiting any of its representatives from dealing with …

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PHL in 2022: Need for a new social contract

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS Why we need a new social contract in the Philippines should not be trick question. True, in theory, it could be as fundamental as reiterating that the people are the only source of government power, that the people can withhold granting such power to the government …

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