Philippines tells fishermen to ignore Beijing’s ban on fishing in South China Sea

Philippines tells fishermen to ignore Beijing's ban on fishing in South China Sea
(Reuters) The Philippines has rejected an annual summer fishing ban imposed by China in the disputed South China Sea and encouraged its boats to keep fishing in the country’s territorial waters.

The fishing moratorium imposed by China since 1999 runs from May 1 to Aug. 16 and covers areas of the South China Sea as well as other waters off China.

“This fishing ban does not apply to our fishermen,” the Philippines’ South China Sea taskforce said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The taskforce opposed China’s imposition of the ban over the areas within the territory and jurisdiction of the Philippines, adding “our fisherfolk are encouraged to go out and fish in our waters in the WPS (West Philippine Sea)” The Chinese embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manila, which refers to area as the West Philippine Sea, has for years been embroiled in a dispute over Beijing’s sweeping claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea.

An international tribunal in 2016 invalidated China’s claims, but China has rejected the ruling.

Tensions between the two countries have recently escalated after Manila accused China of territorial incursions by hundreds of its vessels in the resource-rich waterway… Read More

Maja Salvador recollects a stressful memory of the Coco Martin-Matteo Guidicelli brawl at Star Magic Ball

Maja Salvador recollects a stressful memory of the Coco Martin-Matteo Guidicelli brawl at Star Magic Ball
(Lionheartv) Actress Maja Salvador used to prioritize her career above her relationships. One of the biggest controversies that afflicted her career in showbiz was the brawl that happened between actor Coco Martin and her ex-boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli.

In an interview with G3 San Diego of Mega Entertainment, she recalled how stressful it was when Coco and Matteo had a fight.

Salvador once played the role of Krista in the series ‘Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin’. Back then she was paired with Coco in the said series while at that time, she was dating Guidicelli in real life.

“Si Krista sa ‘Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin’. ‘Dun yung nag-click talaga yung team up namin ni Coco. Kaya favorite ko siya, iconic rin kasi, girl version ako ni Robin Padilla. So ganun yung role ko so favorite ko siya and isa yun sa mga parang tumatak sa kanila,” she shared.

The undeniable and intense chemistry that she created with Coco on screen… Read More

Catriona Gray finally gets to visit parents in Australia

Catriona Gray finally gets to visit parents in Australia
(theHiveAsia) After having to live alone in the Philippines for the past year, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is elated to finally be able to reunite with her family in Australia.

On 4 May, the beauty queen-turned-singer posted a photo of the view through the window of her plane, writing, “After countless rescheduled flights, two flight cancellations, swab tests, stress, applications and waiting… I’m finally on my way to see my parents for the first time in one and a half years.”

Gray stated that she made a vow to herself three years ago that she would go and visit her father at least four times a year, but wasn’t able to do so due to the pandemic.

“It’s always been a fear of mine, having an older father, of not having enough time with him. I don’t want to one day be full of regret for not having given time to one of the most important people in my life… I’m really thankful to my brand and advocacy families, as well as my [Cornerstone] family for allowing me this time.”

She also expressed her hope that other families facing similar situations as her would be able to be reunited with one another soon.

It is noted that both of Gray’s parents reside in Australia, with her father Ian Gray being Australian of Scottish descent.

Australia has been closing its borders to non-citizens since March 2020, and only permitting limited international flights for citizens returning from abroad… Read More

PLM gets CHEd nod to hold limited face-to-face classes

PLM gets CHEd nod to hold limited face-to-face classes
(Manilatimes) PAMANTASAN ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) received approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to conduct limited face-to-face classes for medical and health allied programs in the university.

Last April, officials from CHEd assessed the school’s preparedness and observance of minimum public health standards and its compliance with CHEd’s guidelines.

“We thank CHEd for allowing our medical students to return to hands-on learning. This will definitely help PLM do its part in reinforcing the health care frontlines and ensure that our future doctors and nurses will be equipped with the proper training as they join our brave health workers in healing fellow Filipinos,” said PLM President Emmanuel Leyco.

CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera 3rd visited the Bicol University, College of Medicine for campus inspection.

“I will continue to go around other (HEIs), this year particularly … as we go around, we will do activities simultaneously, it will be very efficient,” said De Vera.

In total, 62 HEIs have been approved to conduct limited face-to-face classes.

This came after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) gave authority to colleges and universities to hold limited face-to-face classes… Read More

At halfway point, TNC, other Pinoy pros stand atop DPC SEA Upper Division season 2

At halfway point, TNC, other Pinoy pros stand atop DPC SEA Upper Division season 2
(Spin.Ph) AFTER three weeks of Dota 2 action, TNC Predator remains the team to beat, leading the pack with a record 3-1, while fellow Filipino team Execration is close behind with a 3-2 record — a tie with Indonesian Squad Boom ID at second.

We run down all the Pinoy teams — and teams with Pinoys — currently competing in the Dota 2 tilt! The new all-Pinoy TNC Predator looked dominant in the first two weeks of DPC, sweeping their first two matches (Execration and Omega Esports). The team also came out on top against new Pinoy powerhouse OB x Neon Esports (2-1) off a huge game from their mid-lane Beastmaster who finished the match with a 17/3/18 scoreline.

TNC Predator loss their week 3 match against T1 2-1, out of a stellar game 3 performance from T1’s Pinoy mid-laner Karl “Karl” Jayme’s Storm Spirit.

Despite the recent loss, the team looks to bounce back this week to widen their gap as they face current second placer BOOM ID on Wednesday May 5… Read More

Manila logs 292 new COVID-19 cases

Manila logs 292 new COVID-19 cases
(GMA News) The City of Manila on Tuesday registered 292 new COVID-19 infections, raising the city’s total tally to 58,909.

According to the Manila Public Information Office, the new cases brought the active cases in the city to 2,408.

Total recoveries also rose by 365 to 55,387, while the death toll increased to 1,114 with two new fatalities.

Sampaloc recorded the most number of active infections at 547, followed by Tondo 1 with 348.

Nationwide, cases of COVID-19 reached 1,067,892 including 66,060 active cases, 984,210 recoveries, and 17,622 fatalities… Read More

Barbie Imperial, Diego Loyzaga trade sweet messages and photos while away from each other

Barbie Imperial, Diego Loyzaga trade sweet messages and photos while away from each other
(Pep.ph) Hindi nagpapigil si Barbie Imperial, 22, sa paghayag ng pagmamahal para sa kasintahang si Diego Loyzaga, 25. Kahapon, May 4, nag-post si Barbie sa Instagram ng mga litrato ni Diego kunsaan litaw sa ngiti nito ang lubos na kasiyahan.

May litrato ring magkasama silang dalawa at makikitang yakap siya ng nobyo. Caption ni Barbie, “If there’s something I wanna give you, I’d give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes so you know how special you are to me.”How happy my heart feels when I see you happy when I’m with you.” Komento ni Diego, “I love you my baby gurl [smile emoji] thanks for making my day.” DIEGO’S “BB GURL”

Tila isang buwang hindi magkikita sina Barbie Imperial at Diego Loyzaga dahil sa kani-kanilang trabaho kaya miss na miss na nila ang isa’t isa. Noong April 27, unang nag-post si Diego ng sweet message para sa nobya. Ani Diego, “I’m gonna miss you BB gurl. See you in a month’s time. Do great at work today! Thank you to these beautiful people who made our last trip memorable.” Reply ni Barbie sa comments section: “See u sooon babe!!!! Am gonna miss ur hugs & smol kisses.”

Kalakip ng post ni Diego ay ilang couple photos ng magkasintahan na kuha sa isang boat. Kasama nila si Angelica Panganiban at non-showbiz boyfriend nitong si Greg Hoffman na taga-Subic. Si Angelica ay malapit na kaibigan ni Barbie… Read More

Jolo Revilla blames intern after erroneously calling Magellan a ‘hero’

Jolo Revilla blames intern after erroneously calling Magellan a ‘hero’
(FreebieMNL) Cavite Vice Governor Ramon ‘Jolo’ Revilla III recently came under fire for referring to Ferdinand Magellan as a hero.

Revilla, who appeared to have mistaken Magellan for Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu, claimed in his Facebook post that the Portuguese explorer is a hero during the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan.

“Isang pagsaludo sa kagitingan ng isa sa mga unang bayani ng bayan na si Ferdinand Magellan na nagbuwis ng buhay para sa kalayaan 500 taon na ang nakararaan!”

He immediatly issued an apology over what he said in his Facebook post and said: “I apologize for the earlier confusing post on our celebration of Lapu-lapu’s victory in Mactan 500 years ago.”.. Read More