PSC, MILO sign 2022 Batang Pinoy partnership

PSC, MILO sign 2022 Batang Pinoy partnership
(Tempo) Bound by their mission to produce Filipino sports champions, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Nestle Philippines Inc. – MILO signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Batang Pinoy 2022 National Championships Monday, Nov. 28, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila.

PSC Chairman Jose Emmanuel “Noli” M. Eala and Nestle Philippines Business Executive Officer – Beverages and Confectionery Veronica V. Cruz represented their respective organizations. The Batang Pinoy Games, one of the PSC’s centerpiece grassroots sports programs will be held December 17 to 21 in the Province of Ilocos Sur.

“For Batang Pinoy to once again work with Nestle Philippines and Milo, is truly an honor, as well as a blessing for the Filipino youth. We hope that we can continue to interest Milo to be a strong partner for PSC, not only for Batang Pinoy but for our entire grassroots program,” said Eala during the signing ceremony… Read More

Daily Philippine infections may hit 3,000 — OCTA

Daily Philippine infections may hit 3,000 — OCTA
(BusinessWorld) DAILY coronavirus infections in the Philippines could hit as many as 3,000 when Filipinos celebrate the Christmas holidays next month, according to a research group.

The country might record 2,000 to 3,000 daily coronavirus cases in December, OCTA Research Group fellow Fredegusto P. David said in a Facebook Messenger chat. “On Saturday, our daily cases already hit 1,874,” he said, citing a recent increase in infections.

OCTA also expects a significant increase in severe and critical cases. “It will lead to an increase in numbers but I don’t expect hospitals to become full or even exceed 30% of hospital care utilization rate,” he added.

Globally, the weekly coronavirus cases decreased by 5% during the week of Nov. 14 to 20 from a week earlier, with more than 2.4 million new cases reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a weekly report released on Nov. 22. Weekly deaths fell by 13% to 7,800 it said… Read More

LPG prices may go up in December, fuel price rollbacks may continue – DOE

LPG prices may go up in December, fuel price rollbacks may continue – DOE
(CNN Philippines) Metro Manila — The prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) products may increase by December, but the price cuts in other fuel products could continue, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

DOE Oil Industry Management Bureau director Rino Abad said the possible price hike in LPG products is due to the expected global demand.

The months of November and December are considered as the pressure months because inventories pile up as northern hemisphere countries use LPG for heating requirements during the winter period. They will use it continuously from January to March next year, so we are expecting the prices to increase.

As of November, prices of LPG products went up by ₱3.50 per kilogram while prices of auto LPG rose by ₱1.95 to ₱1.96 per liter.

Despite the possible increase in LPG products, the prices of gasoline and diesel may continue to decline. However, the continuous rollback may be spoiled by the plan of OPEC+ to further slash oil production… Read More

Unstoppable feast on Christmas Eve

Unstoppable feast on Christmas Eve
(Business Mirror) WITH less than a month away from the noche buena festivities, it’s an impossible wish for the rising prices of goods and commodities to be halted or reversed. Still, from most indications, inflation won’t triumph over tradition and family.

Noche buena or “good night” refers to the night of Christmas Eve. Filipinos are known to be lovers of the three F’s: family, food and festivities.

These three words are already been ingrained in the Filipino culture even as the pandemic dimmed the parol—a Filipino lantern displayed during the Christmas season, for two consecutive years.

In the last two years, despite being cooped up in their homes, Filipinos still managed to dress themselves and show up at the noche buena table, while catching up with relatives and friends via video call either by playing online games together or pretending to drink together through “e-numan.”… Read More

Works of Filipino photojournalists among TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2022

Works of Filipino photojournalists among TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2022
(Interaksyon) Three images taken by Filipino photojournalists made it to TIME magazine‘s list of top 100 photos for the year 2022

The publication on Wednesday released the “carefully curated” unranked selection of images chosen by its eight-team photo editors with the aim to show that this year was “different.”

“It’s different this time. That was the sentiment humming in the background, and sometimes roaring quite loudly, throughout 2022,” Katherine Pomerantz, TIME’s director of photography, said.

“It’s what was said when young people started rising up in the streets of Iran in support of women’s rights; when the first Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine; when millions of people showed up to vote to send a country in a new direction,” she added.

“Not every photo displays profound change: images from the Westminster Dog Show, now in its 146th year, are frequently included on this annual list. But many capture a familiar scene that’s also unlike anything that’s come before,” Pomerantz said… Read More

Filipino food gains visibility in NYC, but restaurateurs point to a complicated reality

Filipino food gains visibility in NYC, but restaurateurs point to a complicated reality
(WNYC) Renee Dizon didn’t set out to build a way of life for Filipinos in Queens. But three decades after she and her husband established a modest restaurant in Woodside, that is what it has become. . Before Jeepney and Maharlika, before Lumpia Shack and Instagram-famous ube pastries, there was Renee’s Kitchenette and Grill.

What Dizon and her family have built for the local Filipino community is something of a rarely celebrated success story amid fits and starts for the cuisine, as restaurateurs try to deepen its notches within the most brutal and unforgiving culinary landscape in the United States: New York City.

Filipino dining in the five boroughs has become more visible since food writers provided the earliest whiffs of recognition in the 1980s. Breakthroughs in more recent years have included a thriving pop-up scene and the increased prominence of traditional practices. But the cuisine’s biggest gains have formed a counterpoint with the closures of coveted former success stories in Manhattan, as well as fresher fusion ventures that failed to attract stable business… Read More

US Grants Philippines $7.5 Million to Combat Illegal Fishing in South China Sea

US Grants Philippines $7.5 Million to Combat Illegal Fishing in South China Sea
(The Epoch Times New York) The United States will provide $7.5 million to boost the Philippines’ capabilities to combat illegal fishing in the South China Sea, Vice President Kamala Harris said Tuesday, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to supporting its ally.

The funding will help the Philippines increase its capacity and capability to counter illegal fishing, improve maritime domain awareness, and provide search and rescue efforts, including in the South China Sea, according to a fact sheet issued by the White House.

Harris made the announcement during her visit to Palawan, a remote Philippine-controlled island in the South China Sea. She became the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the island.

“The United States and the broader international community have a profound stake in the future of this region. America’s prosperity relies on the billions of dollars that flow through these waters every day,” Harris said in a speech.

“As an ally, the United States stands with the Philippines in the face of intimidation and coercion in the South China Sea,” she said aboard the Philippine Coast Guard ship… Read More

Marcos to Pinoy scientists, researchers: Stay in the Philippines


(GMA News) President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday encouraged Filipino scientists and researchers to stay in the Philippines, saying they could be the government’s active partners in terms of nation-building.

Marcos graced the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. was also in attendance.

“I encourage our Filipino scientists, researchers, inventors and innovators, to continue sharing your expertise, especially to young people. I urge you to stay in the country as you pursue your career. We will continue to support you and continue to look to you to be active partners of the government,” Marcos said in his speech… Read More