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Mindanao grid intact after Davao Oriental quake

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 12:43
MANILA - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the Mindanao grid remains intact despite the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Davao Oriental Tuesday morning."The Mindanao grid remains intact as there are no reports of power interruption and damaged tra
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Comelec-NegOr ready for final testing of vote counting machines

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 12:42

DUMAGUETE CITY - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Negros Oriental is now ready for the final testing and sealing (FTS) of the vote counting machines (VCMs) that will be used in the May 9 national and local elections.

Lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano, Comelec-Negros Oriental provincial e

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Chito Sta. Romana, PH envoy to China, passes away

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 12:15

MANILA - Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana has passed away, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday. He was 74.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs offers its sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Ambassador Chito, to our nation for its great l

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PH envoy to China Chito Sta. Romana passes away

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 12:15

MANILA - Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana has passed away, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday. He was 74.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs offers its sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Ambassador Chito, to our nation for its great l

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SG, PAL look forward to post-pandemic travel, tourism recovery

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-04-19 11:15
SINGAPORE, through the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), is welcoming more fully vaccinated Filipinos into its country. The country officially opened its borders to tourists on March 4.

The STB and Philippine Airlines (PAL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to reiterate their commitment to travel and tourism post-pandemic. Singapore Tourism Board chief executive Keith Tan and PAL president and chief executive officer Capt. Stanley Ng led the MOU signing held at I’M Hotel in Makati City on April 19.

Tan shared that Singapore hosted a record 830,000 visitors from the Philippines (PH) in 2019 (a 6.6 percent increase from 2018). The numbers dropped due to Covid-19, hitting as low as 8,000 visitors in early 2022. Tan expects this to change with the country opening its borders with less-stringent travel and health requirements.

PAL—through this MOU—looks to “re-introduce Singapore to Filipinos,” said Ng. Tan said Filipino travelers can expect more “upcoming promos and surprises” in the coming days.

With regard to the possibilities of Cebu to Singapore flights, Ng said that PAL is looking into adding it in the future. Tan added how the idea is an exciting one as “Singaporeans want to visit Cebu” as well.

Before the pandemic, PAL maintained four daily flights to Singapore. PAL currently has two flights daily.

“We are looking going back to pre-pandemic numbers by the 4th quarter,” said Ng.

Tan added that he does not expect a “V-shaped” recovery in terms of tourist numbers but sees a complete recovery in “two, three years.” (LQ3)

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Fourth season of MPBL opens on April 25

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-04-19 10:41
THE Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) will open its fourth season on April 25 at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.

For this tournament, the MPBL will be partnering with Cignal. The partnership was formalized during an event held last Friday at the Conrad Manila Hote. In attendance was league founder Manny Pacquiao, commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, and other top officials of Cignal.

A total of 20 teams will be competing in the fourth season led by inaugural champion Batangas City and Datu Cup titlists, San Juan. Also competing are Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Makati, Bataan, Valenzuela, Manila, Zamboanga, Imus, Bacolod, Saranggani, General Santos City, Negros Occidental, Mindoro, Pasig, Rizal, Quezon City, Marikina and Caloocan.

Taking a leave of absence from this competition are Cebu, Iloilo, Bulacan, Navotas, Paranaque, and defending champion Davao Occidental.

Each team will be composed of at least 15 players. They can have a maximum of 24 players. Every squad can have seven former PBA players, five collegiate players with special guest license from the Games and Amusement Board, at least three homegrowns and two Fil-foreigners, who must be at least 18 years old and Philippine passport holder. (JNP)

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5.9-magnitude offshore earthquake jolts southern Philippines

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 10:30

MANILA, April 19 (Xinhua) -- An offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 jolted Davao Oriental province in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The institute said the quake, which occurred at 9:23 a.m. local time, hit at a depth of 49 kilometers, about 54 kilometers southeast of Manay town in the province.

The institute said the t

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Danao City edges San Juan Knights to end five-game slump in Filbasket

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-04-19 09:52
REEVE Ugsang scored on a putback with four seconds remaining to lift the Danao City-MJAS Zenith past the San Juan Knights, 90-88, in the Filbasket Summer Championship on Monday at the San Jose del Monte City Sports Complex.

Danao City was facing an uphill battle as they trailed, 83-86, with less than two minutes left in the ballgame. However, Regie Basibas scored on a putback off a Brylle Meca miss while Patrick Cabahug drained three free-throws after he was fouled while shooting a triple by San Juan’s Justin Gutang, to put Danao City in front, 88-86 with 30.5 seconds remaining.

The Knights, though, tied the score at 88-all after Gutang muscled his way inside for a bucket while getting fouled by Basibas. The big man missed the bonus free-throw and on Danao City’s next possession, Cabahug shot a three-pointer that missed. Fortunately, Ugsang was there to grab the offensive board and put it back in to shove Danao City in front, 90-88, with 4.6 seconds left.

San Juan still had shot at either tying or winning the game but Jhonard Clarito was denied at the rim by Danao City as time expired.

The win snapped Danao City’s five-game losing streak and boosted their win-loss record to 2-6. San Juan dropped to 6-4.

Basibas led Danao City with 23 points and six rebounds, while Meca had 15 points, five boards, and three steals.

Ugsang came off the bench and asserted himself down low, producing 13 points and 12 rebounds. Andrey Armenion also flirted with a triple-double with his 14 assists, nine points, and six boards. (JNP)

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Tuesday forecast: Fair weather, isolated rains across PH

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 09:51

MANILA - The easterlies will bring warm and fair weather across the country Tuesday.

In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast partly cloudy to cloudy skies all over the country.

Isolated rain showe

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Army reservist-boxer Suarez feted, promoted for WBA win

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 09:50

MANILA - The Philippine Army has conferred the Meritorious Achievement Medal to reservist Charly Suarez for winning the World Boxing Association's (WBA) Asia super featherweight title last month.

Suarez, who previously held the rank of sergeant in the Army Reserve, was also promoted one rank

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AFP steps up ops vs. terror groups as elections approach

Philippines Times - Tue, 2022-04-19 09:35

MANILA - The military will further intensify its operations against communists and local terrorist groups to ensure orderly and peaceful polls on May 9.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Gen. Andres Centino said troops deployed nationwide remain vigilant against groups that might

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Gyle Montaño named MVP of Pilipinas Super League Under-21

Cebu Sun.Star - Tue, 2022-04-19 09:35
CONSOLACION star Gyle Patrick Montaño was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2022 Pilipinas Super League U21 Aspirants Division Invitational Cup for his stellar performances that has been key in the Sarok Weavers’ romp to the finals.

The 21-year old, who previously player for Southwestern University-Phinma before moving on to become a stud at the Lyceum University of the Philippines in the NCAA juniors tournament, posted averages of 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, which helped lead Consolacion to finish at the top of the standings after the elimination round.

Montaño said this MVP award is his first, and this will help spur him to help his team attain their goal of clinching the championship.

“I feel blessed to have gotten this award, but we haven’t reached our goal yet, which is to win the championship,” said Montaño.

Montaño got off to a slow start but has hit his stride of late, including a 21-point outburst in Consolacion’s 78-73 win over Cagayan de Oro in the semifinals on Monday afternoon.

“We were all still adjusting to the venue and the new environment. I think we’ve gotten the flow of our game now, and we’re grateful to the coaches for constantly giving us confidence,” shared Montaño.

Montaño also earned a spot on the Mythical Five team where he was joined by his teammate, Rojan Montemayor, who normed 10.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per game. Also making it were Kent Salarda (13.1 ppg, 10 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1 spg, 3.1 bpg) of Bukidnon, and Jerry Rivera (14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 4.1 spg) and Randolf Laquio (16 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3.4 spg) of Roxas. (JNP)

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