Beautiful Bungalow with attached apartments for sale on North Luzon Coast Current Article Real Estate 

Beautiful Bungalow with attached apartments for sale on North Luzon Coast

We are reluctantly selling the property that we’ve just finished refurbishing on the North Luzon coast. It has three apartments attached which we rent out for between P500 and P1500 per night depending on the apartment and the season. So what are you getting? Comfortable family home. 2 story apartment block with 3 apartments (2 studios and a one bedroom). Planning consent to put two more apartments on top of the block. A 266 sqm lot which is on a clean title. A family home and business which is 10…

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma: Better-Than-Ever Fakes Worsen Piracy War News 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma: Better-Than-Ever Fakes Worsen Piracy War

  CHINA – (Bloomberg) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma said Chinese-made counterfeit goods today have gotten better than the genuine article, complicating the effort to root out fakes on the country’s largest online shopping services.   Global brands have long relied on China and other low-cost manufacturing bases to beef up margins. But those same factories have gotten savvier over the years and are now using the Internet — including Alibaba’s platforms — to sell their own products straight to consumers, Ma told the company’s investor conference…

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Boracay Bridge To Ease Congestion on Major PH Tourism Destination News 

Boracay Bridge To Ease Congestion on Major PH Tourism Destination

  BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – A proposal to construct a $100 million (U.S. Dollar) bridge connecting Caticlan and Boracay has been brought to the table by San Miguel Corp.   The 1.9 kilometer bridge would bring together one of the Philippines most traveled destination, Boracay Island. The proposal is in hopes to ease the traffic of the ferry service and bring people to the island with ease.   San Miguel, in an interview, said they are prepared to offer the project, and have no fear of any competition as the…

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82 Years Ago This Week, The Largest Pearl in the World Was Discovered in Palawan Sea Current Article 

82 Years Ago This Week, The Largest Pearl in the World Was Discovered in Palawan Sea

  PALAWAN, Philippines – Just over 80-years-ago this week, one of the largest and rarest pearls had been discovered off the coast Palawan, Philippines in the Palawan Sea.   The pearl measures and astonish 9.4 inches in diameter and weighed 6.4 kilograms.   So rare in fact, today the gem is known as the ‘Pearl of Allah.’   It is well known as the largest pearl to have ever been discovered.   In 2007, the pearl was valued at $93 million (USD), now almost ten years later appraisers believe the…

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Four Malaysians Held Hostage in the Philippines Freed, Army Says News 

Four Malaysians Held Hostage in the Philippines Freed, Army Says

JOLO, Philippines – (Reuters) – Four Malaysian sailors kidnapped by Filipino gunmen in April were freed on the southern Philippine island of Jolo on Wednesday, a Philippine army spokesman said. The sailors, part of the crew of a tugboat traveling between Malaysia and the Philippines, were abducted by members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group off the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah on April 1. It was not immediately clear if a ransom had been paid. The Philippines rarely publicizes such payments, but it is widely believed no captives are…

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British Made McLaren Car Maker Looks to PH for Next Dealership News 

British Made McLaren Car Maker Looks to PH for Next Dealership

MANILA, Philippines – British luxury car maker McLaren is looking to open its next dealership in the Philippines – putting the company in-line with all the other British car brands that have come into the country in recent years.   McLaren told reporters that it will open a new showroom within the year – British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said that McLaren came to the Philippines recently and spoke to three car distributors – giving way to an exclusive dealership to one lucky group.   McLaren noted they are the only…

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Philippines’ Duterte Endorses Killing Corrupt Journalists News 

Philippines’ Duterte Endorses Killing Corrupt Journalists

Davao City, Philippines –  (AFP) – Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination, as he amped up his controversial anti-crime crusade with offers of rewards for killing drug traffickers. Duterte won this month's elections by a landslide largely due to an explosive law-and-order platform in which he pledged to end crime within six months by killing tens of thousands of suspected criminals. The foul-mouthed politician has launched a series of post-election tirades against criminals and repeated his vows to kill them — particularly…

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Philippine Arrests 10 Chinese Fishermen in Latest Sea Spat News 

Philippine Arrests 10 Chinese Fishermen in Latest Sea Spat

MANILA, Philippines – (Reuters) – Two Philippine coast guard vessels intercepted a Chinese fishing boat with 10 crew off northeastern Luzon after a two-hour chase, two local broadcasters said on Friday, accusing them encroaching into Philippine territorial waters. It was the latest in a series of similar clashes, with each side saying the other is in the wrong. China and the Philippines are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway where $5 trillion worth of ship-borne trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and…

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Philippines says Malaysian Navy detained Three Fishermen in South China Sea News 

Philippines says Malaysian Navy detained Three Fishermen in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines – (AFP) – A Malaysian naval patrol detained three Philippine fishermen for encroaching in territorial waters in the disputed Spratlys this month, the Philippine military said on Tuesday, in what may be the first such incident involving Southeast Asian neighbors. Malaysia and the Philippines have overlapping exclusive economic zones in the disputed South China Sea, which is believed to have rich deposits of oil and gas and is almost entirely claimed by China. But Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim the sea, through which about…

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U.S. President Obama Speaks to Philippines President-Elect Duterte News 

U.S. President Obama Speaks to Philippines President-Elect Duterte

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States President Barack Obama called Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday to congratulate him on his election win. In the conversation, Obama stressed that their countries’ alliance was based on a commitment to human rights and the rule of law.   Officials also signaled that Washington is willng and able to work with Duterte despite allegations of human rights abuses in Davao City where he led as mayor over a period of two decades   Obama offered his congratulations to Dutere as the presumptive president-elect.  …

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Philippines’ Cash-Strapped Cops Cheer New Crime-Buster President News 

Philippines’ Cash-Strapped Cops Cheer New Crime-Buster President

MANILA, Philippines – (Reuters) – The police force in Manila is so underfunded that officers say they have to buy their own bullets and it is not uncommon for funeral service cars to give cops a lift along to murder scenes because they have no vehicles of their own.   Enter Rodrigo Duterte, who won this week's presidential election in the Philippines on a single-issue campaign of crushing crime, corruption and drug abuse. He has pledged to raise policing standards to the level of Davao, the once-lawless city in southern…

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Leaving The Philippines: For Sale Daily Life Opinion 

Leaving The Philippines: For Sale

After eleven (11) mostly wonderful years here living in the Philippines there is a good chance yours truly Corey and family will be returning to the west. It may be upwards of a year, but but could be way sooner and in this regard I would like to sell off assets that will no longer be practical to keep. This also includes my art work that I have been collecting for decades. I am offering these items at good prices (Starex on the higher side) and I assure you they are all…

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Sea-level Rise Claims Five Islands in Solomons: Study News 

Sea-level Rise Claims Five Islands in Solomons: Study

SOLOMON ISLANDS – (AFP) – Five islands have disappeared in the Pacific's Solomon Islands due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study that could provide valuable insights for future research. A further six reef islands have been severely eroded in the remote area of the Solomons, the study said, with one experiencing some 10 houses being swept into the sea between 2011 and 2014. "At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe…

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Tesla Powerwalls are Being Installed in the U.S. and Australia  – is the Philippines Next? Current Article Daily Life News 

Tesla Powerwalls are Being Installed in the U.S. and Australia – is the Philippines Next?

  TESLA POWERWALLS are currently being installed in homes across the U.S. giving a peace of mind to those in storm prone regions – even to those who intend to go off grid.   America is buying Tesla’s Powerwalls as a backup power source, some even using it to live by, charging a complete solar system that gives power in just the right amount of hours during the night.   But in the Philippines where brownouts (otherwise known as blackouts to other countries) are a common occurrence, often creating problems…

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Balut Island – My Diary of Adventure There – Part III Daily Life Travel 

Balut Island – My Diary of Adventure There – Part III

PART III May 8 – Had another wonderful sleep last night aided by Bar One Strawberry Vodka. At only 50 proof, it is perfect for getting a good sleep night rather than getting good and drunk. It was only Lynn and I last night in the room as Lynn got another room for Alex and two of her Cousins to have fun and sleep in. So today I am about to embark on a venture even I would question, but I say fuck it as I am confident as I…

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Bridge to be Built in Panguil Bay – Northern Mindanao News 

Bridge to be Built in Panguil Bay – Northern Mindanao

The national budget will fund P586 million of the total P4.9 billion cost for the construction of the pioneering Panguil Bay Bridge project in Northern Mindanao, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said during the ceremonial signing today of the loan agreement between the Philippine Government and the Export-Import Bank of Korea-Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF).   P4.2 billion will be funded through loan proceeds, while the remaining P586 million will be funded by the Philippine government. DBM has issued the project’s Forward Obligational Authority (FOA), which gives an overview…

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PH Signs the Paris Climate Agreement News 

PH Signs the Paris Climate Agreement

MANILA, Philippines – (Official Gazzete) – In a statement delivered after the signing, the Philippines highlighted the steps it has taken to pursue national actions to address climate change through its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC). “Despite financial limitations, the Philippines has already demonstrated its commitment to meeting its pledge with the implementation of the national climate action plan and the integration of climate change in national and local development plans and budgets,” said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje. The Philippines will continue to cascade climate change mitigation and adaptation actions…

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China Rejects Hong Kong Port Call by US Carrier: Pentagon News 

China Rejects Hong Kong Port Call by US Carrier: Pentagon

WASHINGTON D.C. –  (AFP) –  China has denied the US aircraft carrier USS Stennis and accompanying naval vessels permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. It was not immediately known what prompted the Chinese action, but it comes amid growing tension between the two countries over Beijing's moves to assert its claims to much of the South China Sea. "We were recently informed that a request for a port visit by a US carrier strike group, including the USS John C Stennis and…

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DOT Building in Manila to be Transformed into PH Museum of Natural History News 

DOT Building in Manila to be Transformed into PH Museum of Natural History

  MANILA, Philippines – A first for the Philippines, a Museum of Natural History will be coming to Manila when the old Department of Transportation building is transformed into a stunning new museum.   Anchoring the National Gallery of Art, formerly the Senate Building on Burgos Drive – today the building houses the Philippines definitive collection of art on display.   The Neoclassical style building will be transformed after a invitational architectural concept design was invited by the National Museum of the Philippines.   The building will be an integral…

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Alibaba-Walt Disney Partnership ‘Frozen’ in China Red Tape News 

Alibaba-Walt Disney Partnership ‘Frozen’ in China Red Tape

BEIJING, China – Chinese regulators are putting the Alibaba-Walt Disney partnership deal on ice after the deal was suspended due to numerous unanswered questions.   The deal comes at a time when Chinese regulators are tightening control over online content within the country. The limited partnership was to bring Disney line of characters to the Chinese big screen, but so far many are calling the deal “Frozen.”   Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said Disneylife is offline for service upgrade and that it is issuing customer refunds for the noted problem….

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