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UPSIDE: More than Burt Bacharach’s cook

World-renowned singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach died Feb. 8 at age 94, sending his now-classic compositions back on the airwaves, stirring memories for the many generations whose sentiments he captured for over 50 years. More than the multi-award winner’s greatest hits, however,…

Hate crimes in US hit record high in 2021 — FBI

By Gilda P. Balan, Correspondent LOS ANGELES – The number of hate crimes in the US rose dramatically in 2021, setting an all-time high of almost 11,000 incidents. So says an FBI annual hate crimes report. Worst of all, the…

OFFLINE: China’s diplomacy not working as expected

The People’s Republic of China is having uncomfortable moments where its relations with the Philippines is concerned, and with good reason. The Philippines today is not the Philippines of seven years ago, when then President Rodrigo Duterte was somehow enveigled…

KathNiel, Coco Martin among top celebrity taxpayers in 2022

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) honored top celebrity taxpayers for 2022 which include Kapamilya stars Coco Martin, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The regional office of the BIR in Quezon City said that the tandem, also known by their…

Entertainment

Anne Curtis finishes Tokyo Marathon, aims for World Marathon Majors medal

Actress-host Anne Curtis is now halfway in her journey to chase six stars as she aims for World Marathon Majors medal. This was after her successful run in the 2023 Tokyo Marathon last week, her mother network ABS-CBN reported. In…

Inflation still high at 8.6%; President okays inter-agency committee to combat inflation

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has approved the creation of a high-level inter-agency advisory body to mitigate inflation and ensure food and energy security,  National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan reported. Balisacan said the advisory body…

ART GABOT MADLAING: Notarization and proof of life

Rosemary, an old client, called and text me last week requesting help and assistance in the notarization and apostille of Special Power of Attorney (SPA) prepared by her lawyer for the sale of some real estate properties in the Philippines. …

Carlos Yulo captures gold, parallel bars silver, vault bronze in Doha campaign

DOHA, Qatar  — After ruling the floor exercise for a gold medal, Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo captured silver in parallel bars and and bronze in vault competitions at the 2023 International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series in Doha, Qatar over…

OFFLINE: Misunderstanding the plight of jeepney drivers and operators

Throughout the years, I look back and find that I have known a handful of jeepney drivers. I can recall at least four, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a drink or two. Or three or four. I…

Even San Francisco’s Chinatown not a safe haven against Asian hate

By Gilda P. Balan, Correspondent SAN FRANCISCO – A recent syndicated  story from ABC News Internet Ventures entitled ‘Anti-Asian racism still haunts San Francisco community’ relates the story of the Jeung family. Back in the late 1800s, the Jeungs were forced…