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IN MY HEART: FilAm Vanessa Hudgens discovers, enjoys ‘paradise’ in her mother’s homeland

At a time when the waters of the West Philippine Sea and the South China are getting warmer due to tensions between the United States and China and their Asia Pacific allies, it was cool that popular Hollywood actress Vanessa…

IMF ups Philippine growth outlook for 2023 to 6%, but down 5.8% in 2024

WASHINGTON/MAKATI CITY — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees the Philippines growing fastest in emerging and developing Asia this year. IMF, at the same time, upgraded its economic outlook for the country to 6% despite a projected slump in the global economy….

MELANDREW T. VELASCO: SMC’s energy security through BESS

For a country that is a net importer of energy, it is greatly affected by volatility in fuel prices. It has a long way to go in order to achieve energy security—energy affordability, accessibility, and reliability. Energy security is essential…

FilAm Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel to join Miss U PHL coronation at MOA on May 13

By Claire Morales True NEW YORK  — Another popular Filipino American celebrity is visiting the Philippines. After award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens did a documentary film in Palawan and Manila, the first FilAm Miss Universe and Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel…

Pres Marcos, VP Duterte maintain high approval, trust ratings

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte received high approval and trust ratings in March, according to a Pulse Asia survey. Based on the “Ulat ng Bayan” survey conducted from March 15 to 19, Marcos got…

OFFLINE: An ambassador speaks an unspoken truth

Almost all ambassadors for all countries are forced to serve as public relations consultants of their respective homelands. They can never speak ill of their country, unless they abandon their posts and seek asylum in their host countries. This is…

87-year-old bear sprayed in Vancouver

By Gilda P. Balan, Correspondent   VANCOUVER — Examples of Asian-hate attacks are becoming more and more cruel, with the latest one taking place north of the border. Vancouver media reported late last month that a frail and elderly man…

AS I SEE IT: Asian Hate Crime: A Look on Asian in Hawaii vs the Mainland

Let’s have a look at being Asian in Hawaii vs the Mainland. From an old topic that someone has posted a year ago, I get the sense that Asians in Hawaii are more secure about their identity compared to Asians on the…

Marcos thanks GMA for advice, guidance on her birthday

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.  extended birthday greetings to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, thanking the incumbent House of Representatives Deputy Speaker for her “advice” and “guidance” on the presidency. “I would like to extend a very grateful and very…

Manny Villar wealthiest Filipino for 5th straight year – Forbes

By Jennifer T. Santos MAKATI CITY – For the fifth straight year, former Senate President and Speaker Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. remains the country’s richest Filipino based on the Forbes Billionaires List for 2023. Villar, who is a real estate…