December, 2016

December 28th, 2016Uncategorizedadmin 0 Comments

ROME — Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by Food and Agriculture Organization last December 16. The increase was mainly boosted by the continuous economic growth in Asia, a recovering housing market in North America and scaling up of the bioenergy targets. In 2015, growth in the production volume…

December 28th, 2016Uncategorizedadmin 0 Comments

HOW do I describe 2016? It was generous, exciting and exhausting. The last may seem a surprising addition but it “came with the territory,” so to speak—and I’m not complaining. Off the bucket list is Kyoto. The photo of geisha’s walking the streets of the city was on my vision board for years, so was the Jidai Matsuri festival and the autumn season in Japan. I got to tick off…

December 28th, 2016Features, Jerusalemadmin 0 Comments

JERUSALEM, with its history of war and peace, love and hate, destruction and resurrection, is one of the most intriguing cities in the world. Its enthralling story dates back to the time before Jesus but for a non-historian like me, its significance lies in the fact that Jerusalem was where Jesus preached and performed miracles, was condemned and crucified, died and was buried, and then resurrected and ascended into heaven….

December 28th, 2016Newsadmin 0 Comments

THE Duterte administration is set to open a bank partly owned by the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) by the third quarter of next year, with an authorized capital of P3 billion, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Tuesday. While the requirements and procedures to establish the OFW Bank are still being completed, the state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) will set up by September a representative office in Saudi…

December 22nd, 2016Christmas, Features, gift, Hanabishi, OFWadmin 0 Comments

YULETIDE season typically connotes annual Christmas parties and holiday gift shopping. But for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the season means returning to the homeland to spend quality time with loved ones they haven’t seen for a long time. Sometimes, they’re lucky to book a flight home; but oftentimes, despite their best efforts, circumstances force them to spend yet another Christmas away from their families. Thankfully, OFWs can share the Christmas…

December 21st, 2016Bank, News, OFW, OFW Bankadmin 0 Comments

TIGHTER competition looms in the Philippine banking industry as the national government announced its efforts to pursue the creation of an “OFW Bank.” Cebu Bankers Club immediate past president Maximo Rey Eleccion said while it is still premature to weigh its effects on the banking industry, he said private commercial banks have a huge advantage in terms of their network. “We cannot say for now but it will be very…

FILIPINO-American Nhaya Mahal Paden was introduced to martial arts in the United States of America at age 11, giving her a strong foundation to excel in combat sports. Paden, a 14-year-old member of King’s Sword Martial Arts under the supervision of Nell Jone Astudillo, recently won a gold medal in girls 52 kilogram category of the recent Batang Pinoy 2016 National Championships in Pasig City. Because of the exceptional effort…

December 21st, 2016Bethlehem, Christmas, Features, Israel, Traveladmin 0 Comments

OR us Christians, the story of Jesus is “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” As narrated in the New Testament, his life on earth was dedicated to the salvation of mankind. During my childhood years, I loved best the Christmas story… of the God-child born in a manger… of the angels announcing the birth of the Savior to the shepherds… of the three kings guided by a star bringing gifts to…

December 19th, 2016Christmas, Featuresadmin 0 Comments

Here are common great things that people do and some should do during this season: 1. Feed the homeless. We see a lot of people with no homes in the streets. Bring or share a meal with them. 2. Visit the prison. The people deprived of their liberty will spend their Christmas in jail. Give them your time. Talk to them. Listen. 3. Be kinder to your colleagues. Celebrate together….

ROSITA Morrell, a 69-year-old resident of Monte Maria Village, Catalunan Grande in Davao City and a mother of four children, hasn’t seen home since she left in 2013 to work abroad. Morrell is currently working as a caregiver at a home for the aged in Fresno, California. At her age, Morrell already has nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. It’s been a long time since she experienced the Christmas in the…

THE long wait is over because after almost a decade, new queens have been hailed for Miss Asia Pacific International. The newly crowned queens were tasked with the goal of promoting the beauty and diversity of each of their countries. As the first leg of its journey, the beautiful winners graced the Queen City of the South with their presence to learn about its culture, people and appreciate its cuisine….

HAVING stayed in Shikoku Island, particularly Kochi Prefecture, for two weeks has given me the opportunity to explore the wonders of this business and leisure destination in Japan. Shikoku is the smallest and least populated among the four main islands of Japan. It has four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi and Tokushima. Despite its size, which is said to be at 18,800 square kilometers only, there is so much to enjoy…

SUNSTAR website, at www.sunstar.com.ph, will once again broadcast live this year’s Simbang Gabi, a nine-day series of dawn masses in preparation for Christmas, from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City. Filipinos in the Philippines and those outside the country can watch the live streaming from December 16 to 24 at 4:30 a.m. There will also be simultaneous live streaming of 4 a.m. masses in some churches in Cebu, including…

December 15th, 2016cuisine, Features, food, Ibuki, Japan, Taiwanadmin 0 Comments

JAPAN was on the travel list. It was the next destination after Taiwan. I was in Taipei but even before I set foot on Japanese soil, I was already feasting on its cuisine in a most delectable way at Ibuki, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel’s Japanese restaurant. “And this is Ibuki, our Japanese restaurant,” said Carloyn Lee, the hotel’s communications manager, to end the tour of the hotel, “This is…

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