MANILA (UPDATE)—A grand opening ceremony that ties together Filipino culture with modern visual effects is set to mark the official start of the Southeast Asian Games at Philippine Arena on Saturday night, tournament organizers said on the eve of the occasion.
Spectators can expect a world-class performance that will highlight homegrown talent, craftsmanship and values while delivering a message of unity and inclusivity among Southeast Asian countries, said Palanca-award winning playwright Floy Quintos, who directed the opening production.
"The opening suite, 'Ugat ng Ating Lakas' (The Roots of Our Strength) is a series of power dances from the Bagobo, the Kalinga, the Maguindanao and the pre- hispanic Bisayans," Quintos said in a Facebook post.
"I won't give the rest of the show away. But I can say that God, the humorous, all-seeing Bathala of the Filipinos, will be in the details," he said.
The Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap and Lani Misalucha will be among the performers in the event welcoming more than 5,500 athletes to the Games this year, the country's fourth hosting.
The ceremonies will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Read more: ABS CBN News
MANILA -- Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) on Wednesday held a groundbreaking ceremony of a new hangar, to be called Hangar 1A, at its hub in Pasay City.
The creation of Hangar 1A would increase LTP's capacity by 20 percent and would also result in employment of additional 300 technicians, LTP president Elmar Lutter said in a press briefing.
He said currently LTP could service seven aircrafts at the same time.
With the new hangar, Lutter is expecting LTP could now accommodate 10 aircraft at a time.
"This (new hangar) has a multipurpose style, and could accommodate both small aircraft and wide-bodied aircraft,” he added.
Lutter said USD40 million was allotted for LTP's expansion, adding construction of Hangar 1A started in September and is expected to be operational by the last quarter of 2020.
Meanwhile, Lutter said he likes the Filipinos' work attitude.
He said even though Lufthansa is a German company, it is good to also have it in the Philippines because of the Filipinos' "excellent English skills".
Lufthansa is a known provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for aircraft.
In the Philippines, LTP's clients include Philippine Airlines, British Airways, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, and Saudia Airlines.
The company does MRO of various aircraft, both by Airbus and Boeing. (PNA)
Read more: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday signed an agreement to boost tourism ties between the Philippines and South Korea, a big source of foreign visitors for the past nine years.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday, Puyat and South Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Park Yang Woo signed the five-year Implementation Program on Tourism Cooperation (IPTC) in Busan, South Korea.
“For nine years now, Korea is undisputed in its position as the top source market of the Philippines,” Puyat said in a speech she delivered during the signing. “With this renewed pledge on tourism cooperation between the Philippines and Korea, we are hopeful we can sustain and intensify the already-strong ties with Korea that we enjoy.”
Valid from 2019 to 2024, the IPTC aims to introduce joint programs and activities that will bolster two-way tourism promotion and align tourism efforts between the Philippines and South Korea, facilitate deeper and meaningful interactions between Filipinos and South Koreans, and strengthen overall cooperation of the two countries on matters concerning tourist safety, security, and quality assurance.
Read more: Philippine Daily Inquirer
Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Representatives of Taiwanese businesses attended an investment forum organized by Sung Yueh Construction Corp., and supported by the Commercial Affairs Section of the Manila Economic Cultural Office, in Taipei on Tuesday.
The objective of the forum was to attract investors to the Philippines by advocating for the Southeast Asian country as Taiwan's gateway to markets around the world.
Michael Ignacio, trade representative and director of commercial affairs at the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, said the Philippines can provide Taiwanese businesses with access to the ASEAN Economic Community, which covers a market of 650 million people in 10 countries.
"It is like the EU, if we sell to each other we do not pay any import duties or tariffs because it is now a single market," Ignacio said to about 100 participants at the forum, held at a luxury hotel.
Taiwanese businesses in the Philippines can also enjoy the privileges provided in the free trade agreements ASEAN has with Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, and China, Ignacio said, adding that the Philippines also has free trade agreements with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
Read more: Focus Taiwan
The Philippines is set to invest billions of pesos in the next three year to produce more startups in the country. That's after the implementing rules and regulations of the Innovative Startup Act was finally signed.
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Philippines Climbs 6 Places in World Talent Ranking 2019, Third Most Improved Workforce in the World
The Philippines jumped six notches in the World Talent Ranking 2019, an annual survey by Swiss business school International Institute for Management Development (IMD). The Philippine workforce landed at 49th place on the list of most skilled workforce economies in the world. This a leap for the Philippine workforce after the country settled at 55th place in 2018, among the lowest of the 63 economies included in the study.
The IMD World Talent Rankings assesses three factors in a country’s economy: Its ability to develop homegrown talent, its appeal or ability to attract local and foreign talent, and its readiness and quality of the workforce’s skills and competencies.
The Philippines had one of the largest improvements in this year’s rankings, thanks to the increase of available skilled laborers, a higher percentage of graduates in the sciences, and the availability of language skills. IMD also noted how the prioritization of employee training contributed to the country’s improvement, as well as a more motivated workforce and competent senior managers.
Read more: Esquire
Idyllic sunsets, crystal clear blue water, and powdery sand are among the things that best describe Boracay.
Even though the island underwent rehabilitation for six months and was reopened to tourists in October 2018, the island is still one of the best in Asia, according to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Conde Nast Traveler recorded 600,000 voters who weighed in on the world’s best travel destinations. In an article published on October 7, Conde Nast Traveler wrote, “This itty-bitty island (just under four square miles) in the Western Philippines is as close to a tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and made-for-Instagram sunsets.”
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Companies from the US are increasingly looking at the Philippines as possible alternative location for their existing operations in China amid trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
John Goyer, executive director for Southeast Asia at the US Chamber of Commerce, said that US investors have noted the efforts of the Philippine government to further improve its business climate, The Philippine Star noted.
Goyer cited the latest Doing Business Report by the World Bank that showed that the Ease of Doing Business ranking of the Philippines jumped 29 notches to 95th from the previous 124th position.
“I think that demonstrates that you see an ongoing effort in the Philippines to improve the business climate, improve the investment environment and so I think that countries are paying attention and that there are business opportunities in that market for sure,” Goyer said.
He added that the US remains one of the major investors in the Philippines and its presence in the country is diversified from services including business process outsourcing operations, agri-business, as well as high tech manufacturing.
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外貿協會藉舉辦菲律賓台灣形象展前，由董事長黃志芳率領業者前往菲律賓蘇比克，拜訪經濟特區主管機關Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)副特首Mr. Renato W. Lee、大田鞋業陳丙材執行董事及松玥建設董事長暨台灣同鄉會會長蘇國芳，實地瞭解中美貿易戰後，台商在蘇比克投資現況及布局規畫。
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Filipino paddlers belonging to the Aqua Fortis Dragon Boat Team recently brought pride to the Philippines after bagging a gold and a silver medal in an international tournament held in Taiwan.
The Aqua Fortis Dragon Boat Team scored the two medals at the 2019 Kaohsiung City Cup International Dragon Boat Championship that took place last November 8 to 10.
The Filipino paddlers, composed of a mix of men and women rowers, won the gold medal in the DB22 Traditional Open Standard 500m while they bagged the silver medal in the DB22 Traditional Mixed Standard 200m.
Read more: Virtual Pinoy
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