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Beware of lucky charms, they can be toxic – EcoWaste

Lucky charms for the incoming Year of the Sheep may not be as lucky as you think they are. Quezon City based toxic watchdog EcoWaste Coalition was able to purchase Chinese New Year ornaments that are now being sold all over the metropolis that are replete with hazardous chemicals which pose health risks. The items […]

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‘Business-friendly’ QC posts increase in tax collection

Quezon City reasserted its supremacy as one of the country’s premiere cities after it increased its business tax collection from P3.03 billion in 2014 to P3.47 billion in the current year. In a report to Mayor Herbert Bautista, Garry Domingo chief of the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) said the rise in business tax […]

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Koreans to mark ‘Seollal’ on Feb. 20

The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines, the cultural arm of the Korean Embassy and Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the country, will celebrate “Seollal” or Lunar New Year on Feb. 20 with special events and programs to highlight the tradition. Seollal is one of the most important national holidays in Korea […]

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Weather forecasts are not cast in stone – DOST

Weather forecasts are not cast in stone, meaning, they are “not absolute.” The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) underscored this as it defended the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) which has been under fire for its predictions on tropical cyclones. One of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, the Philippines is visited […]

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Angara calls for immediate implementation of new tax exemption law

Unfazed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) decision to slash its collection goal this year to P1.674 trillion from P1.721 trillion, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means insisted yesterday that the recently-signed new tax-exemption law must be immediately implemented to grant taxpayers a long overdue financial relief. At the same […]

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Smartmatic disqualification from bid sought anew

Indra Sistemas S.A. is seeking the disqualification anew of Smartmatic–Total Information Management (TIM) Corporation in the Second Stage of the public bidding for the Optical Mark Reader lease project. The company said Smartmatic-TIM should be declared ineligible by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc due to its lack of legal capacity to participate in […]

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Nicole Scherzinger sees ‘inspiration’ in Pinoy children

Singer Nicole Scherzinger  spent the day with the United Nations’ children’s organization, meeting children living in dangerous, overcrowded communities around the capital, many of whom are struggling against poverty, hunger, disease and the risk of violence. “I’m part Filipina so I have a strong connection with the country and feel I have a responsibility to […]

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Tagle to new priests: Don’t ‘monetize’ concern

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded newly-ordained priests of three things as they administer to the flock — concern for others; console the suffering; and reconcile with the Lord. In an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website, Tagle cautioned the young priests not to fall prey to […]

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Papal visit saw lower Manila crime rate – MPD

Thousands of its police officers were out in the streets and preoccupied with securing Pope Francis last month but crimes in the city of Manila were kept to a minimum, Manila Police District (MPD) data revealed. The weekly crime statistics prepared by the District Investigation Detection Management (DIDM) of the MPD said the total crime […]

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Plenary indulgence for St. Joseph pilgrims

The Catholic faithful who will visit the Saint Joseph Cathedral in Balanga, Bataan from March 17 to November 7 this year stand to gain a plenary indulgence or the removal of all temporal punishment due to sins. According to Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos, the granting of the plenary indulgence to St. Joseph Cathedral pilgrims […]

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