Angola coach loves Manila Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) - September 3, 2019 - 12:00am FOSHAN – The man whom coach Yeng Guiao will oppose when Gilas faces Angola in the FIBA World Cup here tomorrow visited Manila for two weeks in 2017 and fell in love with the Philippines, the people and the way the game is embraced with a passion. Will Voigt, 43, was recruited to coach Angola after piloting Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics. A political upheaval in the Nigerian basketball federation led to Voigt’s move to Angola. Now, he’s coaching Angola in the same World Cup bracket as Serbia, Italy and the Philippines. It’s not widely known that Voigt was once considered to coach TNT in the PBA. New Zealander Mark Dickel got the job instead. According to Voigt’s Filipino buddy Ariel Vanguardia, Voigt was interviewed for the TNT post. Vanguardia said he submitted Voigt’s resume to PLDT executive … [Read more...] about Angola coach loves Manila
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Okada Manila expands its events venue portfolio (Philstar.com) - July 17, 2019 - 10:00am MANILA, Philippines — Okada Manila, the largest integrated resort in the Philippines, is at the forefront of extraordinary offerings. Catering to clients’ “land” requirements with its ballrooms, the hotel is now expanding its events venue portfolio with the introduction of “at sea” venue via its yacht and “air” travel through its private jet. “Okada Manila takes heed of our roster of clientele’s changing needs. They are looking for alternative venues that go beyond land. I’m proud that Okada Manila is the first integrated resort in the Philippines to pioneer land, sea, and air venue offerings and services," says Cielo Ortega-Reboredo, the newly appointed vice president for Sales and Marketing, Hospitality and Entertainment Division at Okada. Ortega-Reboredo joined Okada in … [Read more...] about Okada Manila expands its events venue portfolio
The last time I visited Calcutta, India’s cultural and intellectual capital, was in the 1960s. It was then a vast slum with people living and dying on the sidewalks. I recall an old joke about Calcutta told to me by a Bengali writer. That it is crowded with Banerjees, Sukherjees and Mukerjees, but no energies. But in spite of all the dire predictions for its future, Calcutta today is still very much alive, thriving and throbbing as energetically as before. I was 13 when I first came to Manila in 1938, and my memories of the city, which had less than a million people then, is still very vivid. All the way from the Bonifacio Monument to Antipolo Street were rice fields. Dimasalang and España were lined with kangkong plots. All the way from the Welcome Monument in Quezon City to Diliman was cogon wilderness. Makati was the world’s end, with few rice fields and vast stretches of grass. I lived with my uncle and his family in a small accessoria in Requesens near Bambang, … [Read more...] about Can Manila live again?
MANILA - Manila Mayor Francisco Moreno on Thursday said he would not allow a supposed plan for the construction of a highrise behind the Quiapo Church. The previous city administration, he said, approved an initial plan for the construction of a 9-story commercial building some 10 meters from the rear of Quiapo Church. The developers, however, requested for permission to build up to 12 storeys and later, up to 37 storeys, said the mayor. "Photobomber na naman 'to," he said of the plan that was brought to his attention by some constituents. (This will be another photobomber.) "'Wag magkamali iyung mga negosyante sa atin. Don't get me wrong, okay po ako sa pagtatayo ng building, pero 'pag heritage ang tatamaan ninyo, pasensya na po kayo. Kung ano lang po ang allowed sa inyo ng batas, iyun lang ang ibibigay ko. Walang special use permit iyun," he told radio DZMM. (Businessmen should not get me wrong, the construction of buildings is okay with me, but if you're gonna hit a heritage site, … [Read more...] about Isko rejects ‘photobomber’ highrise behind Quiapo Church
Woman cut in half in Quiapo road crash Marc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — A woman was cut in half after being run over by a 14-wheeler truck in Quiapo, Manila yesterday morning. Ederlyn Buclares, 34, was thrown off a Honda motorcycle driven by her companion, Julius Tevara, after they were struck by a white pick-up truck along Quezon Boulevard. Tevara suffered injuries and was rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. The motorcycle was first hit by the pick-up before it was run over by the truck, according to case investigator S/Sgt. Benito Mateo of the Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit. When Buclares’ body landed on his path, truck driver Reynan Fajardo said it was too late for him to step on the brakes. The truck ran over the victim and sliced her body, with the upper half pinned under the front wheel and the lower half at … [Read more...] about Woman cut in half in Quiapo road crash