MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday inspected damage wrought by Typhoon Ompong in Cagayan province, according to pictures released by his chief aide. Duterte was seated beside Special Assistant Bong Go on an aircraft, from which the saw a swollen river and damaged houses. Go released pictures of the inspection to Malacanang reporters. The President is expected to visit Cagayan, according to Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, who also said up to 25 people died from the storm, mostly due to landslides. LOOK: Ompong's trail in Tuguegarao SLIDESHOW: Scenes of devastation, as Cagayan bears brunt of Ompong Ompong death toll rises to 25, says Duterte adviser Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba said earlier Sunday that he was planning to declare a state of calamity in the province. Ompong, this year's strongest storm so far, lashed Luzon on Saturday, triggering floods and landslides that displaced thousands. -- report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News … [Read more...] about News LOOK: Duterte inspects Ompong damage by air
MULTIMEDIA ABS-CBN News Posted at Jul 19 2018 07:48 PM With all the discussions, both pros and cons, about shifting to a federal system of government, is Juan dela Cruz, the supposed beneficiary of this promised change, now more informed about federalism? According to a June 2918 survey released this week by Pulse Asia, a majority of 71% of 1,800 respondents said they had little to no knowledge about the proposed federal system of government. And, when respondents were asked whether they were in favor of changing the system of government to federal now, only 28% were in favor, 62% were not in favor; 10% couldn't say or didn't know. Perhaps, Juan dela Cruz has more pressing problems for now than having a new bureaucracy. As political scientist Amado Mendoza Jr. of UP said in an interview on Bandila last Monday, when he was asked if a shift to federalism would help Filipinos: "Kung bago 'yung kotse pero barumbado pa rin 'yung tsuper, walang … [Read more...] about News Federalism: Are you listening?
BECKY GARCIA Joel Cruz, also hailed as the “Lord of Scents” feted his family, friends and networks from the business, diplomatic, political and cultural communities to celebrate his 53rd birthday. The CEO and president of Aficionado perfume and personal care products was ebullient during the dinner gathering at his Pearl of the Orient Tower condominium in Manila. Well-known chef Jessie Sincioco prepared the sumptuous food. Aicelle Santos—who was recently cast as Gigi for the Cameron Mackintosh production of “Miss Saigon UK” entertained guests as well as Dubai-based lounge singer Yvette Garcia. Guests were quick to join the open singing with lawyer Ferdinand Topacio followed by dancing performance with Madame Kathya Garcia Varela of Panama Embassy. Guests were sent home with a generous package of Aficionado products from fragrances to personal care products. The birthday celebration continued with Joel and his family and Aficionado employees with a … [Read more...] about A triple celebration for the ‘Lord of Scents’
caption Bill Gates was dead-on with these predictions. source Chip Somodevilla / Getty In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled “Business @ the Speed of Thought.” In the book, Gates made 15 bold predictions that at the time might have sounded outrageous. But as Markus Kirjonen, a business student, once noted on his blog, Gates’ forecasts turned out to be eerily prescient. Here are the 15 predictions Gates made nearly 20 years ago – and how close they’ve come to being true. Eugene Kim and Biz Carson contributed to earlier versions of this slideshow. No. 1: Price-comparison sites. source Carlos Barria/Reuters Gates’ prediction: “Automated price comparison services will be developed, allowing people to see prices across multiple websites, making it effortless to find the cheapest product for all industries.” What we see now: You can easily search for a product on Google or Amazon and get different prices. Sites … [Read more...] about Bill Gates made these 15 predictions in 1999 — and it’s scary how accurate he was