Scratch the background of today’s successful (male) singers and chances are that they are graduates of Kundirana, among them Rannie Raymundo, Juan Miguel Salvador, Von de Guzman, Carlo Orosa, Leo Dominguez (now an A-list talent manager), Gian Magdangal, Louie Ocampo and Monet Silvestre. The roster is long and growing, making it one of the rich sources of talents who go on to light up the entertainment industry. Organized in 1972 by Bro. Augustine “Gus” Boquer (now the president and chancellor of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and De La Salle Health & Science Institute), Kundirana is a high school music ministry whose members are part of a select few students from La Salle Greenhills. Kundirana holds the distinction of being the most renowned high school singing group in the Philippines. It continues to discover singing talents up to now, with Monet Silvestre (former member of The Tux band) supervising. Four Kundirana alumni met the movie press the other … [Read more...] about Kundirana alumni reunite for a fund-raising concert
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TAIPEI/HONG KONG (REUTERS) - When Taiwanese businessman Jhang Yun-nan wanted to find buyers for his company's new cleaning products in China, he turned to an unconventional channel: A Taiwanese party that advocates the unification of China with the self-ruled, democratic island. A senior member of the Chinese Unification Promotion Party (CUPP) said the group would "have a word" with officials from Guangdong's Administration for Market Regulation to help Jhang's China-based Yi Yuan Ji Biotechnology Co Ltd - on one condition. The member, Lin Guo-cing, told Jhang in the presence of Reuters that a "correct ideology" was needed to do business in China, touting access to dozens of Chinese officials in Guangdong. "I support peaceful unification across the strait," Lin told Reuters, echoing the view CUPP expects Taiwanese it works with to embrace. China views Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought under Beijing's control, by force if necessary. The defeated Nationalist government fled to … [Read more...] about Pro-China groups step up offensive to win over Taiwan
Their early days there were rough. They had no language skills in either Tagalog or English, and Xu says the authorities frequently shut down businesses in Chinatown, partly because many were evading taxes. He found himself in a police station on more than one occasion. "I would get in there and everyone arrested would be Chinese. I was scared. I was so young at the time," he says. Now the owner of a range of businesses offering services from rice imports to printing, Xu believes Chinese immigrants must adjust and integrate into the local culture, which he says includes small but significant idiosyncrasies such as the tendency for Filipinos to dislike Chinese bosses disciplining staff in front of other workers. He does not see a great deal of anti-Chinese sentiment outside of a small group of Filipinos he believes are seeking to incite hatred. Fellow immigrant Ken Hong, 43 and also from Fujian, has done almost every job imaginable since he arrived in Manila nine years ago. He went … [Read more...] about Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?
LIVERPOOL: In a hurricane of emotion and adrenaline at Anfield, the electrifying expectation of Liverpool's home support spiraling around the stadium, Trent Alexander-Arnold's mind was still."Don't take your eye off the ball, don't miss a thing."Against all logic, Liverpool had erased their 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League.With the aggregate score poised at 3-3 in the semifinal, second leg, the right-back won a corner on 78 minutes.He looked up, placed the ball and shaped to take it before Xherdan Shaqiri requested responsibility for the set-piece.Alexander-Arnold obliged and took slow strides away, before noticing Ernesto Valverde's men had briefly switched off.He swiveled toward the ball sharply, delivering an inch-perfect low cross that Divock Origi converted to give Liverpool another crack at continental glory.Alexander-Arnold, who turned 20 in October and is primed to become the youngest starter in consecutive European Cup finals - he was in the XI that lost … [Read more...] about Why Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold won’t stop
This is the fifth Pwint Thit Sa report (Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises) undertaken by Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) in partnership with Myanmar consulting firm Yever. In 2019, the Myanmar companies with the highest transparency scores are City Mart Holdings (CMHL), First Myanmar Investment (FMI), Max Myanmar and Shwe Taung. These companies have consistently featured in the top 10 of previous Pwint Thit Sa reports and this year’s report found that all of them continue to improve their disclosures. At the other end of the scale, 108 (44 percent) of the 248 companies reviewed do not have corporate websites. Most of those these companies publish little or no corporate governance and performance data. First launched in 2014, this year’s report assesses information disclosure on the corporate websites of 248 large Myanmar enterprises, including five listed, 55 public, and 160 sizeable privately-owned companies. For the first time, it also … [Read more...] about Myanmar public companies trail behind private firms in corporate disclosure