Here are the latest news and events that happened today, Friday, March 10, 2023.

LOOK: John Lloyd Cruz, rumored GF visit rescued dogs shelter

Actor John Lloyd Cruz spent some quality time with his rumored girlfriend Isabel Santos in a shelter for rescued dogs and cats in Tanauan, Batangas. Strays Worth Saving, a non-profit organization for rescued animals, shared on its Facebook page photos of Cruz and Santos’ visit in its shelter Thursday. According to the organization, the rumored couple are planning See more...

Meralco hikes power rate by P0.545/kWh in March

Customers of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) should brace for a costlier electricity bill this month as the power distributor hiked its household rate for March. In an advisory, Meralco said its overall household rate was increased by P0.5453 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to P11.4348 per kWh from February’s P10.8895 per kWh. The upward adjustment translates to an increment of P109 See more...

Amihan, localized thunderstorms to bring light rain over the Philippines

The northeast monsoon or amihan will bring light rain over Luzon while Visayas and Mindanao will experience isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms, PAGASA reported. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains due to the northeast monsoon with no significant impact. Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy See more...

Power rates to go up in March, says Meralco

MANILA - Meralco on Friday said power rates would be higher in March with an upward adjustment of P0.5453 per kWh due to higher generation charge. This will bring the overall rate for a typical household to P11.4348 per kWh from the previous P10.8895 per kWh, the utility distributor said in a statement. For residential customers consuming 200 kWh, See more...

Matterhorn mountain melting away from Toblerone bars

GENEVA, Switzerland - Switzerland's famous Matterhorn mountain is gradually disappearing from Toblerone's packaging to comply with "Swissness" laws once its new plant in Slovakia opens, the world-famous chocolate brand's owners said Monday. Established in 1908 in the Tobler family factory, the instantly-recognisable triangular chocolate has so far been produced exclusively in Bern, the Alpine nation's capital. But Toblerone is opening See more...

Light rains expected over Philippines due to Amihan, localized thunderstorms

A rainy weekend may be experienced in Metro Manila and the rest of the country due to the northeast monsoon (Amihan) and localized thunderstorms. In its 24-hour public forecast, state weather bureau PAGASA on Friday said the Amihan will continue to affect Luzon and may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains over Metro Manila and the rest See more...

DOF: Japan credit watcher affirms ‘A-‘ rating for Philippines

The Department of Finance (DOF) said Friday that the Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) has affirmed the Philippines’ investment-grade credit rating with a stable outlook despite a high inflation environment and global uncertainties. Citing a report by the JCR, released March 10, the DOF said the Japanese debt watcher affirmed the country’s “A-“ rating. A credit rating of “A-“ with See more...

Bantag awaits Marcos verdict on BuCor stint: 'Di pa ako dismissed'

MANILA -- Suspended prisons chief Gerald Bantag said Friday that he was still waiting for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s decision on whether he would continue his work at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Speaking to the media after his son’s graduation at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Cavite, Bantag said he was only suspended and not See more...

Six more persons of interest in Salilig hazing case want to surrender - Remulla

Six more persons of interest in the case involving the death of Adamson University student John Matthew Salilig wanted to surrender, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said Friday. “May anim pa na gustong sumuko sa hazing cases,” Remulla said in an ambush interview. (Six more people want to surrender in the hazing cases.) When asked why they chose to surrender See more...

LOOK: Korean star Lee Seung-gi visits Ilocos, meets Chavit Singson

“Vagabond” star Lee Seung-gi visited Ilocos Sur recently, with netizens posting sightings of the Korean actor-singer in Calle Crisologo and Baluarte Zoo in Vigan. In fact, Chavit Singson and his son Luis Christian also shared a snap with Lee. “Na kasama po namin kumaen si Lee Seung-gi mag lunch, sobra bait at humble nya,” Luis Christian said in See more...

Hazing complaint vs. suspects in Salilig’s death submitted for resolution

The complaint for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law against several suspects in the death of Adamson University student John Matthew Salilig was submitted for resolution, according to the Department of Justice's panel of prosecutors on Friday. Tau Gamma Phi fraternity members Earl Anthony Romero, Jerome Balot, Sandro Victorino, Michael Lambert Ritalde, Mark Pedroza, master initiator Daniel Perry, and grand triskelion See more...

P1 milyon na tig-P1k, ginawang kapa para sa baby na nagdiwang ng 1st birthday

Tinupad ng isang mag-asawa sa Jordan, Guimaras ang kanilang plano na gawing enggrande at bongga ang unang kaarawan ng kanilang anak. Sa video ng GMA News Feed, makikita na elegante ang pagkakadisenyo ng pinagdausan ng kaarawan ni baby Adeena Maziken, na aakalain mong magde-debut ang may kaarawan. Magagara ang dekorasyon, bongga ang mga gown ni baby Adeena, may mga performer, See more...

Negros Rep. Teves asks House to extend travel authority

Negros Oriental third district Representative Arnolfo Teves has requested for an extension of his travel authority which ended on March 09, House Secretary General Reginald Velasco said. Velasco told GMA News that Teves made the request through his chief of staff. But Velasco said they could not act on the request because it lacked certain information. “Nakalagay lang sa request See more...

Adiong family thanks gov't troops' action on slay try

MANILA — The family of Governor Mamintal "Bombit" Adiong of Lanao del Sur has thanked government forces for their action to bring justice over the attempt on the life of their patriarch. “Sa ngayon po kami ay nagpapasalamat, syempre sa ating mga security personnel, sa ating PNP, AFP, dahil po sa nakuha po natin yung tatlong suspek. So kami po See more...

Speaker Romualdez to Arnie Teves: Face allegations on Degamo slay

Speaker Martin Romualdez of Leyte on Friday called on Negros Oriental Representative Arnie Teves to come back to the Philippines and face the murder complaints filed against him. Romualdez issued the statement given that the travel authority issued by the Speaker’s office already expired last March 9. “l advise Representative Arnie Teves to come back to the country as soon See more...

European bank shares sink on concerns over US sector

PARIS - Shares of Europe's biggest banks tumbled on Friday after trouble at a regional US lender sparked a Wall Street rout on the sector in the United States. Deutsche Bank shares were down nearly 10 percent after the Frankfurt stock market opened, while Germany's second-largest lender Commerzbank tumbled by more than six percent. In London, Barclays and HSBC shed See more...

NASA to reveal crew members in April for flight around Moon

WASHINGTON - NASA will announce the names next month of the four astronauts -- three Americans and one Canadian -- who will fly around the Moon next year, the head of the US space agency said Thursday. NASA administrator Bill Nelson said the crew members of the mission known as Artemis 2 would be revealed on April 3. "Astronauts -- See more...

Marcos hopes reforms can make poll results faster

MANILA — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged stakeholders to actively participate in ensuring fair, free, and credible elections in the Philippines as he expressed optimism that the country could carry out reforms to make the transmission of election results faster while maintaining its accuracy. Speaking on the last day of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) first National Election Summit, Marcos See more...

GCash to make e-wallet service available in the US

Mobile wallet GCash on Friday announced it was expanding its international footprint by making its services available in the United States. Less than a month after it secured the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) approval for the beta launch of GCash Overseas with an initial rollout in Japan, Australia, and Italy, the Ayala-backed mobile wallet said it will allow at See more...

Negros Oriental Rep. Teves will face murder allegations — Topacio

Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. will face the allegations of murder against him, his lawyer said Friday. “Ang ina-assure niya po sa akin ay haharapin niya po itong mga kasong ito and titignan lang po natin kasi masyadong mabilis naman po yung developments,” Atty. Ferdinand Topacio told Super Radyo dzBB. When asked if Teves will not hide, Topacio See more...

Ruru Madrid, dinala si 'Dakila' sa 'Fast Talk with Boy Abunda'

Inihayag si Ruru Madrid na pagkakaroon ng Season 2 ang hit Kapuso action-adventure series na "Lolong," na kaniyang pinagbidahan. Sa huling parte ng panayam niya sa “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” nitong Huwebes, sinorpresa ni Ruru si Tito Boy ng kakaibang regalo. Napatayo sa upuan si Tito Boy nang iabot ni Ruru nakabalot na ulo ng animatronic crocodile na ginamit See more...

Norwegian Jewel to visit Philippines in 2023 as cruise demand surges: official

Norwegian Cruise Line on Friday said it would return to Asia following the resurgence in demand with its ship Norwegian Jewel set to visit ports the Philippines later this year. In an interview with ANC, Norwegian Cruise Line APAC Vice President and Managing Director Ben Angell said Norwegian Jewel would operate about 16 voyages with 10 to 14-day trips. See more...

BI projects up to 50K arrivals for Holy Week

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday said it is expecting up to 50,000 travelers to arrive in the Philippines for the Holy Week. At the televised public briefing, Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval said there are currently 36,000 departures and 30,000 arrivals per day. “Nakikita natin ‘yung projections po natin, tataas po yan around 40,000 to 50,000 arrivals a day See more...

Pimentel amid rumored coup vs. Zubiri: Don’t be too attached to the position

Amid rumors that Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri almost lost his position due to his supposed low output and alleged failure to prioritize key legislative measures, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III advised Congress' leaders not be attached to their positions. “Ang advice talaga dyan sa lahat ng mga magiging Senate president at maging sa speaker of the House: Do See more...

4 anyos patay sa sunog sa Makati

MAYNILA - Patay ang isang apat na taong gulang na bata matapos ang sunog sa Makati, Biyernes ng madaling araw. Sumiklab ang sunog sa bahagi ng Gen. Malvar St. sa South Cembo, Makati, kung saan tinatayang 28 bahay ang natupok. Sa paunang imbestigasyon ng Makati BFP, itinaas ang unang alarma ng sunog pasado ala-1 ng madaling araw. See more...

Marcos orders construction of PH Heart Center Annex in Clark

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has ordered the establishment of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) Annex at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, with the aim to bring quality healthcare closer to Filipinos. In signing Executive Order No. 19, Marcos pointed out that most Filipinos who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases would have to travel to Metro Manila where the PHC See more...

Marcos to Filipino scientists: Broaden field of expertise, collaborate with other experts

MANILA — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday called on Filipino scientists and researchers to broaden their field of expertise, collaborate with other experts, and inspire Filipino youth to pursue careers in science and technology. This, as the Philippine leader noted the importance of scientific research in coming up with evidence-based solutions needed in navigating the post-pandemic world. Marcos, who See more...

DOJ seeks legislation for ‘comfort women'

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Friday said he will hold a dialogue with the Senate and House of Representatives for the passage of necessary legislation to indemnify victims of sexual slavery committed by the Japanese Army during World War II. “We will have to talk to Congress, to the House Speaker, and to the Senate President about the legislation See more...

GCash rolls out services to Filipinos in US

MANILA - GCash said Friday select Filipinos in the US may be able to use their international SIMs to register for the mobile wallet services this month as it expands its offerings overseas. GCash Overseas recently rolled out in Japan, Australia and Italy. With the expansion, the first 1,000 Filipinos in the US can use the mobile app even See more...

TINGNAN: FilCom town hall meeting sa Barcelona, idinaos

BARCELONA - Sa unang community town hall na inorganisa ng Philippine Consulate General sa Barcelona, Spain ngayong taon, nagbigay ng detalyadong paliwanag ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) tungkol sa kanilang mandato at maging bagong tatag na Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). Binusisi ang kanilang mga programa para sa Overseas Filipinos, kanilang mga responsibilidad at pagkakaiba ng tungkulin. Binigyang linaw See more...

Oscars return - with slap jokes and hot dog fingers on menu

HOLLYWOOD -- The Oscars take place Sunday, with two big questions on everyone's lips: Will anyone get slapped? And can a wacky sci-fi featuring hot dog fingers and butt plugs really win best picture? While the answer to the first question is likely no -- Academy chiefs have a "crisis team" in place after Will Smith's misadventures last year -- See more...

DOTr: New order to streamline admin, procurement processes

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday clarified that its recent order stripping some administrative and financial decision functions from some of its key attached agencies is meant to streamline processes within the department. In a statement, the DOTr said its Department Order (DO) 2023-007 “is an internal policy intended to streamline administrative and procurement processes within the department and See more...

Fewer Chinese vessels in and around Pag-asa Island, Sabina Shoal –PCG

The number of suspected Chinese maritime militia vessels in and around Pag-asa Island and the Sabina Shoal has decreased, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Friday. “The PCG noted a decrease in the number of suspected CMM vessels observed over Pag-asa – from forty-two (42) last week to fifteen (15) on 08 March 2023,” the PCG said in a See more...

7 suspects in Salilig hazing case undergo preliminary investigation

MANILA -- Seven suspects in the alleged fatal hazing of John Matthew Salilig underwent preliminary investigation before the Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday afternoon. Escorted by the BiƱan Police and the Laguna Provincial Police office, the 7 suspects arrived at the DOJ before 3 p.m. Suspects Tung Chung Teng, Earl Anthony Romero, Jerome Balot, Sandro Victorino, Michael Lambert Ritalde, See more...

LTO says to produce 80 percent of license plate backlog

MANILA - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Friday said it now has funds to produce this year 80 percent of its backlog of 13 million license plates. LTO chief Jose Arturo Tugade said the backlog includes those for car replacement plates and for motorcycle plates. The backlog was accumulated from 2013 onwards, he said. “Kaya nag-accumulate po iyan See more...

Police raid Rep. Teves' houses for loose firearms

Police on Friday raided houses belonging to Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. in the province in search of loose firearms, Unang Balita reported on Friday, citing Dobol B TV. The raid was conducted by elements from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police. Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos, in an interview on Dobol B TV, See more...

Driver vs rider: 2 motoristang nagkagitgitan, nagsuntukan sa Baguio City

Tila kulang ang lamig ng klima sa Baguio City para maibsan ang init ng ulo ng isang driver ng van at isang motorcycle rider na naghuli-cam na nagsuntukan sa gitna ng kalsada. Sa ulat ni Russel Simorio sa GMA Regional TV "One North Central Luzon" nitong Huwebes, makikita sa video na ang driver umano ang unang nagpakawala ng suntok. Gumanti See more...

OpenAI to enable more customizations for enterprise and individual users

OpenAI, the creator of the buzzy chatbot ChatGPT, will release tools to give users more control over the generative AI system, while improving the models for both general and specific use cases, its CEO Sam Altman said Thursday. Speaking to investors at a Morgan Stanley conference, Altman said the AI company will focus on building a platform that sells APIs See more...

WATCH: Carol Banawa wows with ‘Part of Your World’ cover

Singer Carol Banawa achieved a part of her dream of voicing a Disney character – albeit online. Banawa joined the social media trend started by a capella group, Voctave, where netizens can sing a duet with them on “Part of Your World,” sung by Ariel in “The Little Mermaid." “One of my greatest dreams is to be the voice See more...

UK economy rebounds after swerving recession

LONDON - Britain's economy rebounded in January, official data showed Friday, after it narrowly avoided recession in the fourth quarter despite soaring inflation. Gross domestic product grew 0.3 percent, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement, as the services sector offset a poor performance by construction and manufacturing. GDP had dropped 0.5 percent in December amid widespread See more...

Japan Credit Rating Agency affirms PH's 'A-' rating: DOF

MANILA - Japanese debt watcher Japan Credit Rating Agency affirmed the Philippines' A- rating with a stable outlook despite a backdrop of global uncertainties and elevated inflation, the Department of Finance said in a statement. JCR released the report on its website on March 10. "The ratings mainly reflect the country’s high and sustained economic growth performance underpinned by solid See more...

Batang naglalaro sa parke sa Iloilo, nakuryente

Naghatid umano ng takot sa isang bata ang sana'y masaya niyang paglalaro sa parke sa Tigabuan, Iloilo nang bigla itong makuryente. Sa video ng GMA Regional TV One Western Visayas na ipinalabas din sa Unang Balita nitong Biyernes, naglalaro ang bata sa parke nang mapunta sa canal malapit sa poste ng ilaw. Ayon sa tiyuhin ng bata, bigla na lang See more...

Remulla to WPP: Help families of those charged in Degamo slay

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Friday said he has instructed the Witness Protection Program (WPP) to exert the "maximum effort" to help the families of those who have been accused in the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo. “We have to give a little comfort zone to the people who are charged with the crime and hopefully that See more...

Gun ban imposed in Negros Oriental amid killings

The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office on Friday announced the implementation of gun ban in the province after the killing of Governor Roel Degamo. “All permit to carry firearm outside residence (PTCFOR) are hereby suspended in Negros Oriental until further notice,” it said in a Facebook post. “Only the members of the PNP, AFP, and other law enforcement agencies who See more...

2 health centers in Northern Philippines undergo renovation

Two health centers in the Northern Philippines were renovated to address the issue of inadequate healthcare facilities. Cataggaman Pardo Health Center in Tuguegarao, Cagayan is a health center that serves 30 patients per day and covers 572 households in their vicinity. While District-1 Health Center in Cauayan, City Isabela serves 50 patients per day, while covering 3,712 households. See more...

Teves seeks to extend overseas stay, says House exec

MANILA -- Embattled Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves has sought to extend his travel clearance after being linked to the assassination of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, House Secretary Gen. Reginald Velasco said Friday. "We have received information that he wants his personal trip extended. But we told the staff na kailangan under our House rules, kailangan specify nyo saan See more...

Suga of BTS, IU to release new collab single - report

Suga of the popular K-pop boy group BTS is set to release a new collaboration track with singer-songwriter IU, South Korean television network SPOTV announced on Friday. The song will be included in Suga's upcoming album, which is anticipated to coincide with his upcoming world tour. This will be their second joint effort. Suga's solo world tour, Agust D Tour, See more...

FDI net inflows down 23.2% to $9.2 billion in Jan.-Dec. 2022 –BSP

Foreign direct investment (FDI) stood at a lower net inflow for the entire 2022 amid high inflation and the global economic slowdown, data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed Friday. FDI net inflows from January to December last year reached $9.2 billion, down 23.2% from $12 billion net inflows seen in 2021. “Notwithstanding the country’s sustained growth See more...

CHR launches probe on killings targeting gov't officials

The Commission on Human Rights has launched a probe into the ongoing spate of violence targeting government officials, including the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo. CHR issued the statement a week after the killing of Degamo, who was shot dead by armed men as he was distributing government subsidies for poor households. Eight others were also killed in See more...

4 ‘suspects’ in Cebu student’s alleged hazing death surrender

Four suspects in the alleged hazing death of University of Cebu student Ronnel Baguio in December 2022 surrendered to authorities on Thursday, the Cebu City Police Office said. In a Facebook post, the police said the suspects turned themselves in to authorities after a meeting of fraternity and sorority groups with the police. Suspects will face complaints for violation See more...

Apple to launch app dedicated to classical music

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple on Thursday said it will start streaming classical music from a stand-alone app on March 28 as it seeks to distinguish itself from rivals Spotify and specialist platforms. The iPhone giant said Apple Music Classical will offer "the world's largest classical music catalog", with exclusive albums and an advanced search functionality not seen on other apps. See more...

Part 2 of K-drama 'The Glory' now streaming on Netflix

MANILA, Philippines — The second part of the highly anticipated Korean drama "The Glory" is now available on Netflix. The South Korean revenge-thriller series starring Korean superstar Song Hye-Kyo and Lee Do-Hyun began airing its second part on March 10 at 4 p.m. It immediately became a trending topic on Twitter reaching No. 8. It was also took the 9th See more...

Liza Soberano on her controversial vlog: 'I was just stating facts'

Liza Soberano guested on Friday's episode of "Fast Talk with Boy Abunda" to clarify the hullabaloo surrounding her career rebrand that started with a social media blackout and came to a boil with a controversial vlog called "This is Me." Liza admitted she initially didn't want to do the interview with the King of Talk because she didn't feel the See more...

Liza Soberano admits she never dreamed of becoming an artista

Liza Soberano gave an exclusive one-on-one interview with Boy Abunda, clarifying everything she said on her controversial "This is Me" vlog. In the interview, taped last March 7, Liza admitted she became an artista out of necessity. "Hindi ko pinangarap maging artista," Liza began. "I had to be one para mapa-aral ko sarili ko, mapa-aral ko mga kapatid ko, para See more...

Rise in ocean plastic pollution 'unprecedented' since 2005

PARIS—Plastic pollution in the world's oceans has reached "unprecedented levels" over the past 15 years, a new study has found, calling for a legally binding international treaty to stop the harmful waste. Ocean plastic pollution is a persistent problem around the globe -- animals may become entangled in larger pieces of plastic like fishing nets, or ingest microplastics that eventually See more...

Lalaki sa Laguna, arestado dahil sa pangingikil at pagpapanggap na pulis

Inaresto ang isang lalaki sa Cabuyao, Laguna na nagpapanggap umano na pulis dahil sa reklamong pangingikil sa isang negosyante. Iniulat ng Unang Balita nitong Biyernes ni Marisol Abdurahman na nagpakilala ang suspek na si Jericho Manalo na pulis siya. Pahayag ni Police Col. Jack Angog, hepe ng Cabuyao Police, "Nagpakilala ang suspek na pulis at intel daw po siya." Kwento See more...

Rabies cases, deaths increase in 2023 — DOH

Rabies cases and deaths in the country have begun to increase, with 55 cases reported so far this year, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday. DOH Epidemiology Bureau director Dr. Alethea De Guzman said all the 55 rabies cases resulted in deaths. De Guzman said this is 8% higher than the 51 cases reported in the same See more...

DOH records 55 fatal rabies cases from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25

MANILA — The Philippines has logged 55 cases of rabies from January 1 to February 25, all of which were fatalities, according to the Department of Health. This is 8 percent higher than the 51 cases reported during the same time last year. "I will not describe it as alarming though it is slightly higher," Dr. Alethea De Guzman, director See more...

Someone must be liable for New Year's Day airspace shutdown –Pimentel

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Friday insisted that someone must be held accountable for the Philippines airspace shutdown last January 1. The lawmaker made the statement after the Senate Public Service Committee did not include any recommendations to file criminal or administrative charges against any officials or employees in its report on the New Year’s Day shutdown See more...

Gabriela seeks Marcos admin apology over failure to compensate 'comfort women'

The Marcos administration should issue an official apology over the Philippine government’s failure to ensure compensation and other assistance to Filipino comfort women who were sexually abused and tortured by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War 2, Gabriela Women’s Party said Friday. "An official apology from the Marcos Jr. administration should be in order," Gabriela said in a statement. See more...

DOJ looking into more than 10 reports of killings in Negros Oriental

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into more than 10 reports of killings in Negros Oriental, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said Friday. Remulla, who visited the wake of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo on Wednesday, previously said officials were seeing a “pattern of impunity” in the province. “I think that a lot of people are coming out with See more...

Americans buying more vinyl than CDs for first time in decades

NEW YORK, United States - Vinyl records continued to translate their retro appeal into a steady resurgence, outselling compact discs last year in terms of units in the United States for the first time since 1987. Revenues from the sale of physical records jumped four percent in 2022 to $1.7 billion, according to the latest report from the Recording Industry See more...

Poor states' summit promised just $1.4 billion — United Nations

DOHA, Qatar - Just $1.4 billion in new loans and grants were promised at a UN summit devoted to the world's poorest nations where UN leader Antonio Guterres had appealed for massive aid, officials said Thursday. A top UN envoy warned at the end of the five-day Least Developed Countries meeting that these countries are falling "far behind" in reaching See more...

Here are some digital trends for casual internet users

MANILA – SKY Fiber is keeping casual internet users in the loop with several digital trends to watch out for 2023. Amid the remote and hybrid arrangements in school, work, and events, some netizens find it difficult to catch up with the fast-moving pace of the digital era – including being updated with the latest tech or hottest trends online. See more...

Lola na galing sa mall, patay nang masagasaan ng truck nang tumawid

Nabundol at pumailalim sa dump truck ang isang 79-anyos na lola nang tumawid siya sa kalsada sa Lucena City, Quezon. Sa ulat ni Paul Hernandez sa GMA Regional TV "Balitang Southern Tagalog" nitong Huwebes, kinilala ang biktima na si Rebecca Sumadsad. Ayon sa pulisya, galing sa isang mall sa Barangay Ibabang Dupay ang biktima at tumawid sa highway nang mahagip See more...

9 na kabahayan, tinupok ng apoy sa Lucena City

Natupok ang siyam na bahay sa Lucena City sa lalawigan ng Quezon sa nangyaring sunog na sumiklab dakong alas-dos nang hapon nitong Biyernes. Nagdeklara ang mga bumbero ng "fire under control" dakong 2:45 din ng hapon. Nangyari ang sunog na tumupok sa siyam na kabahayan at tindahan sa Barangay Gulang-Gulang ng siyudad. Sa kasalukuyan, nasa barangay hall na ang mga See more...

Canadian judge says flipping the bird a 'God-given' right

MONTREAL — Giving your neighbor the finger, while maybe not polite, is protected as part of the bird-flipper's right to freedom of expression under the Canadian Constitution, a judge recently ruled. In a 26-page decision, Judge Dennis Galiatsatos of the French-speaking province of Quebec dismissed a case against a man accused of harassing his neighbor in a Montreal suburb. "To See more...

Concert recap: Wanderland makes a grand comeback

ALABANG -- Everybody loves a great comeback. After years of live entertainment drought, everyone was pumped to welcome back the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival again, as (hopefully) an annual part of our lives. Held once again at the Filinvest Festival Grounds last March 4 and 5, the festival returned to form with live art aplenty, fun and interactive See more...

Telcos OK with possible extension of SIM card registration

MANILA- Philippine telecommunications companies are amenable to a possible extension of the SIM Registration deadline. The National Telecommunications Commission reports that over 42.6 million sim cards have been registered as of March 9, 2023. But that figure only represents 25.24 percent of over 168.9 million total active sim users. The initial deadline for sim registration is April 26 or See more...

ABS-CBN’s Star Magic to hold prom night on March 30

MANILA – Kapamilya fans are in for a new treat this month as the talent agency of ABS-CBN, Star Magic, teased about its upcoming special event. ABS-CBN released a save-the-date teaser on Friday for the upcoming Star Magical Prom= on March 30. Simply described as a “magical night,” no other details were disclosed so far. The upcoming See more...

Pareho ng pangalan: Lalaking kinulong ng 18 taon dahil sa wrongful arrest pinalaya

NEW YORK - Pinalaya na ang isang preso sa US na nakulong ng mahigit 18 taon dahil sa kasong murder matapos mapag-alamang mali ang pagkakaaresto sa kanya dahil kapangalan niya ang isang suspek sa krimen. Nasentensyahan ng 25-taon pagkakabilanggo si Sheldon Thomas dahil sa pagpatay umano kay Anderson Bercy, 14 anyos, sa isang drive-by shooting noong 2004. Hiniling See more...

SWS: Nearly half of Filipinos believe economy will improve in 2023

There are 48% of Filipinos who believe that the economy will improve in the next 12 months, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Friday. The SWS poll, conducted from December 10 to 14, 2022, also showed that 33% of Filipinos said the economy will stay the same, while 9% believe it will worsen. This resulted in a net economic See more...

Liza Soberano, sinabing napilitan lang siyang mag-artista

Sa exclusive one-on-one interview ni Boy Abunda, nilinaw ni Liza Soberano ang kaniyang mga naging pahayag sa controversial vlog niya na "This is Me." Sa naturang taped intervew na ginawa noong Marso 7 at ipinalabas sa "Fast Talk with Boy Abunda" nitong Biyernes, sinabi ni Liza na hindi niya pinangarap na maging artista. "Hindi ko pinangarap maging artista," ani See more...

BSP mandates full adoption of Philippine QR Code standard by July 1

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is mandating the full adoption of the Philippine QR Code standard by July 1, 2023. In a statement on Friday, the BSP said its policy-setting Monetary Board has approved the guidelines that will facilitate the full transition of all quick response (QR) code-enabled payment services to the National QR Code Standard, or “QR Ph.” See more...

More troops to be deployed vs ‘lawless violence’ in Negros Island —DND, AFP

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will deploy more military personnel in Negros Island to address lawless violence and restore peace following the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Friday. In a press conference, Galvez said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday night directed him to suppress criminal activities and See more...

Pimentel: President has no say in Charter change

The stand of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Charter change should not affect the legislative branch’s push to amend the 1987 Constitution, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said Friday. Pimentel explained this in a virtual interview when asked if he thinks that the House of Representatives’ push to amend the Charter has the backing of the President See more...

3 suspects in Adiong slay try nabbed in Bukidnon —police

Three suspects in last month's ambush on Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr. were arrested Friday morning in Bukidnon, according to a report by Mark Makalalad on Super Radyo dzBB. Citing Police Major Joann Navarro, spokesperson for Police Regional Office 10, the report said the three were arrested in connection with a warrant issued against them for frustrated See more...

PCG conducts simultaneous cleanup in Oriental Mindoro oil spill

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday conducted a simultaneous massive cleanup in areas affected by the oil spill from a sunken motor tanker in Oriental Mindoro, specifically Naujan and Pola. According to PCG spokesperson Rear Admiral Armand Balilo, this was after Commandant Admiral Artemio Abu's order to "step up" the cleaning operations. “Ito po ay nasimula See more...

DSWD: Cash-for-work program to benefit 14,000 people affected by oil spill

Around 14,000 individuals affected by the oil spill off Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, will benefit from the government's cash-for-work program, an official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Friday. DSWD spokesperson Assistant Secretary Romel Lopez said the government will prioritize fisherfolk affected by the current fishing ban, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) members, and other indigent individuals. See more...

Meralco magkakaroon ng taas-singil sa March billing

Tataas ang singil sa kuryente ng Manila Electric Company (Meralco) ngayong Marso 2023, sabi ngayong Biyernes ng kompanya. Ayon sa Meralco, P0.545 ang dagdag-singil kada kilowatt hour dahil sa mas mataas na generation charge na bunsod ng Malampaya facility maintenance shutdown mula Marso 4 hanggang 18. Katumbas umano ito ng P109 dagdag-singil sa mga kumokonsumo ng 200 kwh, See more...

How Moira dela Torre lost 60 pounds in a year

MANILA -- OPM hitmaker Moira dela Torre revealed that after a year, she has now lost 60 lbs. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Dela Torre also said she is now cleared from hypothyroidism, estrogen dominance, and is "no longer infertile." "1 year and a month apart — from 180 lbs to 120 lbs — 60 lbs lighter and cleared See more...

Rise in ocean plastic pollution 'unprecedented' since 2005

PARIS, France - Plastic pollution in the world's oceans has reached "unprecedented levels" over the past 15 years, a new study has found, calling for a legally binding international treaty to stop the harmful waste. Ocean plastic pollution is a persistent problem around the globe -- animals may become entangled in larger pieces of plastic like fishing nets, or ingest See more...

Atty. Topacio: Hindi magtatago si Negros Oriental Rep. Teves

Inihayag ng isang abogado na hindi magtatago at haharapin umano ni Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr., ang mga alegasyon na ibinabato sa mambabatas pati na ang ilang kaso ng pagpatay sa kaniyang lalawigan na ibinibintang sa kaniya. “Ang ina-assure niya po sa akin ay haharapin niya po itong mga kasong ito and titingnan lang po natin kasi masyadong See more...

Makati's new Omniverse Musuem is a pop culture haven

MANILA -- The Omniverse Museum, one of the largest indoor museums devoted to pop culture, opened its doors to the public last March 8. Visitors can enjoy life-sized figures from popular television and film franchises, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Game of Thrones," and Dragon Ball Z, among others. Ryan Sison, a journalist and avid collector of pop culture, See more...

FAST FACTS: Who is Arnolfo Teves Jr.

MANILA — Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. is fighting allegations of involvement in the assassination of his political rival Governor Roel Degamo. This comes after one of the suspects implicated Teves in the killing. Last month, the lawmaker's brother, Pryde Henry Teves, was unseated by Degamo after the Supreme Court declared him the rightful winner of the contest for See more...

Robredo's Angat Buhay inks deal to establish disaster response center

The Angat Buhay Foundation chaired by former Vice President Leni Robredo inked a pact with another non-profit, CSS Gives Philippines (CSSGivesPH), for the construction of a disaster preparedness and response center. In a statement, Angat Buhay said the pact will establish Angat Buhay Center for Disaster Preparedness and Response or ABCDPR. Once operational, the disaster preparedness and response center will See more...

Ayala Corp posts P27 billion net income in 2022

MANILA - Ayala Corp said on Friday its core net income grew 18 percent in 2022 to P27 billion on the back of strong contributions from BPI and Ayala Land. BPI net income grew 66 percent to P39.6 billion due to higher interest rates, lower provisions and gains from a property sale, among others, while Ayala Land profits jumped 52 See more...

Toxic beauty myths dog TikTok's Bold Glamour filter

WASHINGTON -- TikTok's latest sensation is a real-time filter called Bold Glamour that sashays right past debates over toxic beauty standards on social media, going all in on giving users a new face. Quietly released to the app's more than a billion users, Bold Glamour convincingly blends a user's real face with an AI-generated ideal of a supermodel, drawing both See more...

Philippines records 184 new COVID-19 cases; active tally hits 9,119

The Philippines recorded 184 new COVID-19 cases, while the active tally rose to 9,119, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday. The nationwide caseload climbed to 4,077,625, while the number of active cases rose to 9,119 from 9,017 on Thursday. In the past two weeks, the National Capital Region (NCR) had the highest number of cases with 444. See more...

Marcos: Ensure 'unalterable' results to maintain polls' sanctity

Amid the preparations for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday emphasized the importance of ensuring “unalterable” results to maintain the sanctity of the polls. “On this note, I underscore the Comelec’s critical role as the guardians of our people’s sovereign will in ensuring the integrity of the electoral process,” Marcos said in his See more...

WATCH: ABS CBN family supports KDLex in PETA's 'Walang Aray'

MANILA -- ABS-CBN executives and artists showed their support for KD Estrada and Alexa Ilacad, w ho are starring in their first-ever musical "Walang Aray." Star Magic's Inside News on Thursday gave an exclusive access to PETA's "Walang Aray." Kapamilya artists such as Jed Madela, Jameson Blake, AC Bonifacio, Angela Ken, Lian Kyla, SAB, and Gillian Vicencio shared See more...