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Diaz empowering women weightlifters in Malaysia

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RIO 2016 Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is not only lifting iron as her training intensifies in Malaysia for the Tokyo Games qualifiers the international weightlifting federation postponed for next year. The Filipino pride who won gold in the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games has an equally novel mission—help hoist women power among Malaysians. “That’s my […]


NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo wins back-to-back MVP award

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Giannis beats LeBron James, James Harden in MVP race

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks (Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Antetokounmpo won the 2019-20 league MVP over Los Angeles star LeBron James and Houston Rockets guard James Harden.

With the feat, Antetokounmpo joins James, Stephen Curry, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash and Tim Duncan in winning consecutive MVP awards.

The Bucks forward also won Defensive Player of the Year this season.

He also joins Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon for bagging both MVP and DPOY awards in the same season.


Aguas recognized among leaders for transforming Asian business

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Insular Life (InLife) Executive Chairman Nina D. Aguas was recently named one of the top 100 people transforming business in Asia according to online news website Business Insider Australia.

The list came out recently as the world is gripped by a global pandemic, noting that those who made the cut were chosen for their vision and innovative changes that resonate across their industries.

 “Global business has faced unprecedented challenges over the past 12 months, particularly in 2020. The scale of the change that comes from responding to these obstacles will accelerate innovation in some companies,” said Business Insider Australia.

The publication cited Ms. Aguas’ role in promoting financial inclusion for Filipino women through the InLifeSheroes Program, which is a partnership between Insular Life and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The IFC is the arm of the World Bank (WB) that’s focused on the developing partnerships in the private sector.

InLifeSheroes is a multi-year program that aims to touch over a million Filipino women through four focus areas: Women Specific Solutions, Health & Wellness, Business and Social Networks, and Financial Literacy.

“This is really a pleasant surprise and came unexpected to be recognized in the Asia-Pacific region as one of those business executives who made an impact in the lives of others,” said Ms. Aguas. “And it only makes it imperative for me to continue to support programs that are aimed to improve the lives of others.”

Also named in the list from the Philippines were John Eric Francia, CEO of AC Energy, and Esther Go, CEO of Medlink.


Where to get comic books now that Comic Quest is closing

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Credible shops where you can get your comic book fix online

Due to the health crisis and economic recession tied to it, many businesses have been forced to shut down for good. After 35 strong years of selling comics and other pop culture merchandise at several branches nationwide, hobby store Comic Quest is joining the list of establishments that have permanently closed. 

The store announced the news on Facebook on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The post also mentions that the shop will be having a farewell sale until October at its SM Megamall branch.  

The main reason for the closure is because of the pressure from the pandemic combined with the disruption of global distribution of comic books.

“It is and has been an extremely challenging time for us, and we feel that this is our best option moving forward,” the owner posted. “We wouldn’t have reached 35 wonderful years in business without loyal customers like you. Our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks for being with us through all these years. While our time in this wonderful industry comes to an end, we’re wishing you many more years of happy collecting! And in the words of the great Stan Lee – Excelsior!”

It was at BF Homes where the first branch opened in 1986. Comic Quest has since expanded to outlets in Greenhills, Makati, SM Cebu, and of course, its most popular branch at SM Megamall. Other than reading materials, it also offers toys and apparel inspired by various DC, Marvel, and other comic book franchise.

Now that one of the local legends is completely ceasing operations, here are alternatives to where you can get your comic book fix. All of these brands offer a wide array of comics, cards, and collectibles.

Comic Odyssey

Comic Odyssey in Bagumbayan, QCEstablished in 1997, the premier comic book shop is one of the most famous in the country. Its branches in Quezon City, at Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, and at Eastwood Mall, Libis are open for in-store shopping, as well as the one in BGC, Taguig. But if you can’t go physically, Comic Odyssey has a very strong presence online. You may go to the website, Shopee, and Lazada accounts for easy transactions. Also check out their Facebook page for updates.


Filbar’s in Robinsons Place ManilaAn institution in the comic books industry in the Philippines, Filbar’s has been offering collectibles and pop culture items for 41 years. Most of its branches all over Metro Manila are open for in-store purchases. You can also pre-order available titles and collectibles through a reservation system. Check out the website and social media pages Facebook, as well as Twitter and Instagram filbarsonline.

Planet X Comic Shop

Planet X Comic Shop, photo by the dailyducsFor 12 years, Planet X Comic Shop has been serving comic book fans, collectors, and would-be new readers. It is the place to buy comic books at Glorietta. While the physical store is temporarily closed, it is open online through Shopee, Lazada. They are also active on Facebook.


2 Filipino seafarers rescued from ship’s sinking in Japan to arrive on Sept. 19

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The two rescued Filipino crew members of the Panamanian-flagged vessel Gulf Livestock-1 that sank in the waters off  Amami Oshima in the East China Sea will be returning home tomorrow, September 19, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

Earlier reports identified the two seafarers as Eduardo Sareno, 45, and Jay-Nel Rosales, 30. The ship’s crew includes a total of 39 Filipinos, 2 New Zealand, 1 Australian, and 1 Singaporean.

The two were the only crew members of the ship who were found alive by the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) since the vessel went missing on September 2, 2020, shortly after transmitting a distress call from an area being battered by Typhoon Haishen at that time.Japanese rescuers immediately launched a search and rescue that led to the recovery of the two Filipino crew. One crew member was found floating and was later pronounced dead. The Japanese Coast Guard had to temporarily suspend its search and rescue operations due to the typhoon. No clue of the missing vessel nor its crew members were found since the search resumed on September 7. No further developments on the ongoing rescue were issued up to this date. Apart from the other missing crew members, the cargo vessel was also carrying nearly 6,000 live cattle from New Zealand and was headed for China when the incident occurred.


Cayetano urges DepEd to provide tutoring jobs to displaced private school teachers

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Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday encouraged the Department of Education (DepEd) to explore the possibility of partnering with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to tap displaced private school teachers as online tutors.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)Cayetano aired this proposal as DepEd started finalizing the guidelines for the deployment of para-teachers that will assist public school students whose parents are unable to physically guide them in their studies.

The House leader said DepEd and DOLE may collaborate in making the tutoring program supportive of the latter’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

“We can hire private school teachers who lost their jobs due to the community quarantine. They can tutor our students especially since we cannot hold face-to-face classes and most of our students are studying from home,” Cayetano said in a statement.

“If there is anything the pandemic has taught us, it is to innovate and make use of all available resources. Many teachers in private schools have lost their jobs, but they can be productive now as para-teachers and tutors who can fill the gap that teachers cannot fill under the new normal,” he added.

According to DepEd, blended learning combines virtual and non-virtual methods of learning.

The latter requires delivery of printed materials to the homes of learners who do not have access to the internet.DepEd will also use radio and television to broadcast instruction, materials, and lessons in areas nationwide where internet access is still unavailable.

During the budget hearing for DepEd’s proposed 2021 allocation, DepEd Undersecretary for Planning, Human Resource and Organizational Development, and Field Operations Jesus Lorenzo Mateo said the para-teachers will play a very important role in the blended and distant learning system the department is implementing while the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on.

“There is a draft policy for para-teachers. One of the things we need to consider is the need of schools. It will be determined by the contextualization of the divisions,” Mateo told lawmakers.

Under the DepED plan, para-teachers will be hired to facilitate the lessons of students outside the classroom. They will also be tapped to provide administrative support to the department.

According to Mateo, the para-teachers  are also expected to help learners further understand lessons that will be delivered through traditional media such as radio and television, as well as the internet.