APEC 2015 - updates

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Jul 18, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Office of the President expenses surge in 2015 due to APEC

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:15 AM

While the Commission on Audit says it has no negative findings on the increase itself it notes that implementing agencies failed to liquidate funds

AQUINO'S SHOW. Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III inspects the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The PICC is the venue of the main APEC leaders' meeting. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PLDT Smart SME Nation: Using digital to build opportunities for local businesses

Jan 29, 2016 - 5:39 PM

The digital evolution has disrupted the way global businesses work In the PH it can empower the massive industry of MSMEs

How will Philippine MSMEs fare in 2016?

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The conditions to grow are already in place but it is up to micro small and medium enterprises to seize the opportunities

From Basket Case. Gigi Phua-Lim, an entrepreneur who started as an art collector, talks to customer in her booth at the IMC. She hopes to promote Filipino artists and hopefully foreign artists through the reproduction of their works on everyday wear. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Top 10 Facebook moments in 2015 for Filipinos

Dec 19, 2015 - 7:00 PM

What topics did you like comment on or share this 2015? Rappler picks the top global and national events that dominated the Facebook news feeds of Filipinos

Justin Trudeau's APEC chair earns more than P2 million in auction

Dec 18, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Trudeau s chair earns more than US President Barack Obama s and President Benigno Aquino III s

YODA CHAIRS. Six of Kenneth Cobonpue's 'Yoda' chairs are auctioned off at P8,810,000. The chairs, as shown in the photo, were used at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Welcome Dinner in November. Screengrab from Instagram/kennethcobonpue

Kenneth Cobonpue 'Yoda' chairs used at APEC welcome dinner up for auction

Dec 13, 2015 - 1:01 AM

The slightly modified Yoda design is suddenly in high demand after the APEC dinner concludes

YODA CHAIRS. From L-R: chairs used by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Mexican Presiden Enrique Pena Nieto, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo by Michelle Aventajado

Globe launches online bazaar DigiMall for MSMEs

Dec 09, 2015 - 8:20 PM

Globe says the only way for micro small and medium enterprises to compete is through digitization

ONLINE BAZAAR. This Christmas season, Globe myBusiness, in partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify, introduces online bazaar DigiMall for MSMEs. Photos from Globe Corp Comm

6.9% Philippine GDP growth in Q4 unlikely – economists

Nov 26, 2015 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED Top economists give their take on the slower than expected Philippine economic growth

PH GDP grows 6% in Q3

Nov 26, 2015 - 11:05 AM

2ND UPDATE The country’s GDP growth in the previous quarter was the third fastest in the region after China’s 6 9 and Vietnam’s 6 8

Key lessons from APEC 2015

Nov 25, 2015 - 1:42 PM

It s learning about inclusive growth and ensuring it benefits the majority

LESSONS LEARNED. A delegate to the APEC SME Summit on November 17, 2015 shares his lessons learned from the event, and what Filipinos should look forward to post-APEC. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PNP spends P784.9 M to secure APEC meets

Nov 24, 2015 - 5:15 PM

The amount covers at least 39 meetings from December 2014 to November 2015

APEC SECURITY. PNP personnel deployed during the APEC Economic Leaders meeting. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#AfterAPEC: Netizens applaud Philippines' hosting of APEC 2015

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:31 PM

How did the Philippines do on its second hosting of the regional summit? Netizens share their AfterAPEC thoughts

APEC led to losses for hotels, airlines

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:23 PM

Local airlines suffer millions of dollars in foregone revenues while some hotels went on lockdown during APEC

LOCKDOWN. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport and some Metro Manila hotels are on a lockdown last week due to the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera / Rappler

After APEC, Estrada urges permanent solution for street dwellers

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:23 PM

This comes after reports that the government hid the homeless in preparation for the APEC summit

FOR THE FAMILIES. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada visits families in San Andres, Manila. The city mayor is calling for a more permanent solution to the homeless problem. Photo from the camp of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada


Nov 23, 2015 - 11:30 AM

APEC should have been a period of intense discussions about our nation’s economic development It wasn’t

When the Philippines and China sang, danced on a Manila Bay cruise

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

As the Philippines and China sparred over Mischief Reef President Jiang Zemin charmed Philippine officials with his rendition of Western classics during his state visit after the 1996 APEC summit in Subic

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

#AnimatED: A message China cannot ignore

Nov 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

PH security agreements with allies show support for a country that wants China to adhere to the rule of law

'Proud' Aquino: APEC hosting shows Filipino excellence

Nov 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

President Aquino hails the Philippines hosting of APEC: Give the Filipino an opportunity and he or she will excel

PHILIPPINES' BEST. President Benigno Aquino III commends APEC organizers and Filipinos for the 'successful' APEC hosting. Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino reveals 'embarrassing' boo-boo with Xi at APEC

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:58 AM

The Philippine president reveals that a technical difficulty involving an interpreter caused Xi to pause and repeat his speech at the APEC leaders retreat in Manila

'AWKWARD MOMENT.' Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together – with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as their buffer – in the Philippine International Convention Center. Screen grab from pool video

PH 'father of semiconductors' shows APEC what innovation can do

Nov 22, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Dado Banatao grew up walking barefoot to school and ended up a Silicon Valley innovator At APEC 2015 he proves the innovation equation for inclusive growth

Ibon to PH: One more chance? No, break up with APEC

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:00 AM

In a MovePH interview via Facebook Live Stream Ibon Foundation suggests that the Philippines should call it quits with APEC for the pain it has reportedly caused the country

Binay lauds PH gains from APEC, thumbs down traffic woes

Nov 22, 2015 - 12:01 AM

May napala naman says the Vice President of the Philippines chairmanship of APEC 2015

APEC 2015 LEADERS' RETREAT.  APEC leaders exchange views at the Leaders' Meeting Retreat 1 the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 19, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

VIRAL: Cops help stranded commuter during APEC week

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Two police officers help a stranded commuter catch his flight

Woman behind Care.com shares roots of her online empire

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:41 PM

Sheila Marcelo founder and CEO of Care com created waves when her company raised millions of dollars in a Wall Street IPO But to get there she needed to hurdle several roadblocks

BABYSITTING EMPIRE. Needing around-the-clock care for her two sons and an ailing father, the idea of Care.com was born. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Stop GMO policy integration' - environmental groups

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Environment and agriculture advocates question GMOs as the answer to food insecurity

RISK VS RETURN. Environment and agriculture groups do not think GMOs are worth any potential benefit the government says it will bring. Rappler file photo

No more double enrollment in pension plans under PH-Japan pact

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Japanese embassy says the Philippines Japan Social Security Agreement will further facilitate people to people and economic exchanges between the two countries

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-L) and his wife Akie (L) with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (2-R) and his sister Maria Elena Aquino Cruz (R) at the welcoming dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Wally Santana/Pool/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the APEC Summit

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:57 AM

A glimpse of what happens behind the scenes when business and economic leaders meet

Josette Sheeran on the 'APEC divide' from both extremes

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED The former head of the World Food Programme and vice chairman of the World Economic Forum provides an insight into the relevance of high level summits like APEC

#StoryoftheNation: Did APEC matter to the people?

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:26 PM

Oftentimes the big names in business and politics make the headlines but the people on the ground also have something to say about the APEC summit

Indonesia's Tom Lembong: 'Let's move away from playing games'

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:01 PM

We’re not a defensive culture We’re not a closed culture We’re not a culture of losers

#APEC2015 generates 680,000 tweets

Nov 20, 2015 - 10:43 PM

Social media is a crucial part of bringing the APEC 2015 Summit closer to the people

#APEC2015: Most talked about stories

Nov 20, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Here s what our followers shared read discussed and reacted to the most during APEC week

Aquino to thank ASEAN for help in disaster, promoting regional security

Nov 20, 2015 - 6:05 PM

President Aquino is flying to Malaysia after the Philippines concluded its hosting of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting

JOINING ASEAN SUMMIT. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III leaves the Philippines on November 21, 2015, for ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Kris Aquino apologizes for comments on post-APEC sunburn

Nov 20, 2015 - 3:52 PM

In an Instagram post Kris compared commuters APEC woes to her sunburn

Screengrab from Instagram/withlovekrisaquino

IN PHOTOS: APEC spouses in Intramuros

Nov 20, 2015 - 3:17 PM

Even the annual APEC meet is more fun in the Philippines as leaders wives get a glimpse of Philippine heritage

IMF to APEC leaders: Trade growth a disappointment

Nov 20, 2015 - 2:51 PM

The International Monetary Fund says the solution is to help small businesses enter global markets

GROWTH ISSUES. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015 chairman President Benigno Aquino III (left) huddles with (clockwise from Aquino's left): Republic of Chile President Michelle Bachelet; Independent State of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill; United Mexican States President Enrique Peña Nieto; United States of America President Barack Obama; and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. These APEC leaders are told by the International Monetary Fund that growth has been disappointing in the region. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

APEC 2015: Services taking over trade in Asia

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:00 AM

APEC leaders see the services sector as the future of Asia trade says Bollard

SERVICE ORIENTED. APEC Executive Director Dr. Alan Bollard describes the services sector as the future of Asia Pacific.

PH gets P93-B Japan loan for Tutuban-Malolos railway project

Nov 20, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The Japanese Embassy says the Tutuban Malolos railway aims to ease serious traffic congestion

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-L) and his wife Akie (L) with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (2-R) and his sister Maria Elena Aquino-Cruz (R) at the welcoming dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Wally Santana/Pool/EPA

PH beefs up defense deals amid dispute with China

Nov 20, 2015 - 7:50 AM

On the sidelines of the APEC Summit the Philippines signs deals with Australia and Vietnam

Photo by Official Gazette

APEC advisory: Metro Manila roads still closed on November 20

Nov 20, 2015 - 12:48 AM

World leaders are leaving Manila on Friday November 20 after the conclusion of the APEC Summit

APEC leaders' kin in PH: NGO visit in Payatas, food trip in Tagaytay

Nov 19, 2015 - 11:08 PM

What did the family members of some APEC leaders do while the latter got down to business at the Manila summit?

SIDE TRIP. Akie Abe, wife of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visits Likha Shop, a livelihood project in Payatas, Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Police play Katy Perry to disperse APEC protesters

Nov 19, 2015 - 10:52 PM

Some protesters did not take the tactic well We just want to make our voices heard says one

ANTI-APEC. Police blast Katy Perry's 'Roar' from speakers to disperse a rally during the APEC summit. In the photo, Militants stage their anti-APEC Protest along Gil Puyat Ave. Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

Japan considers sending 'large patrol' vessels to the PH

Nov 19, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Both countries push for the early signing of a law allowing transfer of military assets from Tokyo to Manila

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Frenzy over 'APEC hottie' Justin Trudeau at end of APEC meet

Nov 19, 2015 - 9:40 PM

At the media center in Manila cheers greet Canada s Prime Minister – dubbed an APEC hottie by Filipino netizens

CELEBRITY WELCOME. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the media center, where he was greeted by cheers and shouts from the crowd.

PH seeks to expand economic cooperation with New Zealand

Nov 19, 2015 - 9:21 PM

President Aquino also seeks New Zealand s support for the Philippines bid to join the Trans Pacific Partnership

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

APEC leaders: Intensify efforts for MSMEs, embrace digital economy

Nov 19, 2015 - 9:11 PM

APEC leaders reiterate actions laid out in the Boracay Action Agenda to globalize MSMEs and report progress by 2020

From Basket Case. One of Basket Case's bags that showcase a Filipino painting. Founder Gigi Phua-Lim sells the bags at reasonable prices to make art accessible to the public. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Aquino on APEC: ‘We have refocused on people’

Nov 19, 2015 - 8:44 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says each of the Philippines’ 11 000 visitors for APEC ‘creates one new job’ for Filipinos

FAMILY PICTURE. APEC 2015 chairman President Benigno Aquino III joins fellow world leaders, namely, (L-R) (front row) Republic of Chile President Michelle Bachelet; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Brunei Darussalam Prime Minister Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping; Republic of Peru President Ollanta Humala; Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang; United States of America President Barack Obama; Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-Cha; and Chinese Taipei former Vice President Vincent Siew. (back row) Hong Kong, China Chief Executive CY Leung; Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; United Mexican States President Enrique Peña Nieto; New Zealand Prime Minister John Key; Independent State of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill; Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; and Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for the traditional Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) Family Photo at the Main Lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City on November 19, 2015. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

APEC 2015: Summit ends with looming trade deal competition

Nov 19, 2015 - 7:52 PM

The leaders declaration reiterates the need for an APEC wide free trade agreement

CONCLUDING. The leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) 21 economies discuss how to boost regional trade at the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

5 cops injured during APEC protests

Nov 19, 2015 - 7:01 PM

The PNP also acknowledges the gesture of cooperation by activists who voluntarily dispersed on November 18

ANTI-RIOT POLICE. Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez visit CDM troops deployed during the APEC Economic Leaders meeting in Manila. Rappler photo