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San Miguel eyes title berth vs Lance Stephenson, Liaoning

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:32 PM

After upsetting the defending champion, the San Miguel Beermen shoot for an East Asia finals slot against former NBA player Lance Stephenson’s Liaoning squad

BIG GAME. Terrence Romeo helps tow the Beermen to the East Asia Final Four. Photo release

PBA finalists San Miguel, TNT rekindle rivalry in Macau

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Newly crowned San Miguel Beer leads 3 PBA teams in an Asian club tournament this September

SUPER TEAM. PBA champion San Miguel tests its mettle against club teams from China, Japan, and South Korea. Photo from PBA Images

Southeast Asia became dumping ground for plastic waste – study

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives' report says plastic waste from highly-industrialized nations are rerouted to developing countries after China's 2018 ban on plastic waste imports and processing

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

[ANALYSIS] US finally pays attention to East Asia and the Pacific

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:36 PM

This should make Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's call for a review of the Philippines' treaty with the US more relevant and timely

Climate change threatens 50 million jobs in Asia – report

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:09 AM

'A healthy ocean provides food and jobs. It provides for everyone’s needs, not just for those living on the coasts, but also for the future,' says Aimee Gonzales, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia Executive Director

Employment growing, but poor quality of work still widespread in Asia-Pacific – ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Vulnerable employment affects about half or more than 900 million individuals in Asia-Pacific, data from the International Labour Organization shows

POOR QUALITY. The International Labour Organization reported vulnerable forms of employment are also expected to increase worldwide in 2018 and 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

East Asia Summit: 'Unprecedented sense of crisis' over North Korea

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:44 PM

The Japanese prime minister urges the international community to put the pressure on North Korea and force it to end its nuclear and missile tests

PRESSURE ON PYONGYANG. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is among the many world leaders who want the international community to put the pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Japan PM Abe arrives in PH for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 PM

This is Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's second visit to the Philippines with Duterte as president

PH, JAPAN. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

East Asia Summit to slam murder of Kim Jong-Nam

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Leaders of the East Asia Summit make a call to 'prohibit the use of chemical weapons and toxic materials as weapons,' a draft statement shows

SLAIN BROTHER. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trump to skip key event in PH 'purely for scheduling reasons'

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:46 PM

US President Donald Trump will be in the Philippines only from November 12 to 13, and will skip the East Asia Summit on November 14

AMERICAN LEADER. US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on hurricane relief efforts in Dallas, Texas, on October 25, 2017. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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Trump in PH November 12-13, will skip East Asia Summit

Oct 25, 2017 - 1:07 PM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will likely attend the major summit in Trump's stead, says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:35 AM

At 50 can ASEAN step forward to be the agenda setter putting in place the rules and norms of a regional order governed by international law?

Interplay: Pablo Capati III’s first solo exhibit in Singapore

Dec 04, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Filipino ceramic artist Pablo Capati III presents his anagama fired works in a solo show at One East Asia from December 7 30 2016

OCEAN 16 to promote musicians, artists as future of PH micro-entrepreneurship

Sep 28, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Not only are Filipinos good technologically we re also probably the most creative people in the ASEAN region Let s celebrate that says PLDT Capital managing director Winston Damarillo

Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling

Sep 08, 2016 - 12:17 PM

5th UPDATE Obama: The landmark arbitration ruling in July which is binding helped clarify maritime rights in the region

WARNING. US President Barack Obama speaks during the 4th ASEAN - US Summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

World Bank cuts 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4%

Jun 08, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Commodity exporting nations are particularly hit but expectations for the Philippines and East Asia stay the same

Indonesia's construction market one of the biggest in Asia

Jun 06, 2016 - 10:24 PM

30 infrastructure projects worth RP 851 trillion are to be developed in Indonesia

FASTEST CONSTRUCTION. Indonesia's construction is one of the biggest in Asia. Photo by PRN.

Wah! East Asian words enter Oxford English Dictionary

May 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Other new entries are compensated dating a Hong Kong phrase that refers to a relationship provided in return for cash or gifts and Chinese Helicopter a Singaporean who was educated in Mandarin and has little knowledge of English

TEH TARIK, ANYONE? East Asian words are the newest entries in the Oxford English Dictionary

PH among Asia's frontrunners in 2016 – World Bank

Apr 11, 2016 - 7:12 PM

The World Bank retains its positive growth forecast for the country despite predicting overall growth in developing Asia to fall slightly this year

Facebook reaches 241 million users in South East Asia

Mar 17, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Almost all of the users in South East Asia access Facebook through mobile

In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Beijing asserts right to flights to South China Sea

Jan 11, 2016 - 10:54 PM

China has conducted several flights this year to the airstrip one of several it has built on artificial islands it has constructed as its asserts its claim to nearly all of the disputed waterway

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

700 MHz band to aid smartphone penetration uptake – Ericsson

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:59 PM

The 700 MHz band will aid the expected uptake in smartphone penetration in 2018 Ericsson says

UNIVERSAL COVERAGE. To provide universal coverage for smartphone users in the Philippines, Ericsson says the re-allocation of the 700 MHz frequency band is a big help.

VLOG: ASEAN, China agree to conclude sea pact

Nov 23, 2015 - 4:22 PM

ASEAN and partner nations says they support efforts to finalize a code of conduct on the South China Sea

China: Construction at sea will benefit other countries

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:54 AM

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin says China s construction activities are meant to better serve commercial ships fishermen and provide more public services

ISLAND BUILDING. A recent image shows China's reclamation on Zamora Reef (Subi Reef) in the Spratly Islands, located in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of Victor Robert Lee/DigitalGlobe

Historic ASEAN summit opens under shadow of terror

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED Here s what s on the table and what s at stake for the Southeast Asian bloc

ASEAN SUMMIT OPENS. Armed Malaysian soldiers and police officers secure the area outside the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the venue of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 19, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

World Bank again cuts PH growth forecast for 2015

Oct 05, 2015 - 3:22 PM

The latest projection of 5 8 this year takes into account risks from the slow global economic recovery rising interest rates China’s slowdown and El Niño

UPDATING. World Bank representatives explain its latest Philippine growth projections in the wider context of the region at the launch of its latest report entitled: East Asia Pacific Economic Update, October 2015: Staying the Course. Photo By Chris Schnabel / Rappler

Most Filipinos not ready for retirement – study

Sep 25, 2015 - 5:36 PM

An East Asia retirement survey shows that Filipinos are the least knowledgeable when it comes to using financial instruments for retirement

GETTING OLD. Although many Filipino retirees do not have pensions and personal savings, almost all can count on extensive support from families. Image from Shutterstock

PH gov't budgets P50M for oil palm plantation

Aug 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The government aims to have 1 million hectares of land dedicated to oil palm planting within a 10 year program

Palace: PH, Japan strategic partners on peace, security

Aug 09, 2015 - 12:00 AM

This is in response to China s supposed claims that the Philippines is conniving with Japan over the West Philippine Sea dispute

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the Signing Ceremony on June 4, 2015, during Aquino's state visit to Japan. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Can ASEAN help PH’s claim to seas?

Jun 23, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Unfortunately ASEAN will probably take a more assertive stance only if China’s aggression reaches a level that threatens more countries

Global terror death tolls soared in 2014

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:56 AM

The State Department s report says there is an average of 1 122 attacks per month in 2014

A general view shows smoke rising from a large explosion during heavy clashes between Presidential guards and Houthis in Sanaa, Yemen, 19 January 2015. Stringer/EPA

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to make first China trip

Jun 05, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Suu Kyi s opposition party is set to contest elections in November which the US has backed as a key stepping stone towards democracy

epa04679341 Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) talks to media representatives as she leaves after Myanmar's Union Parliament regular assembly in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 26 March 2015. The Myanmar Union Parliament (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Burmese) is made up of two houses, House of Nationalities and the House of Representatives, in which 166 military representatives take 25 percents among the total of 664 seats. EPA/LYNN BO BO

Mass graves of suspected migrants found in Malaysia

May 24, 2015 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED According to reports the graves may contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar

Malaysia seeks Myanmar help on migrant 'catastrophe'

May 16, 2015 - 5:32 PM

We are liasing with the Myanmar government to get their response says Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

N LIMBO. Migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh take a rest in Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, May 12, 2015. Stringer/EPA

'PH to become a $1 trillion economy by 2029'

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED The IT BPO industry and remittances remain the drivers of growth for the country IHS Asia Pacific chief economist Rajiv Biswas says

HIGHLIGHTS: World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015

Apr 20, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Jakarta is hosting the 24th World Economic Forum on East Asia with the theme Anchoring Trust in East Asia’s New Regionalism

Bank Dunia: Peluang reformasi fiskal Asia Timur

Apr 13, 2015 - 9:10 PM

Bank Dunia merilis laporan berjudul World Bank East Asia and Pacific Economic Update untuk April 2015 Ada kabar baik dan kabar buruk dari laporan ini termasuk bagi perekonomian Indonesia

Pekerja bangunan di lokasi konstruksi di Jakarta, 19 Agustus 2014. Pertumbuhan ekonomi Indonesia diperkirakan akan bertahan sedikit di atas angka pertumbuhan pada 2014 sebesar 5% yaitu di angka 5,2%. EPA

World Bank cuts PH growth forecast to 6.5% for 2015

Apr 13, 2015 - 11:40 AM

UPDATED Economic growth will also ease slightly in developing countries this year on the back of falling oil prices World Bank says

Japan, China, South Korea agree to boost tourism – reports

Apr 12, 2015 - 4:51 PM

The initiative comes amid simmering territorial rows between the three countries

China warns Britain over MPs report on 'eroded' HK freedoms

Mar 07, 2015 - 1:21 AM

The Chinese foreign ministry calls Hong Kong s return to China under a one country two systems deal had been a great success

WHO: Rabies control in Visayas improved

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Investment in dog vaccination is the more cost effective way to control and eliminate rabies says the World Health Organization

VACCINATE DOGS. In this file photo, a Filipino holds her pet as the dog receives free vaccination shots in Makati City, Philippines. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

PH's key cities 2nd most densely populated in East Asia

Jan 26, 2015 - 8:08 PM

Other cities and municipalities make urban development difficult due to bureaucracy and lack of infrastructure says a new World Bank report

Filipino members of a demolition team tear down houses during an eviction of illegal settlers in Manila, Philippines, April 23, 2014. Around 500 families were affected as the government plans to expand a major thoroughfare according to the official of an urban poor group. Photo by Francis Malasig / EPA Photo by Francis Malasig / EPA

Complex turns for Xi on China's diplomatic path

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:06 AM

As it further engages with the world analysts say China will have to perform ever more complicated balancing acts to meet its international responsibilities and domestic goals

Chinese President Xi Jinping speak to reporters during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 12 November 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 14, 2014

Nov 14, 2014 - 11:47 AM

Jokowi presents maritime vision in Myanmar Jakarta wants to charge higher vehicle ownership taxes subsidized fuel price hike hurdles and more

HIGHER TAXES. Jakarta wants to impose higher taxes on vehicle ownership. File photo by AFP

Doktrin Jokowi: Indonesia poros maritim dunia

Nov 13, 2014 - 6:48 PM

Pidato oleh Presiden RI Joko Widodo pada Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi Asia Timur ke 9 Sesi Paripurna Naypyidaw Myanmar 13 November 2014

WORLD LEADERS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (4th L) and other world leaders, including Myanmar President Thein Sein (C-white top), US President Barack Obama (8th R), and China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang (9th L),  pose for a group photo before the Plenary Session for the 9th East Asia Summit (ESA) in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on November 13, 2014. Photo by AFP

Aquino goes soft on China in ASEAN Summit

Nov 13, 2014 - 6:59 AM

The President says the gentle reminders are because of the more positive relationship the Philippines enjoys with China because of developments in the region

SOFTER STANCE. President Benigno Aquino III is a lot less aggressive with his statements about China compared to past ASEAN summits. Malacañang Photo Bureau

VLOG: China, integration take center stage at ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:30 PM

ASEAN member nations agree on the need to conclude a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea as ASEAN gears up for an integrated ASEAN Economic Community in 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (5-L) holds hands with Myanmar President Thein Sein (C) and leaders of the other ten nations during the 25th ASEAN Summit. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

PH seeks ASEAN partners' support for case vs China

Nov 12, 2014 - 8:15 PM

In Myanmar President Benigno Aquino III reiterates the importance of pursuing a peaceful resolution to the maritime dispute in various ASEAN related summits and is adamant about pushing for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

SEEKING SUPPORT. President Benigno Aquino III seeks support from ASEAN dialogue partner for its arbitral case against China. Malacañang Photo Bureau