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SBMA extends grace period for rents, business fees

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc, meanwhile, thinks the government could better help businesses by not imposing rent during the lockdown period

'Not leisure,' says Roque about swim with dolphins at Ocean Adventure

Jul 02, 2020 - 3:03 PM

As head of the Strategic Communications Task Group of the National Task Force COVID-19, Harry Roque is responsible for ensuring that Filipinos understand quarantine restrictions and other health policies designed to fight the pandemic

Photo from Daily Guardian and Ocean Adventure Facebook pages

Coronavirus testing center opens in Subic Bay Freeport

Jun 22, 2020 - 5:14 PM

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test laboratory is a joint project of the Philippine Red Cross and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

Richard Gordon inspects the SBMA swabbing center with SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma on Friday. SBMA Photo

DENR places Clark, Subic under tight watch for illegal wildlife trade

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the strategic locations of the two freeport zones 'make them irresistible to smugglers attempting to transport wildlife poached from other countries and parts of the Philippines'

ILLEGAL TRADE. The dead juvenile bearded dragon seized at the Clark International Airport. Photo from the DENR Regional Public Affairs Office 3

SBMA extends locators' business permits for another 30 days

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:27 AM

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority has given business locators more time to renew their permits in view of the continuing community quarantine in the Subic Bay Freeport

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) manages the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Photo from the Subic Bay Freeport Zone Facebook page

Subic firms retrench workers due to coronavirus pandemic losses

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:50 AM

The retrenchment measures affect close to 3,500 workers

Customers line up for temperature scan at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall on Monday, June 1, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) that allowed more businesses to operate. (SBMA-Photo)

SBMA eases gate restrictions but keeps strict health protocols

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:03 PM

More businesses resume operations as Subic Bay Freeport transitions to GCQ

GCQ. Customers line up for temperature scan at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall on Monday, June 1, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) that allowed more businesses to operate. (SBMA-Photo)

Tampa mayor apologizes for booting Brady from city park

Apr 26, 2020 - 3:28 PM

NFL superstar Tom Brady receives an apology from the Tampa mayor, who admits the park ejection is 'not the best first impression'

NEW HOME. Tom Brady settles in Florida to play for the Buccaneers after starring for 20 seasons with the New  England Patriots. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong dissident reopens bookshop in Taiwan, defying Beijing

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Lam Wing-kee is 1 of 5 booksellers from Causeway Bay Books publishing salacious titles about China's leaders. Lam vanished and then resurfaced in custody on the mainland in 2015.

UNBOWED. Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller from Hong Kong who in 2015 was detained in China for allegedly bringing banned books into the mainland, waves to the press during the launch of the 'Causeway Bay Books' bookstore in Taipei on April 25, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Gronkowski reunited with Brady at Buccaneers

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Hall of Fame shoo-in Rob Gronkowski surprisingly comes out of retirement to team up again with Tom Brady

STAR POWER. Rob Gronkowski (left) and Tom Brady teamed up to power the Patriots to a record-equalling sixth Super Bowl last year. Photo by Adam Glanzman/AFP

NFL superstar Tom Brady kicked out of park closed due to virus

Apr 21, 2020 - 6:16 PM

A warden spots the new Bucs recruit working out in a Florida city park closed due to the virus pandemic

STAY PUT. Tom Brady’s new home city reminds him to just stay home. Photo from Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Brady admits concussions, vows not to be forced from NFL

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:36 PM

NFL star Tom Brady sees no reason to quit despite revealing he has suffered major head injuries in his 20-year career

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Subic Freeport coronavirus ‘surge’ facilities ready next week

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:20 PM

The two facilities – the former Leciel Hotel and the Subic gymnasium – will have equipment and supplies provided by corporate and individual donors

PROTOCOL. Dr Erlinda Alconga (right), tropical and infectious diseases expert at Baypointe Hospital in the Subic Bay Freeport, gestures as she discusses health protocols with SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma (second from left) during an inspection of the SBMA care and isolation facility at the Subic gym. Photo from Media Production Department

Rodgers uses private jet to flee Peru amid coronavirus panic

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers manages to leave Peru just before the airport lockdown

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Hospital inside Subic Bay Freeport treating coronavirus case

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Zambales health officials confirm that the patient confined in Baypointe Hospital, a 70-year-old Filipino-American, is the province's second COVID-19 case

COVID-19 CASE. File photo of the Baypointe Hospital inside the Subic Freeport. Photo from www.unihealthbaypointe.com

Tom Brady signs NFL contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Three-time MVP Tom Brady joins a Buccaneers side that hasn't reached the NFL playoffs in 13 years

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Clark, Subic free ports shut doors to foreign, local tourists

Mar 18, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Both Clark and Subic order business process outsourcing companies to provide temporary housing for their staff inside the free ports during the lockdown

Ex-Patriots Tom Brady set for Bucs move

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:26 AM

NFL star quarterback Tom Brady looks set to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have not reached the playoffs since 2007

NEW CHAPTER. Tom Brady hopes to pump life into the Bucs’ bid. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

SBMA starts coronavirus disinfection protocol

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:11 PM

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma also urged business locators and other Subic stakeholders to disinfect their facilities and buildings amid the rising coronavirus cases in the Philippines

Disinfection is also undertaken in public areas like the Subic Bay Freeport main gate. Photo courtesy of SBMA Media Production Department

On Manila Bay reclamation, Duterte says 'wait until next presidency'

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'Manila is an old city and it will decay if you add so many things in front of Manila Bay. So ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of reclamation projects along Manila Bay

NO RECLAMATION. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not approve of any reclamation projects along Manila Bay. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH Navy wants harbor in Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:39 PM

None of the Navy's current harbors are deep enough for its new warships, and Hanjin shipyard has the right depth and an ideal location, says Navy chief Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo

IDEAL NAVAL BASE? The Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation-Philippines facility in Subic Freeport. File photo from the HHIC-Phil website

This is why a cruise ship from China couldn't dock in Subic

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Local officials and people's organizations put the pressure on the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to temporarily stop accepting cruise ships amid the novel coronavirus scare

PROTEST. Residents and local leaders ask the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to temporarily ban the arrival of cruise ships in Subic. All photos from Randy Datu/Rappler

Supreme Court to keep tight watch of Manila Bay rehab – Peralta

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:38 PM

'Concededly, this could take years, but this duty is ours in the present, and we will not relent,' says Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

MANILA BAY REHAB. Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta tells the Manila Bay Task Force Principals' Meeting that he has reconstituted the Supreme Court Manila Bay Advisory Committee to monitor the government progress of rehabilitating Manila Bay. Photo courtesy of SC PIO

Netflix flexes 'largest drone show' in PH to promote '6 Underground'

Dec 16, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Find out how you can catch #BayhemInTheSky here!

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Ultimate Bayhem in 6 Underground

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:52 PM

But for all the stupendous action sequences that director Michael Bay created for 6 Underground, the scenes without weapons, explosives, and flying kicks in this Netflix film are the ones that will haunt you

6 Underground’s ghosts aren’t eerie at all

Dec 13, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Ryan Reynolds leads a cast of supposedly dead people and they’re smart, cool, and witty in the new Michael Bay/Netflix original film

Fun and action at Michael Bay's 6 Underground world premier

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lead star Ryan Reynolds says the Netflix film is “the most Michael Bay movie in the history of Michael Bay”

SM Prime gets approval for 360-hectare reclamation project

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'We have complied with all the requirements of national agencies and secured all the required permits and clearances to enable SM Prime to commence with the reclamation project,' says SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim

Subic stakeholders urge DENR to review SBMA environmental regulations

Nov 30, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We also ask for a review of all projects within the past 10 to 15 years that have already destroyed hectares of wetlands, mangroves and forests, in the name of development,' says Save Subic Bay Coalition spokesperson El Latinazo, after a protected area in the freeport was cleared for a shooting range

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

SBMA admits SEA Games construction in protected area lacks permit

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:21 PM

SBMA says the contractor, CFV ARAR Contractors, has been issued a violation notice for the 'extensive clearing and grubbing operations in the area without appropriate environmental permit'

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

Duterte says he threw drug lord into Mountain Province ravine, Manila Bay

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:20 PM

'Baka hindi 'nyo alam may tinapon ako diyan sa Manila Bay. Baka gusto 'nyo pati kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells columnists who claim his drug war has not brought down enough drug lords

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the grand opening of the Acacia Hotel Davao in Davao City on November 22, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Does SEA Games construction in Subic have environmental permit?

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The venue in the West Ilanin forest – an environmentally-protected area – is supposed to be used for the shooting competition of the SEA Games, even if there is an existing firing range just a kilometer away

SANCTIONED. Contractors undertake major works as of November 27, 2019, to prepare a venue for the shooting event of the SEA Games in a protected area within the Subic Freeport Zone without environmental clearances or permits. The Games will officially open on November 30. All photos by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Subic ready for SEA Games, says SBMA administrator

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A total of eight venues were prepared for the 17 games to be held at the Subic Bay Freeport

Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Court orders SBMA to issue permit to operate to locator in contempt case

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Brighterday Subic Ltd. Inc, operator of All Hands Beach, is the latest locator to file a complaint against SBMA over policies that are allegedly inimical to locators in the free port

SBMA photo from Wikipedia

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

2 suspects in killing of Dumaguete radio broadcaster arrested

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Police identify inactive police officer Glenn Corsame and a Teddy Reyes Salaw as suspects in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso

SUSPECTS ARRESTED. 2 suspects are arrested in connection with the killing of radio announcer Dindo Generoso. Photo from Generoso's Facebook page

160 Vietnamese fishermen stranded in Subic Bay due to bad weather

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:12 PM

The Vietnamese embassy in Manila has asked the government to assist the fishermen

Photo courtesy of Batang 'Gapo FB

Radio broadcaster shot dead in Dumaguete City

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Radio announcer Dindo Generoso is shot dead on his way to work in Dumaguete City

SBMA takes over undeveloped property of Ocean Adventure

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. President and CEO Robert Gonzaga says the takeover by the SBMA is 'the beginning of their attempt to shut us down if we don't give in to their unreasonable demands'

UNDER SBMA CONTROL. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority repossesses the undeveloped areas of Ocean Adventure's parent company today. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Ocean Adventure operator challenges foreclosure

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:28 PM

'We have been forced to take SBMA to court since they are clearly unwilling to deal with us in good faith,' says SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

Port of Subic recognizes top 20 'revenue contributors'

Oct 19, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The Bureau of Customs inside the Subic Bay Freeport breaches collection targets, thanks companies which contributed to this achievement

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Pope elevates UK's John Henry Newman to sainthood

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Along with Newman, Pope Francis canonizes 4 others to sainthood – the highest position within the Church

NEW SAINTS. Tapestries of the new Saints (from L) Brazilian Dulce Lopes Pontes, Italian Giuseppina Vannini, English John Henry Newman, Indian Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan and Swiss Margarita Bays are displayed during their Canonization Mass, on October 13, 2019 In Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzolo/ AFP

From Med's biggest nesting ground, turtles swim to uncertain future

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Tourism, climate change and good fortune all weigh on the future of the loggerhead turtle population, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists as vulnerable

A newborn loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) heads towards the sea after got free from their eggshells at a beach in Kyparissia, south west Greece, on September 23, 2019. With a coastline of around 44 kilometres (27 miles), Kyparissia had over 3,700 nests this year, up from 3,500 in 2018. Typically, female loggerhead return to the beach of their birth to lay their eggs once they mature at the age of 20. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

LOOK: Japanese soufflé pancakes from Hong Kong café am.pm are in Manila

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Who's up for some fluffy pancakes?

SOUFFLE PANCAKES. Hong Kong cafe am.pm brings Japan's famously light and fluffy souffle pancakes to Ayala Malls Manila Bay. Photo courtesy of am.pm Philippines

Ocean Adventure operator: SBMA move vs lease to have 'chilling effect'

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:25 AM

SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga says the SBMA's decision to preterminate its lease is 'extremely unfair...to the point of recklessness'

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in shopping district

Sep 29, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The 'anti-totalitarianism' rally in Causeway Bay is part of a series of protests held around the globe this weekend by Beijing critics

CAUSEWAY PROTEST. A foreigner tries to avoid the smoke after police fired tear gas toward protesters gathered in the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

SBMA to foreclose Ocean Adventure Park

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Incorporated commits numerous violations and has arrears of about P25 million on its payment scheme and P7 million on its current billing

Ombudsman clears 5 SBMA officials of charges filed by ex-SBMA chair Diño

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:58 PM

In dismissing the case, the Ombudsman says the SBMA officials 'acted only in accordance with the law'

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COA blocks P1-billion claim for deal between PRA, Central Bay

Sep 01, 2019 - 10:35 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Philippine Reclamation Authority had no authority to enter into a compromise deal with Central Bay Reclamation and Development Corporation