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LIST: 5 fantasy series to watch post-'Game of Thrones'

May 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Looking to fill that hole left by 'Game of Thrones'?

AMERICAN GODS. The fantasy series based on Neil Gaiman's novel may just fill that 'Game of Thrones' void in fans' hearts. Screenshot from YouTube.com/Starz

Your summer binge list for 2019

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

From historical K-dramas, to zombie comedies, here's what to binge watch over this hot, sticky summer (hopefully, with the A/C on!)

SANTA CLARITA DIET. Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore star in the Netflix zombie comedy, which released its 3rd season this summer. Screenshot from YouTube.com/NewOnNetflix

PLDT plans broadband expansion by 2020

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The listed telecommunications giant is spending over P50 billion every year until 2020

NLEX to add lane in San Fernando interchange

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:40 PM

NLEX's expansion project will widen the 336-meter northbound exit ramp heading towards Pampanga's capital city, increasing the number of deceleration lanes to two

NEW LANE. NLEX's additional lane is seen to benefit motorists, merchants, and commuters going to San Fernando City in Pampanga from Bulacan and Manila. Photo from NLEX Corporation

Rappler, IDN Media partner to deliver news to Indonesian millennials, Gen-Z

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The partnership is in line with Rappler’s aim to expand its influence to Indonesia and IDN Media’s goal to grow its news section for millennials and Gen-Z

Work begins on Clark International Airport expansion

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The project is part of a wider plan to transform Central Luzon in conjunction with the Manila-Clark Railway, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, and the New Clark City projects

Jollibee eyeing British food chain Pret a Manger – report

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:47 PM

Jollibee is reportedly in talks for a possible $1-billon takeover of British sandwich chain Pret a Manger

STRANGE COMBINATION. Jollibee, homegrown fast food chain popular for its fried chicken and sweet-style spaghetti, is reportedly looking at acquiring Pret A Manger, a British company known for its organic coffee and fresh sandwiches. File image

PPP Center rebuilds pipeline with new focus: LGUs

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Public Private Partnership PPP Center of the Philippines promises to add more local government unit LGU projects to the pipeline

NEW FOCUS. Amid the shift of focus to official development assistance and local financing, the PPP Center is rebuilding its pipeline with a new role: helping local government units. Rappler file photo

Dogs, cats come to 'Sims 4' in new expansion pack

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The life simulator brings back pets to the fray on November 10 more than 3 years after the original release of The Sims 4

FURRY FRIENDS. Pets make a return to The Sims in new expansion. Screenshot from The Sims website

Jollibee eyes branches in Toronto, Manhattan and Japan

Jun 30, 2017 - 7:41 PM

The fast food giant is on an expansion spree – with Manhattan and Toronto targeted by the end of the year

Jollibee craves for more stake in Smashburger

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Acquiring more stake in Smashburger will allow Jollibee to take advantage of Americans increasing appetite for upmarket fast food chains

BIGGER BITE. Jollibee says acquisition of stake in Smashburger will make its presence in the US more significant. Rappler file photo

World Bank expects strong growth for PH until 2018

Dec 15, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The global institution sees 6 8 growth this year 6 9 next year and 7 0 in 2018 due to expected infrastructure upgrades and high confidence among consumers and investors

A bird's eye view of two buildings under construction in Manila on November 17, 2016. The Philippines became developing Asia's fastest-growing major economy in President Rodrigo Duterte's first three months in office, officials said on November 17, even as his fiery rhetoric hit the peso and stock prices. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Caticlan airport expands runway to accept bigger planes

Nov 18, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Previously limited to turbo propeller planes the airport can now accommodate jets like the Airbus A320

Is it time to expand your business?

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Go through this checklist and see if you re ready

Chevron announces $36.8B Kazakh oil expansion

Jul 06, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Kazakh energy minister Kanat Bozumbayev says the project will create more than 20 000 new jobs and boost oil production

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 29, 2015 shows the Chevron logo displayed at a Chevron station in San Rafael, California.  US oil giant Chevron announced July 5, 2016 a $36.8 billion expansion project in Kazakhstan, the first major investment in petroleum production to be greenlighted since the oil-price rout. The expansion of the massive Tengiz project will increase production by about 260,000 barrels a day of oil-equivalent to reach about one million barrels a day, said Chevron, which holds 50 percent of Tengizchevroil company.  / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JUSTIN SULLIVAN

Cool spring chills H&M profits

Jun 22, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Unusually cold spring weather in Europe hurts H M s profits

epa01487744 A corporate logo of the H&M is seen at the company's shop in Tokyo's upscale Ginza shopping district, Japan, 14 September 2008. Swedish fashion retailer giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) opened its first store in Japan on 13 September, making the competition in the Japanese fashion industry even fiercer than what it already is now. More than 2,000 shoppers queued at the store on Sunday to get their hands on the Stockholm-based company's affordable yet fashionable products. H&M plans to open two more stores in Tokyo's leading fashion districts of Shibuya and Harajuku. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Uber deal signals more aggressive Saudi investment drive

Jun 03, 2016 - 6:45 PM

An analyst says Saudi Arabia s 3 5 billion investment in Uber signals it will be a major player when it comes to sovereign wealth fund investing in the future

epa05339723 A handout photograph released on 01 June 2016 by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi King Salman (C) flanked by Saudi Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef (L) and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 31 May 2016. EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY / HANDOUT EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Uber raises $3.5B from Saudi investment fund

Jun 02, 2016 - 2:20 PM

The investment boosts Uber s cash holdings to more than 11 billion giving its global expansion plans a lift

epa05002939 An Uber driver is seen in his car after driving Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister Andrew Barr (unseen) to the official launch of Uber operations in Canberra, Australia, 30 October 2015. The ACT government is the first jurisdiction in Australia to fully approve operations of the ride-sharing service Uber. EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Strong dollar, mild weather shrink H&M profits

Apr 06, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The results reflect more expensive supply given the [strong] dollar and high volume of unsold merchandise in winter collections

epa02789738 (FILE) A file photo dated 17 November 2008 showing the H&M logo at store in London, Britain. Swedish fashion retailer Hennes&Mauritz (H&M) 22 June 2011 said after-tax profits had fallen by 23 per cent to 6.9 billion kronor (1.09 billion dollars) in the first six months of the year, despite increased sales, in part due to high cotton prices. Turnover increased slightly in the first half-year, from 51.88 billion kronor to 52.1 billion kronor, and in the second quarter from 27 to 27.6 billion kronor, H&M said. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Travellers International nets P4B in 2015

Mar 17, 2016 - 8:35 PM

The Resorts World Manila operator sees a drop in income which it blames largely on foreign exchange losses stemming from a strong dollar

PH banks' lending expands by 15.8% in January

Feb 29, 2016 - 4:19 PM

Loans for production activities rise by 15 6 led by real estate while loans for household consumption increase by 16 3

DOTC sees launch of new MRT3 train by April

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:18 PM

The new train is part of the MRT3 expansion project set to be completed in January 2017

Photo from DOTC

Metro Pacific unit to start NLEX expansion February

Feb 15, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Despite the expressway s expansion the NLEX builder says traffic will remain smooth since there won t be lane closures

GRIDLOCK. Traffic along NLEX in Balintawak, Caloocan City on September 5, 2014. File photo by Kevin de la Cruz/Rappler

After Dubai, Binalot plans to expand in Asia

Feb 02, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Armed with a beefed up menu and steady following Binalot plans to increase its franchise owned stores in the coming years

WIDER REACH. Binalot is actively seeking more foreign franchisees where there is a large Filipino community. Photos from Binalot media relations

Battle over Cagayan de Oro airport: US base or new city center?

Jan 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM

If EDCA enters the picture and the airport is used by the US military city officials say they would have to adjust accordingly But first they will try to convince the national government to favor their plan

WE WANT AN AIRPORT TOO. Engineer Isidro Borja (left), Cagayan de Oro's top planning and development officer; and Eileen San Juan, the city's chief for Local Economics, Investment Promotion, discuss the planned Cagayan de Oro city expansion which may be affected if the national government will use the Lumbia Airport for the Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement as forward base for the US military. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler.

Unilever to begin Cuba operations in 2017

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Unilever Suchel SA gets the backing of President Raul Castro s government to build a plant in the mega port of Mariel

UNILEVER IN CUBA. Responsible of company Unilever in Cuba Fernando Solarzano (right) and Representative of Intersuchel Pedro Fraga (left) sign documents during a visit by Dutch Minister of Exterior Commerce and Development Cooperation Lilianna Ploumen (not pictured) at Port of Mariel, in Artemisa, Cuba, January 11, 2016. ALEJANDRO ERNESTO / EPA

Puregold allots P2.64B for 2016 capital expenditures

Dec 11, 2015 - 6:04 PM

The amount does not yet include possible acquisitions a strategy that Puregold has adopted to expand its portfolio

INVESTMENT. Puregold Vice President for Operations Antonio de los Santos says the firm invested P3.4 billion in 2015 but this included P1.5 billion for acquisitions this year. File photo from Puregold website

Max's Restaurant to open 3 branches in California

Dec 03, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Max’s Group Incorporated tells the local bourse it will expand its US presence in the next 5 years

AGGRESSIVE EXPANSION. Max's plans to open 70-80 stores in 2016 in line with its target to have 1,000 stores by 2020.

Aquino to China: Why bar us from our own waters?

Nov 22, 2015 - 7:29 PM

On his last ASEAN Summit Philippine President Benigno Aquino gets tough on China over its reclamation of disputed islands in the South China Sea West Philippine Sea

GRIM. President Benigno S. Aquino III focuses on the discussions during the 18th ASEAN – Japan Summit in Malaysia on Sunday, 22 November 2015 at the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ 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.

Jollibee group earmarks P10.4B to roll out more stores in 2016

Nov 10, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The group also plans to enter UK Canada Italy Malaysia and Oman

EXPANSION. Jollibee CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong says that for 2016, the group aims to accelerate its store network expansion by opening more stores than in 2015. File photo

Max's Group to open 200 overseas stores by 2020

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Restaurant chain operator Max’s Group Inc plans to open 70 80 stores in 2016 in line with its target to have 1 000 stores by 2020

DHL Express PH unfazed by Uber, GrabTaxi delivery

Oct 30, 2015 - 5:04 PM

DHL Express Philippines has even spent close to P80 million 1 71 million for a new service center to meet the growing logistics demands in Southern Metro Manila

GROWING DEMANDS. DHL's local unit opens a new service center in Las Piñas City to cater to the growing logistics demands in Southern Metro Manila. All photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

German firm invests P2.5B in PH manufacturing plant

Oct 19, 2015 - 8:13 PM

Germany s Zama Precision Industry Manufacturing Inc eyes to inaugurate its plant in Batangas by January 2016

Pancake House to open in United Arab Emirates

Oct 19, 2015 - 7:21 PM

The restaurant chain eyes to build at least 8 stores in UAE within the next 5 years

EXPANSION. Max’s Group saYS it recently signed a development agreement with Lulu Group International to establish at least 8 Pancake House stores in UAE within the next 5 years.

Anticipating huge demand, Manny Villar to build more malls

Oct 15, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Starmall is ready to compete a David to challenge the Goliaths in the retail industry says Vista Land and Starmalls Chairman Manny Villar

FILLING THE DEMAND. "We're very aggressive now. We still see a lot of demand for malls," Manny Villar says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Geox founder: Be unique, protect your ideas

Oct 13, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Mario Moretti Polegato the man behind the breathable shoes brand says innovation is key to succeed in the global economy but it has to be clearly defined

Jollibee completes 40% acquisition in US-based Smashburger chain

Oct 13, 2015 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED The homegrown fastfood giant will get a bigger bite into the 100 billion burger market with its latest acquisition worth nearly 99M

ACQUISITION. JFC says the acquisition of stake in Smashburger will make its presence in the US more significant.

Uber plans APEC region expansion despite rough ride

Oct 09, 2015 - 8:00 PM

An Uber executive says they have asked all 21 APEC member economies to allow the company to operate legally and safely in their jurisdictions

UNFAZED. Uber's aggressive expansion in Asia-Pacific is pushing forward despite regulatory obstacles in major markets

Boeing sets 300 plane order, plant with China – report

Sep 23, 2015 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Despite the warm words Xi faces deep skepticism within the powerful American business industry from US employees at Boeing now fearing for their jobs

FLEET. China is expected to add 6,330 new aircraft worth $950 billion to its commercial fleet by 2034, Boeing said in August in its annual China Current Market Outlook. Photo from Boeing website

9 questions for Toby's Estate founder Toby Smith

Sep 20, 2015 - 2:08 PM

Lawyer turned entrepreneur Toby Smith shares his passion for coffee and how it fuels the growth of the Australian coffee chain Toby s Estate

Homegrown Sizzlin' Steak enters Vietnam

Sep 04, 2015 - 5:50 PM

Max’s Group signs a development agreement to build at least 10 Sizzlin’ Steak stores in Vietnam in the next 5 years

Solaire resort casino operator posts loss after betting on boom

Aug 13, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Bloomberry Resorts says costs soar from the expansion of its Manila operation and pioneering investments in South Korea

RED. Bloomberry, operator of Manila's Solaire casino, swings into the red with an after-tax net loss of P786.55 millio ($17.02 million) in the April to June period. Image from Solaire's website

Jollibee group now has 3,000 stores worldwide

Aug 08, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Jollibee Foods Corporation is on track to open at least 200 new stores in one year in the Philippines the first time it will be able to do so

Max's Group H1 net income surges by 561%

Aug 07, 2015 - 7:33 PM

At least 69 more stores will be opened in the second half of the year

Lucio Co's Puregold acquires BudgetLane supermarket chain

Aug 07, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Puregold did not disclose acquisition cost but says it accounts for less than 10 of the company’s total book value

7-Eleven boosts net income with aggressive store expansion

Jul 27, 2015 - 2:12 PM

Philippine Seven Corporation says it managed to penetrate Mindanao during Q2 amid increased competition

BDO completes acquisition of largest rural bank

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:59 PM

The Henry Sy led bank cements its foothold in the Philippine banking industry by taking over Mindanao based One Network Bank

Use tech to scale up CSR

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Groups in the Corporate Social Responsibility space should not think of technology as something that s isolated from what s happening in the world today says technopreneur Manny Ayala

Buffalo Wild Wings to open 2nd PH store in July

Jun 26, 2015 - 2:10 PM

The Minnesota based restaurant which opened its first Asian store in Pasig City in January is eyeing the Philippines as a site of one of its manufacturing operations