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Ai is a Journalism graduate at a state university in the Philippines who considers "writing" and "enlightening the blind" as her passion.

Lopez steps down as chairman emeritus of Philippines’ media giant

Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III has stepped down from his position as chairman emeritus of embattled Philippine media giant ABS-CBN Corp., months after the latter was ordered shut down by the government. Citing personal reasons, Lopez also tendered his resignation as director of ABS-CBN Holdings Corporation--the...

Thailand welcomes long-term tourists

Thailand on Tuesday has approved the entry of foreign tourists who will agree to undergo a 14-day quarantine. According to a report by the Bangkok Post, the plan was in line with helping revive the economy that was heavily dampened by the coronavirus disease 2019...

ADB vows two-fold funding support for Indonesia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has committed to double its funding subsidy to Indonesia in a bid to support its economic recovery amid the global pandemic. The Manila-based lender usually lends up to $2 billion yearly to Indonesia but the amount was expected to double...

Pilipinas Shell shuts down refinery amid global pandemic

One of the largest fuel producers in the Philippines is shutting down its sole refinery as the coronavirus pandemic continued to take its toll on its operations. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation said it was permanently...

Thai Airways poised to get go-signal for rehabilitation plan

Flag carrier Thai Airways International Pte. Ltd. was confident that it will secure the nod of the bankruptcy court for its request to restructure debt amounting to 245 billion baht. A report by the Bangkok Post over the weekend said that Thai Airways was expecting...

Vietnam back on high alert as new virus case confirmed

Vietnam was back on a high alert status over the coronavirus disease, three months after reporting zero local transmission. This came after a 57-year-old man from Danang, who was diagnosed with pneumonia, tested three times positive for the virus, according to a report by Reuters,...

Thailand sets sights on medical tourism after combating COVID

One month after reporting zero virus transmission, the province of Phuket in Thailand is now opening its doors to the “new normal” by investing in the medical tourism sector. A report by the Bangkok Post said on Thursday that Phuket has approved a 3-billion-baht investment...

Philippines’ largest media firm lays off thousands following shutdown

The Philippines’ largest media network was forced to lay off thousands of employees after it was shut down by the government by not being granted of a fresh franchise. In a statement released on Wednesday, ABS-CBN Corporation said that with the non-renewal of a 25-year...

Philippines shuts media giant as lawmakers reject franchise bid

The Philippines shut down its largest broadcasting network by thumbing down the renewal of its franchise. Following 13 hearings, the majority of the lawmakers at the country’s House of Representatives voted against the renewal of ABS-CBN Corporation’s franchise bid, the latest major blow against the...

The pandemic teaches us creativity and to appreciate life in a simpler way

The global pandemic did not just rob people to live life the way it used to be, but it also dampened global economies, shattered businesses, and disrupted the way special occasions and milestones should be celebrated. Even I, who used to work flexibly and...

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ASEAN nations set Covid-19 example for wealthier counterparts

Two of Asia’s major economies, Japan and South Korea, have donated $1 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) coronavirus relief fund....

Lopez steps down as chairman emeritus of Philippines’ media giant

Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III has stepped down from his position as chairman emeritus of embattled Philippine media giant ABS-CBN Corp., months after the latter...

Thailand welcomes long-term tourists

Thailand on Tuesday has approved the entry of foreign tourists who will agree to undergo a 14-day quarantine. According to a report by the Bangkok...