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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.

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...

Philippines expects GDP to shrink further in second half

The Philippines was expecting its economy to slump further in the second half of the year as the government’s quarantine measures continued to take a toll on businesses. According to a report by The Philippine Star, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) the country’s gross...

Malaysia asks Singapore to reopen border

The Malaysian government is asking Singapore to allow its citizens to cross between the two countries daily for work. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a Facebook statement on Friday, June 26, that he spoke with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong to discuss...

IMF approves $356 million support for Myanmar

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a total of $356.5 million support for Myanmar as the country suffers from an ailing economy despite its low virus transmission cases. In a statement released on its website on Saturday, June 27, the IMF’s executive board said...

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