J. ALBERT GAMBOA

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There seems to be no letup in the fitness revolution sweeping the Asia-Pacific region. More and more people are indulging in sports, keeping track of their health, and being wellness-conscious, compared with previous generations. One manifestation of this phenomenon is the burgeoning fitness gym industry in major cities of the…

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) commemorated its 50th anniversary this month through simultaneous celebrations across the regional bloc’s 10 member states. With the Philippines as this year’s Asean chair, 50 key cities and municipalities in the country joined the golden jubilee festivities. The kickoff event was the unveiling…

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For the record, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s two-hour State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24 was the second longest in Philippine history. Former President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivered a longer SONA in 2015 that clocked in at 2 hours and 15 minutes. In terms of word count, the…

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DAVAO CITY: Economic activity remains normal in this part of the Philippines despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law on Tuesday covering the whole region of Mindanao. No additional checkpoints are visible within Metro Davao, and the nightlife has not been affected. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio shifted from…

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The 30th Asean Summit will culminate tomorrow, Saturday, with the 10 member state leaders expected to converge at the Philippine International Convention Center in the morning, followed by a retreat at the Coconut Palace in the afternoon, and capped by a gala event at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in the…

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY: While government negotiators are resuming peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the Netherlands, the CPP-NDF’s armed wing has gone on a rampage in Mindanao. Last week, the NPA attacked the banana plantation of multinational company Dole…

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DAVAO CITY: Mindanao’s premier metropolis is celebrating its 80th cityhood charter anniversary with the Araw ng Dabaw Festival over a four-day long weekend. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said this is “an occasion for us to salute the people, history, icons, industries and milestones of the past eight decades that have made…

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The year of the Rooster, 2017, has barely started but the country has already seen the launch of several important events. Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart arrived in Manila to spearhead the nationwide activities leading to the 65th Miss Universe pageant on Jan. 30 at the Mall of Asia…