FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with congressional hearings on the comprehensive tax reform bill, which he expects to be approved at committee level this month.
PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chairman Jose E. Corpuz said greater taxes on the sweepstakes and lotto prize fund, as proposed by the Finance department, would have a negative impact on revenue used to help fund government social programs.
THE Board of Investments (BoI) said it approved Satrap Power Corp.’s proposal to develop a P1.16-billion, 10-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Santa, Ilocos Sur.
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STRONG GROWTH in corporate loans is expected to be sustained in the Philippines this year, but is unlikely to cause alarm given the relatively low share of debt to the local economy, ANZ Research said.
THE GOVERNMENT is still open to “any privatization” option for the Sasa Port redevelopment after the project is withdrawn from the list of public-private partnership (PPP) projects approved by the previous administration’s National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board.
Twenty years after the 1997 comprehensive tax reform program and we are embarking on the next big one. It is heartwarming that this reform is generating more interest and more voice from the taxpaying public — not just from the legislators, the executive branch, organized advocacy groups or big businesses. And through both the traditional and social media.
Filipino designer John Herrera has been named as Britain’s Top Designer (BTD) at the 5th season of the Fashion’s Finest event for emerging talent in British fashion. John Herrera [via Preview] Herrera won over five other London-based designers with his “Agila (Eagle)” collection which features Philippine history and culture – the Philippine Eagle and Filipino tribal art. The tribal art pieces included tribal tattoos from Northern Luzon. The Philippine eagle print, in homage to the proud monkey eating eagle endemic to Philippine forests, acts as a symbol for the collection. The House of Herrera Philippines presented at the BTD six show pieces created with digital dye-sublimation printing in the designer’s first work on custom made print in collaboration with EPSON Philippines. John Herrera Couture [via Noctis] The resulting fabrics were made into dresses, overcoats, and angular tailored jackets in white, brown and black color scheme. "I wanted to shed a light on protected, endangered animals in the Philippines. We have to take care of them, to make a conscious effort to keep them from going extinct. I want to shake the cores of people who don't care about these animals, or the people who have yet to care. I'm starting with the agila, the proud Philippine Eagle. These are illustrations that take inspiration from Mulawin—bloody old, I know—and PAGASA," Herrera shared with Preview. The Filipino designer first showed his creations in London in 2015 – and was immediately awarded the London Emerging Designer Award for his 10-piece collection inspired by the bioluminescence Read More …
Filipino-American stage actress Eva Noblezada is set to star in Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway revival of Miss Saigon. Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer [by Matthew Murphy via Playbill] Noblezada reprises her award-winning role as Miss Saigon’s Kim, the same iconic role that launched Lea Salonga to international acclaim in the musical’s original staging. The Fil-Am actress first played Kim in London’s West End revival of the musical in 2014, after being cast when she was spotted at the Jimmy Awards at 17 years old. The high school student went up to perform on stage as a finalist for the National High School Musical Theatre Award–she was named runner-up but caught a bigger recognition when she was eyed for the Miss Saigon casting call. Noblezada’s performance won her the Best Actress in a Musical at the 15th What’s On Stage Awards, and the Broadway World UK/ West End Awards along with fellow Filipino cast members Rachelle Ann Go and Jonjon Briones. Miss Saigon tells the story of Kim, a young girl forced to work as a bar dancer during the Vietnam War who meets and falls in love with a young American soldier. Noblezada shared in interviews that she felt a strong connection with and gained confidence while playing the character. She also said that she wanted to take on the role that was previously played by Lea Salonga differently- she wanted to add her own take on the iconic role. Salonga gave her the best advice about playing the role. “She's Read More …
The Gunpla Expo World Tour, the official international event for fans of the anime Gundam, is being held in the Philippines for the first time. Gunpla Expo [via Photobucket] After holding the exhibit in various countries in Asia like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hongkong, Thailand and Malaysia, the Philippines takes on the hosting this year of the exposition dubbed as the biggest Gundam Event of the Year. The 2017 Gunpla Expo would be featuring various limited-edition items as well as newly released Gundam and Gunpla merchandize. Thousands of Gundam fans and Gunpla enthusiasts alike would also be looking at the three-meter-tall version of the famous White Mobile Suit. The international exhibit would also be showing Pinoy versions and models of one the characters from the series, Bearrguy as well as masterpieces created by Filipino modelers. Gunpla is in the country until March 5 at the Main Mall Atrium of SM Mall of Asia. The post Gundam Anime picks PHL to host International Expo appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: PHL BPO’s host 150 Fortune 500 investors Angels Walk PHL goes international for autism awareness Manila to host History’s 1st Asia convention Daily Mail picks PHL as Asia’s next must-see destination