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Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho dies aged 98

May 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Known as the 'godfather' of Macau's casinos, Stanley Ho was instrumental in turning the semi-autonomous city on China's southern coastline into a gambling boomtown

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 16, 2008, casino tycoon Stanley Ho attends the listing ceremony of his part-owned company SJM Holdings Limited in Hong Kong. - Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong-born tycoon who made billions transforming neighbouring Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost into the world's biggest gambling hub, died on May 26, 2020 at the age of 98, his family said. (Photo by ANDREW ROSS / AFP)

Macau bans Tiananmen exhibition for first time in 30 years, says activist group

May 13, 2020 - 2:45 PM

'For 30 years, we've been the organizer of the exhibition and we have always been happy to cooperate with the bureau and follow instructions,' says a Facebook post by the Democratic Development Union

Police officers patrol an area outside Beijing's Tiananmen Square (back) on World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2020. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

Macau's casino takings almost wiped out by pandemic impact

May 01, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Figures from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau showed gross gaming revenue of $95 million last month – a drop of 97% from the $3 billion raked in during the same period last year

MACAU AND THE VIRUS. A man wears a face mask as he takes pictures outside a casino in Macau on January 30, 2020. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Filipino worker in Macau tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:46 PM

The 31-year-old male is the 127th Filipino outside the country to contract the novel coronavirus disease

GAMBLING CITY. A man wears a facemask as he walks along the waterfront in the background of city's skyline in Macau on January 30, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

163 Filipinos repatriated from Macau arrive in Manila

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) The Filipino repatriates, who are considered persons-under-monitoring, will go on home quarantine

HOME. Some of the Filipino repatriates from Macau arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 7, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

DFA to repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration also says it will repatriate 48 active members from the area

MACAU. A man wears a facemask as he walks along the waterfront in the background of city's skyline in Macau on January 30, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Macau casino takings plunge record 88% after virus closures

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:40 PM

But observers expect the former Portuguese colony to bounce back

GAMBLING HUB. This photo, taken on March 5, 2019, shows visitors using slot machines at a casino in Macau. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Macau casinos to reopen after virus ban lifted

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Casinos in Macau can resume operations on Thursday, February 20, as no new novel coronavirus infections were found in the city in the last two weeks

Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort as a Lunar New Year light display is projected upon a facade of the building in Macau on January 22, 2020, after the former Portuguese colony reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus that originated from Wuhan in China. - Macau on January 22 reported its first confirmed case of the new SARS-like coronavirus as authorities announced all staff in the city's bustling casinos had been ordered to wear face masks. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Stranded OFWs may return to Hong Kong, Macau as gov't partially lifts travel ban

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Some 25,000 Filipinos have been urging the government to let them return to their jobs or homes in China's special administrative regions

STRANDED. Filipino travelers waiting to board their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Macau to close casinos, bars, cinemas for 2 weeks over virus

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:10 PM

There are 10 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Macau as of Tuesday, February 4

(FILES) This photo taken on March 5, 2019 shows visitors using slot machines in a casino in Macau. - Macau will close all its casinos for two weeks as the gambling hub battles the new coronavirus, its leader announced on February 4, 2020, cutting off the lifeblood of the city's economy. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors – global industry body

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Cruise Lines International Association says its members seek to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board cruise ships, where infections can spread rapidly

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on the evening of January 30, 2020, with more than 6,000 tourists on board. - Italy's health ministry said on January 30, 2020 that the two Chinese cruise ship passengers had tested negative for the coronavirus, meaning thousands of stranded passengers could disembark. Costa Cruises was offering to pay for food and hotels for some 1,140 people who had been due to disembark at the Civitavecchia port near Rome and the Costa Smeralda was to set sail again Friday, Italian media said. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia suspend China, Hong Kong, Macau flights

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The temporary travel ban enforced by the Philippine government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak prompts the airlines to cancel flights

Passengers, wearing protective facemasks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport on January 31, 2020. - The World Health Organization declared an international emergency after China's National Health Commission said nearly 8,000 people had been infected, and about 100 cases were reported outside China. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

PH expands visa suspension for travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The Philippines temporarily stops issuing visas to foreigners coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

A screen showing the body temperatures of arriving passengers is seen at a health monitoring station as a precautionary measure to protect against the possible spread of a SARS-like virus outbreak at Hong Kong International Airport ahead of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. - Hong Kong has turned two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced on January 23. The international financial hub has been on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

China virus silences Macau's bustling casinos

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The number of visitors to the world's largest casino hub has plunged nearly 80% in the past week

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones as virus fears spike

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The international financial hub is on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China

VIRUS. A woman holds a child wearing a face mask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Macau confirms virus case and orders casino staff to mask up

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The former Portuguese colony is a huge draw for mainland tourists as the only place in China that allows gambling

FIRST CASE. A staff member checks the temperature of a guest entering the casino of the New Orient Landmark hotel in Macau on January 22, 2020, after the former Portuguese colony reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus that originated from Wuhan in China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Macau snaps Alab win streak in ABL thriller

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas suffers its second loss of the young ABL season

STREAK HALTED. It is back to the drawing board for Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Xi to lead Macau handover party as Hong Kong seethes

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Festivities center around the inauguration of a new leader for a city that China views as a shining example of its 'one country, two systems' mode

HANDOVER CELEBRATION. Tourists walk with shopping bags in front of Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau on December 15, 2019. Photo by Eduardo Leal/AFP

Xi lands in Macau for China handover anniversary party

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Security is ramped up ahead of Xi Jinping's 3-day visit which culminates on Friday. Limited details have been released by authorities on Xi's schedule.

WELCOME. Children wave the flags of China and Macau in front of a banner reading "welcome Xi Jinping" on the tarmac prior to Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival at the Macau International Airport in Macau on December 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Macau to celebrate Chinese rule as Hong Kong seethes

Dec 17, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the anniversary celebrations in Macau, where the population of 700,000 has expressed little of the Hong Kong-style dissent

MACAU. Tourists walk with shopping bags in front of Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau on December 15, 2019. Photo by Eduardo Leal/AFP

Chinese police confirm Hong Kong cross-border bridge arrests

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:51 AM

It is the first time mainland officers confirm arrests on the artificial island that connects an enormous tunnel and bridge system linking Hong Kong to the cities of Macau and Zhuhai on the other side of the Pearl River Delta

BORDER CROSSING. Road markings and a 'Welcome to Hong Kong' sign are seen on a section of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge on October 24, 2018. PHOTO BY Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Konger 'missing' after crossing China bridge checkpoint

Dec 15, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) The disappearance emerges Saturday when the man's son tells local media his father had texted to say he was being detained while passing through an artificial island manned by Chinese police on his way to Macau

BRIDGE CHECKPOINT INCIDENT. Vehicles are driven to (centre L coach) and from (back C) Hong Kong on a section of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge in Hong Kong on October 24, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New-look Alab nets breakthrough comeback win over Macau

Nov 27, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Fil-Am veteran Jason Brickman comes through the clutch and new recruit Jordan Heading delivers as Alab Pilipinas picks up its first triumph

BOUNCE BACK. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas rebound from a 35-point whipping against the Macau MOno Vampire. Photo from ABL

China calls for tough security laws to end Hong Kong turmoil

Nov 10, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Zhang Xiaoming's statement will likely further enrage Hong Kong protesters who have upended the international finance hub with their movement

HK PROTESTS. Police stand guard after entering the Citywalk shopping mall in Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong on November 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China warns it won't tolerate dissent in Hong Kong

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:42 PM

China also plans to step up patriotic education in Hong Kong as a way to curb youth-led protests

Shen Chunyao, director of the Hong Kong, Macau and Basic Law Commission (L), speaks at a press conference in Beijing on November 1, 2019. Shen said on November 1 China would "improve" the way Hong Kong's chief executive and other officials are selected after months of pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city. GREG BAKER / AFP

San Miguel eyes title berth vs Lance Stephenson, Liaoning

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:32 PM

After upsetting the defending champion, the San Miguel Beermen shoot for an East Asia finals slot against former NBA player Lance Stephenson’s Liaoning squad

BIG GAME. Terrence Romeo helps tow the Beermen to the East Asia Final Four. Photo release

PBA finalists San Miguel, TNT rekindle rivalry in Macau

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Newly crowned San Miguel Beer leads 3 PBA teams in an Asian club tournament this September

SUPER TEAM. PBA champion San Miguel tests its mettle against club teams from China, Japan, and South Korea. Photo from PBA Images

Revenge-minded Macau wrecks banged-up Alab by 30

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Alab Pilipinas absorbs its worst loss yet and drops back-to-back games for the first time this ABL season

BEATDOWN. The Macau Black Bears deal PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas another tough night. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab running out of bodies as Balkman, Domingo go down

Mar 09, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We are a banged up team. We already have half of our guys whose status are game-time decisions,' says Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag

INJURY LIST. Renaldo Balkman adds to Alab's growing injury list after suffering a concussion during their game against Macau. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab rallies past Macau, spoils McKinney's 50-point night

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The Alab Pilipinas Big 3 of PJ Ramos, Renaldo Balkman, and Ray Parks show up just when they're needed the most

SEALING THE DEAL. PJ Ramos fuels Alab Pilipinas’ strong closeout game against the Macau Black Bears. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hot-shooting Macau wallops Alab Pilipinas

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Black Bears maul Alab right from the get-go, outscoring them 38-11 in the 1st quarter

NOT ENOUGH. The huge double-double outing of Alab import Renaldo Balkman isn’t enough to turn the game around. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas recovers from heartbreak, downs Macau

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Renaldo Balkman takes charge as Alab Pilipinas rebounds from a recent one-point loss in the ABL

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Macau denies entry to Hong Kong former activist leader

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Macau refuses the entry of Yvonne Leung, describing her as a 'public security' threat. The 25-year-old Leung was a prominent student leader of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement in 2014.

Leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (L-R) Yvonne Leung, Nathan Law, Alex Chow, Lester Shum and Eason Chung arrive for talks with Hong Kong authorities, aimed at ending weeks of rallies, on the same day the city's leader ruled out democratic reforms, in Hong Kong on October 21, 2014. The crucial talks began just hours after Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said open elections would result in the largest sector of society -- the city's poor -- dominating the electoral process, adding that free elections were impossible. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

Anne Curtis bags award from ‘Variety’ and Macau film fest

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The actress is part of the elite 'Asian Stars: Up Next Award' of 2018

China's president launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:32 AM

It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link in September

Macau shuts down casinos for first time as Mangkhut approaches

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Casino staff say that venues would be shut until further notice as the city raised its second highest storm warning

MACAU CASINOS. A general view shows Casino Lisboa (C) before the expected arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on September 15, 2018. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Cebu Pacific now flies daily from Clark to Macau

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Flights from Clark to Macau will be at 9:25 pm daily, with return flights to the Philippines at 12:15 am the following day

MORE FLIGHTS. Budget airline Cebu Pacific increases flights from Clark International Airport. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Macau government adopts abandoned greyhounds as track shuts

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The Canidrome Club, established in 1931, had long faced criticism from animal rights groups who said the greyhounds were treated cruelly and sometimes put to death after a losing streak

U.S. scolds China over 'Orwellian' airline demands

May 06, 2018 - 9:09 AM

US President Donald Trump will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens, says a White House statement

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? China seeks to impose its version of 'political correctness' on American air carriers. Image courtesy of American Airlines

Why Pagcor 'provisionally' approved Chinese firm's Boracay casino

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation clarifies Galaxy Entertainment Group and its local partner still need to follow a 'long and tedious' process before getting a regular casino gaming license

IN QUESTION. A joint venture between Chinese casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group and Leisure & Resorts World Corporation bags a provisional gaming license – a few days before President Rodrigo Duterte's 6-month closure order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Meet Lui Che Woo, the magnate planning a Boracay casino

Apr 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Amid the Philippine government's plan to rehabilitate Boracay, the gambling firm of 89-year-old Lui Che Woo plans to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino there

FACT CHECK: Clueless about Boracay casino? Duterte discussed it with owners

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) The President claims he knows nothing about the planned casino-resort but the project was discussed in his meeting with the Chinese executives behind it

PH can earn big with Chinese call centers, says Sombero

Jan 14, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Wally Sombero, a self-proclaimed online gaming expert in the middle of a bribery scandal, says he wants President Rodrigo Duterte to understand the potential of Asia's growing online gaming industry

HOT SEAT. Wally Sombero arrives at the Senate on February 16 to attend a Senate probe. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Macau weather agency under investigation for delayed typhoon warning

Aug 29, 2017 - 12:24 PM

This comes amid reports that deference to the island s gaming industry was behind delays to its storm warnings

An uprooted tree is seen resting on a parked car having fallen on it during heavy winds in Macau on August 24, 2017.  Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: OFW's heroic rescue of old couple in Macau

Aug 28, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Samar native Loreto Mijares saved an old couple from gushing flood waters as Severe Typhoon Hato hit Macau on August 23

HEROIC RESCUE. OFW Loreto Mijares rescues a couple from gushing flood waters in Macau. Photo courtesy of the Mijares family

Second storm hits Hong Kong and Macau amid typhoon recovery

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:07 AM

UPDATED Both cities raise a Typhoon 8 signal the third highest warning level as severe tropical storm Pakhar makes landfall in the region

SECOND STORM. Tropical storm Pakhar in a satellite image from NOAA August 27, 2017. Image courtesy NOAA

Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead after lashing southern China

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:31 PM

3rd UPDATE The gambling hub of Macau is worst hit with 8 of the fatalities found there

AFTER THE TYPHOON. A young child looks at a flooded playground and marine debris after heavy winds and rains brought on by Typhoon Hato in Hong Kong on August 23, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

ONE: Kelly, Pacio suffer tough losses, but Torres saves the day in Macau

Aug 06, 2017 - 2:22 AM

Eric Kelly suffers a technical knockout loss to Kotetsu Boku and Joshua Pacio is submitted by Hayato Suzuki but Jomary Torres pulls off the upset against Rika Ishige

TOUGH LOSS. Filipino fighter Eric Kelly takes a right hand from Kotetsu Boku en route to his third straight loss. Photo from ONE

3 destinasi yang wajib dikunjungi di Macau

Jul 12, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Walau memiliki waktu hanya sehari kamu tetap bisa menikmati keindahan sekaligus kemewahan Macau

SEHARI DI MACAU. Meski hanya sehari, bekunjung ke tiga tempat ini bisa memberikan pengalaman Macau yang sesungguhnya. Seluruh foto oleh Tiara A. Tobing/Rappler