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Cocktails with world-renowned mixologist, Shingo Gokan

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The renowned mixologist shares the tricks of the trade

SHINGO GOKAN. The mixologist shares his know-how in a masterclass at the Raging Bull Chophouse at Shangri-la, the Fort. Photo by Tedrick Yau

PSE withdraws PCC notification on PDS merger, to refile soon

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Once it completes information needed PCC says PSE intends to refile its PDS merger notification as soon as possible

MERGER SETBACK. The long-planned merger between the country's securities and bond markets is a priority for PSE president and chief executive officer Ramon Monzon. File photo

SM wants to buy into Goldilocks

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The conglomerate of Henry Sy Sr the country s richest man is in preliminary talks with Goldilocks the country s largest bakeshop chain for a potential investment

NEW PROSPECT. The country's largest mall developer plans to acquire shares in Goldilocks Bakeshop. Photo from Wikipedia commons

Probe on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel launched

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission will review the 2014 report by the Office for Competition of the Department of Justice on the alleged garlic cartel

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

With the Philippine Competition Act, every Juan wins

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:19 PM

With competition in the marketplace the consumer wins How?

Filipino students bag 52 medals, awards in India math contest

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Here s the complete list of individual team and group contest winners from the Philippines

The country's elementary (left) and high school teams display the Philippine flag and their awards at the India International Mathematics Competition awarding ceremony. Photo by MTG

What you need to know about the Philippine Competition Act

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Learn how market competition will change starting August 8

Philippine Team wins medals in International Mathematical Olympiad

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The Philippines won three silver medals and three bronze medals in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

PHILIPPINE TEAM. From left to right: Dr. Louie John Vallejo, Clyde Wesley Ang (Bronze), Farrell Eldrian Wu (Silver), Shaquille Wyan Que (Bronze), Albert John Patupat (Silver), Kyle Patrick Dulay (Silver), Sean Anderson Ty (Bronze), and Dr. Richard Eden. Photo courtesy of DOST-SEI

IN PHOTOS: Evening gown competition, Miss PH Earth 2017

Jul 15, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The ladies wear gowns made by distinguished fashion designers

 All photos by Alecs Ongcol

IN PHOTOS: Swimsuit competition, Miss PH Earth 2017 coronation night

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:40 PM

See the ladies in Wonder Woman themed swimsuits by Ricky Abad

All photos by Alecs Ongcal

Phoenix Petroleum seeks $126-M acquisition of Petronas Energy, Duta

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Before acquiring the two firms Phoenix Petroleum must secure the approval of the Philippine Competition Commission

ACQUIRE MORE. This comes after Phoenix and PDB (Netherlands) BV signed an MOU on planned 100% share acquisition of PEPI and its affiliate, Duta. Image from Phoenix Petroleum

PH aims to be among top 20 most competitive countries by 2020

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines currently ranks 99th out of 190 countries in terms of ease of doing business according to the World Bank Group s International Finance Corporation

Miss PH Earth organizers on veil issue: Women not objectified

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:55 PM

The organizers explain why the ladies wore veils during the swimsuit pre judging round

Miss Philippines Earth: Veiled in controversy

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The delegates wear black veils over their faces during the swimsuit preliminaries

How PH's top antitrust official is guarding market competition

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Arsenio Balisacan the first chairperson of the Philippine Competition Commission says he is not one to run away from challenges

ACADEMIC STAR. Arsenio Balisacan considers his role as the first chairman of Philippine Competition Commission one of the biggest challenges in his life. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 1-7, 2017

May 07, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Must watch videos from the past week

IN PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas 2017 evening gown competition

May 01, 2017 - 1:40 AM

See the candidates in their glittering gowns on coronation night

IN PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas 2017 swimsuit competition

May 01, 2017 - 1:39 AM

The ladies of Binibining Pilipinas show off their swimwear on coronation night

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

PCC takes buyout battle with telcos to Supreme Court

Apr 19, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission wants to be allowed to review the transaction between San Miguel PLDT and Globe

GOES TO HIGH COURT. PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan (extreme left) announces the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed on behalf of the PCC last Tuesday, April 18 a petition before SC to lift injunction on telco review. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

City hall experiences: The good and the bad

Apr 16, 2017 - 9:30 AM

What are the most common experiences of taxpayers in Metro Manila while transacting with their respective city halls?

Bb Pilipinas 2017: Talent competition standouts

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

From singing and dancing to martial arts here s a review of the performances in this year s Bb Pilipinas talent competition

Call for proposals: Photos on safety of journalists and issue of impunity

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The selected photographs will help to raise awareness on the working conditions of journalists

Can conglomerates foster inclusive development in PH?

Apr 03, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The country faces a dilemma in development as it strives to achieve growth and progress amid distress and poverty

DILEMMA. The Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies despite having the third highest poverty incident rate in ASEAN.

Give NTC 'more teeth' for better Nat'l Broadband Plan – PCC

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

How can the Philippines have cheaper and better internet? Here are recommendations from the Philippine Competition Commission

PCC allows SM Investments to buy dormitory developer

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:45 PM

If pursued this will mark the SM group s entry into the country s rental housing market

HOUSING RENTAL. It was in October last year when SM Investments proposed to buy 61.2% shares in Philippines Urban Living Solutions. Background photo from Wikimedia

P10 million awaits 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The awardees will be given the opportunity to share their best practices through lectures across the country

CA denies PCC plea to lift TRO on San Miguel buyout review

Mar 02, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The CA s Special 12th Division orders the PCC to remove from its website its preliminary statement of concern containing an initial finding that the deal is likely to substantially prevent restrict and lessen competition in the telco industry

KEY PLAYERS. (from left) PLDT head Manuel V. Pangilinan, Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan, and Globe chief Ernest Cu are at an impasse over the San Miguel telco buyout. File photos

PCC to gov't: Make it easier for foreigners to do PH construction projects

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Foreign construction firms are restricted to special licenses hampering their participation in the market and limiting the potential of the construction sector says the Philippine Competition Commission

PCC: P1B threshold stays for reviewing mergers, acquisitions

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says the country s threshold is reasonable and similar to those in economies of comparable size

THRESHOLD. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 10667 – also known as the Philippine Competition Act – the antitrust regulator should be notified for M&A deals whose transaction values are above P1 billion before the transaction is consummated. Photo from Philippine Competition Commission

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 evening gown competition

Jan 30, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Here are the Top 9 candidates in the evening gown competition

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 Top 13 in swimsuit competition

Jan 30, 2017 - 9:21 AM

See the Top 13 in their swimsuits at the coronation

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates in their national costumes

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:29 PM

See the colorful costumes at the Miss Universe pageant

NATIONAL COSTUMES. The Miss Unvierse 2016 candidates proudly show off their costumes at the National Costume Presentation. Photographed above is Marina Jacoby, Miss Nicaragua 2016. All photos courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

PHOTO RECAP: Miss Universe 2016 Preliminary Competition

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:53 PM

See the ladies at the swimsuit and evening gown competitions

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 evening gown competition

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:47 PM

See the ladies in their glittering gowns at the preliminaries

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates in swimsuit

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:07 PM

See the Miss Universe ladies at the swimsuit competition ahead of the coronation night

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe 2016 Preliminary Competition

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:05 PM

See photos of the Miss Universe candidates in their swimsuits and evening gowns

Miss Universe 2016: What is the Preliminary Competition?

Jan 26, 2017 - 12:40 PM

The pageant s Top 12 are determined by the judges during this crucial stage in the competition Get more details about the preliminaries here

PRELIMINARIES 2015. Miss Peru 2015 Laura Spoya and Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach compete on stage in their evening gowns during the 2015 Miss Universe Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 16, 2015. The Miss Universe semifinalists are chosen during the pageant's preliminary round. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

WATCH: All Miss Universe 2016 candidates at the swimsuit presentation

Jan 17, 2017 - 5:37 PM

See all the ladies ahead of the swimsuit competition

Resorts World Manila’s PUJ winners make commuting cool and cultural

Dec 23, 2016 - 2:34 PM

The grand champions of RWM s 2016 Pinoy Ultimate Jeepney PUJ Design Competition was a team of industrial design students from Mapua Institute of Technology MIT

WATCH: Catriona Gray sings 'I Believe' for Miss World talent semifinals

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:00 AM

If Catriona wins the talent competition she is guaranteed a spot in the Top 20

Bill to reform PH telco industry eyed by 2017

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Putting more teeth into the National Telecommunications Commission and amending foreign ownership rules are among the reforms being eyed

BADLY-NEEDED REFORMS. Putting more teeth into the NTC and allowing foreign players to operate here without the 40% ownership restriction are among the reforms eyed to be tackled in the bill, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. Photo of Gatchalian from www.wingatchalian.com

Resorts World Manila announces 10 finalists for 2016 Pinoy Ultimate Jeepney Competition

Dec 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM

First launched in 2010 the PUJ Design Competition has turned 46 artist concepts into mobile works of art many of which are still actively plying their routes around the metro

Globe Telecom choir bags awards at international choral festival in HK

Dec 07, 2016 - 3:54 PM

The Globe Voices @ Work choir brings home several awards at the 7th Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong

ALLELUIA. The Globe Voices @ Work corporate choir celebrates their win at the 7th Winter Choral Festival. Photo credit: Globe Voices @ Work

PCC's 2017 priorities: Int'l shipping, cement, power, agriculture

Dec 05, 2016 - 9:25 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission will review these 4 sectors next year to check for possible anti competitive measures

COLLABORATION. Sector regulators have signed a memorandum of understanding with PCC to work together on promoting fair market competition in the country. Photo from Philippine Competition Commission

PCC: Make policy changes to open telco, energy markets

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:10 PM

What needs to be done is to pass proposed amendments to the 80 year old Public Service Law says a PCC commissioner

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to a telco impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services.

PLDT, Globe, Meralco: Yes to foreign players

Nov 24, 2016 - 4:40 PM

The telecommunications companies and the power distributor say they are also trying to improve their services and make these more affordable

OPEN UP. Duterte says he will liberalize the telecoms and energy sectors, telling the giants that he owed them no favor and it is high time to share the market to foreign players

IN PHOTOS: NU Pep Squad wins 4th straight UAAP Cheerdance title

Nov 20, 2016 - 11:25 AM

As usual the UAAP Cheerdance Competition catches the eye of the public

Dynasty continues: NU Pep Squad wins 4th straight UAAP Cheerdance title

Nov 19, 2016 - 6:17 PM

NU moreover comes in first place at the Group Stunts category while also winning different awards essentially sweeping the competition

HIGHLIGHTS: 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition

Nov 19, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Check out some of the key moments during the UAAP Cheerdance Competition