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PH, Thailand emerge as overall champions in 2017 Int’l Teenagers Math Olympiad

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:51 PM

PRESS RELEASE: About 500 contestants and coaches from 16 countries joined this year’s contest

IN PHOTOS: Rachel Peters at the Miss Universe 2017 preliminaries

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Rachel walks the Miss Universe preliminaries in a Val Taguba gown and swimsuit from Yamamay

Fil-Am modeling director to judge Miss Universe 2017 preliminary competition

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Cecilio 'Cece' Asuncion is the founder of the all-transgender model agency Slay

LOOK: Mariel de Leon's swimsuit in Miss International 2017

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Mariel wears a swimsuit designed by Mikee Andrei

Screengrab from Miss International

'Sobering,' PCC says of drop in PH ease of doing business ranking

Nov 02, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission calls the drop in the country's ranking a ‘sobering account of our performance in attracting new investors and putting up new businesses in the country’

PCC to work with TransCo if telco joint venture proceeds

Oct 31, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says it is ready to offer guidance if the National Transmission Corporation partners with a private firm to enter the telecommunications industry

Order of Performances: UAAP Season 80 Cheer Dance competition

Oct 30, 2017 - 3:59 PM

National University guns for 5-peat, while UP Pep returns to #UAAPCDC2017

5-PEAT. National University is aiming for their 5th straight title in the UAAP Cheer Dance competition. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Movie Reviews: All 8 2017 QCinema Circle Competition films

Oct 28, 2017 - 10:44 AM

The film festival will run until October 28

BALANGIGA. Khavn Dela Cruz's film is one of 8 films in QCinema's Circle Competition. Photo courtesy of QCinema

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

PH internet 'no good'? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:55 PM

PLDT and Globe say they're working to improve services, while the Philippine Competition Commission describes Jack Ma's disappointing experience as a 'wake-up call' for the telcos

Upgrade your next drinking session with these 4 award-winning cocktails

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Time to get your friends deliciously drunk!

Competition policy enforcement in the digital age

Sep 30, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The decisions to be made by the Philippine Competition Commission in coming months, as it fully implements the Philippine Competition Act, will set the tone for competition regulation in Philippine markets

Infrastructure remains weak link in Philippines' competitiveness

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index for 2017-2018 underscores that slow infrastructure development is hampering the Philippines' economy

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH inches up in 2017 WEF Global Competitiveness Index

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:00 AM

However, it falls behind more neighbors, given inadequate public infrastructure and inefficient government bureaucracy

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