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For the first time, MPIC quarterly earnings fall, capex halved

May 07, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Despite the harsh earnings dip in the 1st quarter of 2020, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation chairman Manny Pangilinan says workers' welfare comes first over profitability

Coronavirus turbulence: Cebu Pacific loses P1.18 billion in Q1 2020

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Budget airline Cebu Pacific posts a sharp 135% drop in its bottom line in the 1st quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

Singapore launches first drone delivery service

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The use of drones is part of Singapore's drive to embrace technological innovation, as well as an effort to tackle a manpower shortage in a country of just 5.7 million

DRONE DELIVERIES. A Singaporean drone startup delivers its first package to a ship owned by Eastern Pacific Shipping. Screen shot from YouTube video.

Google gets approval to use U.S.-Taiwan portion of PLCN cable network

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Facebook seeks a similar ruling for its 2 landing stations in the Philippines, which are also part of the Pacific Light Cable Network

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 the Google logo is seen at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP

Airlines ask gov’t for lifeline as virus leads them to bankruptcy

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Facing an 'existential threat,' airlines ask the government to give them access to emergency credit lines

Asia virus latest: Myanmar reports first death, China factory turnaround

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The governor of Jakarta says nearly 300 suspected and confirmed victims of the virus have been wrapped in plastic and quickly buried since the start of this month

PROTECTION. A boy, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, holds onto an electronic weighing machine at a market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait during virus spat

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

A US Pacific Fleet tweet confirms the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer, transited the strait

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. A view of the deck of the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer of the US Pacific Fleet, as it sails through the Taiwan Strait March 26, 2020. Photo from Twitter of US Pacific Fleet

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The temblor strikes at 1:45 am with an epicenter 255 kilometers south of the town of Nusa Dua, reports the US Geological Service

DISINFECT. A health worker sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in a tourist area in Sanur on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 16, 2020. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia cancel flights during 'enhanced community quarantine' in Luzon

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The country's major airlines cancel domestic and international flights ahead of the implementation of the Luzon-wide lockdown

FLIGHTS CANCELED. Passengers flock the ticketing office of Cebu Pacific to book and rebook flights at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13. Photo by Inoue Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cebu Pacific to lay off 150 new cabin crew as virus lockdowns mount

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'If the business picks up, hopefully in the very near future, they will be prioritized in the hiring,' says Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific domestic flights to, from Manila fully booked on March 14

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Cebu Pacific also advises those whose flights have been canceled from March 15 to April 14 to manage their bookings online

Former Army chief Alberto is new PH ambassador to Israel

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also reappoints former speaker Jose de Venecia Jr as special envoy for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

NEW AMBASSADOR. In this file photo, former Philippine Army commanding general Major General Macairog Alberto attends a defense and security exhibition held in Bangkok in November 2019. File photo from Philippine Army

Cebu Pacific extends free rebooking to April 2020 flights

Mar 12, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Passengers who booked flights from March 10 to April 30 may also place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund

FREE REBOOKING. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

French Polynesia has first confirmed coronavirus case in South Pacific

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:01 PM

There have been 2 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US state of Hawaii, but none others reported on Pacific islands

Cathay Pacific 2019 profits plunge, predicts virus losses

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has a turbulent 2019, and also expects a 'substantial loss' in the 1st half of 2020 due to the coronavirus

BACK TO PROFIT. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Manny Pangilinan exits P102-billion NAIA Consortium

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Tycoon Manny Pangilinan's departure from the 'super consortium' comes as his businesses face regulatory risks under the Duterte administration

Cebu Pacific offers free rebooking for March 2020 flights due to virus

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:05 AM

Passengers who booked for domestic and international travel from March 10 to 31 may rebook their flights for free, subject to fare difference

FREE REBOOKING. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Cebu Pacific execs take pay cut to save jobs as coronavirus hurts profits

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:55 PM

'It's the least that can be done given the challenging situation and it's the right thing to do,' says Cebu Pacific

U.S. admiral on VFA repeal: A little disappointing but relationship not lost

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:08 AM

US Pacific Fleet Commander John Aquilino is leading a port call of the aircraft carrier strike group Theodore Roosevelt in Vietnam, which uncharacteristically skipped the Philippines in its Indo-Pacific voyage

AIRCRAFT CARRIER. The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Manila Bay on April 11, 2018. File photo by Rappler

Asia-Pacific economies seen to face $211-billion hit from coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:30 PM

S&P Global Ratings expects the Asia-Pacific region to grow 4% in 2020, which would be the worst performance since a contraction in 2008 caused by the global financial crisis

Pedestrians, wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walk down an elevated walkway in Bangkok on March 4, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Cathay Pacific fined by UK watchdog over massive data breach

Mar 05, 2020 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office orders Cathay Pacific to pay about $644,000 for 'failing to protect the security of its customers' personal data'

CATHAY PACIFIC DATA LEAK. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Erupting Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Ash mixed with sand rains down on towns as far as 10 kilometers from the belching crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

Ash and smoke rise into the air from Mount Merapi volcano, seen from Sleman on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, on March 3, 2020. Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted on March 3, shooting a massive ash cloud some 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) in the air which coated nearby communities with grey dust and forced an airport closure. RANTO KRESEK / AFP

Cebu Pacific kicks off 24th anniversary celebration with 3-day piso sale

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The budget airline also welcomes its newest ambassador, internet superstar Mimiyuuuh

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to South Korea after PH travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

Politics forces Manny Pangilinan to divert to 'less risky' businesses

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Manny Pangilinan may get into real estate and tourism, as he faces regulatory risks with his other businesses

Indigenous youth in Asia Pacific find strength in unity

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:32 AM

'It’s your community that gave you identity. It should be a self-obligatory response to give back to them,' shares Jal Mustari, an indigenous youth from Marawi City

What's taking Congress so long to tackle ABS-CBN's franchise?

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Data collated from the previous 17th Congress and the current 18th Congress show both the House and Senate are quick to renew franchises of major broadcast networks – except ABS-CBN's

Cebu Pacific lowers fares as coronavirus hits tourism

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The budget airline reduces its base fare to as low as P88, as the Philippines is projected to lose billions of pesos due to travel bans

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia resume flights to Taiwan after gov't lifts travel ban

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:17 AM

(UPDATED) Check the list of flights here

FLIGHTS RESUME. Flights between Manila and Taipei will now depart as scheduled after the travel ban on Taiwan was lifted. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

4 survive 32 days adrift in Pacific

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:17 AM

The group says they survived by eating coconuts found floating in the sea and collecting rainwater in a bowl

EXPANSE. A container cargo vessel is seen under the midday sun on the horizon crossing the Pacific Ocean a few miles off the coast of Long Beach, California on January 12, 2016.  Photo by Frederic Brown/AFP

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to Taiwan indefinitely after DOH confirms travel ban

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

MORE FLIGHTS CANCELED. After confirmation that Taiwan is included in the travel ban, Cebu Pacific cancels flights to and from Taipei effective February 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific asks all staff to take unpaid leave

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:20 PM

In a video message to the company's 27,000 employees, airline boss Augustus Tang says they are being asked to take up to 3 weeks leave with no pay between March and June

UNPAID LEAVE. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2019, a Cathay Pacific passenger plane prepares to take off from Hong Kong's international airport. File 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)

Cebu Pacific alerts fellow passengers of Philippines' 2 coronavirus cases

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:55 PM

The woman and man found to have the novel coronavirus took Hong Kong-Cebu and Cebu-Dumaguete flights last January 21

File photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to China, Macau, Hong Kong

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong from February 2 to March 29, as the new death toll in China surged to 259

CANCELED FLIGHTS. Cebu Pacific cancels flights to China, Hong Kong, and Macau over the novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo from Cebu Pacific

PH planes boarded by coronavirus-positive passenger pulled out

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Cebu Pacific and PAL say the planes have been disinfected, and flight crews have been quarantined

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov). Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH, U.S. armies look to 'future engagements' amid Duterte order to scrap VFA

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Joint activities between Philippine and US forces continue as the Duterte administration moves to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

JOINT EXERCISE. Philippine and US soldiers hold counter-terrorism drills in Palawan as part of their Balance Piston 20-1 joint training from January 26 to February 23, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

Iloilo gov asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from HK amid coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr's request comes on the day the Department of Health confirms the first coronavirus case in the Philippines

SUSPENDED. Iloilo asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from Hong Kong. File photo from Cebu Pacific

Cebu Pacific calls on HK flight passengers to get checked for flu-like symptoms

Jan 23, 2020 - 1:59 AM

This is one of the airline's precautionary measures after reports surfaced that 4 family members of Hong Kong's first suspected case of the novel coronavirus arrived in Manila

Dazzling and deadly: 5 facts about volcanoes

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Here are facts about the mix of beauty and terror that volcanoes produce

Panoramic view of the afternoon sky following the Taal Volcano eruption as observed from Tanauan City, Batangas on Saturday afternoon, January 12. Photo by Shayne Macaisa

PARTLY FALSE: Pacific Ring of Fire 'now active'

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM

There can be several volcanic eruptions on any given day

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Filipina chemist wins international metrology award

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The award is proof that the Philippines, while a developing country, is investing in metrology

INVESTING IN METROLOGY. Benilda Ebarvia wins the prestigious 2019 Developing Economies National Metrologies Institute Award. She is the first winner of the award from the Philippines. Photo from RRUDela Cruz/DOST

PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Faulty Pacific Gas & Electric powerlines are blamed for sparking Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state's history

PG&E. The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a hard hat at a work site on July 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Cebu Pacific to deliver donations for Typhoon Tisoy victims for free

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Donors will have to get an endorsement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo

RELIEF GOODS NEEDED. Residents affected by Typhoon Tisoy are in urgent need of food items and shelter repair materials, among others. File photo from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Max Eigenmann wins Best Actress at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2019

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Max wins for her role in 'Verdict'

Meet the PH’s first trans woman flight attendants

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Jess Labares and Mikee Vitug now embark on their new journey as flight attendants – with flying rainbow colors

Cebu Pacific signs $4.8-billion deal for 16 Airbus planes

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The fuel-efficient and eco-friendly planes are scheduled to be delivered between 2021 and 2024

BRAND-NEW PLANES. Cebu Pacific signed the purchase agreement for 16 A330 new engine option aircraft, in line with its fleet modernization program. Photo from Airbus

6 companies eye $10-B Sangley Airport expansion project

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) Groundbreaking is set for January 15, 2020, and 'the first runway will be completed in 3 years,' says Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla

EXPANSION. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla named 5 major local companies and one Chinese company that have expressed interest in the expansion of Sangley Airport. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler