Palace approves retroactive P1,000 SSS pension hike

Memorandum from the executive secretary.

MALACAÑANG signed Wednesday, February 22, a memorandum giving a green light for the release of the P1,000 increase in the monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) members.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, who signed the memorandum, informed SSS Chairperson Amado Valdez and SSS President Emmanuel Dooc that the Malacañang approved the proposed increase in the benefit of qualified SSS pensioners and beneficiaries, retroactive from January this year.MORE

Pope demands protection for migrants

ROME. Pope Francis delivers his speech during his visit at the Roma Tre University in Rome, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Pope Francis says the phenomenon of migration doesn’t pose a danger to Europe’s culture but rather a challenge for societies to grow. (AP)

Pope Francis is calling for humanitarian corridors to protect refugees fleeing their homelands and denouncing the “populist rhetoric” that is closing doors in their faces.

In a speech Tuesday to an international forum on migration and peace, Francis also demanded justice and redress for migrants and the poor who have been exploited by the wealthy. He said the world can no longer sustain “unacceptable economic inequality” that destroys the planet and forces people to leave their homes.MORE

Tell it to Sun.Star: It’s not ‘just’ sex

THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) recently summoned the producers and directors of the hit TV show “Til I Met You” for words and portrayals they deemed unfit for TV. At the center of the issue was the line from the October 26 episode casually stating, “sex lang ‘yan.” However you put it, this line is a mockery of what sex is and what it is made for.

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A man for others

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Gimar Reyes with the head of the Student Activities and Leadership Development at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Richel Petalcurin (left) and his mother Mariza Reyes during the TOSP National Awarding (right) (Contributed photo)

AT AGE twenty, Gimar Alingig Reyes embodies selflessness in his pursuit to serve others through teaching. Even at a young age, Reyes has already reached out to others to fulfill his advocacy of providing education especially to the underprivileged in the country.

A graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Reyes already has a passionate thirst for teaching.MORE

Gone to Guangzhou

CHINA. The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. (Contributed Photo)

THE Chinese New Year celebration has left some hangover feels on me that I began browsing through my photo archives of my travels around China.

The five cities in mainland China that I have gone to, not counting the autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau, were all interesting places that left me with great memories and experiences. The first Chinese city I was able to set foot in was Guangzhou, which was a big surprise to me.MORE

PAL linking more domestic destinations

CEBU. At the PAL press conference in Cebu – Harry Inoferio, SAVP for Sales Philippines; Eric Tan, Special Asst. to the SVP-Commercial Group; and Reyani Romano, Area Head-Visayas Sales. (Jinggoy I. Salvador)

THE flag carrier is feeding our wanderlust and giving us more reasons to pack our bags and hop on the next plane to our bucket listed destinations.

In 2016, Philippine Airlines launched four new international flights (Kuwait, Jeddah, Doha, Saipan), opened new routes (Cebu-Singapore, Cebu-Los Angeles, Manila-Taipei-Osaka, Cebu-Caticlan-Calrk) and increased flight frequencies (Manila-Los Angeles—twice daily; Manila-Toronto—three to four times weekly; Manila-Beijing—four to six times weekly; and Manila-Vancouver—seven to ten times weekly).MORE

Danes looking to invest in CEBU

Offering solutions. Danish ambassador to the Philippines Jan Top Christensen speaks to Cebuano business leaders. (SunStar Photo/Amper Campaña)

MARKED by strong economic activities in the recent years, Cebu is starting to get attention from the people of Denmark.

This is according to Denmark Ambassador Jan Top Christensen, who spoke to local business leaders Wednesday.MORE

Mactan in need of more hotel rooms

THE continuing boom in Philippine tourism finds Mactan Island in need of new hotel rooms or it will lose guests to other local destinations, a hotelier warned.

“With the overexcitement about the Philippines now, the five to six major hotels in Mactan is not enough to welcome the whole world,” said Harold Rainfroy, general manager of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, at the sidelines of the launching of Vanille Salèe menu last Wednesday, which will be offered from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21.MORE

Expo set to showcase Indonesian products

DAVAO. Indonesian Consul General Secretary Berlian Napitupulu said they are set to hold the 1st Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo and the Indonesian Culinary Festival on March 17 to 19 to promote Indonesian products in Davao City. (Macky Lim)

THE Consulate General of Indonesia will hold the first Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo and the Indonesian Culinary Festival on March 17 to 19 to promote more Indonesian products in preparation for the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Roro route to be launched on April 28.

During the weekly forum at Habi at Kape at Abreeza Ayala Malls Thursday, February 16, Indonesian Consul General Secretary Berlian Napitupulu said they will conduct the first Indonesian Food and Beverage Expo at the House of Indonesia, Juna Subdivision on March 17 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.MORE