Firm Offers to End Manila Traffic in 2 to 3 Years for P100B

Metro Manila’s traffic woes can’t be solved overnight, but possibly within two to three years, according to a “Marshall Plan-like” solution being offered to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte by Filipino consortium Philtrak Inc., reports Inquirer.net.

Filipino Costume Designer Gets Tony Nomination

Clint Ramos (Source: zimbio)

Clint Ramos (Source: zimbio)

Filipino Costume designer Clint Ramos is the only Filipino nominated in this year’s Tony Awards. He designed the set and costume for "Eclipsed," a Tony-nominated best play starring Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, reports ABS-CBN News.

Filipina Wins Best Actress Award in Cannes

Jaclyn Jose (Source: rappler.com)

Jaclyn Jose (Source: rappler.com)

Filipino actress Jaclyn Jose won best actress at the Cannes film festival Sunday, May 22 for her mesmerizing performance as a mother forced to sell drugs to survive before falling prey to corrupt police. A tearful Jose said she was "so surprised" as she took to the stage to accept the award for her role in Ma' Rosa by acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza, reports Rappler.

Filipino Teen Invents Biodegradable Plastic Bags

Amin Hataman, a 15-year-old, a student at the Fountain International School in San Juan City, Metro Manila, is now a certified international award-winning inventor of biodegradable plastic bags, reports Tankler.com.

 

PH Economy Grew Faster Than Expected in First Quarter

The Philippine economy grew faster than expected at 6.9 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, its highest quarterly growth in almost three years,  as the government prepares to hand over leadership to the incoming administration, reports Inquirer.net,.

 

Remittances From Abroad Totaled $6.56 Billion in 1st Quarter

Cash sent home by Filipinos abroad through banks inched up to $2.42 billion in March as deployment of overseas workers remained steady during the first quarter. The latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) datashowed a 1.5-percent increase in cash remittances last March from $2.39 billion a year ago, bringing the first quarter total to $6.56 billion, reports Inquirer.net.

 

Duterte to Create Separate Department for OFWs

Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte said he will create a separate department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), which may be housed in the Post Office building in Manila, reports ABS-CBN News.

 

New York-New Jersey Filipino Restaurant Week '16 Is On

Foodiesin New York and New Jersey will once again feast on authentic, bold and innovative Filipino dishes as Filipino Restaurant Week 2016 kicked offMay 11 at the Philippine Center with the 15 participating restaurants offering samples from their menus. It runs from 16 May through 27 May 2016, reports Inquirer.net.