Philippine National Bank and Allied Banking Corp., which are both owned by tycoon Lucio Tan, have approved a plan to merge to become the country’s fourth largest bank in terms of assets. The merged bank will retain the name Philippine National Bank.
Wesley So wins Dubai Open is the news. He had a brisk start and led the tournament till the end, with just one hiccup in the sixth round. Top Filipino grandmaster and whiz kid Wesley So never let it slip. He won the tournament with 7/9 and a 2708 performance.
Access to Ext2/Ext3 from Windows XP. I believe this is a “read only” access, not a “write” one. Nevertheless, this could definitely prove useful in my everyday computing now that I’m dual booting in Ubuntu and Windows XP.
In time for the release of the 2007 Bar Exam results today, this website got alot of hits due to the entry I posted a year ago, which is for the 2006 exams. I know no one personal who took the 2007 exams, so I didn’t blog about it. Nevertheless, the 2007 exam results can be found here, here and here.
A lengthy but interesting read about the biography of Washington Sycip and the history of SGV & Co. Referred to me by Marky.
The four criteria for a country to be considered as tax haven are: insignificant or non-existent tax levels, absence of transparency in tax matters, absence of fiscal data exchange with other countries and attractiveness for straw companies with fictitious activities. The only criteria that’s clear to me is the last one, and I highlight: “attractiveness for straw companies with fictitious activities“. :LOL: Check out the list of 41 countries considered by OECD as tax haven countries in inquirer.net.
Jonathan Bailey over at the Blog Herald stress out the dangers of uploading your images in photo sharing sites like flickr, webshots, and photobucket. Of the three examples, flickr appears to be the lesser evil huh! I likewise wonder who among us have the patience to actually read TOS (Terms of Service) word for word before clicking the “I Agree” button? 😀
Mavi’s of Life on the Spot tells her story of how Lulu Hypermarket staff and security tried to “illegally” detain her. I think this whole incident can be attributed to irrational thinking by some people out there. This atmosphere, I believe, would still stay for a while. I just hope more people there should start thinking out of the box. So, boycott Lulu Hypermarket!
Another photographic opportunity to watch out for: 3rd World Pyro Olympics 2008.