Bukidnon is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the northern Mindanao region. The name “Bukidnon” means highlander or mountain dweller. It is considered to be the food basket of Mindanao and the major producer of rice and corn in the region. It also produces pineapples, bananas and sugarcane. The capital is Malaybalay City and is home to Mount Dulang-Dulang, the second highest mountain in the Philippines located in the Kitanglad Mountain Range.More >
A prominent global security scholar has unmasked China’s "grand strategy" of gaining control of the Asia Pacific Region by "creeping expansion" rather than waging major battles.
Dr. Alexander L. Vuving, an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies based in Honolulu, Hawaii, wrote in an essay posted by Commentators.com that China is creating its own islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea to leverage its claim on the strategic areas teeming with marine life and potentially huge oil and gas reserves.
Beijing's territorial claims -- based on its self-declared horse shoe-shaped, nine-dashed line map -- cover areas close to the coasts of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
Moody's raised the Philippines' credit rating by one notch on Thursday, in a further sign of the country's economic transformation.
The Southeast Asian nation, once considered the region's economic laggard, was upgraded to "Baa2" from its previous level of "Baa3"-- the lowest of Moody's investment-grade ranks.
The country has a "stable" outlook, a statement from the credit rating agency said.
The move comes after Moody's, Fitch and Standard and Poor's all raised the Philippines to investment-grade levels in 2013, indicating a lower risk to investors.
Ex-world champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley and a respected boxing scribe have joined the legendary Muhammad Ali in calling on pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao in what is projected to be the richest boxing event in history.