12 Filipinos in Forbes’ 2015 billionaires’ list

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Richest People PHP 2MANILA, Philippines – Nine of them were in the 2014 list, a retail power couple returns, plus a former senator join the ranks of Filipinos in the Forbes billionaires’ list for 2015. From 97th in 2014’s ranking, mall magnate Henry Sy, 90, climbed to 73rd spot in the list of the world's 1826 billionaires. Sy still remains the richest man in the Philippines. His net worth of $14.2 billion is due to the continuous growth of his SM Investments Corporation, the largest retailer in the Philippines with over 200 individual outlets around the country.

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Filipino Chess Prodigy Alekhine Nouri

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Alekhine NouriLAS VEGAS, Nevada

Nine-year-old Filipino chess prodigy Alekhine Nouri beat the March 31 deadline and will compete in the 2015 Millionaire Chess Open scheduled in October at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The child prodigy from Escalante, Negros, created a sensation last year when he jumped two sections to finish strongly in the Under 1900 Section. He has moved up to the U2000 this year. First place offers $30,000 in this section, but focus will be in the Open Section, in which grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So are anticipated to battle for the $100,000 top prize.

OFWs not to sacrifice their safety in exchange for a better pay

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Bishop Ruperto SantosThe Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) has asked the faithful to pray for the safety and immediate release of the four Filipinos workers who were recently abducted in Libya. “I ask all to join us in praying for the safety of the abdicated Filipinos and for their immediate release,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP-ECMI, said in an interview.