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Kick start your day, June 2: Leandro Leviste firm to build solar panel plant

The 22-year-old says the facility will be completed in 3 years. Plus, Miriam Defensor Santiago thanks supporters praying for her recovery.
By Entrepreneur Staff |


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FIRST PROJECT. Leviste made a bold move by brokering his first rooftop project, producing about 700 kilowatts at the Central Mall in Biñan, Laguna, pictured above. Photo from Solar Philippines' website



One of the world’s largest

Local solar energy developer Solar Philippines has unveiled plans to build one of the world’s largest solar panel factories in Tanauan, Batangas.



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The facility—which will be completed in three years—will be designed for an eventual capacity of 2 gigawatts, with the first section scheduled to start operations by end-2016, Solar Philippines said Wednesday, June 1.


The new project is seen to create more than 6,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs, and operate on 100% solar power.


“Solar manufacturing is moving from China to Southeast Asia, and we believe the Philippines can lead that trend. Filipinos are among the best workers in the world, and the large local solar market can add to the demand for otherwise export-only factories,” Solar Philippines President 23-year-old Leandro Leviste said in a statement. – Lynda C. Corpuz



Bearing well

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was rushed to the intensive care unit of Makati Medical Center on Monday night, her husband Narciso “Jun” Santiago Jr announced Wednesday.


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While the reason she was rushed to the ICU is unknown, Santiago assured the public that his wife “is bearing well with her trademark sense of humor” and that she was only “sick and suffered complication.”


Santiago intends to keep her confinement as private as possible and refuses to accept gifts from the public.


Defensor-Santiago was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in July 2014, and said then, “I am not afraid of cancer. There is nothing I’m afraid of!”


Santiago said then she was taking anti-cancer pills that nursed her health back to normal, and added the cancer cells are getting smaller, because they are allegedly as disciplined as she is. Due to her medication, she was unable to attend the second leg of the presidential debates on March 20 of this year.


Santiago said in a letter sent to Senate President Franklin Drilon on May 24 that she developed anorexia (inability to eat) as a side effect of one of her anti-cancer medications.



The official Facebook page of Santiago posted: “Miriam said that she thanks all her family, friends, supporters, fans, and others who helped pray for her recovery and sent their well-wishes on Facebook.” – Serina Alonzo

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