FEBRUARY 23, 2010 (STAR)  For the first time, the Asia Internet Congress will be held in the Philippines on March 4 to 5 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in Ortigas.

It will feature today’s sharpest internet marketing minds like Simon Leung, the Google Optimization Insider and Master AdWords Optimizer; Alvin Phang, Asia’s top Wordpress Blogging Expert; Jo Han Mok, One of the World's Top Copywriters; Jaz Lai, the Singapore’s List Building Master, and a Top Multilevel Marketing Expert; Fabian Lim, a top internet marketer who has been featured in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan. Our very own, Donald Lim, the founding President of Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) and the CEO of, and Ian Del Carmen the CEO of, and Internet Marketing Expert, and International Best-selling Author of “Crack the Secret of Code” and “Rags to Dot Com Riches.” Also, Llyod Luna, a New Media Marketing Expert and a sought-after motivational speaker and author.

Topics include Internet Marketing Success; Best Practices in Internet Marketing; Common Blunders in Internet Marketing; Search Engine Marketing; Social Media Marketing; Email Marketing; Copyrighting; Corporate Branding in the Internet; Passive Recurring Income Through Membership Sites; PLUS Bonus Topics – Word Press and Everything You Need to Know on How to Start an Online Business.

This event is a collaborative effort among Powermax Consulting Group, Porter and Miles, Inc., Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Job Market. For more info and reservation, please call Leni at 470-1055/470-54/706-0514/ 40905-3364486.

Sponsors and exhibitors for this major event are Center for Pop, Stars and Events, Fireball, Business Mirror, Creativoices, Lloyd Luna Communication, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Job Market, UK Derm Pharma, The Radio Partners, Holiday Inn, Galleria, Dinsmor Promo,,, etc.. We also welcome exhibitors and sponsors. For inquiries, please call Liezel Anam at 470-1267 or text her at 0926-6958428.

Oil rises above $80 per barrel in Asia (The Philippine Star) Updated February 23, 2010 12:00 AM

SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices rose above $80 a barrel yesterday in Asia, extending a three-week rally as investors expect the US central bank to keep interest rates near zero to help fuel economic growth, which would boost crude consumption.

Benchmark crude for March delivery was up 45 cents to $80.26 a barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 75 cents to settle at $79.81 a barrel on Friday.

Investors are betting that a low inflation rate and weak employment figures will lead the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low.

The Fed surprised investors late Thursday when it raised the so-called “discount” lending rate on emergency bank loans by one-quarter point to 0.75 percent. But Fed officials on Friday were quick to downplay the possibility of across-the-board rate hikes.

Consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent in January, the Labor Department said Friday, and excluding volatile food and energy, prices fell 0.1 percent, the first monthly decline since December 1982.

“There’s hardly any fear of inflation right now,” said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with consultancy Purvin & Gertz. “So the thinking is the Fed will keep interest rates near zero.”

“With unemployment still high, the market doesn’t expect the Fed to raise rates until the US economy is stronger.”

Low interest rates and massive government stimulus spending could also help weaken the US dollar, which would further support oil prices. A weaker dollar makes dollar-based commodities such as oil cheaper for foreign investors.

Oil has jumped from $69.59 a barrel on Feb. 5.

In other Nymex trading in March contracts, heating oil rose 1.91 cents to $2.089 a gallon, and gasoline gained 1.58 cents to $2.102 a gallon. Natural gas dropped 8.1 cents to $4.963 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In London, Brent crude was down 44 cents at $78.63 on the ICE futures exchange.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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