01 Feb 2019
Garanti Bank released its earnings for 2018. Based on its consolidated financials, Garanti’s assets were valued at slightly more than TL 399 billion, and its contribution to the economy through performing cash and non-cash loans totaled just over TL 311 billion. The bank achieved an ROAE (Return on Average Equity) of 15.0 percent and a ROAA (Return on Average Assets) of 1.7 percent.
21 Feb 2018
The life of a salmon is a round-trip journey. Immediately after birth, it travels down river to the sea, where it lives until the time comes to procreate. The salmon them swims upriver, overcoming all obstacles, and reaches the same spot where its journey began – a point of departure to which it arrives enriched from everything it learned on the way, and determined to leave a mark on its birthplace.
09 Feb 2018
On Sunday March 4, the global capital of the film industry will once again don formal dress to announce its highest honors. During the ceremony, celebrities will attend a number of parties but without a doubt, one of the most popular and long-awaited will be the charity dinner hosted by Elton John each year to collect funds for his foundation. This year, the Roca brothers, the celebrated restaurateurs of Girona, will be in charge of the preparing a special menu for the occasion – a menu not just for the stars, but for a good cause.
07 Feb 2018
Over 1,000 aspiring chefs and culinary students from around the world have submitted applications to take part in the scholarship program launched by BBVA in early January, in partnership with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization. The winner, who will be announced on April 18 and presented in Bilbao at the annual The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in June, will get the chance to complete a training program in restaurants Mugaritz, in San Sebastian, Spain, and Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco, California.
04 Jan 2018
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants organisation and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) have established the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship, which will provide unique opportunities for aspiring chefs from all around the world.
02 Nov 2017
Is your smartphone’s performance sluggish? Storage full? Battery dead in just a few hours? Always running out of data? If you can’t find the answer to these, or similar, questions, this article will shed some light and help you improve the performance of your Android handset. Security software firm Avast recently released its quarterly report, which ranks the top battery-draining, storage-hogging, and mobile-data-eating apps.
25 Oct 2017
Facebook continues to take steps to reach the widest possible public and as it does so, minimize the competition. As part of its constant tug-of-war with Snapchat, Facebook has acquired an app that is very popular among adolescents: the polling startup “tbh,” which allows users to send messages anonymously, in response to survey questions about their friends. The acronym tbh” means “to be honest.”
This coming Sunday, October 29th, at 3:00 a.m., Spain’s time will change for the second time in 2017. Clocks will be set back an hour to 2:00 a.m., so we’ll get to sleep an extra hour. This will mark the end of Daylight Savings Time, which began on March 31st.
18 Oct 2017
WhatsApp has announced on its blog that it has begun introducing, in stages, live location sharing with contacts on iOS and Android. This function, which the messaging application company had been developing for some time, allows a users’ contacts to see where he or she is, in real time. But will users like it or not?
At 35 years of age, with a world cup under his belt, Cristian Zaccardo can brag about becoming an unusual pioneer in the world of soccer. After terminating his contract with Vicenza, the Italian center back found a new destination thanks to the professional social network. He will now be defending the colors of Malta’s Hamrun Spartans.
11 Oct 2017
Argentine soccer star Leo Messi came to the rescue of his county’s team just when it needed him the most, ensuring it a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Messi overcame a rough start in the qualifying match against Ecuador, with a hat trick that gave Argentina a 1-3 victory .
In other qualifying matches, Paraguay was defeated by Venezuela, while Chile was eliminated after its defeat by Brazil. Peru and Colombia were tied 1-1; as a result, the Peruvians will move on to face New Zealand in the playoffs. Uruguay, meanwhile, assured itself a place in the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Bolivia.
06 Oct 2017
Unfortunately, a virus kept me from playing how I would have liked at the WTA Premier tournament in Beijing this week. It’s one of the top tournaments in the women’s circuit and where the most points are given out, after the four Grand Slam tournaments. I was feeling sick for several days after leaving Wuhan. I wasn’t able to practice and even though I tried, the fever kept me from playing as well as I would have liked.
04 Oct 2017
Getting to New York in 30 minutes or Hong Kong in just 22 minutes is not an impossible task for Elon Musk and his company SpaceX. The man who also created the superson train project that is capable of traveling at a speed of 1,200 km/hr just showed the world his latest project to reach Mars. The plan includes a preliminary phase that involves traveling across the planet in rockets.
07 Sep 2017
Spanish tennis star Garbiñe Muguruza has achieved one of her lifelong dreams: she has become the top-ranked tennis player in the world. The title became hers after Karolina Plisková of the Czech Republic was defeated by CoCo Vandewehe of the United States (7-6 (4) y 6-3) in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Sept 6. Garbiñe will be officially crowned the world’s number one tennis player when the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) publishes its updated ranking on Sept. 11.
23 Aug 2017
I have now had three very good weeks on the tour that will finish next week at the US Open. I decided to play in Stanford despite its coming so soon after Wimbledon and I did not regret it. Things went very well and my victory in Cincinnati is the result of all the work I have done this season, which is bearing fruit.
27 Jul 2017
The life of a tennis player can be quite hectic. And that’s one thing that is both good and bad about it. When you’re struggling, you know that in just one week’s time, you’ll get another chance to pick yourself up. When things are going your way, you hardly have time to stop and celebrate. But this time, I did want to savor every moment, because otherwise, it all slips by so quickly.
25 Jul 2017
Athletes’ sporting achievements boost their social media profiles. The more relevant their victories, the more their followings grow. This is exactly what happened to Garbiñe Muguruza right after conquering her first Wimbledon Grand Slam; she’s become the most popular top-five tennis player on Instagram.
24 Jul 2017
Garanti supports basketball in a wide range of categories, from national senior teams to national youth teams and from academies to wheelchair basketball. With the brands 12 Giant Men (National Men’s Basketball Team), Pixies of the Court (National Women’s Basketball Team), 12 Brave Hearts (National Men’s Wheel Chair Basketball Team) and 12 Magical Wrists (National Women’s Wheel Chair Basketball Team), Garanti has added to the culture of Turkish basketball.
19 Jul 2017
Today, Istanbul Jazz Festival which is being organized by İKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) since 1994, is not merely identified with jazz music but also offers a wide selection of different genres including rock, pop, blues, reggae, funk, world music, as well as experimental work combining electronic music and jazz, covering a huge geographical region ranging from Latin America to Northern Europe.
05 Jul 2017
Every summer, in early July, the Grand-Place in Brussels returns to the 16th century and receives the Court of Charles V. For three days, the centre of Brussels becomes the home of period costumes, jousting on horseback, and crossbow tournaments in celebration of the Ommegang Festivities.
05 Jun 2017
Josep Roca, the middle brother of the owners of El Celler de Can Roca, acclaimed as the best restaurant in the world in 2013 and 2015, arrived in China today with part of his team to take part in a series of commemorative events marking the first anniversary of BBVA opening its first office in the country. At a press conference following his arrival in Beijing, Josep Roca said: “Last year we cooked in Hong Kong and this year we are going to Beijing and Shanghai to pay homage to an age-old gastronomy that has taught us so much. We have great respect and admiration for this country’s cuisine and that’s why we would like to offer it our humble tribute.”
25 May 2017
I fell in love with Paris a long time ago. It was the spring of 2013 when I went to Roland Garros for the first time. Having grown up playing on clay courts in my hometown of Caracas and then later in Barcelona, this love was only natural. It’s true that I play more aggressively than a typical clay court player due to the way I’m built, but there’s no denying that clay courts make me feel at home.
19 Apr 2017
18 Apr 2017
As BBVA Compass Stadium gears up for its five year anniversary, the Houston Dash opened up their season at the venue on a high note, with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Red Stars.
06 Apr 2017
El Celler de Can Roca remains on the podium of the prestigious ranking published by British magazine Restaurant. Joan and Jordi Roca celebrated the award in Melbourne, where the The World’s 50 Best 2017 award ceremony was held. This acknowledgement comes a few weeks before the Roca brothers embark on the BBVA Tour across Spain, to pay homage to the country’s different regional cuisines.
21 Mar 2017
20 Feb 2017
In an electrifying display of bright, athletic talent, the World Team held off the U.S. Team 150-141 in a hotly contested BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.
09 Feb 2017
I’m writing from Ostrava, where we’ll be playing against the Czech Republic in the first round of the Fed Cup. It is always a pleasure to get Conchita Martínez’s call and have the opportunity to represent Spain and spend a week with the team. It is quite different from the everyday grind at the circuit, the vibe is great and I really love it. We spend a lot of time together and we all feel part of something important.
07 Feb 2017
BBVA Compass took part in many events in the run up to Sunday’s big game, but it was the kid-friendly one that shined brightest. On Feb. 2, BBVA Compass hosted the 13 Make-A-Wish children headed to the game and their families for a private dinner at BBVA Compass Stadium. In addition to the dinner, the children and their families toured the Houston Dynamo and Dash’s home and spent time with Houston Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing and Houston Dash Forward Kealia Ohai. Hosting the event underscored the bank’s efforts to give back and create special opportunities as part of the big game festivities.
16 Jan 2017
Garbiñe Muguruza is ready for the first Grand Slam of the season. Still recovering from the adductor strain that forced her to retire in Brisbane, the Spaniard will take to the court for the first time in this year’s Australian Open match on early Monday morning to play against New Zealand’s Marina Eracovik. BBVA’s brand ambassador has fond memories of the Melbourne courts and feels that she is in a great position to in the first big event of the year.
09 Jan 2017
BBVA Compass, the Official Bank of the NBA, announced today the addition of Dallas Mavericks forward and NBA champion Harrison Barnes to its roster of brand ambassadors.
04 Jan 2017
A tennis player’s life is strange that way. When you’re in the pre-season training, stuck in the same place, you start missing the airplanes, hotels and specially the competition. I had only two weeks’ vacation, when, as you know, I went to Egypt –which was something I really wanted to do and was on my “to do” list– and then I spent some time just lazing on the sofa. I made the most of those days to follow the treatment for my ankle. Everything went fine and we began training straight away.
29 Dec 2016
In a year brimming with stellar sporting events, BBVA’s ambassadors and sponsored teams excelled. The Rio Games, the Copa America Centenario, the NBA, tennis and soccer tournaments are just some of the stages in which they proved their worth.
27 Dec 2016
Garbiñe Muguruza will remember the 2016 season as the year of her first Grand Slam. On June 4th, the Spanish-Venezuelan tennis player beat Serena Williams to win the French Open. It was the highlight of a fairly inconsistent season in which she was forced to withdraw from several tournaments. The overall result is positive, however: “Everything that could have happened did this season, but it will help me become a better player,” she notes. This year she received her highest WTA ranking – 2nd the week of June 6th. Will 2017 be Garbiñe’s year? “No one knows what will happen in 2017. Let’s hope it will be my year again. I think this year was very good, just like last year, so I just hope to be at the same level in 2017,” she says.
12 Dec 2016
Hi everyone. This time I’m writing from sunny California, in the U.S. This is the second year in a row that I have come here for the second part of the preseason.
17 Nov 2016
So… vacation time is over and my preseason starts this very day. Gone is the 2016 season. A season that I will never forget, having won at Roland Garros and after making it for second year in a row to the WTA Finals. I’m so proud of these achievements, but they are all part of the past now, and, starting today, I’m be looking to 2017.
24 Oct 2016
Garbiñe Muguruza has reached the WTA Finals in Singapore, the last tournament of the year, which pits the year’s eight best tennis players against each other. Now that she’s recovered from a twisted ankle she suffered in Linz, she will face off against Karolina Pliskova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and the reigning champion, Agnieskza Radwanska. The WTA Finals mark the end of a great year for Garbiñe, who won her first Grand Slam after beating Serena Williams in Paris.
20 Oct 2016
It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been a year since the last time we were here. We arrived at Singapore yesterday, and now we’re gearing up to, hopefully, do things right in the year’s last tournament. It will be extremely hard, because only the season’s 8 best players play in the WTA Finals. As you know, Serena will not be here, but the tournament is going to be just as hard.
07 Oct 2016
The NBA is back. So much so that the 30 franchises are now deeply immersed in the 2016/2017 preseason. Here at bbva.com we will go over the changes in the teams from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, as well as their outlook for the season. Will the Cleveland Cavaliers repeat as champions this season? We’ll have to wait for the answer to this and many other questions during this exciting season.
06 Oct 2016
BBVA Compass brand ambassador and NBA All-Star Kevin Durant made a towering debut Sept. 9 at the IDEA Public Schools Austin’s Rundberg campus, where the bank and the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation have set out to give the school a $100,000 outdoor basketball court where students can learn some of life’s most lasting lessons.
20 Sep 2016
‘The Turkish Way’, produced by BBVA, premiered in the culinary section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. The documentary captures the experience of the Roca brothers during their trip to Turkey in 2015, bearing witness to how the top chefs in the country are starting an interesting gastronomic movement. “Being there was wonderful, meeting top chefs and seeing them gather and come together in a manifesto aimed at boosting the relevance of their cuisine,” said Joan Roca, chef of El Celler de Can Roca, during the presentation of the film.
19 Sep 2016
We’ve reached the end of the season. It has been a long and demanding summer, so it was great to get the chance to spend almost two weeks at home. First, to get some much needed rest. I had been traveling for more than two months and wanted to sleep in my bed. That’s a long time to be away, with long trips, heat and hotels.
16 Sep 2016
El Bosco. El jardín de los sueños (Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights) will premier in Mexican theaters this weekend. Directed by José Luis López Linares and sponsored by the BBVA Foundation, the documentary will also be released in the U.S. on September 24th.
15 Sep 2016
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in Mexico. Every weekend, more than nine million people watch 18 national league games on television. Over three million watch the Liga Bancomer MX and Ascensco Bancomer MX league games every week in the teams’ stadiums.
25 Aug 2016
So many things have happened that it seemed like an eternity when we got back on the road for the great summer that was approaching. Unfortunately, my health started playing dirty tricks on me again and I couldn’t compete in Montreal. Actually, I was eager to play because the previous week we had trained very hard, both physically and on the court, in Los Angeles and I was ready. But I couldn’t, I just couldn’t.
15 Jul 2016
Almost everything is ready for El Celler de Can Roca’s historic visit to Chile, which will take place in just a bit over a month, from August 28th through September 4th. The Roca brothers are working on the final details of the menu they will offer during the dinners served at the nation’s capital.
11 Jul 2016
Summer is finally here! While many of us may picture ourselves jetting off to a tropical island to do nothing but enjoy cocktails while bathing in a secluded beach… the truth is that, unfortunately, due to a lack of money and time, some of us will have to save our dreams for later and spend the summer in the city. But, hey, it’s ok! There are thousands plans waiting for you – low-cost, even for free – and you probably didn’t know anything about them.
29 Jun 2016
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Euroleague Basketball announced today that the Oklahoma City Thunder will play two preseason games in October against Euroleague Basketball teams Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Lassa, as part of NBA Global Games Europe 2016 presented by BBVA.