Conservation at its finest in Singapore

JURONG Bird Park is the largest bird park in Asia which houses close to 5,000 birds across 400 species of which 15% of those are threatened. The Park is set on a 20.2-hectare hillside haven that has been home to different species. I myself was amazed on how many species of birds I have no...

Cebu firm transforms mining pit into an attraction

AN OLD mining pit in western Cebu has turned into a popular site for social media-worthy selfies and groufies. Trees dot the slopes of the Biga Pit, providing a refreshing contrast to the barren, rocky slopes of two other open pits within the vast mines of Carmen Copper Corp. in Toledo City, Cebu. Visitors are...

Sarangani bares its underwater treasures, and more

SOCCSKSARGEN or South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos Region has just about everything that the adventurous would give their eyetooth for; except that its perceived proximity to conflict areas is like an invisible barrier locked for good measure with negative travel advisories. But that doesn’t mean that the locals are giving up as they launched their tourism...

Thousands of jellyfish stranded at El Nido beach

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Authorities and residents in the town of El Nido, Palawan, are baffled by what seemed to be a stranding phenomenon of several thousands of jellyfish larvae at Nacpan Beach, Sitio Calitang in Barangay Bucana. Photos of the said phenomenon, which was posted on June 16 by El Nido resident Justin Silvestre...

62 dead in Portugal forest fires

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal (Updated) — A raging forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 62 people as they desperately tried to flee, charring cars and trucks as it swept over roads. The disaster — the worst tragedy Portugal has experienced in decades — shook the nation, with the president declaring that the country’s pain...

Environmentalist surrenders Philippine Eagle

A FORMER environmental planner from Baguio City surrendered a Philippine Eagle in the Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) Baguio under its Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) on June 7. Benedict Solang said the eagle was turned over to him by his daughter-in-law Joven Fernandez which was also passed to...

Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair

HONG KONG — Death is inevitable but it doesn’t have to be bad for the environment. Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population rapidly ages. Chinese businessman Alex Sun’s company, Shandong Ecoffin...

Scientific study eyed to identify blue whale in Bohol Sea

A SCIENTIFIC study will be conducted by a group of researchers and students of the Department of Biological Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, United States, to identify the blue whale species in Bohol Sea. Edna Sabater, the principal investigator, was in Dumaguete City to request for permission to conduct the study...

Russian national charged for ‘killing’ an endangered sea turtle

POLICE filed charges against a Russian national on Wednesday afternoon, May 17, for allegedly killing an endangered Green Sea Turtle in a marine sanctuary in Masaplod Sur, Dauin town in Negros Oriental. Charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office was Anton Likharev, 35, single, of Vladivostok, Russia, said Dauin Police Chief Bernabe Rubio. The Russian national...

14 abandoned sea turtles rescue in Southern Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Marine troopers stationed in Southern Palawan rescued 14 abandoned live sea turtles locally known as “pawikan.” Troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT)-4 rescued the turtles on May 13 in Barangay Mangsee Island in Balabac, following information from residents of Mangsee Island, who do not want the sea turtles harmed...

Falls Alarm!

ONE should make sure that he spends his summer the best way possible! Get the gang or fam together and plan trips and itineraries for some adventures. If hitting the beach seems too mainstream—news flash, there are several waterfalls (nearby and far away) that one’s group of friends or family can go visit. Most of...

Fun things you can do in ‘Little Venice’

TO THOSE who love the great outdoors, consider visiting Barangay Day-asan in Surigao City. The village is dubbed “Little Venice” because if its narrow channels of water. The place offers activities one will definitely enjoy and cherish, and which will surely satisfy one’s wanderlust. Read More

Sagada caves closed after teenager dies

WOE to tourists as Sagada’s Sumaging and Lumiang caves closed indefinitely. The closure according to Sagada Tourism officer Robert Pangod came after the death of a 15–year–old boy who fell while playing inside the Crystal Cave Monday, April 3. Police reported the victim is an 8th grader from Balugan National High School and a resident...

Then and now: How glaciers around the world are melting

WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, scientists and photographers keep returning to the world’s glaciers, watching them shrink with each visit. Now they want others to see how a warming planet is melting masses of ice in a series of before-and-after photos. In the Geological Society of America’s GSA Today journal, a group of ice...