BANGKOK — Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins. Read More
HUNGRY for “berry pretty” strawberries but too broke to go on a trip to Baguio City? Head down to southern Cebu for a promise of strawberry goodness in the mountains of Barangay Maloray, a 21.8-kilometer drive from the Municipal Hall of Dalaguete. Read More
ONE of the perks of being a memver of the Cedar Point’s Birthday Club in Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA is enjoying their ‘Paluwagan Galore’ activity where birthday celebrants will receive $1000. For the month of February, Alma Ramos, Monette Austria Alega and Rachel Lagman-Lipana received their share on their simple yet sweet birthday gathering. Among those who attended their celebration on February 25 were Julie Chiao, Zaide Belarde, Marlyn Cuerquis, Irine Dato, Vilma Yu, Evelyn Villahermosa, Grace Cayme, Sandra Lim, Lorna Yasay, Ingrid Luyon; Donna Guntayon, Rosalie Alcalde, Marjevi Juan, Anne Salvatierra, Vicky Roque, Yvonne Manalo, Rachel Lipana, Carol Ibale, Cheryl Potter, and Mebel Dispo. These beauties are Fil-Am health professionals working in the states of New York and New Jersey building a strong Filipino community in the southern part of New Jersey. (Mebel Beltran-Dispo with SunStar Philippines)
THE Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and Aboitiz Power are positive that Pangarap, a captive-bred Philippine eagle, will lay its first fertile egg this year. Pangarap turned 18 years old Thursday, February 23. Read More
WASHINGTON — The six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing, a new study finds. Read More
TOKYO — Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism.
The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it’s starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in Tokyo devoted to ninja, set to open in 2018.MORE
THE Philippines will be sending over 500 college students annually to Israel in order to learn from Tel Aviv’s expertise and advanced technologies in agriculture, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday.
The deployment of 550 college students chosen from 29 agricultural schools outside Metro Manila is part of the proposal to expand the current exchange program of the two countries in the agriculture sector.MORE
TWO Philippine agencies have tied up with China’s Fujian Provincial Drug Law Enforcement Agency to stop drug smuggling into the country, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Wednesday.
Officials of the BOC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) met with the representatives of the Fujian Provincial Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Tuesday.MORE
MALACAÑANG signed Wednesday, February 22, a memorandum giving a green light for the release of the P1,000 increase in the monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) members.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, who signed the memorandum, informed SSS Chairperson Amado Valdez and SSS President Emmanuel Dooc that the Malacañang approved the proposed increase in the benefit of qualified SSS pensioners and beneficiaries, retroactive from January this year.MORE
Pope Francis is calling for humanitarian corridors to protect refugees fleeing their homelands and denouncing the “populist rhetoric” that is closing doors in their faces.
In a speech Tuesday to an international forum on migration and peace, Francis also demanded justice and redress for migrants and the poor who have been exploited by the wealthy. He said the world can no longer sustain “unacceptable economic inequality” that destroys the planet and forces people to leave their homes.MORE
THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) recently summoned the producers and directors of the hit TV show “Til I Met You” for words and portrayals they deemed unfit for TV. At the center of the issue was the line from the October 26 episode casually stating, “sex lang ‘yan.” However you put it, this line is a mockery of what sex is and what it is made for.
THE Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged his fellow labor ministers in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to create measures or initiatives that will protect and promote the rights of migrant workers.
During the opening of the Asean Labor Ministers’ Retreat on Monday, February 20, Bello acknowledged the importance of Asean migrant workers for the better relationship of the Asean countries. It is therefore important, according to him, that they implement meaningful instruments for the workers.MORE
HOMEGROWN coffee chain Bo’s Coffee has unveiled plans to open nine more outlets to close the first quarter of this year with 100 branches across the country.
The coffee chain founded by Cebuano Steve Benitez soft-opened its 91st branch in the Philippines and 31st outlet in Cebu at Island Central Mall in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.MORE
AT least 500 Listahanan identified-poor families in Cebu City received the Metrobank Foundation’s Bags of Blessing during the Chinese New Year celebration last month.
The Bags of Blessing project is a nationwide gift-giving program of the foundation where 10,000 bags filled with grocery items worth P1,000 was distributed to 10,000 poorest families listed in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Listahanan but are not beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.MORE