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...

Filipina in UAE saved from death row

Photo from “Save Jennifer Dalquez’ Life” Facebook page

A FEMALE overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was spared from the death row after a court in the United Arab Emirates acquitted her for the killing of her employer who tried to rape her in 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

The Court of Appeals in Al Ain, in a hearing on June 19, declared Jennifer Dalquez, 30, innocent “without diyyah or payment of blood money,” the DFA said in a statement.READ MORE

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...

More OFWs becoming financially literate

THE Social Security System (SSS) said that more Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are becoming financially literate and secured as many of them are starting to invest for their future.

This, after the agency noted that the annual incentive benefits (AIB), disbursed to qualified OFWs in 2016, rose by 18.1 percent to P15.5 million from the P13.15 million provided in 2015.MORE

China Eastern connects Cebu to Shanghai, Canton

CEBU can expect more Chinese nationals and vice versa as China Eastern Airlines announced yesterday two new routes connecting Cebu to Shanghai and Canton. The Cebu-Canton route will commence this June 28, and the Shanghai-Cebu route will begin in Oct. ...

US, UK, Australia warn citizens after Resorts World attack

THE United States (US), United Kingdom and Australian governments issued separate travel advisories on Friday, June 2, urging their citizens to exercise caution following the attack that left 37 people dead at Resorts World Manila. A gunman stormed the Resorts World Manila and torched gambling tables in the crowded area on Friday before dawn, June 2. Aside from 37 fatalities, dozens were injured.MORE

PH Embassy in Beirut releases office schedule during Ramadan

THE Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Beirut, London issued an announcement informing the public of their operation schedule during the holy month of Ramadan last May 26. READ: Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered As of Monday, May 29, the embassy is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no lunch break. The embassy is open from Monday to Friday, except during Lebanese and...

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...