Friday, April 18, 2014

Philippines' Easter crucifixons draw huge crowds

SAN FERNANDO, Philippines - Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines on Friday to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ. The ritual, held every year to mark Good Friday in Asia's bastion of Catholicism, has been going on for decades, becoming a major tourist draw despite official disapproval ... More here: Philippines' Easter crucifixons draw huge crowds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines on Friday to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ. The ritual, held every year to mark Good Friday in Asia's bastion of Catholicism, has been going on for decades, becoming a major tourist draw... More here: Philippines_holy_thursday_afp.jpg

Canada warns vs measles in PHL in updated travel report

Canada this week warned its nationals to take precautions against measles when traveling to four countries including the Philippines, where it said measles is "endemic" and where "periodic large outbreaks occur." More here: Canada warns vs measles in PHL in updated travel report

Talks for freedom of kidnapped women ongoing

The Philippines and China are now working with Malaysian authorities in negotiating with the kidnappers of the Chinese tourist and Filipina worker who were abducted from an island resort near Semporna, Sabah, on April 2. More here: Talks for freedom of kidnapped women ongoing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Obama's PH visit confirmed

United States President Barack Obama will travel to the Philippines from April 28 to 29, the final leg of his four-nation trip in Asia, the White House National Security Council (NSC) has confirmed. In a statement issued early Tuesday morning, (Tuesday night Manila time), the NSC confirmed that President Obama's first stop will be Japan where he is scheduled to stay from April 23 to 25 ... More here: Obama's PH visit confirmed

PH, China, Malaysia negotiating hostages’ release

The Philippines and China are now working with Malaysian authorities in negotiating with the kidnappers of the Chinese tourist and Filipina worker who were abducted from an island resort near Semporna in Sabah on April 2. Speaking at a press conference after the Putrajaya Forum 2014 in Kuala Lumpur where he delivered a speech on transnational and organized crime on Tuesday, Malaysian Home ... More here: PH, China, Malaysia negotiating hostages’ release

No travel ban to Mideast – Palace

Manila, Philippines --- The government is not inclined to impose a travel ban to and from the Middle East despite the death of a Filipino health worker due to a fatal respiratory virus in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE). Reading an advisory from the Department of Health (DOH), Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there is “no outbreak” of the Middle East ... More here: No travel ban to Mideast – Palace