Tuesday, April 29, 2014

When You’re Suddenly Unable to Travel, But Already Bought the Tickets

ABC News Fixer helps a reader get a gesture of "good will" from United. More here: When You’re Suddenly Unable to Travel, But Already Bought the Tickets

Makati sets up police unit for tourists

Manila, Philippines --- A tourist police unit has been established in the country’s financial district to ensure the safety of both foreign and domestic tourists at nighttime entertainment areas and tourist spots. Supt. Manuel Lukban Jr., Makati police chief, said more than 20 additional policemen have been deployed to patrol the Burgos-Makati Avenue-Kalayaan Triangle, a popular nighttime ... More here: Makati sets up police unit for tourists

NZ tourist shot dead in Argentina

A New Zealand tourist has been shot dead during a botched bag snatch in Argentina. More here: NZ tourist shot dead in Argentina

Monday, April 28, 2014

Philippines’ biggest casino hits early jackpot

The Philippines' biggest casino announced Monday it had begun raking in huge profits in 12 months of operations, which it said vindicated its decision to sack its American managers. More here: Philippines’ biggest casino hits early jackpot

Kidnapped tourist constantly keeping in touch with family

KOTA KINABALU - Kidnapped tourist Gao Huayuen is reportedly keeping in constant touch with her family in Shanghai. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) director-general Datuk Mohamad Mantek said feedback from intelligence agencies showed that Gao was making phone calls to her family in China almost daily. Gunmen snatched the 29-year-old tourist and Filipino hotel worker Marcy Darawan, 40 ... More here: Kidnapped tourist constantly keeping in touch with family

Philippines' biggest casino hits early jackpot

The Philippines' biggest casino announced Monday it had begun raking in huge profits in 12 months of operations, which it said vindicated its decision to sack its American managers. Bloomberry Resorts Corp., operator of Solaire Resorts and Casino, reported a net profit of 1.461 billion pesos ($32.78 million) from January to March. "It is significant that we were able to turn a profit after only ... More here: Philippines' biggest casino hits early jackpot

Philippines' biggest casino hits early jackpot

The Philippines' biggest casino announced Monday it had begun raking in huge profits in 12 months of operations, which it said vindicated its decision to sack its American managers. Bloomberry Resorts ... More here: Philippines' biggest casino hits early jackpot

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Filipinos still need visa to visit Japan

The Japanese Embassy in Manila has clarified that it is not lifting visa requirements for Filipinos who want to travel to Japan, disputing earlier reports that Philippines and Tokyo are forging a visa-free travel agreement. In an advisory posted on its website, the Embassy said a visa is still needed for nationals of Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam who want to travel to Tokyo. “The Embassy ... More here: Filipinos still need visa to visit Japan

Alert change followed procedure

The black travel alert for the Philippines was lowered after considering the measures implemented to improve tourist safety, Secretary for Security TK Lai says. Speaking to the media after appearing on a radio programme today, he said the alert was introduced after the Manila bus tragedy because the safety of Hong Kong tourists in the country was seriously affected. The Government has been ... More here: Alert change followed procedure

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Filipinos still need visa to visit Japan

The Japanese Embassy in Manila has clarified that it is not lifting visa requirements for Filipinos who want to travel to Japan, disputing earlier reports that Philippines and Tokyo are forging a visa-free travel agreement. In an advisory posted on its website, the Embassy said a visa is still needed for nationals of Philippines, Indonesia, […] More here: Filipinos still need visa to visit Japan

10 places in Baguio that remind us why it’s still ‘Little America’

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Ah, Baguio. The city, a popular tourist destination and well-known for its cooler climate, is also rich with history. Here's a quick tour of a few spots that remind us of these connections to American presence in the Philippines. Burnham Park ... More here: 10 places in Baguio that remind us why it’s still ‘Little America’

Report: HK exec says lowering of black travel alert on PHL not influenced by Manila's regret

Hong Kong's lowering of the security travel alert on the Philippines was not influenced by the recent visit there of a contingent led by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to express "regret" over the 2010 Manila hostage tragedy. More here: Report: HK exec says lowering of black travel alert on PHL not influenced by Manila's regret

Friday, April 25, 2014

Kidnapped women taken to Sulu

Two women kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia—a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist—are believed to have been brought to a jungle lair in the southern Philippines, security officials said Friday. More here: Kidnapped women taken to Sulu

Bolinao Travel Guide: The Hidden Jewel of the North

If you are not a frequent traveler or not from the northern parts of the Philippines, then you might not have heard about the town of Bolinao. Actually, it is not a popular holiday destination yet. For this reason it is also nicknamed as ‘The Hidden Jewel of the North’. If you are looking forward […] (Visited 7 times, 7 visits today) The post Bolinao Travel Guide: The Hidden Jewel of the North ... More here: Bolinao Travel Guide: The Hidden Jewel of the North

Travel photos we wish we'd taken

Each day, CNN producers select a user-submitted photo to be our Travel Photo of the Day. Click through the gallery above to see stunning shots from around the world, and be sure to come back every day for a new image. Have a gorgeous travel photo of your own to share? Submit it for the gallery at CNN iReport! More here: Travel photos we wish we'd taken

Abducted tourist, hotel staff now in Sulu

MANILA -- Filipino officials said Friday that Moro militants brought a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist to the southern Philippines... More here: Abducted tourist, hotel staff now in Sulu

2 Malaysia kidnap victims now in Philippine jungle

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino officials say Muslim militants have brought a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist to their jungle stronghold in the southern Philippines after kidnapping the women from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia early this month. More here: 2 Malaysia kidnap victims now in Philippine jungle

Officials say Filipino extremists holding 2 kidnapped women from Malaysia in Philippine jungle

Filipino officials say Muslim militants have brought a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist to their jungle stronghold in the southern Philippines after kidnapping the women from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia early this month. More here: Officials say Filipino extremists holding 2 kidnapped women from Malaysia in Philippine jungle

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tourist arrivals from NZ up

Around 15,783 tourists from New Zealand visited the Philippines in 2013, representing an 11.94 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Based on updates provided by the Department of Tourism (DOT), the DFA reported that in January 2014, 1,425 New Zealanders came to the Philippines representing a growth rate of 11.07 percent on a month-on ... More here: Tourist arrivals from NZ up

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Byline: RNLI lifeguard Chris Rigby has returned to Pembrokeshire from a life-changing trip to the Philippines, where he helped deliver a lifesaving tuition course as part of the charity’s international work. Page Content: Chris was one of two lifeguard trainers from the RNLI to travel to the Camotes Islands last month to deliver a lifesaving tuition course, aiming to help save hundreds of people ... More here: Welsh-lifeguard-returns-from-trip-to-help-tackle-Philippines-drownings

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hong Kong tourist arrivals seen to rise

MANILA, Philippines – Tourist arrivals from Hong Kong are expected to increase further following the resolution of a long-running dispute over a hostage crisis that started in 2010. More here: Hong Kong tourist arrivals seen to rise

No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild

The crocodile named Malang will no longer be a tourist attraction. More here: No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild

'Most sorrowful regret'

Hong Kong yesterday lifted the black travel alert and diplomatic sanctions imposed on the Philippines after family members and survivors of the 2010 Manila bus hostage incident accepted the Philippines' "most sorrowful regret, profound sympathy and sincere condolences." More here: 'Most sorrowful regret'

Editorial: Greater German investments in Philippines

The Department of Finance (DOF) pushed for greater German investments in the Philippines during the recent German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) Liebesmahl event in Hamburg, Germany, attended by over 500 German business executives of the OAV. The DOF stressed the need for greater business collaboration between the Germany and the Philippines and for the creation of a German House in ... More here: Editorial: Greater German investments in Philippines

Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

BINANGONAN (Philippines) (AFP) - On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of ... More here: Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

Manila, HK settle 2010 spat

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong yesterday scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy almost four years ago, settling a lengthy diplomatic spat between the two. More here: Manila, HK settle 2010 spat

Philippines Arrests Extremist In Malaysia Resort Kidnapping

A Chinese tourist and a Filipina resort worker were seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf members from a Malaysian resort earlier this month. Pic: Reuters ZAMBOANGA: Philippine forces today arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. More here: Philippines Arrests Extremist In Malaysia Resort Kidnapping

Spat over 2010 hostage tragedy settled; Hong Kong accepts apology

HONG KONG. — Hong Kong on Wednesday scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy almost four years ago, settling a lengthy diplomatic spat between the two. More here: Spat over 2010 hostage tragedy settled; Hong Kong accepts apology

Hong Kong and Philippines settle spat over 2010 bus siege deaths

By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines on Wednesday after Manila issued an apology and offered greater compensation for the deaths of eight tourists during a hostage-taking and siege four years ago. Hong Kong and the Philippines have close economic ties, with more than 150,000 Filipino domestic helpers working in the city. Emotions remain ... More here: Hong Kong and Philippines settle spat over 2010 bus siege deaths

Hong Kong and Philippines settle spat over 2010 bus siege deaths

By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines on Wednesday after Manila issued an apology and offered greater compensation for the deaths of eight tourists during a hostage-taking and siege four years ago. Hong Kong and the Philippines have close economic ties, with more than 150,000 Filipino domestic helpers working in the city. Emotions remain ... More here: Hong Kong and Philippines settle spat over 2010 bus siege deaths

HK downgrades travel alert vs. PHL, settles Manila hostage row

The Hong Kong government on Wednesday downgraded the travel alert issued following the 2010 hostage crisis, after Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada made an apology and signed a joint agreement for the lifting of diplomatic sanctions imposed on the Philippines. More here: HK downgrades travel alert vs. PHL, settles Manila hostage row

Philippines' hostage row with HK over

MANILA (UPDATE) -The Hong Kong government said Wednesday a long-running dispute with the Philippines over a deadly hostage crisis had ended following a deal on an apology and compensation. More here: Philippines' hostage row with HK over

Hong Kong and Philippines settle spat over 2010 bus tragedy

By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong on Wednesday scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila offered an apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy almost four years ago, settling a lengthy diplomatic spat between the two. Hong Kong and the Philippines have close economic ties, with more than 150,000 Filipino domestic helpers working in the city. But emotions still ... More here: Hong Kong and Philippines settle spat over 2010 bus tragedy

Travel alert lowered

The Security Bureau today lowered the black Outbound Travel Alert for the Philippines to amber. It reminded Hong Kong residents planning to visit the country, or already there, to monitor the situation, exercise caution and watch their personal safety. The bureau will closely monitor the situation in the country and issue updates through the media and the travel alert website . Hong Kong people ... More here: Travel alert lowered

Philippines' hostage row with HK over

MANILA (UPDATE) -The Hong Kong government said Wednesday a long-running dispute with the Philippines over a deadly hostage crisis had ended following a deal on an apology and compensation. More here: Philippines' hostage row with HK over

HK, Philippines Compromise Over Tourist Deaths

Hong Kong compromises with Philippines over apology for tourist deaths in 2010 hostage-taking More here: HK, Philippines Compromise Over Tourist Deaths

HK, Philippines compromise over Manila tourist deaths

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and the Philippines have reached a compromise over Hong Kong's demand for an apology for the deaths of eight tourists in a bungled rescue attempt during a 2010 hostage-taking in Manila that soured relations. More here: HK, Philippines compromise over Manila tourist deaths

Hong Kong compromises with Philippines over apology for tourist deaths in 2010 hostage-taking

Hong Kong and the Philippines have reached a compromise over Hong Kong's demand for an apology for the deaths of eight tourists in a bungled rescue attempt during a 2010 hostage-taking in Manila that soured relations. More here: Hong Kong compromises with Philippines over apology for tourist deaths in 2010 hostage-taking

Hong Kong compromises with Philippines over apology for tourist deaths

HONG KONG - Hong Kong and the Philippines have reached a compromise over Hong Kong's demand for an apology for the deaths of eight tourists in a bungled rescue attempt during a 2010 hostage-taking in Manila that soured relations. The Philippine government has previously said it would not apologize. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday to discuss the issue. More here: Hong Kong compromises with Philippines over apology for tourist deaths

HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and the Philippines have reached a compromise over Hong Kong's demand for an apology for the deaths of eight tourists in a bungled rescue attempt during a 2010 hostage-taking in Manila that soured relations. More here: HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ThePhilippines.com Reaches Milestone Of One Million Page Views And 150K Facebook Fans -- After Just One Year Of ...

MANILA, Philippines, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As tourism continues to grow in the Philippines, so does the online traffic of one web site that was developed as the official online travel guide to the country. Launched just last year, ThePhilippines.com has already reached a milestone of 157,000+ Facebook fans and is also receiving more than 150,000 unique monthly visitors who are logging ... More here: ThePhilippines.com Reaches Milestone Of One Million Page Views And 150K Facebook Fans -- After Just One Year Of ...

ThePhilippines.com Reaches Milestone Of One Million Page Views And 150K Facebook Fans -- After Just One Year Of ...

MANILA, Philippines, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As tourism continues to grow in the Philippines, so does the online traffic of one web site that was developed as the official online travel guide to the country. Launched just last year, ThePhilippines.com has already reached a milestone of 157,000+ Facebook fans and is also receiving more than 150,000 unique monthly visitors who are logging ... More here: ThePhilippines.com Reaches Milestone Of One Million Page Views And 150K Facebook Fans -- After Just One Year Of ...

Travel agent accused of using client’s card

A lady travel agent is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City Branch 10 for allegedly using another woman's credit card to purchase plane tickets for her other clients in 2012. More here: Travel agent accused of using client’s card

No sighting of kidnapped Sabah tourist, worker

The reported whereabouts in Sulu of a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker snatched by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants from a beach resort in Sabah, Malaysia have remained unverified, a military official said yesterday. More here: No sighting of kidnapped Sabah tourist, worker

Tourist growth slows

VISITOR arrivals increased more slowly in January and February 2014 than in previous years, based on data from the Department of Tourism (DoT). More here: Tourist growth slows

Editorial: Greater German investments in Philippines

The Department of Finance (DOF) pushed for greater German investments in the Philippines during the recent German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) Liebesmahl event in Hamburg, Germany, attended by over 500 German business executives of the OAV. The DOF stressed the need for greater business collaboration between the Germany and the Philippines and for the creation […] More here: Editorial: Greater German investments in Philippines

British man 'shot dead by disgruntled security guard' in Philippines

A British man who ran a scuba diving business on island of Malapascua has been shot dead, allegedly by a former employee who had turned up to work drunk More here: British man 'shot dead by disgruntled security guard' in Philippines

British man 'shot dead by disgruntled security guard' in Philippines

A British man who ran a scuba diving business on island of Malapascua has been shot dead, allegedly by a former employee who had turned up to work drunk More here: British man 'shot dead by disgruntled security guard' in Philippines

Foreigners vs balut: Who wins?

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos love to eat. There is no doubt about it. But we can't remember any other time where Filipino food has been this controversial. The conversation about food exploded after a Norwegian tourist in the Philippines published a blog about how she was expecting delicious Filipino ... More here: Foreigners vs balut: Who wins?

PH joins ICAO public key directory

The Philippines recently became the 44th country to join the International Civil Aviation Organization Public Key Directory (ICAO PKD). The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines’ participation in the ICAO PKD program will enhance the security and strengthen the integrity of the country’s e-Passport as an ICAO-compliant travel document. The ICAO PKD is a system where ... More here: PH joins ICAO public key directory

Philippines orders 8 arrests in Taiwanese death

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A court has ordered eight Philippine coast guard personnel to be arrested on a homicide charge in the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman last year. More here: Philippines orders 8 arrests in Taiwanese death

Monday, April 21, 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

Mike Arroyo seeks permit to travel

The husband of former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Sandiganbayan to be allowed to travel to Europe from May 17 to June 10 even as he assured the court that he would not evade trial in the graft case filed against him by the government. More here: Mike Arroyo seeks permit to travel

Travel the Write Way: Turn your vacations into travel articles

This is an announcement from the Writer's Block Philippines. If you’re like the others who have been bitten by the travel bug, you would surely get a thrill out of traveling to a new destination that you can tick off your bucket list. Embarking ... More here: Travel the Write Way: Turn your vacations into travel articles

‘Best of the Best: Philippines’ book lists best spots for trekking, surfing, diving

The 200-page hardbound travel guide released by Eastgate Publishing, is fun, easy-to-ready and packed with an overwhelming amount of information about the best spots in the Philippines. But could the “Best of the Best: Philippines” be the best travel book yet about the country’s top destinations for trekking, surfing, and diving? More here: ‘Best of the Best: Philippines’ book lists best spots for trekking, surfing, diving

Sunday, April 20, 2014

TPLEx speeds up travel to North, but gridlock greets Baguio tourists

Travel time from Balintawak in Quezon City to Rosales town in Pangasinan province will now take only a little over two hours with the opening of a section of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx). More here: TPLEx speeds up travel to North, but gridlock greets Baguio tourists

Saturday, April 19, 2014

San Miguel starts construction works at Boracay airport

MANILA, Philippines – Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation will start construction works to expand the Boracay airport within the first half. "Once the project is complete by 2016, the Boracay airport will be able to accommodate larger aircraft, boosting tourism not just to the country's top tourist destination, but also to ... More here: San Miguel starts construction works at Boracay airport

Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

Binangonan (Philippines) (AFP) - On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of ... More here: Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

More tourists from New Zealand visit Philippines

More tourists from New Zealand are flocking to the Philippines and spending more than other foreign tourists, data from the Department of Tourism (DoT) showed. The Philippine Embassy in New Zealand said there were 15,783 tourists from New Zealand who visited the Philippines in 2013 or a growth rate of 11.94 percent from the previous year. More here: More tourists from New Zealand visit Philippines

Philippines on MERS alert: Official

Manila, April 19 : Philippines President Benigno Aquino III has asked health authorities in the country to raise awareness among the public about the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), Health Secretary Enrique Ona said Saturday. More here: Philippines on MERS alert: Official

‘Best of the Best: Philippines’ book lists best spots for trekking, surfing, diving

The 200-page hardbound travel guide released by Eastgate Publishing, is fun, easy-to-ready and packed with an overwhelming amount of information about the best spots in the Philippines. But could the “Best of the Best: Philippines” be the best travel book yet about the country’s top destinations for trekking, surfing, and diving? More here: ‘Best of the Best: Philippines’ book lists best spots for trekking, surfing, diving

Friday, April 18, 2014

90s child actor now Choosephil's editor-in-chief

He is known as the editor-in-chief (EIC) of Regional Network Group’s travel website Choose Philippines, but did you know that Phillip Kimpo Jr. was once a child actor? More here: 90s child actor now Choosephil's editor-in-chief

Gov’t eyes more modern airports

Manila, Philippines --- More spacious and modern airports are on the pipeline to accommodate the soaring tourist arrivals in the country. The government is eyeing the construction of budget terminals as well as upgrade of airports in popular tourist destinations to provide better service to travelers in the country, according to President Benigno S. Aquino III. The President acknowledged that ... More here: Gov’t eyes more modern airports

Philippines’ Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds

SAN FERNANDO, Philippines: Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines yesterday to witness the gruesome […] More here: Philippines’ Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds

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

Mayor asks Sandiganbayan for travel permit

A mayor who had been accused of unlawfully appointing a municipal officer asked the Sandiganbayan to let him travel to Taiwan this May. Romblon's Sta. Fe municipal Mayor Asher Visca lamented that there is currently a hold departure order (HDO) against him at the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID). In his motion that he submitted through his lawyer Atty. Eusebio Avila, Visca told the ... More here: Mayor asks Sandiganbayan for travel permit

Saudi- Philippines participates in Riyadh Travel Fair

Saudi- Philippines participates in Riyadh Travel Fair More here: Saudi- Philippines participates in Riyadh Travel Fair

Tigerair offers Piso fare promo

TIGERAIR Philippines is offering a Piso fare promo for travelers who book between April 20 to 22 2014 for their travel break on Jan 1 to March 31, 2015. More here: Tigerair offers Piso fare promo

Saudi- Philippines participates in Riyadh Travel Fair

(MENAFN - Arab News) The riyadh travel fair kicks off here in the kingdom tower on tudesday.the philippines will be represented by the department of tourism (dot) representatives g... More here: Saudi- Philippines participates in Riyadh Travel Fair

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mayor asks Sandiganbayan for travel permit

A mayor who had been accused of unlawfully appointing a municipal officer asked the Sandiganbayan to let him travel to Taiwan this May. Romblon’s Sta. Fe municipal Mayor Asher Visca lamented that there is currently a hold departure order (HDO) against him at the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID). In his motion that he […] More here: Mayor asks Sandiganbayan for travel permit

India's Largest Travel Network Via.com Works with CyberSource to Enhance Payment Authentication Process

- Via.com to use CyberSource Decision Manager to automate and streamline fraud management operations BANGALORE, India, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CyberSource, a Visa Inc. company (NYSE:V), and one of the world's largest providers of eCommerce payment management services, today announced a collaboration with Via.com, formerly known as Flight Raja Travels, India's largest travel network ... More here: India's Largest Travel Network Via.com Works with CyberSource to Enhance Payment Authentication Process

Sabah Police Commissioner: There's proof Chinese tourist still alive

KOTA KINABALU - Intermediaries working for the release of a Shanghainese tourist kidnapped from a dive resort off Semporna have been given proof that the woman is still alive. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib confirmed that they have received a photo of Gao Huayun, 29, taken in the southern Philippines. But he declined to say when the photo was taken or when it was sent by the ... More here: Sabah Police Commissioner: There's proof Chinese tourist still alive

Philippines participates in Riyadh Travel Fair

RIYADH: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr. The Riyadh Travel Fair kicks off here in the Kingdom Tower on Tudesday. More here: Philippines participates in Riyadh Travel Fair

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 […] More here: Obama’s PH visit confirmed

SABAH KIDNAP: Authorities receive proof Chinese tourist is ALIVE

KOTA KINABALU - Intermediaries working towards the release of a Chinese national kidnapped from a resort off Semporna have been given proof that she is… More here: SABAH KIDNAP: Authorities receive proof Chinese tourist is ALIVE

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. […] More here: No travel ban to Mideast – Palace

Cebu Pacific adds domestic flights for summer

MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific is adding domestic flights to top tourist destinations this summer. More here: Cebu Pacific adds domestic flights for summer

Monday, April 14, 2014

DOH: No travel restrictions despite MERS virus

The Department of Health (DoH) said there are no travel restrictions on Middle East countries despite the confirmed death of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who was infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is the second reported case of a Filipino who died from MERS-CoV. In August last year, the first […] More here: DOH: No travel restrictions despite MERS virus

Typhoon Haiyan: airports reopen in the Philippines as rescue operations continue

International flights to the Philippines have resumed but the country remains in chaos, with tourists and visitors among the millions affected by the devastation International travel to the Philippines is resuming after one of the most powerful storms on record swept across the country, leaving thousands dead and many without access to food, water and electricity. Typhoon Haiyan , which made ... More here: Typhoon Haiyan: airports reopen in the Philippines as rescue operations continue

ESSCom team in southern Philippines to help free Chinese tourist

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has sent a team of officers to southern Philippines to […] More here: ESSCom team in southern Philippines to help free Chinese tourist

Travel fair organizers to highlight new destinations to boost tourism

ORGANIZERS of the International Travel Fair (ITF) in Cebu hope to highlight new travel destinations to boost tourism traffic. Project co-director Stephanie Villahermosa, president of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (Naitas) Cebu Chapte, said the Philippines, with more than 7,000 islands still has more tourism products to offer to... More here: Travel fair organizers to highlight new destinations to boost tourism

Travel fair organizers to highlight new destinations to boost tourism

ORGANIZERS of the International Travel Fair (ITF) in Cebu hope to highlight new travel destinations to boost tourism traffic. More here: Travel fair organizers to highlight new destinations to boost tourism

Semporna resort kidnap: ESSCom team now in south Philippines to help free tourist

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has sent a team of officers to southern Philippines to assist in releasing the Chinese tourist, who was abducted by a group of armed men in Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort early this month. More here: Semporna resort kidnap: ESSCom team now in south Philippines to help free tourist

ESSCOM's team in Southern Philippines to help free Chinese tourist

KOTA KINABALU (Apr 14): The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has sent a team of officers to southern Philippines to... More here: ESSCOM's team in Southern Philippines to help free Chinese tourist

Esscom team in southern Philippines to help free Chinese tourist – Bernama

The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has sent a team of officers to southern Philippines to assist that country's security authorities in releasing the Chinese tourist who was abducted by a group of armed men in Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort early this month. Its director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek (pic) said Esscom officers... More here: Esscom team in southern Philippines to help free Chinese tourist – Bernama

ESSCom Team To Southern Philippines To Help Free Chinese Tourist

KOTA KINABALU, April 14 (Bernama) -- The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has sent a team of officers to southern Philippines to assist that country's security authorities in releasing the Chinese tourist, who was abducted by a group of armed men in Singgamata Adventures and Reef Resort early this month. More here: ESSCom Team To Southern Philippines To Help Free Chinese Tourist

23 Singapore measles cases may have come from PH

MANILA, Philippines – Singapore has reported cases of measles, which it described as "a highly infectious disease," and indicated that a third of them might have come from the Philippines. In an advisory posted on the website of its Ministry of Health, there are 49 cases of measles occurring locally, ... More here: 23 Singapore measles cases may have come from PH

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Philippines death toll from typhoon Haiyan 'could rocket within 24 hours'

195mph storm – the strongest ever – likely to have caused 'catastrophic damage' in many isolated island communities Super-typhoon Haiyan – thought to be the strongest recorded storm ever to hit land – has barrelled through the Philippines with winds up to 195mph (315kph) and waves as high as 5m (19ft). The category 5 storm, which made landfall at dawn on Friday on Samar island in the central ... More here: Philippines death toll from typhoon Haiyan 'could rocket within 24 hours'

Philippines death toll from typhoon Haiyan 'could rocket within 24 hours'

195mph storm – the strongest ever to hit land – likely to have caused 'catastrophic damage' in isolated island communities Super-typhoon Haiyan – thought to be the strongest recorded storm ever to hit land – has barrelled through the Philippines with winds up to 195mph and waves as high as five metres. The category 5 storm, which made landfall at dawn on Friday on Samar island in the central ... More here: Philippines death toll from typhoon Haiyan 'could rocket within 24 hours'

TPB, CDC help turn North Phil into MICE center

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) have vowed to turn Central and Northern Luzon into a preferred destination for meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibits/events (MICE). The two entities cited North Philippines’ emerging facilities and attractions for the domestic and intern More here: TPB, CDC help turn North Phil into MICE center

Burlington nurse returns from volunteer work in Philippines with new perspective

Stephanie Lusk volunteered with Project HOPE, a medical team bringing care to 6,100 patients after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. / RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS More here: Burlington nurse returns from volunteer work in Philippines with new perspective

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Palace: Stay safe during Holy Week

MANILA, Philippines – MalacaƱang Palace wishes the nation a peaceful and reflective Holy Week but cautions against possible risks faced by those who travel during the Lenten season. (READ: A safe Holy Week? Here are police tips ) "As a new week approaches, we in the administration wish the Filipino people a peaceful and reflective Holy Week," ... More here: Palace: Stay safe during Holy Week

China denies ransom demand for tourist

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian official says kidappers demand 70 million yuan (S$14 million) for a Chinese woman abducted last week from a resort in Sabah state, but Chinese consulate says it has received no such request. Beijing Times quoted the Chinese consulate in Kuching of east Malaysia that they have not received any ransom request from the kidnappers, following Malaysia's report Thursday that ... More here: China denies ransom demand for tourist

Friday, April 11, 2014

80 measles cases in S'pore; 23 had travelled to Philippines

Eighty people have come down with measles in Singapore as of April 5. The Health Ministry said among them, 23 cases had a travel history to the Philippines, which announced measles outbreaks in a number of cities in Metro Manila and in Pampanga in January. More here: 80 measles cases in S'pore; 23 had travelled to Philippines

Kidnappers demand $12m for Asian tourist

Kidnappers based in the southern Philippines have demanded $A12 million in ransom for a Chinese tourist. More here: Kidnappers demand $12m for Asian tourist

Malaysia urged to help kidnapped tourist

China is pressing Malaysia to rescue a Chinese tourist who was abducted along with a Filipina by gunmen. More here: Malaysia urged to help kidnapped tourist

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

The Philippines is using "moral suasion" in its conflict with Asian giant China over their claims to parts of the South China Sea, a government spokesman said Thursday. This was why the Philippines filed a case to a UN tribunal, asking it to declare Beijing's claims of undisputed sovereignty over most of the sea as illegal, said Foreign Department spokesman Charles Jose. "Through moral suasion ... More here: Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is using "moral suasion" in its conflict with Asian giant China over their claims to parts of the South China Sea, a government spokesman said on April 10, Thursday. (READ: PH lawyer on China) This was why the Philippines filed a case to a UN tribunal, asking it ... More here: Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

US Federal Aviation Authority has restored the Category 1 rating to the Philippines

Good News! The Philippines is expecting increase in tourist arrivals from the US and Europe after the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the European Union (EU) lifted aviation status on the Philippines. Its More Fun in the Philippines It was in 2008 when US FAA downgraded the aviation status of the Philippines to Category […] No visits yet The post US Federal Aviation Authority has ... More here: US Federal Aviation Authority has restored the Category 1 rating to the Philippines

Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is using "moral suasion" in its conflict with Asian giant China over their claims to parts of the South China Sea, a government spokesman said on April 10, Thursday. (READ: PH lawyer on China) This was why the Philippines filed a case to a UN tribunal, asking it ... More here: Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

MANILA - The Philippines is using "moral suasion" in its conflict with Asian giant China over their claims to parts of the South China Sea, a government spokesman said Thursday. This was why the Philippines filed a case to a UN tribunal, asking it to declare Beijing's claims of undisputed sovereignty over most of the sea as illegal, said Foreign Department spokesman Charles Jose. "Through moral ... More here: Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

Malaysia: Abductors want $11.3M for Chinese woman

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Gunmen have demanded a ransom of 500 million pesos ($11.3 million) for the release of a Chinese tourist abducted last week from a Malaysian resort off Borneo island, a Malaysian minister said Thursday. More here: Malaysia: Abductors want $11.3M for Chinese woman

Kidnappers demand $11 mln for Chinese tourist

Kidnappers based in the southern Philippines have demanded more than $11 million in ransom for a Chinese tourist abducted from a Malaysian dive resort, a senior minister said Thursday. Malaysian Home Minister Zahid Hamidi told AFP the family of Gao Huayun, who was kidnapped by gunmen on April 2 along with a Filipina resort worker, are negotiating with her abductors through an intermediary. Gao's ... More here: Kidnappers demand $11 mln for Chinese tourist

PH kidnappers demand $11 mln for Chinese tourist: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Kidnappers based in the southern Philippines have demanded $11.25 million in ransom for a Chinese tourist abducted from a Malaysian dive resort, a senior minister said Thursday. Malaysian Home Minister Zahid Hamidi told AFP the family of Gao Huayun, who was kidnapped by gunmen on April 2 along with a Filipino resort worker, are […] More here: PH kidnappers demand $11 mln for Chinese tourist: Malaysia

Kidnappers demand $12m for Asian tourist

Kidnappers based in the southern Philippines have demanded $A12 million in ransom for a Chinese tourist. More here: Kidnappers demand $12m for Asian tourist

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Safety ruling clears Philippines to add US flights

American aviation authorities have cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved. The U.S. embassy in Manila said Thursday that the U.S. Federal Aviation ... More here: Safety ruling clears Philippines to add US flights

De Lima: NBI looking into US solon's gun smuggling links to PHL

While De Lima is not sure if the United States government made a request for assistance to the Philippine government, she said that the NBI is already verifying some facts about the case, especially the travel of Yee in the Philippines. More here: De Lima: NBI looking into US solon's gun smuggling links to PHL

Philippines bags ‘Best National Tourism Organization’ award in India

TRAVEL and tourism professionals in South India voted the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) as the “Best National Tourism Organization” for 2013. “South India Travel Awards (Sita) will create an all-India platform to recognize those behind the success of the travel and tourism industry and to recognize their... More here: Philippines bags ‘Best National Tourism Organization’ award in India

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Philippines: UN seeks debt relief to support typhoon recovery

New York, Apr 8 : Voicing concern that the Philippines' post-typhoon reconstruction and recovery efforts could be undermined by its heavy debt load, a United Nations independent human rights expert on Monday issued a strong call on international creditors to cancel the country's debt and to provide unrestricted grant aid instead of new loans. More here: Philippines: UN seeks debt relief to support typhoon recovery

Malaysia kidnappers telephone Chinese victim's family

Kidnappers holding a Chinese tourist who was abducted from a resort on Malaysia's Borneo island have made a phone call to her family in China, a senior security official said Sunday. He said the gunmen have communicated with the family of Gao Huayuan, 29, whom Philippine security forces believe is being held in Jolo island in the southern Philippines. "They have made telephone contact with her ... More here: Malaysia kidnappers telephone Chinese victim's family

Monday, April 7, 2014

Banaue Travel Guide: Explore Philippines’ Ancient Man-made Wonder

Banaue is a famous backpacking destination among foreign tourists because of its world-famous rice terraces, cool climate and its tourist friendly locals. In this Banaue Travel Guide, we listed down all the important things you need to know for your travel planning. Banaue Rice Terraces view from Stairway Lodge and Restaurant The Banaue Rice Terraces […] (Visited 6 times, 6 visits today) The ... More here: Banaue Travel Guide: Explore Philippines’ Ancient Man-made Wonder

CEB signs share purchase deal for Tigerair Philippines

CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) announced that it has signed the share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of Tigerair Philippines, including the 40 percent stake of Tiger Airways Holdings Limited. More here: CEB signs share purchase deal for Tigerair Philippines

Sunday, April 6, 2014

PH wins tourism award in India

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Tourism was voted as "Best National Tourism Organization" for 2013 by travel and tourism professionals in South India. More here: PH wins tourism award in India

Shark attack victim's grieving husband asked to 'prove she was dead'

A Cairns-based travel company has reportedly refused to refund a deposit to Rob Armstrong, whose late-wife Christine was killed by a shark off the NSW South Coast last week. More here: Shark attack victim's grieving husband asked to 'prove she was dead'

Will the Philippines’ legal challenge against China work?

Recently, our government took the bold decision to take China before a UN court at The Hague. It represented the culmination of years of preparing a legal challenge to China’s increasingly belligerent actions in the West Philippine Sea. It also reflected our exasperation with existing diplomatic mechanisms under the aegis of the ASEAN, which have, so far, failed to establish a legally-binding ... More here: Will the Philippines’ legal challenge against China work?

Kidnapped tourist, hotel worker, being held on Philippines island

Gunmen who kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker from a Malaysian resort have brought their captives to an island township in the Philippines' southernmost province, authorities said Friday. More here: Kidnapped tourist, hotel worker, being held on Philippines island

Malaysia kidnappers telephone Chinese victim's family

Kidnappers holding a Chinese tourist who was abducted from a resort on Malaysia's Borneo island have made a phone call to her family in China, a senior security official said Sunday. He said the gunmen have communicated with the family of Gao Huayuan, 29, whom Philippine security forces believe is being held in Jolo island in the southern Philippines. "They have made telephone contact with her ... More here: Malaysia kidnappers telephone Chinese victim's family

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Authorities say Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. The raid underlines persistent security threats in Sabah, a popular tourist destination and dive spot that is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, where Muslim militants ... More here: Authorities say Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

TripTogether.com Reveals Top Spring Adventures for Travel Companions

Social travel website, TripTogether.com, helps travelers plan their perfect 2014 spring vacation. (PRWeb April 05, 2014) Read the full story at http://ift.tt/1iafwiQ More here: TripTogether.com Reveals Top Spring Adventures for Travel Companions

Friday, April 4, 2014

How travel insurance can save your trip

MANILA, Philippines – Travel insurance is one of the most misunderstood risk management tools and is usually the first thing that gets scratched off the travel budget. More here: How travel insurance can save your trip

Chinese tourist and hotel receptionist kidnapped in Malaysia

Suspected insurgents from Philippines seized women from tourist resort before fleeing in speed boat, officials say A Chinese tourist and hotel receptionist have been kidnapped by suspected Filipino insurgents in Malaysia, officials say. Six men armed with pistols are said to have raided the Singamata Reef resort late on Wednesday before fleeing in a speed boat. A police report said the Chinese ... More here: Chinese tourist and hotel receptionist kidnapped in Malaysia

Chinese tourist and hotel receptionist kidnapped in Malaysia

Suspected insurgents from Philippines seized women from tourist resort before fleeing in speed boat, officials say A Chinese tourist and hotel receptionist have been kidnapped by suspected Filipino insurgents in Malaysia, officials say. Six men armed with pistols are said to have raided the Singamata Reef resort late on Wednesday before fleeing in a speed boat. A police report said the Chinese ... More here: Chinese tourist and hotel receptionist kidnapped in Malaysia

Kidnapped tourist, hotel worker, being held on Philippines island

Gunmen who kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker from a Malaysian resort have brought their captives to an island township in the Philippines' southernmost province, authorities said Friday. More here: Kidnapped tourist, hotel worker, being held on Philippines island

Philippines, Singapore eye regional stability

Manila, Philippines --- The Philippines and Singapore have agreed to boost their synergy on defense and security – particularly on training and intelligence-sharing – in their effort to promote stability in the region. Forging closer bilateral cooperation on trade, tourism and investments was also discussed by President Benigno S. Aquino III and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam during a ... More here: Philippines, Singapore eye regional stability

Abu Sayyaf behind abduction of Pinay, Chinese in Sabah

MANILA (Updated) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed on Friday that the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was behind the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist and a Filipina worker from a resort in Sabah. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, quoting AFP public affairs office chief Lieutenant Colonel... More here: Abu Sayyaf behind abduction of Pinay, Chinese in Sabah

AFP tags Abu Sayyaf in Sabah abduction

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has tagged the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group of being behind the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist and a Filipina worker from a resort in Sabah, Malaysia. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda,... More here: AFP tags Abu Sayyaf in Sabah abduction

Philippines says kidnappers brought captives from Malaysia to southern Philippine island

Philippine authorities say gunmen who kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker at a Malaysian resort have brought their captives to an island township in the Philippines' southernmost province. More here: Philippines says kidnappers brought captives from Malaysia to southern Philippine island

Philippines says captives are on southern island

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities say gunmen who kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker at a Malaysian resort have brought their captives to an island township in the Philippines' southernmost province. More here: Philippines says captives are on southern island

Authorities say Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. More here: Authorities say Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DOT Philippines wins best NTO at South India Travel Awards

Philippines Tourism won the “Best National Tourism Organization” for 2013 at the South India Travel Awards held in Hyderabad on March 27, 2014. The award recognises the outstanding contribution of Philippines Tourism in promoting its products through its branding campaign and roadshows in South India, particularly in the cities of Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. More here: DOT Philippines wins best NTO at South India Travel Awards

ASG abducts Pinoy, tourist in Sabah

Suspected Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) members seized a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said yesterday. More here: ASG abducts Pinoy, tourist in Sabah

Declaration of the Capisaan Cave System as a tourist destination sought (Congress of the Philippines)

(Source: Congress of the Philippines) A lawmaker has filed a bill that seeks to declare the Capisaan Cave System in the Municipality of Kasibu, Province of Nueva Vizcaya as a tourism zone. Deputy Speaker Carlos Padilla (Lone District, Nueva Vizcaya) filed House Bill 4127 mandating the Department of Tourism (DOT) to accord priority development to the cave by declaring it a tourist destination.... More here: Declaration of the Capisaan Cave System as a tourist destination sought (Congress of the Philippines)

Filipino militants kidnap 2 people in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A kidnap-for-ransom gang based in the southern Philippines is suspected of seizing a Chinese tourist and a receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, authorities said Thursday. More here: Filipino militants kidnap 2 people in Malaysia

Gunmen kidnap 2 people in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A kidnap-for-ransom gang based in the southern Philippines is suspected of seizing a Chinese tourist and a receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, authorities said Thursday. More here: Gunmen kidnap 2 people in Malaysia

Malaysia working with Philippines to rescue tourist

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak also says the government has not ruled out possibility that some quarters wanted to sour ties between Malaysia and China More here: Malaysia working with Philippines to rescue tourist

Filipino militants kidnap 2 people in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled in a speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. More here: Filipino militants kidnap 2 people in Malaysia

Filipino militants snatch 2 people in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled in a speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. More here: Filipino militants snatch 2 people in Malaysia

Gunmen abduct two from Malaysia dive resort

Suspected Filipino rebels seize Chinese tourist and Filipino worker from resort on Borneo island. More here: Gunmen abduct two from Malaysia dive resort

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Malaysian security forces launch massive hunt for gunmen who abducted women from resort

BREAKING NEWS SEMPORNA: Malaysian security forces have launched a massive hunt along the sea borders with southern Philippines for gunmen who grabbed two women - a tourist from China and a Filipino resort worker - from a resort off Semporna on Wednesday. More here: Malaysian security forces launch massive hunt for gunmen who abducted women from resort

Filipina worker, Chinese tourist abducted in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. The incident took place late Wednesday in the Semporna district of Sabah state, which is on the Malaysian side of Borneo island.... More here: Filipina worker, Chinese tourist abducted in Malaysia

Suspected Filipino militants kidnap Chinese tourist and hotel worker from Malaysian resort

Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, and then fled on the speed boat they arrived in, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. More here: Suspected Filipino militants kidnap Chinese tourist and hotel worker from Malaysian resort

Filipino Militants Snatch 2 People in Malaysia

Suspected Filipino militants kidnap Chinese tourist and hotel worker from Malaysian resort More here: Filipino Militants Snatch 2 People in Malaysia

Chinese tourist abducted in Malaysia

A Chinese tourist and a hotel worker have been abducted by gunmen from a holiday resort in Sabah, eastern Malaysia, officials say. More here: Chinese tourist abducted in Malaysia

Filipino militants snatch 2 people in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, and then fled on the speed boat they arrived in, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. More here: Filipino militants snatch 2 people in Malaysia

Chinese Tourist Kidnapped in Malaysia; Beijing Expresses Concern

Armed men have kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker at a diving resort in eastern Malaysia, where insurgents are known to be active.Malaysian police say the attackers took the two women in a late Wednesday night raid on the resort in Sabah state and escaped by boat to sea.It is not known who carried out the attack, but militants from the nearby southern Philippines have in the past ... More here: Chinese Tourist Kidnapped in Malaysia; Beijing Expresses Concern

DOT draws up master plan to improve Manila Bay

Some of the country's famous tourist attractions are set to get a face-lift, in a bid to improve the Philippines' reputation as a prime tourist destination in southeast Asia. More here: DOT draws up master plan to improve Manila Bay

Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. More here: Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen abduct Chinese tourist from a Malaysian resort before escaping by sea

The group of armed men allegedly snatched the two women from a hotel on the idyllic Singamata Reef Resort in the Malaysian state of Sabah (file photo). More here: BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen abduct Chinese tourist from a Malaysian resort before escaping by sea

Gunmen abduct Chinese tourist from Borneo resort: report

Gunmen have abducted a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker from a dive resort on Malaysia's Borneo island, a report said Thursday, at a time of heightened tensions between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing over missing Flight MH370. The incident also adds to growing concerns about security in that part of the island after last year's bloody armed assault by Islamic guerillas from the southern ... More here: Gunmen abduct Chinese tourist from Borneo resort: report

Pinay worker, Chinese tourist abducted from Malaysia resort

KUALA LUMPUR - A Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker were abducted by armed men at a diving resort in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah, Malaysian media reported on Thursday. More here: Pinay worker, Chinese tourist abducted from Malaysia resort

Authorities say Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. The raid underlines persistent security threats in Sabah, a popular tourist destination and dive spot that is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, where Muslim militants ... More here: Authorities say Chinese tourist and hotel worker kidnapped from resort in eastern Malaysia

Armed men kidnap Chinese tourist, hotel employee

Several armed gunmen stormed into Singamat Reef Resort in Sabah and kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a hotel employee within minutes. More here: Armed men kidnap Chinese tourist, hotel employee

Chinese tourist kidnapped from eastern Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say that armed men have kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a seaside resort in the east of the country. More here: Chinese tourist kidnapped from eastern Malaysia

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Gunmen kidnapped two women from China and the Philippines from a resort off Semporna last night, in yet another incident of foreign tourists being taken away forcibly from island resorts nearby Sabah. The latest victim was identified as 29-year-old tourist Gao Hua Yun from Shanghai, The Star reported. The other, a Filipino worker, has yet to... More here: tmi196x196.gif

Armed men abduct Chinese, Philippine women from Malaysia resort: reports

A Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker were abducted by armed men at a diving resort in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah, Malaysian media reported on Thursday. The two abducted women were at the resort's jetty on Wednesday night when the men arrived by boat, Malaysia's New Straits Times newspaper cited Eastern Sabah Security Command Director Mohammad Mentek as saying. An employee at ... More here: Armed men abduct Chinese, Philippine women from Malaysia resort: reports

Muntinlupa's Miss Philippines Earth bet promotes eco-tourism

[caption id="attachment_121046" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Miss Philippines Earth candidate Sarah Theresa Stewart participating in the Earth Hour program in Muntinlupa recently (Facebook)[/caption] Sarah Theresa Stewart, who is representing the City of Muntinlupa in the 2014 Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant, is focusing on eco-tourism as advocacy. The 20-year-old lass appealed that ... More here: Muntinlupa's Miss Philippines Earth bet promotes eco-tourism

Japanese firms flocking to PH; 40% bilateral trade growth seen

Tokyo — Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez said Japanese businessmen with strong interests in manufacturing, infrastructure, BPO, retail and agri-business projects, are joining the bandwagon to relocate into the Philippines drawn by very positive factors working in favor of the country. “We are on the radar of Japanese investors and we are the closest to them with only four-hour ... More here: Japanese firms flocking to PH; 40% bilateral trade growth seen

Japanese firms flocking to PH; 40% bilateral trade growth seen

Tokyo — Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez said Japanese businessmen with strong interests in manufacturing, infrastructure, BPO, retail and agri-business projects, are joining the bandwagon to relocate into the Philippines drawn by very positive factors working in favor of the country. “We are on the radar of Japanese investors and we are the […] More here: Japanese firms flocking to PH; 40% bilateral trade growth seen

Muntinlupa’s Miss Philippines Earth bet promotes eco-tourism

Sarah Theresa Stewart, who is representing the City of Muntinlupa in the 2014 Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant, is focusing on eco-tourism as advocacy. The 20-year-old lass appealed that tourism should not be merely about promoting beautiful sites, food and shopping. “I believe that more people need to view tourism as not simply about artistic […] More here: Muntinlupa’s Miss Philippines Earth bet promotes eco-tourism

AIESEC's Global Citizen program

MANILA, Philippines – Each year, over 400 young Filipinos, from 18-30 years old, travel with AIESEC to discover more about the world’s rich culture and people, as well as global insights and challenges that ultimately help them learn about themselves and what they are capable of doing. The international ... More here: AIESEC's Global Citizen program

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ban collection of fees from OFWs as travel pre-condition (Congress of the Philippines)

(Source: Congress of the Philippines) "Why demand unnecessary fees and make travel more difficult for our financially hard-pressed workers seeking employment abroad?" a party-list lawmaker bewailed. OFW Family Party-list Rep. Roy SeƱeres is pushing for the passage of the proposed "OFW Travel Protection Act of 2014" contained in HB 4004. HB 4004 prohibits the collection of any amount of money in ... More here: Ban collection of fees from OFWs as travel pre-condition (Congress of the Philippines)

Egypt prosecution orders policeman arrested on sexual harassment charges

The tourist allegedly subjected to the harassment rejects the complaint stirred by a worker at the Abu Simbel Temple More here: Egypt prosecution orders policeman arrested on sexual harassment charges