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Defensor interested on DOT project for LGUs to plant flower of identity

By Annabel Petinglay ILOILO CITY, (PNA) –- Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said he is interested in the project of the Dept. of Tourism Regional Office 6 urging local government…

Hotel occupancy rates up in Bali

DENPASAR, Bali (PNA/ANTARA) — The occupancy rates of star-rated hotels in Bali rose 1.39 percent to 62.44 percent in July from the previous month. “The occupancy rate is fairly good…

Art works inspired by supermodel Kate Moss to be under the hammer

LONDON, (PNA/Xinhua) — A collection of paintings, photographs and a sculpture and a tapestry inspired by supermodel Kate Moss are to be auctioned on Sept. 25, said art dealer Christie’s…

Eastern Petroleum eyes P300M net income in ‘14

MANILA, (PNA) — Eastern Petroleum is eyeing a P300 million net income for 2014, higher than the P60-100 million goal for this year to be boosted by its latest venture…

Asian nations eye replicating PHL solid waste initiatives

By Catherine Teves MANILA, Sep. 5 (PNA) — The Philippines is serving as solid waste management model for several Asian countries aiming to stop the health-jeopardizing and environmentally degrading practice…

Roundup: Strike against Syria advances as U.S. rounds up global support

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama’s push for strikes against Syria passed its first congressional hurdle Wednesday amid frantic search for international support of the military action to punish…

US servicemen’s remains go home

DA NANG, (PNA/VNS) -— Viet Nam handed over the remains of American servicemen who died during the war in Viet Nam at a repatriation ceremony held at Da Nang International…

Port relocation in VN lag wreaking havoc for southern master plan

HO CHI MINH CITY, (PNA/VNS) -— Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has urged Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City and other relevant authorities to speed up relocation of ports along…

Analysis: G20 leaders to seek cure for ailing world economy

By Han Liang, Yue Lianguo MOSCOW, (PNA/Xinhua) — Policymakers of the Group of Twenty (G20) nations will meet this week in the Russian city of St. Petersburg for the eighth…

Majority of Americans oppose military strike against Syria

WASHINGTON, (PNA/Xinhua) — The majority of Americans still oppose launching military strikes against Syria while the Obama administration is trying hard to secure lawmakers’ support, according to an ABC News-Washington…

Azerbaijan to recruit more winter sports athletes

BAKU, (PNA/Xinhua) — Azerbaijan will increase the number of athletes in winter sports, the country’s Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov said during a news conference in Baku on Tuesday….

China yuan retreats to 6.1729 against U.S. dollar Wednesday

BEIJING, (PNA/Xinhua) — The Chinese currency Renminbi, or the yuan, lost 11 basis points to 6.1729 against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System….

Maternal and infant health home visit program pushed in Congress

MANILA, (PNA) — A former broadcast journalist turned lawmaker is pushing the establishment of a maternal and infant health home visiting program for low-income pregnant adolescents. Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones…

Inferno: The Devil and Dan Brown

By Luis H. Francia Lately, there has been a lot of talk of Hell. One of Dan Brown’s fictional characters in his latest novel, Inferno, Sienna, describes Manila as being…

Boracay as world’s best? ‘Hardly,’ says LA Times travel editor Calls WV’s tourist destination a big disappointment

By Florence F. Hibionada/PNS CALIFORNIA, USA – More fun in the Philippines? Maybe. Or to borrow the word of a Los Angeles (LA) Times Travel Editor, “hardly.” The reason? Boracay,…