PHL vows ‘higher’ APEC summit

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines Saturday vowed “higher security” for world leaders at an economic summit in Manila next week after a series of bombings and shootings left more than 120 dead in Paris. US President Barack Obama is set to join the leaders of China, Japan,...

Australia vows P33-M aid for ‘Koppu victims

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Australian government on Thursday pledged P33 million in emergency aid to communities and families affected by Typhoon Lando in the Philippines. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced the aid on Thursday. “Australia, as a close friend of...

Eating Asian pears before drinking could head off hangovers: study

(Relaxnews) – Anticipate a booze-fueled, night of free-flowing drinking? You might want to hit the grocery store and pack in a few pears to head off a hangover. Because preliminary findings out of Australia’s national science agency show that eating a pear – but not just any pear...

PHL cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday hailed  what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the US Pacific Fleet released photographs of its...

Fil-Am conferred with commodore rank by PCG

Filipino-American Felix B. Lopez, division chief of the South East Asia Region of International Affairs Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX) has been awarded the prestigious title of Honorary Commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine...

Foreign birdwatchers nearly caught in gun battle in Mindanao

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – A group of birdwatchers from Britain, Denmark and Australia narrowly avoided getting caught in a gun battle between the Philippines military and insurgents that left their guide wounded, officials said Saturday. Three Britons, three Danes and an...

Foreign investments up over 30% in Nov. – Bangko Sentral

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Jobs-creating foreign direct investments (FDIs) grew by over a third in November, reflecting confidence in the Philippine economy, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said Wednesday. The Philippines registered a net inflow of $399 million in FDIs last...

Record 56.4 million tourists flocked to NY in 2014

(New York–AFP) – A record 56.4 million tourists visited New York last year, drawn by its diverse culture, low crime and “dynamism,” and generating $61.3 billion for America’s largest city, officials said Monday. The number of visitors tops the...

Australia gives PHL two naval landing craft

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – Australia is donating two decommissioned military landing craft to the Philippines after the archipelago struggled with relief efforts following Super Typhoon Haiyan, it was announced Sunday. The vessels, which were decommissioned in November, will...

Australia backs GPH-MILF peace deal despite deadly Mamasapano clash

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) – Australia’s envoy to Manila has expressed strong support to a new Philippine peace agreement between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following a clash involving the insurgents that killed 44 police anti-terror operatives. After...