Casino profit boosts PHL’s global gaming hub ambitions

Manila, Philippines |AFP| – A Philippine mega-casino reported Thursday its first annual profit on the back of half a billion dollars in revenues, strengthening the Southeast Asian nation’s bid to become one of the world’s biggest gambling hubs. Bloomberry Resorts, which operates...

3 gov’t troopers killed in Abu Sayyaf landmine attack

Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants. The military convoy...

Philippines opens mammoth casino-resort, seeking high-rollers

Manila (Philippines) –  AFP (Joel GUINTO) A new mega-casino opened in the Philippines Monday as the fast-growing southeast Asian nation ups its bid to become a world gaming destination. Manila aims to rival Macau and Las Vegas in terms of gaming revenues, and the...

AFP chief slammed for ‘breach’ of Ebola quarantine

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines’ top health and military officials were under fire Tuesday for visiting Filipino UN troops undergoing quarantine after serving in Ebola-ravaged Liberia. More than 100 soldiers and police were confined for 21 days on an island at the mouth of...

Drilon urges DOT to revive Roxas Boulevard

MANILA (Mabuhay) – For Senate President Franklin Drilon, it’s not more fun in the Philippines when a tourist would see vendors and people lying along Roxas Boulevard, specifically between the United States embassy and Manila Yacht Club. “Every time I passed through between the...

Fiberglass ‘bangkang pinoy’ for Yolanda-hit areas launched

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Agriculture officials this week launched new fiberglass bancas for fishermen in areas hit by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), as part of efforts to help them recover from the disaster. Dubbed “Bangkang Pinoy,” the fiberglass vessels were launched at Manila Bay....

Solaire, PHL’ biggest casino hits early jackpot

MANILA (AFP) – 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...

Fishermen protest 144-hectare reclamation of Manila Bay

MANILA, Mar 3 (Mabuhay) – The government should stop the reclamation project of Manila Gold Coast Corporation which covers 144 hectares of coastline, fishermen from Southern Tagalog said at their fluvial protest action in Manila Bay. The protesters rode in seven fishing boats...

Pasig River ferry service seen to help ease traffic congestion to be available by April

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Metro Manila Development Authority on Monday revealed its plan to revive the Pasig River ferry service as an alternative to the traffic-ridden roads in the National Capital Region. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that the agency will kick off the...

Government says it has three-pronged approach to address flooding

The government said it is already working on a master plan containing a three-pronged approach to solve the annual flooding and traffic congestion problems particularly in Metro Manila in the long term. In a press conference in Malacanang on Wednesday, Public Works and Highways...