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New travel deal hopes to attract “voluntourists”


The Philippines’ Department of Tourism and ABS-CBN Foundation International recently signed a memorandum of agreement to launch Voluntrip, a program that combines philanthropy with tourism.

Posted: May 29th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US navy completes removal of fuel from grounded ship

The USS Guardian, after it ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs is pictured on Jan. 17, 2013, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. The salvage operation for the US Navy minesweeper suffered another setback after tropical depression “Crising” struck parts of Mindanao on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, a Philippine Coast Guard officer said.  AP

The United States Navy on Friday completed defueling the grounded USS Guardian, a crucial step before the vessel could be removed from the Tubbataha marine sanctuary without risk of leaking oil into the protected area.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Party-list solon seeks probe of Tubbataha reef mishap

MARINE PARADISE LOST A diver fins through a field of pristine soft leather corals at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Unfortunately, only about 3 percent of the Philippine coral reefs are in “excellent condition.” YVETTE LEE/CONTRIBUTOR

A partylist lawmaker wants a congressional inquiry into the US Navy ship which has been stuck on a coral reef in the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »