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Monks’ 11-hr prayers soften pain of 2010 hostage tragedy

HEALING PROCESS  Buddhist rituals turn a section of Quirino Grandstand into a golden shrine on Saturday, the first of two Days of Prayer set by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (in barong) for the eight Hong Kong tourists killed in the August 2010 hostage crisis. The second day, set for Christian rites, is Aug. 23, the fourth anniversary of the tragedy. JOAN BONDOC

Chanted prayers echoed across Quirino Grandstand in Manila starting Saturday morning as a group of Buddhist monks from Hong Kong led the commemoration of the August 2010 hostage drama that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead and strained relations for more than three years between the Philippines and the Chinese administrative region.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Arrested ‘Jihad’ preacher in Manila

Philippine Immigration officers escort Robert Edward Cerantonio (C), an Australian convert to Islam who used the internet to urge people to join "jihad" in Iraq and Syria, shortly after arriving at Manila airport on July 11, 2014, after he was arrested in Cebu City. The Australian convert was arrested in the Philippines on July 11, local police said. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Australian national suspected to be a Jihad preacher who was arrested in Cebu on Friday morning arrived in Manila.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Teenage American pilot chasing record makes PH stop


An American teenager attempting to become the youngest person ever to fly around the world solo arrived in Manila on Tuesday.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Japanese wakes up poorer due to karaoke ‘friends’


A Japanese tourist lost nearly 200,000 yen (P86,000) in cash and valuables to a group of “friendly” Filipinos who invited him to a karaoke bar in Binondo, Manila, where they laced his drink with a sedative on Saturday.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH gains convince Denmark to reopen embassy

PHOTO from denmark.dk

The “impressive growth” the Philippines has achieved in recent years convinced Denmark to reopen its embassy in Manila after 12 years of managing its affairs here through Kuala Lumpur, Danish diplomats said.

Posted: June 7th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »