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DFA: Saudi tourists in the Philippines reach record-high

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Growth of visitors in the Philippines from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Infographics from DFA.

The arrival of visitors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is at an all-time high, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Tuesday.

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

More Europeans to have more fun in Philippines

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

The Philippines expects a “significant increase” in tourist arrivals from Europe following the decision of the European Union (EU) to lift a ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL) flying on its airspace.

Posted: July 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFWs urged: Come home more often, join FB, invite all

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Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

Add a few more Facebook friends and earn the title “new tourism ambassadors” in the process.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

3 missing divers found alive in Masbate

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The three divers, who failed to surface eight hours after they went down in the waters off Donsol town in Sorsogon, were found alive in Masbate Sunday evening, the police said on Monday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Save reef not US ship, says PH government

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POWERLESS. Giant waves batter the USS Guardian, a minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, tossing the ship some 90 degrees from its position on Thursday (inset) and making it parallel to the reef line. The photographs are courtesy of the AFP FILE PHOTO

The United States Navy has sent 10 American divers to assess the situation and brought in two private salvor ships to try to extricate its minesweeper that got stuck on Tubbataha Reef, a world-renowned marine sanctuary in the Sulu Sea, the Philippine Navy said on Sunday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US Navy raps faulty map for hi-tech ship’s grounding

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REEFS ON THE ROCKS A diver observes a sleeping shark on a ledge at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Made up of two atolls, Tubbataha’s vertiginous walls are home to 12 species of sharks. Overfished because of the sharks’ valuable fins, Tubbataha offers one of the last guaranteed shark dives in the world. Although protected year-round by armed rangers who are stationed in two-month shifts, the reefs were defenseless against the rude intrusion of a US minesweeper  three days ago when it  ran aground in the Unesco-named World Heritage Site. YVETTE LEE/CONTRIBUTOR

The United States Navy said a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines was using a faulty map that misplaced the location of the marine sanctuary.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

3 tourists barely survive 2-day sea ordeal

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Battling cold winds and rampaging waves while praying for help to come, three Australia-based foreigners survived two days clinging to a capsized boat until they were rescued off the waters of Oriental Mindoro on Thursday.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pitching Philippine tourism via ‘polvoron,’ mangoes

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Fashioned out of flour, powdered milk and sugar, it is one of the native Philippine delicacies, along with dried mangoes, offered in a one-stop shop set up on a street in this bustling South Korean capital to attract more Korean tourists to the Philippines.

Posted: July 26th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Government looking to develop Pagasa Island in Spratlys

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The government is looking to develop Pagasa Island in the disputed Spratlys Group of Islands once a beaching ramp has been completed that would allow construction materials to get onto the island.

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Lifting of HK’s black travel advisory vs PH seen

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TRAVEL BAN. While millions of Filipinos continue to regard Hong Kong as one of their favourite year-round tourist destinations, the Hong Kong government still view the Philippines as a “severe threat” and that all travel to the country should be avoided.

After more than a year of talks with Hong Kong officials and travel executives, Philippine tourism officials are optimistic that a black travel advisory against the country would soon be eased or lifted.

Posted: February 13th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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