Samoa and Christmas Island in Kiribati were the first to welcome 2014. At 6 p.m. in Manila Tuesday, the two countries had already celebrated the New Year. Samoa, a South Pacific island nation located about 8,000 kilometers southeast of Manila, used to be one of the last places in the world to celebrate the [...]
By Jerome Aning
The new Philippine ambassador to Samoa has met with the South Pacific country’s head of state, thanking him for supporting Manila’s international endeavors and pushing for greater security and economic cooperation between the two nations.
The US Coast Guard has confirmed the identity of a Filipino fisherman who died in an accident on an American Samoa-based fishing boat. The Coast Guard says 40-year-old Manolito Galvez of the Philippines died in the accident two weeks ago when the Pago Pago-based MV Carol Linda was about 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) north of the US territory’s main island of Tutulia.