DENR 7: Protect wetlands

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has urged the public to protect, preserve and maintain the wetlands in the region as it is crucial in combating climate change. Wetlands provide protection against floods and serve as a natural water impounding area. They are also a source of food and water not only […]

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila

A MAGNITUDE 5.3 earthquake struck off the eastern part of Luzon mainland on Wednesday, with tremors felt all the way up to some northwestern provinces, according to state seismologists.    The earthquake was recorded at 1:05 p.m. with the epicenter located northeast of Tinaga Island in Camariñes Norte, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and […]

US-led Pacific group to focus on climate, connectivity amid China concerns

WASHINGTON — China’s ambitions in the Pacific are a concern for some Pacific Island leaders, White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Thursday, but a growing US partnership with allies in the region aims to address issues such as climate change, health, and technology links. Mr. Campbell spoke after US Secretary of State Antony […]

JCB presents STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition 2022-2023

TOKYO & SINGAPORE, Sep 21, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via – STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition returns December 31 to The Float at Marina Bay. The one and only futuristic fireworks entertainment display will be held for the first time in three years against the iconic Marina Bay city skyline. Colorful HANABI hand-crafted fireworks […]

JCB sponsors Singapore’s one of the largest countdown event

TOKYO & SINGAPORE, Sep 20, 2022 – (ACN Newswire via – JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), Japan’s only international payment brand, will sponsor STAR ISLAND SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN EDITION 2022-2023 Presented by JCB (“STAR ISLAND”), which will be held by Avex Asia Pte. Ltd. (“Avex Asia”), subsidiary wholly owned by Avex Entertainment Inc., from December 25 […]

DOT trains Virgin Island service providers on ‘Filipino brand of service’

THE Department of Tourism, in coordination with the Bohol Tourism Office and the Municipality of Panglao, conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 10, training on the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) to service providers operating in Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol.Initiated by the DOT upon receiving information on the alleged overpricing of food served to tourists […]

Malilong: Buyer beware

Its name notwithstanding, it is obviously no longer a virgin’s island. Commercialism has crept into what must have been a poor man’s paradise, disrobing Bohol’s Virgin Island of its innocence.But what else is new? Many years ago, my wife and I visited Anda, also in Bohol, spending one night in a cottage by the beach. […]

Satellite broadband: bringing high-speed affordable internet to private island resorts

Bambunet, powered by Kloche Communications, is a local internet service provider partnered with Singapore-based satellite operator Kacific.WITH international tourism coming back onto the agenda in Southeast Asia, governments have been working hard to make up for lost time. Like other countries in the region, the Philippines opened its borders on April 1, easing health protocols […]

US vows more high-level engagement with Pacific islands amid China push

WASHINGTON — White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Thursday he expects more high-level US officials to visit Pacific island countries as Washington steps up its engagement to counter China in the strategically important region. Mr. Campbell said the United States needed more diplomatic facilities across the region, and more contact with Pacific island […]

Pescador reopens to tourists

PESCADOR Island in the town of Moalboal in southern Cebu has formally reopened its shores to tourists, particularly to local and foreign certified divers.The Provincial Task Force, led by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, launched the Dasig Pescador, a volunteerism program on coral aggregation around Pescador Island on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 to signal the reopening […]