Philippines asks UK to continue protecting Filipino health workers amid COVID-19

MANILA, Oct 6 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin has called on the United Kingdom to continue protecting Filipino health care professionals and uphold their well-being months after several of them were reported to have died from coronavirus. In last week’s virtual meeting between Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers and […]

06.10.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Philippines can rally ‘overwhelming majority’ vs China before UN — Carpio

MANILA, Sept 28 (Mabuhay) — Manila can rally an “overwhelming majority” of allies against Beijing if it raises before the United Nations an arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s claims over the West Philippine Sea, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has refused to do so over fears that […]

28.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Duterte invokes arbitral ruling vs. China in first UN speech

MANILA, Sept 23 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday invoked the country’s arbitral victory in 2016 against China’s massive claims in the South China Sea. In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Duterte said the Philippines rejected any attempt to undermine the July2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in […]

23.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News ·

Duterte ready to work with Japan’s new PM Yoshihide Suga

MANILA, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) — The Duterte administration is looking forward to working with Japan’s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga to further boost Manila and Tokyo’s bilateral cooperation, Malacañang said on Thursday. “The Duterte Administration is ready to work with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in further strengthening the strategic bilateral cooperation building on the special […]

18.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Duterte appeals to Malaysia to help Filipinos ‘in your country’

MANILA, Sept 15 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night appealed to the Malaysian government to help Filipinos “in your country,” despite the “ticklish” issue of Sabah. According to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, 2,000 Filipinos had been repatriated from Sabah, including 400 Filipinos who arrived on Monday. There were still 3,000 Filipinos in Sabah […]

15.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

DOH hopes to start Avigan trial in coming weeks

MANILA, Sept 5 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trial for the Japanese antiviral drug Avigan is expected to begin in the next few weeks once the Department of Health (DOH) finalizes the necessary documents for the research. “Hindi pa nauumpisahan ‘yong Avigan trial natin… Atin pong minamadali ang pag-proseso ng mga dokumento, hopefully in the coming […]

05.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Delay hits start of Avigan clinical trials in Philippines

MANILA, Sept 2 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trials for anti-flu drug Avigan did not start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 1, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday. Vergeire said this was because three hospitals participating in the clinical trials have yet to finish their ethics review on Avigan. “Hindi ito naumpisahan kahapon kasi nagkaroon […]

02.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Thailand sees PH as ‘important’ Asean family member, not rival

MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — Thailand considers the Philippines as an “important” family member of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and not as a rival, a Thai official said on Friday. The clarification was made after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque recently noted that a “fierce” tourism competition between Manila and Bangkok may […]

31.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News ·

Palace hopes for ‘peaceful’ resolution of US-China row

MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Friday expressed hope that the apparent rift between the United States and China would be “amicably and peacefully” addressed. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines considers both the US and China as its “special friends and trading partners”. “We hope that both partners of […]

29.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, U.S. News ·

US to continue freedom of navigation drills in SCS — Navy

MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — The United States will continue sailing in the South China Sea to exercise its “freedom of navigation” and to reassure its allies that Washington is committed to maintaining a “free and open” Indo-Pacific region, a ranking US Navy official said Thursday. “(The) US Navy has 38 ships underway today in […]

28.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, U.S. News ·

DFA chief thumbs down proposed PCG attaché in Beijing

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has rejected the reported proposal to place an attaché for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Beijing, saying it would equate to Manila conceding its rights in the West Philippine Sea. Locsin said establishing a separate office for the PCG at the Philippine Embassy […]

26.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Isko closes shops with items labeling Manila ‘province of China’

MANILA, Aug 21 (Mabuhay) — Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso ordered the closure of business establishments selling products with the label “Manila, province of China”. Four business establishments in Binondo, Manila were closed by the Bureau of Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) of Manila led by Levi Facundo and Major Jhun Ibay of the […]

21.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Solon seeks blacklisting of Chinese beauty product for listing Manila as ‘province of China’

MANILA, Aug 20 (Mabuhay) — PBA party-list Representative Jericho Nograles has called on authorities to investigate and blacklist the Chinese beauty product distributed locally after it listed its Manila address as a “province” of China. Nograles has sent letters to the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drug Administration to complain about […]

PH, SoKor navies discuss Covid-19 defense in virtual talks

MANILA, Aug 13 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Navy (PN) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) discussed defense efforts against the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic while keeping operational capabilities on track, in their first virtual “Navy to Navy Talks” (NTNT) on Wednesday. “This year’s talks focused on the sharing of best practices between […]

13.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

‘Land of Covid-19’ tag on PH motivated by tourism competition

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday called for understanding over Thailand’s struggling tourism industry after a Thai newspaper branded the Philippines as “Land of Covid-19” (coronavirus disease 2019) in relation to the return of more than a hundred Filipino teachers there. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque acknowledged that there is no way to control […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

PH still asserting sovereign rights vs China — Panelo

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines continues to assert its sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea against China amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Monday. In his commentary show “Counterpoint” aired on state-run PTV-4, Panelo hit critics anew for saying that the Duterte […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Palace won’t accept PH has more COVID-19 cases than Indonesia, highest in ASEAN

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Friday refused to accept that the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia in the number of coronavirus infections, claiming that the numbers are a result of Manila’s more aggressive testing than Jakarta. The Philippines’ COVID-19 tally of 119,460 cases as of Thursday topped Indonesia’s 118,753, making it the Southeast Asian […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

New Clark Airport terminal building to open before end-2020 — BCDA

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The new passenger terminal building (PTB) at the Clark International Airport is on track to open by the end of the year and will be fully operational by January next year, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced Sunday. In an emailed statement, the BCDA said the building shell […]

03.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Local News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Palace thanks China commitment for Covid-19 vaccine access

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Thursday thanked China for its commitment to prioritize the Philippines’ request for immediate access to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine it is developing. In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was glad that the mended relationship between Beijing and Manila yields positive results. “Nagpapasalamat po […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

DFA chief asserts PH Sabah claim; summons Malaysian envoy

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday said he would summon the Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines following a Twitter spat with Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein over Sabah. In a series of tweets, the Filipino top diplomat stressed that Manila would never abandon its claim over the territory. “No […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

78 Filipinos test positive for coronavirus in SoKor

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay)– The Philippine Embassy in Seoul reported Wednesday that 78 Filipinos were diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in South Korea. In a Laging Handa briefing, Charge d’Affaires Christian L. de Jesus said 34 of the 78 have already recovered and discharged from hospitals. “A total of forty-four are currently under treatment, […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

ADB loans to Philippines to reach record high $4.2B in 2020

MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — Loans of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to the Philippines are expected to reach a record-high $4.207 billion this year, with the lion’s share going to efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019. According to ADB Philippines country director Kelly Bird, the ADB’s 2020 lending program is the biggest so far […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

DFA confirms it investigated sexual harassment complaint vs. ex-envoy to Korea

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday confirmed it investigated a sexual harassment complaint filed against the former Philippine ambassador to Korea. The complaint was filed in February this year before the Philippine Embassy in Seoul while the envoy was in Manila for official business. The embassy then forwarded the […]

18.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Hold departure order issued vs crew of MV Vienna Wood — PCG spox

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said its motion to issue hold departure order against crew members of MV Vienna Wood has been granted, spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said Wednesday. Balilo confirmed to reporters that the respondents of the criminal complaint for reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Vietnam eyes stronger naval cooperation with PH

MANILA, July 10 (Mabuhay) — Vietnam has expressed its willingness to strengthen its naval cooperation with the Philippines. Vietnamese Ambassador to Manila Hoang Huy Chung made this assurance in a courtesy call on Philippine Navy (PN) chief Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo at the Navy headquarters in Manila on Thursday. “The Vietnam Ambassador also expressed […]

10.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News ·

Duterte calls for recalibrated Asean plans to address Covid-19

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has sought the recalibration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) plans to ensure the region’s faster recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Friday. Duterte made the call on his fellow Southeast Asian leaders when he delivered a seven-minute speech during the 36th Asean […]

01.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News ·

PRRD urges Asean to find ‘innovative ways’ to end sea disputes

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday enjoined the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to look for “innovative” ways to resolve the long-standing disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea. Duterte, in a speech delivered during the 36th annual Asean summit, maintained that tensions among South China Sea […]

01.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Drilon to OWWA: Facilitate speedy repatriation of 150K OFWs

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — Repatriate all 150,000 overseas Filipinos affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic first and let’s talk about funding later. Thus said Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) after OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac admitted that the ongoing repatriation of OFWs, if it continues next […]

25.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Robredo says OVP has helped more than 700 locally stranded individuals go home this week

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday said her office has assisted more than 700 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Metro Manila to go home to their provinces this week. “Umabot muli sa higit 700 na locally stranded individuals (LSIs) ang ating natulungang makauwi ngayong linggo dahil sa patuloy na pakikipagtulungan ng ating […]

24.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

DOH: Don’t buy dexamethasone for the purpose of preventing COVID-19

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health on Saturday advised the public not to flock to drugstores to buy dexamethasone for use in preventing COVID-19. “Dapat ‘yung mga kababayan natin, ‘wag bumili kasi ‘di naman siya magagamit to prevent, hindi naman siya magagamit para gamutin ang COVID-19,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said. Malacañang on […]

PRRD renews ties with 4 countries, state of Palestine

MANILA, June 20 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ensured that the Philippines will continue to have “friendly and cooperative” relations with Canada, Iran, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Palestine, Malacañang said on Friday. Duterte gave the guarantee during the presentation of credentials of the five countries’ ambassadors held at Malacañan Palace on Friday afternoon, the […]

21.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Local News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

PhilHealth no longer requires OFWs to pay premiums before getting employment certificate

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is no longer requiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to pay their premium contributions as a requirement to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC). PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales made the remark on Tuesday during the virtual organizational meeting of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Universal Health […]

19.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Business tycoon Danding Cojuangco Jr passes away at 85

MANILA, June 17 (Mabuhay) — Business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. has passed away. Cojuangco’s death was announced by San Miguel Corporation, of which he was chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement on Wednesday. “San Miguel Corporation announces the passing of its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr., on […]

19.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

‘A minus’ credit rating affirmation of PH’s economic strength

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday welcomed Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd.’s (JCR) decision to upgrade its rating on the Philippines from BBB+ to A- with “stable” outlook amid fears of global economic downturn due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “This recognition by Japan’s leading credit agency is an affirmation of […]

19.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Customs seizes P2.7M in dollar bills hidden inside magazines from HK

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) –Customs authorities have seized P2.7 million worth of US dollar bills inserted in pages of various magazines declared as “Chinese Cook Book Recipes” which entered the country last month. In a statement on Sunday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said the shipments declared as “Chinese Cook Book Recipes” arrived from Hong […]

18.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

PHL, Japan sign P75-B loan deals for infra projects in Davao City, Cebu

MANILA, (Mabuhay)– The Philippines and Japan on Tuesday signed two loan agreements worth a combined P75.5 billion or about ¥154 billion yen for two big-ticket infrastructure projects in the Visayas and Mindanao under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief representative Eigo Azukizawa […]

18.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Coronavirus causing COVID-19 is not weakening, San Lazaro Hospital doctor says

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — An official of the San Lazaro Hospital on Sunday belied claims that the coronavirus causing COVID-19 is losing its potency. San Lazaro Hospital’s Adult Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Section chair Dr. Rontgene Solante added that the coronavirus can still spread easily. “Ang virus hindi humihina. Hindi nagbabago ang anyo. […]

18.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·
Coronavirus survivor Iza Calzado donates plasma for patients

Coronavirus survivor Iza Calzado donates plasma for patients

MANILA, June 13 (Mabuhay) — Actress Iza Calzado, one of the first local high-profile cases of coronavirus, shared that she has donated blood in the hope of helping other patients recover. On Instagram, Calzado shared a photo of her holding the bag of blood she had donated at the Philippine General Hospital. The successful donation […]

Gov’t should intensify reintegration programs for OFWs – Villanueva

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — The government must “further intensify” and expand the implementation of reintegration programs for overseas Filipino workers who find themselves back in the country due to COVID-19, Senator Joel Villanueva said Sunday. In a statement, Villanueva said skills training provided by TESDA and other interventions must be given to OFWs to […]

16.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

DTI supports legislation to boost e-commerce law in PH

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in commemoration of the 20th year of Republic Act 8792 or the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000, has committed to implement policies to strengthen and grow e-commerce in the country while supporting current legislative measures by Congress. “Twenty years after this pioneering legislation […]

16.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Pinoys urged to have ‘courage, hope, optimism’ amid health crisis

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called on his fellow Filipinos to live with “courage, hope, and optimism” even as the country continues its battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Duterte made the call in a taped video message played during the 122nd Independence Day rites at the Rizal […]

15.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

‘Filipinos will not cower to China,’ Hontiveros says on Independence Day

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday said Filipinos will not cower to China amid what she said were Beijing’s continued incursions in the West Philippine Sea. In an online rally she led on Independence Day, Hontiveros reiterated her earlier demand for China to pay the Philippines at least P200 billion as […]

15.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

BIR memo aimed at getting online sellers to register — DOF

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — The controversial move of the Bureau of Internal Revenue requiring those into digital transactions to register and declare past transactions is not meant to squeeze money out of online sellers’ incomes, the Department of Finance said Friday. DOF Revenue Operations Group Undersecretary Antonette Tionko said, the purpose is to get […]

15.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

ADB approves $500-M loan for Philippine 4Ps program

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay)– Japan-led multilateral lender Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved another loan for the Philippines, this time $500 million to expand the conditional cash transfer program. In a statement on Wednesday, the ADB said the approved loan will cover the expanded Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) introduced in 2008. “The 4Ps program […]

13.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

OFWs need to submit names, destinations before returning to PH

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) — A new protocol will be implemented in the processing of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Wednesday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said returning OFWs will now be required to submit pertinent information to the agency before they leave their host countries. […]

11.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Local News, News, Philippine News, World News ·
Proposal to seize China assets in the Philippines for WPS damage needs further study — Hontiveros

Proposal to seize China assets in the Philippines for WPS damage needs further study — Hontiveros

MANILA, June 10 (Mabuhay) — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said the suggestion to seize China’s assets in the Philippines as payback for the damage it has caused in the disputed territorial waters needs further study to determine if such is allowed by the Constitution. The lawmaker made the comment after she was asked if […]

11.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·
China’s elevated bus completes first road test

China’s elevated bus completes first road test

The transit elevated bus, TEB-1, is 22 meters long, the width of two traffic lanes, and is designed to travel over cars that are less than half its height. Though the congestion-beating concept vehicle defies convention, a first road test took place on August 2, 2016 in Qinhuangdao, north China, according to state press agency Xinhua […]

08.08.2016 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Motoring, Science & Technology ·
Campaign Promoting Benefits Of U.S. Citizenship Targets Asian Immigrants, Fastest Growing Immigrant Population

Campaign Promoting Benefits Of U.S. Citizenship Targets Asian Immigrants, Fastest Growing Immigrant Population

Eligible immigrants strongly urged to take the first step now to have a chance of becoming a U.S. citizen before November election Over 300,000 Asian immigrants in L.A. County currently eligible to naturalize and become a U.SLOS ANGELES – Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), in close partnership with community-based organizations and local government, announced […]

06.08.2016 · Filled under: Asian News, Offers, Promotions, Services ·
Chinese warship sails in Japanese waters for 1st time in over decade

Chinese warship sails in Japanese waters for 1st time in over decade

TOKYO/BEIJING  (PNA/Kyodo) – A Chinese naval ship entered Japan’s territorial waters early Wednesday morning for the first time in more than a decade, the Defense Ministry said, amid increasing weariness of regional countries toward Beijing’s expanded military clout. Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft spotted the Dongdiao-class intelligence vessel sailing in the waters to the west of […]

21.06.2016 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders urged to vote  in California’s June 7 Primary

Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders urged to vote in California’s June 7 Primary

Asian Americans Advancing Justice releases “Get-Out-The-Vote” video with APIAVote LOS ANGELES – As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) drew to a close last Tuesday, a new video was released by Asian Americans Advancing Justice and APIAVote urges Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) to go vote in this important election year. The video features George Takei, […]

03.06.2016 · Filled under: Asian News, Services ·
ASEAN defense ministers discuss terrorism, S. China Sea

ASEAN defense ministers discuss terrorism, S. China Sea

By Preeyapa T. Khunsong VIENTIANE  (PNA/Kyodo) – Defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended two days of talks in Laos on Wednesday, having discussed pressing security challenges like terrorism and the tense situation in the South China Sea, where China has been aggressively pursuing its territorial claims. The defense ministers of […]

30.05.2016 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China to US: ‘Be careful’

China to US: ‘Be careful’

Beijing, China | AFP |   – Beijing’s defense ministry on Thursday warned the US navy to “be careful” in the South China Sea and slammed a newly signed agreement between Washington and the Philippines. Earlier this month, Manila agreed to give US forces access to five military bases, including some close to the disputed South China Sea, where tensions […]

04.04.2016 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Japanese women still face 100 day wait to remarry

Japanese women still face 100 day wait to remarry

Japanese women still face a 100 day wait before they can remarry following legal changes approved Tuesday by the country’s cabinet, a move condemned as discriminatory by a UN rights group. The approval, from conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration on International Women’s Day, came after Japan’s Supreme Court ruled in December that the six-month […]

10.03.2016 · Filled under: Asian News, Beauty & Style, Lifestyle ·
Philippines impounds North Korean freighter based on latest resolution of United Nations

Philippines impounds North Korean freighter based on latest resolution of United Nations

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The government said it impounded the North Korean freighter Jin Teng being in Subic Bay Freeport based on sanction imposed by the United Nations after it carried out nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Quoting an update reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said the Philippines has an […]

10.03.2016 · Filled under: Asian News ·
S. Korea and Singapore nab top spot in world’s best airport ranking

S. Korea and Singapore nab top spot in world’s best airport ranking

Asia can claim bragging rights to being home to the world’s best airports, with South Korea, Singapore, and China taking the top three spots in a new airport ranking. Results of the 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards suggest that flyers passing through the major hubs in Asia are more likely to be satisfied with their […]

08.03.2016 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Science & Technology ·
Asia’s tuk-tuks providing a wheel boost to Africa

Asia’s tuk-tuks providing a wheel boost to Africa

Omnipresent on the chaotic streets of Mumbai, Jakarta and Bangkok, Asia’s three-wheeled “tuk-tuk” has now come to Africa — and with a two-fold bonus: providing much-needed jobs and slashing accidents. Cheap to run and safer than the traditional motorcycle taxi, the auto-rickshaw is an increasingly common sight trundling along the traffic-choked streets of the continent’s […]

08.03.2016 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Motoring ·
PHL economic transformation to headline business and investment forum in NY

PHL economic transformation to headline business and investment forum in NY

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Philippines’ economic transformation due largely to good governance reforms will be the central theme of the Philippine Business and Investment Forum (PBIF) to be held on 03 March 2016 at the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City. With growth rates of 7-10% possible in the next decade and […]

01.03.2016 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Vietnam decries Chinese missile deployment on island

Vietnam decries Chinese missile deployment on island

Hanoi, Vietnam | AFP  – Vietnam on Friday hit out at China’s deployment of missiles on a disputed island chain, saying Beijing had “seriously violated” its sovereignty as international censure mounted over the apparent militarisation of the hotly-contested zone. Chinese state media on Thursday confirmed the presence of unspecified weapons on Woody Island, part of the Paracels chain. […]

24.02.2016 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

Tokyo, Japan | AFP |   – Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday. Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force now has about 40 F-15s on Okinawa’s Naha base, according to the defence ministry. The move comes as Japan and […]

02.02.2016 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Sole search: Taiwan’s giant ‘shoe church’ gains foothold

Sole search: Taiwan’s giant ‘shoe church’ gains foothold

(Taipei-AFP) – A giant blue stiletto heel dubbed Taiwan’s “shoe church” is bringing a touch of oversized glamour to the island’s southern coast. The shoe is not a place of worship but its creators hope it will attract enamoured couples as a backdrop for their wedding photos, hence the name. It is the latest bid […]

17.01.2016 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
PHL assured of support of Kurdistan in fight vs human trafficking

PHL assured of support of Kurdistan in fight vs human trafficking

ERBIL, Iraq – The Kurdistan Regional Government of the Republic of Iraq has assured the Philippine Embassy it will help protect overseas Filipino workers by intensifying its own efforts to go after human trafficking syndicates that have victimized many migrant workers. No less than Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Jalal Talabani gave the assurance after Philippine […]

14.11.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China billionaires overtake US: survey

China billionaires overtake US: survey

(Shanghai, China-AFP) – The number of billionaires in China has overtaken that of the United States for the first time, an annual survey said Thursday, despite slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Communist-ruled China now has 596 billionaires, up a “staggering” 242 over the last year, Shanghai-based luxury magazine publisher Hurun Report said, surpassing […]

17.10.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Home & Garden, International Stars ·
China’s new glass bridge tests courage of tourists

China’s new glass bridge tests courage of tourists

(Pingjiang, China-AFP) – China’s first glass suspension bridge, which dangles 180 metres (594 feet) over a canyon in the central Hunan province, has excited — and terrified — thousands of visitors since opening two weeks ago. “I’m afraid to look down. I can only look straight ahead,” said one young woman crossing the 300-metre long […]

09.10.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Asia Society presents Filipino Design Now: Filipino heritage through the eyes of celebrated designers

Asia Society presents Filipino Design Now: Filipino heritage through the eyes of celebrated designers

Asia Society presents Filipino Design Now, a special showcase of top Filipino designers. This special display coincides with Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, an exhibition of over 100 spectacular works of gold from the 10th to 13th century, highlighting the creativity, prosperity and cultural connections of the precolonial period. Asia Society celebrates the artistic […]

09.09.2015 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Beauty & Style ·
Pinoys in US are outstanding immigrants (Part 2)

Pinoys in US are outstanding immigrants (Part 2)

MPI Report: In 1970, there were more Pinoys serving the US Navy than the PHL Navy By Abner Galino The facts bear out to the strength of Pinoy immigrant community in the US, both in terms of numbers and quality. Now, let us go back in time to see how it came to be. Those […]

24.08.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Malaysia Airlines says ‘premature’ to speculate on  wreckage

Malaysia Airlines says ‘premature’ to speculate on wreckage

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AFP)   – Malaysia Airlines cautioned on Thursday that it was “premature” to speculate on whether aircraft wreckage found in the Indian Ocean was from missing flight MH370, as authorities scrambled to verify the origin of the debris. The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage, possibly from a wing part known as […]

02.08.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China conducts ‘live fire drill’ in disputed waters

China conducts ‘live fire drill’ in disputed waters

Beijing, China (AFP)  – China’s navy carried out a “live firing drill” in the South China Sea Tuesday in a bid to improve its maritime combat ability, state media reported, as tensions flare over the disputed waters. The exercise involved at least 100 naval vessels, dozens of aircraft, missile launch battalions of the Second Artillery […]

31.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane: reports

Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane: reports

Beijing, China (AFP)   – A man who tried to set fire to the cabin of a plane with more than 100 people aboard as it was landing in southern China early Sunday was overpowered by fellow passengers and crew, reports said. Two of the 95 passengers suffered injuries and were taken to hospital and the […]

28.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Tearful prayers as Manny Pacquiao visits death row Filipina

Tearful prayers as Manny Pacquiao visits death row Filipina

Yogyakarta, Indonesia (AFP)   – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao visited a Filipina on death row in Indonesia on Friday, with the convict breaking down in tears as she prayed behind bars with the Philippine sporting hero. Mary Jane Veloso was sentenced to death in Indonesia after being arrested in 2009 with 2.6 kilograms (5.7 pounds) […]

13.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, International Stars, Sports & Recreation ·
Asian Americans rapidly on the move

Asian Americans rapidly on the move

Buying power expected to hit $1-T by 2018 By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman Asian Americans are making a significant and powerful impact on the new American mainstream. Nielsen’s 2015 Asian American Consumer report entitled, “Asian-Americans: Culturally Connected and Forging the Future,” radically highlights how this flourishing segment is making a powerful impact on today’s economy and […]

10.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Beijing’s South China Sea runway ‘nearly complete’: US think-tank

Beijing’s South China Sea runway ‘nearly complete’: US think-tank

Beijing, China (AFP) – Beijing has nearly completed building a 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbors, a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and […]

06.07.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Japan may consider South China Sea patrols: AFP

Japan may consider South China Sea patrols: AFP

Tokyo, Japan (AFP)   – Japan’s military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation’s top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role. China’s recent moves to build artificial islands have created “very serious potential concerns” for Japan, Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of […]

30.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China’s Great Wall is disappearing: report

China’s Great Wall is disappearing: report

(Beijing-AFP) – Around 30 percent of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities — including stealing the bricks to build houses — erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres […]

29.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
New survey: Firms losing business opportunities by not engaging Asian, Pacific Islander workers

New survey: Firms losing business opportunities by not engaging Asian, Pacific Islander workers

Survey finds that despite improvements, companies should do more to engage APAs by involving employees in strategic decisions and offering more growth opportunities. NEW YORK – Asia Society today issued the 2015 Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Survey at the Diversity Leadership Forum in New York. The study, now in its sixth year, surveys employees from Fortune 500-level companies […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Services ·
WCOPA Team Philippines: Preserving the good name of the Filipino artist worldwide

WCOPA Team Philippines: Preserving the good name of the Filipino artist worldwide

Time and again, the Philippines have dominated the world stage as numerous Filipinos rake in top awards in various talent searches across the globe. Currently the reputation is such that if you are Filipino , people from different nations and the international community expect you to have an incredible talent. More often than not, their […]

17.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
S. Korea reports 15th MERS death, seven new cases

S. Korea reports 15th MERS death, seven new cases

By Jung Ha-Won Seoul, South Korea (AFP)  – South Korea Sunday reported its 15th death from the MERS virus as the growing outbreak that has now infected 145 forced one of the nation’s biggest hospitals to suspend most services. The latest fatality from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was a 62-year-old man who died Sunday afternoon […]

15.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Cray wins 100m as Fil-Ams dominate

Cray wins 100m as Fil-Ams dominate

By Stefanus Ian Singapore, Singapore (AFP)  – Texas-based Eric Cray swept to 100m victory at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Tuesday as he led a Filipino-American assault on the athletics competition. Cray, who will represent the Philippines at next year’s Olympics in the 400m hurdles, switched to 100m but easily won with a personal best of 10.25sec. The Philippines’ […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Sports & Recreation ·
China deployed artillery in S China Sea: US officials

China deployed artillery in S China Sea: US officials

By Dan De Luce Washington, United States (AFP)  – China recently deployed two artillery pieces on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea, an unprecedented move that suggests Beijing is trying to extend its military reach in the contested waters, US officials said Friday. The heavy weapons, since removed, posed no security […]

02.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

(Relaxnews) – China is set to become home to the tallest, longest, and, arguably, scariest pedestrian bridge in the world, when construction of a glass-bottomed bridge is complete in the national park that inspired the floating mountains from the James Cameron film “Avatar.” Hovering a dizzying 300 meters (984 feet) above the ground, the Zhangjiajie […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Beijing poised to take ‘de facto control’ of S. China Sea: PHL

Beijing poised to take ‘de facto control’ of S. China Sea: PHL

By Martin Abbugao Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP |   – Beijing is poised to take “de facto control” of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned Sunday, but its call for a robust Southeast Asian response at a regional summit was shot down. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the strategic […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Gay parade held in Japan amid calls for same-sex marriage

Gay parade held in Japan amid calls for same-sex marriage

Sunday  (AFP) – Some 3,000 people marched in a gay pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday as calls grow for Japan to legalize same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony. The crowd, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as well as their supporters and sex workers, paraded […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Japan’s maglev train breaks new world speed record

Japan’s maglev train breaks new world speed record

(Tokyo-AFP) – Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train — short for “magnetic levitation” — hit a top speed of 603 kilometres […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Can’t pay? Won’t pay! — putting a price on water

Can’t pay? Won’t pay! — putting a price on water

(Daegu, South Korea-AFP) – It’s arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we’re not that keen on paying for it. The issue of pricing water is extremely sensitive — socially, politically, economically — but it’s […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Environment, Home & Garden ·
China dismisses Aquino’s call to fear Beijing

China dismisses Aquino’s call to fear Beijing

Beijing, China, AFP  – Beijing on Wednesday dismissed as “groundless” Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s warning to AFP that the Asian giant’s actions in the South China Sea should “engender fear for the rest of the world”. Aquino made his remarks in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, saying that China’s increasing bold assertions of its territorial […]

17.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Japan, China, S. Korea agree to boost tourism: reports

Japan, China, S. Korea agree to boost tourism: reports

(Tokyo-AFP) – Japan, China and South Korea briefly put aside territorial and historical disputes Sunday for rare trilateral talks announcing a bid to boost tourism numbers in the three countries to 30 million visitors in five years. Japanese tourism minister Akihiro Ota met with counterparts Li Jinzao of the China National Tourism Administration and Kim […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Petition to rename Singapore’s airport after Lee Kuan Yew takes flight

Petition to rename Singapore’s airport after Lee Kuan Yew takes flight

(Singapore-AFP) – An online petition to rename Singapore’s Changi Airport “Lee Kuan Yew International Airport” has been signed by more than 12,000 people and submitted to the government, its organiser said on Wednesday. In an update on the website change.org the organiser, who goes by the moniker ‘Remembering LKY’ – Lee’s initials, said the petition, […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Filipino-owned pizza salon at The Plaza Food Hall

Filipino-owned pizza salon at The Plaza Food Hall

NEW YORK – There’s thin crust pizza; and there’s paper thin crust pizza. That’s Pizza Rollio – a delicate crisp layered with a delightful blend of cheese, herbs and fresh toppings, best enjoyed in one bite, rolled up with fresh arugula, alfalfa and sauces. The artisanal pizza created by mother Mariko Jacinto, son Deki Tajonera, […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Columnists, Food & Dining, Home Food, Jannelle So, News ·
Filipino DH captures dreams through photography

Filipino DH captures dreams through photography

By Aaron Tam Hong Kong, China, AFP – From her poverty-stricken roots in a Philippine backwater, via domestic service in Hong Kong to acclaim in New York, Xyza Cruz Bacani’s inspirational journey started with a camera bought with borrowed money. The 28-year-old came to Hong Kong nine years ago to join 300,000 other women working […]

27.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Asian News ·
Singapore in mourning as first PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

Singapore in mourning as first PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

by Martin ABBUGAO Singapore, Singapore, AFP, Monday 3/23/2015 – Singapore was plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the iron-fisted politician who transformed a colonial backwater into a world financial center. His son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, issued a statement before dawn announcing the […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Tokyo citizens hand in $28m in lost cash: police

Tokyo citizens hand in $28m in lost cash: police

(Tokyo-AFP) – Trustworthy Tokyo-ites handed in $28 million of lost cash last year, police said Monday, with three quarters of it returned to its rightful owner, in the latest example of Japan’s startling honesty. Upstanding citizens who had chanced upon wallets full of money took a total 3.34 billion yen to their local police officers, […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
PHL jumps 13 notches in 2015 economic freedom index

PHL jumps 13 notches in 2015 economic freedom index

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippines is among the 10 top countries with improved performances in the list of the world’s freest economies, jumping 13 notches in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom released today by the Heritage Foundation. The Philippines moved from 89th place in 2014 to 76th place in 2015 in the annual survey of 184 countries published since 1995 […]

29.01.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China’s Tencent launches private online bank: report

China’s Tencent launches private online bank: report

(SHANGHAI-AFP) – Chinese Internet giant Tencent, operator of the popular messaging app WeChat, has launched an online bank, a state-backed newspaper said Monday, as the government seeks to foster private lenders. The online bank, called WeBank, will be fully Internet-based with no physical branches, the China Daily newspaper said. WeBank, approved by regulators in July, […]

05.01.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Home & Garden ·
Tokyo Olympic stadium ‘dull’, looks like turtle: architect

Tokyo Olympic stadium ‘dull’, looks like turtle: architect

(TOKYO-AFP) – The stadium at the heart of plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be dull and look like a turtle, a leading Japanese architect said Thursday, adding to the row over the controversial venue. The centrepiece for the Games, which was designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, has been scaled down by a […]

‘Distant,’ a three part pan-Asian film, from ‘Ilo Ilo’ director

‘Distant,’ a three part pan-Asian film, from ‘Ilo Ilo’ director

(Relaxnews) – Anthony Chen, who burst onto the international scene with “Ilo Ilo,” will executive produce three-part Chinese, Singaporean and Thai film project “Distant.” Tying the three 30-minute segments together will be a Chinese lead, but otherwise each part will be helmed by a different director and feature a different supporting cast, reports Variety. The completed […]

07.10.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
World Architecture Festival kicks off in Singapore

World Architecture Festival kicks off in Singapore

(Relaxnews) – The 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) is underway in Singapore, where the industry’s biggest names have gathered to explore the theme of “Architects and the city”. The three-day festival of talks and keynote speeches looks at the relationship between architecture and the socio-economic and political balance of cities. Rocco Yim, the founding principal of Rocco […]

Japan’s ‘shinkansen’ bullet train marks 50th birthday

Japan’s ‘shinkansen’ bullet train marks 50th birthday

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan’s “shinkansen” train, which led the world in super-fast rail transport technology, celebrated its 50th birthday Wednesday with ceremonies hailing its contribution to the country’s post-war economy and its safety record. A sleek, airplane-shaped N700A train left Platform 19 of Tokyo’s central station at 6:00 am, exactly 50 years since the launch of […]

01.10.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Motoring, Science & Technology ·
And then there were eight … Girls’ Generation ousts star

And then there were eight … Girls’ Generation ousts star

(SEOUL-AFP) – One of K-pop’s marquee acts, the girlband Girls’ Generation, has kicked out one of its star members, sending shockwaves through the group’s devoted fan base in South Korea, Asia and beyond. Jessica Jung, a prominent member of the nine-girl act that has toured to packed stadiums around the world, said she had been […]

30.09.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Entertainment, International Stars ·
Japan’s bullet train hits half century

Japan’s bullet train hits half century

(OMIYA-AFP) – Fifty years ago, the first bullet train pulled out of Tokyo station and hurtled across the countryside, heralding Japan’s arrival as a modern economic powerhouse with a transport system soon to become the envy of the world. Less than two decades after a bitter World War II defeat that left much of the […]

28.09.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Motoring, Science & Technology ·
Nearly 700 held or probed in PHL, other countries in major Asia counterfeit sweep

Nearly 700 held or probed in PHL, other countries in major Asia counterfeit sweep

LYON  (AFP) – More than 660 people were arrested or put under investigation in a major police operation across 10 Asian countries that targeted criminal networks trading fake and potentially dangerous products, Interpol announced Monday. The international police organization said security forces and border agencies in countries ranging from Cambodia and China to India and […]

24.09.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Asian Games: China defend basketball with new ‘Great Wall’

Asian Games: China defend basketball with new ‘Great Wall’

By Daniel HICKS INCHEON  (AFP) – China are hoping a new version of their famous “Great Wall of China” can help maintain their Asian Games basketball dominance as they come under heavy attack from rivals. China, with players like towering NBA superstar Yao Ming, have won seven of the last nine men’s gold medals stretching […]

24.09.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Sports & Recreation ·
Asian Games: South Korean leader lets the Games begin

Asian Games: South Korean leader lets the Games begin

(INCHEON-AFP) – South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome. “I declare the opening of the 17th Asian Games,” Park said simply, after athletes from 45 countries had filed into Incheon’s purpose-built main stadium. “Gangnam Style” singer […]

20.09.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Japan’s ‘Golden Bolt’: 103-year-old challenges world’s fastest man

Japan’s ‘Golden Bolt’: 103-year-old challenges world’s fastest man

(KYOTO-AFP) – Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: “let’s rumble!” Hidekichi Miyazaki — who holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed ‘Golden Bolt’ after the Jamaican flyer — plans to […]

02.09.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation ·
Youth Olympics: China showcases future stars as curtain falls

Youth Olympics: China showcases future stars as curtain falls

(BEIJING-AFP) – Up to 2,000 performers will feature at the closing ceremony for the Youth Olympics in China’s Nanjing city Thursday after 12 days of competition that showcased the sporting superstars of the future. No official medals table is published for the multi-sports event which focuses on a programme promoting friendship and sportsmanship, rather than […]

28.08.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Sports & Recreation ·
Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

Asia tourist boom fuels airport binge

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region. From China and India to the Philippines and Indonesia, the fast-growing middle classes are looking to spend their cash by spreading […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan said Tuesday it would relax visa rules for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Tourists with Indonesian e-passports embedded with a microchip can be exempt from getting a visa, the foreign ministry said, […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Thai army chief holds meeting of political rivals

Thai army chief holds meeting of political rivals

By Boonradom Chitradon BANGKOK (AFP) – Thailand’s military hosted ground-breaking talks Wednesday between warring political rivals after the army chief imposed martial law to prevent the deeply divided kingdom degenerating into another “Ukraine or Egypt”. The opposing camps and other top officials met for more than two hours under heavy guard in Bangkok in what […]

23.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Abe pushes for more active Japanese military

Abe pushes for more active Japanese military

By Shingo Ito TOKYO (AFP) – Nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe set out his case Thursday for beefing up pacifist Japan’s rules of engagement, saying he wants the armed forces to be able to enter battle in defence of allies. Citing a rising climate of disquiet in north and southeast Asia, Abe said Japan needs […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
ASEAN seeks peaceful solution

ASEAN seeks peaceful solution

10-nation group rebukes China’s bullying tactics By Martin Abbugao NAYPYIDAW (AFP) – Southeast Asian leaders have expressed “serious concern” over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing. Vietnam and the Philippines led a successful push for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to deliver […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test

New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test

SEOUL (AFP) – New satellite imagery confirms continued activity at North Korea’s main nuclear test site that is consistent with preparations for an atomic detonation, analysts said Wednesday. Images taken on Tuesday show particular activity near the entrances to the two completed tunnels in the South Portal area of the Punggye-ri test site, the Institute […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
New Malaysian budget airport opens amid MH370 mystery

New Malaysian budget airport opens amid MH370 mystery

(SEPANG-AFP) – Malaysia on Friday officially opened a new airport built specifically for the fast-growing budget-travel sector, but with the country’s aviation industry under deep scrutiny over the loss of missing flight MH370. The much-delayed new facility near the main Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) officially commenced operations at 12:05 am (1605 GMT) when a […]

01.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
PHL, Hong Kong end emotional hostage row

PHL, Hong Kong end emotional hostage row

By Aaron Tam HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of […]

26.04.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China approves jail for rare wild animal eaters: Xinhua

China approves jail for rare wild animal eaters: Xinhua

BEIJING (AFP) – China’s legislature voted on Thursday to approve a legal measure that will jail people caught eating rare wild animals, state media reported. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) approved a new interpretation of China’s Criminal Law at a bimonthly session, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The NPC, China’s […]

26.04.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Dog ‘sold for $2 million’ in China: report

Dog ‘sold for $2 million’ in China: report

(BEIJING-AFP) – A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, […]

20.03.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Central Asian states report no sightings of Malaysian jet

Central Asian states report no sightings of Malaysian jet

BISHKEK  (AFP) – The Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on Monday said there had been no sightings of the missing Malaysian passenger jet following reports that it may have reached their airspace. According to one of the possible scenarios, the Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane that mysteriously went missing on March 8 could have […]

19.03.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
On-line Catalog of Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

On-line Catalog of Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Ongoing Prof. Robert L. Brown of UCLA’s Department of Art History also serves as the South and Southeast Asia Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  In this latter capacity he has produced an on-line catalog of Southeast Asian Art at LACMA. The catalogue can be found at seasian.catalog.lacma.org/. Prof. Justin McDaniel of […]

17.03.2014 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Online ·
Advancing Justice- LA study on Asian-Americans’ access to higher education

Advancing Justice- LA study on Asian-Americans’ access to higher education

LOS ANGELES – As part of a coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights and higher education organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles has released a brief report entitled Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California: How Higher Education Diversity Benefits Our Communities. A one-page summary of the report was also released, including […]

17.03.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Asia-Pacific needs nearly 13,000 new planes by 2032: Boeing

Asia-Pacific needs nearly 13,000 new planes by 2032: Boeing

By Martin Abbugao SINGAPORE, February 10, 2014 (AFP) – Asia-Pacific airlines will need almost 13,000 new planes worth $1.9 trillion over the next two decades as rising wealth in the region fuels demand for air travel, Boeing said Monday. The US plane maker said on the eve of the Singapore Airshow that 12,820 extra aircraft […]

11.02.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Asia rings in Year of the Horse with fireworks, festivities

Asia rings in Year of the Horse with fireworks, festivities

(BEIJING-AFP) – Fireworks illuminated the skies across Asia and millions of families gathered together Friday to usher in the Year of the Horse, kicking off a week of celebrations that included a performance by Braveheart actress Sophie Marceau on China’s annual televised gala. Residents from China’s small towns and villages to its sprawling megacities rang […]

China gears up for peak New Year travel period

China gears up for peak New Year travel period

(BEIJING-AFP) – China was gearing up Saturday for the peak travel period of the world’s largest annual human migration as the Spring Festival national holidays draws near. Hundreds of millions of migrant workers will return home to their backwater towns and rural villages before the Lunar New Year, which falls this year on January 31. […]

25.01.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Lunar New Year ·
Build it and they will believe, says defiant China tycoon

Build it and they will believe, says defiant China tycoon

(CHANGSHA, China-AFP) – A Chinese multi-millionaire who built himself an Egyptian pyramid and a replica of Versailles vows to construct the world’s tallest building in just six months — despite authorities preventing work amid safety concerns. Zhang Yue is worth an estimated 1.1 billion yuan ($180 million) and has grandiose aspirations, the biggest of them […]

19.01.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Chinese tourists flock to South Korea in record numbers

Chinese tourists flock to South Korea in record numbers

(Relaxnews) – Growing interest in Korean culture and relaxed visa restrictions helped drive millions of Chinese tourists to South Korea, who outnumbered Japanese visitors to the country for the first time last year. English-language daily newspaper the Cho Sun Ilbo reports that 3.92 million Chinese visitors descended on South Korea in 2013, up a whopping 44 percent […]

16.01.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
China defends South China Sea fishing rule

China defends South China Sea fishing rule

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing on Friday rejected US criticism of a measure requiring foreign fishing vessels to secure permission to enter much of the South China Sea, which it claims almost in its entirety. The rule – which comes as tensions have escalated over overlapping claims with the Philippines, Vietnam and other nations – was […]

15.01.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
S. Korean wins Red Bull world breakdancing title

S. Korean wins Red Bull world breakdancing title

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korean Kim Hong-Yeol, a.k.a. Hong10, trumped reigning champion Mounir from France to take the Red Bull world breakdancing crown before a rapturous home crowd in Seoul on Saturday. The 28-year-old snatched the title in a final dance-off against the 2012 winner, after 14 other contenders for the global b-boy championship had been […]

02.12.2013 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Entertainment, Music ·
B-52 flights meant ‘America is here’: US envoy

B-52 flights meant ‘America is here’: US envoy

China asserts air zone rights despite defiant bomber flights By Carol Huang BEIJING, November 27, 2013 (AFP) – China has insisted it has the ability to enforce its newly-declared air zone over islands disputed with Japan, despite Beijing’s reluctance to intervene after American B-52 bombers entered the area. The flight of the giant long-range US […]

30.11.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
South Korea’s growing ‘kimchi deficit’

South Korea’s growing ‘kimchi deficit’

(SEOUL-AFP) – It’s kimchi-making season in South Korea, with households across the country preparing and laying down stocks of the ubiquitous spicy side-dish for the coming winter. But many foreign visitors, including the most intrepid foodies, will probably leave without ever tasting a Korean-made version of the national dish of fermented, chili-soused cabbage. That might […]

18.11.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Japan PM Abe rides around Tokyo in self-driving vehicles

Japan PM Abe rides around Tokyo in self-driving vehicles

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a ride in several self-driving vehicles on the public roads in the capital on Saturday, showcasing the technology ahead of Tokyo Motor Show. Abe tried auto-piloting vehicles from Toyota, Honda, and Nissan on the roads around Japan’s National Diet Building, as major international automakers compete with likes […]

11.11.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Motoring, Science & Technology ·
China and Southeast Asia to experience tourism boom

China and Southeast Asia to experience tourism boom

(Relaxnews) – China, Vietnam and Myanmar have been named as up-and-coming powerhouses poised to lead the global tourism industry. That’s the synopsis of more than 1,200 senior travel executives polled in a major trendspotting report released at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London this week. “Asia is clearly the continent with the greatest travel […]

06.11.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
S. Korea introduces ‘Gangnam Style’ tourist police

S. Korea introduces ‘Gangnam Style’ tourist police

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korea unveiled its new “tourist police” force Wednesday, with snappy uniforms from rapper Psy’s costume designer and a “Gangnam Style” launch in central Seoul. Around 100 young policemen and women make up the first batch of the new force — formed to protect tourists from being ripped off during their stay in […]

Busan festival looks to unearth gems of Asian film

Busan festival looks to unearth gems of Asian film

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A Bhutanese film directed by a monk opens Asia’s largest cinema festival in South Korea on Thursday, a selection organisers say celebrates the diversity of talent in a region where box office takings are overshadowing Hollywood. “Vara: A Blessing” directed by Khyentse Norbu — who will miss the festival because he is […]

02.10.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Film, International Stars ·
Chinese flock to Tiananmen and jam trains in holiday exodus

Chinese flock to Tiananmen and jam trains in holiday exodus

(BEIJING-AFP) – Flag-waving crowds packed Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Tuesday to celebrate National Day which heralds China’s “Golden Week” holiday, as the country’s transport network strained with thousands of vacation travellers. President Xi Jinping and state leaders sheltered under umbrellas in driving rain at a morning ceremony in the expansive square, while school children and a […]

01.10.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Japan to open ‘world’s first’ inflatable concert hall

Japan to open ‘world’s first’ inflatable concert hall

(TOKYO-AFP) – A giant purple structure believed to be the world’s first inflatable concert hall is to open on Japan’s disaster-hit northeastern coast, promoters said Wednesday. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material which has been erected at a park […]

26.09.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Music ·
Chinese tourists, diplomats make a splash in the Maldives

Chinese tourists, diplomats make a splash in the Maldives

(MALE, Maldives-AFP) – The travellers pouring off flight LV199 from Shanghai into the international airport of the Maldives, many dressed in designer labels, are an unmissable sign of China’s interest in the far-flung archipelago. Their arrival — Chinese visitors are now the biggest group of tourists to the Indian Ocean islands — has been accompanied […]

24.09.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Singapore to tighten rules on hiring of foreigners

Singapore to tighten rules on hiring of foreigners

SINGAPORE, September 23, 2013 (AFP) – Singapore Monday announced tighter rules on the hiring of foreign professional workers, saying companies will from next year have to show proof they first tried to recruit local citizens. The change, taking effect in August 2014, follows protests and online complaints about the large number of foreigners in the […]

24.09.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
PHL only emerging Asian nation with strong momentum: OECD

PHL only emerging Asian nation with strong momentum: OECD

PARIS, September 9, 2013 (AFP) – Growth is picking up pace in most major rich nations but momentum is slowing or stable in emerging economies, the OECD said on Monday. Economic growth is accelerating in the United States, Britain and the eurozone, while it is above trend in Japan, according to the OECD’s index of […]

11.09.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
N. Korea sees ‘bright future’ in tourism: state media

N. Korea sees ‘bright future’ in tourism: state media

(SEOUL-AFP) – North Korea said Wednesday it saw a “bright future” for tourism and would offer more international and domestic flights and open up the sector to foreign investors. “Abundant in tourism resources, the (North) has a bright future to develop tourism,” Jo Song Gyu, director of the International Travel Company, told the state news […]

28.08.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Dunkin’ Donuts in S. Korea creates cronut knock-off

Dunkin’ Donuts in S. Korea creates cronut knock-off

(Relaxnews) – It’s the latest sign of the cronut’s worldwide domination. Dunkin’ Donuts in South Korea has debuted its version of the hybrid donut-croissant, becoming the first major corporate brand to produce a knock-off of the pastry that’s taken the world by storm. After just two months, New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s cronut invention […]

01.08.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Asia A-listers take their seat on fashion front row

Asia A-listers take their seat on fashion front row

(PARIS-AFP) – Arriving at a Christian Dior fashion show in Paris surrounded by a gaggle of photographers and minders, Korean star Gianna Jun quickly eclipsed the already seated Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. One of the best known faces in Asia following a string of box office smashes, the actress is one of an elite group […]

Malaysia to get Twentieth Century Fox theme park

Malaysia to get Twentieth Century Fox theme park

(KUALA LUMPUR-AFP) – Malaysian casino operator Genting’s resort unit will build a 400 million ringgit ($125 million) Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park near the capital Kuala Lumpur, it said Friday. The park — to open in 2016 — will be the first Twentieth Century Fox theme park with rides and other attractions based on such […]

26.07.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Film ·
IMAX says to add up to 120 cinemas in China

IMAX says to add up to 120 cinemas in China

(SHANGHAI-AFP) – North American entertainment giant IMAX Corp. said it plans to open up to 120 new cinemas in China after reaching agreement with Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. The deal, announced Wednesday, brings Wanda’s commitment for IMAX cinemas in China to as many as 210, according to an IMAX statement. IMAX also announced it would […]

25.07.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Film ·
Japan OKs world’s first iPS stemcell clinical trial

Japan OKs world’s first iPS stemcell clinical trial

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan has given the green light to the world’s first clinical trial using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body, officials said Thursday, testing a treatment that may offer hope to millions of people robbed of their sight. A government committee approved proposals for tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), […]

28.06.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Health & Fitness ·
The best flight attendants are from Asia

The best flight attendants are from Asia

(Relaxnews) – The friendliest, most helpful and efficient flight attendants in the world are predominantly found on Asian airlines. That’s according to flyers across 160 countries who completed 18 million customer satisfaction surveys which asked respondents to rate their favorite airline cabin crew. Topping Skytrax World Airline Awards category of best cabin staff: Hong Kong’s […]

20.06.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Formula One stalls in Bangkok as law bans car racing

Formula One stalls in Bangkok as law bans car racing

(BANGKOK-AFP) – Bangkok’s chances of hosting a lucrative Formula One race have faded after planners banned car racing from the city’s historic quarter, officials said Friday. The city was touted to host a landmark F1 night race in 2015, with a track mooted for the tourist area around the Grand Palace and a number of […]

08.06.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
AARP hosts first Asian media luncheon

AARP hosts first Asian media luncheon

AARP hosted their first Asian Media Luncheon at the Hilton in San Gabriel, California on May 14, 2013.  The event invited representatives from a wide variety of media constituencies to attend, specifically targeting the Filipino-American, Chinese-American and general Asian-American media outlets.  On the national scale, AARP also introduced their Asian advertising campaign created by DAE […]

03.06.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Local News ·
Starbucks toilet coffee prompts anger in Hong Kong

Starbucks toilet coffee prompts anger in Hong Kong

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A Starbucks cafe in Hong Kong’s posh financial district which used water from a tap near a urinal to brew coffee prompted a torrent of angry reactions from customers Thursday. The coffee shop, in the famous Bank of China Tower, has been using the water from a tap in a toilet to […]

02.06.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Food & Dining ·
N. Korea building ‘world-class’ ski resort

N. Korea building ‘world-class’ ski resort

(SEOUL-AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has inspected work on a “world class” ski resort being built as rival South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, state media reported. Kim visited the construction site on Masik hill in the northeast of the country on Monday, the official Korean Central News Agency […]

30.05.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
China to ban non-French ‘champagne’ copycats

China to ban non-French ‘champagne’ copycats

(BEIJING-AFP) – China has agreed to limit the “champagne” label to only wines produced in the French region bearing that name, with a trade group welcoming the move as a boost for the beverage in a fast-growing market. Sales of the wine are accelerating in the world’s second largest economy, from 50,000 bottles in 2001 […]

28.05.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Food & Dining ·
Cannes awards show global recognition for Asian cinema

Cannes awards show global recognition for Asian cinema

(CANNES-AFP) – A clutch of awards at the Cannes Film Festival has given global prominence to what insiders say is a bold era in Asian filmmaking, where China is emerging as a creative power. Directors from China, Japan, Singapore and Cambodia took to the stage at the Palais des Festivals where the world’s most prestigious […]

27.05.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Film, International Stars ·
US carrier joins S. Korea drill despite North anger

US carrier joins S. Korea drill despite North anger

SEOUL, May 13, 2013 (AFP) – South Korea and a US strike force led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz kicked off Monday a joint naval drill slammed by North Korea as a “wanton” provocation and rehearsal for war. The two-day exercise began with the departure of the 97,000-tonne Nimitz, one of the world’s […]

16.05.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Japan firms to build Mongolian international airport

Japan firms to build Mongolian international airport

(TOKYO-AFP) – Two Japanese companies said Monday they will build Mongolia’s second international airport as Tokyo steps up business ties with the mineral-rich country. Trading house Mitsubishi Corp and engineering firm Chiyoda Corp said in a statement that they had been awarded the construction contract worth 50 billion yen ($493 million) by the Civil Aviation […]

14.05.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Chinese tourists sail to disputed islands: report

Chinese tourists sail to disputed islands: report

(BEIJING-AFP) – The first Chinese tour ship to visit disputed South China Sea islands set sail on Sunday, state media reported, a move likely to stoke a long-running territorial row between Beijing and its neighbours. Plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands is the latest stage in China’s development of the territory, which […]

29.04.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Tokyo Disneyland celebrates 30th anniversary

Tokyo Disneyland celebrates 30th anniversary

(TOKYO-AFP) – Thousands of fans packed Tokyo Disneyland on Monday to celebrate its 30 years in business. Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and dozens of other familiar faces from the annals of Disney history paraded through the 51-hectare (126-acre) park, cheered on by 15,000 people who had turned out to see them. The resort comprises […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
China to open disputed islands to tourism: official

China to open disputed islands to tourism: official

(Boao, China-AFP) – China is to open disputed South China Sea islands up to tourism this month, state media reported Sunday, a move likely to inflame a long-running territorial row with its neighbours. The plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands before the May Day holiday is the latest stage in Beijing’s development […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Chinese tourists lead the boom in Asian luxury shopping

Chinese tourists lead the boom in Asian luxury shopping

(Relaxnews) – A new report published by the HSBC group titled “The Bling Dynasty’ explores the growing dominance of Chinese tourists in several key Asian luxury markets. According to HSBC’s report, Chinese citizens will make 88 million trips out of the country this year, a figure set to grow to 155 million by 2020. The study explored […]

31.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Japan venture to bring electric tuk-tuks to Asia

Japan venture to bring electric tuk-tuks to Asia

(TOKYO-AFP) – A Japanese company is hoping to win a big slice of Asia’s tuk-tuk market, it said Wednesday, betting battery-operated buggies could cut burgeoning city pollution. “There is no single company in Asia that mass-produces electric bikes or tricycles,” said Terra Motors president Toru Tokushige. “I think it could have a big impact if […]

31.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Science & Technology ·
Nature fans get green fix at Hong Kong flower show

Nature fans get green fix at Hong Kong flower show

(HONG KONG-AFP) – It’s notorious for its cramped living conditions, traffic-clogged streets and polluted air, but once a year Hong Kong celebrates all things green at the city’s flower show. Though most residents have no outdoor space for gardening, thousands flock to the annual 10-day event, which started on Friday and covers six football pitches […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
Amphibious tourist buses put into service in Tokyo

Amphibious tourist buses put into service in Tokyo

(TOKYO-AFP) – Tokyo’s first amphibious tourist buses were put into service Sunday, carrying 40 passengers through the city’s low eastern side by road before taking to the Naka river during a 100-minute “Tokyo Splash Tour.” The two buses, dubbed “Sky Ducks”, departed from Tokyo’s new landmark Skytree, the world’s tallest communications tower at 634 metres […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Offbeat ·
Chinese film ‘Mystery’ wins Asian best picture

Chinese film ‘Mystery’ wins Asian best picture

(Hong Kong-AFP) – A Chinese drama that touches on sensitive topics including police corruption won the best picture at the Asian Film Awards Monday, while Japan’s Takeshi Kitano scooped the best director gong. “Mystery”, directed by Lou Ye, which reportedly upset Chinese censors for dealing with controversial issues such as graft and the behaviour of […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Filipino Stars, International Stars ·
Best female chef in Asia: ‘Women cook just as well as men’

Best female chef in Asia: ‘Women cook just as well as men’

(Relaxnews) – Thai chef Duangporn Songvisava, better known as ‘Bo,’ was recently named the best female chef in Asia for her restaurant Bo.lan in Bangkok. In conjunction with the launch last week of the inaugural edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which ranked the top dining destinations in the region, organizers handed out a separate award for […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
27 killed as Malaysians flee turmoil

27 killed as Malaysians flee turmoil

PHL urges southern neighbor to show ‘maximum tolerance’  By M. Jegathesan Semporna, Malaysia, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – Terrified Malaysians fled a town where the bodies of gunmen lay in the streets Monday as the Philippines called for its neighbor to show “maximum tolerance” for Islamic Filipino intruders. A total of 27 people have been […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Asia has the world’s most billionaires: survey

Asia has the world’s most billionaires: survey

Asia has the world’s most billionaires: surve(BEIJING-AFP) – Asia has more billionaires than any other continent, a survey by a China-based wealth magazine showed on Thursday, apparently overtaking North America for the first time. There were 1,453 people around the world with a personal wealth of $1 billion or more as of January, said the […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Home & Garden ·
Tokyo hotel shrinks in new-style urban demolition

Tokyo hotel shrinks in new-style urban demolition

(TOKYO-AFP) – Passers-by in Tokyo’s busy Akasaka district have started to notice something odd about a 40-floor hotel — it has shrunk to about half its original height. Slowly but surely, and with none of the explosions or dust normally associated with the demolition of skyscrapers, the hotel is being torn down. “In this demolition […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate

Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate, paving the way for its worldwide rollout. The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, is a power-assisted pair of legs developed by Japanese robot maker Cyberdyne, which has also developed similar robot arms. A quality assurance body issued the certificate based on a draft version of an […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Hyper-sustainable Tokyo restaurant named best in Asia

Hyper-sustainable Tokyo restaurant named best in Asia

(Relaxnews) – Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s eponymously named Tokyo restaurant has been hailed as the best dining destination in Asia, a newly bestowed title that’s poised to launch a banner year for the restaurant which also fetes its 10th anniversary in 2013. The win isn’t a complete surprise, given that the two Michelin-starred restaurant Narisawa was named the […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Food & Dining ·
China ends Lunar New Year with molten metal showers

China ends Lunar New Year with molten metal showers

(Nuanquan, China-AFP) – Fireworks lit up the sky across China on Sunday and straw-hatted farmers in one village hurled molten metal into the air, as the country marked the end of Lunar New Year festivities. China’s Lantern Festival traditionally signals the close of just over two weeks of rest and feasting during the Lunar New […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Lunar New Year ·
Singapore, Malaysia to build high-speed rail link

Singapore, Malaysia to build high-speed rail link

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Singapore and Malaysia announced plans Tuesday to build a high-speed rail link, fuelling hopes that Southeast Asia could one day enjoy a rapid European-style train system connected to China. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak hailed the project, which would cut travel time between the city-state and Kuala […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Hong Kong Disneyland turns a profit for first time

Hong Kong Disneyland turns a profit for first time

Hong Kong, Feb 18, 2013 (AFP) – Hong Kong’s struggling Disneyland in 2012 made a profit for the first time since opening eight years ago, thanks to a surge in revenue as it welcomed a record number of visitors. The park made HK$109 million ($14.06 million) in the fiscal year ending September 29, 2012, compared […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Samsung launches new premium ‘smart’ TVs

Samsung launches new premium ‘smart’ TVs

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Tuesday launched a range of giant Internet-enabled televisions as part of a strategy to cement its lead in slowing global markets by focusing on premium models. The 16 new “smart TV” models, which come in sizes ranging from 46 to 75 inches, allow users to navigate the Internet, offer […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Asian News, Science & Technology ·
Japan’s renewed kabuki theater lights up

Japan’s renewed kabuki theater lights up

(TOKYO-AFP) – Lights began to shine on Tokyo’s celebrated home of traditional kabuki theatre on Thursday, as the renovated venue prepares to raise the curtains on a new era. The new Kabuki-za theatre, part of a 29-storey office building in the upscale Ginza shopping district, has now started an evening illumination program ahead of its […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentines

Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentines

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japanese women packed out stores on Wednesday to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates for all the men in their lives — partners, friends and bosses — while the men sat back with nothing expected in return. The traffic in Japan is all one-way on February 14, with men free to sit back and wait […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Valentine's Day ·
All aboard as millions race home for China’s biggest holiday

All aboard as millions race home for China’s biggest holiday

(Gongxian, China-AFP) – Pushing through scores of passengers in the aisle of a cramped train at Beijing West station, Chen Guolan could barely contain her excitement at joining the world’s largest annual human migration. “I have been so busy working away all year, and now I will soon be seeing my family,” she said to […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Lunar New Year ·
Millions head home for China annual migration

Millions head home for China annual migration

(BEIJING-AFP) – Hundreds of millions of people across China are squeezing into packed train carriages and buses to travel home for the Lunar New Year, in the world’s largest annual movement of people. A total of 3.4 billion trips will be made over the holiday period, official media estimates, including hundreds of millions of migrant […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Lunar New Year ·
Pray for good fortune at some of the most popular temples in Hong Kong

Pray for good fortune at some of the most popular temples in Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – Spin a wheel of fortune for good luck, make a wish at a fabled wishing tree or offer a prayer to the deity who governs the Year of the Snake in Hong Kong to start the Chinese New Year on the right foot. To promote their festive New Year itinerary, the Hong Kong […]

03.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Starbucks opens first store in Vietnam

Starbucks opens first store in Vietnam

(HO CHI MINH CITY-AFP) – Starbucks opened its first store in coffee-loving Vietnam on Friday, seeking to compete with local rivals in a country known for its strong cafe culture. Vietnam — the world’s second-largest coffee producer — has dozens of local chains as well as small coffee shops on nearly every street corner, presenting […]

02.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Food & Dining ·
Celebrate Chinese New Year at nocturnal parties in Hong Kong

Celebrate Chinese New Year at nocturnal parties in Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – Stilt walkers from Australia, dance troupes from Bolivia, pom pom girls from the US, and a roller-skating group from Estonia are just a few examples of the entertainment that will be on hand at this year’s Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong. To ring in the year of the snake February 10, […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Singapore airport handles record 51 mn passengers

Singapore airport handles record 51 mn passengers

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Singapore’s Changi Airport said Thursday it had enjoyed its busiest year in 2012, handling a record 51.2 million passengers, underscoring its position as a regional aviation hub. “Passenger traffic for the year totalled 51.2 million, increasing by 10.0 percent over the whole of 2011,” Changi Airport Group (CAG) said in a statement. It […]

31.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
First Barbie-themed restaurant opens in Taiwan

First Barbie-themed restaurant opens in Taiwan

(TAIPEI-AFP) – With hot pink sofas, high heels-shaped tables and chairs decorated with tutus, the first Barbie-themed restaurant opened in Taiwan on Wednesday catering to fans of the iconic doll. US toymaker Mattel has licensed Taiwan’s restaurant group Sinlaku to operate the Barbie Cafe and hopes that the new establishment in a bustling shopping district […]

30.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
China’s mass annual New Year migration begins

China’s mass annual New Year migration begins

(BEIJING-AFP) – The world’s largest annual migration began Saturday in China with tens of thousands in the capital boarding trains to journey home for next month’s Lunar New Year celebrations. Passengers will log 220 million train rides during the 40-day travel season, the Ministry of Railways estimates, as they criss-cross the country to celebrate with […]

29.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
N. Korea defiant over nuclear test

N. Korea defiant over nuclear test

SEOUL, Jan 27, 2013 (AFP) – North Korea has vowed “high-profile measures” in the latest in a series of threats sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions, state media said Sunday, suggesting it was determined to press ahead with a third nuclear test. The warning by leader Kim Jong-Un came a day after Pyongyang said […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Special Olympics brings 2,300 athletes to S. Korea

Special Olympics brings 2,300 athletes to S. Korea

(SEOUL-AFP) – Around 2,300 mentally disabled athletes have gathered in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang for the opening Tuesday of the 2013 Special Winter Olympics. The eight-day event will see athletes from 110 countries competing in disciplines including alpine and cross-country skiing and figure and short-track speed skating, as well as hockey and […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Sports & Recreation ·
Japan researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells

Japan researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells

(TOKYO-AFP) – Researchers in Japan said Wednesday they have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time in a potential breakthrough for millions with damaged organs who are dependent on dialysis. Kidneys have a complex structure that is not easily repaired once damaged, but the latest findings put scientists on […]

25.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Malacanang expects rule of law to prevail in resolving West Philippine Sea dispute

Malacanang expects rule of law to prevail in resolving West Philippine Sea dispute

The Palace expects that the international law will prevail in finally settling the disputed West Philippine Sea issue after the Philippines elevated its cause to the international tribunal. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday that the Palace also expects China and the Philippines, being signatories to United Nations […]

23.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Philippine News, World News ·
Statement by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario on the UNCLOS Arbitral Proceedings against China to Achieve a Peaceful and Durable Solution to the Dispute in the West Philippine Sea

Statement by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario on the UNCLOS Arbitral Proceedings against China to Achieve a Peaceful and Durable Solution to the Dispute in the West Philippine Sea

22 January 2013 Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the print and broadcast media.I have the honor to introduce to you the Honorable Solicitor General of the Philippines Francis H. Jardeleza who stands with me here today. This afternoon, the Philippines has taken the step of bringing China before an Arbitral Tribunal under Article 287 […]

23.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Philippine News, World News ·
Jakarta to start building long-awaited metro this year

Jakarta to start building long-awaited metro this year

(AFP) – The Indonesian capital Jakarta will soon start construction of a metro system to try to unravel its infamous traffic jams, 26 years after the idea was first mooted, officials said Monday. The city administration and the central government finally agreed last week on how to split the cost, with 49 percent to be […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Thousands set for S. Korea’s ‘battle of the singles’

Thousands set for S. Korea’s ‘battle of the singles’

(SEOUL-AFP) – Tens of thousands of lovelorn South Koreans are set to take part in a “battle of the singles” on Christmas Eve — a mass dating event triggered by an innocuous query posted on Facebook last month. More than 36,000 people have signed up for the event in a park in central Seoul since […]

17.12.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Asia marks lucky 12/12/12 with mass weddings

Asia marks lucky 12/12/12 with mass weddings

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Thousands of couples in Asia flocked Wednesday to tie the knot on 12/12/12, seeking good fortune for marriages begun on the century’s last repeating date. Authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore respectively said 696 and 540 couples were scheduled to attend marriage registries, continuing a trend which has seen couples flocking to […]

13.12.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China conducts first landing on aircraft carrier

China conducts first landing on aircraft carrier

By Robert Saiget BEIJING, Nov 25, 2012 (AFP) – China has conducted the first landing of a fighter jet on its new aircraft carrier in a move that extends Beijing’s ability to project its growing military might in territorial disputes. The Chinese-made J-15 made the successful landing on the Liaoning, a former Soviet carrier, during […]

26.11.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Southeast Asia Announcements

Southeast Asia Announcements

Announcements 1. Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Small Grant Awards: American Institute for Indonesian Studies 2. Indonesia Research Fellows: Harvard University 3. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships For Language Study Abroad   4. Call for Papers: Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 5. Call for Papers: The Cultural Dynamics of Region Formation in Southeast Asia: Sport, Popular Culture, Literature, Education […]

12.11.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·
First ‘Angry Birds’ theme park announced for Asia

First ‘Angry Birds’ theme park announced for Asia

(SHANGHAI-AFP) – The company behind “Angry Birds” said Wednesday it would open its first theme park in Asia next year at a site near Shanghai as it builds on the brand of the hugely popular game. “Angry Birds Land” will be located in Haining city in China’s Zhejiang province, next to the commercial hub of […]

02.11.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·
PH Open to Biotech Collaboration with US, ASEAN

PH Open to Biotech Collaboration with US, ASEAN

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Philippines is open to collaborating with the United States and member-countries of the Association of Southeast Nations and share its experience on how its use of biotechnology allowed Filipino farmers to improve their productivity. In his remarks during a recent agriculture and food security conference for the ASEAN diplomatic community Ambassador Jose […]

28.10.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·