Storm-damaged Statue of Liberty to reopen by July 4

Storm-damaged Statue of Liberty to reopen by July 4

(NEW YORK-AFP) – The Statue of Liberty will reopen by July 4 once repairs to extensive damage inflicted on the New York landmark by Hurricane Sandy are completed, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. The statue itself, a 19th century gift from France to the United States, weathered the October 29 storm, but serious […]

20.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Filipina nanny set for US trial against Sharon Stone

Filipina nanny set for US trial against Sharon Stone

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2013 (AFP) – A US judge cleared the way Friday for a Filipina former nanny of Sharon Stone to go to trial against the US actress for wrongful dismissal and harassment, including racist abuse. Lawyers for Erlinda Elemen, who worked as a live-in nanny for the “Basic Instinct” star until she […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
Explore the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles with Weekend Balita

Explore the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles with Weekend Balita

Meet Thomas the T. Rex.  He weighs nearly 7,000 pounds and is 34 feet long.  He is a giant dinosaur that lived over 65 million years ago.  He is one of the stunning exhibits at the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, California. The Natural History of Museum of Los Angeles […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Contests ·
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 ·
Cuisia Leads Intensified Engagement with US Congress

Cuisia Leads Intensified Engagement with US Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy is intensifying its engagement with the United States House of Representatives as part of Manila’s efforts to raise the country’s profile among American legislators. Since the opening of the 113th Congress in January, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. has been meeting with key lawmakers, especially members of the US-Philippines Friendship Caucus, […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News, U.S. News ·
PH Unveils Roadmap for Participation in TPP Trade Pact

PH Unveils Roadmap for Participation in TPP Trade Pact

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines has laid down the roadmap for its eventual participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—an initiative involving the United States and other Pacific nations that seeks to create what could be the biggest free trade area in the world. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. outlined Manila’s desire to join the TPP in his […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
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 ·
Dublin a sea of green for St Patrick’s Day

Dublin a sea of green for St Patrick’s Day

(DUBLIN-AFP) – The luck of the Irish failed to change the miserable weather — but it didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of thousands of shamrock-wearing revellers who celebrated St Patrick’s Day on the wet streets of Dublin on Sunday. Dublin was awash with green as locals and tourists turned out to the watch a […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, World News ·
‘Oz’ conjures up more N. America box office magic

‘Oz’ conjures up more N. America box office magic

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Big-budget 3D fantasy adventure flick “Oz the Great and Powerful” for a second straight weekend was the top film at North American movie houses, earning $42.2 million, industry estimates showed. Starring James Franco as a circus magician who ends up on the Yellow Brick Road, “The Wizard of Oz” prequel had a […]

17.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Philippines bets on joining gaming elite with mega casino

Philippines bets on joining gaming elite with mega casino

(MANILA-AFP) – President Benigno Aquino opened a giant $1.2 billion casino on Saturday to kick off the Philippines’ high-stakes bid to join the likes of Macau and Las Vegas in an elite group of gaming destinations. Solaire Manila Resorts is the first of four huge gaming venues set to rise on reclaimed land in Manila […]

17.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Philippine News ·
Improving global economy seen to bode well for Philippine growth

Improving global economy seen to bode well for Philippine growth

The Philippine economy is seen to continue on its record-breaking upward trend and become the “standout” economy in Southeast Asia in 2013 as the economies affected by a global recession improve, world renowned debt watcher Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) and British banking giant Standard Chartered Bank said in separate reports recently. S&P’s said it projects […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Thai New Year is on Sunday April 7

Thai New Year is on Sunday April 7

Sunday, April 7, 2013 Songkran Festival – Thai New Year All day Thai Town (Hollywood Blvd. between Western and Normandie) Los Angeles, CA Website: www.thainewyear.com/   Songkran is the Thai New Year celebration. It’s an all day event that sees Thai adults and children join in the ceremony of pouring water on the hands of revered […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Indonesia Free Family Festival

Indonesia Free Family Festival

Sunday, March 17, 2013 Indonesia Free Family Festival 12 Noon – 4:00 PM Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, California 91101 (626) 449-2742 Website: www.pacificasiamuseum.org/index.aspx Celebrate the beauty, art and culture of Indonesia! Enjoy the special exhibition “Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia” plus demonstrations, hands-on crafts, food samples, plus traditional dances from […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Art, Happenings ·
‘Jurassic Park 4′ gets a director

‘Jurassic Park 4′ gets a director

(Relaxnews) – According to the Hollywood Reporter, Colin Trevorrow has received the blessing of the ”Jurassic Park” producers to direct the fourth installment of the saga. Trevorrow, 36, will follow in Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston’s footsteps and direct the next “Jurassic Park.” He was discovered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 with his first movie “Safety […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Ang Triple Threat 2013 US Tour ay darating sa Pechanga Resort & Casino

Ang Triple Threat 2013 US Tour ay darating sa Pechanga Resort & Casino

Ang Triple Threat concert series na pinangungunahan nina Piolo Pascual, Angeline Quinto at Pokwang ay magpapasimula ng kanilang 2013 tour sa Temecula, California sa Marso 23, 2013.  Ito ay itatanghal sa tanyag na Pechanga Theater sa Pechanga Resort & Casino. Ayon sa opisyal na Facebook page ni Piolo Pascual, ang tour ay magkakaroon ng pangalawang […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
TV5 shows, stars honored at 10th Golden Screen Awards for TV

TV5 shows, stars honored at 10th Golden Screen Awards for TV

By Edwin P. Sallan Two top-rated series of TV5 and two Kapatid talents were honored at the 10th Golden Screen Awards held at Teatrino in Greenhills last March 1. Mult-awarded reality talent show “Talentadong Pinoy” was the hands down winner for Original Reality Competition Program award, beating ABS-CBN’s “I Dare You”, GMA’s “Protégé: The Battle […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars ·
SUPPORT THE NATIONAL YEAR OF THE RICE 2013 CAMPAIGN

SUPPORT THE NATIONAL YEAR OF THE RICE 2013 CAMPAIGN

The National Year of Rice is part of the Philippine government’s bid to achieve rice-self-sufficiency beginning in 2013. It is an advocacy campaign that aims to promote responsible rice consumption for better health and less rice wastage, and productive farming through the promotion of efficient rice technologies and inspiring farmers to do better.  Please view www.nyr2013.com for […]

14.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Tourism boost seen after signing of law scrapping foreign carriers’ tax

Tourism boost seen after signing of law scrapping foreign carriers’ tax

MANILA, Mar 8 (Mabuhay) – Tourism in the Philippines is expected to get a big boost after President Benigno Aquino III signed a new law exempting foreign air and shipping carriers from paying the common carriers tax on passenger traffic. John Paul Cabalza, president of Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), said the travel industry “has […]

14.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Study suggests one good reason to focus on the positive

Study suggests one good reason to focus on the positive

(Relaxnews) – Stressful day? Dwelling on life’s unpleasantries can boost stress and increase levels of inflammation in the body, a new Ohio University study finds. Researchers discovered that when study participants were asked to ruminate on a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose. Thirty-four healthy young women participated […]

14.03.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·