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Urban decay threatens hot PHL economy

By Joel Guinto MANILA (AFP) – Manila’s creaking train network means a miserable three-hour work commute for salesman Gerard Galang – just one example of major infrastructure woes that analysts say threaten to cool the Philippines’ red-hot economy. Peak-hour hell […]
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6 areas near Mayon still safe for tourists – Salceda

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Restive Mayon Volcano in Albay may pose a threat to residents in its danger zone, but tourists need not necessarily stay away from the province altogether. Albay Governor Jose Salceda, in a tourism advisory, also said Legazpi […]
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Labor Day Weekend Getaways – last hurrah for summer

There was a time when our family would go on long weekend getaways a week before Labor Day weekend in order to avoid the rush in flying or driving to our “destinations of choice.” Flying an hour to nearby Sacramento, San […]
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Contrasting honors heaped on Anaheim

First, the good news: The City of Anaheim, place of choice of more than 346, 000 residents, one of the most populous cities in California and home to the world famous Disneyland Resort, has been named  as “2014 Playful City […]
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Palace: Gov’t to ensure aviation upgrade to be sustained

MANILA (Mabuhay) – After the country regained the much-coveted Category 1 status from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Malacañang on Saturday assured the public that the government will ensure that the Philippine aviation upgrade will be sustained. In...
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Palace: TESDA now offers language courses

MANILA (Mabuhay) – In line with the Aquino administration’s thrust to create more jobs and widen the opportunities for the Filipino work force, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has opened foreign language courses in its regional centers […]
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California gray whales make their annual journey in Dana Point

Southern California’s world renowned attractions had lured tourists into its shores last summer and this winter will be no different with a different type of visitors who will be traveling along the West Coast to feast their eyes on the […]
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‘Exceptionally rare’ conjoined whales found in Mexico

LA PAZ, January 7, 2014 (AFP) – Fishermen have found two conjoined gray whale calves in a northwestern Mexican lagoon, a discovery that a government marine biologist described as “exceptionally rare.” The four-meter (13-foot) long siamese whales were dead when […]
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Google adds new Asian and African languages to Google Translate

(Relaxnews) – The must have app for back-packers, ex-pats and business travelers now supports 80 languages, including Zulu. In all, the update brings nine new languages, spoken by over 200 million people globally, to its desktop, tablet and smartphone app; […]
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PHL to miss tourism targets due to disasters

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines is unlikely to hit its target of five million tourists this year due to damage caused by twin disasters, a tourism official said Saturday. Killer Super Typhoon Haiyan hit on November 8 and a 7.1-magnitude […]
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