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Post Script to Costa Concordia

THE SIGHT of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, listing on its starboard side after running aground in the tiny island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, sent shivers down my spine. It was the very ship our clan boarded in March 2008 for a Mediterranean cruise after the Lenten...
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Noted global artist Mat Relox immortalizes the charming Mangyan life

BY DAVID CASUCO MAT RELOX saw firsthand how the Mangyan natives in Mindoro disintegrated from genuine tribespeople with exotic and distinct lifestyle into just another group of poor and underserved villagers. He knew them. He grew up in their midst. He was, and is always one of...
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Vietnam from North to South: A Travel Journal

Text and photos by OSCAR F. PICAZO 1.  On a Cyclo Tour, Hanoi – I find Hanoi’s streets living museums of trade, handicraft, cultural encounters, and motorbike and cyclo traffic.  Some of the alleyways are heady with incense smoke and the aroma of pho (noodles), strong...
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Impeachment trial of SC Chief Justice Renato Corona

Impeachment trial of SC Chief Justice Renato Corona
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Blockbusters dominate Asian Film Awards nominations

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – This year’s Asian Film Awards have brought out the big guns by nominating three Chinese-language blockbusters in a slew of categories and four productions which have also been put forward for Oscars consideration. The 6th AFAs will be announced...
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Wikipedia, Google protest Internet bills

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Wikipedia went dark, Google blotted out its logo and other popular websites planned protests on Wednesday to voice concern over legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy. Wikipedia shut down the English version of its online...
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China’s wealthy favor French brands for gifts

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – Gift-giving has long been an integral part of life in mainland China — regardless of the murky area of motives when it occurs in the world of business — and now a new survey has lifted the lid on just what it is the country’s rich...

Japan plans enhanced GPS system

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – Japan is working on a new global positioning system that will be 10 times more accurate than the system that is currently in use and will be able to pinpoint a location down to just one meter. At present, Japan uses an American-made system for GPS...

‘Smart TVs’ offer new windows onto the Internet

(LAS VEGAS-AFP) – Goodbye boob tube. Hello smart TV. The world’s obsession with tapping into the Internet is being played out on the biggest screen in the house, with software startups, TV makers, and technology titans such as Google and Microsoft adding momentum to...
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China’s Internet population hits 513 million

(BEIJING-AFP) – The number of Internet users in China rose last year by nearly 56 million to more than half a billion, nearly half of whom used weibos, or microblogs, according to official figures released Monday. China’s online population — the world’s...