11,000 tourists visit Boracay in January

Visitor arrivals in Boracay last month reached more than 11,000 as tourists from the National Capital Region continue to flock to the island. Data from the Malay municipal tourism office showed there were 11,898 visitors who arrived in Boracay through Caticlan from January 1 to 31. The figure is lower than the 15,307 arrivals recorded in December. Tourists from Metro …

Health workers sa COVID-19 referral hospitals, prayoridad sa bakunang gawa ng Pfizer

Prayoridad sa unang batch ng Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines na darating sa Pilipinas ang mga health worker sa COVID-19 referral hospitals sa Metro Manila, Cebu City, at Davao City. Ito ang sinabi ni Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. Aniya, 117,000 lang na doses ng Pfizer vaccine ang inaasahang unang darating sa bansa kalagitnaan ng Pebrero, sa pamamagitan ng COVAX Facility ng World …

Transaksiyon sa gobyerno pabilisin, cedula punitin

Isang panukalang batas ang inihain sa Kamara ni Albay Representative Joey Salceda, na naglalayong baguhin, gawing simple at pabilisin ang sistema ng transaksiyon sa gobyerno gaya ng pagre­histro ng negosyo, na dapat matapos sa loob ng isang araw lamang, na magpapabilis din ng serbisyo nito sa mga mamamayan. Sa panukala ni Salceda na pinamagatang ‘Government Services Modernization Bill,’ babaguhin at …

Vaccination and the Dengvaxia scare

Confidence in vaccines was affected by controversy over Sanofi’s Dengvaxia. Rolled out in 2016 to over 800,000 children to protect them from dengue – it was banned after its maker said it could worsen the disease in people who had not previously been exposed to the infection. That led to two congressional enquiries and over 100 criminal cases that linked …

Tikoy: A Chinese New Year dessert turned Filipino favorite

It is believed that Chua Chiu Hong, a migrant from mainland China, was responsible for making tikoy, the well-loved Chinese delicacy, popular. In 1912, he established a stall in the heart of Ongpin, in Manila’s Chinatown, and sold favorites like hopia, mooncake, and tikoy to cater to Chinese immigrants in the Philippines. The stall grew to become Eng Bee Tin …

Pagkain ng lumpia, kaugalian sa Li Chun

Sa pagdating ng Li Chun o “Simula ng Tagsibol” sa Tsina ngayong buwan ng Pebrero, idinaraos din ang ibat-ibang selebrasyon upang salubungin ang bagong bukas na puno ng pag-asa. Sa araw ng pagpasok ng Li Chun, nakagawian na ng mga Tsino, na kumakain ng spring pancake, lumpiang gulay at karne o spring roll, at carrot o radish, upang ipagdiwang ang …

IATF allows Baguio to accept tourists

Hotels and other accommodation establishments in Baguio City were allowed to accept leisure travelers this month even as it remains under general community quarantine. The IATF approved the request of the Baguio City government to accept tourists in consideration of a number of confirmed hotel bookings. IATF Resolution 98 issued on Thursday read, “The request of Baguio City for its …

75-year-old American stranded in NAIA living on food handouts from airport workers

A 75-year-old American, who claims to be a Vietnam war veteran, has been living at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the past two weeks. Maurice Francis O’Connor said he missed his flight to Thailand. O’Connor, who hails from Massachusetts, was first spotted roaming the departure area of NAIA Terminal 1 two weeks ago by airport security patrolling the area. …

56M COVID-19 vaccine doses, darating sa Pilipinas sa Mayo

Inaasahang darating sa Mayo ang 56 milyon na COVID-19 vaccine doses. Ayon kay Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez, ang COVID-19 vaccines na gawa ng American pharmaceutical companies ay darating sa bansa sa ilalim ng tinatawag na COVAX facility— isang pandaigdigang kasunduan ng mga manufacturer at experts upang mapabilis ang paggawa at pamamahagi ng gamot laban sa COVID-19. …