LOCSIN: Philippines remains cognizant of the Army’s role in preserving Myanmar’s territorial integrity and national security

BUT CALLS FOR ‘immediate release’ of Aung San Suu Kyi

 March 3, 2021

MANILA – The Philippine government has called for the “immediate release” of Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as the “complete return” of Myanmar to its previous state of affairs.”Our call is for the complete return to the previously existing state of affairs: with respect to the preeminent role of… Read More



DFA raises alert level 2

 February 24, 2021

Mapa ng Myanmar

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday raised alert level 2 in Myanmar in view of the “developing critical situation” in the country and has advised Filipinos to prepare for possible evacuation.The DFA said the alert level was hoisted as a “precautionary measure” to… Read More

CHINA: No need to fear Coast Guard law

Not a threat of war

China said there is nothing to fear about its new Coast Guard law that it describes as a normal domestic legislation.

The law authorizing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels is not a threat of war and does not specifically target any country, the Chinese embassy in Manila said on Monday, February 1.

The embassy said the crafting of the law  is a normal domestic legislative activity of China and its content conforms with international conventions and the practices of the international community.

“Enacting such a coast guard law is not unique to China, but a sovereign right to all. Many countries have enacted similar legislation. It is the Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009 that established the PCG as an armed and uniformed service. None of these laws have been seen as a threat of war,” the embassy said in a statement. It said that the enactment of the law does not indicate any change in China’s maritime policy.

China has always been committed to managing differences with countries, including the Philippines, through dialogue and consultations and upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea., the statement said.

GLOBAL coronavirus cases surpass 100 million

 January 27, 202

ANKARA – The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed the 100 million mark Tuesday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.More than 25.3 million cases were recorded in the US since the start of the pandemic. India has almost 10.7 million infections and Brazil exceeds… Read More


Biden warns dark days ahead as he outlines Covid plan

 January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden rolled out his national strategy Thursday to bring America out of the nadir of its grim coronavirus pandemic, warning that even with his efforts the worst is yet to come

Biden inherited a pandemic raging out of control when he took office Wednesday with the… Read More

Biden signs 17 orders in sweeping erasure of Trump acts

 January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden signed off Wednesday on 17 executive orders aimed at undoing much of his predecessor’s legacy on policies that span the gamut from immigration to climate and health policy.Biden described the efforts as “starting points” as he begins his four years in office… Read More

Biden reverses US withdrawal from WHO

 January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden on Wednesday reversed the US process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO).Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Biden signed an executive order ceasing a withdrawal process that his predecessor Donald Trump… Read More

DUTERTE sends best wishes to Biden, Harris

 January 21,

Kamala Harris Endorsed Joe Biden This Morning – Mother Jones


MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has sent his best wishes to newly-installed United States (US) President Joseph “Joe” Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Malacañang said on Thursday.“Our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sends his warmest greetings and the best… Read Mor

PRRD to maintain ‘warm’ relations with Biden: Panelo

 January 20, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will keep a “warm and friendly” relationship with the United States (US) under the presidency of Joe Biden, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Wednesday.In a press statement, Panelo was confident that Duterte would… Read More


US support to 2016 arbitral award to continue under Biden: envoy

 January 21, 2021

MANILA – The United States, under newly sworn-in President Joe Biden, is likely to maintain its position in the South China Sea by continuing to uphold the 2016 arbitral award, Philippine Ambassador to Washington D.C. Jose Manuel Romualdez said Thursday.

Under the previous administration of… Read More

ASEAN: Chinese intrusion in South China Sea causing tension

Asean top diplomats air concern over recent China activities

 January 22, 2021

MANILA – Some Southeast Asian top diplomats at the Asean Foreign Ministers’ (AMM) Retreat on Thursday aired concerns about the recent activities in the South China Sea, described to have”eroded trust and confidence” in the region.”We discussed the situation in the South China Sea, during which… Read More


An authority on world tourist and travel destinations has named Palawan in the Philippines among the top ten tourist destinations for 2013.

Popular travel guide and travel information Lonely Planet has declared Palawan as No. 8 in World’s Best in Travel 2013: Top 10 Regions.

Palawan is “the ultimate archipelago for adventurers,” said Lonely Planet in picking the Philippine island as among the world’s best destinations.

Lonely Planet called Palawan as best for off the beaten track, adventure, and culture. “Palawan incorporates thousands of sparkling, rugged islands and is fringed by 2,000 km of pristine coastline,” the travel guide said. “So far Palawan’s natural marvels have only been sampled by plucky backpackers. Not for much longer. The trail these pioneers have blazed is set to explode, with regional airlines waking up to Palawan’s potential and clambering to schedule direct flights to the capital. Throw in the mushrooming growth of style-conscious boutique hotels normally found in places like Ko Samui or Bali, and you can feel that Palawan is ready to hit the big-time in 2013.”

The list of top 10 regions is as follows: 

  1. Corsica, France – Melting pot of Med to host Tour
    Best for: Activities, events, food
  2. The Negev, Israel & the Palestinian Territories – Desert in throes of transformation
    Best for: Adventure, activities, off the beaten track
  3. Mustang, Nepal – Last chance to see ‘forbidden kingdom’
    Best for: Activities, off the beaten track, culture
  4. The Yukon, Canada – Putting the ‘wild’ in wilderness
    Best for: Activities, adventure, off the beaten track
  5. Chachapoyas & Kuelap, Peru – Hidden gem of the Andes
    Best for: Adventure, culture, off the beaten track
  6. The Gulf Coast, USA – Coast on comeback trail
    Best for: Activities, family, value for money
  7. Carinthia, Austria – Serene bargain nestled in Alps
    Best for: Activities, family, value for money
  8. Palawan, Philippines – The ultimate archipelago for adventurers
    Best for: Off the beaten track, adventure, culture
  9. Inland Sea, Japan – Japan without the bells, whistles and bullet trains
    Best for: Culture, activities, off the beaten track
  10. Campania, Italy – Old classic prepares for epic year
    Best for: Culture, family, food

Lonely Planet has gone on to become the world’s most successful travel publisher, printing over 100 million books. The guides are printed in nine different languages; English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Korean.

Image Credits: Lonely Planet

Source: http://www.bazics.net/2012/10/palawan-is-one-of-worlds-best-in-travel-2013-top-10-regions.html#ixzz2AqXprs00

Source: http://www.bazics.net/2012/10/palawan-is-one-of-worlds-best-in-travel-2013-top-10-regions.html#ixzz2AqXU8uMj

Davao City to bid for 7New Wonder Cities


Picking up from Puerto Princesa’s strategy in its winning bid for inclusion in the search for the 7New Wonders of the World, Davao City is launching a worldwide web campaign to clnch its bid to be included in the 7New Wonder Cities of the World.


In January this year, the Puerto Prinesa Underground River (PPUR)was named one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN) after winning worldwide support via online and text voting in the worldwide contest organized by theNew Seven Wonders of Nature Foundation.
The local government of Puerto Princesa played key role in the winning by embarking on a massive campaign in the internet in support of the PPUR.


The search for the 7New Wonders of the World is also organized by the  Zurich, Switzerland-based foundation.
Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte winning the contest would be a recognition not only for the Davao City Government but most especially for ordinary Dabawenyos.
With this international citation, everybody will be more interested to look out to Davao City, Duterte said.