Cedar Points Birthday Club’s Paluwagan Galore

ONE of the perks of being a memver of the Cedar Point’s Birthday Club in Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA is enjoying their ‘Paluwagan Galore’ activity where birthday celebrants will receive $1000. For the month of February, Alma Ramos, Monette Austria Alega and Rachel Lagman-Lipana received their share on their simple yet sweet birthday gathering.  
One thousand dollars for each of the February birthday celebrants: Alma Ramos, Monette Austria Alega, and Rachel Lagman- Lipana! This amount will definitely go a long way… as a birthday present for oneself and as gift to loved ones in the Philippines. (contributed by Mebel Beltran-Dispo)
  Among those who attended their celebration on February 25 were Julie Chiao, Zaide Belarde, Marlyn Cuerquis, Irine Dato, Vilma Yu, Evelyn Villahermosa, Grace Cayme, Sandra Lim, Lorna Yasay, Ingrid Luyon; Donna Guntayon, Rosalie Alcalde, Marjevi Juan, Anne Salvatierra, Vicky Roque, Yvonne Manalo, Rachel Lipana, Carol Ibale, Cheryl Potter, and Mebel Dispo.  
The members of the club who attended the party on Feb 25, 2017 are (not in particular order): Julie Chiao, Zaide Belarde, Alma Ramos, Monette Alega, Marlyn Cuerquis, Irene Dato, Vilma Yu, Evelyn Villahermosa, Grace Cayme, Sandra Lim, Lorna Yasay, Ingrid Luyon, Donna Guntayon, Rosalie Alcalde, Marjevi Juan, Anne Salvatierra, Vicky Roque, Yvonne Manalo, Rachel Lipana, Carol Ibale, Cheryl Potter, and Mebel Dispo. (contributed by Mebel Beltran-Dispo)
  These beauties are Fil-Am health professionals working in the states of New York and New Jersey building a strong Filipino community in the southern part of New Jersey. (Mebel Beltran-Dispo with SunStar Philippines)

Japan opens Ninja academy to woo tourism

JAPAN. Members of Iga ninja group Ashura demonstrate a ninja-inspired martial-art during a press conference by the Japan Ninja Council at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP)

TOKYO — Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism.

The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it’s starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in Tokyo devoted to ninja, set to open in 2018.MORE

Philippines, Israel to expand exchange program on agri sector

THE Philippines will be sending over 500 college students annually to Israel in order to learn from Tel Aviv’s expertise and advanced technologies in agriculture, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday.

The deployment of 550 college students chosen from 29 agricultural schools outside Metro Manila is part of the proposal to expand the current exchange program of the two countries in the agriculture sector.MORE

Palace approves retroactive P1,000 SSS pension hike

Memorandum from the executive secretary.

MALACAÑANG signed Wednesday, February 22, a memorandum giving a green light for the release of the P1,000 increase in the monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) members.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, who signed the memorandum, informed SSS Chairperson Amado Valdez and SSS President Emmanuel Dooc that the Malacañang approved the proposed increase in the benefit of qualified SSS pensioners and beneficiaries, retroactive from January this year.MORE

Pope demands protection for migrants

ROME. Pope Francis delivers his speech during his visit at the Roma Tre University in Rome, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Pope Francis says the phenomenon of migration doesn’t pose a danger to Europe’s culture but rather a challenge for societies to grow. (AP)

Pope Francis is calling for humanitarian corridors to protect refugees fleeing their homelands and denouncing the “populist rhetoric” that is closing doors in their faces.

In a speech Tuesday to an international forum on migration and peace, Francis also demanded justice and redress for migrants and the poor who have been exploited by the wealthy. He said the world can no longer sustain “unacceptable economic inequality” that destroys the planet and forces people to leave their homes.MORE

Tell it to Sun.Star: It’s not ‘just’ sex

THE Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) recently summoned the producers and directors of the hit TV show “Til I Met You” for words and portrayals they deemed unfit for TV. At the center of the issue was the line from the October 26 episode casually stating, “sex lang ‘yan.” However you put it, this line is a mockery of what sex is and what it is made for.

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Bello: Protect and promote rights of migrant workers

THE Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged his fellow labor ministers in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to create measures or initiatives that will protect and promote the rights of migrant workers. During the opening of the Asean Labor Ministers’ Retreat on Monday, February 20, Bello acknowledged the importance of Asean migrant workers for the better relationship of the Asean countries. It is therefore important,…