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
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
HOMEGROWN coffee chain Bo’s Coffee has unveiled plans to open nine more outlets to close the first quarter of this year with 100 branches across the country. The coffee chain founded by Cebuano Steve Benitez soft-opened its 91st branch in the Philippines and 31st outlet in Cebu at Island Central Mall in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.MORE
AT least 500 Listahanan identified-poor families in Cebu City received the Metrobank Foundation’s Bags of Blessing during the Chinese New Year celebration last month. The Bags of Blessing project is a nationwide gift-giving program of the foundation where 10,000 bags filled with grocery items worth P1,000 was distributed to 10,000 poorest families listed in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Listahanan but are not beneficiaries of the Pantawid…
THE Communist Party of China (CPC), through the China Foundation of Development, donated USD400,000 for the construction of Bolton Elementary School, Davao City. International Department Minister of CPC, Song Tao during his speech before the 18th City Council Tuesday, February 21, said they came to the Philippines in behalf of the CPC of China to foster friendship and partnership in Davao and in Philippines.MORE
BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. was conferred the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by FinanceAsia, a Hong Kong-based publication that covers investment banking, capital markets, and strategic corporate finance in Asia Pacific. FinanceAsia annually recognizes the region’s most significant transactions, the financial institutions that advised on them ,as well as outstanding individuals in the field of finance.MORE
THE flag carrier is feeding our wanderlust and giving us more reasons to pack our bags and hop on the next plane to our bucket listed destinations.
In 2016, Philippine Airlines launched four new international flights (Kuwait, Jeddah, Doha, Saipan), opened new routes (Cebu-Singapore, Cebu-Los Angeles, Manila-Taipei-Osaka, Cebu-Caticlan-Calrk) and increased flight frequencies (Manila-Los Angeles—twice daily; Manila-Toronto—three to four times weekly; Manila-Beijing—four to six times weekly; and Manila-Vancouver—seven to ten times weekly).MORE
THE continuing boom in Philippine tourism finds Mactan Island in need of new hotel rooms or it will lose guests to other local destinations, a hotelier warned.
“With the overexcitement about the Philippines now, the five to six major hotels in Mactan is not enough to welcome the whole world,” said Harold Rainfroy, general manager of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, at the sidelines of the launching of Vanille Salèe menu last Wednesday, which will be offered from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21.MORE