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

A man for others

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Gimar Reyes with the head of the Student Activities and Leadership Development at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Richel Petalcurin (left) and his mother Mariza Reyes during the TOSP National Awarding (right) (Contributed photo)

AT AGE twenty, Gimar Alingig Reyes embodies selflessness in his pursuit to serve others through teaching. Even at a young age, Reyes has already reached out to others to fulfill his advocacy of providing education especially to the underprivileged in the country.

A graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Reyes already has a passionate thirst for teaching.MORE

Gone to Guangzhou

CHINA. The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. (Contributed Photo)

THE Chinese New Year celebration has left some hangover feels on me that I began browsing through my photo archives of my travels around China.

The five cities in mainland China that I have gone to, not counting the autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau, were all interesting places that left me with great memories and experiences. The first Chinese city I was able to set foot in was Guangzhou, which was a big surprise to me.MORE

Korosh Keyka opens in Oro, offers Japan-made quality equipment

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Irene Floro and Farhad Nouri Someeh lead the ceremonial cutting of ribbon to formally open Korosh Keyka International Corporation at Barangay Lapasan on Friday, February 10. (Joey P. Nacalaban)

KOROSH Keyka International Corporation has opened its second branch in Cagayan de Oro City on February 10. The company brings in Japan-made quality trucks and heavy equipment in its office in Kolambog, Lapasan.

Korosh Keyka International Corporation is a domestic corporation engaged in the business of rebuilding and dealing with trucks, parts, and heavy equipment.MORE

My Balkan journey (first of three parts)

Whole street of Cravat Stores in Zagreb

WE were prepared to face the two-degree or even zero-degree Celsius weather in the Croatian cities of Split and Dubrovnik. Warned of the upcoming negative four chill in Zagreb, the temperature turned out to be kind and friendly, hitting 7 to 10 degrees. But let me start from the beginning of my journey.

The trip took place last November. There was much to explore. The places were filled with history, fascinating bygone times, intriguing details, heartbreaking political invasions and famous movie set locations.MORE

DOT, LGUS to work on ‘Tourism Gaps’

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with local government units (LGUs) to identify every region’s tourism gaps.

“Together with other national government agencies and LGUs, we will identify the tourism gaps in our regions and their localities. And together, we will fill them up with our resources and every support we can muster,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.MORE

7 things to do before taking the Civil Service test

THE examination schedule for Civil Service is fast approaching. It would be on March 12 this year. Those who have filed may feel pressured and excited at the same time.

For first timers, you might feel curious on what type of examination would it be. For second timers and those who’ve tried several times but didn’t make it, you already have ideas on what particular subjects you will review on.MORE

PMQ is a PYT

HONG KONG. The former police residence is today a creative hub for young talents in Hong Kong.

WHO doesn’t love a makeover? In Hong Kong, the old parts of the city are undergoing a makeover. The restoration gives life to ageing structures and brings back the excitement to the vicinity.

One of the structures that were made over is at No. 35 Aberdeen Street in Sheung Wan in the middle of SoHo—the PMQ, which will turn three years old this year since it opened to the public in April 2014.MORE

Krakow calling

The chapel of St. Kinga, 101 meters underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, has sculptures, reliefs and chandeliers made of salt.

DEEP into the bowels of the earth we descended, more than 400 steps with hundreds more to go. In that cold, damp space between gray walls, we moved from one compartment to the next, the eerie sound of wind coming through heavy wooden doors.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is 327 meters deep (taller than the Eiffel Tower), and its underground maze of corridors stretches 200 miles. But that’s not the reason this mine outside the city of Krakow has drawn tourists for two centuries.MORE