US, UK, Australia warn citizens after Resorts World attack

MANILA. Bomb sniffing dogs walk outside a hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex, early Friday, June 2, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. (AP)

THE United States (US), United Kingdom and Australian governments issued separate travel advisories on Friday, June 2, urging their citizens to exercise caution following the attack that left 37 people dead at Resorts World Manila.

A gunman stormed the Resorts World Manila and torched gambling tables in the crowded area on Friday before dawn, June 2. Aside from 37 fatalities, dozens were injured.MORE

PH Embassy in Beirut releases office schedule during Ramadan

THE Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Beirut, London issued an announcement informing the public of their operation schedule during the holy month of Ramadan last May 26.

READ: Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered

As of Monday, May 29, the embassy is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no lunch break.

The embassy is open from Monday to Friday, except during Lebanese and Philippine holidays.

The embassy will resume regular office hours on the first working day after Eid’l Fitr on June 26.

Muslims around the world fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar/Hijrah calendar.

Every year, Muslims are reminded of their spiritual obligation to fast during this time. Fasting is one of the five Pillars (along with a belief in Allah, a pilgrimage to Mecca, charity, and prayer five times each day) of Islam.

Fasting during this month begins at dawn and ends at sunset. It is a requirement asked of all able-bodied adults, and the persons who are exempted to fast are women who are in their monthly period of menstruation; those who are sick; and those who are traveling to far places.

Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair

HONG KONG — Death is inevitable but it doesn’t have to be bad for the environment. Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population rapidly ages. Chinese businessman Alex Sun’s company, Shandong Ecoffin...

Scientific study eyed to identify blue whale in Bohol Sea

A SCIENTIFIC study will be conducted by a group of researchers and students of the Department of Biological Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, United States, to identify the blue whale species in Bohol Sea. Edna Sabater, the principal investigator, was in Dumaguete City to request for permission to conduct the study...

Russian national charged for ‘killing’ an endangered sea turtle

POLICE filed charges against a Russian national on Wednesday afternoon, May 17, for allegedly killing an endangered Green Sea Turtle in a marine sanctuary in Masaplod Sur, Dauin town in Negros Oriental. Charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office was Anton Likharev, 35, single, of Vladivostok, Russia, said Dauin Police Chief Bernabe Rubio. The Russian national...

14 abandoned sea turtles rescue in Southern Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Marine troopers stationed in Southern Palawan rescued 14 abandoned live sea turtles locally known as “pawikan.” Troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT)-4 rescued the turtles on May 13 in Barangay Mangsee Island in Balabac, following information from residents of Mangsee Island, who do not want the sea turtles harmed...

Cebu-LA suspension hurts balikbayans

Arrival. Balikbayans, specially those from the US prefer direct flights when coming home to Cebu. (SunStar File)

TOURISM stakeholders in Cebu are saddened over the recent decision of Philippine Airlines (PAL) to suspend its Cebu-Los Angeles-Cebu flight saying it will have impact on the balikbayan traffic.

Cebu Association of Tour Operator Specialists (Catos) president Alice Queblatin, suspected that the load factor might have influenced the decision of the Lucio Tan-led airlines to halt, albeit temporarily, the long-haul flight.MORE

Owwa targets 5K OFWs for amnesty program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) targets 5,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia to avail of their 90-day “Nation without Violations” Amnesty Program.

Those who can avail of the program include Filipinos residing at Saudi Arabia whose Iqama, the identification card given to foreign workers and paid for by the employers, expired on or before March 19 and Filipino workers with work permit but no Iqama Identification card.MORE

Gov’t gives P10,000 cash aid to repatriated OFWs from Saudi

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte welcomed around 150 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City early Monday morning.

A total of 150 Filipinos, who had availed of Saudi Arabian government’s amnesty for undocumented workers, returned to the country along with the President following his three state visits to the Middle East.MORE

Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter, Toronto Kapuso Lions Club


Sir Joaquin (Jojo) T. Taduran, Jr.(left), KGOR deputy commander of the Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter, has convinced Dario Agustin, to join the  Rizal Dimasalang Chapter and the Toronto Kapuso Lions Club in order to continue serving the Filipino community in Toronto and other parts of the province of Toronto.

Sir Mario Alpuerto, KGOR, is the Chapter Commander of the Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter with  Sir George R. Poblete, KGCR, is the Chapter Adviser. Sir Eduardo C. Prillo, KGOR, the incumbent Regional Commander of the Knights of Rizal Canada Region, together with  Sir Jaime T. Marasigan, KGOR, Rizal Supreme Council Supreme Council Deputy Supreme Council Exchequer, belong to the Rizal Dimasalang Chapter.

Sir George R. Poblete, KGCR, and Sir Jaime t. Marasigan, KGOR, served as the Regional Commanders of the  Knights of Rizal Canada. Region.

Sir Mario Alpuerto, KGOR, is the Rizal Canada Region Exchequer and chairman of the of the Special Project. Sir Joaquin (Jojo) T. Taduran, Jr., KGOR,  is the Rizal Canada Region Pursuivant and chairman of the Public Relations and Publicity Committee.

Dario Agustin is just waiting for the right time to officially submit his officially submit his application papers to the Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter  and the Toronto Kapuso Lions Club. (Manuel Papa)