DOT engaging in dialogues with NITAS on Star Rating system, says exec

October 19, 2015 9:23 am· Comments Off on DOT engaging in dialogues with NITAS on Star Rating system, says exec 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Oct. 18 (PNA) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has said it is already conducting dialogues with the Network of Independent Travel & Allied Services Philippines Inc. (NITAS) after the latter described the former’s Star Rating system as “unnecessary” grading system for tourism establishments.

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Albay hosts PATA tourism conference, firms up stature as PHL lead destination

October 19, 2015 9:23 am· Comments Off on Albay hosts PATA tourism conference, firms up stature as PHL lead destination 

By Johnny C. Nunez

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 19 (PNA) — Albay will host the New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2015, organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) on November 25-27 at the Oriental Hotel here.

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Philippine Shopping Festival reels off October 23

October 19, 2015 9:23 am· Comments Off on Philippine Shopping Festival reels off October 23 

MANILA, Oct. 19 — The Philippine Retail Association (PRA), the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the operators of 13 major malls in the country have joined forces to stage the initial Philippine Shopping Festival from October 23 to November 8 this year, which it hopes to hold yearly to promote the country as the new Asia Pacific shopping mecca.

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China blacklists 10 travel agencies

October 19, 2015 9:23 am· Comments Off on China blacklists 10 travel agencies 

BEIJING, Oct. 19 — China has named and shamed 10 travel agencies as the country attempts to create a sound environment for tourists, the National Tourism Administration (NTA) said Sunday.

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Solon says PGH as a national university hospital would be more accessible to indigent patients

October 19, 2015 9:22 am· Comments Off on Solon says PGH as a national university hospital would be more accessible to indigent patients 

MANILA, Oct. 18 — The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) may soon have sufficient funds to finance all its essential services.

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Review: Play about New York AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s seeks to be relevant in PHL

October 19, 2015 9:22 am· Comments Off on Review: Play about New York AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s seeks to be relevant in PHL 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Oct. 18 (PNA) –- When “The Normal Heart” by American playwright and activist Larry Kramer was first staged in 1985 Off-Broadway in New York and later won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, nobody knew that it would someday be staged in the Philippines.

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(Health) PHL marks National ADHD Awareness Week

October 19, 2015 9:22 am· Comments Off on (Health) PHL marks National ADHD Awareness Week 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Oct. 18 (PNA) — The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Society of the Philippines will formally open the National ADHD Awareness Week celebration at the Atrium Center of SM City-Fairview in Novaliches, Quezon City on Monday (Oct. 19).

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(Sports) PBA 41st Season opening cancelled due to typhoon ‘Lando’

October 19, 2015 9:20 am· Comments Off on (Sports) PBA 41st Season opening cancelled due to typhoon ‘Lando’ 

MANILA, Oct. 18 – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Chito Narvasa announced on Sunday the cancellation of the opening of the PBA 41st Season due to typhoon "Lando."

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(Sports) Nietes wins eighth world title defense; Viloria bows to undefeated foe

October 19, 2015 9:20 am· Comments Off on (Sports) Nietes wins eighth world title defense; Viloria bows to undefeated foe 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Oct. 18 (PNA) – Donnie Nietes, the only reigning world Filipino champion, successfully defended his WBO junior flyweight title for the eighth time in a row, while former world champion Brian Viloria failed in another try to snatch the world flyweight crown on Sunday (Manila time) in the United States.

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AirAsia offers special fares to all destinations accross Asia, Australia

October 19, 2015 9:20 am· Comments Off on AirAsia offers special fares to all destinations accross Asia, Australia 

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 18 — Low-cost airline AirAsia is offering three million promotional seats to over 20 countries across Asia and Australia from Oct. 19-25.

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