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  1. Vietnam likes to remember and enjoy traditions, so did you know....??? Ho Chi Minh was and still is a national hero Also known as “Great Uncle Ho,” Ho Chi Minh is the founding father of modern Vietnam. He is the symbol of liberation after the War. His remains are mummified and guarded in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi. He was even recognized as a Hero of National Liberation and Great Man of Culture by the UN. That the Lunar New Year is the most important event of the year Also known as Tet, the Lunar New
  2. Back in 2008 when they found out that Anthony Bourdain was coming to Manila for the first time. There was a hum around the city, our culinary glitterati sent into a tailspin. Where will he eat? Will he like the food? He definitely has to try lechon. Can you imagine Tony eating isaw? We can call him Tito Tony! Will he be too mean? Will he be mean enough? It was something of an event, the arrival of the food world’s preeminent chef, the spotlight shone on what is arguably a forgotten food city, the prodigal child of Southeast Asia. Historically speaking, we do
  3. A passenger receives a metro pass at the Cat Linh Ha Dong Metro Line in Hanoi, November 6, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy Hanoi’s new metro is fast and reliable, but many people are reluctant to make it their main means of daily commute saying the last mile is unaffordable, according to VN Express. Phuong Anh, twenty-nine who lives within walking distance of the Cat Linh Station, was one of the first people to try the metro when it began operating earlier this month. "But I only wanted to see what it was like; I don’t think I will be a regular passenger,
  4. Many children in border areas grow up with only two options: work in the field or cross the border and get married as a foreign bride. With childhoods tainted by the smell of opium and the absence of parents who are often in prison, dropping out of school is usually the norm here. One early morning in June 2019 Ly Xe Me tied her hair, picked up a basket and stepped out of her thatched, rammed-earth house atop the highest spot in the mountainous Ta Ko Ki Village. Her youngest son rubbed his eyes and ran after her, asking where she was going. "Mummy is going t
  5. A massage parlor on Bui Vien Street in HCMC's District 1 prepares to close following the city's order to prevent Covid-19 infection, March 14, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran The HCMC Health Department has proposed a set of ten safety criteria including vaccination and social distancing for spas and massage parlors. The establishments must satisfy ten safety criteria to be allowed to open in the "new normal" period. According to VN Express, requirements include mandatory medical declaration for both customers and employees. Employees must eit
  6. MANILA, Philippines— Up to two tropical cyclones may hit the country next month as the La Nina season continues, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). According to inquirer.net, one to two tropical cyclones may form during the month of December. Odette and Paulo They will be named Odette and Paulo. Based on our Climatology Division, it is likely that these tropical cyclones entering our area of responsibility will make landfall, said Pagasa weather specialist Benison Estareja. He
  7. Presidential aspirant former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (File photo) MANILA – The preliminary conference meeting of the first petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy of presidential aspirant former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not open to the public. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said Thursday though the event would be an online meeting, it would not be accessible to the public or the media. “I spoke to the Clerk of the Commission; the pre-con is not open to the publi
  8. COVID-19 VACCINATION. Dr. Chris Sorongon (left), medical deputy of the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, and Br. Joaquin Severino Martinez, FSC, president and chancellor of the University of Saint La Salle, with one of the vaccine recipients at the USLS campus on Tuesday (Nov. 23, 2021). The City of Bacolod is gearing up for the National Vaccination Days from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 in support of the government’s efforts to reach population protection against the coronavirus disease 2019. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City PIO) BACOLOD CITY – The city government here is g
  9. file photo SINGAPORE — An 18-year-old will be charged on today (Nov 25) with sexually assaulting a girl in September, according to todayonline.com. The assault allegedly happened on Sept 21 at a residential unit along Towner Road near the Balestier Road district. In a new release on Wednesday, the police said that they received several reports on Monday after the teenager allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting a girl in a video that was uploaded on social media. The police said that they began investigations immediately and arrested the youth
  10. FOODPhilippines. The Philippine booth at the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China from Nov. 5 to 10, 2021. Forty Filipino companies participated in China's largest buying expo. (Photo courtesy of DTI) MANILA – Sales of the Philippine booth during this year’s China International Import Expo (CIIE), China’s largest buying expo, reached USD597.34 million, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported Wednesday. These sales came from the 40 Filipino food companies that participated in the 3rd CIIE in Shanghai, China from November 5 to 10.
  11. RESUPPLY MISSION. Two resupply boats dock in front and beside the BRP Sierra Madre at the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on Tuesday (Nov. 23, 2021). Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian vowed to investigate the alleged act of intimidation by the Chinese Coast Guard where personnel on a rubber boat took pictures and videos of Manila's resupply mission. (Photo courtesy of DND) MANILA – The Duterte administration has been consistent in safeguarding the country's sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), National Security Adviser and Nat
  12. A man registers for a check-up at Trieu An Hospital in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of Trieu An Hospital Private hospitals in HCMC and Hanoi are reporting losses after months of limited operations, necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. After four years of making profit, the Tam Duc Heart Hospital in HCMC’s District 7 posted a loss of VND13 billion ($571,440) in the third quarter this year. Its revenue plunged 63 percent to VND54 billion. The hospital has cut down salaries, but high overhead costs and additional Covid-19 me
  13. Members of a group that orchestrated a bitcoin robbery in HCMC in May 2020. Photo courtesy of the police. Two police officers and their accomplices in HCMC have been charged with orchestrating a fake accident and stealing VND37 billion ($1.63 million) worth of bitcoins from a businessman. VN Express stated that police officers Nguyen Quoc Dung, 40, and Nguyen Anh Tuan, 28, businessman Ho Ngoc Tai, 32, and 14 others face robbery charges in court, prosecutors said Tuesday. The offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Businessmen Tai and others
  14. At present, fully vaccinated Singaporean citizens can now enter only three Australian states without the need for quarantine: New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). With the launch of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore and Australia, CNA spoke with Phillipa Harrison, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, to find out what is new in the country and what travellers can now expect on a holiday to the Land Down Under. BridgeClimb Sydney. (Photo: James Horan/Destination NSW) Australia, with its diverse
  15. Singapore: With lofty goals of becoming a leading golf destination in Singapore and growing the game for the next generation, Five Iron Golf has reached a notable milestone with the opening of its first international location in the Lion City. The brand, which has recently secured a US$30 million investment from Callaway Golf Company, is driven to elevate and re-shape golf culture through inclusivity and accessibility. Since its founding in 2017, Five Iron Golf has expanded to nine US locations, spanning from New York City to Las Vegas. Along the way it’s built a reput
  16. Phuket, Thailand, November 24: Jazz Janewattananond is finally back home in Thailand, properly ‒ to compete in the Asian Tour Phuket Series ‒ having been away for nearly two years, with the exception of two quick pitstops when he was mainly in quarantine, and nothing could make him happier. Jazz at Blue Canyon Phuket. Photo credit Paul LakatosAsian tour “It’s really good to be back in Thailand!” said Jazz, at Blue Canyon Country Club today ‒ where he is competing in this week’s US$1million Blue Canyon Phuket Championship. “I haven’t been back here to s
  17. We all like to have a partner, and during lockdowns it is perhaps even more important to share the isolation. So best route for many is online dating. The dating service industry has exhibited massive growth in terms of sales and has been evolving continuously over the past couple of decades. The global online dating services market was valued at $6,400.0 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $9,202 million by 2025. This is attributable to rise in number of singles around the globe, especially in North America, Europe, and Asia-P
  18. Raymund Liboro, chief of the National Privacy Commission (Photo from privacy.gov.ph) MANILA, Philippines — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has summoned the data privacy officers of telecom companies to a meeting today to find ways to end a growing text scam victimizing Filipino consumers. According to the Inquirer.net, complaints mounted in the past few days about the thousands of text messages from random numbers offering nonexistent jobs to unsuspecting victims. Referred to as smishing, it is classified as a cybersecurity attack carried out over mobi
  19. MANILA – The country’s overall balance of payments (BOP) position posted a surplus of USD1.14 billion in October 2021, lower than the USD3.44 billion BOP surplus recorded in the same month last year. Last month’s BOP surplus reflected inflows arising from the national government's (NG) net foreign currency deposits with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the BSP’s income from its investments abroad. The BOP surplus in October brought the cumulative BOP for the first 10 months of the year to USD476 million surplus, reversing the deficit of USD665 million for the
  20. MANILA – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed hope that the next elected chief executive will also improve his hometown's Davao International Airport. Davao International Airport In his prerecorded Talk to the People aired Tuesday night, Duterte described Davao International Airport as "not as beautiful" as the "most-scenic airport" in Bicol and not even half of the newly rehabilitated and expanded General Santos Airport. Duterte recalled his order to put Davao City last on the priority list for government infrastructure projects. " Durin
  21. An industrial park in the northern province of Hung Yen. Photo courtesy of Sumitomo A VND1.78-trillion ($77.4 million) industrial park will be built under a cooperation program promoted by South Korea in the northern province of Hung Yen. The 143-hectare industrial park will become the country’s first South Korean-style industrial park providing clean and green infrastructure, the province People’s Committee said. Its investors include South Korea’s Korea Land & Housing Corporation, Vietnam’s TDH Ecoland Urban Development & Investment Joint Stock Com
  22. Russian tourists in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, February 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc Khanh Hoa's vice chairperson proposed the government allow visa exemption for foreigners visiting Vietnam during the vaccine passport trial to stimulate international tourism, reported VN Express. The central province, home to popular beach towns Nha Trang and Cam Ranh, is one of five localities allowed to welcome back foreign tourists from this month, along with Da Nang, Kien Giang, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh. Its vice chairperson Le Huu Hoang said European and Russ
  23. PM Pham Minh Chinh (L) holds the Japanese Unshu tangerines that will be exported to Vietnam soon at a meeting with former Japanese PM Suga Yoshihide (R) and Chairman of the Japan - Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Nikai Toshihiro (C) in Japan, November 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Duong Giang Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam and Japan's relationship is at its best and the two need to boost cooperation in various fields including economy, medicine, and labor training. Speaking to the Japanese press during his official visit to the country from Monday
  24. We all like to have a partner, and during lockdowns it is perhaps even more important to share the isolation with someone. So best route for many is online dating. The global online dating services market was valued at $6,400.0 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $9,202 million by 2025. The dating service industry has exhibited massive growth in terms of sales and has been evolving continuously over the past couple of decades. This is attributable to rise in number of singles around the globe, especially in North America, Europ
  25. People are seen waiting on the pavement next to Shaw Centre on Nov 22, 2021. (Photo: Sadhish Yoganathan) SINGAPORE: A fire broke out at Shaw Centre on Monday (Nov 22) morning, prompting about two hundred people to vacate the shopping centre near Orchard Road. According to CNA, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident 1 Scotts Road at about 10.15am. "The situation is still under investigation, and we are working closely with the SCDF team," said a company spokesperson. "All our staff have been safely evacuated
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