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Cebu celebrates Emperor Akihito’s birthday; Amigos de España to hold Christmas party

Japan in Cebu Shoji
Otake and his wife
Naomi, with
Bethilda Smith of
the Ikebana club
and Charge
d’Affaires Tetsuro

The 81st birthday of Emperor Akihito of Japan was celebrated in Cebu with a glittering diplomatic reception held at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. Here for the occasion was the Japanese Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Tetsuro Amano.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Back in the city by the bay


I lived there in the mid-’60s, when the flower children were in full bloom.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Now you can stay connected as you fly


The plane hasn’t even “come to a complete stop,” but already one can see people fishing out their phones and surreptitiously turning them on. Although the rules have been relaxed somewhat and one doesn’t have to wait until deplaning to get connected, it just shows how dependent we’ve become on our gadgets.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Travel | Read More »

Restored links, ads luring more tourists to PH, says EU envoy

EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Philippines may become the new destination of choice for more European tourists, with the return of direct air links between Manila and Europe and the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) “fantastic and amazing” global campaign that has reached the region, the European Union’s (EU) envoy to the Philippines has said.

Posted: May 11th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

When children ‘freeze out’ their parents


It is Autumn Down Under. I arrived in Sydney on the last few days of summer and we had blue skies and cool breezes. But the weekend turned from nice to nasty. From comfortable mid-70s we dropped to unseasonal 50s and 60s, making us reach for sweaters and shawls. Monday the sun was out. But the rains have returned and now we’re back to dreary.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »