High fashion, arts merge in CCP show

MANILA, Philippines—“Aliw!” What fun!

“The Eraserheads by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra! I really believe the Eraserheads should be National Artists,” said a gleeful and amused Jed Segovia.

The 24-year-old artist was in serious-chic suit, his first, bought only a week before to wear to this fashion show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) that would marry high fashion and the arts.

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Plight of stranded bus drivers to end soon–DOLE

The misery of the remaining 68 Filipino bus drivers still stranded in Dubai could soon be over.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said he was able to talk with various government officials in the United Arab Emirates and several agreements have been reached to address the issue.

Roque was a guest at the migrant workers’ day at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai.

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DFA identifies Pinoy on board missing jet

The lone Filipino passenger of an Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean has been identified.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Arden Jugueta was a seafarer whose vessel docked in Rio de Janeiro. Jugueta was to take a connecting flight from Paris to Manila.

Jugueta was among the 228 listed passengers and crew of Air France flight 447 that left Rio de Janeiro en route for Paris, France on the evening of May 31 (Brasilia time).

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Justice sought for Pinoy teen’s death in Paris

Filipinos and French nationals held a protest rally to demand justice for the death of a Pinoy teenager who was stabbed by one of five students who attacked him in Trappe, Paris, France.

The victim was identified as 16-years-old Sharif Ibrahim, a student at the College le Village in Trappes, France.

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Towering garden

One of the top attractions at Gateway Mall’s main building in Quezon City is an enclosed garden paradise. The place houses The Oasis, a unique floating garden and restaurant managed by the Mandarin Oriental Cafe and Deli.

The 450 square-meter restaurant is enclosed in transparent glass. It showcases a variety of exotic flora in a lush tropical setting, making it an ideal venue for fine dining and cocktail parties. Within the garden are towering 60-foot Royal Palms, which extend up to the uppermost floor of the building. Other plants include colorful, flowering bromeliads, anthuriums, heliconias, ginger plants and aglaonemas.

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Pirates release MT Stolt Strength crew

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday announced the release of 23 Filipino seafarers on board a cargo vessel seized by Somali pirates last November 2008.

“The DFA is pleased to confirm the release of the MT Stolt Strength with 23 Filipino seafarers on board at 11:35 am Philippine time,” the DFA said in a text message to abs-cbnNEWS.com.

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Govt ‘peddling illusions’ to jobless Pinoys – Gabriela

A lawmaker on Tuesday said that the Arroyo government has been “peddling illusions” of work abroad to jobless workers despite the many unresolved problems faced by overseas Filipino workers.

“President Arroyo is enticing more and more Filipinos to work abroad despite the deplorable situation OFWs in Dubai who found themselves jobless and scrounging around scrap garbage to sell for survival,” said Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan in a statement sent to media.

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Pinoy seamen say jobs outweigh pirate worries

MANILA – More Filipinos than any other nationality are held hostage by Somali pirates, but there was no dearth of seafarers looking for jobs on Monday in Manila despite the threat of more confrontations.

With dozens of cargo vessels anchored empty and idle in most ports around Asia because of the financial crisis, hundreds of sailors were gathered at the city’s Luneta park, which functions as a recruitment centre for seafarers.

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Pinoys join ‘paluwagan’ to ease financial crisis

The current global financial crisis has seen the economies of many developing countries crash. In Austria alone, the inflation rate has risen.

Austrian Economic Chamber of Commerce expert Margit Schratzenstaller mentioned in the state-owned radio station here that the economy will go down to 0.5% lower than that of the present inflation rate.

For Filipinos in the country, this means, they have to tighten their belts more. Prices of basic commodities, diesel and gas, transportation fees and others will surely increase.  Read more…

VP Noli seeks close coordination with intl anti-piracy task force

The presence of a Filipino naval attaché in the multinational Anti-Piracy Task Force would help the Philippine government gather more information on piracy solutions in Somali waters, said the country’s vice president.

Vice President and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Noli de Castro is now pushing for the inclusion of a Filipino naval personnel in the task force with headquarters in the US Navy, Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain.

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