Friday, May 22, 2015

Small tear

Maintainance workers bring down the Philippine flag at the Rizal Park May 22, 2015, for a much needed repair after a small tear was discovered on the white equilateral triangle which symbolizes liberty, equality, and fraternity. The repair is expected be finished before the 117th National Flag day on May 28, 2015.

The flag is permanently hoisted in front of these government offices: MalacaƱang, the Senate, the House of Representatives at the Batasan, Supreme Court, the Rizal Monument in Manila, the Aguinaldo Shrine in Cavite, the Barasoain Shrine in Malolos, the Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Musoleo de los Beteranos dela Revolucion, international ports of entry, and other places designated by National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

National Flag Day is annually observed from May 28 to June 12, Philippine Independence Day. The Philippine flag is hoisted in offices and agencies of government, businesses, schools, and private homes during the period, to symbolize the Filipinos’ unity as a people. MB

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stubborn kids

 Children from urban poor families try to stave off the assaulting mid day heat and frolic in the waters of Manila Bay, unmindful of repeated warnings from health authorities of the health risks posed by the bay’s polluted waters.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Roadway Splash

Street children cool down along a flooded street near the Pasig River and Post Office Building in Manila yesterday. The state weather bureau announced that temperatures are expected to soar further
this week.

The heat index may make temperatures feel like 40 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila towards the end of the week. Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) heat index forecast, Metro Manila’s heat index will range from 39.9 to 40.7 degrees Celsius this week.

PAGASA also calls it human discomfort index, which “gives the apparent temperature or what human perceive or feel as the temperature affect their body.” MB

Monday, May 18, 2015

Robert de Niro in Manila

Award winning actor Robert de Niro and his business partners officially opened the first Nobu Hotel in Asia at City of Dreams Manila, in Pasay City, May 18, 2015. Recently named one of ‘Luxury’s 25 Most Innovative Brands’ by Robb Report, Nobu Hospitality is ranked among an elite selection of luxury hospitality brands in the world.

Official Grand Opening of the Nobu Hotel at City of Dreams Manila. From left to right: Hollywood Film Producer and Nobu partner, Mr. Meir Teper, Melco Crown Entertainment Co-Chairman, Mr. James Packer, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself, Melco Crown Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Mr. Lawrence Ho, multi Academy award-winning actor and Nobu partner, Mr.Robert De Niro and Chief Executive of Nobu Hospitality Mr. Trevor Horwell. 

Inspired by world-renowned Japanese culinary genius Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and championed by De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, the 321-room trendsetting boutique Nobu Hotel promises to deliver a thrilling, celebrity-inspired and ‘fun-luxury’ experience fused with the utmost quality to visitors to City of Dreams Manila, Melco Crown Entertainment’s new integrated casino resort currently under development at Entertainment City, Manila. MB

Saturday, May 16, 2015

‘Pahiyas’ amazes tourists

 Oblivious to the pouring rain, revelers at the Pahiyas Festival roam the streets of Lucban, Quezon May 16, 2015 to view the houses decorated with colorful ‘kipping.’  Even in the driving rain, revelers roamed the streets to view the elabo- rately decorated facades of houses in vibrant colors of “kiping,” a tradi- tion found uniquely in this town.

  Rains did not stop thousands of foreign and local tourists from flocking to this town to witness the grandeur of the “Pahiyas 2015” festival in honor of the local patron saint, San Isidro Labrador.

Colorful umbrellas float above Plaridel street in time for the Pahiyas Festival 2015  The festival is held yearly in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PH envoy’s remains flown back home

Honor guards carry the flag-draped casket bearing the remains of Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan Domingo D. Lucenario Jr. from a Pakistan C130 plane to waiting family members, colleagues, and friends at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, May 13, 2015.  Lucenario and five others died Friday when a helicopter they were riding in crashed on a school building in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Naltar Valley in Pakistan.

Tearfully awaiting the arrival of the remains at the tarmac were Lucenario’s widow Nida and their two children. They were accompanied by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, a family friend. From Villamor Air Base, the casket was taken to the Arlington Memorial Chapel in Quezon City. MB

Manny Pacquiao made a low-key return to the Philippines

Manny Pacquiao flashes the thumbs up sign while being flanked Miss Manila beauties KC Halili and Angelia Ong during yesterday’s short program at Rajah Sulayman park along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, May 13, 2015.

A smiling Pacquiao, his right arm supported by a black sling, told reporters he hadn’t yet decided on his future after his May 2 defeat by unanimous decision in Las Vegas. “I will focus first on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or announcing retirement,” Pacquiao said.

“I’m not saying I am going to retire, but it’s near. I’m already 36, turning 37 this December.” Pacquiao said it could take six months to recover from the operation on his torn rotator cuff, which he underwent days after what was billed as the “Fight of the Century”. MB