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Philippines to clean up island paradise as tourism pauses amid Omicron scare

With the Philippines largely shut off from the outside world due to the coronavirus and with domestic tourism tightly managed, Boracay island gets a rare chance to recover.
A couple enjoys a view of White Beach amid the coranavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Boracay Island, Aklan province, Philippines  (REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)
A couple enjoys a view of White Beach amid the coranavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Boracay Island, Aklan province, Philippines  (REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 07:35 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Boracay, Philippines

Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

  • It comes as the Southeast Asian nation on Monday launched a three-day vaccination drive targeting nine million people as young as 12 in an effort to accelerate the roll-out of jabs.
Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry(AFP)
Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry(AFP)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 11:58 AM IST
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Covid-19: Philippines to reopen borders to some foreign tourists from next week

Foreigners vaccinated against Covid-19 from countries designated low risk by the Philippines will be allowed entry over an initial 15-day period
Tourists watch sunset aboard sailboats at holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines. Philippines to reopen borders to some foreign tourists from next week (REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
Tourists watch sunset aboard sailboats at holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines. Philippines to reopen borders to some foreign tourists from next week (REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 01:22 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Manila

Philippines reopens borders for vaccinated tourists

  • Tourists are required to be fully immunized with vaccines approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization or the World Health Organization.
The Philippines has opened borders for tourists who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday.(Pexels)
The Philippines has opened borders for tourists who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday.(Pexels)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 03:58 PM IST
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Covid-19 travel: Philippines to reopen 'soon' to vaccinated foreign tourists

The coronavirus task force of Philippines "approved in principle the entry of fully vaccinated tourists" from countries with low Covid-19 cases, travel guidelines to be finalised soon
A view of an empty beach is seen at the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines. Philippines to reopen 'soon' to vaccinated foreign tourists.(REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo)
A view of an empty beach is seen at the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines. Philippines to reopen 'soon' to vaccinated foreign tourists.(REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 11:25 AM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Manila

Son of late Philippine dictator emerges as presidential frontrunner

Ferdinand Marcos Jr likely benefited the most from Davao city mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's move to run for vice president, against the wishes of her supporters, despite leading polls for preferred presidential contenders all throughout the year.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, poses for pictures after filing his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 national election, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, (File Photo / REUTERS)
Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, poses for pictures after filing his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 national election, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 03:49 PM IST
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Philippines' travel bubble with South Korea to revive its pandemic-hit tourism

The Philippines is in talks with its top market South Korea to welcome tourists on board chartered flights. The two countries are ironing out quarantine requirements for these tourists upon return to South Korea
Philippines' travel bubble with South Korea to revive its pandemic-hit tourism(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)
Philippines' travel bubble with South Korea to revive its pandemic-hit tourism(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 12:39 PM IST
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Philippines Eases Capital’s Curbs, Allows Quarantine-Free Entry

Fully-vaccinated international travellers from areas classified as “green” or low-risk will no longer be required to undergo facility-based quarantine, if they provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours from their departure.
The Philippines is easing virus restrictions, allowing more businesses in the capital to reopen from Oct. 16 and loosening quarantine rules for vaccinated travellers.(Unsplash)
The Philippines is easing virus restrictions, allowing more businesses in the capital to reopen from Oct. 16 and loosening quarantine rules for vaccinated travellers.(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 09:24 PM IST
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Hardliner Philippine president Duterte announces retirement from politics

  • Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in August that Duterte could drop his bid for vice president if his daughter -- Davao Mayor Sara Duterte -- seeks the top post.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on October 2, 2021 he will not run for vice president in 2022 and will retire from politics, potentially paving the way for his daughter to contest the country's highest office.(AFP)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on October 2, 2021 he will not run for vice president in 2022 and will retire from politics, potentially paving the way for his daughter to contest the country's highest office.(AFP)
Published on Oct 02, 2021 02:25 PM IST
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Philippines to lift travel ban on India, UAE and 8 other countries from Monday

In the Philippines, foreign tourists are still banned from entering the country except for holders of special visas such as diplomats and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens.
The Philippines said that travellers from these 10 countries will have to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival. (File Photo)
The Philippines said that travellers from these 10 countries will have to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 04, 2021 03:00 PM IST
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Philippines extends Covid curbs in capital region, other provinces till Sept 7

Harry Roque, the spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte, said in a statement that Metro Manila will remain under the modified enhanced community quarantine. The restrictions were earlier set to end on August 31.
The Philippines, which is currently one of the worst-hit from Covid-19 across Asia, has so far reported 1,916,461 cases, 32,841 deaths and 1,741,089 recoveries.(Reuters file photo)
The Philippines, which is currently one of the worst-hit from Covid-19 across Asia, has so far reported 1,916,461 cases, 32,841 deaths and 1,741,089 recoveries.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Aug 28, 2021 10:39 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Philippines extends travel ban on India, 9 other nations due to Delta variant

The Philippines had earlier imposed the travel ban on India on April 29 which was extended. On July 14, the government further extended the travel ban on India along with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the UAE, and Oman till July 31, according to news agency PTI.
The nine countries include Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.(Reuters file photo)
The nine countries include Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jul 30, 2021 06:54 PM IST
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Philippines to impose lockdown in Manila to curb Covid-19 Delta variant spread

The Manila capital region, a sprawl of 16 cities home to more than 13 million people, will be placed under the tightest quarantine curbs from Aug. 6 to 20. People cannot leave their homes, except for essential shopping, while indoor and al fresco dining is banned.
A man wearing a face mask and a face shield as protection against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) enters a disinfection booth at a community quarantine checkpoint, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.(Reuters)
A man wearing a face mask and a face shield as protection against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) enters a disinfection booth at a community quarantine checkpoint, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 30, 2021 03:41 PM IST
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Philippines to suspend travel from Malaysia, Thailand from Sunday

To try and prevent further domestic transmission of the Delta variant, President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the capital region, an urban sprawl of 16 cities that is home to more than 13 million people, and four provinces under stricter coronavirus curbs until the end of July.
The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area.(AP file photo)
The Philippines will suspend travel from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area.(AP file photo)
Published on Jul 24, 2021 09:07 AM IST
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Magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocks Philippines, no tsunami threat

Philippines earthquake: The country's seismological agency said it did not expect damage. There was no tsunami warning or threat either, according to the US Tsunami Warning System.
REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE: A traffic policeman observes traffic and pedestrians at an intersection in Manila, the Philippines, on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Veejay Villafranca / BLOOMBERG)
REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE: A traffic policeman observes traffic and pedestrians at an intersection in Manila, the Philippines, on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Veejay Villafranca / BLOOMBERG)
Published on Jul 24, 2021 06:06 AM IST
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5 more bodies recovered in Philippines military aircraft crash: What we know

According to military officials, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft, carrying 96 combat troops, overshot the runway while landing at the Jolo Airport in Sulu province on Sunday.
Investigators are unsure of the cause of the crash and are looking for cockpit voice and flight data recorders.(AP)
Investigators are unsure of the cause of the crash and are looking for cockpit voice and flight data recorders.(AP)
Published on Jul 05, 2021 05:31 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

45 dead in Philippine military plane crash

Pictures from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn among coconut palms as men in combat uniform milled around, while a column of thick black smoke rose into the sky.
First responders work at the site after a Philippines Air Force Lockheed C-130 plane carrying troops crashed on landing in Patikul, Sulu province, Philippines.(Reuters)
First responders work at the site after a Philippines Air Force Lockheed C-130 plane carrying troops crashed on landing in Patikul, Sulu province, Philippines.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 05, 2021 05:19 AM IST
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Death toll in Philippines troop plane crash rises to 29

  • Nearly 100 people, most of them recent army graduates, were on the C-130 Hercules transport plane which was trying to land on Jolo island in Sulu province around midday.
First responders work at the site after a Philippines Air Force Lockheed C-130 plane carrying troops crashed on landing in Patikul, Sulu province.(via Reuters)
First responders work at the site after a Philippines Air Force Lockheed C-130 plane carrying troops crashed on landing in Patikul, Sulu province.(via Reuters)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 04:09 PM IST
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Philippine plane, involved in worst military disaster in 30 yrs, was given by US

A government website announcement in January, reviewed by news agency Reuters, confirmed that the Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport plane was one of the two aircraft granted by the US government through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
This April 21, 2017, file photo shows a Philippine Air Force C-130 transport plane as Philippine troops march at the Philippine-claimed Thitu Island off the disputed Spratlys chain of islands in the South China Sea in the western Philippines. (AP)
This April 21, 2017, file photo shows a Philippine Air Force C-130 transport plane as Philippine troops march at the Philippine-claimed Thitu Island off the disputed Spratlys chain of islands in the South China Sea in the western Philippines. (AP)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 02:13 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

At least 17 feared dead after military plane crashes in Philippines: Report

The C-130 plane was transporting the armed forces, according to the Associated Press, which added that the mishap occurred after the plane missed a runway while attempting a landing.
The military aircraft was seen on fire after it crashed in Patikul, Sulu, on Sunday. Initial reports said that at least 40 passengers have been rescued.(Photo via Pondohan TV / Facebook)
The military aircraft was seen on fire after it crashed in Patikul, Sulu, on Sunday. Initial reports said that at least 40 passengers have been rescued.(Photo via Pondohan TV / Facebook)
Published on Jul 04, 2021 11:21 AM IST
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'Go to India': Philippines President threatens citizens who refuse Covid vaccine

Ivermectin has been touted as an alternative treatment for Covid-19 but US and European regulators and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended against it.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during ceremonies to mark the 123rd anniversary of the Philippine independence at the Provincial Capitol of Bulacan province, Philippines.(AP)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during ceremonies to mark the 123rd anniversary of the Philippine independence at the Provincial Capitol of Bulacan province, Philippines.(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2021 02:09 AM IST
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'Won't cooperate in probe over anti-drugs deaths': Philippine president Duterte

Fatou Bensouda, outgoing chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), said on Monday that a preliminary examination found reason to believe 'crimes against humanity' had been committed during Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs between July 2016 and March 2019.
Rodrigo Duterte, president of The Philippines (Reuters File Photo)
Rodrigo Duterte, president of The Philippines (Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 15, 2021 01:55 PM IST
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Woman orders fried chicken in Philippines, receives a towel instead. Watch

Jollibee Foods Corp promptly took action and ordered a shutdown of the outlet in concern for three days.
The image shows the deep fried towel delivered instead of the fried chicken.(Facebook/@Alique Perez)
The image shows the deep fried towel delivered instead of the fried chicken.(Facebook/@Alique Perez)
Published on Jun 07, 2021 08:39 AM IST
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Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte approves extension of the coronavirus restrictions on travellers from seven countries to prevent the spread of the B.1617 "double mutant" variant of the Covid-19 first discovered in India
Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)
Philippines extends ban on travellers coming from India, six other countries(Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 01, 2021 11:02 AM IST
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Philippines warns of strict lockdown as swimming parties, picnics spike Covid-19

  • President Rodrigo Duterte warns Philippines officials to enforce Covid-19 lockdown restrictions as swimming parties, drinking sprees and picnics held earlier this month in three resorts lead to a surge in coronavirus infections
Philippines warns of strict lockdown as swimming parties, picnics spike Covid-19(Photo by RJ Baculo on Unsplash)
Philippines warns of strict lockdown as swimming parties, picnics spike Covid-19(Photo by RJ Baculo on Unsplash)
Updated on May 27, 2021 09:53 AM IST
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Philippines plans military hub in South China Sea, night-capable cameras

The military will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to fund a logistics hub on Thitu Island, as the nation seeks to sustain patrols in the South China Sea.
Tensions between the Philippines and China in the disputed waters have escalated over the past weeks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)(AP)
Tensions between the Philippines and China in the disputed waters have escalated over the past weeks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)(AP)
Updated on May 10, 2021 02:50 PM IST
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Philippines tightens controls on inbound travellers over Covid-19 variants

  • The new controls will apply regardless of whether a visitor has been vaccinated and the first 10 days of quarantine will be in a government-accredited facility and the remainder at home, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a briefing.
Passengers wearing hazmat suits for protection against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) walk inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines,(Reuters)
Passengers wearing hazmat suits for protection against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) walk inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines,(Reuters)
Published on May 07, 2021 06:04 PM IST
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Philippines extends limits on movement, gatherings to curb spread of Covid

The country is battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, with hospitals and medical workers in the capital Manila overwhelmed, while authorities face delays in the delivery of vaccines.
While the government aims to inoculate 50 to 70 million out of the country's more than 108 million people, the pace of its inoculation campaign has been slow due to difficulties in securing supply.(Reuters file photo)
While the government aims to inoculate 50 to 70 million out of the country's more than 108 million people, the pace of its inoculation campaign has been slow due to difficulties in securing supply.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 28, 2021 10:43 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Manila

Man in Philippines amasses super-sized collection of fast-food restaurant toys

While most of his toys were obtained through personal purchases, some were donated by friends and family.
Percival Lugue, who has the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection, poses with his toy collection in his home in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines.(REUTERS)
Percival Lugue, who has the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection, poses with his toy collection in his home in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 28, 2021 10:19 AM IST
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Philippines' Covid-19 caseload breaches 1 million-mark; 8,929 new cases seen

The health ministry said it recorded 8,929 Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total to more than one million, while fatalities increased to 16,853 after it recorded 70 new deaths.
The Philippines has the second highest number of cases and casualties in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.(Reuters Photo)
The Philippines has the second highest number of cases and casualties in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 02:24 PM IST
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