Miss Universe 2017 and other candidates visit tourist spots in Manila

UNTV News   •   December 7, 2017   •   6022

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MANILA, Philippines – A week after the Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, newly-crowned Queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa flew to the Philippines.

She was joined by Miss Universe 2017 candidates from different countries including India, Singapore, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Malaysia and China.

Alongside them was Miss Philippines Rachel Peters and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France.

They were in the country to explore the beauty of the Philippines.

Earlier Wednesday, they visited some popular destinations in Manila.

They first went to the famous Rizal Park then toured the historical site of Intramuros.

Nel-Peters said she enjoyed their first day of tour in the country and the warm welcome of Pinoys.

“I think Manila has been everything I heard it would be. All the love that I’ve been receiving on social media has just come to life over here so it’s so exciting to be here,” Nel-Peters said.

Meanwhile, Filipino fans are really delighted to see the lovely ladies.

“We were really surprised that Miss Universe together with the other contestants are here! They are all beautiful po,” said Andrei Roque, a fan.

“I just saw them on the TV, on the screen but in person, they are really beautiful. They are really fantastic people,” said another fan, Lourdes Bosito.

The beauty queens who were tapped as ambassadors of Philippine tourism are set to visit other places in the country including Batanes, Bohol and Camiguin. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Italian cows finish summer vacation

UNTV News   •   September 18, 2019

It is the end of summer holidays, not only for children but also for cows who have been vacationing in lush green alpine pastures in the mountains of Italy’s northern Trentino region.

As the temperature begins to drop, farmers bring their livestock back down from the mountains in order to return them to their stables on the farm where they will spend the winter.

Known as the ‘Desmalgada’ or return from the alpine pasture, the tradition has been turned into a local day of festivities.

In the town of Cogolo in the Peio area of Trentino, some 1,170 metres (3838 feet) up in the Alps, cows are dressed in their best cow bells and collars and brought down for a fashion parade through the center of town.

“We are putting on their bells for the parade, we are getting their party clothes on,” said farmer Stefano Benchimol holding onto a cow as a floral head-dress was being attached to it.

“These animals in June went up the mountain in order to eat the sweeter grass and herbs, now they have to return to their homes,” explained Tourism Official Viviana Marini.

“This is a big party because the cows are returned to their owners, who accompany them on their dissent and then show them off in a parade through the town to show how strong and beautiful these animals have become during their time in the alpine pastures,” she said.

It is difficult to miss the animal parade as a cacophony of bell ringing fills the town. The only disgruntled participants appeared to be the herds of goats bringing up the rear of the parade, with only tiny bells and not a head-dress in sight. (REUTERS)

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Malaysia carries out cloud seeding to tame haze in administrative capital Putrajaya

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2019

Malaysia carried out cloud seeding on Monday (September 16) to tame haze and control air pollution in its administrative capital Putrajaya.

Parts of Malaysia, including Putrajaya, have been reeling under an impact of heavy haze with air quality dropping to a “very unhealthy” 203 benchmark, on the Air Pollutant Index the country uses to calculate, as forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia continue to affect the air.

Malaysia carried out cloud seeding in the hope of inducing rain and also closed hundreds of schools and sent half a million face masks to Sarawak, on Borneo island, this week, as fires in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces continued to burn.

Indonesia’s neighbours have regularly complained about smog caused by its forest blazes – often started by farmers trying to clear land for palm oil and pulp plantations – though Jakarta has denied the accusation, saying forest fires had also started in other countries across the region. (Reuters)

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Students return to school with face masks on due to haze in Malaysian state

UNTV News   •   September 11, 2019

Students in the Malaysian state of Sarawak returned to school on Wednesday (September 11) donning face masks due to thick haze coming from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia.

On Tuesday (September 10) more than 400 schools in Sarawak were ordered to close after the smoke from the Indonesian side of the island drove up pollution to unhealthy levels.

Forest fires have raged through parts of the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the province of Kalimantan on Borneo in recent weeks, forcing the government to send in thousands of military and police to douse the flames.

Indonesia’s neighbours have regularly complained about smog caused by its forest blazes – often started by farmers trying to clear land for palm oil and pulp plantations – though Jakarta has denied the accusation, saying forest fires had also started in other countries across the region. (REUTERS)

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