Miss Universe 2017 and other candidates visit tourist spots in Manila

UNTV News   •   December 7, 2017   •   6271

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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

 

Fears grow in Seoul as South Korea confirms first death from coronavirus

UNTV News   •   February 20, 2020

Seoul residents said they were worried after South Korea reported on Wednesday (February 19) the first death in the country of a person infected with coronavirus.

The country has recorded 22 new cases, bringing the total to 104.

The exact cause of death is being investigated, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

Some residents called the government for proper response and measures to contain the virus.

Most of the new cases confirmed are in the city of Daegu where a person who was infected with the virus had attended church services and visited a hospital before testing positive.

(Production: Dogyun Kim, Hyunyoung Yi)

Intramuros adjusts opening hour of Fort Santiago dungeons to fix long lines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2020

The Intramuros Administration said they will adjust the opening schedule of the dungeons of Fort Santiago to fix long lines and waiting time of visitors.

In their Facebook post, the Intramuros Administration announced they will adjust their time schedule for the dungeons of Fort Santiago from 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Sunday (February 16).

“We would like to assure the public that we are taking steps to address current concerns such as long lines and waiting period. We are dedicated to ensuring a better experience for everyone,” their post reads.

The administration also reiterateed their commitment to make Intramuros “more fun than ever”.—AAC

PH returns third batch of waste from South Korea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2020

The Philippines is set to return 50 containers of trash from the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) back to South Korea within the month.

According to the Bureau of Customs (BOC), over 6,000 tons of waste from South Korea were shipped into the Philippines in 2018. They were declared plastic waste but was reported to contain mixed non-biodegradable waste.

The first shipment of re-exportation was successfully done in January 13, 2019 which included 51 containers.

“Additional batches shall be re-exported on February 16 and February 23 which shall bring the total re-exported wastes to 201 containers and shall finally rid the country of the illegally imported wastes,” MICT Port Collector John Simon said in a statement.

Simon said that once the total of 6,500 tons of trash is returned, the Philippines will still ask South Korea to pay for damages after violating the Basel Convention.

Simon also stressed that the Bureau shall remain firm in its commitment of protecting the country’s borders from the entry of any illegal shipments including wastes that are harmful to the environment.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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