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Works of Fil-Am designer featured in first Thai Silk Int’l Fashion Week

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in the first Thai Silk International Fashion Week

Thousands of guests gathered at the Eden Zone ground floor of the Central World in Bangkok, Thailand to witness the first Thai Silk International Fashion Week.

The event which was participated by 24 countries, showcased Thai silk costumes designed and tailored by 59 international designers worn by former Miss Universe pageant competitors.

The program is part of the 8th celebration of the Silk: Thai Road To The World 2018 which aims to promote the elegance of Thai silk, the traditional art of weaving silk and to help sustain the livelihood of Thai silk farmers.

Among the works featured in the opening gala were that of Filipino-American international designer, Oliver Tolentino, who is known in the fashion world for dressing up Hollywood celebrities.

Tolentino said his creations for Thailand’s fashion week are made of Thai silk combined with the Philippines’ local fabric called piña to produce a modern yet timeless look.

“It’s so beautiful. ‘Pag nakita mo yung mga colors nila, they can create like different colors and very vibrant. I combined it with our local fabric na piña. It’s perfectly easy to combine. You will see it very modern, very wearable, classic and it’s timeless,” he said.

His works were presented on the ramp by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

“I’m so happy that Pia is here for me to help represent the Philippines in the international market,” Tolentino said.

Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2017 Christina Peiris, who also presented some Thai silk costumes during the opening day, expressed amazement over the event.

“The Thai Silk Fashion Week has been amazing. I usually don’t do runway in Sri Lanka so this was my first experience, and yeah, it’s been amazing,” she said.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon thanked all Filipinos for supporting the program.

“Maraming maraming salamat sa ating mga kababayan na nakarating po dito. Salamat sa inyong patuloy na pagtangkilik, sa suporta ng mga programa ng ating embahada,” she said.

The Thai Silk International Fashion Week will run until Tuesday (December 5). – Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News & Rescue

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Search continues for two Filipino tourists missing in Thailand — DFA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that two Filipino tourists went missing at Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand on Tuesday (July 17).

The DFA through the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok said it is actively monitoring the case after the Royal Thai Police and a group of Filipino tourists notified them of the incident.

According to Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon, the Embassy immediately made representations with the Thai Police and coordinated with the Filipinos upon receipt of the report.

According to reports, the two Filipinos were at the beach playing in the sea during a heavy storm, when they were swept away and have not been seen since then.

The Embassy assured rescue operations by authorities is ongoing.

The Embassy continues to coordinate with the authorities on the case, as well as respond to the needs of the Filipino family and friends of the two missing Filipinos.

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Thai cave boys return to pray on anniversary

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

(Chiang Rai Province, Thailand) Alms being given to Buddhist monks to commemorate the late Thai diver who died during the cave boys’ rescue. | Courtesy: Image grabbed from a Reuters video

The boys and the coach of Thailand’s ‘Wild Boars’ soccer team returned to the cave where they were trapped a year ago on Monday (June 24) to remember a former Navy SEAL who died during their rescue operation.

Samarn ‘Sam’ Kunan, a former member of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit who was part of the rescue team in Chiang Rai, died on the night of July 5, 2018 after entering the cave to lay oxygen tanks along a potential exit route for the trapped boys.

His wife, Waleeporn Kunan, said her husband still remains in her heart, while the coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, thanked Sam for his sacrifice.

“This is our intention to make merit for him (Samarn Kunan) every year. Our merit making is for Sergeant Sam (Samarn Kunan), to remember him,” said Chanthawong.

“They (cave boys) treated me as if I was someone special and they, these brothers still do until now. Every time they see me they run up to me,” said Kunan, wife of the late diver.

The soccer team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach were trapped on June 23, 2019 while exploring the Tham Luang cave complex when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

A 17-day effort to rescue them gripped the world with experts from various countries volunteering to help. (REUTERS)

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Duterte asks US, China to end trade war

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states during the 34th ASEAN Summit plenary session at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BANGKOK, Thailand – President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the United States and China to end their long-standing trade war and asked the two super powers to ‘take the high road’ and resolve their differences for the sake of global economy.

“The trade war between the United States and China is creating uncertainty. It is taking a toll on global growth. And it could hinder the ongoing processes of economic integration,” the President said in a meeting during the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on Saturday (June 23).

Duterte added that the conflict between the two nations indeed slows down economic integration among countries.

Meanwhile, the President has also urged the ASEAN regional bloc to support the open and rules-based multilateral trading system instead of the “zero-sum approach” to international economic relations.

“We in ASEAN must strengthen our support for a rules-based and open multilateral trading system,” Duterte said before the leaders of the other member states.

“In pursuit of growth, we should be partners not competitors,” he said.

ASEAN has stepped up its efforts on the proposed free-trade agreement Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The regional bloc targets to finalize the trade pact by November.

The agreement involves six Asia-Pacific nations – Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand – with which ASEAN has existing free trade agreements.

RCEP would be the world’s largest free trade deal once approved.

President Duterte also emphasized the Philippines support to the ASEAN Single Window initiative with aims to integrate single-window systems of all ASEAN member states through electronic exchange of trade-related documents towards the establishment of cross-border trade.

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