Pilipinas, Paborito pa ring Pasyalan ng mga Turistang Chinese

admin   •   January 21, 2013   •   8563

FILE PHOTO: Boracay Beach (PHOTOVILLE International / Rhouell Carino)

FILE PHOTO: Boracay Beach (PHOTOVILLE International / Rhouell Carino)

MANILA, Philippines — Tila walang epekto sa turismo ng bansa ang umiiral na territorial dispute sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at China.

Katunayan, kinilala ang Pilipinas sa Shanghai, China bilang best tourist at most romantic destination ng mga turistang Chinese.

Ang mga nasabing pagkilala ay base sa survey na isinagawa ng Shanghai Oriental Daily at Shanghai Morning Post.

Pangunahin pa rin sa listahan ng mga turista ang Boracay beach na tinaguriang “white beach ng mga Chinese,” kasama ang lalawigan ng Cebu sa kanilang mga target na pasyalan.

Bumaba man sa 250,000 ang bilang ng mga turistang Chinese noong 2012, plano naman ng Department of Tourism (DOT) na triplehin ito ngayong taon.

Kabilang sa kanilang mga promotional program ay ang pagkakaroon ng karagdagang biyahe ng eroplano, Philippine study programs at condominium investment.

Sa ngayon ay patuloy ang kampanya ng DOT na “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”. (Dulce Alarcon & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

BI nabs overstaying Indian national working as chef in Boracay

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

​​MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the arrest on September 4 of an Indian national employed as a chef without a permit and visa in the tourist island of Boracay.

Accoridng to BI, the alien was identified as Vincent Joseph Mondal, 42, an allegedly overstaying and undocumented foreign worker.

Intelligence Division Acting Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr said Mondal was arrested while at work at Namaster Restaurant located beside the Boracay public market where he had been working as chief cook.

“He was unable to present his passport or any travel document when our agents confronted him to verify his immigration status,” Manahan said.

The BI discovered that Mondal was an illegal entrant as he entered the country through the backdoor and did not undergo inspection by immigration authorities.

​​It was also determined that Mondal had been banned from entering the country and placed on the immigration blacklist over a similar case of overstaying and failure to pay the assessed fines and penalties some time in 2013.

​​Mondal is now detained at the BI detention center while summary deportation proceedings are being undertaken.

Pro and anti-Beijing supporters face off at shopping mall

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 13, 2019

Pro-Beijing supporters flooded into a Hong Kong shopping mall waving China flags and singing the Chinese national anthem on Friday (September 13) where they were confronted by with anti-Beijing groups.

The confrontation came hours before a city-wide Mid-Autumn festival celebration where demonstrators are set to carry lanterns and form human chains on the scenic Victoria Peak, an area popular with mainland Chinese tour groups. The human chain is also due to be formed on Lion Rock which separates the New Territories from the Kowloon peninsula.

The anti-China demonstrations started in June in response to a bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts, but have broadened into calls for democracy.

China says Hong Kong is now its internal affair. It denies meddling in Hong Kong and has accused the United States, Britain and others of fomenting the unrest.

Britain says it has a legal responsibility to ensure China abides by its obligations under the Joint Declaration. (REUTERS)

P53-M misdeclared agri-products from China seized in Manila Port

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly P53 million worth of misdeclared agricultural products from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Port of Manila.

The BOC said the products that were shipped inside 16 containers arrived in Manila last August 8.

The shipment was consigned to a certain Shinerise Trading Service. It was initially declared as fishballs.

However, upon inspection of the containers, the BOC found that the shipment contains carrots and onions estimated to worth P40.1 million, broccolis worth P10.04 million, and P2.5 million worth of potatoes.   

The bureau has issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the said shipment.

The BOC also cancelled the accreditation of the Shinerise Trading Service and its broker was placed under investigation.

The confiscated agriculture products will be destroyed as these did not have necessary clearance as proof that these items are safe for public consumption, the BOC said. RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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