Let it grow: Tokyo DisneySea adds ‘Frozen’ in $2.3 bn expansion

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — The Tokyo DisneySea theme park is getting a $2.3 billion overhaul and adding a section based on the wildly popular movie “Frozen” to its offerings, its operator said Thursday. Oriental Land, which runs the ocean-themed park as well as the adjacent Tokyo Disneyland and hotels, said the 250-billion-yen ($2.3-billion) undertaking will be the most expensive expansion plan in the site’s 35-year history. The project will add attractions replicating the Kingdom of […]

Ashikaga flower park in Tochigi, Japan

  If you are a wanderlust, try to embark on a Wisteria adventure for a tranquil experience. Ashikaga flower park in Tochigi, about three hours north of Tokyo by local train showcases the beauty of mainly wisteria (commonly known as “fuji” among locals) as well as azaleas, and many other flowers. Fuji is native to China, Japan and the eastern United States. It plays a vital role in Japanese culture. The kanji for fuji (藤) […]

‘French Spiderman’ foiled in Seoul skyscraper attempt

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — French urban freeclimber Alain Robert attempted to scale the world’s fifth-tallest building Wednesday, getting more than half way up the 123-storey Lotte World Tower in Seoul before security forced him to abandon the ascent. The 55-year-old, dubbed the ‘French Spiderman’, made his way up the building bare-handed and without ropes as staff pursued him from inside. “I climbed about 75 stories and then after that, it was a bit like cat […]

Everest’s Hillary Step now a ‘slope’: climbers

by Annabel Symington Agence France Presse KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) — Mount Everest’s Hillary Step — a rocky outcrop just below the summit — is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain. The condition of the rock face named after Everest’s first summiteer Edmund Hillary has been the subject of intense speculation since climbers last year declared it had gone. Others disagreed saying fresh snowfall had caused the confusion. Mountaineers returning from […]

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

  by Kerry Sheridan Agence France Presse TAMPA, United States (AFP) — The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet. Known simply as “The Mars Helicopter,” the device weighs less than four pounds (1.8 kilograms), and its main body section, or fuselage, is about the size of a softball. It will be […]

Balik tanaw sa isla ng Boracay

Ano nga bang mayroon sa Boracay at dinarayo ito ng napakaraming turista mula sa iba’t-ibang panig ng mundo? (Eagle News) — Noon, kapag sinabing Boracay, pinung-pinong buhangin at malinaw na tubig ng dagat lamang ang dapat mong asahan. Subalit ngayon, ang Boracay ay naging sentro na rin ng iba’t-ibang tourist activities, kung kaya’t higit itong nakilala sa buong mundo, kasabay ng pag-usbong ng social media. Bukod sa paglalakad sa pinong buhangin at pagtatampisaw sa dagat, […]

Seattle cherry blossoms set mood for spring (EBC Seattle correspondent report)

  By Marie Francisco-Weir EBC Seattle correspondent Eagle News Service   SEATTLE, Washington, US – (Eagle News) — Hues of pink align the Liberal Arts Quadrangle, also known as the Quad at the University of Washington. The blooming of the Yoshino cherry trees is a pleasant sight to see as they are viewed to coincide with the beginning of spring. Drawn by the beauty of the blossoms, you may see students’ venturing from a study […]

Take a tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia, one of the green cities in the world – an EBC report

  (Eagle News) — Get to know Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, which was declared as Europe’s Green Capital City for the year 2016. Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s correspondent in Europe Malou Francisco with Marie Francisco-Weir gives us a tour of the “green city” including Ljubljana’s “old town,” its town hall and beautiful bridges. She also takes us to Ljubljana’s “medieval castle” and to a boat tour at night when the city turns into a […]

Filipinos can visit Hainan, China without visa starting May 1

(Eagle News) — The Chinese government said it will allow Filipinos to visit Hainan Island, the smallest and southernmost province of China, without visa starting May 1. The announcement was made by the State Immigration Authority on Wednesday, April 18. It said Filipinos can stay up to 30 days. The latest move aims to boost the tourism of Hainan also known as the “China’s Hawaii.” It also aims to promote the province as “a free […]

Promotional campaign ng iba pang tourist destination sa Western Visayas, hiniling sa DOT

(Eagle News) — Hiniling ng mga opisyal mula sa Western Visayas sa Department of Tourism (DOT) na bigyan ng prayoridad ang iba pang tourist destination sa rehiyon sa kanilang promotional campaign. Kasunod ito ng nakaambang closure ng Boracay. Ayon kay Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, susunod sila sa rekomendasyon ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at DOT na isara sa loob ng anim na buwan ang […]