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 […]

Guimaras Island, nakikilala na rin bilang isang summer destination

(Eagle News) — Dahil sa napipintong pagpapasara ng Boracay Island, naghahanap na ngayon ng iba pang summer destination ang pamahalaan upang mai-alok sa mga turistang magtutungo sa Pilipinas. Isa na rito ang Guimaras Island na hindi lang pala kilala sa matamis at masarap nitong mangga, kundi pati na sa magaganda nitong dalampasigan. Ang Guimaras Island ay kilala sa buong mundo bilang exporter ng pinakamasarap na mangga. Subalit kapag ganitong tag-init, sikat rin ang Guimaras dahil […]

Street art makes a splash in Hong Kong

by Elaine Yu Agence France Presse HONG KONG, China (AFP) — From murals made famous by Instagram to painting battles, Hong Kong’s once largely underground street art scene has exploded in recent years and is now blossoming across the city’s walls and alleyways. The commercial high end of the art world is at the fore in March, with gallerists, collectors, and celebrities descending on Hong Kong for the annual Art Basel fair. But English mural […]

Hip cafe chain staffed by disabled workers opens in Paris

by Pascale Juilliard and Fiachra Gibbons Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — It is a hip-looking cafe like any other in central Paris, thronged with lunchtime dinners. Except that Joyeux has a little something extra — many of its cooks and waiters have one more chromosome. The coffee shop is the latest in a chain of lunch joints springing up across France staffed by people with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive disabilities. “Joyeux” […]

Finland is world’s happiest country, Burundi least content: UN

  ROME Italy (AFP) — Finland is the world’s happiest country while troubled Burundi is the most discontent, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. In addition to its joyful locals, Finland is also home to the happiest immigrants, the study found. The Nordic nation headed up the 156-country ranking, followed by last year’s winner Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland. The United States and the United Kingdom were in 18th and 19th place respectively. […]

#EBCphotography: The Hogwarts Express made real at the Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

    A replica of the Hogwarts Express is one of the many attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka which is attracting numerous visitors yearly. More than three years after this opened at Universal Studio Japan (USJ) in Osaka on July 15, 2014, USJ has doubled its foreign visitors and reached two million in 2017. According to an expert, the theme park’s original attractions that […]

#EBCphotography: A view of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studios in Japan

      More than three years after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studio Japan (USJ) in Osaka on July 15, 2014, USJ has doubled its foreign visitors and reached two million in 2017. According to an expert, the theme park’s original attractions that are not found elsewhere have met foreign public demand. Two of the main attractions that are not found in its counterparts in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California […]