Pagsanjan Falls – worth the visit

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, June 1) – Every elementary student knows about this tourist spot, the famous Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna. The 91-meter falls possesses a rugged beauty. One can take a scenic one-hour boat ride to visit Pagsanjan. Plying the Bumbungan and Balanac rivers on your wooden canoe, you can take in the beauty of native trees, vines and wildlife.   The river ride back down is even more exciting as your […]

El Celler de Can Roca returns to top as World’s Best Restaurant

JUNE 2 (Reuters) — Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca regained its title as the world’s best restaurant on Monday (June 1), fending off previous winner Noma, with which it has alternated the top honor in recent years. The Copenhagen restaurant dropped two places to No. 3, knocking chef-owner Rene Redzepi off the top spot he had held last year and for three previous years at the annual fine dining ceremony held in London’s […]

DPRK government to promote Mount Kumgang tourism

JUNE 1 (Reuters) — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held an investment seminar Thursday (May 28) aimed at attracting foreign investment and visitors to Wonsan-Mount Kumgang international tourist zone. The zone’s investment programs, two-thirds of which relate to tourism, include an amusement park, a nature park, a bathing beach, a golf course, yachting and even casinos. As a world-notable tourist attraction, Mount Kumgang used to be a symbol of amicable relations between DPRK […]

DENR launches project to protect marine biodiversity

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources launched a project to preserve and nurture the country’s marine biodiversity in commemoration of Ocean Month. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, Vince Alvin Villarin)

‘Terminator’ turtle gets a 3D printed titanium jaw

MAY 29 (Reuters) — A loggerhead sea turtle injured by a boat propeller is the latest beneficiary of 3D printing technology, with a new titanium jaw that allows it to eat unaided once more. The turtle, named AKUT-3, was facing a lifetime in captivity when it was found by volunteers and brought to Pamukkale University’s Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center (DEKAMER) in Turkey. AKUT-3 was hit by a boat propeller that sheared off its jaws […]

Serpent robot evolves into Snake Monster

MAY 29 (Reuters) — Researchers have taken their serpentine machines, developed over decades at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, and connected them to a central hub to create one of the most robust robots ever developed. Its creators have named it the Snake Monster. At the technology’s core, says robotics professor Howie Choset, are modules which connect to each other, allowing researchers to easily assemble and program task-specific robots in minutes. “These modules […]

160 year old lighthouse begins move inland

MAY 29 (Reuters) — The Gay Head Lighthouse in Martha’s Vineyard began a move on Thursday (May 28) off the cliff where it has stood for 160 years – a trip aimed at rescuing it from cliff side erosion. Workers began by lifting the brick and mortar lighthouse six feet (1.8 meters) off the ground and putting it on a wood and steel frame. The Massachusetts lighthouse is making the trip inland, traveling along steel […]

Brazilian man converts his home into skate park dream house

MAY 29 (Reuters) — A Brazilian man has made his home into a skateboarder’s dream house by completely gutting it and converting it into a full-fledged skate park. Now 31-years-old, Anselmo (AHN-SELL-MOH) Arruda (AH-WHO-DAH) moved into his family’s summer home in Itanhaem (EE-TA-NYAH-ENG) on the coast of Brazil’s southeastern Sao Paulo state shortly after his parents died when he was just a teen. Living by himself gave Arruda a sort of freedom the lost boy […]

Heat wave in India kills more than 1,400; maximum temperature hits 47 Celsius

(Eagle News) — A deadly heat wave in India has killed more than 1,400 people as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit), Reuters said that more than 1,100 died this week.  CNN reported the national death toll at 1,424.  It got so hot that even roads in Delhi had started showing signs of melting. May and June are India’s hottest months, with temperatures regularly pushing above 40 Celsius. But meteorologists say the number of […]

Tagaytay – a cool getaway

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 26) Known as the second Summer Capital of the Philippines due to its cool climate that lasts all year long, Tagaytay City is truly a cool getaway for those who want to go far from the madding crowd. Because of its proximity to Metro Manila, Tagaytay is a favorite spot for weekend tourists, a quick go-to place for those searching for a whiff of fresh air. There are […]

Rice fields all around – Gapan City

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 27) – Found in the Rice Granary of the Philippines, Nueva Ecija, it is not surprising to find Gapan City surrounded by seemingly endless fields of green, with rice stalks, swaying in the wind. It is certainly a novel experience to try one’s hand in plowing the fields and planting rice. The same goes for taking care of farm animals like ducks. There must be something in the […]

Cavite – a province of generals and martyrs

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News Service, May 26) – Neighboring Metro Manila is the southern province of Cavite. A province known for its significant contributions to Philippine history, Cavite is one of the eight provinces that first revolted against Spanish rule and has earned the honor of being one of the eight rays of the sun in the national flag.   Many municipalities in Cavite have been a site of some important battle or historical […]