Around 8 million visitors went to Pattaya in the first half of this year, putting the resort city to top last year's total, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Suladda Sarutilavan, the TAT Pattaya office executive said, the number of guests was up 5% on last year during the first six months, at around 8 million.
Visitor spending during a similar period was 110 billion baht, 15% more than in the first two quarters last year, she said.
Ms Suladda expected the number of vacationers and their spending in 2017 will surpass a year ago's figures. "The mid-year figures were an encouraging trend," she said.
A year ago, 13.7 million visitors went to Pattaya, spending 200 billion baht for accommodation and different activities during their stay.
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Foreigners represented 65% of all travelers a year ago and localS 35%. China guests dominated at 2.54 million, followed by 800,000 Russians, 600,000 Koreans, 400,000 Indians and 400,000 Germans.
The number of travelers gather to Pattaya should keep on increasing as transport networks promote the city in years to come, according to the tourism official.
The government is promoting U-tapao airport as another entryway toward the eastern areas and will build a rail link between U-tapao and Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.
A ferry service has been launched, linkiing it over the Gulf with Cha-am in Phetchaburi, and another sea link will join Sattahip in Chon Buri and Koh Chang in Trat.
Manila, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) has collaborated with popular international toy brand Lego to promote Intramuros among the youth and "deepen their appreciation" of the walled city's rich history, culture and legacy.
Through the "iMake History Fortress Architecture" competition, the DOT wants to "stir the imagination" of around 200 college students as they make scale models of iconic landmarks found in Intramuros.
“This activity aims to encourage youthful Filipino visionaries, particularly architecture and engineering students, to deepen their appreciation of our diversely rich history,” Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said.
The 12 groups who are part of the project, cosponsored by the Royal Danish Embassy and Lego Education’s local partner Felta Multimedia Inc., have until Sept. 30 to present their work.
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Their scale display plans, 70 percent made of Lego blocks, will be turned over to the Intramuros Administration and later housed at Baluarte de Santa Barbara Chamber.
The 12 schools competing for the best prize of P50, 000 are Polytechnic University of the Philippines (San Ignacio Church), Don Bosco Technical College Mandaluyong (Recoletos Church), University of Baguio (Ayuntamiento de Manila), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (Palacio del Gobernador), National University (Santo Domingo Church) and Kalinga State University (San Agustin Church), University of Sto. Tomas (Lourdes Church), Surigao State College of Technology (San Francisco Church) and De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (Intendencia), Columban College Olongapo. Technological Institute of the Philippines and New Era University will be making variations of Manila Cathedral.
Thirty-six individuals suffocated from smoke after a shooter raged a casino-hotel in the Philippines and set fire to gambling tables, police have said.
Metropolitan Manila police Chief Oscar Albayalde said none of the bodies had shot injuries.
Authorities said before they believed robbery was the motive in the assault at the Resorts World Manila, which sent people escaping into the streets amid the night, with handfuls suffering minor wounds amid the stampede.
The suspect was discovered dead early on Friday, having evidently committed suicide, and betting chips were also recovered.
The assault incited a claim of responsibility from the Isis terror group, but police emphasize on they had no evidence to support it.
The violence unfolded as government forces were engaged in a battling against Muslim militants aligned with Isis in the southern city of Marawi.
"He would have shot all the people gambling there" if it had been terrorism, national police chief Ronald dela Rosa said. "But he did not hurt anyone."
"It's either he lost in the casino and wanted to recoup his losses or he went totally nuts," Mr Albayalde said, adding he saw no connection to the fighting in Marawi.
Mr dela Rosa said security footage demonstrated the shooter ignoring a guard who attempted to question him at the entrance to the complex.
He didn't hurt the guard however went straight to the gambling area.
The shooter stole gambling chips, shot up television screens and set gambling tables on fire by pouring petroleum on them, Mr dela Rosa said.
It was not clear how the shooter smuggled petroleum and an assault rifle into the crowded casino, however he didn't fire at people he encountered.
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The only gunshot wound was to a guard at the complex, who shot himself accidentally when the suspect went into the room, authorities said.
Ronald Romualdo, a maintenance laborer at Resorts World, said he and his colleagues heard shots and saw people smashing the windows on the second floor and third floor to get away.
"We took out a ladder to save them. We were able to save many of them," he said.
"But one woman I was trying to save fell from the second floor. I could not carry her."
He said the woman was not moving afterwards, but he didn't realize what happened to her.
Around a hour and a half after the assault started, Resorts World Manila said on its Facebook page that it was on lockdown taking after reports of gunfire and was attempting to guarantee the security of guests and workers.
Mr dela Rosa said the shooter clearly barged into a room on the fifth floor of the Maxims hotel associated with the mall and casino, where he set himself on fire.
A bag of gambling chips worth 113 million pesos (£176,500) was found in a can.
The suspect was English-talking yet had no identification cards.
Mr dela Rosa portrayed him as "white, with a mustache" and around 6ft.
He said the man's car in the complex car park was being analyzed.
Shiryl Saturnino a 29-year-old Filipina businesswoman died during a cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Mandaluyong City.
On Sunday (March 26, 2017), Saturnino was pronounced dead around 3:21 am while undergoing a liposuction, butt, and breast surgery at a clinic. The doctors attempted to revive and save the patient, yet they failed to do so.
The parents of Shiryl requested the Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula of Eastern Police District (EPD) to lead an investigation regarding to the death of their daughter last Sunday.
“We should determine whether there is negligence during the operation and file necessary charges,” said by Sapitulan in his directive to Senior Superintendent Joaquin Alva, city police chief quoted by Philstar.
Saturnino together with Shiela Mae Anabe Deinla a relative arrived at the Icon Clinic in Mandaluyong City around 5 pm last Saturday (March 25, 2017). She was set to undergo a liposuction, butt surgery, and breast augmentation, as indicated to the result of the initial investigation.
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The doctors Jose Jovito Mendiola and Samuel Eric Yapjuangco performed the cosmetic surgery, which lasted until around 2:40 am on Sunday. The doctors saw that their patient's heart was no longer beating.
The doctors attempted to revive the patient through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, yet it didn't work. So they look for assistance from Makati Medical Center, however Dr. Kristel Marie del Rosario declared Saturnino already dead around 3:21 am.
Alva said that the doctors have promised that they would fully cooperate with the police investigators on investigating the incident. Yapjuangco and Mendiola likewise promised to give their statement as prepared by their lawyers.
The police chief also said that they still waiting for the autopsy result before filing charges against the doctors who performed the surgery, which caused Saturnino's demise.
MANILA, Philippines - “It’s about time. I’m not getting any younger.” former Parañaque City Councilor Jeremy Marquez said, he decided to end his single-blessedness and exchanging vows with girlfriend Gwen Zamora at a church in Panglao, Bohol, in March.
“We are still finalizing plans,” said Jeremy, one of the many children of former Parañaque City Mayor Joey Marquez.
The couple wants a “rustic look” to their wedding and they found a church in Panglao after an extensive research.
“Just right for our concept,” explained Jeremy.
Saying he and Gwen have numerous things in common that it’s the right time to settle down because, “in love talaga ako, eh. It’s the right time.”
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Gwen's mother is half-Vietnamese/half-Filipino and her father is a French chef that travels around the world that is the reason Gwen has spent most of her life in France, China and Thailand where her father has been based— until she chose to stay put in the Philippines to pursue after a showbiz career.
Would he let Gwen stay on in showbiz after their wedding?
“Love niya ang showbiz, she wants to pursue it, so that’s it,” said Jeremy who has put his own showbiz career on hold when he ventured into politics (he ran for Parañaque City vice mayor in last May’s elections but lost).
When he was asked if there is any “restrictions” on Gwen if and when? he said
“I have reservations but I trust her decisions,” said Jeremy. “Alam naman niya ‘yon.”
Manila, Philipines - "Encantadia" star Kylie Padilla turns twenty four and is now engaged with Aljur Abrenica. This statement came official through Vidanes Celebrity Marketing’s late post on Instagram. It came only a day after news broke out about Kylie's pregnancy with actor Aljur.
Vidanes Celebrity Marketing handles Kylie's career and Robin Padilla's career. Kylie is Robin Padilla's daughter with Liezl Sicangco. Robin and Liezl split up in 2010.
Vidanes Celebrity Marketing reported the engagement of Kapuso stars Kylie and Aljur on Instagram. It read, "Vidanes Celebrity Marketing" want to announce to the public the engagement of Ms. Kylie Padilla and Mr. Aljur Abrenica." This was posted on Tuesday night, soon after news broke out about Kylie's pregnancy.
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Both sides haven't given any official statements yet but a reliable source confirms that the couple are indeed expecting. Kylie Padilla posted a photograph of Aljur giving her an embrace on Instagram. Kylie captioned it, "I know these past days have been rough, but can’t wait for the day people get to know you like I know you. Can’t wait to share how it happened. I’m just happy I am sharing it with you."
Unexpectedly, Kylie Padilla is celebrating her birthday and now three months pregnant and engaged to Aljur Abrenica on her twenty-fourth birthday.
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Kristine Hermosa-Sotto gave birth to a healthy baby boy at exactly 11:01 p.m., Saturday, November 5, her fourth child with Oyo Boy Sotto.
The proud father Oyo, posted a photo of his son on Instagram to welcome his new son Marvic Valentin Sotto II.
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In 2011, Kristine gave birth to her first child, daughter Ondrea Bliss. Then they adopted a son named Kristian Daniel and gave birth to another son with Oyo, Kaleb Hanns, in 2014.
Kristine returned to the television scene last June in GMA-7’s comedy sitcom “Hay Bahay” together with her husband Oyo before giving birth. Oyo Boy’s father comedian Vic Sotto also stars in the sitcom.
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The loyalists of Ferdinand Marcos were reminded by Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro that the dictator was buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani not as a hero, according to the Supreme Court, but as a former president and soldier.
“It did not say that he would be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani because he is a hero. That is an issue that has yet to be resolved to this day because it was sidestepped by the Supreme Court,” Castro said in a radio interview.
“What the Supreme Court merely said was he can be buried there because he was a soldier and a former President, and that is in accordance to the law,” said the Capiz representative.
The Marcos loyalists should not blow up the issue by saying that Marcos was a hero, said Castro.
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“Perhaps they should just keep that in their hearts because that has yet to be proven. And in fact, that heroism is under question because of the many things discovered … which does not qualify him to be a hero. In fact, many say that [Marcos] faked his records and medals. Even the US government said it did not confer to him a medal,” Castro said.
There was “enough legal process that where they could ventilate their opposition” Castro said to those opposing the burial.
“We have the laws like the right to claim damages. If they know who were responsible for the death or disappearance of their loved ones,” Castro said, including the prescriptive period for criminal liability does not apply in this instance as the culprits have not yet been identified and haled to court.
A lawyer and former activist, Castro was also a martial law victim. Asked if the crime could still be blamed on Marcos, Castro said it was possible.
“But considering he has died, it is his estate that would be liable for this. Criminal liability ceases after his death … And since his estate had been inherited by his children, it is his children who would be responsible for the damages,” Castro said.
At a sacred shrine in central Nakhon Sawan province in Thailand, a large crowd gathered to watch five beautiful young virgins of Chinese descent contends in a traditional contest that relies only on pure luck.
The winner gets the opportunity to be "worshipped" by the whole city.
The hallowed ceremony was held at Nha Pha God-Goddess Shrine in Nakhon Sawan municipality to choose a young virgin to represent Guan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion.
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It is part of the preparations for the well known Chinese New Year celebrations at Pak Nam Pho in this central province which is heavily populated by Thais of Chinese descent.
The ceremony is to find Guan Yin and also the celebrations has been passed down through generations. The yearly grand festival will be the 101st year of the celebration and will last for 12 days from Jan 21 to Feb 1.
The five virgins are the finalists from 20 candidates ages 16 to 20.
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For selection, the candidates required luck only, just as they have for a hundred years. All they needed to do was toss a couple of wooden bars in front of Pak Nam Pho God-Goddess three times.
At the point when the bars hit the ground, the winner twice needs one wooden bar facing up and the other facing down. The third toss she needs both pieces facing down.
The current year's Guan Yin winner is 16-year-old Tassayaporn Wongsaksirikul, who is in Matthayom 4 in a local school.
The ceremony is viewed as holy by Guan Yin worshippers who believe the winner is specifically chosen by the Goddess. The winner's prize is the belief that she and her family have been given good fortunes and are blessed to play the part of Guan Yin.
Tassayaporn will dress as Guan Yin when she joins a parade to be held around town on Jan 30 and 31.
Her father, Narong, said his family worships the Goddess and everyone was happy with the result.