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LTO overwhelmed by Viber messages

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Saturday said it was already coordinating with Viber Philippines to restore access to the AksyOn the Spot hotline number, which the agency had tapped to expedite the processing of the printing of plastic-printed driver’s license. LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II said the agency’s IT personnel lost access to the AksyOn the Spot hotline 0929-2920865 after it was flooded with inquiries and...


1,600+ US flights canceled Saturday: United, Delta still working to recover from outage

Several U.S. carriers issued ground stops for all their flights early on Friday following a global tech outage, which caused a domino effect for some.


Long queues at Heathrow as passengers wait for flights following global IT outage

Footage posted online at Heathrow Airport shows long queues building as the fallout from the global IT outage continues.


The five ancient cities that once ruled North America

Well before the Europeans arrived, the indigenous people of North America raised cities that rivaled those an ocean away. From Teotihuacan to Cahokia, these ancient metropolises featured striking pyramids, palaces, temples, and tombs. Some even had ties throughout Central America, while others were believed to have had the equal power and advancements of the Inca and Aztec. Today, archaeologists are slowly discovering more about the splendid past of North America's first megacities. Intrigued? Let's find out more about these ancient metropolises.


Wheelchair adventurer completes Yr Wyddfa climb

Nick Wilson dedicates his feat to his father, who died in June.


Her $5,500 infirmary bill was higher than the cruise itself: How she got it covered

A traveler disembarked her Caribbean cruise cruise last year with over $5,500 in onboard medical bills. Here's how travel insurance covered all of it.


Cruise visa waiver launched for easier visa process — DOJ

The government has launched the Cruise Visa Waiver Program, which seeks to provide cruise ship tourists an accessible and efficient entry process to the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday. According to the DOJ, it was launched on July 16 in Pasay City in collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT). “This partnership between the DOJ, BI and DOT will lead to a simplified and streamlined...


Tipping culture keeps creeping into ever more parts of daily life — and some people are resisting it

Some customers are fed up with expectations around tipping: "If I have to stand up to order my food or to buy my product, you're not getting a tip."


The bus driven by volunteers that became a lifeline

The volunteer-run Heather Hopper takes people who don't drive on trips to markets, cafes, and pubs.


Presidential Museum at Baguio Mansion House opening soon

MANILA, Philippines —A Presidential Museum inspired by the one in Manila will soon be open to the pubic at the Mansion House in Baguio City, First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos announced on Saturday. “This beautiful space will be open to the public very soon and I can’t wait for everyone to see it,” Araneta-Marcos said in an Instagram post. “If you want to take a peek, visit our website: museums.gov.ph. A heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in...


Delta offers crews extra pay as carrier struggles to recover from IT outage, CEO apologizes

Delta is struggling to recover from a global IT outage even as its competitors have largely returned to normal operations.


Cyanide teacups in Room 502: Mystery of the Bangkok hotel deaths

Six people were found dead in a locked hotel room - but what happened remains a mystery.


Air travel hit by global cyber outage

EDINBURGH/LONDON/SEOUL — Air passengers around the world faced delays, cancellations and problems checking in as airports and airlines were caught up in a massive IT outage that also affected industries ranging from banks to media companies. READ: Global cyber outage grounds flights, hits media, financial, telecoms In Edinburgh, a Reuters witness said boarding pass scanners carried a “server offline message”, […]


Nature reserve celebrates finding its 500th moth

The sighting at RSPB Saltholme is only the fourth time the Reed Minor has been seen in County Durham.


Thousands stranded at NAIA as global IT outage continues

MANILA, Philippines — At least 25,500 travelers were stranded as 45 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were canceled yesterday following the global IT systems outage that has crippled flight operations of local and foreign airlines since Friday. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that flights operated by Cebu Pacific, CebGo, Air Asia and United Airlines were canceled because of the CrowdStrike...


10 Aesthetic Airbnbs in Seoul to Live Out Your K-Drama Dreams

Traveling to Seoul soon?


The friendliest countries in the world, ranked

When traveling, there are always places that stand out for their scenic beauty, amazing cuisine, and/or their mark on history. But one of the things that keeps visitors coming back to a country over and over again is the people. Some destinations really excel at making those who visit feel welcome, and it leaves a lasting impression. Website InterNations conducts an annual survey, in order to discover which countries rank the highest for friendliness amongst those who've relocated abroad and amongst foreign travelers. Published by World Population Review, the results for 2024 are in. Does your country rank in the top 30? Click on to find out!


Airbus Chases A330 Deals at Air Show as Model Enjoys Second Wind

At this year’s Farnborough Air Show, Airbus SE is chasing orders for its A330neo airliner, positioning the widebody model as an attractive alternative to more advanced jets because of its favorable economics and availability.


Tourism industry hit new peaks in 2023

PHILIPPINE tourism achieved several milestones in 2023, bringing it closer to being an Asian tourism powerhouse, Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco said. Tourism accounted for 8.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product, the highest growth rate in tourism direct gross value added in 24 years. Total inbound and domestic tourist receipts were P3.367 trillion, 75.3 percent higher than the 2022 figure. Tourism also provided livelihood...


The welcome signs of every US state (and their meaning)

Welcome signs serve as indicators of having crossed state lines. They are also important tools in marketing a state to visitors. Some US states have really interesting signage; many feature nicknames and slogans, and also make reference to the region's unique landmarks and visitor attractions. So, how do you want to be greeted? In this gallery you'll find the welcome signs for all 50 US states, and the meaning behind them. Click on.


Vintage photos of famous cities

Have you ever wondered how some of the world's biggest cities looked like decades ago? Well, this is your chance! In this gallery, we compiled the most amazing vintage photos of numerous capital cities and other major cities. From Europe to North America, and Asia to Africa and further, we've covered many big cities across the globe. Browse through and marvel at these retro pictures of famous cities.


I transformed this rundown cottage into a stylish dream home

A tired, crumbling cottage in Sydney's inner-west that was 'so rundown it was borderline liveable' has been transformed into a coastal oasis that'll make it feel like you're on holiday everyday.


Casa Luisa Offers a Twist on Filipino Cuisine with French Flair

Formerly a private dining destination, Casa Luisa in San Pedro, Laguna now welcomes walk-in guests.


No vapes or beer: Here's what you can and can't bring to Disney parks

Do you know every item that is banned at Disney's theme parks? Here's what to know before your upcoming trip to the theme parks in Florida.


The 30 loudest animals in the world

Nature truly is a marvel. There are so many unbelievable sights, smells, and in this gallery, sounds. Most people have heard about the legendary howl of a wolf, or the mighty roar of the king of the jungle, yet not many have actually experienced it. The only way to truly understand the intensity of their voices would be to stand before them, but in many cases, that's not a great idea... Instead, we've decided to use the best comparison which is the decibel (represented as dB). The decibel scale shows us how intense a sound is. The higher the number of decibels is, the louder the sound. For reference, a typical car horn can reach 107–109 dB. In this gallery, you'll find 30 of the loudest animals in the world ranked in order of recorded decibels (dB). Click through and prepare to be surprised!


RHR, HHI to launch first luxury villa in Siargao

ROBINSONS Hotels & Resorts (RHR) signs Hira Holdings Inc. (HHI) for a 10-year management agreement to bring global hospitality standards with a unique Filipino heart of service to Siargao. This partnership envisions to open an exquisite eco-friendly villa resort by 2026 at Batangay Malinao, General Luna in Siargao Island, with a total land area of 2,856 square meters. Known as the first franchisee of the country's leading quick-service...


'I went to a European festival and these 10 things were super different to UK events'

I headed to NOS Alive in Portugal to experience the iconic music festival set on the banks of the river Tagus just outside Lisbon, and found ten big differences to UK festivals


The best and worst US cities for singles in 2024

Struggling to meet someone? You might not be totally to blame! It turns out the city where you live makes a big difference. Some cities have a much higher number of single people, or going out to meet people comes at a lower cost, with better amenities and safety available. Dating in these cities makes it a lot easier for singles to spend time (and money) meeting new people, with a bigger dating pool available to choose from. Conversely, there are cities where unaffordability is a problem, where there is a mismatch between the number of singles of a certain gender, or there is a smaller pool of eligible people to date. Curious? Click on to find out which US cities you should go, and where to avoid, if you're single in 2024. All prices in USD.


Key route closed after serious crash

The closure is likely to affect traffic to and from the Royal International Air Tattoo.


Tam Austria — another pride of Rizal

Rizal Province, often referred to as the 'Cradle of Philippine Art,' is a treasure trove of history and culture. Its vibrant artists' communities and folk festivals have earned it this title. Angono, Rizal, known as the Art Capital of the Philippines, is the birthplace of national artists Lucio San Pedro and Carlos 'Botong' Francisco. The Angono Petroglyphs, the oldest known work of art in the Philippines, is a testament to its rich historical...


Boatyard hosts first market since arson attack

The Bristol yard will play host to crafters, performers, and live demonstrations of equipment.


Tourist killed during water activity in Lapu-Lapu City

A tourist was killed while engaging in a water activity at a Lapu-Lapu City resort, according to a 24 Oras Weekend report on Sunday. A video showed the 43-year-old tourist sitting at the end of a jumping balloon as the staff jumped at the other end. Instead of the water, the tourist landed on the jumping balloon head first before crashing into the water. The staff rescued the tourist when they noticed she was not moving and immediately brought...


Hate crowds? Try these alternatives to famous destinations


More canceled domestic, intl flights due to global IT outage – MIAA

MANILA, Philippines — Several local and international airlines have canceled their flights following a massive IT outage on Friday that caused chaos at airports, banks and businesses across the globe, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said Saturday. In an advisory, the MIAA said affected were: Cebu Pacific 5J186/5J185 Manila - Incheon - Manila 5J279/5J280 Manila - Denpasar - Manila 5J931/5J932 Manila - Bangkok - Manila...


15 Dishes That Prove The Best American Food Is From The Midwest

You might want to book a flight to Omaha ASAP.


Iconic British indie band are forced to postpone their show after missing their flight due to airport chaos caused by Crowdstrike IT outage

An Iconic British indie band was forced to reschedule their Friday festival appearance after missing their flight due to Crowdstrike IT outage.


Why preserving US national heritage is so important

The United States is blessed with some truly exceptional national heritage sites and cultural landmarks. Numbering numerous historic properties, these unique places connect Americans to their past. But little of this architecture would have survived the centuries were it not for the dedicated work of organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a leading member-driven movement whose aim is to support the preservation of America's diverse historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage through its programs, resources, and advocacy. Indeed, the idea is to protect the identity of a nation, where lives, stories, and memories began. Click through and visit some of America's most important cultural attractions.


New York woman honored with special dessert at popular restaurant for her 70 years of loyalty

A woman is having a dessert named after her at a New York City restaurant she's been visiting since the 1950s. The stunning ice cream sundae will be available for one day only.


I've traveled to all 50 states, but there's only one I'd choose to live in every time

After traveling to all 50 US states, I chose to live in Colorado because of its diverse landscapes and high quality of life.


250 tourists from US to visit Northern Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines — Around 250 residents of the United States will join a tour that will be held for the first time in the Northern Mindanao region. Composed of a mix of Filipino-Americans and resident Americans, they would visit the province of Bukidnon, as well as the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, during the 15th Very Important Pinoy (VIP) Tour. The guests will “immerse in the culture of the indigenous people of Malaybalay (in...


Air India sends ferry flight to Russia for stranded US-bound passengers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -Air India said on Friday a plane with food and other essentials was on its way to pick up passengers stranded in Russia after the previous day's San Francisco-bound flight made an emergency landing there. An Air India airplane flying from Delhi to the West Coast city made an emergency landing in Russia after the crew detected a potential issue in the cargo hold area, its


These are the most dangerous roads in the US

With 4.19 million miles (6.74 million km) of roads, the US is a country built for driving. However, with that many routes to ride on, you can be sure that some roads are going to be less safe than others. In fact, roughly 36,000 people die on American roads each year. And while you can't blame the roads alone, there are certainly some that host more than their fair share of fatal accidents. With this in mind, click on to discover the most dangerous roads in the US.


A developer is planning a commercial spaceport near Las Vegas that includes a pilot school and STEM academy

Real estate developer Rob Lauer is planning a commercial spaceport near Las Vegas that includes a hotel and rooftop observation deck.


Exciting camp for little go-getters

LET the kids embark on an adventure like no other while it is vacation time with the Kiddie Getaway Club at Acea Subic Beach Resort. Open to little go-getters ages 3 to 12, it is for them to experience the thrill of being a junior hotelier. CREDIT: CONTRIBUTED IMAGES CREDIT: CONTRIBUTED IMAGES This fun-filled workshop includes pizza making, where the mini chefs don their aprons and decorate their scrumptious pizzas. They can also splash around,...


Airports across the globe descend into chaos after 'IT outage'

A 'mass worldwide IT outage' has caused severe disruptions across dozes of Airports. From Gatwick to Dubai hundreds of keen travellers were stuck in long queues this morning, while they waited at check-in. Effecting Palma and LA too.


Owner of listed hotel threatened with legal action

The Grade 2 listed building closed down as a hotel more than a decade ago


Flights resume after global IT crash wreaks havoc

Planes were gradually taking off again Saturday after global airlines, banks and media were thrown into turmoil by one of the biggest IT crashes in recent years, caused by an update to an antivirus program. Passenger crowds had swelled at airports on Friday as dozens of flights were cancelled after an update to a program operating on Microsoft Windows crashed systems worldwide. By Saturday, officials said the situation had returned virtually to...


This Gen Zer traveled to 10 countries in 3 years. Here's how she did it while earning $25 an hour.

Explore how a Gen Zer funds her travels by waiting tables and volunteer exchange sites like Worldpackers.


Drive-thru coffee shop on way despite traffic fears

It will be created at a hotel near the M40 after councillors reluctantly gave planning permission.


Passenger stranded overnight by the global IT outage said his airline offered him $10.70 in vouchers

Jetstar gave Jordan van den Lamb vouchers worth $10.70 after his flight to Melbourne, Australia, got canceled in a global IT outage.