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Safety concerns see Philippines tumble down global tourism league

The Philippines has plummeted down a global ranking of tourism destinations due to safety and security issues. The country has fallen five places in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report. The Philippines ranked 79th out of 136 countries in the most recent report, compared to 74th…


Report reveals scale of racism against resident foreigners in Japan

Nearly forty per cent of foreigners seeking housing in Japan are turned down because they are not Japanese, a government survey has revealed. Nearly 27 per cent of more than 2,000 foreign residents questioned also reported giving up on a potential residence after discovering a notice saying “no foreigners allowed”….



Ben’s bargains: Top ten Angeles City hotels for less than 50 bucks

Although the Philippines is notoriously cheap, there’s no reason to sacrifice quality in the search of decent accommodation. Having experienced rooms with no running water and beds crawling with millipedes it definitely pays to do a bit of research before taking the budget option. So, here are my top 10 choices for great accommodation in Angeles…


High-speed Manila-Clark railway remains on track thanks to Japanese

Japan has agreed to finance three massive rail projects worth $8.8 billion — including a high speed railway connecting Manila and Clark. Funding for the flagship project has already been offered by the Chinese government, as we reported here last June. Later, about $10 billion was confirmed after President Duterte’s visit to Beijing…




Blood and feathers: The deadly business of cockfighting in the Philippines

While considered by many to be inexcusably cruel, the sport of cockfighting remains wildly popular throughout the Philippines. Here Benjamin Johnson takes a non-judgemental look at this controversial aspect of Filipino culture: The Philippines is a fantastic place, albeit weird, but nonetheless fantastic. Some of the best nightlife in the…