LIST: 63 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free

MANILA, Philippines – Are you looking for the next country to visit in 2018? Good news: Philippine passport holders can now travel to 63 countries and territories visa-free! This makes the Philippines rank 72nd out of 199 passports according to  Henley and Partners' latest Visa Restrictions Index for 2018  – an improvement from last year's 75th rank. In a press briefing, Presidential ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 13th, 2018

LIST: 63 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free

MANILA, Philippines – Are you looking for the next country to visit in 2018? Good news: Philippine passport holders can now travel to 63 countries and territories visa-free! This makes the Philippines rank 72nd out of 199 passports according to  Henley and Partners' latest Visa Restrictions Index for 2018  – an improvement from last year's 75th rank. In a press briefing, Presidential ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Visa-free entry for Filipinos for 2018 Winter Games in South Korea – report

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos can enjoy visa-free travel to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, as part of the country's bid to boost tourism. The South Korean government on Friday, November 3, said it will temporarily allow visa-free entry for tourists from 3 Southeast Asian countries – the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

NBA stars to coach top prospects at 4th BWB Global Camp

NBA press release NEW YORK AND MIES – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 65 boys and girls from 36 countries who will travel to Los Angeles for the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 16-18 (Feb. 17-19, PHL time) at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2018, and Nike will serve as the official partner. Five-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Boston Celtics; Dominican Republic) and 2018 NBA All-Star Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), along with Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania), Timofey Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets; Russia) and Sam Dekker (LA Clippers; U.S.), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Horford, Dragic, Sabonis, Mozgov and Dekker will be joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Michael Cooper (U.S.), Acie Law (U.S.), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (England), Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), Mamadou N’Diaye (Senegal), Cherokee Parks (U.S.), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Rod Strickland (U.S) and Ronny Turiaf (France), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members Jennifer Azzi (U.S.) and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (U.S.), former WNBA players Lindsey Harding (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.), Ruth Riley (U.S.) and Michele Van Gorp (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2018. For the first time in BWB history, the camp will feature nine current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Thies, Senegal. Current NBA assistant coaches John Bryant (Philadelphia 76ers), Ed Pinckney (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jonah Herscu (Los Angeles Lakers) and Will Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), former NBA head coach and 1992 “Dream Team” assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo, former NBA Champion head coach Paul Westhead, and USA Basketball coach Don Showalter will also serve as BWB Global coaches. Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the camp directors.  Former NBA trainer Wally Blase (U.S.) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.   Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp. The camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League. The campers will attend Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 67th NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 3,000 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.  A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016). The first-ever Basketball Without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. The NBA and FIBA have staged 52 BWB camps in 32 cities across 27 countries on six continents.  More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. Follow the camp using the hashtag #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Find out more about NBA Academies at and on Instagram (nbaacademy). The following is a complete list of players participating in the fourth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change): GIRLS BOYS.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Palace Welcomes Higher PH Ranking in World’s Most Powerful Passports

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the country’s climb in the latest Henley and Partners Passport Index, which ranks all of the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The Philippines rose three notches higher to 72nd place in 2018 from 75th last year, according to Henley and Partners, a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Where a Philippine passport means a visa-free visit

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine passport holders can travel to 63 countries without visa, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

144-hour visa-free stays expanded in China

Nationals from 53 countries with eligible travel identification and reserved tickets with a fixed date to a third country or regionwithin 144 hoursare eligible for the new visa-free entry period. They include the United States, Australia and the Republic of Korea.   "The new policy extends the visa-free stay for travelers who want to visit the three regions, allowing foreigners sufficient time for a short visit for travel, business meetings or visiting friends and family. It will boost the tourism industry," said Zhu Lei, deputy head of Beijing's port of entry office.   Beijing and Tianjin previously allowed a 72-hour visa-free stay. The 72-hour stay has been allowe...Keep on reading: 144-hour visa-free stays expanded in China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Taiwan grants visa-free entry to Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos intending to travel to Taiwan may enter the island state visa-free as part of its government's effort to promote its New Sout.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism – CNN News

The stunning postcard-perfect vista surrounding Misael Lopez in this town about one hour from Madrid belies his constant anxiety, even fear. That's because the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq is revealing secrets he says his government doesn't want disclosed. &'8220;I'm concerned about my safety and my family's safety everywhere I go,&'8221; Lopez said as he walked the cobble-stoned streets of Toledo. Lopez, 41, says he reported what he says was a scheme to sell passports and visas for thousands of dollars out of the embassy and repeatedly turned down offers to get a cut of the money. But it was the response from his government &'8212; which has denied his allegations &'8212; that surprised him the most. CNN and CNN en Español teamed up in a year-long joint investigation that uncovered serious irregularities in the issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas, including allegations that passports were given to people with ties to terrorism. The investigation involved reviewing thousands of documents, and conducting interviews in the U.S., Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. One confidential intelligence document obtained by CNN links Venezuela's new Vice President Tareck El Aissami to 173 Venezuelan passports and ID's that were issued to individuals from the Middle East, including people connected to the terrorist group Hezbollah. The accusation that the country was issuing passports to people who are not Venezuelan first surfaced in the early 2000s when Hugo Chavez was the country's president, interviews and records show. A Venezuelan passport permits entry into more than 130 countries without a visa, including 26 countries in the European Union, according to a ranking by Henley and Partners. A visa is required to enter the United States. Over the course of the CNN investigation, Lopez provided documents that show he repeatedly told Venezuelan officials about what he discovered. But he said instead of investigating his allegations, the government targeted him for disclosing confidential information. U.S. officials were also made aware of his findings. &'8220;You cannot be a cop, and a thief at the same time,&'8221; Lopez said. &'8220;I decide to be a cop and do the right thing.&'8221; Doing the right thing has cost him. It didn't start out that way. Lopez, a lawyer who worked as a police officer in Venezuela, said he thought becoming a diplomat was a great career opportunity, which would also allow him to serve his country. With that in mind, he moved to Baghdad to start his new life at the Venezuelan Embassy. But, he recalled, he got an unwelcome surprise on his first day in July 2013. His new boss, Venezuelan Ambassador Jonathan Velasco, gave him a special envelope, he said. &'8220;He gave me an envelope full of visas and passports,&'8221; Lopez recalled. &'8220;He told me, 'Get this, this is one million U.S. dollars.' I thought it was like a joke. Then he told me here people pay a lot of money to get a visa or a passport to leave this country.&'8221; About one month later, Lopez said he realized it was no joke. An Iraqi employee of the embassy, who was hired to be an interpreter, told him she had made thousands of dollars selling Venezuelan passports and visas, he said. And he could make a lot of money, too. But Lopez said he told her it was wrong and he refused. The employee pressed the issue, telling him there were thousands of dollars to be made, he said, even discussing an offer to sell visas to 13 Syrians for $10,000 each. And, Lopez, said, she told him he could get a cut of the money, too. Again, he said he refused. &'8220;I suspect it might be terrorists; that's why I reject, of course, immediately,&'8221; Lopez said. And he said it just got worse. Lopez said he was stunned when he found a document inside the embassy. It was a list of 21 Arabic names with corresponding Venezuelan passport numbers and Venezuelan identification numbers. A Venezuelan immigration official told CNN that a cross-check of the passport numbers indicated that the passports are valid and match the names on the list Lopez found &'8212; meaning the people on the list could be able to travel using those passports. But incredibly, a publicly available database in Venezuela examined by CNN shows 20 of the 21 identification numbers are registered to people with Hispanic names &'8212; not the Arabic names listed on the passports. Lopez kept investigating what was going on inside the embassy. He said he even found the case of a convicted drug dealer with an Iraqi identification certificate that appears to show he was born in Iraq. But the man had a Venezuelan passport that said he was born in Venezuela. He kept evidence and notes of what he found. Concerned that the passport and visa scheme was continuing without his knowledge, Lopez investigated the embassy employee who he said had offered to sell passports. He took photos of her desk where he says he found the embassy's official stamp, used to authenticate visas, as well as sheets of papers printed with the Venezuelan government seal. He eventually fired the employee. Lopez did not have any other documents that would confirm the allegations against her. The employee did not respond to repeated requests from CNN for comment. In April 2014, only nine months after he started the job, he emailed a report to Ambassador Velasco about [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2017

Australia: Visa-free travel for Filipinos 'a hoax'

Australia: Visa-free travel for Filipinos 'a hoax'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2016

Australia: Visa-free travel for Filipinos 'a hoax' - Rappler

Australia: Visa-free travel for Filipinos 'a hoax' - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsNov 8th, 2016

British Embassy: UK is not visa-free

The British Embassy in Manila repudiated reports that Filipinos can now travel to the United Kingdom without visas......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 23rd, 2016

UNWTO praises Indonesia’s visa-free travel offer

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) gave its "full support" to the decision of Indonesia to allow visa-free travel to citizens of 169 different countries and regions on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 11th, 2016

Poe wants free internet, clean facilities for passengers

TO improve travel experience, Senator Grace Poe wants free internet and clean sanitary facilities for passengers in land transportation terminals, pit stops, stations and rest areas all over the country. “An efficient and functional inter-province transport system is essential to ensuring that Filipinos travel safety...This bill seeks to further improve….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

PH short goes to Berlinale

Filipino filmmaker Keith Deligero's "Babylon" has been invited to the Berlinale Shorts Special Program. The first A-list film festival for 2018, the Berlinale will be held in Germany from Feb. 15 to 25. This year's Shorts section gathers 22 films from 18 countries, including Brazil, India, Qatar and Portugal. According to the fest's website, the films in the Shorts program "look reality in the eye and actively contribute to the sociopolitical discourse." Deligero's 20-minute film is competing for the fest's top prizes (Golden and Silver Bear and the Audi Short Film Award). "Babylon" tells the story of "two girls who travel through time to assassinate a barangay dicta...Keep on reading: PH short goes to Berlinale.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

LIST: Countries offering sympathy, aid after Vinta in PH

MANILA, Philippines – As Filipinos recover from Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) , countries around the world have assured their help for the Philippines. Vinta took away much from the country during the season of giving: 240 dead , at least  60,000  forced to flee their homes, and millions of pesos lost in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Cebu Pacific offers free flight to stranded OFWs

CEBU Pacific yesterday said it will provide free flights for OFWs affected by the Peya Travel problem. In a statement, Cebu Pacific said it stands behind migrant Filipinos who encountered problems with Peya Travel and will provide assistance so that “our kababayans can have a chance to spend Christmas with….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

CEB equips frontline teams with iPads for better service delivery

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) is investing over P60-Million every year over the next five years to implement digital platforms designed to make airport operations more efficient; and for a software system that verifies passengers' international travel documentation, via a real-time database of visa requirements of various countries. CEB has tapped Levarti Ltd, a leading global developer of web-based and mobile platforms for the airline industry, to install its MAX Suite of mobile and desktop applications......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017

RS Components Offers Test and Measurement Equipment to the Philippine Market

MAKATI CITY – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, now offers its wide array of test and measurement equipment to the Philippine market.  The UK-based distributor of electronics, automation and control components, engineering tools and consumables  has observed the rise of Southeast Asian economies and is keen on being a key provider of necessary supplies to support the growing infrastructure needs of countries in the region, including the Philippines.  RS Components’ selection includes a large array of measuring tools and diagnostic equipment that includes everything from test leads to oscilloscopes. Force gauges, feeler gauges, anemometers, data loggers and gas leakage testers are also available.  RS’ popular selection of multimeters are also offered, including the Isotech range that’s known for providing engineers with great value for money. RS’ multimeters come in both analog and digital varieties along with a myriad of accessories, software, cases and more.  The company also boasts a robust range of power measurement devices such as power meters, energy monitors, power quality analysis tools and other products from leading brands like Fluke and Chauvin Arnoux. These products are available and ready to ship.  For structural engineering and architectural requirements, the RS Components range of linear measurement equipment has an extensive list of items. Calipers, distance meters, tape measures and lever dial indicators from brands such as Stanley and RS Pro are always in tock.  RS Components’ online store for the Philippines offers free shipping for all of its products. Delivery times may vary depending on the destination, applicable import regulations and customs inspections. 4,985 total views, 4,985 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

Visa-free entry to Korea for Filipinos, but …

  Filipinos can visit South Korea without visa until April next year if they enter through the airport near the venue of the Winter Olympics, state-run Yonhap news agency said.   The South Korean government has also provided Indonesia and Vietnam visa-free privileges to visitors if they enter the country through the YangYang airport near Pyeongchang, which is hosting the games.   There are no direct commercial flights from the Philippines to YangYang Airport: Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines only have trips to Busan and Incheon.   The South Korean government has also waived the $15 per person visa fee for Chinese tourists up until the end ...Keep on reading: Visa-free entry to Korea for Filipinos, but ….....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Taiwan grants visa-free entry for Filipinos starting November

Filipinos can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan from Nov.1, 2017 to July 31, 2018, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines announced on Monday.


Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017