April 11, 2020

Category: TRAVEL

CebuPac, Cebgo domestic & int’l flights cancelled — President Lance Gokongwei

​Media Release: For the travelers among us, here’s an announcement from Cebu Pacific Air relating to the threats from Covid-19: OVER the past several days, we have seen a rapid escalation of developments surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The aviation industry — including Cebu Pacific — has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. […]

Marriott Assures Guests, Associates’ Safety Top Priority Amid COVID-19

Letter from Marriott International: Dear Edd, For more than 90 years, Marriott has lived by a core value established by our founder, JW Marriott, Sr., to “take care of our guests and associates.” This enduring value guides us as we face the difficult challenge of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization […]

Saudi Arabia: No Umrah for Now due to COVID-19

(SDN) — NO Umrah temporarily this year as a measure against the spread of the deadly COVID-19. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended the conduct of Umrah, or the lesser pilgrimage, as reported today, February 27, on Arab News, the Islamic country’s main English language newspaper. “COVID-19” is the official name of the novel […]

Pangarungan ‘Amerul Hajj’; PAL Round-Trip Fare, Mindanao-Madinah: Php71,260

By EDD K. USMAN Twitter: @edd1819, Instagram: @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs (SDN) — HAJJ 2020 fare for Philippine Airlines (PAL) from Mindanao to Madinah/Jeddah and back is at Php71,260 (US$1,400). With the international round-trip ticket, the PAL management is offering a free two-ticket domestic fare for Filipino pilgrims. It means […]

AF Payments Extends Use of over 27,000 beep™ Cards

​Media Release: AF Payments, Inc., the operator of the beep™ tap-and-go payment system, has announced that as of February 12, 27,000 cards have been extended through the beep™ expiry date extension program. This is in line with the company’s thrust to maximize the utility of beep cards and minimize the environmental impact of disposing expired […]

East-West Center Now Accepting Applications for 2020 SJS

Media Release: ARE you a journalist and love to travel and learn? Then, here’s for you. The East-West Center (EWC), based in Honolulu, Hawaii, is now accepting applications for the 2020 Senior Journalists Seminar (SJS). For this year’s edition of the SJS, the EWC will bring from 10 t0  14 journalists to various countries to […]

2019-nCoV Deaths at 638; Confirmed Cases, 31,494; Recovered, 1,619

By EDD K. USMAN Twitter: @edd1819, Instagram: @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current News (SDN) — Obviously, it’s a small percentage so far. Nevertheless, the narrative surrounding the outbreak of the 2019 Novel CoronaVirus (2019 n-CoV) Acute Respiratory Disease (ARD) in December is not all gloom and doom. It should be taken as […]

Grab Assures Full Cooperation with Privacy Commission

By EDD K. USMAN Twitter: @edd1819, Instagram: @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs (SDN) — FULL cooperation. Grab Philippines, Inc. on Thursday, February 6, assured its full cooperation with the government in the wake of the actions the National Privacy Commission (NPC) has taken. The company said it will fully cooperate with […]

Gov’t Hits Grab, Suspends Selfie Verification, AV Recording Systems

Media Release: A triumph for commuters, as Grab Philippines suffers a hit from the government. The ride-hailing firm will no longer be able to use its selfie verification, audio and video (AV) recording systems after the vigilant National Privacy Commission (NPC) suspended functions. Apparently, the NPC found something not right with the selfie verification and […]

New NCMF-North Luzon RD Pumbaya Promotes Unity

​By EDD K. USMAN Twitter: @edd1819, Instagram: @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs NEW National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)-North Luzon Regional Director Rajah-Ali A. Pumbaya is hitting the ground running. Hardly has he warmed his seat at the NCMF-North Luzon Headquarters in San Fernando City, Pampanga, he is already a busy-body. […]