kOREAN Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia and congressional tourism consultant John Orola, also a former tourism attache, supervise the arrival of the 194 Korean tourists at the Bureau of Immigration booth at the Bacolod-Silay International Airport.*

‘Korean flights arrive,
a new era in tourism'

The first twice-weekly direct flights from Korea touched down 2:05 a.m. on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) at the Bacolod-Silay International Airport, signaling a new era for Bacolod tourism, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Some 194 Koreans, most of whom will be on a golf holiday in Bacolod, were on board the flight. Some of them brought their wives with them, Leonardia said in a press release from his office.

This marks a new era for Bacolod tourism, Leonardia, who welcomed the Koreans at the airport, said. “With these direct flights, we launched Bacolod tourism on a more accelerated pace of development,” he added.moremoremore

Southern Negros in
US travel alert


The U.S. Embassy in Manila has issued an alert to its residents on traveling to seven cities and nine provinces in the Philippines, including southern Negros.

The alert for U.S. citizens dated December 23 said it was based on recent statements by Philippine security officials regarding an increase in the Terrorist Threat Level to Level III (High) in seven cities and nine provinces across the country.

Philippine security officials indicated that cities under the increased terrorism alert are Zamboanga City, Marawi, Isabela, Kidapawan, Dipolog, Dapitan, and Cotabato in Mindanao, it said.moremoremore


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Negros solon confident
of reduction in PUV fare

Rep. Manuel Iway (Neg. Or., 1 st District) said he is confident his petition to reduce taxi, jeepney and bus fares will be granted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in January.

Iway based his observation on the decision of the Court of Appeals last week, denying the petition filed by 1-United Transport Koalisyon Party-List for the CA to stop LTFRB from reducing the fares of public utility vehicles.

In its decision, the CA 13th Division ruled that the 1-Utak petition for certiorari and prohibition was premature because its motion for reconsideration of the reduction of fare was still pending with the LTFRB.