Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

TOKYO — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.

Only a handful of characters last so long, especially in Japan, where thousands come and go in a highly competitive market. Hello Kitty has the looks, and more.

All Saints’ Day weather forecast: Bring your umbrella

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

STATE meteorologists advised cemetery-goers to bring umbrella on Saturday as the forecast is for the wet weather due to a low pressure area spotted 1,430 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said isolated rain are expected in the northern part of Luzon, which is also being affected by northeast monsoon.

Hawaii town shows how to live with lava

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:04 p.m.

PAHOA, Hawaii — Not far from the Hawaii town of Pahoa that is being menaced by a stream of lava from Kilauea volcano, there's another community that was almost entirely swallowed by the molten rock nearly 30 years ago.

Today, a few dozen recently built homes sit on Kalapana's rolling black fields — offering a glimpse of life after lava.

New storm to enter PAR on weekend

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

THE state weather bureau said Friday that a tropical depression hovering outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has intensified into a tropical storm.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) last spotted the storm with international codename Nuri at 10:00 a.m. Friday. The storm was located at 1,320 kilometers (km) east of Eastern Visayas with maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center. It is forecast to move west at 15 kph.

Filipinos begin mass exodus for All Saints’ Day

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:53 p.m.

AUTHORITIES tighten security in air, sea and land ports as millions of Filipinos headed for their hometown for the All Saints' and All Souls’ Day to commemorate the lives their deceased love ones.

President Benigno Aquino III inspected the Manila North Harbor on Friday to ensure the safety of passengers who were traveling to their hometowns to spend time with their families.

Aquino visits Flavier’s wake

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Friday paid his last respects to former Senator and Health Secretary Juan Flavier, who passed away on Thursday.

After inspecting major terminals in Metro Manila, Aquino proceeded to Flavier's wake at the Church of the Risen Lord inside the University of the Philippines' campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

Gov’t, World Bank ink loan deal for Cebu BRT project

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

MANILA -- THE Philippine Government signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for the implementation of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the Department of Finance said Friday.

Prices of flowers increase on eve of All Saints’ Day

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 05:35 p.m.

PRICES of fresh flowers at Dangwa in Manila have started to increase as the All Saints' and All Souls' Day approach.

Filipinos commemorate the lives of their dearly departed every November 1 and 2 by bringing flowers at their graveyards.

Mercado amenable to a face to face with Binay on November 6

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 04:44 p.m.

FORMER Makati Vice Mayor of Makati Ernesto Mercado expressed his challenge to Vice President Jejomar Binay to face him in the Senate blue ribbon mother committee hearing on November 6.

During a radio interview, Mercado said he can face Binay at the hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 as he expressed willingness to be cross examined by Binay himself on all the allegations that he revealed in the previous hearings.

Environment friendly ‘Undas’ pushed

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 01:27 p.m.

FILIPINOS can turn the commemoration of their departed loved ones into a more meaningful experience by minimizing waste and pollution in cemeteries.

In his yearly plea, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said Friday reducing the waste that could end up in waterways is as easy as using recyclable containers to contain food.

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