Taiwan’s FAT expands flight suspensions from 3 to 8 destinations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) suspended flights to and from Da Nang in Vietnam and Palawan and Boracay in the Philippines beginning Saturday (May 18), but later in the d...

More plastic bags than fish: East Asia’s new environmental threat

SINGAPORE (East Asia Forum) -- In March 2019, the fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly convened in Kenya to discuss the environmental and climate challenges outlined in the UN’s Sustain...

Tigerair Taiwan to open new route flying to Palawan in the Philippines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tigerair Taiwan announced Monday plans to inaugurate a new flight route between Taoyuan in Taiwan and the Philippine city of Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island starting Jun...

Taiwan Far Eastern Air flight veers off runway at Kalibo Airport, PHI

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On the evening of Wednesday, March 13, an accident occurred involving a Far Eastern Air Transport flight that arrived the Kalibo International Airport of the Philippines. ...

Taiwan plane's wheel rolls off Philippine runway, all safe

KALIBO, Philippines (AP) — Everyone on a Taiwanese plane has disembarked safely after one of the plane's wheels got stuck in the grass off a Philippine runway. Civil Aviation Authori...

Tigerair Taiwan to launch direct flights to Boracay in the Philippines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Tigerair Taiwan, the budget affiliate of China Airlines, will launch direct flights to and from the Philippines beach resort island of Boracay next April. The tiny island, in...

Philippine island once called 'cesspool' reopens to visitors

BORACAY, Philippines (AP) — Boatloads of tourists have sailed to tiny Boracay island on the first day Philippine officials reopened the resort to visitors after a six-month closure to clean waters the...

Philippine activists locked in deadly struggle for land rights

The brutal killing of nine sugar plantation workers on Saturday in Sagay City on the central Philippine island of Negros puts an ugly spotlight on the disintegration of a government land reform policy...

Philippines' tourist island Boracay to reopen

The island, known for its pristine white sand, was closed last April on President Rodrigo Duterte's orders due to environmental degradation. It will be fully open - including to foreigners - from ...

AirAsia to launch flights from Taiwan to Boracay

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Low cost airline AirAsia announced on Monday that it will launch flights from Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport to Boracay, as sc...

No longer cesspool: Boracay to reopen to tourists on Oct. 26

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After being closed off to tourists in April for being what Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called a "cesspool," Boracay Island, the Philippines' top tourist ...

Catholics protest priest killings in Philippines

Father Richmond Nilo, 40, was at the altar preparing for church services in his parish in the province of Nueva Ecija, about 180 kilometers north of the Philippine capital Manila, when he was shot fou...

Ailing Thai beach made famous by Hollywood closes to tourism

MAYA BAY, Thailand (AP) — Once a pristine Thai paradise, the secluded bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” has been exhausted by mass tourism. Now it’s ge...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hold hands as they cross the military demarcation line during a historic summit at a border village. In other i...

Philippines shuts down Boracay to tourism for six months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Months after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to close off Boracay for tourists, the most famous holiday island of the nation has been shut down officially fo...