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GIANT PAROL, LIGHTS, BAZAAR MAKE CHRISTMAS IN INTRAMUROS MORE FESTIVE


DECEMBER 8 -Manila Bulletin Sining Bulakenyo dancers perform in front of the Giant parol during the Department of Tourism’s launch of ‘Pasko sa Intramuros’ in Plaza Roma, Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday night. The Pasko sa Intramuros will run until January 31, 2017. (Jay Ganzon) Manila Bulletin
The Walled City of Intramuros is now all Christmassy with a newly-installed 15-feet parol (lantern), colorful lights and a busy bazaar to put visitors in a festive mood. These were all launched during the Pasko sa Intramuros (Christmas in Intramuros) event led by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday night.Present were DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, Senators Nancy Binay, who chairs the Senate Committee on Tourism, Richard Gordon, who was former DOT Secretary, among other tourism officials and stakeholders.The parol, designed by award-winning parol-maker Roland Quiambao, was lit to kick off the event, which runs until Jan. 31. READ MORE...

ALSO: Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy


DECEMBER 8 -FILE - This Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, shows the exterior of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. The Heritage Foundation says Vice President-elect Mike Pence will deliver a speech Tuesday night, Dec. 6, 2016, to a conservative group at President-elect Donald Trump’s new hotel in Washington, about areas of focus for the Trump administration in the first 200 days. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) | Manila Bulletin
One of the latest groups to book the hotel is the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank whose big donors gathered there Tuesday night for a speech by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence spoke on Trump administration priorities. The Heritage Foundation said its decision to use the hotel was driven by space needs. The Trump International Hotel has come under scrutiny by government ethics experts who worry that foreign governments, special interest groups and others will book rooms and events there to curry favor with the president-elect. The Washington Post reported last month that about 100 foreign diplomats from around the world used the hotel for a reception just a week after the election. On Dec. 15 an umbrella organization for U.S. Jewish groups is holding a joint Hanukkah party with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan there. READ MORE...


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Giant parol, lights, bazaar make Christmas in Intramuros more festive


Manila Bulletin Sining Bulakenyo dancers perform in front of the Giant parol during the Department of Tourism’s launch of ‘Pasko sa Intramuros’ in Plaza Roma, Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday night. The Pasko sa Intramuros will run until January 31, 2017. (Jay Ganzon) Manila Bulletin

MANILA, DECEMBER 12, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) TRAVEL/LIFESTYLE December 8, 2016, By Philippine News Agency - The Walled City of Intramuros is now all Christmassy with a newly-installed 15-feet parol (lantern), colorful lights and a busy bazaar to put visitors in a festive mood.

These were all launched during the Pasko sa Intramuros (Christmas in Intramuros) event led by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday night.

Present were DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, Senators Nancy Binay, who chairs the Senate Committee on Tourism, Richard Gordon, who was former DOT Secretary, among other tourism officials and stakeholders.

The parol, designed by award-winning parol-maker Roland Quiambao, was lit to kick off the event, which runs until Jan. 31.

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Visitors who drop by the bazaar along Postigo Street, which will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 12 noon to 10 p.m. on weekends, can avail of products of different regions in the Philippines.

The bazaar will have all sorts of product offerings, including arts and crafts, cosmetics, farm produce, fashion and accessories, home décor, leather goods, food and beverages, shoes and bags, tour destinations, regional products, gift and novelty ideas.

Events such as festival parades, concerts featuring the country’s popular bands and singers, marching bands, product demonstrations, games, competitions, culinary events, traditional music, dance and more are also to watch out for.

In an interview with reporters, Teo said that Pasko sa Intramuros was just as an introduction to upcoming projects meant to draw in more visitors in Intramuros.

“Pasko sa Intramuros is just the beginning, I assure you I will give Intramuros the attention it deserves as a national heritage site and cultural tourism destination,” Teo said.


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Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy 16 SHARES Share it! Published December 7, 2016, 11:32 AM By Associated Press


FILE - This Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, shows the exterior of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. The Heritage Foundation says Vice President-elect Mike Pence will deliver a speech Tuesday night, Dec. 6, 2016, to a conservative group at President-elect Donald Trump’s new hotel in Washington, about areas of focus for the Trump administration in the first 200 days. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) | Manila Bulletin

One of the latest groups to book the hotel is the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank whose big donors gathered there Tuesday night for a speech by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence spoke on Trump administration priorities.

The Heritage Foundation said its decision to use the hotel was driven by space needs.

The Trump International Hotel has come under scrutiny by government ethics experts who worry that foreign governments, special interest groups and others will book rooms and events there to curry favor with the president-elect.

The Washington Post reported last month that about 100 foreign diplomats from around the world used the hotel for a reception just a week after the election. On Dec. 15 an umbrella organization for U.S. Jewish groups is holding a joint Hanukkah party with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan there.

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Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said using the hotel was in no way an attempt to gain favor with the president, and that conflicts of interest are not an issue anyway because Trump isn’t president yet.


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“Until January 20, he’s a private citizen so I don’t think the conflict issue comes in,” Hoenlein said. He added, “Do you think the president-elect knows who rents rooms for two hours?”

The Azeri embassy did not respond to a phone message requesting comment. The Obama administration criticized Azerbaijan its latest annual report on human rights in April.

A party to be held at the hotel by another foreign embassy is causing a stir.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. James McGovern of Massachusetts sent a letter to Trump urging him not to accept any money from the Bahraini monarchy for use of his hotel. He cited news reports that the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain will hold its National Day celebrations at the hotel on Wednesday.

The embassy did not reply to an email and phone call about the event. In June, a bipartisan group of senators wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saying they were “deeply alarmed” by the government of Bahrain’s suppression of free speech and political dissent.

Trump tweeted last month that he would disclose plans on Dec. 15 to “take me completely out of business operations” without elaborating what that means. He had previously said that he plans to hand over management of his business to three of his adult children. That is far short of what some government ethics experts are pushing him to do: sell his assets, and put the money in a “blind trust” overseen by an independent manager not related to him.

The Trump Organization did not immediately reply for comment about events at its hotel.

Since the election, government ethics experts have called for the Trump Organization to sell its interest in the hotel.

Aside from attempts to use the hotel to influence the president-elect, they worry about a 60-year lease that his company took out with the U.S. to use the government-owned building that houses the hotel. In addition to an annual rental fee, the Trump Organization has to pay a special annual payment based on various measures on how well the hotel is doing.

Any disputes over that payment will be handled by the General Services Administration, the federal agency overseeing the property. The head of the GSA will be appointed by the new president.

The Pence speech on Tuesday was the highlight of the Heritage Foundation’s annual gathering for its biggest donors. The event was mostly being held at the Ronald Reagan Center across the street from the hotel.

“The space wasn’t large enough and there are security concerns,” said Heritage spokesman Wesley Denton. “It’s just this one speech.”


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