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PHILIPPINES: Combining fruit exports and tourism ...

By Irene R. Sino Cruz
Inquirer Visayas

11:17 pm | Saturday, November 10th, 2012

CAPTAIN Hook’s Pool is one of the attractions of the Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa

CEBU CITY – Processing and exporting mangoes seem to be worlds apart from owning part of a luxury resort.

But for Justin Uy, president of Profood International Corp., acquiring a stake in the Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa was a natural progression.

In selling their products abroad, Uy says he has been promoting Cebu and the country as a destination.

The calendars and brochures Profood had given to customers and prospective clients feature the Philippines’ different tourism sites.

Profood products even use the Cebu and Philippine brand to show to the world that the Philippines, and Cebu in particular, has the best dried mangoes.

His efforts paid off since the family-owned Profood has made its mark in the processed mango industry. The company has expanded its operation to processing of 15 fruits and has become the…


10 November 2012 | last updated at 09:25PM

Fruit of the Maharajas

By Elaine Yim |

The mango tree is regarded as sacred and a symbol of love in Hindu culture, writes Elaine Yim

The fruit can be big, small, oval, round, apple or kidney-shaped.
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IN Hindu culture, the mango tree is regarded as sacred and a symbol of love. The mango has been cultivated in India since time immemorial. It was mentioned in ancient texts, praised by poets and highly regarded by Maharajas. It is regarded as the national fruit of India and considered the king of fruits.

Mango leaves are hung at entrances of homes to invite blessings and prosperity during festivals such as Deepavali and Ponggal, and auspicious occasions like weddings. They are also found in trays of offerings for use in prayers.

Mango trees are easy to grow and maintain. In Malaysia, there is no distinct fruiting season as flowering can occur all year round.

The name mango probably originated from the Tamil word mangai. T…


Friday, November 9, 2012

Around Asia: Bali, Indonesia

Bali, dubbed as the Island of the Gods, is one of the 33 provinces of Indonesia. A small but very abundant place that boasts of rich culture, destinations, and life. The province is often referred to as a “paradise on earth” because of its beautiful landscapes, mountains, coastlines, and white-sand beaches.

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Bali is a place that has captivated tourists from all over the world. Apart from its picturesque landscapes and spots, tourists can embark on different activities such as surfing and diving, as the island is famed for having such wonderful beaches with waves ideal for such activities. Tourists can also take part in various festivities in full contrast that highlight the unique traditions of Bali. And they can also enjoy exploring the history of the island by visiting its historical and archeological attractions.

Bali is an award-winning destination that has a lot to offer. Apart from the sprawling b…


15 feared dead in Guatemala quake

by Staff Writers
Guatemala City (AFP) Nov 7, 2012

Handout picture of a firefighters staying next to a body found under the ruins of a collapsed house in San Marcos, 240 km from Guatemala City,on November 7, 2012. At least 10 people died in southwestern Guatemala after a strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the country's Pacific coast on Wednesday, a firefighters' spokesman told AFP. File image courtesy AFP.

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Wednesday, leaving some 15 people trapped in rubble while 15 others were feared dead in the southwest of the country.

The earthquake rattled nerves in neighboring Mexico and El Salvador, sparking a tsunami alert on the Salvadoran coast and evacuations from offices, homes and schools as far north as Mexico City.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez said three people were confirmed dead but preliminary reports indicated that another 100 people were missing in San Marcos, a department …