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View of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher with hundreds of pilgrims and tourists waiting to visit it in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, 02 November 2012. The church, traditionaly believed to be the site of Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection, and one of the most crowded tourists and pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land, is in debt and has not paid a water bill which comes close to 2 million US dollars, according to an Israeli newspaper. Apparently Israeli and the British and Jordanians and even the Turkish before them have never asked the church clerics to pay for their water consumption, and water bill rose with interest. Now bank accounts are frozen due to non-payment of the bill and clerics are threatening to close down the church. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

Countries Pinoys can visit without a visa

It’s more fun in the Philippines, but amid good economic news, many

Filipinos are traveling abroad both for business and leisure. Japan has

recently allowed multiple-entry visas for Filipino citizens. South Korea

is also reportedly mulling improving visa requirements for Pinoys.
But did you know that as of June 30, 2013, Filipinos can go to at least 25 other countries without having to worry about visas?


is according to an “unofficial” and “indicative” list the Department of

Foreign Affairs made available to Yahoo! Southeast Asia. Filipinos have

however been told to always check with embassies or consulates when

making travel plans, as visa policies change from time to time. (Text by

Kim Patria)