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14
Aug

The city of Davao prepares for the week-long Kadayawan Festival

Every August, Filipinos gather in Davao to celebrate thanksgiving at the Kadayawan Festival. The festival was once a ritual performed by tribes to thank the gods for a bountiful harvest, but it has been adapted to include other cultural celebrations. The festival is still a time to give thanks for the harvest, but it now also encompasses the diverse culture and rich history of the city of Davao.

The term ‘kadayawan’ comes from the Mandaya word ‘madayaw,’ which is a friendly greeting that means good, valuable, beautiful or superior. The festival was given its current name in 1988 by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, but it had been known as Apo Duwaling until then. The former name was a culmination of Mount Apo (the tallest mountain in the Philippines), Durian the king of fruits and Waling-waling, the queen of orchids.

Kadayawan is a chance for the people of Davao to celebrate their community. Davao has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the Davao City Police Office is always the front-runner for the best force in the Philippines. The city has some of the best tap water in the world, and has never been hit by a typhoon, according to the festival’s official website.

On August 15, the festival will kick off with the opening ceremonies in the People’s Park. The father tribes of the city will perform music and dances to honor their cultures as well as this year’s harvest. Once the festival begins, Roxas Avenue will be closed to traffic and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., and there will be plenty of local and national bands on the scene to give the crowds something to dance to as they celebrate in the streets.

The Lumadnong Gama: Indigenous Peoples Crops and Crafts Trade Fair will be held throughout the week-long event. The many different tribes of Davao will be selling souvenirs, crafts and other goods. Many families are counting on their relatives to send money online so they can take part in the festivities and be able to buy something to remember the Kadayawan Festival. There are also cultural demonstrations, street-dancing competitions, exhibits of Filipino traditions and floats made from the native flowers of the area.

14
Aug

The city of Davao prepares for the week-long Kadayawan Festival

Every August, Filipinos gather in Davao to celebrate thanksgiving at the Kadayawan Festival. The festival was once a ritual performed by tribes to thank the gods for a bountiful harvest, but it has been adapted to include other cultural celebrations. The festival is still a time to give thanks for the harvest, but it now also encompasses the diverse culture and rich history of the city of Davao.

The term ‘kadayawan’ comes from the Mandaya word ‘madayaw,’ which is a friendly greeting that means good, valuable, beautiful or superior. The festival was given its current name in 1988 by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, but it had been known as Apo Duwaling until then. The former name was a culmination of Mount Apo (the tallest mountain in the Philippines), Durian the king of fruits and Waling-waling, the queen of orchids.

Kadayawan is a chance for the people of Davao to celebrate their community. Davao has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the Davao City Police Office is always the front-runner for the best force in the Philippines. The city has some of the best tap water in the world, and has never been hit by a typhoon, according to the festival’s official website.

On August 15, the festival will kick off with the opening ceremonies in the People’s Park. The father tribes of the city will perform music and dances to honor their cultures as well as this year’s harvest. Once the festival begins, Roxas Avenue will be closed to traffic and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., and there will be plenty of local and national bands on the scene to give the crowds something to dance to as they celebrate in the streets.

The Lumadnong Gama: Indigenous Peoples Crops and Crafts Trade Fair will be held throughout the week-long event. The many different tribes of Davao will be selling souvenirs, crafts and other goods. Many families are counting on their relatives to send money online so they can take part in the festivities and be able to buy something to remember the Kadayawan Festival. There are also cultural demonstrations, street-dancing competitions, exhibits of Filipino traditions and floats made from the native flowers of the area.

10
Aug

Fairy bread and Boston buns: Australian sweets for young and old

People who are living or working outside of the country may often get homesick, and one of the best cures for homesickness is indulging in favorite foods from home. People can send money online so that their loved ones can prepare the same dishes at home, and even though they are separated by great distances, they can still share a meal, or even a quick snack or dessert.

Fairy bread is an Australian treat that is often served at children's parties. The snack is simply bread and butter covered with nonpareils, or sprinkles. While the exact origin of this colorful food is unknown, it may come from a short poem by the same name, written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1885.

A more grown-up treat, Boston buns are large spiced pastries that have a healthy supply of coconut frosting on top, and often contain dried fruits. These goodies, often served with tea, are unique because they are made with mashed potatoes.

The dough is made by combining mashed potatoes and sugar until they are smooth, then adding flour, fruit, milk, baking soda and salt, according to New Zealand Women's Weekly. The dough is baked in shallow sponge pans, and while it is in the oven, the frosting can be prepared. It's often a standard butter cream with coconut shavings pressed into it after it has been smoothed over the cake.

8
Aug

Filipino Dragon Boat team secures first gold in World Championships

The Cobra Philippine Dragon Boat Team broke world records when they won the first men’s small-boat 1,000-meter race at the World Championships in Tampa, Florida, on Friday. The Filipinos paddled across the finish line nearly three seconds before the Australian team, and Hungary was awarded third three seconds after Australia claimed silver.

“We trained under the same weather and on the same placid water conditions,” Michelle Evio, a Cobra squad paddler, told The Inquirer. “But I guess we got inspired because there is no garbage here.”

Private investors, such as Philippine Airlines, are currently funding the team’s operations with international money transfers, after the Cobras lost the financial support of the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission, the news source reports.

The financial instability makes this story more of an underdog victory, as the team was unable to practice small-boat races prior to the competition. In spite of the setbacks, the team managed to secure a world record time of 4 minutes and 57.13 seconds. The nation already holds world titles from the 2007 and 2009 championships, and this win may be the first on the Cobras’ path to victory.

4
Aug

Indian cricketers on the ropes, England up 2-0

After two enthralling test cricket matches, the Indian team is reeling while the Brits are celebrating, currently up 2-0 on the top ranked test cricket team in the world.

With their egos bruised and their bodies battered after grueling matches, the Indian team will be using the upcoming ten-day break to take stock of their squad and prepare for the next test. Key injuries to players like Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have depleted a team that was already missing players like Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, and Virender Sehwag.

Khan and Gambhir are expected to be back for the third test, while Sehwag is likely to return to the team shortly thereafter. These additions will certainly help the Indian squad, but it might be too little, too late. Most analysts agree that India are in serious danger of losing their number one world ranking for test cricket.

The pressure is obviously on for the Indian team, who will be looking to avenge these defeats in the last two matches of the series.

Remember, you can watch the England vs. India cricket series FREE online through Willow.tv once you use Xoom to send $150 or more via international wire transfer.

4
Aug

Google now offers inexpensive calling in 38 languages

Last year, Google introduced a new option to its growing list of innovative technologies. Calling from Gmail allows users to make calls from their web browsers to landlines and cell phones, and they recently expanded the scope of their capabilities.

Google now offers this service in 38 languages, which is great news for people who are working abroad and want to call home to speak with their families. Some of the languages that are now offered include German, Spanish and Latin American Spanish, French, Filipino, Polish, Portuguese and Brazilian.

In addition to broadening the scope of people who can benefit from this online service, Google now offers more options for purchasing calling credit with different currencies. Currently, the internet mogul accepts payment in Euros, British pounds, and U.S. and Canadian dollars, and does not charge a connection fee, as many other internet phone providers do. So people can pay less to call their families, which can help them save money.

This new service can be a good way for people who are working outside of the country to stay connected with their families back home while saving money on the calls, which can be useful for people who are saving money to send remittances home to their families. For instance, it only costs $0.10 per minute to call a mobile phone in France, Germany and the U.K. and $0.02 per minute to call landlines.

The Washington Post reports that many of Google’s rates are less expensive than rates offered by internet phone provider, Skype. This can be a useful way for people to call home and arrange plans to wire money to their loved ones without spending a lot of money on an international phone call.

One of the best parts of the online calling service is that there are no fees and all you need to gain access to it is a Gmail account, which is also attainable for not cost. Using Calling from Gmail can also make it easier to transfer money online to their families back home. They can talk to their loved ones as they transfer money, all in one place.

2
Aug

De Laurentiis unhappy with Serie A schedule

Serie A football is getting closer for Italian fans, and many will be sending money back home through international wire transfers as the season grows closer. However, not everyone is happy about the upcoming season.

Aurelio De Laurentiis is a former film producer and the current president of S.S.C. Napoli, which competes in the Serie A. Napoli are one of the better success stories in modern football. Since De Laurentiis took over, they have climbed out of Serie C and are now qualified for the UEFA Champions League based on their third-place finish last year.

Since the games for this tournament are played concurrently with the Serie A season, De Laurentiis asked Serie A for a bit of a break in the early schedule to allow the team to get off to a good start in the Champions League. Yet they apparently did not listen, as they booked meetings with AC Milan and Inter Milan very close to the Champions League fixtures.

“It’s all been mapped out against us,” De Laurentiis told Football Itallia. “Enough is enough, I’m going back to film-making. I am ashamed of being Italian. I think I need to change country and citizenship.”

De Laurentiis then made an exit for the ages – waving down a stranger’s scooter and hopping on the back, away from the gathered media.

15
Jul

International Bastille Day celebrations held around the world

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the end of the French Revolution, and celebrations were held around the world to commemorate the national holiday. French people who are currently working or attending school abroad were able to take part in the festivities even though they could not be with their families. Many of these international travelers also made online money transfers to France so their loved ones could fund their own celebrations.

In France, the national holiday was marked with military parades during the day and fireworks were launched from the top of the Eiffel Tower to light up the Paris skyline once the sun went down, according to The San Diego News.

In San Diego, French natives celebrated their holiday with live music, French foods and art.

On the east coast of America, in Washington DC, Bastille Day was honored with a “waiter’s race,” among other festivities and events, according to WAMU-Radio. About 40 men and women dressed up in iconic French costumes for the seventh annual Bastille Day race, and hundreds more came to watch the event.

15
Jul

Scientists discover seven new species of field mice in the Philippines

American and Filipino scientists recently discovered seven previously unknown species of field mice in the Philippines. The researchers, who are working with the Field Museum in Chicago, state that the mice are found only on Luzon, the largest island in the nation, and they live in high-altitude forests in the mountains, feeding on seeds and worms.

The new species account for 17 percent of documented mammals that are found only on Luzon, which brings the total number of native creatures from 42 to 49, and biologists believe that many more species are waiting to be discovered.

“In the past 10 years, we’ve published formal descriptions of 10 other species, and other biologists have described five more,” said Danilo Balete, the leader of the field research team. “The Philippines may have the greatest concentration of unique species of animals of any country in the world.”

The scientists say they still have much to learn about the new species and plenty more animals to document. People who live in other countries can send remittance to the Philippines to help fund the research and study of the nation’s unique natural life.

Luzon has multiple mountains and the seven species of mice live on various summits. Some of the species share living areas, but only one is indigenous to the Sierra Madre range. These mountains are home to the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, which is one of the few remaining areas of undisturbed forest in the Philippines, and 20 percent of the park is coastline.

Conservation International states that nearly 97 percent of the country’s natural habitats have been demolished, so people who are traveling or living in the Philippines can ask their relatives or friends to send money online, so they can use the funds to visit the all-natural park, which is home to approximately 240 species of birds.

“Protecting land and marine resources is key to maintaining healthy ecosystems which deliver services such as food, clean water, health, tourism and cultural benefits and stable climate, which are vital to the very survival of every Filipino,” stated Romeo Trono, the Country Executive Director for Conservation International’s Philippines branch.

People will send money to friends and family that live in the Philippines,comma which can allow them to help out in the effort to preserve the natural side of the nation, whether they are contributing funds to an environmental improvement organization or volunteering to clean up polluted areas.

12
Jul

International Motor Show returns to Germany in September

International Motor Show returns to Germany in September

The 64th biennial Frankfurt International Motor Show is scheduled to take place in Germany from September 13 to 25 this year. The international automobile exhibition, which is sponsored by the Association of the German Automotive Industry (VDA), will be held at the trade fair grounds in Frankfurt, Germany. Many people will come from around the world to attend the showcase of new automotive technology, according to BizTradeShows.com.

More than 10 million visitors are expected to attend, and many people will wire money to their friends and relatives in Germany so they can go explore the 11-day event. The car show has been held since the end of the 19th century, and originally took place in Berlin. In 1991, the VDA decided to divide the show between commercial vehicles and passenger cars. The commercial show is held on even-numbered years and consumer vehicles are showcased on odd-numbered years.

Audi has announced its intention to spend more than $14.3 million on the construction of an indoor test track for this year’s car show, in an effort to upstage BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Bloomberg reports. The 328-foot track will be constructed in a temporary exhibition hall, and visitors will be able to ride in about 12 different vehicles, including racecars. Many people will make money transfers so their friends and family members can experience life in the fast lane.

“Car shows are the ultimate platform for manufacturers to compete with each other, especially in the luxury sector,” one industry expert told the news source. The exhibitions are also a fun way for car enthusiasts to find out about all the new technology and concept cars that in development by automakers from around the globe.

More than 2,000 exhibitors are expected to attend the event. Manufacturers, automobile dealers,automotive parts companies and motorcycle, scooter and moped specialists will be displaying their wares this year. An outdoor track will give event guests a chance to test drive electric and fuel-cell vehicles. They can also learn about new innovations in the field of alternative-fuel technology.

Major car companies often use the Frankfort Car Show to unveil new concept cars and vehicles that will be released to the market in the coming year. People who are living in Germany for work or school and want to attend the event can have money transferred online from their families back home so they can buy passes to the 11-day event.

Visitors can also see the sights in Frankfurt when they are not busy checking out all the fancy new cars. Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city in Germany, located on the river Main. The German city is home to many beautiful cathedrals and churches, and Romerburg, Frankfurt’s city hall square, is a beautiful area, with buildings that date back to the early 1400′s. People who are traveling to Frankfurt to work at the car show will receive money transfers from abroad so they can check out the many different attractions that the German city has to offer.

Along the river, there are about 15 different museums, including the Stadel, one of Germany’s most famous art museums. The Stadel features more than 2,700 paintings from the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and the late Gothic period, and it has a library with more than 100,000 books. Botticelli, Rembrandt and Degas are just some of the famous painters’ whose works hang in the Stadel’s galleries.