Tourists flock to see Filipino devotees nailed to cross

CUTUD, Philippines - About two dozen Filipinos were nailed to crosses on Good Friday in an extreme display of devotion that the Catholic church looks down upon as a form of folk religion but appears powerless to stop.

How Sesame Street tones down for Afghanistan

NEW DELHI, India - Indian and Afghan producers of children's TV favorite "Sesame Street" are brainstorming in a New Delhi office, swapping tips on how to make Big Bird and his fluffy pals palatable to local viewers. 

Tourists fight the flab at Thai boxing camps

PHUKET, Thailand - In a sweltering training camp on a tropical Thai island, sweaty tourists wearing oversized gloves and baggy shorts slam their fists, knees, elbows and feet into a row of heavy bags. 

US launches new anti-smoking offensive

WASHINGTON - US health officials launched a hard-hitting offensive Thursday aimed at slashing the numbers of smokers across the country following the success of a similar campaign last year. 

Netizens on 'Pacific Rim' photo: Why dirty Manila?

MANILA, Philippines – A still from Hollywood movie “Pacific Rim” showing a pile of sea monster excrement in Manila has again awakened indignation from Filipinos online, who say filmmakers abroad should stop focusing on the “ugly” side of the Philippines.

AsiaSpa magazine lists top spas in Cebu

MANILA, Philippines – A luxury lifestyle and travel publication has featured the top spas in Cebu in its latest issue. 

Binondo churchgoers get free tikoy

MANILA, Philippines – While most businesses are closed for Holy Week in Binondo and the rest of Manila, the popular store Eng Bee Tin of the Chua family remained open. 

Boracay, beaches still top getaways for celebs

MANILA, Philippines – Although thousands of tourists are expected to spend the Holy Week break in Boracay island, this did not deter several celebrities from braving the crowds at the popular beach destination. 

Where to eat in the metro during Holy Week

MANILA, Philippines – (2nd UPDATE) While many malls closed on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, those staying in the metro can still eat out as several restaurants decided to stay open through the Holy Week. 

How Chiz handled relationships before Heart

MANILA, Philippines – Before his headline-grabbing relationship with actress Heart Evangelista, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero had a quiet marriage with lounge singer Christine Flores.