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100-plus shows in 20 venues—art for all in Fringe Manila 2018

  The 2018 incarnation of Fringe Manila will be taking over Poblacion, the creative community in Makati City, with simultaneous shows on Feb. 7-25 in celebration of the National Arts Month. The multiplatform arts festival that originated from Edinburgh has been in Manila since 2015, serving up a dizzying array of shows covering dance, improv, burlesque, spoken word and theater in an open-access format. The shows this year will feature local and international artists from Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, France, Austria, Brazil, Japan, The Netherlands and the United States. Performances are uncurated, uncensored and mostly daring, festival director Andrei Nikolai P...Keep on reading: 100-plus shows in 20 venues—art for all in Fringe Manila 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerFeb 2nd, 2018

3 nights of jazz

The 2018 Philippine International Jazz Festival (PIJazzfest) unfolds for three nights at three venues: April 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Peninsula Manila's Salon de Ning, featuring American jazz and soul singer Coco Rouzier performing tracks from her original album "At the Fringe," with the Henry Katindig Trio. April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm, also at Salon de Ning, starring Amir Gwirtzman from Tel Aviv, Israel, known for his mastery of reed and woodwind instruments from around the globe. He will be playing selections from his hit "Inhale -- Exhale" and "Inhale -- Exhale II" albums that use saxophones, clarinets, flutes, horns, pipes and various reeds and woodwind instruments of indigeno...Keep on reading: 3 nights of jazz.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

100-plus shows in 20 venues—art for all in Fringe Manila 2018

  The 2018 incarnation of Fringe Manila will be taking over Poblacion, the creative community in Makati City, with simultaneous shows on Feb. 7-25 in celebration of the National Arts Month. The multiplatform arts festival that originated from Edinburgh has been in Manila since 2015, serving up a dizzying array of shows covering dance, improv, burlesque, spoken word and theater in an open-access format. The shows this year will feature local and international artists from Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, France, Austria, Brazil, Japan, The Netherlands and the United States. Performances are uncurated, uncensored and mostly daring, festival director Andrei Nikolai P...Keep on reading: 100-plus shows in 20 venues—art for all in Fringe Manila 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

PBA: Brownlee will trade 35 points for triple-double

By now, everyone knows that Justin Brownlee can score. Sunday at the Manila Clasico, Brownlee dropped 35 for Ginebra, leading the Gin Kings to a huge win over Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. However, Brownlee shot 11-of-24 from the field and personally, the prolific import would gladly trade his 35 points for a nice triple double. Or anything close to that. "Having a triple double means you did a lot of other things on the court," Brownlee said after scoring 35 points on top of "only" eight rebounds and four assists. "And I don't look at myself as just a scorer. I like to rebound, I'm a passer. So I think having a triple double shows more of my game," he added. Regardless of his stats, the most important thing for Brownlee and the Gin Kings right now is getting wins. Ginebra now has won back-to-back contests in the mid-season joust and has been revived with a 3-5 mark. "Overall, it's our best game. Whenever you can win by 20 plus you know you can feel good about it," Brownlee said. "At the same time you can't be satisfied, we're still fighting for the playoffs," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

PTV to Air Free Chinese Series, Docus Soon

The country’s flagship government television network PTV-4 is set to air free Chinese shows in August 2018, the Chinese Embassy in Manila announced following the formal launch of the “China TV Theatre” in Makati on Wednesday. Li Lingxiao, Press Attache of the embassy, told the Philippine News Agency that specific dates are still under negotiation but […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

78% of Filipinos satisfied with how democracy works – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – A majority of Filipinos remain satisfied with how democracy is working in the country and prefer it to any other kind of government, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey held in March but released only on Tuesday, June 12, shows. The results of the First Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Strife remains despite joint plea on recount

By Charlie V. Manalo and Pat C. Santos A day after a joint manifestation was signed by the camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, it has become evident that Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo is not willing to withdraw her pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos’ spokesman lawyer Vic Rodriguez said.Marcos personally signed the document “withdrawing all and any pending motions relative to his election protest” but it was Robredo’s counsel, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal who signed for the Vice President.Rodriguez stressed Robredo has no intention of withdrawing her pending motions because she did not sign the joint motion that her lawyer presented to media. Macalintal, however, said the Vice President is heeding the challenge “in withdrawing all motions before PET to pave the way for a ballot recount.” “We accept the challenge of Mr. Marcos and his lawyer to sign a joint motion to withdraw any and all pending motions and incidents at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal which may cause the delay of the recount of ballots from the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental,” Romulo Macalintal, Robredo lead counsel said in a statement.Rodriguez in his joint motion, however, said only the name of Robredo’s counsel, lawyer Romulo Macalintal, appeared on the document.“A joint manifestation is a major pleading and it cannot be done through counsel alone. It should also be signed by the client because it needs his or her conformity. Since Mrs. Robredo did not sign the pleading together with her lawyer, it is obvious that she has no intention to withdraw her motions,” Rodriguez said.According to Rodriguez, the absence of Robredo’s signature puts into question her sincerity to hasten the pace of the electoral ‘Robredo can disown motion’ It likewise casts doubt on the authority of Macalintal who signed the motion. Robredo could later on even disown the motion because it was made without her conformity.“Without Mrs. Robredo’s signature, the motion is a mere scrap of paper and may be later disowned by her as having been signed without her authority. It seems that she merely wants to think fraudulently,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez also questioned the joint motion prepared by Macalintal saying the same only covered pending motions and not future motions that may delay the proceedings. He said Marcos’ joint manifestation was more sincere because it covered both present and future motions in the election proceedings.“Atty. Macalintal is saying they are withdrawing but if you will read their joint motion, it only pertains to pending motions and not to future motions. In our case, it is all encompassing, from pending to future motions. Why are they backing out?” Rodriguez remarked.Rodriguez also took exception to the assertion made by Macalintal in his joint motion that Marcos has a pending “Partial Motion for Reconsideration” dated December 4, 2017 asking the PET to reconsider its earlier ruling allowing them to secure soft copies of the ballot images.Rodriguez pointed out that the said Partial Motion for Reconsideration had already been resolved by the Tribunal in its Resolution dated January 10, 2018.“It seems Atty. Macalintal has not studied the case of his client because that was resolved a long time ago. And he should know there are pending motions before the PET,” Rodriguez stated.Rodriguez also emphasized that if Macalintal was indeed serious about withdrawing all motions, he should have done it through the official route and not meet in a fast food restaurant for the signing.“Signing a major pleading in a pizza restaurant shows an utter lack of respect for the judicial process. There is a proper way to do things and this involves going to the law office of your opposing counsel and handing over the proper documents to them,” Rodriguez said.This is the reason, he pointed out, the Marcos camp went to the law office of Macalintal and his co-counsel Ma. Bernadette Sardillo located at Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City. According to Rodriguez, they went there first thing in the morning yesterday to give them the complete set of copies of the joint manifestation signed by Marcos and his counsel, George Garcia, together with the corresponding cover letter.“The challenge to meet at a fast food restaurant is unbecoming of an officer of the Court. It is unlawyerly and at most more of a publicity stunt. We hope the other camp has the decency to act accordingly,” Rodriguez said.“It appears that Atty. Macalintal wants to pull fast one on the public with his publicity stunt. As far as we are concerned, the joint motion he signed has no binding effect because it was not signed by his client. For all Macalintal’s protestations, our joint manifestation is ready for him and Mrs. Robredo to sign,” said Rodriguez. “We are still waiting.” Rodriguez said. Macalintal issues own challenge“I am inviting Mr. Marcos and his lawyer today at 9 a.m. to sign a joint motion. This is to confirm that we are not causing the delay in the recount of ballots,” Macalintal added.“It is Mr. Marcos’ raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount,” he noted.“To remove all of these accusations flying back and forth I reiterate my challenge withdraw all your motions that could serve to delay the recount, I will withdraw all my motions that has been pending so that there will be no outstanding issues, no instances that needs to be studied by the Tribunal so that we can proceed to the opening and counting of the ballots,” Marcos said in a press conference last January 29 in Manila.“That has been my contention since May 10 of 2016 until now. It has been the same, I have been consistent, I reissue the challenge to Mrs. Robredo, withdraw all your motions, I will withdraw all of mine and let us proceed with the recount,” Marcos added.Marcos issued the challenged to stop the “delaying” issues being thrown by both camps to each other.At the same time, the vice presidential candidate in the May 2016 polls bared “solid and incontrovertible” evidence of massive fraud that transpired during the national and local elections held nearly two years ago.Marcos questioned the presence of square shapes in the ballot images instead of the oval shapes which voters shaded for their choice of candidates.“When we voted, we had the oval shapes. How come in the ballot images, the ovals are gone and instead we have the squares. What does this mean?” he said.He added, “(w)e could see based on the election results summary that the squares indicated the candidates that were voted upon. But this is a new feature that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic added in the system and I had been told they did not inform the candidates of the presence of this feature in the images.”But Robredo slammed Marcos’ claims that there were “massive frauds” that transpired in the May 2016 elections.“His remarks are laughing matters as far as I am concerned. If laughter is the best medicine, then we can consider it the best medicine for us for the day,” Macalintal said in a press conference.“The excited and hysterical claim of (Marcos) and his spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez that they allegedly uncovered solid and inconvertible evidence of massive fraud that transpired in the 2016 elections’ based on their own copies of alleged ballot images used in the said election, is highly ridiculous if not outright frivolous,” the lawyer added.Macalintal said Marcos’ claims of discrepancies in the hundreds of decrypted ballot images from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental only showed that the latter’s protest “is facing its dismissal.”“He has no evidence at all. That is why he is now using evidence outside the election protest that he filed sa Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET),” he said.Marcos filed the protest on June 29, 2016, claiming that the camp of Robredo cheated in the automated polls in May that year.He sought the annulment of about a million votes cast in three provinces - Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao.In his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.In his preliminary conference briefing, Marcos also sought for a recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.Robredo filed her answer in August last year and filed a counter-protest, questioning the results in more than 30,000 polling precincts in several provinces where Marcos won.She also sought the dismissal of the protest for lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET.The high tribunal, in a ruling earlier last year, junked Robredo’s plea and proceeded with the case after finding the protest sufficient in form and substance.Robredo supposedly won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Critics slam Duterte for kiss

This handout photo taken on June 2, 2018, shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gesturing as he gives his departure speech at the Manila International airport. (AFP)........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Philippines Duterte censures UN rapporteur

This handout photo, taken on June 2, 2018, shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gesturing as he gives his departure speech before traveling to South Korea, at the Manila International Airport.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Business of Football - Philippines highlights football s growth in the country

MANILA -  The recent success of The Azkals, with their Asian Cup qualification, and their FIFA ranking at its highest at 111, has given football a renewed confidence, and a positive outlook in terms of the growth of the sport in the Philippines.   Football is now tipped to become the fastest growing sport in the country, with the largest potential for success commercially, and in terms of on-pitch success.  The sport which is currently number 3 in the Philippines in terms of popularity and participation, after basketball and boxing, is said to be still further behind compared to other sports, such as volleyball, billiards, etc., in terms of TV coverage. These were among the insights and trends gathered from top-notch executives of organizations such as AFC, PFF, PFL, LaLiga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, Globe Telecom, RSportz, Toby Sports and Manila Times, at the ‘Business of Football - Philippines’, organized by MMC Sportz.  The sold-out event was attended by more than 185 local and foreign delegates on 18 May 2018 at the New World Makati Hotel.   MMC Sports CEO Eric Gottschalk says, “Research in this market, shows that TV is still the number one platform here in the Philippines, and is the number one medium that advertisers are looking for, to spend their budgets on.  We also learned that live TV coverage actually stimulates stadium attendance, and not vice versa.  If there’s more football on TV, we will see more fans in the stadium.  Currently football is not ranked among the top 100 TV programmers in the Philippines and is only number 3 sport in terms of participation and popularity after basketball and boxing.  Football needs media in order to drive commercial revenues for the clubs.”   “Now is also the perfect time to get involved in football since sponsorship and advertising opportunities are currently very affordable compared for example to basketball, but this is predicted to change within the next 6-12 months, as values are expected to increase sharply.  Football also needs to create more idols and heroes to attract more media coverage overall, other than just covering game scores. Each team has a unique story which just needs to be told,” says Gottschalk. Following the presentation about the Philippines Football League (PFL) it was agreed that the PFL now fills the lack of regular created football content as the leagues matches (87 in 2018/19 season) contribute year-round stories to keep football in the news. In the past, the main talking points were around the Azkals which only play very few home matches each year.      Public education about the game of football is also needed on all levels as many people in the Philippines are still not aware about the rules or aware of programs available like coaching academies, amateur competitions, or how and where to follow the professional league.  Ten thousand (10,000) qualified grassroots coaches are also needed to satisfy the local demand and to trigger strong football development and growths. Investors on the other hand are looking for consistency and credibility of the football product but with the PFL in the second season and foreign sponsors expected to invest in the Philippines, local brands should consider to follow suit.  On the sports retail side, only 1.5% of current retail sales are attributed to football, while basketball enjoys a healthy 46% market share. As a result, only limited line items and stocks are available in stores and entry level boots and replica jerseys are too high priced to be affordable for the average consumer. The national player registration program, MY PFF, has been launched with the objective to collect vital statistics and data about the football community which is urgently needed to support the youth football development strategy of the PFF and to develop a players pathway.  As FIFA has mandated to register the estimated 1.5 million players in the Philippines, the PFF has urged organizers and players to already register online as by next month only registered players will be allowed to participate in sanctioned events. The “Business of Football – Philippines” conference also announced 36 career opportunities related to sports and football, including positions in marketing, legal, competition management and coaching, with all these listing being available online with MMC Sportz or for direct inquiries with the PFF. In his closing remarks, MMC Sportz CEO Eric M. Gottschalk stated that “More importantly, Don’t Break the 12th Man! It is important that all stakeholders don’t forget to engage with the fans. The fans are the most important aspect of the development of football in the Philippines – if there are no fans of football then there is no media, no spectators, no players, no games, no business. Everyone is required to ensure we keep the fans (football consumers) engaged year-long and the first step would be to get the media behind the game. There is a strong football - community out there already and hopefully, we the TV broadcasters will take another look at football and give them at least some consideration on the program schedule.  I believe today’s conference was a great success.  We brought the football community together, stimulated thinking, exchanged ideas and transferred a lot of knowledge. Now it is up to the football stakeholders to continue the progress.  From our end (and with the approval of the PFF) we will stage the 2nd edition of BOF early 2019 and hopefully we will be able to report on some of the changes initiated today.”    Speakers who shared their insights include LaLiga Managing Director for South East Asia, Japan, Korean and Australia Ivan Codina, AFC Head of MA Services Domeka Garamendi, SMG Insight Managing Director Frank Saez, Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami, Globe Director for OIC, Citizenship and Advocacy Marketing Miguel Bermundo, PFL CEO Lazarus Xavier, PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes, Ignite Sports Group Managing Director Michael Reyes,  Asian Replica Designs Founder & Owner Jonathan Mallinson, Quorum Group President & COO Jose Claudio, Jr., Mediapro Asia Director of Sales and Sponsorship Salauddin Sinnakandu, and MMC Sportz Marketing CEO Eric Gottschalk.  Organized by MMC Sportz Asia, the event was sanctioned by the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) and the Philippines Football Federation (PFF), and sponsored by La Liga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, RSportz, Globe Telecom, Toby’s Sports, Manila Times and Platinumlist. - RELEASE  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Here’s your chance to join the Harry Styles Fan Fair!

Harry Styles’ solo concert in Manila is one of the most-awaited shows of 2018. To drum up excitement for his arrival, Globe invites everyone to the Harry Styles Fan Fair at the Trinoma Cinema Lobby on April 21. This is your chance to win tickets to the show! At the Fan Fair, Stylers can participate […] The post Here’s your chance to join the Harry Styles Fan Fair! appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

ONE Championship kicks off ‘HEROES OF HONOR’

ONE Championship is back in Manila for its second of four shows in 2018. ONE Championship kicks off ‘HEROES OF HONOR’ ONE Championship is back in Manila for its second of four shows in 2018. In a press conference held at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Manila, the promotion kicked off… link: ONE Championship kicks off ‘HEROES OF HONOR’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Belingon-Leone match headlines ONE Championship

  MANILA, Philippines - ONE Championship, Asia’s premier martial arts organization, returns to Manila for the second of four shows in 2018.   Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Baguio City (17-5) takes on former bantamweight world title challenger Andrew Leone (8-3) of Cortland, New York with both fighters ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

ONE drums up Heroes of Honor Manila card

Asia’s premier martial arts organization, ONE Championship, is back in Manila for its second of four shows in 2018......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

ONE: Heroes of Honor fires off Friday

Asia’s premier martial arts organization, ONE Championship, is back in Manila for its second of four shows in 2018. In a news conference held at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Manila, the promotion kicked off its latest event, ONE: HEROES OF HONOR, which is set for Friday at the Mall of [...] The post ONE: Heroes of Honor fires off Friday appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Public satisfaction with Duterte dips among poorest – SWS

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – While President Rodrigo Duterte retained a "very good" public satisfaction rating in the first quarter of 2018, there was a significant dip in satisfaction for his performance among the poorest Filipinos, a new survey shows. The Social Weather Stations' survey , made public on Wednesday, April 11, but ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

WATCH: Beauty queen Katarina Rodriguez shows how to strut swimwear

MANILA, Philippines — Prior to passing her Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2018 crown to Karen Gallman, Miss Intercontinental 1st runner-up Katarina Ro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

LOOK: PBA 2018 All-Star Games logo

The entry which prominently displays the three stars symbolizing the Philippines’ three island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, emerged as the winner in the first-ever PBA All-Star Sketch The Logo contest. The winning piece was courtesy of John Paul Limos, a 25-year old part-time photographer and graphic design artist, who bested 44 other finalists who made the final cut-off out of the more than 100 logos submitted by fans and artists. League commissioner Wille Marcial headed the panel of judges also composed of four-time MVP and now Magnolia Pambansang Manok team manager Alvin Patrimonio and PBA Press Corps president Gerry N. Ramos of SPIN.ph. The winner earns an all-expense paid trip for two (air transfer from Manila-Davao or Iloilo-Manila/land transfer from Manila-Batangas-Manila), hotel accommodation, and full board meals in one of the three All-Star destinations, namely Davao Del Sur, Batangas, and Iloilo. An all-access pass to every 2018 All-Star activity will also be accorded him and his companion to his/her chosen leg, and at the same time, get the chance to interact with players, officials, and league staff and be immersed under the All-Star atmosphere. The three stars prominently displayed above the winning logo suggest the move of holding the mid-season spectacle nationwide in a three-leg series. Just below the stars shows the PBA logo and the words All-Star written in bold letters, while in between are the three provinces hosting the event – Davao del Sur (Mindanao), Batangas (Luzon), and Iloilo (Visayas). The year 2018 is then written across a half shape basketball found underneath the logo. Under the rules, the winning logo will not become a property of the PBA as the artist retains all copyright and may use or reuse their art as they wish. However, the artist grants the league the right to use the image online (website) and across various official PBA social media platforms and merchandise in perpetuity. Marcial profusely thanked all fans and artists who sent their entries. The All-Star Week is slated from May 23 to May 27 pitting Gilas Pilipinas against three teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Belga shows way as Rain or Shine downs San Miguel to seal playoff berth

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters secured a playoff berth in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup with a 95-80 victory over the San Miguel Beermen at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, February 28.  Leading by a measly 4 points midway through the 4th period, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

From ‘Wow’ to ‘WTF,’ How Wild Were the Fall 2018 Shows?

Fashion week is always interesting because you never know what you're going to witness on the runway. Models may be wearing the next trend or an over-the-top piece. Some designers also go the extra mile to dress up the set for added atmosphere. In the past few weeks, we've seen eye-catching pieces on the runway and eccentric venues. There were even surprise appearances here and there. So we checked out the highlights of New York, London, and Milan that made us go from "whoa" to "WTF." Gucci Gucci has made someinterestingdecisions for their campaigns and recently, their fall 2018 show. One of the most talked-about elements were the models that carried fake decapitated heads t...Keep on reading: From ‘Wow’ to ‘WTF,’ How Wild Were the Fall 2018 Shows?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Bohol dance group to perform at Maybank/Globe, Feb. 23

  Bohol Dance Project Company will mount the dance concert, "A Blue Evening," on Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at the Maybank Theater/ Globe Auditorium, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The concert is part of the Manila Fringe Festival 2018. The Bohol dance group is a contemporary dance ensemble developed through the collaboration between French choreographers and Bohol dance groups. Show is free of charge. The Bohol Dance Project Company is an initiative brought about by a series of dance workshops every summer since 2015 when French choreographers and dance teachers Guillaume Morgan and Nicola Ayoub conducted two-week-long trainings for local dancers and choreographers through...Keep on reading: Bohol dance group to perform at Maybank/Globe, Feb. 23.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018