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A weekend of Filipino culture at Balboa Park

With a focus on cultural heritage and entertainment, the SAMAHAN Filipino Performing Arts & Education Center brings its annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival to Balboa Park for two days of t.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsAug 10th, 2018

Laker Jordan Clarkson: ‘It feels good to be Filipino’

By Christina Oriel/inquirerdotnet – Jordan Clarkson, the Filipino American shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers, received a warm welcome on Saturday, October 14 at this year’s Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) in Echo Park Lake, marking his first public appearance at a large Filipino American community event Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Champions On and Off the Pitch: Milo, FC Barcelona train young footballers in Road to Barcelona Camp

div> MANILA, Philippines, 20 September 2017 – Inspired by MILO and FC Barcelona’s (FCB) shared values of humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork, over 140 kids participated in the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Camp last September 2 to 3 at the Mckinley Hill Stadium in Taguig. The weekend training saw young footballers from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, IloIlo, and Cebu gather to showcase their skills and embrace life values in sports, with the hopes of being nominated to the team representing the country in the FCB Escola Camp in Barcelona happening in October.  The four-year values-driven partnership between MILO and FC Barcelona was formally launched globally earlier this year, aiming to help more young Filipinos aspire to be the best they can be and realize their dreams through sports and the programs of MILO and FCB. The MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Camp provided free world-class training to deserving young Filipino football players under the tutelage of esteemed FCB Escola Camp Coaches from Barcelona, Spain. These athletes were exposed to playing the Barca way while also getting the opportunity to make new friends among their peers from different clubs, all in the spirit of fun and friendly competition. Aside from this one-of-a-kind training session, the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Team will also be on the lookout for two of the most deserving players who will stand a chance to get an all-expense paid trip to Barcelona, Spain. They, along with other identified players from the other MILO markets worldwide, will get to go on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to train in Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona, in October. A selection panel led by the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Team will help identify the players who will be included in the event. Just as important as skill, the principal values that define the spirit of FCB and the essence of MILO, will be included in the criterion for selection of the said players. Joining MILO and the Philippine Football Federation in the selection camp were FC Barcelona coaches Arnau Blanco and Marti Vila, who’ve previously held international FCB Escola camps in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Arnau and Marti conducted football drills for the kids which included theoretical concepts that underlined the football club’s system and culture. Bannered by the message of 'TEAMMAKESME, the young athletes were also taught the value and role of their team around them—teammates, coaches, family, and friends who play an important role in their holistic growth to be come champions on and off the field. “You see the kids smiling, improving, enjoying, trying to understand our philosophy, and it really is fulfilling for us coaches. Having them play together as a team and learn the values and skills in football is amazing to witness. For us, it is important that we help Filipinos experience the Barca way through our program,” said FCB Escola Camp coach Arnau Blanco. “We are grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to do this for the local football community. With the our partners, FC Barcelona and the Philippine Football Federation, MILO is eager to search for the most deserving players to send to a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Camp Nou. It is truly encouraging to see these  athletes from all walks of life come together, and we send a big thank you to their supportive parents and coaches who joined them in this journey.The selection process will be a challenging one, but we’re looking forward to providing Filipino athletes a platform to share their talents on a world stage and benefit from the life-changing opportunity this partnership offers,” said de Robbie De Vera, Sports Marketing Executive of MILO Philippines. /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Mexico honors its greatest wrestler, El Santo, at centennial

GUSTAVO MARTINEZ CONTRERAS, Associated Press br /> TULANCINGO, Mexico (AP) — You may have never heard the name Rodolfo Guzman. But his silver-masked alter ego, El Santo, was a larger-than-life presence in professional wrestling rings, in comics and on the silver screen, helping popularize Mexico's 'lucha libre' around the world and entering the pantheon of pop culture icons. 'Lucha libre wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for El Santo,' said Roberto Shimizu, art director for the Old Toy Museum in Mexico City. 'And for us Mexicans, El Santo is a figure of rectitude, of integrity, of dedication. He represents every virtue.' Even as Mexico remains in shock from this week's devastating earthquake, the country has been quietly marking Saturday's centennial of the birth of El Santo, or the Saint. On Friday his son — also a pro wrestler who wears a silver mask and goes by El Hijo del Santo, or El Santo's Son — hosted a Mass in memory of both his father and the victims of the quake. Born Sept. 23, 1917, in Tulancingo, a small city about two hours northeast of Mexico City, Guzman's family moved to the capital's notoriously gritty Tepito neighborhood with his family as a boy. Today a statue of El Santo stands in Tepito, where he began his career. He became a superstar after a legendary match in 1953, around the dawn of the television era in Mexico, in which he wagered his mask against nemesis Black Shadow. Soon afterward a comic book series featuring El Santo was a smash hit, and the next step was obvious: movies. El Santo shot his first, 'Santo vs. the Evil Brain,' in 1958, and went on to star in nearly 50 films including the most celebrated, 1962's 'Santo vs. the Vampire Women.' 'While Americans had Superman, Batman or Spider-Man, we had Rodolfo Guzman, El Santo, fighting everybody from the mummies to the Nazis,' said Felipe Carrillo Montiel, an El Santo expert. 'But unlike those American superheroes, he was a real man — you could read his comics during the week and then go see him wrestle on the weekend at your local arena.' The silver screen cemented El Santo's international celebrity and laid the foundations for what remains a profitable brand. El Hijo del Santo, his youngest son and the only one who followed him into wrestling, has similarly crossed over into films and comics and even environmental activism. The younger Santo runs three stores where you can buy all manner of merchandise, from T-shirts to posters to El Santo-brand tequila. Tuesday's earthquake led to an El Santo event in Tulancingo being partly rescheduled, and a lucha libre show planned for Saturday was also postponed. Yet despite the muted celebrations, observers say Guzman's legacy at 100 is palpable. This summer an exhibit in Mexico City's Chapultepec Park showcased 100 photographs to mark the centennial, and El Hijo was the guest of honor at a celebration at city hall honoring his father. 'He was the original action figure,' Shimizu said. 'His image was reproduced millions of times, and every single kid in Mexico had one.' Guzman died of a heart attack in 1984. He was buried wearing his silver mask. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Celebrating the Filipino spirit

The Belo Medical Group, led by CEO and founder Dr. Vicki Belo, who is a true patron of Philippine culture, cuisine, music, art and history, recently co-presented Ang Pagdiriwang, an annual celebration of the best of the Filipino spirit......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Fil-Am cinematographer Matthew Libatique talks about Venom, A Star Is Born

LOS ANGELES--How often does a cinematographer have two big films open on the same weekend? Last weekend was one such rare milestone for Matthew Libatique, the Oscar-nominated Filipino-American dire.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

YOUTH OLYMPICS: Saso struggles in round two but remains in medal contention

BUENOS AIRES — Yuka Saso hobbled with a four-over-par 74 on Wednesday but still remained in the hunt for a podium finish in women’s golf while swimmer Nicole Oliva reached the finals in the 200m freestyle at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games here. The 17-year-old Filipino- Japanese compiled 145 over two days, five strokes off leaders Alessia Nobilio of Italy and Kim Grace of Australia after she bogeyed four straight holes to take the turn at three-over. Saso also had a pair of bogeys on No. 11 and No. 15 and birdied No. 12. "She didn’t play her best today,’" said Saso’s coach Rick Gibson. "It’s really tricky out there today.’" Grace was steady with a 69 while Nobilio scored 72 for an identical 140 with Emma Spitz of Australia two shots behind (70) followed by Hoyu An of Chinese Taipei (72). "I’m hoping for a windy day tomorrow. We handled it well yesterday and hopefully a different wind tomorrow will give us a different look at the golf course, fresh perspective," said Gibson. Carl Jano Corpus also struggled the entire day, limping home with a 76 to fall 10 strokes behind the lead. The 17-year-old bogeyed twice on the front nine and registered three more bogeys on hole nos. 13, 14, 15 after a double bogey on the 10th. Karl Vilips of Australia grabbed the lead (69-68-137) while the only highlight for Corpus was a single birdie on the par-5 No. 11. "Carl had the same problem today. They putted really well yesterday but didn’t putt as well today," said Gibson. Oliva made it to the 200m freestyle finals at the Olympic Park swimming pool but finished seventh in the medal race after clocking 2:02.1. "To make it in the YOG finals is one huge accomplishment for any junior swimmer. Amazing," said Philippine Swimming Inc. president Lani Velasco. "She made top eight in the 200m free event with five heats competing against 36 countries." Ajna Kesely of Hungary captured the gold medal (1:57.8) and China’s Junxuan Yang (1:58) settled for the silver......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

The digital screen rules

TV remains pop culture’s most powerful medium Pop (from the word popular) culture permeates all aspects of the contemporary Filipino social life. Shaped by the interaction among people as they go about their daily activities, local pop culture develops and manifests itself in fashion, music, print media, cyberspace, sports, slang words, greeting rituals, food, drinks, [...] The post The digital screen rules appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

At COD’s virtual reality playground, food is for real

  Virtual reality and food combine in The Garage of City of Dreams (COD).   Located beside COD's activity center Dreamplay on the upper ground floor, Garage is a massive space of virtual reality that transports people to fantasy worlds. It has a food park taking guests on a gastronomic journey, from Italian to Mexican, American, Japanese and Filipino cuisines.   Garage has well-lit modern industrial interiors, playing around with wood, metal and steel. It can sit 500-plus guests in a relaxed ambience with cushioned seats and sturdy wooden tables.   Garage is where COD's parking area was.   "Watching a carpark dramatically turned int...Keep on reading: At COD’s virtual reality playground, food is for real.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

YOUTH OLYMPICS: Golfer Saso tied for joint second after first round

BUENOS AIRES — Yuka Saso scored a one-over 71 for joint second place at the start of women’s golf while fencer Lawrence Everett Tan and swimmer Nicole Oliva failed to medal in their events on Tuesday in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Saso, the Asian Games individual champion, had to contend with the wind at the Hurlingham Club here after she bogeyed six holes to stay two shots behind leader Alesia Nobilio of Italy. The 17-year-old miscalculated three holes on the front nine and another three coming home, but her five birdies, including back-to-back efforts after a par on the par-3 No. 12, was enough to keep the Filipino-Japanese within striking distance. ``Mahangin sa course, mabuti na lang at naka-adjust ako,’’ said Saso, who shared second place with Maria Fernanda-Martinez of Mexico, Emille Oeveraas of Norway, Grace Kim of Australia and Hoyu-An of Chinese Taipei. Carl Jano Corpus, on the other hand, fired a similar 71 performance for a share of fifth place in men’s individual play. The Filipino was two strokes behind the leaders after he birdied holes No. 3, 4, 6 and 14. Akshai Bathia of the United States, Vanchai Luangnitikul of Thailand, Karl Vilips of Australia and Andrea Romano of Italy shared the lead at 69. In fencing, Tan bombed out of the medal stages after falling to Pak Chan of Hong Kong, 11-15, in the round of 16 of the men’s foil event. Chan raced to an early lead, 11-6, in their race-to-15 face-off but had to fend Tan’s rally late in the first three minutes of action. Filipino-Norwegian Christian Tio is still in the hunt for a podium performance after finishing second, fifth and eighth in the three races on Day 2 of the men’s kiteboarding competitions where the medalists will be determined on Oct. 12. Swimmer Nicole Oliva again failed to qualify in the finals of her second event at the Olympic Park pool. After missing the medal race in the women’s 100m freestyle on Monday, the Filipino-American based in Sta. Clara, California wasn’t able to make it in the 800m free after landing third in her heat with a 8:52.29 clocking......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Darth Vader armchair, Chewie stool–Cobonpue designs ‘Star Wars’ furniture

When The Walt Disney Company, owner of the "Star Wars" franchise, asked Kenneth Cobonpue to design an officially licensed product, he replied, "You don't need me to make replicas of the characters." He was mistaken---Disney wanted the Filipino designer's interpretation of "Star Wars." "They wanted to collaborate on a furniture line. This is the first of its co-branded furniture in Southeast Asia. Normally licensees are nameless; this co-branding makes it special," Cobonpue said. The Cobonpue Star Wars collection will be launched today at the Cobonpue Showroom in Makati. Unique Despite the "Star Wars'" stronghold in pop culture, Disney still aims to promote the series...Keep on reading: Darth Vader armchair, Chewie stool–Cobonpue designs ‘Star Wars’ furniture.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Angara pushes for anti-senior citizen abuse law

October 7, 2018. Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of a bill that aims to put an end to any form of senior citizen abuse by providing stiffer penalties and strengthening institutional support for elderly victims of abuse. “Respect for our elders has been one of the hallmarks of Filipino culture and… Source… link: Angara pushes for anti-senior citizen abuse law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Kaito Tsukada sweeps ROK GP karting

Kaito Tsukada posted a handsome sweep of races 5 and 6 to steal the thunder from his Filipino rivals in the Petron ROK GP Karting Super Series at the new kart track of Clark International Speedway in Pampanga over the weekend......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Filipino home care workers win as LA city attorney settles wage theft case

LOS ANGELES -- The city attorney has reached a settlement with a San Fernando Valley home care provider that allegedly failed to pay its employees minimum wage and overtime. Emelyn Nishi and her companies Health Alliance Nurses Corp. in Van Nuys and Hand Homecare Provider Inc. in Canoga Park have agreed to pay $250,000 in restitution to settle the allegations. The defendants have also agreed to paying $100,000 in civil penalties and costs. City Attorney Mike Feuer said the settlement sends a signal that his office takes allegations of wage theft seriously. Nishi and the companies allegedly paid its employees, mostly Filipino immigrants, as little as $5.50 per hour or less. I...Keep on reading: Filipino home care workers win as LA city attorney settles wage theft case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

DFA condoles with kin of Filipino women killed in California car crash

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday expressed its condolences to the families of two Filipino women who died in a car crash in Palmdale, California over the weekend. The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles said was coordinating with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office, which it expected torelease details of the car crash. The women, both in their 60s, were killed as their vehicle crashed into a construction truck on 14 Freeway near Palmdale Boulevard early Saturday morning, according toa report submitted to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano by Consul General Adel Angelito Cruz. Cruz assured the families of the women that the government would ext...Keep on reading: DFA condoles with kin of Filipino women killed in California car crash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Missing Fil-Am’s body found in Richmond, Texas

RICHMOND, Texas -- Searchers found the body of a missing Filipino American naval reservist near a retention pond within a mile of his home. Jeremy Arceo, 21, left his home on Mellow Oaks Lane on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to go jogging at 1 a.m., which he routinely did. Texas Equusearch held a search over the weekend, and last Monday, his body was found. Arceo, a Navy reservist, was preparing to go on active duty. Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play and they're counting on an autopsy to lead to more answers....Keep on reading: Missing Fil-Am’s body found in Richmond, Texas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Art imitates life in ‘Alpha, The Right to Kill’

  Who stands to win in the country's brutal war against drugs?   Brillante Ma Mendoza's art-imitates-life drama "Alpha, The Right to Kill" doesn't dillydally with the answer, but you'll have to watch the Cannes-winning Filipino auteur's gritty, blood-drenched scorcher to get it "straight from the cinematic horse's mouth."   The 94-minute production, which was feted with the Special Jury Prize at the 66th edition of the A-list San Sebastin film fest last weekend (see related story on Page D2), doesn't break new ground as it examines the Philippine government's polarizing methodology in crime-busting, by way of Mendoza's celebrated cinema vrit storytelling...Keep on reading: Art imitates life in ‘Alpha, The Right to Kill’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Bam Aquino wants Senate to probe killings of local gov’t execs

      Following the killings of several local government officials, Senator Bam Aquino urged the Senate to conduct an investigation into the recent attacks against several mayors and vice mayors in different part of the country. "Manindigan na tayo laban sa kultura ng karahasan sa ating bayan. Pamilyang Pilipino ang naiiwan at nasasaktan sa alitan at patayan," the senator said. (Let's stood up against the culture of violence in our country. Filipino families are being left hurt in this conflict and killings.) "Hindi sagot ang mala-martial law na patayan at intimidasyon sa mga problema ng bayan," he added. (Martial law-like killings and intimidation...Keep on reading: Bam Aquino wants Senate to probe killings of local gov’t execs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Dodgers clinch sixth straight playoff trip, beat Giants 10-6

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched baseball's final playoff berth and gave themselves a chance to still win the NL West, getting a go-ahead triple from Manny Machado in the eighth inning Saturday and beating the San Francisco Giants 10-6. The defending NL champions locked up their sixth straight trip to the postseason, assuring at least a spot in the wild-card game. The Dodgers joined Colorado, Atlanta, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee in the NL playoff field. Los Angeles began the day one game behind Colorado for the division lead, and the Rockies hosted Washington later in the day. The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday — if Los Angeles and Colorado finish even, there will be a one-game tiebreaker for the West title Monday at Dodger Stadium. After the final out, the Dodgers exited their dugout and high-fived in a tame celebration. Manager Dave Roberts waved to hundreds of fans in the outfield bleachers. The Dodgers' win eliminated St. Louis from playoff contention. The Cardinals beat the Cubs earlier in the day to preserve their postseason chances for another few hours. Machado, the star infielder acquired from Baltimore during the All-Star break, hit a two-out triple off Mark Melancon (1-4) for a 6-5 lead. Max Muncy added a two-run double during a four-run ninth, much to the delight of all the Dodger Blue in the rival's ballpark. Alex Wood (9-7) pitched the seventh for the win and Kenley Jansen closed it out. Clayton Kershaw allowed eight hits and five runs over five innings and had a two-run single in the fourth for his first career RBIs in 24 games at AT&T Park. Kershaw had two stints on the disabled list this year, made just 26 starts and failed to beat the Giants in four 2018 outings. He missed double-digit wins for the first time since going 8-8 in 2009, also the last season he didn't beat San Francisco at least once. Joc Pederson gave the Dodgers a fast start with his 11th career leadoff home run, his franchise-record eighth this season. Yasiel Puig connected to start the second inning. The Dodgers dropped into second place in the West behind the Rockies following a 7-2 loss at Arizona on Wednesday. That left Los Angeles the final weekend against its rival to capture a third playoff trip in as many years under Roberts. If Los Angeles couldn't clinch at Dodger Stadium, doing so on the Giants' field wasn't a bad second choice. "It is sort of fitting," Roberts said. ROOKIE HIGHS AND LOWS Giants rookie Dereck Rodriguez, who lasted just three innings while facing the Dodgers for the first time, saw his winless stretch reach seven starts since defeating the Pirates on Aug. 12. His 2.81 ERA with a minimum of 100 innings pitched ranks lowest in San Francisco history for rookies. The Giants lost his last seven outings and nine of 11. TRAINER'S ROOM Giants: Bruce Bochy was doubtful rookie OF Austin Slater would play the final two games because of a strained right elbow. An MRI exam was completed and the medical staff was reviewing the results. Umpire: Friday plate umpire Brian Knight broke his left foot on a foul tip in the top of the sixth inning — he kept working — then was replaced Saturday by Ed Hickox, who arrived in the Bay Area about 3 a.m. after working a 15-inning Diamondbacks-Padres game at San Diego. UP NEXT Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) won in his first career start at AT&T Park on April 28. Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (7-12, 4.22) has received three or fewer runs of support in 21 of his 28 outings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

8-4 in rounds: Peñalosa believes Ancajas won fight vs Santiago

Filipino boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas won four more rounds than Mexican challenger Alejandro Santiago instead of settling for a split draw. That's how Gerry Pealosa, a former two-division titleholder, would've scored the fight. "Jerwin won that fight," Pealosa told INQUIRER.net in Filipino on Saturday. "I had Jerwin taking eight rounds to four so it should be 116-112." One judge scored it 116-112 for Ancajas but the others saw it differently, 118-111 for Santiago and 114-114. But that's not to take anything away from Santiago, whom Pealosa said surprised him after initially thinking that the bout would be just a walk in the park for Ancajas. "I was a bit shocked with...Keep on reading: 8-4 in rounds: Peñalosa believes Ancajas won fight vs Santiago.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Studies show millennials now more into culture

Recent studies of an international travel service provider show that millennials nowadays are not only looking for the usual theme park or attraction tours, but for more cultural experiences......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018