Guv questions ‘relevance’ of mudpack festival

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on June 13, 2018, questioned the “relevance” of the annual Mudpack Festival at the provincial government-run Mambukal Summer Resort. “Who benefits from the Mudpack Festival? Are the people coming there? It seems that they do not. We spend a P600,00.00 every year for it. The amount […] The post Guv questions ‘relevance’ of mudpack festival appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJun 13th, 2018

Negros cancels Mudpack festival

BACOLOD CITY: The governor of Negros Occidental canceled the holding of Mudpack Festival, the annual body painting and dance competition, supposedly stage from June 15 to 17 at the Capitol-operated Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia town for “lack of relevance.” “Who benefits from the Mudpack Festival? Are the people going there? It seems they do… link: Negros cancels Mudpack festival.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

COMMENTARY: ‘Costumes of Kasadyaan are alienated from reality’

By Jess De Paz The PINTADOS-KASADYAAN Street Dancing just passed by. I watched to observe not only because I want to feel the festive atmosphere in line with the Fiesta celebration but also to look into the relevance of the festival as of the moment. Here are some observations from a once participant in both… link: COMMENTARY: ‘Costumes of Kasadyaan are alienated from reality’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

'SundayMeditation: Our Short Lives

means for us to set aside time to look into ourselves and ask the more serious questions of purpose and relevance. To what have dedicated our lives for? What has consumed our lives until now? To wh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Steamy love scenes heat up Jennylyn and Derek’s reunion film

'Wala pa ... Matagal pa 'yun!' That was Jennylyn Mercado's repeated response to persistent prodding and questions about whether or not she and Dennis Trillo are already planning to tie the knot soon. Her top priority is her family, she stressed, and there are still a lot of things she hopes to accomplish. "We're just enjoying each other's company---that's it. We have yet to talk about settling down. I'm sure the right time will come," Jennylyn told reporters at a recent press conference for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry "All of You," which reunites her with her "English Only, Please" leading man, Derek Ramsay. "I want to spend more time with my family. My son, ...Keep on reading: Steamy love scenes heat up Jennylyn and Derek’s reunion film.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

Failure not a hindrance for Ethan Salvador

Newcomer Ethan Salvador may not have reached the finals of the reality talent search "Pinoy Boyband Superstar" last year, but it was a crucial step to get his foot in show biz's door. The 22-year-old actor-singer quickly proved his naysayers wrong with his buzz-worthy portrayal of Magnus, the mysterious Fil-Am protagonist of Petersen Vargas' gay-themed coming-of-age drama, "2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten." The acclaimed indie won best picture at the Cinema One Originals film festival last year. Ethan, who is the son of '80s actor Emil Sandoval, takes a moment to answer a few questions for his fans to get to know him better. What's your dream role? I want to be able to play many differe...Keep on reading: Failure not a hindrance for Ethan Salvador.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Canadian woman en route to Vermont spa denied entry to U.S., told she needs immigrant visa – CBC News

A Canadian woman travelling on a Canadian passport says she was turned away at the U.S. border and told she needed a valid immigrant visa to enter the country. Manpreet Kooner, 30, is a Canadian citizen who was born to Indian parents in Canada and raised here. She now lives in Montreal's LaSalle borough with her fiancé and works in a science lab at a local college. She told CBC she was on her way from Montreal to a spa in Vermont for a day trip with two friends, who are both white, Sunday afternoon. They never made it. Kooner said she was held at the border for six hours before being turned away. At one point, she said, a border agent told her: &'8220;'I know you may feel like you've been Trumped,'&'8221; an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump's January executive order barring citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the country was later blocked in U.S. courts, but has touched off legal battles and confusion around the world. Kooner was told to apply for the visa at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. She went to the embassy Monday morning but was told they couldn't help her, and that she would need to talk to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. &'8220;I'm speechless,&'8221; she said. &'8220;There are no answers.&'8221; In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said it does not discuss individual cases, but that those who present themselves at ports of entry must prove they fulfill admission requirements, and that admission to the U.S. is at the discretion of the border officers. The statement also says CBP adopted a policy in 2014 that &'8220;prohibits the consideration of race or ethnicity in law enforcement, investigation, and screening activities, in all but the most exceptional circumstances.&'8221; Kooner's story is the latest in a string of recent tales involving Canadian travellers scrutinized or turned away by U.S. border agents. Last month, for instance, a woman from the Montreal suburb of Brossard said she was denied entry after being fingerprinted, photographed and questioned in detail about her religion and her views on Trump. Kooner was reluctant to attribute her situation to racism, but said friends who have reached out to her say that could be the case. &'8220;People have said we need to take that into account here, because unfortunately, yeah, my skin colour is brown,&'8221; she said. Kooner said this summer, her mother was turned away at the border as well, but wasn't told why. Kooner said she was told her mother's issues wouldn't impact her. She first had trouble getting into the U.S. last December, before Trump took office. She was with friends and her fiancé when her car was pulled over for what she was told was a random check, she said. She was made to fill out a number of forms, but was eventually told there was a problem with the computer system and they should return the next morning. When they went back, she was let through without any problems. She said that when she tried to cross Sunday, at Highgate Springs, Vt., an agent checked her passport and said they needed to ask her additional questions. The agent mentioned that she had been stopped in December and asked why she was trying to go through again, Kooner said. She said she told them she's a Canadian citizen, has no criminal record and, before December, never had any issues crossing the border. She also said she was fingerprinted and photographed, and signed a form to withdraw her application for entry to the United States. Though she was told there are no flags on her file, a border agent advised her not to fly to the U.S. without a visa, Kooner said. The reference to Trump came as the agent was explaining the reasons why she was refused entry, she said. The border agent couldn't say what kind of visa she would need, only that she would have to visit the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa to get one. Kooner said that's when she started to cry. CBC News spoke to Kooner's friend Alexandra Adam, who was one of the two women on the trip with her. Adam caught the end of the conversation between Kooner and the border agent and confirmed Kooner was told she likely wouldn't be allowed into the U.S. without a visa. Adam said she was not present when the agent allegedly made the Trump comment. A U.S. Embassy official said most travellers from Canada and Bermuda generally do not need visas for tourism and visits. Canadians who are intending to immigrate or those planning to marry a U.S. citizen are among those who do need visas. Kooner does not fall under either category. U.S. immigration lawyer Leslie Holman said it doesn't appear that there's a reason Kooner would need a visa to get into the country. &'8220;Even if someone has a visa, the ultimate decision as to whether they can enter the United States rests when you seek admissibility, at the time of entry,&'8221; she said. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs told CBC News the common category of visa that is used for short term, non-immigrant travel to the United States – including tourism and business – is the B1/B2 visa. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an average of 1.2 million people a day try to enter the U.S. at all crossings. Of those, an average of between 300 and 500 are denied entry for various reasons. Kooner has spent more than $1,000 on tickets to attend a musical festival in Miami at the end of the month, and planned to return to that city in May for [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2017

Solinap’s scion hopes for hero’s recognition

By: Gail T. Momblan THE municipality of Santa Barbara is celebrating its Kahilwayan Festival today, Nov 17, 2018, to commemorate the historical Cry of Sta. Barbara, which sparked the revolution in Visayas and Mindanao in 1898. Part of the festival highlights is the commemoration of the 100th death anniversary of Ilonggo revolutionary leader General Martin Teofilo Delgado last Nov 12. But another […] The post Solinap’s scion hopes for hero’s recognition appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News10 hr. 26 min. ago

Be brave amid adversities, kids told at 8th Inquirer Read-Along Festival

        With courage and unity, we can prevail amid trying times and persecution.   This was the message of Philippine Daily Inquirer President and CEO Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez to over 150 kids during the first day of the 8th Inquirer Read-Along Festival held at Inquirer office in Makati on Friday morning.   "What might be a common suppression of our courage is the feeling of helplessness, the feeling that our challenges are just so big...that you can't do anything. It's wonderful to hear the kids say that together we'll be able to do it," Romualdez said.   Co-presented by Ayala Foundation, the two-day annual event fe...Keep on reading: Be brave amid adversities, kids told at 8th Inquirer Read-Along Festival.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 26 min. ago

Lauv back to PH in May 2019

American singer-songwriter Lauv, who's known for his slick, indie love tunes that meld dreamy electronic tones, head-bopping percussive beats and achingly sweet vocals, is set to return to the Philippines and perform at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on May 20, 2019 and at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City on May 21.   The concerts, mounted by local promoter Ovation Productions, are part of Lauv's Asian tour next year. In his previous visits to the country, he held a number of mall gigs in 2017, then joined the lineup of the Wanderland music festival 2018 (call 9115555 or 4702222).   The 24-year-old artist, whose real name is Ari Straprans Leff, is behind the hits "...Keep on reading: Lauv back to PH in May 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 26 min. ago

Chris Pine’s ’full-frontal’ predicament

It's not every day that "Wonder Woman" actor Chris Pine agrees to show his "kit and kaboodle" for a film, but when he does, people ask him all sorts of questions about it---which he finds odd.   Pine has taken it all off for the Netflix film "Outlaw King," about 14th century Scottish ruler Robert the Bruce.   "I thought it was important to see the king and the animal ... that his feet are in the mud," he recently told Press Association.   "I thought to see the human de-clothed, and his animal self is really important," he added.   However, Pine felt strange about reactions to the nudity, disclosing, "People want to talk about my penis like ...Keep on reading: Chris Pine’s ’full-frontal’ predicament.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 26 min. ago

Board member questions moves to defer VAT

BACOLOD City – Negros Occ. Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante questioned the proposal to suspend the imposition of the Value Added Tax on basic food commodities, fuel, and electricity in order to ease inflation. Escalante, chair of the committee on finance, asked “If we suspend the VAT implementation for a year, where will we get […] The post Board member questions moves to defer VAT appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

UP BRIGHT! Akhuetie s sights still set on UAAP 81 championship

Bright Akhuetie's arrival in the University of the Philippines in 2016 was the biggest news for every Diliman frustrated faithful. He was seen as the answer to UP's campaign back to relevance. People even started saying that given his performance then back in the NCAA, Akhuetie can bring UP to the Final Four and the championship. Whenever he heard those comments back in 2016, he has always said that he is not making any promises and he will just do his best. Fast forward to 2018 in UAAP Season 80 when UP has finally landed in the Final Four, Akhuetie is still sticking to his rhetoric.  "No promises but all I promised was to give it my best every day to make sure we get to where we wanna go to. And I really appreciate the fact that we got this today, so we're one step closer to achieving our dream," he said moments after their Final Four-clinching victory over De La Salle University. In their historic win, he produced 16 points and 20 rebounds. So far in the season, he is averaging 18.9 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. Maybe this is 'his best' that he is talking about. Whatever it is, it's enough to bring them to the Final Four. But to the UP community, don't celebrate all out yet because for Akhuetie, reaching the Final Four is just an inch closer to the ultimate goal. "We take it one step at a time. Like I said, it's a step closer to our dream which is to win a championship, so one step at a time," said the MVP frontrunner. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Too much money involved in Naga case?

First of all, tomorrow is a grandiose day – it is the Philippine Wine Merchants’ greatest food and wine festival dubbed “The 18th Grand Wine Experience” to be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel, Resorts World Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Ben& Ben, Itchyworms, Bullet Dumas come together for Leyte

MANILA, Philippines — OPM sensations Ben&Ben, Itchyworms, Ang Bandang Shirley, Bullet Dumas, Reese Lansangan, and other international and Waray artists like Kiko Bun, and Kulahig will be coming together for  For the Love of Leyte, a two-day, non-profit music and arts festival for the benefit of Leyte. For the Love ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

CNN sues White House over revoked credentials of correspondent | News

CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose questions and reporting have been a frequent ta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Will Imelda go to jail for 77 years and other impertinent questions

    After what seems like an eternity, a Marcos – Imelda no less – stands convicted for graft by a Philippine court for violation of Philippine laws, specifically, violation of Republic Act No. 3019, section 3(h)   in connection with Article IX, Section 8 of the 1973 Constitution ; cross reference the same provision in the 1987 Constitution ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

3 shopping destinations dominate online Filipinos’ buzz on Singles Day

The 10th year of the Singles Day shopping festival was a success in the Philippines, specifically in terms of brand engagement on social media. Lazada Philippines was the most talked about e-commerce brand with a 61.2 percent score and followed by Shopee with 35.4 percent, according to a study of social media conversations. Intelligence firm […] The post 3 shopping destinations dominate online Filipinos’ buzz on Singles Day appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

‘First Love’ to be shown at Hawaii International Film Festival

‘First Love’ to be shown at Hawaii International Film Festival.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Cayetanos: Disqualification case irrelevant to our constituents desire

The Cayetano couple said "what only matters" is their constituents' desire as they promised to answer questions raised in the disqualification case against them Source link link: Cayetanos: Disqualification case 'irrelevant to our constituents' desire'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Taguig voter questions Cayetano couple s bid for separate House seats

A complaint has been filed before the Commission on Elections against the candidacies of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and wife Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, who are both gunning for seats at the House of Representatives......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018