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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

'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

All That Fits: The Peace Talks to indigenous peoples

We would like to emphasize this week, the relevance of the peace talks to indigenous peoples. There is no better time, with the worsening plight of indigenous peoples, especially indigenous activists, grassroots organisations and communities asserting self-determination......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated News56 min. ago

Rivero, Yap, Pingris, Vera all join 'Basaan' in San Juan

The Wattah Wattah Festival of San Juan is famous for its quite literal, as well as fun, celebration of  St. John the Bapist's feast day every June 24. Faith for the city's patron saint was in full display Sunday afternoon, as thousands of drenched people crowded the streets joined the annual 'cleansing'. Among those soaked devotees were star athletes like University of the Philippines' Ricci Rivero, Rain or Shine Elastopainter James Yap, Magnolia Hotshots' Marc Pingris, as well as ONE Championship heavyweight king Brandon Vera, and more. They all joined the 'Basaan Festival' to the delight of their fans, and the people of San Juan. Brandon Vera, dumalo sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/oDnd7E5H2x — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 Marc Pingris, dumalo rin sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/hvsXQLBOCW — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 James Yap at Ricci Rivero sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/djEt8i5GFl — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 LOOK: Arrival of Brandon Vera, Don Allado, Ricci Rivero, James Yap, Marc Pingris and Daiana Menezes here in Kabayanan Court @ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/RvgcWBgc6x — Ganiel Krishnan (@KrishnanGaniel) June 24, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News1 hr. 42 min. ago

New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have named their baby daughter Neve and say they want her to grow up in a world in which she can make choices about her family and career based on what she wants. Ardern made her first public appearance on Sunday since giving birth to her daughter on Thursday. She answered a few questions from reporters while holding her baby at Auckland City Hospital before she planned on returning home. She will take six weeks of leave before returning to work. Ardern is just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role mod...Keep on reading: New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News7 hr. 9 min. ago

San Juan City suspends classes in public schools on June 25

San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez announcedon Sundaythat classes from elementary to senior high school in the public schools in the city would be suspended onJune 25,Monday. In an advisory posted on Twitter, Gomez said the suspension was in consideration of the students and professors who worked during the Wattah Wattah Festival activities. The festival, more commonly known as Basaan Festival, is held as part of the celebration of the feast day of St. John the Baptist every June 24. Mayor Guia Gomez suspends classes in all public schools of San Juan City from Elementary to Senior High School on Monday (June 25, 2018) as a form of consideration towards the hardwork shown by students...Keep on reading: San Juan City suspends classes in public schools on June 25.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News7 hr. 9 min. ago

LOOK: Quite a mud-dle! Filipino devotees bathe in soil

ALIAGA, Nueva Ecija -- They say there's nothing quite like it for cooling the blood, but for more than a thousand Filipinos at a Catholic festival on Sunday, slathering their bodies in mud was a way to show devotion and humility. The annual tradition forms part of a joyous religious festival honoring a saint they believed saved residents from execution by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Men, women and children sat in soggy rice paddies before dawn in the town of Aliaga, 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Manila, covering each other in muck before donning dried banana leaves in the annual "Mud People" festival. A tradition that draws the faithful and tourists alike...Keep on reading: LOOK: Quite a mud-dle! Filipino devotees bathe in soil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News7 hr. 9 min. ago

French Film Festival Goes to Davao City

DAVAO CITY June 20 (PIA)– Dabawenyos will get a dose of French films as the Embassy of France in the Philippines is bringing the French Film Festival to Davao City this June 21 to 22 at Abreeza Mall Cinema. “Among the aims of French cultural diplomacy is to promote cultural diversity through cinema. In the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Many Brazilians look to military amid anger at politicians

      RIO DE JANEIRO --- Furious at corrupt politicians and fearful of deteriorating security, many Brazilians are calling for a military intervention to clean house of crooked leaders and crack down on heavily armed drug gangs. While chances of a military takeover in Latin America's largest nation are small, the calls have become such a part of the national discussion that several generals have felt compelled to deny any interest in such a move --- though that hasn't kept them from sounding off on politics in a way that raises questions. Such discussions would have been unthinkable even a few years ago in a country that emerged from a 21-year dictatorsh...Keep on reading: Many Brazilians look to military amid anger at politicians.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Sony Channel to launch fit festival

      Sony Channel is about to launch its first ever workout party called Sony Fit Fest that will showcase how having an active and healthy lifestyle is fun.   The event will be held at SMX Aura Convention Center on July 7, 2018 (Saturday) from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.   The event is a fitness festival that will feature glow-in-the-dark yoga, zumba, mixed martial arts, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes alternating with a series of surprise exercise challenges.   There will also be a circuit space for those who want to do strength training.   "Our goal is to encourage everyone to embrace a healthy lifestyle and to make time for...Keep on reading: Sony Channel to launch fit festival.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

LOOK: New ‘Buy Bust’ poster features a fierce-looking Anne Curtis

Anne Curtis shows off a fierce side in the movie poster for her upcoming film "Buy Bust." Curtis shared the poster in an Instagram post dated June 22. She captioned it with, "KILL OR BE KILLED?" and included the movie's premiere date of Aug. 1. Photographer Mark Nicdao who shot the poster also shared a grittier but unused version on his Instagram account. Directed by Erik Matti, "Buy Bust" had its international premiere at the close of this year's New York Asian Film Festival. North American distributor Well Go USA also bought the rights to distribute the movie and show it in theaters. The movie stars Curtis as a fearless law-enforcement agent who got involved in ...Keep on reading: LOOK: New ‘Buy Bust’ poster features a fierce-looking Anne Curtis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

I ve always wondered: Why do we get dark circles under our eyes?

   This is an article from I’ve Always Wondered, a series where readers send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. Send your question to alwayswondered@theconversation.edu.au I’ve always wondered why we get dark circles under our eyes, and whether anything can be done about them – Fran, 34, Melbourne Thanks for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Biray Paraw Festival of Leganes, Iloilo

PARAW is a local sailboat with two outriggers and two sails, which is common in the Philippines. This native sailboat has been in existence for no one knows how long. But the fact remains that the people of Iloilo are still to this day using the paraw as a means of transportation as well as […] The post Biray Paraw Festival of Leganes, Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Green Film Festival influences young minds

THE 2018 Green Film Festival (GFF) continues to mold the minds of the young generation, by presenting documentaries about climate change and current environmental issues in a film showing at SM Cinema 8 in Iloilo City last June 19, 2018. The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6 and […] The post Green Film Festival influences young minds appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

6 PH films in New York

  Six Filipino films are headed to the Big Apple, for a major event spearheaded by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema. The 17th New York Asian Film Festival, which will be held from June 29 to July 15, will feature: Richard Somes' "We Will Not Die Tonight," Irene Emma Villamor's "Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story," Treb Monteras' "Respeto," Mikhail Red's "Neomanila," and Erik Matti's "On the Job" and "BuyBust." According to organizers, this year boasts the country's "largest lineup" in the annual event, with "three strong films [that] examine the nation's ongoing war on drugs: "Neomanila," "Respeto" and "BuyBust." Mainstream Filipino stars like Erich ...Keep on reading: 6 PH films in New York.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

French Film Festival goes to Davao City

DAVAO CITY June 20 (PIA)-- Dabawenyos will get a dose of French films as the Embassy of France in the Philippines is bringing the French Film Festival to Davao City this June 21 to 22 at Abreeza Mall.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

FDCP’s Cine Lokal features LGBT films

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) celebrates Pride Month by screening four award-winning films that empower and recognize the plight of the LGBT community, in all Cine Lokal cinemas as part of PelikuLAYA: An LGBT Film Festival from June 22 to 28. The post FDCP’s Cine Lokal features LGBT films appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018