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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

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

Knicks won’t rush Porzingis

NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis is back with his teammates, though the New York Knicks don’t know when he’ll be back on the court. Joakim Noah won’t be back, though the terms of his departure still are being negotiated. So while there are questions, the Knicks also feel they have certainty with the way they […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News8 hr. 41 min. ago

Bagsak presyong gulay, isda ibebenta ng Agriculture Department sa Maynila

Binuksan ng Department of Agriculture ang isang "Vegetable Festival" sa San Andres, Huwebes, kung saan mabibili ng bagsak presyo ang mga gulay at isda. Source link link: Bagsak presyong gulay, isda ibebenta ng Agriculture Department sa Maynila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Government to issue P50-billion Marawi bonds

In Photo: Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman Eduardo D. del Rosario (right) fields questions at a press conference in Makati City on Thursday, discussing updates on Source link link: Government to issue P50-billion Marawi bonds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Government to issue P50-billion Marawi bonds

In Photo: Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman Eduardo D. del Rosario (right) fields questions at a press conference in Makati City on Thursday, discussing updates on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Big life insurer shifts to activity tracking in health push

By Agence France-Presse Financial giant John Hancock is converting all its life insurance policies to an incentive-based system using activity tracking, a move aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles but which also raises privacy questions. The Boston-based insurer announced Thursday that it would immediately begin moving life insurance policies to a “behavior change platform that rewards customers […] The post Big life insurer shifts to activity tracking in health push appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Knicks won t rush Porzingis or future building plans

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis is back with his teammates, though the New York Knicks don’t know when he’ll be back on the court. Joakim Noah won’t be back, though the terms of his departure still are being negotiated. So while there are questions, the Knicks also feel they have certainty with the way they are building their team. They insist their future first-round draft picks will be used to select players for their own team, not to be dangled in trades that could land them an established player. “We’re committed to following a plan and not just shifting and pivoting because we see something that we think is attractive and might fast track something,” Knicks president Steve Mills said Thursday. “I’ve seen that happen and go wrong too many times and that’s not what we’re going to do.” It’s happened in New York, where the Knicks traded young players and future assets in 2011 to acquire Carmelo Anthony, rather than sign him the following summer as a free agent with the cap space they had. This time, they say they will wait for the summer of 2019, when Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard could be among the free agents — even if one of them suddenly became available by trade now. “We don’t want to jump at the shiny things,” coach David Fizdale said. “We want to make solid decisions and be patient with this process.” They will be patient with Porzingis, their All-Star forward who is still recovering from a torn ACL in February. He is back in New York and working out with his teammates, but faces more testing and rehab before the Knicks know when he can play. “As he meets certain milestones, we’ll continue his rehab process,” Mills said, “all toward the direction of when he feels 100 percent comfortable and we feel 100 percent comfortable that we’re not taking any risks with him, then he’ll be ready to come back.” Not so for Noah, despite the two years left on the $72 million deal he signed in 2015. He has been away from the team since clashing with former coach Jeff Hornacek last season. The Knicks remain in discussions with Noah and his representation to determine how he’ll leave the club. “The hope is that we can come to a resolution that is both advantageous to both Joakim and to the Knicks, and so that’s where it sits right now,” general manager Scott Perry said. Porzingis is eligible for an extension this fall, but the Knicks seem prepared to wait until next summer. That would allow them to have more salary-cap space in July if they try to sign a player they won’t mortgage any of their future for now. “We feel comfortable with our organization and where we’re going and what we’re developing here,” Mills said, “and we think that when it’s time for us to go after free agents, we’ll be a place to attract free agents and we shouldn’t use our draft picks like that.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Rain haunts Tofarm film festival

IN KEEPING with the advocacy of the Tofarm Film Festival — “bring the stories of farmers to Filipino as well as foreign audiences,” according to the fest’s managing director Joey Romero — the cast and crew of the six finalists shot their films in the countryside and experienced first-hand what it was like to be a farmer and be at the mercy of the weather. It rained for most of the shooting days, and this proved to be a challenge to the film crews. The film productions continued to be haunted by rain during the gala screenings at the Trinoma Cinema; and Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) exited the country on the day of the awarding ceremonies at the Shangri-La Manila. The post Rain haunts Tofarm film festival appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

PH shorts, Boracay docu go to Busan

Apart from Andrew Stephen Lee's short film "Manila is Full of Men Named Boy," there are two more Filipino entries in the Wide Angle section of the 23rd Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, from Oct. 4 to 13.   Joji Villanueva Alonso's short film "Last Order" and Kevin Piamonte's documentary "Land from God" are also included in the Wide Angle section.   Producer-turned-filmmaker Alonso recalled that her 17-minute film had received two invitations to compete in festivals abroad---in Pyongyang, North Korea and Busan, South Korea.   "Since I could only have one world premiere and since the invitation from Pyongyang came first, I accepted it,"...Keep on reading: PH shorts, Boracay docu go to Busan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Japanese cruise ship to grace Dinagyang

A CRUISE ship from Japan will be visiting Iloilo City in time for the Dinagyang Festival in January 2019, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT)-6. MV Pacific Venus will carry 400 to 600 crew and passengers who will stay in the city for two days and one night. DOT-6 Regional Director, Atty. Helen Catalbas […] The post Japanese cruise ship to grace Dinagyang appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Little Miss Hablon 2018 highlights

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres LITTLE Miss Hablon was one of the most-awaited events in Miagao’s Hablon Festival. On the festival’s fifth year, nine lovely girls put their best foot forward for the much coveted crown. The candidates wore royalty-themed garments made of Hablon fabric that were creations of local fashion designers and weavers. Beaming with […] The post Little Miss Hablon 2018 highlights appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Nonoy Zuñiga questions Mocha Uson’s ‘worthiness’ as public official

Singer Nonoy Zuiga has released his own statement regarding the latest controversy to hound entertainer-turned-government official Mocha Uson. Expressing his sentiments, Zuiga -- a person with disability (PWD) due to the amputation of his leg from a bombing incident during martial law -- sent Inquirer a copy of his statement: "The recent video posted by Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar had already drawn a lot of negative comments and reactions, most especially from the PWD community. "Being a PWD myself, the use of sign language is never a laughing matter. It is sacred to the hearing-impaired. It is their bridge to the world. "Using it with signs and gestures (some inappropriate)...Keep on reading: Nonoy Zuñiga questions Mocha Uson’s ‘worthiness’ as public official.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

PH films in Germany, Indonesia and Canada

Filipino films are being showcased in places near and far. Shireen Seno's "Nervous Translation" will be shown at the Filmfest Hamburg in Germany, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6.   Sonny Calvento's "Nabubulok" will be screened at the Balinale or Bali International Film Festival in Indonesia, from Sept. 24 to 30. Meanwhile, filmmakers Carlo Francisco Manatad and Raymund Ribay Gutierrez competed in the Short Cuts section of this year's Toronto International Film Festival in Canada recently.   "Nervous Translation" is vying for Filmfest Hamburg's NDR Young Talent Award, which celebrates the first or second films of emerging filmmakers.   The Hamburg we...Keep on reading: PH films in Germany, Indonesia and Canada.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Why Robert Redford wants uplifting ‘Old Man’ to be his swan song

  LOS ANGELES---Robert Redford may have made his last film as an actor. But the Hollywood legend himself was quick to stress that "The Old Man & the Gun" "could be" his swan song.   "You want to be careful of being too final because sometimes you have to change your mind," said Robert, seated in a room at the Royal Fairmont York Hotel in Toronto. A charming comedy-crime drama, "The Old Man & the Gun" was screening at the Toronto International Film Festival---that was why he was in town.   At 82, one of Hollywood's golden boys still sports his famous tousled blonde hair, but his sideburns have turned silver. The familiar face, which lit up many sc...Keep on reading: Why Robert Redford wants uplifting ‘Old Man’ to be his swan song.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Decarbonization starts with natural gas; questions remain

Decarbonization starts with natural gas; questions remain.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018