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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

Pyro festival moves to SM Clark

In support of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay, SM Supermalls group has moved the world’s biggest pyro-musical show to SM City Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga for its 10th year. The Philippine International Pyro-musical Competition (PIPC) is an annual pyrotechnics show where 10 countries battle with breath-taking fireworks performances amid symphonic accompaniment. Among the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News3 hr. 54 min. ago

Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after this season

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it's nearly time to retire. Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager. He told the team before Monday's spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium. "In my mind it's time," he said. Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly and he insists "the health's great" and didn't factor into the choice. He begins his 13th season with the Giants. He led the club to World Series championships in 2010, '12 and '14. "I've managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut. So it's a gut feeling it's time," Bochy said. "It's been an unbelievable ride. There's so much in there to be grateful for, with the players, the city, the fans, my ride here. It's time. I'll stay in baseball and do something. ... I'm not going too far, trust me. I love this game. It's been in my blood, so sure I'll be doing something in another capacity and I look forward to it." Bochy came to San Francisco from the San Diego Padres before the 2007 season, in time to watch Barry Bonds break Hank Aaron's career home run record that August. He managed Matt Cain's perfect game in 2012 and a pair of no-hitters by Tim Lincecum against the Padres in July 2013 and June '14. "This will give me time to go back and reflect and even watch some games and think about some of these great achievements and milestones these players have reached," Bochy said. "I've always had a deep appreciation for the gifts and talents of these players. I consider myself fortunate to have managed players like a Bonds and Lincecum." Every other manager with three or more titles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. "I haven't even thought about that," Bochy said. Giants CEO Larry Baer already envisions a place in Cooperstown for Bochy, "Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy," Baer said in a statement. "His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise. He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown." Giants Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford considers himself fortunate to have played for the same manager his entire career. "That's definitely special. I don't think many guys have one manager throughout their entire career," Crawford said. "Obviously we have this year to take care of first. Hopefully we make it a memorable one for him. A part of what's made him such a good manager over the years is just being able to work with the players he has, whether that's the bullpen or the bench, he always seemed to plug the right pieces at the right times." Bochy has faced daily questions about his future, and he wanted to address his plans now and avoid distractions later in the season when he hopes to have a contender again following two years out of the playoffs. He intends to stay in baseball. "It's something I put a lot of thought in it," Bochy said. "There's a lot of things that I look forward to doing, but right now my head's at this moment, hey, I'm going to focus on getting this team ready. I look forward to one more shot, trust me, and us having a big year. I'm all in." He spent his first 12 seasons as a manager with the Padres from 1995-2006, guiding San Diego to the NL pennant in 1998. Bochy came to the decision over the winter, but had all but realized this would be his last year at the end of the 2018 season. He discussed it with family and the front office. Executive Brian Sabean was hardly surprised by his dear friend's decision, saying "that's a pretty elite and, as we all know, fast treadmill to now do this for 25 years." "Two different organizations, four trips to the World Series, you win three, that's pretty elite company," Sabean said. Once he's through, Bochy will stick to his simple life of fishing excursions and family. "I'm not going anywhere. I don't have any cruises planned, trust me, I don't plan on going up Mount Everest. Baseball, that's my life. I'll be around," Bochy said. "I don't have a bucket list. There's no hidden agenda in all this, trust me.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News12 hr. 15 min. ago

SPREADING THE FESTIVAL CHEERS!

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres AT THE height of Dinagyang highlights on Jan 27, 2019, the Florete family’s plush penthouse residence at the heart of our City of Love proved to be the comfiest haven as well-loved couple, business mogul Marcelino Florete and famed jeweler Susan Caperonce-Florete, along with their children Marjorie, Mars and Atty. Cristine […] The post SPREADING THE FESTIVAL CHEERS! appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News17 hr. 54 min. ago

Hot Stuff: 3 Reasons Why You Can t Miss This Year s Malasimbo Festival

This beach/jungle party is the best way to kick your summer off!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 41 min. ago

Pangilinan questions PCOO’s ‘press freedom caravan’ in Europe

Sen. Francis Pangilinan called on the Presidential Communications Operations Office to use its resources judiciously as he criticized the agency’s “press freedom caravan” in Europe, which aims to discuss the state of press freedom in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2019

The never ending relevance of & lsquo;Noli Me Tangere& rsquo;

The never ending relevance of & lsquo;Noli Me Tangere& rsquo;.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Anthony Davis isn't completely sure if he's going to play in Sunday's All-Star game. He doesn't know how much the New Orleans Pelicans will have him play the rest of this season. Or where he'll play next season. Or where he'll play the season after that, either. So Davis, obviously, has a lot of questions. At All-Star media day, he also had some answers. Yes, Davis wants to keep playing through the end of the season with New Orleans. No, he didn't eliminate Boston from the list of cities where he would consider playing. Yes, he will test the free agent market in the summer of 2020. And above all else, big market or small market, he insists that having a c...Keep on reading: At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

2019 NBA All-Star Diary: Day 1

5:20 A.M. – For some reason, I woke up 10 minutes before the alarm on my cellphone was scheduled to ring. Maybe it was jetlag. Maybe it was excitement. It didn’t matter, I had to get up from bed to prepare for the 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Durham to Charlotte. Me and my colleague, TJ Manotoc had taken a detour from our planned schedule to visit Duke University. Now, that we were done with that, it was time to revert back to our primary task of covering the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. During our drive back to Charlotte, I looked out the window to the sight of clear skies telling me that it was going to be a good day. 8:50 A.M. – The first task for journalists covering the NBA’s mid-season event is to secure a media pass. This is basically an ID that gives one clearance to all events that are happening throughout All-Star Weekend. After parking our rented car and walking to the designated hotel for the media credentials pick-up, we were ready to head to our first activity of the day. 9:35 A.M. – Hosting the best young players in the league was the Bojangles Coliseum where the first media availability session was about to take place. The Mountain Dew Rising Stars is first major event of All-Star weekend and we were given the opportunity to see the players from Team U.S. and Team World up-close to field in questions. Rookie sensation Luka Dončić drew the biggest crowd of reporters from all over the world. Because it would be tough for me to ask the Slovenian a question, I decided to go to another podium where this year’s number on overall pick, Deandre Ayton was sitting. “Deandre! Who’s the toughest center you’ve played against so far in your rookie season?” I asked. “Uuuhhh… nobody. Not yet. All the centers I’ve played against so far haven’t really went at me yet. I think they were just playing though the rhythm and not really going at me,” replied Deandre. I saw another player drawing a huge crowd and realized it was Ben Simmons, who is currently my second favorite NBA player behind Blake Griffin. After waiting for a little while, I pounced on the opportunity to field in a question. “Ben, with the current Sixers lineup, what do you think are the weaknesses that you guys need to improve on so that you can win the championship this year?” The 6’10” point guard from Australia looked right at me and said, “Offense. Defense.” Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed because I was expecting a more thorough answer but I guess that’s how it is sometimes. These athletes are asked a million questions and it might be a struggle for them to stay consistent with regards to being accommodating to people. Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and LA Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma were two other players I visited. With so many players on both rosters, it would be extremely difficult to get to converse with all. But, seeing them right in front of you and having an opportunity to talk to them was an amazing experience. 11:00 A.M. – All media had been requested by the organizers to clear the court so we could witness Team World practice for the night’s event. Even though I got a very short answer from Simmons, I still observed him. Watching him dribble the ball up the floor and make long strides to the basket for dunks was a sight to behold. He could even knock down three-pointers. 11:45 A.M. – It was now the turn of Team U.S. to take the floor for practice. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum looked like they could be the best players on the squad but I was particularly looking at Young and his ability to shoot the ball and handle it exceptionally well. Kuzma was also taking every drill seriously. Just like he would the Rising Stars. 1:06 P.M. – After gathering content, TJ and I decided to have a late lunch at Denny’s. We looked at the schedule and realized that our next activity would not be happening until nine in the evening. More time to sleep, I thought. 2:23 P.M. – TJ dropped me and our luggage off at Springhill Suites, our hotel for the next three days. He left me there to check-in while he returned the rental car to the airport. But, as I went to the counter, I was told by the front desk that our room would not be available until 3:00 P.M.. That’s when I decided to look around. 2:45 P.M. – I went to the Hornets Fan Shop to look at the NBA All-Star merchandise and saw an interesting selection of hats, jerseys and all kinds of memorabilia. And then, I noticed a man carrying a box which contained a pair of Nike Adapt BBs, the shoes I tested last month in New York. I asked him where he got them and told me to check out the “Jordan pop-up shop” across the Spectrum Center. 2:55 P.M. – While walking on the street, I saw a long line outside a building. It turns out, this was where that man got his Nike Adapt BBs. It was a Foot Locker – House of Hoops pop-up shop which sold various sneakers that were scheduled to be released specifically during the NBA All-Star weekend. Because of my unforgettable experience in Manhattan, I decided to join the line for a chance to get my own pair of the most futuristic basketball shoes Nike has ever made. Thankfully, I was given a wristband with a number, allowing me to leave the line to check into the hotel. 3:15 P.M. – I checked into our hotel room and felt thankful that it had such a great location. Springhill Suites was right across the Spectrum Center, the venue of NBA All-Star weekend and of course, just down the block from the pop-up shop. As soon as TJ arrived, I left to resume my quest to buy the shoes. 4:46 P.M. – Finally, I was a proud owner of my very own Nike Adapt BB. I felt like my trip to the New York was given more meaning now. Also, I felt like this was one of the reasons my journey has taken me to Charlotte. But, there was still more work to be done. 8:30 P.M. – Less than an hour before tip-off of the Rising Stars game, TJ and I did a Facebook Live discussion right outside the Spectrum Center to update fans back at home about what has happened so far at the All-Star event and what we should look forward to. 8:55 P.M. – We couldn’t believe it. Our assigned seats were located high up in the bleachers. On the very last row. I was breathing heavily after making the climb up the arena. All of a sudden, the players looked more like ants compared to the giants that they were during our morning sessions with them. 10:54 P.M. – Team U.S. defeated Team World behind the 35 points and 6 rebounds of Kuzma, who was named MVP of the Rising Stars. Kuzma was also one of the easiest players to talk to among his peers. 11:05 P.M. – Just when I thought we were given a lot of access to the players, we were given more. There was another media session which commenced right after the game! 12:11 A.M. – Another thing the NBA is very generous with is food. TJ and I ended our long day at a restaurant and bar that the league booked for us international journalists. As we chomped down our food, we talked about how the NBA All-Star weekend would take a lot of our time from us, including our sleeping hours. TJ has been covering this annual event since 2011. He’s used to the grueling schedule. Me, I’m just soaking it all in. I have a few hours left before I have to get up and work again. As always, I’m going to try to have as much fun as possible. After all, it’s the NBA All-Star. It’s supposed to be fun......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

FAQs: What you need to know about Rappler’s cyber libel case

MANILA, Philippines – On Wednesday, February 13,  Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was arrested in connection with a cyber libel case filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The case stemmed from an investigative report published by Rappler in May 2012. Here are frequently asked questions and answers regarding the case. Also read ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Former MTV VJ Belinda Panelo experiences racism in the United States

Former MTV VJ Belinda Panelo experienced racial discrimination in the United States when an American woman hurled offensive comments at her. Panelo, a U.S. citizen with Filipino roots through her mother, was getting coffee with her son in Playa Vista—a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California—when a woman harassed her and asked questions about her race. […] The post Former MTV VJ Belinda Panelo experiences racism in the United States appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

North Korea and China in ice dance to the music of diplomacy

At the climax of a festival on ice to celebrate late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Friday, Olympic skaters from the host nation and neighboring China swapped partners to dance together. The moment symbolized the markedly improved relations between Beijing and nuclear-armed Pyongyang amid a flurry of diplomacy on and around the peninsula. The four skaters --- Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik of the North, who qualified for last year's Winter Olympics in the South, and Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who took the ice dance silver in Pyeongchang --- were the star attractions of the pageant. With portraits of Kim --- father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un --- and his own ...Keep on reading: North Korea and China in ice dance to the music of diplomacy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Teduray contingent wins big at Maguindanao s Inaul Festival

A team of Tedurays emerged champions in the cultural street dance parade contest that capped off the culmination on Thursday of the Inaul Festival......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Party drugs in W. Visayas?

ANTI-narcotics agents were spotted in nightspots around Iloilo City at the height of the Dinagyang Festival in January 2019. But they were not partying with the rest of the Ilonggos and tourists as they were sniffing for signs of party drugs like ecstasy. Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-6 and Iloilo City Police […] The post Party drugs in W. Visayas? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Netflix row riles Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN — A row over whether films produced for streaming platform Netflix should be shown at the Berlin Film Festival has overshadowed the premiere of Elisa & Marcela, Isabel Coixet’s tale of two Spanish lesbians......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019