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HBO Asia marks 25 with Asia-focused original shows

SINGAPORE — Inspired by the unparalleled success of its Hollywood counterpart in producing global phenomenal hits, HBO Asia has unveiled a lineup of original.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarDec 7th, 2017

Chinese action debut and South Korean family drama win at Busan

A thrill-a-minute actioner from China and a moving South Korean drama about a unique family reunion have taken the top prize at Asia's largest film festival, with judges lauding both for their "original" takes. "Savage", from first-time Chinese director Cui Si-wei, pits a forest ranger against gold thieves in a snowy mountain range and won praise from the New Currents award jury at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) for being "strikingly accomplished and riveting." South Korean production "Clean up", from debut feature director Kwon Man-ki, charts the tale of a struggling woman who is offered a salvation of sorts when she meets someone from her past. It i...Keep on reading: Chinese action debut and South Korean family drama win at Busan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Longest-running Filipino film fest in U.S. marks 25th year

SAN FRANCISCO -- The longest-running Filipino film festival in the United States, FACINE Annual Filipino International Cine Festival, is marking its quarter century of operation. This year, FACINE will have a special screening of a selection of 39 short films from different regions in the Philippines as well as Asia, Australia, and the U.S. on Oct. 18, 1 to 5 p.m., at the San Francisco Public Library, followed by a screening of feature films from October 19 to 21 at the Roxie theater. The selected films are also in competition for the annual awards. Several feature film awards for different categories are at stake, including Best Film, and a Best Short Film award. A $200 prize,...Keep on reading: Longest-running Filipino film fest in U.S. marks 25th year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

UAAP: Spa and buffet lead to relaxed basketball from Growling Tigers

The UST Growling Tigers can thank a day away from basketball for playing one for their finest games this UAAP season. As the 19-time UAAP champions' current squad consist a young core, with six rookies at the helm, their tendency is to break down if a fiery coach like Aldin Ayo puts pressure on them. On the day following their devastating 27-point loss against the De La Salle Green Archers at the Mall of Asia Arena, the mentor told his guys to relax and forget hoops for a while, with the dividends clearly showing in UST's win over the UE Red Warriors. "Ang ginawa namin, wala munang basketball. They went to a spa, nag-buffet. After classes, nag-relax ‘yung mga bata. Walang ginawa. They detached themselves from basketball," Ayo said of the move. He then reduced the usual practice time from four to five hours down to merely an hour, with the rest of the time devoted to reviewing film. That, Ayo said, relieved his players of stress and rejuvenated them for Saturday's game. His players then repaid him by raining 16 three-pointers, five more than their two-point conversions. Rookie of the Year candidate CJ Cansino also tallied a huge double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, undoubtedly one of the best marks by any player this season. "Na-relax tuloy ‘yung mga bata. I can say that it was effective kasi maganda ‘yung resulta eh. Pero titingnan naming kung ano gagawin namin sa next game namin [vs UP on Wednesday]. Ayo also did his part by not writing marching orders on the whiteboard before the game, "no pointers" as he put it, and noticed that the young Tigers were more relaxed that way.  Even though it worked this time, the former Letran and La Salle coach said that the relaxation approach may not work against every opponent, thus taking it on a case-to-case basis.  "Sabi ni Renzo [Subido], ‘Coach, we overdo it sometimes. Sometimes, sobrang kulang naman. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Let’s meet halfway, let’s moderate things.’ Every time we moderate things, nagiging balanse eh. So ‘di naman sobra, ‘di naman kulang. Galing kay Renzo ‘yun.” __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

CHAMPIONS CUP: Host Mono Vampire shuts down Meralco

Meralco's PBA woes have carried over to FIBA play. The Bolts dropped their first game of the 2018 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup Thursday, losing to Thailand's Mono Vampire, 92-100, at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi. Tied at 70 through three quarters, the Bolts just failed to sustain momentum in the fourth as Mono took over the game behind two super scorers. Marcus Keene fired a game-high 29 points for Mono Vampire while Mike Singletary added another 25, more than enough to torment the Bolts to start group play. Thailand's leading local scorer was Darongpan Apiromvilaichai with 13 points. The Bolts, who took over for the Beermen in the Champions Cup, played without Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge due to eligibility issues. Meralco also played without original second import Liam McMorrow who suffered an injury. The Bolts replaced him with Diamond Stone and Stone led the team against Mono with 23 points. Reigning two-time Governors' Cup Best Import Allen Durham had 20 points and 18 rebounds while Baser Amer dropped 18 for Meralco. The Bolts will look to bounce back Friday when they take on Japanese B.League champion Alvark Tokyo. The Scores Mono 100 - Keene 29, Singletary 25, Apiromvilaichai 13, Saengtong 11, Klahan 7, Chanthachon 6, Ananti 4, Suktub 3, Sunthonsiri 2. Meralco 92 - Stone 23, Durham 20, Amer 18, Hugnatan 13, Caram 8, Salva 5, Tolomia 3, Jamito 2, Atkins 0, Ballesteros 0, Canaleta 0, Lanete 0. Quarters: 21-28, 47-50, 70-70, 100-92.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Asia Pacific needs $8.4T in transport financing

The Asia-Pacific region will need $8.4 trillion by 2030 to address its transport needs, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)said on Wednesday as it opened a three-day forum focused on meeting financing challenges. “The current investment level for transport in Asia and the Pacific is about half of what is required,” ADB President Takehiko Nakao said, [...] The post Asia Pacific needs $8.4T in transport financing appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

What is amazing in Thailand?

Tourism slogans daily shout out “Malaysia truly Asia,” “Incredible India,” “Greece All Time Classic,” “Rendez Vous En France.” Meantime “Its More Fun in the Philippines” fails to rival “Amazing Thailand.” Reuters announced this Year 2018 that 37 million tourists join the sightseeing tour in the striking temples, palaces, and exotic performing art shows......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Hot Stuff: We Are Just Days Away From 2018’s Biggest Food Trade Shows!

Gear up for Food & Drinks Asia and the AsiaFood Expo this September!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

LOOK: NBA legend Tim Hardaway gets a peek of local hoops

    MANILA, Philippines – The original “Mr. Crossover” is in the house!  NBA legend Tim Hardaway Sr. has arrived in Manila for his NBA 3X guesting on August 25 and 26 at the Mall of Asia Music Hall. But before that, the former member of the original “Run TMC” (Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin) Golden ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Homeward-bound Schooling set for next phase at Asian Games

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The hardest lap for any swimmer is usually the one coming home. That's when they have to try their hardest, giving it everything they have to get to the finish. Singapore's Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling is about to discover what that means when he's not in the competition pool. After spending the last nine years in relative anonymity in the United States, the 23-year-old Schooling is getting ready for the second half of his sporting career back in southeast Asia, knowing he probably won't be able to walk down the street or go for dinner without being noticed. "It's everywhere but it shows that they support you and they're excited to see you, and so you can't complain," Schooling said. "You can never brush aside your fans. You've always got to reciprocate so I'm completely fine with it." Schooling is competing this week at the Asian Games in Indonesia, where he has entered in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly races, three relays and the 50 freestyle. He will bid to defend his title in the 100 butterfly on Wednesday. Despite leaving Singapore in his teens to chase his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, the island-state has always been in Schooling's heart. But so too has Texas, where he has been studying at University and training under the watchful eye of Eddie Reese. Schooling will complete his economics degree later this year before returning to Singapore, but will take back two permanent reminders of his time in the U.S. that changed his life. One is the tattoo on his left shoulder of the University of Texas mascot, the Longhorn. The other, inked after he won Rio, is the Olympic rings on his right bicep. The Longhorns won the NCAA national title four years in a row while Schooling was on the team and he credits his time there for helping him win the ultimate prize when he beat American great Michael Phelps for the Olympic title in the 100 fly. "It's great, it's a different atmosphere, great teammates," Schooling said. "I feel like it's the perfect environment for high performance." Schooling wants to keep swimming through to the 2024 Olympics in Paris and, although he hasn't made a final decision on his training plans, he has spent the past few months practicing with Singapore's new high-performance unit and likes what he sees. Australia's Stephan Widmer, who helped Libby Lenton and Leisel Jones win Olympic titles, has been appointed performance director at the institute while Gary Tan is the national head coach and Sonya Porter, who has extensive experience coaching in the U.S., is the technical director. Schooling's biggest challenge could be how to deal with his celebrity status but after he held off Phelps on the biggest final lap of his life to date, he's confident he can manage. "It takes some getting used to but at the end of the day if you focus on what you're doing and you don't care about outside distractions it's ok," he said. "I like being in that position and I don't see it as a burden at all.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

From bubbles to bullet holes: Filipinos explore alternative designs for 2019 SEA Games logo

As the Philippines gears up to host the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year, the logo for the upcoming sports event was unveiled during the 37th Olympics Council of Asia General Assembly last Sunday, Aug. 19. The logo for the games was presented by chairman of the Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. His presentation was later posted on the Facebook page of the 30th SEA Games. The logo shows 11 circles that apparently stand for the 11 rings of the SEA Games, all bound together in what was supposed to be the shape of the Philippine archipelago. However, people had negative reactions to the logo, with some ...Keep on reading: From bubbles to bullet holes: Filipinos explore alternative designs for 2019 SEA Games logo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Eatof 18th forum (Part 1)

THE East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism forum (Eatof) was held in Tottori, Japan on Aug. 10 to 13. The theme focused on common grounds in ecology, environment, arts and culture, bilateral ties to promote tourism and Eatof policies. Cebu, one of the pioneering founder members, was represented by Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, board member Christopher… link: Eatof 18th forum (Part 1).....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Bhutan: No medals yet in the Asian Games, but still happy

By STEPHEN WADE,  AP Sports Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan has never won a medal of any kind at the Asian Games, much less the Olympics. The country's fame, instead, comes from its billing as one of the happiest places on earth. In fact, the government promotes a concept it terms "Gross National Happiness" as a way to measure success. "People at home are not unhappy we have not won," Younten Tshedup, a reporter for the national newspaper Kuensel, told the Associated Press at the Asian Games. "Everyone is happy, even with no medals. But medals this time would be icing on the cake." By comparison, Bhutan's giant neighbor China has won more than 3,000 medals — about 1,500 gold — in Asian Games competitions. "We are hoping to change it this time," Younten added. Bhutan, with a population of only 750,000, has 24 athletes entered in sports including archery, taekwondo, boxing and — believe it or not — golf. Karma Karma, who competed two years ago at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, could break through in archery, which is Bhutan's national sport. She was also the flagbearer in Saturday's opening ceremony in Jakarta. Soccer and cricket are also popular in Bhutan, but competition is amateur. Archery has many participants, but the disciplines practiced at home are different than those on the Asian Games and Olympic sports programs. "We'd be happy with any medal," Nim Dorji, the head of the delegation, told The AP. Several athletes in taekwondo could break through. They talked up their chances — but were realistic, too — on Monday while seated around a table eating lunch and decked out in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms with the dragon crest on the chest. "Bhutan is a very small country," taekwondo athlete Tenzin Dorji explained. "We don't have the facilities. Maybe that's why we are not winning. In Bhutan we (athletes) are all students and we only practice for four hours. In other countries they are almost practicing for a whole day." Part of the challenge has been Bhutan's isolation, trapped between China and India in the Himalayas. It has just recently begun to open up with television and social media pushing quick change, and the natural beauty also is a lure that attracts outsiders. Nim, the head of the delegation, said the Bhutan government was getting more involved and offering incentives. "We are a small country known for our culture and traditions," taekwondo athlete Kinzang Choden said. "But sports are not our careers. Education is given more importance than sports by the government." Bhutan has sent athletes to every Asian Games since 1990, according the country's profile on the Asian Games website. The closest it has come to winning a medal was in 1998 in Bangkok, when its men's archery team lost a bronze-medal match against China. Bhutan is not alone in Asia in its medal struggles. East Timor, Indonesia's neighbor on the eastern border, is also yet to win a medal at the Asian Games, a quadrennial event that has attracted more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories competing in 40 sports. The website for the Olympic Council of Asia — the governing body of regional sports — shows six other nations that have won medals, but never a gold medal: Afghanistan, Brunei, Laos, Nepal, Palestine, and Yemen. "Everyone here is expecting a medal," Younten, the Bhutanese reporter said. "We are expecting a few, but we're not very sure about which disciplines."    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Strengthened partnership for local content

Fans of Kapuso shows can now catch the latest episodes on Hooq as soon as 24 hours after broadcast. Hooq, the largest video-on-demand service in Southeast Asia, has renewed its partnership agreement with GMA Network. Hooq will continue to stream GMA 7’s top-rating shows and also stream fresh episodes of selected top-rated series from GMA […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

UAAP Season 81: Jordan bests Kobe

Jordan Bartlett used his speed and quickness to pull off an upset over taller but obviously tired Kobe Paras of University of the Philippines to rule the UAAP Season 81  Last Man Standing 1-on-1 Hoops Challenge.  The 5-foot-11 De La Salle University guard, who is serving his one-year residency, beat the exhausted 6-foot-6 Paras, 11-8, in the Final inside the Mall of Asia Friday. Bartlett's explosiveness was too much for Paras, who before the championship participated and won the slamdunk contest, to handle.  "That's how I play, I play fast," said Bartlett. "That's my niche is, my quickness. So regardless if he was tired or not that's how I'm gonna play anyway." Paras finished off Robert Minerva of National University, 11-9, in the Final Four. The UP cager was supposed to face University of Sto. Tomas' Brent Paraiso in the semis but the Tiger retired after suffering cramps. Bartlett outplayed Ateneo de Manila University's Quinito Banzon, 5-4, in the other semis pairing.  Paras topped the elimination round after completing a sweep of Pool A. The incoming Maroon outlasted University of the East's Jason Strait, 9-8, crushed Quinito Benson before taking a win by default over Adamson's Ivan Maata, who skipped his last assignment because of an injury following his participation in the slam dunk contest. Bartlett ruled Pool B with wins over Far Eastern University's Cade Flores, 7-4, Robert Minerva of National University, 7-5, and University of Sto. Tomas' Brent Paraiso, 9-3. Banzon advanced in the semis with a 2-1 record beating Maata, 6-3, and Strait, 5-4. Paraiso secured Pool B's other Final Four spot with a 1-2 card and a higher quotient over NU and FEU, who both also tallied 1-2 marks. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Complementary league to PBA, MPBL tipping off on August 25

A new regional league has been formed to stand behind and provide support for both the PBA and the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. The National Basketball League will feature 12 teams ranging from Central Luzon to Bicol, all of which will be parading fully homegrown players. The NBL aims to be another venue for lesser heralded players to be able showcase their skills on a national stage. “We are focused on grassroots development. It is our dream that our players will be noticed by professional and semi-professional leagues,” chairman Celso “Soy” Mercado said in the preseason press conference on Thursday in Mandaluyong. As such, organizers are hoping that the league will be a “complementary league” for the PBA, Asia’s first pay-for-play league, as well as the MPBL, the country’s fastest-growing regional league. The dozen squads making up NBL’s inaugural season are the Bataan Elite, Bulacan Makabayan, Camarines Sur Express, Dasmarinas Monarchs, Laguna Pistons, Marikina Shoemakers, Nueva Ecija Bespren, Pangasinan, Paranaque Aces, Quezon City Rising Stars, Rizal Spartans, and Taguig Generals. All 12 teams will have 18 fully homegrown players and will host home games – giving their respective communities a chance to watch their very own players up close and personal. Being fully homegrown is the greatest promise the league has – if commissioner Nandy Garcia is to be believed. “My life in basketball has gone full circle in now being the commissioner of the NBL. I’m looking forward to seeing new potential talents from our member teams,” the former pro said. The NBL’s inaugural season is scheduled to tip-off on August 25 in either Paranaque or Taguig. After the single round robin elimination round, the top two teams will automatically advance into the semifinals and the bottom two teams will be eliminated. The third to 10th ranked teams will then match up in the quarterfinals. At the end of it all, the first-ever champion will be crowned and will set a date opposite the kings of the Vietnam Basketball Association......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

ONE: No More Detours - Kevin Belingon wants Bibiano Fernandes next

Six years since his ONE Championship debut, Team Lakay’s Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon is finally a World Champion in the martial arts promotion. At ONE: REIGN OF KINGS last 27 July, in front of a partisan pro-Philippines crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon defeated reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship. For Belingon, it was a childhood dream come true. “I can’t explain this feeling. I’m the happiest athlete tonight,” Belingon said during the post-match interview. “Thank you to all the people who came out to support me, and of course to ONE Championship, my team, my coaches and trainers, and my teammates,” With the win, Belingon becomes the fifth Filipino to capture ONE World Championship gold, as he joins reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera, as well as Team Lakay stablemates in reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje ‘Gravity’ Eustaquio, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang, and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio ‘The Rock’ Banario. And while making history as a world champion is indeed a prestigious feat, even more important for Belingon is that he’s finally secured his spot as the next person to challenge reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano ‘The Flash’ Fernandes. Fernandes is currently recovering from an injury, and when the most dominant champion in ONE Championship history finally returns, Belingon will be right there, waiting for his rematch. (READ ALSO: No longer just a contender, Kevin Belingon has more surprises in store for Bibiano Fernandes) “I respect [Bibiano] as a champion, but we are in the same weight class, and I am the top contender, so there is no escape in facing me. I hope you recover fast, and that we can make the fight this year.” Belingon said. Belingon and Fernandes first shared the cage back in January of 2016 at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS, in Changsha, China, with Fernandes retaining the title via a first-round submission win. The loss did nothing but fuel Belingon’s world championship dreams even more, and the road back to the championship picture was a long one for the 30-year old, who had to run through a gauntlet of former world title contenders and a two-division champion in a just under two years. Currently riding six straight victories dating back to October of 2016, Belingon has taken out the likes of Toni Tauru, Reece ‘Lightning’ McLaren, Andrew Leone, and Nguyen, pretty much a who’s-who in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division. “I have faced many tough opponents leading up to this interim title, and I believe I have earned my spot to face Bibiano again,” Belingon said in an interview with ONE Championship’s official website. Now, the Baguio City native has his sights firmly set on Fernandes and the ONE Bantamweight World Championship. Nothing else, no one else. “I am looking forward to our rematch. No more detours. Bibiano should be next, and I fully expect to be facing him soon.” Surely, ‘soon’ can’t fast enough for Belingon, but the reality is that he’ll have to wait for Fernandes to be cleared to compete. In the meantime however, the newly-crowned interim champion could use some time off as well, to heal up before getting back to business. He is, after all, coming off a tough five-round main event. “Right now, I am just focused on resting and healing my body. I am pretty banged up. My ankle and shin are bruised, and they need time to recover,” Belingon said. “Once everything is good to go, then I will be back in training. But for now, I am going to enjoy the rest. It still has not sunk in that I am a World Champion.” He continued. While indeed, the record books will show that Belingon has already held world championship gold, the Filipino star knows in himself that there’s still one more bit of work to be done, and that’s to avenge his loss to Fernandes and become the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion. “Until I beat Bibiano, [however], I will always feel like there is unfinished business to take care of.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18

The moment Kai Sotto's lanky 7-foot-2 frame entered the international stage, Philippine basketball circles knew an immeasurable hype machine was born. Sotto, however, proved that he's more than a ballyhooed player producing the numbers that backed up his notoriety, as he became the center of the Mythical Team for the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in Foshan. Batang Gilas' then 15-year-old centerpiece put up 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks, all of which were the highest marks for centers, during the competition but those numbers were against players who have yet to become 16-year-olds. Sotto, who turned 16 on May 11, will now be playing on a new age group come the Fib...Keep on reading: Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Batang Gilas stays focused in Fiba Asia bid amid big expectations

Josh Reyes will fly to Thailand taking not just a stacked Batang Gilas lineup with him, but also the hype that comes with the team. With the likes of Kai Sotto, AJ Edu, Dave Ildefonso, and Dalph Pa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Celine Dion captivates sold-out crowd in first Manila concert

Celine Dion is one of those musical artists who could sing the phonebook and it would sound absolutely fabulous. Bearing a confident stage presence, she performed for a sold-out crowd on her first visit to the country in the first of two consecutive shows at the Mall of Asia Arena.  As ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Filipino model Jachin Manere reveals participation in ASNTM as reason behind her hiatus

Up-and-comingsupermodel Jachin Manere has just booked one of the most explosive gigs of her career: she is officially a contestant on the latest season of Asia's Next Top Model. This, she cites, is the the reason why she has been keeping a suspiciously low profile in the last two months. Jachinhas steadily beenon the radarfor quite some time now. At18, she booked her first ever go-see and joined the ranks of top models at Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP), the country's premiere modeling agency, even without any prior modeling experience. Within the years, the now 21-year-old muse has built up her portfolio. She has graced multiple runways shows, magazin...Keep on reading: Filipino model Jachin Manere reveals participation in ASNTM as reason behind her hiatus.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018