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The 5th International Gamefowl Festival is now officially open! Come and visit …

The 5th International Gamefowl Festival is now officially open! Come and visit us today until Sunday, January 12-14, 2018 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm at Halls 3-4 of SMX Convention Center Manila. See you there! #gamefowl #breeders #gallos #happeningnow #SMXConventionCenter Source link: The 5th International Gamefowl Festival is now officially open! Come and visit ….....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 12th, 2018

World’s most famous tulip festival in Netherlands now open

Tulip season is officially open in the Netherlands, with the opening of their famous Keukenhof gardens. Along with a heady perfume, love is also in the air at one of the biggest flower parks in the world. For the park's 69th anniversary, the garden is themed after "Romance in Flowers." To set the mood, visitors will also be serenaded amongst the tulips with classical musical performances. Located around 30 minutes from Amsterdam, Keukenhof is famous for its fields of brightly colored tulips which carpet 32 hectares of grounds. Overall, the park boasts more than 7 million flower bulbs and 800 varieties of flowering tulips. Along with the Netherlands' most iconic tulip, the...Keep on reading: World’s most famous tulip festival in Netherlands now open.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Get to know the 7 Filipino artists in the 2018 Wanderland lineup

Visit us on Instagram To be You; Facebook: To be You; e-mail inq.tobeyou@gmail.com The 2018 Wanderland Music and Arts Festival, to be held March 10 at the Filinvest City event grounds in Alabang, will feature 13 acts---six international and seven local artists. The foreign artists include Kodaline, Jhene Aiko, FKJ, Daniel Caesar, Lauv and Bag Riders. Get to know the Filipino artists: Jess Connelly Born in Australia, Connelly, now based in Manila, began releasing her music on SoundCloud in 2015. The following year, she dropped her debut album, "How I Love," which put her on Spotify's Artists to Watch in 2017. Her soulful voice and R&B sound stood out in songs lik...Keep on reading: Get to know the 7 Filipino artists in the 2018 Wanderland lineup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Kings aim to bring NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California’s capital city for the first time ever. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and local tourism officials are set to detail plans for the bid for the game in either 2022 or ’23 later Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and officially submit an application to the league on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Getting the All-Star game would cap a remarkable comeback for Sacramento, which nearly lost its franchise to Seattle in 2013 before Ranadive bought the team and put together a deal to build a state-of-the-art downtown arena. “I think it would be a recognition of the fact that the city went all-in on the Kings,” Ranadive said. “It would be the ultimate recognition that the city pulled it off. There’s a love affair between the Kings and the city and the NBA. It would be an exclamation point on that love affair.” Winning the bid won’t be easy. The Golden State Warriors are seeking the game for their new arena in downtown San Francisco that is set to open for the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee is also bidding to play the game in its new arena set to open next season and other cities also will get involved. Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star game last weekend in Los Angeles that he generally supports a bid from Sacramento with one major caveat. “Sacramento and the surrounding communities provide a tremendous opportunity for an All-Star. Wine country, great golf, great scenery, all kinds of wonderful things that I think people would love to visit around an All-Star. But at the end of the day, we have to have a sufficient number of hotel rooms,” he said. Ranadive said new projects will ensure that there will be enough hotel rooms to meet the NBA’s requirement of about 6,000 rooms in the area. But the bid will offer even more options with up to 1,000 rooms through a partnership with Airbnb, as well as two or three 300-room small luxury cruise ships in the Port of Sacramento. Silver said he would be open to that possibility, pointing out that USA Basketball players and guests have used cruise ships in the past for accommodations at the Olympics, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. “Not only will we meet the requirement but we’ll also give them a choice,” Ranadive said. “Do they want to be on a beautiful river? Do they want to be in a beautiful home? Or do they want to be in a hotel room? All of that will be accessible in less than 30 minutes.” The events surrounding the game will be anchored by the Golden 1 Center, with an indoor-outdoor Global Pavilion near the capitol to host concerts and food events that show off the region. The bid promises to be able to transport fans from transportation hubs to accommodations and venues in 30 minutes or less by the use of self-driving vehicles and dedicated traffic lanes. It also will show off arena that Ranadive believes raised the bar on technology and environmentalism for sports venues. There are “smart turnstiles” that allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed and the NBA’s first 4K ultra HD video board that stretches 84 feet long. The arena is the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, saves about 1 million gallons of water a year compared to a typical venue of its size, was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and gets 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles. “I think when we built the arena we had a goal that it would be the best arena that had ever been built,” Ranadive said. “It would be an iconic structure to look at. It would give the fans an experience like no other. To be able to share that with the entire basketball loving world is obviously a huge privilege and would be a treat for us to do that.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

100-plus shows in 20 venues—art for all in Fringe Manila 2018

  The 2018 incarnation of Fringe Manila will be taking over Poblacion, the creative community in Makati City, with simultaneous shows on Feb. 7-25 in celebration of the National Arts Month. The multiplatform arts festival that originated from Edinburgh has been in Manila since 2015, serving up a dizzying array of shows covering dance, improv, burlesque, spoken word and theater in an open-access format. The shows this year will feature local and international artists from Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, France, Austria, Brazil, Japan, The Netherlands and the United States. Performances are uncurated, uncensored and mostly daring, festival director Andrei Nikolai P...Keep on reading: 100-plus shows in 20 venues—art for all in Fringe Manila 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 to engange Pinoy youth and coaches nationwide

Jr. NBA PH press release MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Dec. 23, 2017 – Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska will tip off Jan. 13 at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati and runs through May 2018 as part of the league’s effort to encourage youth basketball participation. This year’s program is set to reach more than 250,000 participants and 900 coaches across the country.  Online registration is open now at www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to enhance the youth basketball experience for players, parents and coaches.  During the 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.   The program remains free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14 throughout its four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.  Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA clinics have been implemented in 110 cities and municipalities across the country and the 2018 program will return to key provinces including Agusan Del Norte, Batangas, Benguet, Cavite, Misamis Oriental, and Negros Occidental.  Regional Selection Camps will be held in Bacolod (Feb. 10-11), Butuan (Feb. 24-25), Baguio (March 17-18) and Metro Manila (April 7-8), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing for the National Training Camp in Manila in May 2018, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, who will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.  Prior editions of the Jr. NBA Philippines program have featured notable alumni including Aljon Mariano, Kobe Paras, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Ricci Rivero, and Kai Sotto.  “For the past 10 years, Jr.  NBA Philippines has established itself as a platform to improve the youth basketball experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing proper guidelines to how the game should be played and taught to more youth, coaches and parents in the country.” “As part of our long-standing partnership with the NBA, Alaska Milk Corporation is proud to play an active role in shaping the basketball players of tomorrow through good nutrition and proper life values,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando.  “We look forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of aspiring athletes on and off the court through the Jr. NBA program.” The 2018 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will also include the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Carlos Barroca and Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso, to provide training for 14 Jr. NBA coaches during the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip.   Jr. NBA Philippines furthers the mission of Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that highlights the nutritional benefits of milk, encourages physical activity through play, and instills values that are essential to becoming a champion.   AXA, CloudFone, Gatorade and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner.  ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines.  Coaches and participants can now register the Jr. NBA program online at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.  Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and follow PlayPH at www.playph.com and on Facebook and Twitter. About the NBA The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. About Alaska Milk According to the 8th National Survey of FNRI and DOH (as of 2013), obesity is one of the most prevalent nutritional problems of Filipino children and adults, with about 5 out of 100 Filipino children being classified as overweight. Obesity can lead to different health problems like heart diseases and even diabetes at a young age, which could lead to serious health, economic and social implications later on in life. In line with Alaska Milk’s mission to bring affordable nutrition and a love of active play to every Filipino household, powering the Jr. NBA is a major part of Alaska’s “NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.” initiative. By highlighting milk’s nutritional benefits and encouraging children to go out and play, Alaska consistently works to instill the values Determination, Hard Work, Teamwork, Discipline and Sportsmanship in tomorrow’s champions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

World Bazaar Festival now open

MANILA, Philippines — Continuing on with its annual tradition of bringing joy to Filipino shoppers during the holiday season, Worldbex Services International.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

For Bucks, new arena is also avenue to sell Milwaukee

em>By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press /em> MILWAUKEE (AP) — Construction vehicles and dusty streets surround the Milwaukee Bucks’ new downtown arena that is less than a year away from completion. The state-of-the-art facility will be the Bucks’ home starting in 2018. But in many respects the massive project is more than just about basketball. Team and arena executives want to get major entertainment acts to stop in Milwaukee. They want the arena to be a driver for ambitious downtown redevelopment. And to do that, they have to go out to market and sell Milwaukee. “We want to create an international destination with talent. We want to compete with every major city, we want to be on every tour stop,” team president Peter Feigin said. “We have this one window of time to tell our story and our narrative around the world.” That is exactly what Feigin, along with team and arena officials, planned to do this week in London. They were meeting with concert promoters and artist management firms in hopes of bringing major international acts to Milwaukee. The groundwork was laid in part when the Bucks named Raj Saha as general manager of the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center. He managed the O2 arena in London for arena giant AEG, and also helped stage the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Bucks view the $524 million arena project, which was partially financed by public funding, as a centerpiece of downtown revitalization. The facility will replace the 30 year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center, which sits next to the project. While the Bradley Center did draw its share of major acts, Feigin and Saha said there were limitations to the aging arena. The steel trusses and infrastructure at the new arena have been built to carry and support the weight needed for the elaborate-style productions used in major concerts, Feigin said. The arena has 200,000 pounds of rigging capability, according to the Bucks. With a seating capacity of 17,500 for basketball and 500 more for concerts, the arena has 10,000 seats in the lower bowl, which planners say will help audio-visual experiences. Two-thirds of the seats in the Bradley Center are in the upper level. And Feigin says that the Bucks have placed a premium on acoustics, including a roof designed to lower reverberation and reduce echoes. The arena also has what’s called “specialized low frequency absorption” for bass notes allowing for cleaner bass sound. “It’s secondarily about basketball, probably the only thing that’s secondarily about basketball is how you design this so it’s a surreal acoustic experience, as well as a visual experience,” Feigin said. In Saha’s experience, only a handful of U.S. arena executive have traveled to London to talk to promoters. Consider this trip another way in which the Bucks, who have New York-based ownership, are thinking big. The area already has a reputation as a music destination with Milwaukee’s Summerfest music festival. The demographics are different in Milwaukee from Chicago and Minneapolis, Saha said. The first new sign of how things are changing popped up this summer. The Bucks moved into a new, state-of-the-art practice facility downtown, across the street from the arena construction site. “It’s amazing. It’s refreshing to walk in here every day,” guard Malcolm Brogdon said after the first practice last week. “Everything in here is just made to perfection.” The facility and new arena give the Bucks two new draws with which to attract or retain players in the future. With the young team itself on the rise after two playoff appearances in three seasons, Milwaukee’s image as an NBA outpost is starting to disappear. Similarly, the Bucks see the new arena as an avenue to open new inroads into Milwaukee, music and otherwise. “We don’t think there’s any reason why — especially logistically, geographically, monetarily — we (couldn’t) get the music acts. Part of the reason we haven’t is because we haven’t been out there to tell our story, to market, to sell,” Feigin said. “That’s really what we’re doing.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

Vancouver police prepare for protests at new Trump tower

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Police are preparing for protests when President Donald Trump's two oldest sons officially open a new Trump International.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

China to hold military drills in Taiwan Strait

BEIJING, China --- China is scheduled to hold live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait Wednesday, flexing its military muscle after warning Taipei about seeking independence or closer ties with Washington. It is the first such exercise in the waterway since 2016, and it coincides with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Swaziland, one of the self-ruled island's few remaining international allies. The Chinese government has given scant details about the maneuvers, with a Fujian province maritime safety administration statement merely saying last week that the drills would take place from 8 am until midnight. China's Taiwan Affairs Office director Liu Jieyi said Monday th...Keep on reading: China to hold military drills in Taiwan Strait.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Art & Culture (04/18/18)

Musical theater workshops EXPLORE THE world of musical theater with musical director Rony Fortich. There will be audition workshops for all ages; workshops on song interpretation for kids, teens, and adults; and musical direction of musical theater for all ages. Sessions start in May. Limited slots available. For details, visit www.bgcartscenter.org. International Book Day ON […] The post Art & Culture (04/18/18) appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

ComVal offers new destination for ‘Visit Davao Summer Fest’

Compostela Valley province is getting ready as the newest participant of the Visit Davao Summer Festival (VDSF) set on April 30 to June 15......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Die Beautiful receives Best Feature plum in international award

The Filipino comedy film “Die Beautiful” was given the Best Feature award in the recently concluded Newcastle International Film Festival in United Kingdom. The movie which catapulted actor Paolo BallesterosThe post Die Beautiful receives Best Feature plum in international award appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

NATO Chief to Visit Turkey on Syria Crisis Following U.S.-Led Airstrikes

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will pay a visit to Turkey on Monday to meet Turkish leaders amid international tensions sparked by the U.S.-led coalition’s air raids in Syria. Stoltenberg is expected to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli and Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar during […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Makati Chiefs A, Golden Oldies lead rugby winners at San Lazaro

The Manila Jockey Club, Inc., the country’s premier horse racing club and one of Asia’s oldest, hosted the 30th Manila 10s International Rugby Festival recently at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite, with the Makati Chiefs A and the Fiji Golden Oldies leading the roster of winners......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Acclaimed filmmaker takes risky, murky plunge into drug war

There are three compelling reasons to watch the 13-episode TV series "Amo."   It's the first Philippine production to air on Netflix, the live-streaming international platform. Second, it's directed by the award-winning, critically acclaimed Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. Third, and most interesting, it's about President Duterte's brutal war on drugs.   Mendoza's biggest achievement to date is winning as best director in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for "Kinatay," a story of crime and violence in the mode of cinema verit, or realistic, documentary-style filmmaking.   Since the subject of "Amo" is the drug war, Mendoza's flair for cinema verit is t...Keep on reading: Acclaimed filmmaker takes risky, murky plunge into drug war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Report: Curry targeting return in Western Conference semis

NBA.com staff report The Golden State Warriors' playoff quest for another championship is starting without star guard Stephen Curry. He's on the mend from from his Grade 2 MCL sprain suffered in late March and, based on a new report, is hoping to return in the Western Conference semifinals. Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reports that Curry is expecting to return to the Warriors' lineup at some point in the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors open their 2018 playoff run on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1. Warriors star Stephen Curry (sprained MCL) is targeting expected return at some point in the Western Conference semifinals, league sources told Yahoo. Curry has three-week evaluation on Saturday. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 13, 2018 During a 117-100 romp against the Phoenix Suns on April 8 (April 9, PHL time), Curry joined the Warriors' broadcast team mid-game to provide an update on how his rehab work from his MCL sprain is going. The injury, which Curry suffered on March 23 (Mar. 24, PHL time), has kept him out of the lineup since then. However, Curry is happy with the progress he's seen in his injury since suffering it. “I haven’t had any setbacks,” Curry told the Warriors' broadcast crew. “So that’s the positive, every day has been something good, advancing the rehab process. I’m looking forward to making more progress as we get towards the playoffs.” “It’s been an interesting two weeks so far,” Curry said during the 20-minute interview. “Just trying to get some rhythm, some strength back, some flexibility, range of motion, all that type of stuff." Curry was officially ruled out for at least three weeks after the latest injury. This season, Curry played in 51 games, averaging 26.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Duterte to ICC probers: Stop your nonsense or I will arrest you

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday threatened to arrest investigators of the International Criminal Court should they visit the Philippines to conduct an inquiry on the alleged state sanctioned killings being linked to his war on drugs. Source link link: Duterte to ICC probers: Stop your nonsense or I will arrest you.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Woods files entry to play US Open for 1st time since 2015

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods has filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. The USGA says Woods officially entered on Thursday, four days after he tied for 32nd in the Masters. Even exempt players have to formally enter the U.S. Open. Woods hasn't played the U.S. Open since he missed the cut at Chambers Bay with rounds of 80-76. The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, where Woods made his U.S. Open debut in 1995 as the U.S. Amateur champion. He opened with a 74 and withdrew the next day with a wrist injury. He tied for 17th at Shinnecock in 2004 when he was in the midst of changing his swing. Woods is in the last year of a 10-year exemption from winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

An interactive exhibit for Avengers fans

Exhibit The Avengers Hall SM Malls AS the hype for the third Avengers film builds up, fans may visit and enjoy activities at the latest installation of The Avengers Hall set up in nearby SM malls. Following the success of Avengers: Age of Ultron which was one of the top-grossing international films of 2015, Marvel […] The post An interactive exhibit for Avengers fans appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

WATCH: 'IJF18 – Help define the moral imperatives that should be guiding media and platforms decisions

Courtesy of the International Journalism Festival Both platforms and media helped get us into the mess we are in -- and before we can expect them to get us out we need to help them write the principles that should guide their decisions on product design, business model, policy, and culture. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018