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The unsettling beauty of ‘The Kundiman Party’

    What is it about Floy Quintos plays? "The Kundiman Party" is a world away from Quintos' "Angry Christ" last year, but it shares with the latter their author's near-magical ability to capture an entire social milieu, portrayals so layered that they almost demand multiple viewings. In this case, it is the world of the politically aware upper-middle-class, comfortable in their lifestyle but agitated over the looming threats to their society and country and groping for an effective response. Quintos captures this world by assembling an array of vivid characters, collectively a recognizable social set, yet fully realized as individuated human beings with perso...Keep on reading: The unsettling beauty of ‘The Kundiman Party’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 27th, 2018

Art & Culture (04/26/18)

The Kundiman Party DULAANG UP presents Floy Quintos’s new play The Kundiman Party, which revolves around The story revolves around a retired classical singer who teaches kundiman to young students and some interested matrons who have become her friends. They call themselves The Kundiman Club. Their lives are turned upsidedown when a talented student introduces […] The post Art & Culture (04/26/18) appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Bali: A haven for addiction recovery

DENPASAR - Bali has begun to attract drug and alcohol addicts for its rehabilitation centers. Bali might be well known for its party nightlife, but the island is also beginning to bloom as a center for drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers where you'll find thriving clean and sober communities of both expats and locals who offer each other support and friendship. A quick search in Google on alcohol rehab in Bali will result in dozens of rehab centers offering addiction-recovery services and therapeutic communities. There are some practical reasons why the island is gaining popularity for drying out and cleaning up beyond its strong spiritual roots and stunning natural beauty. ...Keep on reading: Bali: A haven for addiction recovery.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Move over Isabelle, now even you can own a Michael Cinco

  Whether he likes it or not, Michael Cinco is the talk of the town---or part of the talk of the town. For close to 20 years now, the Dubai-based Filipino designer has been known for elaborate evening gowns filled with intricate details. He has dressed Hollywood swans, international celebrities and beauty queens--- but his latest client couldn't but put him on the radar: Isabelle Duterte. People were still talking about the grand wedding of Dr. Vicki Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho, for which Cinco did Belo's wedding ball gown, when the granddaughter of President Rodrigo Duterte decided to tap Cinco to make her an ombr ball gown for her debut party last week. Duterte's coba...Keep on reading: Move over Isabelle, now even you can own a Michael Cinco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Women detail sexual allegations against Trump – CNN News

A group of women who have publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault detailed their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the businessman-turned-politician at a news conference on Monday. “This was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump. Unfortunately, this behavior isn’t rare in our society, and people of all backgrounds can be victims. The only reason I am here today is that this offender is now the President of our country,” said Rachel Crooks, a former Bayrock Group receptionist who accused Trump of kissing her on the mouth without her consent in 2005. Samantha Holvey, the former Miss North Carolina 2006 who has accused Trump of inspecting beauty pageant contestants, and Jessica Leeds, who has accused the President of grabbing her chest and attempting to move his hand up her skirt on a flight, also sat with Crooks at Monday’s event. The firsthand accounts come as a public conversation on sexual assault and harassment — spurred by a series of accusations against high-profile figures in politics, Hollywood and journalism — rages throughout the United States. Brave New Films, a production company that realized a film on the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, hosted the event. At least 15 women have come forward with a wide range of accusations against Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. Of the women, 13 say Trump attacked them directly and two others say they witnessed behavior that made them uncomfortable. All the alleged incidents took place prior to his assuming the presidency. On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that the allegations took place “long before he was elected president” and that Trump has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” Sanders also claimed that “eyewitnesses” have backed up Trump’s denials. “The President has denied any of these allegations, as have eyewitnesses,” Sanders said. “Several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the President’s claim in this process and again, the American people knew this and voted for the President and we feel like we are ready to move forward in that process.” Asked by CNN to detail these eyewitness accounts, a White House official noted two reports that were made public during the 2016 campaign, one from The New York Post and another from The New York Daily News. The first eyewitness was Anthony Gilberthorpe, who the Trump campaign made available to the Post during the 2016 contest to rebut Leeds’ claim that Trump groped her on a flight. Gilberthorpe claimed to be on the same flight and has been known in British media for making claims about the sexual conduct of politicians. The second eyewitness is Katie Blair, the Miss Teen USA 2006 who told TMZ that she never saw Trump come backstage during a beauty contest. “As far as the rumors surrounding him coming backstage and things like that, dressing rooms — absolutely not,” she told TMZ, but Blair was not present at the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, where Trump was accused of walking in. Trump bragged on the Howard Stern show in 2005 about going backstage during beauty pageants. “Before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it,” he said. “You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.” The White House failed to provide other examples of eyewitnesses corroborating the President’s denials. In addition to the woman at the press conference on Monday, Trump’s accusers include Temple Taggart, the former Miss Utah USA who accused Trump of kissing her on the lips in 1997; Mindy McGillivray, who accused Trump of grabbing her butt at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2003 and Natasha Stoynoff, who accused Trump of “forcing his tongue” down her throat during a photo shoot at Mar-a-Lago in 2005. Crooks called on Congress to “put aside party affiliations and investigate Trump’s history of sexual misconduct.” “In an objective setting, without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspirations, never to return,” she said. “Yet here we are with that man as President.” Leeds added that while some areas of society are “being held accountable for unwanted behavior … we are not holding our President accountable for what he is and who he is.” Trump has personally vehemently denied the accusations. “The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump said months before the 2016 election in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Trump, however, has never filed a lawsuit against the accusers. Sanders said earlier this year that the White House’s position is that all the women are lying. “Yeah, we have been clear on that from the beginning and the President has spoken on it,” Sanders said in October. Trump opened the floodgates of accusations against him during the 2016 campaign when he downplayed the release of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” video that showed him saying he was able to “grab them by the p**sy” because he was famous. Trump downplayed his remarks as nothing more than “locker room talk” at the second presidential debate and said he never kissed or groped women without consent. But not all those […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

LOOK: Maxene Magalona treated to fabulous staycation bachelorette party

Maxene Magalona enjoyed the last moments of being single with a fun bachelorette party that involved her closest girlfriends. These included sister Saab, beauty queen Megan Young and actress Lauren Young who led the planning. The party dubbed "#Maxxelorette" was a classy staycation in Solaire where the group enjoyed a massage, had cocktails in a jacuzzi, and feasted on an Italian dinner. A post shared by Lauren Young (@lo_young) on Dec 9, 2017 at 3:19am PST Last nights amazing dinner at #FinestraItalianSteakhouse with all the girls for #Maxxelorette #SolaireExperience #FinestraAtSolaire A post shared by Lauren Young (@lo_young) on Dec 9, 2017 at 7:46pm PST...Keep on reading: LOOK: Maxene Magalona treated to fabulous staycation bachelorette party.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Beauty Inspo: This Party Season, Take Your Hairxperiment Cues From Miss U, Maymay, And More!

Take your pick from these celebrity styles as holiday hair inspo!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Beauty brand founder’s star-studded birthday party

Beauty brand founder’s star-studded birthday party.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017

Let’s spa-rty!

The metro’s avid beauty and spa enthusiasts recently trooped to the Fanny Serrano Elite Salon for its first spa party......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2017

Solon changes mind on proposed vanity tax

MANILA, Philippines — A party-list lawmaker on Monday decided not to push for the so-called vanity tax on cosmetic products and beauty services following sen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Tom Hiddleston and Priyanka Chopra caught flirting during the Emmy’s after party

After reports of their alleged break-up, it seems like Tom Hiddleston has “swiftly” moved on from Taylor Swift with Indian actress and beauty queen Priyanka Chopra......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 20th, 2016

PBA: We can t get too excited -- Simpson on Aces win

Alaska finally woke up from a slump in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-five semifinals series Friday with a rout of defending champion San Miguel Beer. With their bench producing 71 points led by Vic Manuel and import Diamon Simpson providing his usual numbers despite playing with a sprained ankle, the Aces crushed the Beermen, 125-104, at the Ynares Sports Center here.     But there’s still much work to be done for Alaska to end a two-year tournament championship stint drought. The Aces still trail SMB, 1-2, in the series. “That was a good win but we can't get too excited,” said Simpson, who played through pain to register 21 points and 13 rebounds. Manuel led Alaska’s bench scoring with 24 points, Simon Enciso came off the bench to add 10 points and eight assists while Nonoy Baclao and Chris Exciminiano had nine markers each to highlight the Aces total team effort.  “I thought the whole team played well, not just the bench, the starters, I think everybody contributed which helped us win,” Simpson said. “So, congratulations to our team. We just gotta keep going.” The win gave Alaska the much-needed morale boost for an underdog playing against a deep and talented SMB squad, which came into the game looking for a sweep and a record 40th Finals appearance. But the Aces spoiled the Beermen’s party.  “I think they kinda look at it that way at first. But we just persevered, and keep going, and have faith that we can compete with them, and not worried about wins or losses but attitude and effort,” said Simpson. Game 4 is on Sunday at the Big Dome. And Alaska will be ready to force a decider and ultimately get a shot at its 31st PBA Finals stint. “We gotta come back and play them again Sunday and try to play with our heart again and see if that's enough,” Simpson said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 5 min. ago

Sister Fox deport order denounced

TWO left-leaning party-list lawmakers yesterday strongly denounced the Bureau of Immigration (BI) order to deport Sr. Patricia Fox and the blacklisting of the missionary nun. Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro lamented the action of the government, branding it as anti-people. “For 27 years, Sr.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News3 hr. 19 min. ago

Maxine breaks up with actor-BF to focus on career

AFTER being introduced in the horror flick, “Spirit of the Glass 2”, Maxine Medina is now in the cast of two comedy films: “Pinay Beauty (She’s No White)”, an entry in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, and “Kusina Kings” where she plays the leading lady of comedian Empoy Marquez. She….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News3 hr. 19 min. ago

Joma Sison seriously ill – security adviser

Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison is sick and dying......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News5 hr. 6 min. ago

Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for murder

NAIROBI, Kenya – A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane". Ruth Kamande, who won a prison beauty pageant while awaiting trial, slashed her partner Farid Mohammed, 24, to ........»»

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Beauty and the Beast [Celine Dion Live in Manila 2018] – Manila Video

Beauty and the Beast [Celine Dion Live in Manila 2018] – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News14 hr. 32 min. ago

SAP Go to Sara: ‘Too early for politics’

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte endorsed Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in her speech yesterday morning at the basic orientation and mass oathtaking of members of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago party in Compostela Valley. Hugpong ng Pagbabago is a regional political party that seeks to fulfill the promise of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News18 hr. 32 min. ago

Kusog Bikolandia party aims to spur regional development

Kusog Bikolandia party aims to spur regional development.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated News19 hr. 32 min. ago

Bong Go asks supporters to take down billboards egging his Senate run

DAVAO CITY--Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Thursday maintained he was not running for senator in next year's polls even as he called on his supporters to take down billboards that urge him to run.   Go instead suggested that the money being used to put up the billboards be used instead to buy housing materials for the homeless.   During the mass oath-taking of over 2,000 village officials as members of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party in Pantukan town, Compostela Valley, Go said he would remain a trusted aide to President Rodrigo Duterte. "I'm not interested of running. There are many j...Keep on reading: Bong Go asks supporters to take down billboards egging his Senate run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News19 hr. 45 min. ago