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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

Catriona Gray and Jehza Huelar are ready for their beauty battles

MANILA, Philippines – Pageant season kicks into high gear during the last quarter of the year. The fitting finale are the major titles that beauty contestants dream of. Last November 12, 2018, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. hosted the send-off party for Miss Universe Philippines 2018 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Catriona Gray, Jehza Huelar express dismay over Miss Earth sexual harassment controversy

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Grey and Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar have expressed dismay over the recent sexual harassment controversy during the Miss Earth pageant. "It's really unfortunate that they have experienced this in our country, but I think they did the right thing in coming forward and voicing out what happened," Gray saidon Mondayduring the beauty queens' send-off party at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. Gray praised those who came forward because "when women are able to feel empowered enough and to feel secure enough to come forward and to name the perpetrator, I think that's when the awareness and the action come." "And going forward, we...Keep on reading: Catriona Gray, Jehza Huelar express dismay over Miss Earth sexual harassment controversy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Boracay to reopen with fewer hotels, restos, no beach parties

  BORACAY ISLAND --- The government reopens Boracay to holidaymakers on Friday, after a six-month cleanup aimed at repairing the damage inflicted on the resort island by decades of uncontrolled mass tourism.   President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Boracay closed in April to fortify weak infrastructure and crack down on the rampant overdevelopment that had turned the island into what he termed a "cesspool."   When the government throws open the doors on Friday, Boracay will have fewer hotels and restaurants, a cap on the number of visitors and rules against beach boozing aimed at taming its party-hard reputation.   Bruised beauty   All o...Keep on reading: Boracay to reopen with fewer hotels, restos, no beach parties.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Miss International 2018 bet Ahtisa Manalo won’t settle for ‘second best’

"I'm not gonna go to Japan just to be the second best," Binibining Pilipinas International Ma. Ahtisa Manalo declared during her send off party launched by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BBCI) at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center on Thursday. Manalo gave assurances that she is well-prepared for the pageant and will make the Philippines proud. "Rest assured that I am prepared for this journey. I took a month off after winning, but after that I started preparing in every possible way that I can," she said. Manalo shared that she received advice from past beauty queens like Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa and Miss International 2005 Lara Quigaman. She said their ...Keep on reading: Miss International 2018 bet Ahtisa Manalo won’t settle for ‘second best’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 11th, 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

Fariñas: House’s expulsion of De Vera ’mockery of our republicanism’

MANILA, Philippines – Two House majority leaders faced off at the plenary in the wake of the removal of Eugene de Vera as party-list representative of the Arts, Business, and Science Professionals (ABS).  Former majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas came to De Vera’s defense, locking horns with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News4 hr. 13 min. ago

De Vera gave up party-list membership when he filed COC for Marikina congressman — Andaya - GMA News

De Vera gave up party-list membership when he filed COC for Marikina congressman — Andaya - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated News8 hr. 13 min. ago

House assigns Jericho Nograles as caretaker of brother’s Davao district

  House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has designated Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles as legislative caretaker of Davao 1st District after his brother Karlo was appointed Cabinet Secretary. READ:Duterte appointsKarloNogralesas Cabinet Secretary --- Palace "In the interest of the people of the 1st District of Davao City, the Honorable Jericho Jonas B. Nograles is hereby designated as legislative caretaker of the 1st District of Davao City effective immediately," read memorandum No. 17-192 issued by Arroyo last Thursday, November 15, and was made available to media on Tuesday. In a statement, Jericho thanked Arroyo and assured he woul...Keep on reading: House assigns Jericho Nograles as caretaker of brother’s Davao district.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News13 hr. 47 min. ago

Party-list group ousts Rep. Eugene de Vera

A party-list congressman was ousted by his group and dropped from the roll of lawmakers despite his call to wait for a final ruling of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News17 hr. 0 min. ago

PNP doubts sincerity of Reds in pursuing peace | News

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday expressed its doubts over the sincerity of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in resuming peace talks after its armed wing, the New People's Ar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News18 hr. 26 min. ago

De Vera removed as ABS party-list Representative | News

Lawyer Eugene Michael De Vera was removed on Monday as representative of the ABS party-list in the House of Representatives......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News18 hr. 26 min. ago