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Three PH films go to India, Europe

Starting the year with a bang, three Filipino films got invitations to international festivals in Asia and Europe. Zig Dulay's "Bagahe" is headed to three film festivals in Europe. It will have its "international premiere" in France---specifically, at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, set from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6. Dulay told the Inquirer: "I am excited to share our film with the entire world. I am looking forward to seeing the reaction of foreigners. They read, see and view films differently." He said it's important for filmmakers to be exposed to international feedback "so that their understanding of cinema will become deeper and broader." He noted: "...Keep on reading: Three PH films go to India, Europe.....»»

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Set for UST return, Renzo Subido soak some in D-League experience

For Renzo Subido, his time with Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup has a purpose. And his main goal? To become a better leader for University of Santo Tomas. "I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST," he said. So far, Subido has been nothing but excellent for the Skippers, leading his side to the 94-92 victory over Zark's Burger-Lyceum on Thursday. The 22-year-old led the fight with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds in the victory. While he's looking to gain experience, Subido's focus is firmly on the big picture rather than his individual performance. "We're taking it one game at a time but the goal ...Keep on reading: Set for UST return, Renzo Subido soak some in D-League experience.....»»

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All Hale the MMFF winners

Members of the rock band Hale finally received their trophy for best theme song, which they won at last month's Metro Manila Film Festival, during the thanksgiving party thrown by Solar Entertainment recently. Hale bagged the award for the song "Alon," which is part of the soundtrack of Paul Soriano's surf movie, "Siargao." Solar is the distributor of "Siargao." "Alon" was composed by the band's guitarist, Roll Martinez. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Champ Lui Pio told the Inquirer that it was their first time to score an award in a movie event. "It feels good," Champ remarked. "The movie did wonders for our song. It created awareness about it." Violinist Chino David, for...Keep on reading: All Hale the MMFF winners.....»»

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Ryza Cenon finally gets 1st movie break in her 14-year career

  Ryza Cenon has been part of numerous television shows since entering the biz in 2004, but it wasn't until last year that she finally top-billed a movie. But better late than never. After doing the indie romance-horror flick "Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B" last year, Ryza is now poised to open 2018 with her first mainstream starrer, the romantic drama "Mr. and Mrs. Cruz," which opens on Jan. 24. "This is my first mainstream film, which means that more people will be able to watch. That's why I'm nervous, I feel the pressure because this is all very new to me. I don't know the process or what it's like," she told reporters at a recent press conference. "This is how ...Keep on reading: Ryza Cenon finally gets 1st movie break in her 14-year career.....»»

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Mikoy Morales gets top billing in ‘Sirkus’

Mikoy Morales admitted he was disappointed about his lack of projects after finishing as a runner-up in the talent search "Protg: The Battle for the Big Artista Break" in 2012. "Of course, it hurts. May tampo, because I wasn't getting a lot of work," he said at the launch of GMA 7's weekly fantaserye "Sirkus"---the first show he's top-billing. "It's OK that it took a few years for me to get this, because it gave me time to know myself better," he said.---ALLAN POLICARPIO...Keep on reading: Mikoy Morales gets top billing in ‘Sirkus’.....»»

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Padda, Lady Falcons relish pressure from school officials

  Adamson has moved leaps and bounds in the UAAP this Season 80. The Pep Squad shook up the cheerdance landscape after winning their first title and the Soaring Falcons almost pulled off the unthinkable in the Final Four. With such accomplishments from the first two competitors in the UAAP Grand Slam, all eyes are now on the Lady Falcons. Adamson finished dead last in Season 79 winning just one game and losing 13, but a strong showing in the collegiate conference of the Premier Volleyball League became a beacon of hope for Adamson's women's volleyball team. Head coach Airess Padda, though, is not shying away from the pressure for a breakthrough this season which start...Keep on reading: Padda, Lady Falcons relish pressure from school officials.....»»

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Jon Jon Briones, Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez on ‘Versace’ roles

(First of two parts) LOS ANGELES---"'Versace' miniseries is the first great show of 2018," New York Post critic Robert Rorke raved about FX Networks' "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story." Rorke added, "The performances of the leads are outstanding, but special mention must be made of (Darren) Criss, who beautifully captures (Andrew) Cunanan's ability to tell the biggest lies anyone has ever heard and literally charm the pants off anyone he sets his sights on." Rorke went so far as to say that Jon Jon Briones, who plays the Fil-Am Cunanan's father, could be a "future Emmy winner." Here's from Rorke's review: "And we get a ringside seat at the twisted Cunanan h...Keep on reading: Jon Jon Briones, Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez on ‘Versace’ roles.....»»

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Taylor Swift just can’t shake some things off in adventurous ‘Reputation’

I swear I don't like the drama/ It loves me." That's Taylor Swift's controversial life and career in a nutshell, declared in "End Game," which also mentions the album title, "Reputation," in its typically self-aware lyrics. It seems there are things that the country sweetheart-turned-pop star can't just "shake off," as she tells of having "big enemies" in the song---a theme repeated in a few of the album's catchy tunes. "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" and "Look What You Made Me Do" are examples of Swift's penchant for immortalizing feuds, this time with hip-hop artist Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian, the conflict a "narrative" that she wished to be excluded from, a f...Keep on reading: Taylor Swift just can’t shake some things off in adventurous ‘Reputation’.....»»

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James Reid given creative freedom in third album

Some time back, James Reid received an offer to go to New York for a music project and "sign with someone there." He turned it down. If he were to make a name for himself as a recording artist, he said he would rather grow his roots first in the Philippines. "I want my music to come out here---I want to represent the country. My goal is to contribute to our local industry by coming up with something we can be proud of," James told the Inquirer in a recent interview. The first step toward realizing that goal was releasing his third studio album, "Palm Dreams," which---for the first time---saw James taking the reins of the creative process. He penned the lyrics and melodies...Keep on reading: James Reid given creative freedom in third album.....»»

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McDonald’s Red Envelopes fete $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu and Year of the Dog

OAK BROOK, Illinois -- McDonald's has introduced its new $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu, which offers customers several delicious and craveable McDonald's items at a compelling value. In celebration, the company has teamed up with internationally renowned Chinese American fashion designer Anna Sui to ring in the 2018 Lunar New Year by creating a series of limited edition lucky red envelopes. The envelopes feature original designs by Sui and will be available in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. For fans unable to be in San Francisco on Jan. 23, partner social influencers will be running national sweepstakes on their respective channels to make sure fans have a chance to get their ...Keep on reading: McDonald’s Red Envelopes fete $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu and Year of the Dog.....»»

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Presidential Awards nominations for Filipinos overseas now being accepted

  SAN FRANCISCO -- The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is now accepting nominations from Filipino communities in its jurisdiction for this year's Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas. The Presidential Awards are being organized by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in partnership with the Philippine Embassies and Consulates General around the world to recognize the exemplary achievements and significant role of overseas Filipinos in national development. The Presidential Awards highlight the time-honored Filipino values of PAKIPAGKAPWA, PAGTUTULUNGAN and PAGKAKAISA. The four (4) award categories are: Lingk...Keep on reading: Presidential Awards nominations for Filipinos overseas now being accepted.....»»

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Filipino regional cuisines come to prestigious James Beard House in NY

SAN FRANCISO --- World renowned culinary institution James Beard Foundation House will host an exciting gastronomic feast called "Regional Filipino Celebration" on January 25 at Greenwich Village in New York City. San Francisco-based (www.instagram.com/jbkollaborations) in partnership with Filipino Food Movement (filipinofoodmovement.org) proudly presents this event which showcases a shared goal to preserve, promote and develop Filipino cuisine. Five chefs, four of whom are of Filipino descent and one "adopted Filipino son" who is Dominican, who have proven their culinary expertise among the different educated palates of Filipinos coast to coast will be featured. Leading the lis...Keep on reading: Filipino regional cuisines come to prestigious James Beard House in NY.....»»

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To Rappler’s young and courageous journalists

In the wake of the Duterte government's move to silence Rappler, my friend, the academic Vicente Rafael, said in a Facebook post: "Looking at a recent photo of the Rappler staff, it struck me that their faces showed another compelling reason to support the paper: all youthful, the great hope, if one can pardon the clich, of the nation." And they also have courage. One of Rappler's senior reporters, Pia Ranada, proved this just days after the Duterte administration revoked the multimedia news organization's SEC license. On a video that's gone viral, there's the leader who inspired a bloodbath and who openly belittles the importance of human and civil rights berating, cursing, a j...Keep on reading: To Rappler’s young and courageous journalists.....»»

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Paolo Montalban in ‘Mamma Mia!’ Seattle production

SEATTLE --- Paolo Montalban will play one of three men who might be the father of a young lady in the romantic comedy musical "Mamma Mia!" this February.   Featuring songs by Swedish music group ABBA such as "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," and "Money, Money, Money", among others, this jukebox musical has been staged on Broadway (14 years) and has toured the world for nearly 20 years.   The musical is about soon-to-be-married Sophie, who wishes for her father to walk her down the aisle, except she doesn't know who he is.   Montalban will play Sam, an architect who is one of the candidates---all three of whom are invited by Sophie to her wedding...Keep on reading: Paolo Montalban in ‘Mamma Mia!’ Seattle production.....»»

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From the sublime to the ridiculous

NEW YORK --- Just when you thought he couldn't go any lower, he did. At a meeting at the White House to discuss an immigration deal last week, the Orange Man objected to certain provisions of the proposal on the table, describing Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries." Both Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said they heard the president utter those words. Adding insult to injury, OM also wondered why the U.S. couldn't get more immigrants from countries like Norway. To his credit, Senator Graham retorted that the United States was an idea and not a race. Too, as several commentators pointed out, why would Norwegians want to immigrate h...Keep on reading: From the sublime to the ridiculous.....»»

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Comelec sets public hearings on Mindanao poll postponement

Mindanao residents who want the May 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections postponed in their region due to the continued imposition of martial law on the island should speak up.   Commission on Elections(Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez, on his blog, www.jamesjimenez.com., appealed to voters to not just be "spectators to democracy" when the poll body holds public hearings in Zamboanga City on Jan. 22, in Cagayan de Oro City on Jan. 23, and in Cotabato City on Jan. 29. ---JULIE M. AURELIO...Keep on reading: Comelec sets public hearings on Mindanao poll postponement.....»»

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Military checking if top Malaysian terrorist survived

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is trying to validate intelligence information that a top Malaysian extremist survived the defeat of an Islamic State-linked siege on Marawi City and is helping restart efforts to establish an extremist alliance, a military official said.   The commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, said troops were trying to validate reports that Amin Baco is wounded during the siege but managed to escape to Sulu, where he was hiding with Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists.   Yusop Jikiri, central committee chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which has a peace treaty with the government, said that his gro...Keep on reading: Military checking if top Malaysian terrorist survived.....»»

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Carpio: China bound by West Philippine Sea ruling

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has disputed Malacaang's claim that China's acceptance or nonacceptance of the arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) was immaterial under international law.   "China is legally bound by the (Permanent Court of Arbitration's) ruling whether China likes it or not. That is the compulsory nature of international law," Carpio said in a statement.   The magistrate made the comment in response to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque's explanation of the government decision allowing China to conduct research explorations in Philippine Rise (Benham Rise).   Separate issue The WPS dispute was ...Keep on reading: Carpio: China bound by West Philippine Sea ruling.....»»

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BIR tax take up 13% to P1.78 trillion, but misses 2017 goal

The Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) tax take has jumped 13 percent to P1.779 trillion last year but still missed its target.   In a statement on Thursday, the country's tax-collection agency said its total 2017 collections exceeded the P1.576 trillion it collected in 2016.   However, it fell short of its P1.829-trillion goal for last year.   Tax evaders The BIR said it also beefed up its tax administration efforts in 2017.   "The BIR filed 112 cases under its flagship program Run After Tax Evaders (Rate) with an estimated combined tax liability amounting to P40.948 billion," it said.   "Under the Oplan Kandado program, 125 ...Keep on reading: BIR tax take up 13% to P1.78 trillion, but misses 2017 goal.....»»

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Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Nature or nurture? As family businesses account for a bigger share of the world economy, and as millennials increasingly shun the corporate world for startups, the question has become more urgent. The answer? Both. Some entrepreneurs venture out on their own without family backing, and many family businesses fall prey to the third generation jinx. But the most successful entrepreneurs are born into business families, but at the same time, they have also forged their own paths. HSBC Private Bank's Essence of Enterprise report 2016 surveyed 2,834 shareholders in private enterprises across several countries. Respondents have run or continue to run businesses having an average tu...Keep on reading: Are entrepreneurs born or made?.....»»

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