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Artists seeks production support for Fil-Am film ‘Lingua Franca’

NEW YORK -- A group of Filipino American producers are building financial support for a film venture that will tackle immigration, family, Filipino values, LGBTQ rights, among other social issues.   To introduce the film the Lingua Franca kickoff event was held at the Fridman Gallery in New York January 16.   Written and directed by Isabel Sandoval, Lingua Franca is a promising take on an undocumented Filipino transwoman's immigrant experience in Brooklyn, New York. Tony and Grammy awardee Jhett Tolentino; Oscar winner Gigi Dement; Cecilia Mejia; and Richard Kim are producing the project, which will start filming in Spring 2018. Wisconsin-based lawyer Jerry Kerk...Keep on reading: Artists seeks production support for Fil-Am film ‘Lingua Franca’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Women’s marches register new voters, to target swing states in midterm polls

LAS VEGAS --- Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that participants hope will continue building momentum for equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment. "This is a birthday party for a movement that has only begun to flex its power to change this democracy," Anna Galland, the executive director of the progressive group moveon.org, told the boisterous crowd. Following marches that drew huge crowds across the U.S. on Saturday, one year after President Donald Trump's inauguration, protesters gathered Sunday on multiple continents, includi...Keep on reading: Women’s marches register new voters, to target swing states in midterm polls.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

How US gov’t shutdown may affect your health

A government shutdown will have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation's response to the current, difficult flu season. It will also disrupt some federally supported health services, experts said Friday. In all, the Department of Health and Human Services will send home --- or furlough --- about half of its employees, or nearly 41,000 people, according to an HHS shutdown contingency plan released Friday. Here are some federal services and programs consumers might be wondering about: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION According to the HHS plan, the CDC will suspend its flu-tracking program. That's bad timing, given the country is at the height...Keep on reading: How US gov’t shutdown may affect your health.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Fil-Am DACA recipient hangs on to her dream

Cheska Perez isn't a Spanish name. She's 20, an Asian American Filipino who immigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was six. They all entered legally under her father's work visa. But as Filipinos know, things happen. Her father lost his job and his visa. Perez and her family became what Filipinos love to call TNTs, a term of endearment for visa overstays. She's not afraid to talk about it either. "There's nothing to hide," Perez told me when I met her last year. "There's nothing to be guilty about. It was not my fault. It was no one's fault. We were stuck in a situation that became our reality. And that's a lot of people's reality as well." And now she, and ab...Keep on reading: Fil-Am DACA recipient hangs on to her dream.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

What is Omidyar Network and why did it invest in Rappler?

In its bid to silence Rappler, the Duterte government used the investment of a U.S.-based organization called Omidyar Network to argue that the media organization is some pawn of a foreign entity. It's a bizarre, disingenuous claim. It's a safe bet that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa would never say something like this: "Hey, we have to publish stories Omidyar Network demands since they're giving us money." On the other hand, Duterte faces convincing accusations that he's behaving like a puppet of Beijing with jaw-dropping public statements, like when it was reported that China planned to build structures on Panatag Shoal, off the coast of Zambales province: "We cannot stop China from ...Keep on reading: What is Omidyar Network and why did it invest in Rappler?.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Death of 7 medical missionaries in Cebu crash shocks Chicago Fil-Ams

  CHICAGO---Shock over the tragic death of seven medical missionaries in the crash of a tour van carrying them in Alegria, Cebu, on January 20 continues to reverberate in the Filipino community in this city. The health care workers were on their way their annual medical missions in Camiguin, and island near Cebu, and their death has elicited prayers and disbelief from grieving compatriots in the Chicago area. Reported killed when a speeding Toyota Grandia van hit a roadside mahogany tree include prominent area physician, Dr. Nunilo Rubio, 74, of Chicago; Mrs. Aurora M. Gagni, 63, a registered nurse from Orland Park, Illinois; husband and wife---Reynaldo J. and Diane I. ...Keep on reading: Death of 7 medical missionaries in Cebu crash shocks Chicago Fil-Ams.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Finally, a blood test to screen for early-stage cancer

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have developed a blood test that will detect early signs of the eight most common cancers normally diagnosed in their late stages, according to research published in the journal Science. This means early detection will finally be available for patients who have cancer of the ovary, liver, pancreas, esophagus, bowel, lungs or breast. The screening test, then known as "liquid biopsy" and now called CancerSEEK, works by looking for mutated DNA that dying cells shed into the blood, and protein biomarkers associated with bowel, breast, liver, lung, esophageal, ovarian, pancreatic and stomach cancer. The test looks for mutations in 16 genes that regula...Keep on reading: Finally, a blood test to screen for early-stage cancer.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Ceres’ AFC bid resumes vs Brisbane

While it sees playing in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League as a bonus, Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros is determined to put up a creditable showing as it continues its qualifying bid on Tuesday against one of the top Aussie sides in Brisbane Roar. A couple of weeks after returning from the holiday break, the Busmen are looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history against a team that finished third in the Australian League last season. Kickoff is set 5 p.m. (Manila time) at Queensland Sport and Athletic Stadium. Making the task even more difficult for the Busmen, who won the Asean zonal finals of the AFC Cup last year...Keep on reading: Ceres’ AFC bid resumes vs Brisbane.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

TJ Manotoc is alright–but it wasn’t an easy journey

It took TJ Manotoc close to 27 years to find the blessing in a difficult and challenging childhood plagued by depression and anxiety. Earlier this week, the TV host, journalist and news anchor released a video on YouTube entitled "You Will Be Alright," in which he talks about his battle with depression and anxiety that began when he was 14. It was a personal project he took on with some close friends who believed that his story could make a difference in the lives of other young people. I asked him if he consulted his family before making the video. He did not, because he wanted it to be his story. Before releasing it, however, he showed the video to his sister, Mavis, hi...Keep on reading: TJ Manotoc is alright–but it wasn’t an easy journey.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Sweet but toxic

We were recently invited to a party that had enticing desserts which obviously used all sorts of food coloring. Even for adults, artificial coloring makes food appealing---much more so for children. Sweets like ice candy and gulaman seem more delectable and mouthwatering when they come in bright red, orange and green. Cooked shrimps look more fresh and appetizing with a reddish food coloring. Beware, though. Some industrial dyes used for food coloring can be toxic to the body. Some of these may contain coloring dyes used in shoe or floor polish. In small quantities, they may not cause harm, but, with chronic intake, they can cause diseases like cancer. I recall, a few years ago,...Keep on reading: Sweet but toxic.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Peers raise bail money for cops charged in Mandaluyong shooting

Colleagues passed the hat to help nine Mandaluyong City policemen post bail in connection with the Dec. 28 shooting incident where they fired at the wrong van and killed two people and wounded two others. PO 1 Jave Arellano, Alberto Buag, Mark Castillo, Tito Danao, Kim Tibunsay, Bryan Nicolas, Julius Libuen, Alfred Uribe and PO2 Nel Songalia were released from jail on Friday after paying a P25,600 surety bond, or 20 percent of the P128,000 bail set for each officer. But they were sent to the National Capital Regional Police Office where they remain under restrictive custody, according to Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen, the Eastern Police District (EPD) director for operations. ...Keep on reading: Peers raise bail money for cops charged in Mandaluyong shooting.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Can a person stop the rain at will?

I received this message last week from a bewildered young man in Legazpi City, who claimed he could stop the rain at will and could not believe it: "I'm sorry to text you at this late hour, Sir Jaime. This is Gerald from Bicol, a friend of (name withheld). I consulted you last year about my strange psychic abilities. I just need some answer if the following is true. Believe it or not, I can stop the rain! "I find it odd or even funny, but I have proven this to be true a number of times. And many have witnessed this. No matter how hard or strong the rain is, I can make it stop. Is this possible?" Yes, it is true, there are individuals or groups who can either make it rain or stop...Keep on reading: Can a person stop the rain at will?.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Ombudsman axes PNU execs over ad spending

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed Philippine Normal University (PNU) president Ester Ogena and three other officials for grave misconduct over a $25,000 (around P1.25 million) advertorial contract with an international magazine in 2011. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales imposed a lifetime ban from government employment against Ogena, PNU vice president for finance and administration Rebecca Nueva Espaa, financial management director Joseph Luceo, and budget office head Florence Allejos. The Ombudsman cited "substantial evidence" that the state-owned PNU entered into the ad contract with Foreign Policy magazine without a competitive bidding. The deal was also not included...Keep on reading: Ombudsman axes PNU execs over ad spending.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Guiao fined; players next

Fiery NLEX coach Yeng Guiao was fined P11,000 by Philippine Basketball Association officer-in-charge Willie Marcial for an obscene gesture but was cleared by the league on allegations of San Miguel Beer point guard Chris Ross that he uttered a racist remark in their Philippine Cup game on Friday night. But that will be peanuts compared to the fines and sanctions that Marcial will levy on three players, whom he summoned to appear early afternoon on Tuesday. Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine and Eric Camson of Kia Picanto, who exchanged elbows and punches in an upset Kia victory last week, are likely to be slapped at least one-game suspensions, apart from being meted out fines tha...Keep on reading: Guiao fined; players next.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Murder suspect nabbed in date set up by Facebook ‘lady pal’

One of Marikina City's most wanted suspects was arrested on early Sunday morning after being lured into a "date'' arranged by the police via Facebook. Adrian Arellano fell for the honeytrap set up by an undercover officer who pretended to be a woman online, befriended him on social media and later professed having "a huge crush on him," according to Senior Supt. Roger Quesada, the Marikina police chief. The 30-year-old Arellano was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Acerey Pacheco of Marikina Regional Trial Court Branch 165 in connection with the murder of Jerome Licuanan, 35, in January 2017. Police believed that the suspect, who was also on their watch list of su...Keep on reading: Murder suspect nabbed in date set up by Facebook ‘lady pal’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

C-6 Road land scam bared

If you had been offered a lot on C-6 Road in Taguig City for a temptingly low price, your money could end up literally down the drain. The local government issued a warning on Monday against a scam involving the sale of parcels of land by the highway that runs along the shoreline of Laguna de Bay. For a P500 membership fee, prospective victims are invited to join Building Enhancement for Livelihood and Environmental Network (Belen) Inc., an organization that can supposedly help them own lots along C-6 in Barangay New Lower Bicutan. Fake document The area being offered, however, is actually on the side of the road that is underwater and belonging to the local government and th...Keep on reading: C-6 Road land scam bared.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Mindoro cops’ plea to return to service junked

The Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police had denied the appeal for reinstatement of two police officers tagged in the murder of anticrime crusader Zenaida Luz. Supt. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson for the Mimaropa police, on Monday said a special order was issued on Jan. 18, ordering Senior Insp. Magdalino Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez "dismissed from the service effective Aug. 2, 2017." Cops no more "They are no longer cops (and) they no longer report here," Tolentino said from the regional police headquarters in Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro province. Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, outgoing regional police director, denied the policem...Keep on reading: Mindoro cops’ plea to return to service junked.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Jeepney drivers in Panay seek P12 minimum fare

ILOILO CITY---Transport groups on Panay Island are seeing a minimum fare of P12 for public utility jeepneys due to increased oil prices after additional taxes were imposed on fuel products. The Iloilo City Alliance of Jeepney Owners and Drivers Association (Iclajoda), Iloilo City Alliance of Drivers and Operators Association, and Confederation of Ilolo Provincial Jeepney Owners and Drivers Association have filed a petition in the Western Visayas regional office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) seeking a P5.50 increase in the minimum fare, from the current P6.50. TRAIN impact Raymundo Parcon, Iclajoda president, said the increase was necessa...Keep on reading: Jeepney drivers in Panay seek P12 minimum fare.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

Don’t look now, but this Bulacan town grows luscious strawberries, too

CALUMPIT, BULACAN---Despite an average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius, a farm here has set out to produce luscious strawberries in time for the next yuletide season. The strawberries which people are accustomed to grow in cool climate areas, like Benguet province, where peak demand rises in January and February. But farmer Andre Borja, 56, is growing 30,000 strawberry plants at the four-hectare Reyes Strawberry Farm in Barangay Calumpang here, which has become one of the province's farm tourism destinations. High tourist influx, in fact, costs the farm dearly when visitors plucked every berry they could find in 2017. "So many people came and we wouldn't drive them away be...Keep on reading: Don’t look now, but this Bulacan town grows luscious strawberries, too.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News

6 dead in Cotabato, ComVal clashes

KIDAPAWAN CITY---At least six were killed as clashes erupted anew between soldiers and communist rebels in North Cotabato and Compostela Valley provinces on Monday and Saturday, police and military reports said. The clashes broke out as the military launched renewed combat operations against rebels in the wake of President Duterte's proclamation that tagged the New People's Army (NPA) as a terror organization. Chief Insp. John Felongco Medel, police chief of Makilala town, North Cotabato, said a militiaman and three NPA rebels were killed in the clash that erupted early Monday in a remote village there. Attack In a radio interview, Medel said the firefight started when an...Keep on reading: 6 dead in Cotabato, ComVal clashes.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 22nd, 2018Related News