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The new Dao Ming Si can be soft and not mean, too

The newMeteor Gardenhas gotten fans hooked like they were in high school again. Just like before, Dao Ming Si, played by Dylan Wang, became an instant favorite among viewers. The character is known for his cold and serious demeanor as the leader of bad-boy group, F4, and fans can confirm that Dylan nailed the role. Let's step back from his tough persona today and focus on Dylan's softer side. While scrolling through his photos on social media and short clips, we saw some cute moments and understood why fans are swooning. So allow us to round these up for your perusal. Singing a cute pop song Dylan's latest video is singing his own version of "Learn to Meow" by Xiao Feng Feng. It...Keep on reading: The new Dao Ming Si can be soft and not mean, too.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 13th, 2018Related News

Hits from the kitchen: Gérald Passédat on music and food

As various tunes vie for the title of song of the summer in France, we go into the kitchens of some of the country's top food personalities to find out how music inspires their culinary creations. What are the musical ingredients that inspire them? Here, Grald Passdat, the only chef in Marseille to hold three Michelin stars, talks about his musical influences, ranging from Iggy Pop to Philip Glass and Luciano Pavarotti. Relaxnews: What song or artist gives you an energy boost in the kitchen? Grald Passdat: Iggy Pop What track do you like to listen to when cooking at home on a Sunday? "You Want it Darker" by Leonard Cohen. What song or musical genre perfectly sums up yo...Keep on reading: Hits from the kitchen: Gérald Passédat on music and food.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 13th, 2018Related News

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 10th, 2018Related News

WATCH: Anne Curtis sings heart out to ‘Grease’ in adorable childhood video

She isn't really known as a singer, but Anne Curtis sure loves to sing. The actress-host has headlined concerts in the past despite her limited singing abilities, rocking Araneta Coliseum back in 2012 for AnneBisyosa and in 2014 for her AnneKapal concert. This year, Curtis is set to headline her last solo concert, which will be held once again at the Araneta Coliseum on Aug. 18. But for Curtis, it seems having a concert at the Big Dome one day is something that even her young self would never have thought. Curtis took to her Instagram last Aug. 8 to share a throwback video from her childhood, rocking out to Grease's "You're the One that I Want," the iconic song in the musical f...Keep on reading: WATCH: Anne Curtis sings heart out to ‘Grease’ in adorable childhood video.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 10th, 2018Related News

Ceres loses AFC Cup ASEAN crown to Home United

MANILA, Philippines – Ceres-Negros FC failed to defend its ASEAN title after losing to rivals Home United, 0-2 (1-3 aggregate), in the 2018 AFC Cup zonal final on Wednesday night, August 8, at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.  Goals from Shakir Hamzah (62') and Song Ui Young (74') iced ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2018Related News

Seo Kang-joon releases song for ‘Are You Human?’

South Korean actor released a song for the original soundtrack of the series "Are You Human?", K-Pop Herald reports. "You Are My Love" is the ninth track from the soundtrack of the series featuring Seo, who plays the main character Nam Shin. The slow ballad is written from the perspective of Nam, a male robot, with lyrics such as "You are my love, you are the only one," describing someone who is deeply in love. The show's music director Gaemi said Seo has a great singing ability and he was surprised to learn that acting is not the actor's only strength. The song garnered support from fans when the track list of the soundtrack was first unveiled, revealing that Seo could vent...Keep on reading: Seo Kang-joon releases song for ‘Are You Human?’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 8th, 2018Related News

Turkey to steer clear of ‘unsuitable for kids’ Eurovision

Turkey is to maintain its boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest so long as its content is unsuitable for children, the head of Turkish state broadcasting said Saturday, citing the victory of an Austrian drag queen in 2014. The country, whose sequin-clad pop stars were once a mainstay of the kitschy annual songfest, has stayed out of the competition since 2012 in what was ostensibly a dispute over the voting system. But the head of state broadcaster TRT Ibrahim Eren indicated Saturday that while the voting system was still an issue, moral qualms were at the forefront of the problem for Turkey. "We are not thinking about taking part at the moment," he said, quoted b...Keep on reading: Turkey to steer clear of ‘unsuitable for kids’ Eurovision.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 5th, 2018Related News


Nicki Minaj hunting for Tracy Chapman as album waits

Chapman, the deep-voiced and intensely private folk singer behind socially conscious songs such as the 1988 classic "Fast Car," has pulled off the increasingly rare feat of being nowhere to be found online as Minaj pleaded via her 20 million followers each on Instagram and Twitter. In a tweet this week that she later deleted, Minaj wrote that a song on her upcoming album, "Queen," features one of "the greatest rappers of all time" but that she had "no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman." Minaj, whose album will be her first in four years, proceeded to poll her followers to ask whether she should delete the track or delay the album. The latter option apparently won. Wri...Keep on reading: 
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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 2nd, 2018Related News


Dark synth-pop heroine Robyn back after eight years

Robyn, the Swedish singer whose dark yet danceable synth-pop has won her an avid fan base, returned Wednesday with a song off her first album in eight years. "Missing U" is driven by a quick-paced and airy electronic keyboard with a tinge of melancholy over a retro synthesized bass, true to Robyn's signature style of sad but energetic love songs. The usually reclusive singer accompanied the track with a short documentary film in which she shows up at a long-running twice-a-year party in Brooklyn devoted to her music. Robyn emerged in the early 1990s in Sweden as a child star and soon developed a niche cultural status rare to such seemingly mainstream pop singers, with her hi...Keep on reading: 
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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 2nd, 2018Related News

Bracing bevy of hunks in bleak Billionaire

Taron Egerton plays the ambitious Dean Karny. They want to be billionaires 'so freaking bad,' as the song goes, that the idea of becoming super rich with minimal effort is successfully da.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2018Related News

Jon Santos in cast of ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ musical

Comedian Jon Santos is ecstatic to be in the cast of the Eraserheads musical, "Ang Huling El Bimbo." It has been a wonderful journey so far, he related, "from the exploratory readings to the unforgettable opening weekend." Santos told the Inquirer: "I am truly grateful to be part of this musical. All of us know the iconic band and the iconic songs, but no one could've imagined the songs told in a story like this. For the fans, it will be a surprise ... an experience they shouldn't miss." He volunteered that his fave Eheads song is "Toyang"---his theme song as a young adult in the 1990s. "I loved the wordplay and the wit. I had just moved into my first, very little, apartment and i...Keep on reading: Jon Santos in cast of ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ musical.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 1st, 2018Related News

Bracing bevy of hunks in bleak ‘Billionaire’

They want to be billionaires "so freaking bad," as the song goes, that the idea of becoming super rich with minimal effort is successfully dangled by two young men in front of wealthy party animals, in the bleak crime film "Billionaire Boys Club." Based on real events and set in early '80s California, the film by James Cox centers on best buddies from middle-class families, Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort) and Dean Karny (Taron Egerton), who reconnect some time after high school to work on possible businesses. Both silver-tongued and people-savvy, Joe and Dean decide to pursue their own dreams of becoming wealthy and influential. Despite some initial hiccups, Joe is able to convince Dea...Keep on reading: Bracing bevy of hunks in bleak ‘Billionaire’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 1st, 2018Related News

Metro Star Realty and Team Core to represent PH in Hoopbattle Championship in China

Metro Star Realty and Team Core booked their ticket to the HoopBattle Championship in China after finishing on top of the first ever Vivo HoopBattle Championship Philippines last Sunday (July 29) at the Market! Market! Activity Center, which aired live on ABS-CBN S+A and via livestream on ‪sports.abs-cbn.com. Led by 6’7 Jamal Thomas, who was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Metro Star Realty dominated Team Core, 21-10, in the final match to win the P200,000 grand prize of the 3x3 basketball tournament brought to the country by Ayala Malls and ABS-CBN Sports with co-presenter Vivo Philippines and in cooperation with Virtual Playground. Thomas and teammates Joseph Navarro, Reinier Quinga, and Argene Sabalza will represent the Philippines in the HoopBattle Championship in China later this year, where they will battle foreign teams for up to P3 million worth of prizes.  “It’s mission accomplished for me. I’ve always wanted to make my lola proud and make a name for myself and my family. I’m totally humbled and blessed,” said Thomas, who is currently a practice player for a local professional basketball team. Team Core, composed of Maharlika Basketball Pilipinas League players Axel Torres, John Vidal, John Cauilan, and JR Alabanza, also qualified to play in China, and took home P100,000 as the tourney’s second best team. “For me sobrang saya ng feeling, sobrang blessed, kasi hindi namin hiniling pero binigay ni God. Sobrang thankful kami. Mahirap pero sabi nga nila mag-enjoy lang,” shared Torres, whose team played undermanned with JR Alabanza getting injured prior the games. Both teams emerged on top after a single round robin elimination with six other teams that topped the Vivo HoopBattle legs held in different Ayala malls this July. The Metro Star Realty beat Team Ballers in the semifinals, while Team Core defeated Team Arellano University 2 in their own knockout game. The other teams that made it to the last eight were Just Coco led by Prince Rivero, Team Enderun bannered by former Batang Gilas Mike Dela Cruz, and Team F4 led by UP Fighting Maroon AJ Madrigal, and Team BS Susim Shipping. In an exhibition three point shootout, the tournament’s best long-range shooters Marco Sario (Team Ballers), AJ Madrigal (Team F4), and Mike Dela Cruz (Team Enderun) also bested Chinese players Jason Song, Camel Luo, and Young Sean, drawing cheers from Filipinos watching live in the venue. Song and Luo play for Chong Son Kung Fu in the ASEAN Basketball League, while Sean played in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour. HBC president Temple Deng said he is very happy with the turnout of the first HBC event outside China during an interview with ABS-CBN Sports anchor Andrei Felix, who hosted the event with UAAP basketball analyst Bea Daez and NCAA courtside reporter Roxanne Montealegre. “Just one word, amazing. I love it. They were very entertaining. Their performances were amazing,” he said. The tournament, which aims to highlight the both upcoming and undiscovered basketball talents in the country, started with 48 teams composed of players from both amateur and professional ranks. It was played under the strict guidelines of FIBA and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. “This only shows how big 3x3 basketball already is here in the country. Players from all walks of life came to participate here. I know we even had a surprise team composed of security guards of an Ayala Mall. In terms of the level of play, these guys have obviously been playing a lot of 3x3,” ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena shared. AMSI Inc. general manager Gabby Katigbak also said they look forward to more partnerships like the Vivo HoopBattle that gives Filipino athletes a chance to showcase their talent. Fans who watched the event yesterday also enjoyed special appearances by OPM star Inigo Pascual and athletes Ponggay and Therese Gaston, Bobby Ray Parks Jr, Chris Tiu, and Jimmy Alapag. ABS-CBN Sports anchors Martin Javier and Renren Ritualo also served as commentators for the livestream of the games. For more sports news and stories, visit sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abscbnpr.com  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 1st, 2018Related News

Paul McCartney’s fave artists

In a recent interview he gave at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in the United Kingdom, the music icon talked about some of the musicians he looks up to. It didn't come as a surprise that his list included fellow Beatles John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. "John who was pretty cool, as well as George and Ringo," said Paul, who's set to release his 17th solo studio album, "Egypt Station," soon. "When we worked together on something, what would often happen is that whoever would be the creator of a song, would bring in the first verse. Then, we would sit down and take it from there," he expounded on his songwriting process with John. "The little t...Keep on reading: Paul McCartney’s fave artists.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 29th, 2018Related News

Chinese aces grace VIVO HoopBattle finals

Three star players from China gear up for a three-point shootout with Team Philippines in a featured event serving as one of the highlights of the VIVO HoopBattle 3×3 Championship Philippines Finals unfolding today at Market! Market! in Taguig City. Jason Song and Camel Luo (Luo Yongxuan), mainstays of China’s KungFu team in the ASEAN [...] The post Chinese aces grace VIVO HoopBattle finals appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJul 28th, 2018Related News

Gary Valenciano returns to Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids

MANILA, Philippines – Gary Valenciano is back as a judge on Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids after two months of rest.  During the show's July 28 episode, host Billy Crawford welcomed the singer who danced to his song "Shout For Joy" as he went onstage.  Gary said it was great to be back on ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 28th, 2018Related News

What a dancing teacher’s performance shows about good student-teacher relationship

An elementary teacher taught his students a different lesson by dancing the famous K-Pop song “BBoom BBoom” by the dance group Momoland. Jamil Andrew, who teaches at President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School, was on point in his dance performance in front of his students as he recorded it on video. According to him, it […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopJul 27th, 2018Related News

Cher reveals tracklist for ABBA cover album

A week after announcing she has an ABBA cover album in the works, Cher took to Twitter to share the full 10-song track list, minus one surprise. As the "Mamma Mia!" sequel in which she stars plays on movie screens, she is slowly unveiling details of the album, beginning with the track list. The ABBA tracks featured on the album, plus one mystery closing track, are as follows: 1. "Waterloo" 2. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" 3. "Dancing Queen" 4. "Chiquitita" 5. "The Name of the Game" 6. "Mamma Mia" 7. "One of Us" 8. "The Winner Takes It All" 9. "SOS" 10. ? Notably absent from the list is "Fernando", which Cher performs with Andy Garcia in the new mo...Keep on reading: Cher reveals tracklist for ABBA cover album.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 26th, 2018Related News

Kris-Willie tandem soon?

IT's heartening to know that Willie Revillame paid a visit to Kris Aquino's son, Joshua, who was down because of stomach pain. Not only that, Willie invited Josh for a ride aboard the TV host's Ferrari. Josh is a fan of Willie who loves the song ‘Ikaw Na Nga.’ Kinakanta….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 26th, 2018Related News

Chinese baseball team takes over Texas minor league club

Texas AirHogs' Na Chuang (36), Song Yunqi (15), Yang Yanyong (1) and Yang Jin (29), all of China, stand for the playing of the Chinese national anthem before an American Association of Indepen.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 25th, 2018Related News