Slander’s ‘Wish I Could Forget’ features blackbear, Bring Me The Horizon

GRAMMY-nominated American electronic music duo and producers SLANDER (Derek Andersen and Scott Land) have released their new single “Wish I Could Forget,” featuring multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and producer blackbear and GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum-selling quintet Bring Me The Horizon. The collaboration — first teased live by SLANDER last summer to over 18,500 fans at the Long Beach Arena — is a true worlds-colliding moment, uniquely bringing in the sounds of all three accomplished artists. “Working with blackbear and Bring Me The Horizon was a dream come true and we are thrilled with how the final version has turned out! We have been fans of both of them for years, so to hear bear and Oli together on one track is truly incredible,” said Andersen. The official music video is directed by Emil Nava, the talented visual storyteller with directorial credits on videos by Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Ellie Goulding and more. The release of “Wish I Could Forget” marks the start of an extremely busy year for the musicians and label heads, as SLANDER gears up to perform in Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza Paris, a Las Vegas residency at Zouk and more later this year. The post Slander’s ‘Wish I Could Forget’ features blackbear, Bring Me The Horizon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneMay 24th, 2023

The blue plaques of London: An overlooked embellishment

Ask any visitor to London or a resident of the United Kingdom, they all have their all-time treasured landmarks or favored activities. From the regal Buckingham Palace to the historic Tower of London, to the dramatic Changing of the Guard Ceremony and the revered British Museum with a collection of over 8 million works, they form a core part or a nucleus of London’s history and heritage. Not to mention the vibrant West End plays and musicals, the exhibits and concerts in opulent palaces and well-attended halls, or even the red double decker buses and the Hackney carriages, fondly known as the London black cabs, which spice up the truly UK experience. For foodies, they often bring up English Roast Beef, Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips, which are go-to must-have dishes while in town. Despite these hallmarks of culture and tradition — either permanent, mobile or edible — somehow, I wonder why my thoughts keep on wondering and wandering back to the Blue Plaques of London! Each 20-inch round badge of recognition with blue background and white lettering, features the name, the year of birth and death, plus their relationship with the abode where it is erected. These are commemorations which invite the passersby to delve into the lives of its illustrious past inhabitants. Affixed to the facades of buildings, it whispers fascinating tales of extraordinary individuals who have shaped London’s identity over the centuries. Meticulously administered by the charity English Heritage, the plaques have since become synonymous with historical preservation. The origins of this iconic tradition can be traced back to 1866 when the Society of Arts, now known as the Royal Society of Arts, initiated the concept of memorial plaques. The idea fully took off in 1867, when the first Blue Plaque was installed at the birthplace of English Poet Lord Byron, at 24 Holles Street. This inaugural plaque set the stage for an enduring legacy of remembrance. These more-than-just-nameplates signify stories of exceptional individuals who have contributed to various fields of human endeavor. From renowned artists and writers to groundbreaking scientists and social reformers, the Blue Plaques celebrate the diverse accomplishments that have shaped London’s cultural, scientific, and intellectual landscapes. The process of awarding is rigorous and impartial. A committee of historians, experts, and representatives from English Heritage carefully considers nominations, ensuring that the candidates recognized have made a significant impact on society. The concerned individual must have been dead for 20 years or passed the centenary of their birth, be esteemed by peers of their field or have greatly aided humanity, plus have worked or lived in the pertinent building. Foreigners and overseas visitors are likewise included in the selection process. To be honored is akin to a major laurel, being immortalized in history. Though major names are always a standout, the council remembers lesser-known figures who have made a significant impact in their respective arenas, to include suffragettes and social reformers to musicians and architects. While residing in the city for more than a decade, I played a self-made game where I challenged myself to know more about the personalities whose plates I usually passed by. Walk with me through some notable figures who have been engraved on these memorial medallions: [caption id="attachment_155031" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photograph courtesy of creative commons/Simon Harriyott (CC BY 2.0)Charles Babbage’s plaque.[/caption] Charles Babbage (1791 — 1871) A mathematician and astronomer, he is considered by some as the father of the computer. The plaque is located at Dorset Street, Corner of Larcom Street and Walworth Road. Harold Bride (1890 —1956) He was the wireless operator aboard the RMS Titanic during her ill-fated maiden voyage. He relayed messages to ships in the vicinity which allowed survivors to be rescued. He remained at his post until the vessel lost power. His is situated at 58 Ravensbourne Avenue, Shortlands, Bromley. Anne Brontë (1820 — 1849) She was an English novelist and poet and the youngest member of the Brontë literary family. She authored The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, considered one of the first feminist novels. Hers is positioned at Grand Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Charlie Chaplin (1889 — 1977) A comic actor and filmmaker, he is one of the masters of silent film and is treated as one of the most important figures in the industry’s history. His medal is posted at 39 Methley Street, Kennington, London. Sir Henry Cooper OBE KSG (1934 — 2011) Undefeated in the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles for three years, he is the only boxer to have been awarded a knighthood. Spot his at 4 Ealing Road, Wembley. [caption id="attachment_155033" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photograph courtesy of creative commons/Simon Harriyott (CC BY 2.0)SIR Arthur Conan Doyle’s plaque.[/caption] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 — 1930) A writer and physician, he is more popularly known as the creator of the pop culture character Sherlock Holmes, who has impacted the crime fiction scene since his conception. Sir Doyle’s green plaque — an updated color scheme — is found at 2 Upper Wimpole Street. John F. Kennedy (1917 — 1963) Better known as JFK, he served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his untimely assassination. His tribute is on 14 Princes Gate, London, where the family lived when the patriarch served as the American Ambassador to the Court of Saint James. Karl Marx (1818 — 1883) The German-born philosopher is behind the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, which are defining pieces in the school of socialism and communism. His recollection is on 101-8 Maitland Park Road. [caption id="attachment_155035" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photograph courtesy of creative commons/JOHN YUGIN (CC BY 4.0)KARL Marx plaque.[/caption] Sir Joseph Paxton (1803–1865) He is the architect behind The Crystal Palace, which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851. He likewise cultivated the Cavendish banana, the most consumed banana in the Western world. His memento is on Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire. J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973) The one and only man behind the wildly popular Lord of the Rings books, which revitalized the fantasy genre and inspired many a writer to pick up a pen. His one of four — that’s right, he has a total of five — souvenirs may be seen at Sarehole Mill, Hall Green, Birmingham. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) An American novelist and short story writer, he is most known for the groundbreaking novel The Scarlet Letter. You can find him on 4 Pond Road, Blackheath. [caption id="attachment_155034" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photograph courtesy of creative commons/Spudgun67 (CC BY SA-4.0)NATHANIEL Hawthorne plaque.[/caption] Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) A Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is respected as one of the most influential figures in the history of art. His token may be seen at 87 Hackford Road, South Lambeth. [caption id="attachment_155028" align="aligncenter" width="525"] PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMONS/Spudgun67 (CC BY-SA 4.0)Vincent Van Gogh’s plaque.[/caption] Jose Rizal (1861-1896) How could we ever forget the Philippine National Hero’s very own recognition? His acknowledgment may be explored at Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire, 37 Chalcot Crescent, Belsize Park, London, where he lived as he fended off criticisms on his character and the revolutionary Noli Me Tangere. [caption id="attachment_155027" align="aligncenter" width="525"] PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMONS/Spudgun67 (CC BY-SA 4.0)Jose Rizal’s plaque.[/caption] The post The blue plaques of London: An overlooked embellishment appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 8th, 2023

Belmont Hotel Mactan: A home away from home

For many, a hotel is synonymous to comfort and relaxation, offering people luxurious amenities for a memorable and hassle-free stay. For Belmont Hotel Mactan, these experiences are taken to the next level as it extends incomparable services and first-rate amenities that not only embody class and elegance but also add convenience into the total hotel experience. Belmont Hotel Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Cebu, is the third hotel to open under Megaworld Hotels and Resorts’ homegrown hotel chain in the country. Under its business and leisure or “bleisure” label, Belmont Hotel Mactan is also the second hotel (after Savoy Hotel) that sits on the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown township. Yes, Megaworld’s townships have always been known as a city within a city that amazingly brings everything together — upscale condominiums, lifestyle malls, commercial establishments, office towers, banks, learning institutions and more — in one mixed-used development. That’s why Belmont Hotel Mactan guests in The Mactan Newtown, particularly the business travelers, are assured of this rare convenience because almost everything they need while staying at the hotel is within their reach. “Guests surely find it efficient to stay within the heart of a 30-hectare lifestyle and business hub of the township,” says Johnson Del Valle, Belmont Hotel Mactan general manager. [caption id="attachment_145632" align="aligncenter" width="525"] PHOTOGRAPH BY VANGIE BAGA-REYES | JOHNSON del Valle (left) Belmont Hotel Mactan general manager, and Harold Geronimo, Megaworld’s vice president for public relations and media affairs.[/caption] Home away from home The 20-story hotel is poised as a business travelers’ home away from home while staying in the beguiling island of Mactan. Located along Newtown Boulevard and just beside Savoy Hotel Mactan, Belmont Hotel Mactan features 550 guestrooms and suites with three room categories, namely, Junior Suite (50 sqm), Deluxe Premium (36 sqm) and Superior (26 sqm). It also has seven rooms dedicated for guests with special needs. [caption id="attachment_145629" align="aligncenter" width="525"] DELUXE Premier[/caption] All rooms are fully equipped with essential amenities, such as an in-room electronic safety box, wall-mounted TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, a minibar and wireless Internet connection. [caption id="attachment_145630" align="aligncenter" width="525"] BELMONT Café, the hotel’s all-day dining outlet offering Asian and Mediterranean dishes.[/caption] Interestingly, most units feature expansive views of the Magellan Bay and the Hilutungan Channel, a deep-water channel that separates Mactan Island from Olango Island. With regards to its location, guests arriving via Cebu International Airport will only take at least 15 minutes to reach the hotel. Del Valle says Belmont provides a logical choice for guests with a business mindset. “Since we opened, we host mainly guests who visit the area for business,” he shares. “The hotel features facilities built specifically for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), team-building, networking and corporate celebrations across our four available function rooms that can accommodate a maximum of capacity 120 guests down to 30 guests.” These function spaces are equipped with smart-control projectors and sound systems. “The Mactan Island is populated by hotels and resorts focusing heavily on leisure and wellness, so we are very excited to bring a new kind of hospitality experience through Belmont Hotel Mactan,” says Cleofe Albiso, managing director of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts. “Just like the first two Belmont Hotel properties in Newport City in Pasay and Boracay Newcoast in Aklan, Belmont Hotel Mactan will host guests who are in the area for both business and leisure.” She adds: “They can expect the usual topnotch amenities that enable rest and relaxation, but because we want to address the need for Mactan to be MICE-ready we have also built here facilities for business events. Coupled with the Megaworld brand of hospitality, we are very proud to say this kind of experience is something that cannot be found anywhere else on this side of Cebu.” Rich history Stepping inside the lobby, Belmont Hotel becomes a tribute to Cebu’s festive culture, landmarks, marine life, rich history as showcased through numerous art installations. For instance, colorful headdresses used in Cebu’s Sinulog are displayed in the walls of its all-day dining outlet, Belmont Café; Cebu’s finest handcrafted guitars in different sizes and colors are mounted in the chic hangout spot, Zabana Bar; and the room’s wall art paper features popular things Cebu is known for, from guitars to its delicacies, such as otap and puso (rice wrapped and boiled in woven coconut leaves). To relax and unwind, the central amenity area on the third floor has the swimming pool and kiddie pool, female and male wet and dry sauna, outdoor lounge with elevated deck, fitness center and viewing deck where guests can marvel at the beauty of the nearby sea and the rest of the township and the Mactan Island. In terms of food outlets, guests can also savor a variety of cuisines and delicacies from the hotel’s three food and beverage outlets. Belmont Café offers a wide variety of Asian and Mediterranean dishes, as well as other local delicacies. Just a few steps away from Belmont Café is the Zabana Bar, where guests can enjoy a selection of cocktails and refreshing beverages. [caption id="attachment_145635" align="aligncenter" width="525"] FITNESS center.[/caption] Over on the third floor is the Float Pool Bar, where guests can sample a variety of snacks and beverages as they lounge and take a refreshing plunge at the swimming pool. Belmont Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the Mactan Newtown Beach, and about five-minute walk away from the Mactan Alfresco, a hawker-type dining destination. “While in the area, don’t forget to visit the notable tourist sites much like the Mactan Shrine where the iconic 20-meter statue of Lapu-Lapu stands or the Sto. Nino de Cebu Mactan Parish Church which is noted to be shaped like the Magellan’s hat,” shares Del Valle. Largest hotel operator With the opening of Belmont Hotel, alongside Savoy Hotel, Megaworld Hotels and Resorts now has a combined room keys of 1,100, the largest number of room keys in the entire Mactan Island. At the same time, it makes Megaworld the largest developer and operator in the entire Cebu province today. “Belmont means Beautiful Mountain in French,” says Harold Geronimo, Megaworld’s vice president for public relations and media affairs. “It was a name created by our chairman Dr. Andrew L. Tan when we launched the first Belmont Hotel in Newport City. He fell in love with the name. He just wanted to create a new brand for Megaworld Hotels and Resorts because the first brand that we introduced was Richmonde Hotel. The second brand was Belmont.” The first Belmont Hotel was opened in 2015 at Newport City in Pasay City. It was followed by Belmont Hotel Boracay. Soon, the fourth Belmont Hotel will open in Iloilo City. Geronimo adds that Belmont Hotel will complement the Savoy Hotel inside the township because the vision of Megaworld is to be able to expand its portfolio of hotels in Mactan Island. They want to cater to more business and leisure travelers. “When we open Savoy Hotel, we notice there has been a high demand for those types of travelers who want to do business meetings here, as well as families and tourists who are on vacation in Mactan Island. We want to cater to both that’s why we are adding more rooms.” Belmont Hotel is still in the process of coordinating with the Department of Tourism for the hotel-star rating. 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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2023

Choosing perfect summer aircon

Everyone looks forward to summer — until they are reminded just how hot Philippine summers can actually get. And when you’re in the middle of sweltering humidity and heat, there’s nothing like coming home to a space that is comfortably, quietly, and more importantly, efficiently cooled. The secret to creating this cool, refreshing oasis lies in finding the right air conditioner to keep you comfortable all summer long — without breaking the bank. If that sounds too good to be true, pay attention as Prestiz, a brand best known for creating affordable and energy-efficient solutions to help you beat the heat walks you through the basics of finding the right air conditioner to fit your needs and lifestyle. Buying Checklist When buying an air conditioner unit, it’s important to carefully evaluate a variety of factors to find the perfect unit. You don’t want to spend on an air conditioner that’s going to be too small or too big for a specific space. Begin by measuring the room’s square footage, as this will help determine the appropriate cooling capacity (measured in BTUs). Remember, larger rooms require higher BTU ratings. Energy efficiency is also crucial so always look for units with high Energy Efficiency Ratio or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ratings to minimize energy costs. The type of air conditioner — whether it’s a window unit, portable unit, split system, or central air conditioning — should be chosen based on your space, budget, and installation requirements. Noise levels, measured in decibels (dB), should be considered as well, especially for areas like bedrooms or home offices where quiet operation is essential. Air filters, wi-fi connectivity Air filters play a significant role in maintaining indoor air quality, so opt for a unit with a good-quality, washable or replaceable air filter. Additionally, smart features such as WiFi connectivity can enhance your air conditioner’s functionality, allowing for smartphone app control and smart home system integration. Don’t forget to factor in installation and maintenance, including filter replacement or cleaning, and ensure that you choose a reputable brand like Prestiz, known for offering excellent warranty coverage and reliable customer support. Understanding Horsepower The term horsepower is something that you often come across when it comes to air conditioners. Horsepower is a common indicator of an air conditioner’s cooling capacity. For small rooms (up to 14 sq. m.) like bedrooms or home offices, a 0.5 to 1 HP air conditioner should be sufficient. For medium-sized rooms (14 to 23 sq. m.), such as living rooms or master bedrooms, a 1.5 HP air conditioner is recommended. Large rooms (23 to 37 sq. m.), including spacious living rooms or open-plan areas, generally require a 2 HP air conditioner. And Extra-large rooms (37+ sq. m.) and open spaces may need an air conditioner with 2.5 HP or higher. Keep in mind that factors such as ceiling height, insulation, sun exposure, and the number of occupants can also influence the required horsepower. Thankfully, Prestiz offers several high-capacity models for such applications so be sure to review product details carefully to choose the right one for your needs. Energy Efficiency Is Key As much as you’d love to spend all day in an air-conditioned room during summer, the thought of electricity costs is enough to send you reaching for that off switch. Except if you have a unit with a great EER. EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a measure used to rate the energy efficiency of air conditioners. It is calculated by dividing the cooling capacity of the air conditioner (measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs per hour) by the power input (measured in watts). The resulting ratio indicates how much cooling is provided for each unit of electrical power consumed. A higher EER means that the air conditioner is more energy-efficient, as it can provide more cooling with less power consumption. EERs however tend to vary depending on the brand, design, and technology. So if you’re shopping for a new unit, be sure to look for higher EER ratings, which can help bring down energy bills and even minimize environmental impact. Window-Type vs. Split-Type A couple more things to remember: You’ll probably hear the terms window-type or split-type a lot when you’re shopping for a unit. So here are a few things to remember: Split-type air conditioners offer several advantages, including energy efficiency, quiet operation, aesthetic appeal, multi-zone capability, and flexible installation. With separate indoor and outdoor components, they minimize energy loss and operate more quietly than window or portable units. They’re also less obtrusive, don’t obstruct windows, and can be installed in rooms without window access. Some split systems even allow for multi-zone cooling. However, it’s important to weigh these with your space’s needs as they will require higher upfront costs, professional installation requirements, more complex maintenance, and limited portability. On the other hand, window-type air conditioners have a lower upfront cost, easier installation, and better portability. They don’t require a separate outdoor component, which can be advantageous in certain situations. However, they have lower energy efficiency, generate more noise, obstruct windows, and have limited installation options compared to split-type units. When choosing between split and window-type air conditioners, carefully evaluate these factors in relation to your specific needs, preferences, and budget. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, it really all depends on what you need. Lifestyle fit Prestiz Window Type Air Conditioners are available in 0.5 1.0 and 1.5. Split-type models are also available at 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 HP. There’s bound to be one that will seamlessly fit your lifestyle. Visit our Shopee or Lazada page to learn more about our products or visit our physical stores at SM Hypermarket Las Piñas, SM Hypermarket Cavite Molino, SM Hypermarket Marilao, SM Hypermarket Mall Of Asia, SM Hypermarket Novaliches, SM Hypermarket Monumento, SM Hypermarket Bicutan, SM Hypermarket Rizal, Taytay, SM Hypermarket North Edsa, SM Hypermarket Bulaca, Baliuag, SM Hypermarket Fairview, SM Hypermarket Valenzuela, SM Hypermarket Pasig, SM Hypermarket Sucat, SM Hypermarket Laoag, SM Hypermarket Pampanga Clark, and SM Hypermarket Cavite Dasmariñas. The post Choosing perfect summer aircon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 25th, 2023

Better welfare and support for the ‘kuya ng kalsada‘

Move It, a homegrown motorcycle taxi company powered by Grab, recently launched a comprehensive rider-partner welfare and engagement program at the “Move It Tropang Malupet“ event held at the PICC Forum, which welcomed thousands of rider-partners as well as aspiring applicants eager to join Move It’s growing communities of “kuya ng kalsada.” Dedicated to enhancing the economic well-being of local motorcycle taxi service providers, the expanded “Tropang Malupet” welfare program encompasses optimized earning opportunities, economic assistance, aid and relief initiatives and community engagement. Move It continues to find ways to improve the lives of its rider-partners and their loved ones and help them achieve upward socioeconomic mobility. With Grab's support, Move It strives toward being the safer, more reliable and most affordable motorcycle taxi that Filipinos can always depend on. [caption id="attachment_185482" align="aligncenter" width="1004"] Move It general manager Wayne Jacinto introducing the expanded ‘Tropang Malupet‘ program.[/caption] In his remarks, Move It general manager Wayne Jacinto highlighted the impact of the upgraded Move It app to the experience of passengers and the earnings potential of rider-partners. The new Back-to-Back Booking feature on the app allows rider-partners to accept a new booking even as they accomplish an ongoing one, boosting their productivity on the platform. With the BTB Booking feature, tech upgrades and growing consumer demand, the earnings potential of rider-partners has doubled versus last year. To guarantee that rider-partners are able to achieve optimum earnings on the platform, Move It offers the lowest commission rate in the industry, complemented by income-boosting initiatives. Among these is Ka-Move It Rewards, an incentive scheme designed to reward rider-partners who successfully complete missions such as achieving specific booking targets, maintaining high passenger ratings and fulfilling minimum online hour requirements. Through Move It Parcel Delivery, on the other hand, rider-partners can accept parcel-delivery orders during non-peak hours for motorcycle hailing. The company‘s dedication to its rider-partners goes beyond offering livelihood opportunities. Recognizing the challenges they encounter on the road, it has introduced the Move It Malasakit Social Welfare Program, which extends financial assistance to rider-partners in need of emergency top-ups or those who experience accidents while online, complementing the existing insurance coverage allocated for Move It rider-partners. Move It Malasakit also covers aid and relief for rider-partners during calamities and national emergencies. Powered by leading superapp Grab, Move It is now also able to extend Grab's microfinancing programs to its rider-partners, providing an essential financial lifeline for them. And rider-partners are now eligible to apply for educational support through GrabScholar, a comprehensive educational support program comprising bursary support, BPO career acceleration opportunities and even full-ride college scholarships. Move It rider-partners have also been given full access to GrabAcademy, an online learning feature embedded in the driver app. GrabAcademy contains online classes on road safety, computer basics and passenger handling. Move It consistently organizes forums and town halls with its rider-partners to facilitate discussions on upcoming features and to promptly address situations faced by the community. In addition to these activities, the company also offers supplementary programs tailored to the interests of its rider-partners. For instance, an exciting announcement made at the event was the launch of Ka-Move It Liga — an inter-community basketball league with a grand prize of P300,000 and various consolation prizes totaling more than P500,000 in value. This initiative is set to bring rider-partners together in a spirit of competition and unity. The post Better welfare and support for the ‘kuya ng kalsada‘ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 17th, 2023

Powerhouse in your pocket

For the first time since electronics giant Samsung and iconic fashion house Thom Browne partnered for a project five years ago, their latest collaborative effort has been brought to the Philippines. The Galaxy Z Fold5 Thom Browne Edition went on sale last 7 September (for select buyers) and, five days later, on the 12th (for the general public) with overwhelmingly positive response. “We feel that the market, with all the emerging fashion brands in the Philippines, now is the time to bring the collaboration for the Filipinos,” Samsung’s country head of marketing and communications for flagship phones Dominic Nacorda said at the recent press launch. [caption id="attachment_185035" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] DESIGNER Thom Browne using the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Thom Browne Edition.[/caption] He described the new phone to the select media representatives at Thom Browne’s Univers shop at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City as a “powerhouse that fits right in your pocket, not to mention that it’s fashionable.” The limited-edition phone set comes in a stylish Thom Browne briefcase packaging. It contains the Galaxy Z Fold5 phone in classic gold that features Samsung’s latest foldable technology — and a whole lot more. There are leather Galaxy Z Fold5 cases, S Pen Fold edition, data cable, Galaxy Watch6 40 mm in classic gold, Galaxy Watch6 straps, 25W travel adapter, Galaxy Watch wireless charger and ejection pin. All these items sport Thom Browne’s signature colors of red, white and blue. “You have customization not only from the outside, but inside as well,” Nacorda pointed out. “Very personalized widgets and wallpaper designed with Thom Browne emblem. This also comes with exciting accessories for your personalization needs.” In a statement, Browne himself expressed excitement over the latest phone edition. “This continued collaboration with Samsung represents an evolution of what we’ve been creating together for years,” he said. The American fashion designer, who’s known for reinterpretation of classic styles with edgy details, explained, “Once again, we want to show that a perfect blend of top quality, innovative design and a classic aesthetic can become a powerful form of self-expression. I believe this Galaxy Z Fold5 Thom Browne Edition is the ultimate example turning advanced technology into a bold statement.” The post Powerhouse in your pocket appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 16th, 2023

EU hits TikTok with big fine over child data

A European Union regulator hit Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok with a 345-million-euro fine over child data breaches on Friday, in the bloc's latest salvo against the business practices of tech titans. The fine, equivalent to $369 million, is the culmination of a two-year inquiry by Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC). The Irish watchdog, which plays a key role in policing the EU's strict General Data Protection Regulations, gave TikTok three months "to bring its processing into compliance" with its rules. The DPC in September 2021 began examining TikTok's compliance with GDPR in relation to platform settings and personal data processing for users aged under 18 years old. It also looked at TikTok's age verification measures for persons under 13 and found no infringement, but found the platform did not properly assess the risks to younger people registering on the service. The regulator highlighted in its ruling Friday how children signing up had TikTok accounts set to public by default, meaning anyone could view or comment on their content. It also criticised TikTok's "family pairing" mode, which is designed to link parents' accounts to those of their teenage offspring, but the DPC found the company did not verify parent or guardian status. Ireland is at the centre of the GDPR regime because Dublin hosts the European headquarters of TikTok and the likes of Google, Meta and X, formerly Twitter. In May, the DPC fined Meta a record 1.2 billion euros for transferring EU user data to the United States in breach of a previous court ruling. TikTok, a division of Chinese tech giant ByteDance, is extremely popular among young people with 150 million users in the United States and 134 million in the EU. TikTok 'respectfully disagrees' In response to the fine, TikTok said it "respectfully disagrees" with the verdict and was "evaluating" how to proceed. "The DPC's criticisms are focused on features and settings that were in place three years ago, and that we made changes to well before the investigation even began, such as setting all under 16 accounts to private by default," a TikTok spokesperson told AFP. The platform insists that it closely monitors the age of its users and takes action when needed. TikTok says it deleted almost 17 million accounts worldwide in the first three month of this year due to suspicions that they belonged to people under 13 years old. Earlier this month, the social media giant opened a long-promised data centre in Ireland, as it tries to calm fears in Europe over data privacy. GDPR came into force in 2018 and was the EU's toughest and most famous law on tech, ensuring citizens give consent to the ways in which their data is used. Friday's fine comes after the EU last week unveiled a list of digital giants -- including Apple, Facebook owner Meta and ByteDance -- that will face tough new curbs on how they do business. The post EU hits TikTok with big fine over child data appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2023

Shopee 9.9 a hit

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, once again achieved great results in the annual 9.9 Super Shopping Day. With Shopee Live, an interactive live-streaming feature in Shopee, Filipino sellers created entertaining shopping experiences for consumers and grew their online business. Together with brands and sellers, Shopee set a record-breaking 41 times uplift in new buyers on Shopee Live this 9.9, compared to an average day. With its exclusive promotions, gamification features, and seamless e-commerce integration, sellers have more opportunities to engage their customers through rewarding livestream shopping experiences. Vincent Lee, head of Shopee Philippines: “Shopee is dedicated to providing our users with the best online shopping experience. This 9.9, we are glad to bring users even more value through Shopee Live, by helping brands and sellers reach out to and deliver the best deals to shoppers effectively. Shopee will continue to deliver more exciting campaigns as we gear up toward the upcoming year-end shopping season.” A new milestone was achieved during the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, where viewers from all across the nation spent more than 2.7 million hours on Shopee Live over the 9.9 period. The post Shopee 9.9 a hit appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 15th, 2023

EU fines TikTok 345 million euros over child data

A European Union regulator fined Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok 345 million euros over child data breaches on Friday. Ireland's Data Protection Commission said in a statement that it has handed down the "administrative fine", which is equivalent to $369 million, over the breaches it uncovered in a two-year inquiry. The watchdog gave TikTok three months "to bring its processing into compliance" with its rules. EU member Ireland's DPC plays a key role in policing the bloc's strict General Data Protection Regulations. The watchdog in September 2021 began examining TikTok's compliance with GDPR in relation to platform settings and personal data processing for users aged under 18. It also looked at TikTok's age verification measures for persons under 13 and found no infringement, but found the platform did not properly assess the risks to younger people registering on the service. The DPC highlighted Friday in its ruling how children signing up had TikTok accounts set to public by default, meaning anyone could view or comment on their content. It also criticized TikTok's "family pairing" mode, which is designed to link parents' accounts to those of their teenage offspring, but the DPC found the company did not verify parent or guardian status. Ireland is at the center of the GDPR regime because Dublin hosts the European headquarters of TikTok and the likes of Google, Meta, and X, formerly Twitter. TikTok, a division of Chinese tech giant ByteDance, is extremely popular among young people with 150 million users in the United States and 134 million in the European Union. In response to Friday's fine, TikTok said it "respectfully disagrees" with the verdict and was "evaluating" how to proceed. "The DPC's criticisms are focused on features and settings that were in place three years ago, and that we made changes to well before the investigation even began, such as setting all under 16 accounts to private by default," a TikTok spokesperson told AFP. The post EU fines TikTok 345 million euros over child data appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2023

Biden urges ‘national unity’ 22 years after 9/11

President Joe Biden called Monday for Americans to unite despite bitter political differences as the United States marked the 22nd anniversary of Al-Qaeda's 9/11 attacks. Bells were rung and the names of nearly 3,000 people were read out in somber ceremonies in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania where the hijacked planes struck. "Let's honor September 11 by renewing our faith in one another," said Biden, speaking at a US military base in Anchorage, Alaska as he traveled back from a trip to India and Vietnam. "We must never lose our sense of national unity, so let that be the common cause of our time." Speaking in front of a huge flag, Biden added that "terrorism, including political and ideological violence, is the opposite of all we stand for as a nation." His speech comes as the United States is increasingly polarized, with tensions likely to increase as Biden, a Democrat, heads into a likely election rematch next year with Republican former president Donald Trump. Trump has been indicted four times since April, including for efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, with the 6 January 2021 Capitol attack by his supporters still fresh in the public's memory. 'Never forget' In New York, Vice President Kamala Harris and current and former mayors joined victims' families at the 9/11 memorial on the site of the World Trade Center twin towers brought down by two aircraft flown by hijackers. The names of the more than 2,600 who died in New York were read out by family members and young relatives not alive at the time of the attack. "I wish I had a chance to really know you. Everyone in the family misses you. We will never forget," said the grandson of firefighter Allan Tarasiewicz, who was killed at age 45 during rescue operations at the World Trade Center. At the Pentagon in Washington, where the attackers plunged a third aircraft into the headquarters of the US military, a sailor rang a ship's bell for each of the 184 killed there. And in western Pennsylvania, where a fourth hijacked plane apparently heading toward Washington was forced to crash, bells were rung for each of the 40 passengers and crew who died. "September 11 made America a nation at war, and hundreds of thousands stepped up to serve our country in uniform," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at the Pentagon ceremony. "I know that it aches to remember this milestone year after year... The men and women of the Department of Defense will always remember." Across New York City, in Congress and elsewhere, a moment of silence was held to mark the attack, plotted by Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was found and killed nearly a decade later by US Navy Seals in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan. Biden noted in his speech that he himself had given the order for bin Laden's successor Ayman al-Zawahiri to be sent to the "gates of hell" last year in an airstrike in Afghanistan. "The soul of America is the fortitude we found in the fear of that terrible September day," he added. "The terrorists believed they could bring us to our knees, bend our will, break our resolve. But they were wrong, they were dead wrong." The post Biden urges ‘national unity’ 22 years after 9/11 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 12th, 2023

Barbie Forteza, David Licauco light up ‘Maging Sino Ka Man’

GMA’s hit stars Barbie Forteza and David Licauco of Maria Clara at Ibarra fame will bring back their sizzling chemistry to the television in Maging Sino Ka Man, the series adaptation of the ‘90s blockbuster hit of the same title and which catapulted Sharon Cuneta and Robin Padilla to new heights in their career back in the day. The highly anticipated romantic-action series will premiere 11 September and will run from Mondays to Fridays at 8 p.m. on GMA Telebabad and at 9:40 p.m. on GTV. It is directed by Enzo Williams (Ang Probinsyano). The Kapuso Primetime Princess and Pambansang Ginoo will play Monique and Carding, two very different people who fall in love with each other. It’s a rich girl-poor boy love story jampacked with action thrills and romance. The series also features Juancho Triviño as Gilbert Arnaiz, Faith Da Silva as Cleo Ramirez, Mikoy Morales (2023 Cinemalaya Best Actor) as Gordon a.k.a. Libag and Rain Matienzo as Tetay. Also part of the roster of its exciting cast are E.R. Ejercito as Boss Frank, Jeric Raval as Alex, Jean Saburit as Shonda, Juan Rodrigo as Miguel, Antonio Aquitania as Jonas, Jean Garcia as Belinda Salazar, Al Tantay as Osmundo and Tonton Gutierrez as George. At the most recent grand media conference, Williams described his experience directing the series as “not that hard.” “It’s not that challenging kasi ang galing nilang dalawa, to be honest. Working with Barbie, working with David — andiyan na ang chemistry nila eh, parang kaunting guidance na lang. So it’s not that hard,” he said. The director also expressed admiration for Forteza. “Barbie, I think she’s one of the best actresses I worked with.” This will definitely further amp the excitement among Forteza’s cult following as she will also play a male character in Maging Sino Ka Man. In the story, she also plays a dude named Dino as her disguise. For this, the actress studied Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry, where Swank won an Oscar for her sensitive and complex role as a transman. This shows how serious Forteza is in her work for the series. Meanwhile, Licauco at the presscon admitted some challenges in his role as Carding, specifically the way the character talks as exemplified by Padilla in the hit movie: crass, crude and a thug. “As you know from the movie, mabilis magsalita si Carding. Matigas. As you can hear now, medyo mabagal talaga ako magsalita. I think iyon ang pinaka-challenging for me. But, of course, with the help of my director, I think…hopefully, nabigyan ko naman ng justice iyong character,” he replied to the question posted by a media member. Forteza also revealed that the series was created precisely for her and Licauco. “Personally, umeere pa lang Maria Clara at Ibarra, kumbaga napansin kami ng mga boss,” she said.  “And they were already thinking of a follow-up project na para sa amin bilang artista. Sobrang fulfilling iyon, syempre. And kami (she and Licauco) naman po, in return, gagawin naman po ang best namin para mapaganda rin ang seryeng ito.” The creative team behind this 2023 remake of Maging Sino Ka Man is composed of creative director Aloy Adlawan; senior writers Benjamin Benson Logronio and John Kenneth de Leon; head writer Mark Duane Angos; brainstormer Louize Andrei Al-Shehri. Maging Sino Ka Man is made possible under the supervision of GMA senior vice president for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; vice president for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; assistant vice president for Drama Helen Rose S. Sese; senior program manager Camille D. Hermoso; and executive producer Darling Pulido-Torres. The post Barbie Forteza, David Licauco light up ‘Maging Sino Ka Man’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2023

Leaving luxury for a cause

In a world where extravagance and opulence were the norm, Vicky Wieneke chose a different path — one that led her to have a significant impact on the lives of those who were less fortunate. After enjoying three decades of success in fashion manufacturing business, Wieneke’s life took an amazing turn. This is the story of her transformation from a business mogul to a dedicated advocate for community empowerment. Wieneke, a University of the Philippines alumna, established a successful production company for well-known designers’ fashion lines. She lived in the lap of luxury, surrounded by the wealthy and the influential. Yet, despite her success, she felt that something was missing in her life, a higher purpose waiting to be fulfilled. “I would consider this a calling from our Lord because I also became very spiritual,” she said. In a recent interview with the DAILY TRIBUNE, Wieneke shared the pivotal moment that led her to redirect her life’s journey. She recounted watching the news about the hostility at the Malacañang Palace while she was abroad. Witnessing the struggles and injustices faced by her fellow countrymen deeply moved her. Instead of adding to the noise of complaints, she decided to be part of the solution. Driven by a desire to bring about positive change, Wieneke set out on a mission of community building and working with marginalized sectors. She founded Kabisig ng Kalahi in the year 2000, during the tenure of Dinky Soliman as the secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This organization would become her vehicle for making a difference in the lives of those who needed it most. One of the motivating factors behind Kabisig ng Kalahi was Wieneke’s concern for malnourished children, whom she saw as the nation’s future. “I was more concerned about the future of the malnourished children, they are the future of the country,” she highlighted. She worked with Soliman and other partners to build a complete program that placed a strong emphasis on community involvement and self-sufficiency. She envisioned an organized program with tangible results instead of giving them “limos.” This program, which spans six months and 120 days, not only addresses nutrition but also incorporates values formation. The project was promoted throughout local government units, boosting cooperation between Kabisig ng Kalahi and several LGUs. The initiative was successful because it helped communities develop better civic values and problem-solving abilities. One of the key features of Kabisig ng Kalahi’s approach is that it does not simply provide assistance, it empowers the community members to take charge of their own development. Mothers and parents actively participate in the program, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility within the community. Wieneke’s dedication to this cause has led to significant growth and expansion. Beyond Metro Manila, Kabisig ng Kalahi has reached places like Calabarzon, Mimaropa and even conflict-affected areas like Basilan. For its remarkable efforts to enhance human resources and community development, the organization has won various accolades and citations. Today, Wieneke’s life revolves around her mission to uplift communities and promote self-sufficiency. She has given up the flash and glamour of the fashion industry for the joy of witnessing the success and independence of those without a voice. Wieneke remains unwavering in her commitment to making a difference in the world. Her message to all is clear: “Let’s all do what we can for our country and for humanity. Good deeds are worth it.” Wieneke’s story serves as a potent reminder that true fulfillment comes from having a positive impact on other people’s lives in a time when success is frequently determined by financial prosperity. Her experience motivates all of us to answer the call to compassion and service. The post Leaving luxury for a cause appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2023

Korean Film Festival to delight Manila

The Korean Film Festival is set to bring moviegoers and fans on a memorable cinematic trip to Korea. “At this year’s KFF, we do not only have some award-winning films lined up, but we also chose movies that will take you to some of Korea’s picturesque landscapes,” the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines announced on their social media accounts. Presented by the Korean Embassy in the Philippines and the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, the film festival, themed “Ka-ja! Korea Through Films,” will feature seven stellar films. The film festival is also in collaboration with the Korean Film Council, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office and SM Cinema. Here is KFF’s lineup of films that will be shown on the big screens for free: Bori (2020), directed by Kim Jinyu. This coming-of-age film is about an 11-year-old girl living in a seaside village named Bori, the only member of a family who is not deaf. [caption id="attachment_181135" align="aligncenter" width="950"] ‘DIRECTOR’S INTENTION.’[/caption] Director’s Intention (2021), directed by Kim Min-geun. A romantic comedy about the complicated relationship between exes who have to work on the same project. [caption id="attachment_181132" align="aligncenter" width="950"] ‘EVERGLOW.’[/caption] Everglow (2021), directed by So Joon-moon. Set in Juju, the film trains its lens on a 70-year-old female diver as the focus of a documentary. [caption id="attachment_181134" align="aligncenter" width="950"] ‘GYEONGJU.’[/caption] Gyeongju (2014), directed by Zhang Lu. Another romantic comedy, about a Beijing-based professor who returns to Korea for a funeral and spends time with a teahouse owner. [caption id="attachment_181138" align="aligncenter" width="950"] ‘JUKDO Surfing Diary.’[/caption] Jukdo Surfing Diary (2020), directed by Lee Hyun-seung. The film features a beach that has become a famous destination spot for surfers. Life is Beautiful (2022), directed by Choi Kook-hee. Starring Sky Castle’s Yum Jung-ah and Moving’s Ryu Seung-ryong, about a terminally-ill wife who asks her husband to find her first love as a birthday present. The Book of Fish (2021), directed by Lee Joon-ik. Set in 1801, the black-and-white historical film features a Josean-era scholar who is exiled to Heuksando Island. The KCC is also set to host a film production workshop titled “Meet the Mentor: K-Movie Production Talk Show” on 21 September at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde campus. This workshop is part of the “Meet the Mentor” series, whose panel includes Filipino director Perci Intalan and Korean directors-producers Park Eun-kyung and Lee Yeon-hwa. KCC’s Korean Film Festival will run 22 September to 26 September, with participating cinemas, screening schedules and ticketing guidelines to be announced soon. The post Korean Film Festival to delight Manila appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2023

WATCH: Jose Mari Chan loses Christmas feels – but Ninong Ry helps bring it back

Ninong Ry and Ninong Jomari reminded us that despite the holiday whirlwind, we shouldn’t forget the traditions that make Christmas truly special......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 5th, 2023

WATCH: Jose Mari Chan lost Christmas feels – but Ninong Ry helps bring it back

Ninong Ry and Ninong Jomari reminded us that despite the holiday whirlwind, we shouldn’t forget the traditions that make Christmas truly special......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 4th, 2023

WATCH: Jose Mari Chan lost Christmas feels – but Ninong Ry helps bring it back

Ninong Ry and Ninong Jomari reminded us that despite the holiday whirlwind, we shouldn’t forget the traditions that make Christmas truly special......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 1st, 2023

Empowering Filipinos with inclusive next-generation technology

Over the past decade, the telecom industry has disrupted our lives more than the century that preceded them. The advancement in telecom technology has transformed all industries, with economic fundamentals shifting to adapt to the mobility and digitally connected lifestyle. Indeed there is no limit to what can be connected, the size of the connection, or even the services provided in the connected world. There is no limit to what the connected experience demands. "While we embrace the power of technology, we also recognize the significance of making these advancements accessible to all. Inclusivity is the driving force behind our innovation as we strive to empower individuals and communities with our transformative mobile and broadband solutions," said Evelyn Jimenez, DITO Telecommunity chief commercial officer, at the launch of their latest products DITO Mobile Postpaid FLEXPlans and DITO Home UNLI 5G WIFI. She said the rollout aims to empower all Filipinos and telecommunities by giving them access to affordable high-speed 5G connectivity. DITO is also making its presence felt after OpenSignal, an independent mobile analytics company, awarded DITO multiple noteworthy awards in their latest report: Upload Speed Experience, Availability, Excellent Consistent Quality, and Core Consistent Quality. DITO even dislodged Smart Communications from the top spot in the Excellent Consistent Quality category after scoring a record-breaking 58.8 percent versus Smart's 56.7 percent. Moreover, on Core Consistent Quality, DITO soared to a 79.9 percent rating, knocking-off Globe Telecom, from the top spot, only registered 77.7 percent. Incidentally, DITO's Upload Speed has also risen remarkably, with a score of 5.2Mbps. At the same time, the Availability Award they received recognized DITO for providing a robust and reliable network connection in places where people commonly go, allowing users to access DITO's network and stay connected easily. All these accolades in just their 2nd year of operations are a breakthrough achievement for the people's fave new telco, DITO Telecommunity.   Postpaid plan for  everyone DITO Mobile Postpaid FLEXPlans, the telco provider's newest mobile service, gives every Filipino a chance to upgrade to postpaid. Customers can choose from affordable and flexible SIM-Only Plans (with a locked-in period of 6 months) or Handset Plans (with a locked-in period of 24 months). For as low as P588 a month, Filipino customers can enjoy the benefits of DITO Mobile Postpaid, such as generous data allocation, data rollover, UNLI all-net calls and texts, premium handset offerings, and a bonus Prime Video subscription for 12 months. For Handset Plans, DITO partnered with Samsung for premium yet affordable phones that customers can choose from. Samsung Galaxy A02 is accessible for all plans, Samsung Galaxy A04 is free for FLEXPlan 888, while Samsung Galaxy A14 5G is free for FLEXPlan 1288. Samsung Galaxy S23 is also available with a corresponding cash-out requisite which can be viewed via this link dito.Ph/postpaid/handsets. Other Samsung handsets will also be available soon. DITO Postpaid plan customers are entitled to other FLEXible mobile service features such as Advance Pay, Mobile Number Portability, and Choose Your Number. Advance Pay allows SIM-Only Plan subscribers to make advance payments for their monthly subscription fees with a discount of up to 40 percent. It would also be good to note that customers can easily use Mobile Number Portability to carry over and keep their favorite Prepaid or Postpaid number as they switch to DITO Postpaid. They may also choose their number or purchase a vanity number for their new DITO postpaid plan. Customers using these features must apply for their DITO Mobile Postpaid FLEXPlans via DITO Experience Stores only for proper handling and servicing. To ensure the convenience of customers, DITO assures a fast and straightforward application process for their postpaid plans. Interested customers may apply for a DITO Mobile Postpaid FLEXPlan through the DITO APP, DITO Experience Stores, and Device Retail Partner Stores nationwide (Rulls, MemoExpress, EC Panda). They need to bring the following: Proof of Identification (at least one valid government ID), Proof of Financial Capacity (For example Certificate of Employment, Credit Card Bill Statement, and the like), Proof of Billing that reflects the Customer's Address, and a selfie (for applications made via the DITO APP). "DITO wants all Filipinos to have equal opportunities to reach their digital aspirations. By introducing our DITO Mobile postpaid offerings, we want to break the notion that postpaid plans are too expensive and reserved for a select few. At DITO, we're proud to say that there's a postpaid plan for everyone," affirmed Jasper Evangelista, DITO director for Brand and Marketing. The post Empowering Filipinos with inclusive next-generation technology appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2023

Cat cafe brings pawsitivity to war-scarred Gaza

A cat cafe in the Gaza Strip aims to "cheer up" Palestinian residents and offer them a respite from the trials of daily life in the blockaded territory, its owner said. At the Meow Cat Cafe which opened this week in Gaza City, owner Nehma Maabad set out food for a clowder of kittens. "Cats, for me, are a refuge that relieves me of psychological stress. So I thought of creating a project that combines serving people with something to cheer them up," said the 50-year-old. Part of the space is kitted out with wooden platforms covered in astroturf for the cats to clamber onto, while feline murals and portraits adorn the walls. Meow is part of a growing global trend of cat cafes, but the circumstances in Gaza are unique. The territory has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007 and scars of repeated wars fought between Palestinian militants and Israel are visible across the city. Customers pay nearly 10 shekels ($2.65) per hour to play with the cats, which Maabad said covers their food as well as costly vet bills. Visiting the cafe, Manar Abu Samra said it was reasonably priced and she had told her friends and sisters about the new venture. "The quality of cats here is beautiful and sweet, so it's a wonderful idea -- despite its strangeness to society -- and when I heard about it I felt happy," she said. Pets are rare in Gaza although cats are ever-present, particularly around the port or fishmongers as they try to paw away some scraps. Maabad said she had cats at home to bring to Meow, while others came from friends. "The idea of the cafe was to have something nice with a cup of coffee," she said. "A cat that you play with and it makes you smile and forget the pressures of life." The post Cat cafe brings pawsitivity to war-scarred Gaza appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

Philippine director puts women at the ‘heart’ of drug war film

Widows and mothers are at the "heart" of a gritty documentary by Philippine filmmaker Sheryl Rose Andes, who turns the camera on women left behind by former president Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war. More than 6,000 people were killed in police anti-drug raids during Duterte's six-year term, which ended in June 2022, government data shows. Rights groups estimate the real figure was in the tens of thousands, mostly poor men living in slums who died at the hands of law enforcers, hitmen and vigilantes. Many of the victims had wives or partners and mothers, who have had to deal with the heartbreak and hardship of losing a loved one and often the family's main breadwinner. In her new documentary "Maria", Andes follows two of these women, Mary Ann Domingo and Maria Deparine, as they struggle to survive and find justice. "We have to register that this thing really happened. And now people need to see what has happened to their families," Andes told AFP in an interview. Andes said she was inspired to make the film out of fear that Filipinos could forget, or never learn, about the brutal period in their nation's history. She got a "huge wake-up call" when one of her students in a filmmaking course she teaches at Mapua University in Manila expressed surprise that the drug war was "really happening". That moment in 2020 -- four years into Duterte's drug war, which made headlines around the world and sparked an international investigation into alleged human rights abuses -- left her aghast. Three years later, "Maria" is the first full-length documentary to compete in the country's independent film festival Cinemalaya, which opened August 4. "Maria" -- a common name for women in the Catholic-majority Philippines -- focuses on the harrowing experiences of Domingo and Deparine, which Andes says gives the film "heart and emotion". The documentary shows the women doing menial jobs to support their families and making tearful visits to the tombs of their loved ones. "I zoomed in on the details because it should not just be about numbers," said Andes. "This is a story about women. I don't want this to be remembered as a drug war story." 'It is very difficult'  Deparine lost two of her sons within days of each other in September 2016. One was with a local drug dealer when they were abducted by unidentified men. They were both shot in the head and their bodies dumped under a bridge. Six days later, a second son was arrested by police at the home of a drug-dealing couple. He was later found dead under another bridge. Since their deaths, Deparine, who works in a fish cannery and voted for Duterte in 2016, has moved multiple times with her husband and surviving son as they struggle to make enough money to pay the rent. In the same month Deparine lost her sons, Domingo's partner and teenage son were killed in a nighttime police raid while the family slept in their shanty home. Later, she and three of her surviving children had to flee for fear of their safety. Lawyer Kristina Conti, who is helping Domingo seek justice for their deaths, said the four officers who allegedly shot dead her partner and son had been freed on bail and were back in uniform after serving short suspensions. That's despite the men facing a homicide trial. "As a mother who lost her partner, it is very difficult. At times I just wanted to give up, and at times I actually did," Domingo, 49, told AFP in an interview. "This (film) is our chance to show to the world what happened to us."  'Political stand'  Catholic priest Flaviano Villanueva, who appears in "Maria", said widows, mothers and grandmothers endured "unimaginable" hardships to keep their remaining family members alive. Villanueva, who runs a support group for the families of the drug war's dead, said there was a "social stigma" that led to discrimination against those left behind. Orphans were "bullied" at school and widows excluded from government assistance because "her husband got killed for being a drug addict", he told AFP. Another woman who features prominently in the film is former Philippines vice president Leni Robredo, a vocal critic of the drug war who is seen consoling Domingo and Deparine. Robredo ran in the 2022 presidential election but lost by a huge margin to the son and namesake of the country's late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who has continued the drug war. Andes, who spent a decade working for a non-government organisation before turning her hand to filmmaking, refuses to shy away from difficult subjects. She said documentaries were a "powerful tool" in retelling history, but she feared that Filipinos preferred "escapism" and were not prepared to face grim reality. Despite Duterte stepping down more than a year ago and Marcos Jr vowing to take the drug war in a new direction, Andes said the killings "never stopped". "A documentary takes a political stand," she said. "We are not fiction and we are not here to titillate." The post Philippine director puts women at the ‘heart’ of drug war film appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2023

Too much on LTO’s plate?

The Land Transportation Office is back in the spotlight with a plot twist in the latest chapter of its License Plate Chronicles. According to news reports, the LTO had threatened to slap motorists with fines if they failed to claim their replacement green-to-white license plates within 60 days. Motorists have been waiting for eons to get their hands on those plates, and the LTO’s response was supposedly to dangle fines over their heads. Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions, from anticipation to exasperation, in record time. It’s as if the LTO believes in taxing our patience and testing our fortitude. Let’s break it down. The LTO seems to be pointing fingers at motorists, and what’s the crime? Not making a beeline to the LTO offices to get something they paid for years ago! It’s like paying for a pizza delivery, only to be told the pizza is still in the oven eight years later. It’s enough to make you scratch your head in disbelief. In 2015, the LTO decided to jazz up our license plates with a new green-to-white makeover a sartorial upgrade for our trusty vehicles. It all sounded grand, except there’s a tiny hiccup the LTO’s delivery system has proven itself to be slower than a tortoise on a Sunday stroll. As a result, the streets are filled with motorists sporting the equivalent of fashion runway placeholders old plates that have seen better days. But here’s the kicker: The LTO seems to have forgotten a crucial detail. Who’s responsible for the delay in the first place? That’s right, none other than the LTO itself! It’s like a chef burning your dinner and then charging you extra for the fire show. The audacity is almost admirable, in a bewildering kind of way. So, what’s the takeaway from this brouhaha? Instead of playing the blame game and pointing fingers at motorists, the LTO should focus on its real task: Delivering those long-awaited license plates. If we paid for them, we deserve them; it’s as simple as that. And how about a little apology for the trouble? The “fines” fiasco started when LTO chief, Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II, just weeks into the job, trumpeted the launch of the website, where motorists can check whether their replacement plates are already available and at which branch of the LTO they may be picked up. During that interview, a senator’s proposal to expedite the release of the plates by penalizing those who would not get them within 60 days seemed to have gotten LTO’s attention for possible implementation. Mendoza clearly has not thought of the glaring stupidity of that lawmaker’s proposal. As the anger mounts over the floated fines, it would serve Mendoza, the LTO and its mother agency, the Department of Transportation, to issue a categorical statement not a one-paragraph disavowal that it would not impose a cruel fine on motorists who may have lost interest in getting their new plates eight years too late. Lest we forget, at the backdrop of this saga is none other than the DoTr, which, with the LTO, orchestrated the perplexing Motor Vehicle License Plates Standardization Program in 2015, when motorists were coerced into paying for the phantom replacement black-on-white plates. Somebody must have made a lot of money in kickbacks getting that DoTr-LTO project rolling before it ground to a screeching halt after hitting road bumps. But perish that bad thought, as there’s the presumption of regularity in whatever government does. Yeah, right. We were not born yesterday. For 2022, the Commission on Audit reported that over 1.7 million plates had been paid for, yet remained unstamped and undelivered. A staggering P808 million in plates have remained in the realm of the unseen as if the LTO set out on a quest but forgot to bring the map. As CoA raised its voice and once more flagged the LTO, it echoed the sentiments of a populace that had waited far too long for their long-promised metallic emblems. But as LTO allegedly “disavowed” the fines, saying it intended to penalize its own branch officials who would not lift a finger to push the plates to their owners, we hope the curtains have been drawn shut on this act. We, however, are left to ponder what may have been a trial balloon floated by the LTO. Was the penalty proposition a mere shadow, or a harbinger of impending chaos?  The LTO and DoTr are the architects of this tale–the 2015 payment for plates that never graced the roads, the CoA’s admonitions, the confusion, and the turmoil. Can Mendoza step back, please, into the spotlight to, with more vigor, clarify and rectify that crazy fines pronouncement? We, the people, deserve an explanation. The post Too much on LTO’s plate? appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 6th, 2023

Empire East opens exciting destination in east NCR

Real estate innovator and trendsetter Empire East unveils the newest destination East of Metro Manila — The Hub at Empire East Highland City — which is set to provide an exciting fusion of leisure, entertainment and gastronomic experience for families and adventure-seekers. Strategically set along thriving Felix Avenue at the convergence of Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal, which is conveniently accessible via Marcos Highway and Ortigas Avenue Extension, The Hub at Empire East Highland City opened its doors last 14 July as Empire East welcomes its 29th year in the industry. This highly anticipated destination will also open every Saturday for the rest of 2023. “We understand the importance of families and hobbyists in building a community. Every residential development we conceptualize considers Filipino passions and interests that bring the community closer together,” says Atty. Anthony Charlemagne C. Yu, president and CEO of Empire East. Yu adds, “There should be ample space for families to commune, be one with nature, and reflect on the gift that they bring to their community. Such is the concept of the The Hub — designed to bring people together, bond, and create lasting memories.” A Feast of the Senses Visitors at The Hub can immerse themselves in an ideal night-out destination, complete with al-fresco dining and live music entertainment as they indulge in a gastronomic feast featuring a wide range food choices. From Asian to Mediterranean cuisine, up-and-coming food connoisseurs from around the vicinity will offer gourmet sandwiches, multi-flavored chicken wings, hot-off-the-grill barbecue ribs, tasteful Biryani, Korean egg drops, cheesy nachos and a lot more. A delightful selection of beverages including coffee, teas, and mocktails, is available to pair with each visitor’s choice of meals as he or she gaze at a city basking in vibrant sunsets and illumined night skies. To add an extra touch of enchantment to the evening, local buskers provide live acoustic music. For plant and trinket lovers, The Hub features a bazaar of plants and goods crafted by the local community, such as knitted and crocheted products, nurseries and gardening supplies, clothing articles, books and music artists’ collectibles. A Community Built Through  Food and Music The highly anticipated opening of The Hub at Empire East Highland City was warmly welcomed by Pasig and Cainta locals as well as those driving along Felix Avenue. Visitors and diners were entertained with live music from a roster of talented artists, with some guests spontaneously going on-stage for “open mic” performances, raising to higher levels the already exciting atmosphere of the vibrant destination. With a diverse mix of food concessionaires, attendees had an unparalleled culinary experience. Visitors raved about the unique flavors of the snacks and dishes, with one guest exclaiming, “I never expected the egg drop sandwiches to match so well with those coffee blends!” The post Empire East opens exciting destination in east NCR appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 5th, 2023