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DJ Khaled’s carnival-worthy birthday boy

For his son's second birthday, DJ Khaled rented an entire baseball stadium. DJ Khaled, who's known for showering his little boy, Asahd, with lavish gifts, turned the Marlins Stadium in Miami into a carnival, with a carousel, Ferris wheel and other rides, a
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DJ Khaled’s carnival-worthy birthday boy

For his son's second birthday, DJ Khaled rented an entire baseball stadium. DJ Khaled, who's known for showering his little boy, Asahd, with lavish gifts, turned the Marlins Stadium in Miami into a carnival, with a carousel, Ferris wheel and other rides, according to TMZ. He also gave his kid a miniature electric sports car. The party wasn't just for fun, though. The event was also used to kick off DJ Khaled's We Best Foundation, which aims to help underprivileged children around the world. Joining Asahd were 250 other kids from different organizations. «My son is the greatest gift of life, our children are the world's biggest blessing,» he told People. "I'm so gratefu...Keep on reading: DJ Khaled’s carnival-worthy birthday boy

Angel Aquino, JC Santos topbill int’l film

Filipino actors headline an international production, «Motel Acacia,» the second film of Malaysian-born scriptwriter-filmmaker Bradley Liew. Liew, whose debut film, «Singing in Graveyards,» premiered at the Critics' Week section of
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Angel Aquino, JC Santos topbill int’l film

Filipino actors headline an international production, «Motel Acacia,» the second film of Malaysian-born scriptwriter-filmmaker Bradley Liew. Liew, whose debut film, «Singing in Graveyards,» premiered at the Critics' Week section of the Venice Film Festival in 2016, has tapped the Philippines' JC Santos and Angel Aquino, along with indie regular Perry Dizon (in a cameo), to act in the new movie. Aquino and Santos play pivotal roles in the thriller that is set in a snow-covered US town where immigrants vanish in a motel---ostensibly sacrificed to be devoured by a tree demon. Apart from Aquino and Santos, a stellar ensemble from all over the world is also featured in the movie:...Keep on reading: Angel Aquino, JC Santos topbill int’l film

UST coach Ayo says Rike statement ‘unfair’

National University forward Troy Rike decried the roughing up University of Santo Tomas big men, he claimed, did against him in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament. Rike was on the receiving end of what he said were some elbo
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UST coach Ayo says Rike statement ‘unfair’

National University forward Troy Rike decried the roughing up University of Santo Tomas big men, he claimed, did against him in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament. Rike was on the receiving end of what he said were some elbows and knees during their 69-61 win but Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo said the forward's statements were «unfair.» READ: Rike doesn't mind physicality but not dirty plays «That's unfair because we also receive those kinds of hits,» said Ayo in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. «Everything we're doing is within the bounds of basketball rules so I think that's unfair.» Rike went up against the l...Keep on reading: UST coach Ayo says Rike statement ‘unfair’

Author Murakami: Joy of writing is to start not knowing end

TOKYO --- Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami says he enjoys writing novels because he doesn't know how they'll end up. Murakami, hosting a special radio show on Sunday, said he starts writing without deciding how the story should end. Ideas pop u
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Author Murakami: Joy of writing is to start not knowing end

TOKYO --- Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami says he enjoys writing novels because he doesn't know how they'll end up. Murakami, hosting a special radio show on Sunday, said he starts writing without deciding how the story should end. Ideas pop up as he writes and he goes with the flow while the stories take shape. «It's no fun writing a story if I already know how it's going to end,» Murakami said. «Because the very person who is writing doesn't know what happens, I think readers would also share the anticipation and enjoy the thrill while reading.» Murakami made the comment on «Murakami Radio,» a pre-recorded 55-minute show broadcast only in Japan --- his second ...Keep on reading: Author Murakami: Joy of writing is to start not knowing end

Maguindanao board candidate, grandson of vice mayor shot dead

KIDAPAWAN CITY--- A candidate for Maguindanao provincial board and a grandson of a town vice mayor were killed in a shooting at a public market in Kabacan town in North Cotabato on Sunday afternoon, police said. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales, speaking for the Socc
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Maguindanao board candidate, grandson of vice mayor shot dead

KIDAPAWAN CITY--- A candidate for Maguindanao provincial board and a grandson of a town vice mayor were killed in a shooting at a public market in Kabacan town in North Cotabato on Sunday afternoon, police said. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales, speaking for the Soccsksargen Police Regional Office, said Susan Montawal, an aspirant for Maguindanao provincial board in next year's election, and Harris Montawal, grandson of the vice mayor of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao, were taken to the Kabacan Medical Specialist Hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival. Gonzales said Susan Montawal was the wife of Bao Montawal, former Vice Mayor of Datu Montawal town, while Harris was the vice mayor's ...Keep on reading: Maguindanao board candidate, grandson of vice mayor shot dead

‘Paglisan,’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ win big at Cinema One Originals 2018

'Paglisan' and 'Never Tear Us Apart' bagged the most number of awards at the Cinema One Originals Festival Awards Night held at the Dolphy Theater in Quezon City on Sunday. 'Paglisan,' an animated musical drama by Carl Papa, was named Best Picture, Best Sc
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‘Paglisan,’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ win big at Cinema One Originals 2018

'Paglisan' and 'Never Tear Us Apart' bagged the most number of awards at the Cinema One Originals Festival Awards Night held at the Dolphy Theater in Quezon City on Sunday. 'Paglisan,' an animated musical drama by Carl Papa, was named Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score, Best Sound, and the special Champion Bughaw Award. It tells the story of a married couple struggling to keep their relationship as one suffers from the early onset dementia. The wife's own unhappiness also becomes an affliction in itself. 'Never Tear Us Apart,' a drama film by Whammy Alcazaren and shot with iPhones, brought home the most awards with Alcazaren also named as Best Director. The...Keep on reading: ‘Paglisan,’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ win big at Cinema One Originals 2018

Coldplay releasing live album, concert film along with documentary

A week after announcing plans to release the documentary film «A Head Full of Dreams», Coldplay have announced they are also readying a live album and concert film capturing their tour in support of the same album. The combined live album/live
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Coldplay releasing live album, concert film along with documentary

A week after announcing plans to release the documentary film «A Head Full of Dreams», Coldplay have announced they are also readying a live album and concert film capturing their tour in support of the same album. The combined live album/live concert film release, called the Butterfly package, will feature the album «Live in Buenos Aires», recorded on Nov. 15, 2017, the final night of the band's A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. The 24-track album will mark the first time a Coldplay concert has been released in its entirety. The accompanying two-hour concert film, «Live In So Paulo», was filmed a week earlier, on Nov. 8, 2017. The Butterfly package will likewise include the alrea...Keep on reading: Coldplay releasing live album, concert film along with documentary

Rain or Shine’s woes continue with injured Belga out 2-3 weeks

Rain or Shine just couldn't catch a break. Adding to the uncertainty surrounding the status of its starting center Raymond Almazan, another key Elasto Painter in Beau Belga is expected to miss the rest of the conference due to plantar fasciitis. «I th
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Rain or Shine’s woes continue with injured Belga out 2-3 weeks

Rain or Shine just couldn't catch a break. Adding to the uncertainty surrounding the status of its starting center Raymond Almazan, another key Elasto Painter in Beau Belga is expected to miss the rest of the conference due to plantar fasciitis. «I think he's gonna be out the next two to three weeks so technically out for the conference,» Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia told reporters on Sunday. Belga sustained the foot injury early in the Elasto Painters' stunning 100-84 loss to the lowly Columbian Dyip on Friday. The 31-year-old Belga was sorely missed by Rain or Shine on Sunday when it dropped an all-important duel to Meralco, 91-82. Belga rued the timing of his injury wi...Keep on reading: Rain or Shine’s woes continue with injured Belga out 2-3 weeks

Ayo shrugs off UST’s blown chance to rise in standings after loss to NU

The immortal «Go USTe!» chants drowned out any possible noise inside the packed Filoil Flying V Center as University of Santo Tomas prepared to extend its three-game winning run at the expense of National University. UST started to heat up afte
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Ayo shrugs off UST’s blown chance to rise in standings after loss to NU

The immortal «Go USTe!» chants drowned out any possible noise inside the packed Filoil Flying V Center as University of Santo Tomas prepared to extend its three-game winning run at the expense of National University. UST started to heat up after falling by as much as 11 points after the third quarter, but it was a comeback that ended in a bitter way as the Bulldogs held on for the 69-61 win. The Growling Tigers' short winning run came to an end and they settled for a humble fifth seed with a 4-5 record after a game that could've sent them to a three-way tie for the No. 3 spot with Far Eastern University and De La Salle. UST head coach Aldin Ayo knew the scenario that his tea...Keep on reading: Ayo shrugs off UST’s blown chance to rise in standings after loss to NU

Imee Marcos: Suspending VAT on basic commodities will benefit more Filipinos

Instead of suspending the excise tax on fuel next year, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos wants to suspend the value-added tax (VAT) on basic commodities, saying that it will benefit more Filipinos. «The suspension of the VAT would provide immediate reli
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Imee Marcos: Suspending VAT on basic commodities will benefit more Filipinos

Instead of suspending the excise tax on fuel next year, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos wants to suspend the value-added tax (VAT) on basic commodities, saying that it will benefit more Filipinos. «The suspension of the VAT would provide immediate relief to Filipino consumers. Given the magnitude of prevailing tax rates, the temporary suspension of the VAT on necessities would be immediately felt by millions of Filipino families,» Marcos said in a statement on Sunday. «Suspending the VAT on basic food items, fuel and electricity will directly counteract the strong inflation pressures on these goods,» she added. Earlier, the governor called for the immediate one-year suspension of ...Keep on reading: Imee Marcos: Suspending VAT on basic commodities will benefit more Filipinos

PH concert finds musical bliss from Sam Smith’s romantic woes

  Heartache and anguish; loneliness and longing; ruminations over love lost---these are some of the things Sam Smith had written about in the past and delved into for his second album, «The Thrill of It All.» By the British crooner's own a
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PH concert finds musical bliss from Sam Smith’s romantic woes

  Heartache and anguish; loneliness and longing; ruminations over love lost---these are some of the things Sam Smith had written about in the past and delved into for his second album, «The Thrill of It All.» By the British crooner's own admission, his music, at times, can get «a little bit depressing.»   Earlier this month, Sam brought his ongoing world tour of the same title to SM Mall of Asia Arena. And while the night's set did hew closely to such themes, never for a minute did the show feel bleak or overwrought.   Onstage, he delivered his songs---not as someone still inhabiting a space of sadness and self-pity---but as someone who can now look back...Keep on reading: PH concert finds musical bliss from Sam Smith’s romantic woes

Bigwigs want to kick out raucous weasel

The whispers in the studio are getting louder.   Turns out the bigwigs are getting fed up with Raucous Weasel.   It seems RW is again giving the execs untold headaches... and sleepless nights over shocking shenanigans. RW has always bee
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Bigwigs want to kick out raucous weasel

The whispers in the studio are getting louder.   Turns out the bigwigs are getting fed up with Raucous Weasel.   It seems RW is again giving the execs untold headaches... and sleepless nights over shocking shenanigans. RW has always been infamous for being difficult.   Not too long ago, many insiders thought RW would change after encountering a string of setbacks.   Alas, RW has remained just as nightmarish as before.   Colleagues believe RW is not worth the trouble. The big shots agree, and they want to kick RW out of the firm.   O for ostracized   Which reminded a Rushes mole of a similar tale.   Ki...Keep on reading: Bigwigs want to kick out raucous weasel

Jennifer Laude docu on a roll

  PJ Raval's documentary «Call Her Ganda» is on a roll, winning awards in North America and Europe. The docu tackles the landmark case of Filipino trans woman Jennifer Laude, who was murdered by US marine Joseph Scott Pemberton in 2014.
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Jennifer Laude docu on a roll

  PJ Raval's documentary «Call Her Ganda» is on a roll, winning awards in North America and Europe. The docu tackles the landmark case of Filipino trans woman Jennifer Laude, who was murdered by US marine Joseph Scott Pemberton in 2014.   Raval's acclaimed movie won the Jury Award for best documentary at the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Florida on Oct. 13. Founded in 1990, the Tampa event is considered «one of the largest and longest-running [festivals] of its kind in the world.»   The US-Philippine production was also the best documentary runner-up at the Out on Film: Atlanta's LGBT Film Festival in Georgia on Oct. 7. &nbs...Keep on reading: Jennifer Laude docu on a roll

Caitriona Balfe on intimate ‘Outlander’ scenes

  LOS ANGELES---«Shhh,» Caitriona Balfe reacted with a smile when she was asked recently about turning 39. The «Outlander» star looked stunning in a yellow turtleneck and a black skirt.   «Because I am in a pla
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Caitriona Balfe on intimate ‘Outlander’ scenes

  LOS ANGELES---«Shhh,» Caitriona Balfe reacted with a smile when she was asked recently about turning 39. The «Outlander» star looked stunning in a yellow turtleneck and a black skirt.   «Because I am in a place in my life where I'm very happy, It's easy to be OK about aging and life,» said the actress about turning 40 next year. «I've been so lucky I've had such an incredible experience. I've had the opportunity to travel the world. I've had the opportunity to live in so many different places.   »If the next 40 years of my life are like the previous 40, then I'm very excited. It will be, yeah, bring on the adventure.«   In Season 4 of »Outla...Keep on reading: Caitriona Balfe on intimate ‘Outlander’ scenes

Why Sofia skips her beauty routine

  During a guesting stint in «Jimmy Kimmel Live,» «Modern Family» star Sofia Vergara immediately clarified that she would only apply her beauty regimen when hubby Joe Manganiello isn't around.   She slathers coconut
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Why Sofia skips her beauty routine

  During a guesting stint in «Jimmy Kimmel Live,» «Modern Family» star Sofia Vergara immediately clarified that she would only apply her beauty regimen when hubby Joe Manganiello isn't around.   She slathers coconut oil all over her body, she told Kimmel. «It's a moisturizing thing that is natural, so it doesn't have chemicals, [and] it's very good for you,» said Vergara, 46.   «You can put it in your hair, on your face, your eyelashes, between your toes ... everywhere! You sleep [after]. I put on a long-sleeved pajama.»   But, she does the routine only when she's alone in bed, she said: «[I'd] be a slippery snake next to [Joe]!»   ...Keep on reading: Why Sofia skips her beauty routine

3 alleged drug pushers fall in Quezon buy-busts

      LUCENA CITY--Three suspected drug pushers were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Sariaya town in Quezon province on Friday, police said Saturday. Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman, Quezon police chief, said the oper
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3 alleged drug pushers fall in Quezon buy-busts

      LUCENA CITY--Three suspected drug pushers were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Sariaya town in Quezon province on Friday, police said Saturday. Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman, Quezon police chief, said the operations seized a total of 3.83 grams of «shabu» (crystal meth) worth P19,150 in the street market. Anti-illegal drugs operatives busted Ronalyn de Silva, 30, after she allegedly sold shabu to an undercover police officer in a transaction in Barangay (village) Lutucan 1 around 8:40 p.m. Earlier, the local drugs enforcement unit also busted Arnaldo de Leon in the same village and Aldrin Delfino in Barangay Gibanga. Police said ...Keep on reading: 3 alleged drug pushers fall in Quezon buy-busts

SWS: Senate, House, SC, Cabinet get ‘good’ satisfaction rating in 3rd quarter of 2018

  The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and the Cabinet have received a «good» net satisfaction rating in the third quarter of 2018, a conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.   According to the SWS
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SWS: Senate, House, SC, Cabinet get ‘good’ satisfaction rating in 3rd quarter of 2018

  The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and the Cabinet have received a «good» net satisfaction rating in the third quarter of 2018, a conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.   According to the SWS, the survey had 1,500 adults nationwide as respondents.   The SWS survey ran from September 15-23, 2018.   /muf...Keep on reading: SWS: Senate, House, SC, Cabinet get ‘good’ satisfaction rating in 3rd quarter of 2018

Assange presses Ecuador to grant basic rights under asylum

QUITO, Ecuador --- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking a court injunction pressing Ecuador to provide basic rights he says the country agreed to when it first granted him asylum at its London embassy. Assange's attorneys filed papers Friday in a Qu
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Assange presses Ecuador to grant basic rights under asylum

QUITO, Ecuador --- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking a court injunction pressing Ecuador to provide basic rights he says the country agreed to when it first granted him asylum at its London embassy. Assange's attorneys filed papers Friday in a Quito court. The Australian ex-hacker sought asylum from Ecuador in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Assange says his host must pay for his doctor visits, WiFi connection and relax strict rules that make visits difficult. Assange's Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzon says Ecuador granted his client asylum, which carries these rights. Foreign Minister Jose Valencia says Ecuador intends to follow international standards and E...Keep on reading: Assange presses Ecuador to grant basic rights under asylum

EU drug agency urges dengue vaccine approval amid concerns in PH

  LONDON --- Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine's wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency sa
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EU drug agency urges dengue vaccine approval amid concerns in PH

  LONDON --- Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine's wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency said Friday it had adopted a «positive opinion» of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi's Dengvaxia. The vaccine is the world's first against dengue, which sickens about 96 million people annually. The mosquito-spread virus is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates across Latin and South America, Asia, Africa and elsewhere. It produces a flu-like disease that can cause joint pain, nausea, vomiting and a rash. In severe case...Keep on reading: EU drug agency urges dengue vaccine approval amid concerns in PH

LOOK: Jodi Sta. Maria proud on being a certified acupuncture detoxification specialist

Jodi Sta. Maria is once again celebrating another milestone in her life---she is now a certified acupuncturedetoxification specialist. The «Sana Dalawa ang Puso» actress looked proud as she showed off her certificate of completion from the Nati
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LOOK: Jodi Sta. Maria proud on being a certified acupuncture detoxification specialist

Jodi Sta. Maria is once again celebrating another milestone in her life---she is now a certified acupuncturedetoxification specialist. The «Sana Dalawa ang Puso» actress looked proud as she showed off her certificate of completion from the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association on Instagram Friday. She shared that after undergoing a week of intense training, she found a «better appreciation» for those who practice it. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpG_AOAhsxB/?taken-by=jodistamaria «When you start your day healing people from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., you realize that this is hard work,» she wrote. "t is when we meet others' needs that our needs are [satisfied] in the proc...Keep on reading: LOOK: Jodi Sta. Maria proud on being a certified acupuncture detoxification specialist

Despite Columbian’s frustrating losses, Akeem Wright wants to return to PBA

ANTIPOLO---Even with its first victory in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, Columbian has no chance anymore of entering the quarterfinals. This miserable standing, however, hasn't stoppedimport Akeem Wright from wanting to return to the PBA for another go aroun
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Despite Columbian’s frustrating losses, Akeem Wright wants to return to PBA

ANTIPOLO---Even with its first victory in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, Columbian has no chance anymore of entering the quarterfinals. This miserable standing, however, hasn't stoppedimport Akeem Wright from wanting to return to the PBA for another go around Wright said he'd be happy to return to the Philippines be it with Columbian or any other team that wants him. «The losing has been frustrating, but overall my experience has been great,» said Wright after the Dyip's 100-84 win over playoff hopeful Rain or Shine on Friday. «Just the way you guys have been with the media coverage, how all the fans love the basketball over here.» "Everyone's been so nice to me. My experie...Keep on reading: Despite Columbian’s frustrating losses, Akeem Wright wants to return to PBA

Victolero, Magnolia undeterred by shock loss to Meralco as path to top 4 still clear

ANTIPOLO---Magnolia's 94-88 loss to downtrodden Meralco in the PBA Governors' Cup sure gave Chito Victolero things to ponder on, but it wasn't enough to rough up the team's morale. The topseeded Hotshots held a half-game lead over Barangay Ginebra prior t
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Victolero, Magnolia undeterred by shock loss to Meralco as path to top 4 still clear

ANTIPOLO---Magnolia's 94-88 loss to downtrodden Meralco in the PBA Governors' Cup sure gave Chito Victolero things to ponder on, but it wasn't enough to rough up the team's morale. The topseeded Hotshots held a half-game lead over Barangay Ginebra prior to their game against the Bolts on Friday at Ynares Center here, but the surprising setback pulled them to a tie at 7-2. But Victolero was unbothered with the outcome knowing they can still clinch a twice-to-beat advantage, which is given to the top four teams, for the quarterfinals. «Our chance is still on our hands,» said Victolero, whose team will still face TNT and the Gin Kings, in Filipino. "We won't rely on other te...Keep on reading: Victolero, Magnolia undeterred by shock loss to Meralco as path to top 4 still clear

Proven winner, Tubid rallies Columbian to end nine-game slump

ANTIPOLO---Ronald Tubid is a man who has won multiple trophies throughout the course of his 15-year career, winning seven titles and bagging a Finals MVP in 2008. He was also the league's Mr. Quality Minutes in 2005 and 2006 and Mr. Energy in 2007. Thi
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Proven winner, Tubid rallies Columbian to end nine-game slump

ANTIPOLO---Ronald Tubid is a man who has won multiple trophies throughout the course of his 15-year career, winning seven titles and bagging a Finals MVP in 2008. He was also the league's Mr. Quality Minutes in 2005 and 2006 and Mr. Energy in 2007. This type of resume gives Tubid a winner's reputation, so when Columbian suffered a string of nine straight losses in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, he knew just how to motivate his teammates. READ:Despite Columbian's frustrating losses, Akeem Wright wants to return to PBA «I told my teammates to just be quick every time they're on the floor,» said Tubid in Filipino after their 100-84 win over Rain or Shine Friday at Ynares Cente...Keep on reading: Proven winner, Tubid rallies Columbian to end nine-game slump

After rocky start, Meralco determined to make some noise in PBA playoffs

ANTIPOLO---Meralco, the runner-up for the past two years, is slowly putting its ugly start in the PBA Governors' Cup behind. The Bolts started out the conference on a six-game losing streak, but have since shown signs of life and chalked up two straight wi
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After rocky start, Meralco determined to make some noise in PBA playoffs

ANTIPOLO---Meralco, the runner-up for the past two years, is slowly putting its ugly start in the PBA Governors' Cup behind. The Bolts started out the conference on a six-game losing streak, but have since shown signs of life and chalked up two straight wins with the last one coming against league-leader Magnolia, 94-88. Forward Cliff Hodge said they're trying to build on whatever momentum they're in to keep the fight going. «For sure it has been a tough conference for us,» said Hodge Friday at Ynares Center here. «This time around, we're putting the pieces together, we're going out there and just trying to fight.» "Every game we're just trying to make the playoffs, it's ...Keep on reading: After rocky start, Meralco determined to make some noise in PBA playoffs

Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys

IOWA CITY, Iowa --- A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 minor boys, including former players, their friends and other young athlete
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Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys

IOWA CITY, Iowa --- A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 minor boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes. Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on social media to trick the boys into making live videos masturbating. He secretly recorded them showering during trips to tournaments. And in some cases he recorded himself fondling nude players as they slept. The massive scope of Stephen's abuse was revealed in a plea agreement filed Thursday after the former Iowa Barnstormers coach pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitatio...Keep on reading: Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys

More protections for misclassified workers vs. fly-by-night employers

California's Labor Commissioner's Office has awarded over $45 million in unlawful deductions from wages and out-of-pocket expenses to more than 400 misclassified port drivers. However, most of the drivers have not been able to collect their money because the
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More protections for misclassified workers vs. fly-by-night employers

California's Labor Commissioner's Office has awarded over $45 million in unlawful deductions from wages and out-of-pocket expenses to more than 400 misclassified port drivers. However, most of the drivers have not been able to collect their money because the companies that committed the wage violations have filed bankruptcy and gone out of business, only to be replaced by other companies that repeat the same pattern of misclassification.   Truck drivers at California ports, mostly immigrant and vulnerable to labor exploitation, are often misclassified as independent contractors even though they work as employees under California and federal labor laws. These companies cont...Keep on reading: More protections for misclassified workers vs. fly-by-night employers

TOFA to gather ‘heroes among us’ Oct. 27

  NEW YORK CITY---On its 8thyear, The Outstanding Filipinos in America (TOFA) Awards is gathering a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Leventritt gold medalist, a two-time Emmy winner, Miami Heat's «winningest» coac
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TOFA to gather ‘heroes among us’ Oct. 27

  NEW YORK CITY---On its 8thyear, The Outstanding Filipinos in America (TOFA) Awards is gathering a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Leventritt gold medalist, a two-time Emmy winner, Miami Heat's «winningest» coach and New Jersey's top physical therapist to the Carnegie stage on October 27.   They are «ambassadors of goodwill» who inspire Filipinos all over the world with their commitment to deeply ingrained Filipino values, according to top Philippine government officials.   "Filipino migrants thrive in any environment they find themselves in. Once again, the TOFA Awards gathers some of the outstanding Filipinos in the United State...Keep on reading: TOFA to gather ‘heroes among us’ Oct. 27

Broadway Barkada soars with ‘Lumipad’ dance showcase

    NEW YORK --- Filipino American performing arts group Broadway Barkada is producing an evening of dance pieces titled «Lumipad: A Pinoy Night of Dance.»   The program consists of modern, lyrical, jazz, cultural an
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Broadway Barkada soars with ‘Lumipad’ dance showcase

    NEW YORK --- Filipino American performing arts group Broadway Barkada is producing an evening of dance pieces titled «Lumipad: A Pinoy Night of Dance.»   The program consists of modern, lyrical, jazz, cultural and many other styles.   «This is our sixth production of our Take Flight Initiative,» says Liz Casasola, one of the group's three cofounders.   «The initiative is about 'spreading your wings' as an artist and sharing one's own vision. Broadway Barkada aims to give these artists a platform to do just that.   »In believing in your unique story to tell, the first step---taking that risk---can be the hardest. Broadway...Keep on reading: Broadway Barkada soars with ‘Lumipad’ dance showcase

New Jersey getting flooded, but many still ignore climate change

  NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey --- The water just kept rising. As the rain poured for hours and a nearby river swelled, Ben Gonzalez had no time to save any of his family's belongings. Amid harsh winds that destroyed their house in Brick Township, Ne
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New Jersey getting flooded, but many still ignore climate change

  NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey --- The water just kept rising. As the rain poured for hours and a nearby river swelled, Ben Gonzalez had no time to save any of his family's belongings. Amid harsh winds that destroyed their house in Brick Township, New Jersey, he yelled at his wife and their young daughter to rush to the second floor. In a few minutes, on the early night of August 12, 2018, 56-year-old Gonzalez saw how their living room disappeared as flood water quickly rose to over four feet. Picture frames floated, he recalled, and their television set and sofa were all under water. "I never thought this is going to happen to us. We knew (our house) is close to the river, b...Keep on reading: New Jersey getting flooded, but many still ignore climate change

Robredo in DC hits officials who ‘subvert’ democracy that brought them to power

  WASHINGTON, D.C. --Dismayed by President Rodrigo Duterte's «combative» statements and«animosity» towards her, Vice President Leni Robredo says she is nonetheless determined to fully stay in her office in the next three ye
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Robredo in DC hits officials who ‘subvert’ democracy that brought them to power

  WASHINGTON, D.C. --Dismayed by President Rodrigo Duterte's «combative» statements and«animosity» towards her, Vice President Leni Robredo says she is nonetheless determined to fully stay in her office in the next three years and, with «laser-like focus,» devote full attention to her signature poverty alleviation program,Angat Buhay. Despite being one of «the most vilified» national government official, she says -- almostdefiantly-- she will not be distracted from her life-long goal: uplifting the lives of the «last, the least and the lost.» She will not «stand idly by» and settle for simply being a «spare tire,» she said. The Vice President was the featured speaker...Keep on reading: Robredo in DC hits officials who ‘subvert’ democracy that brought them to power

Hermès pop-up in Singapore is all about the scarf

SINGAPORE--Locals and tourists lucky enough to be in Singapore this weekend (Oct. 19-21) have the chance to check out the Herms Carre Club at 3 Lady Hill Road. The two-story mansion has been transformed for the weekend into an extravagant showcase for the lux
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Hermès pop-up in Singapore is all about the scarf

SINGAPORE--Locals and tourists lucky enough to be in Singapore this weekend (Oct. 19-21) have the chance to check out the Herms Carre Club at 3 Lady Hill Road. The two-story mansion has been transformed for the weekend into an extravagant showcase for the luxury brand's iconic silk scarves, first made in 1937. (Carr is French for silk scarf.) Conceived by Bali Barret, artistic director of the Herms men's universe, the Carre Club has included stops in New York and Canada. After its Singapore stint---the only Asian stop---the pop-up will move to Los Angeles and Milan. In this IG-obsessed world, the Carre Club is designed to provide enough «content» for at least a few days...Keep on reading: Hermès pop-up in Singapore is all about the scarf

For Filipinos abroad: Where to expect a Jollibee store next

LONDON - The first Jollibee branch in the United Kingdom may only be 300 square meters, but the busy bee is set to dominate Europe one store at a time.   In an interview with reporters here ahead of the opening of the Earl's Court branchtomorrow,Oc
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For Filipinos abroad: Where to expect a Jollibee store next

LONDON - The first Jollibee branch in the United Kingdom may only be 300 square meters, but the busy bee is set to dominate Europe one store at a time.   In an interview with reporters here ahead of the opening of the Earl's Court branchtomorrow,October 20 at 8:00 a.m., Jollibee CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong said the company planned to open 50 stores in the next five years in Europe, focusing on Italy, Spain and the UK. The UK, home to about 250,000 documented Filipinos, alone will have the biggest chunk of that number, totaling 25 stores, mainly in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.   A store costs around $1 million to $1.5 million.   "The vision of the...Keep on reading: For Filipinos abroad: Where to expect a Jollibee store next

The ‘art’ of Jun Cambel

Many years ago, contemporary artist Jun Cambel's canvases were filled with arresting and colorful images of cigarette stubs, tattered shirts, a capiz window, butterfly, Batman peeking from window blinds, or a gold-painted wooden frame. Quietly, he moved aw
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The ‘art’ of Jun Cambel

Many years ago, contemporary artist Jun Cambel's canvases were filled with arresting and colorful images of cigarette stubs, tattered shirts, a capiz window, butterfly, Batman peeking from window blinds, or a gold-painted wooden frame. Quietly, he moved away from these images, transforming his art. The Hong Kong-based Cambel is now into blocks and panels, or their composite and assemblage. Shades of red, gray, and black are now his favorite. The message, however, in the new and old Cambel canvases are the same. His message and theme are as dire as the natural disasters punctuating the Philippine skyline and shoreline: The environment must be saved now. We need to act decisiv...Keep on reading: The ‘art’ of Jun Cambel

‘Ukay-ukay’ protest installation at ManilART 2018

Among the interesting exhibits at the ongoing ManilArt 2018 (until Oct. 21 at SMEX, SM Aura, Taguig City) is «Cock Workshop in the Age of Wang Di-dong,» an installation by writer-teacher-artist Jonathan Rondina, which can be seen at vMeme ConteMpo
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‘Ukay-ukay’ protest installation at ManilART 2018

Among the interesting exhibits at the ongoing ManilArt 2018 (until Oct. 21 at SMEX, SM Aura, Taguig City) is «Cock Workshop in the Age of Wang Di-dong,» an installation by writer-teacher-artist Jonathan Rondina, which can be seen at vMeme ConteMporary Art Gallery. The mixed-media installation is assembled from various ceramics «scavenged from ukay/thrift/garage sale/surplus stores,» said Rondina. The found objects are assembled to form phalluses that symbolize what appears a drift back toward strongman rule in the Philippines. «We live in dark times, ruled by a discourse of toxic, mysogynist and murderous machismo,» said Rondina. "My tongue-in-cheek work, assembled as a shri...Keep on reading: ‘Ukay-ukay’ protest installation at ManilART 2018

‘Night with Lea’ kicks off solo-artist performance series in Poblacion

As part of this year's Museums and Galleries Month, Fringe Manila, in partnership with the Japan Foundation Manila, recently launched 1SA (supposedly acronym for solo artist), which, according to a press preview at Pineapple Lab in Makati, is a «platfor
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‘Night with Lea’ kicks off solo-artist performance series in Poblacion

As part of this year's Museums and Galleries Month, Fringe Manila, in partnership with the Japan Foundation Manila, recently launched 1SA (supposedly acronym for solo artist), which, according to a press preview at Pineapple Lab in Makati, is a «platform» to celebrate solo artists and present them in a «more dynamic way» to local communities. 1SA creative director Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan explained that Solo Arts Platform seeks to enable artists to convey the realities they are confronting through their chosen medium of artistic expression. "Through this project, we are working to push for the increased visibility of emerging artists, new genres and evolving traditions in conte...Keep on reading: ‘Night with Lea’ kicks off solo-artist performance series in Poblacion