Top 25 travel destinations of 2013: TripAdvisor

Top 25 travel destinations of 2013: TripAdvisor

(Relaxnews) – The birthplace of fine dining gastronomy and the home of perhaps the most famous glittering tower of steel and iron has been named the top travel destination of 2013 among members of the largest online travel community in the world. According to the millions of reviews and opinions submitted by TripAdvisor members this […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Online ·
New CGI-animated ‘Star Wars’ series ready to air by 2014

New CGI-animated ‘Star Wars’ series ready to air by 2014

(Relaxnews) – Slated for next fall’s lineup on the Disney XD Channel, “Star Wars Rebels” takes place in an era hitherto unexplored on the silver or small screen. The animated series will be set in the 20-year interval between “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005) and “Star Wars Episode IV: A New […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Film ·
Macy’s & American Airlines Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Far East Movement

Macy’s & American Airlines Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Far East Movement

Macy’s brings special performances by Cherrytree recording artists Far East Movement to 6 locations nationwide in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month  NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2013) – In honor of contributions made by Asian-Pacific Americans, Macy’s celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month this May at select Macy’s locations nationwide. Macy’s will host the platinum-selling Far East […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, International Stars, Music ·
Meet Wynn, ABS-CBN’s newest recording artist

Meet Wynn, ABS-CBN’s newest recording artist

After debuting in a big way via this year’s Himig Handog competition, singer-songwriter Wynn Andrada is now officially a Kapamilya recording artist. The 18-year-old is set to release his first solo album under Star Records, after recently formalizing the deal with Kapamilya executives, including Star Creatives head Malou Santos, Star Records head Roxy Liquigan and […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Music ·
Palace won’t send new emissary to Taiwan

Palace won’t send new emissary to Taiwan

MANILA, May 20 (Mabuhay) – While expressing concern for the safety of Filipinos in Taiwan, President Benigno Aquino III is not sending a new emissary for now while the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) probe into the killing of the Taiwanese fisherman is ongoing. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Manila Economic and Cultural […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Chris Evans to star in screen version of Stephen King nightmare

Chris Evans to star in screen version of Stephen King nightmare

(Relaxnews) – The man who played Captain America is going to replace Justin Long, who was initially tapped for the part, in a film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “The Ten O’Clock People,” reports Deadline.com. Chris Evans is in the running to play a man trying hard to quit smoking. Smoking only on his […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Iza lauds Zanjoe’s performance in ‘Bromance’

Iza lauds Zanjoe’s performance in ‘Bromance’

MANILA, May 18 (Mabuhay) -– Actress Iza Calzado lauded Zanjoe Marudo for pulling off his dual role — one gay, the other straight — in the movie “Bromance.” Calzado said she is amazed that Marudo was able to distinctly convey his two characters. “Maganda ‘yung pelikula. Nakakatawa ang mga scene, ang galing ni Zanjoe mag-play […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film ·
Saudi signs accord to protect Filipino maids

Saudi signs accord to protect Filipino maids

MANILA, May 20, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines said Monday it had signed a historic agreement with Saudi Arabia that would protect thousands of Filipina maids from being exploited in the Middle Eastern kingdom. The agreement guarantees Filipina maids benefits like a day off each week while preventing their hiring costs from being deducted from […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Malacanang says Hollywood stars’ recent visit to the Philippines ‘ good press’

Malacanang says Hollywood stars’ recent visit to the Philippines ‘ good press’

MANILA, May 20 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang said on Sunday that the recent visits to the Philippines by big-name Hollywood stars meant “good press” for the country that could result into more tourist visits and further spur the country’s economic progress. Hollywood’s A-list celebrities Vin Diesel and Sarah Jessica Parker were in Manila last week to […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Philippine News ·
Cuisia: Manila will Work with US, Other Countries to Ensure Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea

Cuisia: Manila will Work with US, Other Countries to Ensure Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia—The Philippines will continue to work with the United States and other countries to guarantee freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia said. “It is essential that the Philippines works with other countries to guarantee freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where an estimated $1.3 trillion […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Max Factor launches ’72-hour’ mascara

Max Factor launches ’72-hour’ mascara

(Relaxnews) – Ever wished your mascara could be completely sleepproof? Fans of clean pillows everywhere will be excited to hear that Max Factor has come to the rescue with a new mascara it says works like a long-lasting lash tint. The Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara is completely waterproof, meaning it won’t come off in the shower or […]

20.05.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Online ·
‘Star Trek’ boldly goes to top of US box office

‘Star Trek’ boldly goes to top of US box office

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – “Star Trek: Into Darkness” soared at warp speed to the top of the US box office, ousting blockbuster sequel “Iron Man 3,” industry estimates showed Sunday. The latest installment of the cult science fiction phenomenon starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto took in $70.6 million on its debut weekend, according to industry […]

20.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift dominates

Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift dominates

(Relaxnews) – On Sunday, May 19, the annual Billboard Music Awards took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The awards honor creativity and achievement in the music industry. This year’s event saw Taylor Swift pick up eight awards and Rihanna dominate R&B; a list of some of the night’s big winners can be […]

20.05.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music, Videos ·
“Be Careful With My Heart” concerts draw thousands in Los Angeles and Kissimmee

“Be Careful With My Heart” concerts draw thousands in Los Angeles and Kissimmee

TFC Presents scores back-to-back event winners with Sir Chief, Maya and the gang in U.S. tour REDWOOD CITY, CA, May 15, 2013 – Social media was crawling with photos and comments the past weekend following the back-to-back concerts of the Philippines’ number one daytime show, “Be Careful With My Heart”, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, […]

17.05.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Videos ·
Health/fitness apps: iDrated, Omvana, Kettlebell Swing Timer

Health/fitness apps: iDrated, Omvana, Kettlebell Swing Timer

(Relaxnews) – Top health and fitness apps in this week’s iTunes charts include two apps for tracking how much water you drink as well as apps for meditation and kettlebell workouts. Here are details on a selection of top ten iTunes paid and free health and fitness apps by country for the week, recorded on […]

17.05.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness ·
Scarlett Johansson to direct ‘Summer Crossing’

Scarlett Johansson to direct ‘Summer Crossing’

(Relaxnews) – Scarlett Johansson is finalizing plans to adapt Truman Capote’s long-lost first novel, “Summer Crossing,” the starlet announced at the Film Market during the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Johansson began working on the “Summer Crossing” project in 2011. This will be the 28-year-old actress’s first shot at directing a feature-length film. […]

17.05.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Marvel reveals 3-minute trailer

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Marvel reveals 3-minute trailer

(Relaxnews) – The new superhero series helmed by Joss Whedon (“The Avengers”) will be airing this fall on ABC. To whet the viewing public’s appetite to the max, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” bares a lot in a nearly three-minute teaser trailer. The series will re-immerse us in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the movie “The […]

17.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
US carrier joins S. Korea drill despite North anger

US carrier joins S. Korea drill despite North anger

SEOUL, May 13, 2013 (AFP) – South Korea and a US strike force led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz kicked off Monday a joint naval drill slammed by North Korea as a “wanton” provocation and rehearsal for war. The two-day exercise began with the departure of the 97,000-tonne Nimitz, one of the world’s […]

16.05.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
2013 Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro)

2013 Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today announced the second batch of ten exceptional young Filipino-Americans in the United States and Guam who have been selected for the 2013 Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro). Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., who initiated the program last year, said the following individuals will take part in the program that […]

16.05.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Bea excited to see Zanjoe in new gay role

Bea excited to see Zanjoe in new gay role

After playing a gay role in the Star Cinema anniversary offering “24/7 in Love” last year, Zanjoe Marudo admitted he never expected to play another gay role. Marudo is the lead star of the upcoming Star Cinema movie “Bromance: My Brother’s Romance” where he has a dual role – one, a straight “macho” man, and […]

15.05.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film ·
Treat or turkey? Cannes braces for “Great Gatsby”

Treat or turkey? Cannes braces for “Great Gatsby”

(CANNES, France-AFP) – Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” was to open the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, with critics divided on whether it amounts to an inspired take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic or a cinematic flop. A host of stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan and Matt Damon are expected […]

15.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Paris police boost efforts to protect tourists

Paris police boost efforts to protect tourists

(PARIS-AFP) – Paris police said Wednesday they would deploy more officers to protect tourists against pickpockets and launch an awareness campaign to fight fake charity organisations targeting visitors. The efforts come in the wake of several incidents that have tarnished the image of Paris — the world’s most visited city — including the brief closing […]

15.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Gatsby star treads in Fitzgerald’s footsteps

Gatsby star treads in Fitzgerald’s footsteps

(CANNES, France-AFP) – When Leonardo DiCaprio, the star of the latest big screen adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”, arrives at the Cannes Film Festival this week, he will be following in the footsteps of author F.Scott Fitzgerald. The Jazz Age writer spent a number of years in France including a spell on the Cote d’Azur […]

14.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
United to resume Dreamliner flights May 20

United to resume Dreamliner flights May 20

(NEW YORK-AFP) – United Airlines said Monday that it would resume Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights this month after the troubled aircraft was modified to fix battery problems that led to a months-long grounding. United, the only US airline flying the Boeing 787, said it would restart domestic Dreamliner flights beginning May 20 on routes from […]

14.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Robert Downey Jr. to help out the ‘Chef’ in a culinary comedy

Robert Downey Jr. to help out the ‘Chef’ in a culinary comedy

(Relaxnews) – “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. has landed a supporting role in an indie film by Jon Favreau, who directed the first two episodes of the superhero saga, reports Variety magazine. The comedy project is about a cook who gets fired and bounces back by opening up his own food truck. In addition to […]

14.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Japan firms to build Mongolian international airport

Japan firms to build Mongolian international airport

(TOKYO-AFP) – Two Japanese companies said Monday they will build Mongolia’s second international airport as Tokyo steps up business ties with the mineral-rich country. Trading house Mitsubishi Corp and engineering firm Chiyoda Corp said in a statement that they had been awarded the construction contract worth 50 billion yen ($493 million) by the Civil Aviation […]

14.05.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
PNoy uses kodigo to ensure 12-0 vote for team

PNoy uses kodigo to ensure 12-0 vote for team

TARLAC CITY, May 13 (Mabuhay) — President Aquino brought with him a sample ballot and used it as his “kodigo” (guide) when he cast his vote. Speaking to reporters, Aquino said he wanted to make sure that he voted for all the candidates of the administration senatorial slate. Aquino disclosed that he voted 12-0 in […]

13.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘Gatsby’ kill at US box office

‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘Gatsby’ kill at US box office

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Super-hero blockbuster sequel “Iron Man 3” stayed on top at the US box office after it’s mega debut a week earlier — but “The Great Gatsby” was also a power player, industry estimates showed Sunday. On its second weekend in US theaters, “Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey Jr as the title […]

13.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Films in the running for Cannes festival Palme d’Or

Films in the running for Cannes festival Palme d’Or

(PARIS-AFP) – Twenty films will go head to head in the race for the Palme d’Or at the May 15-26 Cannes Film Festival.   Here are the films chosen to compete before the jury headed by US director Steven Spielberg, with English titles where cited by organisers: – “Un Chateau en Italie”, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi – […]

13.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, International Stars ·
US Air Force removes 17 nuclear missile officers

US Air Force removes 17 nuclear missile officers

WASHINGTON  (AFP) – The US Air Force has relieved 17 officers of their responsibilities for the control of intercontinental nuclear missiles, a military spokesman said Wednesday, citing a poor performance review. Although individual officers have sometimes lost their certification to control and launch missiles, the removal of so many at once is “unprecedented,” Lieutenant Colonel […]

12.05.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Global tourism comes to ‘Civilization V’

Global tourism comes to ‘Civilization V’

(Relaxnews) – A new expansion for pre-eminent empire-building computer game “Civilization V” will include a series premiere for the economic and cultural benefits of tourism. According to the “Civilization” formula as expounded in the sim’s July add-on “Brave New World,” dominance over other nations need not be of the military persuasion — cultivating a rich […]

12.05.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Videos ·
Medieval crown jewels on display at Prague castle

Medieval crown jewels on display at Prague castle

(PRAGUE-AFP) – The Czech crown jewels went on show at Prague castle Friday, in a rare public display for the 700-year-old items that are pulled out only on special occasions. The medieval works of art consist of a gold crown decorated with 96 precious stones including rubies and sapphires, along with a sceptre, royal orb […]

11.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Study shows that adventure shapes the individual

Study shows that adventure shapes the individual

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The act of exploring helps shape the brain and adventuring is what makes each individual different, according to a study out Thursday by researchers in Germany. The findings published in the US journal Science may offer new paths to treating psychiatric diseases, scientists said. Researchers sought to pin down why identical twins are […]

11.05.2013 · Filled under: News ·
Chanel unveils new Keira Knightley film

Chanel unveils new Keira Knightley film

(Relaxnews) – “Once Upon a Time” celebrates the founding of the famous Parisian luxury label’s first store exactly a century ago. Starring recently married Chanel favorite Keira Knightley, the 18-minute long film was directed by the brand’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld, and was unveiled as the brand showed the latest Cruise collection in Singapore on May 9. […]

10.05.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
World Trade Center spire completed in New York

World Trade Center spire completed in New York

(NEW YORK-AFP) – New York construction workers cheered Friday as the final piece of the spire for the World Trade Center was hoisted into place, making the tower the tallest in the western hemisphere. Local television footage showed the huge piece, measuring 408 feet (124 meters), being craned slowly up, completing the final piece in […]

10.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller ‘Gravity’ gets first trailer

Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller ‘Gravity’ gets first trailer

(Relaxnews) – Set for a fall release, “Gravity” was presented by Warner Bros in a 1’30” trailer posted on YouTube. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney will play two astronauts stranded in space and facing death after the destruction of their space station. The frightening atmosphere of the thriller shot in 3D comes across through the […]

10.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Microsoft eyes full control of Nook: report

Microsoft eyes full control of Nook: report

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Shares in Barnes & Noble surged Thursday after a report that Microsoft was preparing a $1 billion bid for the bookseller’s Nook Media digital assets. B&N shares jumped 26.9 percent to $22.55 in pre-market electronic trades, after the report by the technology news blog TechCrunch. Last year, Microsoft invested $300 million in the […]

10.05.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Books, Online, Science & Technology ·
Lionel Messi biopic planned for 2014 World Cup

Lionel Messi biopic planned for 2014 World Cup

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – US filmmakers are to make a biopic about Argentinian football legend Lionel Messi, to be released around the time of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Beverly Hills-based Epic Pictures Group said it has acquired the rights to a biography of the Barcelona star, “Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who […]

10.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Sports & Recreation ·
Google+ trends: Australia’s solar eclipse, Mother’s Day

Google+ trends: Australia’s solar eclipse, Mother’s Day

(Relaxnews) – On Friday, May 10, Google+ users in Australia are sharing pictures and news of the most recent solar eclipse while those in the US and elsewhere are looking forward to Mother’s Day. On Friday, May 10, residents of the Australian outback were lucky enough to witness a solar eclipse, the second in six […]

10.05.2013 · Filled under: Online ·
Toni: Distance won’t affect my relationship with Paul

Toni: Distance won’t affect my relationship with Paul

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Television host and actress Toni Gonzaga is confident that distance will not affect her relationship with director Paul Soriano. Gonzaga said she understands that Soriano has to be away sometimes because of work. She said work schedules never became an issue for them because they are both in the entertainment industry. “Yun […]

09.05.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film ·
DOE, Energy stakeholders Work on 100% Restoration of Power Supply in Luzon

DOE, Energy stakeholders Work on 100% Restoration of Power Supply in Luzon

The Department of Energy (DOE) would like to inform the public that power supply in Luzon was restored at 11:50 PM of May 8, 2013. This was made possible by the close coordination of the DOE, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), power generation companies, distribution utilities, and other energy agencies, in ensuring […]

09.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Keira Knightley afraid to tie the knot in ‘Laggies’

Keira Knightley afraid to tie the knot in ‘Laggies’

(Relaxnews) – English actress Keira Knightley will replace Anne Hathaway in “Laggies,” a dark comedy by Lynn Shelton (“Humpday”), announces Entertainment Weekly. Stepping in for Hathaway, who had to forego the role on account of scheduling conflicts, Knightley will be playing Megan, an eternal adolescent terrified of adulthood and its attendant responsibilities. When her boyfriend […]

09.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Google to showcase new tablets and operating system update at May conference

Google to showcase new tablets and operating system update at May conference

(Relaxnews) – With one week to go until Google’s annual developers’ conference kicks off, the rumors surrounding new products, features and services is reaching fever pitch, and new tablets and an updated operating system are widely expected by those in the know. The Google I/O Developers Conference, which this year will be held in San Francisco […]

09.05.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Online, Science & Technology ·
Watchdogs say late release of source code illegal

Watchdogs say late release of source code illegal

MANILA, May 7 (Mabuhay) -– After complaining about the lack of a review of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, watchdog groups now believe the last minute release of the PCOS source code is illegal. Bobby M. Tuazon, co-convener of AES Watch and director for policy studies of the Center for People Empowerment in […]

09.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
SC bars mayor from public office for continued use of US passport

SC bars mayor from public office for continued use of US passport

MANILA, May 7 (Mabuhay) — For continuously using his US passport even after he renounced his US citizenship, the mayor of Kauswagan town in Lanao del Norte was not only removed from his post, he was also prevented from running in any local elective post by the Supreme Court. Voting 10-5, the Supreme Court has […]

09.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
OPAPP: Peace process with CPP/NPA/NDF should bring an end to violence

OPAPP: Peace process with CPP/NPA/NDF should bring an end to violence

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles on Monday said that the peace process with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) should have a clear agenda for ending violence and bringing peace to the people. “Peace talks should have a clear relation to the reduction if not the […]

08.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Immigration reform to add $6.3-T to deficit

Immigration reform to add $6.3-T to deficit

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 (AFP) – Immigration reform to be debated in the US Congress would add $6.3 trillion to the deficit over the long term, a conservative think tank says in a study released Monday. The report by the Heritage Foundation was made public a day before the period opens for amendments to be […]

08.05.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
VP Binay defends daughter, political dynasties

VP Binay defends daughter, political dynasties

NAGA CITY, May 6 (Mabuhay) – In defense of his daughter whose Senate candidacy has often been criticized, Vice President Jejomar Binay argued that there is nothing wrong with political dynasties. Speaking at a proclamation rally in Goa town on Sunday, Binay described his daughter, Nancy, as a victim of bad politics. Nancy, who has […]

08.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PCs are becoming a touchy subject

PCs are becoming a touchy subject

(Relaxnews) – Announcements from Acer, Asus and even Bill Gates show that touch interface and price cuts are what will reinvigorate the personal computer market Although there is incredible competition between manufacturers within the global PC market, it appears that they all agree on one thing: that the future of personal computing will be on […]

08.05.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Deadly Mayon eruption just a mild event in last 400 years

Deadly Mayon eruption just a mild event in last 400 years

MANILA, May 7 (Mabuhay) — Despite the casualties, Mayon Volcano’s May 7 eruption was relatively mild in its 390-year recorded history, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Tuesday, mere hours after the mountain’s latest explosion. No one might have died if climbers were not near the peak at the time of the […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Iain Banks’ ‘The Quarry’ set for June debut

Iain Banks’ ‘The Quarry’ set for June debut

(Relaxnews) – Following Iain Banks’ diagnosis with cancer, new novel “The Quarry” will be published June 25 (June 20 in the UK), and its main character Guy is also dying of cancer. “Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends — or at least the friends with the most to lose […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Books ·
ABBA fever hits Stockholm at museum opening

ABBA fever hits Stockholm at museum opening

(STOCKHOLM-AFP) – ABBA fever hit Stockholm on Tuesday when a museum devoted to the Swedish pop legends opened — filling a void in the hearts of millions of fans since the group disbanded three decades ago and likely to fill the pockets of Sweden’s tourism industry too. “I’m so moved, I think it’s so fantastic […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, International Stars, Music ·
Tom Cruise accepts his fifth ‘Mission: Impossible’

Tom Cruise accepts his fifth ‘Mission: Impossible’

(Relaxnews) – American actor/producer Tom Cruise has officially agreed to reprise the role of agent Ethan Hunt in the fifth installment of “Mission: Impossible.” With the exception of executive producer J.J. Abrams, Cruise is the only big name to sign up as yet for the fifth episode. The project team is now looking to recruit […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
State, Defense Officials back PHL Arbitration Initiative

State, Defense Officials back PHL Arbitration Initiative

PHL, U.S. commit to further strengthen security relations United States (U.S.) State, Defense, and National Security Council (NSC) officials reiterated their strong support for the Philippines’ legal track to settle the disputes in the West Philippine Sea, according to a senior Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official. “Once more, officials from the State and Defense […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
REGISTERED OVERSEAS VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR MAILED BALLOTS MAY PROCEED TO THE PHILIPPINES CONSULATE GENERAL TO VOTE

REGISTERED OVERSEAS VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR MAILED BALLOTS MAY PROCEED TO THE PHILIPPINES CONSULATE GENERAL TO VOTE

Los Angeles, 07 May 2013 – The Overseas Voting for the 13 May 2013 elections will terminate on 13 May 2013 at 4 a.m. Los Angeles time. Overseas Voters (OV) who have not yet received their mailed ballots may proceed to the Philippine Consulate General and be provided with ballots to be able to vote.  Pursuant […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
On 71st Anniversary of Fall of Corregidor, PH Embassy Asks White House, US Army to Recognize Filipino Vets

On 71st Anniversary of Fall of Corregidor, PH Embassy Asks White House, US Army to Recognize Filipino Vets

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy on Monday urged the White House and the United States Army to listen to the appeal of close to 25,000 ageing Filipino veterans who have been denied recognition for their service during World War II. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made the appeal on behalf of the 24,385 Filipino veterans in […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Latin American cookbook wins James Beard award for book of year

Latin American cookbook wins James Beard award for book of year

(Relaxnews) – In a sign that points to the next big culinary trend to shake up the food scene in the US and abroad, a cookbook that explores the complex, rich flavors of Latin America has been named cookbook of the year. Chef and restaurateur Maricel Presilla’s book “Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America” took […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Books, Food & Dining ·
Punk gets pretty in Met museum exhibit

Punk gets pretty in Met museum exhibit

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Punk rockers wanted anarchy. They wound up with a $565 T-shirt. That’s the story told in a big new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York called “Punk: Chaos to couture.” The exhibit, which opened to a crowded preview Monday, traces the unlikely merger of a movement known for […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Destinations ·
ABBA the Museum revives 1970s disco ‘Dancing Queen’ icons

ABBA the Museum revives 1970s disco ‘Dancing Queen’ icons

(STOCKHOLM-AFP) – Sweden’s iconic disco group ABBA has no plan for a reunion, but a new Stockholm museum opening on Tuesday will offer the second-best opportunity to experience the foursome on stage. “In the museum you can see us together again. That I think is the closest you could ever get,” band member Bjoern Ulvaeus, […]

07.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, Music ·
Jericho wins Best Actor in Newport film fest

Jericho wins Best Actor in Newport film fest

MANILA, May 6 (Mabuhay) -– Jericho Rosales won the Best Actor award at the recently concluded Newport Beach Film Festival for his performance in the indie movie “Alagwa.” In his official Twitter account on Saturday, the Kapamilya actor was quick to share the good news to his thousands of followers. Directed by Ian Lorenos, “Alagwa” […]

06.05.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film ·
U.S. backs ASEAN on Code of Conduct and reaffirms support for PHL arbitration move

U.S. backs ASEAN on Code of Conduct and reaffirms support for PHL arbitration move

ASEAN and United States Senior Officials met in Washington DC last May 2-3 to deepen ASEAN-U.S. cooperation and discuss regional and international developments at the 26th ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue.  The U.S. and Myanmar served as Co-Chairs of the meeting. Discussion on South China Sea and Code of Conduct Senior Officials exchanged views on the South China […]

06.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PH Voters in Metro DC Urged to Go to Embassy to Claim, Cast Ballots

PH Voters in Metro DC Urged to Go to Embassy to Claim, Cast Ballots

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Overseas voters in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area who still have not received their ballots for the May 13 elections are being requested to come to the Philippine Embassy beginning Monday to personally claim their ballots and vote. In an advisory, the Embassy said the move is intended to allow registered voters to participate […]

06.05.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
‘Star Wars’ finds a Navajo voice

‘Star Wars’ finds a Navajo voice

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Members of the Navajo tribe in the southwestern United States are hoping the force will be with them as they dub “Star Wars” into their native Dine language. Two days of auditions began Friday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona for Navajo wishing to lend their voices to Luke […]

05.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat ·
Apple to stop supporting original iPhone this year

Apple to stop supporting original iPhone this year

(Relaxnews) – A leaked internal memo shows that the 2007 breakthrough device will be reclassified as obsolete this summer meaning that owners outside the US will no longer be able to get their devices serviced. According to the document first published by 9to5Mac, from June 11, a number of aging Apple products will no longer […]

05.05.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Creative Mother’s Day Crafts

Creative Mother’s Day Crafts

(Family Features) For Mother’s Day, celebrate the nurturing nature of mom with a specially painted flower pot that holds her favorite herbs or flowers. The Chalkboard Herb Pot and Mommy’s Favorite Flower Pot projects from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores don’t require any special skills, so anyone can make a customized gift for mom, grandma, […]

03.05.2013 · Filled under: Art, Home & Garden ·
Moda Operandi unveils luxury punk collection

Moda Operandi unveils luxury punk collection

(Relaxnews) – The American online fashion site has worked with designers including Moschino, Givenchy and Thom Browne to create a punk-inspired capsule collection for the Metropolitan Museum’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Luxury labels Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Eddie Borgo, Ek Thongprasert, Givenchy, House of Waris, Moschino, Prabal Gurung, Preen, Rodarte, Thom Browne, and Vivienne Westwood have combined forces […]

03.05.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Happenings, Photos ·
May Day march for immigration reform in L.A.

May Day march for immigration reform in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2013 (AFP) – Some 2,000 demonstrators marched in Los Angeles on Wednesday in May Day rallies calling for immigration reform, a key issue just north of the US-Mexican border. Two marches wound their way through the California city’s downtown district, with community and faith groups joining labor unions supporting legislation to […]

03.05.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Bradley Cooper to star in ‘American Sniper’

Bradley Cooper to star in ‘American Sniper’

(Relaxnews) – After “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg has chosen to depict the true story of Chris Kyle, an elite Navy SEAl sniper from 1999 to 2009, the Hollywood Reporter reveals. Bradley Cooper will be coproducing the project based on Kyle’s own book “American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History”. Filming will […]

03.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Catching Fire’ seeks fans for book trailer

‘Catching Fire’ seeks fans for book trailer

(Relaxnews) – Fans of “Catching Fire” have two weeks to submit a clip for a new US book trailer for the second in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy. With May 15 set as a final deadline, each contestant must submit a video completing four THG-centric sentences, and in doing so explain what’s so great about […]

02.05.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Book Reading: The Mango Bride (Philippines)

Book Reading: The Mango Bride (Philippines)

Saturday, May 4, 2013 5:00 PM Skylight Books 1818 Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA Tel: 323-660-1175 Free and open to the public. Author Marivi Soliven reads from The Mango Bride.  Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life.  Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas – a struggling Filipina waitress […]

02.05.2013 · Filled under: Books, Happenings ·
Fil-Ams urged to exercise right to vote

Fil-Ams urged to exercise right to vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Embassy today called on members of the Filipino-American Community in the United States who are registered as overseas voters to exercise their right to vote in next month’s national elections in the Philippines. In a statement, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia urged the almost 85,000 Filipino and Filipino-American overseas voters across […]

02.05.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Will you earn enough ‘points’ to win new US green card?

Will you earn enough ‘points’ to win new US green card?

By Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON (AFP) – For years, millions of immigrant applicants hoped they would be lucky enough to win the US green card lottery. Under reform being considered in Congress, they may soon be asking: “Am I skilled enough?” By 2017, according to a proposed revamp of laws governing admission to the United States, […]

02.05.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
The latest stress buster: tapping

The latest stress buster: tapping

(Relaxnews) – Wellness celebs Christiane Northrup, Kris Carr, Mark Hyman, and Deepak Chopra have all been touting a New Age healing method that claims to beat stress and anxiety through the simple act of tapping. Author of a new book on the subject, Nick Ortner has been the method’s evangelist with hisWorld Tapping Summit, talks, and film about tapping. […]

02.05.2013 · Filled under: Books, Health & Fitness, Videos ·
Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ takes dive in US charts

Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ takes dive in US charts

(SEOUL-AFP) – Psy’s new single “Gentleman” has plunged in the US hit parade as the South Korean rapper struggles to repeat the success of his global chart-topper “Gangnam Style”. “Gentleman” dropped to 26th place in the Billboard Hot 100, updated on Wednesday, from fifth last week and 12th on its debut a fortnight ago. Sales […]

02.05.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music ·
Japan’s Mt Fuji to get World Heritage stamp: officials

Japan’s Mt Fuji to get World Heritage stamp: officials

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan’s Mount Fuji will likely be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites next month after an influential advisory panel to the UN cultural body made a recommendation, officials said Wednesday. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a consultative body to UNESCO, told the Japanese government that the almost […]

01.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Team PNoy on polls: All over but the shouting

Team PNoy on polls: All over but the shouting

MANILA, Apr 30 (Mabuhay) — “It could be all over but the shouting.” This is how a spokesman for the administration Team PNoy described the May senatorial election after 9 Team PNoy bets dominated the latest pre-election survey from Pulse Asia. The April 20-22 survey showed 9 Team PNoy bets making it to the Senate […]

01.05.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013

May 2-12, 2013 Various times and venues Ticket prices vary.  Student and senior discounts available. Website: asianfilmfestla.org/2013/ There are numerous short films from/about many Southeast Asian countries.  The following are the SEA feature films in the program: A RIVER CHANGES COURSE May 04 – 12:15 PM  Directors Guild of America 2 Cambodia, United States 2012 | 83 […]

30.04.2013 · Filled under: News ·
ABS-CBN expands distribution in Middle East with OSN carriage

ABS-CBN expands distribution in Middle East with OSN carriage

Largest Filipino media network’s popular channels – TFC, Bro, Cinema One Global & ANC – available on OSN starting May 1 REDWOOD CITY, CA, April 24, 2013 – ABS-CBN Corporation, a publicly listed Philippine firm and the country’s largest Filipino multimedia network, announced today that its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Middle East, has partnered with OSN, the leading […]

30.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
List of films in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

List of films in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

(PARIS-AFP) – Here is a list of the feature films selected for the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar to the main competition at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. The May 16-26 competition is organised by France’s Film Directors’ Guild with films competing for its Camera d’Or prize. English titles are given where cited by festival organisers. DIRECTORS’ […]

29.04.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film, International Stars ·
Chinese tourists sail to disputed islands: report

Chinese tourists sail to disputed islands: report

(BEIJING-AFP) – The first Chinese tour ship to visit disputed South China Sea islands set sail on Sunday, state media reported, a move likely to stoke a long-running territorial row between Beijing and its neighbours. Plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands is the latest stage in China’s development of the territory, which […]

29.04.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
International box office: record opening for ‘Iron Man 3’

International box office: record opening for ‘Iron Man 3’

(Relaxnews) – The Rentrak institute announced that the third installment of the Iron Man franchise generated a whopping $195.3M worldwide during its opening weekend. While North American fans will have to wait another week to see the film, the debut of “Iron Man 3” (outside North America) ranks as the ninth biggest of all time, […]

29.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
PH No Longer the Dark Horse of Asia

PH No Longer the Dark Horse of Asia

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Philippines is no longer a dark horse in Asia, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia told a prominent organization in Chicago as he urged its members to consider investing in a country that is now considered a new economic tiger. “With all the good news coming out of the Philippines lately, the country is […]

29.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Disney star Bella Thorne writing high school series ‘Autumn Falls’

Disney star Bella Thorne writing high school series ‘Autumn Falls’

(Relaxnews) – Due in the summer of 2014 is the first in a series of novels from 15-year-old Disney star Bella Thorne of the “Shake It Up” TV show. Co-written with Elise Allen, who assisted Hilary Duff with “Elixir,” “Devoted” and “True,” Thorne’s “Autumn Falls” follows a 14-year-old high schooler whose life takes an unexpected […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Books, Hollywood Stars ·
Computers will have emotional intelligence by 2029

Computers will have emotional intelligence by 2029

(Relaxnews) – Google’s director of engineering and futurist in chief claims the search giant is on its way to developing search engines that understand and interpret human logic and feelings. In an interview with Wired, Ray Kurzweil, whose mission at Google is “to develop natural language understanding,” explains that the company is making strides towards understanding […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Online, Science & Technology ·
Philippine Airlines in major route expansion

Philippine Airlines in major route expansion

(MANILA-AFP) – Philippine Airlines announced a major route expansion on Friday to better serve the army of Filipino expatriate workers in the Middle East. As well as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, PAL added new routes to Australia, China and Malaysia as the company pursues a $10 billion fleet overhaul that will […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Philippine News ·
Aquino, ASEAN leaders reaffirm commitment to preserve Southeast Asia as a nuclear weapon-free region

Aquino, ASEAN leaders reaffirm commitment to preserve Southeast Asia as a nuclear weapon-free region

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei—President Benigno S. Aquino III and other Southeast Asian heads of states reaffirm their commitment to keep the region free from nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction. In a statement released at the end of the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit here, Chairman Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Philippine government confident the UN Arbitral Tribunal will vote that it has jurisdiction to hear the maritime issue between the Philippines and China

Philippine government confident the UN Arbitral Tribunal will vote that it has jurisdiction to hear the maritime issue between the Philippines and China

The Philippine government is confident that the five-member United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Arbitral Tribunal will vote that it has jurisdiction to hear the territorial and maritime issue between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China (PROC) when it convenes hopefully by July this year, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Cuisia Optimistic More US Investments to Come In

Cuisia Optimistic More US Investments to Come In

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy is confident more investments from the United States will pour into the country following the visit to two key cities of a powerhouse business delegation that wants American and Filipino-American businessmen to seriously consider putting their money in the Philippines. In a statement, the Philippine Embassy reported the successful launching in […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
18,000 STUDENTS KICK UP THEIR HEELS ON THE MUSIC CENTER PLAZA  AT 43RD ANNUAL BLUE RIBBON CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

18,000 STUDENTS KICK UP THEIR HEELS ON THE MUSIC CENTER PLAZA AT 43RD ANNUAL BLUE RIBBON CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

Long-Running Arts Education Initiative Succeeds Despite Massive Cutbacks in Schools– LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2013) – As part of its commitment to increase access for youth to the performing arts and arts education, The Blue Ribbon of The Music Center presents its longest-running educational program, The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival.  This event provides the experience […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Art, Books, Happenings, Music ·
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL WELCOMES PARTICIPANTS OF PNP-PSOSEC CLASS OF 2012-82 AND 83

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL WELCOMES PARTICIPANTS OF PNP-PSOSEC CLASS OF 2012-82 AND 83

Los Angeles, 24 April 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles hosted a dinner reception on 23 April 2013 in honor of the participants of the Public Safety Officers Senior Executive Course (PSOSEC) Class 2012-82 and 83. The class was headed by Police Chief Superintendent Dominador Aquino, Jr. of the Philippine Public Safety […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
LA Autism Walk Hosts 40,000 Attendees and Raises Over $1.8M for Autism

LA Autism Walk Hosts 40,000 Attendees and Raises Over $1.8M for Autism

Celebrity attendees included Holly Robinson Peete PASADENA, CA—40,000 community autism supporters united for a single cause at the 11th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event raised more than $1.8M for autism. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism […]

28.04.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, Photos ·
LG flexible display phone coming this year

LG flexible display phone coming this year

(Relaxnews) – LG has announced that a smartphone with flexible OLED screen will launch before the end of 2014. A flexible display doesn’t mean a flexible phone — circuitry and batteries are still decidedly rigid, so don’t expect to be able to fold the device in half and stick it in a shirt pocket. However, […]

26.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Ryan Reynolds cast in sci-fi body-switch movie

Ryan Reynolds cast in sci-fi body-switch movie

(Relaxnews) – Deadline.com has revealed that Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds will play the lead in the thriller “Selfless.” “Selfless” will tell the story of an old man who is dying. Thanks to scientific progress and the character’s wealth, he is able to save himself by transferring his memory into the body of a young man […]

26.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
One in four Samsung Galaxy SIV owners will break their handsets within a year

One in four Samsung Galaxy SIV owners will break their handsets within a year

(Relaxnews) – Samsung expects to sell 10 million Galaxy SIV handsets every month following its official launch this weekend and, according to the latest Square Trade research, as many as one in five US consumers will be buying one. However, the insurance company also claims that 25 percent of owners are also expected to break […]

26.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Armie Hammer joins Tom Cruise in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

Armie Hammer joins Tom Cruise in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

(Relaxnews) – Deadline.com has revealed that Armie Hammer will be added to the leading cast of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” opposite Tom Cruise. British director Guy Ritchie will film the duel between the two men in this movie adaptation of the spy series. Armie Hammer, who was brought to audiences’ attention in “The Social Network” […]

26.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell to star in a children’s movie

Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell to star in a children’s movie

(Relaxnews) – The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Jennifer Garner will be one of the leads in Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Garner will star opposite Steve Carell in this adaptation of a children’s book by Judith Viorst, originally published in the United States in 1972. They will play […]

25.04.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Philippines confident ASEAN will achieve goal of becoming ‘One Economic Community’ by 2015

Philippines confident ASEAN will achieve goal of becoming ‘One Economic Community’ by 2015

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, Apr 25 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is confident the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is on track towards achieving its goal to become One Economic Community by 2015 despite the numerous challenges still facing the regional bloc. In a press briefing here, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said these challenges include the ASEAN […]

25.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Emma Stone in talks for Woody Allen’s next movie

Emma Stone in talks for Woody Allen’s next movie

(Relaxnews) – According to Deadline.com, American actress Emma Stone, who recently starred in “Gangster Squad,” has started talks to play the lead in Woody Allen’s next movie. As usual, the director has kept the plot and the title of his new movie, which will be filmed in the South of France, secret. The last movie […]

25.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Twitter index: will Alex Pettyfer play Christian Grey?

Twitter index: will Alex Pettyfer play Christian Grey?

(Relaxnews) – On Thursday, April 25, Twitter users are discussing actor Alex Pettyfer, who is rumored to be taking the role of “50 Shades of Grey” lead character Christian Grey. The rumors of Pettyfer’s casting as Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of the titillating book began to emerge after several media sites, including People, and […]

25.04.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, International Stars ·
Universal Studios in California to open Harry Potter theme park

Universal Studios in California to open Harry Potter theme park

(Relaxnews) – Universal Studios Hollywood has received approval for a major $1.6 billion-expansion that will include a Harry Potter theme park, complete with the recreation of Hogwarts Castle and other key locations from the children’s series. The park attraction, themed after Hollywood blockbusters, is set to expand by 185,800 square meters in office and production […]

25.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Film ·
New US $100 bill to enter circulation in October

New US $100 bill to enter circulation in October

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 (AFP) – The United States will put a redesigned $100 bill, including an array of cutting-edge security features, in circulation in October, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. The new $100 bill was supposed to have entered circulation in February 2011. But the release was delayed by production problems, notably creasing of […]

24.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Top iPad apps: ‘Candy Crush Saga,’ ‘Hardest Game Ever 2’

Top iPad apps: ‘Candy Crush Saga,’ ‘Hardest Game Ever 2’

(Relaxnews) – Around the world iPad users have been enjoying the sweets-themed game “Candy Crush 2” and testing their skills in “Hardest Game Ever 2.” Details of these and other top free iPad applications by country for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on April 24, can be found below. 01.   USA Candy Crush Saga (games) […]

24.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Online ·
Angel, ‘El Presidente’ win at FAMAS Awards

Angel, ‘El Presidente’ win at FAMAS Awards

Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin won her second best actress trophy for her performance in the drama “One More Try” at the 61st Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards at the AFP Theater in Quezon City. Locsin was also named best actress for the Star Cinema film last month at the PMPC Star […]

24.04.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film ·
Apply to move to outer space as Mars One opens for applications

Apply to move to outer space as Mars One opens for applications

(Relaxnews) – The Mars One project is now accepting video applications from members of the public who wish to leave Earth, never to return, and be among the first people to start life on another planet. The Dutch Space travel company, which is headed by businessman Bas Lansdorp and is behind the Mars One project, […]

24.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Google+ trends: ‘Iron Man 3’

Google+ trends: ‘Iron Man 3’

(Relaxnews) – On Wednesday, April 24, Google+ users are talking about the forthcoming movie “Iron Man 3” and sharing pictures of animals for “#WildlifeWednesday.” The forthcoming movie “Iron Man 3” once again stars Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark and sees Gwyneth Paltrow play love interest Pepper Pots. The hotly anticipated movie comes to […]

24.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf in the running for ‘Spy’s Kid’

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf in the running for ‘Spy’s Kid’

(Relaxnews) – According to the Hollywood Reporter, Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf have started talks with Paramount to play a father and son in spy circles. “Spy’s Kid” is based on the true story of a spy who hires his son to carry on his work. Paramount stumbled on this story in a series […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
White House: Boston attacks must not halt immigration reform

White House: Boston attacks must not halt immigration reform

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013 (AFP) – The White House warned Monday that attacks on the Boston marathon should not derail momentum towards immigration reform, President Barack Obama’s best shot at a big second-term legacy achievement. The fact that the two suspected perpetrators of the bombings were of Chechen origin and were living legally in the […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
NEDA: Gains in agro-based products growth seen in PHL exports

NEDA: Gains in agro-based products growth seen in PHL exports

The growth of agro-based exports may be sustained with the opening up of new markets for sugar and bananas, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). “In addition to South Korea and India, Indonesia and the Middle East, were also identified as potential market for sugar,” said NEDA officer-in-charge (OIC) and Deputy Director-General […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PH Hemodialysis Center Recognized among World’s Best PPP Projects

PH Hemodialysis Center Recognized among World’s Best PPP Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.—An initiative of the National Kidney and Transplant Center (NKTI) that made renal care accessible and affordable to ordinary Filipinos has been recognized as one of the best public-private partnerships (PPP) not only in Asia but also in the rest of the world, the Philippine Embassy announced today. In a statement, the Embassy congratulated […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Embassy Moves to Help Pinoys Keep Jobs in the Bahamas

Embassy Moves to Help Pinoys Keep Jobs in the Bahamas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy has asked authorities in the Bahamas to let Filipinos there keep their jobs for the time being in view of a new labor policy that seeks to reduce the ranks of the unemployed by transferring jobs being held by foreigners to locals. In a statement, the Embassy said it had conveyed […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
“It Takes A Man and a Woman” now RP’s 2nd highest grossing film of all time

“It Takes A Man and a Woman” now RP’s 2nd highest grossing film of all time

TFC@theMovies begins extended run of the hit film in U.S. theatres starting today After earning P345 million in less than three weeks in cinemas in the Philippines, the Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz-starrer It Takes a Man and a Woman is now officially the second highest-grossing Filipino film of all time and the biggest earning non-Metro […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film, Happenings ·
Gov’t to experiment bus-rapid-transit system in Metro Manila

Gov’t to experiment bus-rapid-transit system in Metro Manila

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Apr 20 (Mabuhay) – The government is planning for an experimental phase of the bus-rapid-transit (BRT) in Metro Manila to fine tune the system before it is implemented in Cebu City, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday. But the President clarified during an interview with the media at the groundbreaking […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Garcetti gets major endorsement from Fil-Am progressive groups

Garcetti gets major endorsement from Fil-Am progressive groups

Los Angeles—Mayoral Candidate  Eric Garcetti has won the endorsements of KAYA – Filipinos Americans for Progress, Los Angeles Chapter, and the Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats (PALAD) that can translate to more than 29,000 Filipino-American votes in the city of Los Angeles They both cited his record supporting the Filipino American community in Los Angeles. […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Boston bomb suspect charged, faces death penalty

Boston bomb suspect charged, faces death penalty

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013 (AFP) – Teenage Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and could face the death penalty if convicted, the US Department of Justice said. Tsarnaev, 19, also has been charged with one count of malicious destruction of property by means of deadly […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Oblivion’ obliterates box office rivals

‘Oblivion’ obliterates box office rivals

( LOS ANGELES-AFP) – “Oblivion,” a post-apocalyptic action flick starring Tom Cruise, obliterated the competition in its debut this weekend, taking in about $38. 2 million, industry estimates showed Sunday. The film earned more than a third of this weekend’s box office revenue — about 37.41 percent of ticket sales, according to box office tracker […]

22.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
London Marathon to raise $100,000 for Boston victims

London Marathon to raise $100,000 for Boston victims

(LONDON-AFP) – London Marathon organisers announced on Thursday that they will donate £2 ($3, 2.30 euros) for every finisher in Sunday’s race to a fund for victims of the bomb attacks in Boston. The One Fund Boston was set up to help people affected by the twin bombings that killed three people and injured over […]

20.04.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Keanu Reeves joins ‘Passengers’

Keanu Reeves joins ‘Passengers’

(Relaxnews) – Deadline.com has revealed that Keanu Reeves will play the lead in “Passengers,” the first foray into cinema for TV director Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire”). “Passengers” will be set in a spaceship carrying thousands of people in a cryogenic sleep on its way to a faraway planet. Because of a technical problem, […]

20.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013

May 2-12, 2013 Various times and venues Ticket prices vary.  Student and senior discounts available. Website: asianfilmfestla.org/2013/ There are numerous short films from/about many Southeast Asian countries.  The following are the SEA feature films in the program: A RIVER CHANGES COURSE May 04 – 12:15 PM  Directors Guild of America 2 Cambodia, United States 2012 | […]

20.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Happenings ·
UCLA Filipino film showing: “GRACELAND”

UCLA Filipino film showing: “GRACELAND”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:30 PM James Bridges Theater, 1409 Melnitz Hall UCLA Campus Los Angeles, CA 90095 Free and open to the public. RATED R (violence, nudity); Philippines 2012 | 84 min | Tagalog & English language (English subtitles) Director: Ron Morales, Writer: Ron Morales,  Stars: Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido De La Paz Film […]

20.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Happenings, Videos ·
Adidas launches ‘Boston Stands as One’ T-shirt

Adidas launches ‘Boston Stands as One’ T-shirt

(Relaxnews) – To support those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, Adidas has created a limited-edition T-shirt that reads “Boston Stands as One.” As the official sponsor of the Boston Marathon, Adidas has a special connection to the race and plans to donate all of the proceeds to the One Fund Boston, a charity created this […]

19.04.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Justin Theroux a possible pick for Marvel’s Dr. Strange

Justin Theroux a possible pick for Marvel’s Dr. Strange

(Relaxnews) – After adaptations of “Thor,” “Iron Man” and “Captain America,” Marvel is considering an adaptation of Dr. Strange’s adventures on the big screen. According to Chud.com, actor, director and screenwriter Justin Theroux could be picked to play the character that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko immortalized in 1963. Marvel character Dr. Strange is a […]

18.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
FBI releases photos, video of Boston bomb suspects

FBI releases photos, video of Boston bomb suspects

By Mariano Andrade and Tim Witcher BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 18, 2013 (AFP) – The FBI on Thursday released pictures and video of two men suspected of involvement in the deadly bomb attacks at the Boston marathon, appealing to the public to help identify them. The dramatic turn came only hours after President Barack Obama vowed […]

18.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
President Aquino thanks people of Mindanao for helping push regional reforms

President Aquino thanks people of Mindanao for helping push regional reforms

BULUAN, Maguindanao, Apr 13 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III extended his gratitude Friday to the people of Mindanao particularly the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for supporting him in carrying out reforms in the region. “Maraming, maraming salamat sa ibinigay ninyong pagkakataong paglingkuran kayo. Maraming salamat po sa tiwalang ipinagkaloob ninyo para […]

18.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Snow White & the Huntsman’ sequel set for 2015

‘Snow White & the Huntsman’ sequel set for 2015

(Relaxnews) – During the CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Universal studios announced that the second chapter of “Snow White & the Huntsman,” a somber adaptation of the Grimm tale, will be released in two years. The next installment of “Snow White & the Huntsman” will be released in two years. Before then, the screenplay must be finalized and a […]

18.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Chinese military officials join PHL-US Balikatan exercises

Chinese military officials join PHL-US Balikatan exercises

MANILA, Apr 15 (Mabuhay) – Amid the ongoing territorial dispute between China and the Philippines, two Chinese military officials on Monday joined their Filipino and American counterparts in talks on maritime disaster response as part of the annual Balikatan military exercises. According to Brig. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces […]

18.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Pink diamond sells for nearly $40 million at US auction

Pink diamond sells for nearly $40 million at US auction

(NEW YORK-AFP) – A 34.64-carat pink diamond has sold at auction in New York for nearly $40 million, setting a new record for Christie’s auction house. Dubbed the “Princie Diamond,” the gem is “one of the largest and finest pink diamonds in the world,” with a “fabulous provenance,” Christie’s jewelry chief Francois Curiel said ahead […]

17.04.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, U.S. News ·
Twitter index: new Superman trailer hits web

Twitter index: new Superman trailer hits web

(Relaxnews) – On Wednesday, April 17, Twitter users are buzzing about the new trailer for the forthcoming Superman film and celebrating the 25th birthday of Girls’ Generation member Jessica. The latest trailer for “Man of Steel” hit the web on April 16. The film, which is due out in June, follows Superman’s back story and […]

17.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Rubio vows tough, 10-year path to US citizenship

Rubio vows tough, 10-year path to US citizenship

By Joseph Krauss WASHINGTON, April 14, 2013 (AFP) – Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican point man for immigration reform, on Sunday said a new bill would carve an arduous 10-year path to citizenship for the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants. Appearing on a string of Sunday talk shows, Rubio appeared keen to reassure hardline Republicans […]

17.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
START OF OVERSEAS ABSENTEE VOTING IN LOS ANGELES

START OF OVERSEAS ABSENTEE VOTING IN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles 16 April 2013, The Philippine Consulate General successfully launched the first day of elections for Overseas Absentee Voters (OAV) on 13 April 2013 at the Rizal Hall of the Consulate. The Consulate General invites all registered Overseas Absentee Voters (OAVs) in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to cast their […]

17.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Boston bombs were likely homemade, full of shrapnel

Boston bombs were likely homemade, full of shrapnel

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 (AFP) – The explosives used in the Boston Marathon bombings were likely homemade devices full of nails and metal fragments designed to cause widespread injury, according to initial reports. A day after an attack that left three dead and more than 170 wounded, the FBI and Boston police declined to reveal […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US to go to ‘ends of the Earth’ to find Boston bombers

US to go to ‘ends of the Earth’ to find Boston bombers

By Tim Witcher BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 16, 2013 (AFP) – US investigators on Tuesday pledged to go “to the ends of the Earth” to find those behind the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, which President Barack Obama deemed an “act of terror.” Boston’s Boylston Street, scene of the finish line carnage on Monday, remained sealed off […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New York boosts security after Boston blasts: police

New York boosts security after Boston blasts: police

NEW YORK, April 15, 2013 (AFP) – New York police stepped up security around key landmarks in the city on Monday after a double blast killed at least two people and injured 23 others at the Boston marathon, a top officer said. “We’re stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Lifestyle Network now available to TFC subscribers In Los Angeles and San Diego on Time Warner Cable

Lifestyle Network now available to TFC subscribers In Los Angeles and San Diego on Time Warner Cable

Warm welcome awaits new Filipino destination channel in the U.S. for programs on self, home, food and travel REDWOOD CITY, CA, April 15, 2012 – ABS-CBN International, the largest Filipino entertainment, news and broadcast company in the U.S., announced today the launch of Lifestyle Network on Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and San Diego. With […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, Videos ·
Immigration gets biometrics equipment from U.S. government

Immigration gets biometrics equipment from U.S. government

The United States government has donated to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) two state-of-the-art biometrics equipment to help bolster the agency’s capability to catch foreign fugitives and other illegal aliens. BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. formally accepted the equipment from U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas in a simple ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Manila last […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PH Authorities in Touch with FBI, DHS to Make Sure No Pinoy among Casualties in Boston Marathon Blasts

PH Authorities in Touch with FBI, DHS to Make Sure No Pinoy among Casualties in Boston Marathon Blasts

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines is coordinating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that are no Filipinos among the casualties in the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday. In a statement, the Philippine Embassy also said that a consular officer from the Philippine Consulate General in New […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Advisory to Filipino Community in Relation to Boston Bombing

Advisory to Filipino Community in Relation to Boston Bombing

The Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine Consulates General in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Agana extend their deepest sympathy to and express solidarity with the victims of the explosions that took place in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday, 15 April 2013. We mourn the loss of innocent lives and pray […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Sparks fly anew between love-hate couple Sarah, John Lloyd  in “It Takes A Man and a Woman”

Sparks fly anew between love-hate couple Sarah, John Lloyd in “It Takes A Man and a Woman”

RP’s current number one movie comes to theatres in the U.S., Canada and Middle East this April  REDWOOD CITY, April 12, 2013 – After just two weeks of screenings in the Philippines, ABS-CBN Star Cinema’s It Takes A Man and a Woman – part three of the blockbuster romantic comedy trilogy starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo – is poised to […]

16.04.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film ·
Ashley Judd joins ‘Divergent’

Ashley Judd joins ‘Divergent’

(Relaxnews) – According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ashley Judd (“Olympus Has Fallen”) is in talks to participate in the upcoming trilogy “Divergent,” a mix of adventure, action and romance akin to “The Hunger Games.” Author Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” books are set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic Chicago. Survivors live behind protective walls and are divided into five factions: […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
US digital library brings culture, history online

US digital library brings culture, history online

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A new “digital public library” set to launch this month aims to provide an alternative to Google for those looking for American cultural information online. Visitors will be able to view, for example, letters penned by George Washington, a copy of the Declaration of Independence in the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson, and ambrotype […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Books, Online, Science & Technology ·
Robinson biopic a home run at N. America theaters

Robinson biopic a home run at N. America theaters

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Jackie Robinson biopic “42” hit a home run at the North American box office in its debut weekend, easily besting its box office rivals, industry estimates showed Sunday. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman as the ground-breaking African American baseball star and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers exec who signed him, raked […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Avengers’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ pick up MTV Movie Awards

‘Avengers’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ pick up MTV Movie Awards

(Relaxnews) – “The Avengers” and “Silver Linings Playbook” won three awards each at the MTV Movie Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, April 14. “The Avengers” was named Movie of the Year and Tom Hiddleston won the awards for best fight and best villain for his performance as Loki in the film. “Silver Linings Playbook” was also […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Manila offers US its military bases in case of N.Korea war

Manila offers US its military bases in case of N.Korea war

MANILA, April 13, 2013 (AFP) – The US would be allowed to station forces at military bases in the Philippines if it went to war with North Korea, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Saturday citing a treaty between the allies. “Our mutual defence treaty calls for joint action if either the Philippines or the […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·
Obama says unclear who caused Boston blasts

Obama says unclear who caused Boston blasts

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States did not yet know who was responsible for blasts at the Boston marathon but officials privately described the incident as an “act of terror.” “We don’t yet have all the answers,” Obama said in his first public comments on explosions […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Galaxy SIV arrives in US on April 26

Galaxy SIV arrives in US on April 26

(Relaxnews) – A leaked document reveals US launch dates for the latest Samsung flagship phone and suggests that AT&T will be able to offer the handset more than a month before Verizon. The document, which, according to tech site Engadget  comes from a Staples center store training sheet, shows that the Samsung Galaxy SIV — showcased to […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Trailer: more is revealed about the next ‘Hunger Games’

Trailer: more is revealed about the next ‘Hunger Games’

(Relaxnews) – A trailer has been released for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” after being premiered at the MTV Movie Awards. Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar in February for “Silver Linings Playbook,” will reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen. Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Tokyo Disneyland celebrates 30th anniversary

Tokyo Disneyland celebrates 30th anniversary

(TOKYO-AFP) – Thousands of fans packed Tokyo Disneyland on Monday to celebrate its 30 years in business. Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and dozens of other familiar faces from the annals of Disney history paraded through the 51-hectare (126-acre) park, cheered on by 15,000 people who had turned out to see them. The resort comprises […]

15.04.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
‘Little Prince’ celebrates 70th anniversary

‘Little Prince’ celebrates 70th anniversary

(PARIS-AFP) – France is marking the 70th anniversary of the world-loved “The Little Prince” with a host of special editions, including a new biography of its author, native son Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “Le Petit Prince”, a series of parables in which a boy prince recounts his adventures among the stars to a downed pilot on […]

14.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Books, Online ·
‘Gentleman’ Psy unveils hip-swinging dance, music video

‘Gentleman’ Psy unveils hip-swinging dance, music video

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korean pop star Psy unveiled Saturday the hip-swinging dance and music video for his new song, aimed at replicating the global success of “Gangnam Style” and its famed horse-riding dance. The singer showed off the much-anticipated dance moves — a simple swaying, grinding hip movement — at a promotional concert in Seoul, […]

14.04.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music, Videos ·
US sees stronger ebook sales, but growth slows

US sees stronger ebook sales, but growth slows

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Electronic books provided 23 percent of US publishing revenues in 2012 but sizzling growth rates have eased, according to industry figures released Thursday. The Association of American Publishers said ebooks gained ground in all categories — adult fiction and nonfiction, young adult and children’s and religious publishing — and helped the industry increase […]

13.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Books, Science & Technology ·
Renamed Chinese Hollywood cinema goes IMAX

Renamed Chinese Hollywood cinema goes IMAX

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Hollywood’s historic Chinese theater will be transformed into an IMAX big-screen cinema under a deal signed by its owners, after they renamed the Tinseltown landmark. The theater, which draws millions of tourists every year taking photos of the hand- and footprints of generations of movie stars imprinted in its forecourt, is now […]

13.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Vietnamese International Film Festival (VIFF)

Vietnamese International Film Festival (VIFF)

Irvine, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, CA More information at www.vietfilmfest.com/. Numerous short and feature-length films by and about Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora.  Most venues in Orange County. Thursday, April 11 will see both short and feature films and discussion at UCLA. DAY OF THE BRUINS Free and open to the public. But tickets should be printed […]

12.04.2013 · Filled under: News ·
Cherry Blossom Princesses

Cherry Blossom Princesses

The 2013 Cherry Blossom Princesses visited the Philippine Embassy today as part of their weeklong education and cultural exchange program, which provides an opportunity for young women from across the United States and around the world to come together and network.  The mission of the program is to have the Cherry Blossom Princesses participate in […]

12.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Photos ·
The Music Center Announces 2013-14 Season

The Music Center Announces 2013-14 Season

 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center to Feature Six Major Premieres; World City Introduces LA to Renowned World Music, Dance, and Theatre Artists; Nationally Recognized Active Arts Gives the Community 25 Different Ways to Engage Directly with the Arts – – Renae Williams Niles Named New Head of Programming –           April […]

12.04.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, Photos ·
Journey at Pechanga, hosts the prestigious Sing Tao’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament  and the exclusive KoreAM 2013 Pro-AM

Journey at Pechanga, hosts the prestigious Sing Tao’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament and the exclusive KoreAM 2013 Pro-AM

Journey at Pechanga is home to Pechanga Resort & Casino’s premiere championship golf course.  Dedicated to marketing this fabulous course to their many Asian golfers and casino patrons, Pechanga proudly sponsored Sing Tao’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on April 1, 2013.  Boasting a full field of over 130 golfers, car giveaways and many other prizes, […]

11.04.2013 · Filled under: Photos, Sports & Recreation ·
Felix Reginald Lopez declared Order of Demolay, National Ritual Champion

Felix Reginald Lopez declared Order of Demolay, National Ritual Champion

Reginald Lopez, Master Councilor of Walt Disney Chapter, Order of Demolay, Anaheim, California, was recently declared the 2013 Frank Marshall Tournament of Champions for the Open Division of Ceremony of Lights in Dallas, Texas on March 24, 2013. Representing the Southern California Jurisdiction, he defeated competitors from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Arkansas, with […]

11.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Photos ·
N. Korea border crossing shut to tourists: China official

N. Korea border crossing shut to tourists: China official

(DANDONG, China-AFP) – The biggest border crossing between North Korea and China has been closed to tourist groups, a Chinese official said Wednesday as nuclear tensions mounted, but business travel was still allowed. “Travel agencies are not allowed to take tourist groups to go there, since the North Korean government is now asking foreign people […]

10.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
PHL asking $1.4-M from US for Tubbataha reef damage

PHL asking $1.4-M from US for Tubbataha reef damage

MANILA, April 6, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines will ask the United States to pay 58 million pesos ($1.4 million) in compensation for damage caused by a US warship to a protected coral reef, the manager of the reef said Saturday. The amount is based on studies by Philippine agencies including the coast guard that […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Sarah G thanks fans for movie’s success

Sarah G thanks fans for movie’s success

Singer-actress Sarah Geronimo thanked those who supported her movie “It Takes A Man And A Woman” with John Lloyd Cruz, which earned P32.6 million on its first day. “Muli po maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong pagsubaybay sa love story nila Miggy at Laida! Maraming salamat para sa inyong nag-uumapaw na suporta at pagmamahal sa dalawang […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film, Videos ·
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets US launch date

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets US launch date

(Relaxnews) – The company’s latest 8-inch tablet, conceived as a direct competitor to the iPad Mini will go on sale in the US on April 11. The tablet, which doesn’t feature a high-resolution screen, but does boast S-Pen stylus support, a 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB of RAM plus 16GB of internal storage (which […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Promotions, Science & Technology ·
Luke Evans will be the new Dracula

Luke Evans will be the new Dracula

(Relaxnews) – The Hollywood Reporter has announced that British actor Luke Evans will play the lead in a movie about Count Dracula’s beginnings. Thirty-three-year-old Evans has stepped in to save this project, which started in the late 2000s under the working title “Dracula Year Zero.” Sam Worthington toyed with the lead role around the time Alex […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Swiss Kempinski ditches N.Korea ‘Hotel of Doom’ project

Swiss Kempinski ditches N.Korea ‘Hotel of Doom’ project

(GENEVA-AFP) – The Swiss luxury hotel chain Kempinski said on Tuesday that it was dropping plans to open a huge pyramid-shaped hotel that has stood half-built for decades in North Korea amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. “Kempinski Hotels confirms that KEY International, its joint venture partner in China with Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Cruise ship to be christened by Duchess of Cambridge

Cruise ship to be christened by Duchess of Cambridge

(Relaxnews) – The Duchess of Cambridge has been tapped to baptize a new cruise ship which will set sail this summer featuring a glass-bottomed walkway that will extend beyond the edge of the ship. Princess Cruises has announced that in the British ship-naming tradition, Kate Middleton, as the ship’s ‘godmother,’ will christen the latest addition to its […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, World News ·
Western indie filmmakers look East

Western indie filmmakers look East

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A growing band of European filmmakers are realising their cinematic ambitions in the East, lured by a healthy box-office, investment prospects and the potential for more eye-catching stories. Leading the pack is Welsh-director Gareth Evans, whose Indonesia-shot action flick “The Raid” picked up $15 million in global takings last year on a […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Film ·
China to open disputed islands to tourism: official

China to open disputed islands to tourism: official

(Boao, China-AFP) – China is to open disputed South China Sea islands up to tourism this month, state media reported Sunday, a move likely to inflame a long-running territorial row with its neighbours. The plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands before the May Day holiday is the latest stage in Beijing’s development […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Smog-eating pavement on greenest street in America

Smog-eating pavement on greenest street in America

(CHICAGO-AFP) – The big rigs rattling past smokestacks sure don’t make this Chicago roadway look like the greenest street in America. But their tires roll over smog-eating pavement, the streetlights run on solar and wind power, the sidewalks were made with recycled concrete, and shrub-filled “bioswales” keep storm water out of overtaxed sewers. “Sustainability is […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Norwegian schools reschedule exams amid Bieber fever

Norwegian schools reschedule exams amid Bieber fever

(OSLO-AFP) – Norwegian schools have moved exams that clashed with Justin Bieber’s concerts in the country, fearing some fans would rather cut class than miss out on an evening with the Canadian heart throb. “We find it regrettable, but we preferred to move forward the Norwegian exams to avoid problems,” Roar Aasen, the headmaster of […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music ·
Thatcher also triggered cultural revolution

Thatcher also triggered cultural revolution

(LONDON-AFP) – As well as overhauling Britain’s economy, Margaret Thatcher triggered a cultural revolution here by igniting a creative burst of anger at her policies, including slashing arts funding. The former premier “had a phenomenal impact on the cultural landscape of Britain by creating an ideological backlash,” said David Khabaz of the London School of […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Art, Books, World News ·
Trailer: James Hunt vs. Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’

Trailer: James Hunt vs. Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’

(Relaxnews) – The first trailer has been released for “Rush,” a sports drama starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl that recounts a dramatic episode in F1 history. “Rush” is based on the conflict between Englishman James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda. These star drivers in the 1970s were known for their talent as well as their intense rivalry. The […]

09.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Twitter index: former UK Prime Minister Thatcher dies

Twitter index: former UK Prime Minister Thatcher dies

(Relaxnews) – The former Prime Minister of the UK Margaret Thatcher has died, causing discussion on Twitter on Monday, April 8. Baroness Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first, and to date only, female Prime Minister. A member of the UK’s Conservative Party, Thatcher held the post from 1975-1990. Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister was polarizing, marked by her […]

08.04.2013 · Filled under: Online, World News ·
In the pink: the April Fool’s prank played on Sergey Brin

In the pink: the April Fool’s prank played on Sergey Brin

(Relaxnews) – Company members pranked Google co-founder Sergey Brin by turning his car into a bright pink Batmobile for a newly revealed April Fool’s day joke. Although it’s believed to be bad luck to play a trick on someone after midday on April 1, there is no negative superstition surrounding revealing a prank played some […]

08.04.2013 · Filled under: Motoring, Offbeat, Online ·
Hagel Says US to Further Strengthen Defense Ties with PH

Hagel Says US to Further Strengthen Defense Ties with PH

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Underscoring the critical role the Philippines plays in the Asia-Pacific, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday assured Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario of Washington’s commitment to further strengthening its defense cooperation with Manila. “Secretary Hagel conveyed to us the need for the Philippines and the US to further deepen their partnership to […]

08.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
U.S. boosts missile defense in the Pacific

U.S. boosts missile defense in the Pacific

North Korea warns of nuclear strike on U.S. targets By Jung Ha-Won SEOUL, April 4, 2013 (AFP) – The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defenses as North Korea pushed more global alarm buttons Thursday by announcing it had authorized plans for possible nuclear strikes on U.S. targets. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck […]

06.04.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
Could a simple protective film be the future of glasses-free 3D viewing?

Could a simple protective film be the future of glasses-free 3D viewing?

(Relaxnews) – A new nano-engineered filter can be applied to the display of any smartphone or tablet, converting it into a 3D display that can be viewed with the naked eye. Developed in Singapore by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering over the course of two years, the film, called EyeFly […]

06.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology, Videos ·
The Hennessey Venom GT is officially the world’s fastest production car

The Hennessey Venom GT is officially the world’s fastest production car

(Relaxnews) – American supercar the Hennessey Venom GT has hit 265.7mph (427.6kph) to beat the Bugatti Veyron’s existing record on a technicality to steal the top speed crown. The technicality in question is engine tuning. A standard production version of the Hennessey Venom GT managed to come close to 270mph along a 2.9 mile stretch […]

04.04.2013 · Filled under: Motoring, Videos ·
Hillary Clinton to pen ‘ultimate book’ on world

Hillary Clinton to pen ‘ultimate book’ on world

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Hillary Clinton, whose every move is being scrutinized for signs that she might make a 2016 presidential run, announced Thursday she’s penning a book outlining her views on the United States’ role in the world. The ex-secretary of state’s first book since leaving office will be published by Simon & Schuster in […]

04.04.2013 · Filled under: Books ·
Trailer: DiCaprio in ‘The Great Gatsby’

Trailer: DiCaprio in ‘The Great Gatsby’

A little bit more has been revealed about “The Great Gatsby” in this last trailer. The movie will premiere at the opening of the 66th Cannes Festival in May. The trailer is a good reminder of the “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet” director’s taste for visual splendor. The music is also highlighted in the trailer through many excerpts […]

04.04.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Chinese search engine developing Google Glass competitor

Chinese search engine developing Google Glass competitor

(Relaxnews) – It appears that Google won’t have to face the hurdle of getting its much-hyped Google Glass headsets accepted for use in China as the country’s largest search engine, Baidu, has revealed it has its own wearable gadget in development. Called the Baidu Eye, it boasts a number of features that will sound similar […]

04.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Online, Science & Technology ·
A good reason to skip your pre-workout stretch

A good reason to skip your pre-workout stretch

(Relaxnews) – Is the pre-workout stretch becoming a thing of the past? Two new studies give us good reason to skip it. A new study published this month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research finds that if you stretch before you lift weights, you may feel weaker and less stable during your workout, reports The New […]

04.04.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Videos ·
CONSUL GENERAL DE LA VEGA MEETS WITH BOARD OF SUPERVISORS  OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY

CONSUL GENERAL DE LA VEGA MEETS WITH BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Los Angeles, 01 April 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, led by Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega conducted a three-day consular outreach program at the West Oaks Plaza in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. on 22-24 March 2013. The consular outreach program was undertaken in cooperation with the Philippine American Chamber […]

03.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Sports & Recreation ·
Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire

Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire

Book talk by Lucy Burns UCLA Department of Asian American Studies   Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM 314 Royce Hall UCLA Campus Asian American Studies Faculty Lucy Burns speaks about her newly published book Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire (NYU Press, 2012).  She will be joined by writers R. Zamora Linmark, Irene Suico Soriano, […]

03.04.2013 · Filled under: Books ·
TFC, COMELEC and DFA-OAVS partner to promote overseas voting for  2013 Philippine elections

TFC, COMELEC and DFA-OAVS partner to promote overseas voting for 2013 Philippine elections

Kim, Robi, Maan, Atom and Ted are the faces of a new global campaign calling for overseas Filipinos to vote from April 13-May 13 March 25, 2013 (QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES) – After a record-breaking turnout of Filipinos during the registration period in 2012 as a result of a multi-platform campaign mounted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the […]

03.04.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Philippine News, Promotions, Videos ·
US Reiterates Commitment to Address Grounding of USS Guardian, Full Cooperation on Independent Probe by PH

US Reiterates Commitment to Address Grounding of USS Guardian, Full Cooperation on Independent Probe by PH

WASHINGTON, D.C. (2 April 2013) – Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario and US Secretary of State John F. Kerry speak before media before their meeting at the State Department.  In his statement before media, Secretary Del Rosario expressed how much the Philippines values Secretary Kerry’s extensive experience in foreign relations, his understanding of […]

03.04.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Photos ·
Invite to Araw ng Kagitingan

Invite to Araw ng Kagitingan

03.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Happenings ·
A new trailer for ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

A new trailer for ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

(Relaxnews) – Lily Collins will play demon hunter Clary Fray, the heroine created by novelist Cassandra Clare, in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” a fantasy film akin to “Twilight” and “Beautiful Creatures.” The new trailer features Collins’s character, a teenager who discovers she is a member of the Shadowhunters, the only clan that can […]

02.04.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
TV’s Barbara Walters laughs off talk of retirement

TV’s Barbara Walters laughs off talk of retirement

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US television news icon Barbara Walters, 83, laughed off reports of her imminent retirement Monday, indicating she has no immediate plans to draw a line under her long and storied career. Chatting with Whoopi Goldberg and other fellow co-hosts of her ABC daytime talk show “The View,” a vivacious Walters said “nothing is […]

02.04.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
Mumford and Sons joining NIN at Lollapalooza

Mumford and Sons joining NIN at Lollapalooza

(Relaxnews) – Radio-friendly British indie darlings Mumford and Sons will be taking to the mainstage at this year’s Lollapalooza festival. The group, which won album of the year for “Babel” at this year’s Grammys, will be headlining Lollapalooza alongside the recently reformed Nine Inch Nails. Lollapalooza 2013 will be held in Chicago over August 2-4 […]

02.04.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music, Videos ·
Chloe Moretz joining Charlize Theron in ‘Dark Places’

Chloe Moretz joining Charlize Theron in ‘Dark Places’

(Relaxnews) – Deadline.com has revealed that young actress Chloe Moretz is in the running to participate in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s movie “Dark Places,” based on a novel by Gillian Flynn. The 16-year-old ‘”Hugo Cabret” and “Dark Shadows” actress is in talks for one of the lead roles in “Dark Places.” Moretz is apparently interested in playing […]

02.04.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
One in five US teenage boys diagnosed ADHD: report

One in five US teenage boys diagnosed ADHD: report

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Nearly one in five American teenage boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, marking a dramatic rise in the past decade, the New York Times reported on Monday. The condition, for which potent stimulant drugs like Adderal or Ritalin are often prescribed, has been previously estimated to affect three to seven percent […]

02.04.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, U.S. News ·
Watch: trailer for ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’

Watch: trailer for ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’

(Relaxnews) – The first trailer for the sequel to “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” has been released. After a three-year wait, Percy Jackson fans will be able to catch the second installment of the saga, entitled “Sea of Monsters.” In the trailer, shown on MTV, the demigod is on his way to […]

02.04.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Julio Iglesias: ‘I’m not in vogue, but I’m in demand’

Julio Iglesias: ‘I’m not in vogue, but I’m in demand’

(BEIJING-AFP) – Ageing Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias Monday said he may never be “in” but at least he can still draw a crowd, as he was given an award in Beijing as the world’s best-selling male Latin artist. The 69-year-old, who has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, was in China ahead of a […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music ·
What’s hot: parkour-specific gyms

What’s hot: parkour-specific gyms

(Relaxnews) – While the training ground for parkour, also known as free running, is typically urban cityscapes, the latest trend is parkour-specific gyms, where participants can leap, dive, and backflip with the safety of foam pits and padded mats, no matter what the weather is outside. The first New York City parkour gym, Bklyn Beast, just […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Health & Fitness, Videos ·
PHL presses for payment over damaged reef

PHL presses for payment over damaged reef

MANILA, March 31, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines Sunday welcomed the removal of a US minesweeper that had been stuck on a protected coral reef for 10 weeks, but stressed that compensation must be paid for the environmental damage. Salvage crews contracted by the US Navy Saturday extracted the last remaining piece of the USS […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL marks Easter with bloody mock crucifixions

PHL marks Easter with bloody mock crucifixions

By Noel Celis SAN FERNANDO, Philippines, March 29, 2013 (AFP) – Catholic zealots in the Philippines re-enacted the last hours of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, whipping their backs and nailing themselves to crosses in a grisly Easter ritual that persists despite Church disapproval. Foreign and local tourists flocked to the outskirts of the city […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US sends destroyer off Korea coast: official

US sends destroyer off Korea coast: official

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013 (AFP) – The United States has positioned near North Korea a destroyer capable of shooting down missiles in the latest military move amid a showdown with the communist state, an official said Monday. The USS Fitzgerald, which had sailed to South Korea as part of recent exercises, has been sent off […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Rubio: No final agreement on immigration legislation yet

Rubio: No final agreement on immigration legislation yet

Washington, D.C., April 1 – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the status of immigration reform legislation being developed in the Senate: “I’m encouraged by reports of an agreement between business groups and unions on the issue of guest workers. However, reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
N. Korea declares ‘state of war’ with South

N. Korea declares ‘state of war’ with South

By Lim Chang-Won SEOUL, March 30, 2013 (AFP) – North Korea on Saturday declared it was in a “state of war” with South Korea and warned Seoul and Washington that any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict. The United States said it took the announcement “seriously”, but noted it followed a familiar […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
YouTube shuts, Google sniffs, Twitter slims in April Fool gags

YouTube shuts, Google sniffs, Twitter slims in April Fool gags

(PARIS-AFP) – YouTube is shutting down, Twitter users have to pay for the use of vowels, and the new Google Nose search engine will bring a whiff of wet dog or daisies right to your computer or smartphone. Smells fishy? These Internet giants went all-out to try and bamboozle their users with April Fool’s gags […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Offbeat, Online ·
Chinese tourists lead the boom in Asian luxury shopping

Chinese tourists lead the boom in Asian luxury shopping

(Relaxnews) – A new report published by the HSBC group titled “The Bling Dynasty’ explores the growing dominance of Chinese tourists in several key Asian luxury markets. According to HSBC’s report, Chinese citizens will make 88 million trips out of the country this year, a figure set to grow to 155 million by 2020. The study explored […]

31.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Japan venture to bring electric tuk-tuks to Asia

Japan venture to bring electric tuk-tuks to Asia

(TOKYO-AFP) – A Japanese company is hoping to win a big slice of Asia’s tuk-tuk market, it said Wednesday, betting battery-operated buggies could cut burgeoning city pollution. “There is no single company in Asia that mass-produces electric bikes or tricycles,” said Terra Motors president Toru Tokushige. “I think it could have a big impact if […]

31.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Science & Technology ·
Independent Mobile Gaming Awards: ‘The Walking Dead’ wins Grand Prix

Independent Mobile Gaming Awards: ‘The Walking Dead’ wins Grand Prix

(Relaxnews) – “The Walking Dead” adventure game has added a Grand Prix win at this week’s Independent Mobile Gaming Awards to its haul of accolades, while “The Room” was elected People’s Choice on Thursday. Ingenious, polished puzzler “The Room” was also recognized for its looks, clinching a category win for Excellence in Visuals. And while […]

29.03.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Games ·
US launches new anti-smoking offensive

US launches new anti-smoking offensive

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US health officials launched a hard-hitting offensive Thursday aimed at slashing the numbers of smokers across the country following the success of a similar campaign last year. The new campaign encourages smokers to kick the habit with a series of adverts spotlighting the wrenching personal stories of individuals battling smoking-related illnesses or diseases. […]

29.03.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, U.S. News ·
New ‘Tomb Raider’ movie is officially launched

New ‘Tomb Raider’ movie is officially launched

(Relaxnews) – MGM studios and GK Films have announced that archeologist Lara Croft will be back on the big screen in a film by both companies. The movie will follow the same course as the 17-year-old video game saga, which was relaunched at the start of March with a reboot. “Tomb Raider” allows players to […]

29.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Boston celebrates runners with Running Film Festival

Boston celebrates runners with Running Film Festival

(Relaxnews) – Announced this week, Boston will host its first Boston Running Film Festival in conjunction with the upcoming marathon. From April 12 to 14, 19 full-length and short films from around the globe will be screened at the Hynes Convention Center, also the site of the marathon expo. Films slated to be shown include […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
India celebrates the festival of colours

India celebrates the festival of colours

(NEW DELHI-AFP) – From soldiers in the north to teenagers in the south, Indians of all hues threw water-filled balloons and smeared coloured powder on each other to celebrate the festival of Holi on Wednesday. The revelry began in the early hours with children engaging in water fights, using plastic guns and balloons to splash […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Sabah crisis won’t affect GPH-MILF peace talks – Aquino

Sabah crisis won’t affect GPH-MILF peace talks – Aquino

MANILA, Mar 25 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III said peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front remain on track despite an ongoing conflict in Sabah between Malaysian forces and supporters of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. The government and the MILF are scheduled to resume negotiations in Kuala Lumpur today. “I think we’ve […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Men in White: Pope meets predecessor

Men in White: Pope meets predecessor

By Dario THUBURN, Vincenzo PINTO CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, March 23, 2013 (AFP) – Pope Francis flew in to a papal residence near Rome on Saturday for a meeting with “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI – an unprecedented encounter in the history of the Catholic Church. Both men were in the white vestments reserved for popes as […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
President Aquino orders DOTC and Philippine Coast Guard to enhance security and emergency procedures in seaports for safety of passengers

President Aquino orders DOTC and Philippine Coast Guard to enhance security and emergency procedures in seaports for safety of passengers

MANILA, Mar 26 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered on Tuesday Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena to enhance the security and emergency procedures in the seaports to ensure the safety of the passengers. The Chief Executive issued the directive following his visit to […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Daniel Craig stars as Land Rover officially launches its new SUV

Daniel Craig stars as Land Rover officially launches its new SUV

(Relaxnews) – The James Bond star drives the Range Rover Sport through the streets of Manhattan and brings the city to a standstill. As promised, Land Rover brought more than a little Hollywood glamour to the streets of Manhattan in order to launch the new Range Rover Sport, and it also kept its word when […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Motoring, Videos ·
Trailer: Hugh Jackman seeks mortality in ‘The Wolverine’

Trailer: Hugh Jackman seeks mortality in ‘The Wolverine’

(Relaxnews) – The first trailer for “The Wolverine” has been released ahead of the film’s summer release. After several teasers, Fox has unveiled a 2’30” trailer offering spectators a better look at events in the movie. The clawed mutant will travel to Japan in an attempt to shatter his immortality, which he sees as a […]

27.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Overwhelmed Australian hostage thankful; Ransom paid for his release

Overwhelmed Australian hostage thankful; Ransom paid for his release

By Jason Gutierrez MANILA, March 25, 2013 (AFP) – Ex-Australian soldier Warren Rodwell said Monday he had lost all hope during 15 months as a captive of Islamic militants in the southern Philippines, as he thanked everyone who helped win his freedom. Rodwell, his cheeks deeply hollowed out from severe weight loss, appeared extremely frail […]

26.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Six in 10 support citizenship for illegals

Six in 10 support citizenship for illegals

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2013 (AFP) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans favor a path to citizenship – with conditions – for undocumented immigrants, according to a new poll out Thursday, as lawmakers debate reform plans. Lawmakers from both sides of the U.S. political divide, as well as President Barack Obama, have expressed optimism about striking a […]

26.03.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Time has come’ for immigration reform: Obama

‘Time has come’ for immigration reform: Obama

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Monday the time has come to reform America’s “broken” immigration policy, renewing his appeal to lawmakers to clinch a deal that he said is now within reach. At a swearing-in ceremony at the White House for a group of new US citizens, Obama praised […]

26.03.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL tourism achieves back-to-back record growth

PHL tourism achieves back-to-back record growth

International visitors to the Philippines for the first two months of the year closed at another record high of 854,187 or a double-digit growth of 10.5% from 772,989 of the same period in 2012. The country extended its record-breaking run by surpassing the 400,000 arrival mark for both January (436,079 arrivals) and February, making it […]

26.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
The Philippines: Asia’s New Emerging Tiger

The Philippines: Asia’s New Emerging Tiger

The Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles and The Philippine Trade and Investment Center of Los Angeles in cooperation with the Council on Trade and Investment for Filipino-Americans (COTIFA) and Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County will be hosting a private-led investment roadshow in the United States on April 23, 2013. The roadshow titled […]

26.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News, U.S. News, World News ·
The best of both worlds: Samsung’s new mobile hybrid notebook

The best of both worlds: Samsung’s new mobile hybrid notebook

(Relaxnews) – Samsung has launched a new HD hybrid notebook tablet with built-in 4GLTE mobile internet. The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro is by no means the first hybrid notebook running Windows 8 to hit the shelves, but with its combination of an 11.6-inch ten-point full high-resolution touch screen, the Windows 8 operating system and […]

25.03.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Peace Corps Event

Peace Corps Event

  The Philippine Embassy and the Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development (PCAFPD) held a reception at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall on 22 March to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the foundation. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and PCAFPD President Mark Holt hosted some 80 former Peace Corps volunteers who served in the Philippines […]

25.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Trailer: Brad Pitt saves humanity in ‘World War Z’

Trailer: Brad Pitt saves humanity in ‘World War Z’

(Relaxnews) – A new trailer has been released for “World War Z,” an apocalyptic blockbuster starring Brad Pitt. In the film, loosely inspired by a novel of the same name by Max Brooks, Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a father who has to turn around a zombie pandemic to save mankind. North American audiences can […]

25.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
US alternative rock band My Chemical Romance splits

US alternative rock band My Chemical Romance splits

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – US alternative rock band My Chemical Romance have split up after 12 years together, the group confirmed on their website Saturday. The band was founded in New Jersey in 2001, comprising members Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way and Frank Iero. “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been […]

25.03.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Worldwide box office: ‘The Croods’ makes over $100M

Worldwide box office: ‘The Croods’ makes over $100M

(Relaxnews) – According to the Rentrak Institute, animated film “The Croods” made $108M throughout the world during its first weekend of release. The prehistoric film by DreamWorks Animation has knocked “Oz The Great and Powerful” out of the top spot. Sam Raimi’s film is second with worldwide takings of $43.73M. It has now made $356.36M. […]

25.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Kremlin — along with a slew of other landmarks around the world — went dark Saturday to draw attention to climate change. In a symbolic show of support for the planet, people across the continents switched off their lights for 60 minutes — […]

24.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Aquino PMA grads: Resolve conflict fairly; empathize with poor

Aquino PMA grads: Resolve conflict fairly; empathize with poor

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, Mar 18 (Mabuhay) – “Whenever you face a dilemma, you need only put yourselves in the shoes of those that will be the most affected, the most abused, the poorest, those who are in most need of your protection – and I can promise you, what is right and what […]

24.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Aquino says local governments can expect honest, hard work

Aquino says local governments can expect honest, hard work

BAGUIO CITY, Mar 18 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III said local government units can expect their national government to be a partner in achieving their respective constituents’ dreams and ambitions for their locale as he vowed to provide honest, hard work from his end. In a meeting with local leaders here on Sunday, […]

23.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL reaps awards at Routes Asia 2013

PHL reaps awards at Routes Asia 2013

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) was honored as highly commended in the Destination Marketing category during the recent 11th Routes Asia Conference and Exhibition held from March 17-19, 2013, at the Renaissance Mumbai Hotel, Mumbai, India. The DOT was among the five shortlisted finalists for the Best Destination Marketing Award, which included Tourism Australia, […]

22.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Embassy Officials Meet with Migrant Rights Groups to Discuss Case of Filipino Oil Workers in Louisiana

Embassy Officials Meet with Migrant Rights Groups to Discuss Case of Filipino Oil Workers in Louisiana

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy met on Monday with leaders of migrant rights organizations supporting a group of Filipino offshore oil workers in Louisiana involved in a class suit against their employer for alleged slavery and human trafficking. In a statement, the Embassy said officials sat down with leaders of the Justice for Grand Isle Shipyard […]

22.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Filipinos, Americans Urged: Come Visit the New Philippines

Filipinos, Americans Urged: Come Visit the New Philippines

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Filipino and Americans making plans for the coming summer break are being urged to take a second look at the Philippines and see why it is fast making a name for itself as an international holiday destination. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made the pitch for the Philippines in his remarks at the launching […]

22.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
New York’s Metropolitan Museum to open 7/7

New York’s Metropolitan Museum to open 7/7

(NEW YORK-AFP) – For the first time in four decades New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will open seven days a week starting this July, the director announced Thursday. “Art is a seven-day-a-week passion, and we want the Met to be accessible whenever visitors have the urge to experience this great museum,” said Thomas Campbell, […]

22.03.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations ·
Search for the 2013 Delegates to the Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) in the Philippines

Search for the 2013 Delegates to the Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro) in the Philippines

19 March 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is pleased to announce the search for the second batch of outstanding young Filipino Americans (aged 18 to 40), who will be tapped as future leaders of their Filipino-American communities and advocacies. The involvement of these emerging leaders in the Filipino-American community is expected […]

20.03.2013 · Filled under: News ·
Karl Lagerfeld to direct Keira Knightly in new Chanel film

Karl Lagerfeld to direct Keira Knightly in new Chanel film

(Relaxnews) – The famous French brand will celebrate its centenary with a new short film set in Deauville, shot by creative director Karl Lagerfeld, and starring British actress Keira Knightley as the celebrated Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Twenty-seven-year-old Keira Knightley is already the face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, starring in a series of campaigns and […]

20.03.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, International Stars ·
Aquino admin pushes for merger of PSE, PDEx

Aquino admin pushes for merger of PSE, PDEx

MANILA, Mar 18 (Mabuhay) — The Aquino administration is pushing for the merger of Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp (PDEx) and the Philippine Stock Exchange Inc (PSE) to create a single platform for a more efficient capital market, the Departent of Finance said on Monday. “We’re encouraging PSE and PDEx to see if it fits […]

20.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Storm-damaged Statue of Liberty to reopen by July 4

Storm-damaged Statue of Liberty to reopen by July 4

(NEW YORK-AFP) – The Statue of Liberty will reopen by July 4 once repairs to extensive damage inflicted on the New York landmark by Hurricane Sandy are completed, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. The statue itself, a 19th century gift from France to the United States, weathered the October 29 storm, but serious […]

20.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Filipina nanny set for US trial against Sharon Stone

Filipina nanny set for US trial against Sharon Stone

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2013 (AFP) – A US judge cleared the way Friday for a Filipina former nanny of Sharon Stone to go to trial against the US actress for wrongful dismissal and harassment, including racist abuse. Lawyers for Erlinda Elemen, who worked as a live-in nanny for the “Basic Instinct” star until she […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
Nature fans get green fix at Hong Kong flower show

Nature fans get green fix at Hong Kong flower show

(HONG KONG-AFP) – It’s notorious for its cramped living conditions, traffic-clogged streets and polluted air, but once a year Hong Kong celebrates all things green at the city’s flower show. Though most residents have no outdoor space for gardening, thousands flock to the annual 10-day event, which started on Friday and covers six football pitches […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
Amphibious tourist buses put into service in Tokyo

Amphibious tourist buses put into service in Tokyo

(TOKYO-AFP) – Tokyo’s first amphibious tourist buses were put into service Sunday, carrying 40 passengers through the city’s low eastern side by road before taking to the Naka river during a 100-minute “Tokyo Splash Tour.” The two buses, dubbed “Sky Ducks”, departed from Tokyo’s new landmark Skytree, the world’s tallest communications tower at 634 metres […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Offbeat ·
Cuisia Leads Intensified Engagement with US Congress

Cuisia Leads Intensified Engagement with US Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy is intensifying its engagement with the United States House of Representatives as part of Manila’s efforts to raise the country’s profile among American legislators. Since the opening of the 113th Congress in January, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. has been meeting with key lawmakers, especially members of the US-Philippines Friendship Caucus, […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News, U.S. News ·
PH Unveils Roadmap for Participation in TPP Trade Pact

PH Unveils Roadmap for Participation in TPP Trade Pact

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines has laid down the roadmap for its eventual participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—an initiative involving the United States and other Pacific nations that seeks to create what could be the biggest free trade area in the world. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. outlined Manila’s desire to join the TPP in his […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Chinese film ‘Mystery’ wins Asian best picture

Chinese film ‘Mystery’ wins Asian best picture

(Hong Kong-AFP) – A Chinese drama that touches on sensitive topics including police corruption won the best picture at the Asian Film Awards Monday, while Japan’s Takeshi Kitano scooped the best director gong. “Mystery”, directed by Lou Ye, which reportedly upset Chinese censors for dealing with controversial issues such as graft and the behaviour of […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Filipino Stars, International Stars ·
Dublin a sea of green for St Patrick’s Day

Dublin a sea of green for St Patrick’s Day

(DUBLIN-AFP) – The luck of the Irish failed to change the miserable weather — but it didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of thousands of shamrock-wearing revellers who celebrated St Patrick’s Day on the wet streets of Dublin on Sunday. Dublin was awash with green as locals and tourists turned out to the watch a […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, World News ·
‘Oz’ conjures up more N. America box office magic

‘Oz’ conjures up more N. America box office magic

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Big-budget 3D fantasy adventure flick “Oz the Great and Powerful” for a second straight weekend was the top film at North American movie houses, earning $42.2 million, industry estimates showed. Starring James Franco as a circus magician who ends up on the Yellow Brick Road, “The Wizard of Oz” prequel had a […]

17.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Philippines bets on joining gaming elite with mega casino

Philippines bets on joining gaming elite with mega casino

(MANILA-AFP) – President Benigno Aquino opened a giant $1.2 billion casino on Saturday to kick off the Philippines’ high-stakes bid to join the likes of Macau and Las Vegas in an elite group of gaming destinations. Solaire Manila Resorts is the first of four huge gaming venues set to rise on reclaimed land in Manila […]

17.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Philippine News ·
Improving global economy seen to bode well for Philippine growth

Improving global economy seen to bode well for Philippine growth

The Philippine economy is seen to continue on its record-breaking upward trend and become the “standout” economy in Southeast Asia in 2013 as the economies affected by a global recession improve, world renowned debt watcher Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) and British banking giant Standard Chartered Bank said in separate reports recently. S&P’s said it projects […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Indonesia Free Family Festival

Indonesia Free Family Festival

Sunday, March 17, 2013 Indonesia Free Family Festival 12 Noon – 4:00 PM Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, California 91101 (626) 449-2742 Website: www.pacificasiamuseum.org/index.aspx Celebrate the beauty, art and culture of Indonesia! Enjoy the special exhibition “Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia” plus demonstrations, hands-on crafts, food samples, plus traditional dances from […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Art, Happenings ·
‘Jurassic Park 4’ gets a director

‘Jurassic Park 4’ gets a director

(Relaxnews) – According to the Hollywood Reporter, Colin Trevorrow has received the blessing of the “Jurassic Park” producers to direct the fourth installment of the saga. Trevorrow, 36, will follow in Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston’s footsteps and direct the next “Jurassic Park.” He was discovered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 with his first movie “Safety […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Ang Triple Threat 2013 US Tour ay darating sa Pechanga Resort & Casino

Ang Triple Threat 2013 US Tour ay darating sa Pechanga Resort & Casino

Ang Triple Threat concert series na pinangungunahan nina Piolo Pascual, Angeline Quinto at Pokwang ay magpapasimula ng kanilang 2013 tour sa Temecula, California sa Marso 23, 2013.  Ito ay itatanghal sa tanyag na Pechanga Theater sa Pechanga Resort & Casino. Ayon sa opisyal na Facebook page ni Piolo Pascual, ang tour ay magkakaroon ng pangalawang […]

15.03.2013 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
SUPPORT THE NATIONAL YEAR OF THE RICE 2013 CAMPAIGN

SUPPORT THE NATIONAL YEAR OF THE RICE 2013 CAMPAIGN

The National Year of Rice is part of the Philippine government’s bid to achieve rice-self-sufficiency beginning in 2013. It is an advocacy campaign that aims to promote responsible rice consumption for better health and less rice wastage, and productive farming through the promotion of efficient rice technologies and inspiring farmers to do better.  Please view www.nyr2013.com for […]

14.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Tourism boost seen after signing of law scrapping foreign carriers’ tax

Tourism boost seen after signing of law scrapping foreign carriers’ tax

MANILA, Mar 8 (Mabuhay) – Tourism in the Philippines is expected to get a big boost after President Benigno Aquino III signed a new law exempting foreign air and shipping carriers from paying the common carriers tax on passenger traffic. John Paul Cabalza, president of Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), said the travel industry “has […]

14.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Filipino students love “Be Careful With My Heart”; Maya and Sir Chief’s first kiss draws high ratings, trends on Twitter

Filipino students love “Be Careful With My Heart”; Maya and Sir Chief’s first kiss draws high ratings, trends on Twitter

The magic of Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Sir Chief (Richard Yap) has struck the entire nation again as “Be Careful With My Heart” recently did not only dominate the ratings game but ruled the trending topics list of the popular microblogging site Twitter   Based on the latest data from Kantar Media last Tuesday (March 12), ABS-CBN’s no.1 […]

13.03.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Videos ·
PH Seeks More Public-Private Partnership Projects

PH Seeks More Public-Private Partnership Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines wants to enter into more partnerships with the private sector as Manila continues to invest in the development of key infrastructure to help sustain its economic growth. “The Philippine government remains committed to driving infrastructure development as it recognizes its importance to future rapid and sustainable economic growth,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, […]

13.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Emily Blunt replaces Emma Watson in ‘Your Voice in My Head’

Emily Blunt replaces Emma Watson in ‘Your Voice in My Head’

(Relaxnews) – Stanley Tucci told Digitalspy.co.uk that British actress Emily Blunt will join him in “Your Voice in My Head.” Blunt will replace Emma Watson, who was previously slated to play the lead in this adaptation of journalist and novelist Emma Forrest’s autobiography. Filming is set for the end of spring. “Your Voice in My Head” will […]

13.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Works of FilAm Artist Alfonso Ossorio on Exhibit in D.C.

Works of FilAm Artist Alfonso Ossorio on Exhibit in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The abstract expressionist works of noted Filipino-American artist and art patron Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990) drew raves when they went on exhibit at a private museum here on Thursday. The Philippine Embassy, which collaborated with the Phillips Collection for its “Phillips After 5” event for the month of March, said almost 700 guests led by […]

11.03.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Photos, U.S. News ·