Statement of the DFA on the release of the 21 Filipino UN Peacekeepers in Syria

Statement of the DFA on the release of the 21 Filipino UN Peacekeepers in Syria

The Philippines welcomes the release of all 21 Filipino Peacekeepers who were detained on March 6, 2013 in Jamla, Syria. The Philippine Government and its people express deep appreciation to the Jordanian Government and military officials on the successful safe passing over to the Jordanian side of all our 21 Filipino Peacekeepers and to all […]

11.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Sandberg book urges women to ‘Lean In’ to succeed

Sandberg book urges women to ‘Lean In’ to succeed

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Powerful Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg is out to make herself less of an anomaly as she launches a campaign to inspire women to pursue their passions at work and at home. The 43-year-old mom and Facebook chief operating officer on Monday releases “Lean In,” in which she weaves stories from her life […]

11.03.2013 · Filled under: Books, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
‘Horrible Bosses 2’ is in the works

‘Horrible Bosses 2’ is in the works

(Relaxnews) – A sequel to the comedy “Horrible Bosses” is reportedly in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are currently finalizing the details of their contracts to take part in the second chapter of the 2011 success. Seth Gordon will also be back to direct the sequel. In […]

11.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention

Health and fitness agenda: IHRSA Convention

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, Las Vegas welcomes thousands of fitness fans to the annual International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association convention, one of the largest of its kind. Also Paris hosts the Body Fitness Form’expo. IHRSA Convention March 19-22 Las Vegas, California, USA A rival to the IDEA World Fitness Convention and FIBO, the International […]

11.03.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
New tech aims to transform homes, shopping in Spain

New tech aims to transform homes, shopping in Spain

(MADRID-AFP) – With a flick of the wrist, residents of a futuristic home developed in Spain can browse Internet pages displayed on the living room walls, switch off a giant projected alarm clock in the bedroom or transform the entire interior into a busy streetscape or tranquil beach. It may seem light years ahead of […]

10.03.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Disney revisits Oz to tell new magical tale

Disney revisits Oz to tell new magical tale

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Nearly 75 years after “The Wizard of Oz,” Disney has crafted a new story about the magical kingdom, by going back to its creator — in what is tipped to be a blockbuster movie opening this weekend. Walt Disney long sought to make a film about Oz, the imaginary land created by […]

09.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Trailer: The chaotic return of ‘The Hangover’

Trailer: The chaotic return of ‘The Hangover’

(Relaxnews) – The latest installment of the Warner Bros comedy trilogy “The Hangover” has been unveiled in a teaser. Two months before the film’s release, the first trailer for “The Hangover 3” have been revealed. This time, Alan, Stu and Phil will reunite for another crazy night because of a death rather than a wedding. After the second […]

09.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Role of The Citizen Artist Explored in Forum Hosted by The Aspen Institute Arts Program and The Music Center

Role of The Citizen Artist Explored in Forum Hosted by The Aspen Institute Arts Program and The Music Center

— Leading Performing and Visual Artists Join Policy Makers, Social Activists, Community Organizers and Arts Administrators in Discussion and Demonstration — LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2013) – As part of a leadership initiative on the ways artists can make an impact beyond traditional performance settings, The Aspen Institute Arts Program and The Music Center convened […]

07.03.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, U.S. News ·
Theatrical Release of Don’t Stop Believin: Everyman’s Journey on Friday, March

Theatrical Release of Don’t Stop Believin: Everyman’s Journey on Friday, March

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey—the Cinderella story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda—will open on Friday, March 8, in movie houses in 15 major cities across the United States, the Philippine Embassy announced today. Directed by Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz, the film follows the real-life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Pineda who was plucked […]

07.03.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, Videos ·
12 PH Companies Participating in Boston Seafood Show

12 PH Companies Participating in Boston Seafood Show

WASHINGTON, DC—Twelve Philippine seafood companies will be making their presence felt in this year’s International Boston Seafood Show in Massachusetts—the largest seafood exposition in North America, the Philippine Embassy announced today. The Embassy said the participation of the Filipino companies in the seafood show to be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, U.S. News ·
Apple rumors: new iPad this April, iPhone this summer

Apple rumors: new iPad this April, iPhone this summer

(Relaxnews) – Sources suggest new Apple devices will offer improved specifications and performance but will not be completely redesigned products. According to iMore, one of the best sources for insider Apple information on the web, the latest iteration of the full-sized iPad could be out as soon as this April and could be joined by a […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Online, Science & Technology ·
British Airways to start A380 service to LA in October

British Airways to start A380 service to LA in October

(Relaxnews) – British Airways airline is now taking bookings for its first superjumbo Airbus A380 flight, which will travel from London to Los Angeles on October 15. From November, a second superjumbo Airbus will be flying to Hong Kong. The airline has also started taking bookings for this flight. Return bookings for the London-Los Angeles […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Embassy Holds Second Youth Forum

Embassy Holds Second Youth Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., and the Filipino Inter-Collegiate Networking Dialogue of District VI held the second “Merienda with Ambassador Cuisia” Youth Forum at the Catholic University of America on 3 March 2013. The forum, which is a project of Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and his wife, Ma. Victoria, was held at […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Photos, U.S. News ·
ABS-CBN Star Cinema’s ‘One More Try,’ ‘Mistress’ lead 29th PMPC Star Awards nominees  for movies; TFC Films’ “A Mother’s Story” bags 9 nominations

ABS-CBN Star Cinema’s ‘One More Try,’ ‘Mistress’ lead 29th PMPC Star Awards nominees for movies; TFC Films’ “A Mother’s Story” bags 9 nominations

MANILA, Philippines — ABS-CBN Star Cinema films dominated this year’s nominations for the 29th Star Awards for Movies by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), with “One More Try,” “A Mother’s Story,” “The Healing” and “The Mistress” bagging multiple nominations, including Movie of the Year and Movie Director of the Year. The Metro Manila Film […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film ·
SAVE THE DATE: Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks – April 20, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks – April 20, 2013

PASADENA, CA— 40,000 community autism supporters are expected to unite 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. Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Registration begins at 8 […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, Health & Fitness, Photos ·
Best female chef in Asia: ‘Women cook just as well as men’

Best female chef in Asia: ‘Women cook just as well as men’

(Relaxnews) – Thai chef Duangporn Songvisava, better known as ‘Bo,’ was recently named the best female chef in Asia for her restaurant Bo.lan in Bangkok. In conjunction with the launch last week of the inaugural edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which ranked the top dining destinations in the region, organizers handed out a separate award for […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Could this be the ultimate hipster camera?

Could this be the ultimate hipster camera?

(Relaxnews) – Start-up company Socialmatic is revisiting the past to bring users what could well be the future of low-fi, filtered photography. As Instagram continues to struggle with the wording of its privacy policy, one small company thinks it may have found the ideal solution for those who still love using the site’s filters to […]

06.03.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Art, Science & Technology ·
‘Iron Man 3’: A trailer full of new images

‘Iron Man 3’: A trailer full of new images

(Relaxnews) – Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3,” set for release on May 3 in North America. The 2’30” video released on Yahoo!Movies summarizes the plot of “Iron Man 3.” Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark, a weapons mogul and superhero who has been personally affected by the attacks […]

05.03.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Video: Microsoft reveals its vision for the connected home of the future

Video: Microsoft reveals its vision for the connected home of the future

(Relaxnews) – Microsoft has revealed its ambitious vision of how our homes could look and function in the future in a short video posted on YouTube. The 2:07 video, titled “Microsoft’s Future Vision: Live, Work, Play,” shows Microsoft’s vision of the connected home. This concept essentially relates to the idea that our appliances can relay […]

05.03.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Science & Technology, Videos ·
LaFerrari is a 1.2 million-euro hybrid supercar

LaFerrari is a 1.2 million-euro hybrid supercar

(Relaxnews) – Ferrari created a sensation at the Geneva Motor Show with its new 963hp supercar. LaFerrari is equipped with an electric motor in addition to its V12 engine. Having previously gone by the code name F150, LaFerrari has an 800hp, V12 engine paired with a 163hp electric motor, boasting a top speed in excess […]

05.03.2013 · Filled under: Motoring, Videos ·
The world celebrates women for International Women’s Day

The world celebrates women for International Women’s Day

(Relaxnews) – March 8 marks the 102nd anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Thousands of events will be held around the world to mark the occasion, including talks, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and a range of local events. To celebrate, CARE […]

05.03.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Videos, World News ·
President Aquino leads 27th anniversary of the Presidential Security Group

President Aquino leads 27th anniversary of the Presidential Security Group

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III led the awarding ceremonies marking the 27th founding anniversary of the Presidential Security Group at its headquarters in Malacañang Park, Manila on Monday. Joining the President were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, PSG Commander Brigadier General Ramon Mateo Dizon, and other national and local government officials led […]

05.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Marvel and Cartoon Network theme park to open in Dubai in December

Marvel and Cartoon Network theme park to open in Dubai in December

(Relaxnews) – After months of delays, developers for a Marvel Comics theme park in Dubai have announced that the indoor entertainment center that was originally scheduled to open in June will open in December, reports Arabian Business. The 111,485 square meter park will consist of four themed zones, two of which have already been announced: […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, World News ·
Aquino cites PSG for their dignity and courage

Aquino cites PSG for their dignity and courage

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the officers and members of the elite Presidential Security Group (PSG) for their dignity and courage in carrying out their mandate to protect the Chief Executive and the seat of government. In his speech keynoting the 27th Founding Anniversary of the PSG in Malacanang […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
27 killed as Malaysians flee turmoil

27 killed as Malaysians flee turmoil

PHL urges southern neighbor to show ‘maximum tolerance’  By M. Jegathesan Semporna, Malaysia, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – Terrified Malaysians fled a town where the bodies of gunmen lay in the streets Monday as the Philippines called for its neighbor to show “maximum tolerance” for Islamic Filipino intruders. A total of 27 people have been […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
‘Grace of Monaco’ will be out in time for Christmas

‘Grace of Monaco’ will be out in time for Christmas

(Relaxnews) – The Weinstein Company has announced that Olivier Dahan’s biopic will be released on December 27 in North America during the last leg of the 2014 Oscars race. “Grace of Monaco,” one of 2013’s cinema highlights, marks the director’s return to biographies after the worldwide success of “La Vie en Rose” (2007). The movie will […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Steven Spielberg adapting Kubrick’s ‘Napoleon’

Steven Spielberg adapting Kubrick’s ‘Napoleon’

(Relaxnews) – Steven Spielberg revealed to French channel Canal+ that he is developing a miniseries based on Stanley Kubrick’s “Napoleon,” which never progressed beyond the stage of a project. The president of the 66th Cannes Festival announced that he wants to adapt this project, which Stanley Kubrick toyed with for almost 40 years. As MGM studios deemed the […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Scarlett Johansson in new Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics campaign

Scarlett Johansson in new Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics campaign

(Relaxnews) – Twenty-eight-year-old actress Scarlett Johansson has starred in a new set of shots for Dolce & Gabbana by fashion photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. Unveiled on the brand’s Facebook page and in its online magazine Swide, the campaign starring Johannson is for the Sicilian fashion duo’s Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation. A new video promises “a flawless complexion at all […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Petron romps past Barako Bull to cruise to fifth straight win

Petron romps past Barako Bull to cruise to fifth straight win

The Petron Blaze Boosters led from wire to wire against Barako Bull to cruise to a 91-78 victory Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. It was the fifth straight Commissioner’s Cup victory for Petron, who drew another stellar game from import Renaldo Balkman. The former New York Knicks draft pick posted 33 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and four steals […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
‘Jack’ slays N. America box office

‘Jack’ slays N. America box office

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Big-budget action-adventure “Jack the Giant Slayer” crushed all rivals in its debut weekend, easily topping the North American box office, industry estimates showed Sunday. “Jack,” which stars Nicholas Hoult in the title role as a young farmhand battling giants to save a princess, raked in $28 million in its first three days […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Turning your smartphone into a therapist

Turning your smartphone into a therapist

(Relaxnews) – Network operator Telefónica has showcased a linguistic analysis engine that can accurately compile a psychological profile of anyone making a phone call, bringing a whole new meaning to the concept of a mood ring. The Spanish company, which also owns the O2 network in the UK, was quick to stress that the technology, […]

03.03.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
De Lima orders Immigration officers to be on lookout for 3 ‘rescued’ Chinese drug suspects

De Lima orders Immigration officers to be on lookout for 3 ‘rescued’ Chinese drug suspects

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday directed Immigration officials to be on the lookout for the three Chinese drug suspects who were apparently rescued by armed men while on their way to a court hearing in Cavite last week. Still unaccounted for are Li Lan Yan alias Jackson Dy, his wife Wang […]

03.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Escape to Pechanga Resort & Casino

Escape to Pechanga Resort & Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino located in Temecula Valley is home to one of California’s most reputed, beautiful and multi-awarded golf courses: The Journey at Pechanga. Due to the popularity of golf in the 20th and 21st century, the craftsmanship and design of golf courses has become a highly competitive, artful craft that few have truly […]

03.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos, Sports & Recreation ·
US teen designs compact nuclear reactor

US teen designs compact nuclear reactor

(LONG BEACH, California-AFP) – Eighteen-year-old Taylor Wilson has designed a compact nuclear reactor that could one day burn waste from old atomic weapons to power anything from homes and factories to space colonies. The American teen, who gained fame four years ago after designing a fusion reactor he planned to build in the garage of […]

02.03.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
AFP on martial law: we all must learn from mistakes of the past

AFP on martial law: we all must learn from mistakes of the past

MANILA, Feb 25 (Mabuhay) — The military has welcomed the signing into law by President Benigno Aquino III of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, which officially acknowledged that martial law, officially in place from 1972 to 1981, had wronged almost 10,000 victims of the Marcos regime, and vowed no repeat […]

02.03.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
New Depeche Mode songs to be broadcast in Times Square

New Depeche Mode songs to be broadcast in Times Square

(Relaxnews) – English electro outfit Depeche Mode will be performing in the “Live on Letterman” web concert series in New York on March 11, showcasing, for the first time, songs from the band’s new LP “Delta Machine.” The performance will be webcast in Times Square and on the web. The “Live On Letterman” series is […]

01.03.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
Ongoing repairs keep Statue of Liberty closed

Ongoing repairs keep Statue of Liberty closed

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Damage wreaked on the Statue of Liberty by Hurricane Sandy has yet to be fully repaired, and it remains unclear when the New York icon will again welcome tourists from around the world. “We do not have a reopening timeline yet,” said spokeswoman Linda Friar of the National Park Service, the US […]

01.03.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Steve Jobs biography to get manga treatment

Steve Jobs biography to get manga treatment

(Relaxnews) – Japanese magazine “Kiss” is to run a cartoon serialization of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’s official biography. According to “Kiss” magazine’s official Twitter feed, the Japanese translation of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling official biography is to be serialized in cartoon form, with the first chapters expected to be published in the May edition. Taking on […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Books ·
US ‘showrooming’ habits mapped by new survey

US ‘showrooming’ habits mapped by new survey

(Relaxnews) – ‘Showroomers’ are the most likely US consumers to visit home, toy and pet stores, and those that spend the most with online retailers are also the most likely to visit Victoria’s Secret. The “Aisle to Amazon” study, which combines responses from 14,925 US shoppers with the direct measurement of almost 1 billion US […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Online ·
PHL sends mercy ship to Malaysia

PHL sends mercy ship to Malaysia

MANILA, Feb 24, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines was Sunday night preparing to send a mercy ship to pick up scores of followers of a Filipino sultan who entered the Malaysian state of Sabah to press his territorial claims, the foreign office said. The “humanitarian ship” was to depart the southern-most Philippine island province of […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Reparations for martial law victims

Reparations for martial law victims

MANILA, Feb 25 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 in ceremonies marking the 27th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power held at the EDSA People Power Monument in Quezon City on Monday. In his speech, the President said the new law […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Asia has the world’s most billionaires: survey

Asia has the world’s most billionaires: survey

Asia has the world’s most billionaires: surve(BEIJING-AFP) – Asia has more billionaires than any other continent, a survey by a China-based wealth magazine showed on Thursday, apparently overtaking North America for the first time. There were 1,453 people around the world with a personal wealth of $1 billion or more as of January, said the […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Home & Garden ·
First-ever space tourist plans Mars mission

First-ever space tourist plans Mars mission

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The world’s first space tourist, US multimillionaire Dennis Tito, unveiled plans Wednesday to send a manned mission to Mars and back, targeting a launch date less than five years away. The two space travelers wouldn’t land on the Red Planet — or even enter its orbit — just fly through the vicinity and […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
World’s tallest hotel officially open for business

World’s tallest hotel officially open for business

(Relaxnews) – Dubai rolled out the red carpet Wednesday night for a roster of celebrities that included British singer Leona Lewis to help open the tallest hotel in the world. In a city already oozing with glitz and glamour, the opening party for the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai amped up the voltage escorting 1,200 party guests into […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, Videos ·
Travelers name Disney Fantasy world’s best cruise experience

Travelers name Disney Fantasy world’s best cruise experience

(Relaxnews) – The newest addition to Disney’s fleet of luxury cruise ships that can accommodate 4,000 people and counts 14 towering decks dominated a readers’ choice poll of the world’s best cruise ships. According to readers of Cruise Critic – an offshoot of TripAdvisor – the Disney Fantasy is the best in class when it comes to […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
Trailer: ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’

Trailer: ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’

(Relaxnews) – Food will threaten the world in this sequel to the 2009 animated comedy. Yahoo!Movies got the trailer exclusive. Brilliant inventor Flint Lockwood, who in the last film almost destroyed his town by inventing a food-producing machine, will be back in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” discovering that his still-operational machine has created an […]

28.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Tokyo hotel shrinks in new-style urban demolition

Tokyo hotel shrinks in new-style urban demolition

(TOKYO-AFP) – Passers-by in Tokyo’s busy Akasaka district have started to notice something odd about a 40-floor hotel — it has shrunk to about half its original height. Slowly but surely, and with none of the explosions or dust normally associated with the demolition of skyscrapers, the hotel is being torn down. “In this demolition […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
PHL Permanent Representative appointed chairman of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment

PHL Permanent Representative appointed chairman of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment

Philippine Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Esteban B. Conejos Jr, was appointed Chairman of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment during the WTO General Council meeting held on February 25 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) is one of the subsidiary bodies of the WTO General Council. […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO THE PHILLIPS

FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO THE PHILLIPS

PHILLIPS AFTER 5 (a lively mix of an art and entertainment at The Phillips Collection) In collaboration with the Embassy of the Philippines. MARCH 7, 2013  6-8:30pm Experience the warmth, wealth, and wonders of Alfonso Ossorio’s homeland through gallery talks, performances, fashion, food, and drink. 5 – 8 PM Fashion Designer Cathy Ebrada-Cleveland showcases fashion […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Happenings, Music ·
MMA talk with PXC’s Mark Striegl: How he became PXC’s Golden Boy

MMA talk with PXC’s Mark Striegl: How he became PXC’s Golden Boy

A usual mixed martial fighter gets to fight once or twice a year, but Mark Striegl is not a usual fighter. In 2012 alone, he’s fought and won six times–an admirable feat in the MMA community. With his superior grappling and submission skills, it seems as if Striegl is a step above the rest. Last year, he […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate

Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate, paving the way for its worldwide rollout. The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, is a power-assisted pair of legs developed by Japanese robot maker Cyberdyne, which has also developed similar robot arms. A quality assurance body issued the certificate based on a draft version of an […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Asian, German cars sweep influential 2013 US ranking

Asian, German cars sweep influential 2013 US ranking

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Honda grabbed three places and German luxury cars two, but no American make made it onto the influential Consumer Reports list of top cars for 2013, unveiled Tuesday. Lexus was named the top all-around brand, and the twin Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ speedsters also made the list as the best sports cars, […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Motoring, U.S. News ·
US pianist Cliburn, whose music thawed Cold War, dies

US pianist Cliburn, whose music thawed Cold War, dies

Then president George W. Bush presented Cliburn with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the country’s highest civilian honor — in 2003, and President Barack Obama honored him with a National Medal of Arts (WASHINGTON-AFP) – US pianist Van Cliburn, who won a world competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War and […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Music, U.S. News ·
Green Day to make SXSW debut

Green Day to make SXSW debut

(Relaxnews) – Post punk outfit Green Day will be making its South By Southwest debut on March 15, it was announced on February 25. The group, which recently released the trilogy of albums “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!,” “¡Tres!,” will present a special double feature screening of films at the Paramount Theatre during SXSW: the world premiere of […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Music ·
The 50 most powerful people in food in the US: website

The 50 most powerful people in food in the US: website

(Relaxnews) – Popular food site The Daily Meal has named a tag team of product managers at Zagat at Google the most influential people in the American food landscape. Ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama, maestro chef Thomas Keller and McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson, editors at The Daily Meal named Jack Menzel and Bernardo Hernandez the […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Online, U.S. News ·
Pope to quit Twitter after stepping down: Vatican Radio

Pope to quit Twitter after stepping down: Vatican Radio

(VATICAN CITY-AFP) – The pope’s official Twitter account, which has more than two million followers in nine languages, will close next week when Benedict XVI leaves office, Vatican Radio said Friday. After a high-profile launch on December 12 under the name @pontifex, the pontiff’s online musings quickly attracted over 1.5 million followers in English. Around […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Online, World News ·
Hyper-sustainable Tokyo restaurant named best in Asia

Hyper-sustainable Tokyo restaurant named best in Asia

(Relaxnews) – Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa’s eponymously named Tokyo restaurant has been hailed as the best dining destination in Asia, a newly bestowed title that’s poised to launch a banner year for the restaurant which also fetes its 10th anniversary in 2013. The win isn’t a complete surprise, given that the two Michelin-starred restaurant Narisawa was named the […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Twitter index: Demi Lovato premieres ‘Heart Attack’

Twitter index: Demi Lovato premieres ‘Heart Attack’

(Relaxnews) – Fans of American singer Demi Lovato have taken to Twitter on Monday, February 25, to express their delight at the premiere of her latest single “Heart Attack,” and the Oscars continue to cause a buzz as the finer points of Sunday night are debated. American singer and teen idol Demi Lovato premiered her […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Music, Videos ·
How mobile data could save lives

How mobile data could save lives

(Relaxnews) – The latest mobile industry report shows that mobile operator data revenues will overtake voice call revenues by 2018, driven by the growing demand for connected devices and the benefits they can bring to consumers around the globe. The GSMA report, compiled in partnership with PwC and published to coincide with the opening day […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Athletics: 101-year-old marathon runner shines at last race

Athletics: 101-year-old marathon runner shines at last race

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A 101-year-old Sikh believed to be the world’s oldest distance runner retired Sunday after ending his last race in Hong Kong on a high, describing it as one of the “happiest days” of his long life. Fauja Singh, nicknamed the “Turbaned Tornado”, finished the 10-kilometre (6 mile) run at the Hong Kong […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat, World News ·
‘Die Hard’ still at the top of the worldwide box office

‘Die Hard’ still at the top of the worldwide box office

(Relaxnews) – The fifth installment of the action franchise starring Bruce Willis took $45.7M worldwide on the weekend of February 24, meaning that it has held on to the top spot. “Die Hard: A Good Day to Die” has made $184.8M since its release. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is back with takings of $19.1M, which takes its total […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Long lines at US customs after sequester: official

Long lines at US customs after sequester: official

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Automatic spending cuts set to go into effect Friday could lead to five-hour long waits at airport customs for passengers entering the United States, the White House said. Officials say that virtually every aspect of life could be affected by the cuts, which will hit unless bitterly divided lawmakers manage to strike a […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Sony officially launches ‘world’s slimmest and lightest’ tablet

Sony officially launches ‘world’s slimmest and lightest’ tablet

(Relaxnews) – The Xperia Z squeezes a 10.1-inch HD screen and huge 8 megapixel rear-facing camera into a 6.9mm thick, water-resistant shell. The tablet, which sets new standards in the Android marketplace, will be available to buy from Q2 2013 and is the latest in a recent string of devices from the Japanese tech company […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
China ends Lunar New Year with molten metal showers

China ends Lunar New Year with molten metal showers

(Nuanquan, China-AFP) – Fireworks lit up the sky across China on Sunday and straw-hatted farmers in one village hurled molten metal into the air, as the country marked the end of Lunar New Year festivities. China’s Lantern Festival traditionally signals the close of just over two weeks of rest and feasting during the Lunar New […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Lunar New Year ·
Oscars 2013: Looks from the red carpet

Oscars 2013: Looks from the red carpet

(Relaxnews) – Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was a night of dramatic looks, with some stars choosing fairytale princess looks and others opting for edgier, almost futuristic column-style gowns on the red carpet of the 85th Oscars awards. Kristen Stewart Kristen Stewart, who presented at the 85th Oscars Sunday night, wore […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Photos ·
Google+ trends: reactions to the Oscars, what would you do with Google Glass?

Google+ trends: reactions to the Oscars, what would you do with Google Glass?

(Relaxnews) – On Monday, February 25, users of Google+ are sharing their thoughts on this year’s Oscars and taking part in Google’s competition to win a seat at the development table for Google’s augmented reality program, Google Glass. Following the annual star-studded Oscars on Sunday, Google+ users are talking about the winners and losers and […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Online ·
National Pinball Museum hits ’tilt’

National Pinball Museum hits ’tilt’

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The United States’ National Pinball Museum is closing its doors after failing to agree on a new lease with its landlord, but it’s holding out hope for a replay. In a statement, the non-profit museum — which relocated from Washington to Baltimore, Maryland in 2012 — said it would shut down on March […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations ·
US exhibition traces history of altered photo images

US exhibition traces history of altered photo images

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – In this era of Photoshop software and Instagram filters, should people recoil at the notion of photo manipulation? Not at all, said the curator of a landmark exhibition on the topic that opened in Washington this week. After all, we’ve been living with altered images since photography was invented in the 19th century. […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Americans frequent victims of ‘seafood fraud’: report

Americans frequent victims of ‘seafood fraud’: report

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Fish sold in the United States is often deliberately mislabeled, making American consumers the unwitting victims of “widespread seafood fraud,” according to a report out Thursday. Fully one-third of 1,215 fish samples collected by researchers proved to be a different variety than what was written on the label, according to Oceana, an advocacy […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, U.S. News ·
What to expect from the Mobile World Congress

What to expect from the Mobile World Congress

(Relaxnews) – Monday marks the start of this year’s Mobile World Congress. Hosted in Barcelona it has quickly established itself as the key event in the smartphone calendar. Over the course of the four-day event, over 1500 exhibitors, from Nokia and Samsung to LG, HTC and Sony will take it in turns to upstage each […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology, Videos, World News ·
US wine exports hit record $1.4 bn in 2012

US wine exports hit record $1.4 bn in 2012

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US wine exports uncorked a record year in 2012, bringing in $1.43 billion in revenues as demand grew in Germany, Sweden, Japan and China, the Wine Institute said Thursday. Wine exports — 90 percent from California — rose by 2.6 percent, the third year in a row of increases, said the San Francisco-based […]

24.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, U.S. News ·
‘Musty’ 85th Academy Awards rebranded as ‘The Oscars’

‘Musty’ 85th Academy Awards rebranded as ‘The Oscars’

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – They are the 85th Academy Awards, the climax of Hollywood’s awards season, this coming weekend — except officially they’re not. This year, they’ve been rebranded to “The Oscars.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organizes Tinseltown’s biggest awards, did not confirm the change revealed by show co-producer Neil […]

22.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
International Intellectual Property Alliance cites Philippines’ progress in addressing piracy

International Intellectual Property Alliance cites Philippines’ progress in addressing piracy

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) lauded the Philippine government’s efforts to address piracy and intellectual property rights abuses in the country in its 2013 Special 301 Review submitted to Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation Stanford McCoy last February 8. The IIPA, a private sector coalition, formed in 1984, of […]

21.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
U.S. Congressional delegation discusses veterans’ welfare, West PHL Sea with Secretary del Rosario

U.S. Congressional delegation discusses veterans’ welfare, West PHL Sea with Secretary del Rosario

United States (U.S.) Representative Jeff Miller met today with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario together with U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis, Timothy Walz, Michael Michaud, and Josiah Bonner at the Carlos P. Garcia Conference Room of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City. Representative Miller is the Chairman of the US […]

21.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News, Photos ·
One Direction releases ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks),’ scores viral hit

One Direction releases ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks),’ scores viral hit

(Relaxnews) – After winning the “Global Success” award at The Brits on Wednesday night, boyband One Direction released a video for “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks),” scoring a viral hit. The boys released the video, a mash-up of Blondie’s “One Way Or Another” and the Undertones “Teenage Kicks,” as part of this year’s Comic […]

21.02.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Videos ·
Builder of London’s Shard to construct world’s tallest tower in Saudi Arabia

Builder of London’s Shard to construct world’s tallest tower in Saudi Arabia

(Relaxnews) – Mace, the firm behind London’s now famous Shard, will, in a joint venture with construction company EC Harris, build the world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Plans for the tower, known as the Kingdom Tower, were announced 18 months ago, but Mace, the builders of the Shard and construction company EC Harris […]

21.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
United Airlines extends 787 grounding to May

United Airlines extends 787 grounding to May

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – United Airlines said Thursday it expected to keep its six Boeing 787s out of service until May 12, as the cutting-edge airplane remained grounded worldwide due to battery problems. United, the only US airline with the 787 Dreamliner, just two days ago announced it would keep them on the ground through March 30. […]

21.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
’50 Shades of Grey’ movie set for 2014

’50 Shades of Grey’ movie set for 2014

(Relaxnews) – Adam Fogelson, the president of Universal Studios, has told the Hollywood Reporter that the Hollywood adaptation of EL James’s racy trilogy could hit screens in summer 2014. When he was asked about how the adaptation was coming along, Fogelson explained that this important project had to be developed cautiously and made the studio’s […]

21.02.2013 · Filled under: Books, Film ·
Christian Bale and Tom Hardy compete to scale ‘Everest’

Christian Bale and Tom Hardy compete to scale ‘Everest’

(Relaxnews) – Christian Bale and Tom Hardy, who both starred in latest Batman installment “The Dark Knight Rises,” may each star in a movie about Mount Everest. According to Deadline.com, Christian Bale is considering signing up for “Everest,” a codename for a project by Universal Pictures and Working Title. The movie will tell of the […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
This year’s best Oscar-inspired destinations

This year’s best Oscar-inspired destinations

(Relaxnews) – Philadelphia, Washington DC and Paris are expected to reap the benefits of playing supporting role to some of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, as they welcome tourists whose visits are inspired by their favorite movie. In advance of the biggest televised red carpet event of the year on Sunday, Hotels.com picked the trio of […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Colina Salon signs a new contract with TFC

Colina Salon signs a new contract with TFC

Colina Salon has been a regular fixture at the  The Filipino Channel programs .  After a very progressive 2012, Colina Salons stretches its wings   further  this year with more  value for money promotions and a very aggressive communication program by signing a  renewal tie up with the biggest  Filipino TV network in the US- The […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Local News, Services ·
Kidlat super villains, revealed

Kidlat super villains, revealed

Things just got tougher for everyone’s favorite Pinoy superhero as Kidlat (Derek Ramsay) faces the slew of super villains Vincent (Baron Geisler) gathered. He first finds orphaned twins Francine and Francis played by Artista Academy graduates Shaira Mae and Mark Neumann. The seemingly ordinary teens possess the power to produce ice and fire, transforming into […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: News, Photos ·
Google+ trends: South Korean bands Shinee, 2PM take questions

Google+ trends: South Korean bands Shinee, 2PM take questions

(Relaxnews) – On Wednesday, February 20, Google+ users are posing questions to two popular South Korean bands, 2PM and Shinee. Shinee, often stylized as SHINee, are an R&B boyband formed in 2008 by SM Entertainment Group. The band has had notable success in both South Korea and Japan. On February 19 the group released its […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Online ·
UN urges deeper probe into hormone-disrupting chemicals

UN urges deeper probe into hormone-disrupting chemicals

(NAIROBI-AFP) – Scientists suspect chemicals which disrupt the hormone system are linked to early breast development, poor semen quality, low birthweight in babies and other problems, but more research is needed, UN agencies reported on Wednesday. The UN Environmeant Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) said evidence is mounting that so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Nominees in main Oscars categories

Nominees in main Oscars categories

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Here are the nominees in the main categories for this year’s Oscars, as well as the the number of nominations for each film which garnered two or more nods, and their distributors.  The winners will be announced at the 85th Academy Awards show next Sunday, February 24 in the Dolby Theatre in […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Happenings, Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
Singapore, Malaysia to build high-speed rail link

Singapore, Malaysia to build high-speed rail link

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Singapore and Malaysia announced plans Tuesday to build a high-speed rail link, fuelling hopes that Southeast Asia could one day enjoy a rapid European-style train system connected to China. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak hailed the project, which would cut travel time between the city-state and Kuala […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
McCartney, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers confirmed for Bonnaroo

McCartney, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers confirmed for Bonnaroo

(Relaxnews) – Former Beatles member and rock and roll legend Paul McCartney, popular indie outfit Mumford & Sons and new kids on the block The Lumineers will be headlining this year’s Bonnaroo Festival, June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee, USA. This year’s Bonnaroo will also boast performances from Tom Petty, Bjork, Wilco, The National, Wu-Tang Clan, […]

20.02.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music, Videos ·
Qatar to open new 30-mln-passenger airport in April

Qatar to open new 30-mln-passenger airport in April

(DOHA-AFP) – Energy-rich Qatar will open on April 1 a new airport with a capacity to handle 30 million passengers, as the Gulf state vies to increase its share of transit air travel, an official said Monday. “The annual capacity of Hamad International Airport will be 30 million passengers when it opens on April 1,” […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Trailer announces ‘Tyranny of King Washington’ arrival in ‘Assassin’s Creed III’

Trailer announces ‘Tyranny of King Washington’ arrival in ‘Assassin’s Creed III’

(Relaxnews) – What would have happened if George Washington never stepped down, instead continuing on, urged by a megalomaniac drive? That’s the question behind “The Tyranny of King Washington,” a downloadable side-story for “Assassin’s Creed III.” The storyline is a departure for the series which usually seeks to blend conspiratorial theories with established historical fact. […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Games, Videos ·
Hong Kong Disneyland turns a profit for first time

Hong Kong Disneyland turns a profit for first time

Hong Kong, Feb 18, 2013 (AFP) – Hong Kong’s struggling Disneyland in 2012 made a profit for the first time since opening eight years ago, thanks to a surge in revenue as it welcomed a record number of visitors. The park made HK$109 million ($14.06 million) in the fiscal year ending September 29, 2012, compared […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Petition filed to bar Mahony from conclave

Petition filed to bar Mahony from conclave

WASHINGTON, Feb 18, 2013 (AFP) – An association of US Catholics has launched a petition to keep a retired Los Angeles cardinal mired in a pedophilia scandal from taking part in the conclave that will choose the next pope. The group, Catholics United, is targeting Roger Mahony, who last month was relieved of all church […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Natalie Portman sees pink for Dior

Natalie Portman sees pink for Dior

(Relaxnews) – The French fashion house has pulled out all the stops to launch its new Miss Dior campaign starring Natalie Portman. Every day, sequences that last a few dozen seconds are revealed. Two new teasers have been released in which the American actress can be seen passionately kissing a handsome stranger. Fresh, dazzling and […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Samsung launches new premium ‘smart’ TVs

Samsung launches new premium ‘smart’ TVs

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Tuesday launched a range of giant Internet-enabled televisions as part of a strategy to cement its lead in slowing global markets by focusing on premium models. The 16 new “smart TV” models, which come in sizes ranging from 46 to 75 inches, allow users to navigate the Internet, offer […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Asian News, Science & Technology ·
National Book Store pulls out Chinese-made globes

National Book Store pulls out Chinese-made globes

MANILA, Feb 14, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines’ largest bookstore chain has withdrawn Chinese-made globes showing Beijing’s claims to most of the South China Sea from its shelves, a government spokesman said Thursday. The globes were sold by the National Bookstore up until Wednesday, foreign office spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a statement. “The National […]

19.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Aquino assures establishment of more heart centers

Aquino assures establishment of more heart centers

MANILA, Feb 16 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III assured that more heart centers will be established in various provinces in the country in fulfillment of his administration’s goal of securing the people’s health and welfare. In his speech during the 38th anniversary of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) on East Avenue, Quezon City […]

18.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Natalie Portman is back as Miss Dior

Natalie Portman is back as Miss Dior

(Relaxnews) – On Monday, February 18, Dior unveiled the first two teasers of its new Miss Dior fragrance campaign with Natalie Portman. The French luxury brand chose American director Sofia Coppola to direct the film for the ad campaign called “La Vie en Rose.” The first teaser, called “La fontaine” (“The fountain”), shows Natalie Portman […]

18.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will reunite for a crime drama

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will reunite for a crime drama

(Relaxnews) – Deadline.com has revealed that David O. Russell will reunite the two stars of his film “Silver Linings Playbook” in his next project. Twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Lawrence will join Amy Adams in this as-yet-untitled suspense movie. The actress, who is in the running for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actress, will also be acting […]

18.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Curling: Sochi hosts wheelchair curling world championships

Curling: Sochi hosts wheelchair curling world championships

(MOSCOW-AFP) – Sochi’s credentials as host city of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games were tested on Saturday with the staging of the wheelchair curling world championships. “This event is the first tournament to be held in the new ‘Ice Cube’ curling center, specially built for the Olympic and Paralympic Games which will be held […]

18.02.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, World News ·
WHO urges vigilance over SARS-like virus

WHO urges vigilance over SARS-like virus

(GENEVA-AFP) – The World Health Organisation on Saturday urged countries to be vigilant over the spread of a potentially fatal SARS-like virus after a new case in Britain brought the global number to 12. “Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory […]

18.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
TV5 programs receive recognition for changing people’s lives

TV5 programs receive recognition for changing people’s lives

Breaking the typecasting of television as the “idiot box” offering nothing but momentary gratification, TV5 can be credited with impacting the lives of the people through its primetime programs. Three of its shows, “Enchanted Garden”, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) Philippines” and “Dancing Nation: A TalentadongPinoy Special”, have been praised for bringing some of the […]

18.02.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Philippine News ·
New NYC yoga brand creates fabric it claims won’t pill or fade

New NYC yoga brand creates fabric it claims won’t pill or fade

(Relaxnews) – Former Goldman Sachs executive Rishi Bali has just launched a new yoga clothing company,YogaSmoga, on Thursday featuring a new technical fabric that uses eco-dyes that won’t fade. While the line is so far only available in the US, the concept is interesting in that the New York-based company aims to takes on popular […]

17.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Videos ·
US airlines post lowest rate of mishandled baggage in 25 years

US airlines post lowest rate of mishandled baggage in 25 years

(Relaxnews) – Did your travel plans go off without a hitch last year? Because according to a new US report, passenger woes such as lost and damaged luggage, tarmac delays and delayed flights were significantly reduced in 2012. In its Air Travel Consumer Report released this week, the US Department of Transportation reported the lowest rate of […]

17.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Dubai set to build largest Ferris wheel in the world

Dubai set to build largest Ferris wheel in the world

(Relaxnews) – In the desert land of superlatives — home to the tallest building, largest shopping mall, and ironically, the largest indoor ski resort — Dubai is once again set to add another record-breaking monument to their landscape with the largest Ferris wheel in the world. Construction of the Dubai Eye is set to begin this spring […]

17.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Cage ready to make DreamWorks romp into franchise

Cage ready to make DreamWorks romp into franchise

(BERLIN-AFP) – The makers of the new DreamWorks 3-D animated movie “The Croods”, including stars Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, said Friday they’re ready to turn it into the studio’s next sequels juggernaut. Following monster-hit series like “Shrek”, “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda”, DreamWorks made “The Croods”, a prehistoric romp directed by Kirk De Micco […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
USS Guardian grounding incident: U.S. committed to cooperate, compensate

USS Guardian grounding incident: U.S. committed to cooperate, compensate

The top foreign affairs official of the United States has assured the Philippine Government of full cooperation in the salvaging of the USS Guardian as well as in the investigation of the grounding incident and that the U.S. stands ready to fully and appropriately provide compensation for all damages. This was the assurance given by […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Video shows snapshots from a year of travel on New York subway

Video shows snapshots from a year of travel on New York subway

(Relaxnews) – A press photographer has collected the photos she took over the course of a year of commutes on the New York subway and edited them into a video, which quickly went viral. Videographer Rebecca Davis, who has worked for the New York Daily News, collected around 3,300 pictures — largely taken with her […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, U.S. News, Videos ·
Ferrari named best coupe and best cabriolet

Ferrari named best coupe and best cabriolet

(Relaxnews) – Two awards from French publication L’Automobile Magazine bring the Italian carmaker Ferrari’s international honors tally up to 25. Italian supercar maker Ferrari continues to rack up awards at the same rate at which one of its customers collects speeding tickets. Its V8-powered 458 Spider was announced best cabriolet and its V12-powered big brother, the F12 Berlinetta, […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Motoring, World News ·
Japan’s renewed kabuki theater lights up

Japan’s renewed kabuki theater lights up

(TOKYO-AFP) – Lights began to shine on Tokyo’s celebrated home of traditional kabuki theatre on Thursday, as the renovated venue prepares to raise the curtains on a new era. The new Kabuki-za theatre, part of a 29-storey office building in the upscale Ginza shopping district, has now started an evening illumination program ahead of its […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
US regulators approve bionic eye

US regulators approve bionic eye

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US regulators approved a so-called bionic eye on Thursday, giving hope to people with a rare genetic disease. Developed by California-based Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is the first retinal implant for adults with advanced retinitis pigmentosa that results in the gradual loss of vision and can […]

15.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Science & Technology, U.S. News, Videos ·
Amex reveals 2013 trends for US travelers

Amex reveals 2013 trends for US travelers

(Relaxnews) – American Express has revealed the top travel trends for US citizens in 2013, with Brazil proving the most popular overseas destination. The findings in the American Express consumer travel report are based on a recent American Express Spending & Saving Tracker survey. In total 50 percent of Americans have already booked, or plan […]

15.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Trailer: film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

Trailer: film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

(Relaxnews) – A new trailer has been released for the fantasy film led by Saoirse Ronan based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel. “The Host,” which is expected in the spring, will combine two of novelist Stephenie Meyer’s favorite themes: fantasy and romance. This time, the “Twilight” author will replace vampires and werewolves with parasites from space […]

15.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, International Stars, Videos ·
Adidas launches ‘revolutionary’ Energy Boost running shoe

Adidas launches ‘revolutionary’ Energy Boost running shoe

(Relaxnews) – Adidas has unveiled its latest running innovation, the Energy Boost running shoe featuring the Boost cushioning technology, which the company claims provides the highest energy returns on the market. In the hope of competing with behemoth Nike, Adidas claims the Boost “will change running forever.” The secret formula: thermoplastic beads fused together inside […]

15.02.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
American Airlines, US Air to form largest US carrie

American Airlines, US Air to form largest US carrie

(NEW YORK-AFP) – American Airlines and US Airways announced a long-expected merger Thursday that would create the largest US airline, giving them more weight in an industry that has steadily consolidated in recent years. The marriage would establish a huge carrier with more than 1,500 aircraft, able to compete head to head with powerful rivals […]

15.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, News ·
Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentines

Japan women, not men, throng stores for Valentines

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japanese women packed out stores on Wednesday to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates for all the men in their lives — partners, friends and bosses — while the men sat back with nothing expected in return. The traffic in Japan is all one-way on February 14, with men free to sit back and wait […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Valentine's Day ·
Trailer: Tom Cruise seeks the truth in ‘Oblivion’

Trailer: Tom Cruise seeks the truth in ‘Oblivion’

(Relaxnews) – A new trailer has been released for “Oblivion,” a futuristic blockbuster by Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”). The trailer sheds new light on the movie set for worldwide release in the spring. In “Oblivion,” Tom Cruise plays a soldier on a mission to Earth, 60 years after the population’s exile following a war with an […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Olympics: IOC trim 2018 Youth Games host candidates to three

Olympics: IOC trim 2018 Youth Games host candidates to three

(LAUSANNE-AFP) – Buenos Aires, Medellin and Glasgow were announced as the three finalists for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games host city, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge revealed on Wednesday. Guadalajara and Rotterdam were the two candidates eliminated from contention at Wednesday’s meeting of the IOC executive committee, held at the organisation’s Lausanne headquarters. The […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
President Aquino says members of Transition Commission to be known this week

President Aquino says members of Transition Commission to be known this week

MANILA, Feb 11 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III is expected to name this week the members of the 15-man Transition Commission that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law. “Sana within this week, ano, matapos ko na,” the President said in an ambush interview with the media during the launching of the Sajahatra Bangsamoro in […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
IBM puts supercomputer to work on cancer

IBM puts supercomputer to work on cancer

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – IBM is putting its Watson supercomputer to work fighting cancer, in what is described as the first commercial program of its kind to use “big data” to help patients with the disease. The US computing giant last week unveiled its initiative with health insurer WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Bill Gates: ‘Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at computers’

Bill Gates: ‘Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at computers’

(Relaxnews) – The Microsoft co-founder and full-time philanthropist took to Reddit this week to take part in his first-ever Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the site’s members and in the course of doing so revealed his biggest technology regrets, the next big thing in computing and that he has a keen sense of humor. Although he […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Veterans take claims to Supreme Court

Veterans take claims to Supreme Court

San Francisco – It was a painful decision for the veterans to accept. But after the Court of Appeals affirmed District Court’s decision to dismiss claim for benefits, the Justice for Filipino-American Veterans (JFAV) advocates said they are taking the case to the Supreme Court. “The role of the judiciary is not limited to interpretation […]

13.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
World voices respect in pope’s surprise resignation

World voices respect in pope’s surprise resignation

BERLIN, Feb 11, 2013 (AFP) – World political and religious leaders voiced regret but respect for Pope Benedict XVI’s shock resignation Monday, praising him as one of today’s “most significant religious thinkers”. From Australia, the Philippines, to Israel and Britain, plaudits for the 85-year-old pontiff, as well as messages of surprise and sympathy for his […]

12.02.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
Nine charged with conspiracy, bribery involving California DMV offices

Nine charged with conspiracy, bribery involving California DMV offices

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced has that a manager who supervises the Licensing Registration Examiners at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in El Cajon, California, was charged in a criminal complaint for his involvement in a bribery conspiracy that resulted in the production of fraudulent driver licenses for applicants who had […]

12.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
DOT bullish on tourism employment generation

DOT bullish on tourism employment generation

MANILA, Feb 9 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang welcomed the pronouncement of the Department of Tourism (DOT) which said it expects to create seven million new jobs in the tourism industry at the end of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s term. The tourism sector is one of the areas being considered to generate high employment apart from […]

12.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Apple still has ‘magic,’ innovation, says CEO Cook

Apple still has ‘magic,’ innovation, says CEO Cook

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Apple remains ahead of its rivals in the ability to innovate and “create magic” despite tougher competition in key sectors like smartphones and tablets, chief executive Tim Cook said Tuesday. Cook said Apple still has strong growth opportunities because of its ability to work simultaneously on hardware, software and services, brushing aside […]

12.02.2013 · Filled under: Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
American Express card users can shop at Twitter

American Express card users can shop at Twitter

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – American Express on Monday began letting users of its payment cards make purchases with messages fired off at Twitter as the popular social network dabbles with making money from e-commerce. American Express announced that members who synchronize their cards with Twitter can take advantage of offers “tweeted” by the financial services company. […]

12.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, U.S. News ·
Teaser: a first look at One Direction doc ‘1D3D’

Teaser: a first look at One Direction doc ‘1D3D’

(Relaxnews) – A teaser has been released for the One Direction documentary set to hit cinemas in North America on August 30, 2013. TriStar has given a first glimpse of “1D3D,” film that will take an inside look at the lives of the members of British boy band One Direction (or 1D), who became famous […]

12.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, International Stars, Videos ·
Apple developing a curved-glass smartwatch: reports

Apple developing a curved-glass smartwatch: reports

(Relaxnews) – Two new reports from The New York Times and from The Wall Street Journal claim that Apple is developing a curved glass smartwatch that will follow the shape of a wearer’s wrist. Described by The New York Times journalist Nick Bilton as “wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass,” his sources claim they are currently in […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Train services steam things up for Valentine’s Day

Train services steam things up for Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Eurostar will morph temporarily into the love train on Valentine’s Day, when couples will be wooed with a host of romance-inspired surprises. On February 14, the high-speed train will treat passengers to exclusive upgrades, chocolates and mini bottles of Cava, while the departure lounges at London St. Pancras, Gare du Nord in Paris […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Valentine's Day, World News ·
Philippines mega-casino set to open next month

Philippines mega-casino set to open next month

(MANILA-AFP) – A $4 billion mega-casino complex is set to open in the Philippines in mid-March when the first of four franchise-holders starts commercial operations, the parent firm said in a disclosure released Wednesday. The $1.2 billion Solaire Manila Resorts is one of four gaming operations licenced at Manila’s bayside Entertainment City, a government project […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Philippine News ·
US settles with final publisher in Apple e-book case

US settles with final publisher in Apple e-book case

(NEW YORK-AFP) – US authorities said Friday they reached a settlement with Macmillan, the last of five publishing firms accused of colluding with Apple in an e-book price-fixing conspiracy. The Justice Department said in a statement that with the five publishers having settled, the case will proceed against Apple, and that a trial was set […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Books, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Sausages, Sisi, Sorvino — and music — at Vienna ball

Sausages, Sisi, Sorvino — and music — at Vienna ball

(VIENNA, Austria-AFP) – The Austro-Hungarian empire may be long dead but Viennese high society was back with a bang Thursday for the annual waltzing, music and show-off extravaganza that is the Opera Ball. Dressed up to the nines and paying through the nose, the high point of the social calendar sees celebrities, politicians and tycoons […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Taylor Swift confirmed to perform at Brit Awards

Taylor Swift confirmed to perform at Brit Awards

(Relaxnews) – US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift will be taking to the stage at this year’s Brit Awards which take place on Wednesday, February 20. The US singer-songwriter, who last year released her hit album “Red,” will be performing at the annual music awards alongside luminaries such as Mumford and Sons, Emeli Sandé and Justin Timberlake. […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music, Videos ·
All aboard as millions race home for China’s biggest holiday

All aboard as millions race home for China’s biggest holiday

(Gongxian, China-AFP) – Pushing through scores of passengers in the aisle of a cramped train at Beijing West station, Chen Guolan could barely contain her excitement at joining the world’s largest annual human migration. “I have been so busy working away all year, and now I will soon be seeing my family,” she said to […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Lunar New Year ·
Palace says government to provide incentives to investors with more benefits to consumers, economy

Palace says government to provide incentives to investors with more benefits to consumers, economy

The government will give incentives to investors wanting to put their money in the Philippines as long as their businesses benefit the consumers and the economy as a whole, a Palace official said on Thursday. Issues were raised after the Board of Investments (BOI) granted a six-year term tax incentives to a Thai company producing […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
DOTC/PCG gives green light to U.S. Navy’s salvage operations plan to methodically remove grounded U.S. ship

DOTC/PCG gives green light to U.S. Navy’s salvage operations plan to methodically remove grounded U.S. ship

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) approved the salvage operations plan submitted by the U.S. Navy that will use floating cranes to methodically remove the stranded USS Guardian minesweeper in Tubbataha Reef. “We have carefully reviewed the US Navy’s salvage operations plan and we were assured that among their […]

08.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Millions head home for China annual migration

Millions head home for China annual migration

(BEIJING-AFP) – Hundreds of millions of people across China are squeezing into packed train carriages and buses to travel home for the Lunar New Year, in the world’s largest annual movement of people. A total of 3.4 billion trips will be made over the holiday period, official media estimates, including hundreds of millions of migrant […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Lunar New Year ·
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL SIGNS HEALTH SERVICE PARTNERSHIP WITH ST. VINCENT MEDICAL CENTER FOR THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL SIGNS HEALTH SERVICE PARTNERSHIP WITH ST. VINCENT MEDICAL CENTER FOR THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY

Los Angeles, 05 February 2013. – Consul General Maria Hellen M. Barber-De La Vega signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Jan N. Stein, Vice President and Executive Director of St. Vincent Medical Center (SVMC) Foundation, at a ceremony held this morning at the Conference Room of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. The […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Jennifer Aniston and Mark Duplass to star in zany science comedy

Jennifer Aniston and Mark Duplass to star in zany science comedy

(Relaxnews) – Deadline.com has revealed that Ben Kingsley will star alongside Jennifer Aniston and Mark Duplass in a movie about the invention of the five-sided box, a revolution in the wrapping world which threatens the world’s balance. The movie does not yet have a title. Actor and director Mark Duplass will play the film’s lead […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Colina Salon Opens its Doors to the City of Rancho Cucamonga

Colina Salon Opens its Doors to the City of Rancho Cucamonga

Msgr Nestor Rebong special officiating priest for the blessing of the opening. Rica Flores of Ranco Cucamonga is smiling ear to ear  as she walks in Colina. “This is very  good for us  Filipino residents here in Ranco. We’ve been waiting for  hairstylists here  . Colina Salon found the perfect place for Pinoys here.” Roger Santos , a resident of […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Happenings, Local News, Services ·
Cardinal Mahoney blasted over sex abuse explanation

Cardinal Mahoney blasted over sex abuse explanation

By Michael Thurston LOS ANGELES, Feb 1, 2013 (AFP) – A US Catholic cardinal stripped of his duties said Friday he had not known how to handle child sex abuse claims as he did not learn about it in school, drawing withering criticism from victims. Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony said he was not […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Foods to usher in wealth and prosperity for Chinese New Year

Foods to usher in wealth and prosperity for Chinese New Year

(Relaxnews) – As the biggest holiday on the Asian calendar approaches, households around the world are stocking their pantries and fridges full of foods like oranges, dried coconut, noodles and whole fish to ensure an auspicious beginning to the lunar New Year. Take a tour of some of the foods thought to usher in prosperity, […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Lunar New Year, Photos ·
Deezer streams into PHL, 21 Asian and Middle Eastern countries

Deezer streams into PHL, 21 Asian and Middle Eastern countries

PARIS, Jan 31, 2013 (AFP) – Online music streaming service Deezer expanded on Thursday into 22 countries mostly in Asia and the Middle East as it seeks to tap into fast-growing emerging markets. Deezer said it will replicate the model that led it to success in France: offering limited free access to its library of […]

07.02.2013 · Filled under: Music, World News ·
Apple’s NeXT step: a look back at a historic business decision

Apple’s NeXT step: a look back at a historic business decision

(Relaxnews) – Sixteen years ago Wednesday, Apple issued a press release announcing that it had finalized the acquisition of NeXT Software Inc with the intention of using the small company’s operating system as a replacement for its own aging Mac OS 9. No one could have predicted the long-term impact such a short-term business decision […]

06.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Development partners recognize gains of Daang Matuwid

Development partners recognize gains of Daang Matuwid

Government to work on lasting, structural reforms for irreversible growth With the theme of “President Aquino’s Social Contract: Moving Forward in Achieving Inclusive Growth and Good Governance,” the 2013 Philippines Development Forum commenced today in Davao City with over 300 representatives from national government, international development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations, and the […]

05.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Aquino says US government to send volunteers for immediate Tubbataha Reef recovery

Aquino says US government to send volunteers for immediate Tubbataha Reef recovery

(DAVAO CITY)  The United States government will send Peace Corps Volunteers to speed up the rehabilitation of the damaged Tubbataha Reef aside from the compensation it promised, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday. “It was Ambassador (Harry) Thomas who said that they are not just going to compensate us in terms of paying […]

05.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Super Bowl 2013: no new record for viewer numbers

Super Bowl 2013: no new record for viewer numbers

(Relaxnews) – According to Nielsen’s figures, the American Football championship match that was broadcast live on Sunday, February 3 on CBS attracted 108.41 million viewers. An impressive number but lower than record set in 2012. The 2013 Super Bowl 2013 became the third most watched program in American TV history after last year’s, which was […]

05.02.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
This Valentine’s Day, Don’t Get Carried Away – Tie Your Metallic Balloons Down

This Valentine’s Day, Don’t Get Carried Away – Tie Your Metallic Balloons Down

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 — This Valentine’s Day, think of your loved ones with chocolates, flowers and maybe some jewelry. And if your gift of choice is a Mylar, or metallic balloon, make sure to tie it down. That’s because helium-filled metallic balloons, often given as gifts during this special day, can float into […]

05.02.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
Saudi Arabia spares OFW death-row inmate

Saudi Arabia spares OFW death-row inmate

MANILA, Feb 1, 2013 (AFP) – A Filipino sentenced to death by beheading in Saudi Arabia for killing a man he said tried to sexually abuse him is to walk free after blood money was paid to the victim’s family, officials said Friday. Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza is expected to be released after more than 12 […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Parisians invited to experience ‘David Beckham’s Britain’

Parisians invited to experience ‘David Beckham’s Britain’

(Relaxnews) – The British tourism office is hoping to capitalize on David Beckham’s arrival in Paris as the newest – and most glamorous addition – to their home soccer team, pitching the sports and fashion icon as a travel ambassador for  the French. Nearly as soon as it was announced that Beckham would join Paris […]

Human rights victims will have to wait

Human rights victims will have to wait

Palace: No date yet for martial law compensation bill signing MANILA, Feb 2 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Saturday said there is no definite date yet for the signing of the newly ratified bill that will provide compensation to human rights violations victims during Martial Law. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that as of Saturday […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Former NY state senator from queens pleads guilty to conspiring to defraud state of more than $87,000 Defendant embezzled funds from publicly funded charitable organization

Former NY state senator from queens pleads guilty to conspiring to defraud state of more than $87,000 Defendant embezzled funds from publicly funded charitable organization

Jan. 30 – Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York, former New York State Senator Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging her with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Huntley served in the New York State Senate, representing the 10th District […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New Asian, Pacific Islander report says immigration reform ‘most pressing’

New Asian, Pacific Islander report says immigration reform ‘most pressing’

LOS ANGELES – California’s fastest growing racial groups, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) have considerable needs that should be addressed by policy makers, according to a report released today by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and Asian Law Caucus (ALC).  Using the latest data from numerous federal, state, and local […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
California Latinos to overtake whites within year

California Latinos to overtake whites within year

LOS ANGELES, Jan 31, 2013 (AFP) – Latinos will outnumber non-Hispanic whites in California by early next year for the first time since it became a US state, according to official forecasts released Thursday. The number of Latinos will equal the white population by mid-2013, when each group is expected to be about 39 percent […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Burberry says ‘Happy New Year’ to Chinese fans

Burberry says ‘Happy New Year’ to Chinese fans

(Relaxnews) – British luxury brand Burberry has released a new video wishing fans Happy New Year in Chinese alongside a line of special red products. To celebrate the Chinese New Year this February, Burberry have released a short video soundtracked by pop star Birdy, as well as a line of special New Year products. The limited edition line […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·
World Bank tackles DA’s flagship rural development programs

World Bank tackles DA’s flagship rural development programs

The World Bank (WB) is conducting a joint review and preparation activities for two flagship rural development projects implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA). “The WB team is doing a joint week-long review mission for DA’s second phase Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) and the appraisal activities for the proposed Philippine Rural Development Program […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·
‘Lone Ranger,’ ‘Oz’ trailers aired during Super Bowl 2013

‘Lone Ranger,’ ‘Oz’ trailers aired during Super Bowl 2013

(Relaxnews) – The Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3, which ended with the victory of the Baltimore Ravens, was an opportunity for Hollywood studios to take advantage of the audience potential, as the game is one of the most watched TV events every year in the United States. Audiences were treated to a slew of […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
Pray for good fortune at some of the most popular temples in Hong Kong

Pray for good fortune at some of the most popular temples in Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – Spin a wheel of fortune for good luck, make a wish at a fabled wishing tree or offer a prayer to the deity who governs the Year of the Snake in Hong Kong to start the Chinese New Year on the right foot. To promote their festive New Year itinerary, the Hong Kong […]

03.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Turn your iPhone into an ATM?

Turn your iPhone into an ATM?

(Relaxnews) – Details of an intriguing Apple patent have emerged for a technology that would turn iPhone and iPad owners into walking, talking mobile banks. Submitted to the US Patents and Trademark Office on July 28, 2011 but published this week, the patent, for an ‘Ad-hoc cash Dispensing Network’ would allow iPhone users to borrow money […]

03.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
For Valentine’s Day, men spend more, but on the wrong gifts

For Valentine’s Day, men spend more, but on the wrong gifts

(Relaxnews) – A new US survey finds that on Valentine’s Day, most men plan to shell out an average of $84.39 to romance their significant others. Women will spend an average of $48.13. That said, not many people get what they want when it comes to gifts. According to a survey of more than 1,100 […]

03.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, U.S. News ·
Starbucks opens first store in Vietnam

Starbucks opens first store in Vietnam

(HO CHI MINH CITY-AFP) – Starbucks opened its first store in coffee-loving Vietnam on Friday, seeking to compete with local rivals in a country known for its strong cafe culture. Vietnam — the world’s second-largest coffee producer — has dozens of local chains as well as small coffee shops on nearly every street corner, presenting […]

02.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Food & Dining ·
Superbowl ad highlights: Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, ‘Prom’

Superbowl ad highlights: Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, ‘Prom’

(Relaxnews) – As the Super Bowl draws closer, the buzz surrounding both the game and the ads grows. Of the ads confirmed to air, a selection can be found below, listed in descending number of YouTube views. Super Bowl ads cost around $3.8 million for each 30-second slot and will be viewed by an audience […]

02.02.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Motoring, Videos ·
US dodges Super Bowl chicken wing shortage

US dodges Super Bowl chicken wing shortage

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – In the run-up to Super Bowl Sunday, millions of American football fans can rest assured: there is no looming shortage of their beloved chicken wings. The National Chicken Council estimates that the nation will wolf down 1.23 billion chicken wings over Super Bowl weekend, or nearly four wings for each and every American. […]

02.02.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, U.S. News ·
‘jOBS’ film stars regale Apple faithful at Macworld

‘jOBS’ film stars regale Apple faithful at Macworld

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Hollywood actors Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad went before the Apple faithful on Thursday, sharing the terror and elation of portraying the “two Steves” long revered by the cult of the Mac. The stars were at the Macworld Expo discussing the biopic “jOBS,” set for release in April and recently screened at […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Science & Technology ·
Celebrate Chinese New Year at nocturnal parties in Hong Kong

Celebrate Chinese New Year at nocturnal parties in Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – Stilt walkers from Australia, dance troupes from Bolivia, pom pom girls from the US, and a roller-skating group from Estonia are just a few examples of the entertainment that will be on hand at this year’s Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong. To ring in the year of the snake February 10, […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
New York’s Grand Central celebrates 100 years

New York’s Grand Central celebrates 100 years

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Built in palatial style, celebrated in movies, and narrowly saved from the wrecking ball in the 1970s, New York’s Grand Central rail station turned 100 Friday. The iconic building no longer has long-distance trains, but its commuter services and multiple subway lines ensure that Grand Central remains at the heart of the […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Super Bowl beauty tutorials: support your team, or get Beyoncé’s look

Super Bowl beauty tutorials: support your team, or get Beyoncé’s look

(Relaxnews) – With the 2013 Super Bowl coming up, we take a look at a couple of beauty tutorials for the big day. Kandee Johnson – “Superbowl Make-up”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DC8p15kyoM This look uses plenty of gold as it’ll be in both teams’ colors (the Baltimore Ravens & San Francisco 49ers, in case you were wondering). Start by […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·
Health and fitness agenda: World Cancer Day

Health and fitness agenda: World Cancer Day

(Relaxnews) – On February 4, the world commemorates World Cancer Day, with the focus this year on dispelling misconceptions about the disease. 73rd ISPO February 3-6 Munich, Germany ISPO is one of the biggest events in the world for sports goods manufacturers and suppliers. Over 2,000 exhibitors are participating in 2013, and the event expects […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Harana makes its West Coast premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Harana makes its West Coast premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

After its critical success at the Busan International Film festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival (Audience Award winner), and the Dubai International Film festival, highly acclaimed Filipino documentary HARANA makes its west coast premiere at the 28th Santa Barbara International film festival (SBIFF) on January 24th to February 3rd 2013.  HARANA will be screened as […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Film, Happenings ·
Nine Philadelphia traffic court judges indicted for fraud

Nine Philadelphia traffic court judges indicted for fraud

PHILADELPHIA—An indictment and three separate information, unsealed today, charge nine elected judges along with three other individuals in a fraud conspiracy that involved a frequent and pervasive “ticket-fixing” at the Philadelphia Traffic Court. The defendants participated in a widespread culture of giving breaks on traffic citations to friends, family, the politically connected, and business associates. […]

01.02.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Singapore airport handles record 51 mn passengers

Singapore airport handles record 51 mn passengers

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Singapore’s Changi Airport said Thursday it had enjoyed its busiest year in 2012, handling a record 51.2 million passengers, underscoring its position as a regional aviation hub. “Passenger traffic for the year totalled 51.2 million, increasing by 10.0 percent over the whole of 2011,” Changi Airport Group (CAG) said in a statement. It […]

31.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Star-studded anti-hunger campaign tops rising food-related Google searches

Star-studded anti-hunger campaign tops rising food-related Google searches

(Relaxnews) – In this week’s top trending food-related Google searches, a star-studded campaign to end world hunger and unequal food distribution was the most popular search term, notably among Googlers in the UK. According to Google Trends, as of 9:30 am GMT, January 30, the search term “enough food if” experienced a change in growth greater […]

31.01.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Videos ·
Fashion films of the week: Chanel, Victoria Beckham and Rihanna

Fashion films of the week: Chanel, Victoria Beckham and Rihanna

(Relaxnews) – We take a look at three of the most exciting fashion videos from the past seven days. Victoria Beckham Mrs Beckham has released a 17-second teaser video featuring model of the moment Cara Delevingne to promote the upcoming revamp of her site. It’s a cut-and-paste, call-and-response beauty: “what do people expect of me?” she […]

31.01.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Videos ·
US senators unveil immigration reform deal

US senators unveil immigration reform deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 28, 2013 (AFP) – Eight US lawmakers crossed party lines to unveil a plan Monday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the shadows in the United States. “We recognize that our immigration system is broken,” the senators said in their bipartisan framework, which comes […]

31.01.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Entourage’ the movie gets green light

‘Entourage’ the movie gets green light

(Relaxnews) – According to Deadline.com, after four years of negotiations, Warner Bros has finally given the cinema adaptation of “Entourage” the green light. “Entourage” was loosely based on the life of its co-creator Mark Wahlberg and followed a promising actor in Hollywood. The movie will be directed by Doug Ellin, the brains behind the HBO […]

30.01.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
BlackBerry launch lives up to the hype but will the handsets attract new customers?

BlackBerry launch lives up to the hype but will the handsets attract new customers?

(Relaxnews) – In a series of simultaneous live events staged in New York, London, Dubai, Toronto, Paris and Johannesburg, RIM finally revealed its new BB10 operating system, not one but two new BlackBerry handsets, and announced that from Wednesday, the company was changing its name to BlackBerry. As the company’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, said: “From […]

30.01.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Multimedia, Science & Technology, Videos ·
First Barbie-themed restaurant opens in Taiwan

First Barbie-themed restaurant opens in Taiwan

(TAIPEI-AFP) – With hot pink sofas, high heels-shaped tables and chairs decorated with tutus, the first Barbie-themed restaurant opened in Taiwan on Wednesday catering to fans of the iconic doll. US toymaker Mattel has licensed Taiwan’s restaurant group Sinlaku to operate the Barbie Cafe and hopes that the new establishment in a bustling shopping district […]

30.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
US Congressmen support the country’s West Philippine Sea position

US Congressmen support the country’s West Philippine Sea position

A US congressional delegation supported the position of the Philippines to bring the West Philippine Sea dispute to the United Nations arbitral tribunal to resolve the issue peacefully, a Palace official said on Wednesday. The US delegation headed by Rep. Ed Royce of California met President Benigno S. Aquino III in a courtesy call in […]

30.01.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Aquino announces holding of East Asia Summit for the World Economic Forum in 2014 in PHL

Aquino announces holding of East Asia Summit for the World Economic Forum in 2014 in PHL

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 26 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III announced that he accepted the offer for the Philippines to host the East Asia Summit for the World Economic Forum in 2014. The Chief Executive made the announcement during a Coffee Meeting with Media at the Europe Hotel here on Friday (Swiss time) following […]

29.01.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
China’s mass annual New Year migration begins

China’s mass annual New Year migration begins

(BEIJING-AFP) – The world’s largest annual migration began Saturday in China with tens of thousands in the capital boarding trains to journey home for next month’s Lunar New Year celebrations. Passengers will log 220 million train rides during the 40-day travel season, the Ministry of Railways estimates, as they criss-cross the country to celebrate with […]

29.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
McDonald’s US to sell only sustainable fish products

McDonald’s US to sell only sustainable fish products

(Relaxnews) – McDonald’s outlets in the US have become the first fast food chain in the country to carry the blue ecolabel seal of approval from the Marine Stewardship Council for using certified sustainable fish in all its fish-based products. Starting next month, customers will be bombarded with an aggressive marketing campaign touting the chain’s […]

29.01.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, U.S. News ·
U.S. Congressional Leader Ed Royce to Visit PH on First Foreign Trip as Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

U.S. Congressional Leader Ed Royce to Visit PH on First Foreign Trip as Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Congressman Ed Royce will lead a U.S. Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to the Philippines on 28-30 January 2013. Chairman Royce will meet with President Benigno S. Aquino III, Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario, and other Philippine officials. He […]

29.01.2013 · Filled under: Local News ·
US not exempt from laws: Aquino  No reason given why US Navy ship was in Tubbataha Reef

US not exempt from laws: Aquino No reason given why US Navy ship was in Tubbataha Reef

MANILA, Jan 27, 2013 (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino has welcomed the US Navy’s apology for a minesweeper that went aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef, but said they would not be exempt from penalties. The priority was to remove the damaged USS Guardian from Tubbataha Reef even as an investigation was under […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
N. Korea defiant over nuclear test

N. Korea defiant over nuclear test

SEOUL, Jan 27, 2013 (AFP) – North Korea has vowed “high-profile measures” in the latest in a series of threats sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions, state media said Sunday, suggesting it was determined to press ahead with a third nuclear test. The warning by leader Kim Jong-Un came a day after Pyongyang said […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Hillary can’t predict her future, as 2016 looms

Hillary can’t predict her future, as 2016 looms

WASHINGTON, Jan 27, 2013 (AFP) – With only days left until she steps down as America’s top diplomat, Hillary Clinton left the door open Sunday to a possible future run in the 2016 presidential elections. And, in a rare joint interview with CBS, she appeared to win the endorsement of none other than President Barack […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Aquino accepts donation from Filipino community in Switzerland for victims of Typhoon Pablo

Aquino accepts donation from Filipino community in Switzerland for victims of Typhoon Pablo

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III thanked the Filipino community from Switzerland and Lichtenstein for extending aid to victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao. An initial check worth 8,650 Swiss francs was turned over to the President during his meeting with the Filipino community here. “Marami pong nag-donate ng konting […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Special Olympics brings 2,300 athletes to S. Korea

Special Olympics brings 2,300 athletes to S. Korea

(SEOUL-AFP) – Around 2,300 mentally disabled athletes have gathered in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang for the opening Tuesday of the 2013 Special Winter Olympics. The eight-day event will see athletes from 110 countries competing in disciplines including alpine and cross-country skiing and figure and short-track speed skating, as well as hockey and […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Sports & Recreation ·
A 128GB iPad on the way?

A 128GB iPad on the way?

(Relaxnews) – According to the 9to5Mac website, Apple could soon release a new 128GB iPad. This latest rumor is based on analysis of the source code of the beta version of iOS 6.1, Apple’s future mobile operating system, which will, for the first time in the history of the mobile iOS, allow for 128GB devices for […]

28.01.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Friend of Fil-Ams California Senator Yee guns for State of Secretary seat

Friend of Fil-Ams California Senator Yee guns for State of Secretary seat

Sen. Leland Yee meets with L.A. Pinoy media, outlines platform   By Rhony Laigo A state senator of Chinese descent came down to Los Angeles early this week to woo Filpino-Americans’ vote as he seeks to replace Secretary of State Debra Brown whose term will end in 2014. California Senator Leland Yee met with the members […]

25.01.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Japan researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells

Japan researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells

(TOKYO-AFP) – Researchers in Japan said Wednesday they have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time in a potential breakthrough for millions with damaged organs who are dependent on dialysis. Kidneys have a complex structure that is not easily repaired once damaged, but the latest findings put scientists on […]

25.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Health & Fitness, Science & Technology ·
Android Malware could hit the 1 million mark in 2013

Android Malware could hit the 1 million mark in 2013

(Relaxnews) – New virus threats for Android devices are outpacing viruses for Windows at a rate of 14-to-3, and cyber criminals have also shifted their attention to social media and even Mac OSX. One of the unintended consequences for the smartphone and tablet makers who have helped to build a post-PC world is that their […]

25.01.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Quit smoking by 40, live long and prosper: study

Quit smoking by 40, live long and prosper: study

(Relaxnews) – Good news for those trying to snuff out their smoking habit: in a new study, smokers who quit before turning 40 regained all of the years they would have presumably lost if they continued smoking. Smoking cuts at least 10 years off a person’s lifespan, at least according to research. But a comprehensive […]

25.01.2013 · Filled under: News ·
Aquino vows to continue institutionalizing reforms to effect country’s enduring progress

Aquino vows to continue institutionalizing reforms to effect country’s enduring progress

(DAVOS, Switzerland) President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday vowed to relentlessly pursue efforts in institutionalizing reforms in the country saying his government “wants change to become an enduring mainstream of progress rather than a mere blip in the radar and a case study for failed expectations.” “To etch positive, meaningful change in stone, to […]

25.01.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Palace confident of sustaining soaring tourist arrivals

Palace confident of sustaining soaring tourist arrivals

Malacanang said it is confident that the government could sustain the growing influx of tourists coming to the Philippines after posting four million arrivals for 2012. The Philippines has surpassed the four million visitor arrival mark for 2012 posting a total of 4,272,811 foreign visitors last year. This figure is a 9.07 percent increase from […]

Malacanang expects rule of law to prevail in resolving West Philippine Sea dispute

Malacanang expects rule of law to prevail in resolving West Philippine Sea dispute

The Palace expects that the international law will prevail in finally settling the disputed West Philippine Sea issue after the Philippines elevated its cause to the international tribunal. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday that the Palace also expects China and the Philippines, being signatories to United Nations […]

23.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Philippine News, World News ·
Statement by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario on the UNCLOS Arbitral Proceedings against China to Achieve a Peaceful and Durable Solution to the Dispute in the West Philippine Sea

Statement by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario on the UNCLOS Arbitral Proceedings against China to Achieve a Peaceful and Durable Solution to the Dispute in the West Philippine Sea

22 January 2013 Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the print and broadcast media.I have the honor to introduce to you the Honorable Solicitor General of the Philippines Francis H. Jardeleza who stands with me here today. This afternoon, the Philippines has taken the step of bringing China before an Arbitral Tribunal under Article 287 […]

23.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Philippine News, World News ·
America archives its billions of tweets

America archives its billions of tweets

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The Library of Congress, repository of the world’s largest collection of books, has set for itself the enormous task of archiving something less weighty and far more ephemeral — Americans’ billions of tweets. The venerable US institution is assembling all of the 400 million tweets sent by Americans each day, in the belief […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Online, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Michelle Obama stays true to Jason Wu for inaugural gown

Michelle Obama stays true to Jason Wu for inaugural gown

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US First Lady Michelle Obama stayed loyal to Jason Wu on Monday, choosing the Taiwan-born, New York-based designer for her much-anticipated inaugural ball dress as she did four years ago. She appeared before a cheering crowd of thousands in Washington’s cavernous convention center in the ruby-colored, halter-top chiffon and velvet gown by Wu, […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, U.S. News ·
Calling all koodies: Cooking show for kids coming to US

Calling all koodies: Cooking show for kids coming to US

(Relaxnews) – Is your kid a ‘koodie?’ Do they know the difference between hollandaise and béarnaise sauce already and scoff with disdain at the idea of boxed macaroni and cheese for lunch? The “MasterChef” TV franchise has put out a casting call for kid foodies who could be the next Thomas Keller. “Junior MasterChef” in […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Food Videos, Local News, Videos ·
Plane passengers in the US will no longer be scanned “nude”

Plane passengers in the US will no longer be scanned “nude”

(Relaxnews) – The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that its no longer plans to go ahead with what has become known as its “nude” body scanning program. The announcement, made last week by the US government, concerns the controversial airport scanners that can essentially create a virtual naked image of the traveler’s body. […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Microsoft Surface Pro hits US in February

Microsoft Surface Pro hits US in February

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Microsoft announced Tuesday that its business-oriented Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet computer will debut in the United States and Canada in February with a lofty starting price of $899. Microsoft also said that the consumer-focused version of Surface released late last year here will soon be available in 13 new markets around […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Money & Business, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Golden Globes hair tutorials: over-the-shoulder curls

Golden Globes hair tutorials: over-the-shoulder curls

(Relaxnews) – Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Jennifer Lopez all rocked a glamorous sweep of hair over one shoulder at this year’s Golden Globes awards in Los Angeles. Here are three methods you can follow for a gorgeous over-the-shoulder look. Option 1 – Pins Celebrity hair stylist Angelo David loved the look. Yes, it’s big […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Photos, Videos ·
Jakarta to start building long-awaited metro this year

Jakarta to start building long-awaited metro this year

(AFP) – The Indonesian capital Jakarta will soon start construction of a metro system to try to unravel its infamous traffic jams, 26 years after the idea was first mooted, officials said Monday. The city administration and the central government finally agreed last week on how to split the cost, with 49 percent to be […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Philippines confers Legion of Honor on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Philippines confers Legion of Honor on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

On behalf of the President Aquino, Secretary del Rosario conferred today the Legion of Honor on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in simple ceremonies at the US State Department in Washington DC. Expressing appreciation for the honor, Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the US government’s commitment to strengthening the Philippines defense capabilities. As Secretary of State, […]

21.01.2013 · Filled under: Philippine News, U.S. News ·
Balita Media announces winners of Sharon Cuneta Up Close raffle contest

Balita Media announces winners of Sharon Cuneta Up Close raffle contest

On January 17th, Balita Media Inc. raffled two pairs of tickets to see Sharon Cuneta Up Close with KC Concepcion at the Pechanga Theater on January 18th. Balita Media Inc. and Pechanga Resort & Casino would like to cordially congratulate the following winners: Emeline Vermillion from Ontario, California and Diana Pamela M. Nepomuceno from Murrieta, […]

18.01.2013 · Filled under: Contests, Filipino Stars, Giveaways, Music, Promotions ·
Top 10 hotels in the world: TripAdvisor

Top 10 hotels in the world: TripAdvisor

(Relaxnews) – A luxury, ocean-side resort in Hawaii beat out 6,000 other properties to take the title of top luxury hotel in the world, according to members of TripAdvisor. Here are the top hotels around the world according to the website’s 11th edition of the Traveler’s Choice Awards 2013 and what TripAdvisor members said about […]

17.01.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
January lookbook index: top 10 street styles from around the world

January lookbook index: top 10 street styles from around the world

(Relaxnews) – The kids from Lookbook are back again with some slick street style with crop tops, cropped jackets and plenty of attitude in the mix. Key accessories this week include studded baseball hats, beanies, and fun headpieces, and as usual the girls are showing off their legs, both bare (in warmer climes) and wrapped up in […]

15.01.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
Psy goes nuts for pistachios in Super Bowl ad

Psy goes nuts for pistachios in Super Bowl ad

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – South Korean rapper Psy is going nuts. Not content with starring in the most-watched video in YouTube history, the man behind viral hit “Gangnam Style” is to appear in a Super Bowl commercial for… pistachios. “The Wonderful Pistachios brand is fun, just like me,” Psy said Wednesday by way of a press […]

15.01.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Music ·
Manny Pacquiao | Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Ad

Manny Pacquiao | Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Ad

15.01.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
California’s ‘urban’ sled dogs are cool with no snow

California’s ‘urban’ sled dogs are cool with no snow

(COSTA MESA, California-AFP) – California’s lack of snow is no problem for Obi, a sled dog a thousand miles from the North Pole, pulling an “urban sled” to the delight of his devoted human owner, Rancy Reyes. Reyes mushes on a two-wheeled cart through Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, south of Los Angeles, pulled by […]

15.01.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Offbeat ·
Southern Californians Bundle Up as Freeze Warnings Issued

Southern Californians Bundle Up as Freeze Warnings Issued

Southern California Edison Offers Tips During Cold Spell ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 14, 2013 — As the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning and frost advisory throughout Southern California until tomorrow morning, Southern Californians are doing their best to stay warm during this surprising cold spell. SCE reminds its customers to stay safe when using […]

15.01.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
Pechanga Resort & Casino announces free tickets to “Sharon Cuneta Up Close” Contest

Pechanga Resort & Casino announces free tickets to “Sharon Cuneta Up Close” Contest

On January 18th and 19th at 8pm, the “Megastar” of the Philippines, Sharon Cuneta will perform at the world-renowned Pechanga Theater. The performance will also feature a guest performance by Sharon’s eldest daughter, KC Concepcion. In recent times, Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Theater has given host to a multitude of talented Filipino performers; in November, […]

Colina Salon Branches out in Rancho Cucamonga

Colina Salon Branches out in Rancho Cucamonga

New Year ushers new outlet for Colina Salon inside Island Pacific 2013 looks bright and busy for Marlou Colina, owner of Colina Salon. He drives from Long Beach to Rancho Cucamonga to supervise the construction of the newest Colina Salon in Island Pacific. The sign is already up , now he is looking at the […]

11.01.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Discounts, Local News, Promotions ·
Welcome to 2013: What to expect on January 1st

Welcome to 2013: What to expect on January 1st

Hundreds of new laws greet Californians in 2013: California’s legislative mill churned out more than 800 laws that take effect January 1. The new laws cover a vast array of issues including internet privacy, giving drivers licenses to children of illegal immigrants, banning psychotherapy for young gay teens and the use of dogs when hunting […]

09.01.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New California laws to take effect in 2013

New California laws to take effect in 2013

Undocumented immigrants eligible for driver’s licenses by Amy Isackson Tens of thousands of Californians who came to the U.S. illegally as children will be able to apply for a driver’s license. “For me it just feels really liberating,” says 28-year-old Ismael Soto. When Soto was four his mom fled an abusive relationship and brought him […]

09.01.2013 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Sharon Cuneta with special guest KC Concepcion at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Sharon Cuneta with special guest KC Concepcion at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Sharon Cuneta with special guest KC Concepcion at Pechanga Resort & Casino On January 18th and 19th at 8pm the “Megastar” of the Philippines, Sharon Cuneta will perform at the world-renowned Pechanga Theater. The performance will also feature a guest performance by Sharon’s eldest daughter, KC Concepcion. In recent times, Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Theater […]

Old rites for New Year

Old rites for New Year

One of the world’s oldest shared traditions, New Year’s celebrations take many forms, but most cultures have one thing in common — letting one’s hair down after a long, hard year. For much of the globe this involves sipping bubbly with friends until the sun comes up, seeing out the old year with bonfires and […]

01.01.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
US woman crowned Miss Universe 2012

US woman crowned Miss Universe 2012

(LAS VEGAS, Nevada-AFP) – American Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 late Wednesday, beating out beauties from around the world to claim the coveted title. The title of first runner-up went to the contestant from the Philippines, Janine Tugonon. Last year’s winner Leila Lopes of Angola, crowned jubilant Culpo, 20 years old, to succeed […]

20.12.2012 · Filled under: World News ·
Google+ trends: Miss Universe 2012 crowned

Google+ trends: Miss Universe 2012 crowned

(Relaxnews) – On Thursday, December 20, the crowning of Miss Universe 2012 is causing a buzz on Google+. The title of this year’s Miss Universe went to 20-year-old beauty queen Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island, beating 89 other contestants from around the world. Twenty-three-year-old Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon came in second place, followed by Miss […]

20.12.2012 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PNoy warns corrupt, erring cops

PNoy warns corrupt, erring cops

MANILA, Dec 18 (Mabuhay) — President Aquino issued a stern warning to policemen involved in corruption and illegal activities, saying jail time awaits delinquent cops. He issued the warning during the change of command ceremony at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters. Aquino said that despite reforms, there are still men in uniform who bring […]

19.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Remittances hit new peak in October

Remittances hit new peak in October

MANILA, Dec 17 (Mabuhay) – The Philippine central bank released on Monday data on October remittances from Filipinos overseas with cash remittances in the 10 months to October reaching $17.5 billion, up 5.8 percent from last year’s $16.5 billion. Total personal remittances, which represent the sum of net compensation, household-to-household transfers in cash and kind, […]

19.12.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business, Philippine News ·
PHL, US military chiefs ink new terms of partnership

PHL, US military chiefs ink new terms of partnership

MANILA, Dec 14 (Mabuhay) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its US counterpart signed new terms of reference to further strengthen the defense and security cooperation of both countries’ armed forces. The signing of the new terms of partnership was held Thursday during the final leg of the PH-US Mutual Defense Board/Security Engagement […]

19.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Pablo’ death toll rises further to 1043, damage now at P24B

‘Pablo’ death toll rises further to 1043, damage now at P24B

MANILA, Dec 17 (Mabuhay) – After breaching the 1,000 mark, the death toll from tropical cyclone Pablo continued to go up, reaching 1,043 on Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. In its 8 a.m. update, the NDRRMC said that of the 23 additional fatalities, 22 were from Monkayo and one was […]

18.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Pinoys, other migrant workers rally over HK working conditions

Pinoys, other migrant workers rally over HK working conditions

HONG KONG, Dec 16, 2012 (AFP) – About a thousand migrant domestic workers from Southeast Asia rallied in Hong Kong Sunday to mark International Migrants Day and push for better working conditions and higher wages. The atmosphere was festive as the protesters, mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines, sang and shouted slogans at the government […]

18.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Save the Date for the 8th ACGTDT!

Save the Date for the 8th ACGTDT!

SAVE THE DATE! The 8th Annual Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) of the Philippines will be on July 9-15, 2013. Basic Tour Component will be on July 9-12 and the Post Tour (Optional) will be on July 12-15. Stay tuned for more details.

18.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
Deadline of Submission of ‘Manifestation of Intent to Vote’ on December 21

Deadline of Submission of ‘Manifestation of Intent to Vote’ on December 21

For those who have not participated in the past two elections, please be advised that you have until 21 December 2012 to submit your ‘manifestation of intent to vote’ in the 13 May 2013 national elections. Submissions can be coursed through the following: Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General that has consular jurisdiction over your […]

17.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
State Health Officer Unveils New Tobacco Report

State Health Officer Unveils New Tobacco Report

Highlights new data on illegal sales to minors, tobacco-use trends, advertising tactics During a news briefing today, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman released the state’s first “State Health Officer’s Report on Tobacco Use and Promotion” providing new data related to cigarette consumption declines, and the millions […]

17.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
Thousands set for S. Korea’s ‘battle of the singles’

Thousands set for S. Korea’s ‘battle of the singles’

(SEOUL-AFP) – Tens of thousands of lovelorn South Koreans are set to take part in a “battle of the singles” on Christmas Eve — a mass dating event triggered by an innocuous query posted on Facebook last month. More than 36,000 people have signed up for the event in a park in central Seoul since […]

17.12.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·
PH Embassy Extends Sympathy over School Massacre; Checking if FilAms among Victims

PH Embassy Extends Sympathy over School Massacre; Checking if FilAms among Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy extended its sympathy to the United States following this morning’s shooting incident at an elementary school in Connecticut that left 26 people dead, most of them children. The Embassy, at the same time, said it is trying to make sure that there are no Filipino-Americans among the casualties in what has […]

17.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
Government working to prevent spread of diseases in typhoon-damaged areas

Government working to prevent spread of diseases in typhoon-damaged areas

MANILA, Dec 8 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang said the government is doing everything it can to prevent the spread of diseases in evacuations centers in typhoon-ravaged areas in Mindanao and at the same time appealed for peoples’ cooperation. “The Department of Health is doing what it can in the evacuation areas to make sure that disease […]

16.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL eyes greater US military presence

PHL eyes greater US military presence

MANILA, Dec 10, 2012 (AFP) – US and Philippine officials will meet this week to discuss expanding American presence in the Asian nation, a senior diplomat said, amid tensions with China over its claims to vast waters in the region. The meetings in Manila on Tuesday and Wednesday will have a special focus on defense […]

16.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Pablo damage to corn crops rises to P3.04B

Pablo damage to corn crops rises to P3.04B

MANILA, Dec 9 (Mabuhay) – The damage caused by Typhoon Pablo to corn crops has risen to P3.04 billion, corn farmers reported over the weekend. The typhoon swept through 30,000 hectares planted to corn in Mindanao, particularly in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, and destroyed some 210,000 metric tons of the crop. “We are asking for […]

16.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ odds-on favorite for Critics’ Choice Awards

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ odds-on favorite for Critics’ Choice Awards

(Relaxnews) – Steven Spielberg has set a new record with 13 nods for the 18th edition of the Critics’ Choice Awards, which will be held on January 10 in Santa Monica. Lincoln is in the running for the most prestigious categories, including Best Film and Best Director, while its stars, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and […]

13.12.2012 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Asia marks lucky 12/12/12 with mass weddings

Asia marks lucky 12/12/12 with mass weddings

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Thousands of couples in Asia flocked Wednesday to tie the knot on 12/12/12, seeking good fortune for marriages begun on the century’s last repeating date. Authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore respectively said 696 and 540 couples were scheduled to attend marriage registries, continuing a trend which has seen couples flocking to […]

13.12.2012 · Filled under: Asian News ·
First section of World Trade Center spire raised

First section of World Trade Center spire raised

(NEW YORK-AFP) – The first segment of the enormous spire crowning New York’s World Trade Center — which replaces the Twin Towers destroyed on September 11, 2001 — was hoisted into place Wednesday. Nine of the 18 sections in the 408-foot spire arrived by barge into the Hudson River on Tuesday after a sea journey […]

12.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
CONSUL GENERAL BARBER DE LA VEGA MEETS WITH LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF LEROY D. BACA

CONSUL GENERAL BARBER DE LA VEGA MEETS WITH LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF LEROY D. BACA

Los Angeles, 10 December 2012 – Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega paid a courtesy call on Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca on 07 December 2012 at the Sheriff’s Office in California. The two officials discussed ways of further strengthening the cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Philippine Consulate General in Los […]

12.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
Teach for the Philippines Application Extended until December 14

Teach for the Philippines Application Extended until December 14

New York, NY  – The search for the top 10 exemplary Filipino-American candidates for the inaugural corps of Teach for the Philippines has been extended to Friday, December 14, 2012. Teach for the Philippines (www.teachforthephilippines.org), the national movement that empowers leaders to expand educational opportunity in ways that are life-changing and transformative for Filipino communities, […]

12.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
FilAms Urged to Help Typhoon Victims in Mindanao

FilAms Urged to Help Typhoon Victims in Mindanao

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today called on Filipino-Americans to lend a helping hand to victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao even as it thanked the United States Government for providing an additional $3 million in humanitarian assistance. In an urgent appeal, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. called on the estimated 4 million members of the […]

12.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
What’s the best way to do sit-ups?

What’s the best way to do sit-ups?

(Relaxnews) – When it comes to the fine art of the classic sit-up, what’s the best approach? Keep your feet unrestrained, according to a new study. Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK enlisted members of the British Army to perform sit-ups and curl-ups in a variety of styles — including restrained, where subjects […]

11.12.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Videos ·
Alice headed back to Wonderland for upcoming sequel

Alice headed back to Wonderland for upcoming sequel

(Relaxnews) – Disney is working on a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton film that earned the studio more than a billion dollars in 2010. Two years after Alice in Wonderland, Disney decided to launch the production of a sequel, with the help of the writer Linda Woolverton, who penned the script of the 2010 […]

11.12.2012 · Filled under: Film ·
President Aquino declares State of National Calamity to speed up relief operations and reconstruction of typhoon-damaged areas

President Aquino declares State of National Calamity to speed up relief operations and reconstruction of typhoon-damaged areas

MANILA, Dec 8 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III declared Friday night a State of National Calamity to hasten the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Pablo devastated several provinces in Mindanao. Proclamation No. 522, issued by the President, allows local government units to utilize their respective calamity funds for the rescue, relief […]

11.12.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Aquino orders thorough study of Mindanao devastation

Aquino orders thorough study of Mindanao devastation

MANILA, Dec 8 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to investigate the devastation caused by Typhoon Pablo to prevent further loss of lives in the future. The President said during […]

11.12.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Religion had nothing to do with Pacquiao’s loss – bishop

Religion had nothing to do with Pacquiao’s loss – bishop

MANILA, Dec 10 (Mabuhay) -– Former Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Oscar V. Cruz does not believe Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao’s change in religion led to his shocking knockout loss at the hands of rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico. “Naku naman, masyadong mababaw ‘yun,” Cruz said in a text message. “Kaya […]

10.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
President Aquino vows to work harder to make government an effective servant of the people

President Aquino vows to work harder to make government an effective servant of the people

MANILA, Dec 10 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III vowed to work harder to make government an effective servant of the people by implementing reforms that will rid it of graft and corruption. In his speech keynoting the annual gift-giving activity of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) for the less fortunate held […]

10.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PH Thanks Washington for Assistance to Typhoon Victims

PH Thanks Washington for Assistance to Typhoon Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today expressed its appreciation to the United States for its prompt response in support of disaster relief efforts in typhoon-ravaged areas in Mindanao. “Our people are grateful for the assistance extended by the United States to help us respond to the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo in the Southern Philippines,” Ambassador Jose […]

07.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
Walgreens opens flagship store in Hollywood

Walgreens opens flagship store in Hollywood

On December 1st, Walgreens welcomed the public to the official opening of its 8,000th store, which also happened to be its flagship location on the West Coast. The store features a modern, revolutionary style, one that, in conjunction with its iconic location on the corner of Sunset and Vine, creates a truly unique experience and […]

07.12.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
Summer Advanced Indonesian Abroad Program 2013

Summer Advanced Indonesian Abroad Program 2013

For Students, Teachers, Educational Administrators, and Independent Scholars Program Dates: June 17 – August 8, 2013 Location: Language Center, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia Web announcement with more details here. Language immersion program for participants who have completed at least Intermediate level in Indonesian. Fulbright-Hays Fellowships: For U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, […]

06.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
ASEAN WOMEN’s CIRCLE IN LOS ANGELES (AWCLA) WELCOMES CONSUL GENERAL MARIA HELLEN BARBER DE LA VEGA

ASEAN WOMEN’s CIRCLE IN LOS ANGELES (AWCLA) WELCOMES CONSUL GENERAL MARIA HELLEN BARBER DE LA VEGA

Los Angeles, 29 November 2012 –Indonesian Patron Mme. Sri Adriana (Jenny) Martono and Malaysian Patron Mme. Ramlah Haid Nekmat, President and Vice President, respectively of the ASEAN Women’s Circle in Los Angeles(AWCLA) organized a special potluck luncheon among its officers and members to welcome Patrons from the Philippines, Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La […]

06.12.2012 · Filled under: Local News ·
President Aquino urges Filipinos to continue working harder to build greater economic progress for the country

President Aquino urges Filipinos to continue working harder to build greater economic progress for the country

MANILA, Dec 4 (Mabuhay) — Despite the rosy output and sterling performance shown by the Philippine economy this year marked by “record highs, increase in equities, and outstanding GDP (gross domestic product) growth,” President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the Filipino people not to rest on one’s laurels and bask in the glory of […]

06.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
After luncheon with Aquino, House vote on RH bill seen within week

After luncheon with Aquino, House vote on RH bill seen within week

MANILA, Dec 3 (Mabuhay) – The House of Representatives could vote on the Reproductive Health bill within the week after President Benigno Aquino III personally appealed to lawmakers over lunch Monday to decide once and for all the fate of the controversial measure. Members of the House who were at the meeting in Malacañang said […]

06.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
President Aquino swears in military officials in Malacanang

President Aquino swears in military officials in Malacanang

MANILA, Dec 3 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III administered the oaths of office of military officials in ceremonies held in Malacañang Palace on Monday. The Chief Executive, who was accompanied by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, sworn-in Lieutenant General Noel A. Coballes, a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1980, as Armed […]

06.12.2012 · Filled under: Philippine News ·