Watch: New trailers for ‘Batman v Superman’

Watch: New trailers for ‘Batman v Superman’

(Relaxnews) – A series of new trailers has dropped on Twitter revealing more clips of the epic cinematic showdown between Batman and Superman. Warner Bros. released two teasers giving both heroes airplay to state their case: Superman describes Batman as a “bat vigilante” and “one-man reign of terror” while Batman describes Superman as a threat […]

25.01.2016 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·

Aquino OKs ‘medal of valor’ awards to 2 SAF 44 members

MANILA, Jan 23 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III has approved the recommendation to confer two Special Action Force members involved in the Mamasapano mission with the Medal of Valor award. “The President authorized the award and among the awards that will be conferred ay ang tinatawag na Medalya ng […]

23.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

500 years after reformation, Pope knocks on Lutherans’ door

By Angus Mackinnon Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  – Pope Francis will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by attending an ecumenical service in Sweden as a guest of the Lutheran church, the Vatican said Monday. In a highly symbolic act of reconciliation that would even recently have been unthinkable for a Catholic pontiff, Francis will […]

23.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Palace hails PH’s credit rating upgrade from Seoul-based NICE: ‘Very nice’

Palace hails PH’s credit rating upgrade from Seoul-based NICE: ‘Very nice’

MANILA, Jan 23 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the upgrade in the country’s credit rating from a Seoul-based debt watcher. Presidential communications undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III said the credit rating upgrade from the National Information and Credit Evaluation (NICE) was “very nice.” “The NICE upgrade—it’s very nice—this is the NICE Investors Services of […]

23.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

Retired police general claims he has ‘critical evidence’ on Mamasapano cover-up

MANILA, Jan 23 (Mabuhay) – A retired police official on Saturday said he has in his possession a digital audio recording of a conversation between a ranking government official and a lawmaker about the January 25 Mamasapano encounter last year. Retired police Chief Superintendent Diosdado Valeroso said during a press conference in Quezon City that […]

23.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Academy head ‘heartbroken’ over lack of diversity at Oscars

Academy head ‘heartbroken’ over lack of diversity at Oscars

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Following an outcry over the all-white roster of actors nominated for this year’s Oscars, the president of the film academy said Monday she was heartbroken by the lack of diversity and working to implement change. “This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Japanese kabuki set to perform in glitzy Las Vegas

Japanese kabuki set to perform in glitzy Las Vegas

(Tokyo, Japan-AFP) – Japan’s elaborate all-male kabuki theatre is heading to glitzy Las Vegas for a series of paid shows, organisers said Monday, in a bid to spread the classical Japanese art form to a global audience. Japanese film and theatre company Shochiku said it would present the “Japan Kabuki Festival” in May, including a […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
ZTE’s latest phone has an eye for security

ZTE’s latest phone has an eye for security

(Relaxnews) – The Nubia Prague S launched on Monday is packed full of premium specifications can be unlocked via an eye scan. Announced in China, where it will be initially launched with a price tag of around $365, the Nubia Prague boasts a flagship all-metal external case, a full HD 5.2-inch display and a 13-megapixle-rear-facing […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Comelec ratifies Guanzon comment on Poe DQ case

Comelec ratifies Guanzon comment on Poe DQ case

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Taking into account the greater interest of credible elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ratified and validated on Friday the comment written and submitted by Commissioner Rowena Guanzon to the Supreme Court (SC) last week in relation to the disqualification of Senator Grace Poe. The Comelec resolution also confirmed and ratified the […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Coco open to doing a ‘Beauty and the Bestie’ sequel

Coco open to doing a ‘Beauty and the Bestie’ sequel

Following the success of Vice Ganda’s “Beauty and the Bestie,” lead actor Coco Martin said he is open to revisiting his role as a cop for a sequel to the comedy. The 34-year-old Martin hinted: “Sa ganda po ng kinalabasan, sa ganda po ng proyekto namin – baka, baka. Kahit kami na-in love kami sa […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
US economy mostly growing, some areas flat: Fed report

US economy mostly growing, some areas flat: Fed report

Washington, United States | AFP |   – The US economy grew in most parts of the country, while the New York and Kansas City regions reported essentially flat growth, a closely watched Federal Reserve report showed Wednesday. The Beige Book report said that nine of the Fed’s 12 districts had reported increased economic activity that was either “moderate” or […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US Supreme Court appears poised to rule against unions

US Supreme Court appears poised to rule against unions

By Sébastien Blanc Washington, United States | AFP |   – The US Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to deal a major blow to public employee unions that could see them lose millions of dollars in fees that state laws force non-union members to pay. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often holds the balance between […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Friends Reunited closing down

Friends Reunited closing down

(Relaxnews) – The world’s first genuine online social network is to shutter after 15 years. Before Facebook, Myspace, Bebo or Google + came Friends Reunited. A very simple online community that identified and connected people by the school, college or university they attended. Dreamed up by Julie Pankhurst while on maternity leave as a way […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Is LA prepared to repair potholes caused by El Niño?

Is LA prepared to repair potholes caused by El Niño?

Los Angeles – Making good on his commitment to improving Los Angeles’s vast road network, City Controller Ron Galperin said his office will soon begin a follow-up audit of the Bureau of Street Services’ (BSS) pavement preservation program. The audit will assess BSS’s progress in implementing recommendations made by Galperin in his 2014 audit of […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: Local News ·
Benefits of cheap oil will come, but not soon

Benefits of cheap oil will come, but not soon

By Virginie Montet Washington, United States | AFP |   – With petroleum investment and the manufacturing sector sagging and the stock market in free fall, many Americans are wondering when they will begin to see the benefits of cheap oil. Crude oil prices have tumbled by 70 percent since mid-2014, dropping this year below $30 a barrel, a […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Aquino belittles Binay lead in latest poll

Aquino belittles Binay lead in latest poll

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday belittled the lead garnered by Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest survey of pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the presidential hopefuls. “It’s a snapshot right now. Wala pa tayo sa talagang kampanya… Baka may parte na walang naalalang negative sa kasalukuyan ‘yung mga natanong. […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Sam Concepcion’s new album to have all original songs

Sam Concepcion’s new album to have all original songs

For 2016, Sam Concepcion would like to focus not just on acting but on music as well. Following his successful stint on the second season of “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” Concepcion, who is is part of the ABS-CBN series “You’re My Home,” revealed that he will release his new album this year. Concepcion said the […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Coldplay to receive ‘Godlike Genius Award’ at NME Awards 2016

Coldplay to receive ‘Godlike Genius Award’ at NME Awards 2016

(Relaxnews) – Music publication NME has announced that Coldplay are to receive the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards 2016. The awards will be held next month on February 17, with the band confirming that they will not only pick up the award in person, but will also perform an exclusive set of their greatest […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
‘Pretty in Pink’ re-release coming February

‘Pretty in Pink’ re-release coming February

(Relaxnews) – High school love story “Pretty in Pink” celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and a special two-day showing planned for US theaters. Directed by John Hughes, and co-starring Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton and Jon Cryer, 1986 release “Pretty in Pink” pleased reviewers and audiences alike with its story of tumultuous high school […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
£150-ticket street party for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th

£150-ticket street party for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th

(London-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday with a street party for 10,000 people outside Buckingham Palace, her grandson said Friday — although tickets will not come cheap at £150 ($215, 200 euros). Peter Phillips, the queen’s eldest grandchild and son of Princess Anne, is organising the Patron’s Lunch, which he said […]

17.01.2016 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, International Stars, World News ·
Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on Lopez, Salinas

Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on Lopez, Salinas

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III has conferred the Order of Sikatuna to Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez and Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos C. Salinas. The two awardees were given the Rank of Grand Cross with Gold Distinction. Lopez was recognized for his “exemplary efforts” that led to the “historical elevation” […]

17.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Binay leads latest poll despite graft allegations

Binay leads latest poll despite graft allegations

Manila, Philippines | AFP |   – Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has overcome a barrage of graft allegations to re-emerge as front-runner to become the nation’s next leader, according to an independent poll released Friday. The 73-year-old had long been the favorite but his poll numbers tanked last year when allegations emerged that he and his son, both former […]

17.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Sole search: Taiwan’s giant ‘shoe church’ gains foothold

Sole search: Taiwan’s giant ‘shoe church’ gains foothold

(Taipei-AFP) – A giant blue stiletto heel dubbed Taiwan’s “shoe church” is bringing a touch of oversized glamour to the island’s southern coast. The shoe is not a place of worship but its creators hope it will attract enamoured couples as a backdrop for their wedding photos, hence the name. It is the latest bid […]

17.01.2016 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Prince William’s wife Kate to guest-edit Huffington Post UK

Prince William’s wife Kate to guest-edit Huffington Post UK

(London-AFP) – Prince William’s wife Kate is to guest-edit the UK section of The Huffington Post to highlight child mental health issues, Kensington Palace announced Friday. The Duchess of Cambridge will sit in the news website’s hot seat for a day in mid-February, their official residence said. Kate will use the opportunity to highlight the […]

15.01.2016 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, World News ·
Obama tells US to embrace time of ‘extraordinary change’

Obama tells US to embrace time of ‘extraordinary change’

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP   – President Barack Obama on Tuesday told Americans nervous about terror and the changing economy that they should not fear the future, in a farewell State of the Union address that drew sharp contrast with Republicans. In an election-year marquee event, Obama hailed a period of “extraordinary change” laden with […]

15.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL welcomes more US forces to ‘counter China’

PHL welcomes more US forces to ‘counter China’

By Mynardo Macaraig Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday a security accord with the United States was legal, allowing more US forces into the former American colony as it seeks to counter Chinese expansion in the South China Sea. The 10-year agreement, signed in 2014 but not implemented due to legal challenges, will […]

15.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL exports down 1.1% in November: PSA

PHL exports down 1.1% in November: PSA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Philippine exports registered a slight drop in November 2015, the latest data on merchandise trade released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday showed. The country’s shipments for the month reached $5.117 billion, down 1.1 percent down from $5.175 billion a year earlier. Electronic products, the Philippines’ top export earner, accounted […]

15.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Children Now, Bonta, AG join forces to help kids exposed to trauma

Children Now, Bonta, AG join forces to help kids exposed to trauma

OAKLAND, CA – This week Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 1644, co-sponsored by Children Now, to increase support for one of the greatest public health crises of our time: adverse childhood experiences and trauma. The bill is part of a multi-year effort to help children exposed to abuse, neglect, violence and other traumatic experiences. […]

15.01.2016 · Filled under: Local News ·
Cuisia talks South China Sea tension in DC

Cuisia talks South China Sea tension in DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. addressed issues surrounding the South China Sea and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in a speech to the prestigious Foreign Policy Discussion Group (FPDG) of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, arguing that an atmosphere characterized by tension and insecurity does not bode well for economic prosperity and integration. The Ambassador outlined […]

14.01.2016 · Filled under: Local News ·
Madonna, Elton John honor Bowie with covers

Madonna, Elton John honor Bowie with covers

(New York-AFP) – David Bowie’s music has returned to stage after his death, with stars including Madonna and Elton John dedicating emotional tributes to the legend — by singing his songs. The British rock legend’s death on Sunday at age 69 after an undisclosed battle with cancer has triggered an outpouring of grief from fans […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
US counts down to record $1.5 bn jackpot

US counts down to record $1.5 bn jackpot

(New York-AFP) – What would you do with a whopping $1.5 billion? That will be the question on many Americans’ lips Wednesday, when the draw is made for the largest lottery jackpot in US history. Even after the taxman calls, the Powerball jackpot could make the lucky winner wealthier than the likes of football star […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: Home & Garden, U.S. News ·
Amber Heard linked with ‘Aquaman’ role

Amber Heard linked with ‘Aquaman’ role

(Relaxnews) – US actress Amber Heard appears to be next in line to join Jason Momoa in 2018 superhero movie “Aquaman.” Heard is said to have been approached for an ongoing role in Warner Bros’s DC Comics adaptations, starting with “Justice League Part One” in 2017 and then “Aquaman” the following year. The DC Extended […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Vatican cookbook dishes on favorite papal dishes

Vatican cookbook dishes on favorite papal dishes

(Relaxnews) – Want to eat like a pope? A cookbook featuring dishes eaten at the Vatican is set to be released in English after first being released in German in 2014. In addition to shedding light on the types of meals eaten by members of the Swiss Guard — elite soldiers who protect the pope […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Jinggoy, Bong seek furlough to pay last respects to Kuya Germs

Jinggoy, Bong seek furlough to pay last respects to Kuya Germs

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Detained Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. have asked the Sandiganbayan to allow them to leave detention for a few hours to attend the wake of entertainment industry patriarch German “Kuya Germs” Moreno. In his urgent motion submitted to the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, Estrada on Monday asked the court to […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Philippine News ·
Pinoys mainly concerned with inflation, salaries: Pulse Asia

Pinoys mainly concerned with inflation, salaries: Pulse Asia

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Managing inflation and higher salaries remain the urgent national concerns of Filipinos, according to a Pulse Asia survey released on Monday. “The leading urgent national concerns of Filipinos are mostly economic in nature,” the pollster noted. With a five-percentage point decline in the concern over increasing workers’ pay (42 percent) compared with […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Clinton visits San Gabriel, slams GOP hateful rhetoric

Clinton visits San Gabriel, slams GOP hateful rhetoric

By Abner Galino “They forget a fundamental lesson about our great country. Being an open and tolerant society does not make us vulnerable. It’s at the core of our strength.” With these words, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed the supposed “hateful rhetoric” of Republican presidential candidates before a well-attended gathering of Asian-Americans in a […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama hopes to stoke optimism in farewell union address

Obama hopes to stoke optimism in farewell union address

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |  – Barack Obama will use his final State of the Union address Tuesday, one of the last grandstand occasions of his presidency, to define his legacy and make the case for optimism amid an angst-ridden election race. Seven years ago, a youthful President Obama’s first address to Congress surprised some […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Vietnam issues second warning to China over island flights

Hanoi, Vietnam | AFP |   – Vietnam has issued its second rebuke in a week to Beijing, accusing its northern neighbour of “threatening peace” after more Chinese aircraft landed on a contested reef in the South China Sea. Chinese state media on Wednesday said two civilian planes landed on one of the islands in the Fiery Cross reef in […]

12.01.2016 · Filled under: World News ·

Jeb Bush races to salvage presidential campaign

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States | AFP   – Jeb Bush’s US presidential bid is boiling down to early voting New Hampshire, some associates say, while others envision his protracted battle for the Republican nomination stretching deep into the spring. Either way, supporters and analysts agree it will be difficult for Bush, a former Florida governor and son and […]

12.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

KC reveals sister Frankie wants to be a singer

Frankie Pangilinan seems to be following the musical footsteps of her mother Sharon Cuneta. According to Pangilinan’s sister, KC Concepcion, the 15-year-old is very passionate about music. “Nakikita ko na mahal na mahal niyang kumanta. She loves composing, singing, playing guitar. I would never want to clip someone’s wings. I think everyone deserves to shine […]

12.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Aquino makes pitch for BBL: Make inclusive governance the norm in Mindanao

Aquino makes pitch for BBL: Make inclusive governance the norm in Mindanao

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday reiterated his call to Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying such framework would make inclusive governance the norm in Mindanao rather than the exception. Aquino made the statement as he praised his close ally, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman, […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Devotee dies during Black Nazarene procession

Devotee dies during Black Nazarene procession

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A devotee died on Saturday morning during the Black Nazarene procession, joined by millions of people in Manila. Gwendolyn Pang, secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross, said the fatality was 27 years old from Sampaloc district in Manila. Pang said that the victim was resting after carrying the Black Nazarene’s carriage when […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘The Revenant,’ ‘The Martian’ win big at Golden Globes

‘The Revenant,’ ‘The Martian’ win big at Golden Globes

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Epic survival thriller “The Revenant” and space blockbuster “The Martian” won big at the Golden Globes on Sunday, boosting their chances for Oscars glory next month. “The Revenant” — the story of 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio — won three top awards at the star-studded gala, for […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Stallone, Damon, Winslet winners at Golden Globes

Stallone, Damon, Winslet winners at Golden Globes

(Los Angeles-AFP) – A-listers Kate Winslet, Matt Damon and Sylvester Stallone all took home prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday at a star-studded gala that kicked off Hollywood’s annual awards season. But all eyes at the annual gala held in Beverly Hills were on which movie would win the coveted award for best motion […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Apple Music claims 10 million subscribers

Apple Music claims 10 million subscribers

(Relaxnews) – Apple’s streaming service Apple Music has surpassed 10million subscribers. The paid-for platform has acquired the users in the six months since its launch in June 2015, NME reports. The service is still playing second fiddle to Spotify, which allegedly boasts more than double that number of subscribers. Other competitors include Jay-Z’s platform Tidal. Apple Music, […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Music, Online ·
David Bowie: Chameleon of rock

David Bowie: Chameleon of rock

(London-AFP) – From Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke and Aladdin Sane, David Bowie was rock’s definitive chameleon. A master of reinvention whose career spanned two generations, he dazzled millions with his taste for experiment, taking on everything from glam rock and soul to electronica and punk. He marked his 69th birthday by releasing […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Lady Gaga to drop a new album in 2016

Lady Gaga to drop a new album in 2016

(Relaxnews) – Lady Gaga is planning to release a new album in 2016. The pop star announced the news at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Billboard reports. She allegedly told reporters: “You know, I am putting out an album this year. I won’t tell you when.” The singer and actress, who took home a Golden Globe […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Burberry makes Apple TV debut

Burberry makes Apple TV debut

(Relaxnews) – UK fashion house Burberry has launched on Apple TV. The brand will be livestreaming its upcoming menswear show on its new app for Apple TV on Monday January 11 as part of London Collections Men. It will be the first luxury brand to broadcast a fashion show live on the platform. The app […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Lifestyle, Online, Science & Technology ·
David Bowie: a look back at memorable live performances

David Bowie: a look back at memorable live performances

(Relaxnews) – After a career spanning over four decades, legendary British singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie passed away Sunday after an 18-month fight against cancer, aged 69. A selection of the star’s live performance highlights captured on video. A key moment in Bowie’s career came in 1972 with the album, “The Rise and Fall of […]

11.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
Bonta files bill to streamline Marijuana Law

Bonta files bill to streamline Marijuana Law

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)has  introduced AB 1575, a bill to clarify and improve implementation of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which took effect on January 1st. MMRSA established the first comprehensive regulatory framework for the state’s medical marijuana industry and is considered one of California’s landmark legislative efforts of 2015. AB […]

07.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Katy Perry reaches 80 million followers on Twitter

Katy Perry reaches 80 million followers on Twitter

(Relaxnews) – Katy Perry has widened the social media gap with her nearest rival Justin Bieber, accumulating 80 million followers on Twitter. Already the most followed Twitter user, Perry recently passed the 80.3 million mark — about as many digital singles Perry has sold, notes Entertainment Weekly. Bieber is the next most followed celebrity on Twitter […]

07.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
December inflation quickens at 1.5% — NEDA

December inflation quickens at 1.5% — NEDA

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Quicker price movements in food and energy pushed inflation to 1.5 percent in December from 1.1 percent in November, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said on Tuesday. This brought the full-year 2015 inflation to 1.4 percent, below the government’s target range of 2.0 to 4.0 percent for 2015. “Price increases […]

06.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Bongbong Marcos optimistic ill-gotten wealth decision won’t affect his VP bid

Bongbong Marcos optimistic ill-gotten wealth decision won’t affect his VP bid

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday expressed confidence that the Sandiganbayan decision ordering the Marcoses and the family of alleged Marcos crony Alfonso Lim to return the properties claimed by government will not affect his vice presidential bid. “I don’t see why, “Marcos told reporters when asked about the matter. Marcos, a […]

06.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is now the fourth biggest movie of all time

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is now the fourth biggest movie of all time

(Relaxnews) – Taking $1.54 billion at the box office since its release on December 18, the seventh episode in the “Star Wars” story has overtaken “Furious 7” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to become the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. As of this week, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is shaking things up in […]

06.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
It was ‘Showtime’ at the 127th Rose Parade

It was ‘Showtime’ at the 127th Rose Parade

By Abner Galino First, the news: Skywriters benefitted from a cloudless blue sky off the scenic town of Pasadena to trash Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Five planes circled the skies and wrote: America is great. Trump is disgusting. Anybody but Trump. The letters that formed out of white smoke spewed out from the planes […]

06.01.2016 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
‘Trump is disgusting’: Skywriters slam White House hopeful

‘Trump is disgusting’: Skywriters slam White House hopeful

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |   – Multiple planes took to the skies Friday in California to lampoon Donald Trump in a series of “skywriting” messages, including: “America is great! Trump is disgusting.” Six skywriting planes were used in the anti-Trump stunt above the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, CNN said. Other messages hitting out at Trump, the […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Will 2016 mark the beginning of the end of automotive design?

Will 2016 mark the beginning of the end of automotive design?

(Relaxnews) – Renowned car designer Chris Bangle explains why he is getting animated, quite literally, about the future of automotive design and how if, as he fears, designers are about to be replaced by software, that their unique talents could be the key to bringing a human feel to robotics instead. “I am concerned that […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Home & Garden, Motoring, Science & Technology ·
Craig Strickland bandmates mourn country singer’s death in Facebook post

Craig Strickland bandmates mourn country singer’s death in Facebook post

(Relaxnews) – Bandmates of country singer Craig Strickland, who was found dead Monday after disappearing more than a week ago, expressed their grief on the group’s Facebook page calling him “the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn’t be matched.” Strickland was reported missing on Dec. 26 after leaving for a duck hunting trip […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer screenplay complete

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer screenplay complete

(Relaxnews) – A Jennifer Lawrence/Amy Schumer film is one step closer to hitting the big screen after Lawrence confirmed in a British interview that the BFFs have finished writing the script. In a BBC 6 Music interview Monday, Lawrence told host Lauren Laverne that the pair have put the finishing touches on the first draft […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jennylyn Mercado starts the new year on FHM cover

Jennylyn Mercado starts the new year on FHM cover

There’s no break in Jennylyn Mercado’s lucky streak yet. Fresh from her back-to-back win as Best Actress in the Metro Manila Film Festival, the sexiest woman alive is gracing the cover of FHM Philippines again. The year 2015 was good for Jen. Aside from her Best Actress win for “Walang Forever” and being voted FHM’s […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
‘Walang Forever’ tops MMFF 2015 awards

‘Walang Forever’ tops MMFF 2015 awards

Romantic-comedy “Walang Forever” dominated the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night at the Kia Theater in Cubao on Sunday, taking home five major awards, including the coveted Best Picture prize. Directed by Dan Villegas, “Walang Forever” also took the top acting awards for lead stars Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado. The film also bagged […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
103 injured in Black Nazarene procession

103 injured in Black Nazarene procession

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A total of 103 people were injured during the thanksgiving procession of the Black Nazarene. Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) Chief Johnny Yu told the media that only minor injuries have been recorded and these were immediately given first aid treatment. Meanwhile, Yu said only two devotees suffered chest […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
“War and Peace” debuts with 6.3 million UK viewers

“War and Peace” debuts with 6.3 million UK viewers

(Relax news) – The six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” made a strong debut in the UK, with 6.3 million tuning in to watch it on BBC One on Sunday, according to Deadline. The epic tale, produced in partnership with the BBC Cymru Wales, The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point, stars Lily James, […]

04.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
DOH: 1 dead, 384 injured from firecrackers, stray bullets

DOH: 1 dead, 384 injured from firecrackers, stray bullets

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Despite at least one death reported due to firecracker injuries, officials of the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday noted a “general reduction” in the number of victims due to fireworks and stray bullets amid the New Year revelry. The casualty, who was not named during the DOH briefing, was a drunk […]

04.01.2016 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Carson officials, Congen lead wreath-laying rites for Rizal

Carson officials, Congen lead wreath-laying rites for Rizal

Wreath-laying was led by Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim and the Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles staff; Carson City Council,  City Clerk and Commissioners led by Mayor Pro Tem Elito M. Santarina; Bellflower Mayor Sonny Sta. Ines, and Knights of Rizal. On December 17, 2013, the Carson City Council unanimously voted to establish December 30 of […]

04.01.2016 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
KOR-HFT marks 119th Rizal Day in LA

KOR-HFT marks 119th Rizal Day in LA

Los Angeles, Dec. 30 – The Knights of Rizal-HFT marked the 119th Rizal Day at Kapistahan Grill with a simple lunch and exaltation rites for new members and raising of 2nd and 3rd degree knighthood to old members on its 4th anniversary. Dr.Jose P.Rizal was executed in Manila on December 30, 1896 by Spanish authorities. He was sentenced to death by a […]

02.01.2016 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Highlights of January Works & Process series at Guggenheim include Savion Glover and new John Zorn material

Highlights of January Works & Process series at Guggenheim include Savion Glover and new John Zorn material

(Relaxnews) – The New York Guggenheim Museum’s latest Works & Process series kicks off on January 10. This series explores creation through performances and discussions. Since 1984, it has provided audiences the opportunity to meet and discuss with acclaimed creators and performers in a small, intimate setting. Here’s a look at some of the Works […]

02.01.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Music ·
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ premieres in Shanghai

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ premieres in Shanghai

(Relaxnews) – The latest in the “Star Wars” franchise premiered in China on Sunday night, December 27. The movie has already broken opening-weekend records in the US, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe, scoring the biggest worldwide debut with $529 million, even before its launch in China. At the premiere of the world’s second-largest market, held at […]

29.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Louis Vuitton casts ‘Final Fantasy’ character for Spring 2016 campaign

Louis Vuitton casts ‘Final Fantasy’ character for Spring 2016 campaign

(Relaxnews) – Lightning from the “Final Fantasy” game series stars in the latest campaign by Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. Ghesquière revealed the first images from the campaign in two posts on Instagram, Monday December 28, showing the RPG character Lightning modeling looks direct from the Spring 2016 runway show, which had strong references to […]

29.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Games, Lifestyle, Online, Videos ·
Architectural highlights of 2015

Architectural highlights of 2015

(Relaxnews) – 2015 saw the completion of several outstanding projects in architecture over the course of the year. From the new Philharmonic in Paris to a new business school in Sydney, here are some of the more remarkable feats in architecture from the last 12 months. The Shanghai Tower The Shanghai Tower in China is […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
New ‘Star Wars’ film hits $1 bn at box office: Disney

New ‘Star Wars’ film hits $1 bn at box office: Disney

(Los Angeles-AFP) – The new “Star Wars” film has passed the $1 billion mark in global box office sales in record time, Disney said Sunday, as fans of the space epic pack theaters around the world. Twelve days after it first hit screens, “The Force Awakens” has posted an estimated $545 million in ticket sales […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
The most popular nutrition trends of 2015

The most popular nutrition trends of 2015

(Relaxnews) – 2015 saw us stop counting the calories and instead start counting the nutrition. We focused on eating ‘real’ food again that is unprocessed, natural, and full of goodness, as seen in our round-up of the most popular nutrition and health food trends of the year. No sugar diets With many studies showing the […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Photos, Sports & Recreation ·
Samsung’s latest phablet revealed in China

Samsung’s latest phablet revealed in China

(Relaxnews) – Samsung announced its Galaxy A9 at a launch event in China, showcasing a number of new features. Compared to its predecessor the Galaxy A8, Samsung’s newest smartphone boasts a never-been-seen-before 6-inch screen reports online publication Mashable.  The device is equipped with a non-removable battery, extending battery life significantly. Operating on Android Lollipop 5.1, the […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
The up-and-coming models to keep an eye on in 2016

The up-and-coming models to keep an eye on in 2016

(Relaxnews) – Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid might have dominated the fashion industry this year, but now that they’re fully established supermodels the business needs fresh newcomers. So which up-and-coming models are set to make their mark in 2016? Lily-Rose Depp The daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis has made waves this year, largely […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Photos ·
Hollywood celebrities speak out on migrant crisis

Hollywood celebrities speak out on migrant crisis

By Jocelyne Zablit Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  – As Europe grapples with its biggest migrant crisis in recent history, Hollywood celebrities are rallying to raise awareness about the issue and lashing out at calls to turn away refugees. Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon this month became the latest star to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos, […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
Aquino ‘shocked’ by the passing of esteemed Inquirer editor-in-chief

Aquino ‘shocked’ by the passing of esteemed Inquirer editor-in-chief

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III counts himself among the many politicians “shocked” and saddened by the unexpected passing of veteran journalist and longtime Philippine Daily Inquirer editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez Magsanoc. “My thoughts and prayers are with her family and all her colleagues in the Philippine Daily Inquirer at this time of profound […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Party hairstyles for New Year’s Eve

Party hairstyles for New Year’s Eve

(Relaxnews) – New Year’s Eve is one of the most glamorous nights of the year, so it deserves a little extra attention when it comes to your hairstyle. Here are three show stopping looks and how to recreate them. Braided up-do Hair vlogger Kayley Melissa has come up with an intricate braided style perfect for […]

26.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Holidays, New Year's Day, Online, Photos, Videos ·
Santa absent this year in typhoon-hit PHL

Santa absent this year in typhoon-hit PHL

By Cecil Morella San Jose, Philippines | AFP |   – Wading through knee-deep floods, 12-year-old Joana Yambao pushes her infant sister in a black wash basin along the surface of the filthy water in a typhoon-hit Philippine village where residents have little to celebrate this Christmas. Under sunny skies, their mother sweeps mud from the floor of her […]

26.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

One dead, 26 hurt as car rams people on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas, United States | AFP |   – A woman with a toddler in her car deliberately and repeatedly rammed into pedestrians on the packed Las Vegas Strip Sunday, killing one person and injuring at least 26 others, police said. “This was not an act of terrorism… we’ve ruled that out,” Deputy Police Chief Brett Zimmerman told reporters. […]

24.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
SWS: VP Binay, Poe, Roxas and Duterte in tight race for presidency

SWS: VP Binay, Poe, Roxas and Duterte in tight race for presidency

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe,  administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are statistically tied as voters’ top picks to become the country’s next president based on the latest pre-election national survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). Results of the SWS presidential […]

24.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Kardashian Kimojis release breaks App Store and raises security concerns

Kardashian Kimojis release breaks App Store and raises security concerns

(Relaxnews) – Superstar Kim Kardashian’s new Kimoji app is causing concerns over user privacy, after breaking Apple’s app store on Monday, December 21. The app, which costs $1.99 to download, reportedly reached a record of 9,000 downloads per millisecond (via Forbes), at the height of its release earlier this week, causing the Apple App Store to […]

24.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Science & Technology ·
Santa tracking possible with Microsoft and Google

Santa tracking possible with Microsoft and Google

(Relaxnews) – The tech giants have launched their updated Santa trackers just in time to keep kids busy awaiting the big festivities ahead. Both brands offer online games and Christmas-themed activities that include basic programming, elf dances, holiday songs and sections on Christmas traditions worldwide. Google’s tracker can detect your location and gives estimates on […]

24.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Christmas, Entertainment, Games, Holidays, Home & Garden, Online ·
SC justices ready to take up urgent petition: Sereno

SC justices ready to take up urgent petition: Sereno

MANILA, Dec 23 (Mabuhay) – The justices of the Supreme Court (SC) are ready to hold an urgent session to take up and resolve any petition which needs to be immediately decided upon. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno made the assurance during an interview with the media before the SC justices went into […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Comelec trims list to 6 VP bets

Comelec trims list to 6 VP bets

MANILA, Dec 23 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections is trimming the list of official vice-presidential candidates for the 2016 election to six. Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the poll body is looking at a list of 23 presidential candidates, six vice-presidential candidates, 68 senatorial bets and 119 party-list groups for the 2016 polls. […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Tesla and Spotify team to offer first-ever premium service

Tesla and Spotify team to offer first-ever premium service

(Paris-Relaxnews) – Tesla has joined forces with digital music service Spotify to offer drivers of its cars outside the US unlimited Spotify Premium with no data charges. While Spotify has previously announced automotive partnerships with Ford and BMW/Mini and is integrated with CarPlay and Android Auto, Tesla’s is the only deal exempt from extra charges. […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Motoring, Music ·
Johnny Depp is 2015’s ‘Most Overpaid Actor’

Johnny Depp is 2015’s ‘Most Overpaid Actor’

(Relaxnews) – Actor Johnny Depp has been crowned this year’s Most Overpaid Actor, according to the Forbes magazine’s ranking, released Monday, December 22, 2015. The list of Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors is “dominated by established male leads who charge top dollar but don’t always deliver at the ticketbooth,” and the publication revealed the Depp’s recent movies returned […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
No season 8 for ‘Pretty Little Liars’, but a film could be on the cards, creator reveals

No season 8 for ‘Pretty Little Liars’, but a film could be on the cards, creator reveals

(Relaxnews) – “Pretty Little Liars” creator Marlene King has hinted that the sexy soap series will come to a halt after Season 7, although a follow-up movie hasn’t been ruled out yet. The series is set to return to screens for the second half of its sixth season in 2016, but King said that the seventh season […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: News ·
PNoy signs P3.002-trillion 2016 budget

PNoy signs P3.002-trillion 2016 budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III signed on Tuesday Republic Act 10717 or the P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016, the biggest fiscal appropriations on government record and the last under his six-year term. The Constitution does not allow the President to seek a second term in office. In expressing his gratitude to the members […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Japanese actress Maria Ozawa said she enjoyed doing her first movie in the Philippines.

Japanese actress Maria Ozawa said she enjoyed doing her first movie in the Philippines.

Ozawa is part of the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Nilalang”, which also stars Cesar Montano and Meg Imperial. Comparing her experience in doing movies in the Philippines and Japan, she said: “Everything was new to me, totally different from Japan, from what I’ve experienced. And I love it here, [it’s] way better than Japan… […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
The Beatles to break music streaming boycott on Christmas eve

The Beatles to break music streaming boycott on Christmas eve

(Relaxnews) – Earlier reports (via Billboard) that the world’s most famous band are set to break their streaming boycott appear to be ringing true – The Beatles will finally be available on streaming music services, from this Thursday, December 24, 2015. Re/Code cited industry sources in reporting that the British band’s music will be available for download […]

Chiz maintains lead; Robredo, Marcos tied in second place

Chiz maintains lead; Robredo, Marcos tied in second place

MANILA, Dec 23 (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis Escudero remains the front runner in the vice presidential race based on the latest Social Weather Stations survey, with his 30-percent rating in November still unchanged. Results of the voter preference poll, which was first published by BusinessWorld Wednesday, showed Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo catching up with […]

23.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Obama meets families of San Bernardino shooting victims

Obama meets families of San Bernardino shooting victims

San Bernardino, United States | AFP |  – President Barack Obama met late Friday with families of the victims of the San Bernardino shooting, saying they represent the strength, unity and love that exists in the United States. Obama, who was accompanied by his wife Michelle, also praised the relatives for efforts to promote tolerance in the wake of […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Our queen still Miss Universe’: Colombian president

‘Our queen still Miss Universe’: Colombian president

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Monday 12/21/2015 – Colombia’s president said Monday he was shocked when Miss Colombia won and then immediately lost the Miss Universe crown, and said as far as he was concerned she remained the winner. “I was watching Miss Universe with my family. We started a huge celebration when they said Colombia had won the Miss […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, World News ·
Burberry campaign stars share their Christmas memories

Burberry campaign stars share their Christmas memories

(Relaxnews) – Burberry has unveiled a behind-the-scenes Christmas video as part of its festive campaign. “The Burberry Festive Film: Christmas with the cast” sees the brand’s campaign stars comedian and TV host James Corden, supermodel Naomi Campbell and actress Julie Walters talking about their favorite Christmas memories and sharing top tips for the perfect holiday. […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Home & Garden, International Stars, Videos ·
Jennylyn Mercado not pressured to win back-to-back MMFF trophies

Jennylyn Mercado not pressured to win back-to-back MMFF trophies

MANILA, Dec 21 (Mabuhay) — JENNYLYN Mercado does not feel the pressure to take home the best actress trophy in the Metro Manila Film Festival for the second straight year. “Ayokong isipin yun kasi nung nakaraan e wala din namang pressure at wala din akong expectations. Sa akin, ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko. Pinaganda […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
PNoy expected to visit victims of Nona, Onyok — Palace

PNoy expected to visit victims of Nona, Onyok — Palace

MANILA, Dec 21 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III is expected to visit areas affected by Typhoons Nona and Onyok a few days before Christmas, Malacañang said Monday. “Hinahanda na ‘yung maaaring pagdalaw ng Pangulo in coordination with various agencies on the ground,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. told reporters Monday. Nonetheless, Coloma said relief […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Senators hail Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe 2015 triumph

Senators hail Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe 2015 triumph

MANILA, Dec 21 (Mabuhay) – Pia Wurtzbach’s controversial win as Miss Universe 2015 drew mixed reactions even from senators who took to social media on Monday. “Serious telenovela material! @PiaWurtzbach is #missuniverse2015 after the host first announced that she was the 1st runner-up,” Senator Pia Cayetano wrote on Twitter. “Pinoys have such a sense of […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Achievements of young Fil-Ams cited in Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Awards

Achievements of young Fil-Ams cited in Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Awards

WASHINGTON, DC—Thirteen young, outstanding Filipino-Americans were recognized for their academic excellence and community service during the Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Awards on 17 December 2015 at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy. Now on its 23rd year, the annual award recognizes students from the elementary, high school, and undergraduate levels in the Metropolitan Washington, DC […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Japan Airlines spreads ‘Peace’ around the world

Japan Airlines spreads ‘Peace’ around the world

(Relaxnews) – The Japanese flag carrier has teamed up with world-renowned GPS artist Yassan to make a truly global artistic message this festive season. Covering six continents and some 65,700 miles (105,734km) and with help from 107 people and a host of flights provided by oneworld alliance airlines, Yassan managed to use his GPS coordinates […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ rules the global box office

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ rules the global box office

(Relaxnews) – The seventh instalment of the sci-fi saga is clearly a force to be reckoned with. The Rentrak weekend global box office figures are in and the first “Star Wars” film devoid of any input from George Lucas has taken $517 million. “A box office force has awakened the global movie marketplace as Disney’s […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Rimmel London launches ‘London Look’ competition

Rimmel London launches ‘London Look’ competition

(Relaxnews) – Make up brand Rimmel London is searching for the next big thing in beauty vlogging with a little help from singer Rita Ora. The contest is simple and open to anyone: if you think you have the right blend of personality and make up artistry, submit an entry via video or picture. However, […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mix-up

Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mix-up

(Las Vegas-AFP) – Miss Colombia was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions on Sunday, before the rightful winner Miss Philippines was finally handed the glittering crown. The pageant’s host, US comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and initially announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, World News ·
Three key looks from the Pre-Fall collections

Three key looks from the Pre-Fall collections

(Relaxnews) – The Pre-Fall 2016 collections are coming thick and fast, and a few key trends have already emerged. Here are some of our favorite looks. Romantic minimalism Clean, neat romance was the name of the game at Ralph Lauren, where the collection focuses on classic, feminine styles with a modern twist. A crisp color palette […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Photos ·

Audit shows city spends more to repair vehicles than they cost

Los Angeles – Controller Ron Galperin released an audit of Los Angeles’s procedures for disposing of surplus and obsolete equipment and vehicles. The audit found that insufficient funding to replace outdated equipment, combined with a decentralized, haphazard approach to the salvage process has led L.A. to spend far more maintaining some vehicles than it would […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Buyer of assault rifles used in San Bernardino terror attack charged

RIVERSIDE, California – Enrique Marquez Jr., a longtime friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, was charged today with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to commit crimes of terrorism. Marquez was also charged today with the unlawful purchase of two assault rifles used in the deadly shooting […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Canada’s first transgender judge breaks a ‘glass ceiling’

Ottawa, Canada | AFP | Saturday 12/19/2015 – A transgender magistrate was named this week to the Manitoba provincial court, becoming the first transgender judge in Canada. Kael McKenzie, a lawyer and then a crown prosecutor in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, was named late in the week by an independent judicial nominating committee. The daily newspaper The Globe and […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: World News ·

Fed agent pleads guilty to taking bribes from Korean exec being investigated for human trafficking

LOS ANGELES – A former special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) pleaded guilty this afternoon to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from a man who had been accused of trafficking a woman into the United States to be a sex slave.         Joohoon David Lee, 43, who currently […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

San Bernardino shooter’s visa request was missing key information: politician

Washington, United States | AFP | Saturday 12/19/2015 – A member of the US Congress Saturday accused immigration officials of allowing California attacker Tashfeen Malik into the country despite critical missing information in her request for a fiancee visa. “After reviewing Tashfeen Malik’s immigration file, it is clear that immigration officials did not thoroughly vet her application,” House Judiciary Committee […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Silent Night’: from village ditty to global Christmas hit

‘Silent Night’: from village ditty to global Christmas hit

(Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria-AFP) – When “Silent Night” was born in Austria almost 200 years ago, those present had little idea that the Christmas carol would one day be sung the world over, including this year by Miley Cyrus and some Swedish goats. Such though was the destiny of “Stille Nacht”, premiered to a modest […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: Christmas, Entertainment, Holidays, International Stars, Music ·
Harbin, China gets new opera house

Harbin, China gets new opera house

(Relaxnews) – Beijing-based MAD Architects have completed construction of the Harbin Opera House in the northern Chinese city of Harbin but it is not yet open to the public. It is part of the Harbin Cultural Island project, which consists of the opera and a cultural center located along Harbin’s Songhua river. The complex covers […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·

New York, Washington bask in warm winter weather records

New York, United States | AFP |   Shorts instead of scarves: New York City and the Washington area shattered or matched warm weather records Sunday for December 13, less than two weeks before the usually chilly Christmas holiday. In New York City, some people headed out in light summer clothes to revel in midday temperatures in Central Park […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Holidays, U.S. News ·

EU diplomats warn US over visa threat

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Diplomats from the 28-member European Union on Monday warned they could respond in kind if the United States makes good on plans to end visa-free entry for some EU nationals. After the November 13 terror strikes in Paris and as part of wider anti-terror efforts, the US House of Representatives voted […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Google’s Year in Search 2015: ‘Agar.io,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Furious 7,’ Caitlyn Jenner

Google’s Year in Search 2015: ‘Agar.io,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Furious 7,’ Caitlyn Jenner

(Relaxnews) – The annual review of top trending search terms has been released, with Google revealing that its search engine users submitted the most queries for basketballer Lamar Odom, French magazine Charlie Hebdo, video game “Agar.io,” and blockbuster film “Jurassic World.” Three films, two people related to the celebrity Kardashian family, two video games, two […]

Are Online Auctions the Future of Art Sales?

Are Online Auctions the Future of Art Sales?

(Relaxnews) – On Thursday, December 17 Christie’s Paris auction house wrapped up an entirely online auction. This is the first time that Christie’s Paris has curated an online auction. The trend is growing and may be revolutionizing the industry. Many auctions are now available only online. Christie’s got in early and first began online only […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Art, Science & Technology ·
Apple insider becomes chief operating officer

Apple insider becomes chief operating officer

(San Francisco-AFP) – Apple on Thursday made shifts to its executive team, naming its first chief operating officer since Tim Cook moved into the chief executive job some four years ago. Jeff Williams became Apple’s chief operating officer, formalizing a role some contend he was already handling at the California-based technology colossus. Williams joined the […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Aquino’s satisfaction rating down in SWS Q4 survey

Aquino’s satisfaction rating down in SWS Q4 survey

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III’s public satisfaction rating suffered a nine-point drop from +41 in September to +32 this month, results of the fourth quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Wednesday showed. The survey conducted from December 5 to 8 among 1,200 adults nationwide found 58 percent were satisfied, 16 percent […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Matteo hopes to have concert repeat

Matteo hopes to have concert repeat

After his sold-out show at the Music Museum recently, Matteo Guidicelli is hoping for a repeat of his concert next year. “Astig! Sold out kami tapos sobrang saya. Almost three hours ‘yung show. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng nanood ng concert,” he said. “Kung nagustuhan nilang lahat, may repeat sana in the future. Baka next […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Jessa Zaragosa prepares for comeback concert

Jessa Zaragosa prepares for comeback concert

After a 12-year absence from the concert scene, singer-actress Jessa Zaragoza is getting ready for her comeback solo show. Zaragoza announced that she will be mounting her solo concert “I Am Me” on January 5 at the Music Museum in Greenhills. She said it’s the time for her to go back to her passion, which […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Obama warns IS leaders: ‘You are next’

Obama warns IS leaders: ‘You are next’

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama voiced fresh determination to destroy the Islamic State on Monday, vowing to kill the group’s leaders and win back territory in the Middle East. Sounding a notably more strident tone, Obama said that the United States and its allies were taking the fight to […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Nona’ kills man, leaves trail of destruction in Northern Samar

‘Nona’ kills man, leaves trail of destruction in Northern Samar

TACLOBAN CITY  (Mabuhay) – Typhoon Nona left Northern Samar with at least one dead, after it unleashed its wrath on Monday that caused widespread power outages and communication network paralysis. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) identified the casualty as Pascual Ancente Jr., 31, of Allen Northern Samar. The victim died due […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·

Social media link to attacks poses conundrum

By Sophie Estienne San Francisco, United States | AFP |   – Pressure is growing on social networks to play a bigger role in finding and weeding out jihadists and others looking to recruit members and plot deadly attacks. But it’s more complicated than it sounds: networks like Facebook and Twitter support free expression, and filtering our bad actors […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Urgent aid needed to fight ‘super’ El Nino: Oxfam

Sydney, Australia | AFP   – Droughts, erratic rains and frosts brought by a super-charged El Nino are severely impacting the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea worst hit, aid group Oxfam said in a report Monday. Calling for an urgent up-scaling in relief to save lives, the charity said 4.7 million people faced hunger, poverty and disease in the […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·
Scarlett Johansson snapped up by Sony Pictures for new R-rated comedy

Scarlett Johansson snapped up by Sony Pictures for new R-rated comedy

(Relaxnews) – Scarlett Johansson could be set to star in Sony Pictures’ upcoming movie ‘Move That Body’. The actress is in final negotiations with the studio to play in the R-rated comedy, The Wrap reports. The plot tells the tale of a bachelorette party gone wrong. The script was written by Paul W. Downs, who will co-star […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘House of Cards’ season 4 date announced

‘House of Cards’ season 4 date announced

(Relaxnews) – ‘House of Cards’ is returning to TV for its fourth season next spring. A new teaser for the political drama starring Kevin Spacey has revealed that the show’s 13 new episodes will air on Netflix on March 4. The entire season will be released on the same date. In the teaser, which is […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Obama urges tougher gun controls on school massacre anniversary

Obama urges tougher gun controls on school massacre anniversary

Washington, United States | AFP |   – President Barack Obama vowed not to give up on vexed efforts to tighten US gun laws Monday, the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting which killed 26 people. In a Facebook post, Obama took the Republican-controlled Congress to task for failing to pass reforms after the shooting that […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
House panel chair irked by question over support for Duterte

House panel chair irked by question over support for Duterte

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The chairman of the powerful Committee on Appropriations in the House of Representatives lost his cool in the middle of a committee hearing after one of his colleagues asked him if he still headed the panel even after expressing support for the presidential candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Davao City […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

America’s penchant for guns stronger than ever after attacks

Randolph Township, United States | AFP | Tuesday 12/15/2015 By Thomas Urbain The Paris and San Bernardino attacks have fueled a surge in US gun sales, as Americans seek to protect themselves – and stock up in case lawmakers finally act to tighten firearms controls. Since a Muslim husband and wife opened fire in California on December 2, killing 14 […]

15.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Could Barbra Streisand be set to direct ‘A Life in Pieces’?

Could Barbra Streisand be set to direct ‘A Life in Pieces’?

(Relaxnews) – Barbra Streisand could be set to direct an episode of the CBS show “A Life in Pieces.” The star’s husband James Brolin, who plays John Short in the series, suggested to his wife that she take control of an episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The singer hinted that she might well do so […]

15.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Aquino expects country’s columnists to deliver message of hope

Aquino expects country’s columnists to deliver message of hope

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday he expects the country’s leading columnists and commentators to enlighten the public as the country holds a national election next year. Attending the Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City, President Aquino praised the media luminaries for their contribution to […]

15.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Panda Cares holds 8th annual holiday carnival celebration

Panda Cares holds 8th annual holiday carnival celebration

ROSEMEAD, Calif. –Panda Cares, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express and its parent company, Panda Restaurant Group, hosted its 8th annual Leader In Me Holiday Carnival on Friday, Dec. 11. Four hundred students from Encinita Elementary School in Rosemead, CA, were recognized at the event for their academic and leadership achievements in The Leader in Me program, a whole school transformation process created by FranklinCovey, […]

15.12.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·

More areas under Storm Signal No. 3 as Nona hits Sorsogon

MANILA, Dec 14 (Mabuhay) — Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) made landfall for the second time on Monday, bringing heavy rains and winds in its wake. The tropical storm hit Bulusan in Sorsogon province at around 5 p.m. Monday. It had made its first landfall in the country earlier in the day, just before noon, […]

14.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

US must do more to counter IS propaganda: top general

Washington, United States | AFP | Monday 12/14/2015 – America is coming up far short in its efforts to counter Islamic State propaganda, and the jihadists’ messages often resonate with younger people, the US military’s top general warned Monday. “I think we probably do get a C-minus or D in terms of doing it right now,” General Joe Dunford told […]

14.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Duterte dared: Name criminals you killed

MANILA, Dec 14 (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday dared 2016 presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to name the criminals he has supposedly executed to maintain peace and order in Davao City. “Baka image-making lang ito. I would like to dare our very brave mayor, name names. ‘Wag yung puro, ‘pinatay ko […]

14.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

EPA awards $50,000 to LA Unified to educate students on water conservation

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $50,000 to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to develop and implement curriculum focused on water sustainability in a changing climate. Five middle schools and five high schools—a total of 20 classrooms—will learn about water conservation, recycled water, and storm […]

14.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Services ·
Tumblr reveals most reblogged celebrities in 2015

Tumblr reveals most reblogged celebrities in 2015

Entertainment – Cinema – Music – Trend – Celebrity – Looking back on 2015 (Relaxnews) – Chris Evans, Taylor Swift and Serena Williams were among the most reblogged celebrities on Tumblr in 2015. The blogging site has released their Year in Review stats, recapping everything from the most popular blogs, people and places that got Tumblrs buzzing over the last year. Top actresses in 2015: […]

10.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Music, Online ·
USCIS launches ‘Emma’ – virtual assistant to finding answers

USCIS launches ‘Emma’ – virtual assistant to finding answers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services launched a virtual assistant named “Emma” today on uscis.gov, allowing customers to quickly find accurate information. She answers questions in plain English and navigates users to relevant USCIS web pages. She is named after Emma Lazarus, whose famous words are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Emma was […]

10.12.2015 · Filled under: Services, U.S. News ·
US Supreme Court gives nod to assault weapons ban

US Supreme Court gives nod to assault weapons ban

Washington, United States | AFP |   – The US Supreme Court appeared on Monday to back lawmakers who want to restrict the type of guns such as semi-automatic assault weapons used in recent mass shootings. In a 7-2 vote, the high court’s justices refused to take up a challenge to a Chicago suburb’s ban on the sale or […]

10.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Private sector urged to check how laws are implemented

Private sector urged to check how laws are implemented

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The private, academe, and business sectors must monitor how the law is being implemented, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara told businessmen in his keynote at the Integrity Summit 2015 in Makati City on Wednesday. According to the senator, these sectors must work closely with government to ensure proper implementation of the Fair Competition […]

10.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL envoy remembered

PHL envoy remembered

NaFFAA head speaks on the passing of Ambassador Willy C. Gaa “Ambassador Willy Gaa was a consummate diplomat, whose actions more than his words, helped make a difference in the Filipino American community’s aspirations for empowerment,” says NaFFAA National Chairman JT Mallonga. “As Philippine Ambassador to the United States from 2006-2011, Ambassador Gaa deeply cared […]

10.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
The top books of 2015 according to Barnes & Noble

The top books of 2015 according to Barnes & Noble

(Relaxnews) – Bookseller Barnes & Noble has released its picks for the top books of 2015, in categories that include the best celebrity memoirs, books that got people talking, novels waiting to be made into big screen adaptations and best-sellers. In the category of books with staying power, titles chosen include everything from Anthony Doerr’s […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ theme park announces opening date

‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ theme park announces opening date

(Relaxnews) – Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that the “immersive experience” will open on April 7, 2016. Universal Studios Hollywood announced the opening date of the Harry Potter-inspired park, featuring the wizarding school Hogwarts, the magical village of Hogsmead, a Hippogriff rollercoaster and more. The park, located at the Entertainment Capital of L.A, contains eight retail […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: Art, Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film ·
White House slams Trump’s plan to ban Muslims

White House slams Trump’s plan to ban Muslims

Washington, United States | AFP |  – Senior White House officials lined up Monday to condemn Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, saying it was contrary to US values and interests. “You’re being generous by describing it as a proposal,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, castigating the fiery Republican presidential frontrunner’s latest outburst […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Election fever sidelines HR in PHL: Amnesty

Election fever sidelines HR in PHL: Amnesty

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Philippine presidential candidates have ignored human rights in their campaigns despite the violence which plagues the country, Amnesty International said Monday. The rights group spoke out as a survey was released showing the frontrunner for the 2016 poll was a mayor dubbed “Dirty Harry” who has openly boasted of personally killing criminals. Amnesty […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church Music Ministry concert Dec. 12

St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church Music Ministry concert Dec. 12

Enjoy an evening serenaded by the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church Music Ministry, the children’s choir, and special guest performers, the Harana Men’s Chorus, at the “Rejoice! Maranatha… God is Full of Mercy” concert on Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7-9 p.m. This is the second major Christmas concert to be held in the church located at […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Las Vegas CES fair to unveil world’s first multi-payment connected screens

Las Vegas CES fair to unveil world’s first multi-payment connected screens

(Relaxnews) – French start-up Think&Go will debut on January 2016 the world’s first multi-payment connected screens at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Following the presentation of the brands connected screens at last year’s CES fair, Think&Go has partnered with fellow French brand Ingénico, a leading payment solutions firm to create connected screens that […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Rooney Mara to be honored with Vanguard Award

Rooney Mara to be honored with Vanguard Award

(Relaxnews) – The co-star of “Carol” will receive the Santa Barbara Festival Vanguard Award from fellow cast member Cate Blanchett, it was announced on December 8. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival takes place this year from February 3-13, during which the actress Rooney Mara (“The Social Network”, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “Carol”) will be honored with the Vanguard Award. […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Red Cross, world leaders to meet on ‘most pressing’ humanitarian issues

Red Cross, world leaders to meet on ‘most pressing’ humanitarian issues

Geneva  – The humanitarian environment has changed dramatically in recent years, posing unprecedented challenges for humanitarian actors in delivering assistance to all those in need, according to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as its series of high-level meetings begins in Geneva. The Statutory Meetings of the Red Cross and Red Crescent bring […]

08.12.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Twitter releases list of most popular retweets of 2015

Twitter releases list of most popular retweets of 2015

(Relaxnews) – Twitter has released the most influential tweets of 2015, a list that reveals what the world was talking about, fascinated with, and engaged in throughout the year. Topping the list are #PrayForParis and #JeSuisCharlie, hashtags that became global rallying cries and expressed solidarity with Parisians after terrorist attacks struck the city two times […]

08.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online ·
Trump wants Muslims ‘barred’ entry to US

Trump wants Muslims ‘barred’ entry to US

By Michael Mathes / Ivan Couronne Washington, United States | AFP |   – Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, unleashing some of the most provocative and divisive remarks of his controversial presidential campaign. The stunning statement followed last week’s mass shooting in California by a […]

08.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Lacierda: Aquino’s tirades vs. LP rivals not a demolition job

Lacierda: Aquino’s tirades vs. LP rivals not a demolition job

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III’s tirades against the rivals of his anointed successor should not be taken as a demolition job but as a “manner of describing candidates,” a spokesperson for Malacañang said Monday. “It is not accurate to say it’s a demolition job. It’s a manner of describing who the candidates are […]

08.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Shailene Woodley to star alongside Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in HBO series

Shailene Woodley to star alongside Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in HBO series

(Relaxnews) – Shailene Woodley rounds out the casting for the HBO series “Big Little Lies” that will also star Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. During an appearance at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi over the weekend, Kidman confirmed that Woodley has been cast to star in the series adapted from Liane Moriarty’s […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Obama tells fearful America IS will be defeated

Obama tells fearful America IS will be defeated

By Andrew Beatty Washington, UNITED STATES | AFP | Monday 12/7/2015 – US President Barack Obama, in a rare prime-time speech designed to reassure a jittery nation, vowed Sunday that America will destroy the Islamic State group and hunt down its followers at home or abroad. Facing questions about his leadership and strategy, Obama harnessed the highest trappings of US […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Luc Besson enlists Ethan Hawke for sci-fi film ‘Valerian’

Luc Besson enlists Ethan Hawke for sci-fi film ‘Valerian’

(Relaxnews) – Ethan Hawke is the latest cast member to join the production of Luc Besson’s “Valerian.” Besson announced the news on Instagram over the weekend, saying he’s wanted to work with Hawke for years. Hawke joins Clive Owen, Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in the adaptation of the French sci-fi comic strip series […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Microsoft launches most affordable Lumia smartphone for holidays

Microsoft launches most affordable Lumia smartphone for holidays

(Relaxnews) – Microsoft’s most affordable Lumia smartphone hit store shelves in select markets Monday. Billed as the company’s most affordable 4G LTE phone, the Lumia 550 is preloaded with Windows 10 and signature Microsoft apps such like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook Mail, Calendar, Skype and Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant. Documents saved to OneDrive can […]

Sister cities Olongapo City and VA beach unveil anchor of friendship

Sister cities Olongapo City and VA beach unveil anchor of friendship

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippines and the United States further strengthened their friendship and people-to-people ties through a special dedication ceremony of the Kempsville Road – Princess Anne Intersection and the Philippine Sister Anchor of Friendship on 30 November 2015 in the Kempes Landing Park in Virginia Beach. The dedication ceremony was a symbolic gesture between sister […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
US military to open frontline combat roles to women

US military to open frontline combat roles to women

By Thomas Watkins Washington, United States | AFP |  – The US military will open up all positions – including frontline combat roles – to women, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday in a sweeping move officially ending centuries of men-only tradition. The historic step served as a rebuke to a Marine Corps call this […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Poe camp points to US Embassy doc to prove PHL residency since 2005

Poe camp points to US Embassy doc to prove PHL residency since 2005

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe did not lie when she indicated in her certificate of candidacy (COC) for president that she has been residing in the Philippines for 10 years and 11 months, her camp said Thursday. Poe’s spokesperson, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said the senator had clearly stated in a document submitted […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Liza, Enrique to start taping new series in December

Liza, Enrique to start taping new series in December

Following the box office success of their movie “Everyday I Love You,” Enrique Gil revealed that he and Liza Soberano are set to begin taping their second TV series together soon. Gil said they are already preparing for the new show as early as now. “Ako sobrang excited ako sa project namin. Nagpe-prepare na kami […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
Obama says  terror ‘possible’

Obama says terror ‘possible’

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama said Thursday the motivation for a deadly shooting in California was not yet known, but a terror attack could not yet be ruled out. Obama ordered flags on government buildings, embassies and military installations to be flown at half-staff until Monday in memory […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
The most talked-about actresses in 2015

The most talked-about actresses in 2015

(Relaxnews) – Talented, moving, militant, in the media spotlight … For all these reasons and more, five actresses were in the news this year. Alicia Vikander: confirmation of her rising star She is only 27, but Alicia Vikander has already conquered Hollywood. In 2015, this Swedish actress proved that she is a rising star by […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Photos ·
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome baby boy

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome baby boy

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West announced Saturday the birth of their second child, a baby boy. “He’s here!” Kardashian wrote in a Titter post, which linked to a page exclaiming “Kanye and I welcome our new baby boy!” The latest addition to the West family was […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
No indication California attackers ‘part of organized group’: White House

No indication California attackers ‘part of organized group’: White House

Washington, UNITED STATES | AFP | Saturday 12/5/2015 – There is no indication that the shooters who killed 14 people in California are part of a larger terrorist group, the White House said Saturday, even as the Islamic State group claimed the pair were “soldiers” of its caliphate. A team of top officials including FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
World’s top nature photos to be projected onto St Peter’s

World’s top nature photos to be projected onto St Peter’s

(Vatican City-AFP) – Images by some of the world’s greatest environmental photographers will be projected onto Saint Peter’s Basilica next week in solidarity with the climate change talks in Paris, the Vatican said Friday. From Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado to France’s Yann Arthus Bertrand and Britain’s Steve McCurry, photographers with a passion for the natural world […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Environment ·
Shooters had massive arsenal: SB police

Shooters had massive arsenal: SB police

By Sara Puig, with Jocelyne Zablit in Los Angeles San Bernardino, United States | AFP |  – A young couple who killed 14 people in a shooting in California had amassed a huge arsenal and carefully planned their attack, authorities said Thursday, refusing to rule out terrorism. There were competing theories as to what drove […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘GunTV’ to sell firearms to US viewers

‘GunTV’ to sell firearms to US viewers

New York, United States | AFP |   – Americans will soon be able to snap up the latest firearms from the comfort of their sofas with the launch in January of GunTV, a 24-hour shopping channel. It comes with gun violence in the United States under renewed scrutiny after Wednesday’s shooting in California left […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
U2’s Bono writes Paris attacks song ahead of French gigs

U2’s Bono writes Paris attacks song ahead of French gigs

(Paris-AFP) – U2 frontman Bono has written a song about the Paris attacks ahead of a defiant return to the French capital on Sunday that may also feature the Eagles of Death Metal whose show was targeted by the jihadists. The Irish rock band cancelled their shows in Paris earlier this month in the wake […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
‘Star Wars,’ the space epic no one believed in

‘Star Wars,’ the space epic no one believed in

(Los Angeles-AFP) – It may well be one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories, but when the original “Star Wars” film was released in 1977 many people, including creator George Lucas, believed it would be a flop. “I don’t think anyone could have predicted what a smash hit and what a cultural phenomenon it was going […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
PHL to be a $1-T economy by 2030: IHS Global

PHL to be a $1-T economy by 2030: IHS Global

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines is on its way to become a $1-trillion economy by 2030, according to international analytics firm IHS Global Insight, saying it is only sovereign entity in Asia with improving credit prospects. The country is presently following a trend of improving financial fundamentals, investor confidence, and governance standards, IHS Global, noted […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Binay, Poe camps react to Aquino speech about Mar 2016 opponents

Binay, Poe camps react to Aquino speech about Mar 2016 opponents

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday hit back at President Benigno Aquino III for sparing administration bet Mar Roxas from his “honest appraisal” of presidential aspirants. “An honest appraisal of all the presidential candidates should not exclude the administration candidate,” lawyer Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson, said in a press […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Wearables market surge led by Apple, Chinese makers

Wearables market surge led by Apple, Chinese makers

(Washington-AFP) – The global market for wearable tech surged in the third quarter, fueled by the Apple watch and gains from Chinese manufacturers, a market tracker said Thursday. The research firm IDC said some 21.7 million wearables were sold in the past quarter, a jump of 197 percent. Fitness tracker maker Fitbit maintained the top […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer released

‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ trailer released

(Relaxnews) – Following a teaser on Monday, the first full trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” was released on Wednesday night during “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The trailer gives more insight into the movie, providing a rough storyline and developing characters. In the trailer, we see Batman and Superman feuding before they are forced to […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Barbra Streisand to direct biopic of Catherine the Great

Barbra Streisand to direct biopic of Catherine the Great

(Relaxnews) – Barbra Streisand is set to direct a biopic of Russian empress Catherine the Great, reports Hollywood Reporter. Known as one of history’s most powerful women, Catherine the Great ruled Russia between 1762 and 1796 after the assassination of her husband. Streisind’s film will focus on the younger Catherine’s marriage and her subsequent rise to […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Music ·
Sarah Geronimo restarts career with ‘From the Top’

Sarah Geronimo restarts career with ‘From the Top’

Sarah Geronimo, Philippines’” Popstar Royalty”, aims to discover where her career as an artist is headed during and after her two-night concert at the Araneta Coliseum on Dec. 4 and 5. Christened with different titles since her career’s onset, the 27-year old recording artist and concert performer, wants to rediscover herself as an artist. She […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
US mass shooting prompts White House recriminations

US mass shooting prompts White House recriminations

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |   – America’s latest mass shooting prompted Barack Obama to call for stricter controls Thursday, but his dialed-back rhetoric underscored the complexity of the incident and the perennial difficulty in forcing change. Twenty-four hours after 14 people were shot dead in California, Obama – surrounded by […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Grace Poe is a natural-born Filipino, SET affirms

Grace Poe is a natural-born Filipino, SET affirms

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Senate Electoral Tribunal on Thursday voted 5-4 to affirm its decision declaring Sen. Grace Poe as a natural-born Filipino, junking the motion for reconsideration filed by petitioner Rizalito David. The same members who voted to dismiss David’s petition on November 17 voted to junk his motion for reconsideration, namely Senators Tito […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL gets new S. Korean fighter jets

PHL gets new S. Korean fighter jets

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines | AFP |  – The Philippines took delivery of two South Korean-made FA-50 aircraft on Saturday, marking the country’s return to supersonic fighter jet status after almost a decade, amid growing tensions with China. The two new aircraft are the first of an order of 12 and signal a new readiness […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL, World Intellectual Property sign MOU to develop national strategy for intellectual property

PHL, World Intellectual Property sign MOU to develop national strategy for intellectual property

The Philippines and the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last November 25 to jointly develop for the Philippines a national strategy for intellectual property (IP), which it can use to address its needs and priorities in line with existing development policies and economic goals. WIPO is the primary international body tasked […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Custody battle for Pemberton looms

Custody battle for Pemberton looms

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice may have already been served in the Jennifer Laude slay case but the custody battle for US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is still far from over. The Laude family is considering its legal options following the homicide conviction of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. Harry Roque, legal counsel for the family, […]

03.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Bea open to doing another ‘One More Chance’ sequel

Bea open to doing another ‘One More Chance’ sequel

Kapamilya star Bea Alonzo is overwhelmed as her reunion movie with John Lloyd Cruz, “A Second Chance”, earned a whopping P100 million in just three days. “I prayed na sana maraming makapanood, na sana maraming maka-appreciate at sana maraming matuwa sa fans ni Popoy at Basha. Overwhelming ‘yung feeling namin. All overwhelmed sa reception ng […]

03.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
‘Captain America 3’ is already a record-beater with its trailer

‘Captain America 3’ is already a record-beater with its trailer

(Relaxnews) – Unveiled on November 24, the trailer for the next Marvel movie has been viewed 61 million times in only 24 hours, the studio has announced. This is a record for a first movie trailer which even beats “Star Wars.” The third instalment of the adventures of “Captain America” will not hit theaters before […]

03.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Coldplay and Beyoncé collaborate on new track ‘Hymn for the Weekend’

Coldplay and Beyoncé collaborate on new track ‘Hymn for the Weekend’

(Relaxnews) – Coldplay have revealed a third track on their upcoming album, “A Head Full of Dreams”, which features US singer Beyoncé, reports NME. The band have collaborated with the singer on the track “Hymn for the Weekend,” which premiered on November 30 on BBC Radio 1, with DJ Annie Mac choosing it for her show as her […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
PABA to push for the naming of a school in honor Larry Itliong

PABA to push for the naming of a school in honor Larry Itliong

Los Angeles, CA – The Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) spearheads an effort to name a school facility within the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) in honor of Filipino American labor leader, Larry Itliong, a native of Pangasinan, Philippines.  Itliong was the founder of the Filipino Farm Labor Union and leader of the Agricultural Workers Organizing […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Le Bourget, France | AFP |   – If mankind fails to curtail global warming, we will have to deal with fallout ranging from massive refugee crises and submerged cities to scorching heatwaves and drought, scientists say. Starting Monday, 195 nations are huddled in Paris to negotiate a climate rescue pact to rein in the […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·
Amending ammo law difficult without Aquino’s support:  solon

Amending ammo law difficult without Aquino’s support: solon

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker on Friday said that the move to relax parts of the law penalizing individuals for bullet possession could face difficulties without the endorsement of President Benigno Aquino III. Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop said revisiting the implementation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, will take […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Jennifer Garner to join Bryan Cranston in ‘Wakefield’

Jennifer Garner to join Bryan Cranston in ‘Wakefield’

(Relaxnews) – Actress Jennifer Garner (“Daredevil”, “The Dallas Buyers Club”) has been confirmed to star opposite Bryan Cranston in “Wakefield” drama, according to Variety. Directed by Robin Swicord (“Memoirs of a Geisha”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Jane Austen Book Club”), “Wakefield” follows the story of a married lawyer (Cranston) who has a nervous […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Psy ‘Daddy’ music video goes viral

Psy ‘Daddy’ music video goes viral

(Relaxnews) – South Korean pop star Psy has released another song, “Daddy”, which has gone viral within just a few hours of going online. Released on November 30, Psy’s “Daddy” music video has now generated over 12 million views. The crazy video sees Psy at different phases in his life, with his adult face digitally […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
New dad Zuckerberg vows to give away Facebook fortune

New dad Zuckerberg vows to give away Facebook fortune

(San Francisco-AFP) – Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced he had become a father — and pledged to give away his fortune to make the world a “better place” for baby daughter Max and others. In a letter to Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg and his wife said they were going to […]

01.12.2015 · Filled under: International Stars, Online, Science & Technology ·
Pemberton guilty of homicide

Pemberton guilty of homicide

US Marine to sentenced 6-12 years imprisonment OLONGAPO CITY, Zambales, Dec 1 (Mabuhay) – The Olongapo City court on Tuesday found US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of homicide for the October 2014 death of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. Pemberton was sentenced to 6-12 years imprisonment and ordered to pay the Laude […]

01.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Aquino urges Filipinos to emulate Bonifacio’s courage

Aquino urges Filipinos to emulate Bonifacio’s courage

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday urged Filipinos to emulate the courage shown by Andres Bonifacio and do their own share in helping the country progress. In a statement released on Bonifacio’s 152nd birth anniversary, Aquino paid tribute to the hero’s “boldness in defending our motherland” and “his determination to edify himself […]

01.12.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Andi praised for punishing scenes, acting prowess

Andi praised for punishing scenes, acting prowess

Andi Eigenmann has just been put through the wringer with the most physically and emotionally draining role of a gang rape victim out to exact revenge on her assailants. “Aside sa rape scenes ay may scenes din na hihilain ako ng kabayo,” she said of playing the titular character in “Angela Markado.” “Pero worth it […]

01.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipintown (KOR- HFT) announces The First Rizal Memorial Essay Writing Contest 2015

Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipintown (KOR- HFT) announces The First Rizal Memorial Essay Writing Contest 2015

Los Angeles – Calling All Filipino-American Youth and Student writers in California. The Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown (HFT) announced on November 15, 2015 that will hold the first ever Rizal Memorial Essay Writing Contest for 2015. In California. Knights Commander Arturo Garcia of Historic Filipinotown (HFT) announced that the Rizal Memorial Essay Writing Contest will […]

01.12.2015 · Filled under: Contests, Happenings, Local News ·
John Legend literally sings with the stars for Stella Artois holiday campaign

John Legend literally sings with the stars for Stella Artois holiday campaign

(Relaxnews) – Stella Artois has announced the debut of their holiday campaign song, featuring John Legend singing alongside the sound of actual stars. As part of Stella Artois’s holiday campaign “Give Beautifully,” singer John Legend has written and recorded “Under the Stars,” which pays homage to the brand’s name — Stella — meaning “star” in Latin. […]

River Island set to collaborate with London label Sibling on new collection

River Island set to collaborate with London label Sibling on new collection

(Relaxnews) – River Island’s next high-profile collaboration will be with London-based knitwear label Sibling, reports British Vogue. Sibling will be the next in a long list of celebrity and designer collaborations with the UK high street store on their Design Forum collection, with previous names including UK designer Katie Eary and US singer Rihanna. Sibling designer Cozette McCreery […]

The UK gets the Star Wars style treatment with new fashion collection

The UK gets the Star Wars style treatment with new fashion collection

(Relaxnews) – Fashion from another galaxy was the talk of the industry in London last week with the star-studded event “Star Wars: Fashion Finds the Force” event. Ten British designers came together to create garments inspired by George Lucas’s famous space fantasy franchise ahead of the release of the movie “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” […]

LA County Democratic Party endorses higher minimum wage action

LA County Democratic Party endorses higher minimum wage action

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) adopted a resolution at its November General Membership Meeting in support of an increase in the minimum wage in Long Beach to $15 per hour. Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman said of the resolution,  “The Los Angeles […]

30.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

US tightens rules for visa-free visits after Paris attacks

By Dave Clark Washington, United States | AFP | Monday 11/30/2015 – After extremist attacks in Europe, the United States will tighten security procedures for its visa waiver program for visitors from friendly countries, officials said Monday. The United States already screens visa applicants from war zones carefully, but will now ask more questions of […]

30.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Black Friday online shopping rivals stores: US survey

Black Friday online shopping rivals stores: US survey

(Washington, United States-AFP) – As many Americans bought online as they did in physical stores during the Thanksgiving weekend shopping splurge, the National Retail Federation said Sunday, highlighting a growing trend away from the traditional Black Friday consumer assault. The closely watched survey said that about 151 million people shopped either in stores and/or online […]

‘Ruthless’ Davao mayor launches presidential bid

‘Ruthless’ Davao mayor launches presidential bid

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday 11/30/2015 – A feared Philippine mayor nicknamed “Dirty Harry” for his ruthless anti-crime stance announced Monday he would run for president next year, after boasting of killing criminals and even cursing the pope for worsening traffic. In a rambling, obscenity-filled speech, Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would take […]

30.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wears just a scarf in Burberry Festive Campaign

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wears just a scarf in Burberry Festive Campaign

(Relaxnews) – British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stars in fashion brand Burberry’s latest campaign for the holiday season, and as part of its Burberry Festive Campaign, the brand has revealed a racy new shot of Huntington-Whiteley modeling a monogrammed Heritage Check Scarf. Other shots see Huntington-Whiteley starring with fellow ambassadors model Naomi Campbell and English musician […]

‘Call me Francesco’: new film recalls pope’s darkest moments

‘Call me Francesco’: new film recalls pope’s darkest moments

(Rome-AFP) – The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, “Call Me Francesco”, which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday. The film tells the story of the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from his youth to his […]

30.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
Poe’s camp optimistic Comelec won’t shun SET ruling

Poe’s camp optimistic Comelec won’t shun SET ruling

MANILA, Nov 30 (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe’s camp is optimistic that the Commission on Elections will not set aside the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that declared her a natural-born Filipino citizen. “We are hopeful the Comelec will defer to the SET ruling, which upheld the natural-born status of Senator Poe, in […]

30.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Martin Nievera gears up for pre-Christmas show

Martin Nievera gears up for pre-Christmas show

Singer Martin Nievera is set to perform once again with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and musical director Louie Ocampo. Nievera’s pre-Christmas show, dubbed as “Martin Home for Christmas”, will be held on December 1 at The Theatre at Solaire. “What’s my Christmas wish? To sing and perform again with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and Louie […]

29.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
PNoy meets with Lumad leaders

PNoy meets with Lumad leaders

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday held a dialogue with Lumad leaders, Malacañang said. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Aquino listened to the concerns of the indigenous people and called for action plans to address these. “He heard the totality of their concerns and issued directives to come up with concrete action […]

29.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Jennylyn spreads joy and love

Jennylyn spreads joy and love

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — JENNYLYN Mercado returns to the big screen to spread joy, laughter and love in Quantum Films’ Metro Manila Film Festival entry, “Walang Forever.” Jen was dubbed as last year’s MMFF Darling/Favorite on the strength of the surprise blockbuster romantic-comedy film “English Only, Please,” where moviegoers came to love her tandem with Derek […]

29.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
British Airways and Barcelona win big at NatGeo Traveller UK reader awards

British Airways and Barcelona win big at NatGeo Traveller UK reader awards

(Relaxnews) – Barcelona beat out Paris and Rome to take the title of favorite short-haul city destination among readers of National Geographic Traveller UK. In their inaugural reader awards 2015, the British edition of NatGeo asked readers to vote for their favorite destinations, airlines, hotel groups, attractions and travel website. The arresting, surreal and whimsical […]

29.11.2015 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
SSS conducts outreach mission in Los Angeles

SSS conducts outreach mission in Los Angeles

Los Angeles – The Social Security System (SSS) conducted at one (1) day outreach mission at the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles on 20 November 2015. President and CEO Emilio S. De Quiros, Jr., led the SSS delegation accompanied by Senior Vice President for International Operations Judy Frances A. See, Vice President Maria Lourdes N. […]

29.11.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·

690 million children at risk from climate change: UNICEF

United Nations, United States | AFP |  – Nearly 690 million of the world’s 2.3 billion children live in areas most exposed to climate change, facing higher rates of death, poverty and disease from global warming, the UN children’s agency said Tuesday. Almost 530 million children live in countries hardest-hit by high floods and tropical storms, mostly in Asia. […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: World News ·

White House Initiative on Asian- Americans, Pacific Islanders hold ‘Act To Change’ vs bullying

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, as part of the “Act To Change” public awareness campaign against bullying, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), in partnership with the Sikh Coalition and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), hosted a live event in Los Angeles, California, at the Japanese American […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Thousands march on climate change in Manila, Brisbane

Thousands march on climate change in Manila, Brisbane

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 11/28/2015 – Thousands turned out for climate change marches in Manila and Brisbane Saturday, part of a weekend of action across the globe to demand results from next week’s historic Paris summit. Religious clergy, students and activists marched through the Philippine capital calling for curbs on emissions to mute […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·

Broadcaster files petition vs. Duterte’s presidential bid

MANILA, Nov. 28 (Mabuhay) – A broadcaster has filed the first petition against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s bid for the presidency under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Ruben Castor filed his petition on Friday before the Comelec. In a statement made through Atty. Oliver Lozano, Castor said the Comelec should not allow […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
DepEd gets biggest chunk of 2016 budget in preparation for K to 12

DepEd gets biggest chunk of 2016 budget in preparation for K to 12

MANILA, Nov. 28 (Mabuhay) – The Senate allocated the biggest chunk of the 2016 national budget to the Department of Education (DepEd) due to a constitutional mandate that education must have the highest budget priority as well as in preparation for the implementation the K to 12 program next year. The P411.58-billion budget for DepEd […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Duterte: Don’t vote for me if you want PH’s problems to persist

Duterte: Don’t vote for me if you want PH’s problems to persist

MANILA, Nov. 28 (Mabuhay) — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte vowed that should he be elected as president in 2016, the whole country can reap the same progress enjoyed by his constituents in Davao. In a YouTube video posted on Friday, Duterte said he is willing to serve the country if the public will unite. […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
HIV cases spike in PHL

HIV cases spike in PHL

Worst AIDS virus epidemic feared as 8 cities breach tipping point MANILA, Nov. 28 (Mabuhay) – Eight cities with the highest concentration of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the Philippines are likely to develop the worst epidemic of the dreaded disease in the coming years after exceeding the five percent prevalence level this […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Gov. Brown leads unveiling of Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens

Gov. Brown leads unveiling of Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens

By Abner Galino CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday led the unveiling of the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in the City of Bell Gardens which has been infused with fresh capital to convert it into a fabulous place for events and relaxation rather than just a place to gamble. The seven-storey, 99-room Bicycle Hotel and […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Local News ·
After moving to US, Lani Misalucha thought PHL career is over

After moving to US, Lani Misalucha thought PHL career is over

Lani Misalucha thought her singing career in the Philippines was over when she and her family moved to the United States several years ago. “Noong nag-migrate kami sa Amerika years ago akala ko ‘yun na ‘yun eh, na iiwanan ko na ang showbiz dito sa Pilipinas, na makakalimutan na ako ng mga tao dahil ang […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Obama says Assad must go to end Syria civil war

Obama says Assad must go to end Syria civil war

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – US President Barack Obama on Thursday said Syria’s civil war would not end unless Bashar al-Assad leaves power, discounting suggestions the Middle Eastern leader could take part in future elections. “I do not foresee a situation in which we can end the civil war in Syria while Assad remains in power,” Obama said […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PABA congratulates Winston Keh’s appointment as court commissioner in San Bernardino

PABA congratulates Winston Keh’s appointment as court commissioner in San Bernardino

Los Angeles, CA – The Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) congratulates Winston Keh on his appointment as Court Commissioner for the San Bernardino County Superior Court.  He will take his oath of office on November 30, 2015. Commissioner Keh joined the PABA Board of Governors in 2007.  He served as the President in 2013.  Commissioner Keh […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
APAICS hosts first ever young leaders summit for AAPI college students, young professionals

APAICS hosts first ever young leaders summit for AAPI college students, young professionals

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, APAICS launched its first ever Young Leaders Summit in Salt Lake City at the Utah State Capitol. The summit is geared towards college students and young professionals to promote and inspire leadership and public service. “We are excited to launch the very first APAICS Young Leaders Summit, giving students the […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Taiwan’s Hou snatches Golden Horse best feature, best director titles

Taiwan’s Hou snatches Golden Horse best feature, best director titles

(Taipei-AFP) – Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien scooped top honours at this year’s Golden Horse film awards in Taipei Saturday, with his “Assassin” winning five gongs, building on his success at Cannes earlier this year. As expected, “The Assassin” grabbed the two most coveted prizes — best feature and best director awards — in a tense […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
Kristen Stewart stars in Karl Lagerfeld’s latest short film for Chanel

Kristen Stewart stars in Karl Lagerfeld’s latest short film for Chanel

(Relaxnews) – Kristen Stewart’s next big screen moment comes courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld, who has chosen the actress to appear in his latest short film “Once and Forever.” The US star plays alongside Geraldine Chaplin in the film, which was shot in Paris. The two women play the roles of actresses preparing to star in […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden ·
‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ teaser released

‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ teaser released

(Relaxnews) – A 15-second teaser for the “Snow White and the Huntsman” prequel has just been released ahead of a full-length trailer on Wednesday. Releasing in April, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” stars Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Chris Hemsworth, all of whom appear in the short teaser clip. The follow-up film will precede the events […]

18.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Broth is making a comeback among health conscious and French gourmets

Broth is making a comeback among health conscious and French gourmets

(Relaxnews) – Broth may have fallen out of fashion, but this light and nutritionally rich soup has been making a comeback in the last few years and is all the rage this winter among the health conscious while it has also returned to the menus of several top French chefs. Brodo, the first broth bar […]

Facebook ‘safety check’ at the ready after Paris attacks

Facebook ‘safety check’ at the ready after Paris attacks

(San Francisco-AFP) – A Facebook tool that let people check whether friends were safe after deadly attacks in Paris will be used more widely in the future, the social network said. The announcement came amid criticism that the “Safety Check” feature was not activated for other bombings, such as Thursday’s blasts in Beirut that rank […]

18.11.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Google Photos to help users save space

Google Photos to help users save space

(Relaxnews) – Google Photos is rolling out a series of changes, including one that will help users free up space. Announced on Google+, the first two changes are rolling out on Android starting on Tuesday and include a “Free Up Space” button on the Settings screen that will prompt the user to bulk-delete copies of photos […]

18.11.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Asia CEO forum recognizes Cuisia with lifetime contributor award

Asia CEO forum recognizes Cuisia with lifetime contributor award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of excellence in leadership, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. was conferred the Lifetime Contributor Award (public sector) by the Asia CEO Forum on 11 November 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Manila. Each year, the Asia CEO Awards recognizes extraordinary leaders and leadership teams who have demonstrated outstanding achievement for […]

18.11.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Nov. 22 concert to honor memory of slain journalists

Nov. 22 concert to honor memory of slain journalists

LOS ANGELES – Filipino-American media groups here have banded together to honor the memory of the 32 journalists killed in the Ampatuan massacre, the worst single attack on the press. On Nov. 22, members of the media will hold a concert and photo exhibit at the Celebrity Centre International in Los Angeles. The event will […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Happenings, Music ·
Final ‘Hunger Games’ film hits big screen

Final ‘Hunger Games’ film hits big screen

(Los Angeles-AFP) – The fourth and final film in the blockbuster “Hunger Games” series — a dystopian fantasy saga that turned Jennifer Lawrence into a Hollywood mega-star — hits the big screen this week and is expected to catch fire at the box office. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” will bring to a […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jennifer Aniston joins Robert De Niro in ‘The Comedian’

Jennifer Aniston joins Robert De Niro in ‘The Comedian’

(Relaxnews) – Jennifer Aniston has been cast to star opposite Robert De Niro in a drama called “The Comedian.” In the film, De Niro plays a stand-up comic whose schtick is to roast his victims, throwing insults and barbs at his victims, reports Variety. Aniston will play a woman who develops a friendship with the comic […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Eiffel Tower reopens three days after Paris attacks

Eiffel Tower reopens three days after Paris attacks

(Paris, France-AFP) – The Eiffel Tower reopened on Monday, three days after closing because of the wave of terror attacks on Paris. The iconic tower — like monuments the world over following the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris — will be lit up in the French national colours blue, red and white from sundown, its […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Hollande vows to destroy IS after Paris attacks

Hollande vows to destroy IS after Paris attacks

By Eric Randolph and Clare Byrne Paris, France | AFP |   – French President Francois Hollande vowed to destroy the Islamic State group on Monday after its atrocities in Paris, promising tough new anti-terror measures at home and intensified bombing of Syria. France and Belgium staged dozens of raids on suspected extremists as the […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Poe prays for SET members ahead of decision

Poe prays for SET members ahead of decision

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A day before the Senate Electoral Tribunal is expected to decide on the disqualification of Sen. Grace Poe as senator, the first-term senator said she is praying for certain members of the tribunal to be on her side. Poe refused to say who among the members of the SET she was referring […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
High winds disrupt power throughout Southern California

High winds disrupt power throughout Southern California

High winds sweeping down from the north caused power outages Monday in communities across Southern California. As if 1:30 p.m., Southern California Edison was managing about 500 storm-related incidents with more than 5,400 customers affected by the wind. SCE work crews have begun restoring electric service to customers without power as a result of the high winds. Areas impacted […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News, Services ·
Christopher Bailey’s Claridge’s Christmas tree revealed

Christopher Bailey’s Claridge’s Christmas tree revealed

(Relaxnews) – Fashion designer Christopher Bailey has been getting into the festive spirit with his latest project — a Christmas tree for Claridge’s hotel in London. The Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer’s “Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2015” has been unveiled in the hotel lobby, and the result is in striking contrast to the art […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
Asian appetite for luxury boosts global art and jewel auctions

Asian appetite for luxury boosts global art and jewel auctions

(Geneva-AFP) – They are not in the room rubbing shoulders with traditional wealthy buyers, instead choosing to remain in the shadows, making their multi-million bids by telephone. Asian millionaires and billionaires have this week discretely stolen the show at a range of auctions, dishing out record sums for works of art and precious gemstones put […]

True-crime series ‘Wicked City’ canceled

True-crime series ‘Wicked City’ canceled

(Relaxnews) – ABC has canceled its drama “Wicked City” after lackluster ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the true-crime drama series set in the 1980s starring Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen will conclude after episode eight. Starting November 17, repeat episodes of “Shark Tank” will take over the drama’s 10 pm slot. It’s the first official […]

16.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Eiffel Tower closed indefinitely after Paris attacks

Eiffel Tower closed indefinitely after Paris attacks

(Paris-AFP) – The Eiffel Tower will be closed indefinitely following the wave of deadly attacks in Paris, the iconic landmark’s operator said on Saturday. The company decided to close the monument — normally visited by up to 20,000 people a day — after Friday’s attacks which claimed at least 128 lives, a spokeswoman told AFP. […]

16.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
H&M reveals images from its Christmas campaign

H&M reveals images from its Christmas campaign

(Relaxnews) – H&M has released several pictures from its Christmas print campaign, featuring singer Katy Perry. The print campaign, which sees Perry wearing multiple outfits from the Christmas collection, will be complemented by a full-length advertisement for cinemas, TV and online. It will make its worldwide debut on Monday, November 23 at hm.com/life. In the ad, […]

PHL vows ‘tighter security’ at APEC summit

PHL vows ‘tighter security’ at APEC summit

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines Saturday vowed “higher security” for world leaders at an economic summit in Manila next week after a series of bombings and shootings left more than 120 dead in Paris. US President Barack Obama is set to join the leaders of China, Japan, Australia, Canada and 15 others at an annual […]

16.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Obama set to challenge China at Asia-Pacific summit

Obama set to challenge China at Asia-Pacific summit

By Karl Malakunas AFP |   – US President Barack Obama is set to challenge China when Asia-Pacific leaders gather in the Philippines this week, speaking out on a territorial row and lobbying to set pro-American trade rules. Chinese President Xi Jinping will also be in Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, an […]

16.11.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Embassy hosts forum on addressing violence against women and children

Embassy hosts forum on addressing violence against women and children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the world prepares to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, Embassy personnel and members of the Filipino-American community gathered for a forum on a Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW). In his welcome remarks, Minister Patrick Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires of the Philippine Embassy, […]

16.11.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Washington Fil-Ams remember Haiyan

Washington Fil-Ams remember Haiyan

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Philippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC), in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC and the US-Philippines Society, marked the second anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan with a Reflection forum on 06 November 2015 at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy. Around 90 representatives from the PHC’s member-organizations, Philippine Government agencies, and the US-Philippines Society participated in the […]

14.11.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
PHL assured of support of Kurdistan in fight vs human trafficking

PHL assured of support of Kurdistan in fight vs human trafficking

ERBIL, Iraq – The Kurdistan Regional Government of the Republic of Iraq has assured the Philippine Embassy it will help protect overseas Filipino workers by intensifying its own efforts to go after human trafficking syndicates that have victimized many migrant workers. No less than Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Jalal Talabani gave the assurance after Philippine […]

14.11.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·

Chiz condemns manhandling of media member

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero condemned the manhandling by police of a radio reporter who, according to the senator, was merely doing his job as a member of the media. “We respect the ongoing investigation, but right now, what is clear is that the way the policeman dealt with the reporter was overkill. It did not […]

13.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

DFA pushes awareness on West Philippine Sea issue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY  – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), together with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), continues the nationwide information campaign in regards to the West Philippine Sea issue in order to raise awareness of ordinary citizens. The multi-sectoral forum was held October 29 at Phela Grande Hotel. It was attended by DFA spokesperson […]

13.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

SC justices may be impeached if they go against Santiago resolution, says prominent lawyer Roque

METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES- That was the position of Atty. Harry Roque when asked about possible repercussions of a contrary ruling of the Supreme Court regarding the Senate Resolution against the validity and effectivity of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). The EDCA has been signed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg […]

13.11.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

OC homecare workers misclassified, owed nearly $200K in back wages

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Those working in residential care facilities and people providing our elders and persons with disabilities the vital around-the-clock attention they need are typically paid low wages, despite the importance of the work and stress of the job. In Orange County, more than a dozen workers at six residential care facilities, whose employer […]

12.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

OC Asians, Pacific Island group ‘severely disappointed’ by decision to immigration Executive Action

WASHINGTON, D.C., – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is severely disappointed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to delay the expansion of the President’s executive actions on immigration, also known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Earlier this […]

12.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
By 2016 there will be 6.4bn connected ‘things’

By 2016 there will be 6.4bn connected ‘things’

(Relaxnews) – The Internet of Things is in for rapid growth, forecasts Gartner, Inc., with 6.4 billion devices predicted for 2016, and 20.8bn by 2020. “Aside from connected cars, consumer uses will continue to account for the greatest number of connected things, while enterprise will account for the largest spending,” said Jim Tully, Gartner VP […]

11.11.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Adele’s ‘Hello’ stays at the top of the charts for a second week

Adele’s ‘Hello’ stays at the top of the charts for a second week

(Relaxnews) – British singer Adele continues to see success from her most recent single, “Hello,” as the new track remained at number 1 on the charts for a second week, reports Billboard. “Hello” is the first single to be released from Adele’s much-anticipated third album, “25,” which goes on sale November 20. The single got the […]

11.11.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
US defense chief jabs at Beijing in S. China Sea visit

US defense chief jabs at Beijing in S. China Sea visit

By Thomas WATKINS Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Undefined | AFP |  – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday visited a US aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, where he took a jab at Chinese actions that have been blamed for raising tension in the disputed waterway. Carter flew to the USS Roosevelt – […]

11.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·