UNESCO and Comité Colbert rally the public to respect creativity

UNESCO and Comité Colbert rally the public to respect creativity

(Relaxnews) – Within the framework of its efforts to fight against counterfeit goods, the Comité Colbert, an association that promotes “the concept of luxury” and unites several luxury brands and cultural institutions, is partnering with UNESCO to launch a new billboard campaign. Its goal is to educate the public on the necessity of promoting creativity […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
K-pop sensation Wonder Girls reunite for comeback

K-pop sensation Wonder Girls reunite for comeback

(Relaxnews) – One of K-pop’s most successful crossover bands Wonder Girls is staging a comeback, this time with one less member. After a three-year hiatus, record label JYP Entertainment said the group have already filmed a new music video to promote their new album, reports Billboard. The group lost lead vocalist Sunye, who married her […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
Binay calls Aquino govt ‘a failure, callous’

Binay calls Aquino govt ‘a failure, callous’

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Saying that the Aquino administration has become a failure and callous, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said he was working for a better government and dared President Benigno Aquino III’s allies to face him in the 2016 elections instead of vilifying him and his family. In a speech just two days […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Red Cross opens evacuation center in response to Calgrove Fire

Red Cross opens evacuation center in response to Calgrove Fire

Red Cross workers ask residents to listen to local authorities and to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice SANTA CLARITA, CA (June 25, 2015 – 1630) — Local American Red Cross disaster volunteers are responding to the Calgrove Fire near Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita. The team of Red Cross volunteers have opened […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News, Services ·
New survey: Firms losing business opportunities by not engaging Asian, Pacific Islander workers

New survey: Firms losing business opportunities by not engaging Asian, Pacific Islander workers

Survey finds that despite improvements, companies should do more to engage APAs by involving employees in strategic decisions and offering more growth opportunities. NEW YORK – Asia Society today issued the 2015 Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Survey at the Diversity Leadership Forum in New York. The study, now in its sixth year, surveys employees from Fortune 500-level companies […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Services ·
Spider-Man chosen: Tom Holland to star

Spider-Man chosen: Tom Holland to star

(Relaxnews) – Tom Holland of 2012 action thriller “The Impossible” will portray the famous web slinger as Sony and Marvel continue on with “Spider-Man” franchise reboot plans. Having co-starred in “The Impossible” with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, the young Brit went on to appear in 2013 dramas “How I Live Now” and “Locke” opposite […]

24.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
At 25, Taylor Swift proves extraordinary force

At 25, Taylor Swift proves extraordinary force

(New York-AFP) – Taylor Swift may be best known for bubble-gum pop anthems loved by teenage girls, but at 25 she has shown herself to be a formidable force in the business world, as Apple found out. Apple, a $750 billion tech leader that is rarely described as laid-back in its commercial strategies, quickly did […]

Actors Matt Bomer, Chen Kun and Dan Stevens star in the new Armani campaign

Actors Matt Bomer, Chen Kun and Dan Stevens star in the new Armani campaign

(Relaxnews) – The Italian luxury brand has turned to three famous international actors, photographed by John Balsom in New York, to bring to life its Made to Measure luxury division. Once again this season, the “Made to Measure” campaign highlights the link between the Girorgio Armani brand and show business, specifically the world of television. […]

Film composer James Horner of “Titanic” fame dies in plane crash

Film composer James Horner of “Titanic” fame dies in plane crash

(Relaxnews) – Prolific film composer James Horner, whose work spans “Titanic,” “Avatar” and “A Beautiful Mind” died in a plane crash Monday. The two-time Oscar winner died in a two-seater single-engine plane crash near Santa Barbara. The trained pilot was alone in the plane. He was 61. Horner had an illustrious career, marked by hits […]

24.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Fifty Shades of Grey sequel sells 1.1 million copies days after release

Fifty Shades of Grey sequel sells 1.1 million copies days after release

(Relaxnews) – Within days of being published, E.L. James’ hotly anticipated sequel, “Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian” has sold more than 1.1 million copies in paperback, digital and audio form. In a statement to “The New York Daily News,” publisher Vintage Anchor said it’s ordered third, fourth and fifth printings of the […]

24.06.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
US issuing visas again, but warns of backlog

US issuing visas again, but warns of backlog

Washington, United States (AFP) Tuesday 6/23/2015 – The United States has begun to fix a hardware problem that crashed its visa processing system, issuing 45,000 permits in the past day as it works through a big backlog. Some 33 embassies and consulates representing 66 percent of normal capacity were now back online including Beijing, one […]

23.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Aquino endorses TESDA chief for ‘bigger responsibility’ in govt

Aquino endorses TESDA chief for ‘bigger responsibility’ in govt

MANILA, June 23 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday heaped praises on Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) chief Joel Villanueva, saying he said should have a “bigger responsibility” in government. In a speech during TESDA graduation rites in Pasay, Aquino said officials like Villanueva, whose name is being floated as a […]

23.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Obama golfs in drought-stricken California desert

Obama golfs in drought-stricken California desert

Rancho Mirage, United States (AFP)   – US President Barack Obama played golf near the desert city of Palm Springs, California Saturday, shrugging off criticism that ambling around thirsty, lush greens was unseemly during a historic drought. Obama is slated to play two courses at the weekend, Sunnylands and Porcupine Creek, a father’s day weekend […]

23.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Christopher impressed by Heart’s ‘maturity’

Christopher impressed by Heart’s ‘maturity’

ONE of the promising new shows on GMA7 that will air soon is “Beautiful Strangers” starring Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino, Benjamin Alves, and balik-Kapuso actor Christopher de Leon, directed by Albert Langitan. Heart is happy to be reunited with her Tito Boyet, who says he is so impressed by Heart’s maturity as an […]

22.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
Ferrari, Porsche, Alpine and Bugatti models on the block at the Artcurial auction in Paris

Ferrari, Porsche, Alpine and Bugatti models on the block at the Artcurial auction in Paris

(Relaxnews) – On June 22, in Paris, Artcurial Motorcars will present the latest edition of its classic “Automobiles sur les Champs” (“Automobiles on the Champs (Elysées)”) and bring together 72 collector cars as well as a selection of automobilia. Among the most eagerly anticipated vehicles in this sale is a 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI Coupé […]

22.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Photos ·
Apple reverses payment policy following Taylor Swift criticism

Apple reverses payment policy following Taylor Swift criticism

(Relaxnews) – Just hours after musician Taylor Swift spoke out against Apple for withholding royalties to artists during its three-month free-trial period, the tech giant backed down and has announced they will be reversing their initial position. On Sunday, Swift released a letter penned to Apple calling their initial policy “shocking” and “disappointing.” She also […]

Clinton backs stiffer gun laws after US church bloodbath

Clinton backs stiffer gun laws after US church bloodbath

San Francisco, United States (AFP)  – Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton issued an impassioned call for gun control Saturday following a “senseless” church massacre that left nine dead and reignited debate about the right to bear arms. In a speech to US mayors in San Francisco, the former first lady said the time has come […]

22.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL to argue China sea case at Hague next month

PHL to argue China sea case at Hague next month

Manila, Philippines (AFP)   – The Philippines will argue its case against China’s claim over most of the disputed South China Sea at The Hague next month, the foreign department said Monday. The Netherlands-based UN court is scheduled to conduct a hearing from July 7 on a case lodged by the Philippines in 2013 which […]

22.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Torre de Manila construction stopped

Torre de Manila construction stopped

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – THE Supreme Court has issued a restraining order against the construction of the 46-story Torre de Manila. Petitioner Knights of Rizal said the construction mars the view of the Rizal Monument in Luneta. In its petition, they said when Torre de Manila reaches the full height of 46 floors by the target […]

22.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Congressional Gold Medal Sought for Filipino WWII Vets

Congressional Gold Medal Sought for Filipino WWII Vets

By Nimfa U. Rueda LOS ANGELES— Legislators Thursday introduced a bill seeking to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers who fought during World War II. “Filipino veterans fought bravely alongside American forces during World War II, and our recognition of their service and sacrifice is long overdue,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Gabbard and […]

19.06.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Michelle Obama champions $200-M plan for girls’ education

Michelle Obama champions $200-M plan for girls’ education

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  – US First Lady Michelle Obama announced plans for $200 million (177 million euros) in programs to promote girls’ education worldwide on Tuesday as she visited a London school at the start of a European tour. “I’m here because girls like you impress me and inspire me,” Obama told […]

19.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Google launches digital Ramadan assistant

Google launches digital Ramadan assistant

(Relaxnews) – Google has launched a Ramadan companion site created to help Muslim users organize their fasts — and feasts. Launched in time with the start of Ramadan, when one billion Muslims begin a month-long fast that breaks daily at sundown, ‘My Ramadan Companion’ serves as a digital assistant and features everything from Iftar recipes […]

Philippines tests health app for remote islands

Philippines tests health app for remote islands

(Manila-AFP) – The Philippines is testing an app that will speed up delivery of health services to hundreds of remote island communities, the science department said Thursday. Using the app, designed for tablets using Google’s Android operating system, the health officer of a remote town can upload medical records and clinical information on a patient, […]

11 HS grads to receive PHILSELA scholarships

11 HS grads to receive PHILSELA scholarships

CERRITOS – The Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) will present scholarship awards to 11 high school graduates during its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Washington Room of Liberty Park in Cerritos. The scholars this year are from ABC Unified District High Schools: Artesia, Cerritos and Ghar and […]

18.06.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
US to put woman on new $10 bill

US to put woman on new $10 bill

(Washington-AFP) – The US will put the image of a woman on an American banknote for the first time in over a century, breaking the lock that white male political heroes have on the greenback. The US Treasury announced Thursday that a yet-unchosen woman, likely “a champion for our inclusive democracy,” will feature on the […]

18.06.2015 · Filled under: Home & Garden, U.S. News ·
Jeb Bush: ‘I will run to win’

Jeb Bush: ‘I will run to win’

By Diego Urdaneta Miami, United States (AFP)   – Jeb Bush jumped headlong into the presidential race Monday, insisting “America deserves better” after eight years of Barack Obama, as the Republican seeks to win over voters skeptical of his political pedigree. Following a six-month pre-candidacy exploration, Bush made his formal announcement at Miami Dade College, […]

18.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
MILF means business by handing over weapons, fighters — Iqbal

MILF means business by handing over weapons, fighters — Iqbal

SULTAN KUDARAT  (Mabuhay) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)’s handing over of its weapons and fighters to an independent panel shows the group’s sincerity to the peace process, chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said Tuesday. “This is a symbolism that sends a strong signal that the MILF means business,” Iqbal told reporters before the […]

17.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
WCOPA Team Philippines: Preserving the good name of the Filipino artist worldwide

WCOPA Team Philippines: Preserving the good name of the Filipino artist worldwide

Time and again, the Philippines have dominated the world stage as numerous Filipinos rake in top awards in various talent searches across the globe. Currently the reputation is such that if you are Filipino , people from different nations and the international community expect you to have an incredible talent. More often than not, their […]

17.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Entertainment, Filipino Stars ·
Aquino: Decommissioning proves peace pact not a gamble

Aquino: Decommissioning proves peace pact not a gamble

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay) – Laying down their arms even before the Bangsamoro Basic Law is approved and enacted proves that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is sincere in its dealings with the Philippine government. That was the gist of President Benigno Aquino III’s speech on Tuesday as 145 MILF members voluntarily underwent the […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Extraordinary Tales’ to get Halloween release

‘Extraordinary Tales’ to get Halloween release

(Relaxnews) – A new animated feature and one of the last films to star the recently deceased icon of horror, Sir Christopher Lee, is heading for US cinemas this October. An anthology of five suitably dark Edgar Allen Poe stories, the animated feature is directed and adapted for the screen by Raul Garcia, whose work […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
PHL design, textiles and fashion take centerstage at Embassy’s National Day Gala Evening

PHL design, textiles and fashion take centerstage at Embassy’s National Day Gala Evening

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – “A Gala Evening Celebrating Philippine Design, Textile and Fashion” was a huge success, drawing a diverse crowd of US government officials, members of the Washington diplomatic corps, members of the Filipino-American community, and the general public, and shining light on the fabric and designs that make the Philippines unique. On the eve of […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Michelle Obama gets more personal

Michelle Obama gets more personal

By Jérôme Cartillier Washington, United States (AFP)  – Stung by criticism over what she said during her husband’s first run for the presidency, Michelle Obama was measured in sharing her views when she entered the White House in 2009. But now America’s first lady is developing a more personal and outspoken tone as the president’s […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Katy Perry teases fans with Moschino campaign pictures

Katy Perry teases fans with Moschino campaign pictures

(Relaxnews) – Katy Perry has been tweeting up a storm by releasing the hot new images from her Moschino Autumn/Winter 2015/16 campaign on her account. The US popstar has taken to social media to tease fans with six new visuals, which see her rocking a punked-up look for the Italian fashion house. Styled by Moschino’s […]

‘Jurassic World’ eats box office alive to set record

‘Jurassic World’ eats box office alive to set record

AFP  – The fearsome “Jurassic Park” dinosaurs have done it again, gobbling up the competition to score the biggest worldwide box office opening weekend ever with the latest franchise. Action-packed “Jurassic World,” featuring a new and particularly lethal hybrid dino, raked in a whopping $511 million globally in its debut at cinemas, according to box […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac to star in romance ‘The Promise’

Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac to star in romance ‘The Promise’

(Relaxnews) – Historical romance movie “The Promise,” directed by Terry George, who led “Hotel Rwanda,” is to star Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac amidst a backdrop of Portugal and the Canary Islands, to where the cast and crew will take in the fall when filming begins. “Black Swan” producer Mike Medavoy is working with “X-Men” […]

15.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Aquino lauds Mar Roxas in Independence Day speech

Aquino lauds Mar Roxas in Independence Day speech

STA. BARBARA, Iloilo   (Mabuhay) – A day after dashing Vice President Jejomar Binay’s hopes of receiving his endorsement, President Benigno Aquino III on Friday extolled Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in his Independence Day speech here. “Kapag inatasan natin ang isang Mar Roxas na mamuno sa isang programa, asahan niyong magtatagumpay ito,” Aquino said. The […]

15.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
S. Korea reports 15th MERS death, seven new cases

S. Korea reports 15th MERS death, seven new cases

By Jung Ha-Won Seoul, South Korea (AFP)  – South Korea Sunday reported its 15th death from the MERS virus as the growing outbreak that has now infected 145 forced one of the nation’s biggest hospitals to suspend most services. The latest fatality from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was a 62-year-old man who died Sunday afternoon […]

15.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Bill Clinton: Hillary the ‘rock’ of the family

Bill Clinton: Hillary the ‘rock’ of the family

Washington, United States (AFP)  – Bill Clinton said in an interview aired Sunday that he admires his wife Hillary as she makes her second run for the White House, defending her integrity in the face of attacks. On Saturday, Clinton held the first major rally of her campaign to become America’s first woman president, on […]

15.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Asia Society Awards 2015 best employers for Asian Pacific American talent

Asia Society Awards 2015 best employers for Asian Pacific American talent

Goldman Sachs wins “Overall Best Employer for Asian Pacific Americans” for the third consecutive year, while AT&T and IBM win in new categories. NEW YORK – Asia Society has announced the winners of the 2015 Best Asian Pacific American Employer Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards honor employers at the forefront of promoting […]

15.06.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Rare Imelda photos in coffee table book

Rare Imelda photos in coffee table book

LOS ANGELES – A coffee table book that shows Imelda Romualdez Marcos beyond the public eye through old, mostly unpublished photographs taken by veteran news photographer Emmanuel “Jolly” Riofrir will be formally launched on Saturday, June 13, during the Tacloban town fiesta celebration at the UFCW hall at 8530 Stanton Ave., Buena Park, CA 90622. […]

12.06.2015 · Filled under: Books, Filipino Stars, Local News ·
Cray wins 100m as Fil-Ams dominate

Cray wins 100m as Fil-Ams dominate

By Stefanus Ian Singapore, Singapore (AFP)  – Texas-based Eric Cray swept to 100m victory at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Tuesday as he led a Filipino-American assault on the athletics competition. Cray, who will represent the Philippines at next year’s Olympics in the 400m hurdles, switched to 100m but easily won with a personal best of 10.25sec. The Philippines’ […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Sports & Recreation ·
Jaguar Land Rover takes ‘hole’ new approach to autonomous driving

Jaguar Land Rover takes ‘hole’ new approach to autonomous driving

(Relaxnews) – Jaguar Land Rover is developing a new system that will enable its cars to spot and avoid potholes, drains, degraded stretches of road surface and even loose manhole covers, while simultaneously alerting other drivers in the area. The Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Sport already boast a feature called MagneRide […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Online, Videos ·
Pantsuit tee, anyone? 2016 campaigns hawk more than buttons

Pantsuit tee, anyone? 2016 campaigns hawk more than buttons

(Washington-AFP) – The 2016 race has boiled down to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton versus Republican rebel Rand Paul — in the battle for best and quirkiest campaign merchandise, that is. The White House contest remains anyone’s guess, but 17 months ahead of the election, Clinton and Paul are winning the swag stakes, merging Americans’ zen […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, International Stars, U.S. News ·
Chris Hemsworth cast in “Ghostbusters” Entertainment – Cinema

Chris Hemsworth cast in “Ghostbusters” Entertainment – Cinema

(Relaxnews) – Chris Hemsworth has been signed up to star in the new “Ghostbusters” movie. The Australian actor will join a stellar cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon on set, Variety reports. Hemsworth, who is known for his work in action adventure epics such as “Thor”, is set to play the role […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
US experts urge approval of another new cholesterol drug

US experts urge approval of another new cholesterol drug

(Gaithersburg, United States-AFP) – US experts urged regulators Wednesday to approve a second new anti-cholesterol drug, a day after recommending they bring to market the first in a new class of medications to lower the risk of heart attack. The advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration voted 11-4 that the benefits of Amgen’s […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: News ·
Carrie Underwood comes out on top at the 2015 CMT Awards

Carrie Underwood comes out on top at the 2015 CMT Awards

(Relaxnews) – Country singer Carrie Underwood cleaned up at the CMT Awards on Wednesday night. The musician scooped up three prizes in total, including “Female video of the year” and “Video of the year” for her hit “Something in the Water”. She also took home the gong for “Collaborative video of the year” for her […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Cristiano Ronaldo documentary in the making

Cristiano Ronaldo documentary in the making

(Relaxnews) – Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be the subject of an upcoming documentary feature film. Titled “Ronaldo,” the film is in post-production, having been directed by BAFTA-winning Anthony Wonke, famous for his work on “The Tower: A Tale of Two Cities.” The Real Madrid player broke the news Wednesday on his Twitter […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Sports & Recreation ·
Chanel releases the full Jean-Paul Goude campaign for Chance

Chanel releases the full Jean-Paul Goude campaign for Chance

(Relaxnews) – After releasing a teaser on June 8, the French luxury brand has unveiled the full version of its “Chance” campaign, shot by renowned director and photographer Jean-Paul Goude. For its newest advertising campaign promoting the Chance Eau Vive fragrance, Chanel placed its trust in an expert in the field, Jean-Paul Goude, who chose […]

10.06.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
Katy Perry is face of Moschino

Katy Perry is face of Moschino

(Relaxnews) – Pop star Katy Perry features in a new campaign image for the Italian brand Moschino. The singer posted the image to her Instagram account on Wednesday with the caption “THE FACE OF MOSCHINO.” In the photo, she’s seen wearing a gold quilted bra top, denim patchwork jacket, snug black skirt and oversize gold accessories, all […]

10.06.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, International Stars, Music, Online ·
2015 is a good year to fly for travelers on a budget: report

2015 is a good year to fly for travelers on a budget: report

(Relaxnews) – Good news travelers: According to a new report, air fares at top destinations around the world are predicted to continue dropping throughout the remainder of the year. In a joint report prepared by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), number crunchers combed through the stats to come up with a few general […]

10.06.2015 · Filled under: News ·
White House press room evacuated during briefing

White House press room evacuated during briefing

Washington, United States (AFP)   – The White House press room was briefly evacuated Tuesday after police received a telephoned bomb threat, interrupting the daily briefing, but no device was found. Secret Service agents entered the room, a short distance from the Oval Office, and stopped the news conference. White House press secretary Josh Earnest […]

10.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Why Aquino won’t make endorsements in August

Why Aquino won’t make endorsements in August

MANILA (Mabuhay) – There’s a reason why President Aquino will announce his choice for Liberal Party standard-bearer next month right after the State of the Nation Address. Sen. Franklin Drilon said Aquino will likely make the announcement in July because of a Chinese belief that one should watch out for bad luck during August or […]

10.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Mapa High School U.S.A. & Canada alumni association to hold grand reunion in Costa Rica June 22- 29

Mapa High School U.S.A. & Canada alumni association to hold grand reunion in Costa Rica June 22- 29

It’s now all systems go for the grand reunion of the officers and members of the Mapa High School Alumni Association of United States and Canada in Costa Rica on June 22, 2015 to June 2015. According to President  Grace Belen Victoria of the MHSAA – U.S.A. and CANADA, the group will be visiting the different places in Costa […]

10.06.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
British singer-songwriter Foxes models for H&M autumn 2015

British singer-songwriter Foxes models for H&M autumn 2015

(Relaxnews) – Fashion retailer H&M is featuring Grammy-winning British singer Foxes in the new campaign for its Divided line. Out in select H&M stores worldwide and online in mid-July, the autumn 2015 collection features bomber jackets, varsity sweatshirts, slogan T-shirts, mini skirts and bootcut jeans, all of which Foxes can be seen modeling in the […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: News ·
Unbreakable version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 announced

Unbreakable version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 announced

(Relaxnews) – The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, a a water and dust resistant version of the Galaxy S6 for outdoorsy adventurous types, was revealed by AT&T, the company that will have exclusive resale rights in the US. Presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early March, the Galaxy S6 is supposed to be […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
PHL gets G7’s back in China dispute

PHL gets G7’s back in China dispute

Manila, Philippines (AFP)   – The Philippines Sunday welcomed reports that the G7 summit would express concern about unilateral efforts to assert sovereignty claims in the disputed South China Sea. Regional alarm is growing at moves by China aggressively to stake its claim to most of the sea, including a large-scale island-building programme. The United […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US lawmakers knock Xi for ‘persistent’ China rights abuses

US lawmakers knock Xi for ‘persistent’ China rights abuses

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US lawmakers including presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio wrote Communist leader Xi Jinping on Thursday’s anniversary of the Tiananmen square crackdown, saying China’s continued rights abuse is a “barrier” to improved bilateral ties. In a letter marking the 26th anniversary of the military’s deadly crushing of pro-democracy protests in central […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Senate passes Leno Bill to modernize digital privacy protections

Senate passes Leno Bill to modernize digital privacy protections

SB 178 protects Californians against warrantless government access to private electronic data on smartphones, tablets and other digital devices SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved legislation that modernizes California’s privacy laws to keep up with emerging technologies. Senate Bill 178, authored by Senator Leno, protects Californians against warrantless government access to private electronic communications such […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
NSA expands online spying in search for hackers: report

NSA expands online spying in search for hackers: report

Washington, United States (AFP)  – President Barack Obama has approved giving the NSA wider powers to spy on Internet traffic in search of computer hacking by foreign governments or others, US media reported Thursday, citing classified documents. The expanded authority was granted by the Justice Department in two 2012 memos that permit the powerful National […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Watch: Meryl Streep in second ‘Ricki and the Flash’ trailer

Watch: Meryl Streep in second ‘Ricki and the Flash’ trailer

(Relaxnews) – Sony Pictures has released a second trailer for the upcoming film “Ricki and the Flash,” which releases August 7 in the US and UK. Meryl Streep stars as a musician who is attempting to set things right with her grown kids after giving up everything in pursuit of rock stardom. Oscar winner Jonathan […]

08.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Obama struggles for deterrence amid wave of cyberattacks

Obama struggles for deterrence amid wave of cyberattacks

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States (AFP)   – The audacious hack of data on four million US government employees exposed America’s shaky cyber defenses and the Obama administration’s ongoing struggle to develop an effective deterrence. On April 1 — in the midst of tense negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program – President Barack Obama signed […]

08.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Palace: Aquino to mark 117th PHL Independence Day in Iloilo town

Palace: Aquino to mark 117th PHL Independence Day in Iloilo town

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III will be in Iloilo next Friday to lead activities for the country’s 117th Indepdendence Day, Malacañang said Saturday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Iloilo activities will be in Sta. Barbara town where the Philippine flag was raised outside Luzon for the first time. “Doon ang celebration. […]

08.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
GAPASCA induction on June 13

GAPASCA induction on June 13

CERRITOS – The Gapan City Association of Southern California (GAPASCA) will hold its Anniversary Ball on Saturday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel. Consul Mary Joy Ramirez of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is the Inducting Officer and this year’s guest speaker is the Vice Mayor of Vallejo, California, Cmdr. Jesus […]

08.06.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
UN body urges PHL to tackle prison congestion

UN body urges PHL to tackle prison congestion

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — A United Nations torture prevention body has called on the Philippine government to address the “chronic” congestion of detention facilities in the country and to finally enact this year a law that will safeguard the rights of prisoners. In a statement from Geneva on Wednesday, the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Can Mistsuoka’s quirky Japanese take on coach-built cars translate to European roads?

Can Mistsuoka’s quirky Japanese take on coach-built cars translate to European roads?

(Relaxnews) – Mitsuoka Motor is a boutique Japanese car company founded in 1968 with a very simple principle: to produce cars that blend classic styling with up-to-date technology. It aims to offer owners the best of both worlds — yesterday’s looks with today’s reliability — and while sometimes results are mixed, they are never boring […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Photos, Science & Technology ·
What’s Apple planning for its WWDC?

What’s Apple planning for its WWDC?

(Relaxnews) – The World Wide Developers Conference is Apple’s yearly event aimed at its growing global community of software, hardware and apps makers and is traditionally not the venue for new hardware reveals. However, expect plenty of new services. The most eagerly anticipated announcement is Apple’s response to the music streaming market, typified by the […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Music, Online, Science & Technology ·
Obama: New NSA rules protect liberties and national security

Obama: New NSA rules protect liberties and national security

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US President Barack Obama welcomed congressional approval Tuesday of measures to trim NSA surveillance, saying the reforms protect both citizens’ rights and the homeland. “Glad the Senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act. It protects civil liberties and our national security. I’ll sign it as soon as I get it,” […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Google maps oceans for World Oceans Day

Google maps oceans for World Oceans Day

(Relaxnews) – Google Earth has mapped more than 40 underwater locations around the world including diving spots in Bali, the Bahamas and Great Barrier Reef in time for World Oceans Day. With just a few clicks, users can take a virtual plunge and swim alongside sea turtles in the Solomon Islands, humpback whales in the […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Canada to fingerprint, photograph more travelers

Canada to fingerprint, photograph more travelers

(Ottawa,CANADA-AFP) –CANADA said Thursday it will try to catch suspected fraudsters, “terrorists” and Canadian jihadists returning from overseas conflicts by photographing and fingerprinting many more travellers arriving at its airports. The border screenings would be expanded to cover flights arriving from 150 countries, up from 29 now. “For a pluralist country like Canada, one of the […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Science & Technology, World News ·

Ambitious EO to support PHL car parts industry

MANILA (Mabuhay) — To jumpstart and revitalize the automotive industry, improve its competitiveness and elevate the Philippines into an auto manufacturing hub in the region, President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved an Executive Order to implement the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program, the Department of Trade and Industry said in an emailed statement. […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Fil-Am hairstylist Marlou Colina introduces UNO Premier beauty, health and wellness products

Fil-Am hairstylist Marlou Colina introduces UNO Premier beauty, health and wellness products

LOS ANGELES – After being Philippines’ number 1 network marketing company for more than eight years, Unlimited Network of Opportunities International (UNO Intl.) is finally now in the U.S. which broke ground Wednesday with the launch of its high-end international brand and exclusive business club, UNO Premier at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows in Beverly Hills California. The […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Local News, Marlou Colina ·
PHL Independence Day celebration in Carson June 6

PHL Independence Day celebration in Carson June 6

The Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc. (PIDF), in conjunction with the City of Carson and GMA “Kapuso” Network,will celebrate the 117th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day at the Carson Veterans Park (22400 Moneta Street, Carson, CA 90745) this Saturday, June 6. Thousands of people will enjoy the non-stop, day-long event jam-packed with entertainment and activities that feature the rich, beautiful, and spirited Filipino heritage.  […]

04.06.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Milan Expo to be the hub of World Environment Day 2015

Milan Expo to be the hub of World Environment Day 2015

(Relaxnews) – World Environment Day (WED), one of the United Nations’ primary vehicles for spreading awareness around the globe to keep our planet in shape, is fast upon us, and this year the Milan Expo will host a flurry of activities in collaboration with the occasion on June 5. This year’s WED theme is “Seven […]

04.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden, Online ·
Bonta Bill to modernize the state victim compensation program ok’d

Bonta Bill to modernize the state victim compensation program ok’d

AB 1140 protects victims of domestic violence, children, rehabilitated individuals, and victims of online crime (SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that his bill to modernize the California Victim Compensation Program passed the Assembly with strong bipartisan support (78-0). “AB 1140 modernizes the California Victim Compensation Program to more fairly care for […]

04.06.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Thai superstar Bie Sukrit to lead cast in the world premiere of ‘Waterfall,’ an epic new musical; Show to run May 29, 2015 to June 28, 2015

Thai superstar Bie Sukrit to lead cast in the world premiere of ‘Waterfall,’ an epic new musical; Show to run May 29, 2015 to June 28, 2015

PASADENA, CA – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps) announced today that, Thai superstar Bie Sukrit, along with Emily Padgett, Thom Sesma, and J. Elaine Marcos will lead the cast of the world premiere of WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of […]

04.06.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
‘I am Cait’: Jenner docu-series to roll out in July

‘I am Cait’: Jenner docu-series to roll out in July

(Washington-AFP) – Caitlyn Jenner will follow up on her public coming-out as a transgender woman with a docu-series on E! channel next month about her transformation from life as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce. “I am Cait” will play out in eight hour-long episodes beginning July 26, the cable television entertainment channel said Wednesday. It said […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Books, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars ·
PNoy: China should rethink reclamation in disputed areas

PNoy: China should rethink reclamation in disputed areas

MANILA, June 3 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged China to reconsider its reclamation efforts in the South China Sea, saying these activities escalate tension in disputed territories. In a briefing with Japanese reporters during his state visit to Japan, Aquino said China should rethink if its effort to build artificial islands […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Harry Potter’s Wizarding World gets California call-up

Harry Potter’s Wizarding World gets California call-up

(Relaxnews) – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a successful theme park attraction at Universal Studio’s Orlando and Osaka locations, is set to open at Universal Studios Hollywood in Spring 2016. A replica of wizardry school Hogwarts will contain well-received theme park ride “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” which, in this instance, will be […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
London tops Global Destinations ranking for 2015

London tops Global Destinations ranking for 2015

(Relaxnews) – The UK capital is to receive 18.82 million international visitors in 2015, according to a Global Destination Cities Index compiled by financial services company MasterCard. Bangkok will received 18.24 million overnight visitors, the ranking predicts, with Paris in 3rd place with 16.06 million. Dubai follows with 14.26m visitors and Turkish capital Istanbul stands […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Online, Videos ·
US to issue new Elvis stamp

US to issue new Elvis stamp

(New York-AFP) – The US Postal Service on Wednesday announced a new stamp of Elvis Presley, two decades after a first version depicting “The King” caused a sensation. The Postal Service is returning to Elvis as part of its Music Icon Series launched in 2013, which has included stamps featuring Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Music ·
How mobile is putting sports fans at the centre of the action

How mobile is putting sports fans at the centre of the action

(Relaxnews) – For its annual Mobility Report published Wednesday, Ericsson has drilled down on data generated by sporting events to understand the role mobile is playing in fans’ lives. And the findings show that smartphones are becoming an integral element of the spectator experience. This is particularly true of soccer. Based on network volumes, the […]

Hackers steal personal data from US tax agency IRS

Hackers steal personal data from US tax agency IRS

Washington, United States (AFP)  – Hackers stole information on 100,000 taxpayers from the online computers of the US Internal Revenue Service, the federal tax agency said Tuesday. The IRS said the unidentified cyber thieves used information on the specific taxpayers from sources outside the agency to access the accounts, which included crucial identifying information such […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL’ famed rice terraces face modern threats

PHL’ famed rice terraces face modern threats

By Karl Malakunas Mayoyao, Philippines | AFP |  – It is fiesta time in the famed rice terraces of the northern Philippines, and young men in colourful tribal clothing pound ancient rhythms on brass gongs as wild boars squeal ahead of slaughter. The annual festivals, held in remote mountain communities after the planting of the […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Dior’s New Look on exhibit in Granville

Dior’s New Look on exhibit in Granville

(Relaxnews) – The Musée Christian Dior in Granville (Lower Normandy) will host the “Dior, The New Look Revolution” exhibit from June 6 to November 1, 2015. A perfect time to take a look back at Christian Dior’s 1947 collection, which not only propelled the designer to the summit of couture, but also revolutionized fashion for […]

02.06.2015 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Lifestyle ·
China deployed artillery in S China Sea: US officials

China deployed artillery in S China Sea: US officials

By Dan De Luce Washington, United States (AFP)  – China recently deployed two artillery pieces on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea, an unprecedented move that suggests Beijing is trying to extend its military reach in the contested waters, US officials said Friday. The heavy weapons, since removed, posed no security […]

02.06.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
New pollution alert closes California beaches

New pollution alert closes California beaches

Los Angeles, United States (AFP)  – Workers scrambled to clean oil pollution along a series of California beaches near Los Angeles on Thursday, barely a week after a huge oil spill further up the coast. An unknown tar-like substance began washing ashore from El Segundo Beach south to Redondo Beach on Wednesday, the Los Angeles […]

01.06.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Adaptations bringing Bill Bryson, David Foster Wallace, Macbeth to screen

Adaptations bringing Bill Bryson, David Foster Wallace, Macbeth to screen

(Relaxnews) – Bookworms have several upcoming movies to look forward to, with new trailers out this week revealing Robert Redford as author Bill Bryson and Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace, plus new clips of Michael Fassbender as Macbeth making the rounds following the Cannes Film Festival. “A Walk in the Woods” Based on Bill […]

01.06.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Amid growing China tensions, Aquino to seek stronger security ties with Japan in state visit

Amid growing China tensions, Aquino to seek stronger security ties with Japan in state visit

MANILA, May 29 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III will seek stronger security ties with Japan during his state visit to the East Asian nation next week amid China’s increasing efforts to stake its claim on disputed territories in the South China Sea. At a press briefing on Friday, Department of Foreign Affairs Asec. Minda […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Cruel Intentions’ stars Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair reunite at musical version

‘Cruel Intentions’ stars Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair reunite at musical version

(Relaxnews) – It’s not just any old high school reunion: stars of 1990s movie “Cruel Intentions,” a sensational tale of teen sex, drugs and private school attended the musical parody and met the actresses who have taken on their original roles. On Thursday, they gathered backstage to give the young actresses, including Katie Stevens from […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
PHL, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

PHL, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

Manila, Philippines (AFP)   – Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) from Southwest Cay which is controlled […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
Court rejects appeal on immigration

Court rejects appeal on immigration

Washington, United States (AFP)   – A US appeals court on Tuesday dealt another blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans rejected a request from the Obama administration that it lift an injunction barring it from […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mayweather looms over Khan-Algieri match-up

Mayweather looms over Khan-Algieri match-up

New York, United States (AFP)   – Britain’s former world champion Amir Khan is aiming to punch his ticket to a bout with Floyd Mayweather on Friday with a victory over Chris Algieri in a non-title welterweight fight. Khan, the former unified light-welterweight world champion who headlines a card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Sanders enters US presidential race

Sanders enters US presidential race

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched his populist, liberal campaign for the White House on Tuesday, reiterating his pledges to recalibrate an American economic system which created sharp disparities between rich and poor. Sanders, who had said last month he planned to stand in the election, told a launch event […]

28.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New York ‘Mad Men’ exhibition extends to September 6

New York ‘Mad Men’ exhibition extends to September 6

New York-AFP – A New York exhibition featuring sets, costumes and props from hit television series “Mad Men” has been extended by popular demand until September, the Museum of the Moving Image said Tuesday. It comes two weeks after 3.3 million viewers watched the final episode of the award-winning show, which charted the tangled lives […]

27.05.2015 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars ·
Mark Bautista thanks supporters through concert

Mark Bautista thanks supporters through concert

Mark Bautista’s forthcoming concert “Here Sings Love,” slated on May 29 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila, is his way of thanking fans for their continued support, especially during his West End debut last year via “Here Lies Love,” a revolutionary rock musical which tackled the love story of former Philippine […]

27.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Pinoys’ optimism highest since June 2010; 32% say lives better now than a year ago

Pinoys’ optimism highest since June 2010; 32% say lives better now than a year ago

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – There are more optimistic Pinoys now than way back June 2010 and even farther back in March 1987, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on how Filipinos feel about their lives now and how their quality of life might turn out to be in the next 12 months. Personal optimism […]

27.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Court rejects appeal on immigration

Court rejects appeal on immigration

Washington, United States (AFP)  – A US appeals court on Tuesday dealt another blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans rejected a request from the Obama administration that it lift an injunction barring it from carrying […]

27.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
London readies for month-long spotlight on architecture

London readies for month-long spotlight on architecture

(Relaxnews) – Starting June 1, the city of London will play host to a month-long program of talks, tours, installation, exhibitions and month for its annual London Festival of Architecture, whose theme this year is “Work in Progress.” Ireland is the event’s Focus Country in 2015, and highlighting that association will be a pop-up pavilion […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

(Relaxnews) – China is set to become home to the tallest, longest, and, arguably, scariest pedestrian bridge in the world, when construction of a glass-bottomed bridge is complete in the national park that inspired the floating mountains from the James Cameron film “Avatar.” Hovering a dizzying 300 meters (984 feet) above the ground, the Zhangjiajie […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
UnionPay card becomes the golden ticket to the Met

UnionPay card becomes the golden ticket to the Met

(Relaxnews) – China-based UnionPay International announced Monday that holders of their credit cards will be able to visit New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art free of charge starting on June 1. A UnionPay card starts with the number 62. So far, the offer is expected to last until May 31, 2016 and the Met is the latest […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Online ·
US veterans ride with pride at Rolling Thunder biker rally

US veterans ride with pride at Rolling Thunder biker rally

by Jenny VAUGHAN Washington, United States (AFP)   – With the rev of motorcycle engines, the ground rumbles underfoot, and they’re off: hundreds of thousands of military veterans ride out for the annual Rolling Thunder memorial rally in the US capital Sunday. For the one million spectators and bikers – many from out of state […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

PHL to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. “We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into,” Aquino told […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US Marines testify at murder trial of colleague in PHL

US Marines testify at murder trial of colleague in PHL

Olongapo, Philippines (AFP)  – Four US Marines took the witness stand Tuesday at the murder trial of their comrade accused of killing a local transgender woman in the Philippines, lawyers who attended the closed-door proceedings said. The American servicemen were asked to testify on what the defendant, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton, had told them […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US planes keep distance from Chinese ‘islands’ – for now

US planes keep distance from Chinese ‘islands’ – for now

Washington, United States (AFP) –  US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China’s territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned Thursday that could be “the next step.” Although the United States does not recognise China’s claims of sovereignty around the man-made structures, American P-8 […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Aquino open to discussing BBL with senators

Aquino open to discussing BBL with senators

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III is open to discussing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with senators even if he has been accused of influencing congressmen to approve a Palace-backed version of the bill. Aquino said he will wait for Senate President Franklin Drilon’s advice regarding such a meeting. He said he does not […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Why Regine doesn’t want son to enter showbiz

Why Regine doesn’t want son to enter showbiz

If it were all up to her, veteran singer Regine Velasquez said she would not allow her son Nate to join show business. Velasquez said she does not want her son to be deprived of his privacy. “Kung ako, ayaw ko. Kasi siyempre alam ko na medyo mahirap being in the business, ‘yung wala ka […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Racquel Custodio Furbeyre, L.A. social worker

Racquel Custodio Furbeyre, L.A. social worker

LOS ANGELES – Racquel Custodio Furbeyre peacefully passed away Monday, May 18, in Los Angeles. She was 64. ​Racquel had been battling breast cancer for the past four years. Since the 1980s, Racquel was known in the L.A. Filipino and Asian community as a caring social worker who counseled troubled immigrant youths, parents, elderly and terminally ill […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Relentless work for stylist army behind the scenes at Cannes

Relentless work for stylist army behind the scenes at Cannes

(Cannes, France-AFP) – An army of stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists work flat-out behind the scenes at the Cannes Film Festival to ensure not an eyelash is out of place for the big moment on the red carpet. “We have a real responsibility. At Cannes, the ‘look’ is dissected at an incredible speed,” said French […]

Coen-led Cannes jury ‘profoundly changed’ by experience

Coen-led Cannes jury ‘profoundly changed’ by experience

(Cannes-AFP) – The Cannes Film Festival jury, headed by the Coen brothers, said Sunday it was profoundly changed by the experience of judging this year’s entries. “Any experience as intense as this changes your life and your perspective,” said Joel Coen, who was joint president with his brother Ethan. “Having to see this many movies […]

25.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, International Stars ·
NCLR: Relief delayed is relief denied to millions of families and to our country

NCLR: Relief delayed is relief denied to millions of families and to our country

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In late 2014, President Obama announced he would take executive action to extend deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants through the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Today marks the target […]

25.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Kim Chiu joining Kris Aquino in mistress movie

Kim Chiu joining Kris Aquino in mistress movie

Kris Aquino announced that she has finally been allowed to push through with a film project where she will portray a mistress, following a conflict with her existing endorsement contract with a multi-national company. Aquino confirmed that she will once again be part of the film adaptation “Etiquette for Mistresses and What Wives Can Learn […]

25.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
Lacson to base decision on presidential bid on results of next survey

Lacson to base decision on presidential bid on results of next survey

3 MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Wednesday said he will once again try his luck for the presidency next year if he gets a double-digit rating in the next survey. “Hindi ako magdi-declare nang wala akong pinaghuhugutan,” said Lacson, who got a 1 percent preference in the last presidential survey, at […]

25.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Food distribution and feeding program at FACLA May 30

Food distribution and feeding program at FACLA May 30

Los Angeles – The United Bicolandia of Los Angeles (UBLA),the  Filipino Ministry of the Wilshire United Methodist Church with the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and the HIFI CALI EXPO LLC  will hold its monthly feeding program and food distribution for the month of May on Saturday, May 30, 2015  at 11:00 AM at the Filipino […]

25.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Services ·
OCA-AAPI organizations support equal opportunity in higher education

OCA-AAPI organizations support equal opportunity in higher education

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates joins the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), and more than 120 other Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations in an open letter to support affirmative action and equal opportunity in higher education. “OCA stands strongly on the principle that diversity on college campuses across our country […]

25.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
First image of Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

First image of Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

(Relaxnews) – Pathé has revealed the first image from the Stephen Frears comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins,” which began filming earlier this month. Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods”) plays the title character while Hugh Grant (“Notting Hill”) plays her partner, St Clair Bayfield; also in the cast are Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory”), Rebecca Ferguson […]

22.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Cannes apologises over high-heel furore

Cannes apologises over high-heel furore

(Cannes, France-AFP) – The director of the Cannes Film Festival has apologised after a controversy blew up over women being denied access to the red carpet for not wearing high heels. “We apologise,” said Thierry Fremaux at a dinner at the famed Carlton hotel on Tuesday night. But he sought to downplay the controversy that […]

Streaming giant Spotify expands into video, original content

Streaming giant Spotify expands into video, original content

(AFP) – Streaming leader Spotify on Wednesday announced an entry into video and original content, hoping to expand its reach beyond music. Spotify, by far the largest company in the booming streaming industry, said it was updating its platform to support videos and would offer news and other non-music content provided by major media companies. […]

Affordable summer destinations revealed for frugal gourmets

Affordable summer destinations revealed for frugal gourmets

(Relaxnews) – Food lovers on a travel budget may want to consider more affordable culinary destinations that are found off the beaten path such as Carolina barbecue, wineries in Oregon and New York State, and chocolate trails in Connecticut. After looking at the most affordable cities for accommodations this summer, experts at Hotels.com mapped out […]

22.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Photos ·
Rand Paul blocking US Senate vote on bulk data collection

Rand Paul blocking US Senate vote on bulk data collection

Washington, United States (AFP)  – Republican Senator Rand Paul launched an hours-long floor speech Wednesday aimed at blocking reauthorization of the controversial US law allowing bulk collection of phone data from millions of Americans. Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, said he was beginning a “filibuster,” an extended speech that gums up action in the Senate, to […]

22.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Cainglet: The ‘right choice’ for Carson

Cainglet: The ‘right choice’ for Carson

By Noel T. Castorillo CITY Of CARSON, California – For someone, whose community involvement and commitment to serve residents in the city where he lives know no boundaries, there is no faulting Jesus “Alex” Cainglet in selecting the slogan “The Right Choice for Carson” for his campaign pitch. In an exclusive interview with this writer Thursday, May 14, […]

22.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Court orders State Dept to release Clinton emails

Court orders State Dept to release Clinton emails

By Jo Biddle Washington, United States (AFP)  – A US judge ordered the State Department on Tuesday to promptly release thousands of emails from Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, dating back to her time as America’s top diplomat. In his ruling, US District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered that the hub of US global diplomacy must […]

21.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Blue Ribbon panel cites Binay pal Limlingan, 13 others in contempt

Blue Ribbon panel cites Binay pal Limlingan, 13 others in contempt

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Monday cited in contempt 14 personalities connected with the alleged corruption activities of Vice President Jejomar Binay and upheld the order of arrest earlier issues against three others. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the committee, cited in contempt: – Binay’s finance officer Gerardo Limlingan – […]

21.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Climate change a top US security issue: Obama

Climate change a top US security issue: Obama

By Jerome Cartillier Washington, United States (AFP)  – US President Barack Obama warned in a speech on Wednesday that the threat from global warming poses a national risk rivaling that of terrorism, and should be seen as a top security priority. In a commencement address for new graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy, Obama […]

21.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
PHL US Millennium Challenge Corporation reaffirm strong partnership

PHL US Millennium Challenge Corporation reaffirm strong partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a meeting at the Headquarters of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Washington D.C. on 14 May 2015, MCC Chief Executive Officer Dana Hyde and Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reaffirmed the strong partnership between the Philippine Government and MCC. Secretary Soliman noted that the partnership contributes […]

21.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Burger King introduces Canada to its Chicken Fries

Burger King introduces Canada to its Chicken Fries

(Relaxnews) – They’ve conquered the US, and now Burger King’s Chicken Fries are being rolled out in restaurants across CANADA. The new menu item, which features white meat chicken coated in a light crispy breading seasoned with savory spices and herbs, is being supported by a cheeky campaign that chronicles the budding affair between a love-hungry […]

20.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Online ·
Los Angeles City Council approves $15 minimum wage

Los Angeles City Council approves $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES – This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15.00 an hour by 2020, plus an additional one-year “phase in” period for small businesses, bringing all workers to $15.00 by 2021. Councilmember Paul Krekorian played a leading role in shaping the legislation. “This is […]

20.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
MNLF chairman asks Congress: Pass BBL now

MNLF chairman asks Congress: Pass BBL now

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) central committee on Monday asked for the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. In an address at the Senate public hearing on the BBL, MNLF central committee chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto said they stand with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) […]

20.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Wicked Cyclone hybrid roller coaster opens on US East Coast

Wicked Cyclone hybrid roller coaster opens on US East Coast

(Relaxnews) – Theme park Six Flags New England has launched its new, hotly anticipated roller coaster Wicked Cyclone. One of only a handful of hybrid coasters in the world, meaning it is made from both steel and wood, the ride is said to convey “the powerful force of Mother Nature.” It stands 10 storeys high, […]

20.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Online ·
PHL prepared to help boatpeople

PHL prepared to help boatpeople

Manila, Philippines (AFP) Tuesday 5/19/2015 – The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away. The Philippines is obliged to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution, because it is party to the 1951 United Nations convention on […]

20.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Thousands of Californians with private insurance guaranteed access to free preventive services

Thousands of Californians with private insurance guaranteed access to free preventive services

In California an estimated 15,867,909 individuals, including 6,324,503 women and 3,351,780 children, have private health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing, according to a new ASPE Data Point from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to provide coverage for recommended […]

19.05.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Services, U.S. News ·
French Open: Dress like the best, ladies, no matter how you serve

French Open: Dress like the best, ladies, no matter how you serve

(Relaxnews) – Dressing the part is the first step towards improving your game, and the greats know what works in terms of the best fabrics and materials when it comes to choosing their gear and clothes. We’re giving you a sneak peek at what they’ll be wearing in Paris for the French Open, which gets […]

David Bowie releasing limited edition ‘Let’s Dance’ vinyl

David Bowie releasing limited edition ‘Let’s Dance’ vinyl

(Relaxnews) – In honor of the arrival of “David Bowie is” in Melbourne, David Bowie is releasing an exclusive, limited edition 7″ of his 1983 single “Let’s Dance.” The yellow vinyl edition will be out on July 16 as an exclusive to the Australian Centre For The Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, which will be […]

19.05.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Cannes beauty trends: cat eyes, smoky eyes and luscious lips

Cannes beauty trends: cat eyes, smoky eyes and luscious lips

(Relaxnews) – After keeping things natural and subtle at the start of the Cannes Film Festival (headbands, nude makeup), celebrities broke out their more glamorous beauty looks over the weekend. The gaze is emphasized by smoky shadow or cat eye liner, while classic red hues and shiny glosses bring out the lips. While designer gowns […]

Catanduanes Int’l Association 24th Anniversary and 9th Grand Reunion Aug. 7

Catanduanes Int’l Association 24th Anniversary and 9th Grand Reunion Aug. 7

The Catanduanes International Association (CIA), Inc. will celebrate its 24th Anniversary and 9th Grand Reunion on August 7 to 9, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA.  This year’s festivities are being sponsored by Catanduanes USA(CAUSA)/LA Chapter. This 3-day event will be highlighted with “Western Style Night”, “Grand Gala Night Hollywood Style and “Mass and Picnic.” Be […]

19.05.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
SCE celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

SCE celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

ROSEMEAD, Calif. – Southern California Edison (SCE) today celebrates its business and community partnerships in the Asian community at its 10th annual Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration at SCE’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale. Ted Craver, chairman, president and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of SCE, will speak at the event, which brings […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News, Services ·
Go after allies linked to corruption too, bishop reminds Aquino

Go after allies linked to corruption too, bishop reminds Aquino

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A senior Catholic Church official this week reminded President Benigno Aquino III to go after his political allies if they are linked to corruption. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the President to show his anti-corruption resolve in the pork barrel scam amid reports some of his party mates are involved. “They […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US Republicans pass $3.8 trillion 2016 budget

US Republicans pass $3.8 trillion 2016 budget

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States (AFP)  – The Republican-led US Congress passed a 2016 budget Tuesday, a largely symbolic policy document which if fully enacted would balance federal spending and slash $5 trillion in social, education and health programs over the next decade. The $3.871 trillion blueprint for the year beginning October 1, 2015, […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Worldwide box office: ‘Avengers’ leads for third straight week

Worldwide box office: ‘Avengers’ leads for third straight week

(Relaxnews) – “Avengers: Age of Ultron” emerged the leader at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending May 17, marking a three-week winning streak. According to Rentrak, the superhero movie took $223.8 million worldwide over the course of the weekend, for cumulative takings of more than $1.1 billion. In second was “Mad Max: Fury […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Todd Haynes eyeing ‘Wonderstruck’ adaptation

Todd Haynes eyeing ‘Wonderstruck’ adaptation

(Relaxnews) – The director of “Carol,” which premiered at the Cannes film festival over the weekend, is reportedly looking to take on an adaptation of a children’s book by Brian Selznick. According to Screen Daily, Selznick himself has adapted his book “Wonderstruck,” which focuses on two intertwining narratives set 50 years apart: one, from 1977, about […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Burmese ruby sells for record $30 mn at auction

Burmese ruby sells for record $30 mn at auction

(Geneva-AFP) – A 25.59 carat “pigeon blood” ruby sold for a world record $30.33 million at auction in Geneva Tuesday while a rare pink diamond believed to have once belonged to Napoleon’s niece fetched $15.9 million, Sotheby’s said. After competitive bidding, the ruby went to an anonymous telephone bidder for 28.25 million Swiss francs (27.3 […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style ·
Los Angeles Go Red For Women raises $350,000 for women’s heart health

Los Angeles Go Red For Women raises $350,000 for women’s heart health

Retired LA Kings player Daryl Evans and heart surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato honored with the King and Queen of Hearts Awards The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Los Angeles Go Red For Women Luncheon raised $351,491 and drew close to 350 people to The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 7, 2015. The garden-themed […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Health & Fitness, Local News ·
VP Binay camp says leak of CA freeze order ‘malicious’

VP Binay camp says leak of CA freeze order ‘malicious’

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday described as malicious the leakage of the freeze order issued by the Court of Appeals on the bank accounts and insurance policies of the Vice President and his allies. “The malicious leakage of the purported Court of Appeals order by Ernesto Mercado to […]

17.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US raises pressure as more grim Asian migrant tales emerge

US raises pressure as more grim Asian migrant tales emerge

By Nurdin Hasan Langsa, Indonesia (AFP)  – Washington raised the pressure on Southeast Asia to open its ports to boatpeople on Saturday after migrants described a terrifying battle for survival between Rohingya and Bangladeshi passengers as their shunned vessel sank off Indonesia. The US State Department said John Kerry had phoned his Thai counterpart “to […]

17.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

Beijing, China (AFP) Sunday 5/17/2015 – China’s relationship with the US is “stable” despite tensions in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told top American diplomat John Kerry Sunday, adding that the Pacific Ocean is “vast enough” for both powers, state media said. Xi met with Kerry in Beijing as tensions between the world’s […]

17.05.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Elvis tour bus sells for nearly $270,000 in New York

Elvis tour bus sells for nearly $270,000 in New York

(AFP) – A custom-designed tour bus bought by Rock ‘n’ Roll King Elvis Presley for his back-up band in 1976 sold at auction in New York Saturday for $268,000, organizers said. Elvis’s “Takin’ Care of Business” and lightning bolt motto is emblazoned on the bodywork, although its soft furnishings have since been refitted in dusty […]

17.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Consulate launches iRehistro online application for PHL docs

Consulate launches iRehistro online application for PHL docs

14 May 2015 – The Philippine Consulate General launches the iREHISTRO Online Application Form Accomplishment and Submission. All Filipino citizens, at least 18 years old on May 09, 2016 and not otherwise disqualified by law, who expect to vote during the 2016 Presidential Elections may avail of the iREHISTRO system to apply for registration as […]

15.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Services ·
Aegis to perform in concert, Sept. 19 at Pala

Aegis to perform in concert, Sept. 19 at Pala

PALA, CA  – AEGIS, one of the Philippines’ top pop rock and pinoy rock groups, will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 19, in Club Infinity at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. AEGIS was formed in 1995 and has topped the Filipino charts with “Luha” (Tears), “Halik” (Kiss) and “Basang-basa sa Ulan” (Drenched […]

15.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Portman to star as Jackie Kennedy in new film: Variety

Portman to star as Jackie Kennedy in new film: Variety

(AFP) – Natalie Portman will star in a biopic of former US first lady Jackie Kennedy that covers the four days after her husband’s assassination, trade magazine Variety reported on Thursday. The film, “Jackie”, starts at the point when US president John F. Kennedy was shot dead in November 1963. “” ‘Jackie’ talks about the […]

14.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
SmartPlate, a connected plate to help your diet

SmartPlate, a connected plate to help your diet

(Relaxnews) – This intelligent plate, currently in development, does the calorie counting for its users, analyzes how quickly they are eating and can even warn them when they surpass their recommended daily intake. With the World Health Organization (WHO) doing its best to warn that obesity is a real public health epidemic, the SmartPlate, the […]

Congen joins Santacruzan at Los Angeles Cathedral

Congen joins Santacruzan at Los Angeles Cathedral

Los Angeles – The officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles joined the 11th Archdiocesan Filipino Marian Celebration of “Santacruzan” held last May 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Most Rev. Myloi Hubert Vergara, D.D.,  Bishop of Pasig, led the Eucharistic celebration with the auxiliary […]

14.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
LA celebrates TAP Water Day to highlight benefits of city’s clean drinking water

LA celebrates TAP Water Day to highlight benefits of city’s clean drinking water

LOS ANGELES – City and federal officials have announced the first annual Tap Water Day LA at the Balboa Sports Center in Encino, celebrating Los Angeles’ clean, reliable drinking water. Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero, Chief Sustainability Office Matt Petersen, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Director of Water Quality Albert Gastelum were […]

12.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Happenings, Local News ·
Anne Hathaway booked for monster movie ‘Colossal’

Anne Hathaway booked for monster movie ‘Colossal’

(Relaxnews) – Screen star Anne Hathaway is to take the main role in “Colossal,” a monster movie with a difference. Her character, Gloria, moves back to her hometown after a New York job and marriage plans both fall through. On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, a giant lizard rampages through Tokyo, an event […]

12.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Philippines to announce national rules for ride-sharing

Philippines to announce national rules for ride-sharing

(Manila-AFP) – The Philippines has become the first country to come up with national rules governing Uber and other ride-sharing services, the transport department said Tuesday, following criticism of the industry as unsafe and unregulated. The transport department will on Wednesday publicly issue the new country-wide guidelines for the likes of Uber and GrabTaxi, a […]

12.05.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Home & Garden, Online, Philippine News ·
Angelina Jolie’s ‘By the Sea’ set for November

Angelina Jolie’s ‘By the Sea’ set for November

(Relaxnews) – Written, directed by and co-starring Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie alongside husband Brad Pitt, romantic drama “By the Sea” is heading for a November 13 release. The US date is accompanied by a new image which shows Jolie and Pitt, a real-world married couple, as holidaying wife and husband Vanessa and Roland. A location […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Lip service: get Kylie Jenner’s pout minus the injections

Lip service: get Kylie Jenner’s pout minus the injections

(Relaxnews) – Kylie Jenner is all over the news at the moment after finally admitting that her overstated pout is down to dermal lip fillers rather than clever makeup. But don’t despair — it is still possible to get fuller chops armed with a few products and a couple of beauty tricks. Here’s how: The […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Lily James set for “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss”

Lily James set for “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss”

(Relaxnews) – “Cinderella” star Lily James will take a lead role opposite Christopher Plummer in “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” a period drama of romantic subterfuge. She’s to become a member of the Dutch resistance during World War II, disguised as a housemaid and sent to Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer, “Beginners”) under orders from the British […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Seeking Hispanic vote, Hillary Clinton defends illegal immigrants

Seeking Hispanic vote, Hillary Clinton defends illegal immigrants

By Ivan Couronne Washington, United States (AFP)  – The 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States don’t vote, but they have children, siblings or cousins that do, and Hillary Clinton is courting their support. The Democratic presidential candidate has singled out immigration as a key campaign issue in her bid for the White House […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
No trash talk, but PHL, Canada to launch free-trade negotiations

No trash talk, but PHL, Canada to launch free-trade negotiations

Montreal, Canada (AFP)   – Canada and the Philippines announced they will begin discussions over increasing commerce between the two nations by lowering trade barriers, officials from the two governments said Friday in Ottawa. The negotiations are part of a push by Canada to develop bilateral economic agreements in Asia as progress has slowed on […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
No more rematch with ‘sore loser’ Pacquiao, says Mayweather

No more rematch with ‘sore loser’ Pacquiao, says Mayweather

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Floyd Mayweather has branded Manny Pacquiao a “sore loser” and a coward and says he won’t delay his planned retirement to grant the Philippine icon a rematch next year, in an apparent U-turn. And he dismissed Pacquiao’s claim that he had been carrying an injury in Saturday’s one-sided win for Mayweather, the […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
Aquino appoints new Sandiganbayan associate justice

Aquino appoints new Sandiganbayan associate justice

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Aquino has appointed Assistant Solicitor General Sarah Jane Fernandez as associate justice of the Sandiganbayan. Malacañang said the appointment papers of Fernandez, dated May 8 and signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., has been sent to Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Fernandez will replace Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Bayron wins Puerto Princesa recall election

Bayron wins Puerto Princesa recall election

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY  (Mabuhay) – At 7:15 a.m. Saturday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here proclaimed incumbent Mayor Lucilo Bayron as the winner of the recall poll versus former mayor Edward Hagedorn. Bayron, who gathered 44,299 (53 percent) votes versus Hagedorn’s 39,002 (47 percent) was proclaimed frontrunner by Atty. Gloria G. Ramos-Petallo, provincial election supervisor […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Lawsuits pile up over Pacquiao injury

Lawsuits pile up over Pacquiao injury

By Rebecca Bryan Los Angeles, United States (AFP)    – Call it the fallout of the century. More disgruntled fight fans are going to court with their complaints, suing Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and others for failing to disclose a shoulder injury prior to his “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather. A class-action […]

08.05.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Thousands of LA Students ‘Unite for the Ocean’ in this Year’s Kids Ocean Day

Thousands of LA Students ‘Unite for the Ocean’ in this Year’s Kids Ocean Day

Some students to visit the ocean for first time on May 14, 2015 Kids Ocean Day is the culmination of a year-round school assembly program by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education to teach school kids about how litter flows from our neighborhoods to the ocean, thereby killing marine life and polluting food resources. To enhance the lesson, more than […]

08.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Happenings, Local News ·
PHL alarmed over China’s threats in high seas

PHL alarmed over China’s threats in high seas

PAF planes warned by Chinese vessels in disputed areas Manila, Philippines (AFP) Thursday 5/7/2015 – The Philippines expressed alarm Thursday over what it said were escalating Chinese efforts to drive off Filipino aircraft from a disputed South China Sea island garrisoned by Manila, in dangerous confrontations. Rear Admiral Alexander Lopez said seven Filipino patrol planes […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Senate resolution commending Pacquiao filed

Senate resolution commending Pacquiao filed

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Despite his loss in his fight against Floyd Mayweather, a senator still wants to commend Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao “for his greatness inside and outside the ring.” Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito filed Senate Resolution No. 1307 entitled “Resolution Commending the People’s Champ Congressman Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao for his exceptional performance during […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
Parker Sawyers to portray young US President Obama in “Southside With You”

Parker Sawyers to portray young US President Obama in “Southside With You”

(Relaxnews) – Actor Parker Sawyers has been cast to play US President Barack Obama in the romantic drama “Southside With You,” joining Tika Sumpter, who will play First Lady Michelle Obama. Set in 1989, when President Obama was an associate working at a law firm who took a liking to lawyer Michelle Robinson, reports Variety, […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
German-born engineer from US space team dies

German-born engineer from US space team dies

(AFP) – Oscar Holderer, the last known engineer who left Germany after World War II to work on the US space program, died at the age of 95. Holderer, who worked alongside aerospace-legend Wernher von Braun, was part of “Operation Paperclip” that moved hundreds of engineers from defeated Germany to the US right after the […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Home & Garden, International Stars, U.S. News ·
New York issues first license for Bitcoin exchange

New York issues first license for Bitcoin exchange

(AFP) – New York’s powerful banking regulator announced Thursday its first license for a Bitcoin exchange, extending its influence over the growing but little-regulated virtual currency industry. New York City-based itBit Trust Co. was the first company dealing in so-called crypto-currency to receive a trust license from the state Department of Financial Services (DFS). ItBit […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: News ·
Blake Lively to star in New Woody Allen film

Blake Lively to star in New Woody Allen film

(Relaxnews) – Deadline reports that the actress is the latest high-profile name linked with the veteran filmmaker’s next cinematic project. As is standard operating procedure, nothing is known about the next Woody Allen project, other than it’s in development and that alongside Bruce Willis, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, it will now also feature Blake Lively. Woody […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to ‘pay our bills’

Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to ‘pay our bills’

Monrovia, Liberia (AFP)  – Former US president Bill Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday he will keep giving lucrative speeches “to pay our bills” while wife Hillary Clinton runs for the White House. Defending his charity work on a trip to Africa, Clinton said Hillary told him no foreign official has sought to […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Ex-HP chief Fiorina, Dr. Carson bring diversity to 2016 GOP race

Ex-HP chief Fiorina, Dr. Carson bring diversity to 2016 GOP race

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States (AFP)  – The 2016 presidential field expanded by two Monday with the addition of former Hewlett Packard boss Carly Fiorina and conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson, adding diversity to the race for the Republican nomination. They join three conservative US senators already on the campaign trail—Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Voter IDs for registered Filipinos now at the Consulate

Voter IDs for registered Filipinos now at the Consulate

Los Angeles, 06 May 2015 – The Consulate wishes to inform voters who filed their applications for voter registration from 2009 to 2012, that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has issued their Voter ID.  They may personally (or through their authorized representative) claim their IDs at the Overseas Voter Registration window (Window 2) of the […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Services ·
‘Jasmine’ and ‘Twinsters’ take top honors at 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

‘Jasmine’ and ‘Twinsters’ take top honors at 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA – The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) held its closing ceremony with Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature JASMINE directed by Dax Phelan. The festival’s Best Director award was given to Jennifer Phang for her film “Advantageous.” Jasmine was also recognized by additional four awards – best cinematography […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Local News ·
Mayweather ignores jeers in moment of triumph

Mayweather ignores jeers in moment of triumph

By Rebecca Bryan Las Vegas, United States (AFP)   – Floyd Mayweather shrugged off the jeers which greeted his victory over Manny Pacquiao and wasted no time in taunting his detractors. After hugging his father and trainer Floyd Sr, the unbeaten welterweight king clambered onto the ropes of the ring, banged his fist on his […]

SCE Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

SCE Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

ROSEMEAD, Calif. — Southern California Edison (SCE) today celebrates its business and community partnerships in the Asian community at its 10th annual Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration at SCE’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale. Ted Craver, chairman, president and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of SCE, will speak at the event, which brings together Asian businesses and community […]

05.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Services ·
Consulate  hosts presentation on innovators of e-Jeepney and social products

Consulate hosts presentation on innovators of e-Jeepney and social products

Los Angeles – The Philippine Consulate General hosted a presentation on “The Future of the Philippines” featuring innovators behind the startups of e-Jeepney and Social Products (black and red rice cultivated in Cotabato) on 23 April 2015. Mr. Justin Garrido of Social Project.PH, a non-profit organization pushing social entrepreneurship as a sustainable means to alleviate poverty, jumpstarted the EVENT with the introduction of Mindanao Black Rice, reckoned to […]

05.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Obama says ‘vital’ that truth come out on Gray death

Obama says ‘vital’ that truth come out on Gray death

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US President Barack Obama said Friday it was “absolutely vital” that the truth come out about the death of an African American man in Baltimore from injuries sustained while in police custody, after six officers were charged. “It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out on what happened to […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mayweather beats Pacquiao to join greats

Mayweather beats Pacquiao to join greats

By Greg Heakes / Rebecca BRYAN Las Vegas, United States | AFP |   – Floyd Mayweather’s emphatic win over Manny Pacquiao sealed his status as a boxing great, but triggered an outcry in the Philippines and divided opinion amongst the sports legends. Feinting and dancing his way to a unanimous decision, Mayweather comfortably picked […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Baby first royal affected by new succession laws

Baby first royal affected by new succession laws

(AFP) – The birth of Britain’s royal baby girl is a cause for celebration not just across the Commonwealth realms but also for campaigners as the princess benefits from an historic change in the succession laws. Prince William and his wife Kate’s daughter, who was born on Saturday, is the first major royal who cannot […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Eighth episode of the Star Wars saga to shoot at legendary Pinewood Studios

Eighth episode of the Star Wars saga to shoot at legendary Pinewood Studios

(Relaxnews) – British politician George Osborne announced Monday via Twitter that the upcoming installment of the illustrious space saga will be filmed at the UK’s Pinewood Studios just outside of London. Because Monday, May 4 is a bank holiday in the UK, Pinewood Studios could not be reached for comment, according to the Hollywood Reporter who […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
The force is strong in the latest issue of Vanity Fair

The force is strong in the latest issue of Vanity Fair

(Relaxnews) – Annie Leibovitz shot cover for the new issue feautres Han Solo and Chewbacca alongside new characters Fin and Rey. With the exception of the official teaser and first trailer no official on-set images of stills of the “Force Awakens” shoot have been published, but that could all be about to change. For this […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Britain’s baby princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Britain’s baby princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

(London-AFP) – Prince William and his wife Kate have named their two-day-old baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and she will be known as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, their Kensington Palace residence announced Monday. The names will be seen as a triple homage to her grandfather Prince Charles, great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and William’s late mother Diana, […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Sarah G wants to return to school

Sarah G wants to return to school

Despite her success in showbiz, Sarah Geronimo admitted that she still wants to return to school. Geronimo was only 14 years old when she won the TV singing contest “Star for a Night,” which paved the way for her phenomenal rise in the entertainment industry. According to her Wikipedia entry, she finished high school at […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Britain’s baby princess meets the grandparents

Britain’s baby princess meets the grandparents

(London-AFP) – Prince William and his wife Kate showed off their new baby daughter to their loved ones on Sunday as they thanked people around the world for their messages of congratulations. Among the well-wishers was William’s brother Prince Harry, away serving with the Australian army, who said of the one-day-old princess: “She is absolutely […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ beats ‘The Avengers’ overseas

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ beats ‘The Avengers’ overseas

(Relaxnews) – Despite three year’s worth of hype and momentum, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” couldn’t best “The Avengers” at the box office — until we look at how international audiences took to the action movie. On US soil, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the second biggest opening of all time with a $188m haul, falling […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Lucky winners picked to see Lani Misalucha live at Pechanga

Lucky winners picked to see Lani Misalucha live at Pechanga

Two lucky raffle winners will see Lani Misalucha perform live at Pechanga Resort & Casino on May 22, 2015. The winners, whose names were chosen from several raffle participants, are among the latest of lucky participants who have seen live concerts of Filipino artists in the prestigious resort located just south of Los Angeles. The raffle contest begun last […]

Palace: Manny remains our champion, inspiration

Palace: Manny remains our champion, inspiration

MANILA, May 3 (Mabuhay) — Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao may have lost in the ring, but he still managed to win the hearts of many for showing sportsmanship and staying humble. In a radio interview, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the country remains proud of its boxing champion because of the inspiration he […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
Fil-Ams hail community victory, vow to continue fight for traffic victim Mary Jane Veloso

Fil-Ams hail community victory, vow to continue fight for traffic victim Mary Jane Veloso

San Francisco, CA. – Filipino leaders and supporters from across the Bay Area gathered in Bayanihan Center to celebrate halting the scheduled execution of trafficked victim Mary Jane Veloso by the Indonesian government on April 28. Organized by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Migrante Northern California, the event was attended by community […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

(AFP) – Sujan Shrestha says it breaks his heart to look at the piles of rubble that are all that remain of the ancient Nepalese temples where he has worshipped all his life. The 28-year-old shopkeeper grew up in a house just off Patan Durbar Square, a spectacular World Heritage site in the quake-hit Kathmandu […]

02.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
Prince William’s wife Kate in labour

Prince William’s wife Kate in labour

(AFP) – Prince William’s wife Kate was admitted to hospital on Saturday in the early stages of labour with the couple’s eagerly-awaited second child, Kensington Palace said. “The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 6.00 hours to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London and is in the early stages of labour,” the palace press office said […]

02.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, World News ·
Cheers as sleeping princess welcomed into the world

Cheers as sleeping princess welcomed into the world

(London-AFP) – Cradled in her mother’s arms, Britain’s new sleeping princess was welcomed into the outside world Saturday with joyous cheers, a forest of camera phones and a sea of flags. It was both a traditional and very 21st-century moment as Prince William and his wife Kate emerged from the Lindo Wing doors at St […]

02.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. awards Campaign for Filipino Children $95K grant

Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. awards Campaign for Filipino Children $95K grant

This initiative of the Apl.de.ap Foundation International diagnoses, treats and prevents lifelong blindness among pre-term infants suffering from retinopathy of prematurity (Los Angeles, Calif.)  They were a small band of laymen bound by a holy brotherhood in arms to protect and defend Christians making the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Their courage was eventually recognized […]

30.04.2015 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, Happenings, Local News ·
US senator Sanders to launch Democratic presidential bid: report

US senator Sanders to launch Democratic presidential bid: report

Washington, United States (AFP)  – One of America’s most liberal senators, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, is reportedly expected to announce Thursday that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, presenting a challenge to Hillary Clinton from the party’s left flank. The 73-year-old Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats but has described himself as a “socialist,” […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Beijing poised to take ‘de facto control’ of S. China Sea: PHL

Beijing poised to take ‘de facto control’ of S. China Sea: PHL

By Martin Abbugao Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP |   – Beijing is poised to take “de facto control” of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned Sunday, but its call for a robust Southeast Asian response at a regional summit was shot down. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the strategic […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Dove asks what it means to be blind and beautiful

Dove asks what it means to be blind and beautiful

(Relaxnews) – How do you measure your own beauty when you’re blind or visually impaired? This is the question beauty brand Dove asked three Swedish women for the latest installment of its “Choose Beautiful” campaign. A short film called “Dove Blind Beauty” shows three visually impaired women talking about their own body image in relation […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Facebook moving beyond messaging

Facebook moving beyond messaging

(Relaxnews) – Facebook has added video calling to its standalone Messenger app but the new feature is about so much more than simply helping friends see as well as speak to each other: it is also a glimpse into the future possibilities that social messaging can offer. Free video calling over a wi-fi network is […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
New Yorkers get two more ways to eat pantless at home

New Yorkers get two more ways to eat pantless at home

(Relaxnews) – The take-out scene in New York got a double boost on Tuesday, with major announcements from Uber and chef David Chang shaking up eat-in options for tired but gourmand locals who want to eat fine food in their sweatpants while watching the telly. First out of the gate was Uber, which announced plans […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Sam Smith cancels Australia tour over vocal hemorrhage

Sam Smith cancels Australia tour over vocal hemorrhage

(New York-AFP) – Young singing sensation Sam Smith on Tuesday canceled the rest of an Australian tour after developing a hemorrhage on his vocal cords. The 22-year-old British singer, who has maintained a punishing touring schedule amid a meteoric rise in his career, said he has been “vocally exhausted for a while now.” He was […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Sister Cities Los Angeles and Makati Grand Gala Night  at The Omni Hotel May 3

Sister Cities Los Angeles and Makati Grand Gala Night at The Omni Hotel May 3

By Ed Rame “The increasing interconnectivity of nations in today’s global economy underscores the need for robust partnerships between communities around the world.  Organizations like Sister Cities Internationalfoster such relationships, increasing mutual knowledge and understanding between cities and cultures.  These collaborations promote collaboration and trust among citizens and nations, create opportunities for technological and economic innovation […]

28.04.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
PNoy, the mechanic? Aquino jokes about alternative job to avoid critics

PNoy, the mechanic? Aquino jokes about alternative job to avoid critics

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — To avoid his critics, President Benigno Aquino III is thinking of shifting careers from politics to mechanics. During a speech on Thursday before high school graduates who are beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer program, Aquino shared that a graduate of government’s technical-vocational program is already a mechanic in Australia, earning twice […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Gay parade held in Japan amid calls for same-sex marriage

Gay parade held in Japan amid calls for same-sex marriage

Sunday  (AFP) – Some 3,000 people marched in a gay pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday as calls grow for Japan to legalize same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony. The crowd, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as well as their supporters and sex workers, paraded […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
US sending disaster response team to Nepal

US sending disaster response team to Nepal

Washington, United States (AFP)  – The United States is sending a disaster response team to earthquake-hit Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million to address immediate needs. A White House official said Saturday that President Barack Obama was briefed on the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake believed to have killed more than 1,200 people in […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Cars that are already Apple Watch-ready

Cars that are already Apple Watch-ready

(Relaxnews) – Even before the launch of the much-hyped wearable, car makers were developing dedicated Apple Watch apps to allow owners to control certain car features remotely. BMW and Porsche are among the brands leading the charge. Also available for Android and iOS, the BMW i Remote is designed for owners of the BMW i3 […]

US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner hailed for coming out as transgender

US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner hailed for coming out as transgender

(AFP) – US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner won praise Saturday from celebrities and activists for revealing he is transitioning from male to female, ending long-running speculation he identifies as a woman. In a highly anticipated, two-hour television interview aired Friday — hailed by transgender rights’ campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
World box office: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Furious 7,’ ‘The Left Ear’

World box office: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Furious 7,’ ‘The Left Ear’

(Relaxnews) – The opening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has dethroned “Furious 7” from atop the box office hit list, bringing in a massive $201 million during its first weekend outside of the United States, according to Rentrak. In what’s poised to become a summer box office hit, the comic book sequel debuted on April 22 […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Winning in the U.S. Army

Winning in the U.S. Army

She’s not your typical dalagang Pilipina – commonly used to describe women who are meek,  shy and delicate. In fact, United States Army Sargeant First Class (SFC) Melanie Domaoan Williams was strong, brave and opinionated enough to decide for herself that she wanted to be a soldier. She was recruited at a mall in Daly […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Services ·
‘No turning back in peace process,’ Coronel-Ferrer says

‘No turning back in peace process,’ Coronel-Ferrer says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “We have gone this far in our peace process. There should be no turning back.” This was the message lead government peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer gave after receiving the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security on 22 April 2015 at the Georgetown University. “The Comprehensive Agreement on […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
PNoy to meet Abe in Japan amid countries’ territorial rows with China

PNoy to meet Abe in Japan amid countries’ territorial rows with China

MANILA (Mabuhay) — With both their countries locked in territorial disputes with China, President Benigno Aquino III will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this June to discuss ways to enhance the states’ strategic partnership. The meeting will be part of Aquino’s state visit to Japan on June 2 to 5, on the […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Travel International Group celebrates 18 successful years in travel industry

Travel International Group celebrates 18 successful years in travel industry

Carson-based travel agency reaches 18-year milestone Travel International Group was a small, unknown travel company organized and established by travel industry experts Rick Enrique and Jane Stark on May 1, 1997.  Now, 18 years later, the company has grown into one of the most reliable and knowledgeable players in the travel industry with its trademark […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Happenings, Lifestyle, Local News, Services ·
FACLA celebrates platinum 70th year anniversary

FACLA celebrates platinum 70th year anniversary

Los Angeles – The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) will celebrate its Platinum or 70th Anniversary this weekend, April 25 to 26, at the Social Hall at 1740 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026. FACLA President Austin Baul Jr said, Anniversary Committee Chairs Susan Oca and Linda Nery reported that the celebrations for April […]

24.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
1Heart Caregiver Services welcomes its first franchisee

1Heart Caregiver Services welcomes its first franchisee

Three months into officially marketing to the public its Franchise offering, 1Heart Caregiver Services awarded Kamran Ghasri as its first franchisee a protected territory in the Beverly Hills area. Mr. Ghasri has over 10 years of experience being a successful franchisee of a Printing company in the East Coast. With his background in owning a […]

24.04.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Local News, Services ·
Google Doodle and animal quiz marks Earth Day 2015

Google Doodle and animal quiz marks Earth Day 2015

(Relaxnews) – Are you a honey bee, a giant squid or a komodo dragon? On the occasion of Earth Day 2015, Google is lending a helping hand in figuring out which animal best captures your personality. First celebrated in the United States in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an annual global event to help spread environmental […]

23.04.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Online ·
Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci round out ‘Beauty and the Beast’ cast

Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci round out ‘Beauty and the Beast’ cast

(Relaxnews) – The cast for the live-action rendition of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is rounding off with new additions Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. Tucci will be playing new character Cadenza the grand piano who is described as a neurotic maestro, says Variety. The Hollywood Reporter has also learned that McGregor is in final […]

22.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Netflix says ‘Daredevil’ season two is a go

Netflix says ‘Daredevil’ season two is a go

(Relaxnews) – It’s only been a fortnight since its premiere, but Netflix has already renewed Marvel series “Daredevil” for season two. Starring Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson and Vincent D’Onofrio, season two of the superhero drama will begin in 2016, Marvel confirmed. The widely popular show will also see some behind the scene changes. Showrunner Steven DeKnight […]

22.04.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Paxton to star in BBC movie about ‘Grand Theft Auto’

Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Paxton to star in BBC movie about ‘Grand Theft Auto’

(Relaxnews) – Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton have been tapped to star in the BBC TV movie “Game Changer,” the story of both the creators and the foes behind the video game “Grand Theft Auto.” The 90-minute drama focuses on Sam Houser (Radcliffe) and his cohort of British gaming pros, according to Variety. “Grand Theft Auto” […]

22.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Japan’s maglev train breaks new world speed record

Japan’s maglev train breaks new world speed record

(Tokyo-AFP) – Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train — short for “magnetic levitation” — hit a top speed of 603 kilometres […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Chinese reclamation activities top Aquino’s agenda in ASEAN summit

Chinese reclamation activities top Aquino’s agenda in ASEAN summit

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III will prioritize seeking other Southeast Asian leaders’ support against China’s reclamation activities in disputed areas in the South China Sea during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Malaysia next week. At a press briefing in Malacañang, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN affairs Luis Cruz […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
JayR hopes to spark OPM revolution with ‘Elevated’

JayR hopes to spark OPM revolution with ‘Elevated’

The much-anticipated, all-original album of award-winning singer and producer JayR has been released. Titled “Elevated,” the latest album from the Philippines’ “R & B King” features 14 tracks, each promising to raise music fans’ everyday listening experience. “Some of the songs, I’ve had it kept in my hard drive for years. I wanted to put […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Obama says ‘no greater threat to planet than climate change’

Obama says ‘no greater threat to planet than climate change’

Washington, United States | AFP |  – US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world’s biggest single threat. “Today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” Obama said in his weekly address, which had an environmental theme to mark Earth Day on April 22. “Climate change can no […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets to cost up to $7,500

Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets to cost up to $7,500

Los Angeles, United States, AFP  – Tickets for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s long-awaited superfight will cost between $1,500 and $7,500, organizers said Wednesday, but it is unclear how many will go on sale to the public. Seats at the May 2 bout in Las Vegas promise to be one of the hottest tickets of […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Rumored ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spin-off taps Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood

Rumored ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spin-off taps Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood

(Relaxnews) – Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are finalizing deals to headline in the rumored “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” spin-off from Marvel and ABC, says Deadline. Palicki and Blood both joined the ABC series in season two, with Palicki playing Bobbi Morse — or Mockingbird — and British actor Blood portraying her former husband and mercenary, Lance […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Star-studded Los Angeles-Makati Sister City on May 3 at Omni Hotel

Star-studded Los Angeles-Makati Sister City on May 3 at Omni Hotel

Geneva Cruz and Garrie Concepcion to grace First Filipiniana Gala event of the LA-Makati Sister Cities, Inc. The Los Angeles-Makati Sister Cities Fundraising Gala will be true to their status as the FilAm organizers has been working to put up a star-studded night with top celebrities from the entertainment, government and business worlds.  The event will be held at The Omni […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Happenings, Music ·
Why Alex initially turned down Araneta concert

Why Alex initially turned down Araneta concert

Alex Gonzaga admitted she initially turned down the offer for her to stage a solo concert at the Araneta Coliseum. Gonzaga explained that she was afraid she might not fill the whole venue. “Kasi siyempre ang laking venue ng Araneta, parang it’s a very big risk to take because it’s the Big Dome. However, pinag-pray […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Can’t pay? Won’t pay! — putting a price on water

Can’t pay? Won’t pay! — putting a price on water

(Daegu, South Korea-AFP) – It’s arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we’re not that keen on paying for it. The issue of pricing water is extremely sensitive — socially, politically, economically — but it’s […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Environment, Home & Garden ·
R2-D2 plane to spirit Star Wars fans far, far away

R2-D2 plane to spirit Star Wars fans far, far away

(Tokyo-AFP) – It might not be the droid you’re looking for, but a plane painted to look like R2-D2 could be the next best thing for “Star Wars” fans awaiting the franchise’s reboot. Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has unveiled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated to look like the small round robot that appears in […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Motoring ·
Twitter may help hospitals anticipate a spike in asthma attacks

Twitter may help hospitals anticipate a spike in asthma attacks

(Relaxnews) – Researchers are leveraging the microblogging platform to predict the volume of asthma-related emergency room visits one Dallas hospital can expect on a given day. For those who can see beyond the chatter, Twitter contains a trove of potentially useful data, including information that may be of interest to the medical community. In a […]

‘Furious 7’ surges past the $1 billion mark

‘Furious 7’ surges past the $1 billion mark

(Los Angeles-AFP) – “Furious 7” surged ahead of its North American box office competition for a third straight week, taking in an estimated $29 million to hit $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales. The strong weekend showing gives the car racing action flick a $294 million haul in the US and Canada since its release […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Official ‘Batman v Superman’ posters unveiled on Twitter

Official ‘Batman v Superman’ posters unveiled on Twitter

(Relaxnews) – The first official posters for Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” have been unveiled by the director on Twitter ahead of the movie’s IMAX trailer release date on Monday. Monday’s trailer release has also been taken up a notch. Last week, the official trailer was leaked to the public, and […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Rep. Chu, leaders promote DACA due to low enrollment

Rep. Chu, leaders promote DACA due to low enrollment

By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman “Nothing to fear and everything to gain.” According to Rep. Judy Chu, this is what’s in store for all eligible applicants of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is an immigration policy which allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Former NBA player Stephon Marbury to star in biopic

Former NBA player Stephon Marbury to star in biopic

(Relaxnews) – A biopic of Stephon Marbury, the former NBA star who became a Chinese basketball champion, will go into production in the next year, according to Variety. The production is part of a five-film deal between Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and China’s Beijing Hairun Pictures. It was announced at the Beijing International Film Festival, which […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Sports & Recreation ·
Pilipino professionals give advice to UCLA-bound students

Pilipino professionals give advice to UCLA-bound students

On Saturday, April 11th at the UCLA Carnesales Commons’ Venice Room, the UCLA Pilipino Recruitment and Enrichment Program (PREP) and the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association presented a panel of Pilipino professionals who graduated from or taught at UCLA.  Panelists included professionals in the fields of education, nursing, engineering, entertainment, and medicine.  UCLA Pilipino Alumni Chair […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Glendale Wins Resource Efficiency Award from the California Municipal Utilities Association

Glendale Wins Resource Efficiency Award from the California Municipal Utilities Association

Utility wins “Large Utility Water Program” category for its WaterSmart Program Glendale, CA  –  Glendale Water and Power (GWP) has won the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) Resource Efficiency Award in the Large Utility Water Program category for its water-use efficiency program in partnership with WaterSmart Software. WaterSmart’s technology marries behavioral science and data science to […]

17.04.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Local News, Services ·
China dismisses Aquino’s call to fear Beijing

China dismisses Aquino’s call to fear Beijing

Beijing, China, AFP  – Beijing on Wednesday dismissed as “groundless” Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s warning to AFP that the Asian giant’s actions in the South China Sea should “engender fear for the rest of the world”. Aquino made his remarks in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, saying that China’s increasing bold assertions of its territorial […]

17.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Is Ryan Gosling about to join the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel?

Is Ryan Gosling about to join the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel?

(Relaxnews) – The actor would join Harrison Ford who has already signed on for the follow-up film to Ridley Scott’s original dystopian sci-fi classic. Gosling is understood to be in negotiations with Alcon Entertainment about taking a role in the well-publicized Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel. And while the decision to revisit the story of Blade Runner […]

17.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Consulate meets with community, business leaders to access opportunities in LA

Consulate meets with community, business leaders to access opportunities in LA

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Filipino community and business leaders paid a courtesy call to Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim on 10 April 2015. The Filipino community and business organization leaders informed Consul General Herrera-Lim about recent organization program partnerships and events.  They also announced that registration is now open for a FREE SEMINAR on How […]

17.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
IBM teams with Apple on artificial intelligence health program

IBM teams with Apple on artificial intelligence health program

(San Francisco-AFP) – IBM on Monday announced alliances with Apple and others to put artificial intelligence to work drawing potentially life-saving insights from the booming amount of health data generated on personal devices. IBM is collaborating with Apple, Medtronic, and Johnson & Johnson to use its Watson artificial intelligence system to give users insights and […]

Microsoft launches selfie-focused Lumia 540 smartphone

Microsoft launches selfie-focused Lumia 540 smartphone

(Relaxnews) – Aimed at consumers looking for their first handset, the company’s latest affordable phone manages to cram in a number of useful features yet costs just $149. The colorful handset boasts a 5-inch full HD display plus a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with wide-angle lens for shooting both singular and group selfies, and, in a […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Victoria’s Secret models do a rain dance

Victoria’s Secret models do a rain dance

(Relaxnews) – Victoria’s Secret is now offering umbrellas in their signature pink candy stripe. A sexy new video starring models Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk and Candice Swanepoel wearing the new Dream Angels collection is now available online. Fans can share their own rain dance footage by tweeting #ItsRainingVS. From now until April 23, you get […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Hillary’s in, but what role for Bill?

Hillary’s in, but what role for Bill?

By Jérôme Cartillier Washington, United States, AFP  – Hillary Clinton has put an end to speculation about one question: Yes, she’s running for president. But that leaves another: What role has she in mind for her husband Bill? The former president is seen as a formidable campaigner and a potential asset to his wife’s operation. […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
World should fear China’s actions in South China Sea: Aquino

World should fear China’s actions in South China Sea: Aquino

By Karl Malakunas Manila, Philippines, – China’s efforts to stake its claim to most of the South China Sea should spark fear around the world, with military conflict possible, Philippine President Benigno Aquino told AFP on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview, Aquino also warned that China’s increasingly assertive actions raised the spectre of other nations […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Marco Rubio: Cuban heritage, American dream

Marco Rubio: Cuban heritage, American dream

By Ivan Couronne Washington, United States, AFP  – As a child, Marco Rubio assured his exiled Cuban grandfather that he would overthrow Fidel Castro and lead Cuba. Today, at 43, he harbors a new aspiration: to be president of the United States. The Republican senator from Florida, told voters Monday that he was in the […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PNB Remittance Center opens  its newest branch in Los Angeles

PNB Remittance Center opens its newest branch in Los Angeles

Los Angeles  – Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim spearheaded the ribbon-cutting ceremony of PNB Global Remit attended by the Filipino community, Filipino business leaders and ACTIVE  community leaders in Los Angeles, California on 10 April 2015. PNB is one of the biggest companies in the Philippines and is the only BANK  fully licensed in the United […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Get free tickets to see Lani Misalucha at the Pechanga Theater

Get free tickets to see Lani Misalucha at the Pechanga Theater

If you are interested in seeing Lani Misalucha live at Pechanga Resort & Casino, then perhaps this is your lucky day.  Pechanga Resort & Casino announced a raffle contest, which will giveaway two pairs of tickets to Lani Misalucha’s Concert at the Pechanga Theater on May 22, 2015  at 8:00 PM. The raffle contest will […]

From Royal Ballet to Broadway… via the shower

From Royal Ballet to Broadway… via the shower

(New York-AFP) – Leanne Cope built a career in the rarefied world of Britain’s Royal Ballet. So it was something of a shock when acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon asked her to sing in a shower cubicle. It was an unorthodox audition for Broadway’s newest star, who made her New York theater debut Sunday night in […]

14.04.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Sarah Jane ‘SJ’ Gandia, the secret behind Balita’s new ad jingle

Sarah Jane ‘SJ’ Gandia, the secret behind Balita’s new ad jingle

Sj is a young breed of Filipino songwriter who was born in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite and is now based here in Los Angeles. The development of her unique songwriting style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences, coming from her late mom’s side of the family as she witnessed the family sing at […]

14.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Trillanes names 2 CA justices in alleged Binay bribe

Trillanes names 2 CA justices in alleged Binay bribe

Senator says each got P25M to halt Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s suspension MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday accused two Court of Appeals (CA) justices of accepting P25 million each to halt Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s suspension. In a resolution calling for a Senate probe on the alleged “justice for sale” system […]

14.04.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
ConGen graces 73rd Anniversary of The Fall Of Bataan

ConGen graces 73rd Anniversary of The Fall Of Bataan

Los Angeles  – On 09 April 2015, Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim attended the 73rdAnniversary of the Fall of Bataan (Day of Valor) also known as “Araw ng Kagitingan” organized by the Filipino Veterans Foundation held at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, led by its Executive Director Dr. Jenny Batongmalaque. In his remarks, Consul General Leo […]

14.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Hollywood stars back Clinton 2016 bid

Hollywood stars back Clinton 2016 bid

Los Angeles, United States, AFP – Hollywood stars have chorused support for Hillary Clinton’s US presidential campaign, indicating Tinseltown will be firmly behind the former first lady as she targets the White House. Within hours of Clinton confirming her plans to stand in 2016, celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Magic Johnson gave a […]

14.04.2015 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
‘Game of Thrones’ makes an epic return

‘Game of Thrones’ makes an epic return

(Washington-AFP) – Former redhead Sansa remains a brunette. Tyrion grows a beard. East and West shall meet. And, once again, more will die gruesome deaths. Welcome to season five of the cult TV series “Game of Thrones,” which premieres Sunday worldwide to a rapturous global following. So popular is the medieval-flavored saga of blood, sex […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
California farmers spared worst of water rationing

California farmers spared worst of water rationing

Washington, United States, AFP – California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combating a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state’s farmers. Brown on Wednesday announced sweeping water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history to counter what officials called the […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·