Asian legal group joins other advocates calling on Texas Appeals Court to allow Obama’s immigration action

Asian legal group joins other advocates calling on Texas Appeals Court to allow Obama’s immigration action

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed early this week in the federal appeals court in Texas, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund joined more than 150 groups contending that President Obama’s executive immigration actions would allow millions of immigrants to apply for relief from deportation and work authorization and would improve the nation’s economy […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Watch AARP webinar on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders age 50-plus

Watch AARP webinar on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders age 50-plus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AARP convened a panel to discuss key issues – caregiving, economic security, health and healthcare – impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) age 50-plus. The webinar was open to the public and transmitted live from Washington, D.C. earlier today. Watch it online at https://aarp.webex.com/aarp/ldr.php?RCID=740efb030b01c7b7ed3c9c009003fd33 “There is a lack of disaggregated data about Asian […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Local News, Services ·
New ‘Ant-Man’ trailer released

New ‘Ant-Man’ trailer released

(Relaxnews) – The official trailer for the upcoming movie “Ant-Man” was released to YouTube Monday. “Ant-Man” will debut in North American cinemas on July 17. In the film, a member of The Avengers comes to the big screen for the first time with a new character by Marvel Studios, super hero Ant-Man. The film stars […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Japan, China, S. Korea agree to boost tourism: reports

Japan, China, S. Korea agree to boost tourism: reports

(Tokyo-AFP) – Japan, China and South Korea briefly put aside territorial and historical disputes Sunday for rare trilateral talks announcing a bid to boost tourism numbers in the three countries to 30 million visitors in five years. Japanese tourism minister Akihiro Ota met with counterparts Li Jinzao of the China National Tourism Administration and Kim […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
‘Fault in Our Stars’ wins big at MTV awards

‘Fault in Our Stars’ wins big at MTV awards

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Teen tear-jerker “The Fault in Our Stars” and “American Sniper” actor Bradley Cooper were the big winners at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Cooper took Best Male Performance for “Sniper” — Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama which was nominated for six Oscars and was a massive hit at […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
iOS 8 increasingly mirrors Yosemite and readies for the arrival of the Apple Watch

iOS 8 increasingly mirrors Yosemite and readies for the arrival of the Apple Watch

(Relaxnews) – Apple has released iOS 8.3, the latest update of its mobile OS, for download. This is the third major iOS 8 update since its release on September 17, 2014, which coincided with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. iOS 8: iCloud Drive and Health The iOS 8 operating system, compatible […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Marilyn Monroe inspires animated character for entertainment and retail

Marilyn Monroe inspires animated character for entertainment and retail

(Relaxnews) – Hollywood bombshell and 1950s icon Marilyn Monroe has inspired an animated character by Chinese group DMG Entertainment and US-based Authentic Brands Group. The “Mini Marilyn” character will be used for TV, film and live venue attractions, Variety reports. According to the two groups, the design will serve as the engine for licensing, retail […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Games, Hollywood Stars ·
New York’s World Trade Center observatory to open in May

New York’s World Trade Center observatory to open in May

(New York-AFP) – The observatory of New York’s new World Trade Center will open May 29 to the public, building managers said Tuesday. The observatory is on floors 100, 101 and 102 in the gleaming glass tower that was built on the site of buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks in Manhattan. Also […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Petition to rename Singapore’s airport after Lee Kuan Yew takes flight

Petition to rename Singapore’s airport after Lee Kuan Yew takes flight

(Singapore-AFP) – An online petition to rename Singapore’s Changi Airport “Lee Kuan Yew International Airport” has been signed by more than 12,000 people and submitted to the government, its organiser said on Wednesday. In an update on the website change.org the organiser, who goes by the moniker ‘Remembering LKY’ – Lee’s initials, said the petition, […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Alex Garland: the path from novelist to director

Alex Garland: the path from novelist to director

(Relaxnews) – Alex Garland makes his directorial debut with AI thriller “Ex Machina,” launching in the US on April 10. We chart his career path as a novelist, screenwriter, producer, and even video game consultant. Bursting onto the scene with a searing first novel, 1996’s “The Beach” established Garland as a force in contemporary fiction. […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Filipino-owned pizza salon at The Plaza Food Hall

Filipino-owned pizza salon at The Plaza Food Hall

NEW YORK – There’s thin crust pizza; and there’s paper thin crust pizza. That’s Pizza Rollio – a delicate crisp layered with a delightful blend of cheese, herbs and fresh toppings, best enjoyed in one bite, rolled up with fresh arugula, alfalfa and sauces. The artisanal pizza created by mother Mariko Jacinto, son Deki Tajonera, […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Columnists, Food & Dining, Home Food, Jannelle So, 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 begin on April 11 and […]

Cebuano filmmaker launches film, ‘Waves’ in New York Film Academy Theater, Los Angeles

Cebuano filmmaker launches film, ‘Waves’ in New York Film Academy Theater, Los Angeles

By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman On Friday, March 27, 2015, Waverly Productions, a Cebu-based, Indie filmhouse, hosted a special screening of their very first feature-length film entitled, “Waves,” in the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Theater in Burbank, California. Waves stars multi-award winning actor, Baron Geisler (Ross), Polish model Ilona Struzik (Sofia) and award winning actress […]

09.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
Dove releases latest beauty campaign video, ‘Choose Beautiful’

Dove releases latest beauty campaign video, ‘Choose Beautiful’

(Relaxnews) – Beauty and personal care brand Dove is known for its viral videos about beauty, and the latest, “Choose Beautiful,” has been generating buzz since releasing on Tuesday. In the new video, women in five cities — San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London and São Paulo — are given the opportunity to enter a building […]

08.04.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund returning for ‘Tron 3’

Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund returning for ‘Tron 3’

(Relaxnews) – Joseph Kosinski is back to direct the sequel to 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” and Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund will reteam in the lead roles. The project is looking to shoot in the fall, reports The Hollywood Reporter, with plot details uder wraps for now. “Tron: Legacy” followed up the 1980s sci-fi film “Tron,” which […]

08.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Grace of Monaco’ getting a straight-to-TV release in US

‘Grace of Monaco’ getting a straight-to-TV release in US

(Relaxnews) – The Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman is headed to Lifetime in the US, where it will premiere next month. After opening the Cannes film festival last year to many negative reviews, “Grace of Monaco” saw its US release date pushed back once and is now headed straight to the US network. Lifetime […]

08.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Pearson’s ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ getting sequel

Pearson’s ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ getting sequel

(Relaxnews) – A sequel is on the way for UK author and journalist Allison Pearson’s “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” which was made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Pearson’s 2002 novel revolved around the character of Kate Reddy, who struggled to balance career and family. The film adaptation was released in […]

08.04.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘American Pie’ lyrics sell for $1.2 million in New York

‘American Pie’ lyrics sell for $1.2 million in New York

(New York-AFP) – The original manuscript of Don McLean’s enigmatic song “American Pie” sold at auction in New York on Tuesday for $1.2 million, Christie’s said. The 18 pages of manuscript, written in pencil, ink and typescript on 17 sheets, had been expected to fetch between $1 and $1.5 million at the auction house. Christie’s […]

08.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Jimmy Fallon, Tinder, Monument Valley nominated for Webby Awards

Jimmy Fallon, Tinder, Monument Valley nominated for Webby Awards

(Relaxnews) – Nominees for the 19th annual Webby Awards were announced on April 7, with Vice, Vine, Refinery29, Michelle Phan and Ellen DeGeneres all getting nods. According to organizers, those earning the highest number of nominations include Vice Media (17), CollegeHumor (9), Funny or Die (8), HBO (8), The Guardian (7), Comedy Central (6) and […]

08.04.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Film, Games, Hollywood Stars, Music, Online ·
Taylor Swift, Sam Smith take Billboard Music Award nominations

Taylor Swift, Sam Smith take Billboard Music Award nominations

(Relaxnews) – Nominees in five categories for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards were revealed April 7 on US TV show “Good Morning America,” with a full list to follow. US singer Taylor Swift and UK singer Sam Smith were nominated in four categories each. The five categories revealed so far are top artist, top male […]

07.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Lydia V. Solis, a woman of substance elected PWUAASC President

Lydia V. Solis, a woman of substance elected PWUAASC President

By Myrna Aquitania A woman of substance, Lydia Vergara Solis, was recently elected President of the Philippine Women’s University Alumni Association of Southern California. Ms. Solis is not just Philippine News’ Southern California Chief Correspondent but she’s an active leader in the community as well. Lydia was born in Taal, Batangas to Public School Supervisor Marciano Kasilag Solis […]

07.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Rumors: Apple to push the limits of screen resolution with an 8K iMac

Rumors: Apple to push the limits of screen resolution with an 8K iMac

(Relaxnews) – Apple is preparing to launch a new iMac with an unprecedented 8K screen resolution, according to a slip in a press release from LG, which supplies screens to the Cupertino firm. The release has been removed from LG’s website but was republished by AppleInsider. LG let the cat out of the bag in […]

07.04.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Rooney Mara joins cast of ‘Lion’

Rooney Mara joins cast of ‘Lion’

(Relaxnews) – US actress Rooney Mara is joining Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in the cast of “The Lion.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is to begin filming in Australia in mid-April after several weeks on location in India. In addition to Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), David Wenham (“Top of the […]

07.04.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
SWS poll shows public understood PNoy’s position on Mamasapano — Palace

SWS poll shows public understood PNoy’s position on Mamasapano — Palace

MANILA   (Mabuhay) — The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll may have shown a huge drop in President Benigno Aquino III’s satisfaction rating, but Malacañang on Monday also saw the survey results as an indication that the public understood Aquino’s position on the deadly January 25 Mamasapano operation. While acknowledging the decline in Aquino’s […]

07.04.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
In fashion first, Google shows what’s hot and not

In fashion first, Google shows what’s hot and not

(Washington-AFP) – Tulle skirts are in. Jogger pants are hot. But high-waisted shorts? You don’t want to go there. In its first fashion trends report, Google analyzed billions of searches dating back to 2009 to provide a detailed analysis of what’s hot and what’s not. For example, queries for tulle skirts jumped 34 percent between […]

Filipinos carry out bloody Good Friday ‘crucifixions’

Filipinos carry out bloody Good Friday ‘crucifixions’

By Joel Guinto San Fernando, Philippines, AFP  – Devotees in the fervently Catholic Philippines marked Good Friday by being nailed to crosses and whipping their backs bloody, in extreme acts of devotion that attracted thousands of spectators. The annual ritual in scorching hot farmlands just outside of Manila is one of many colourful outpourings of […]

06.04.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Mayor Garcetti unveils new easy-to-read parking signs

Mayor Garcetti unveils new easy-to-read parking signs

L.A. Department of Transportation is the first transit system in the country to test grid-style signs to reduce parking confusion; bluetooth beacon technology installed for beta test to pave the way for smartphone parking info LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today installed the first of 100 new easy-to-read parking signs that use streamlined graphics […]

06.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Honeybee Foods  Corp pays courtesy call on ConGen Herrera-Lim

Honeybee Foods Corp pays courtesy call on ConGen Herrera-Lim

Los Angeles  – Honeybee Foods Corporation paid a courtesy call on Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim at the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles on 25 March 2015. Officials from Honeybee Foods Corporation representing the famous Filipino fast-food chains, Jollibee, Red Ribbon and Chowking called on Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim on 25 March 2015.  The officials […]

06.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

by Rob Lever Washington, United States, AFP  – President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new sanctions program that could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks. Obama said the threat from cyberattacks was a “national emergency” and that the sanctions could help strike back against […]

04.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Fil-Am conferred with commodore rank by PCG

Fil-Am conferred with commodore rank by PCG

Filipino-American Felix B. Lopez, division chief of the South East Asia Region of International Affairs Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX) has been awarded the prestigious title of Honorary Commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) last December 1 at the PCG Headquarters, Port Area, […]

04.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Look to the stars: the top five tips for conquering Twitter

Look to the stars: the top five tips for conquering Twitter

(Relaxnews) – All it takes to break into the ranks of the social network’s most followed members is a good singing voice, fluent English or Spanish and a Los Angles home address. According to Silk, the web platform for crunching and presenting data, the majority of the 10 most followed Twitter accounts belong to rock or […]

Luxury Easter collections include $1,000 chocolate pirate tableau and surfing eggs

Luxury Easter collections include $1,000 chocolate pirate tableau and surfing eggs

(Relaxnews) – Call it springtime folly. Or chocolate-flavored whimsy. But when the annual miracle known as spring arrives, chocolatiers take a collectively light-hearted and playful approach to their Easter creations. This year, that means pirate-themed tableaux, Kerala-inspired colors and patterns and surfboarding eggs. Easter enthusiasts looking for their Sunday brunch showpiece may want to turn […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Easter, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden, Photos ·
‘Furious 7’ off the mark with $15.8m debut

‘Furious 7’ off the mark with $15.8m debut

(Relaxnews) – Action movie “Furious 7” heads into its opening weekend with $15.8m already under its belt. In comparison, “Fast and Furious 6” made $6.5m on its opening night, though with 2,409 10pm showings compared to the 3,069 April 2 showings of “Furious 7” which, by contrast, started at 7pm, remarks Variety. A RelishMix report carried […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Paris holds film festival — for the blind

Paris holds film festival — for the blind

(Paris-AFP) – In most movie theatres the lights go dark and the feature begins, but for an audience attending a Paris film festival under way this month, the whole world is dark and stays that way. The Audiovision Film Festival, which began this week and runs to April 14, is unusual in that it caters […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Health & Fitness, International Stars ·
‘Fantastic Four’ delivers international trailer

‘Fantastic Four’ delivers international trailer

(Relaxnews) – A new “Fantastic Four” trailer offers a selection of additional material as it is recut for international audiences. This time around, there’s a look at the sort of superpower that each crew member wields, with both the Human Torch and Invisible Woman in flight. For 20th Century Fox, it’s an opportunity to reboot […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
UCLA Pilipino Alumni endowment reaches $91,000

UCLA Pilipino Alumni endowment reaches $91,000

On Thursday, March 26, the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association and supporters held a dinner at the L.A. Rose Café and announced that the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment reached $91,000, which supports the UCLA Pilipino Alumni / Lovell Sevilla Scholarship Program.  There were also several discussions on how to continually increase the endowment, which is key to helping […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Filipino worker advocacy organization hosts free legal clinic

Filipino worker advocacy organization hosts free legal clinic

San Jose, California – The Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants-Silicon Valley (PAWIS-SV), in conjunction with the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center (KGACLC), the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), and Somos Mayfair , hosted a legal clinic on Saturday, March 28 at Somos Mayfair  located at 370 South King Rd, San Jose, CA 95116. Areas […]

31.03.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News, Services ·
Olympic Station Police Commander Captain III Vitto Palozzolo calls on ConGen Herrera-Lim

Olympic Station Police Commander Captain III Vitto Palozzolo calls on ConGen Herrera-Lim

Los Angeles   – Olympic Police Station Commander Captain III Vitto Palazzolo paid a courtesy call today on Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim at the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles on 25 March 2015. The two officials discussed ways of further strengthening cooperation between the Olympic Station of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and […]

31.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in PHL: BIR

Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in PHL: BIR

Manila, Philippines, APF  – Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number […]

31.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Second ‘Jurassic World’ trailer ahead of June release

Second ‘Jurassic World’ trailer ahead of June release

(Relaxnews) – A 30-second set-up for “Jurassic World” fills out some of the big name film’s backstory. Raptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) arrives on the scene to view one of the dinosaur theme park’s most notable attractions: a carnivorous beast with an appetite for destruction. A laboratory creation achieved by fusing elements from a […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Santarina sworn into Carson City Council by State Senator Hall

Santarina sworn into Carson City Council by State Senator Hall

Carson, CA – Filipino American Elito Santarina who was re-elected to the City Council of Carson March 3, was sworn into office by California State Senator Isadore Hall, 35th District last March 24 at the Carson Community Center. After Hall administered the oath of office, Santarina astressed the importance of “getting along with each other” in […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
From the Galaxy S to the S6: 5 years of innovation from Samsung

From the Galaxy S to the S6: 5 years of innovation from Samsung

(Relaxnews) – The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, officially launching on April 10, are the latest in a range that has been setting new benchmarks for high-end smartphones each spring since 2010. Samsung Galaxy S Launched in Asia in June 2010 and worldwide over the following months, the Galaxy S was clearly positioned as […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
One Direction plays on in S.Africa as fans mourn Malik’s exit

One Direction plays on in S.Africa as fans mourn Malik’s exit

(Johannesburg-AFP) – Best-selling boy band One Direction bounded onto the stage in Johannesburg Saturday for their first show since fans across the world were plunged into teenage distress over heartthrob Zayn Malik quitting the group. A deafening wall of excited screams greeted the remaining four members of the British-Irish group, who have earned a global […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
‘Gone with the Wind’ dress up for auction

‘Gone with the Wind’ dress up for auction

(Washington-AFP) – A dress that Vivien Leigh wore in her Oscar-winning role as Scarlett O’Hara in the cinema classic “Gone with the Wind” is coming up for auction next month. Heritage Auction said Thursday the blue-gray ribbed cotton dress with black details could fetch more than $100,000 when it goes on the block April 18. […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Home’ comfy atop North American box office

‘Home’ comfy atop North American box office

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Animated children’s flick “Home,” about an unpopular space alien forced to flee his own kind, took up residence over the weekend at the top of the North American box office, estimates showed Sunday. The computer-generated movie, featuring Jim Parsons as the voice of “Oh” the extraterrestrial and Rihanna as his Earthling friend, […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Pacquiao endorses Fil-Am’s candidacy for Glendale council seat

Pacquiao endorses Fil-Am’s candidacy for Glendale council seat

Glendale, CA – Philippine Congressman and World Champion Boxer, Manny Pacquiao, gives 100% support to our Kababayan, Edith Fuentes for Glendale City Council (April 7, 2015) candidacy.  Pacquiao is asking our Kababayans to support Fuentes, “Suportahan natin at iboto si Edith Fuentes.”  If elected, Fil-Am Edith Maniquis Fuentes, will be the first Asian-Pacific Islander elected to Glendale City Council […]

27.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Filipino DH captures dreams through photography

Filipino DH captures dreams through photography

By Aaron Tam Hong Kong, China, AFP – From her poverty-stricken roots in a Philippine backwater, via domestic service in Hong Kong to acclaim in New York, Xyza Cruz Bacani’s inspirational journey started with a camera bought with borrowed money. The 28-year-old came to Hong Kong nine years ago to join 300,000 other women working […]

27.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Asian News ·
James Bond ‘Spectre’ trailer debuts Friday

James Bond ‘Spectre’ trailer debuts Friday

(Relaxnews) – The first official teaser for the 24th official Bond film and the fourth with Daniel Craig in the starting role is just a day away. The first trailer will debut on 007.com at 11:45pm GMT and, notwithstanding the recent leak of an earlier draft of its screenplay, will give fans their first taste of what […]

27.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Of chance encounters and surprising journeys: Join Angelica Panganiban, JM de Guzman  in ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’

Of chance encounters and surprising journeys: Join Angelica Panganiban, JM de Guzman in ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’

TFC@theMovies brings the most successful Filipino indie film to date to 33 theatres in the U.S. starting March 27 “There are two things that define the Filipino romantic comedy: ‘kilig’ and manufactured conflict. The former is the fuel that makes the engine run, the ephemeral feeling that fans of the genre will chase for the […]

26.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
Artist Lynda A. N. Reyes participates in two juried shows in California

Artist Lynda A. N. Reyes participates in two juried shows in California

Two watercolor paintings of artist Lynda A. N. Reyes will be featured in two California exhibits in Brea, Orange County and San Francisco   “An Afternoon Stroll at Venice Beach”, a transparent watercolor painting done on a full size 300 lb. Arches paper was juried into the 30th Annual Made in California Juried Exhibition of the […]

26.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Local News ·
Rare screenings of ‘The Sound of Music’ in New York

Rare screenings of ‘The Sound of Music’ in New York

(Relaxnews) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York will play host to two special archival screenings of “The Sound of Music” in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. The screenings are to take place on Saturday, May 2 at the Museum of the […]

25.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Amazon TV stick goes abroad, gets new features

Amazon TV stick goes abroad, gets new features

(Washington-AFP) – Amazon announced Tuesday its Fire TV media stick for streaming video is being sold in Britain and Germany, as part of a push to expand its online television services. The US online and retail giant also said its media stick — a rival to Google Chromecast — would also get an update to […]

25.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Outrageous chocolate Easter bunny costs $49,000 thanks to diamond eyes

Outrageous chocolate Easter bunny costs $49,000 thanks to diamond eyes

(Relaxnews) – It took a master chocolatier, cocoa from Tanzania and two solitaire diamonds to create what’s being billed as the world’s most extravagant chocolate Easter bunny, worth $49,000 — or, the price of a high-end car. The specs are impressive: The bunny statuette measures 38 cm (about a foot tall) and weighs in at […]

25.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Easter, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Manila-born ex-NFLer Tebow pays Pacquiao visit

Manila-born ex-NFLer Tebow pays Pacquiao visit

Los Angeles, United States, AFP – Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao received a visit from Manila-born former National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow for a weekend workout sesssion ahead of his May showdown with undefeated Floyd Mayweather. Tebow watched Pacquiao train for nearly three hours on Saturday, including seven rounds of sparring and eight rounds of […]

25.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Sports & Recreation ·
Ampatuan’s private army allied with BIFF since 2009: AFP

Ampatuan’s private army allied with BIFF since 2009: AFP

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The private armed group of former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have been allies since 2009 after members of the private militia were implicated in the Maguindanao massacre, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Monday. Military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said members […]

24.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Jennifer Lopez takes fashion line to Mexico

Jennifer Lopez takes fashion line to Mexico

(Mexico City-AFP) – US singer, actress and businesswoman Jennifer Lopez took her fashion line outside the United States for the first time on Monday, launching in Mexico. Speaking in Spanish, the star — a New Yorker whose parents are from Puerto Rico — said she wanted to make her designs affordable to low-income women who […]

PAL’s latest us route seen to boost tourist arrivals

PAL’s latest us route seen to boost tourist arrivals

NEW YORK – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines finally made a long overdue comeback to the East Coast by flying into New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, nearly two decades after it last served its most distant point in the United States. The resumption of PAL’s four-times-a-week service from Manila to New York […]

24.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Singapore in mourning as first PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

Singapore in mourning as first PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

by Martin ABBUGAO Singapore, Singapore, AFP, Monday 3/23/2015 – Singapore was plunged into mourning and world leaders united in tribute Monday after the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the iron-fisted politician who transformed a colonial backwater into a world financial center. His son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, issued a statement before dawn announcing the […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Aquino accuses critics of spreading gossip about his health

Aquino accuses critics of spreading gossip about his health

MANILA, Mar 23 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday accused his “persistent critics” of spreading “gossip” about his health. Days after he was rumored to have collapsed in Malacañang, Aquino attended a briefing on the South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4 project in Quezon, where he described reports on his poor health as […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Pitbull to perform at famed Apollo Theater

Pitbull to perform at famed Apollo Theater

(Relaxnews) – In celebration of the upcoming launch of his SiriusXM channel, the rapper Pitbull will perform at Harlem’s illustrious Apollo Theater for an audience of invited guests on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00pm ET. Called “Globalization,” Pitbull’s SiriusXM channel will launch just one hour before the concert begins in the New York neighborhood of […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
California winemakers rebuff arsenic lawsuit

California winemakers rebuff arsenic lawsuit

Los Angeles, United States, AFP  – Leading California winemakers rebuffed Friday a lawsuit which claims several low-cost wines are tainted with dangerous levels of arsenic. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims that 28 wineries knowingly violated California law by producing wine contaminated with arsenic and failing to inform consumers about the potential dangers. But the Wine […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Ted Cruz, heavy on faith, launches White House bid

Ted Cruz, heavy on faith, launches White House bid

By Michael Mathes Lynchburg, United States , AFP, Monday 3/23/2015- Ultra-conservative Republican US Senator Ted Cruz launched his White House quest on Monday, invoking his abiding faith in God as he effectively kick-started the 2016 presidential race. The 44-year-old Tea Party favorite from Texas chose Liberty University, the sprawling Christian evangelical bastion founded by Reverend Jerry […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Insurgent’ top at box office, ‘Gunman’ fires a blank

‘Insurgent’ top at box office, ‘Gunman’ fires a blank

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Dystopian thriller “Insurgent” blasted its way to top spot at the North American box-office this weekend as Sean Penn action movie “The Gunman” fired a blank, estimated figures showed Sunday. The second big-screen adaptation based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling “Divergent” trilogy, “Insurgent” opened with $54 million according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Celine Dion to return to Vegas residency: report

Celine Dion to return to Vegas residency: report

(AFP) – Canadian singer Celine Dion will return to her residency in Las Vegas in August after taking an indefinite break last year to care for her cancer-stricken husband, People magazine reported. On her website, the star from French-speaking province Quebec hinted at the news on Saturday, exclaiming “Good news on the horizon!” showing her […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, International Stars, Music ·
Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey to star in ‘The Bad Batch’

Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey to star in ‘The Bad Batch’

(Relaxnews) – Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Suki Waterhouse have all been lined up to star in “The Bad Batch” directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Actor Jason Momoa has also been confirmed as a cast member, reports Deadline, while Amirpour is also writing the screenplay.  The love story, from Annapurna Pictures and VICE, will be […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
One Direction pays ‘marijuana bond’ to PHL: gov’t

One Direction pays ‘marijuana bond’ to PHL: gov’t

Manila|AFP| – British pop phenomenon One Direction paid a cash bond to the Philippines on Thursday that was imposed because of drug concerns, allowing them to play two concerts this weekend, the immigration bureau said. The bond, 200,000 pesos ($4,500) each for singers Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, will be forfeited should the two get […]

20.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Philippine News ·
Top iPhone apps: ‘Fotoplace,’ ‘vente-privee,’ ‘Kiwi Q&A’

Top iPhone apps: ‘Fotoplace,’ ‘vente-privee,’ ‘Kiwi Q&A’

(Relaxnews) – A fashion sales app and photo editing suite with cinematic leanings are among new apps hitting top spot on national charts. More details on these and other top free iPhone applications by country for the week, by number of downloads and recorded on March 19, 2015, can be found below. USA Facebook Messenger […]

ABS-CBN Foundation Int’l celebrates 18 years of Bantay Bata (Child Watch)

ABS-CBN Foundation Int’l celebrates 18 years of Bantay Bata (Child Watch)

Program continues to protect abused and abandoned children of today to protect future generations REDWOOD SHORES, CA   – It was the tragic death of a young girl in the Philippines who was brutally beaten by her own mother in 1996 that sparked the idea of creating a helpline that will receive reports of cases of child […]

19.03.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
New Jaguar set for high wire debut

New Jaguar set for high wire debut

(Relaxnews) – To highlight its latest car’s lightweight construction and its agility, the Jaguar XF is taking to a tightrope in one of the company’s most ambitious publicity stunts to date. The reveal, scheduled for March 24 — a week before the New York Autoshow — will bring a new meaning to driving by wire. […]

18.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Online, Videos ·
Space, the next frontier for ‘Insurgent’ author

Space, the next frontier for ‘Insurgent’ author

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Cult US teen author Veronica Roth has come a long way in only a few years. And it seems her next step — at least, in a literary sense — will be into space. The 26-year-old published her debut novel “Divergent” in 2011, launching a dystopian trilogy that has been turned into […]

18.03.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Pacquiao undergoes random blood, urine testing

Pacquiao undergoes random blood, urine testing

Los Angeles, United States |AFP| – Manny Pacquiao was given a random drug test Saturday, only two days after the US Anti-Doping Agency revealed the Filipino boxing icon and future foe Floyd Mayweather agreed to Olympic-style testing. A report on GMA News in Pacquiao’s homeland detailed that he had given blood and urine samples to a […]

18.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Sports & Recreation ·
US firms urged to bid for major infra projects in PHL

US firms urged to bid for major infra projects in PHL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippines is taking advantage of the growing interest of American and other foreign investors in the country by urging them to participate in the bidding for a number of major infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline. “Tremendous opportunities exist in the Philippines for infrastructure development,” said Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, […]

18.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
AFP: Officials declined BOI interviews as they already gave statements to Senate

AFP: Officials declined BOI interviews as they already gave statements to Senate

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Military officials declined to be interviewed by the Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry investigating the Mamasapano clash because they have already given statements to the Senate during its probe, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said on Saturday. “Most of the issues were already explained during Senate hearings,”  AFP public affairs […]

18.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Food distribution-feeding program at FACLA March 21

Food distribution-feeding program at FACLA March 21

Los Angeles–The monthly  feeding program and food distribution for the month of March  will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) The feeding and food distribution program has been a success ever since and has distributed food and have fed a modest number of seniors […]

18.03.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
How to do your part in saving the ocean

How to do your part in saving the ocean

(Relaxnews) – A group of 20 top chefs from around the world including Grant Achatz, Ferran Adria, Daniel Humm and Massimo Bottura have lent their star power to a global initiative that aims to save the oceans and boost food security. Oceana’s ‘Save the Oceans: Feed the Planet’ campaign launched officially out of San Sebastian […]

17.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Windows 10 devices to allow sign in with face, iris

Windows 10 devices to allow sign in with face, iris

(Washington-AFP) – The new Windows 10 operating system will allow users to sign in to a device without a password by using biometrics, including facial recognition, Microsoft announced Tuesday. Microsoft said its Windows Hello feature will support biometric authentication as part of an effort to reduce the use of passwords, which can often be hacked. […]

17.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Lorde, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding react to NZ X Factor fiasco

Lorde, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding react to NZ X Factor fiasco

(Relaxnews) – International music stars Lorde, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding have reacted to the New Zealand “X Factor” fiasco. Following the firing of two judges, Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, on New Zealand’s “X Factor” over abusive comments made to contestant Joe Irvine during a live show, all three artists have added their two […]

17.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
1st Capas Freedom March April 11

1st Capas Freedom March April 11

Los Angeles – Come April 11,, thousands of people from all walks of life will gather in Capas, Tarlac in the Philippines to commemorate the agonizing battle of the heroes of the Bataan Death March dubbed “The Capas Freedom March”.  Local and foreign military personnel who fought in the war, family members and friends of a […]

17.03.2015 · Filled under: Happenings, Local News ·
Global box office: ‘Cinderella’ is the belle of the ball

Global box office: ‘Cinderella’ is the belle of the ball

(Relaxnews) – Now showing in 32 territories, Disney’s latest adaptation of the classic fairy tale claimed the top spot at the worldwide box office for the weekend ending March 15. Kenneth Branagh’s feature has a wide lead over the competition with its $132.4 million in global revenues over the period. Meanwhile, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” […]

16.03.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Paris exhibit revisits Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘scandalous’ 1971 collection

Paris exhibit revisits Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘scandalous’ 1971 collection

Relaxnews) – After the release of two biopics in 2014, the late legendary designer is in the news again ahead of “Yves Saint Laurent 1971: La Collection du Scandale.” The exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé in Paris will revisit Yves Saint Laurent’s harshly criticized collection inspired by the styles of Nazi-occupied Paris. On January […]

Watch Robert Downey Jr. deliver Iron Man bionic arm to boy in viral video

Watch Robert Downey Jr. deliver Iron Man bionic arm to boy in viral video

(Relaxnews) – Robert Downey Jr. — aka Tony Stark  — helped deliver a real bionic, Iron Man-inspired arm developed using 3D technology to a boy with a partially developed arm in a YouTube video that has gone viral. Since being uploaded Thursday, the video of Downey Jr. and Alex, a dapper seven-year-old who loves superheroes […]

Listen to the new song from ‘Frozen Fever’

Listen to the new song from ‘Frozen Fever’

(Relaxnews) – Disney has released the new song that features in “Frozen Fever,” the digital short that hits theaters Friday alongside “Cinderella.” “Making Today a Perfect Day” is sung by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, the voices behind Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and recounts how the sisters are trying to plan the perfect celebration […]

16.03.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music, Online ·
One third of web users globally is a British football fan

One third of web users globally is a British football fan

(Relaxnews) – Proving that soccer is the world’s only universal language, three in 10 consumers with web access say that they watch Premier League matches on the television and 15% turn to the web to see a game. The figures, from the GlobalWebIndex (GWI), which are based on a sample of up to 170,000 internet […]

Singin’ in the Rain, and how Paris fell in love with US musicals

Singin’ in the Rain, and how Paris fell in love with US musicals

(Paris-AFP) – A sold-out theatre run in Paris for “Singin’ in the Rain”, which opens Thursday, marks another success for American musicals in a country where they once attracted sneers. “In France we are experts at creating categories — there is culture and there is entertainment,” said Jean-Luc Choplin, who runs the Chatelet Theatre where […]

12.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Filipino artist goes big in Hollywood

Filipino artist goes big in Hollywood

By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman Winston Quitasol may not be a name familiar to many. But a lot of people have seen his work. If you watched a Hollywood movie any time between 1992 to now, chances are, you’ve already seen at least one of the films he worked on. As a visual effects and lighting artist, […]

12.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
2 Fil-Ams win in municipal elections in LA county

2 Fil-Ams win in municipal elections in LA county

By Nimfa Rueda LOS ANGELES – Two Filipino-Americans were re-elected to serve a four-year term on the city councils of Cerritos and Carson in Los Angeles County, according to semi-official results released Wednesday Mark Pulido, currently mayor of Cerritos, topped the city council elections for the second time. He drew the most votes ever recorded […]

11.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Aquino not skirting issue on Purisima’s role in Mamasapano mission – Palace exec

Aquino not skirting issue on Purisima’s role in Mamasapano mission – Palace exec

MANILA  (Mabuhay) –President Benigno Aquino III is not skirting the issue on the role of resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima in the deadly January 25 Mamasapano mission, a Malacañang official said Tuesday. “Wala namang pag-iwas doon sa role ni General Purisima,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said. Pressed further why […]

11.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Tim Burton continues with live action children’s story streak

Tim Burton continues with live action children’s story streak

(Relaxnews) – Prior to signing on for live-action remake project “Dumbo,” Burton has already found success balancing a selection of youngster’s tales with the darker material that helped established his signature style. James and the Giant Peach (1996) Based on the 1961 Roald Dahl novel about an unhappy orphan boy and a fruit tree growing […]

11.03.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Obama in Selma: ‘Our march is not over’

Obama in Selma: ‘Our march is not over’

By Jérôme Cartillier / Andrew Beatty Selma, United States |AFP|  – US President Barack Obama rallied a new generation of Americans to the spirit of the civil rights struggle on Saturday, warning their march for freedom “is not yet finished.” In a forceful speech in Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the brutal repression […]

11.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Hillary Clinton says ‘not there yet’ on women’s equality

Hillary Clinton says ‘not there yet’ on women’s equality

New York, United States |AFP|   – Two women with global clout – Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates – released a sweeping report on Monday showing that women are still far from winning equality in leadership positions. The “No Ceilings” report is a review of progress made by women since the 1995 Beijing conference laid […]

11.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Apple to tap iPhone users for medical research

Apple to tap iPhone users for medical research

(San Francisco-AFP) – Apple on Monday unveiled an initiative to help researchers tackle some of the world’s most critical medical conditions by gathering data from willing iPhone users. The plan will use, on a voluntary basis, data from medical tracking apps to aid research on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. The […]

09.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
LA Galaxy Foundation joins forces with American Heart Association to fight cardiovascular disease

LA Galaxy Foundation joins forces with American Heart Association to fight cardiovascular disease

LOS ANGELES – The LA Galaxy Foundation and the American Heart Association (AHA) have joined forces through a yearlong collaboration to fight cardiovascular disease. The LA Galaxy Foundation’s support of $125,000 will help fund cardiovascular health initiatives aimed at engaging young people in healthy physical activity, providing blood pressure screenings to women, and helping congenital […]

09.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Aquino: Napeñas fooled me on Mamasapano mission

Aquino: Napeñas fooled me on Mamasapano mission

MANILA, Mar 9 (Mabuhay) – “The truth is, I was given the wrong information.” President Benigno Aquino III made this statement on Monday as he enumerated errors supposedly committed by former Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. that resulted in the high number of police fatalities in the January 25 Mamasapano clash […]

09.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Viewers to Volunteers ad for CBS features Weekend Balita columnist Jannelle So

Viewers to Volunteers ad for CBS features Weekend Balita columnist Jannelle So

Weekend Balita and US Asian Post columnist Jannelle So in TV ad for Viewers to Volunteers airing on CBS. Jannelle Viewers to Volunteers commercial

09.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Jannelle So, Online ·
Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’: what are critics saying?

Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’: what are critics saying?

(Relaxnews) – The 13th studio album by pop superstar Madonna has months of hype and an all-star roster of artists — Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Avicii, Nas, Diplo, Chance the Rapper — behind it. Ahead of its release next week in Europe and North America, critics weigh in on the album’s dichotomous nature, and on […]

09.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Autumn fashion on the Paris catwalk looks dark and leggy

Autumn fashion on the Paris catwalk looks dark and leggy

(Paris-AFP) – While most of the northern hemisphere is eagerly awaiting spring and summer, on the Paris catwalks right now it’s already about the following autumn and winter — and that season is forecast to be dark and leggy. Such is the predominant look unfurled by some of the top brands including Dior, Kenzo, Lanvin, […]

Alibaba opens US data center in new challenge to Amazon

San Francisco, United States |  |  – Chinese online giant Alibaba will open a data center in Silicon Valley, it said Wednesday, challenging US rival Amazon in the field of cloud computing. The company’s Aliyun unit, which already competes with AWS (Amazon Web Services) in China, will offer cloud services to US firms in what […]

07.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
China free trade zone a bust so far: US business survey

China free trade zone a bust so far: US business survey

Shanghai, China |AFP |   – Nearly three-quarters of American firms in Shanghai say China’s first free trade zone (FTZ) offers them no business benefits almost 18 months after it was established, according to a survey Wednesday. The Chinese commercial hub set up the FTZ in September 2013, promising a range of financial reforms, including […]

07.03.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
RNs welcome Senate Bill 483 to step up public oversight, safety of patients under observation

RNs welcome Senate Bill 483 to step up public oversight, safety of patients under observation

One of the biggest growing and least reported problems in U.S. hospitals – the placement of patients in “observation” status, where they can be held for hours or days with less public oversight and fewer protections – is the theme of a new bill just re-introduced in the California legislature. Senate Bill 483, authored by […]

07.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Do smartphones make us lazy?

Do smartphones make us lazy?

(Relaxnews) – Having the world at our fingertips diminishes the role of our brains in daily life, according to researchers in Canada. “Decades of research has revealed that humans are eager to avoid expending effort when problem-solving, and it seems likely that people will increasingly use their smartphones as an extended mind,” says lead author Nathaniel […]

06.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Pharrell Williams says Marvin Gaye song ‘never entered his head’ when writing ‘Blurred Lines’

Pharrell Williams says Marvin Gaye song ‘never entered his head’ when writing ‘Blurred Lines’

(Relaxnews) – Pharrell Williams has appeared in court to testify in the copyright case with the Marvin Gaye estate over the Robin Thicke hit “Blurred Lines”. The star is embroiled in a legal battle with Gaye’s family, who claim that the track, which he wrote for Thicke, is a rip-off of the 1977 hit “Got […]

06.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
‘Dean of documentaries’ Maysles dies at 88: official

‘Dean of documentaries’ Maysles dies at 88: official

(New York-AFP) – Albert Maysles, the pioneering documentary filmmaker who immortalized The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1969 concert at Altamont Speedway, has died, staff at his institute said Friday. He was 88. Maysles, nicknamed the “dean of documentaries” for a series of groundbreaking films over a career spanning several decades, passed away late Thursday, Erika Dilday, […]

06.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film ·
Recreate J-Lo’s glittery “Feel the Light” look

Recreate J-Lo’s glittery “Feel the Light” look

(Relaxnews) – Jennifer Lopez has released a sneak peek of her new music video “Feel the Light”… and with it, a brand new beauty look. Star-studded glittery eyes and the longest, most complex looking braid we’ve ever seen are the order of the day here for the stylish singer. In shots posted on her Instagram […]

PHL Consulate opens its doors at new location

PHL Consulate opens its doors at new location

Los Angeles  – The Philippine Consulate General is pleased to announce that we have opened our doors to serve the public at its new location at 3435 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90010. The change of location, that is four blocks from its present location, is part of a wider effortof the Consulate to deliver better client experience and to enhance […]

06.03.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Services ·
FASO goes Broadway on April 25

FASO goes Broadway on April 25

As a follow up to its very successful “Swing the Night Away!” show late last year, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) goes Broadway on Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. “This will be a thrilling show since it will be the first time that FASO will perform an entire […]

06.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Happenings, Music ·
Jessie Usher to follow in Will Smith’s footsteps in ‘Independence Day 2’

Jessie Usher to follow in Will Smith’s footsteps in ‘Independence Day 2’

(Relaxnews) – The young American actor will play the son of Will Smith’s character in the sequel to the science-fiction blockbuster, which Roland Emmerich will return to direct. But who is Jessie Usher? Just after turning 23, the actor has picked up a major role in “Independence Day 2,” which will also star Liam Hemsworth and Jeff […]

04.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
WWII Japanese ship found in PHL

WWII Japanese ship found in PHL

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen finds battleship sank 70 years ago By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan’s biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. […]

04.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·

China’s wealthiest to take part in key political meetings

Beijing, China | AFP |  – Five of the 10 wealthiest people in Communist-ruled China are due to take part in two major political meetings starting this week, government websites show, highlighting the influence of the country’s mega-rich. Super-wealthy delegates to the “two sessions” are often the focus of public attention, with some criticised for […]

04.03.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Infrastructure partnership, major agenda in APEC meeting in Tagaytay

Infrastructure partnership, major agenda in APEC meeting in Tagaytay

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Delegates of member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will meet at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City on Wednesday, March 4 for the Asia-Pacific Infrastructure Partnership Dialogue 2015. During the meeting, delegates will discuss emerging trends and issues on urban infrastructure and financing, get an overview of the Urban […]

03.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Uncertainty dogs Obama’s immigration plans

Uncertainty dogs Obama’s immigration plans

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama faces a tough political and legal battle to drive through an amnesty for five million illegal immigrants, but uncertainty may prove as big a hurdle as Congress or the courts. Sitting opposite Obama in the Oval Office on February 4, 19-year-old Mexico-born Steven […]

03.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Torrance, Calif. native serves aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush

Torrance, Calif. native serves aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush

By Joshua Treadwell Chief Mass Communication Specialist, Navy Office of Community Outreach NORFOLK, Va. – A 2011 West Torrance High School graduate and Torrance, Calif., native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Fireman Alexa Vega is an electrician’s mate aboard the Norfolk-based ship, […]

03.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
‘Divergent’ fever? Other dystopian teen fiction to feed your fandom

‘Divergent’ fever? Other dystopian teen fiction to feed your fandom

(Relaxnews) – Veronica Roth, author of the “Divergent” trilogy, has a new book coming in 2017. In the meantime, what is a teen fiction fan to do? As the second “Divergent” film, “Insurgent” hits theaters this month, the trilogy’s scribe has announced she’s got two books on the way. The first, said to be “in […]

03.03.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film ·
Polish castle to set the scene for real-life wizarding school

Polish castle to set the scene for real-life wizarding school

(Relaxnews) – Fans of the Harry Potter series and the magical arts have launched a crowdsourcing campaign that aims to bring a College of Wizardry to life, and — if all goes well —  turn a castle in Poland into a permanent school of sorcery. Within three days of being posted on crowdfunding site Indiegogo […]

Apple overtakes Samsung in global smartphone sales for the first time since 2011

Apple overtakes Samsung in global smartphone sales for the first time since 2011

(Relaxnews) – Apple overtook Samsung to become the number one smartphone retailer in the fourth quarter of 2014, knocking the South Korean giant off the top spot for the first time since 2011, according to new figures from Gartner. Worldwide smartphone sales saw a record fourth quarter, totaling 367.5 million units. In 2014, sales of […]

03.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Online, Science & Technology ·
Balita Photo Editor Auctions Off Best Work for a Cause

Balita Photo Editor Auctions Off Best Work for a Cause

Weekend Balita Photo Editor Benny Uy has auctioned off one of his best works to raise funds for a scholarship program for the children of slain journalists in the Philippines. “I’m very thankful to those supporting my efforts,” said Uy, who has used his wide community network and strong presence in social media to solicit bids for his […]

03.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Local News ·
Bill to exempt Pacquiao from taxes mulled

Bill to exempt Pacquiao from taxes mulled

MANILA, Mar 2 (Mabuhay) – The chairman of the Senate ways and means committee said a bill seeking to give Manny Pacquiao tax exemption on his earnings as a boxing champion is a good measure that would recognize his contributions to the country. In a statement, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said he will consider the […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
L.A.’s January water use continues to decline

L.A.’s January water use continues to decline

LADWP customers urged to conserve more as drought persists LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today released its water conservation numbers for January 2015 showing a 22% reduction since January 2007 – the year that the city’s water conservation ordinance was implemented, and a 15.8% reduction in water use […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
President Aquino says Philippines, France share same principles in building a peaceful nation

President Aquino says Philippines, France share same principles in building a peaceful nation

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday pledged support for the people of France in building a peaceful nation by upholding human dignity and promoting the rule of law. In his toast during the state dinner in honor of visiting French President François Hollande at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang Palace, President […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Madonna releases dates for ‘Rebel Heart’ tour

Madonna releases dates for ‘Rebel Heart’ tour

(Relaxnews) – Madonna has announced the dates for her “Rebel Heart” tour, set to take in North America and Europe from this summer. The 35-city tour will kick off in Miami on August 29 before taking in the sights of New York, LA, Chicago, Montreal and more before heading over to Europe, where the Queen […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Home & Garden, International Stars, Music ·
UK coins to feature new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

UK coins to feature new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

(London-AFP) – A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which will appear on coins in Britain was unveiled Monday — only the fifth one of her 63-year reign. The likeness shows the 88-year-old monarch facing right in profile and wearing a crown and drop earrings. It replaces a previous portrait which dates back to 1998. […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Home & Garden, International Stars, World News ·
Jamie Dornan from ‘Fifty Shades’ to WWII

Jamie Dornan from ‘Fifty Shades’ to WWII

(Relaxnews) – One of the hottest properties in Hollywood, thanks to his starring role in box-office smash “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Dornan is set to thrash the Nazis in his next big-screen outing. As first reported by Screen Daily, the star has signed on to play the lead role in “Anthropoid,” a wartime thriller based on […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, International Stars ·
Asian group disappointed by temporary injunction on Immigration Action

Asian group disappointed by temporary injunction on Immigration Action

Existing DACA program not impacted; Preliminary injunction on expanded DACA and DAPA programs only temporary Los Angeles, CA – Last night, Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a G.W. Bush-appointed district court judge in Brownsville, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation process of the new immigrant deferred action programs. While the ruling delays the […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama pressures Congress on US security, immigration

Obama pressures Congress on US security, immigration

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama fought back Monday against Republican efforts to block his immigration plan, urging a federal court to allow the shielding of deportations and demanding Congress fund homeland security. The Justice Department filed a motion Monday to a federal court in Texas calling for it […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Kin of SAF in viral video hurt by Aquino’s ‘equal’ statement

Kin of SAF in viral video hurt by Aquino’s ‘equal’ statement

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The family of the Special Action Force (SAF) trooper whose gruesome death was captured on video was hurt by the statements of President Benigno Aquino III during a meeting with bereaved families in CampCrame last Wednesday. Lorna Sagonoy, the mother of slain SAF trooper PO1 Sagonoy, said her family is still grieving […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Reported burning of Marwan’s hut immaterial to Mamasapano probe – CIDG chief Magalong

Reported burning of Marwan’s hut immaterial to Mamasapano probe – CIDG chief Magalong

COTABATO CITY (Mabuhay) -– The reported burning of huts, including that used by suspected Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, in a remote area in Mamasapano, Maguindanao will not affect the PNP-Board of Inquiry looking into the bloody Jan. 25 clash between elite police commandos and combatants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Kardashian reality show gets $100m deal

Kardashian reality show gets $100m deal

(Relaxnews) – The Kardashian family is setting up for another four seasons’ worth of reality TV broadcasts under the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” name. Kim, Khloé, Kourtney alongside Kendall and Kylie Jenner are all signed on as well as mother Kris, who concluded a $100 million deal with E!, according to Page Six. Kim’s husband, […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Mystery Apple event planned for March 9, likely on Watch

Mystery Apple event planned for March 9, likely on Watch

(New York-AFP) – Apple sent invitations Thursday for a mystery event due to take place March 9, amid speculation about an imminent launch of its much anticipated Apple Watch. The invitation simply said “Spring Forward,” referring to the fact that clocks will spring forward one hour in the United States the day before for daylight […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
No rematch clause for Mayweather-Pacquiao superfight deal – execs

No rematch clause for Mayweather-Pacquiao superfight deal – execs

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Despite earlier reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was pushing for a rematch clause in the contract, the superfight with Manny Pacquiao is confirmed to be a single-bout affair now that the official announcement has been made. Showtime Vice-President Stephen Espinoza disclosed the detail shortly after the American boxer declared the fight “a […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News, Sports & Recreation ·
Google Chrome Experiments celebrates 1,000 submissions

Google Chrome Experiments celebrates 1,000 submissions

(Relaxnews) – Google on Tuesday revealed a microsite celebrating the 1,000 user-made projects that have been submitted to Chrome Experiments. Called Experiment #1000, the new interface at 1000.chromeexperiments.com lets you explore the games, art and other creative coding endeavors that have been shared since the project started in 2009. Submissions can be viewed by timeline or using […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
New Pee-wee Herman film to get Netflix premiere

New Pee-wee Herman film to get Netflix premiere

(Relaxnews) – Production begins in three weeks on “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” the new film from Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow featuring iconic character Pee-wee Herman. Apatow (“Anchorman,” “Bridesmaids”) and Reubens worked together on the project and will produce the film, which was written by Reubens and Paul Rust (“Arrested Development”). John Lee (“Broad City,”” Inside […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Lady Gaga books ‘American Horror Story’ gig

Lady Gaga books ‘American Horror Story’ gig

(Relaxnews) – Mother Monster is joining the cast for the fifth season of anthology series “American Horror Story.” Lady Gaga’s character has not been revealed but she is to star in the FX series’ upcoming run. Series regulars such as award-winning actress Jessica Lange are widely expected to return. The multihyphenate musician has previously appeared […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Paul McCartney to cap two-year tour with US festival

Paul McCartney to cap two-year tour with US festival

(New York-AFP) – Paul McCartney will headline the Firefly Music Festival in the United States in June in what could be the finale to the ex-Beatle’s two-year tour. Firefly, which takes place in the woods of Delaware, has rapidly grown since 2012 as it seeks to give the US East Coast a version of a […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
PHL, French leaders to discuss ‘terrorism’: spokesman

PHL, French leaders to discuss ‘terrorism’: spokesman

Manila, Philippines | AFP | French President Francois Hollande will discuss international terrorism when he meets his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino this week, a spokesman said Sunday. The French leader’s state visit from Thursday-Friday will focus on climate change but the recent attacks in Paris have also brought security to the forefront, said Aquino spokesman Herminio […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
US Marine enters no plea

US Marine enters no plea

But murder trial will proceed vs L/Cpl. Pemberton By Joel Guinto Olongapo City, Philippines | AFP |  – A US Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipina refused to enter a plea on Monday as he sought to have the case dismissed, but his trial will go ahead nevertheless, lawyers said. The court overseeing proceedings […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Cebu visit included in Ambassadors’ Basic Tour 2015; 10th ACGTDT edition launched

Cebu visit included in Ambassadors’ Basic Tour 2015; 10th ACGTDT edition launched

Los Angeles – The Philippine Consulate General and the Department of Tourism in Los Angeles launched on 17 February 2014, the 10th Ambassadors, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) to the Philippines scheduled for July 6-10, 2015. The 10th ACGTDT is a joint project of all Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States (Agana, Chicago, Honolulu, […]

25.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Local News ·
Oscars fashion: White and silver, and lots of beads

Oscars fashion: White and silver, and lots of beads

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – Hollywood’s A-list actresses oozed old-school elegance in white and glittering silver on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, even as rain tumbled down on Tinseltown’s top fashion parade. Beyond the icy color palette, another trend for the ladies was lots of pearls and beads. Many of the gowns seen on the red […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Oscars 2015: battle of the designer labels

Oscars 2015: battle of the designer labels

(Relaxnews) – Fashion’s most famed houses vied for the world’s attention at Sunday night’s red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards. Red carpet favorites Chanel, Valentino, Elie Saab, Alberta Ferretti and Alexander Mcqueen provided some of the most flashbulb friendly looks, but two labels owned the event. This year, two design houses clocked up multiple red carpet […]

‘Birdman’: a dark satire about the world of showbiz

‘Birdman’: a dark satire about the world of showbiz

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – “Birdman,” which won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, is a quirky black comedy about the dark side of fame in the entertainment industry, starring Michael Keaton in the performance of his career. The film directed by Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was the big winner of the night, taking four Oscars […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Lady Gaga in moving ‘Sound of Music’ Oscars tribute

Lady Gaga in moving ‘Sound of Music’ Oscars tribute

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – The Academy Awards hailed the 50th anniversary of its all-time greatest musical Sunday, recruiting Lady Gaga to gracefully sing a medley of memorable tunes from “The Sound of Music.” Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, the cinematic tale of the musical von Trapp family in Austria and their mischievous governess is […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Complete list of Oscar winners

Complete list of Oscar winners

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – Here is the complete list of winners at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday: Best picture: “Birdman” Best director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” Best actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” Best actress: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” Best supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” Best supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” Best original […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
UCLA among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing schools in 2015

UCLA among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing schools in 2015

WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps today released the 2015 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. This year, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), ranked No. 11 among large schools, with 43 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. “The Peace Corps provides an indispensable opportunity for young people out of college to […]

22.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Dinner at your door: UberEATS to hit Barcelona

Dinner at your door: UberEATS to hit Barcelona

(Relaxnews) – Uber has announced the launch of its first international meal delivery service in Barcelona. The service, called UberEATs, will deliver plates from the best local restaurants in Barcelona to your door. Ordering is easy, just open the regular Uber app and tap the UberEATs icon. UberEATs is in service in Los Angeles under […]

Oscar best picture winners of past 20 years

Oscar best picture winners of past 20 years

(Hollywood-AFP) – The following is a list of the Academy Award best picture winners from the last 20 years, ahead of Sunday’s 87th Oscars in Hollywood: 2014 – “12 Years A Slave” 2013 – “Argo” 2012 – “The Artist” 2011 – “The King’s Speech” 2010 – “The Hurt Locker” 2009 – “Slumdog Millionaire” 2008 – […]

22.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
The 2015 Oscars, by the numbers

The 2015 Oscars, by the numbers

(Hollywood-AFP) – The 87th Oscars will be held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Here are the Academy Awards, by numbers. Voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: 6,124. Countries where Oscars ceremony will be broadcast: over 225. Films eligible for Best Picture: 323. Countries submitting foreign-language films: 83. Statuettes […]

22.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Kirk Cameron, Cameron Diaz take anti-Oscar Razzie awards

Kirk Cameron, Cameron Diaz take anti-Oscar Razzie awards

(Los Angeles-AFP) – “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas,” a film which promises to “put Christ back into Christmas” and actress Cameron Diaz triumphed Saturday at the Razzies anti-award show, Hollywood’s hall of shame. On the eve of the Oscars, the movie — of which one critic said “even devout born-again Christians will find this hard to […]

22.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
How Oscars number-crunchers keep winners secret

How Oscars number-crunchers keep winners secret

(Los Angeles-AFP) – By day, they are accountants with global consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. But from Friday, for two days only, they become keepers of one of the most closely-guarded secrets in the world. Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz will be the only people who know the winners of the coveted golden Oscar statuettes, cinema’s most […]

22.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Fashion icon Tom Ford to make second movie this year

Fashion icon Tom Ford to make second movie this year

(Hollywood-AFP) – Fashion titan Tom Ford has revealed he plans to shoot his second movie later this year, following the critical success of his debut 2009 feature film “A Single Man.” Ford wowed an A-list crowd in Los Angeles on Friday by taking the unusual step of staging his London Fashion Week fall/winter show in […]

Some fun facts about the 2015 Oscars

Some fun facts about the 2015 Oscars

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – The 87th Academy Awards takes place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Here AFP looks at some facts and figures about this year’s extravaganza: ALL WHITE Every single one of the 20 acting nominees is white, for only the second time in nearly two decades. The last time there were […]

21.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
A selection of Taylor Swift covers: the good, the clever and the surprising

A selection of Taylor Swift covers: the good, the clever and the surprising

(Relaxnews) – A new take on Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” by Stephen Malkmus (formerly of Pavement) has been making the rounds this week. Swift’s music has been widely covered in recent years, with results ranging from catchy to poignant. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – “Blank Space” The former Pavement member presented his kid-friendly take […]

21.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Why do blockbusters rarely win top honors at Oscars?

Why do blockbusters rarely win top honors at Oscars?

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – So who has actually seen the top Oscar movies? Film buffs, mostly. That’s because — let’s face it — most of the films shortlisted for Academy Awards glory are relatively small-budget independent flicks, not crowd-pleasing blockbusters. And it’s even more the case this year, with only one of the eight films […]

21.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Madonna ties with George Strait for most leaders on Billboard charts

Madonna ties with George Strait for most leaders on Billboard charts

(Relaxnews) – Madonna has achieved another career milestone tying with country crooner George Strait for logging the most No. 1 singles on Billboard charts. The Queen of Pop’s latest single “Living for Love” marks her 44th No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. Strait, also called the King of Country, also logged 44 […]

21.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
How to follow the Oscars online: TV, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

How to follow the Oscars online: TV, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

(Relaxnews) – A select portion of the US audience will have access to a legit online stream of the Oscar ceremony. On TV The Disney-owned ABC television network does provide a sanctioned method for watching the entire show online for those that won’t be watching by the ABC TV channel, though viewers need to fulfill […]

From flats to furs: trends at NY Fashion Week

From flats to furs: trends at NY Fashion Week

(New York-AFP) – New York Fashion Week wrapped up Thursday after more than 300 catwalk shows and presentations. From furs to flats, here are the main trends for fall/winter 2015. TWEED The woolen cloth loved by the British countryset is back with a vengeance. Diane von Furstenberg printed it with confetti and large flowers. Rodarte […]

20.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Photos ·
Ariana Grande announces first fragrance

Ariana Grande announces first fragrance

(Relaxnews) – She’s conquered music, fashion and acting and now the whirlwind that is Ariana Grande is set to launch her assault on the fragrance industry. The singer and actress will be releasing her first scent in association with Luxe Brands this fall, reports Women’s Wear Daily. “I’m asked so often about which fragrance I’m wearing, […]

20.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Apple to repair MacBooks affected by video issues for free

Apple to repair MacBooks affected by video issues for free

(Relaxnews) – Apple has extended its repair program for MacBook Pros that have been exhibiting video issues. As of February 20, 2015, owners of select 2011 to 2013 models of MacBook Pro systems that have been experiencing video issues — distorted scrambled images, no video, and unexpected system restarts — will be able to take […]

20.02.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Obama vows to fight immigration ruling

Obama vows to fight immigration ruling

DACA suspended as Texas judge freezes executive order By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |  – US President Barack Obama claimed history and the law were on his side Tuesday, as he vowed to fight a court order freezing controversial immigration reforms. Obama had used an executive order to bypass a hostile Congress […]

19.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Sainthood for California friar Junipero Serra angers native Americans

By Fabienne Faur Washington, United States | AFP |  – The Franciscan friar who brought Christianity to California in the 18th century is on track for sainthood, but for Native Americans, his legacy is anything but holy. Junipero Serra founded the first nine of what would become 21 Spanish missions stretching from San Diego to […]

19.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US housing starts slow in January

US housing starts slow in January

Washington, United States | AFP | Wednesday 2/18/2015 – New construction of homes across the United States slowed in January, but the building industry continuing to show modest strength, Commerce Department figures showed Wednesday. Private housing starts fell 2.0 percent from strong December numbers, but were still at a solid annual pace of 1,065,000 units. […]

19.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
White House slams IS Libya ‘beheading’ of Egyptian Christians

White House slams IS Libya ‘beheading’ of Egyptian Christians

Washington, United States | AFP |   – The United States condemned as “despicable” the Islamic State group’s apparent beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya after it released a video claiming to show the killings on Sunday. “The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated […]

18.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
KZ addresses rumors that she is a lesbian

KZ addresses rumors that she is a lesbian

Singer KZ Tandingan sees nothing wrong about comparisons with her “The X Factor Philippines” mentor Charice as long as it’s about music and not about sexual preference. Tandingan, who is sporting a new short hairdo these days, has been the target of speculations that she would also eventually come out as a lesbian – just […]

18.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Summon US envoy to Mamasapano hearing – Ridon

Summon US envoy to Mamasapano hearing – Ridon

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said he will ask his colleagues to summon United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg to the Mamasapano hearings amid reports that the US had a direct hand in the operation that originally targeted Jemaah Islamiyah member Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan. “We have said this before and we’ll […]

18.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Pacquiao fight not set yet, Mayweather says

Pacquiao fight not set yet, Mayweather says

New York, United States | AFP |  – Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather said Sunday that neither he nor Manny Pacquiao have signed a deal for a May mega-fight, but he still hopes to get into the ring with the Filipino icon. Mayweather, attending the NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden, said in a brief […]

18.02.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Obama: ‘Terrorists’ do not speak for one billion Muslims

Obama: ‘Terrorists’ do not speak for one billion Muslims

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama urged Western and Muslim leaders Wednesday to unite to defeat the “false promises of extremism” and reject the notion that “terrorist” groups represent Islam. “The terrorists do not speak for a billion Muslims,” Obama told a Washington conference on countering radicalism that drew […]

18.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
China’s Web giants do battle over ‘hong bao’ ahead of New Year

China’s Web giants do battle over ‘hong bao’ ahead of New Year

(Beijing-AFP) – The Chinese tradition of giving gifts of money in red envelopes at Lunar New Year has turned into big business for Web giants Alibaba and Tencent, which now both offer electronic “hong bao”. At the end of each lunar year, it is customary in China to give children hong bao — small sums […]

New plot and cast information released for next Pirates of the Caribbean film

New plot and cast information released for next Pirates of the Caribbean film

(Relaxnews) – Disney has released new details on the next edition of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, including cast members and the plot line. In the fifth installment of the series “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Johnny Depp will return to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and […]

18.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Pope voices sadness over Libya beheadings of Christians

Pope voices sadness over Libya beheadings of Christians

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |   – Pope Francis on Monday expressed “profound sadness” over the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya, saying they had been killed for their faith. “They were executed for nothing more than the fact that they were Christians,” Francis said in impromptu remarks […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?

Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?

By Fran WANG Beijing, China | AFP |  – Sheep or goat? China’s coming lunar new year has stirred a debate over which zodiac creature is the correct one – but Chinese folklorists dismiss the fixation on animals as missing the point. Traditional astrology in China attaches different animal signs to each lunar year in […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: Holidays, Lunar New Year, World News ·
Alleged US role in Maguindanao clash probed

Alleged US role in Maguindanao clash probed

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The alleged US role in the infamous January 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, will be covered by the ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to Secretary Leila de Lima. “Definitely,” De Lima told reporters Monday, answering questions on whether the DOJ will look into the alleged US role in […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Netflix to release war flick ‘Jadotville’

Netflix to release war flick ‘Jadotville’

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Netflix next year will release “Jadotville,” a war film starring “50 Shades of Gray” star Jamie Dornan, the US online entertainment powerhouse said on Monday. In a statement, the streaming video service said the movie “thrillingly depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion… by 3,000 Congolese troops led by […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Victoria Beckham to expand fashion line to Asia

Victoria Beckham to expand fashion line to Asia

(New York-AFP) – Watched by her adoring family, Victoria Beckham brought a sexy vision of fall/winter to an intimate New York runway Show Sunday and confided that she plans to open a second store in Asia. The one-time pop star, mother of four and wife of retired English football superstar David Beckham, has won plaudits […]

Singapore heats up for second Maison&Objet Asia

Singapore heats up for second Maison&Objet Asia

(Relaxnews) – All eyes will be on Singapore this March as Maison&Objet Asia returns to the city for its second-ever show. Featuring an expanded selection of the best of high-end decoration and home fashion by prestigious brands, the show will encompass residential, contract and hospitality projects. The salon will bring together the arts of living […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Tokyo citizens hand in $28m in lost cash: police

Tokyo citizens hand in $28m in lost cash: police

(Tokyo-AFP) – Trustworthy Tokyo-ites handed in $28 million of lost cash last year, police said Monday, with three quarters of it returned to its rightful owner, in the latest example of Japan’s startling honesty. Upstanding citizens who had chanced upon wallets full of money took a total 3.34 billion yen to their local police officers, […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Roxas reiterates commitment for quick, transparent probe on Mamasapano clash

Roxas reiterates commitment for quick, transparent probe on Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Wednesday vowed proper, quick and transparent investigation by the Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry into the bloody Mamasapano clash that left 44 elite police commandos dead. Roxas reiterated his commitment to a transparent investigation at the start of the House of Representatives’ hearing on […]

14.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Erik Santos suffers from laryngitis after papal mass

Erik Santos suffers from laryngitis after papal mass

Singer Erik Santos admitted that he is still suffering from laryngitis or the inflammation of voice box. Santos said it was his first time to suffer from laryngitis. “First time kung magkaroon ng laryngitis. Actually nung kumanta ako for Papal Mass mayroon na po siya,” Santos said. “Sabi nga there’s a bug, parang yung kumanta […]

14.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Trailer: ‘The Man from UNCLE’ makes snappy debut

Trailer: ‘The Man from UNCLE’ makes snappy debut

(Relaxnews) – With Henry Cavill as suave secret agent Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer his partner Illya Kuryakin, Guy Ritchie’s take on the television classic bursts with smooth one-liners, an upbeat 60s soundtrack and energetic action set-pieces. The pair of super spies are brought together in an unlikely CIA-KGB partnership, with the aim of infiltrating […]

14.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·

Spotify gives couples their ideal playlist for Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Ahead of Valentine’s Day, the music streaming service has launched Sweet Spot, a fun new tool that measures lovers’ “degree of musical separation” and generates a playlist tailored to their respective tastes. Sweet Spot asks users to name their favorite artist and their partner’s, and then uses an algorithm to create the “ideal” […]

Johnson, Ejiofor, Gaga: more stars booked for Oscar night

Johnson, Ejiofor, Gaga: more stars booked for Oscar night

(Relaxnews) – “Fifty Shades of Grey” lead Dakota Johnson, “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, singer and “Ice Age” actress Jennifer Lopez, comedy veteran Eddie Murphy and pop star Lady Gaga are among the new names booked to appear at the 87th Oscars on February 22. Joining them are Chris Evans, Chloë Grace Moretz […]

14.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, International Stars, Music ·
Rob Lowe to play a TV lawyer for Fox

Rob Lowe to play a TV lawyer for Fox

(Relaxnews) – The American actor has added yet another TV project to his calendar. After playing a preacher on the British miniseries “Apocalypse Slough,” Rob Lowe will shoot the Fox comedy pilot “The Grinder.” Lowe will star as Dean “The Grinder” Sanderson, a TV lawyer whose long-running hit series comes to an end. Thinking he […]

14.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘World of Tanks’ looks to Philippines for inspiration

‘World of Tanks’ looks to Philippines for inspiration

(Relaxnews) – A recent update to internationally oriented free-to-play game “World of Tanks” takes its inspiration from a real Philippino island, providing a new environment for players to test themselves in. Introduced at the end of January, the Pacific Island level was designed for the Xbox 360 edition of armor vehicle skirmishing title “World of […]

13.02.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Games, Online ·
Looking for love online? Find it by being real: study

Looking for love online? Find it by being real: study

(Relaxnews) – Online Cupids have become wary of exaggerations and downright lies people use to pepper up their profiles and researchers at the University of Iowa say honesty has become a standout trait in this cyber-demographic. “We found people want to contact a person who appears to be accurate in what they are saying about […]

13.02.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Holidays, Online, Valentine's Day ·
Diamond-studded iPhone 6 out in Valentine’s Day limited edition

Diamond-studded iPhone 6 out in Valentine’s Day limited edition

(Relaxnews) – Goldgenie, which specializes in high-end customizations of high-tech products, is launching the 24K Gold iPhone 6 Diamond Ecstasy limited edition in time for the celebration of romance. The exclusive phone costs between £10,000 and £2.3 million (around $15,300 and $3.5 million) depending on the number of diamonds in the case. The Diamond Ecstasy […]

US rockers Dead Daisies to make rare Cuba tour

US rockers Dead Daisies to make rare Cuba tour

(New York-AFP) – The Dead Daisies, featuring former members of Guns ‘n’ Roses, will tour Cuba this month in a first for a US rock band since the easing of decades of tensions. The hard rockers plan a week of recording sessions with local artists and other events in Havana culminating in a performance on […]

12.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Erotic ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ starts worldwide rollout

Erotic ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ starts worldwide rollout

(Paris-AFP) – “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the long-anticipated movie version of the bestselling erotic novel, began its worldwide rollout on Wednesday, with sex-savvy France one of the first to catch a glimpse. The film, starring Jamie Dornan as a billionaire with a penchant for S&M and Dakota Johnson as a virginal student who falls under […]

12.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Valentine's Day ·
Disney shares new trailer for live-action ‘Cinderella’

Disney shares new trailer for live-action ‘Cinderella’

(Relaxnews) – The second trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s feature starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter has hit the internet. “Cinderella” is one of several Disney animated classics the studio is rebooting as a live action movie. Following Tim Burton’s 2010 reimagining of “Alice in Wonderland,” Kenneth Branagh (“The Ryan Initiative,” “Thor”) […]

12.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
DIY stores ready for kinky ‘Fifty Shades’ customers

DIY stores ready for kinky ‘Fifty Shades’ customers

(London-AFP) – A British chain of DIY stores has told staff to prepare for customers looking for ropes, plastic cable ties and tape after seeing the erotic film “Fifty Shades of Grey”, British newspapers reported on Tuesday. A leaked memo from B&Q stores entitled “Preparation for Fifty Shades of Grey Customer Queries” told its 20,000 […]

12.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Kin of Fallen 44 won’t get US reward: official

Kin of Fallen 44 won’t get US reward: official

WASHINGTON, DC (Mabuhay) – Who will get the US$5 million reward for the death of Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan? According to the police attaché at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, only civilian informants are eligible for the bounty offered by the US government. “It is not the [Special Action Force]. As […]

11.02.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Spider-Man to join Marvel’s crossover action movies

Spider-Man to join Marvel’s crossover action movies

(Relaxnews) – A renewed agreement between Sony and Marvel will see Spider-Man segue into a Marvel Cinematic Universe film before the next “Amazing Spider-Man” film is out, its release date now set for July 28, 2017. It will be Spidey’s sixth feature film in 15 years since the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” trilogy started in 2002 […]

11.02.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
First Lady of food Michelle Obama graces cover of ‘Cooking Light’ magazine

First Lady of food Michelle Obama graces cover of ‘Cooking Light’ magazine

(Relaxnews) – Dinner at the White House starts at around 6:30 pm. And while the dining table may be bigger and someone else is doing the cooking, First Lady Michelle Obama says their family tradition remains largely unchanged. These are among the tidbits from an interview in the forthcoming issue of Cooking Light entitled “Family […]

Listing for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ condo dashes hopes of fans

Listing for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ condo dashes hopes of fans

(Relaxnews) – Airbnb raised — and then promptly dashed — the fantasies of “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans after putting up a listing for a luxury apartment in the same condo as its sexy, fictional hero, Christian Grey. In advance of the film release of the erotic novel, Airbnb posted a listing that offered up […]

11.02.2015 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Indo president in PHL as fate of death row Filipina lingers

Indo president in PHL as fate of death row Filipina lingers

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – New Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived on his first state visit to the Philippines Sunday, as the fate of a Filipina facing execution for drug smuggling in his country hovers over planned talks. Dressed in traditional batik shirt, Widodo was met at a Manila airbase by Philippine officials before […]

10.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Stars in black and white on Grammys red carpet

Stars in black and white on Grammys red carpet

(Los Angeles-AFP) – The mega-stars of the music world rocked daring outfits in classic black and white on the Grammys red carpet Sunday, strutting their stuff in Los Angeles on the industry’s biggest night. Beyonce — who took home three Grammys — sashayed in a sheer black Proenza Schouler gown with a deep V neckline […]

Jaguar lands a starring role in the next Bond film

Jaguar lands a starring role in the next Bond film

(Relaxnews) – Move over Aston Martin, the 24th official James Bond film, “Spectre,” is going to feature one or two very special cars built by Jaguar Land Rover, too. When film director Sam Mendes took to the stage in December to announce the official title of and principal cast for the latest instalment of James […]

Sam Smith dominates Grammys, but Beck with surprise win

Sam Smith dominates Grammys, but Beck with surprise win

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Sam Smith, the British soul singer who was virtually unknown a year ago, dominated the Grammys Sunday with four awards, although adventurous rocker Beck was the surprise winner of Album of the Year honors. Superstar Beyonce and “Happy” creator Pharrell Williams also took home top prizes on the music industry’s biggest night, […]

09.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Pope tells clergy: ‘Never try to cover up child abuse’

Pope tells clergy: ‘Never try to cover up child abuse’

By Angus Mackinnon Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  – Pope Francis on Thursday warned Catholic clergy they must never try to cover up sexual abuse, as a new Church child protection panel prepares to meet for the first time. In a strongly-worded letter to the heads of national bishops’ conferences and religious orders, […]

09.02.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
2015 Oscars: Meet the Best Actor nominees

2015 Oscars: Meet the Best Actor nominees

(Relaxnews) – Take a look at the five nominees for this year’s Best Actor Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards, set for February 22: Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne. Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” Steve Carell has been a hot tip for Best Actor ever since “Foxcatcher” premiered at Cannes in […]

08.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
2015 Oscars: Meet the Best Actress nominees

2015 Oscars: Meet the Best Actress nominees

(Relaxnews) – Take a look at the five nominees for this year’s Best Actress Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards, set for February 22: Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon. Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”) Cotillard arrives at the Oscars already well known for her work in both French and […]

08.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Introducing M.A.C’s Cinderella makeup range

Introducing M.A.C’s Cinderella makeup range

(Relaxnews) – Ahead of the release of the live-action “Cinderella” film on March 13, MAC, the cosmetics giant for all ages, all races and all sexes brings us breathtakingly beautiful peachy lips, shimmering eyes and glittery skin — fit for a Disney princess. Not any old Disney princess, Disney’s favorite fairytale heroine! The 17-piece range […]

08.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Sam Smith vies with Beyonce, Pharrell for Grammy glory

Sam Smith vies with Beyonce, Pharrell for Grammy glory

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Fresh-faced Sam Smith could make history Sunday at the Grammys with a chance to sweep top categories, but the music industry’s big night could also coronate Beyonce or Pharrell Williams. The 22-year-old Smith, who a few years ago was bartending in London, has enjoyed a phenomenal rise with “Stay With Me” — […]

08.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Nominees in main Grammy categories

Nominees in main Grammy categories

(Los Angeles, United States-AFP) – Newcomer Sam Smith joins more established stars Beyonce and Pharrell Williams in leading nominations for the Grammy Awards, with each tapped in six categories. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday. Here are the nominees in major categories: – Album of the Year […]

08.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Milo Ventimiglia to play a serial killer on ‘Gotham’

Milo Ventimiglia to play a serial killer on ‘Gotham’

(Relaxnews) – The “Heroes” alum has landed a recurring role on Fox’s Batman prequel series. Milo Ventimiglia will play a new antagonist to be introduced in the 19th episode of “Gotham,” which is slated to air this March. Ventimiglia will play Jason Lennon, a serial killer who will be a thorn in the side of […]

06.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Chanel reveals complete Bleu campaign film directed by James Gray

Chanel reveals complete Bleu campaign film directed by James Gray

(Relaxnews) – On Thursday, as promised, the French brand revealed the new advertising film for its men’s fragrance in its entirety. Directed by James Gray, the campaign video stars actor and model Gaspard Ulliel. Five years after working with Martin Scorsese on the first Chanel Bleu campaign film, the French brand enlisted American filmmaker James […]

06.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Tech agenda: Digital Entertainment World 


Tech agenda: Digital Entertainment World 


(Relaxnews) – February continues with Digital Entertainment World, a show billed as the only event that considers every element of the digital content ecosystem Digital Entertainment World February 10-12 Los Angeles, California, USA Three days dedicated to the monetization of digital content; expect 300 speakers, 100 different sessions, panel discussions and tech showcases araound everything […]

06.02.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Music, Online, Science & Technology ·
2015 Oscars: Matthew McConaughey and other 2014 winners to present

2015 Oscars: Matthew McConaughey and other 2014 winners to present

(Relaxnews) – On February 22, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o will return to the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to present awards to their successors. In 2014, Blanchett took home a statuette for her performance in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, meanwhile, claimed the awards […]

05.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Obama dismissive as US House votes to repeal ‘Obamacare’

Obama dismissive as US House votes to repeal ‘Obamacare’

Washington, United States | AFP |  – US House Republicans took the increasingly routine step Tuesday of voting to repeal “Obamacare,” a seemingly doomed effort that President Barack Obama ridiculed as making “absolutely no sense.” Obama’s rivals in the House of Representatives have held several dozen votes in recent years to strike down, defund or […]

05.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Tech guru guy Kawasaki partners with AARP on new web series

Tech guru guy Kawasaki partners with AARP on new web series

‘Technology: It’s Not Just a Guy Thing” Debuts at AARP.org WASHINGTON, D.C.,   – Technology entrepreneur and writer Guy Kawasaki is teaming up with AARP for a new web series about how people who are 50-plus can embrace technology. Debuting at www.aarp.org/guykawasakivideos, “Technology: It’s Not Just a Guy Thing” takes a look at how technology can […]

05.02.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Science & Technology ·
PNP wants peace process to push through but calls on MILF to be ‘sincere’

PNP wants peace process to push through but calls on MILF to be ‘sincere’

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina on Wednesday said the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) must continue despite the bloody January 25 incident over at Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “We are your Philippine National Police, we are for peace, because first and foremost, […]

05.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
E-cigarettes, a community health threat: State officials

E-cigarettes, a community health threat: State officials

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman today issued a Health Advisory and the “State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat,” warning Californians of the toxicity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). “E-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, and the nicotine in them is as addictive […]

05.02.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, U.S. News ·
Obama budget: Higher US spending, tax hike for rich

Obama budget: Higher US spending, tax hike for rich

Washington, United States | AFP |   – President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget unveiled Monday sets priorities for the middle class and proposes major infrastructure improvements, to be paid for largely through increased contributions by the wealthy and corporate America. Republicans, who now control both chambers of Congress, are likely to balk at the wish […]

04.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
GAPASCA to award 12 scholarships in Gapan

GAPASCA to award 12 scholarships in Gapan

CERRITOS – Officers of the Gapan City Association of Southern California (GAPASCA), under the leadership of Nimfa Garces Castro, chairman of the board of directors, will travel to their hometown of Gapan City, Nueva Ecija in March to award scholarships to 12 high school graduates of Class 2015. The awarding of the scholarship will be […]

04.02.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
New mega-casino opens Manila, seeking high-rollers

New mega-casino opens Manila, seeking high-rollers

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines | AFP |   – A new mega-casino opened in the Philippines Monday as the fast-growing southeast Asian nation ups its bid to become a world gaming destination. Manila aims to rival Macau and Las Vegas in terms of gaming revenues, and the “City of Dreams” is the latest in […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Philippine News ·
‘American Sniper’ again dominates global box office

‘American Sniper’ again dominates global box office

(Relaxnews) – During its third weekend in theaters, Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated feature once again claimed the top spot at the worldwide box office. After earning $42.95 million during the Super Bowl weekend — around half as much as in the previous weekend ($81.96 million) — “American Sniper” with Bradley Cooper now boasts $316 million in […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Samsung to expand range of smart appliances

Samsung to expand range of smart appliances

(Seoul-AFP) – Samsung is to launch a range of smart refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines as its seeks to expand its business in Internet-connected homes, a top executive said Tuesday. The South Korean tech giant is seeking to plough more resources into the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) as the market for smartphones — […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Super Bowl 49 most tweeted NFL football final ever

Super Bowl 49 most tweeted NFL football final ever

(San Francisco-AFP) – Millions of fans took to social media for Sunday’s Super Bowl 49, making it the most tweeted about NFL football final in history, Twitter said Monday. More than 28 million tweets were sent out relating to the big match, which saw the New England Patriots snatch a win from reigning champions Seattle […]

Newspaper columnist Lydia Solis new president of PWU California alumni association

Newspaper columnist Lydia Solis new president of PWU California alumni association

Philippine Women’s University Alumni Association of Southern California (PWUAASC) Lydia V. Solis was elected President of the Philippine Women’s University Alumni Association of Southern California for the year 2015-2016.   On March 14, 2015, Lydia together with the newly-elected Officers will be inducted into office during a dinner dance at The Sheraton Cerritos Hotel. Lydia was […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Emotional Jed Madela admits he lost his voice

Emotional Jed Madela admits he lost his voice

Jed Madela turned emotional during a private event when he related that he lost his voice. In a video uploaded by a certain Michael Sun on YouTube Saturday, Madela thanked his tito and tita for taking care of him. “These people are the ones who need the applause. Kasi ever since I started, sila talaga […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Music ·
Palace: No whitewash in Fallen 44 probe

Palace: No whitewash in Fallen 44 probe

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang made the assurance that there will be no whitewash in the probe of the PNP’s board of inquiry into the Mamasapano clash even if it is investigating its own. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the PNP is determined to find out the truth, including why no coordination was made between the […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Obama’s budget seeks tax on US companies’ offshore profits

Obama’s budget seeks tax on US companies’ offshore profits

By Paul Handley Washington, United States | AFP |  – President Barack Obama on Monday targeted US companies’ retained offshore profits with a one-time tax to repair roads and bridges and build a “21st century infrastructure.” By proposing a more than 50 percent reduction from current corporate tax rates, Obama’s plan could be more palatable […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
YMCA of Glendale Girls Gymnastics Team sweeps 2015 San Diego Rhythm Invitational, bringing home 35 awards

YMCA of Glendale Girls Gymnastics Team sweeps 2015 San Diego Rhythm Invitational, bringing home 35 awards

Event is the first competition of the season on the road to the 2015 Jr. Olympics GLENDALE, Calif  – Long known for one of the best gymnastics programs in southern California, the YMCA of Glendale’s girls gymnastics team dominated the 2015 San Diego Rhythm Invitational on Jan. 10-11, bringing home an astounding 35 awards. The […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Liam Hemsworth approached for a major role in ‘Independence Day 2’

Liam Hemsworth approached for a major role in ‘Independence Day 2’

(Relaxnews) – The actor seen in “The Hunger Games” is eyed for a leading role in the sequel to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 film, which starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, TheWrap reports. Confirmed in late November by Roland Emmerich, who will return to the director’s chair, the sequel to “Independence Day” has begun […]

01.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Beauty tutorials: Katy Perry

Beauty tutorials: Katy Perry

(Relaxnews) – The American pop star is lined up as the star of the famous Super Bowl half-time show on February 1. Here are a few of our favorite Katy Perry looks, with videos showing you how to do them at home. “Dark Horse”- youtu.be/mhB-mtyV5h8 Perry’s Egyptian look from last year’s “Dark Horse” video was a […]

Italy dominates survey of most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations

Italy dominates survey of most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations

(Relaxnews) – Venice has edged past Paris to top a survey of the most romantic places in the world, according to some of the world’s wealthiest travelers in advance of Valentine’s Day. In a survey conducted by luxury retail site VeryFirstTo, known for organizing outrageous, extravagant travel packages such as trips to every triple Michelin-starred […]

01.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Holidays, Home & Garden, Online, Valentine's Day ·
Filming begins on Steve Jobs movie starring Fassbender

Filming begins on Steve Jobs movie starring Fassbender

(Los Angeles-AFP) – Filming got under way in San Francisco on a new biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Hollywood’s Michael Fassbender playing the role of the mercurial computer pioneer. Sources told AFP on Thursday that the German-Irish Fassbender, 37, took on the title role in the movie “Steve Jobs” after it was turned […]

30.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Science & Technology ·
Ringo Starr set for new album, tour of Americas

Ringo Starr set for new album, tour of Americas

(New York-AFP) – Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr is set for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but first he plans a new album and tour of the United States and Latin America. The drummer for the Fab Four announced on Thursday the release of his 18th studio album, “Postcards from Paradise,” on March 31. The […]

30.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Apple takes a bite out of Android smartphone shipments

Apple takes a bite out of Android smartphone shipments

(Relaxnews) – Android smartphone shipment numbers are down for the first time in history and according to ABI Research’s latest data, it’s down to the iPhone effect. In what is traditionally the biggest time of the year for certified smartphone shipments — i.e., the final three months of the year — ABI’s figures show that […]

30.01.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Haute couture: updos at Valentino and Armani Privé

Haute couture: updos at Valentino and Armani Privé

(Relaxnews) – Italian luxury labels Valentino and Armani Privé presenting their haute couture shows worked easy-to-recreate swept-up styles on the runway this week. Top make-up and hair duo Pat McGrath and Guido Palau were behind the models’ rustic Russian doll beauty at Valentino. Hair stylist Guido Palau twisted and plaited models’ tresses into a messy […]

30.01.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Home & Garden, Online, Photos ·
Curtis Stone restaurant and bao bun eatery among best new restaurants 2015

Curtis Stone restaurant and bao bun eatery among best new restaurants 2015

(Relaxnews) – Editors at Travel + Leisure magazine have compiled a list of the most exciting new restaurants around the world for 2015, chosen for being based in what the magazine calls 11 of the most compelling food capitals of the world. They’re “neo-traditionalists, upstart iconoclasts, and ingredient obsessives” that are setting new culinary standards, […]

PHL mourns police killed in anti-terror bloodbath

PHL mourns police killed in anti-terror bloodbath

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Thursday 1/29/2015 – A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation. Marching to muted drums, uniformed commandos bore the numbered coffins of comrades brought […]

29.01.2015 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Paris haute couture: divine intervention by Serkan Cura and Ralph & Russo

Paris haute couture: divine intervention by Serkan Cura and Ralph & Russo

(Relaxnews) – Connecting with one’s inner and outer goddess was a theme both fashion houses explored in their diva-esque haute couture collections, offering an array of heavily embellished ensembles fit for the modern-day temptress. Serkan Cura wowed the crowds on Thursday with 15 fantastical waist-cinching creations. The designer behind the wings worn by Victoria’s Secret […]

29.01.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Photos ·
Brad Pitt in talks to join Angelina Jolie’s next movie

Brad Pitt in talks to join Angelina Jolie’s next movie

(Relaxnews) – After “By the Sea,” shot in August 2014, the actor could collaborate with his wife once again in “Africa.” For her fourth feature as a director, Angelina Jolie has chosen “Africa,” a biopic of archaeologist Richard Leakey, who became known for his dedication to protecting elephants from poachers in Kenya in the late […]

29.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
PHL jumps 13 notches in 2015 economic freedom index

PHL jumps 13 notches in 2015 economic freedom index

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippines is among the 10 top countries with improved performances in the list of the world’s freest economies, jumping 13 notches in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom released today by the Heritage Foundation. The Philippines moved from 89th place in 2014 to 76th place in 2015 in the annual survey of 184 countries published since 1995 […]

29.01.2015 · Filled under: Asian News ·
ABC Entertainment debuts upcoming TV shows in TCA winter press tour

ABC Entertainment debuts upcoming TV shows in TCA winter press tour

By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman From the same network that brought us the Emmy-award winning series, “Modern Family,” comedy favorite, “The Middle,” and long-running hit shows like “Dancing With the Stars” and “General Hospital,” comes another set of TV shows that are bound to keep you riveted to your TVs. On January 14, 2015, ABC announced […]

Vice Ganda-led zany cast unloads laugh-a-minute comedy in ‘The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin’

Vice Ganda-led zany cast unloads laugh-a-minute comedy in ‘The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin’

TFC@theMovies brings top-grossing Filipino film of all time to over 40 theatres in U.S. and in Canada starting January 30 REDWOOD SHORES, CA – When gay soldier character Benjamin “Benjie” Santos VIII, played by host-actor-singer Vice Ganda, first came into public conciousness in 2011 by way of ABS-CBN Star Cinema’s action-comedy, “The Unkabogable: Praybeyt Benjamin”, the character became […]

28.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film, Services ·
Georgia May Jagger is the latest face of Mulberry

Georgia May Jagger is the latest face of Mulberry

(Relaxnews) – Mulberry hired the British-American supermodel as the star of its Spring-Summer 2015 campaign, which is set in the interior of a chic country home. The luxury handbag maker certainly has a knack for landing coveted brand ambassadors. After several campaigns fronted by Cara Delevingne, who even designed her own handbag for Mulberry, the […]

27.01.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
Beauty tutorials: Alexa Chung

Beauty tutorials: Alexa Chung

(Relaxnews) – The British model, fashionista and TV host unveiled her latest project this past week, a 20-piece capsule collaboration with AG Jeans. To celebrate the 31-year-old we thought we’d take a look at how to steal her look. The hair – youtu.be/LBOxoPQe2-k This tutorial from Nora Aradi talks you through the steps if you want […]

26.01.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, International Stars, Online ·
Meghan Trainor debut album opens at No. 1

Meghan Trainor debut album opens at No. 1

(New York-AFP) – Pop singer Meghan Trainor’s debut album has opened at number one on the US charts, with the popularity of her breakaway hit “All About That Bass” helping dethrone Taylor Swift. Nielsen Soundscan said that Trainor’s album “Title” sold 238,000 copies, either in traditional sales or the equivalent through streaming and song purchases, […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Young trio join ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Young trio join ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

(Relaxnews) – Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm have been recast as part of a new generation of superheros in 2016’s next “X-Men” film. Director Bryan Singer broke the news on Twitter, introducing Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp in key roles. Turner will play telepath Jean Grey aka Phoenix (previously Famke Janssen), Sheridan the conventional […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Feb. 1 is deadline to apply for $1.2-M Edison Scholars Program

Feb. 1 is deadline to apply for $1.2-M Edison Scholars Program

ROSEMEAD, Calif. – Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), reminds high school seniors that there’s still time to apply for the 2014-15 Edison Scholars Program, which offers $1.2 million in scholarships to high school seniors planning to pursue college studies in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. The application deadline is […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Local News, Offers, Services ·
Obama urges Congress to give women equal pay

Obama urges Congress to give women equal pay

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a law guaranteeing equal pay for women, saying it was crucial to helping boost the incomes of struggling families. “Nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages,” Obama said in his annual State of the Union speech. […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
California alert after Disneyland measles outbreak

California alert after Disneyland measles outbreak

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  – California is battling a surge of measles cases clustered around the famous Disneyland theme park, despite the virus being all but eliminated in the United States, authorities said Thursday. The California Department of Public Health reported on its website that 59 cases of measles had been recorded […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Anne Hathaway to star in New York drone play

Anne Hathaway to star in New York drone play

(New York-AFP) – Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway is to star in a New York play about an ace fighter pilot tasked with flying US drones in Afghanistan from an Air Force trailer. The Public Theater in Manhattan’s trendy East Village said the production of “Grounded” would run from April 7 to May 17, and […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Kendall Jenner dresses in black for Estée Lauder

Kendall Jenner dresses in black for Estée Lauder

(Relaxnews) – Appointed last November as the American cosmetics maker’s new brand ambassador, Kendall Jenner has finally made her debut in the role. In a new video, the young TV personality models Estée Lauder’s newest lash product, Little Black Primer. Kendall Jenner won over the cosmetics giant with her dark and seductive eyes, which provide […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Recipes created by IBM supercomputer to hit book shelves in spring

Recipes created by IBM supercomputer to hit book shelves in spring

(Relaxnews) – A new cookbook featuring computer-generated recipes like Creole shrimp-lamb dumplings and hoof-and-honey ale hits bookshelves this spring in the aim of showing that computers can be used as a source of culinary creativity. You may remember Chef Watson from last year, when the AI chef debuted at music festival SXSW last year as […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Home & Garden, News, Online, Science & Technology ·
Manny Pacquiao: So faithful

Manny Pacquiao: So faithful

All he aspired for when he was starting his boxing career was to be the champion of the Philippines. But after 20 decades in the sport, Manny Pacquiao has become not only his beloved nation’s champ; but also a well-respected world boxing record-holder – the first and only eight-division world champion, with an impressive ten world titles. […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Local News ·
‘Manny’ in US theaters and On Demand Jan 23

‘Manny’ in US theaters and On Demand Jan 23

By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Liam Neeson and directed by Ryan Moore and Academy Award winner, Leon Gast (When We Were Kings), “Manny” – a feature length documentary film about the “People’s Champ,” will be released in theaters and On Demand starting Jan. 23, 2015.  Highlighting Pacquiao’s journey from a struggling and starving […]

23.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, Film ·
Obama launches Democrats’ middle class push in 2016

Obama launches Democrats’ middle class push in 2016

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States | AFP |  – The economic successes US President Barack Obama touted in his speech to Congress Tuesday were not just taunts to Republicans; he was helping Democrats build an early strategy for keeping the White House in 2016. With the clock winding down on his two-term presidency, Obama […]

22.01.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New Windows 10 weaves together Microsoft-powered devices

New Windows 10 weaves together Microsoft-powered devices

(Redmond, United States-AFP) – Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on a coming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people’s lives. The US technology titan is also trying to make it more natural to interact with devices, such as conversational-style speaking with the company’s virtual […]

22.01.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
‘The Huntsman’ appoints new, debutant director

‘The Huntsman’ appoints new, debutant director

(Relaxnews) – The “Snow White and The Huntsman” prequel retains its stars but promotes its second unit director to the top spot for 2016’s “The Huntsman.” Stepping up from second unit duties doesn’t seem like a bad way to go — Andy Serkis fulfilled the same role on Peter Jackson’s three “Hobbit” films before landing […]

22.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘The Walking Dead’ announces its return with a trailer

‘The Walking Dead’ announces its return with a trailer

(Relaxnews) – The Atlanta survivors will return to the small screen on February 8 in the second half of the fifth season. To tide fans over until then, AMC has unveiled a 30-second trailer with the vaguely hopeful title “Another Day.” Judging by the new trailer, things are about to get even more dismal and […]

22.01.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is headed to PHL

Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is headed to PHL

The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (FCCH) has announced that more than thirty business executives from Hawaii are headed for the Philippines for its 25th Trade Mission to the Philippines scheduled for February 7 – 17, 2015. Co-heading the delegation will be Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and Honolulu Philippine Consul General Gina Jamoralin.  Accompanying the delegation is County […]

22.01.2015 · Filled under: Local News ·
Empire State Building to wed 100 couples on Valentine’s Day

Empire State Building to wed 100 couples on Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Fans of the films “Sleepless in  Seattle” and “An Affair to Remember” are being given the chance to write their own romantic storyline atop the Empire State Building in a Valentine’s Day wedding bonanza. For the first time this year, the iconic New York skyscraper has issued an open invitation for 100 couples […]