Arts and Entertainment

BTS' global influence stretches far beyond music

SEOUL – Aside from being a superstar with many chart-topping hits and a global fandom, BTS has strongly influenced the world with its heartfelt messages of consolation and hope for youth and those against Asian hate crimes.The band made its first big stride toward the move in November 2017,... Read More

India brings Jataka Tales to Filipino children

MANILA – Seeking closer cultural ties with the Philippines, India reintroduces to Manila the Jataka Tales, the oldest and best known Indian literature featuring the Buddha in different forms until he attained enlightenment, this time in the form of a podcast, free of charge.The Indian Embassy... Read More

Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars dominate 64th Annual Grammy Awards

HOUSTON, Texas – The 64th annual Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with opening performances by Bruno Mars and Olivia Rodrigo, both of whom took home multiple awards.Record of the Year and Song of the Year went to Leave the Door Open by Silk... Read More

KCC new building to showcase traditional, modern Korean culture

MANILA – Ahead of the opening of the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines in March, its chief said they worked hard to showcase both traditional and modern Korean culture in the facility. "We've been trying and preparing very hard. However, I am afraid (thinking) what if we can't... Read More

Films from regions to go hybrid for Cinema Rehiyon

MANILA – Cinema Rehiyon, among the Philippines’ most-awaited events for regional cinema, will run its 14th iteration from Feb. 25 to March 31 this year in Davao City, and nationwide through online video-on-demand platforms.Cinema Rehiyon is the flagship project of the National Commission... Read More

'All of Us Are Dead' makes strong debut on global charts

SEOUL – Netflix's latest South Korean drama, "All of Us Are Dead," has made a successful global debut while being hailed as a new "Squid Game."Released on Friday, the coming-of-age zombie horror topped the streamer's non-English language TV Top 10 list for the week of Jan. 24-30 with 124.79... Read More

2022 Grammys postponed amid Covid-19 surge in US

LOS ANGELES – The Grammy Awards has been postponed for the second year in a row due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases driven by the Omicron variant in the United States, organizers announced Wednesday.The Recording Academy and the CBS Television Network said in a joint... Read More

NegOr artists join Visayas Art Fair in Cebu City

DUMAGUETE CITY – Twenty-one local artists from the Dumaguete Visual Arts (DVA) and the Negros Oriental Network of Artists (NANO) are taking part in the first-ever Visayas Art Fair to be held in Cebu City from Nov. 25-28.Creative communities from Regions 6, 7, and 8 will participate in the art... Read More

KWF to award Nora Aunor, Freddie Aguilar

MANILA–More show business stars are gaining recognition from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) for helping promote Philippine culture and Filipino, the country's national language.During the Araw ng Parangal program on Nov. 9 this year, KWF, in a statement on Saturday, said it will confer... Read More

PHLPost, AAP launch 2021 nat’l art tilt

MANILA – The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) in cooperation with the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), the oldest artist organization in the country, is inviting entries to the “First Philippine Postal Corporation Art Competition 2021” to be held at the iconic... Read More

US actor Baldwin fires prop gun, kills cinematographer

ANKARA – Famous US actor and producer Alec Baldwin, 68, fatally shot a cinematographer and injured a film director with a prop gun on a movie set, the US media reported on Thursday evening.Quoting Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in the southern state of New Mexico, the media reported... Read More

Content creators cite PH’s potential as Asia production hub

CEBU CITY – The Philippines should grab the opportunity to penetrate the global creative entertainment market.Magoo del Mundo, president of the SIKAP-Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines, said the country has the capacity to become a creative producing hub in Asia.“We... Read More

'Cat' to learn Filipino values via NCCA's animation series

MANILA–A cat from another planet is set to learn Filipino values through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts' (NCCA) animation series, "Heneral Tuna". This will be aired via the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Facebook page and other social media platforms every... Read More

NCCA leads National Indigenous Peoples Month this October

MANILA–This October, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), is celebrating the National Indigenous Peoples (IP) Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1906 signed in 2009 wherein the... Read More

Spanish actress, PH’s John Arcilla win Venice top acting awards

ANKARA – Renowned Spanish actress and model Penelope Cruz won as Best Actress Saturday on the closing night of the 78th Venice Film Festival on the Lido Peninsula.Spain's cinema queen grabbed the award for her starring role in “Parallel Mothers”, a film about two mothers who give... Read More

PH-Korea cultural exchange festival goes online

MANILA – The public could once again have a glimpse of Filipino and Korean cultures with this year's Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival via an online concert on Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. "It's been 30 years since the first Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival. We are going through a... Read More

QC welcomes idea of hosting archeological museum

MANILA–Mayor Joy Belmonte is open to having Quezon City host a public archeological museum, as Antique Representative Loren Legarda suggested, to help promote knowledge about the country's heritage and cultural evolution."If (the) national government is willing to have a branch museum in... Read More

Cine Europa 2021: Bringing PH 17 award-winning films for free

MANILA – The European Union Delegation in Manila is opening its annual Cine Europa on September 1, offering Filipinos 17 award-winning European films until September 29.The following films will be screened online for free and are accessible upon signing up at www.cineeuropaph.com:*Les Parfums... Read More

Year 2 in virtual space: Teatro Europa opens in PH

MANILA– Laughter, giggles, tears, anguish, sighs, trepidation.These are some of the emotions expected to fill up the (virtual) air, as Teatro Europa returns after its success last year.Teatro Europa comes back this year with table reads running from July 16 to 30, while full video performances... Read More

Spanish Embassy hosts online concert for quincentennial

MANILA – The Spanish Embassy in Manila is hosting a free online concert called the Guitarras del Mundo (World Guitars) to join the Philippines in celebrating the quincentennial of the first circumnavigation of the world.The Spanish Embassy on Wednesday said the event would be streamed on May 7... Read More