Arts and Entertainment

PMPC names PTV anchor Best Male Newscaster

MANILA–People's Television Network (PTV) anchor Joee Guilas was adjudged Best Male Newscaster at the PMPC 35th Star Awards for TV held last Saturday. Guilas is the first from the government sector to win in that category in the 35 years of the Star Awards, according to Philippine Movie Press... Read More

Biz group pushes for Jose Mari Chan’s nomination as nat'l artist

MANILA – The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) on Wednesday bestowed on music icon and top sugar businessman Jose Mari Chan the “FFCCCII Lifetime Achievement Award” during the “Pandesal Forum” in Quezon City.The FFCCCII... Read More

Japanese floral art Ikebana spreads in Manila

MANILA – From the process of carefully curating what flowers and leaves to use down to the philosophy that brings the pieces into one structured floral art, just about anything related to Ikebana brings anyone closer to nature.This is one of the reasons Maria Theresa Calunsod, president of the... Read More

China holds 'museum night,' celebrates ancient trade ties with PH

MANILA – China continues to push for more people-to-people and cultural exchanges with the Philippines.Celebrating the ancient trade ties between the two countries, the Chinese Embassy in Manila held a "museum night" Wednesday, with Ambassador Huang Xilian touring the Ayala Museum exhibit... Read More

PH jeepney, culture shine at ASEAN Festival in Kenya

MANILA – The Philippine culture and food were put on spotlight at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Festival in Kenya last week.The Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, as part of the ASEAN Nairobi Committee (ANC), joined the Embassies/High Commission of Indonesia, Malaysia, and... Read More

What the thriving P-pop scene can learn from K-pop success

SEOUL, South Korea–P-Pop (Pinoy popular music) idol groups are on the rise with SB19, BINI, BGYO, MNL48 and ALAMAT, to name a few, paving the way for the game-changing genre in the country.It is trendy, catchy, and visually appealing to resonate with its relatively young fanbase but beyond... Read More

APO Hiking Society’s Danny Javier dies at 75

MANILA – Singer-songwriter Daniel “Danny” Javier of the popular trio, APO Hiking Society has passed away. He was 75.This was confirmed by Javier's daughter Justine Javier Long on Monday, who said he died from "complications due to his prolonged illnesses."“In life, as in his... Read More

France, PH highlight 'diversity' in 75th year of diplomatic ties

MANILA – France and the Philippines are set to feature arts, culture, and cuisine as they highlight the "diversity" of their 75-year-old relations from October to January 2023.In a presser on Tuesday, French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz and Foreign Affairs Assistant... Read More

EU brings free European films to Iloilo

MANILA – The European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines is bringing free European films to Iloilo under its Cine Europa film festival from Oct. 5 to 13.The fest started on September 14 in Manila and runs until the end of October, going hybrid this year as it also sets foot in Cebu City... Read More

Pacific Alliance movie fest: Catch free films this September

MANILA – Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Singapore are set to screen seven films, capturing their traditions and culture at the September Pacific Alliance Movie Nights next week.The Embassies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Singapore in the Philippines, in partnership with Red Carpet Cinema... Read More

Korean culture fest opens for Filipinos

MANILA – Seoul on Saturday launched a Korean cultural festival in Makati City to allow Filipinos to experience Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving Day.The event, dubbed as Korea Festival 2022, will run from September 10 to 11 at Glorietta in Makati.The Korean Embassy in Manila said the event aims... Read More

Spanish envoy hails EU theater play's 'universal' plot

BAGUIO CITY – Spanish Charge d’ Affaires Carmela Barcia said Felix Lope de Vega Carpio’s play “Fuente Ovejuna” which was staged at Saint Louis University here on Saturday has a plot that applies to the present day. The play is part of the Teatro Europa, the annual... Read More

Concert set for OPM Week

MANILA – In observance of the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) Week every fourth week of July, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will organize a "Concert at the Park" at 6 p.m. on July 24."This is an open-air activity. We will showcase different genres of music. Kundiman,... Read More

First 4 entries for Metro Manila filmfest revealed

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday announced the first four film entries for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2022, the 48th year of the annual cinematic celebration.In a statement, the MMDA said the MMFF 2022 is led by its selection committee with... Read More

Korea resumes face-to-face cultural classes in PH

MANILA – The Korean Cultural Center (KCC), the official cultural arm of the Korean Embassy in Manila, will soon resume its face-to-face classes, which are aimed at expanding understanding and appreciation of Korean culture among Filipinos.The KCC Philippines at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig... Read More

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