Arts and Entertainment

Veteran actor 'Bangkay' dies

MANILA -- Veteran character actor Nonong de Andres, who was popularly known as "Bangkay" in horror and comedy films, has taken his final bow Tuesday. He was 71.De Andres' nephew, Powee Capino, broke the news on social media on Tuesday afternoon."Please pray for the eternal repose of the soul of my... Read More

Korean group eyes bigger cultural shows in PH next year

Lee said performers from the National Gugak Center are among top performers in their field.Admission was free, and attendees also witnessed the performances from Buk Chum-Drum Dancing Team from Cainta Sejong Hakdang, and opera singer "Bless."Millennials also enjoyed the performances from Filipino... Read More

OPM icon Rico J. Puno dies at 65

MANILA -- OPM legend Rico J. Puno has passed away early Tuesday morning. He was 65.Puno's death was announced in an Instagram post by his sister-in-law, Anna Puno."I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King - Kuya Rico J. Puno has passed away this morning (manila... Read More

Moviegoers have until Monday to catch Argentine filmfest

MANILA -- The public may still indulge in a free movie marathon at the Cinematheque Centre Manila until Sept. 10 as the Argentine Film Festival ends Monday.As the Argentine Embassy in Manila celebrates the 4th Argentine Film Festival in the Philippines, the films will be shown for free on a "first... Read More

Asian-centric film 'Crazy Rich Asians' tops North American box office

LOS ANGELES -- Warner Bros.' Asian-centric film "Crazy Rich Asians" topped North American box office in its opening weekend, breaking all expectations with an estimated USD 25.23 million in three days. The romantic comedy-drama film, based on Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name, has brought in USD34... Read More

Momoland arrives in Manila

MANILA -- Korean girl group Momoland arrived here at around 10:50 a.m. Thursday via Asiana Airlines flight OZ 701 from Seoul.Fans gathered outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), waiting for the ladies that popularized dance craze such as "Bboom Bboom" and "BAAM". They were welcomed... Read More

Showcasing contemporary art in Southeast Asia

MANILA -- When we talk about arts in Southeast Asia, majority would think about the traditional kind.However, in an event celebrating the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) 51st founding anniversary on Aug. 8, the Philippines rallied artists from all 10 member states to exhibit... Read More

Patronize local films, FDCP urges Filipinos

MANILA-- The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) on Thursday urged Filipinos to patronize local films during this month's Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP).Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is FDCP's biggest program this August, with a one-week exclusive screening of Filipino films in all... Read More

Tel Aviv, Manila fuse via bamboo art exhibit

MANILA-- For Israeli fashion designer and artist Anat Heifetz, bamboo is not only a mere clump of stalks one would often see swaying in the Philippine landscape, but a medium where she can best combine her two homes-- Manila and Tel Aviv.Heifetz started taking her fascination with the tropical plant... Read More

Demi Lovato reportedly hospitalized for possible heroin overdose

LOS ANGELES -- Singer Demi Lovato was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after a suspected heroin overdose, according to US media reports.Paramedics found Lovato, 25, unconscious in her home and treated her with Naryan, which is typically used for drug overdoses, said TMA.com and US... Read More

'The Equalizer 2' tops N. American box office in opening weekend

LOS ANGELES -- Sony's action movie "The Equalizer 2" topped North American box office in its opening weekend, with an estimated USD35.82 million, defeating Universal's "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" in a close race."The Equalizer 2" is a sequel to the 2014 film "The Equalizer", which was based on the... Read More

World's largest annual music festival kicks off in London

LONDON -- The world's largest music festival started its annual season on Friday evening at London's Royal Albert Hall (RAH), heralding a series of daily concerts of classical, jazz, choral and live music that runs until September.The BBC Proms 2018 season runs from Friday to September 8, with eight... Read More

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

WASHINGTON -- American rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in Florida, authorities said.The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a tweet that the rapper, whose legal name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital.He was... Read More

PH pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale opens Saturday

MANILA -- The country's pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will officially open its doors to the international community on Saturday, following its vernissage (private viewing) last May 24.The Philippines' entry, dubbed as "The City Who Had Two Navels", highlights two... Read More

Ed Sheeran wins, Janet Jackson, K-pop band BTS make history at BBMA

LOS ANGELES -- Ed Sheeran emerged as the big winner as the singer-songwriter bagged five top honors, including the Top Artist recognition, at this year's Billboard Music Awards.The singer, who was nominated in 15 categories this year, also took home trophies in Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist,... Read More

EU honors F. Sionil Jose for boosting EU-PH cultural ties

MANILA-- Francisco Sionil Jose, the country's National Artist for Literature, was conferred an award of distinction for strengthening the cultural links between the European Union (EU) and the Philippines.At the EU Reception Day in Makati on Wednesday, Ambassador Franz Jessen, who handed the award,... Read More

'Avengers: Infinity War' still rules American box office

LOS ANGELES -- Disney and Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" continued to dominate North American box office with an estimated USD112.47 million for the second weekend in a row, scoring second-biggest second weekend ever in North American box office history.The superhero film has brought in USD450.8... Read More

Katy Perry visits Pope Francis with Orlando Bloom

LOS ANGELES -- Katy Perry seems to be back with former flame Orlando Bloom as the duo was spotted in Vatican City, where they got an opportunity to meet Pope Francis.The 33-year-old singer also shared an Instagram story, in which she told her fans that she was in Italy to speak at the Vatican's... Read More

Earth Day Jam 2018 unites everyone to a greener nation

MANILA -- Known for its epic live music staging, Earth Day Jam 2018 is back for another annual music event influencing Filipinos with its environmental advocacies through music and education.Featuring over 100 musicians, a more interactive campaign, and engaging eco-friendly activities, this longest... Read More

Trust yourself and you'll likely soar high: Liza Soberano

MANILA -- She was getting a retouch at the backstage, preparing to meet with her fans. She seemed shy.Getting near the popular actress was not easy, as she was surrounded by security staff and talent managers.Liza Soberano was at a hotel for the launch of a product that she endorses.She still had... Read More