Arts and Entertainment

Viva Europa 2018: Bringing EU’s best to Manila

MANILA — Viva Europa 2018 promises a European cultural summer experience, with a series of events to showcase the best of Europe's unique, dynamic and diverse culture.From April to June, Viva Europa aims to highlight the shared cultural values between EU and the Philippines. This will also... Read More

Cordilleran group 'Bardilleranz' breaks into mainstream stage

BAGUIO CITY -- Cordillerans are well known for their great physique, being engaged in farming and physical activities, aside from trekking up the mountains.But who would have thought that a group of young Cordilleran men, who just use the Rose Garden at Burnham Park as their stage for calisthenics... Read More

Taylor Swift's stalker sentenced to 10 years probation

LOS ANGELES -- Pop star Taylor Swift's stalker, who was accused of threatening to kill the singer and her family, has been sentenced to 10 years of probation.According to E! News, Frank Andrew Hoover was arrested in November 2016 after he violated a restraining order Swift had against him.The order... Read More

Kapuso stars heat up Araw ng Dabaw celebration

DAVAO CITY – Dabawenyo fans on Friday have once again given a chance to watch in person their favorite showbiz stars who trooped to Davao City to join in the 81st Araw ng Dabaw celebration.This as they feasted on 50 “lechon baka,” part of the food packs that the city government... Read More

Jericho Rosales on success: ‘You have to set the bar’

MANILA -- Jericho Rosales or "Echo" has been active in the showbiz industry since 1996. Ever wondered why it seems like he still looks the same? How does he stay young and fit?When I saw Echo recently, I told him his face looks the same whether on or off-screen."I really have no secret to (staying... Read More

ASEAN, India to collaborate on cinema, cultural shows

SINGAPORE -- Artists, actors and film-makers from India and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries will collaborate on cinema projects by tapping cross-border talent and expertise.Several initiatives across the spectrum of films and entertainment are in the works after a... Read More

Cranberries lead singer O'Riordan dies in London

DUBLIN -- Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, a world famous Irish rock band, was found dead at her hotel room in London on Monday morning, local media reported.According to the report, the 46-year-old Irish singer was found dead at about 9:00 a.m. local time inside a hotel room in... Read More

Golden Globes kicks off Hollywood award season; stars all in black

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood's award season kicked off here on Sunday at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, when Hollywood stars who walked the red carpet dressed in black.To protest sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond, a majority of Hollywood stars wore black dresses to support... Read More

'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' top spot at North American box office

LOS ANGELES -- Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" sped past "Insidious: The Last Key" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to the top spot at North American box office in its third weekend with an estimated USD36 million.The action adventure comedy film has brought in a massive USD244.3 million in... Read More

Award-winning fantasy drama Game of Thrones stars in new set of stamps

LONDON -- Characters from the smash-hit award-winning fantasy television program, Game of Thrones, are to feature on a new series of stamps, Britain's Royal Mail announced Wednesday.The collection of 15 stamps will feature British contributions to the US show which is based on the books by George R... Read More

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' dominates North American box office

LOS ANGELES -- The Force of "Star Wars" dominated box office again as Disney's release of Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened with an incredible estimated USD220 million in North America, the biggest opening in 2017 by far and the second biggest debut of all time.The opening of the eighth... Read More

Kidnapping independent cinema

MANILA -- What happens to the independent film industry when the most sought after actor gets kidnapped?That is exactly the premise of the film, “Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro” written and directed by Sigfreid Barros Sanchez.In an exclusive interview with the Philippine News Agency... Read More

Japan-based indie music support platform Alphanote streams in India

TOKYO/Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ -- Alphanote, a unit of Senko Group Holdings Co., Ltd., launched in India onDecember 11 its innovative free music streaming platform to support independentmusicians and to serve the growing demand for music in the region. The servicewill be deployed in other countries in... Read More

19 short films vie for first-ever Sine Negrense Awards

BACOLOD CITY -- Nineteen short films are competing in the Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival 2017 set on November 27 to 29 in this city.The three-day festival, held for the first time in Negros, is presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, The Negros Museum, Design... Read More

2 Pinoys among Time's 'Most Influential Teens of 2017'

MANILA -- Two Filipino youths made it to Time Magazine's list of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017 -- a list which takes into account "global impact through social media, and overall ability to drive news."Hawaii-based male beauty guru and internet superstar Brettman Rock, 19, made the cut after... Read More

Homegrown retail chain in search for new teen ambassadors

DAVAO CITY – Homegrown retail chain NCCC Department Store will present this year’s 20 charismatic, good-looking and confident young aspirants who will vie for the title of Teen Model Search grand winner during its grand finals on Saturday, October 28, starting at 4 p.m. at NCCC Mall... Read More

Weaving demos at National Museum slated Oct. 7-8

MANILA -- Weavers and embroiderers from Abra, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Laguna and South Cotabato are at the National Museum of Anthropology on Oct. 7-8 to share their traditional and indigenous knowledge with the public.The weaving and embroidery demonstrations were organized by Senator Loren Legarda,... Read More

Stephen King's "It" tops North American box office for 2nd weekend

LOS ANGELES --Following its record-breaking debut last week, American horror movie "It" continues to lead North American box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated USD60 million in its second weekend.Warner Bros. and New Line's latest movie is based on renowned horror writer... Read More

Comval town builds own cinematheque

DAVAO CITY – After successfully hosting a film festival of 93 short and 12 full-length films, Nabunturan town in Compostela Valley Province will soon have its own cinematheque, a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).The Nabunturan cinematheque will be situated in... Read More

Works of 4 Filipino artists featured in Beijing exhibit

BEIJING-- The contemporary photography and video art works of four Filipino artists are now on display in the Philippines Art Exhibition curated by Henry Woo at the Columbia Global Centers at Core Plaza in Haidian, Beijing.Titled "In Between Spaces," the exhibition aims to use video art and... Read More