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Want an Amorsolo but don’t have P46 million lying around? Then...

WANT an Amorsolo for your home but don’t have the millions to spare for an original? How about an Amorsolo on a plate instead? Rustan’s in partnership with the Amorsolo family has launched a limited-edition home collection inspired by National Artist for Painting Fernardo Amorsolo’s works.

Solar offers affordable digibox

SOLAR DIGITAL Media Holdings, Inc. has announced the entry of the newest digital receiver in the Philippine market aimed at giving consumers options and access to “quality entertainment at a more affordable price,” according to a company release.

PPP fest to show 8 films this year

EIGHT FILMS, ranging from romantic comedies to action thrillers, make up the slate of the this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) which runs from Aug. 15-21 in all cinemas nationwide.

Matti’s BuyBust leads PHL contingent at NYAFF

ERIK MATTI’s BuyBust (2018) and On the Job (2013) are to be screened this week at the ongoing New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). They and four others make up the largest lineup of Filipino films in the festival since 2013, according to the festival’s website.

After 2 surgeries in 2 months, Gary V is raring to...

SINGER Edgardo Jose “Gary” Valenciano — often referred to as “Mr. Pure Energy” because of his high energy performances — announced that he has been cleared of kidney cancer, a diagnosis which was made shortly after he underwent successful emergency open heart surgery in May.

Take 3 in the Philippines for singer Charlie Puth

AMERICAN singer/songwriter, Charlie Puth, is coming back for a third time in the Philippines on Nov. 6 in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City as part of his ongoing North America and Asia tour promoting his newest album, Voicenotes.

A look inside Manila’s first Holiday Inn Express

INTERCONTINENTAL Hotel Group (IHG)-led Holiday Inn Express has established its first branch in the Philippines with the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City on July 3.

When a physical therapist designs a pillow, it can get very...

BANGKOK-BASED sleep essentials brand, Mr. Big, known for “physical therapist-designed pillows” for “ergonomic comfort” has arrived in the Philippines hoping to improve Filipino’s sleep quality.

Diverse offerings in Cinemalaya

NOW ON its 14th year, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is serving up a diverse menu of films in competition, with genres ranging from comedy to drama to suspense.

Boyzone’s last tour touching down in PHL

IRISH POP vocal group Boyzone is coming back to Manila which is one stop in its their 25th Anniversary and Farewell Tour.

Honor 10: Budget-friendly flagship

In recent years, the battleground in the fiercely competitive smartphone market has shifted from top-tier phones with top-tier pricing to mid-range pricing with top-tier specs and for the Chinese Honor brand (a sub-brand of Huawei) this is a battleground they want to dominate in, especially with the introduction of Honor 10.

Festival vets make up 1st 4 entries in this year’s MMFF

THE Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 selection committee has announced the first four official entries for this year’s film festival and the list includes festival veterans including Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral, Marvic “Vic” Sotto and Rodel “Coco Martin” Nacianceno.

Westlife’s Filan promotes new album with Sept. concert in PHL

WESTLIFE’S lead singer Shane Filan is coming back to Manila for a one-night concert featuring the Irish boy band’s greatest hits and some of his new singles on Sept. 15 at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.

Watsons holds 1st health symposium for its advantage card members

HEALTH and beauty chain store, Watsons Philippines, recently staged its first health symposium for its Watsons Advantage Program (WAP) members.

After 20 years, Workshy returns

BRITISH BAND Workshy, best known for the song “Never the Same,” and covering Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” comes back to Manila after more than 20 years to promote the group’s newest album, Wayward, on Aug. 10 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino.

Calum Scott’s Asian tour comes to PHL in Oct.

BRITISH crooner Calum Scott, is coming back to Manila for a concert on Oct. 30 at the Kia Theater in Quezon City as part of his ongoing Only Human Asia Tour.

Manga films highlighted in the Eigasai film fest’s 21st year

FOR ITS 21st year, the EIGASAI Japanese Film Festival announces a lineup of 15 films including the third installment of the film adaptation of Yuki Suegetsu’s manga, Chihayafuru.

Musical time machine is coming to Manila

INTERESTED in hearing Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” sung as Ella Fitzgerald would? Or Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” performed as if it came out in the 1960s? Or Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” done 1950s prom style? You can thanks to Post Modern Jukebox (PMJ), a vintage minstrel band which currently has over one billion views on YouTube and almost 3.5 million subscribers.

BBC nature docu gets a Pinoy edge as GMA adapts Planet...

SEE NATURE in ultra high definition as GMA Network launches its newest infotainment program, Amazing Earth, featuring footage from BBC’s Planet Earth II.

Short docu on a special Uber driver tops 1st Istorya ng...

A FIVE-MINUTE documentary about an Uber driver with Tourette’s Syndrome won the top prize at the recently concluded Istorya ng Pag-asa (INP) Film Festival.

Balangiga tops FAMAS winners

KHAVN DE LA CRUZ’s Philippine-American wartime drama, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2017) was the night’s biggest winner at the 66th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts...

Fete de la Musique: 40 stages for its 24th year

FOR THE 24th year, Fete de la Musique is coming back for a three-day, free-for-all music festival this month, this time featuring almost 40 pocket stages scattered across the metro and main stages in Makati; Intramuros, Manila; Baguio City; and Pagsanjan, Laguna.

Ultra-short TV cooking show tackles ramen, more in 4th season

FOR ITS fourth season, the three-minute cooking show San Miguel Purefoods Home Foodie is bringing with it “trending dishes” from restaurants as well as classic favorites with a twist.

Ever Bilena launches Kris Aquino’s makeup line

KRISTINA BERNADETTE “Kris” C. Aquino, might be the “Queen of All Media” after having successfully transitioned to producing her own digital content starting with the Kris List web series but it seems that she has also found an affinity in creating color cosmetics as evidenced by her recent collaboration with local cosmetics brand, Ever Bilena.

Bang for your buck

KRISTINA BERNADETTE “Kris” C. Aquino might quite a polarizing persona but one cannot deny that much like the Kardashians of the US, the public has an undeniable curiosity for all things Kris Aquino.

Julia Fordham returns to PHL this month

BRITISH singer-songwriter, Julia Fordham, best known for her songs “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways” and “Porcelain,” among others, is performing in Manila on June 22 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.

Heart-stopping meal at a skewer restaurant

WHAT BETTER WAY to spend a Friday than gorging on a dozen fried meat skewers and clogging one’s arteries in the process? Well, that’s exactly what this reporter did last week as she paid a visit to the first Philippine branch of Kushikatsu Daruma, Osaka’s popular kushikatsu restaurant.

21 films on the 23rd year of the French Film Festival

FOR ITS 23rd year, the French Film Festival is serving 21 films with the aim to “embody the richness and depth of French society through the creativity of French filmmakers.” Among the critically acclaimed films to be shown are Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper (2016), which competed in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival that same year; Cedric Kahn’s Le Priere (2018), which won Anthony Bajon the Silver Bear for Best Actor in the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival; and the jazz biopic Django (2016) by Etienne Comar, which served as the opening film of the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

Singer Dua Lipa returns to Manila

ENGLISH singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is returning to Manila for a solo concert on Sept. 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and is bringing with her the chart-topping hits including “New Rules,” “IDGAF,” and “One Kiss.”

Malipayon nga pag-abot sa Iloilo

The recent opening of Courtyard by Marriott in Iloilo all but signaled the transition of the bustling provincial city of Iloilo into a metropolitan city rivaling Cebu and Davao.

A year of activities planned as SM turns 60

SM is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a year’s worth of activities planned at its chain of shopping malls.

Reunited A1 returns to the Philippines

BRITISH-NORWEGIAN pop group A1 is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the industry by going on a reunion tour which includes a stop in the...

Respeto, Balangiga bag most Gawad Urian noms

GAWAD URIAN, considered the most prestigious film award in the country, enters its 41st year by announcing this year’s nominees, with a hip-hop film...

Guns N’ Roses coming to PHL in Nov.

GUNS N’ ROSES, one of the biggest band that defined the rock scene during the late 1980s, is coming to Manila on Nov. 11...

The Eternity Between Seconds the big winner at CineFilipino film fest

ALEC FIGURACION’s The Eternity Between Seconds, a film about two strangers meeting at an airport and creating a fleeting, yet lasting connection, earned the...

From prayer to party

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter That the Philippines is a Christian country — more than 90% of the population is Christian, with over 80% Roman...

Lea focuses on folk songs in new album

TONY AWARD-winning singer/actress Lea Salonga has released her 10th studio album, Bahaghari (“rainbow” in Filipino) featuring Filipino folk songs. The 15-track album described as a...

Watch movies under the stars

SPEND THE weekend watching films under the stars as Circuit Makati holds its first Cine Circuit Indie Film Festival, from May 11 to 13...

Intramuros: The noble and ever loyal city

The art of war. WORDS  ZSARLENE B. CHUA | PHOTOS  RACHE GO, COURTESY OF MANILA BIENNALE Intramuros, the famed Walled City, was the seat of power...

The reluctant jeweler

Janina Dizon Hoschka on her mother’s legacy and keeping balance in her life. WORDS  ZSARLENE B. CHUA Janina Dizon Hoschka, who, at first, resisted being a...

Making it happen

Organizing tours for the discerning set. WORDS  ZSARLENE B. CHUA Welcome to the travels of the luxe set where chartering flights and eating in Michelin-starred restaurants are...

Favorite Things | Photographs and memories

Fashion designer Criselda Lontok remembers her mother.  INTERVIEW ZSARLENE B. CHUA | PHOTOGRAPHY  JONATHAN BALDONADO She has more than three decades under her belt as a fashion designer...

The unlikely Swan Queen

After undergoing hip surgery, what’s next for Lisa Macuja-Elizalde? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgLiEBhvMSo WORDS  ZSARLENE B. CHUA | IMAGES  G-NIE ARAMBULO When does a ballerina hang up her pointe shoes for...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Paco Pérez

Peking duck without the duck. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid Fusión Manila Food attracted...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Jordi Roca

The nose knows. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid Fusión Manila Food attracted 1,400 local...