Entertainment News (04/16/21)

LAZADA now has an exclusive partnership with the Miss Universe Organization to be the official voting platform in the Philippines for the 69th Miss Universe competition.

The amazing coconut

PERHAPS it’s because they’re everywhere that they have become easy to ignore — yet coconut trees are an important part of Philippine foodways. A talk on the Filipino Food Month’s page called “Beyond Buko Pie” explains the intricacies behind the ubiquitous coconut tree, and how it serves as a pillar for both our history, culture, and tastes.

The Pen: Makati’s only essential business worker’s hotel

THE GLAMOROUS Peninsula Manila is now billing itself as Makati’s only Essential Business Worker’s Hotel. It provides amenities for first responders, workers in the pharmaceuticals and BPO industries, and medical workers.

How consumers should spend on wine

Would you rather have 20 bottles of the country’s No.1 selling Carlo Rossi California red wine or one bottle of Chateau Kirwan, a Grand Cru 3rd Growth Bordeaux from the Margaux region of recent 2017 vintage?

Gained pandemic pounds? Here are five ways to lose them

THE ONGOING pandemic and its ensuing stay-at-home mandate may have made it more difficult for some to keep a healthy weight — and for a good reason. Maintaining a healthy weight can be challenging, but it can be extra difficult if you’re facing a global health crisis that changed the way you live in a snap of a finger.

J-Lo, H.E.R. and Foo Fighters to star in streamed concert to fund COVID-19 vaccines

LONDON — Singers Jennifer Lopez and H.E.R. will star in a global streaming and broadcast special on May 8 to raise money for COVID-19 vaccines, following last year’s One World - Together at Home fundraiser in which locked-down stars including Lady Gaga performed from their homes.

Scrabble marks UK lockdown easing with light show

LONDON — Some of Britain’s favorite words were projected onto buildings around London to mark the easing of lockdown restrictions and National Scrabble Day on Tuesday.

Listen to the music of a spider’s web

IT IS an eerie, foreboding, reverberating tune, enough to send a tingle down your spine.

Dining In/Out (04/15/21)

THE BONIFACIO Global City restaurant Mimi & Bros, which is known for its comfort food, is launching a line of freshly made, easy-to-order frozen food that anyone can add to their pandemic pantries.

Fear of flying

WHILE waiting to start a job in a bank, the young Jessie Sincioco entered her aunt’s mango cake recipe in The Maya Cookfest, a popular cooking contest organized by The Maya Kitchen. After unexpectedly winning the grand prize in the baking category, she let go of the bank job, instead going on a 10-day cultural exchange trip in Japan which was part of the prize. Her win also led to an offer to join the Hotel Intercontinental’s staff as a kitchen trainee. She wore a pink blouse, a miniskirt, and three-inch wedge shoes on her first day — not the most practical outfit to wear in a commercial kitchen. The unfortunate wardrobe choice did not hold her back though.