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Raising the alarm: the dangers of e-cigarettes

CRÈME BRÛLÉE, custard, honey, Yakult, banana, mango, M&M, Gummy Bears, cappuccino, mint, root beer float, Coke, Sprite. Name it, they have it. From a survey of online sites alone, to date, there are over 15,500 flavorings to choose from among e-cigarettes the world over.

Fil-Am editor, art director win top Palanca awards

FILIPINO-AMERICAN freelance editor Reine Arcache Melvin flew in from Paris for just two days to receive one of two grand prizes at the 69th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature at the Rigodon Ballroom of Peninsula Manila on Friday night.

NEOCOLOURS: Tuloy Pa Rin ang Banda

SOCIAL MEDIA Consultant Chat Shaw (not her real name) was enrolled in SLU Girl’s High when she watched the all-male band Neocolours at the University of Baguio in Baguio City in 1989, three decades ago.

Film industry celebrates 100 years of PHL Cinema

PHILIPPINE CINEMA is 100 years old and despite challenges in the industry, it is time to celebrate.

A global wallet for travelers

YOU LOVE TRAVELING. You don’t go to just one destination at a time. You are adventurous that way: exploring (or maybe, even doing business) in different cities in different parts of the world at any given time. But then, switching currencies can be such a hassle. Once you get home to the Philippines, you get “bill shock” over the additional charges you had incurred due to multiple conversions from one currency to another.

Going back in time with the Int’l Silent Film fest

UNLIKE PREVIOUS years when the Philippines’ contribution to the International Silent Film Festival (ISFF) were experimental films, this year it will be a 37-minute documentary filmed in 1913 on the Cordilleran Kalinga tribe titled Native Life in the Philippines. It will open the 13th ISFF at SM Aura in Taguig on Aug. 30.

Where to go, what to watch this weekend

CZECH? German? Japanese? Indian?

CCP turns Gold: Festivities start in September

TEN years ago, as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) was preparing for the celebration of its 40th year, then CCP President Nestor Jardin approached former First Lady Imelda Marcos at the CCP ramp and asked her, “Where did you bury the time capsule?”

Returning to Binondo

ALTHOUGH recent events have made locals paranoid about the seemingly overwhelming presence of Chinese in certain areas of the metropolis, one needs to remember that Filipinos and Chinese have been working side by side even before local recorded history. For centuries now, Filipinos been trading with the Chinese, proven by archeological excavations over the last hundred years or so.

Buy Bust is big winner at Gawad Urian

ERIK MATTI’S BUY BUST, a “zombie-like action” film about the current administration’s war on drugs, won Best Picture and three technical awards (Cinematography, Production Design, and Music) at the 42nd Gawad Urian awards night on Tuesday at UP’s Cine Adarna.

Remembrances of ska past

“GAME!” This was the reply of Skarlet Brown — the artist previously known as Myra David-Ruaro — when Emelee Nicart, her successor as Put3Ska band vocalist asked if she was ready for the much-awaited reunion of the Philippines’ premier ska band at the Music Museum on May 24.

Candon music festival mixes classical and pop

IT HAS BEEN the dream of Ryan Cayabyab, National Artist for Music, that Filipinos become less “dependent on imported songs and imported music.” He envisions a huge collection in the future of “music literature by young people in each community that we touch.”

Walks, talks and music: FEU’s cultural cornucopia

LAST WEEK, in a span of three days, the Philippines experienced strong earthquakes that had everyone shaking in fear, from the possibility of another quake or aftershocks. The earthquakes affected all three major island groups of the country.

The eagle has landed

HUNTING and deforestation are the two major causes of the decline in the number of Philippine eagles, said Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) Director for Research and Conservation Jayson Ibañez during the Q&A portion following a screening of the multi-awarded documentary Bird of Prey at Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines recently.

Forget Hollywood, watch Russian films

THE Cold War lasted for 45 years, and ended in 1990. Throughout those years, the portrayal of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics by Hollywood affected the mind-sets of not just two generations, but the progeny of these generations as well.

Road Safety 101 for students and drivers: starting them young

Maybe it is best that people learn about road safety at a young age -- perhaps as early as grade school.

Rain haunts Tofarm film festival

IN KEEPING with the advocacy of the Tofarm Film Festival — “bring the stories of farmers to Filipino as well as foreign audiences,” according to the fest’s managing director Joey Romero — the cast and crew of the six finalists shot their films in the countryside and experienced first-hand what it was like to be a farmer and be at the mercy of the weather. It rained for most of the shooting days, and this proved to be a challenge to the film crews. The film productions continued to be haunted by rain during the gala screenings at the Trinoma Cinema; and Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) exited the country on the day of the awarding ceremonies at the Shangri-La Manila.

A small person in a big role

SOME actors can work their entire lives and never get anything bigger than a supporting role, but sometimes all it takes is one breakout role.

The veterans on the set

VETERAN performers Nora Aunor and Cherie Gil play grandmothers in the GMA drama Onanay. While this is not a new role for Ms. Aunor who essayed the role of Kris Bernal’s grandmother in another teleserye, Little Nanay, and is a grandmother in real life, this is all new for Ms. Gil.