Art and Culture

DA to showcase PH’s top agri products in Madrid Fusión

DA to showcase PH’s top agri products in Madrid Fusión The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now preparing to showcase top agricultural products of the Philippines in Spain’s most important gastronomy congress—the Madrid Fusión—to be held at the Mall of Asia’ SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on April 24−26, 2015. According to DA Undersecretary …

Dwindling funds threaten to end 40 year old international bamboo organ festival in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — A nearly 200-year-old Philippine bamboo pipe organ, said to be the oldest and most complete in the world, has survived time, storms and wars. But an annual concert festival that has showcased its unique, lilting music in a Roman Catholic church for four decades may be playing out for the last time …

Philippine Madrigal Singers closes the 52nd Cultural Season of Silliman University

DUMAGUETE CITY  –This Valentines Month, experience being serenaded by one of the most awarded choirs in Asia and in the world, with the Philippine Madrigal Singers in their Valentine concert KakaKILIG! The Madz will have show dates on Feb. 20, Friday at 8 p.m. Gala, and Feb. 21, Saturday at 8 p.m. Gala, at the …

PARAW REGATTA: Bringing the Fiesta spirit

ILOILO CITY — Now on its 43rd year, the Iloilo Paraw Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia, and the largest sailing event in the Philippines. It was even hailed as the Best Sports Tourism Event in the country in 2009. The Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation currently organizes the activities, with leading support …

Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

NEW YORK — “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, “Go Set a Watchman” is essentially a sequel …

Sandiganbayan names National Museum as official repository of 15 paintings seized from the Marcoses

MANILA — Sandiganbayan named the National Museum as the official repository of 15 paintings seized by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on September 30 from the Marcos family in connection with a pending ill-gotten wealth case. In a five-page resolution issued on Monday, the court’s Special First Division ordered the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas …

Pinoy chef sees victory at World Pastry Cup

  The Pastry Alliance of the Philippines (PAP) bagged the Best Ice Sculpture award at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (World Pastry Cup) held on Tuesday in Lyon, France. The judges of the highly-regarded competition were amazed by 36-year-old Chef Vicente Cahatol’s detailed execution in ice of an Aeta hunter, carrying a deer …

Filipina OFW-photographer chosen for esteemed NY fellowship

MANILA, Philippines – New York’s renowned Magnum Foundation has chosen Filipina photographer Xyza Bacani to be one of the organization’s Human Rights fellows. Bacani lives and works in Hong Kong, where she is employed as a domestic helper. The overseas foreign worker turned ace-shutterbug will be flying to New York City to participate in a …

Beard of Egypt’s King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy

CAIRO — The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning, conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo said Wednesday. The museum is one of the city’s main tourist sites, but in some areas, …

Robinson, Chast, Piketty among book critic prize nominees

NEW YORK — Novelist Marilynne Robinson, economist Thomas Piketty and cartoonist Roz Chast are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will receive a lifetime achievement award, while National Book Award winner Phil Klay has won the John Leonard Prize for the best debut release of 2014, the short …

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