Art and Culture

Pope Francis to visit PH in 2015

MANILA — Pope Francis announced that he will be visiting the Philippines in January next year. The announcement of his visit was made in an in-flight news conference on his way to Rome after his three-day visit to Holy land. He will also be visiting Sri Lanka in the same month. In an earlier report, …

Jolie’s a fun hero-villain in ‘Maleficent’

Maybe it’s too soon to say the tide has shifted definitively. But it’s certainly been a unique time for fairy-tale villains. After hundreds of years of moral clarity, suddenly we’re getting a new look at these evil creatures, who are actually turning out to be complex beings, and not that bad at all. Really, they’ve …

Pope honors holocaust, terror victims in Israel

JERUSALEM — Pope Francis honored Jews killed in the Holocaust and in terrorist attacks, and kissed the hands of Holocaust survivors as he capped his three-day Mideast trip with poignant stops Monday at some of the holiest and most haunting sites for Jews. At Israel’s request, Francis deviated from his whirlwind itinerary to pray at …

Pope calls Muslim ‘brothers’ at Dome of the Rock

JERUSALEM — Pope Francis on Monday urged his “brother” Muslims to never abuse God’s name through violence as he opened the third and final day of his Mideast pilgrimage with a visit to the Dome of the Rock, the iconic shrine located at the third-holiest spot in Islam. Francis took off his shoes to step …

House approves bill declaring every Nov. 23 as Press Freedom Day

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to declare Nov. 23 of every year as Philippine Press Freedom Day to give recognition to the importance of press freedom in the country. The House Committee on Public Information recommended the approval of House Bill No. 4128, which …

Canadian director Xavier Dolan wins major prize at Cannes Film Festival

Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan wins major award at #Cannes film fest http://t.co/f8c1oQO5z6 pic.twitter.com/GXDDSV7OZc — NEWSTALK1010 (@newstalk1010) May 24, 2014 CANNES, France — Canadian director Xavier Dolan won the Jury Prize for his film “Mommy” at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday, sharing the honour with French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. There were high hopes that Dolan would …

Pope opens mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

AMMAN, Jordan — Pope Francis called on Saturday for an “urgent” end to the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis it has spawned as he opened a three-day trip to the Middle East. During his first stop in Jordan, Francis also urged greater Christian-Muslim coexistence across the region, thanking King Abdullah II for encouraging …

The Firehall Arts Centre’s 2014-2015 Season Announced

Vancouver, BC – Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer is pleased to announce that for the 2014-2015 season the Firehall will produce and present 14 theatre and dance shows. Bridging time, cultures and artistic disciplines the works bring unique, entertaining and truly universal stories to the Firehall stage. When announcing the season, Ms. Spencer …

ASEAN top prize revoked from Filipino artist on grounds of ‘plagiarism’

MANILA — Another Filipino artist was revoked of the top award given by the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) – Philippines Painting Contest after an investigation revealed that the winning piece was plagiarized. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office of ASEAN on Wednesday recalled the award given to graphic artist Christian Joy Trinidad for the painting …

6 PUP students bag ombudsman’s film contest

  MANILA, Philippines – The results of the Integrity Development Contest for short film-making and other forms of creative media are in; and six students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) have bagged the top spots in the short film category. The contest, which seeks to instill honesty among the youth and fight …

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