Art and Culture

Chinese director Zhang Yimou fined $1.2M for flouting 1 child family planning rule

BEIJING—Famed film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than $1.2 million in fines for having three children in violation of China’s strict family planning rules, officials said Thursday. A district government in the eastern city of Wuxi said in an online statement that investigators concluded that the director of “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” …

Hong Kong movie and TV mogul Run Run Shaw dies at 107

HONG KONG—Run Run Shaw built a Hong Kong movie and TV empire that nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and produced the 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.” Shaw’s prolific studio helped bring kung fu films to the world but he also passed on …

Tony winner Jim Norton joins cast of Broadway’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ with James Franco

NEW YORK—Jim Norton will join James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men.” Producers said Monday that Norton, whose recent credits include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and a Tony Award-winning turn in “The Seafarer” will play aging ranch handyman Candy. The story by John Steinbeck centres on big-dreaming …

Pangangaluluwa: How Filipinos remember the departed

The Filipinos have made a festivity out of an otherwise mundane albeit solemn task of paying respects to the dead. While Westerners think of Halloween as a night to dress up in costumes and be whoever you want to be and an excuse to eat as much candy as humanly possible, Filipinos see it as …

Pinoy Comforts

Since Saturday, Metro Manila and its neighboring areas have been pummeled by the steady pour of torrential rains brought about by the southwest monsoon which was further intensified by Tropical Storm ‘Maring’ – the best supporting actress of all weather events. We Filipinos take pride in being one of the happiest races in Asia, if …

Ready, Set, Shoot: Photography Tips from a Pro

“Photography preserves history – it documents the past and brings back memories for our future.” Ferdz Decena has been taking photos of various subjects since he was a teenage boy with a toy camera. Growing up in a family of travel-loving shutterbugs immersed him to a life beyond the four walls of his room and …

From ghost-proofing to sealing in good luck: a home-buyer’s guide to house-hunting

Moving into a new place can be very exciting and very laborious at the same time. It involves a lot of preparations — from choosing where you’re going to live, to hiring the moving van, to bubble-wrapping your belongings and so forth. But in some parts of the world, moving into a new house entails …

Filipino hired in “Apprentice Asia”

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino is finally hired in “Apprentice Asia.” 11 weeks is all that Filipino product manager Jonathan Allen Yabut needed to prove that he is the most worthy candidate in the region. Yabut, who is a University of the Philippines graduate, bested 11 other promising apprentices from China, Singapore and Malaysia to win in …

The Anatomy of a Nascent Musician

Most people would agree that music is a universal language. It connects almost everyone, whether they understand the lyrics or not. The melodic rhythm reverberates through the soul, touching everyone’s core on some level. Such is the impact of music in the life of Baguio-based musician and singer Ian Paolo Acosta. In an interview with …

A Life of Art

“Whimsically captivating” and “out of this realm” are just some of the words that will come to mind when one sees the artworks of Filipino pop surrealist Buhay Mendoza whose painting career literally started like a walk in a park. Buhay talks about his humble beginnings, artistic influences, and gives tips to aspiring visual artists. …