Her parents sent her to business school in the United States after she graduated from the International School in Makati in 1986. At 18, a junior at Barat College in Illinois, the family also set her up with her first business—a deli shop in the northern suburb of Chicago.
By Christian Esteban
More than 600 runners from the 5k, 10k and kiddie run participated in One Kapamilya Run on October 5 in Burbank as part of the five-city advocacy run of ABS-CBN’s “One Run, One Philippines: Isang Bayan para sa Kalikasan,” which also took place simultaneously in the Philippine cities of Quezon, Cebu, Davao and Bacolod.
By Tarra Quismundo
She hails both from the Philippines and the United States and embodies the best of both sides.
By Luis H. Francia
In its 36th edition, the just concluded Asian American International Film Festival had a number of Philippine and Filipino-American features, including Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Filmmaker on a Voyage, a documentary on the late director by Mona Lisa Yuchengco, and Diaz Abaya’s 1983 feature, Karnal. The past few years I had been out of the country during the festival but this time I managed to see Benito Bautista’s Harana and Loy Arcenas’s Requieme. The former, a documentary, centers on four musicians: the Bay Area-based classical-guitarist Florante Aguilar, and three heretofore obscure haranistas—Felipe Alonzo, Romeo Bergunio, and Celestino Aniel. The three are practitioners of the traditional form of courtship that, like so many folk practices, is fast disappearing. Arcenas’s dramatic feature is loosely based on the real-life sordid story of Andrew Cunanan, the gay Filipino-American who went on a killing spree in 1997, tallying six murders, including the fashion designer Gianni Versace, before committing suicide in a Miami houseboat.
By Luis H. Francia
Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Philippine premiere screening at the UP Film Center in Diliman of the restored print of the late great filmmaker Lino Brocka’s Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag.
A dazzling tableau of high fashion, gourmet food, fine wines, elegantly attired celebrities, VIP guests and flashing cameras marked the launch party of ABS-CBN International’s Lifestyle Network at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, host to Hollywood’s elite in the 1920s.
The popular TFC weekly magazine show “Adobo Nation” is celebrating its fifth anniversary, a duration marked by an Emmy award last year and a new Emmy nomination for 2013.
Manila FAME International, the Philippines’ Design and Lifestyle Event showcasing design-forward and high-quality Philippine-made artisanal products, will take place on March 14-17, 2013 and October 17-20, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Manila.
Norway is the happiest country in the world and the United States the 12th. The Philippines ranks 67th.
The tourism campaign “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” hopes to compel foreign tourists and investors to take a closer look at the things that make life in this country genuinely fun and exciting. Is it the cuisine, traditions or festivals? Is it the tourist spots or the warm, hospitable people?
In the midst of the Philippines’ most notorious slum, British expat Jane Walker transforms lives by turning rubbish into top-end fashion items.
By Momar G. Visaya
Johana Zara, a Filipina-Canadian fashion design student from The Art Institute of Vancouver emerged as the grand prize winner of the seventh annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition, a national design contest sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes.