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Friday, January 20, 2017

Never out of character

It's fair to feel frightened when Cherie Gil starts to pull out a fan from the depths of hell, or maybe her bag. The Filipino audience has despised the actress for her countless masterful portrayals of antagonists over the years that they’re predisposed to fill in the sequence: Cherie...

One night at the museum

IT’S been a while since I attended the annual reception for the banking community (a.k.a. Bankers’ Night), hosted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) led by its governor, Amando “Say” M. Tetangco Jr. It is traditionally held every January, at the beginning of each year, in recognition of the...
By Brooks Barnes / New York Times News Service Dead. Embalmed. Buried. A year ago, that is what most movie studios would have said about live-action musicals, pointing to a long line of box-office calamities: Rock of Ages, Burlesque, Jersey Boys, Across the Universe, Nine. The few out-and-out successes in recent decades have...
By Karen Stabiner / New York Times News Service The silver-haired gentleman in the perfectly tailored dark suit made a sweeping gesture and gave me a wistful smile. “It was right here,” he said. “1952.” He pointed to a particular spot on the floor. “That is where she stood.” If he was alive...
By Eric Asimov / New York Times News Service I’m not much for the desert island scenario, but if I had to choose a wine to be marooned with, it would be Champagne. Good Champagne offers so much of what I love in wine and what I would require if it were...

The ‘La La’ in my life

I watched the Golden Globe-winning movie La La Land with my daughter last weekend. The movie is about Mia (Emma Stone), a struggling actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist, who fall in love and push each other to live their dreams. Sebastian pushes Mia to do a...
FIRST, I would like to say that when a Filipina wins a beauty pageant abroad, I also rejoice. I’m happy and I share in the joyous details of her winning. My sense of belief and degree of celebration is commensurate to the title a Filipina has been bestowed. If...
By Yuri Kageyama  |  The Associated Press Nintendo is trying to Switch it up. The Japanese video-game company recently revealed details about its hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch, a video-game console that also serves as a handheld gaming device, during a global rollout. The price in the US will be $300, a bit...
You’re keen on becoming the next influencer with all the food and travel porn you post on Instagram? Or do you hate having to tote around the city both a smartphone and a DSLR camera? Well, if you own Motorola Mobility’s excellent modular Moto Z smartphone, one of your must-have...
By Sue Manning / The Associated Press IS your dog right-pawed? What does it mean if your cat leads with his left? If it never even occurred to you that animals might have a dominant side, you’re not alone. Dr. Nick Dodman, who studies animal behavior at Tufts University in Massachusetts, put it this way:...

Blind Spot

FROZEN SHE is part of a popular tandem but those who have worked with her don’t really like her. Even students doing their OJT with the young actress’ home studio have not-so-nice words about her. This young actress is endorsing a medical group favored by many celebrities, but does the head...
By Verena Von Pfetten / New York Times News Service STOP what you’re doing. Well, keep reading. Just stop everything else that you’re doing. Mute your music. Turn off your television. Ignore that text message. While you’re at it, put your phone away entirely. (Unless you’re reading this on your phone. In which...
“So how does it feel? To stand on the board?” a friend asked, after I told him of a recent surfing trip. To answer that it was “fun” won’t be inaccurate, but it’s just too weak a description for an experience that merits more than a lazy adjective. I...
By Melissa Rayworth / The Associated Press Americans briefly scaled back the scope of home-renovation projects after the recession began nearly a decade ago, interior designer and HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip said. But even during the peak of that focus on smaller, more sustainable living, the size and complexity...
By Jake Coyle / The Associated Press Labors of love, one from Martin Scorsese, the other from Ben Affleck, proved costly at a casualty-strewn weekend box office where the uplifting NASA drama Hidden Figures stayed on top for the second straight week. Hidden Figures, about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race,...

Noteworthy paperbacks

By Joumana Khatib / New York Times News Service A selection of summaries from The New York Times Book Review: Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson (St. Martin’s Griffin): Dickson’s travelogue takes him to far-flung corners of the world—New Delhi, Beijing and Johannesburg, among other destinations—where Shakespeare’s work has...
Artery Art Space features the new works of Clarence Chun, Patrick Cruz, Jon Cuyson, John Yoyogi Fortes, Pow Martinez, Marcus Noceda, Carlo Ricafort and Cos Zicarelli in Aliens vs. Robots, an exhibit that explores the diversity of expression bordering on orientations of technique and perception that bring about emblematic...

Early faves at Miss Universe

IN an unscientific survey among my Facebook friends who are pageant superfans-slash-experts, I asked them their Top 15 bets for the 65th Miss Universe and to explain their Top 5 choices. The forecast is based on initial impressions on the candidates before their official glamshots and videos are released,...
By Colleen Barry | The Associated Press MILAN—If turmoil brings innovation and renovation, Italian menswear is in for a creative burst. Fashion houses are continuing their reboot of Milan Fashion Week menswear offerings, with notables, like Bottega Veneta and Gucci, sitting out this round, preferring to combine menswear and womenswear previews next month. That...
WELL-loved actors Ian Veneracion and Iza Calzado are starting the year with not one but two major opening-salvo projects. Their much-awaited romance-drama series A Love to Last made its debut on ABS-CBN channel last week. The new show is Veneracion’s follow-up to the very successful run of Pangako sa ’Yo,...