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Russian embassy: We didn’t meddle with Ballet Philippines

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 06:00
This is in response to the article "What went wrong in Ballet Philippines" (Feb. 16). The author of the article, Ms Marge Enriquez, stated that the Russian Embassy supposedly was consulted, therefore, giving the impression we may be involved in the appointment of new artistic director of Ballet Philippines. As Press Secretary of the Embassy I officially declare that the Russian diplomatic mission in Manila has never meddled in that matter. The Embassy conducts its daily business in accordance with what is required and follows strict adherence to the principles of diplomacy. The Embassy cannot be obliged to give any kind of recommendations, engage in politics, nor interfere in any i...

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Julie Lluch’s modern ‘Spoliarium’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:40
Julie Lluch is raging. Like the Dylan Thomas poem, "Do not go gentle into that good night," the foremost Filipino sculptress still rages, four decades into her art. At the Art Fair Philippines 2020 in Makati, a three-dimensional version of Juan Luna's 1884 "Spoliarium" is the centerpiece of Lluch's tableau of more than 20 sculptural pieces in cold cast marble. Occupying a 70-sq-m space, "Irresistible Grace: In the Time of Plague" is Gallerie Stephanie's offering and is one of the biggest solo exhibits at the fair. The prolific terra-cotta sculptress, famous for depicting women in subjugation and their challenge to patriarchy, borrowed Luna's metaphor on the sufferings of the Filipi...

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Blackwell to Nevada gov.: How does this inspire confidence?

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:40
CNN's Victor Blackwell talks to Gov. Steve Sisolak (D-NV) about volunteers in his state being asked to sign non-disclosure agreements ahead of the caucus which caused site volunteer Seth Morrison to step down.
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Analysis: Sanders declares war on the Democratic establishment

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:36
Bernie Sanders took his long-running fight with the Democratic Party establishment very public Friday night, hours after news broke that Russia is working to help his 2020 primary bid and hours before the critical Nevada caucuses.
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What you shouldn’t miss at Art Fair Philippines 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:10
It's the end of February and once again, tout le monde is making its way to The Link car park in Makati for Art Fair Philippines. Now on its eighth year, the art fair has continued to evolve: from being the premier event for buying and selling contemporary Filipino art which was its initial purpose, into being a sociocultural phenomenon. It has become an annual gathering of the tribe: artists and art aficionados, culture nerds and fashionistas, the moneyed elite and the bohemian fringe, the beautiful and the damned all come to look at art and perhaps buy, but also to mingle, schmooze, network, hook up, see and be seen, and generate content for their social media. ...

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‘Sounds tayo, pare’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:05
The generic term for music has been adopted as the name of a place in that gives deep aural pleasures. Sitting on the ground floor of the Fox Square Building on Connecticut Street, a few hundred meters off the Greenhills Shopping Center toward Edsa, is Sounds---a high-end audio showroom with a coffee shop in the daytime, which turns into a jazz bar at night. "This is where Listening In Style moved," JV Magsaysay said, referring to the audio store at the Shangri-La Plaza, and then introducing me to JR Picaoco, Listening In Style owner and now his partner at Sounds. Magsaysay recalled that he used to buy music stuff from Picaoco's store, where he suggested that Picaoco add a coffee shop...

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‘Crash Landing on You’ has descended into our hearts

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:04
Editor's note: This article contains spoilers. Do not read if you have not seen the drama, yet!!! Love knows no borders and it takes literal meaning in the drama "Crash Landing on You." The drama that has captured the attention of viewers and maintained it for nine weeks came to a conclusion on Valentine's weekend. Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin are the main leads of this drama. Their characters as Captain Ri Jeong-hyuk and Yoon Se-ri are now collectively known as Ri-Ri couple. Director Lee Jeong-hyo said that the drama is a fantasy, especially since it is set in North Korea. It is, indeed, a fantasy. A fantasy that everybody bought and wished so hard to be real. But there were plenty ...

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These ‘Drag Race’ queens are going to werq Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:03
If you're as obsessed with "RuPaul's Drag Race" as we are, here's your chance to see some of the show's most memorable queens perform live. We the Pvblic presents Werq the World 2020 tour at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Feb. 29. You can still get your tickets from "We The Pvblic stands for diversity. Our differences inform the subjects we cover. We take pride in creating an inclusive culture that does not discriminate based on age, religion, sexual orientation and gender expression. As we push the boundaries of content creation, what better way to showcase diversity than have the biggest drag phenomenon here in Manila. It is more than just a show, it captures the zei...

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Seventeen’s ode to their Manila fans

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:02
  Long time no see Manila!" Seungkwan screamed into a crowd clad in face masks. The unusual scene didn't faze the singer at all, as he playfully declared "miss you, very very miss you." With the K-pop group Seventeen, nostalgia and excitement came in waves. When the boys made their dramatic entrance to the heavy bass of opening track "Getting Closer," the SM Mall of Asia Arena audience fell into a trance, emotions too difficult to pick apart as the crowd scrambled, not knowing where to look first as the stage came to life. Despite missing leader S.Coups, who is still on hiatus, members Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, Mingyu, DK, The8, Vernon, Seungkwan and ...

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‘I Am Not Okay With This’: an off-beat superhero story

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:01
  The hallmarks of many classic coming-of-age shows are its familiar stereotypical characters. There's that lead who's most likely awkward and the story follows him/her as he/she tries to break out of his/her shell. There's the smart kid who goes off to an Ivy League school later on, the rebellious student who always ends up in detention, the homecoming queen. And then there's the ubiquitous jock. He's the varsity-jacket-wearing dude who ranks high up in the school hierarchy. He probably plays football or soccer or lacrosse or basketball and is always surrounded by his team (or loyal band of followers). He could be dreamy, but sometimes he could be kind of a jerk. Like ...

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PH tops ‘Women in Business’ global ranking

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:55
MANILA, Philippines --- With 43 percent of Filipino women executives holding senior management positions, the Philippines ranked first among 32 countries surveyed in having the most number of women executives in top leadership roles, according to the Grant Thornton International's 2020 Women in Business report.   South Africa, Poland and Mexico followed the Philippine ranking in the survey that also included Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United...

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PH envoy says China sanctions ‘likely’ on Pogo workers

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:50
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine ambassador to China has said that a report that the Chinese government had threatened to cancel the passports of its citizens who were involved with Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) if they did not return home was "likely true."   Multiple sources told the Inquirer on Saturday that the cancellation of the passports was among the sanctions to be imposed by Beijing on Chinese Pogo workers who will not comply.   The Inquirer had obtained a copy of a notice from the Qixi Police Office in Yantai City, Shandong province, conveying the directive and warning of severe sanctions on those engaged in "overseas telecommunicatio...

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‘It’s time for young people to find their own yellow ribbon’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:45
MANILA, Philippines --- The color yellow has become inseparable from the Aquino family and its allies, President Duterte's most frequent foil. But whether one actually supports them seems to matter little as even nominal Duterte critics are branded "dilawan," or one of the "yellows."   Some youth activists, however, are running toward rather than away from the color in an effort to revive the spirit of the movement that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution will mark its 34th anniversary on Feb. 25.   "It was once a symbol of fighting against oppression," said Jason del Rosario, spokesperson for Youth Resist, a coalition of suc...

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SC chief cracks down on TROs

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:40
MANILA, Philippines --- Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has required all justices and judges of lower courts to submit to his office copies of all temporary restraining orders (TROs), status quo ante orders (SQAs), writs of preliminary injunction (WPIs) and orders of voluntary inhibition that they will be issuing.   The copy furnishing of the issuances, provided in two administrative orders issued by Peralta's office, is part of the strict monitoring that the Chief Justice plans to undertake as part of his 10-point program which includes integrity, efficiency, service and security.   Previously, the issuances are included by justices and judges in their monthly repor...

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‘Beast’ ready

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:40
There has been no sign at all that Calvin Abueva is near the end of his indefinite suspension. You wouldn't think that, however, if you watched "The Beast" in practice with the Phoenix Fuel Masters. "The season is about to start so I'm preparing for it [just in case] I can play," Abueva said on Saturday. The undersized power forward was banned indefinitely by the league in June last year after a series of on-court misconducts that included a clothesline hit on TNT import Terrence Jones and a lewd gesture directed at Ray Parks Jr.'s girlfriend. Abueva said he's doing his best to prove his a changed man and making sure he's in shape just in case he gets the green light to suit...

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Murder charges filed vs Sandra Cam

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:35
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Bureau of Investigation filed murder and frustrated murder charges against Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office board member Sandra Cam on Friday over the killing of Batuan, Masbate, Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III in Sampaloc, Manila, last year.   Aside from Cam, the NBI also charged Cam's son Marco Martin Cam and current Batuan acting Mayor Nelson Cambaya for the killing, which supposedly stemmed from a dispute over Batuan town's mayorship.   Marco lost the 2019 mayoral election to Yuson's son, Charmax Jan Yuson, but Charmax was soon jailed for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and Yuson was named acting mayor unt...

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Rock-y undertaking

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:30
Metro Manila, with its dense population, would always seem the perfect testing ground for a first-time entrepreneur---especially if he has zero clients to begin with. But Miguel Aquino Jr., five years ago, decided to take the road less traveled. He grew up in Rizal and went for college in Manila, yet he set out for a completely new destination to build his business: 800-kilometer far Cebu City. Aquino says he chose Cebu because that was where he saw huge potential for his enterprise Stone Depot, supplier of marble, granite and engineered quartz. "[Cebu's] real estate and construction industries were growing, and there weren't too many competitors back then," says the 33-year...

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44 rescued Taal horses await adoption

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:30
MANILA, Philippines --- At the grassy compound of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Lipa, Batangas, 55 horses rescued from Taal Volcano Island were frolicking, grazing, chilling in the shade, or being groomed or checked by veterinarians.   It was Feb. 12, exactly a month after Taal's eruption. The pleasant scene was a far cry from most of the horses' miserable existence ferrying tourists around the island, which took a turn for the worse when the volcano erupted.   News of people cramped in evacuation centers, trying to come to terms with having lost everything they owned, was disheartening. But equally so was the plight of the animals left by their owners f...

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Organic 4.0: Taking a journey from Me to We

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:25
"There is a band of women who are now coming forward as a force to be reckoned with. The women who are asked to be part of this movement have been responding to an inner calling for many years. What these women have in common is a deep urge to remind humanity of what has been lost: commitment to the Divine Mother and all her powers of healing, grace, compassion, trust, intuitive knowing and heart-centered awareness." ---Sophie Bashford   What if I told you that I came from a gathering of people who already feel the climate emergency in their bones and everyday lives? People who work with the land and the elements. People who can already see how much more challengi...

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Alday sparks spirited fight as underdog Bicol forges decider

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:20
BATANGAS CITY---Bicol guard Alwin Alday is aware of all the talk surrounding his team's chances against top seed Davao Occidental in the South division of the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Playoffs. "Nobody was giving us a chance," Alday said in Filipino. "Everyone is thinking that Davao was just going to roll over us and make it to the next round." The Volcanoes aren't expected to be a stiff challenge for Davao, having won just 16 games, 10 less than the reigning South division kings. They also crumbled in the face of the Tigers' relentless pressure defense in the series opener last Monday. But with Alday knocking down big baskets down the stretch on Friday night, the Volcanoes s...

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