Whether one is house-hunting, putting up a karinderia, a gasoline station or a casino-resort, many times, if not all the time, the viability of the venture rests largely on “Location, Location, Location.” Noting the pell-mell location of casinos scattered all over the islands, we borrow the “Location x3” title of the Channel 4 property program first aired in the United Kingdom in 2000. Many property experts swear that the three key determinants of the desirability of a property are “location, location, location.” Looking at how casinos in the Philippines are scattered all over, as if at random, we wonder what the government policy is in deciding their locations. Is the site picked by the moneyed investor or predetermined according to set policies and development plans? When President Duterte assumed office two years ago, among his early pronouncements was about putting a cap on government’s gambling operations – particularly of the … [Read more...] about Casinos: Location location, location!
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Rock band Lomosonic stole the thunder from rival Big Ass by taking two top prizes in the rock categories – Best Rock Group and Best Rock Album for “Anti-Gravity” – at the 29th Season Awards held Wednesday night in the Grand Ballroom of Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok. Big Ass, who is currently celebrating 20 years of success, did however pick up Best Rock Song for “Mai Kheed Fai”. “If I knew I was going to win this award, I’d have gone home and put on a better suit,” quipped Lomosonic’s Aritach “Boy” Poltan on stage after receiving the award for Best Rock Group. “We’ve always been overlooked in the awards stakes but today, Season Award has seen our value. Thank you to Season Awards and to [our label] Sanamluang for all their support,” he continued to loud applause. “I understand the well-publicised feelings of Lomosonic’s Boy about playing all the songs on an album. … [Read more...] about A winning night out
The event, which contributed to the introduction of “Best of” in the music industry, is, as always, being run by Thiwa Sarajutha, the long-time editor of Season Magazine. Smallroom’s Greasy Cafe and The Richman Toy have swept the nominations, each winning nods in four categories. Greasy Cafe is nominated for Best Male Artist while his two songs, “Pa Tid Pa Tor” and “9” from his latest album “Technicolor”, are up for Best Song, Best Recordings as well as Best Album. The country-rock band, meanwhile, is nominated for Best Duo or Group and the songs, “Rak Doo” and “Bin Thalalom” from “Tawan Lia Tood”, for Best Song, Best Recordings as well as Best Album. The Richman Toy Eight artists and bands could also win recognition, namely: Hugo, Pae Arak and The Pisat Band, Over Me, Slot Machine, Big Ass, Lomosonic, West of East, and Zero Hero. Rockers Big Ass, currently celebrating 20 years of success, … [Read more...] about Tis the Season
The biggest surprise at the Guitar Mag Awards on Monday was the multiple successes of Big Ass, a rock band that’s clocked up 20 years in the business and lately refuses to be bothered releasing singles. But the crowd at Show DC’s Ultra Arena Theatre was fully behind them as they collected Album of the Year for “The Lion”, Band Artist of the Year and Guitar Man of the Year. “This year Big Ass reaches the 20-year milestone,” drummer-songwriter Kachorndej “Kob” Promraksa declared to spirited applause after collecting the Band of the Year trophy. “We’ve overcome many hurdles and challenges throughout that period, even this year. But this award will be a driving force to help us overcome any obstacle.” The latest “obstacle” is that every member of the band has been accused of copyright infringement following a performance of “Korn Tai” at a corporate party. Back in 2000, when they … [Read more...] about A big night for Big Ass
The Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles is shaping up to be one to remember. On one side, you have the greatest quarterback ever to take a snap and the greatest head coach to ever wear a headset leading the greatest modern dynasty in football onto the field. Against them, you have an upstart team that’s overcome injuries and underdog status time and time again to put themselves in position to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Either way you look at it, it’s quite a story. Come Monday, there will be heroes and tragic figures , and while we don’t yet know who will show up to play on Sunday and who might have an off night at the worst possible time, we have an idea of which players’ performances will be of the most consequence when it comes to deciding who wins the Big Game. Whether it’s an MVP performance through the entire game or one game-changing play just before the clock expires, these are … [Read more...] about POWER RANKING: The top 25 people who will decide the winner of Super Bowl LII