If you’ve been to Venice, you get it. Even the most jaded globetrotter can’t help but do a double-take at the sheer originality—and beauty—of the centuries-old city built entirely on water. Yet even the quickest visit reveals that Venice is no longer a living city, with scores more tourists than actual Venetians crowding its lagoon, bridges and walkways. The numbers bear that out. The city’s population basically peaked in the 1500s, and though it rallied again to near 16th century levels in the 1970s, today there are just one third as many Venetians as 50 years ago. Once the Mediterranean’s paramount city state, Venice today seems powerless to arrest the trend of ever more tourists and ever fewer residents. When a mammoth cruise ship rammed into a boat packed with tourists earlier this month leaving four injured, civic associations and the dwindling number of Venetians were quick to remind what they have been saying for years: the lagoon is too small … [Read more...] about The long, slow death of Venice
Bringing the house down book
MANILA, Philippines — On screen, Dimples Romana is someone most people love to hate as the crafty, shady, scheming Daniela Mondragon on the trending teleserye Kadenang Ginto. But off screen, the 34-year-old bedimpled actress is simply a loving mom to her teenage daughter Callie and toddler son Alonzo. And their favorite bonding activity? Would you believe, cleaning the house? “Amid all the things that I do — brand exposures, shootings, hostings, writing a book, I need to find my center and cleaning my house centers me in a very peaceful manner,” confesses the the supermom. “And you can encourage your kids to clean the house — your way — through the cleaning dance moves/grooves of Pine-Sol. It’s a perfect family bonding activity.” Her new role as brand ambassador of Pine-Sol is a most challenging move for Dimples. “I love how Pine-Sol opened a new world for me because as moms, sometimes we just … [Read more...] about Why make the children clean?
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan The Washington Post Sun., May 12, 2019 I’ve stopped counting the number of cities I’ve fallen in love with. But I think Pittsburgh might be the first city to have loved me back. On a Sunday morning in February, the sun broke through rain clouds, and I walked along Pittsburgh’s waterfront to a 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of Mister Rogers tying his shoes. I heard his voice through overhead speakers. “Did you know that wondering about things is one of the first steps to understanding them?” Birds chirped, a freight train rumbled, and I looked upriver toward the sparkling skyline. I’d intended to make this a quick stop, but I couldn’t step away from that familiar voice. By the time Fred had reminded me that there’s nobody else in the world who is exactly like me, I had cried, laughed and called my mom. Steel City remains gritty. On dreary days in western Pennsylvania, the pitter-patter of rain is the … [Read more...] about Soaking in the sights and sounds of the Steel City
I'm horrified by weekend movie ticket prices and unfortunately have no time on weekdays to head to the cinema. Plus, I feel a little regret whenever I spend on movie tickets and throughout the movie, all I hear are the sounds of a baby crying or children shouting at characters on the screen (no hate on toddlers and babies, I just like to enjoy my movies in silence). Sure, there might not be any air-conditioning or comfy seats but free movie screenings may just save my wallet this month after watching Avengers Endgame (on a weekend) thrice. FREE MOVIE SCREENINGS 1. MOVIEMOB MovieMob screens movies for free monthly! Want to watch under the stars? Sure. Want to laze on bean bags for free? Sure. Free drinks and popcorn are also given out during public screenings. Some screenings are also special with a drive-in concept just like the good ol' days. When: Varies. Check here Where: Varies. Check here 2. JCC CINEMA FILM SERIES If you're a fan of Studio Ghibli or newer Japanese films like Your … [Read more...] about Free movie screenings that you can watch on the weekends
To be a great documentary photographer is to disappear into the milieu of one’s subject. For only when the subject thinks no one is looking does it truly reveal its essential self. Which brings us to Cesar Hernando—screenwriter, art teacher, book and poster designer, production designer, director, overall creative collaborator and yes, photographer, too. For having inhabited the movie set for close to five decades now, no one has really captured Philippine cinema in photographs quite like he did. For years, Hernando has been clicking from the sidelines to catch moments behind the scenes that tell their own stories. There is the picture of the young Mark Gil and the ingénue Bing Pimentel at the workshop for Batch ’81, sitting on the floor at the Vera Perez house, an early encounter that betrays nothing of the on-set romance that will blossom when the cameras grind. There is the one with Vilma Santos, before she goes into character as Sister Stella L., … [Read more...] about The photographs of Cesar Hernando, “man of cinema”