In many ways, Luca is a very personal story for director Enrico Casarosa. It is inspired by his childhood, growing up in Genoa, Italy, where he spent his summers on beaches and diving into the crystal clear waters of the sea. One of the lead characters, Alberto, is even based on his real-life childhood best friend Alberto Surace, who makes a voice cameo in the Italian version of the movie. So, it comes as no surprise that Luca has an almost child-like quality to it, almost like a hark back to Walt Disney movies of old like The Little Mermaid , and most pertinently, movies by Studio Ghibli’s maestro, Hayao Miyazaki, which Casarosa admits were a huge influence on him and the movie. (Read our review of Luca here: Charm in the sun with Pixar's latest one ) 'Luca' revolves around two sea monsters chasing their dream of exploring the surface world. “I love stories where there is a kid's point of view. What Miyazaki does with his movies is wonderful – he just puts you ... » Learn More about Sunny Italy, fishy stories: ‘Luca’ director Enrico Casarosa’s ode to his childhood
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Colombian-American actress Rachel Zegler will play Snow White in Disney's latest live-action adaptation, the company said Tuesday (June 22). Zegler, 20, is currently largely unknown to audiences but will soon star as Maria in Steven Spielberg's much-delayed remake of West Side Story , out in December, having seen off 30,000 rivals in an arduous open audition process. The casting of a Latino actress for a Disney princess role traditionally portrayed by white actresses follows Disney's 2019 announcement that R&B singer Halle Bailey, who is Black, will play Ariel in The Little Mermaid . "Rachel's extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts," said Marc Webb, director of the Snow White adaptation, in a statement to AFP. "Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale." Zegler, of New Jersey, wrote on Instagram "well... hello to a dream come true." Hours before the ... » Learn More about Meet the new ‘Snow White’, Latino actress Rachel Zegler
Three years ago, way before anyone knew what would be in store in 2020, Singaporean writer and photographer Prashant Ashoka bought a one-way ticket to Mexico. Then 28, the avid traveller left Singapore with just two suitcases of his belongings and moved into a small rented apartment in Mexico City, wanting to go on a completely new adventure and risking it all to build a new life for himself. By the time he was featured in The Straits Times in 2018, he had already spent 10 months in the Latin American country, making a living by freelancing for lifestyle publications. It was also revealed that he was in the midst of designing and building a house in the mountainous regions of Bajio in central Mexico. On Monday (Sept 28), Prashant showcased the results of his architectural project — a sustainably-built house he dubbed Casa Etérea. And according to pictures he shared in a Facebook post, it is gorgeous. “Alluding to this quality of the building, the name ‘Etérea’ translates ... » Learn More about Young Singaporean migrates to Mexico, builds Instagram-worthy house on extinct volcano
MANILA, Philippines – No magic can rush the effects of his administration’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), President Benigno Aquino III said, chiding critics during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27. According to him, it is normal that the effects of this anti-poverty program are not fully felt immediately. “ Akala ata nila ito ay mahiwagang tableta na 'pag ininom ng kinder ay college graduate na, ” he said. (Maybe they think that this is like a magic pill that can transform a kinder student to a college graduate.) Since 2008, during the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the program has been constantly under criticism for alleged mishandling. Budget was increased despite the alleged flaws in targeting or the poorest aren’t getting the benefits. There will be a change in atmosphere, Aquino said, when the effects of Pantawid fully materialize. “Once benefits of the program are seen, they would be ... » Learn More about Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program not a ‘magic pill’ – Aquino
AT A GLANCE Only 56% of the flagship infrastructure projects in the government's revised list are expected to be completed by 2022, Duterte's last year in office The government counts on Build, Build, Build to fuel the country's economic recovery from the pandemic, but it will rely on loans to fund many of the projects DOTr and DPWH, the two agencies that are implementing most of the projects, have been underspending their respective budgets. This led to the slow execution of the program Are we anywhere near the touted "golden age of infrastructure" now that 4 years of the Duterte administration have gone by? President Rodrigo Duterte and his economic managers launched the ambitious P8.4-trillion infrastructure program in 2017 to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and reduce congestion in Metro Manila. The messaging was clear: Build, Build, Build will be Duterte's legacy . Since then, the government has repeatedly boasted of the program's ... » Learn More about With 2 years left in Duterte’s term, where are we on Build, Build, Build?
Duterte’s economic managers started his term with a list of 75 big ticket infrastructure projects. However, over 3 years in his term, his technocrats had to tweak the list after finding out that some projects were just too expensive . Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia first disclosed that Duterte’s ambition to link all of the 3 major Philippine islands just had too many obstacles. An engineer whom Rappler was able to talk to even said that some new engineering techniques would need to be invented to build under the rough terrain of the deep seas. Rappler was able to obtain the economic team’s revised list of infrastructure problems through an informed source. We analyzed the list and found the following: To implement all of the 100 projects, the government needs at least P4.3 trillion. Five priorities The new list divides projects into 5 categories: Of the 5 categories, most projects will address issues ... » Learn More about Duterte’s golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president