MANILA -- We are printing in full, statements from ABS-CBN on the passing of philanthropist and environmentalist Gina Lopez. STATEMENT OF ABS-CBN ON THE PASSING OF GINA LOPEZ (ENGLISH) The whole ABS-CBN family profoundly mourns the passing of Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, chairman of ABS-CBN Foundation. With Gina’s passing, we lost a fervent advocate of children’s rights and protection, a passionate proponent of sustainable livelihood among the underprivileged, and an unswerving champion for environment preservation. Her tireless commitment to these advocacies gave birth to Bantay Bata 163, Bantay Kalikasan, and other programs under ABS-CBN Foundation. Before serving as Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission chairperson and as Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary, she also pushed for numerous campaigns and projects, including Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig, No To Mining in Palawan, the reforestation of the La Mesa Watershed, and the TV program … [Read more...] about FULL TEXT: Statements from ABS-CBN on the passing of Gina Lopez
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LIST: 10 things to expect from Cinemalaya 2019 MANILA, Philippines — What makes this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival different? Let us count the ways. 1. 10 full length films competing for best film awards The 10 full-length films in competition include: “ANi (The Harvest),” directed By Kim Zuniga and Sandro Del Rosario; “Belle Douleur (Beautiful Pain),” directed by Joji V. Alonso; “Children of the River,” directed by Maricel Cabrera–Cariaga; “Edward,” directed by Thop Nazareno; “Fuccbois,” directed by Eduardo Roy Jr; “Iska,” directed by Theodore Boborol; “John Denver Trending,” directed by Arden Rod Condez; “Malamaya (The Color of Ash),” directed by Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez; “Pandanggo Sa Hukay,” directed by Sheryl Rose M. Andes; and “Tabon,” directed by Xian Lim. 2. 10 new short feature … [Read more...] about LIST: 10 things to expect from Cinemalaya 2019
At 11:25 p.m. on Thursday, worshipers occupied Sunda Kelapa Mosque in Menteng, Central Jakarta, solemnly reciting the Quran or just praying in whispers. They were there to celebrate the last 10 nights of Ramadan. For Muslims, it is a common practice to take part in iktikaf (staying in a mosque on the last 10 days of Ramadan). A 67-year-old from Bekasi, Hasan, told The Jakarta Post that this year for the first time ever, he took part in iktikaf at Sunda Kelapa Mosque. “[The experience is] very different. It is livelier here,” he told the Post on Friday morning when asked about the difference between doing it in Bekasi and at Sunda Kelapa Mosque. “I cried tears in the middle of prayer when we read the prayer.” Sunda Kelapa Mosque, which opened in 1971, is one of the most popular mosques in Jakarta for itikaf. Although there is no specific time set in the day for iktikaf, the mosque holds a special program for it that usually begins at midnight and ends at … [Read more...] about Coming to an end: Muslims enliven last 10 nights of Ramadan
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has been providing the Quran for its passengers as part of its special Ramadan in-flight service, which runs from May 26 through June 5. Read also: Garuda closes routes, reduces flight frequencies in response to new airfare policy Garuda Indonesia vice president corporate secretary M. Ikhsan Rosan explained that the program aimed to facilitate Muslims during Ramadan. “We’d like to provide comfort and convenience to our Muslim passengers during the final 10 days of Ramadan,” Ikhsan said in an official statement. He said that passengers could request the Quran from flight attendants and return it before arriving at their destination. “We have also introduced an audio version of the Quran that can be found in our in-flight entertainment,” M. Ikhsan said, and that passengers could access the recording though the “Islamic World” menu. … [Read more...] about Garuda Indonesia provides in-flight Quran for Ramadan
The administration of Blitar in East Java has instructed mosques in the city not to broadcast tadarus (Quran recitals) over loud speakers after 10 p.m. during the fasting month of Ramadan. The ban was stipulated in a city administration circular according to acting head of the Blitar Public Order Officer Unit (Satpol PP) Juari. “After that hour tadarus can still be conducted but not broadcast over loud speakers,” Juari said, Monday, adding that the circular had been sent to takmir (mosque managements) across the city. The circular, Juari said, had received a warm welcome from a wide cross-section of the community, including the takmir. He said people needed to rest as most of them were fasting. “So the middle ground is limiting the time for using loud speakers,” he said without elaborating on what would be the sanctions against violators. During the fasting month, the Blitar city has also banned live music performances and the sale of liquor … [Read more...] about Blitar bans Quran recitals over loud speakers after 10 p.m.