The gala fund-raiser at Vertigo TOO restaurant and lounge on the hotel’s 60th floor, benefits the Bangkok Opera Foundation, a non-profit educational and cultural body, initiated by award-winning novelist and composer of operas Somtow Sucharitkul, to support the advancement of culture and music amongst young Thai artists. The evening’s programme includes star of Zurich Opera and Spanish Teatro Reale, singer Damian Whiteley; and Stacey Tappan from the Metropolitan Opera, along with renowned Thai opera singer Barbara Zion. Those attending will also enjoy internationally renowned composer Trisdee na Patalung conducting the Jatava Quartet, along with a dance and costume performance. Local media personality Andrew Biggs will man the gavel as guests bid on intriguing artworks and luxury holiday packages. The event offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with the talented and dedicated patrons of the arts who have made Opera Siam a focal point of contemporary culture in … [Read more...] about Three nights at the opera
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Clue: She's neither with the administration nor the opposition. With 98.74% of election returns tallied from 236 of 239 clustered precincts, Ifugao native Joan Sheelah "Josh" O. Nalliw topped the senatorial race in her province, beating billionaire Cynthia Villar (NP) by more than 20,000 votes. Villar was set to win the senatorial race in the May 13 midterm elections with 95% of the election returns tallied as of early Tuesday afternoon. Nalliw is a lawyer and an advocate of indigenous peoples' (IPs) rights. She is a criminology graduate of the Baguio Colleges Foundation and once served as a prison guard in Ifugao. She passed the Bar exams in 2013 and went home to Mayoyao, her hometown, to "serve her community." Nalliw says she is also a "farmer by occupation having worked personally in the terraced rice fields handed down by her ancestors, experiencing what a normal farmer would experience working in the rice fields." She is the IP Mandatory Representative to … [Read more...] about News Guess who topped the senatorial race in Ifugao?
Fil-Am producer inducted into The Asian Hall of Fame DIRECT LINE - Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) - May 11, 2019 - 12:00am Many Filipinos residing abroad make us proud with their achievements in the global arena. One of them is Marc Anthony Nicolas who will be inducted into The Asian Hall of Fame on May 11 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington. He is a Filipino-American Emmy Award-winning producer of The Talk on CBS. Marc will be honored in the prestigious event together with John Robert (J.R.) Celski (Filipino-American short track speed skater and three-time Olympic medalist), Jonathan Chu (Chinese-American filmmaker who directed several films including the box-office hit Crazy Rich Asians), and Luly Yang (Taiwanese-American internationally-recognized fashion designer who incorporates architecture and graphics in her work). The Asian Hall of Fame is a project of the Robert Chinn Foundation that is being held … [Read more...] about Fil-Am producer inducted into The Asian Hall of Fame
Mayhew died at his home in north Texas on Tuesday, according to a family statement. He was 74. No cause was given. As Chewbacca, known to his friends as Chewie, the 2.2 metre-tall Mayhew was a fierce warrior with a soft heart, loyal sidekick to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon. Mayhew went on to appear as the Wookiee in the 2005 prequel Revenge of the Sith and shared the part in 2015’s The Force Awakens with actor Joonas Suotamo, who took over the role in subsequent films. “Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character,” Ford said in a statement Thursday. “These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him... My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend.” Mayhew defined the incredibly well-known Wookiee and became a … [Read more...] about Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in the ‘Star Wars’ films, dies at 74
Manay Gina in the service of mothers (The Philippine Star) - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am What is the most beautiful word in the dictionary? Ask former Pangasinan Congresswoman Gina “Manay Gina” de Venecia, wife of former Speaker Joe de Venecia, and she will break into a bright smile, “Mother. What could be a more beautiful word than that? Mother!” That’s why when Gina organized a party-list, she readily agreed when King of Talk Boy Abunda suggested that she call it Inang Mahal. Boy is a proud Mama’s Boy and shows it to the whole world by posing with his mom, Nanay Lising (former councilor of Borongan, Western Samar) on a billboard for a photography company and forming the Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation (MYNPF) that conducts an annual search for The 10 Outstanding Nanays. Gina was pleasantly surprised when reminded that, in fact, the family-owned Sampaguita Pictures produced a late ’50s … [Read more...] about Manay Gina in the service of mothers