What does it take to be a cosplayer? When you talk about cosplay in the Philippines, the name Alodia Gosiengfiao immediately comes to mind. “I started cosplaying when I was around 15,” said the petite, fit and fabulous beauty, now 31, whose family hails from Catarman, Northern Samar. She’s also an influencer with 1.2 million followers on Instagram and 1.1 million on YouTube. “I became a cosplayer in 2013 because of my love for video games. It was at the first convention my sister and I attended, the Ragnalaunch (Ragnarok Online).” Her beautiful face and statuesque figure make her the perfect model for any character she decides to take on. The STAR interviewed Alodia at the recent media launch of Predator League 2020 Philippine Qualifiers. She’s the brand ambassador of the Predator brand. The Philippines will host the Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 (it has opened the online registration for the qualifiers). Gamers will … [Read more...] about What does it take to be a cosplayer?
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BEIJING: China’s government has unveiled plans to boost the mainland city of Shenzhen and make it into what state media called a “better place” than neighbouring Hong Kong, following another huge pro-democracy rally in the semi-autonomous financial hub. Weeks of rallies, demonstrations, and occupations have plunged Hong Kong into crisis — which Beijing is now framing as an opportunity for Shenzhen’s development. On Monday, state-run media outlined a set of guidelines released by the central Chinese government that aims to turn Shenzhen into a pilot area of “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. Without giving much in the way of specific details, the policy document included goals such as transforming Shenzhen’s “economic strength and development quality” into one of the best in the world by 2025. It also outlined an intention to build greater integration with Hong Kong and Macau. By 2035, the southern Chinese city will … [Read more...] about China plans to make Shenzhen a ‘better place’ than Hong Kong
Chiz keeps his promise to make Heart ‘first lady’ Remember how Sen. Chiz Escudero was reported to have promised (perhaps in jest?) his then girlfriend (and now wife) Heart Evangelista that he would make her “first lady” (take note: in quotation marks)? Well, Chiz didn’t say “first lady” of what but with his election as governor of Sorsogon in the recent mid-terms elections, he did kept his promise. Meet Heart Evangelista-Escudero, First Lady of Sorsogon. How will Chiz’s new position affect Heart’s life? Will she be spending more time in Sorsogon? “It really affects my life because when you’re in the province it’s more of an intimate relationship but more than anything,” admitted Heart in an exclusive interview with The STAR. “Of course, I will be in Sorsogon if not every other week, every week if I can. But I think what’s nice about the people of Sorsogon is that they … [Read more...] about Chiz keeps his promise to make Heart ‘first lady’
BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Pieces of an electric car hang from the ceiling of a Chinese real-estate developer's showroom, evoking an edgy installation at a modern art museum. In reality, they're a symbol of the nation's industrial ambitions. Just down the neatly manicured road, about a dozen skyscrapers rise from the fields as Shunde New Energy Vehicle Town takes shape inside the southern city of Foshan, part of China's manufacturing heartland. Local officials boast that their planned hub for EV production and research eventually could generate 100 billion yuan (S$19.9 billion) in revenue for the hometown economy. Shunde is one of at least 20 electric-centric versions of Detroit under construction as China goes all-in on a technology projected to sell in record numbers this year. President Xi Jinping wants the nation's 500 EV makers to be magnets for ancillary industries as he pushes to build a manufacturing superpower by 2025. That blueprint, meant to make China more self-sufficient and … [Read more...] about China has whole towns focused entirely on making electric cars
By Anna Molin Bloomberg Carol Matlack Thu., May 2, 2019 Sankarshan Murthy sinks into a sofa at Ikea’s conference centre in the sleepy town of Almhult in southern Sweden. The former Tesla and Apple engineer is jetlagged after flying from San Francisco to make a pitch for his startup, BumbleBee Spaces, which has developed a robotic system to maximize space in small apartments by hoisting beds and other furniture to the ceiling when not in use. BumbleBee was one of 18 companies invited by Ikea for a “startup boot camp” in late March, following a selection process that drew more than 1,100 entries worldwide. The program is part of an effort by the world’s No. 1 furniture retailer to attract a new generation of shoppers. Murthy’s robotic furniture includes sensors that can help users locate, say, a tennis racket stashed in the back of a cupboard, or put a pair of running shoes near the front door for a morning jog — all at the touch … [Read more...] about Ikea startup boot camp tests life beyond flat-pack furniture