Warning: Spoilers ahead! I cannot remember my life before Shake, Rattle & Roll . Since the first film came out in the 1984 Metro Manila Film Festival, Shake, Rattle & Roll has become one of the most important Filipino anthologies ever created. Over the course of its transformation, the franchise has not only reflected changes in Filipino filmmaking but also the sociopolitical conditions and culture-specific phobias that continue to haunt us. Now that Regal Entertainment has decided to reupload one Shake, Rattle, and Roll film every day until November 8 on their Youtube channel , I cannot help but look back on the franchise that shaped what it means to be afraid and to be brave. Here are five of my favorite episodes (in no particular order): 'Tulay' from Shake, Rattle, & Roll VI (1997) Directed by Frank G. Rivera, written by Tony Perez Around the time I first watched "Tulay" as a child, there were a series of ... » Learn More about Pridyider, undin, and all scares in between: 5 ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ favorites
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Against the backdrop of a pandemic that has rocked our world, we turn to each others’ stories to seek comfort in humour and empathy. The Peak speaks to award-winning soprano and bestselling author Christine The about her recently published Diary of a Former Covidiot: Tales of Panic Buying, Surviving and Finding Humour During the Coronavirus Pandemic and the plans to turn it into a TV series. How did you find your way to Singapore? I come from an Indonesian- Chinese family with a history of entrepreneurship. We have a packaging, manufacturing and distributorship business in Indonesia and other investments. My immediate family moved to Singapore during the Indonesian political unrest in 1998 and have been here ever since. I often joke that I was a “refugee” back then. Besides working in my family’s business, I am also an opera soprano in Singapore’s classical scene. My next step involves getting into films. I am also a mother of two children, aged 11 and 8, and a divorcee who’s ... » Learn More about Christine The on writing a book during the pandemic while juggling 2 kids, her day job and a divorce
Inforial (The Jakarta Post) Jakarta ● Sun, November 28, 2021 2021-11-28 08:00 0 91cfb1df8cd902f24ad8640a94637bb9 4 Inforial Free Government spokeswoman for COVID-19 handling and ambassador of new habit adaption Reisa Broto Asmoro said the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays would be the proving ground for whether the Indonesian people could decide to put an end to the pandemic through preventive measures, such as maintaining health protocol discipline. “Continue testing, tracing and treatment so we can maintain the public activity restrictions (PPKM) at level 1, or fully under control, and also speed up the vaccination drive to reach 70 percent of the population target by the end of this year,” Reisa told a press gathering on Friday. Reisa went on to say that Indonesia had recorded fewer than 400 cases per day in the past seven days, a death rate below 0.1 percent and a bed occupancy rate (BOR) at 3 percent. Therefore, she believed the people ... » Learn More about Govt: Reschedule year-end holidays to prevent virus circulation
Many people say that next year’s presidential elections will be a fight of good versus evil. I agree. Absolutely. Then in my early teens, I was largely insulated from the impact of martial law. But I heard about student activists disappearing, “enemies of the state” being tortured and jailed, the Marcos family’s excesses, and the unbridled corruption of their cronies. I have hazy memories of eating rice with corn, of the hunger in Negros, of speaking in whispers, of living in fear. And then the leading opposition figure Ninoy Aquino flew home, and the rest is history. During the years 1983-1986, the peso tumbled and inflation soared. I remember having my can of infant formula snatched away by a supermarket staff because he had to change the price. Life grew more difficult daily. In February 1986, we got our democracy back. But truth be told, while our neighbors prospered, we floundered and earned the dubious title of “Sick Man of Asia.” Until Noynoy Aquino came and turned the ... » Learn More about Not lesser evil, but good
Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies' pension funds before dying a mysterious death. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who died while charged with sexually abusing teenage girls. Now, after a life of both scandal and luxury, Ghislaine's next act will be decided by a United States trial. Starting Monday, prosecutors in New York will argue that even as she was sipping cocktails with the likes of Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Maxwell, 59, was secretly abetting Epstein’s crimes with girls as young as 14. A key question for jurors: Was Ghislaine an unwitting pawn of Epstein’s manipulations or an opportunist who knew all about his sex crimes? Ian Maxwell says his sister is being railroaded by a US criminal justice system intent on holding someone responsible for Epstein’s crimes. "And she is paying a heavy price, a blood price for that,” he told The ... » Learn More about An enabler or a pawn: Who is the real Ghislaine Maxwell?
(Adds Blinken comment, paragraph 12) RIGA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia would pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine, NATO and the United States warned on Tuesday as the Western military alliance met to discuss Moscow's possible motives for massing troops near the Ukrainian border. President Vladimir Putin countered that Russia would be forced to act if U.S.-led NATO placed missiles in Ukraine that could strike Moscow within minutes. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic that now aspires to join the European Union and NATO, has become the main flashpoint between Russia and the West as relations have soured to their worst level in the three decades since the Cold War ended. "There will be a high price to pay for Russia if they once again use force against the independence of the nation Ukraine," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed Stoltenberg, saying: "Any escalatory actions by Russia would ... » Learn More about Putin hits back as NATO warns Moscow against attacking Ukraine
The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Coronavirus reinfections rarely severe Reinfections with the virus that causes Covid-19 are rarely severe, new findings suggest. Researchers in Qatar compared 1,304 individuals with a second SARS-CoV-2 infection with 6,520 people infected with the virus for the first time. The odds of developing severe disease were 88 per cent lower for people with second infections, the researchers reported online on Wednesday (Nov 24) in The New England Journal of Medicine. Reinfected patients were 90 per cent less likely to be hospitalised compared to patients infected for the first time, and no one in the study with a second infection required intensive care or died from Covid-19, said Dr Laith Jamal Abu-Raddad of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar in Doha. "Nearly all reinfections were mild, perhaps because ... » Learn More about Covid-19 reinfection less likely to be severe; cardiac stress test useful for unexplained lingering breathlessness
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Here are the results from our last question… Last week, we asked you the following: The context around the question was the following: What are your general feelings going into 2022? Are you optimistic? Pessimistic? We aren’t specifically referring to Thailand, or Covid-19, or anything other than your personal thoughts going into 2022. Here is what you, our readers, had to say as our editors selected some of the most diverse responses to highlight different points of view. Obviously, w e can’t post everyone’s opinion here so selected a variety of the most diverse opinions. As always, the opinions and statements below are the reader’s own and may not reflect those of TPN media. There have been minor edits for spelling and ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: Are YOU feeling optimistic about 2022 overall?