Arts and Culture

Imus musings of a 30-year old novelist

By Caesar Vallejos, Eagle News Service While people have yet to start browsing at least one of the many recommendations to read when you’re under 30 or 40, this 30-year old novelist who hails from Imus has not only read but already written fourteen novels, half of which have been published. LA-based writer and filmmaker Brenden Gallagher said,  “one of the hardest things a person can do is complete a great novel. There are a […]

Antiquities museum reopens in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

IDLIB, Syria (AFP) — An antiquities museum in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib said to house one of the world’s oldest dictionaries reopened on Monday after five years, an AFP correspondent said. Dozens of visitors trickled into the museum in Idlib city to see what an official said represented just a fraction of the building’s collection. Ayman al-Nabu, head of antiquities for the city controlled by an alliance of rebels and jihadists, said the museum […]

Dog finishes Australia half-marathon, wins medal

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A dog called Stormy has been awarded a medal after completing a half-marathon in outback Australia and winning the hearts of its human competitors. The crossbreed diligently ran the 21-kilometer (13-mile) Goldfields Pipeline Marathon near the West Australian town of Kalgoorlie this month in two-and-a-half hours, the average time of participants. “People were amused. It was a very friendly dog, and prior to the half-marathon, he was going around saying hello […]

Bamboo canvass: Celebrating Israel-Philippine friendship

Caesar Vallejos, Eagle News Service The Philippine bamboo, a versatile material known for its variety of economic uses, from handicrafts to musical instruments, served as the centerpiece to celebrate Israel and Philippine friendship. Anat Heifetz, a Manila-based Israeli artist “combined ideas from two worlds, actually many worlds using bamboo,” Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau said. “This is unique,” the Ambassador stressed, also noting that the art using bamboo as canvass will […]

France goes big on Japan with multi-million cultural program

by Loïc Vennin  Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Since Impressionist artists first clapped eyes on woodblock prints, Japan has been a source of both inspiration and fascination for many in France, which Tokyo has picked for a mammoth cultural offensive. “There were other candidates, like Moscow or Spain, but it’s the French, more than any other nation, who know Japanese culture the best,” said Korehito Masuda, director of the “Japonismes 2018” program. From Gagaku imperial […]

New York’s Met Museum pulls in record 7.35mn visitors

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art pulled in a record 7.35 million visitors last financial year, the institution announced Thursday, four months after introducing mandatory out-of-town admission charges. The attendance figures for the fiscal year ending June 30 covered the cultural landmark’s Fifth Avenue headquarters, the Met Cloisters in northern Manhattan and the Met Breuer dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The Met said it was the highest […]

Napoleon Bonaparte’s rifle, silver soup spoon sold at auction

  PARIS, France (AFP) — A silver soup spoon that belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile on St. Helena and a hunting rifle owned by the French emperor were sold at auction in France on Sunday. Engraved with Napoleon’s coat of arms, the silver soup spoon sold for 8,375 euros ($9,700) while the rifle, originally owned by King Louis XVI, went for 80,000 euros in the sale held by the Osenat auction house at Fontainebleau. […]

Turkey’s ancient temple site gets UNESCO heritage status

ANKARA, Turkey (AFP)–A Turkish ancient temple site in southeastern Anatolia was given UNESCO World Heritage status on Sunday, the UN agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama. Named Gobekli Tepe (Potbelly Hill), the site is the world’s oldest known megalithic structure located in Upper Mesopotamia and is some 11,000 years old. The site, considered to be the world’s oldest temple, is in the present-day southeastern province of Sanliurfa and reopened to tourists […]

After 131 years, Rizal “returns” to Prague with official unveiling of bust sculpture

  (Eagle News) — After 131 years, Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, returns to Prague, with the unveiling of his bust created by Filipino sculptor Jose Giroy, apprentice of National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva. Philippine and Czech officials attended the unveiling of the celebrated bust at the foyer of the Czech National Bank headquarters on Tuesday, June 26, to commemorate Rizal’s visit to Prague in 1887. In special attendance during the official unveiling of […]

Scans reveal newsprint, second painting under Picasso

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Infrared imaging technology has helped peel back the layers of a Pablo Picasso painting on display in Japan, and revealed a page from a 1902 newspaper and another composition below. US and Japanese researchers scanned the piece “Mother and Child by the Sea”, owned by the Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, west of Tokyo, and uncovered a page of the French newspaper Le Journal from January 18, 1902. “While the […]

Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: auction house

PARIS, France (AFP) — A painting by a young Vincent Van Gogh was sold at an auction in Paris Monday for more than seven million euros ($8.2 million), the Artcurial auction house said. “Raccommodeuses de filets dans les dunes” (Women mending nets in the fields) dates from 1882 and was bought by an American collector in a hot bidding battle that boosted the selling price far above the estimated value of between three to five million euros. […]

Look: Major Tolkien exhibition opens in Oxford

(AFP) — A new exhibition on ‘Lord of the Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien opens at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, bringing together manuscripts usually held in the US alongside Oxford’s own collection. The exhibition will travel to New York and Paris next year.