Arts and Culture

‘Burning man’ image wins AFP top prize at World Press Photo

  by Jan Hennop Agence France-Presse NETHERLANDS (AFP) — Agence France-Presse photographer Ronaldo Schemidt won the prestigious 2018 World Press Photo of the Year Award Thursday with a fiery image of a masked Venezuelan protester which judges said symbolised a country “burning.” Schemidt’s photo, taken during violent clashes with riot police and protesters demonstrating against President Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Caracas last year, invoked an instant emotion, the judges said. AFP also scooped other awards, […]

Tampa’s PhilFest highlights Filipino Beauty Pageant winners

TAMPA, FL (Eagle News) — The state of Florida showcased the best of Filipino culture, in its annual event called PhilFest. Held at the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex in Tampa, entertainment and performances included the Philippine Choral Group and the Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble. The most anticipated part of the event, however, was the Philippine Beauty Pageant, otherwise known as Ms./Mrs. Philfest. Hundreds of visitors came early to indulge in Filipino food and to watch […]

Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — An extremely rare Qing Dynasty bowl made for the Chinese emperor Kangxi fetched US$30.4 million (HK$239 million) at auction Tuesday, Sotheby’s said. The bowl, just under six inches (14.7 cm) in diameter, is decorated with falangcai — painted enamels combining Chinese and Western techniques — and flowers, including daffodils which are not typically depicted on Chinese porcelain. The bowl, said to have been used by the emperor in the early […]

Google displays illustration of “Florante at Laura” to honor 230th birthday of Francisco Balagtas

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The world’s most popular search engine features today a prominent figure in  Philippine literature. Google honors the 230th birth anniversary of Francisco Balagtas, one of the Philippines’ greatest literary laureates through an illustration of his most popular piece- the epic poem, “Florante at Laura,” displayed on its homepage. Balagtas wrote Florante at Laura in a poetic format using figures of speech and specific rhythm and rhyme scheme. This masterpiece was […]

Los Angeles museum celebrates the art of the selfie

by Javier Tovar © Agence France-Presse GLENDALE, United States (AFP) — There’s an art to taking the perfect selfie — from the angle, to the focus, cropping out that pesky outstretched arm and above all, the smile. In a celebration of self-portraits in the social media age Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov are set to open the Museum of Selfies in Los Angeles this Sunday — an interactive exhibition exploring the history and cultural phenomenon of […]

1968, key events in “The Year That Changed America”

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The year 1968 featured a series of tumultuous events in the United States. Here are some of the most notable occurrences during the year: January 23  North Korea captures the USS Pueblo, claiming the US Navy intelligence vessel violated its territorial waters. One member of the Pueblo’s crew was killed in the attack and the other 82 held for 11 months before being released. January 30  North Vietnamese troops launch the […]

S. Korean musicians leave for Pyongyang performance

  SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop stars led a group of South Korean musicians departing for Pyongyang Saturday to take part in the latest set of cross-border cultural performances ahead of next month’s rare inter-Korean summit. The 120-member group including top girlband Red Velvet flew from Seoul’s Gimpo airport aboard a chartered civilian flight to Pyongyang via the rarely used direct air route between the two Koreas, as a rapprochement on the peninsula gathers […]

Egypt: pyramids, desert and military rule

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Egypt, known worldwide for its ancient pyramids, is the Arab world’s most populous country and has been under military control for decades. It is ruled by ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is assured of a second term in elections next week. Here is some background about the country. Army’s grip on power  After a period of British rule, Egypt gained independence in 1922 under King Fuad I. In 1952, charismatic army […]

Hong Kong harbour gets star attraction with sculpture park

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong’s harbourfront is known for glistening skyscrapers and the sight of containerships navigating busy shipping lanes — but a new art project has added a giant pumpkin, a map of the stars and a pair of disembodied legs to the famous skyline. The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, which officially opened on Thursday, is a collection of works by 19 local and international artists including Britain’s Antony Gormley and Tracey […]

‘Girl with Pearl Earring’ to undergo public examination

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — One of the world’s most famous paintings “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is to undergo a two-week scientific examination in front of curious visitors to the Dutch museum where it lives. The luminescent tableau painted by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer around 1665 was last examined in 1994 during a conservation treatment at the Mauritshuis museum in the centre of The Hague. “Although further restoration is not yet required, major advances […]

Ballet Philippines: So different, one of the best companies I have guested for – Joseph Gatti

By Caesar Vallejos Eagle News Service “It’s amazing,” Joseph Gatti, the former principal dancer with Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet said about working with Filipino artists. Gatti was featured as the international guest artist who played the role of Basilio in Ballet Philippines’ (BP) staging of Don Quixote at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It runs from February 9-18, 2018. “This is one of the best companies I have guested for. Their encouragement […]