Arts and Culture

Hungarian Film Festival to run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2

The Embassy of Hungary is holding its  second Hungarian Film Festival (HUFF 2.0) from November 28 to December 2. This year’s festival, held in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Ayala Malls Cinemas, will present six Hungarian films. Below is a list: Budapest Noir is a detective thriller set in the mid-1930’s Budapest. Its plot revolves around a crime reporter who thinks he has seen it all, when a tip leads […]

Promoting values through music: EBC launches E25 Records

  Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) launched its newest media platform, E25 Records, on Sunday, Nov. 18, during the EBC Fun Run concert at the Philippine Arena. E25 Records is envisioned to promote positive values and themes through original musical compositions, according to E25 Records director Ernie Magtuto. This will give opportunity to aspiring composers, songwriters, musicians and singers so their music can be heard, he said. Magtuto said that E25 Records is not limited to […]

Looters plunder Albania’s sunken treasures

by Briseida MEMA Agence France-Presse VLORA, Albania (AFP) — Albania’s long under-explored coastal waters have become a hotspot for treasure hunters scooping up ancient pottery, sunken ship parts and other shell-encrusted relics that have lain on the seabed for centuries. The 450-kilometer (280-mile) coastline, which is lapped by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, was off-limits under the communist regime which ruled the Balkan state until 1990, with orders to shoot anyone caught diving without authorization. […]

Marie Antoinette pendant fetches $36 million, shattering estimate

by Ben Simon Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — A pearl and diamond pendant owned by Marie Antoinette before she was beheaded during the French Revolution sold for $36 million at an auction on Wednesday, shattering its pre-sale estimate of up to $2 million. The Sotheby’s auction at an ultra-luxurious hotel on the banks of Lake Geneva saw feverish bidding for a 10-piece collection owned by the ill-fated queen, featuring jewels unseen in public […]

Actor Michael Douglas gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD, CA (AFP) — Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday in honor of his 50 years in show business. The megastar was joined at the ceremony by his 101-year-old father and Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas as well as Jane Fonda, who starred with him in the 1979 drama “The China Syndrome,” about an accident in a nuclear power plant. Also attending was Douglas’s wife, the actress […]

Entertaining twists as EBC Films’ “Hapi ang Buhay,The Musical” imparts lesson on “fake news”

by Emily Manuel Contributor Eagle News and Features NET 25’s “Hapi ang Buhay” takes to the big screen with “Hapi ang Buhay, the Musical,” the second movie release of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s film outfit (EBC Films). Originally developed as a sitcom, the musical features the original cast joined by veteran actors Victor Neri, Antonio Aquitania, and Mike Magat. The movie is written and directed by acclaimed director Carlo Jay Ortega Cuevas who has won international awards […]

Japan’s ‘usho’ keep alive the ancient art of cormorant fishing

by Anne BEADE Agence France Presse GIFU, Japan (AFP) — In the pitch black night, fires burn alongside a river in Japan’s Gifu as a handful of men prepare for a ritual that dates back over 1,300 years: fishing with cormorants. Dressed in traditional clothes, they look like they come from another time. They wield their cormorants, tied together with strings, like puppeteers. Their profession, known as “ukai,” was once common in waterside villages and […]

Neil Armstrong’s huge souvenir collection to be auctioned

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Talk about a pack rat: thousands of things that Neil Armstrong saved over the course of a career that saw him become the first man to walk on the moon will be auctioned off this week. Nobody really knew the extent of the stuff Armstrong amassed during his 82 years on earth, not even the children of the man who made history with his feat on July 20, 1969. […]

OPM legend Rico Puno passes away at 65

(Eagle News) — Filipino singer and OPM legend Rico Puno passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, at the age of 65. Puno underwent open heart surgery in 2015, and underwent angioplasty in December last year. His sister-in-law, Anna Puno, expressed her grief in an Instagram post. “Numbed with grief, I would like to call on all entertainers in the OPM Industry as well as his worldwide fans to stop for a moment and say a […]

Damascus museum reopens with millennia-old lion in the garden

by Maher al-Mounes Agence France Presse DAMASCUS, Syria (AFP) — The antiquities museum in the capital of war-torn Syria reopened its doors after six years on Sunday, with a two-millenia-old lion standing proud in the garden. Its jaws ajar, the three metre stone Lion of Al-Lat towered over a fountain after surviving the country’s seven-year conflict and damage inflicted by Islamic State group jihadists. The lion was just one of the artefacts on show after […]

Independent filmmakers find their “place in the sun” at Excellence In Visual Media Awards International

LOS ANGELES, California (Eagle News Service) – In less than a week, the Excellence in Visual Media (EVM) Awards International of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) will arrive at the iconic Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. On Monday, October 29, 2018, the festivities will kick off with the VIP Red Carpet Arrivals at 4 p.m. followed by doors opening at 5 p.m. Ticket holders, film directors, producers, actors, cast, and crew, are […]

Tigers dwindling: just six sub-species remain, says study

TAMPA, United States (AFP) — Six different sub-species of tigers exist today, scientists confirmed Thursday, amid hopes the findings will boost efforts to save the fewer than 4,000 free-range big cats that remain in the world. The six include the Bengal tiger, Amur tiger, South China tiger, Sumatran tiger, Indochinese tiger and Malayan tiger, said the report in the journal Current Biology. Three other tiger subspecies have already gone extinct: the Caspian, Javan and Bali […]