Arts and Culture

Dutch art sleuth finds rare stolen copy of ‘Prince of Persian poets

by Jan HENNOP Agence France-Presse AMSTERDAM, Netherlands  (AFP) — A stolen 15th-century book by the famed Persian poet Hafez has been recovered by a Dutch art detective after an international “race against time” that drew the alleged interest of Iran’s secret service. The gold-leafed volume worth around one million euros ($1.1 million) was found to be missing from the collection of an Iranian antiques dealer after his death in Germany in 2007. It sparked a decade-long search […]

Bono on U2’s first PHL concert: “It took us four decades… We should have been here every year”

  (Eagle News) – For what Filipino U2 fans said was a “once-in-a-lifetime concert,” they braved hours of traffic and long lines just to watch the legendary Irish rock band perform at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena on Wednesday night, Dec. 11. The sound and sights of the first-ever Manila concert of the band which has won the most Grammys in history at 22 awards, more than lived up to fans’ expectations. The band that was […]

Renowned Polish jazz pianist touches on PHL connection to Polish mazurka in “Impromazurka” concert at the CCP

  (Eagle News) — Piano notes that relax and soothe the senses, and at the same time, bring you to an extraordinary exhilarating musical journey. This was what the audience at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Little Theater experienced as they listened to noted Polish jazz pianist and musician-composer Artur Dutkiewicz with his “ImproMazurka” concert on Tuesday night, Nov. 12. It was the first time for the world-renowned pianist to play in a […]

Flooding in Venice drowns Catholic cathedral’s priceless mosaics in sewage

by Ella IDE Agence France Presse VENICE, Italy (AFP) — Dirty water swirls around marble tombs inside the 12th century crypt of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, which suffered untold damage when an unprecedented high tide swept through the city. Pumps work overtime to clear the seawater from around the altar and under the pink and white stone arches, as the historic monument’s custodians look on in sadness and anger. “We’re talking about millions of […]

Bat signal during EBC Pop Con

In photos: Scenes at the EBC PopCon 2019

(Eagle News) — These are just some of the scenes during the first day of EBC PopCon 2019 held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at the Eagle Broadcasting Corporation headquarters. The event brought together comics and  pop culture afficionados, students, comics illustrators, artists and legends, as well as priceless collections of  PopCon — from life-sized statues to rare collections of vintage comics and other PopCon art. The event continues on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at […]

Philippine pop culture to take center stage at the EBC PopCon 2019

By Caesar Vallejos, OPEN FOR BUSINESS From Kenkoy to Pugad Baboy, icons of Pinoy pop culture will be showcased at the two-day EBC PopCon 2019. On November 8-9,  the Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) Building will be transformed as a pop culture show center that will house comic books, toys, games, anime displays, cartoon characters, cosplay, fun entertainment and other interests.  A 1940s Batmobile replica and life-size statues will also be on display at the EBC […]

Nigerian contemporary art booms and prices soar

by Célia Lebur  LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) — First there was Tutu, the “African Mona Lisa” sold last year for 1.5 million dollars. Then a second portrait by revered Nigerian painter Ben Enwonwu, called Christine, sold in mid-October, for 1.4 million dollars. Both record sales of famous works by the late “father of African modernism”, captured the emergence of Nigeria’s art market. A decade ago, major African artists were largely absent from international auctions. But the […]

Empire State Building observatory reopens with new 360-degree view

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The stunning view from the highest observatory at New York’s Empire State Building just got even better. On Saturday, the viewing platform on the 102nd floor, known as the “top deck,” reopens with a new 360-degree perspective on the Big Apple following ten months of renovations. The work is the third in a four-step project, which started four and half years ago, to improve the experience at arguably the […]

Watch: Russian student from Moscow State University speaks Tagalog, expresses admiration for PHL

(Eagle News) — In this video taken by Eagle News Service correspondent in Russia, Emy Coloma, Russian student Maria Plume who is studying the Filipino language at the Moscow State University expresses her admiration for the Philippines and how she is glad that the Philippines and Russia are strengthening bilateral relations. Plume was interviewed by Eagle News Service in Russia at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow after the Philippine Cultural Gala Performance attended by […]

2 NET Kids’ shows and 2 EBC Kids’ entries, win at Sinebata awards 2019; to represent PHL in SE Asia videofest

  (Eagle News) – Two shows of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s NET 25 Kids — “Word Hub” and “Kid Kwento” — won at the Sinebata Video Festival 2019 awards on Wednesday, October 2, in Manila. The “Word Hub: Surprise” episode bagged the award for the “Professional Fiction 8 – 12 years old” category, while “Kid Kwento: Love for Family” episode won in the “Professional Non-Fiction Under 7 years old” category. These two winning episodes of EBC-NET […]

How ‘Heidi’ conquered Japan, sparking an anime revolution

by Nathalie OLOF-ORS ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) — Heidi and Super Mario may not seem to have much in common but anime and video game aficionados will detect the signature style of Japanese character designer Yoichi Kotabe in both. Far from the Swiss Alps, the cherished 19th-century storybook character Heidi has played an unlikely role in the creation of Japan’s now booming anime industry. The story of the little orphan girl who goes to live with […]

‘Lola Igna’ wins “Best Picture,” other major awards at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

by MJ Racadio Eagle News and Features contributor The movie ‘Lola Igna’ won Best Picture, Best Musical Score and Best Screen Play at the recent Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards Ceremony on September 15, 2019, at the one Esplanade in Pasay City. Actress Angie Ferro who plays the main character of the film, “Lola Igna” also won Best Actress award, directed by award-winning director Eduardo Roy Jr. “This is my first starring role,” Ferro told […]