Arts and Culture

Coronavirus casts shadow over Everest

by Paavan MATHEMA Pictures by PRAKASH MATHEMA Agence France-Presse KHUMJUNG, Nepal (AFP)  — The Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling ahead of Everest’s climbing season, but the coronavirus has forced the shut down of the world’s tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas. While there are no reported cases in the town — home to many of the ethnic Sherpas who dominate the industry helping climbers — the Himalayas have been closed by […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to be streamed online for free starting April 3

  (Eagle News) – The full musicals of renowned English composer and musical threater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streamed for free online weekly every Friday in a new Youtube channel called “The Shows Must Go On”. It starts on April 3 (US time), with Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which will be streamed at Universal Pictures’ new Youtube channel, “The Shows Must Go On.” Webber himself announced this in a video […]

DICT offers free eBooks for children during quarantine

(Eagle News) – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its Tech4ED project, has made available free eBooks and other educational content for children during the quarantine period. In an online statement posted in its website and FB page, the DICT announced that the books, sourced from the Let’s Read free digital library for children, are meant to boost learning beyond the classroom. “The educational materials aim to practice the reading comprehension skills […]

Kantang Kwarantin: Stay at home, SING and win a prize!

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Ever dreamed of being a singer performing on the big stage? Performing for people all over the world and not just to your cat? But it’s kind of hard to make your dream become a reality, because you know, lockdown. Now it’s your time to shine! With Kantang Kwarantin, presented by EBC Films—it’s your chance to create your own cover song of “Tuloy ang Laban,” for fame and your […]

Chinese ‘light painter’ takes artistic inspiration from virus

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A Chinese artist has paid tribute to doctors and nurses and their months-long battle to treat virus-stricken patients in his latest light painting creations. Roy Wang and his team used the photographic technique of light painting to “draw” white wings on the back of a model posing in a white hazmat suit, the protective gear that has come to symbolize medical workers fighting the virus worldwide. The model stood frozen as […]

Kwentong Kwarantin: Stay home, shoot a film and win a prize!

  QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — “Staying at home,” is literally saving the world. And who doesn’t want to be a super hero? But being a super hero can be boring—at least being a super hero at home. And the “binge-watching marathon extravaganza” is getting old right about now. So why not do something a bit more productive, while saving the world? EBC Films is inviting you to “Kwentong Kwarantin” by creating a short-film […]

Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

by Sean GLEESON Agence France-Presse HONG KONG, China (AFP) When two Spanish footballers took to the controls of “FIFA 20” after the coronavirus pandemic saw their La Liga match cancelled, a stadium-sized virtual audience watched online. The huge digital crowd last week is part of a spectacular boom for the digital gaming industry, as record numbers flock to online servers for distraction, entertainment and friendship with the “real world” seemingly falling apart. Real Betis striker Borja […]

WATCH: Filipino Artist Elmer Calata shares ideas on creating artwork

WASHINGTON DC (Eagle News) — Elmer Calata, Filipino-American artist, based in Washington DC, talks with Eagle News International, Washington DC, about his art and his take on the COIVD-19 lockdown. “Not necessarily fretting it right now. I’m just really enjoying my time and working on my work.” Elmer says that being a creative, it’s natural to spend a lot of alone time. So for the lockdown, “it’s really interesting to see other people be in […]

‘Joy of spring’: Japan fetes cherry blossoms despite virus

by Shingo ITO TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — The crowds might be thinner and parties smaller, but warnings from officials over the coronavirus have done little to stop Japanese celebrating as the country’s famed cherry trees explode into bloom. Over a warm long weekend in Tokyo, people packed into traditional blossom hotspots, many not even wearing face masks, to admire the fluffy white and pink flowers hanging from delicate stems. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike admitted that […]

WATCH: How to make Jewelry from home

WASHINGTON DC (Eagle News) — Looking for something to do to fight the boredom of the lockdown? EBC Washington DC interviews Rowena Sistoso, an Operations Director of a health clinic, and a hobbyist jewelry-maker for twenty years. Rowena shows EBC International how to make jewelry in the comfort of your home.