Arts and Culture

Scars of torture at US reform school for boys won’t go away

  by Leila Macor Agence France Presse FORT MYERS, United States (AFP) — Jerry Cooper says he endured torture and cruelty that were everyday things for decades at a reform school in Florida, turning him into something horrible. As authorities prepare to investigate a possible new set of unmarked graves on the school grounds after dozens were found a few years ago, apologies are finally coming in. But 60 years after he was abused, Cooper […]

Sahitya Sangam Literature Festival celebrates India’s diversity

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — The Embassy of India, together with Bharati, the Expatriate Indian Women’s Association in the Philippines, hosted the Sahitya Sangam Literature Festival at the Forbes Park Pavilion in Makati City last April 26, 2019. The festival celebrates India’s linguistic diversity and featured 11 of the 22 main languages in India through prose, poetry, song and dance. One of the works featured was that of Rabrindranath Tagore, a […]

EBC Films proudly presents the cast of “Guerrero Dos, Tuloy ang Laban”

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) – After the successful launch of “Guerrero” and “Hapi ang Buhay the Musical,” two films that have won international critical acclaim, EBC Films is set to produce “Guerrero Dos, Tuloy ang Laban” (the fight continues). This was announced by Directors Stephen Cruz and Carlo Ortega Cuevas, in a story conference held at the Movie Stars Café, Quezon City last April 22, 2019. Guerrero is a story of […]

Tuscan paradise where da Vinci’s genius bloomed

by Franck IOVENE Agence France Presse Vinci, Italy (AFP) — Butterflies flutter around centuries-old olive groves in Vinci, the Tuscan village where Leonardo da Vinci was born and honed his inventor skills as a child by studying the local flora and fauna. Locals preparing to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death say little has changed among the vineyards, lush fields and brooks that appeared in his art. The Renaissance polymath, whose most famous works […]

Guerrero, a “knockout” with UK audiences

by Vee Manuel-Sison, London-UK EBC Europe Bureau LONDON, UK (Eagle News) — After its successful release across Asia, Middle East, US, Canada and Europe, the independently produced Filipino movie “Guerrero” by EBC films premiered at London, Kensington Academy on April 6 and 7, with five sold out screenings in London. This film directed by Carlos Ortega Cuevas, already won multiple awards in the Philippines and overseas, including “Best Editing of a Foreign Language Film” at […]

Reiwa: A new imperial era name for Japan

  by Shingo Ito and Richard Carter Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — “Reiwa”: Japan Monday revealed the name of the era that will define the new emperor’s reign when he ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne next month following the first abdication in around 200 years. The new imperial name consists of two characters: “Rei”, which can mean “order” but also “auspicious” and “Wa”, usually translated as “peace” or “harmony.” After weeks of fevered speculation […]

No quiet rules at Indonesia’s flyover library

by Harry PEARL SOUTH TANGERANG, Indonesia (AFP) — Singing and laughter briefly drown out the roar of cars under a Jakarta flyover, where an unlikely library for kids is thriving despite choking fumes — and opposition from menacing gangsters. There’s no quiet rule at this open-air reading park wedged between two lanes of traffic just outside Indonesia’s capital, a city of some 30 million that is notorious for having some of the world’s worst traffic […]

Nominasyon para sa “Mga bagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan” binuksan na para sa mga ulirang kabataan

Ni Mylene Mariano-Rivera Eagle News Service Eagle News – Inanunsyo ng Philippine Center for Gifted Education, Inc. (PCGE) na pwede nang magsumite ng nominasyon para sa  nationwide search ng  “Mga bagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan”. Layon nito na makapili ng mga kabataang naniniwala at nagtataguyod  sa mga prinsipyo ng ating Pambansang Bayani na si Dr. Jose Rizal, gaya ng pagmamahal sa Diyos at sa bansa, may integridad, tapang at pagiging mahusay sa kani-kanilang talento at […]

US woman sues Harvard over ‘slave ancestor’ pictures

  by Agence France Presse A US woman who says she is descended from slaves who were photographed in 1850 by a racist Harvard University professor on Wednesday sued the university over the “exploitation” of the images of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier filed suit in the northeastern state of Massachusetts over the photographs taken in South Carolina of a slave and his daughter, known only by their first names: Renty — the patriarch of her […]

Canadian couple builds world’s largest snow maze

ST. ADOLPHE, Canada (AFP) — A-maze-ing: a snow labyrinth in the frigid, windswept prairies of Western Canada has broken the record for the world’s biggest. According to Guinness World Records, the whopping 2,789.11 square meters (30,0021.73 square feet) of terrain dwarfs the previous Canadian record holder at the Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario. For years, farmers Clint and Angie Masse would ring in the fall harvest by building a corn maze on […]

Black History Month: The legacy of L. B. Brown, former slave turned community builder

By Melissa Sarmiento Allen EBC Florida Bureau POLK COUNTY, Florida (Eagle News) – Along an unassuming street in the quaint town of Bartow sits one of Florida’s historical crown jewels, The L.B. Brown House, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and named after its builder and original owner, Lawrence Bernard Brown, an African-American who was born into slavery in 1856. Despite having limited formal schooling, Brown was something of a Renaissance […]