Arts and Culture

Thousands of free tulips given to visitors as Netherlands celebrates National Tulip Day

By Marilou Francisco EBC Europe Eagle News Service (Eagle News) — The tulip is one of the world famous icons of the Netherlands. The star of flower bulbs takes the spotlight on the National Tulip Day held every year on the third Saturday of January at the historical center of Amsterdam, on Dam Square, near the Royal Palace. For 2019, the National Tulip Day took place on January 19 with the theme Flower Power. This […]

US university to cover Christopher Columbus murals

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — The University of Notre Dame, one of the oldest and most prestigious US centers of higher learning, will cover murals depicting Christopher Columbus out of concern that the art works depict a skewed history of colonial America. Painted on the walls of the Catholic institution’s main building — a grand structure with a golden dome built in 1879 in the Midwestern state of Indiana — the 12 murals display various […]

Butterflies, the unlikely victims of Trump’s border wall

by Inès BEL AIBA Agence France Presse MISSION, United States (AFP) — In Mission, Texas, the construction of part of a long-promised wall on the border with Mexico to stem the tide of undocumented migrants is already in progress. Among the many who will be affected? Butterflies. Mission, located in the lower Rio Grande Valley, is home to the National Butterfly Center, a private non-profit 100-acre (40-hectare) preserve dedicated to conservation of the insects in […]

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

by Eloi ROUYER Agence France Presse LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) — Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive. The night watchman, one of the last in Europe, no longer alerts this Swiss city to fires, but he does help residents to keep track of the time. “This is the watchman! The bell […]

Brazil museum holds first exhibition since fire

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil’s historic National Museum on Wednesday displayed fossils discovered in the Antarctic at an off-site venue in its first exhibition since the Rio-based institution was gutted by fire last year. Among the fossils on display at a sister museum — the Palace of the House of Money — was a bone from a pterodactyl, which the National says is the first evidence of a big reptile species from the Jurassic […]

Historic library weaves ‘Harry Potter’-style tourist magic in Rio

by Marie Hospital and Marc Burleigh Agence France-Presse RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — From the outside, it looks like another historic edifice in Rio’s rundown city center. Inside, however, is a multi-tiered library so spectacular, so ornate, that stunned visitors feel like they’ve walked into a movie fantasy set. “In ‘Harry Potter’ we’ve seen libraries like this!” exclaimed Didier Margouet, a 57-year-old French tourist, looking around at the shelves of leather bound books climbing […]

S.Korean grain silo transforms into world’s largest mural

INCHEON, South Korea (AFP) — A dreary grain silo that was transformed into an enormous colorful artwork in South Korea has been named by Guinness World Records as the largest outdoor mural in the world. The painting which depicts a young boy’s journey into adulthood covers the outside of giant storage containers in the port city of Incheon, west of Seoul, taking up 23,688 square meters. The mural was commissioned by the city’s government and […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” captivates global audience with heartwarming story of resilience and triumph

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — EBC Films takes center stage once more with the international release of its first full-length feature film, “Guerrero.” “Guerrero” premiered in Philippine cinemas on October 2017. Since then, it has won accolades, including, “Best Feature Comedy Film” in the 2018 Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, “Best Editing of a Foreign Language Film” in the 2018 Madrid International Film Fest, and “Movie Child Performer of […]

Sinatra memorabilia, jewelry on sale in New York

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A sweeping range of Frank Sinatra memorabilia and jewelry owned by his fourth and last wife Barbara goes on sale in New York on Thursday, likely to be snapped up by mega fans and aficionados all over the world. The single most expensive lot, the enormous 20-karat diamond engagement ring that Sinatra gave Barbara in a champagne glass has already sold, fetching $1.7 million in a battle between two […]

Iraq’s ancient pottery struggles to outlive modern plastic

by Haydar Indhar Agence France Presse NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) — Adel al-Kawwaz expertly spins the potter’s wheel, shaping the wet clay into a smooth jug. His family is famous for this millennia-old Iraqi craft, but Kawwaz is struggling to keep it alive. For thousands of years, clay utensils for storing food and cooking were found in virtually every home in Sumer, the earliest known civilization in modern-day southern Iraq. Kawwaz’s own family drew their name […]

How engineers are straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa

  by Sonia LOGRE and Charles ONIANS Agence France Presse PISA, Italy (AFP) — “It’s still straightening,” said engineer Roberto Cela, gazing at the Leaning Tower of Pisa gleaming in the autumn sunshine of northern Italy. “And many years will have to pass before it stops.” The gravitationally-challenged landmark is leaning less after years of ambitious engineering work. Fortunately for the millions of tourists who come here every year, the 57-metre (186-feet) tower remains beautifully […]