Arts and Culture

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 […]

CEBSI Films’ entry, “Kapayapaan sa Gitna ng Digmaan,” bags 6 major awards at 2019 Singkuwento Int’l Filmfest

  (Eagle News) – CEBSI Films’ “Kapayapaan Sa Gitna ng Digmaan” (Peace in the Midst of War), a historical drama celebrating the triumph of love and faith in God set in the tumultuous era of before, during and after World War II, bagged six major awards at the recently concluded 2019 Singkuwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines (SIFFMP). The six major awards included the much coveted Jury Award, the Best Actor award for lead actor […]

Palace condoles with kin of National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa

(Eagle News)–The Palace on Thursday, Feb. 21, expressed its condolences to the family of the late National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa. “The so-called father of Philippine neo-vernacular architecture devoted his lifetime work championing the extensive use of indigenous Filipino materials in his design,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement. According to Panelo, while Mañosa “will be missed,” his “influence and legacy will continue to live on.” Mañosa, whose works include the Coconut Palace […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero” makes its rounds at the 4th Singkuwento International Film Festival

by Emily Manuel Contributor, Eagle News (Eagle News) — EBC films’ “Guerrero” was featured as one of the full-length exhibition films at the 4th Singkuwento International Film Festival Manila Philippines, held at the NCCA Leandro Locsin Theatre in Intramuros, Manila last February 17, 2019. Singkuwento brings together filmmakers from various regions in the Philippines and other countries. This year, local participants came from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, while international participants came from Korea, Canada, Cambodia and […]