Asia's 50 Best Bars Include Two From the Philippines
Aside from the wins of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire, Filipinos have yet another — albeit low-key — reason to be proud of their country. Chosen by 154 well-travelled members of the Asian bar industry, ABV and The Curator scooped up 14th and 16th place on the list, respectively. Oh, and did we mention both bars are in Makati City?
Two Philippine Films Bag Awards in Houston Film Fest
Another winsome twosome are the indie films that made it to the 49th Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival. "Tandem," a crime drama by King Palisoc, and "Ari: My Life With a King," a movie from Pampanga, both bagged a handful of awards from the aforementioned film fest.
Director Brillante Mendoza Competes for the 4th Time at the Cannes Film Festival
Mendoza, who holds the distinction of being the first Filipino to win "Best Director" for a full-length film shown at the Cannes, now gears for a repeat performance with "Ma' Rosa." The film, which tells the story of a couple who sells illegal narcotics (locally known as shabu) behind the trappings of a sari-sari store, stars Andi Eigenmann, Julio Diaz, Jaclyn Jose, Jomari Angeles and Felix Roco.
President Aquino Names 9 New National Artists
It seems the summer is shaping up to be a good one for Filipino artists. Strangely enough, only three of the 2015 National Artists are still alive: Ramon Santos (music), Cirilo F. Bautista (literature) and Alice Reyes (dance). All three have likewise garnered the 2014 awards in their respective categories.
UP-LB Graduate Devises Simple, Affordable Pest Control Machine
Filipinos aren't shabby on the S.T.E.M. side either. 27-year-old Josine Macasapac spearheaded the development of the Mechanical Pest Removal System (MPReS), which removes pests from grains at an incredible 600 kilos (or 12 sacks) per hour. The MPReS is her entry into the annual Youth Agripreneurs Project, which is sponsored by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).
Makati City Acquires New Heavy Response Vehicles
Good news, Makati residents: The local government has acquired a total of 16 heavy response vehicles to improve public safety in the area. These include 11 ambulances, two amphibious vehicles, one super tanker fire truck, one ladder fire truck and one deployable command center.
"Kilig" Added to Oxford Dictionary
As you know, English is full of loanwords. For example, kilig — a word used to describe that feeling you get when you're in the presence of your S.O. — has recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. There's also teleserye (Philippine television drama) and vlog (a portmanteau of "video" and "blog").
Government Launches P2P Bus System Between Makati and Alabang
If you want to travel to Makati from Alabang (and vice versa), it's now easier and cheaper thanks to the newly-implemented point-to-point (P2P) bus system. All you have to do is ride from the pickup point at the Alabang Town Center, and you can go straight to Greenbelt 1. There will also be a P2P system between Ortigas and North EDSA within the week, so stay tuned!
2nd Sinag Maynila Film Festival Announces Winners
Last Sunday, the awards ceremony for the 2016 Sinag Maynila Film Festival took place in the Samsung Theater at SM Aura Premier. Co-founded by Brillante Mendoza and Wilson Tieng, Sinag Maynila aims to showcase the best of Philippine indie films. For more details on these films, log on to the Sinag Maynila website.
President Aquino Declares May 9 a Special Non-Working Holiday
In lieu of the upcoming elections, President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 1254 on April 25 (Philippine time), declaring May 9 to be a special non-working holiday. That means employees who clock in for that day will enjoy pay privileges different from those who work on regular holidays.
HK-Based Agency Names Philippines as "New Gastronomic 8" Country
If there's one way to describe Filipino cuisine, it's "anything goes." And we don't mean that in a derogatory way: Somehow, Philippine dishes can tickle the taste buds despite defying traditional cooking techniques. Other members of the "New G-8" include Vietnam, Peru, Mexico, Korea, Israel, Iran and China.
Around 1,000 Runners to Participate in TNF100
This weekend, Filipinos and foreigners alike will participate in what is arguably the toughest race in the country. Launching in 2008, the TNF 100 Asia Pacific series will push its participants to the limit, as they navigate the treacherous routes of Benguet and Baguio.
And that wraps up the latest installment of our ICYMI series. We hope these news items will cheer you up, regardless of how April went for you. As always, kindly share your thoughts in the comments, because we love to hear from you!