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KANYE WEST, WIZ KHALIFA FLY TO MANILA FOR PARADISE MUSIC FEST


Kanye West is one of the foreign artists who will fly to Manila for the Paradise Music Festival happening on Saturay, April 9, at the Asiana City Open Grounds. AP File/Matt Sayles/Invasion
Big names in the local and foreign music scene will share the same stage in the Paradise International Music Festival. Some of the popular local artists like Hale, Itchyworms and Up Dharma Down will share the stage with international artists like Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and Afrojack. The “X-Factor UK” contestant all-girl Filipina group Fourth Impact will also perform that day. Two stages will be set up that day, so expect simultaneous performances from different artists. See the lineup of artists at the Paradise International Film Festival posted on Instagram below. READ MORE...

ALSO: KC Concepcion hesitant to work with mom Sharon


KC Concepcion is hesitant to do an acting project with her mom Sharon Cuneta as she feels “shy” acting in front of her. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV
KC Concepcion expressed hesitation in an acting project with her mom Sharon Cuneta.
“Nahihiya ako kay mama,” she explained, smiling, in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ll learn a lot from my mom [sa acting], I’m sure. Pero makiki-sit in na lang siguro ako sa kanya.” She also felt that the people watching them in a movie or TV series would feel like a “reality show” since their life has always been open to the public. As for doing a project with ex-boyfriend Piolo Pascual, the Kapamilya actress said she would like to make sure first that they’re both “100 percent” willing to do it. “Piolo and I are okay,” she first clarified, then continued. “If there’s anything na may project we would have to talk about it and of course pareho kaming 100 percent. Kasi ang hirap na hindi ka 100 percent, kasi unfair naman ‘yon sa mga manonood, makikita nila ‘yon.” The former couple has patched things up in September last year, after their breakup in 2011. As for her love life, KC prefers to talk about it when she felt that the guy is already “super special.” “Kasi feeling ko rin, ang daming nangyari sa akin, it’s not just my love life,” she added. “So ang ganda na for once hindi lang puro love life ang sinasabi ko.” FULL REPORT

ALSO: Rhapsody to the, Philippine summer


MANILA, Philippines - Something is definitely stirring in the air and we are thoroughly pumped up for it – the exhilarating uneasiness of summer.
To gratify everyone’s itchy feet – with or without the proverbial nunal sa paa – it is the most magical time for action and fun – where we push, push, push our bodies to the limit – at much-talked-about dynamic bashes and celebratory sprees, or to simply just recline and relax – to the brink of being seemingly sedated and to willingly surrender to the odds of almost doing nothing -- at the pastoral tranquility of serene hideaways and fabled retreats. With the expected 110 percent positive attitude attuned to the new season, quickly step out of your shells, bask in the warm rays of the blazing sun and go on a journey around the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. And here’s a possible checklist – really more of a teaser – that I wish to share with the traveler in you. If you long for the oldest of the oldest of what our country has to offer, amble through Cebu City’s Heritage Walk, which highlights Magellan’s Cross, Colon Street, Fort San Pedro and Basilica Menore del Santo Niño. On the other hand, if you’re interested in venerated churches, you’re indeed blessed for we have an abundance of religious sites. Whisper a prayer at the vintage but newly-renovated San Agustin Church and the baroque Sta. Ana Church, both in Manila, be awed by a believed-to-be relic of Christ’s Cross at the Monasterio de Tarlac in the municipality of San Jose, light a candle at the frequented Antipolo Church, go on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan, hum a hymn while the 174 vertical pipes and 122 reeds of the unique Bamboo Organ envelops you with its angelic harmony at the St. Joseph Church in Las Piñas. READ MORE...

ALSO: APRIL 6 - Bangus Festival kicks off today!


DAGUPAN CITY -Dancers perform in a street dance contest marking the 2015 Bangus Festival in Dagupan City, Pangasinan Friday. STAR/Cesar Ramirez MANILA, Philippines — Every April, Dagupan City celebrates the Bangus Festival, after its main agricultural product. Being a city that takes pride of their fresh catches of milkfish, it is only fitting that the bountiful native fish be celebrated.
Now on its 13th year, the festival kicks off on April 8 in the afternoon. The opening also coincides with the “Gilon Gilon ed Baley” street dancing competition. Under the theme “The Happiest FishFest Ever!” some activities would include street dance depicting the gathering of bangus, International Cook Fest or Bangusine (Bangus cuisine), a month-long bazaar called the One Barangay, One Product and One Town, One Product Trade Fair which will feature native products and delicacies from participating municipalities. Street parties and amazing performances from famous music bands such as Parokya ni Edgar and Spongecola are also expected. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bb. Pilipinas 2016 candidates in bloom during the Parade of Beauties


The 40 lovely candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2016 splashed color on the streets of Araneta Center in Cubao during the annual Parade of Beauties on Saturday. Donning rainbow colored swimsuits and headdresses decorated with summer blooms, the ladies toured around Araneta atop Miata cars. The parade started at Novotel Manila Araneta Center and ended at the green gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum, drawing crowds that wanted a closer look at the candidates that will compete for the crown on April 17.
Also present in the parade were Binbining Pilipinas reigning queens: Miss International Top 10 Janicel Lubina, Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st Runner-up Christy McGarry, and Miss Supranational 2015 semifinalist Rogelie Catacutan. — AT, GMA News FOR ALL PHOTOS IN SLIDE SHOW CLICK HERE  Bb. Pilipinas 2016 National Costume Presentation Photos by: Bruce Casanova, Posted on April 6, 2016 The 40 candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2016 showcase their respective national costumes on wednesday night, April 6 at the Kia Theatre, Araneta Center.MORE PHOTOS...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa fly to Manila for Paradise Music fest


Kanye West is one of the foreign artists who will fly to Manila for the Paradise Music Festival happening on Saturay, April 9, at the Asiana City Open Grounds. AP File/Matt Sayles/Invasion

MANILA, APRIL 11, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Joyce Jimenez April 5, 2016 - 2:27pm - Big names in the local and foreign music scene will share the same stage in the Paradise International Music Festival.

Some of the popular local artists like Hale, Itchyworms and Up Dharma Down will share the stage with international artists like Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and Afrojack.

The “X-Factor UK” contestant all-girl Filipina group Fourth Impact will also perform that day.

Two stages will be set up that day, so expect simultaneous performances from different artists.

See the lineup of artists at the Paradise International Film Festival posted on Instagram below.


PHILSTAR

KC Concepcion hesitant to work with mom Sharon By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated April 8, 2016 - 9:59am 13 26 googleplus0 0


KC Concepcion is hesitant to do an acting project with her mom Sharon Cuneta as she feels “shy” acting in front of her. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines – KC Concepcion expressed hesitation in an acting project with her mom Sharon Cuneta.

“Nahihiya ako kay mama,” she explained, smiling, in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ll learn a lot from my mom [sa acting], I’m sure. Pero makiki-sit in na lang siguro ako sa kanya.”

She also felt that the people watching them in a movie or TV series would feel like a “reality show” since their life has always been open to the public.

As for doing a project with ex-boyfriend Piolo Pascual, the Kapamilya actress said she would like to make sure first that they’re both “100 percent” willing to do it.

“Piolo and I are okay,” she first clarified, then continued. “If there’s anything na may project we would have to talk about it and of course pareho kaming 100 percent. Kasi ang hirap na hindi ka 100 percent, kasi unfair naman ‘yon sa mga manonood, makikita nila ‘yon.”

The former couple has patched things up in September last year, after their breakup in 2011.

As for her love life, KC prefers to talk about it when she felt that the guy is already “super special.”

“Kasi feeling ko rin, ang daming nangyari sa akin, it’s not just my love life,” she added. “So ang ganda na for once hindi lang puro love life ang sinasabi ko.”


PHILSTAR

Rhapsody to the, Philippine summer By Edu Jarque (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 3, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Something is definitely stirring in the air and we are thoroughly pumped up for it – the exhilarating uneasiness of summer.

To gratify everyone’s itchy feet – with or without the proverbial nunal sa paa – it is the most magical time for action and fun – where we push, push, push our bodies to the limit – at much-talked-about dynamic bashes and celebratory sprees, or to simply just recline and relax – to the brink of being seemingly sedated and to willingly surrender to the odds of almost doing nothing -- at the pastoral tranquility of serene hideaways and fabled retreats.

With the expected 110 percent positive attitude attuned to the new season, quickly step out of your shells, bask in the warm rays of the blazing sun and go on a journey around the 7,107 islands of the Philippines.

And here’s a possible checklist – really more of a teaser – that I wish to share with the traveler in you.

If you long for the oldest of the oldest of what our country has to offer, amble through Cebu City’s Heritage Walk, which highlights Magellan’s Cross, Colon Street, Fort San Pedro and Basilica Menore del Santo Niño.

On the other hand, if you’re interested in venerated churches, you’re indeed blessed for we have an abundance of religious sites.

Whisper a prayer at the vintage but newly-renovated San Agustin Church and the baroque Sta. Ana Church, both in Manila, be awed by a believed-to-be relic of Christ’s Cross at the Monasterio de Tarlac in the municipality of San Jose, light a candle at the frequented Antipolo Church, go on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan, hum a hymn while the 174 vertical pipes and 122 reeds of the unique Bamboo Organ envelops you with its angelic harmony at the St. Joseph Church in Las Piñas.

READ MORE...


Visitors enjoy the crystal clear waters of Coron in Palawan. On the cover: Torogan house in Marawi. Photo by George Tapan.

Go on a mission to the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours in Taal, Batangas or strike the bell of the Pan-ay Church in Roxas City, Asia’s largest church and bell, respectively – and attend a concelebrated mass at the Callao Caves in Peñablanca, Cagayan.

For those who wish to be moms, do the fandango before the images of Pascual de Bailon, Sta. Clara and Our Lady of Salambao at the fertility rituals in Obando, Bulacan.

Find time to trace Emilio Jacinto’s bloodstains at the ever-so-popular-film-location Magdalena Church in Laguna.

History buffs should embark on informative excursions to see first-hand the efforts of our National Hero, Gat Jose Rizal while in exile in Dapitan and Dipolog, where he established an advanced water-system, a school and a clinic, among many other notable projects.

You can likewise relive the revolutionary roots as you wave the Philippine flag from the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s house in Kawit, Cavite.


Taal Basilica (Basilica of St. Martin of Tours). Photo from Taal.ph

Salute the bravery, valor and heroism of World War Two forces who fought for the nation at the hallowed island of Corregidor, retrace the Bataan Death March and pay tribute to the struggle, hardships and sufferings of the defenders at the Dambana ng Kagitingan at Mount Samat in Pilar.

Declare, at the top of your voice, the prophetic “I shall return” declaration of Gen. Douglas MacArthur at the seaside memorial park in Palo, Leyte; descend to the war-torn shipwrecks in Subic Bay, Zambales; or be flabbergasted at the stranger-than-fiction story of Hiroo Onoda, a loyal Japanese soldier who refused to surrender and survived for over 30 years in the mountains of the Lubang Island group in Occidental Mindoro.

Attempt to crack the secret code of the 127 human and animal figures of the Angono Triglyphs in Rizal, or immerse yourself in the history and heritage, tradition and customs, arts and culture in the various depositories from the capital city’s impressive selection of museums – National Museum, Museum of the Filipino People, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, San Agustin Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Ayala Museum, Lopez Memorial Museum, Yuchengco Museum and Museo Pambata.

Be pleasantly surprised at the signature pocket museums of the smaller cities and bigger municipalities, to include the famed National Artist for Visual Arts BenCab’s Museum in Baguio.

Go back in time and wander about the traditional stone houses in Sabtang, Batanes, ancestral homes in Sitio Remedios in Currimao, Ilocos Norte, and the quaint town of Pila, Laguna. Enjoy a paseo down Crisologo street in Vigan to capture that missed rustic feel. Don’t miss out on the last remaining torogans – Maranao shelters – in Marawi City. Acquaint yourself with the balangays, boats-turned-villages that have been used by our ancestors to migrate to our shores in Butuan City.

Pack your bags and hike through the great outdoors for an expedition up and over our many mountains – Luzon’s highest peak Mount Pulag, approachable via the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya; Mount Pinatubo, with all its crater lakes and natural spas; Mount Hamiguitan, the Davao Oriental bonsai refuge; Mount Apo, our highest summit in the country; Mayon Volcano, whose base is surrounded by craggy rocks that require an all terrain vehicle; and Sagada, Mountain Province with its iconic hanging coffins. Go spelunking in the caves of Sohoton National Park in Basey, Samar if you seek more adrenaline-filled explorations.

If you’ve ever dreamt of the Garden of Eden, then volunteer in the many animal conservation, habitat and reserve centers – the marine biodiversity of Danjugan Island off Negros Occidental; giant clams in Bolinao Pangasinan; pawikan hatchlings in Morong, Bataan; dolphins in Bais, Negros Oriental; crocodiles in the Agusan Marsh in Agusan del Sur; bats in Taboc Island in Leyte; honeybees in Silang, Cavite; bleeding-heart birds in Mount Makiling, Laguna; and the endangered Philippine Eagle in Davao City.

More than just tame pets and wild beasts, marvel at the fantastic spectacles of nature via a sand board trip in the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Taal Lake in Batangas, Chocolate Hills of Bohol, sand dunes of Paoay, and the Underground River of Palawan.

If you’re half fish – or if some people think you are – swim in the cerulean waters of world-renowned beaches like Boracay in Aklan, El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Kalanggaman in Leyte, Panglao Island in Bohol, Bantayan in Cebu, Calaguas, Vinzons in Camarines Norte, and Cagbalete Island in Quezon.

For the bold, swim with schools of fish in scuba diving sessions in Anilao, Batangas, frolic with butandings in Donsol, Sorsogon and Oslob, Cebu, plunge into the Apo Reef in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, or delve into the wonders of the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park in the middle of the Sulu Sea.

And while you’re at it, why not ride the waves and surf beyond the shores of Baler, Catanduanes or Siargao?

Savor tramps and treks on countryside trails and sylvan barrios that lead to the legendary Seven Lakes in San Pablo City, the series of waterfalls of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato – or even raft, zip-line, canopy walk and bike towards more aquatic adventures in Cagayan de Oro City.

Catch one or a dozen summertime fiestas from Flores de Mayo to Santacruzans held nationwide; praise the beast of burden during the Pulilan Carabao Festival in Bulacan; put your rodeo skills to the test in Masbate; or join one of the many thanksgiving celebrations in honor of San Isidro Labrador, such as the Pahiyas in Lucban.

Pursue a gastronomic adventure ala Anthony Bourdain, who hops from one island to another to search for the source of delicacies that have been a staple of the locality’s signature culinary identity for ages. Among many others, try puto Biñan, lechon Cebu, bangus Dagupan, Guimaras mangga, Benguet strawberries, Camiguin lanzones, Iloilo batchoy, Bulacan chicharon, Vigan empanada, Batangas bulalo, Pampanga sisig, Ilokano pinakbet and Bicol Express.

You could even fly to a landlocked province, sail to a remote island, hike up a ridge, or zigzag through a trail, to write a thesis out of the many tapsilogs, tsokolate, Chinese food in all our Chinatowns in the country led by Binondo in the heart of Manila, merienda fare such as kutsinta, bibingka, palitaw, halo halo, ube or the tanghalian, hapunan and milestone favorites such as hamonado, relleno, mechado, afritada, adobo, puchero, paella, menudo, morcon, embutido, and sinigang – and that’s just a taste, with more to come.

With all of the can’t-miss, must-visit destinations situated throughout the archipelago, there will be plenty of endeavors that might take multiple lifetimes to cross off your bucket list.

Remember to always create moments – for there is no truly happy life, but there are happy moments – and preserve memories, so you can reminisce them via photo albums, little diaries, daily journals or conspicuously public posts on Instagram or Facebook, or even selfies – but not too many selfies P-L-E-A-S-E – or you might miss out in the ephemeral now.


PHILSTAR

Bangus Festival kicks off today! (philstar.com) | Updated April 8, 2016 - 4:00pm 1 10 googleplus0 0

Dancers perform in a street dance contest marking the 2015 Bangus Festival in Dagupan City, Pangasinan Friday. STAR/Cesar Ramirez MANILA, Philippines — Every April, Dagupan City celebrates the Bangus Festival, after its main agricultural product.

Being a city that takes pride of their fresh catches of milkfish, it is only fitting that the bountiful native fish be celebrated.

Now on its 13th year, the festival kicks off on April 8 in the afternoon. The opening also coincides with the “Gilon Gilon ed Baley” street dancing competition.

Under the theme “The Happiest FishFest Ever!” some activities would include street dance depicting the gathering of bangus, International Cook Fest or Bangusine (Bangus cuisine), a month-long bazaar called the One Barangay, One Product and One Town, One Product Trade Fair which will feature native products and delicacies from participating municipalities.

Street parties and amazing performances from famous music bands such as Parokya ni Edgar and Spongecola are also expected.

READ MORE...

Below is the tentative schedule of Bangus Festival 2016.

— Alixandra Caole Vila


GMA NEWS

Bb. Pilipinas 2016 candidates in bloom during the Parade of Beauties Published April 9, 2016 8:34pm By JESSICA BARTOLOME, GMA News


The 40 lovely candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2016 splashed color on the streets of Araneta Center in Cubao during the annual Parade of Beauties on Saturday.

Donning rainbow colored swimsuits and headdresses decorated with summer blooms, the ladies toured around Araneta atop Miata cars.

The parade started at Novotel Manila Araneta Center and ended at the green gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum, drawing crowds that wanted a closer look at the candidates that will compete for the crown on April 17.

Also present in the parade were Binbining Pilipinas reigning queens: Miss International Top 10 Janicel Lubina, Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st Runner-up Christy McGarry, and Miss Supranational 2015 semifinalist Rogelie Catacutan. — AT, GMA News

FOR ALL PHOTOS IN SLIDE SHOW CLICK HERE

Bb. Pilipinas 2016 National Costume Presentation Photos by: Bruce Casanova, Posted on April 6, 2016

The 40 candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2016 showcase their respective national costumes on wednesday night, April 6 at the Kia Theatre, Araneta Center.

FOR ALL PHOTOS CLICK HERE

For more information the Bb. Pilipinas, please go to www.bbpilipinas.com  and https://www.facebook.com/realbbpilipinas .


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