Monthly Archives: July 2015

BASRA-After a Filipino company poured in $130 million to develop Iraq’s largest port, the governor of this oil-rich southern province wants the Philippines to seriously consider sending in more investments. “We want more investments from the Philippines,” Governor Majid Al-Nasrawi said during a recent courtesy call by Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad. “There are numerous investment opportunities here for Filipino companies.” During their m...

By MARICAR CP HAMPTON Commitment to service, hard work and critical thinking skills are what propelled Anna Lopez Brosche to becoming the first Filipino American woman to serve as City Councilor for Jacksonville, Florida. “I am proud to be the first Filipino-American and Asian American elected to the Jacksonville City Council, particularly in light of Jacksonville having double the population percentage of Filipino-Americans of all Florida counties. This is a tremendous h...

Lyca Gairanod is the little girl with her small frame and big voice that surprised Filipinos all over the world after her trending The Voice Kids blind audition. Many thought she’s just another young biritera but her story and her charm has made everyone fall in love with her more.   The little girl’s parents knew she was special but not the star she’s meant to become. Even at a young age, she already showed talent in singing and dancing. When her family saved up f...

Startist in Spotlight LOS ANGELES -- Fresh from his success in just-released big-screen comedy “Trainwreck,” NBA superstar LeBron James has signed a deal with entertainment giant Warner Bros, the two sides announced Wednesday, July 22. The agreement will see James’ “creative footprint touch all areas of the Studio, with plans for projects in television, film and original digital content,” they said in a joint statement. “Connecting with my fans and telling meaningful sto...

Old faces in showbiz have left soft spots in the heart of the industry, which is why whenever seasoned actors choose to relaunch themselves, they are offered comeback projects left and right. Former teenybopper Jolina Magdangal has been very successful in making a name once more in Philippine showbiz, as she was able to penetrate both major networks, GMA 7 and ABS-CBN, when she decided to return to the biz in 2011. She was able to do musical variety and even primetime dra...

Hermes’ La Maison de Carres. Metro Manille’s jet set group and other guests at the recently concluded launch of Hermes Manila at the Greenbelt 5 Gallery in Makati were welcomed by Hermes country manager Mario Katigbak. They were ushered in to the whimsical universe of La Maison de Carres, a virtual store of Hermes scarves. The virtual store’s “multi-story boutique” features an array of rooms where hundreds of Hermés’ elegant printed scarves are displayed for customers to cho...

Movies with Chris and Greg By CHRIS HERREN & GREG ABREU 1 hr 34 mins WHY WE CHOSE IT — I was desperate for a non-Summer tentpole flicker. I got it. This is such an Autumn movie that I suspect it will disappear in the cacophony of bright shiny lights and roaring superhero action destruction. ONE SENTENCE PLOT — Black suburban Atlanta middle-aging single mom of two boys loses her eldest teen to a drive-by shooting, and through her support group, finds an angry and bal...

(Research by Jun Marcelo, Antioch, California) July 24 1911 - American archaeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations; Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century   July 25 2000 - An Air France Concorde jet crashes upon takeoff in Paris, killi...

(By NSG, San Leandro, CA) Squid in Coconut Milk 1 lb Squid, cleaned Cooking oil 1 pc Onion (medium), chopped 6 cloves Garlic, chopped 1 pc Fresh turmeric (thumb size), sliced 6 pcs Fresh green chilies (small), finely sliced 1 pc Green bell pepper (small), cored, seeded and chopped 2 cups Coconut milk 1/4 cup Basil leaves Fish sauce Salt and ground black pepper to taste Heat oil in a wok and stir fry onion, garlic, turmeric and chilies over medium-low heat...

Families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community have attended so many weddings that teetered precariously on nullification as challenge after challenge confronted the legality of same-sex marriage. Until June 26. Perfectly timed on the Friday of Pride weekend, the nation’s high court ruled that marriage is a nationwide right for all couples in this country. Tears of joy mingled with triumphant whoops as proponents of sam...