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RP makes mark in Pusan fest

MANILA, Philippines—It’s another big year for the Philippines in the 15th Pusan International Film Festival, according to Cinemalaya festival director Nes Jardin who was also invited as jury chair in the Netpac (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) section.

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The Historic Landmark Manila Hotel

Inaugurated on October 6, 1912, the Manila Hotel is the oldest premiere five-star hotel in the country built in 1909 and centrally situated in the heart of the Manila Bay area. Within walking distance is the Rizal Park and Intramuros, an old walled city of the Spanish period. It celebrates on this day its 98th year of serving as the venue of historical events and the seat of hospitality for the nation’s guests and official visitors.

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Juan Luna’s works

MANILA, Philippines --Juan Luna was born in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, 150 years ago today. There are many activities that will kick off a year of commemoration, which will hopefully make people curious about Luna the man, the artist and the hero.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 September 2010 08:51 )

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The Beguiling Tuna Festival

The Beguiling Tuna Festival
Tuna float (photo by Henrylito D. Tacio)

Tucked in the mouth of the Sarangani Bay on the southern edge of Mindanao, General Santos City used to be a backward fishing port before foreign buyers discovered the high quality and quantity of the tuna catch in the 1970s. A 20-year boom followed, with major canneries and export markets to Europe and the United States established.

“What makes General Santos unique is that the city is near tuna-rich fishing grounds like Moro Gulf, Sulu Sea, Mindanao Sea, and adjacent Celebes Sea,” explains Rienje B. Andrada, a fish port staff member.  “We have fair weather zone which is not normally visited by devastating typhoons or seasonal adverse weather patterns.”

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Poetry from Panitikan.com

The poems are arranged and alphabetized by authors.  Aside from poetry, the site includes also an extensive list of:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 September 2010 08:32 )

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The National Artist of the Philippines

A National Artist of the Philippines is a title given to a Filipino who has been given the highest recognition for having made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts, namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts, Fashion Design and Architecture, and Allied Arts. Such Filipinos are announced, by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation, as National Artist or in Filipino, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining. They are then conferred membership in the Order of National Artists, the regalia of which is an ornate, gilden collar of honor. In addition to the collar, each newly proclaimed member of the Order is given a citation that is presented during the awardees' conferment ceremonies. The Cultural Center of the Philippines then hosts a Memorabilia Exhibit and Gabi ng Parangal (A Night of Tributes) for the National Artists at the Tanghalang Pambansa.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:40 )

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