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Charo Santos’s comeback with revenge in Lav Diaz’s revenge film

TIFF FILM REVIEW: Ang Babaeng Humayo (Lav Diaz): What would you do if you were released after being wrongly imprisoned for thirty years and discovered you were framed by someone you once loved? Ang Babaeng Humayo, loosely inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s short story “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” and directed by Lav Diaz, tells 

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2016 Cannes Best Actress Jaclyn Jose

Dissecting a slum-dweller’s life

TIFF Film Review: Ma’ Rosa By Pet G. Cleto Some three decades after Filipino auteur Lino Brocka put his close examinations of the life of the urban poor  up on screen and into global fame with two Cannes Film Festival nominations for the Palme d’Or, another Filipino artist seems to be treading the same exploratory path. 

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Andreas Muñoz as Ignacio De Loyola, the saint of second chances.

Ignacio De Loyola A Divine Cinematic Masterpiece

FILM REVIEW: “If you could hear the voice of God, would you want to keep it a secret?” Produced by Jesuit Communications and masterfully written and directed by Paolo Dy along with his wife Cathy Azanza-Dy, the movie focuses on the period of St. Ignacio’s conversion from a vain impetuous sinner to a preacher and 

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Beach parade in Grand Memories, Varadero, Cuba

Impressions of Cuba: More than just a beautiful summer get-away

By Mila Astorga-Garcia Cuba had always been on our list, so when the opportunity came to travel this summer, we jumped at it. We had heard of its beautiful beaches, the affordable all-inclusive accommodations in resort hotels, the historical sites, the old world architecture, vintage cars, the culture, music, dance, the famous rum, the cigars, 

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PANEL, from left: Layer Faye Faraday, moderator Kristina Torres, caregiver Josarie Danieles and GABRIELA Ontario’s Mithi Esguerra

‘Medical inadmissibility’ used to discriminate vs caregivers, TFWs

Caregivers and advocates reiterate call for Permanent Residency Upon Arrival for TFWs By Pet G. Cleto In a press conference held last September 11, organizations presented cases of “medical inadmissibility” stressing that the cases were one more issue in the already precarious situation of caregivers. Caregivers and organizations once more made their main call that 

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Charo Santos in Ang Babaeng Humayo

Movie veteran Charo Santos-Concio in Toronto for TIFF

By Rachelle Cruz ABS-CBN’s Chief Content Officer and screen veteran, Charo Santos-Concio, the lead star in Lav Diaz’s film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left), landed in Toronto, on Sunday (Sept. 11) fresh from the film’s big win in an international film fest in Venice. This is her remarkable return to film after almost 

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350,000 throng to Taste of Manila 2016

By Althea Manasan Justin Trudeau wowed the crowds at this year’s Taste of Manila festival, where he talked about the strengths of multiculturalism, took selfies with excited fans, and even donned an apron to barbecue some Filipino meat skewers. Now in its third year, the two-day street festival, billed as the largest Filipino festival in 

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Sr. Flora 
Secuya (right) 
of Rural 
Missionaries of the Philippines. Left, Mithi 
Esguerra Edades

Lumad Struggles in Mindanao And the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines

By Joyce Valbuena Remember, in your cultural presentations, whenever you perform the dances of indigenous people, you have to consider that each dance step has a meaning. Dance is a common element of every indigenous people’s culture. It is an expression of their struggles and victories. Each dance step is guided by spirits. You don’t 

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Too little, too late, Premier Clark. 
Photo: BC Gov’t Flickr.

Liberals’ housing moves way too little, too late to improve affordability

Years of inaction mean only the rich can hope to own a home in Vancouver. By Bill Tieleman 9 Aug 2016 “It is literally too late to close the door after the horse has left the barn.” – Old English saying. The BC Liberal government is left with a distinctly unpleasant barnyard smell after it 

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From left: Costa Rica Open podium Bronze medalist Atendido; Gold medalist Reymoore Santos, USA; Silver medalist Anas Sghir, Canada

Fil-Can taekwondo athlete wins silver and bronze in international competition

By Mila Astorga-Garcia Filipino-Canadian taekwondo athlete Lean Atendido garnered an impressive podium finish in his first international competition, winning Silver medal in the Junior Division (-55kg) and Bronze in the Senior Division (-54kg) at the recent Costa Rica Open, one of the prestigious open tournaments sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation. This feat came close 

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