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“THE GREAT Beauty”

The luxe Roman life, according to Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s recent Oscar-winning film “The Great Beauty” (“La Grande Bellezza”), is marked by hedonism, absurd excess and vanity, and obsession with keeping up appearances.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Eiga Sai to screen film on 2011 quake-tsunami


It doesn’t seem like anything remotely close to a reunion would transpire as bodies of the dead pile up in “Reunion” (“Itai Asu e no Tokakan”), last year’s Japanese film release which tackles events based on the aftermath of the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. It is one of the 16 contemporary films in this year’s Eiga Sai, with theme focusing on family.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Indulgent, unique scents for dynamic lifestyles

Mons Romulo and Downy country manager Nicole Villarojo introduce the Downy Parfum collection. Image by Leo M. Sabangan II.

“Sometimes a scent is more evocative than a photo or an image.”

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Home and Entertaining,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

US travel brand’s new line inspired by Korean fashion

SAMSONITE Red celebrity endorsers Angelababy and Kim Soo Hyun COURTESY OF SAMSONITE

Don’t be deceived by the pretty pastels and voguish designs. The latest collection from Samsonite Red, the younger, trendier product line of the American heritage travel brand, consists not just of eye candy but also versatile and very functional bags.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

From a 16-year-old novice playwright to Palanca winners–why the Virgin Labfest has become a theater oasis

THE CAST of “Ang Goldfish ni Professor Dimaandal,” by Eljay Deldoc

As it celebrates its 10th year, the Virgin Labfest should perhaps rethink defining itself as just a festival of untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged plays. It is all that—but, more importantly, the Labfest has become an oasis for the Filipino playwright, whether fledgling or not.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »