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Journey to time dinosaurs ruled the earth in Britain’s newest museum

LONDON -- Britain's newest attraction, the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, has opened its doors, taking visitors to a Dorset village on a journey back in time. The attraction has been built in Kimmeridge, in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, England's only natural World Heritage Site. Spanning 153 km, the Jurassic Coast is internationally renowned for the abundance of fossils on its shores. The rocks towering above the English Channel record 185 million years of the earth's history. The new museum houses the largest collection of clay fossils from the Jurassic Coast outside London's Natural History Museum. Its collection of more than 2,000 exhibits is the result of the passion of one man, fossil collector and amateur palaeontologist Steve Etches. He has devoted more than 35 years of his life combing the famous …

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The dark side of Disney

Images by Pinggot Zulueta The innocence of children is refreshing. It is among children, with their utter sense of wonder, that our guards are most down. Their presence evokes a unique form of honesty. They elicit the child that lies within, this small fracture of our being that has not participated in life long enough to develop the unique armors that protect us from the overwhelming turns of fate. Such is the expression of our soul, which lies beneath the layers of doctrine and decorum, simply existing. As such, children are also quite frank in their observations, and we are forgiving of it, even encouraging it. As their initial experience is not hampered by expectations, their childlike wonder can pave the way for a certain kind of wisdom. This method of scrutiny, unabashed, …

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An evening with Maestro Roscigno

The lofty surrounds of the Main Theater at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will reverberate to the pianoforte brilliance of Italian maestro Fermo Roscigno when he performs there on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. His repertoire on this night will bear particular emphasis on the classical and romantic period, which are his forte—with a tribute to Filipino music also included in the program. Muzio Clementi’s Minuetto Pastorale, Symphony No. 3 “The Great National” and Concert in C Major for Piano and Orchestra (“Cadenzas” by Fermo Roscigno) will have its premiere in South East Asia that night. Maestro Roscigno will be playing on a Fazioli, the newly acquired Italian piano of the CCP and the first of its kind in the Philippines. Fazioli is considered by many musicians to be the finest piano of today. The elder brother of Italian  Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno (giving the occasion a neat local touch), …

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Connecting people by design

New money is everywhere in Asia. The middle class to upper middle class in this part of the world has been spending a lot in travel and properties, happily gobbling up what signature brands have to offer every season. Where else in the world can you see long queues outside Louis Vuitton and Chanel stores like people are waiting for tables at a popular restaurant. Even mid-tier labels are embracing the culture of brand-conscious Asians because consumer spending is at an all-time high. To some degree, high-end brands have become ordinary because more people own and can afford their products. The exclusivity somewhat diminishes and these labels are slowly losing their appeal, especially to those who have been there, bought that. There’s a new kind of brand these people are looking …

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‘The evil that men do lives after them, …’

And Shakespeare continues, “ … The good is oft interred with their bones.”  So it is with Ferdinand Marcos. The sufferings of the jailed, hidden wealth, crony capitalism, etc., are daily recounted. Not so any positives of Marcos’ two decades as legislator and seven years as pre-Martial Law President. Busy with work and growing family, I gave no one reason to pick me up when Martial Law began in September 1972. Indeed, I was glad that peace had returned to my little world at the UP College of Business Administration. With order restored, classes resumed. Nights were safer with curfew. People agreed, “Sa ikauunlád ng bayan, disiplina ang kailañgan.” Life had been stressful. During the “First Quarter Storm” of 1970, “students, peasants, and workers” marched day after day to Congress and the …

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I heard that Francis Ford Coppola left a son in Baler

By Rica Arevalo Three decades ago, director Joey Romero, son of National Artist for Cinema and Broadcast Arts Eddie Romero, was in his early 20s when he was assigned as one of the assistant directors of Francis Ford Coppola in the Vietnam War epic film, Apocalypse Now shot in the Philippines in 1976. Baler, at that time had no electricity, no hotels, and no amenities for any form of film “tourism.” With the arrival of Coppola’s team, open spaces like school grounds became landing and parking grounds for helicopters. Houses were converted into hotels.  Bars and restaurants opened and business boomed. It was no secret that the production was plagued with problems.  From a projected 59-day shoot, it took Apocalypse Now a year to finish!  Romero recalls:  “After two days shooting in Baler, …

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Belgian artist crafts 3D celebrity faces out of thousands of Lego

Artist Dirk Denoyelle has used his gifted creativity to craft some of the world’s most famous celebrity faces by using pieces of LEGO. Among the many well-known icons were Michael Jackson, John Cleese, Charlie Chaplin, Elton John, Laurel & Hardy, Hagrid from Harry Potter, and also Mr. Bean. The 52-year-old Belgian comedian has spent at least 40 hours on this project, using an average of 6,000 pieces of LEGO. His work will go on display in the UK for the first time at the BrickLive Show at Birmingham’s NEC between October 27-30.

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Sculpting Icons

An iconic monument has the power to capture the imagination of an entire nation. It stands proud within the podium as more than a work of environmental art, but as a three-dimensional manifestation of the ethos of a culture. Not only does it highlight the visual and technical skill of the artist, the concept is also representative of the artist’s own personal advocacy and reflections regarding the country, simultaneously exhibiting its rich past alongside modern issues. For Jefre Manuel, this immense challenge is one that he faced head on. Born and raised in Chicago to Filipino parents, Manuel has been making waves in the international art scene through his impressive portfolio. Unlike other artists, Jefre’s medium is not confined to palettes and paintbrushes. Instead, he is concerned with conducting a meticulous orchestra that showcases his mastery over light, context, …

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The space in between

Images By Pinggot Zulueta “Space is an important issue,” says Ernest Concepcion. “Humanity can sometimes be so petty, we’re like little kids squabbling over this small room we are occupying in this vast universe.” On this big blue rock called Earth, which is indeed, a minute speck of real estate in the wider scope of the cosmos, this visual artist is setting his sights on what lies beyond the horizon. His inclination for space travel is a deeply ingrained curiosity that was passionately cultivated when he was still young. “Even as a kid, I dreamed about it,” he says, recalling that his mother would bring him gifts from the US, particularly from Florida, which was the site of the Kennedy Space Center and home of National Aeronautic's and Space Administration’s (NASA) space …

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The universal promise of tomorrow

Once there was a little orphan girl named Annie, and all she ever wanted was to have her parents back with her and know what it was like to have a complete family. But instead, she was stuck with Miss Hannigan and the other orphans at an orphanage. One day, she had a chance to get out and had the opportunity to finally meet a parent. Tough, adorable, and sometimes a bit cheeky, Annie stole the hearts of everybody, across generations, who saw her and listened to her sing “Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” and more. From its 1982 film adaptation directed by John Huston, to the 1999 version directed by Rob Marshall, to the 2014 revival directed by Will Gluck, Annie’s cheerfulness that has been played …

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