Panaad sa Negros: Bamboo bikes and other crafts

When the month of April arrives, cities all over Negros Occidental start to prep up their crafts and also the best that they can showcase to the nation. April is the month of Panaad celebration.

To give you a little background, The Panaad sa Negros Festival, also called simply as the Panaad Festival (sometimes spelled as Pana-ad), happens every month of April, in Bacolod City.The word Panaad ( Hiligaynon word) means "vow" or “promise". The festival itself is a form of a religious thanksgiving to the divine for the good life. It also goes back to the tradition of making promises to the Christian God of doing a good deed in exchange for maintaining safety in the family and the whole community. The venue of the celebration is at the Panaad park, with the prominent Panaad Stadium where games are held annually. There are 13 cities and 19 towns participating in this event. And because of this, the Panaad is dubbed as "mother" of all Negros festivals.

I was just cycling along early in the morning when I passed this interesting exhibit (see pictures above). The caretaker related the curing and crafting of the bamboo stalks. They also made sure that everything stands the test of time. Now what really caught my attention was the exhibit in the middle of the shed. They’re all bicycles made of bamboo frames. There’s even a helmet that is a good match if you happen to be riding the bike. I weighted the frames to get the feel of their textures. They’re light and strong. They are also reinforced by an inner frames to withstand the beating if you happen to take your bike to a much more competitive kind of riding. I love the fixed gear frames because I am currently riding a fixed gear bike. I am sure these bikes would look good both in rural and urban areas. It’s very zen and very hipster-ish- if you are into such things...

Thanks to the Bayawan Bambu Initiative.

Design by Jo Ann D. Arguelles

Manufacturer Stephen Sueta

Contact: 639294141173

Text and pictures by Baxter Labatos

Bb. Pilipinas Universe was held last night (April 30) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and one queen emerged at the Miss Universe Philippines 2017.

This year's crown went to Fil-Brit beauty queen Rachel Peters. Aside from winning the much-coveted Miss Universe Philippines title, she was also announced as Miss Photogenic and Best in Swimsuit.

In an interview with the press after her win, she took time to show her gratitude towards her supporters.

"Thank you guys so much for all your love and support. Everything that I am now is because of you. I love you, guys, thank you," said Rachel.

Aside from her beauty and body, Rachel also wowed the judges with her answer at the Q&A portion of the pageant. She was asked, "If you were invited to speak [in the ASEAN Summit,] what would have been your message to the leaders?"

"I believe that one of our biggest problems that our country faces today is divisiveness—in politics, in religion, and also in culture. And I believe that is something that is the same across the world. That is something that I want to address. I believe that when people could learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other’s opinions then we will be a stronger nation and world," she answered.




A major milestone in the construction of the $285 million Pechanga Resort & Casino expansion was reached today. Dozens of construction members, elected officials, dignitaries, Pechanga Tribal members and Pechanga Team Members gathered to watch the topping out of the Tribe's massive addition that will make their resort/casino the largest on the West Coast. The mammoth expansion is now more than halfway complete.

This topping out included crews 14 stories up pouring the last 710 tons of concrete into the upper framing of the new hotel tower that will house 568 rooms and suites. A giant, concrete-filled bucket the size of a mid-size car was hoisted via crane to the top of the south hotel wing and its contents poured into the structure. A small, sacred oak tree also hitched a ride onto the top of building with the bucket, and was placed atop the tower as a symbol of strength and perseverance. The ceremonial tree will be planted on the resort grounds at the expansion's completion.

"Countless people, as well as more than 2,500 construction trades workers, have labored tirelessly to keep construction on schedule allowing us to celebrate today. This is the very spot new and existing visitors to Temecula and Pechanga will have their first impressions of our new resort come December. On this important day, we can look confidently toward our Tribe's and the Temecula Valley's future," said Edith Atwood, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation.

The project put more than 2,500 regional construction tradesmen and women to work for the two-year build. Materials used in construction have been largely sourced from Southern California. Builders have poured 81,000 tons of concrete to erect the Pechanga resort expansion's new hotel wing. More than 2,174 tons of reinforcing steel went into the structure, The base of the intersecting hotel towers is 70-feet wide and 13-feet deep with a large tunnel system allowing the more than 4,500 Pechanga Team Members to move easily through the property for the most efficient guest service. The hotel structure ascends 13 stories on the south and nine stories on the north.


When the entire expansion project is complete in December 2017, Pechanga Resort & Casino will offer a full-scale destination experience to visitors coming from California and beyond.

Snapshot of Pechanga When Expansion is Complete:
* Casino Square Footage: 200,000
* Event/Meeting/Convention square footage: 100,000 (indoor) 174,500 (outdoor)
* Number of Hotel Rooms: 1,090
* Number of Restaurants: 13
* Number of Pools & Spas: 13
* Number of Employees: 4,560
* Other Amenities: 2-level luxury Spa, Fitness Center, Championship 18-hole Golf Course, Concert Theater, Nightlife, Green Roof

The building was designed by Delawie architects, the original designers of Pechanga Resort & Casino when it was built in 2002. Lifescapes International is building the four-acre pool complex. Tutor Perini was selected as the expansion builder. CLEO Design is the lead for interior aesthetics.



Pic Captions :

Image 1 : Asian Medias interviewing Mr. Lee Torres - General Manager of Pechanga Resort & Casino

Image 2 : Pechanga Tribal Councils & Members

Image 3: Sacred oak tree lifting onto the top of building with the bucket, and was placed atop the tower as a symbol of strength and perseverance.



About Pechanga Resort & Casino 

Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the Number One casino in America by readers of USA TODAY and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway. Offering more than 3,400 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/pechanga> and on Twitter @PechangaCasino <http://twitter.com/pechangacasino>. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino. 

Christine Allado to star in NYC concert before taking on ‘Hamilton’ role at West End'

NEW YORK CITY -- Singer and actress Christine Allado just snagged the roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the forthcoming London West End production of the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton,” produced, written and directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“Hamilton” will premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre on November 21.
Christine, 26, who is currently on a brief vacation in New York, will give her ‘kababayan’ a preview of her world-class talent at a concert on April 22 at the Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel in Flushing, Queens. The show will be produced and directed by “Miss Saigon” alum Miguel Braganza.
Recently Christine performed in a Manila with world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli. Her most recent stage credential is “In the Heights,” also by Miranda.
“Hamilton” is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers. The London production will also have Filipina Rachelle Ann Go appearing with Christine in the role of the other Schuyler sister, Eliza. Christine’s other credits include “Here Lies Love,” the rise of Imelda Marcos, a musical concept produced by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.
Her website describes Christine as an emerging yet “all-around performer” whose classical soprano voice can ably sing pop and jazz. She trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she received a post-graduate degree in Music Theatre in 2013.
Her acting career started in the Philippines where she starred in productions such as “The Phantom of the Opera: Revue” (2009) as Christine Daea, “Hairspray” (2008) as Amber Von Tussle and “Joseph the Dreamer” (2009). At the time, she was taking up Business Administration at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She had appeared in television programs of both GMA7 and ABS-CBN.
She moved to Hong Kong where she did more performances, playing leads in Disney’s “High School Musical” (2009) and “The Golden Mickeys” (2010). She was featured in Hong Kong’s Tatler magazine and other local media as a “breakthrough artist.” Being in Hong Kong allowed her to perform in nearby Asian cities, such as Bali, Macau and Kuala Lumpur.
“Her success in Asia sparked her desire to move on to a bigger platform. London was the next destination. She received her first break after wowing the judges at a music competition who just so happened to be Sir Tim Rice and Director Tamara Harvey. She then landed a featured role and understudied the lead in Tim Rice’s new musical ‘From Here to Eternity’ (2013). Her dream of being a professional artist on the London stage had become a reality and she continues to pursue a diverse and promising career as an actress and singer,” according to her website.
She described singing with Andrea Bocelli in an interview with Rappler. “I can’t say it was a dream come true because I would never in my wildest dreams have dared to imagine something like that would happen!”
Tickets to Christine’s New York concert are VIP: $100, and General Admission: $65. – Tambi Wycoco for The FilAm

Kevin Spacey to host Broadway's Tony Awards for first time

NEW YORK -- Stage and screen actor Kevin Spacey will step up to host Broadway's Tony Awards, organizers said on Tuesday, less than two months before the national broadcast of the annual theater honors.
It will mark Spacey's first time hosting the Tonys, which will take place in New York on June 11, broadcaster CBS said.
Recent hosts Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman and James Corden all won raves from critics but apparently were unavailable to do the honors again this year, prompting a wry bit of self-depreciating humor from Spacey.
"I was their 2nd choice for 'Usual Suspects,' 4th choice for 'American Beauty,' and 15th choice to host this year's Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction," he said.
"Maybe I can get short-listed to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down,” he added.
British actor and talk show host Corden, who helmed the show a year ago, went on to host the Grammy Awards in February.
Spacey, 57, himself a Tony winner for "Lost in Yonkers" as well as a two-time Oscar winner, currently stars in the Netflix political drama "House of Cards." He also served for 10 years as artistic director of London's Old Vic theater company.
"We can’t wait to see the energy he brings to Radio City on Tony night," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, in a reference Spacey's wry, sometimes sardonic humor.
Nominations for the Tony Awards, which cover plays, musicals, actors and creative teams on Broadway, will be announced on May 2. Hip-hop historical musical "Hamilton" swept the board last year with 11 wins.
Stars appearing on Broadway this season included Bette Midler in a hit revival of "Hello, Dolly!", as well as Sally Field, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nathan Lane, Glenn Close, Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Kline and Laura Linney.
The 71st Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS in a glittering three-hour show from Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
Chris Michaud, Reuters
(Reporting by Chris Michaud and Jill Serjeant; editing by Dan Grebler and Tom Brown)

Prince Harry Admits He ''Shut Down All of His Emotions'' After Princess Diana's Death: Being Sad ''Wouldn't Bring Her Back''

Prince Harry is opening up like he never has before.

While we know that the royal is a massive supporter of changing the stigma around mental health—especially with his Heads Together campaign, which he started with Prince William and Kate Middleton—he rarely touches on how the topic has affected him, personally...until now.

Harry joined Bryony Gordon's Mad World where he opened up about his own emotional and mental health struggles, which he says he's been dealing with since his mother, Princess Diana's death 20 years ago. However, he only recently realized that he was hiding from all those struggles for most of those years.

"If you look back to the fact that I lost my mom at the age of 12 on the public platform of which it was, and then everything else that happens with being in the spotlight in this sort of role and the pressures that come with it," Harry explained. "And then going to Afghanistan, and then working in the personal recovering unit with all of the soldiers as well and taking on a lot of their issues. Anybody would like at that and go, 'OK, there must be something wrong with you. You can't be totally normal.'"

He said he would always deny his emotions, noting, "My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand and refusing to ever think about my mom because why would that help. It's only going to make you sad. It's never going to bring her back."

Rather, he spent a majority of his life (into his late twenties) pretending everything was OK. "I was a typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going, 'Life is great', or 'Life is fine.'"

Today, he acknowledges the negative effects running away from his emotions has had on him.

"I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well," he revealed. "It was only three years ago that, from the support around and my brother and other people around who started to say, 'You need to deal with this. It's not normal to think that nothing's affecting you.'"

He continued, "I started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, 'There is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.'"

He said he began working on his own emotional and mental health at the age of 28, and by the time he turned 30, he finally felt like he had a handle on himself and could converse with others who'd suffered through grief.

"It's a fascinating process," he said. "It's all part of a conversation, being able to talk to a parent or stranger or sibling or colleague."

This is why he also strongly believes in therapy and seeking professional help for mental health awareness. "[Sometimes] I don't actually need your advice I just need you to listen to me," he admitted.

Other than therapy, as Harry continued to look into his own grief, he took up running and boxing to help he unleash some of his emotions in a physical manner. "Exercise really is the key," he said. "Exercise is a simple solution. Instead of giving up, giving up, giving up. How about taking up?"

More than anything, however, Harry got through his own struggles is by helping others and assisting in "normalizing the conversation" about mental health and mental fitness. His biggest goal was to remind everyone that "we're not robots," and mental fitness is something that unites all of us.
"What my mother believed in is if the fact that you are in a position of privilege or a position of responsibility and if you can put your name to something that you genuinely believe in…then you can smash any stigma you want."

byKENDALL FISHER http://www.eonline.com

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