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Robert Harland

Peque Gallaga’s Solo Art Exhibition

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The Philippines’ multi-awarded film-maker, actor, screenplaywright and production designer, Peque Gallaga, will stage his first solo art exhibition at the Arte Verité Gallery, 2/F Serenda Bonifacio Global City in Manila from April 18.


Peque Gallaga with his cross hatching work "Diri lang anay".* (Robert Harland photo)

Global Property Price Boom Continues But slowing in Asia, Dubai , U.S. and the Pacific. Europe’s boom accelerates

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The global house price boom continues, with prices in 2014 rising in 32 countries and declining in nine countries for which figures are available.

Ireland is now the world’s top performer, with housing prices surging by 16.62% during 2014, a remarkable acceleration from the increase of 6.18% in 2013. In all, seventeen European markets saw house prices rise more during 2014 than the previous year, and only five showed weaker performance.

Sex Crimes Against Filipino Babies

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Fr. Shay Cullen, an activist Irish priest based in the Philippines, has issued a report about what he says is the widespread sexual abuse, torture and even death of Filipino children.


Fr. Shay Cullen with Manila street children

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Frankenstein Coming to Cebu

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The Philippine premier of Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the monster in Britain’s National Theatre’s Live’s production of Frankenstein takes place in Cebu at the SM Cinema on March 13.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features British movie heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Prison Term for Reporter’s Murder

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MANILA: Media freedom advocates in the Philippines scored a rare victory this week when a court convicted an alleged gunman in the killing of broadcaster Miguel Belen.

Eric Vargas, 38, was given a 40-year prison sentence for the 2010 death of Belen, a field reporter for a radio station in Iriga City, some 400 km south of the capital Manila.

It was Belen himself who identified Vargas as the one driving the motorcycle with a woman pillion rider with a gun. The killer, identified as Gina Bagacina, remains at large.