Four Sisters and A Wedding Character Photos

Star Cinema will kick-off its grand 20th anniversary celebration with a powerhouse movie Four Sisters and A Wedding featuring four of this generation’s top caliber actresses—Angel Locsin, Bea Alonzo, Toni Gonzaga, and Shaina Magdayao and one hot heartthrob Enchong Dee.
Four Sisters and A Wedding featuring the Salazar siblings
Check out the Four Sisters and A Wedding character photos below (more BTS photos here). For the official movie poster, click here
Toni Gonzaga as Ate Teddie, the eldest of the Salazar siblings who works in Spain
Bea Alonzo as Bobbie Salazar, the second child who is now successful in New York
Angel Locsin as Alex Salazar, the third child who is a Manila-based independent film assistant director
Shaina Magdayao as Gabbie Salazar, the fourth child who is a school teacher and lives with their mother (Coney Reyes)
Enchong Dee as CJ, the baby brother of the Salazar sisters who plans to marry his girlfriend of 3 months
Also starring Ms. Coney Reyes and directed by box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina, Four Sisters and A Wedding is an unforgettable romantic comedy about family relationships, siblings who have grown together and fell apart, and unconditional love.
As Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary initial offering, Four Sisters and A Wedding will hit cinemas nationwide on June 26, 2013.
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Shanz 3

While a lot of Chinese neofolk and metal bands (such as Tengger Cavalry or Yn Gizarm) are inspired by Tengrianism and the culture of ethnic minorities in China (Mongols, Uyghurs etc.) in general, there also are such bands outside China, even if all of them can be counted by hands. The best known example is probably Darkestrah, a Kyrgyz black/folk metal band that now resides in Germany. There also are some folk rock nads in Mongolia, like the well-known Hurd, or this one:

Of course it was a big surprise for me to see an all-female rock band from Mongolia, but the music is actually quite interesting (even though the video would rather be suitable for a much more heavier metal band).

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Firefighters Killed in 5-Alarm Houston Blaze Include Anne Sullivan, Robert Bebee and Robert Garner

houston firefighters killed 300x164 Firefighters Killed in 5 Alarm Houston Blaze Include Anne Sullivan, Robert Bebee and Robert Garner

Firefighters Killed in 5-Alarm Houston Blaze Include Anne Sullivan, Robert Bebee and Robert Garner

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Houston firefighters killed Friday:  Captain EMT Matthew Renaud, 35, of Station 51;  Firefighter EMT Robert Garner, 29, of Station 68; Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan, 24, of Station 68; and Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee, 41, of Station 51.

They firefighters died Friday while battleing a 5-alarm blaze at Southwest Inn near the Southwest Freeway at Hillcroft. Three bodies were removed from the motel, while a fourth firefighter died after being rushed to Southwest Memorial Hermann Hospital. Anne Sullivan had just graduated from the academy in May. The firefighters were killed when the roof collapsed on them.

 

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11-Year-Old Tayloni Mazyck Hit by Stray Bullet Fired by Teen Gangbanger Kane Cooper in Brooklyn

Tayloni Mazyck may never walk again. The 11-year-old girl was shot by a teen gangbanger, Kane Cooper, outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant building in Brooklyn about 8:30 p.m. Friday as she walked with her mother and seven-month-old niece.

The NY Daily News reports family members said Tayloni Mazyck, who is called Tutu, was shot in the mouth, the bullet “ricocheted down her spine” from her throat. They fear she may never walk again. After she was shot, she said “I can’t feel my body.”

Kane Cooper, 17, is set to be arraigned on several charges, including attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. He has a long rap sheet, which includes arrests for assaulting a cop, trespassing and weapons possession, the NY Daily News reports. His parents should be ashamed of themselves for spawning such a menace to society.

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Rebecca Returns to Life in ‘Apoy Sa Dagat’

Rebecca (Angelica Panganiban) is ready to bring the biggest and most explosive revenge ever as she returns to life in ABS-CBN’s top-caliber primetime drama series “Apoy sa Dagat” after everyone thought she was already dead. 
Angelica Panganiban as the twins Rebecca and Serena in 'Apoy Sa Dagat'
As she comes home to her family, Rebecca is set to reveal what happened on the night that nearly cost her life. 
How was Rebecca able to survive Adriana’s (Angel Aquino) plan to kill her? Why did she choose to keep from everyone that she is still alive? How will Rebecca face her family and the people who hurt her, especially now that her twin sister Serena (Angelica) is slowly falling for Anton (Diether Ocampo), the only man she has ever loved? 
Don’t miss ABS-CBN’s most passionate drama series “Apoy Sa Dagat,” weeknights, 9pm, after “Ina Kapatid Anak” in ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For more updates and feedback about the show,  follow @Apoysadagat_TV on Twitter and ‘like’ the official Facebook fanpage of “Apoy Sa Dagat” at http://facebook.com/apoysadagat2013.
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31st Luna Awards 2013 Winners | Angel Locsin Wins Best Actress, The Mistress Big Winner

The 31st Luna Awards (2013) happened June 1 and the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) has given 12 Luna trophies to outstanding films and people behind the successful movies of the year.
31st Luna Awards 2013 Winners
Star Cinema’s The Mistress was big winner of the night, clinching half of the trophies given away. It won Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actor for John Lloyd Cruz, Best Supporting Actor for Ronaldo Valdez and Best Supporting Actress for Hilda Koronel. 
Angel Locsin won Best Actress, her third Best Actress trophy for her performance in One More Try. Meanwhile, the last five awards were brought home by El Presidente, including the most coveted Best Picture award. 
Here are the winners of the 31st Luna Awards 2013:

BEST PICTURE
El Presidente
BEST DIRECTION
Olivia M. Lamasan (The Mistress)
BEST ACTOR
John Lloyd Cruz (The Mistress)
BEST ACTRESS
Angel Locsin (One More Try)
BEST SUPPORTING
ACTOR
Ronaldo Valdez (The Mistress)
BEST SUPPORTING
ACTRESS
Hilda Koronel (The Mistress)
SPECIAL
AWARDS
FPJ LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Director/Actor Eddie Garcia

BEST SCREENPLAY
Vanessa R. Valdez (The Mistress)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carlo Mendoza (El Presidente)
BEST PRODUCTION
DESIGN
Danny Red & Joel M.V. Bilbao (El
Presidente)
BEST EDITING
Marya Ignacio (The Mistress)
BEST MUSIC
Jessie Lasaten (El Presidente)
BEST SOUND
Albert Michael Idioma (El
Presidente)
LAMBERTO AVELLANA
MEMORIAL AWARD
Director Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Posthumous)
MANUEL DE LEON
AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY ACHIEVEMENT
Director Peque Gallaga
The Film Academy of the Philippines recognizes the artistic and technical excellence of the performances and accentuates the value of quality works of the people behind the outstanding films shown during the year.
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Rome – “Die Brandstifter”

This song is off the album “Masse Mensch Material” by Rome, and it really stands out comparing to the rest of the album:

“You sent for me to punish me
But I’m not yours to save
I never asked for the answer you gave
Are you trying to find
Something pure, something fragile?
Your hopes are stiff with filth

Your hopes are stiff with filth
I refuse all gifts
For yours are scented with envy
Go take refuge in the fields
Go nurse your longing in darkness

Are you hoping to find
Something cruel, something sacred
Your hopes are stiff with filth
Your hopes are stiff with filth

YOU ADMIRE THE LIONS
YOU DESPISE ALL SHEEP
BUT FOLLOWING LIONS
MAKES NOTHING BUT SHEEP

You are all bending in the wind…” 

The whole album is very good, though, but this song sounds much more energetic and “combative” than the rest. I haven’t listened to the subsequent albums by Rome yet, but according to the reviews, they feature more mainstream acoustic folk rather than neofolk/martial (the latest full-length album, “Hell Money”, was said to be particularly boring; no idea if it’s true, but looks like so).

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Videos: PGT 4 Grand Finals Performance Night (June 1)

PGT 4 Grand Finals Performance NightCheck out the performances of the Top 6 grand finalists of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4. The grand finals performance night happened June 1 at the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Parañaque.

YouTube sensation Roel Manlangit opened the night followed by D’ Intensity Breakers and Frankendal Fabroa. Lateral Drift Productions came in next then MP3 Band while black light performers Zilent Overload closed the show with one-of-a-kind spectacle.

Here are the grand finals performances (check our ranking here):
Roel Manlangit – PGT ROEL to 2331 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers
231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers
D’ Intensity Breakers - PGT BREAK to 2331 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers
231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers

Frankendal Fabroa - PGT FRANK to 2331 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers
231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers


Lateral Drift Productions - PGT DRIFT to 2331 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers
231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers



MP3 Band - PGT MP3 to 2331 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers
231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers



Zilent Overload - PGT ZILENT to 2331 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular subscribers
231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers


Don’t miss the Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4 Results Night live at the PAGCOR Grand Theater at 8:30 PM Sunday, June 2 and find out who among these six grand finalists will take home P2 million and the title of PGT 4 Grand Champion.


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Nathan Bennett Fleming Launches ‘BlackStartup’ as ‘Kickstarter’ Alternative to Black Community

blackstartup 300x80 Nathan Bennett Fleming Launches BlackStartup as Kickstarter Alternative to Black Community

Nathan Bennett Fleming Launches BlackStartup as Kickstarter Alternative to Black Community (BlackStartup)

A new crowdfunding platform geared towards the black community was launched by Nathan Bennett-Fleming. “BlackStartup” is the new “Kickstarter” for the black community.

BlackStartup debuted a crowdfunding platform today that features projects and ideas benefitting the African-American community.

“Access to capital is a bigger problem in the African-American community than in non-minority communities,” said founder Nathan Bennett-Fleming in an interview with VentureBeat. “Crowdfunding is a powerful solution to address its unique set of challenges. I want to promote the idea of community reinvestment and provide people with a dedicated way to not only achieve innovation within the space, but also address social systemic problems.”

[...]

BlackStartup recently won the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Fellowship, which invokes $ 20,000 in seed capital, an elite mentor, and a 10 week business boot camp in New Haven, Connecticut. Bennet-Fleming said his ultimate goal is to provide a funding solution that extends to all marginalized communities on a local and national level, to help them overcome obstacles attracting capital. BlackStartup is based in Washington, DC. Source

 

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Vergissmeinnicht – “Whispering Solitude” [2008]

Artist: Vergissmeinnicht
Title: Whispering Solitude
Genre: Neofolk/Neoclassical
Country: China
Year: 2008

Track List:

  1. Left Forgotten
  2. Wither
  3. A Poem For The Shadow
  4. Dimension Of Souls
  5. Innocent
  6. Whispering Solitude
  7. My Colourless Reflection
  8. Dust
  9. Buried By Time
  10. Depression (Abyssic Hate cover)

Very good Chinese neofolk that was already mentioned on my blog a couple of times before. The album doesn’t sound particularly “Chinese”, though; the same kind of music could very well be played by a band from any European country…

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