January 10, 2018

Eleven movies to watch out for in 2018


Thanks to critically acclaimed releases like Lady Bird, Wonder Woman, Get Out, Dunkirk and Coco, 2017 has set the bar really high for this year’s slew of movies. Here are 11 upcoming films to mark your calendars for:   Photo: Marvel Studios Black Panther (Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios) When to watch: February Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Continue Reading


January 8, 2018

Beauty for all: L’Oréal’s Carmel Valencia on the company’s thrust for sustainability

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By ISABELLA OLIVARES Beauty. It’s the big B word that everyone wants to hear and the characteristic that everyone wants to have. More often than not, the word “beauty” is used to describe physical appearance. And who wouldn’t want to be considered beautiful? Every morning, we dress ourselves up, put on makeup and fix our hair in Continue Reading


January 3, 2018

Kris, twice an ex-future bride

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by JOANNE RAE M. RAMIREZ As the famous Kris Aquino line-turned-meme-turned-everyday-expression says, “Love, love, love!” (Kris at the New World Makati Hotel / Photo by Mark Chester Ang)   True enough, the conversation quickly turned to love when Kris was interviewed by PeopleAsia, during which she candidly confirmed that she and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Continue Reading


December 30, 2017

Top News Stories of 2017, part 2


Text by MARICHU A. VILLANUEVA Photos courtesy of THE PHILIPPINE STAR 2017 was history in the making for the Philippines. THE PHILIPPINE STAR’s Marichu A. Villanueva lists down the year’s most significant news stories: (For the first part of the list, click here)   6. EJKs, Kian, Kulot, Carl The word nanlaban or “trying to fight off Continue Reading


Top News Stories of 2017, part 1


Text by MARICHU A. VILLANUEVA Photos courtesy of THE PHILIPPINE STAR The year 2017 saw many earthshaking events in the Philippines that took place under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte. Less than a year in office at Malacañan Palace, President Duterte’s leadership came under armed challenge from local terrorist groups inspired by the deadly Continue Reading

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December 28, 2017

Screentime: Top five TV shows of 2017

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The growing star power, wealth of material, reach and budget of television outfits elevate what was once known as the small screen into an entertainment giant, which in some ways threatens to outshine the allure of cinema. Note: The shows in this list are presented in no particular order.   Game of Thrones HBO/Created by Continue Reading


December 27, 2017

Screentime: Top five movies of 2017


From female superheroes to horror franchise reboots (that usually flop), the underdogs dominated the silver screen this year. Note: The movies here are presented in no particular order. Dunkirk Warner Bros. Pictures / Christopher Nolan Nolan portrays the swirling eddies of chaos, sacrifice, heroism and cowardice of war in this immersive narrative. It’s told within Continue Reading


December 23, 2017

Sound Advice: Top five albums of 2017


What’s music without a little intrigue? This year’s most memorable albums stray from the usual pop tracks of yesteryears and are loaded with angst, emotions, and even Easter eggs on celebrity gossip. Note: The music here is presented in no particular order. Melodrama by Lorde Arguably the music industry’s biggest revelation of 2013, Lorde finally Continue Reading


Dalmore makes history at Christie’s Auction House

Dalmore's The Kildermorie is Christie's most expensive auctioned whisky to date

By Isabella Olivares Photos by Jo Ivan Llaneta Luxury single malt Scotch whisky distiller Dalmore made history this December at Christie’s. The British auction house said that Dalmore’s The Kildermorie whisky sold for a record-breaking £114,000 (P7,643,690), the highest price ever realized for a bottle of whisky at Christie’s. The Dalmore distillery, located in the Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Lighting up the city: Tree lighting ceremonies in the Metro, part 2


It’s the season to be jolly with these towering beacons of the holidays. Which one’s your kind of tree? Aurora of Manila at Vertis Northern Lights Northerners had their own spectacular lights show at the first ever Vertis Northern Lights, an enchanting Christmas fête. The show aimed to bring people together in the spirit of gratitude Continue Reading