Friday, May 22, 2009

Filipino dancer wins DC Mayor’s Arts Awards

WASHINGTON D.C., United States—Filipino ballet dancer and choreographer Jason Ignacio was conferred the Outstanding Emerging Artist Award during the 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards given by the District of Columbia to individual artists, organizations, and patrons of the arts.

Ignacio, a professional dancer with the critically-acclaimed CityDance Ensemble who bested four other nominees in the category, said that while the award was a personal honor, he wanted to offer it to his country the Philippines.

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Filipino American artist presents lost RP art in Chicago

CHICAGO, Illinois, United States—Fred DeAsis, a prolific Filipino-American artist, is introducing "Kut-kut—Lost Art of the Philippines" to art lovers here, starting off at the Saint Charles Area Library in Saint Charles, Illinois last April.

The exhibit of 28 exotic Kut-kut art pieces includes DeAsis’s latest experimental concept of fusing Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie design and Kut-kut technique.

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Filipino receives US ‘Spirit of Hope’ award

IT’S not every day that a person gets invited to the White House, much less be honored by the President of the United States himself.

Well, that happened to Giovanni “Giovy” Balingit, a Filipino officer in the US Navy whose name shall be included in the list of important people in history who have dedicated their lives to public service.

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Doomed Filipino worker spared in Kuwait

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino worker accused of killing another Filipino in Kuwait has been spared from the death penalty after the granting of a “tanazul,” an affidavit of forgiveness executed by the legal heirs of the victim or the victim himself.

The DFA, which facilitated the granting of the “tanazul,” said the document is required by the Kuwait Court of Cassation to save the life of Bienvenido Espino, who was accused of killing Jhiyas Gumapac in 2007.

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Filipinos who aided Jews to be honored in Israel

MANILA, Philippines—More than 1,000 Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany found refuge in the faraway Philippines, thanks to the government's "open doors" policy that Israel plans to honor with a monument next month, officials said Friday.

The modern structure of three steel doors, frames and marble floor tiles commemorates the "courage, hospitality and the determination" of the Philippines to give humanitarian support for European Jews seeking refuge from the Holocaust, the Israeli Embassy said in a statement on its Web site.

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2 Filipino Seamen Rescued in Nigeria

MANILA, Philippines -- Two more Filipino crew members of MV Spirit were rescued by Nigerian security officers on Thursday, foreign affairs undersecretary for migrant workers’ affairs Esteban B. Conejos, Jr. said.

In a statement, Conejos, who was in Nigeria Thursday, said the two Filipinos joined the nine other Filipino crew members of the vessel who were rescued earlier

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Filipinos Exit fee at airports, dropped

MANILA, Philippines—Bureau of Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other ports have been ordered to stop collecting a P1,200 exit fee from departing Filipino passengers who hold foreign passports.

Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said he issued the directive on April 17 following complaints from Filipino travelers who were made to pay the exit fee after they presented their foreign passports to immigration counters at the NAIA.

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