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After 255 hours non-stop, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2019 has finally come to an end. Approximately 300,000 people from all walks of life were seen coming in and out of the World Trade Center, Pasay City to satisfy their reading needs with books that were at 50 to 90 percent off their recommended retail prices.

“After an eventful 11 days of the sale, we have seen a tremendous change in the reading culture in Manila since our last visit. This year, we saw an increase of 50,000 visitors compared to 2018. Many customers were seen shopping at all hours of the day especially families with children who were patiently picking books as a family,” shared Andrew Yap, founder of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. “We make books affordable and accessible to all so that everyone, especially families with children are able to have access to quality books.
Parents should instill a habit of reading for their children from a young age. Reading can be fun, interactive and engaging. It is all about picking the right books for your child and at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, we always have many choices.”

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale hopes to inspire people to read more so they will be empowered to dream big. The founder of the sale also believes that well-read individuals will always have an added advantage wherever they go because through reading they will become a vessel of knowledge and information to those around them.

While there is a change in the customer demand for children’s books this year, many customers were also seen busily picking books from the self-help and business sections. This also led to an increase in demand for non-fiction books.

Staying true to making books accessible, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale also believes in giving back to the community. This year, once again, through its Red Readerhood Program, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale donated 1,000 books plus an additional 5,838 books that were donated by customers during the Sale to Gawad Kalinga. In total, these 6,838 books will benefit Gawad Kalinga’s communities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with the aim of cultivating a culture of reading and improving literacy rates. This donation further strengthens the sale’s belief that knowledge should be a right, not a privilege.

Aside from just selling books, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale also hosted several book signing sessions during the sale this year. Authors such as BiniBining Mia, Vicky Veloso-Barrera, Sen. Nancy Binay, Master Hanz, Ardy Roberto and Lloyd Cadena were seen at the sale. The Book Sale was also seen supporting writer Arnold Acedera by publishing children’s book called The Bouncing Red Ball.

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale hopes to return to cities in the Philippines such as Cebu and Davao this year. Customers can stay updated through the sale’s social media pages to find out more about where the sale is headed to next.

For more details about the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, visit https://www.facebook.com/bbwbooksphilippines and @bbwbooksph on Instagram.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings back the Performatura: Performance Literature Festival on April 5 to 7. Free and open to public, it is a three-day event that will feature performances, poetry readings, literature classes, art talks, chanters from the regions, slam poetry contest, film screenings, book fair, art exhibit, and interviews with renowned writers at various venues in CCP.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings back the Performatura: Performance Literature Festival on April 5 to 7. Free and open to public, it is a three-day event that will feature performances, poetry readings, literature classes, art talks, chanters from the regions, slam poetry contest, film screenings, book fair, art exhibit, and interviews with renowned writers at various venues in CCP.
CCP presents Performance Literature Festival

Performatura: Performance Literature Festival is a three-day event happening this summer at the CCP.

True to the CCP’s mission of bringing our country’s diverse traditions for the common Filipino to experience, entrance to the festival will be practically free.
However, everyone is encouraged to donate a book which will serve as admission ticket. One book is equal to a whole day admission. Collected donations will go to the CCP’s partner libraries.

Performatura 2019 is the CCP’s way of highlighting the rich tapestry of Philippine artistic traditions that leap beyond the written word while welcoming writers and performers from diverse communities of the country.

Performatura 2019 is a performance literature festival celebrating the intersections of the written word and performance. The word Performatura is a mash up of the word performance and orature or oral literature. Orature is a term coined by Ugandan linguist Pio Zirimu who wanted to raise oral literature to the level of written literature. The festival’s director is poet and performer Dr. Vim Nadera, Jr.

Last Line, Lasting Lines

The theme “Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa Iyo” is an attempt to tackle the issue of changing the last line of Philippine National Anthem through literature and performances. The theme also alludes to issues that are relevant and being discussed in our society today.

The first day of the Performatura is dedicated to literature in general and spoken word performances. Slam poets will have a battle of words in the first ever Performatura Slam Poetry Contest; Resil Mojares will be having one of his first interviews after receiving the National Artist for Literature Award last year; Dumagats from MAUBAN, Quezon Province will stage the epic of Gat Uban; and the audience will witness the launching of the official website of Huseng Batute, the first king of balagtasan. At 12:00 noon, the literary group Kuwit of the Philippine High School for the Arts will lead a set of literary performances such as storytelling for children.

KomiCoching and Tiempoets

The second day of the Performatura is in honor of National Artist for Visual Arts and Dean of Illustrators Francisco V. Coching. As part of the first segment called CCP Café, the family will give an intimate portrait of Coching as father, uncle and lolo. Amassing more than five million views on Facebook in their radio broadcast, Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School students will read Lapu-lapu, one of Coching works, in a dramatic fashion in front of a live audience. Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Book Club will lead a book discussion about Coching’s El Indio. At 12:00 noon, Tadhana, a spoken word group, will lead a set of literary performances by women spoken word artists.

Noted komiks artists such as Randy Valiente will give tribute to Coching through workshop, talks and art activities. Performatura visitors may view the ongoing Coching Birth Centennial Exhibit entitled Nasaan ka na, Mara-bini? curated by Alice Sarmiento.

The last day of the festival is in honor of the National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo in commemoration of her birth centennial. Fictionists and poets who were influenced by Tiempo will be having a tribute performance to their beloved mentor through poetry reading and talks. Dumaguete’s Kahayag Dance Company will perform Tiempo’s Bonsai. Featuring Tiempo’s life and works, an interactive centennial exhibit curated by Prof. DM Reyes and Gwen Bautista will also be launched. Performance literature experts Chris Mooney of Singapore and Azam Rais of Malaysia will perform and facilitate a workshop.

CCP partnered with the Book Development Association of the Philippines for the three-day Aklatan All Filipino Book Fair.

For details, check the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page or contact Markus Aserit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 551-5959 or 0919-317570

The mysteriousness of Stan Lee’s Marvel movie cameos — where he can be a humble Earth bus driver, a Xandarian citizen taking in the sights, or a deep-space astronaut spinning yarns to a rapt gaggle of Watchers — is a frequent source of fan delight and speculation. Is he an immortal? A cosmic force? A Watcher?

But Lee’s posthumous cameo in Captain Marvel raises questions of equal magnitude all on its own. The appearance gives the late comic book titan a role he has never before taken up in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, and it’s a perfect nod to the film’s ’90s setting.

Excuse us if we go galaxy brain.

BUT FIRST, SOME VITAL DETAILS

Captain Marvel is the first MCU movie to hit theaters since Lee’s death at the age of 95 — and Marvel Studios marked the occasion with a new title card logo and animation, replacing the usual images of Marvel heroes with clips of the writer in his Marvel Universe cameos.

But Lee’s cameo in Captain Marvel is not his first posthumous cameo in a Marvel movie. He voiced a quite moving cameo in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which hit theaters on Dec. 14, 2018.

And Captain Marvel won’t be his final posthumous cameo, either. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed on the red carpet of Captain Marvel’s Los Angeles premiere that Lee completed filming on one more Marvel Studios film before his death — likely this April’s highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame.

Now, on to the Captain Marvel cameo itself.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) welcomes the decision of the Office of the President to leave the investigation of the alleged corruption in PCSO to the Office of the Ombudsman, PCSO Spokesperson Atty. Marissa Medrano said in a statement.

“PCSO is open to all forms of investigation and encourages its officials and employees to subject themselves to any formal investigation by any investigating body. The PCSO Board, its management and its employees stand by its value of professionalism. If a person has nothing to hide, then by all means, an investigation by an independent investigating body will be very much welcome,” Atty. Medrano said.

“The PCSO Governing Board already said it will not cuddle anyone, whether management or rank and file employees who is found to be involved in graft and corrupt practices, especially if it involves public funds,” she added.

PCSO is optimistic that the investigation is also a means to cleanse the agency if there really are corrupt officials and employees among its ranks.

Amidst controversies, PCSO assures the public that the operations and the provision of health and medical related services to Filipinos nationwide will continue.

No one would ever accuse Game of Thrones of being too brief. As the HBO fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's novels has continued, and the story has gotten thornier by the minute and battles have received the kind of production values reserved for blockbuster movies, the running times of episodes have expanded.

Those looking to luxuriate in all the twists and turns (and surely at least one beheading) of Game of Thrones' eighth and final season premiering April 14 and finishing May 19 will be rewarded. HBO has confirmed the lengths of various season-eight episode, and they're beasts. The finale in the six-episode run, which will finally (hopefully) settle all questions about how to defeat the Night King and who's going to take the Iron Throne, won't even be the longest in Game of Thrones history at one hour and 20 minutes long.

That title goes to episode 3, which is two hours and two minutes long. We'd bet good money that it will focus on the giant, cinematic battle to keep Westeros out of the White Walkers' icy, undead control. But with this show, anything's possible, including an extended incestuous sex sequence with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.

Here's the full list of Game of Thrones Season 8 runtimes, according to a release from HBO:
Season 8, episode 1: 0:54
Season 8, episode 2: 0:58
Season 8, episode 3: 1:22
Season 8, episode 4: 1:18
Season 8, episode 5: 1:20
Season 8, episode 6: 1:20
For those keeping score, the longest Game of Thrones episode so far has been the season-seven capper “The Dragon and the Wolf,” which clocks in at 79 minutes, 43 seconds. Now that the show's episodes are about matching Die Hard with a Vengeance for length, expect at least as many explosions and narrative curveballs.

Singapore - March 15, 2019—Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019, the biggest, slimiest party of the year for kids, will feature appearances from today’s most popular stars including: Ariana Grande, Adam Sandler, Chris Pratt, Jason Sudeikis, Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Joey King, Liza Koshy, Paris Berelc, Caleb McLaughlin, Kiernan Shipka, Ally Brooke, Josh Peck, Lilly Singh and David Dobrik, along with cast members from Disney’s Aladdin (Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott), Shazam! (Zachary Levi, Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Isabela Moner and Eugenio Derbez). Hosted by music mogul DJ Khaled, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 takes place in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, March 23rd and premieres in Asia on Monday, 25 March at 5pm (WIB) and 6pm (MY, PH, SG), with a same-day encore at 9.30pm (SG). Catch the replay on Tuesday, 26 March at 11am (WIB), 12pm (MY) and 3pm (PH).

Set to perform a medley of their hits at this year’s show is multiplatinum hip-hop trio Migos, who are nominated for their first Kids’ Choice Award in the category of Favorite Music Group. Migos will also be joined onstage by Grammy Award-winning record producer and songwriter DJ Mustard.

These stars from the worlds of TV, music, film and social media will be joined by Nickelodeon talent JoJo Siwa, Jace Norman and Riele Downs (Henry Danger), Ryan of Ryan ToysReview (Ryan’s Mystery Playdate), Scarlet Spencer and Dallas Dupree Young (Cousins For Life) and Owen Joyner, Daniella Perkins and Lilimar (Knight Squad).

Fans can cast votes on the Kids’ Choice Awards website, KCA.Nick-Asia.com and on the Screens Up app on supported iPad, iPhone and Android devices in the US. This year, eight Pinoy stars vie for the coveted orange blimps under the “Favorite Pinoy Internet Star” and “Favorite #Trending Pinoy” categories. Fans can also cast votes through the Nick Play app (Singapore and Indonesia); cast their vote through social media on Twitter using #KCA and the hashtag of their favorite nominee; and for the first time ever, Nickelodeon will be enabling voting on specific posts on Instagram.

For the latest on this year’s show, fans can stay up to date on all the news by liking Nickelodeon on Facebook and following @Nickelodeon on Twitter and Instagram. For the first time ever, fans can also slime themselves and their friends on Instagram with Nickelodeon’s Augmented Reality camera effect.

Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 is sponsored by Barbie®, Chobani® Gimmies™, Cinnamon Toast Crunch™, Goldfish® Epic Crunch™, Lysol® and The LEGO® Group. In the Philippines, Toy Kingdom is sponsoring the KCA Toy Run, wherein kids can visit the nearest Toy Kingdom store to vote for their Favorite #Trending Pinoy and Favorite Pinoy Internet Star for a chance to win a PHP100,000 toy shopping spree.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 is produced by Nickelodeon Productions. Elizabeth Kelly, Michael Dempsey & Jay Schmalholz serve as Executive Producers. Production of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

Media outlets can access photos and video for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019, as well as request media credentials, by visiting nickkcapress.com.

After an explosive opening weekend at the box office that brought in $455 million worldwide, Captain Marvel continued to soar in week two: Marvel Studios’ first woman-led superhero movie made an estimated $69.3 million domestically and $120 million internationally in its second week in theaters. That brings its total to $266 million domestically and $760 million worldwide over two weekends.

That means Captain Marvel has already outpaced the lifetime domestic box office hauls of many of its Marvel peers, including 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2016’s Doctor Strange, and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. It currently ranks as the 13th-most-successful Marvel movie in North America to date, and could easily move up the list.

Captain Marvel’s box office success comes despite the efforts of online trolls who tried to sink the movie’s online audience scores with fake reviews and low ratings on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. (Critically, the movie has been met with mostly positive reviews.)

The film also carries a lot of industry pressure.

There are now 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain Marvel, which is Marvel Studios’ first solo female superhero film. That gives it milestone status — just like Black Panther was Marvel Studios’ first black superhero film, or Wonder Woman was Warner Bros.’ first female solo superhero film, or Crazy Rich Asians was the first American studio movie since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club to feature an all Asian and Asian-American cast.

Why Captain Marvel’s milestone status creates so much pressure for it to succeed
Success for the movie could encourage Hollywood executives to greenlight more woman-led superhero movies or stories featuring women heroes; if it had failed, it could have been used as an excuse to not make woman-led superhero movies, under the logic that people won’t go see them. (It’s an unfortunate reality that in the past, poorly received female superhero movies like 2004’s Catwoman and 2005’s Elektra have been cited as reasons not to make more superhero movies centered on woman characters.)

The next big benchmark for Captain Marvel to hit will be to surpass $1 billion worldwide, which it could very well do in the next few weeks. And while a sequel to Captain Marvel hasn’t officially been announced, the film is already a bona fide hit that is almost certain to get one.

In the meantime, Captain Marvel will make her next onscreen appearance in April’s highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame.

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