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Five films racked up top nominations for this year’s edition of EDDYS, an annual awarding ceremony organized by the Society of Philippines Entertainment Editors (SPEEd).

In the awards night happening in July, LGBT-themed Rainbow's Sunset leads with 12 nominations followed by crime drama Citizen Jake and indie film Signal Rock with 10 apiece, and historical film Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral with nine nods. Liway, which is based on true events, has six nominations.

Seasoned filmmakers Chito Roño (Signal Rock), Jerrold Tarog (Goyo), Joel Lamangan (Rainbow’s Sunset), Kip Oebanda (Liway), and Mike de Leon (Citizen Jake) are vying for best director plum.

In the best actress race, senior actress Gloria Romero is nominated against young thespians Angelica Panganiban (Exes Baggage), Glaiza de Castro (Liway), Judy Ann Santos (Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes), Kathryn Bernardo (The Hows of Us), Nadine Lustre (Never Not Love You) and Sarah Geronimo (Miss Granny).

Meanwhile, it’s also a tight race among big-screen stalwart Eddie Garcia (Rainbow’s Sunset) and A-list actors Piolo Pascual (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw), Carlo Aquino (Exes Baggage), Christian Bables (Signal Rock), Daniel Padilla (The Hows of Us), Dingdong Dantes (Sid & Aya), and Paolo Contis (Through Night & Day) in the best actor category.

Six special awards will be given out during the big night: The Joe Quirino Award will be handed to TV-radio host-columnist Cristy Fermin; Manny Pichel Award will be given to entertainment columnist and talent manager Ethel Ramos; Rising Producers’ Circle will be awarded to Spring Films and T-Rex Entertainment; Producer of the Year will go to Star Cinema; Lifetime Achievement Award for director Elwood Perez; and a recognition will be given posthumously to the late Comedy King, Dolphy.

The EDDYS or The Entertainment Editors’ Choice is considered a game changer in the history of movie awards in the Philippines. Since its inception in 2017, it has easily positioned itself as a significant element of the film industry. Relatively new in recognizing deserving craftsmen, actors, writers, and directors, it instantly became one of the most distinguished film awards due to its large diversity among the chosen titles.

The SPEEd is made up of entertainment editors of newspapers and tabloids circulated daily nationwide.

The non-profit organization established in 2015 is led by Ian F. Farinas as president and Isah V. Red as chairman emeritus.

Below is the full list of nominees in this year’s edition of EDDYS:

1. Citizen Jake (Cinema Artists Philippines)
2. Goyo (TBA Studios, Artikulo Uno Productions & Globe Studios)
3. Liway (Alemberg Ang)
4. Rainbow's Sunset (Heaven’s Best Entertainment)
5. Signal Rock (CSR Productions & Regal Entertainment)

1. Mike de Leon (Citizen Jake)
2. Joel Lamangan (Rainbow’s Sunset)
3. Kip Oebanda (Liway)
4. Chito Roño (Signal Rock)
5. Jerrold Tarog (Goyo)

1. Kathryn Bernardo (The Hows of Us)
2. Glaiza de Castro (Liway)
3. Sarah Geronimo (Miss Granny)
4. Nadine Lustre (Never Not Love You)
5. Angelica Panganiban (Exes Baggage)
6. Gloria Romero (Rainbow’s Sunset)
7. Judy Ann Santos (Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes)

1. Carlo Aquino (Exes Baggage)
2. Christian Bables (Signal Rock)
3. Paolo Contis (Through Night & Day)
4. Dingdong Dantes (Sid & Aya)
5. Eddie Garcia (Rainbow’s Sunset)
6. Daniel Padilla (The Hows of Us)
7. Piolo Pascual (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw)

1. Pinky Amador (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw)
2. Max Collins (Citizen Jake)
3. Sunshine Dizon (Rainbow’s Sunset)
4. Cherie Gil (Citizen Jake)
5. Aiko Melendez (Rainbow's Sunset)
6. Daria Ramirez (Signal Rock)
7. Nova Villa (Miss Granny)

1. Adrian Alandy (Citizen Jake)
2. Arjo Atayde (Buyouts)
3. Tirso Cruz III (Rainbow’s Sunset)
4. Ricky Davao (Kasal)
5. Joross Gamboa (Dalawang Mrs. Reyes)
6. Tony Labrusca (ML)
7. Tony Mabesa (Rainbow’s Sunset)
1. Zig Dulay (Liway)
2. Noel Pascual, Mike de Leon, Atom Arnulfo (Citizen Jake)
3. Eric Ramos (Rainbow’s Sunset)
4. Jerrold Tarog, Rody Vera (Goyo)
5. Rody Vera (Signal Rock)

1. Did Buhay (Citizen Jake)
2. Mycko David (Never Not Love You)
3. Neil Daza (Signal Rock)
4. Pong Ignacio (Goyo)

5. Yam Laranas (Aurora)
6. Pao Orendain (Sid & Aya)

1. Aurora
2. BuyBust
3. Goyo
4. Miss Granny
5. Signal Rock
6. Through Night and Day

1. Arlene Florida Calvo (Exes Baggage)
2. Len Calvo (Sid & Aya)
3. Oscar Fogelstrom (Aurora)
4. Paulo Protacio (Bakwit Boys)
5. Jerrold Tarog (Goyo)
6. Emerzon Texon, (Meet Me In St. Gallen)

1. Mike Guison (Citizen Jake)
2. Roy Lachica (Goyo)
3. Ericsson Navarro, Danny Red (Aurora)
4. Mark Saab’s (Signal Rock)
5. Aped Santos (Liway)
6. Norico Santos (The Hows of Us)

1. Mai Calapardo (Rainbow’s Sunset)
2. George Centeno, Tom Estrera (Citizen Jake)
3. Carlo Francisco Manatad (Signal Rock)
4. Carlo Francisco Manatad (Sid & Aya)
5. Chuck Gutierrez (Liway)
6. Jerrold Tarog (Goyo)

1. Heartbeats (Performed by Jem Cubil and Andrea Babierra, Sid & Aya)
2. Isa Pang Araw (Performed by Sarah Geronimo, Miss Granny)
3. Ligtas Ka Na (Sean Oliver, Bakwit Boys )
4. Maybe the Night (Ben & Ben, Exes Baggage)
5. Sa’yo Na (Performed by Ice Seguerra, Rainbow’s Sunset)
6. Susi (Ben & Ben, Goyo)

1. Noong Buencamino (Citizen Jake)
2. Alan Carl, Pierre Marco, and Javier (Bakwit Boys)
3. Jason Conanan, Daryl Libongco, and Mikko Quizon (Meet Me in St. Gallen)
4. Albert Michael Idioma (Aurora)
5. Albert Michael Idioma (Signal Rock)
6. Alex Tomboc, Albert Michael Idioma (Rainbow’s Sunset)
Joe Quirino Award, Cristy Fermin
Manny Pichel Award, Ethel Ramos
Producer of the Year, Star Cinema
Rising Producers’ Circle, Spring Films and T-Rex Entertainment
Lifetime Achievement Award, Elwood Perez
Posthumous Award, Dolphy

Cast members from The Lion King around the world have come together to perform an international (and multilingual) mash-up of "Circle of Life." The video splices together footage from Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, England, New York, South Korea, and Germany—watch it above.

Disney’s iconic musical The Lion King has been playing on Broadway for over 20 years. The production, directed and designed by Julie Taymor, opened in 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theatre before moving to the Minskoff in 2006, where it still plays today.

The current Broadway cast features Bradley Gibson as Simba, Syndee Winters as Nala, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Thom Christopher Warren as Zazu, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Stephen Carlile as Scar, Fred Berman as Timon, and Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa.

The Lion King features a book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi (adapted from the screenplay by Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton), music by Elton John, and lyrics by Tim Rice, with additional music and lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Hans Zimmer, and Taymor. Garth Fagan is choreographer.

Disney's upcoming live-action remake of the animated film will hit theaters this summer featuring an all-star cast. Watch the trailer below.

Today, the Department of Tourism and SM Supermalls collaborated to launch “Malling is More Fun in the Philippines.”

This nationwide campaign invites locals and tourists alike to experience why shopping, leisure and entertainment in the Philippines is truly more enjoyable!

DOT’s drive to build up shopping tourism is simple- it’s part of the equation to spur economic growth, create millions of jobs, livelihoods and enterprises and help the Philippines become a globally recognized quality destination.

“It’s no small feat that SM Supermalls have somewhat defined our cities and helped shape our collective memory. And now that tourist numbers have continued to climb, shopping centers such as SM will hold great influence on how our visitors from around the globe will perceive us, and on the experience that they will take away,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said in her speech during the launch.

As part of the Malling is More Fun campaign, mallgoers are invited to participate in special activities in SM Supermalls all over the country. These activities include culinary demos, regional food fairs, exclusive dining deals and the SM Supermarket Chefs Showdown.

#itsmorefuninthephilippines #mallingismorefuninthephilippines

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
--Albert Einstein

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- I HAVE covered the Vancouver city hall beat, among other offices and cities in the British Columbia for a Filipino community newspaper, Philippine Asian News Today, where I briefly served as editor in 2012.

Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday.

In 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry.

Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May.

Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions - the government's bill - the most progressive of the three was passed.

Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered in the rain outside the parliament building in the capital, Taipei, to await the landmark ruling.

There were shouts of joy and some tearful embraces as the result was announced.

What does the bill entail?
The two other bills, submitted by conservative lawmakers, refer to partnerships as "same-sex family relationships" or "same-sex unions" rather than "marriages".

But the government's bill, also the only one to offer limited adoption rights, was passed by 66 to 27 votes - backed by lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party.

It will take effect after Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen passes it into law.

Several same-sex activists had said ahead of the vote that this was the only version they would accept.

"The [government]'s bill is already our bottom line, we won't accept any more compromise," Jennifer Lu, the chief co-ordinator of rights group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan told Reuters news agency.

Men in skirts challenge gender stereotypes
Profile: What is Taiwan like?
How did we get here?
In 2017, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry.

It said then that the island had two years to make necessary changes to the law.

But this was met with a public backlash, which pressured the government into holding a series of referendums.

The referendum results showed that a majority of voters in Taiwan rejected legalising same-sex marriage, saying that the definition of marriage was the union of a man and woman.

As a result, Taiwan said it would not alter its existing definition of marriage in civil law, and instead would enact a special law for same-sex marriage.

What reaction has there been?

Many took to social media in celebration, seeing the result as a win for marriage equality.

"What a tremendous victory for LGBT rights!" said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

"Taiwan's action today should sound a clarion call, kicking off a larger movement across Asia to ensure equality for LGBT people."

Earlier on Friday, Ms Tsai said in a tweet that the island had taken "a big step towards true equality" with the vote.

However, conservative opponents were angered by the vote.

Tseng Hsien-ying, from the Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation, told AFP news agency the vote had "trampled on Taiwanese people's expectations that a marriage and a family is formed by a man and a woman, a husband and a wife".

Larry Rudolph is a former Entertainment lawyer turned Talent manager who has represented Britney Spears on and off since 1998. In effect he stated that her mental health might prevent her from "ever working again". Having founded a licensed talent agency in 2015 I can say with 100% certainty that a reputable talent agent would never do this unless they were actively trying to destroy a clients career.

I have had two soured business relationships since 2014. In one of them I had to let go of woman who was billing me for time not worked and another one with an underemployed casting director who I could not keep up with because she partied too much. In both instances these women mounted incredibly aggressive social media campaigns that attacked my mental health.

Attacking an individual’s mental health is how unscrupulous people try to malign people’s professional reputations nowadays. This is the last frontier that the "Political Correctness Police" have failed to regulate. Nowadays you would be crucified for publicly undermining a persons business relationship on the basis of social class, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. But, it is still kinda, sorta, okay to attack an adversaries mental health. What makes these attacks particularly insidious is that you cannot measure a person’s mental health. Mental health is subjective. These attacks boil down to one persons word against another’s.

Having had my mental health attacked very aggressively and very publicly twice since 2014 I have learned from experience that these "tone deaf" individuals often disappear shortly after. Their politically incorrect, "tone deaf", aggressive, social media campaigns become fodder for dinner party banter years later. They make for interesting campfire stories but mount to little more. These attacks are annoying. I have likened them to having an angry wasp buzzing around my head, but - they go away with a little time and patience. They have become an unwelcome and inevitable part of doing business in the lower echelon of Vancouver's fashion and entertainment industries.

#NoStigma #Shine

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.

Ahead of Game of Thrones‘ series finale, fans have begun petitioning HBO to create an alternate version of the show’s eighth and final season. The petition, which was started on, has been signed by nearly 500,000 people as of Thursday afternoon and requests that HBO hire new writers to do the whole thing over. After all, Lyanna Mormont deserved better.

“[Showrunners] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” it reads. “The series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”

Unlike the first five seasons, seasons 6-8 have moved beyond the timeline of the published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (although Martin has said he told Benioff and Weiss the “major points” of his ending early on in the show’s run). But while season 6 episodes like “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter” received some of the show’s highest praise, its ratings have since been on a steady decline.

In fact, this season’s penultimate episode, “The Bells,” received Thrones‘ lowest rating ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The episode — which saw Daenerys go full Mad Queen and unleash a fiery spree of terror on King’s Landing— currently sits at a rotten score of just 47 percent on the aggregate review website.

The Game of Thrones series finale will air Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.