You may know 16-year-old Hailee Steinfeld for her Academy Award nominated performance as Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit. Now, the part-Filipina actress plays Petra Arkanian in the Action-Adventure Sci-Fi film Ender’s Game.
Based on the best-selling novel “Ender’s Game”, the film focuses on the near future where humans are at war against an alien race called Formics. To prepare for the next invasion, the International Military trains young minds in search of a new leader. They come across Ender- a brilliant and gifted child and train him to lead his fellow soldiers into the battle that determines the future of mankind.
Check out the trailer below:
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What should have been a joyous bridal shower for Neriza Fojas ended in tragedy this past Saturday night. Fojas, a 31 year old registered nurse, was celebrating with eight of her fellow nurse friends in a 1999 Lincoln Town car. The ladies were headed to meet with the groom at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster city.
The driver told investigators that as they were on San Mateo Bridge, one passenger alerted him about the smell of smoke. By the time the driver was able to pull over, the back of the limo was fully engulfed in flames. The driver and four passengers managed to escape. The other five, including Fojas, were trapped inside. Unable to access the rear doors, the women tried to squeeze through a small window in the drivers compartment, but within seconds the back of the limo was engulfed. Firefighters rushed onto the scene where they found five burned bodies huddled near the partition. The four surviving passengers were sent to the hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. The driver was left unharmed.
Investigators are still trying to find the cause of the fire. There was no collision to begin the fire and it is unknown if the flames began on the inside or outside of the vehicle. Investigators are now reaching out to the public and asking anyone who may have seen what happened to call and send in information to help figure out the cause of this terrifying event. San Mateo County’s medical examiner, Robert Foucrault says, ”This is one of the most horrific things I’ve seen in 21 years with this office.”
ISSUE WINTER ’12-’13
AUTHOR KAREN DATANGEL
Think what you will of Filipina American underground hip-hop artist Hopie – she embraces the “weird,” law degree and all.
Raised on rock music, classically trained in her elementary school years, and influenced by the eccentricity of musicians like Björk and Gwen Stefani, the artist known as Hopie is one-of-a-kind in the independent hip-hop world. The Manila-born, San Francisco-raised musician (real name: Kae Hope Ranoa) is creating her mark with
her funky style, edgy beats, profound lyrics and confident stage presence — she even has a law degree to boot.
Describing her sound as “underground hip-hop from the ’90s mixed in with pop music and hyphy music,” Hopie acknowledges that her difficult childhood, her experience as an Asian American woman, and the underrepresentation of her demographic in hip-hop music are driving forces behind her lyrics. “In real life, I’m really shy to talk about stuff like that — my childhood, my socioeconomic status, my frustrations
as a human being — but in my music, I like to explore that,” she says.
Though she has been dedicated to her craft for a while now, releasing her debut album The Diamond Dane in 2008, Hopie recognizes the ongoing challenges and is motivated to meet them and grow in her artistry. Along with Björk and Stefani, she also mentions Jim Morisson, André 3000, and Del the Funky Homosapien. “People might consider them weird or off-the-wall, but I really admire how little they seem to care,” says Hopie. “When I think of myself as an artist and I compare myself to those people, I always feel like I’m not doing
enough. I can always go explore something and challenge myself more creatively.” But Hopie knows that there will always be people who do care about the weird, and not in a good way. “As an artist, you really put yourself out there for a lot of criticism and you have to develop a thick skin,” she says. “Sometimes I’m scared of the stuff I make because I have to prepare myself for criticism and people might not really understand [my music], but that’s the beauty of being an artist. It’s a challenge that I accept.”
Then again, there are the people who genuinely enjoy the music. Hopie recently landed a spot in the Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012, a yearly top 10 by 106.1 FM KMEL and Thizzler.com recognizing up-and-coming local artists and chosen by a panel of regional professionals and tastemakers. Though such acknowledgements
are exciting, to Hopie, the more personal impact of her music is what means the most.
“No accolades could compare to how it feels when someone tells you that your song makes them want to do music, or your song helped them through a tough time, or they understood you when you were trying to say something through song,” says Hopie. “I started writing music as a kid because nobody really understood me — I felt weird or alone. So when I put music out and someone responds to it, like ‘I totally understand what you’re saying’ or ‘I’ve felt this way before’ or ‘I just appreciate your point of view’ or ‘I appreciate that you wrote this,’ it feels really good. Your experience is validated.”
Hopie plans to put out a couple of new releases in the near future as follow-ups to her 2011 albums Dulce Vita and Raw Gems. Oh, and she’s going to take the Bar Exam next February — just further proof that this unique performer is motivated to do it all.
The art of film and television was introduced to the Philippines in the late 1890′s and although this is the youngest of the Philippine arts , it has developed into the most popular. Because of its appeal, the Philippine Entertainment Industry appears to be growing larger every year. And when we say large, we mean it. With new faces popping up everyday, it would take a very long time to name all of the young and rising Filipina Actresses currently gracing the screen.
We decided to take a different approach. Yes, there are many Filipina actresses, but who are the ones we consider timeless? Who are the leading ladies we can watch years from now and still find ourselves mesmerized by? Who’s performances bring us to tears? In honor of Women’s History Month, we present to you the Ten Timeless Filipina Actresses:
It’s been quite a season for Asian women on reality shows: Katherine Kish on Top Chef: Seattle and Celeste of King of the Nerds both won on their respective shows. Add Catherine Giudici to the list – as she was proposed to by Sean Lowe (29) on the 17th season of The Bachelor. The twenty six year old Filipina Italian graphic designer from Seattle was chosen over 24 year old Lindsay Yenter, a substitute teacher from Fort Bragg. The filming took place in Thailand. On their date, Catherine and Sean share their final date riding elephants (while Lindsay and Sean had a rafting date on the Mekong). In the end, Sean gives his final rose to Catherine.
And then they ride off into on the sunset….on an elephant. Yes, not kidding on that one.
We were rooting for Catherine all season – and we glad she won! Congrats Sean and Catherine!
Monique Lhuillier has been a household name in bridal gowns since she first launched her company in 1996. With the opening of her New York flagship store in November, the Filipina-French designer has firmly established herself as the leading lady of eveningwear. Lhuillier’s gowns regularly grace the red carpet and, based on the look of her Fall 2013 ready-to-wear line that she debuted last Saturday at New York Fashion Week, this year should be no different.
For Lhuillier, Fall 2013 was all about the contrast from day to night. White, black, green, and gold dominated the designer’s color palate, making for a dramatic appearance. However, this boldness of color was balanced by delicate art deco details. Must-have items from daywear included the feather printed crepe seamed pants with contrast waistband, the black web lace blouse, and the brocade printed crepe cap sleeve gown.
The second half of the show took a page straight out of The Great Gatsby. Embroidery, lace, and fringe strutted down the runway. Lhuillier hit the mark with her black and emerald embroidered tulle long-sleeve illusion gown which perfectly blended sensuality with sophistication. The gold feather lace draped strapless high-low gown with exposed tulle and the black and nude deco embroidered tulle long-sleeve gown were also highlights. However, the outfit that stole the night was Lhuillier’s cigarette lace pants with tulle overlay. With the Oscars just a week away, I hope to see some celebrities donning these on the red carpet.
With hard-hitting beats, profound lyrics, and a killer voice, Teesa is not your average pop princess.
When you walk in a club, you don’t want to be that awkward one just standing there not knowing what to do. But if you seriously have no clue how exactly to dance in a club, Ashley (ashleyslips), a Filipina comedian on YouTube, has got you covered. Watch Ashley as she demonstrates her club dancing skills in her apartment. You just have to follow these five basic rules and you’ll be all set!
It’s June and that means the official start to wedding season! Now, if you’re anywhere near to getting married, you’re probably running around like decapitated poultry. So while I can’t help you with your quarreling bridesmaids, your in-law-to-be’s insistence on inviting your third cousin twice-removed and their truckload of screaming tots, or wrapping party favors, I can tip you off to the cutest little cake toppers ever.
Asian American artist YuYu custom makes these adorable cake toppers, any ethnicity, any outfit. Check out some of her custom combos:
What does sultry Filipina “jazzipino” vocalist Charmaine Clamor have in common with Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Brit-hop producer Fatboy Slim? Impossibly, Imelda Marcos. Say wha? It seems David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have collaborated on an eclectic new album that tells the story of the famous former Philippines First Lady through song.