Anne Curtis, Jane de Leon team up in Smart’s new powerful campaign – Manila Bulletin

Bannering the best customer experience that subscribers enjoy on the Smart network, multi-hyphenate star Anne Curtis and rising actress Jane de Leon have suited up as two powerful superheroes in Smart’s latest campaign video, revealing its groundbreaking “Best Mobile Network” recognition from Ookla®, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence. A first for a mobile operator in the Philippines, the “Best Mobile Network” award was given to Smart after winning Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage for Q1 to Q2 2022. “We want to celebrate this milestone…

Australia seeks closer maritime cooperation with Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The Australian government is keen to deepen maritime cooperation with Brunei through increased defence engagement and academic training to strengthen international law in the South China Sea. Following Brunei-Australia senior officials’ talks last month, Australian High Commissioner Luke Arnold said maritime issues represent the “most important” aspect of bilateral cooperation. The envoy explained that Canberra aims to “intensify” bilateral training on international law of the sea, in order to build a cadre of Bruneian experts who can address challenges to sovereignty in the South China Sea,…

Nathalie Emmanuel attends the wedding of her nightmares in ‘The Invitation’ – Manila Bulletin

Nathalie Emmanuel in Screen Gems THE INVITATION Emmy-nominated actress Nathalie Emmanuel is best known for her remarkable performance in the role of Missandei in the critically acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones.  She also made a mark as Ramsey in the seventh and eighth installments of the blockbuster film series Fast and the Furious. Now, Emmanuel stars in the lead role of Evie in Columbia Pictures’ new horror thriller The Invitation. After the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, Evie (Emmanuel) takes a DNA test…and discovers a long-lost cousin…

China’s Growing Marine Corps Would Be Vital to an Invasion of Taiwan

China’s ability to invade Taiwan has gotten renewed attention amid heightened tensions in recent weeks. China’s military has devoted much effort to improving its ability to conduct such a risky and costly operation. A key part of that operation would be China’s Marine Corps, which has more than doubled in size since 2017. Loading Something is loading. China’s Marines would be key in a Taiwan War: Tensions between China, the US, and Taiwan have risen following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-governing island. Renewed attention…

Korean film ‘Hunt’ tops weekend box office in Korea; now with 1.5 million tickets sold  – Manila Bulletin

“Hunt,” the directorial debut film of “Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae, continued its winning streak at the box office in Korea. According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), which tracks cinema receipts, the espionage movie topped the weekend box office in Korea, selling 1.1 million tickets and earning $8.94 million from Aug. 12 to 14 for a revenue share of 45.64 percent. Korean film “Hunt” stars Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung (KOFIC) This brought its total box office haul to 1.51 million tickets sold and revenue of $11.98 million in…

Tough times driving growth in sea piracy

THE Philippines should monitor a report saying that piracy and sea robberies in Southeast Asia are growing. Earlier this month, the Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore reported that poor people were being pushed to criminality because of the economic downturn caused by global events, particularly the Russian war against Ukraine and the lingering Covid-19 pandemic. To be precise, the report focused on the Singapore Strait, which is bounded by Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. That is a valuable waterway used by ships ferrying billions of dollars worth of cargo, which are…

dust alerts as storms return to UAE – Manila Bulletin

News / World / ‘Avoid driving’: dust alerts as storms return to UAE ‘Avoid driving’: dust alerts as storms return to UAE DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Large parts of the United Arab Emirates were hit by dust and sandstorms on Sunday as authorities urged caution on the roads and battened down for expected heavy rain. A man rides his scooter along a street during a sand storm in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on August 14, 2022. Giuseppe CACACE / AFP Homes and landmarks in major cities were caked…

Oxin Films starts shooting for sequel of ‘My Day’ BL series – Manila Bulletin

Playing lead roles in My Story are (from left) Kate Yalung, Ameer Sanchez, Mikko Gallardo and Jamil Bonifacio Two years is certainly a long time to wait for the sequel of the popular #MyDay The Series which took the country’s  Boys Love (BL) genre by storm. The fans can’t wait. Now, they will be thrilled to learn that  Season 2 of My Day – now renamed into My Story – will start shooting this August. This was revealed by director Xion Lim of Oxin Films who presented some cast in an intimate…

US-China ties – the dangerous sound of silence

The Taiwan Strait crisis in 1995-1996 saw China and the United States draw closer to the brink of conflict after the latter granted a visa to then Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui to visit his alma mater Cornell University in June 1995. In July and August 1995, China launched missile “tests” and live-firing exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan. The US responded by deploying naval assets such as an amphibious assault ship and an aircraft carrier near Taiwan in the second half of 1995. In March 1996, China conducted more military…