Friday, April 6, 2018

SPOTTED | Monaco princess photographed holding a Jollibee toy

Princess Gabriella, one of Monaco's youngest royalties, was photographed holding a Jollibee toy during the Sainte Devote ceremony last January 26.

Image Courtesy: Palais Princier de Monaco
The princess was with her parents Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene and her twin brother Prince Jacques.

If you'd take a closer look at the image above, Princess Gabriella was holding what seemed to be a Jollibee toy from the Jollibee Musical Band collection that came with the Jolly Kiddie Meals last year. 

It's humbling to see a Filipino brand extend its reach up to western Europe and, to a lot of people's surprise, to looked-up-to royals. It would really let one wondering how the Jollibee toy ended in the hands of a princess.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

LITERARY | AUTHORities: The 9th Philippine International Literary Festival

Are you an avid reader of Philippine literature? Loves to watch films? Want to learn how to write but got no extra cash to do it?

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) invites all to the 9th cycle of the Philippine International Literary Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from April 19 to 20, 2018.

Image Courtesy: National Book Development Board
With the theme “(AUTHOR)ITIES”—underscoring the power and voice that come with creation—this year’s Festival will feature various talks, workshops, and a book fair, as well as film screenings, and performances. 

The NBDB, the government agency mandated to develop and support the Philippine book industry, will hold the Festival in celebration of "Buwan ng Panitikan" (National Literature Month) in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF). 

All activities in the 9th Philippine International Literary Festival are free and open to the public, running from 8:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m. on both days. Sessions will take place in various venues around CCP, while the book fair will be at the Main Theater Lobby extending to the Little Theater Lobby. Film screenings will be held at the Little Theater and the Dream Theater.

For updates on the Festival program, please visit http://fb.com/nbdb.phil orhttps://www.facebook.com/events/182119419236650/

For queries, you may contact the Festival team through litfest@nbdb.gov.ph or at (632) 929 3887 local 804.