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Joem Bascon: Peanut butter boy is not creamy, he's hunky

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Joem Bascon: Peanut butter boy is not creamy, he's hunky
By Walter Ang
January 19, 2010
Manila Bulletin

Being tagged as the "the Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby hybrid look-a-like," is what created buzz for Joem Bascon. It's probably the reason why he grew out his facial hair for his acting stints in I Love Betty and Bud Brothers, to establish a sense of identity that's separate from his co-actors.

Nonetheless, only in his 20s, Bascon is slowly developing a stronger foothold in the industry. What isn't usually talked about, however, is his athleticism. It isn't an exaggeration to say that Bascon's body is ripped; it's landed him in a magazine's hot body list. But unlike some actors who buff up but aren't really fit, this guy is actually healthy and strong, too.

Bascon was introduced to sports at an early age. He took up basketball in grade school and even played varsity in high school and college. "Sports or being active is really in my sy…

Now that it's 40 years old, remembering great moments at the CCP

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Remembering great moments at CCP
By Walter Ang
January 18, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Cultural Center of the Philippines concluded its nine-month long 40th anniversary celebration in September 2009. With its theme centering on remembrance of its past 40 years, I was inspired to take a look back at the many shows and events I've seen and experienced there.

While I am not old enough to remember all 40 years of the CCP's past (my parents weren't even married and probably didn't even know each other yet when it was opened to the public in 1969), I am old enough to admit having seen a little more than a decade's (or two) worth of shows there.

When I was still in grade school, I had fleeting encounters with this huge edifice along Roxas Boulevard. I didn't know it was supposed to be an important national institution, all I knew was that I liked looking at the lit up fountain when we would pass by.

My family and I occasionally ended up inside the CCP's Main…

Nova Gallery provides art scholarships

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New gallery provides art scholarships
By Walter Ang
January 18, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Carlos "Charlie" Cojuangco's Negros Occidental Visual Arts (Nova) Gallery recently ended a pre-inaugural exhibit for the benefit "Art On The Verge," a Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

The former fourth district Representative of Negros Occidental and current head of the Negros Occidental Football Association has been collecting art for the past fourteen years, mainly paintings. He has a fondness for works by Charlie Co as well as artists from Negros Occidental. Some of his prized pieces are Antipas Delotavo's five-panel oil on canvas "Sandaan Taon" and Nona Garcia's award winning mixed media "See-Saw."

From personal interest, his passion has grown into enterprise, and now, philanthropy. In 2007, he opened a gallery in Bacolod. "I needed a space to house my collection and it was a way to pay for my hobby!" he says with a laugh. "It …

International green architecture experts in 2010 symposium

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International green architecture experts in symposium 
By Walter Ang
January 11, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer


Two international authorities in environmental urban design will speak at a national architecture symposium at the University of Santo Tomas, tackling the topic "Asian Green Cities: Visions of the Modern World."

Ken Yeang, urban planner and director of London-based firm Llewelyn Davies Yeang, and Darko Radovic, academic scholar from Keio University and Tokyo University in Japan and University of Melbourne in Australia, will discuss global concerns and practices related to sustainability and eco- masterplanning and how these can be applied in an Asian context.

The conference is organized by Architecture Network (Archinet), the UST College of Architecture's student organization, and will be held at the university's Medicine Auditorium.

"Asia is poised to host a generation of green cities that will correct the mistakes of industrial-era planning," say…