FILMARTworks is finally back on track!

Last March 2018, I finally got some time to fix my 12-year-old website and blog after enduring poor, uncaring web hosting services (I must admit, it’s true — you get what you pay for). Clearly, it took me over a decade to convince myself to invest a little more of my annual budget to get a decent web hosting company that can support someone like me who is an artist and writer with minimal knowledge on web developing, design, and security stuff. Security was ultimately the problem I had for all these years — dealing with spam comments, viruses, and every

Invitation to CinePHlix featuring films ‘Anino’ and ‘Birdshot’

My BenildeFilm FLMART2 (Philippine Cinema) classes are inviting everyone to this term’s Filmmaker Focus in Forum (FFF), a free, public event featuring the Cannes Palme D’Or-winning short film “Anino” by Raymond Red and the first Filipino feature film in Netflix “Birdshot” by Mikhail Red at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (SDA) Cinema on Apr. 3, 2018. Screenings at 1 p.m., forum follows at 3:30 p.m. This event entitled “CinePHlix,” features a Q&A for the featured films and filmmakers and a film forum about “the blurring line between cinema and television and the rise of

What a (non-revenue) chance passenger should know before an international flight

Non-revenue passengers, more popularly referred to as chance passengers, are travelers with flight privileges to fly either for free or at significantly discounted rates. It is worth noting though that some chance passengers are not necessarily non-revenue passengers, like those full-paying travelers requesting for sudden changes in their flight itineraries and trying their luck that their targeted flights are not full. These non-revenue passengers are airline employees or some of their family members and friends. However, free or discounted fares may also lead to these travelers suffering from delayed flights, or worst, not being able to fly to their intended destinations

Javier Bardem turns spiky in the Ridley Scott thriller ‘The Counselor’

In the upcoming Ridley Scott film "The Counselor," said to be an Oscar bait for 2014, Javier Bardem comes out on his next big role. This motion-picture thriller features him with a spiky black hair that renders him almost unrecognizable, especially at first sight. The production showcases an all-star cast led by Michael Fassbender playing the titular part. Bardem is joined by a "dream team" of A-list cast in supporting roles including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and his wife Penelope Cruz. Basing it from the set photos, it is quite noticeable that only Bardem sports an extreme hair makeover from

What Las Vegas homeowners need to know about installing solar panels in their homes

A home solar electric system may seem a bit daunting for many homeowners due to its upfront cost, but the tax incentives and long-term power savings it offers more than offsets the investment after a fair amount of time. In the larger scheme of things, the decrease in a household's carbon footprint becomes a significant contribution to help the planet's problem with climate change. An Ideal City for Solar Panels Since the Las Vegas weather allows residents to enjoy sunlight at an average of 300 days per year, the solar panels' photovoltaic (PV) cells, the special batteries that harness sunlight and transform it into

First Friday Las Vegas: The artsy side of the city

Every first Friday of the month, gallery lamps and artsy music dominate the Las Vegas Arts District, the home of the monthly arts event First Friday Las Vegas. A Vegas tradition now running for more than a decade, First Friday helps integrate local artists and their works with the community. It generally caters to people of all ages and admission is free. This underrated arts and culture gathering situated in between the Strip and the Downtown area is popular to local artists and art patrons — but it actually deserves more mileage from Las Vegas tourists and the larger Vegas population

Spa indulgence at Sahra Spa and Hammam Las Vegas

Sahra Spa and Hammam, the 43,000-square-foot tranquil oasis at The Cosmopolitan, exudes a certain form of oneness with Las Vegas' natural beauty. This premier Turkish-style spa destination draws inspiration from the elements of the region's surrounding canyons and desert lands. Mood and Atmosphere From the reception area, a long earthy entryway filled with 420 tons of sandstone lining mimics the beauty of the Red Rock Canyon in a small indoor scale. Glimpses of silver around the sophisticated facility showcases the naturally occurring precious metal and mineral deposits Nevada is known for. The sound of bubbling water running through artesian wells echo a

After Supertyphoon Haiyan: Lipstick and nailcutter drive for teachers in Leyte

I and my college friends spent fun Halloween and reunion in my hometown in Las Vegas a week before supertyphoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda, left thousands dead and homeless in central Philippines. Who would have thought what happens next... As I watched news reports about the tragedy, it was too hard to comprehend how much destruction Haiyan brought to the country's Visayas region, especially in the province of Leyte. It readily left me in shock, and in no time, in tears. By second week of November, I found myself back in Philippine soil. Right from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila,

The D Las Vegas: A bride-to-be’s destination

Girls looking for a memorable evening of drinks, dares, and debauchery to celebrate a woman's "final night of freedom” can check out the special deals available at The D Las Vegas. A bachelorette party hotspot, this sleek casino hotel makes it a breeze to plan out an awesome, yet affordable treat through a personalized itinerary that includes delectable meals, show tickets, sinful adventure treats, among other Las Vegas-style offerings. Reservations Anyone who wants to make initial inquiries about The D's more detailed offerings for a bachelorette‘s last hurrah can contact (702)388-2200 or sales@thed.com. Upon finalizing the package, a VIP concierge readily coordinates the

Blu-ray Review: ‘Argo’

"Argo" arrives in home video format via a two-disc combo pack that houses the film's Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies, as well as a good number of extras. This critically acclaimed 2012 dramatic thriller follows the true-to-life tale of a federal agent assigned to get six Americans out of Iran during a 1979 hostage crisis in the U.S. embassy. His plan brings him to Hollywood where he sets up a near-impossible mission. The scheme involves the people waiting for rescue to act as film crew looking for international locations for a science-fiction movie project. Adapted from the novel "The Master of

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