July 18, 2019

Donald Cerrone Vs. Justin Gaethje To Headline UFC Vancouver In September

The speculations are finally over. Several hours ago, Donald Cerrone teased on Instagram that he has a fight coming up and that fans of the game should be really excited about it. However, he didn't reveal who this opponent is. The name of his opponent was eventually revealed in a news report for Yahoo by the MMA journalist Kevin Iole.

According to Iole, no other than UFC president Dana White himself who confirmed that Cerrone will be locking horns with Justin Gaethje on the main event of UFC Fight Night Vancouver on September 14.

"Get ready, Vancouver. This fight is going to be ridiculous," says White of the main event. Regardless of the outcome, fans of the sport will surely see fireworks in this matchup come fight night.

Cerrone is coming off a loss. He was TKOed by Tony Ferguson last June. Prior to the Ferguson loss, Cerrone was on a three-fight winning streak. Gaethje, on the other hand, is 2-2 in his last four fights. He's currently on a two-fight winning streak against James Vick and Edson Barboza.

Also penciled to fight in Vancouver are Misha Cirkunov and Jim Crute, Marcin Tybura and Augusto Sakai, David Branch and Andrew Sanchez, Uriah Hall and Antonio Carlos Jr., Glover Teixeira and Nikita Krylov, and Todd Duffee and Jeff Hughes.

July 1, 2019

Councilor Amante Doral Sr. Shot Dead In Narnara, Pilar, Abra

A councilor who just got reelected in the recent May elections was shot dead by a still unidentified assailant. According to the Pilar police, Amante Doral Sr. came from the flag-raising ceremony at the municipal hall when the attack happened. He was riding on a motorcycle with his son Jocker driving. The attack occurred within the vicinity of barangay Narnara.

Amante reportedly fell off the motorcycle when he was shot. His son lost control of the bike and crashed it on the road. Meanwhile, the assailant immediately fled the area. Jocker brought his critically injured father to a nearby police station. Responders then rushed Amante to the town's health center. The man died later at the facility due to multiple gunshot wounds.

The authorities are currently investigating the incident. They are still working to identify the perpetrator and the motive behind his evil actions.

April 27, 2019

Antong Falls: a Tourist Destination in Sison, Pangasinan

Antong Falls may not be a well-known destination in the province of Pangasinan but it’s a great destination nonetheless. As more visitors of the Falls spread the word about the place, it’s rise as a top destination in the province is inevitable. Located within the municipality of Sison, Antong Falls is a nice place to visit if you love cool and crystal-clear waters. Antong Falls is actually a series of three waterfalls. The upper cascades of these waterfalls is called Limmingaling Falls. The place is open from 6 am to 5 pm. So spending a night there is definitely prohibited.

Take note as well that there’s an entrance fee of 10 pesos per head. When you are there, you should also abide by the rules and regulations. For example, fishing in the river is not allowed. Since the place is open for group and family picnics, people are allowed to cook in the area. However, you can’t just cook anywhere you want. There are designated areas for cooking so you should only use these designated areas. Violators of the rules will be asked to pay penalties that range from 300 to 5,000 pesos depending on the violation. There’s a sign board at the picnic area detailing the rules and regulations. You should read these before you proceed doing anything in the waterfalls.

How to get to Antong Falls
If you are coming from the city of Manila, just board a bus bound for any of the following destinations: Laoag City, Baguio City, Vigan City, La Union, Candon City and Abra. You can find many of these bus stations in Cubao or Pasay City. These buses will pass through Sison, Pangasinan where the Antong Falls are located.

You need to get off at the village of Paldit. There’s a connecting road there that leads to the village of Labayug where the Northern Cement Corporation (NCC) is located. At the road intersection, hire a tricycle to take you to the village of Inmalog. If you reach Inmalog, you can just ask from the locals there or inquire at the barangay hall/center as how you can get to the falls.

If you are coming from San Fernando City in La Union, you can ride any of the Dominion buses headed to Cubao then get off at Sison, Pangasinan.

If you are coming from Baguio City, just board any of the Victory Liner, Genesis or Dagupan buses that are bound for Manila. Get off the bus in Sison, Pangasinan and find your way to the waterfalls from there.

Here’s a few tips
1. When you get to Sison, it’s best that you eat there first before you head out to the falls. Going there will require some trekking and hiking. It would be a bad idea to go out hiking to the place with a hungry stomach. Don’t worry, there’s several eateries and food stalls at the drop-off point in Sison.

2. Always keep on asking directions. It will be easy for you to get lost in the area if you don’t ask for directions. The locals are very helpful and hospitable so don’t be shy to ask questions.

3. Bring food and snacks with you to eat at Antong Falls. They have a picnic area there where you can enjoy eating your food under the cool shade of huts or trees.

April 18, 2019

Bestselling American Author Jacqueline Woodson's New Book "Red At The Bone" To Be Released In September 2019

Fans of the literary works of the American writer Jacqueline Woodson has something to look forward to this year. It was recently announced that the prolific author's newest book titled Red at the Bone will be released on September of this year. The cover for the new book has also been released. Check it out below.

The 56-year-old Woodson has penned over two dozen books. She has written for a wide array of audiences from children to young adults to adults. Many of her works are huge bestsellers. For some, he accumulated a stunning collection of awards and recognition. These include the Coretta Scott King Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for the Library of Congress, the Young People's Poet Laureate, the National Book Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and the Newberry Honor.

Here's the description for her newest book Red at the Bone:
An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Jacqueline Woodson's extraordinary new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of this child.

As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, escorted by her father to the soundtrack of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

The cover for Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.
Red at the Bone will be released on September 17, 2019. You can preorder it right now on Amazon. Read an interview with Woodson wherein she talks about her new book here.

April 12, 2019

Ramon Gonzales Submits Akihiro Fujisawa In The Opening Bout Of One Championship: Roots Of Honor

Ramon Gonzales of the Philippines fought like he was in a rush to catch an early train to Bicol. Gonzales aka The Bicolano made quick work of Japan's Akihiro Fujisawa by making him tap in the very first round with a nasty guillotine choke. The two prospects locked horns in the opening bout for One Championship: Roots of Honor which is currently being held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

With the victory, Gonzales improves his record to four wins and two losses. Gonzales debuted in the One Championship in March of 2015. He had a rough start as he went on to lose his first two bouts under the promotion. He bounced back by winning his last three bouts including the one with Fujisawa. All three victories came via submission.

This is Fujisawa's first loss since he went professional in 2008. Prior to his bout with Gonzales, he was undefeated in One Championship. He previously fought in other organizations namely Full Metal Dojo and Rings.

Other Filipinos fighting in the event are Eric Kelly, Edward Kelly (brother of Eric), and Joshua Pacio. Eric will be facing Kai Tang of China while his younger brother Edward will face Sung Jong Lee of South Korea. Pacio on the other hand will try to reclaim his strawweight belt from Yosuke Saruta of Japan. Saruta took Pacio's belt last January via split decision.

You Can Now Listen To Nightshade By The Lumineers (Plus Lyrics And Lyric Video)

A few days ago, HBO announced that they will be releasing a music album that contains songs inspired by the Game of Thrones television series. The project was in collaboration with Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The album carries the title For The Throne (Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game Of Thrones). It's expected to be released on April 26, 2019.

The album will feature brand new songs from various artists which include the following: A$AP Rocky, Chloe X Hale, Ellie Goulding, Jacob Banks, James Arthur, Joey BadA$$, Lennon Stella, Lil Peep, Maren Morris, Matthew Bellamy, Mumford and Sons, Rosalia feat. A.CHAL, SZA, The Lumineers, The National, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and X Ambassadors.

The album will contain fourteen tracks. The whole track list is yet to be announced. The first song to be announced and released from the album is Kingdom of One by Maren Morris. You can listen to the song here. Kingdom of One is the first song in the album. Hours after the song hit online, the third song in the album called Nightshade by The Lumineers also got released. The Lumineers uploaded a lyrics video for the song on their official YouTube channel. You can watch and listen to the song here.

Lyrics for Nightshade by The Lumineers

Some of us love to think
Of life as a game
Others are born into royalty
And can never behave

Some find a freedom
Locking men in a cage, oh no
Some priest insisted
It's a test of the faith
And only holy devotion
Can keep the devils away

There's only so much
That a man can pray, oh no

Oh my love, oh my love
Spare my blood, spare my blood

I saw the footprints in the white of the snow
I counted thousands
And I was just a rider alone
Eighteen degrees and eighty miles from home, oh no

We built a wall to keep
The devils at bay
A distant army was marching
Through the night and the day
I swore an oath
And with my life I would pay, oh no

Oh my love, Oh my love
Spare my blood
Nightshade, won't you take me away
And I could hold my breath
For another day
But it was all, it was all
For the throne

We were surrounded
And the ending was near
All of the sudden, a ranger arrived
A savior appeared
Made it to safety
But the devil was here, oh no

Oh my love
Nightshade, won't you take me away
And I could hold my breath
For another day
But it was all, it was all
For the throne

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will start airing on April 14, 2019. It will contain only six episodes. The first episode carries the title Winter is Here and the second episode carries the title The Rightful Queen. The titles of the four other episodes are yet to be announced.

The Lumineers has a new album coming up. It's called III and it's their third studio album. It's scheduled to be released on September 13, 2019. A track list for the album was already announced. Gloria, the first single from the album was released by the band on April 5, 2019. Other songs in the album include Life in the City, Donna, It Wasn't Easy To Be Happy For You, Leader of the Landslide, Left for Denver, My Cell, Jimmy Parks, April, Salt and the Sea.

The album also has three bonus tracks. These are Democracy, Old Lady, and Soundtrack Song.

April 3, 2019

Joker 2019 Movie Trailer Video, Review, and Reactions

The highly-anticipated trailer for the standalone Joker movie has finally been released by Warner Brothers Pictures and it's absolutely worth the wait. Joaquin Phoenix looks fantastic as expected. The cinematography is topnotch. And the accompanying music is great. After the lackluster Joker performance by Jared Leto in 2016's Suicide Squad, it looks like the character is getting a much better treatment this time with Phoenix under the makeup.

The trailer opens with a scene of Arthur Fleck (the Joker) talking to a social worker from the Department of Health. "Arthur, does it help to have someone to talk to?" the social worker asks Arthur. Arthur just looks at her and grins.

The rest of the trailer shows how Arthur turned into a life of crime and chaos. He wasn't always an agent of chaos. "My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face. She told me I had a purpose. To bring laughter and joy to the world. Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?" He failed as a stand-up comedian and then he snapped.

In pursuit of Arthur is the Gotham Police Department. In the words of one of the cops: "Gotham has lost its way. What kind of coward would do something that cold-blooded? Someone who hides behind a mask."

The trailer ends with the following words from Arthur: "I used to think that my life was a tragedy. But now I realized, it's a comedy."

Reactions to the trailer are mostly positive, mostly because of Phoenix's portrayal of the famous character. Some are even comparing the performance to that of Heath Ledger. When the trailer was uploaded on Facebook and YouTube, the video quickly went viral in both platforms. Joaquin Phoenix and The Joker quickly trended on Twitter.

Joker is scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on October 4, 2019. Starring alongside Phoenix in the film are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Dante Pereira-Olson, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Brian Tyree Henry, and Bryan Callen.