Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


‘Zootopia’ codirecters win Golden Globe award

BEVERLY HILLS, California—A Filipina American who worked as a codirector for the film “Zootopia” was awarded at the Golden Globes Jan. 8 for “Best Animated Feature Film.”
Josie Trinidad codirected the film and got some praise from her work peers. Zootopia codirector Rich Moore described Josie as “incredibly talented,” according to an Inquirer News report. She had been an apprentice since 2004.
Moore explained in the news report that the film is about accepting diversity and the negative effects it does to society.
Josie’s mother Carmencita Lazo Trinidad, hails from Canlubang, Laguna province. Her late father, Amado Fernando Trinidad, hailed San Juan City in Metro Manila, the report said.

 Philippines hosts Miss Universe 2017 Pageant

The Philippines hosted the 65th Miss Universe Pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Metro Manila on Jan. 30.
Miss Universe Philippines 2017 representative Maxine Medina was among the final 6 chosen. The title went to Miss France Iris Mittenaere.
Medina is 26-year-old five-foot-eight model andFilipino designer. According to her online biodata, Medina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Philippine’s School of Interior Design and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. The pageant was organized by the LCS Group of Companies, the Department of Tourism, and the Miss Universe Organization.

Party-list Kabayan ousts Harry Roque

Party-list organization Kabayan kicked out minority member and lawyer Harry Roque as its representative in Congress.
Kabayan represents senior citizens, farmers, the poor and other marginalized groups.
He has made “severely damaging statements,”the Inquirer News reported. It added that there was an “overwhelming call” to unseat Roque after he had demanded the Senate for the resignation of Sen. Leila de Lima for allegedly stalling her driver from testifying in the House inquiry last November. He argued that his ouster was “unconstitutional and violated the organization’s bylaws,” the report said.
He has filed a petition with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).


Novelist receives esteemed award

A Fil-Am has earned the prestigious 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham award which recognizes the debut of an exceptional work of fiction and talent, according to an Inquirer News report.
Fil-Am author Mia Alvar’s fictional novel “In the Country” was praised by The New York times as “plot rich and well drawn,” the report stated. The report noted that she wrote her stories based on the strength and weaknesses of Filipino OFWs and immigrant communities.
New York Magazine and Publishers Weekly gave favorable reviews as well.
She is alumna of Harvard and Columbia University. The award also gifted with Alvar a $25,000 stipend for use on a future novel.

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