PHILIPPINES TO CLOSE BORACAY TO TOURISTS FOR SIX MONTHS

Boracay if not the number one, is one of the top on list to go for vacation among Filipino and foreign tourists all year round. It is famous for its powdery white sand and shallow azure water, was named the best island resort by magazine publisher Conde Nast in 2016. It was also ranked second out of 25 beaches in Asia and 24th in the world in TripAdvisor's 2018 Travellers' Choice Awards. BUT the resort island will be closed to tourists for six months from April 26 to fix sewage and environment-related problems that have led President Rodrigo Duterte to describe it as a "cesspool". “At a distance, you see white sand. But you go into the water, it’s smelly. Smell of what? Shit because everything that goes out in Boracay … it’s destroying the environment or the Republic of the Philippines and creating a disaster,” he said in a business forum in Davao City. Tourists have already been cancelling bookings. Airlines have advised their passengers that their bookings may be affected by the closure. Some has said it will refund customers, help them rebook, or reroute affected flights. The government's economic planners said the six-month closure will barely have an impact on tourism-driven growth.The closure will cost the island's tourism sector some 56 billion pesos (S$1.4 billion) if it lasts for a year. Eleven hotels have said their combined losses can run up to 550 million pesos a year. The Department of Tourism has ceased marketing Boracay and is instead promoting alternative destinations in Western Visayas. The Philippine National Police Region 6, together with personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy, have started to roam and monitor the area. According to reports, authorities vowed to implement stricter rules and regulations during the six-month closure of the island. Residents, workers and resort owners will be allowed to enter the island upon their presentation of identification cards with specific addresses in any of the three barangays. Officials said tourists would be stopped at the Caticlan jetty port and no visitors would be allowed except in cases of emergencies and with clearance from authorities. No floating structures shall be allowed within three kilometers from the shoreline and fishing would be allowed only for Boracay residents. Under the guidelines, only residents would be allowed to swim in the beach at Station 1 at the northern end of the island from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. only. With two days before authorities start enforcing Mr. Duterte’s order to close Boracay, local tourism stakeholders are coming together to prevent a repeat of the environmental breakdown — and the abrupt decision to close the island for a six—month cleanup — in other tourism destinations around the country. This developed as the private sector made available as many as 4,000 jobs in different fields for those who will be displaced with the closure of internationally renowned resort destination on Thursday. “One Boracay” — which has the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP), Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) and the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) as key members along with local tourism stakeholders of the island — is currently in touch with their counterparts at other prime tourism destinations in the country. Residents and business owners on the island were divided over the controversial tag and the closure order, which coincides with the “summer” peak season when international and local tourists flock the island. References: www.gmanetwork.com www.newsinfo.inquirer.net

AVICII FANS GATHER FOR MEMORIAL DANCE PARTY

The electronic dance music star, Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, one of this decade's biggest pop stars, was found on Friday, dead of undisclosed causes at age 28. As Prince fans know, sometimes the most meaningful way to mourn an artist is to celebrate his legacy. That was on the minds of Avicii fans who filled the streets of his native Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday for a massive dance party featuring the music of the late DJ. they’re having a memorial in stockholm for avicii ???? pic.twitter.com/mNJpI9LdCp— Ebba (@illestbaba) April 21, 2018 Peers and collaborators including Calvin Harris, Diplo, Skrillex, and Madonna paid tribute on social media to the hugely popular artist who was best-known for "Wake Me Up," a 2013 single that hit the top five in the U.S. and number one in 22 countries. During his career he notched up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour, as nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones. It's not yet known how the Swedish DJ died, but two years ago he announced his retirement after suffering from health problems, which forced him to retire from touring in 2016. It's known that he has been suffering from pancreatitis, reportedly caused by heavy drinking. He once said in an interview: "Drinking became routine for me, but it's impossible to keep up touring and drinking at the same time, because you are going to crash." He suffered from acute pancreatitis and had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. His death came days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album. Avicii tweeted his thanks for the nomination on Tuesday, just days before his death. Thanks for the nomination! ???? @billboard #BBMAS pic.twitter.com/uTjKQALeX2— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) April 17, 2018 References: www.bbc.com www.thecurrent.org

KENDRICK LAMAR MAKES HISTORY WITH PULITZER PRIZE FOR "DAMN."

The voice of his generation, Kendrick Lamar, and the first hip hop artist to win the music Pulitzer for his 14-track “DAMN.”. The Pulitzer Prize in Music is typically awarded to classical artists and jazz musicians so that makes him the first non-classical or jazz musician to receive the prize since the awards expanded to music in 1943. Pulitzer describes DAMN. as a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” The LP was awarded a 4.9 out of 5 rating. DAMN. was released in April 2017 and closed out the year as the #1 album of the year on the Billboard charts. Perhaps the most obvious question provoked by the news that Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the Pulitzer prize for music for his 2017 album Damn is not “why?” but rather “what took you so long?” Congratulations to @kendricklamar, @dangerookipawaa and @Interscope! #Pulitzer pic.twitter.com/fFQBYnoW9F— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018 References: www.hiphopdx.com.com

BEYONCé MAKES HISTORY WITH COACHELLA PERFORMANCE

On Saturday night, the reigning queen of American music, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, became the first black woman to headline Coachella. A voice booming over the festival's sound system described the concert as Beyoncé's "homecoming," even though this was her debut at Coachella and that nobody in the crowd seemed to object demonstrated how completely she was making the place her own. "Y'all ready Coachella?," she asked the crowd as she opened her set. "Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline," Beyoncé said, before singing "Run the World (Girls)." Beyoncé performed for throngs of screaming fans Saturday night at Coachella after a year's wait. Beyoncé's fans, known as the BeyHive had a new nickname for this year's festival: Beychella. Beyoncé was originally scheduled to headline the festival last year, but had to pull out because she was pregnant with twins at the time. This year, she triumphantly ascended the stage for a two-hour set that was, as the New York Times put it, most likely the most “meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance” any American musician will produce this year. A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Apr 15, 2018 at 9:31am PDT Beyoncé also reunites with Destiny's Child at music festival. The pop music powerhouse teamed up with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, reuniting in concert for the first time since 2013. Destiny's Child reunion! This is so iconic. #BeyChella pic.twitter.com/IK8oeh5LhX— . (@goddessyonce) April 15, 2018 References: www.edition.cnn.com www.washingtonpost.com

THE WEEKND RELEASES “HE WAS NEVER THERE” SHORT DOCUMENTARY

After dropping two vertical videos last month, The Weeknd unleashes a grainy clip for “He Was Never There” off My Dear Melancholy, his chart-topping six-song EP. Not exactly a music video, it plays out like a mini-documentary. An experimental short documentary that goes behind the scenes of making My Dear Melancholy,. The six-minute clip features footage from the recording sessions, plus audio clips from interviews with those involved, offering a deeper look at “the emotion in the world of The Weeknd. It showcases different takes, conversations, and pensive moments in the lab. A voice narrates different parts of the clip. He explains how the project came together in “a month-and-a-half” and how it’s all about “cultivating” Abel’s thoughts. Think of the film as a mood board, capturing the horror-movie VHS dread that inspires Tesfaye's general sonic outlook. It's brief and inventively shot. Take a look at it: References: www.thisisrnb.com

CARDI B: 'I'M FINALLY FREE' AFTER REVEALING BABY BUMP

At last! After weeks of pregnancy rumors, Cardi B revealed she's expecting first child with Offset — and she was elated to finally share the news. Cardi B ended her epic Saturday Night Live debut by sending social media into a frenzy while performing her third single from her debut album, “Be Careful” in a form-fitting white gown that flaunted her new curves and highlighted her baby bump. Reports had been circulating for weeks that she and fiancé Offset, who proposed in October 2017 at a concert in Philadelphia, were expecting a child together, which they both initially denied. “I’m finally free!” the 25-year-old rapper said excitedly with raised hands as she walked off the stage to friends applauding her after her performance on Saturday, April 7. #SNL Surprise! #InvasionOfPrivacy out now! ???????????? @iamcardib #cardib #iamcardib A post shared by SAVAGE. I STAY READY ???????? (@brooklyn.johnny) on Apr 7, 2018 at 9:51pm PDT A few hours after her pregnancy reveal, Bardi tweeted, “I started winning when the whole world was doubting on me !think imma lose with my little baby counting on me ?” I started winning when the whole world was doubting on me !think imma lose with my little baby counting on me ?— iamcardib (@iamcardib) April 8, 2018 Meanwhile, Offset posted a photo of himself with Cardi B on Twitter over the weekend, writing that they're looking forward to their next chapter. C A R D I A N D I L O O K F O R W A R D T O O U R N E X T C H A P T E R T O G E T H E R pic.twitter.com/C1QizKV3Cb— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) April 8, 2018 References: via www.usmagazine.com
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