Only 24, this young woman is making waves in environmental advocacy in Philippines, mainly through her work with Save Philippines Seas, a project to protect the country’s marine resources. An English graduate, Oposa puts her skills to good use as a writer, teacher and trainer and, has co-authored a book on climate change for elementary school children. The youngest and only Filipino recipient of the Future for Nature award presented annually by the Netherlands’ Future for Nature Foundation, Oposa talks to us about her passion to make the world a better place.
Compiled by Chitra S
Bubbly, vivacious and with a penchant for whipping up great eats, this celebrity chef is a one-woman ambassador for Indonesian cuisine. The petite host of the Asian Food Channel’s Ala Chef and The Big Break, dishes on her passion for good food and recent collaboration with AirAsia as an in-flight meal ambassador.
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To date, her hit song – World is Mine – has received more than 16 million hits on YouTube. She has appeared in a TV commercial for Toyota, which aired in the US. She is the star of her very own video game – Project DIVA and her concerts are often sold out. It’s hard to think of her as anything but human, but the hugely popular Hatsune Miku is a virtual creation, and very unlike you and me. The face of Vocaloid 2, a singing synthesizer application first developed by Yamaha, Miku is a virtual pop star with a fan base that can rival Justin Bieber’s Beliebers. Her creators, Crypton Future Media, explain the inspiration behind her birth, and what the future holds for virtual stars like Miku.
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This month, we sit down with thespians Tony Eusoff (TE) and Aaron Khaled (AK) who play father and son in the Singaporean production of La Cage Aux Folles, one of Broadway’s best-loved hits. This funny yet heartwarming tale of family bonds put to the test revolves around what happens when John (Khaled), introduces his fiancée and her conservative family to his father George (Eusoff), a gay man who runs the La Cage Aux Folles nightclub with his larger-than-life partner.
Compiled by: Chitra S
She grew up in abject poverty under the Khmer Rouge regime, was sold into sexual slavery when she was just a child, and endured torture and rape in Phnom Penh brothels, until she escaped with the help of a foreign aid worker. Instead of distancing herself from the past, Somaly Mam set up AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations), an organisation that helps victims of sexual slavery empower themselves and regain their dignity. Mam shares with us her hopes and dreams for the future, and tells us what keeps her going.
Compiled by: Chitra S Images: Courtesy of AFESIP
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