Fil-Am Choreographer and Wife Win Creative Arts Emmy

Filipino-Spanish-American choreographer Napoleon D'umo and his wife, Tabitha, won the Outstanding Choreography award at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, reports ABS-CBN News. The pair won for their choreography in "So You Think You Can Dance," besting other veterans such as Derek Hough of "Dancing with the Stars" and their "So You Think You Can Dance" colleague Christopher Scott. Napoleon has always credited his Filipino heritage for his dancing talent. His father was originally from Baguio.

Filipino Film Wins Top Prize at Locarno Int'l Film Fest

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What is Before)” won the top prize at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival, reports Inquirer.net. The awards ceremony was held in Switzerland.

Filipinos in Nigeria More Worried About Jobs than Ebola

The recent inclusion of Nigeria among the West African nations battling the deadly Ebola virus alarmed the 7,000 Filipino workers deployed in various states in Nigeria, which has just recovered from the deployment ban five years ago, reports Inquirer.net. Filipino workers are mostly engineers in oil industries and multi-national construction firms; teachers, accountants and those who are married to Nigerian nationals.

There Are More Fat Filipino Women Than Men -- Study

More Filipino women are battling chronic energy deficiency and obesity than men, according to the latest national nutrition survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, reports Inquirer.net. 

Filipino Wins Design Tilt for US Nat'l Humanities Medal

Paul Balan's winning medal design (Source:humanitiesmedaldesign.challengepost.com)

Paul Balan's winning medal design (Source:humanitiesmedaldesign.challengepost.com)

Filipino immigrant Paul Balan, from Paete, Laguna, won a $3,000 prize in a design competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities that attracted 131 entries, including two from Balan, reports the Chicago Tribune. He designed the gold-plated medal that shows Lady Liberty in a diadem and flowing dress. 

UK-Based Filipina Nanny Murdered During Trip to PH

Maribel Alpas

Maribel Alpas

Detectives want to question two UK-based nurses after their children’s nanny was found beheaded in the Philippines. Maribel Alpas, 31, worked for Filipino nurses Dennis and Girlie Samson for two years, caring for their two young children, in Warrington, Cheshire. During a trip home to see her family in the Philippines, the nanny went missing and on March 25, her severed head was found in a canal, reports the Daily Mail.

No Threat of Property Market Bubble in PH -- IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said growth in home and office prices in the Philippines has been relatively modest compared to other markets in the region and there is no danger of a property market bubble, reports Inquirer.net

No Shore Leave for OFWs in Ebola Ports

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has barred Filipino seamen on ships operating or calling on Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone ports from going on shore leave in those countries, for fear of Ebola contamination, according to the POEA's Official Gazette .