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ABS-CBN: Oliver Tolentino designs US singer’s costumes

Posted by lecrowder in Connections, Home on 04 26th, 2011

Oliver Tolentino designs US singer’s costumes

HOLLYWOOD, California – Filipino Hollywood designer Oliver Tolentino has been commissioned by Cee Lo Green, one of America’s most popular artists, to make his costumes for a big new music video.

Green is famous for his hit song “Forget You“.

For the singer’s next music video, millions of Cee Lo Green’s fans will get to see Filipino design up close as the popular singer picked Tolentino to do his costumes.

Tolentino created two designs: one is a robin egg blue suit embellished with embroidery and Swarovski crystals. It features a “furry” overcoat made of Philippine raw silk cocoon from Aklan.

The other is a bright red suit embellished with gold embroidery, beads, and Swarovski crystals. It features a Liberace-inspired cape of peacock fabric and gold embroidery.

”Yung turquoise jacket is made from raw silk cocoon. So makikita niyo sa video, angat na angat. Para siyang fur pero it’s not,” said Tolentino.

The costumes, though designed in Hollywood, were sewn and embroidered in the Philippines using Filipino materials.

“Everything he will be wearing were all made in the Philippines. Out of this world. Matutuwa talaga ang manonood.

“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa mga mananahi ko tsaka embellishers at cutters ko sa Philippines kasi they made the outfit very well,” the designer added.

Green is known for being the male version of Lady Gaga because of his outlandish outfits, such as the one he wore in his duet with Gwyneth Paltrow at the recent Grammy awards.

He is also one of the judges in the new singing contest on TV, “The Voice,” where he is joined by Christina Aguilera, whom Tolentino met when he went to take Green’s measurements.

Tolentino was in Las Vegas to attend to Green’s costumes for the shooting of the music video of “I Want You,” Green’s new song.

The designer also created several dresses for the “princess” in the video, model Ivey Mansel.

“Ang sarap gumawa ng video kasi magagawa mo ang gusto mo especially with Cee Lo na sabi, ‘Gawin mong mas outrageous. Mas okay sa akin ‘yan,'” Tolentino said.

The designer added he had to make sure the costumes fit really well even if the singer moves around a lot.

“With an artist like Cee Lo, he does a lot of movement so I made sure na tamang-tama ang fit.”

Green’s stylist was the one who talked to Tolentino about the project, proof of the continuing success of the Filipino designer in Hollywood.

“Sila ang nag-approach kasi there are only a few people who can do these outrageous costumes. Tsaka ang motif nila ay Liberace so kailangan talaga ng very detailed embellishments sa costumes ni Cee Lo,” Tolentino said. — Report from Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau Evangelicals Launch Crusade to Adopt Children From Around the World

Posted by lecrowder in Home, News on 04 25th, 2011

Evangelicals Launch Crusade to Adopt Children From Around the World

Declaring a global “orphan crisis,” US evangelicals ride to the rescue — with unintended results.
April 24, 2011 |

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In late March Craig Juntunen told a group of Christian adoption advocates assembled at a Chandler, Arizona, home about his plans to increase international adoptions fivefold. Just over a year before, the world had been riveted by the saga of Laura Silsby, the American missionary arrested while trying to transport Haitian children across the Dominican border. But the lessons of that scandal seemed far from Juntunen’s mind as he described his “crusade to create a culture of adoption” by simplifying adoption’s labyrinthine ethical complexities to their emotional core. Juntunen, a former pro football quarterback and the adoptive father of three Haitian children, has emerged as a somewhat rogue figure in the adoption world since he recently founded an unorthodox nonprofit, Both Ends Burning. He has commissioned a documentary about desperate orphans in teeming institutions, Wrongfully Detained, and proposed a “clearinghouse model” that will raise the number of children adopted into US families to more than 50,000 per year.

Juntunen acknowledges that many adoption experts find his proposals naïve, particularly in a year that witnessed scandals in Haiti, Nepal and most recently Ethiopia, where widespread irregularities and trafficking allegations may slow the once-booming program to a crawl. He met a chilly reception recently at the Adoption Policy Conference at New York Law School when he spoke alongside State Department officials. But Juntunen insists that his ideas for increasing adoption constitute a social movement, akin to the civil rights movement, and that the force of a growing “adoption culture” will help them prevail.

In this expectation, he may be right. In Arizona, Juntunen was speaking with Dan Cruver, head of Together for Adoption, a key coalition in a growing evangelical adoption movement. The event was the first of the organization’s new “house conferences”: small-scale meet-ups bolstering an active national movement that promotes Christians’ adopting as a way to address a worldwide “orphan crisis” they say encompasses hundreds of millions of children. It’s a message Cruver also emphasizes in his book Reclaiming Adoption—one in a growing list of titles about “orphan theology,” which teaches that adoption mirrors Christian salvation, plays an essential role in antiabortion politics and is a means of fulfilling the Great Commission, the biblical mandate that Christians spread the gospel.

Yet while Cruver and his colleagues have inspired thousands of Christians to enter the arduous and expensive process of international adoption, the adoption industry is on a steep decline after years of ethical problems and tightening regulations around the world. Since the mid-’90s, eighty-three countries have ratified the Hague convention regulating international adoption. By 2010 there were 12,000 such adoptions in the United States (including 1,100 exceptional “humanitarian parole” cases from post-earthquake Haiti)—almost half those at the peak in 2004. If evangelicals heed Cruver’s call en masse, it could mean not just a radical change in who raises the world’s children but a powerful clash between rapidly falling supply and sharply inflating demand.

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Adoption has long been the province of religious and secular agencies, but in the past two years evangelical advocacy has skyrocketed. In 2009 Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of the 2009 book Adopted for Life, shepherded through a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) resolution calling on all 16 million members of the denomination to become involved in adoption or “orphan care.” Last year at least five evangelical adoption conferences were held, and between 1,000 and 2,000 churches participated in an “Orphan Sunday” event in November. And in February, the mammoth evangelical adoption agency Bethany Christian Services announced that its adoption placements had increased 13 percent since 2009, in large part because of the mobilization of churches.

The 4th International Conference on Adoption and Culture: Mapping Adoption: Histories, Geographies, Literatures, Politics

Posted by lecrowder in Events, Home, News on 04 25th, 2011

Call for proposals — please publicize widely.

The 4th International Conference on Adoption and Culture:
Mapping Adoption: Histories, Geographies, Literatures, Politics

March 22 – 25, 2012

The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California

For the 2012 conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and
Culture, we are expanding our concerns to include not only adoption in
its many historical and cultural variations but also parallel
institutions such as foster care, orphanages, and
technologically-assisted reproduction, as well as various forms of
forced relinquishment or family separation.. We seek proposals that
explore the cultural meanings and/or political locations of any of these
practices, and we encourage analyses of relationships among them. We
will include academic work from a wide range of scholarly disciplines
and areas—literature, film and popular culture and performance studies,
cultural studies, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology,
political science, law, women’s and gender studies, etc.— as well as
artistic presentations of film, creative writing, graphic art, music, or
productions in other media. We also encourage interdisciplinary panels,
presentations, and productions.

Proposals may address adoption or related practices or their
representation in any way, but we especially encourage work addressing
race, class, gender, nationality, and/or sexuality and sexual
orientation, and/or investigations of topics such as state and
institutional power, (in)fertility, markets and market practices, and

Confirmed keynote speaker: Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor of
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, University of California,
Berkeley, whose forthcoming book, Global Families: A History of Asian
International Adoption in America, examines how Asian international
adoption has contributed to the transformation of the U.S. into an
international adoption nation and how its history is also a history of
race, labor, immigration and intimacy.

Please send 200-word proposals for papers or samples of creative work
(of less than 10 pages) to

Proposal deadline: July 1, 2011.

A conference website is under development.

For additional information, contact Susan
Castagnetto at:

Conference co-chairs:
Susan Castagnetto, Intercollegiate Women’s Studies of The Claremont
Colleges, Scripps College

Susan Castagnetto, Coordinator
Intercollegiate Women’s Studies of the Claremont Colleges
1030 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA   91711
(909) 607-8018
FAX:  (909) 607-9236