Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ai-Ai delas Alas renews contract with Hobe Noodles; wants to cook pancit for President Duterte

It's done deal. Marikina Foods Corporation President and CEO Bobby Co and Ai-Ai delas Alas shake hand after the renewal of endorsement contract.

MANILA, Philippines - Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas remains one of the bankable stars in the entertainment industry. She just signed a renewal endorsement deal with Hobe Quick Noodles yesterday afternoon, July 25, at Ai Express Restaurant, Quezon City.

“I hope this is another blessing from the Lord kasi ika fourth year ko na sa Hobe. Yes!” Ai-Ai’s opening statement during the press conference.

Looking chic and fab, Ai-ai delas Alas arrives at Ai Sarap Express before the start of press conference.

Ai-Ai is endorsing Marikina Foods Corporation's Hobe Quick Cook Bihon, the company’s top selling product.

She believes that the company continues to ask for her service since the sales increased during the duration of her endorsement.

“Mataas pa rin ang sales nila. Hanggat mataas ang sales siyempre kukunin ka nila. Yun lang naman pagkakaintindi ko. Pero baka favorite din ako ni Mr. Bobby Co. Hindi ba ganun ang mga Chinese. Kapag swerte ka, kinukuha ka nila parati,” delas Alas added.

This was agreed by Bobby Co., President and CEO of Marikina Foods Corporation.

“Gumaganda po ang sales ng Hobe. Nagpapasalamat ako kay Ms. Ai sa pagtanggap ulit sa amin at hopefully tumagal pa siya sa amin”, Co said to the press.

Marikina Foods Corporation President and CEO Bobby Co and Ai-Ai delas Alas pose for photograph after the contract signing.

Asked by the press if he will increase the Comedy Concert Queen’s talent fee. Co’s answered a resounding yes.

If given a chance, delas Alas wants to cook pancit for President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Bukod sa Hobe pancit, i reresearch ko kung ano ang paborito niyang pancit at iyon ang ihahain ko sa kanyang gamit ang Hobe.”

She is also willing to cook for her colleagues in the showbiz industry.

“Sa ‘Sunday Pinasaya’ siguro palabok kasi ‘diba maraming sahog. Eh kami marami kami dun at maraming sahog ang show na ‘yon. So may comedy at nag dadrama din kami. Pancit bihon naman sa ‘The Clash’ for longevity para tumagal ang contestants habang lumalaban. Sa indie film kong ‘School Service’ ay ito quick noodles dahil quick lang naman talaga ang pagawa ng indie film.”

Hobe Pancit Palabok and Hobe Quick Cook Noodles are just some of the products of Marikina Foods Corporation .

You can catch her at Sunday Pinasaya every Sunday and The Clash every Saturday and Sunday night. She is also busy promoting her indie film under Cinemalaya 2018, School Service, to be shown this coming August 5. She will also have another movie with Ex Batallion and another one under Regal Films.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Mark Striegl on having a healthy and fit lifestyle: “Don’t let cheat meal turn into a cheat day”

MANILA, Philippines - Asian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Mark "Mugen" Striegl had a special appearance at the recently concluded Cosmo Body’s “Live Well, Feel Better HIIT Party” event at Anytime Fitness BGC yesterday afternoon, July 20.

Mark is Filipino-American MMA fighter having fought in many different fight promotions around the world such as URCC, PXC, Legend, DARE Championship, and MIMMA.

He led a 12 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and ab circuit session in front of some fitness enthusiasts, bloggers and social media influencers. He also discussed the importance of sports nutrition in achieving a healthy and fit lifestyle.

From left to right: Ryan Kolton, TJ Padua, Franco Loco, and Kenyong Filarca 

 “You can workout as a professional athlete. You can workout every single day, very intensely, twice a day, two hours per session till complete exhaustion but if you’re not eating correctly and having right nutrition and taking the right supplementation, to be honest you will not going to get the most of your workout. Your body can get deteriorate and worst, you will not recover as fast. Your workout will go to waste. Treat your body like a temple: have a right diet and have a right supplementation.” Striegl told the press.

“My normal day right now is a lot of training and sleeping in between training session and having a very clean diet and right supplementation, I wake up in the morning and take a bunch of supplements and vitamins.”

No pain no gain. The participants of  Cosmo Body’s “Live Well, Feel Better HIIT Party”

The press also asked Mark’s message for those who want to start a healthy lifestyle.

“Enjoy the process. It’s a process not a destination. You have to enjoy it. Embrace it. Just aim to workout every single day. Don’t burn yourself out. Do a little bit every single day. Embrace the lifestyle. Don’t let cheat meal turn into a cheat day. Just have a cheat meal here and there. Have fun with it,” 

Aside from his various endorsements, he is also preparing for the URCC championship fight with a Korean fighter this coming August 25 at Manila Cove, Okada Manila.

Also in attendance during the event are Nino Bautista and Red Gatus, founders of BFC Laboratories.

“Anytime Fitness BGC High Street is our first stop on this tour. Through our ‘Live Well, Feel Better HIIT Party Tour’, we hope to spread the message of health and fitness through sports nutrition in a fun, interactive and informative manner,” said Nino Bautista during his speech.

Mark Striegl with Nino Bautista, co-founder of BFC Laboratories, and Zylen Flor Fanche, BFC Nutritionist

Resident BFC Nutritionist Zylen Flor Fanche also teach the participants during the event some nutrient dense, high- protein and easy to prepare food that is perfect for health and fitness conscious individual.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Anime series 'Barangay 143’ to air soon in Philippine TV

Image: Barangay 143

MANILA, Philippines - To all Filipino anime fans out there, there is something you can be proud of. Filipino made anime series ‘Barangay 143’ will air on October 13, 2018 in GMA-7 after two years of making and intensive preparations.

The show is made possible by Synergy88, a Philippine-based animation and game development studio and Singapore-based company August Media Holdings. Japanese television network TV Asahi also produced the show.

According to their official website, Barangay 143 is a feel-good coming of age story of a young Korean boy whose search for his father brings him to the Philippines. Lost and desperate for answers, he finds an unlikely family in a team of misfits whose only ambition is to bring glory to their hometown. It's a story about love and family set against the action-packed world of street basketball.

From left to right: Takahiro Kishimoto of TV Asahi, Jacqueline Chua of Synergy88 Studios, Jyotirmoy Saha of August Media and Joey Abacan of GMA-7 

 “There’s gonna  be love and jealousy. The story goes through a complex webs of ups and down. It has a serious mode of human drama. The drama that people can relate today easily in the Philippines. There is a love main couple, love triangle, there is jealousy, and there is other woman. All of that.” August Media Holding CEO Jyotirmoy Saha shared during the media launch last July 17, 2018.”

“GMA is the home of anime and we are also known for our drama. We are very excited since some of the stars who will be the voice of the anime is from GMA-7”, GMA Network’s Head of Acquisition Department Joey Abacan told the press.

The series is made by Filipino talents but also utilized manpower from other countries such as Malaysia, Korea, USA, Singapore and Japan. The production started in 2016. The producers plan to air the show outside the Philippines as well.

The voice behind the show. From left to right: Paolo Contis, Raver Eda, John Arcilla, Julie Anne San Jose, Migo Adecer, Kelley Day, Ruru Madrid, Cheri Gil, and Sylvia Sanchez.

During the media launch held last July 17 at The Elements, Eton Centris, Quezon City, the producers revealed who will bring life the characters by lending their voice. The voice stars are Paolo Contis, Raver Eda, John Arcilla, Julie Anne San Jose, Migo Adecer, Kelley Day, Ruru Madrid, Cheri Gil, Sylvia Sanchez and among others.

Check out the official photos of Gloria Diaz during her reign as Miss Universe 1969

Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, is surrounded by well-wishers after she is crowned. 

“Neil Armstrong of the United States just landed on the moon but Gloria Diaz @its.gloriadiaz of the Philippines has just conquered the Universe." - US Pres.Richard Nixon (July 19, 1969).

MANILA - Exactly 49 years ago today, Philippines got the first Miss Universe crown through Gloria Diaz. Let's go back to 1969 and have a glimpse of Gloria's official photos as Miss Universe. All photos courtesy of IMG Universe LLC.

In Miami Beach, Florida, Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, poses for photographers the day after she won her title. Although Diaz was crowned in Florida, the Miss Universe Pageant has been held in 28 countries around the world since satellite developments made international broadcasts possible.

Philippines native Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, looks pensive in this headshot. Diaz won her title in Miami Beach, Florida.

Modeling an evening gown for another photo, Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, strikes a pose. Speaking and working on behalf of her official cause of HIV/AIDS Awareness, traveling, posing for pictures, and signing autographs take up a majority of each Miss Universe's time during her reign.

Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, displays some of her prizes. Although Miss Universe no longer receives a sceptor or a trophy, she does receive prizes from sponsors that range from Clairol to Mikimoto Pearls to Maurice Lacroix and Hoya Crystal.

Standing in her Catalina swimsuit, Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, shows off the form that helped her win the title. Catalina Swimsuits founded the Miss Universe Pageant in 1952.

Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969, poses for an official Miss Universe photo. Miss Universe will be photographed thousands of times during her reign. She will sign thousands of autographs in her world travels on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Man of the World 2018: Who is the Perfect Man to Conquer the (Your) World?

Reigning Man of the World, Mustafa Elizali. Image: PEPPs Foundation

Two days before the finale, our contributing writer Dale Gregory Medina lists down the possible winner of the 2nd edition of Man of the World pageant.

MANILA, Philippines – There is no denying that thirty of the most dashing and handsome gentlemen from all over the world are up to prove that they are the perfect man for the Man of the World 2018 title.

Man of the World 2018 has been described as a competitive batch with contestants composed of movie stars, gym trainers, body builders, young professionals, doctors, a nurse and models.

Now let’s take a look to the candidates who made sparks in the duration of the pageant.

First is Peru’s Juan Carlos Cabrera Torres. Torres is the very first deaf candidate of the two-year old pageant. His main reason of joining the pageant is to inspire others most especially those handicapped people like him. Will this inspiring gentleman prove that there is no limit and boundaries to be Man of the World 2018?

Juan Carlos Cabrera Torres, Peru. Image Ross Paris Photography

Let’s meet the pride of Guam, Joseph Lawrence Bondoc. Joe, his nickname, was born in Sta. Rita, Pampanga and grew-up in Guam. He loves being immersed on both Guam and Philippine traditions and culture. He was mentored and coached by an international Filipino pageant coach, Shandy Montecarlo Lim. Being trained by a Filipino with competitiveness; will this island hottie bring home the very first Man of the World crown of Guam?

Joseph Lawrence Bondoc, Guam. Image Ross Paris Photography

Picking up the list is the heartthrob from Thailand, Natapol Srisarn. In an interview by Missosology, he said that it has been his dream to be Man of the World. He also mentioned that this will be his last attempt in pageant due to his age that’s why he is trying his very best to win the title. Will dreams and determination be his shining armor to win the title of Man of the World 2018?

Natapol Srisarn, Thailand. Image Ross Paris Photography

Next in line is the pride of Korea, Kim Gil Hwan. This professional diver hottie is the replacement of the original winner of Man of the World Korea but with his undeniable breathtaking appeal and charisma, he managed to impress every pageant enthusiast day by day. Will this professional diver make a perfect dive for the crown? 

Kim Gil Hwan, Korea. Image Ross Paris Photography

Last but definitely never ever be the least is the Philippine pride, Clint Karklins Peralta. Clint is a registered nurse from the province of Camarines Sur. He is also a runway, print ad and TV commercial model. In an interview, Clint mentioned that this will be his last pageant stint. He said, win or lose, after his reign in Misters of Filipinas, he will fly back to London to practice his profession. Will his London comeback be postponed due to his Man of the World 2018 win?

Clint Karklins Peralta, Philippines. Image Ross Paris Photography

These gentlemen are more than ready to prove that they are the perfect man for the Man of the World 2018 title. Will one of them be declared as the winner? We’ll find out who will be the perfect man on the coronation night on July 14, 2018 at San Juan, Metro Manila. The reigning Man of the World is Mustafa Elizali of Egypt.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Jemma Johnstone for Miss Universe Great Britain 2018

Four days before the finale of Miss Universe Great Britain 2018, let us get to know more one of this year’s finalist, Jemma Johnstone. At the age of 16, she started a small interior design business and now she is studying a part-time diploma in interior design at the University of Westminster.

“Homes and design have always been a passion of mine and I am aspiring to get on the property ladder and build on my business.”Jemma shared.

“After visiting an orphanage in Africa last year, that had recently been attacked, it became apparent to me that I want to be able to help and work with people in need worldwide. This is one of the reasons why I want to be Miss Universe GB and go on to compete for Miss Universe.“

“Now, aged 22, I have been given this amazing opportunity and platform to help me do just that. I have decided to work on a campaign/program to help young girls protect themselves from violence and difficult situations that they may face. Having trained in martial arts from a young age I want to use my skills and knowledge, to help young girls not only protect themselves but to build up their confidence as well.” Jemma added.

She also shared in one of our chats that her favorite Miss Universe is Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines.

“My favorite MU would be Pia Wurtzbach, for taking her untraditional crowning moment in her stride, grace and humbleness. She’s the epitome of a strong, fierce, independent woman. She’s flawlessly beautiful, inside and out! & a phenomenal role model for any girl!”

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe Philippines 2015 is crowned the winner at the conclusion of The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX Sunday, December 20. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

I also grab the opportunity to give some message to her Filipino fans.

“You are the heart of pageantry, and I can only dream that one day I get to experience your warmth and the beauty of your country.”

Please support Jemma on her journey to Miss Universe Great Britain 2018 along with her fellow candidates on July 14th. Winner will represent their beautiful country at Miss Universe pageant later this year.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Beauty queens speak up on transwoman joining Miss Universe

If there’s one beauty queen that caught the attention of fans in the pageantry world today, that would be Angela Ponce. Angela makes history as she is the first transwoman who will compete at the Miss Universe pageant this year. Her win is not without controversy. Some pageant fans are not pleased with her victory, claiming that Miss Universe pageant is only exclusive for natural born women.

Transgender women were previously banned competing in Miss Universe until 2013 when Canada’s Jenna Talackova challenged the ruling.

“Bringing the name and colors of Spain before the universe is my great dream. My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but also for the entire world.", Ponce shared in her Instagram post.

La vida está llena de retos, de desafíos, comprender eso en mi vida ha hecho que hoy haya cumplido un sueño que siempre tuve, para ello lo único que necesite fue convertir cada obstáculo que se me presentaba como una oportunidad de crecimiento. Desde mi tenacidad, con constancia, disciplina, respeto, amor a mi misma cierro con La Corona del Miss Universo España una etapa donde camine de la mano de mi familia y amigos recibiendo siempre su apoyo y amor incondicional, sin ellos nada de esto sería posible. @daniela_fundacion por permitirme crecer y ser mejor persona a su lado. Y a mis preparadores @juliomatamoros_hair y @jorgematamorosmakeup por confiar en mi y regalarme su tiempo, sus conocimientos y su ilusión. Hoy comienza un nuevo ciclo para mí, comprometida conmigo misma, con mi misión de vida, con España, voy rumbo al @missuniverse, con la conciencia y el compromiso de llevar adelante un mensaje de inclusión, respeto, tolerancia, amor por uno mismo, amor por los demás. De la mano de @orgbemiss y @guillermoescobaroficial, llevando a adelante nuestro slogam: “SOMOS MÁS DE LO QUE VES”, les doy las Gracias por acompañarme en este maravilloso viaje, por creer en mí, por darme la oportunidad de poner un granito de arena por una sociedad que merece cambios, dejar una huella sembrada en cada ser humano que la vida me ponga en mi camino. Gracias por cada mensaje lleno de amor que me han enviado...
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She first participated in Miss World Spain 2015 representing Cadiz. The pageant was won by Mireia Lalaguna Royo, who went on to win the Miss World title in China that year.

I personally asked some of my beauty queen friends thru IG and Facebook DM regarding this hot issue and here are their responses:

Shanna Moakler, actress and Miss USA 1995

“I think people need to start educating themselves on what it means to be transgender and start taking the stereotypes out of it, for a person to fully transition it takes years and it’s a decision not taken lightly, Miss universe is a symbol of beauty and what is more beautiful then a person taking ownership of who they truly are and braving the world with their self-confidence fearlessly. Miss universe for me celebrates ALL women, of every race, creed, religion and culture. I find it comical people have issues with a person who has completely transitioned but not with women who have had so much plastic surgery their beauty is completely manufactured.”

Shanna Moakler

Charlotte White, Miss Universe Great Britain 2018 contestant

“I am personally over the moon that she won Miss Universe Spain. I think it’s such an accomplishment and the influence it will have on others who are wanting to go through the transition. I am proud that Miss Universe org allowed this to happen in 2013 and now today we have inclusion and acceptance for individuals to be their accepted selves. We are all humans and Miss Universe allows us to celebrate beauty all across the word who are confidently beautiful in their own skin.”

Charlotte White

Ena Velasco, Bb. Pilipinas 2018 semifinalist

"With the current issue of Miss Universe-Spain, it’s quite a challenge especially for us  filipinos with conservative culture to welcome such idea.  But as we go through time, culture also evolves and I don’t see anything wrong with it, especially if the rules of the pageant doesn’t apply or doesn’t specify such. I think that’s the first thing that we have to put into consideration, legalities.

In the world of pageantry, we beauty queens have made it our platform to empower other women and urge them to stand up for their rights and fight for equality. To make known to the world that WE exist and have the same importance in society as men and that doesn’t exclude Transgender women, who by the way are also women.

Their transition didn’t just happen in a snap of a finger. It’s a process they had to go through over time.  Usually that process isn’t always easy.  Many had to go through a lot of judgement, disrespect, and fear, the fear of not being accepted by society, worse, by their families. It’s a psychosocial and emotional struggle for them that we might not even know how to cope if we put ourselves in their shoes.

It’s a battle they continue to face every single day. When in fact, acceptance is just all they wanted, to be recognized as members by such discriminating society, to be included and take part in it.

Respect and acceptance is all we can give to them. An open mind and heart. If you cannot accept them, at least give them the respect they deserve as human beings.

We may have our own different opinions but at the end of the day we’ll have to leave the final verdict to the Miss Universe organization. Whatever decision they come up with, we’ll just have to accept and support the organization on that matter."

Ena Velasco

Raquel Wellentin, Miss North Dakota USA 2017

“I believe all women should be able to compete. We shouldn’t be isolating a group of women, because they weren’t born as a female. If she looks like a woman, then she should be able to compete. There should be criteria and restrictions before being able to compete in the pageant to prevent it turning into a drag show.”

Just because she wasn’t born as a female, who are we to say she hasn’t gone through hard times in her life. That’s what this organization stands for. It’s supposed to inspire and empower women.

The only thing she won’t understand is how it feels to carry and nurture a child. That’s it. But why should we judge her based on that? MISS Universe doesn’t even allow single moms to compete. They should allow it, because they are not married. Overall, we need to stop isolating a group of women. Instead, let’s empower each other and stop the negativity.”

Raquel Wellentin

Elizabeth Camilia Lee, Miss Earth Singapore 2017

“It's still a young topic that's why many people are voicing out their opinions without the support of prior references. But if the organization has decided to take this step to allow transgenders to take part, it shows that they are working towards a new strategy in empowering women and promoting diversity.”

Elizabeth Camilia Lee

Zarah Carbonell, Miss World Philippines 2017 Second Princess

“I personally see nothing wrong with it as The Miss Universe Organization is one that promotes being confidently beautiful and i think it takes a lot of that to rise up to a social norm. We proudly come together to advocate for gender equality yet tend to forget that equality excludes no one. At the end of the day, I feel that the issue is less about having a transgender join a beauty pageant, but more about our willingness to adjust a little so we can build a society that is inclusive for all.”

Zarah Carbonell

Andreia Gibau, Miss Earth 2017 Top 16 finalist from USA

“ I believe that if the country legally identifies her as female and the miss universe rules allows females to compete even if they’re not natural born I think it’s okay. As long as she’s on the same playing field as all the other delegates competing. I hope she uses that platform to inspire others but when it comes to official phases of the competition it has to be judged fairly on an even scale.”

Andreia Gibau

Nia Sanchez, Miss Universe 2014 First Runner-Up from USA

“I’m all for it.”

Nia Sanchez

What do you think? Should transwomen be allowed to join Miss Universe? Share your thoughts in comment section below.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Save the date: Mr. World Philippines 2018 Competition Night

Follow the footsteps of Andrew Wolff, Sam Ajdani, and John Spainhour when you join Mr. World Philippines 2018.
Ms. World Philippines Organization is once again calling the young gentlemen of the Philippines to join Mr. World Philippines 2018. Deadline of submission of entries will be on August 10, 2018, You can download the form at Successful applicants will be invited to screen in person a week after to select the official candidates this year.

Other titles at stake are Mr. Supranational Philippines and Mr. Eco International Philippines.

Competition night will be on September 15, 2018 at Newports Performing Arts Theater. Winner will represent the country at Mr. World 2018 which will be held here in the Philippines on January 27, 2019. 100 countries will be competing on the said male international pageant.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Mr. and Ms. Philippine Islands 2018 candidates revealed

The official candidates of Mr. Philippine Islands 2018 in their swimwear during the press presentation. Photo by JR Noses
Now on its second year, MMPI Organization presented the 41 official candidates (22 ladies and 19 gentlemen) of Mr. and Ms. Philippine Islands 2018 to the members of the press last June 30 at The A. Venue Hotel, Makati City.

The candidates strut their stuffs by walking on the ramp wearing their swimwear and evening gown/formal wear.

The show was hosted by the reigning Miss Philippines 2018 Sammy Anne Legaspi and Nina Taduran, one of the MMPI Organization board members.

The official candidates of Ms. Philippine Islands 2018 in their swimwear during the press presentation. Photo by JR Noses

Though the date and venue of the pageant is yet to be announced, the organization will be giving five titles this year: Mr. and Ms. Philippine Islands 2018, Mr. and Ms. Philippine Islands – Luzon, Mr. and Ms. Philippine Islands – Visayas, Mr. and Ms. Philippine Islands – Mindanao and Mr. and Ms. Teen Philippines Islands 2018.

According to their official FB account, Mr. and Ms. Philippine Islands is a new pageant that will not only promote Philippine Tourism but give the public a kind of pageant that will never tamper the result.

Check out the photos below as captured by JR Noses.