The X Factor UK 2017 – Live Shows Week 4 Prize Fight – Rak-Su vs Grace Davies #XFactor

Again, it’s Grace vs Rak-Su – two of the frontrunners of this series.

I loved both song. Mona Lisa by Rak-Su is pop perfection whilst Grace’s Hesitate is a dance-club hit waiting to happen! 

https://youtu.be/C7BkKwAYPn8
Winner: Rak-Su

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The X Factor UK 2017 – 4th Week Live Show 8 Recap – Girls and Overs Categories #XFactor

Out of all the acts who performed last night, the two acts who got the lowest number of votes were the weakest performances wise.

https://youtu.be/kzKJbN8tlfI

Rai-Elle’s performance of Mr. Big Stuff was well-received enough by the judges; said it was her beat vocal performance but people need to vote for her!

https://youtu.be/NXeCNOKPKes

Kevin took on a big risk with this Song and I thought he did pretty well here. The consensus is that it was great but it wasn’t his best performance to date. Oh, and he’s real and a very nice person too.

https://youtu.be/CBUVzmvyvto

Matt is my biggest spoiler for the title. I mean, he’s already in my top 3 since the very beginning but his performance of Alicia Keys’ most iconic song is just up there. 

The judges thought that vocally, this was his best performance yet. And he’s awfully charming as well.

https://youtu.be/V3lERcnIjsI

This was just painful to watch and what’s even more painful is Louis pointing out the obvious. Ugh. Poor Holly.

https://youtu.be/hjiv5yxW8rY

Grace Davies singing an original is always a joy to watch! I’ve to agree with Sharon – this was a fantastic song (called ‘Hesitate’) and it was nice seeing Grace in her element and enjoying herself onstage.

Eliminated: Rai-Elle and Holly

https://youtu.be/xdTMWRt8H4U

How to VOTE for Rachel Peters at the Miss Universe 2017!

The voting starts tomorrow, November 20th.

1. You can vote 10 time per day at missuniverse.com

2. Tweet using #MissUniverse #Philippines #MissUniversePhilippines – Always together, to be sure!

Repeat this process during the live telecast on November 26 (November 27 in Manila) in each round!

Kaya natin to! We’re not the social media capital of the world for nothing!

The X Factor UK 2017 – 4th Week Live Show 7 Recap – Groups & Boys Categories #XFactor

The theme this week is Crazy in Love so it’s clearly all about being in love and uhm, being crazy hahaha while the prize of the winning act this week is that he/she/they will get to record their own song with Ali Tamposi (who works with the likes of Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and many more).

For the 7th live show of the series, the Boys and the Groups battled it out with two acts leaving last night. And boy was it a shocker! I mean, I expected that particular act to get the boot but the other act’s elimination was way surprising! I really thought they’re in it to win it!

Sam Black – Oops by Little Mix

He was still pitchy and he’s obviously the weakest in the competition. I don’t know what Louis was thinking when he let him sing this song! I agree with Simon, the song choice was horrible.

Simon: That’s what I call a prom cocktail. Everything that happens around you has been done by other people.
Nicole: It was the best performance you’ve ever done so far.
Sharon: I’ve never see you JUST YOU up there. Same comment as Simon.
Louis: You’re still here so obviously people like you. (NOT, ANYMORE Louis)

Sean and Conor Price – Issues by Julia Michaels
They didn’t have their guitar this week! I absolutely loved this song and I thought Conor totally killed it. I loved them and was sad that their stint was cut short. What is wrong with the Brits???

Louis loved it!
Sharon: Excellent song choice! This is where you shine!
Nicole: Conor’s voice was amazing! I still think you guys are better than that.
Simon: The competition won’t be the same without you boys. 😦

The Cutkelvins – Saved Me from Myself (Original)
We’re finally hearing the boys taking center stage! This was just an A-OK song for me! I think they really did deserved to stay with this performance.

Louis: I think this was a big risk and it totally paid off!
Sharon: A really, really, great song! It was fantatic!
Nicole: The Cutkelvins has arrived!
Simon: It tells me about who you are as people. I think it’s gonna pay off.

Lloyd Macey – From This Moment by Shania Twain.
I didn’t like this and thought this was his worst performance in the show.

Simon: You are a really good singer. This was great but it didn’t make me emotional.
Nicole: You have such a beautiful instrument.
Sharon: There’s always room for somebody like you in the industry.
Louis: You have the most amazing pure recording voice.

Rak-Su – Mona Lisa (Original)
This guys are ready to go out there! They’re so freaking good! And this original song is so freaking good!

Louis: Every week you’re bringing it!
Sharon: (drop mic) You are guys are unbelievable!
Nicole: This country has fallen in love with Rak-Su.
Simon: There is so much talent in this country and you are showing that.

Rak-Su got the highest votes making them last night’s champion!

Eliminated: Sam Black & Sean and Conor Price

Here’s what brothers Sean and Conor has to say about their stint in the show:

GENUINELY so grateful to everyone that has voted for us and continued to support us!❌❤️Week 4 is going to come fast! Back to work!!🙌🏼

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Rachel Peters’ National Costume at the Miss Universe 2017!

A Sarimanok-inspired ensemble by Val Taguba with a gladiator shoes from Jojo Bragais.

Fresh!

Pietro Boselli at the Bench Under The Stars Fashion Show! #Bench30Years

Photo from @benchtm Instagram

Here are some of the pictures of the ” world’s hottest maths teacher” Pietro Boselli during Bench’s 30th Anniversary Show last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

#pietroboselli and his gang #benchunderthestars

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posts from the Instgram accounts attached.

Manushi Chhillar of India Wins Miss World 2017!

photo from Miss World Facebook Page.

Manushi Chhillar of India was crowned the new Miss World last night at the coronation night held in Sanya, China.

This was India’s first win after Priyanka Chopra won the crown in the year 2000.

Andrea Meza of Mexico and Stephanie Hill are first and second runners-up, respectively. Aurore Kichenin of France and Magline Jeruto of Kenya completed the top 5.

Meanwhile, Philipine rep Laura Lehmann won the Beauty With A Purpose campaign along with four other delegates including Chhillar herself. Lehmann also won the head to head challenge which automatically put her into the top 40 but failed to advanced further.

Incubus Live in Manila 2018

OMFG!

Sorry, Hayley Williams. Priority.

 

Ovation Productions is thrilled to announce the upcoming concert of the much loved American rock band Incubus, whose return engagement to Manila has been eagerly awaited.Incubus is performing on February 17, 2018, Saturday, at the Araneta Coliseum
The band is known for its rock anthems Wish You Were Here, Megalomaniac, Anna Molly, Drive, Pardon Me, Are You In?, Nice To Know You, among others.
Tickets to Incubus’ February 17, 2018 concert will go on sale starting November 21, 2017 via www.ticketnet.ph and regular Ticketnet outlets or call 911-5555. Ticket prices are P6905, 5905, 3905, 1905, 1005 plus service charge.

Ovation Productions

Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published March 7th 2017
Format: Novel
Genre: Coming-of-Age, Fiction /Family/Contemporary/YA
Length: 452 pages, Hardcover
Publisher: Clarion Books
Cover Artist: Antonio Castro H.
Ebook ASIN/ISBN: 0544586506 (ISBN13: 9780544586505)
Characters: Salvador Silva, Samantha Diaz, Vicente Silva, Fito Fresqeuz

Blurb: The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

I’ve delayed reading this because I wanted to read it from my own physical copy of the book and boy was it worth it! I absolutely loved – like really loved this book! Everything about it is perfection.

Sal, Sam, Mr. V, Fito, Mima and the rest of its characters are fleshed out in a way that makes you want to meet them in real life and be friends with them. They’re just so alive. Each have their own little story within the book.

Salvador. God, I absolutely adore this boy. If I were to have a kid in a few years, I’d want him to grow up just like him. Actually, I want to be just like him! He’s mature in so many ways and as innocent as a little kid at times. What a sweet, sweet boy.

If you’ve read the author’s most celebrated book, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – you’d probably notice the similarity of Sal with Ari and Dante’s character. He’s like the mixed of these two well-loved characters.

There’s Samantha. Feisty Sam. The perfect bestfriend. Sam is so different from Sal which totally balanced out their relationship. I loved Sam.

Sal’s father Vicente or Mr. V. If you’ll read a book entitled “What Makes A Man?” he’s the perfect embodiment of it.

Then there’s poor Fito. My heart goes out to this very determined boy who won’t let bad things in his life hinder his ambition to succeed.

The poetry that is this story is just beyond beautiful. The realistic portrayal of the emotions in it touched my heart and my soul. Centered on family, individuality and love – the story simply reached out to me with its rich narrative.

With that, I’ve to say that this is the best book I’ve read this year. Just the best.

Benjamin Alire Saenz, you are incomparable!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children’s books.

He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humanities and Philosophy in 1977. He studied Theology at the University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium from 1977 to 1981. He was a priest for a few years in El Paso, Texas before leaving the order.

In 1985, he returned to school, and studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned an M.A. degree in Creative Writing. He then spent a year at the University of Iowa as a PhD student in American Literature. A year later, he was awarded a Wallace E. Stegner fellowship. While at Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, which won an American Book Award in 1992. He entered the Ph.D. program at Stanford and continued his studies for two more years. Before completing his Ph.D., he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program.

His first novel, Carry Me Like Water was a saga that brought together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism and received much critical attention.

In The Book of What Remains (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), his fifth book of poems, he writes to the core truth of life’s ever-shifting memories. Set along the Mexican border, the contrast between the desert’s austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity’s capacity for both generosity and cruelty.

In 2005, he curated a show of photographs by Julian Cardona.

He continues to teach in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Mikimoto Crown From Kylie to Kevin!

Indonesia has finally clinched one of the four major international pageant titles! Kevin Liliana bested 70 other contestants from around the world and was crowned the Miss International 2017 by the outgoing Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza earlier today at the Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo Japan.

photo from the miss international website

Here is the complete set of Winners:

Miss International 2017: Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia
1st runner-up: Chanelle de Lau of Curacao (Chanelle also competed during the 65th Miss Universe pageant in Manila this year)
2nd runener-up: Diana Croce Garcia of Venezuela
3rd runner-up: Amber Dew of Australia
4th runner-up: Natsuki Tsutsui of Japan

Special Awards:
Best in National Costume – Japan
Miss Perfect Body – Australia
Best Dressed – Indonesia

Continental Queens
Miss International Africa – Ghana – Abigail Martey
Miss International America – Bolivia – Carla Maldonado
Miss International Asia – Korea – Seung Woo Nam
Miss International Europe – United Kingdom – Ashley Powell
Miss International Oceania – New Zealand –Michelle Isemonger

Congratulations Kevin and the rest of Indonesia!