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Binibining Pilipinas 2017 First Hot Picks! The Power of Six!

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since the announcement of the official candidates of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas and so far, no one has been disqualified yet! *wink* Kidding aside, this is definitely a very strong batch with repeaters, crossovers and newbies battling for the six crowns at stake in this year’s edition!

Upon watching their web interviews, candid and official photos and other videos – I came up with my first hot picks of the season. They are definitely the frontrunners whom I’d like to call at this point the Power Six!

Six.  Gabriela Patricia Ortega

She may not be the most facially beautiful girl in the competition but this girl definitely has that regal bearing fit for a queen! She’s an articulate speaker and has very good bone structure! I’m waiting for her to shine even more but so far, she’s doing a wonderful job edging out the competition!

Fifth.  Sirene Sutton

This “independent” joiner from the Mercartor Models created a rather loud buzz during the final day of screening and you can see why in this picture. She’s statuesque, conventionally pretty (though she reminded me a bit of Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 Deborah Henry) and does seem to have the brains to back her looks so she’s probably the spoiler for the top frontrunner at this point.

Fourth. Rachel Peters

I loved Rachel during the Miss World Philippines 2014 until that final question and answer portion and I loved her aura even more now. I just hope that she’s going to take this more seriously now because she’s one of the Binibinis who has it all – beauty, personality and brains.

Third. Katarina Rodriguez

Asia’s Next Top Model runner-up turned beauty queen aspirant is an instant favorite the moment she decided to try out for the nationals and for good reasons. She’s vibrant, articulate and a face to die for. For now, she’s still giving me that “I’m a commercial model” vibe so she better step it up!

Second. Maria Angelica de Leon

Let’s face it – Mariel has one of the most beautiful faces in the competition and with an impressive pedigree to boot, she could very well topple my top pick for the Miss Universe Philippines at this stage of the competition. It’s going to be a tough job so she better be ready to shine ever brighter!

And the top goes to…

Numero Uno. The One to Beat.

Charmaine Elima.

After choking in the Q&A portion during the Golden Edition of this pageant, Maine took a break from the pageant scene to work as a flight attendant for the Philippines’ national carrier – the Philippine Airlines. Since then, it looks like her life experiences including her 2013 defeat made her an even stronger candidate making waves as she return this year with a bang! She is now handled by Aces & Queens transferring from its rival beauty camp – Kagandahang Flores. Do I think that it’s for the best? I think so. And it’s none of my business, anyway.

Charmaine looks and sound more confident now. She seems more articulate and she’s just glowing like a real queen! At this stage, there’s no denying that everything’s pointing to her succession of Maxine Medina’s title and if the stars will align this year in her favor, there’s a very big chance that she’d finally clinch that Miss Universe Philippines title!

photos courtesy of Bb.Pilipinas FB Page.
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12 Accomplishments You Should Know About Hillary Clinton! #ImWithHer

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2 more days! America, make sure that you’re voting for the most qualified, most experienced and the only sane candidate for President!!! Turn out to vote! Vote for @hillaryclinton and all the Democrats down the ballot! Vote against hate. Vote against racism. Vote against bigotry. Vote against ‘deplorables!’ Vote against violence! Vote for equality! Vote for the future!

When Queen Bey says #ImWithHer

“There was a time when a woman’s opinion did not matter. If you were black, white, Mexican, Asian, Muslim, educated, poor or rich; if you were a woman, it did not matter,” Beyoncé said. “Less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history again by electing the first woman president.”

Hillary is joined by power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z to rally the crowd in Cleveland to turn out to vote for the only sane candidate this year - and no, it ain't Donald!

Hillary is joined by power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z to rally the crowd in Cleveland to mobilize voters and vote for the only sane candidate this year – and no, it ain’t Donald!

“We have to vote. The world looks to us as a progressive country that leads change. Eight years ago, I was so inspired that my nephew, a young black child, could grow up knowing his dreams could be realized by witnessing a black president in office,” Beyoncé addressed the crowd at the rally, which aimed at mobilizing voters in the key swing state. “And now, we have the opportunity to create more change. I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead our country and know that her possibilities are limitless.

“We have to think about the future of our daughters, of our sons, and vote for someone who cares for them as much as we do,” Beyoncé added. “And that is why, ‘I’m with her.'”

 

 

The Debate Schedules Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

I am so ready for this! Like, sooooo ready!

Trump and Clinton
First Debate
Date: September 26, 2016, Monday 9PM E.T.
Loc: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
-a rather fitting location since both candidates are New York voters and both has won their respective primaries in the state.

Second Debate
Date: October 9, 2016 Sunday
Loc: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Third Debate
Date: October 19, 2016
Loc: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Vice Presidential Debate
Date: October 4, 2016 Tuesday
Loc: Longwood University in Virginia.

To be televised by major broadcast networks!

Book Review: Something Like Fall – Jay Bell

Something Like FallBefore anything else, I would like to thank Jay for giving us this novella, which by the way totally made my day! I have been waiting for this since he announced it after the Indiegogo Marathon for Something Like Summer the Movie*** and now it’s finally here! I terribly missed Ben and Tim and reading this made me feel a bit nostalgic again, the same way I feel after reading the first book. Of course, I am also happy because to read about Jason and Jace. Then there are some of the characters from the first four books! What a journey really it has been!

Told from Ben’s perspective, I find the three continuous short stories pretty-much Jace-centric. Nothing wrong with that though, I just have to roll my eyes a few times at Greg’s antics (of course, we all know that he has become something like a bff with Tim eventually but still). I loved seeing Tim again obviously and rekindling the moment when he and Ben “rekindled” their romance.

I almost forgot that Ben could be so funny!

“I am only human,” he blurted out, “although I regret it.”

Laugh out loud moment indeed. He’s just so adorbs!

“Chinchilla had failed in her duty as guard dog.”

I’ll pay to be inside Ben’s brain 24/7.LOL

I won’t spoil the story with any other lines (since they basically transpired over the course of the first four books) but fans alike are going to love this one. What a truly lovely novella! Again, thank you Jay Bell for this wonderful gift.

I am looking forward to watching Something Like Summer the Movie real soon!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

***Something Like Fall is a special story created in thanks for those who supported the Something Like Summer movie fundraising efforts. It sees the return of Benjamin Bentley and reveals events new and old from his perspective. Something Like Fall will be available at a later date for those who were unable to contribute to the movie. Details forthcoming.

About The Author
Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since.

Book Review: Ten Simple Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse – Cari Z

Ten Simple Tips for Surviving the ApocalypseThis story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Photo Description:
A person stares out at you, someone clearly no longer human. His hair is white, his skin is dusky purple, and his eyes are the color of honey. He’s scarred, a cut spanning his face from cheek to cheek, and he’s looking at you like you might be lunch.

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Cari Z sure knows how to create quirky, adorable and just oh-so-dreamy characters! Javi and Conrad are simply a wonderful tandem! I totally loved Javi! He’s just the cutest and most adorbs ever! Of course Javi will remind you of Jesse Eisenberg’s character from Zombieland but a way funnier version of him – and way hotter of course. And Conrad! Ugh. So dreamy!!!!! The hottest human-zombie (?) ever. His purple thingy was very interesting to imagine!

And this is free so Yay!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY HERE – MM ROMANCE GROUP

About The Author
Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She has a wonderful relationship with her husband, a complex relationship with the characters in her head and a sadomasochistic relationship with her exercise routine. She feels like Halloween should happen every month, which is why you get this picture of her, and hopes that you enjoy reading what she’s put out there as much as she enjoyed writing it in the first place.

Something Like Summer The Movie News: Grant Davis is the new Ben Bentley!

via Grant's official Facebook page.

via Grant’s official Facebook page.

Ya’ll fans of Something Like Summer probably have heard already about Austin McKenzie’s departure from the film and after holding casting for the new Ben which started last June 18 in Los Angeles and New York – the team finally found us our new Ben Bentley by the name of Grant Davis – Whoot! Hoot! #StalkingModeActivated err nah – just kidding

Anyhow, it was just announced today which is technically one in the morning from where I am so I’m just jumping up and down right now about this wonderful news albeit being all so groggy from waking up!!!!

So who is Grant Davis? [since I’m a sloppy researcher *coughs* stalker* coughs*] let me just post something from his official Youtube Page.

“Hi, I am a 16 [I think he’s 18 now based on one of his youtube vids – someone ought to update the channel asap] year old singer, actor, and overall performer, who more than anything wants to entertain others…Welcome to my world.'”

Grant Davis combines classic pop and adult contemporary genres with a jazzy edge surely to ignite lovers of Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Chris Botti.

From the sparse opening piano intro of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” to the socially conscious themes of, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Blackbird,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Grant Davis is the very definition of precocious.

With the recording of his first full length album produced by Guy Eckstine (Chris Botti, Vanessa Williams, Herbie Hancock), Grant Davis takes a very large step in the direction of Hollywood and Broadway, with the lights shining brightly on his future. Grant’s self-penned, “Perfect Symphony” best sums it all up for the young performer, “there’s a song inside of me, it’s about to set me free…”

Okay, so here’s my honest take about Grant – I think I remember myself totally fangirling when the team did the Indigogo fundraising marathon back when Austin was still Ben. I mean I loved Austin and his amazing voice but damn – Grant’s voice is just – ohmyfuckingawdgood – like totally!!!

(he did Don Henley’s Desperado – OMG O_o One of my favorite songs and he KILLED it – like damn he just did)

I’m *speechless* by his awesomeness and I find him way cuter in a more suited Ben Bentley kind of way.  Just who did the whole casting for this young guy? Well, people let me Congratulate you all for this one!!! You did it and we fans of Something Like Summer are excited to see more of Grant, Davi, Ben and the rest of the cast making this wonderful novel into an equally wonderful movie!!!!

I think I said enough for now but if you guys want to start stalking  check out Grant’s social media accounts, I provided all the links below! 🙂

Twitter IG Icon Fb Icon https://plus.google.com/100453118412536472578 click the icons for links.

Book Review: The Downs – Kim Fielding

The Downs

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Photo Description:
A naked man stands with his back to the viewer, a plain white floor beneath his feet. Ahead of him, a pair of large black doors are ajar, revealing a glimpse of bright light. The man’s shoulders are slightly hunched and his head is bowed; he appears hesitant to face whatever fate awaits him through the doors.

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It’s Kim Fielding so as expected, she came up with this wonderful story of redemption, forgiveness, second chances and most especially love!!!

I loved Enitan and I loved Rigs even more! It’s a feel good story that makes you want to believe that love truly conquers all! I absolutely loved the feel of the story – the somber but serene mood – everything about it was perfectly written! Thank you Kim Fielding and thank you MM Romance Group!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY HERE – MM ROMANCE GROUP

About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Love Has Won in the United States!

I’m ecstatic with the news that the Supreme Court of the United States of America has finally made the same-sex marriage legal to all of 50 states in the country!!! Yay! This decision made same-sex marriage a reality in the 13 states that had continued to ban it. [s

Zach Gibson/The New York Times

via Zach Gibson/The New York Times

I’m not American but I’ve several American friends and most of them are in a gay relationship and I’m just bursting with happiness for them because they can now be in a union legally recognized by the States and have the same rights like any married couple! Good job America! I hope this would set an example to other nation and maybe in a few years or so – I’d get to marry my guy in my own turf.

via post-gazette.com

via post-gazette.com

Truly, love has won in the US! Congratulations!

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 Finale – Gani Ayu Wins!!! (June 17, 2015)

Team AsNTMWho’s excited for tonight’s final episode of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3? Who are you rooting to win the top plum? Are you Team Aimee, Team Gani or Team Monika?

“At the spectacular season 3 finale runway, only one will become Asia’s Next Top Model. Will it be Monika from the Philippines? Gani from Indonesia? Or Aimee from Singapore?”

Check out this finale promo

So folks, don’t miss the finale tonight at 8:45 PM on StarWorld Asia.

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LIVE BLOGGING

The season started with 14 hopefuls and tonight we’re down to three lovely ladies all vying for the right to be Asia’s Next Top Model!

The three finalists all went to dinner with the panel – Georgina, Alex and Joey – and shared their future endeavors. Awee…

The girls will be having their final “Haute Couture” photoshoot at Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

A rep from Storm Model Management will also be present at the shoot and will be joining the final judging.

Monika’s overthinking the shoot – feeling all the pressure! OMG! C’mon girl!

Aimee’s totally killing the shoot! I loved that dress! And Alex was beaming all over the shoot! The photographer Jean-Baptiste Fort even mentioned that he would like to work with Aimee in the future…yay! Another hometown win??! ^^

Yikes! Is this Gani choking?

The final runway will be held at Chijmes Hall!! Yay!

Eliminated contestants were brought back… where’s Amanda??? Oh and there’s Jodilly and Sheena from the previous season.

Monika’s a natural in the runway. Gani looks short but amazing!

Aimee’s totally getting everything right – even closing the mock runway show! Hhmmm…

Panel time… who’s it gonna be?

MonikaThem judges loved Monika’s photo!!! The rep from Storm thought Monika can do anything! Yay!

AimeeThe also loved Aimee!!! Her shot and her walk!!!! Am I smelling a win from her?

Gani AyuGani’s shot was fantastic and it’s my personal favorite amongst the three! Panel said she’s a classic Asian model… prompting Perry to say that if Gani’s a bit taller – she could walk any runway worldwide.

The panel is now deliberating…

The Storm rep totally loves Aimee!!!! I think she’s winning this…

Panel said Monika want it the most but lacks x-factor. 😦 so not winning this but I hope I’m wrong.

Alex Perry’s harping on Gani’s height. Same issue all throughout the season.  – could win this.

And the winner of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 is…

GANI AYU!!!

via Asia’s Next Top Model