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My 65th Miss Universe Hot Picks #1 – Pre-Preliminary Competition

mariam-habach-no-1-for-paddylast-incs-first-hot-picksThe 65th Miss Universe fever is finally on full swing and the delegates from around the globe are trying  to out-stage each other while trying to play nice! Hah! Just this week, we’ve witnessed the Terno Fashion Show from some of the ladies who graced the beautiful historic Vigan to showcase the beautiful ternos created by Filipino designers. Then there’s was the Governor’s Ball, Their photoshoots from different historic sites in the metro as well as visits in the beautiful Boracay Island, Cebu and Batangas. With more press releases, videos and photos available for fans and pundits, let me present to you my first hot picks for this Manila edition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant!

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  1. Mariam Habach of Venezuela

At this stage of the competition, Miss Venezuela for me is the most ready to become the new queen – charisma and performance-wise. Her simplicity and unconventional beauty is refreshing from the usual brunette-filled Venezuelan delegates sent by their great national director Osmel Sousa to this pageant. Her posture and contagious smile is a thing of beauty that you can’t help but fall for her. Mariam came prepared to battle it out to the finish here in Manila!

  1. Maxine Medina of the Philippines

Admit it or not, Miss Philippines’ beauty is a beauty that is very hard to ignore. She exudes confidence and a hint of mystery whenever she struck a pose – until she opens her mouth that is, as per pageant pundits’ usual criticism. To be fair tho, I think we’re too critical of Maxine because we’re comparing her to Pia and whether or not she’ll be able to carry on the latter’s legacy. I still believe that there is a big fat chance for the host-nation to snag a back-to-back win equating Venezuela’s record back in 2008-2009. After all, Maxine has the hometown advantage and with a smooth performance, albeit, a most probably less than confident answers in the Q&A round – she could probably pull it off.

  1. Raissa Santana of Brazil

This Amazonian goddess is everywhere! Like literally every event! She’s such a stand out that you can’t help but be mesmerize by her modelesque bone structure and captivating smile! I’m only placing her as my third pick for the crown at this point because I’m still not sold with her overall presentation. It’s too finesse for me and I want her to be more vibrant and more natural!

  1. Kiran Jassal of Malaysia

Miss Malaysia may not be getting much hype compared to her ASEAN counterparts such as Thailand, Indonesia, and her roomie Miss Philippines but she’s definitely someone to watch out for. She’s a real stunner in pictures and in motion and it may look like she’s playing it under the radar for now but come preliminaries, I’ve a feeling that she’ll be in everyone’s list afterwards. I actually think that she’s way better than Deborah Henry – the most prominent Malaysian delegate in memories who got snubbed during the 2011 edition of the pageant. Like Deborah, she’s got an amazing personality, stunning looks (way better than Miss Henry, IMHO) and good communication skills to boot. Will her sash prevent her from entering the top 16? I hope not.

  1. Chalita Suansane of Thailand

Chalita is definitely a force to reckon with in the Manila edition of the pageant. She came prepared and ready to fight it out like Miss Venezuela and the other three in my top 5! She’s by far my ‘ultimate spoiler’ for the crown! She’s very polished, though not the prettiest candidate, she’s one scene-stealer that has a very likable personality to boot!

  1. Andrea Tovar of Colombia

Andrea Tovar is no Adriana Gutierrez. The latter is personable whilst Andrea has this superior air about her. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing to project but at times, it’s almost as if she’s already won the crown when in fact she hasn’t even step up her game performance-wise. I was expecting more from her and so far she’s giving me such lackluster performance that I’m relegating her to 6th place. Why is she still in the top 10 despite non-personable aura I’ve mentioned? Well, she’s Miss Colombia and Miss Universe loves their controversy. She’s a definite shoo-in for the semis plus her beauty is truly undeniable that truly separates her from others. Thing is, she really needs to work the crowd. After all, nobody wants a villain queen.

  1. Deshauna Barber of the USA

Facially, Deshauna Barber isn’t the most conventionally beautiful delegate in the bunch but her background as US military and her subpar communication skills matching her vibrant personality makes her the most interesting girl to talk and listen to which I think is a big plus for whoever will win the Miss Universe crown!

  1. Kezia Warouw of Indonesia

Indonesia is up for the country of the year in 2016 and a win here will cement their newfound status last year. It’s not an impossible feat because the reigning Indonesian queen is a breathtaking beauty that is both relatable and personable! I am still waiting for her spark to go full on but I’ve a feeling that she will deliver when it matters most.

  1. Hawa Kamara of Sierra Leone

This debuting lass from the West African nation of Sierra Leone is already endearing a lot of pageant fans around the world as she struts with her natural hair on flick, she’s definitely stealing the spotlight from the more hyped candidates. She’s also very dear to Filipino pageant fans as the OFW’s and local fans helped her preparation for the pageant which include her flight to Manila as well as her wardrobe for the duration of Miss Universe. And she didn’t disappoint so far as she is both luminous in pictures and in motion. I’m not sure if Miss Universe is ready to crown another African queen after Leila Lopes’ victory in Brazil but if Sierra Leone delivers the goods come finals night, I’m pretty sure that everyone will be celebrating with her win!

  1. Caris Tiivel of Australia

It’s very simple how Miss Australia landed as my 10th pick. She’s the prototype of the Miss Universe Australia in recent years and I can totally see her eclipsing some of the powerhouse Latinas to make it all the way into the top 5. She’s beautiful, a good communicator and very polished. Although I haven’t envisioned her winning just yet, I’ve a feeling that if she step it up in the prelims – there’s a big possibility of that happening.

Bubbling Up…

  1. Stephanie Geldhof of Belgium
  2. Kristal Silva of Mexico
  3. Sal Garcia of Dominican Republic
  4. Camila Barraza of Kosovo
  5. Jaime-Lee Faulkner of Great Britain
  6. Le Hang of Vietnam
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Sign The Petition Now! Say NO to Nickelodeon’s Underwater Theme Park in Coron, Palawan! #coronisnotbikinibottom

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We call on the Local Government of Palawan, Nickelodeon (Viacom International Media Networks), and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Inc., to junk their plan to build a 400-hectare underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan.

Why is this important?

Contrary to the press statement that the underwater theme park would “advocate ocean protection,” it will accomplish the exact opposite. By building artificial structures, you will undeniably damage and disrupt Palawan’s marine ecosystems — our Last Frontier. If you are sincere and serious about marine conservation, the money allocated for the underwater theme park should be invested in marine protected areas, sustainable livelihoods for local communities, and environmental education programs.

For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources. We don’t need an underwater theme park — our underwater life is fascinating, entertaining, and educational on its own.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PEITION!
https://www.bataris.org.ph/petitions/no-to-nickelodeon-s-underwater-theme-park-in-palawan

She’s got this… Only if you turn out to VOTE! #ImWithHer

Hillary Clinton, all smiles while chatting with Bill and President Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention this year [photo by Barbara Kinney]

Hillary Clinton, all smiles while chatting with Bill and President Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention this year [photo by Barbara Kinney]

VOTE! 
On November 8th
Let’s write the next chapter together!
#StrongerTogether

Thank You from the victims of Pulse #OrlandoStrong #WeAreOrlando #ForThe49

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“In total, Equality Florida raised over $9M USD for victim relief following the horrific tragedy at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016.

Those funds will be disbursed to the victims on September 27. This video is to thank all those who gave and to all those who believe love conquers hate.

To stay involved in Equality Florida’s ongoing efforts to make Florida a safer, more inclusive place to live for all, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/forthe49

Hillary Makes History

Former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was announced last night as the 2016 Democratic nomination, becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.

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#ImWithHer and you should be too.

ICYMI: Jennifer Lopez wearing a 20-foot Michael Cinco Cape on ‘The Tonight Show’!

Jlo's Back With Lin-Manuel Miranda

Here’s JLo hitting the diva meter while performing a new song called “Love Make the World Go Round” with Hamilton-star Lin-Manuel Miranda on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  Adding flare to her emotional performance was the couture crystallized Sainte Chapelle inspired hand painted cape she’s wearing by fame Filipino designer, Michael Cinco. The 20-foot stained glass cape features 10,000 colorful Swarovski crystals with hand-made silk embroideries, which according to the designer took six months to complete by about 100 people!

Now, that is how you make a statement! Bravo JLo and Mr. Miranda!

[Photo Credit: Questlove Gomez]

2016 FHM Philippines Full List of 100 Sexiest Women in the World!

Kapuso star Rhian Ramos is gracing the cover of this year's most anticipated issue of the magazine!

Kapuso star Rhian Ramos is gracing the cover of this year’s most anticipated issue of the magazine!

I’ve been so busy with my dayjob and haven’t got the time to post this year’s list until today. So for you guys who’ve been waiting for it, here’s the complete list of the 2016 FHM Philippines Sexiest Women in the World!

100 Sexiest List

100. Jodi Sta. Maria
99. Paulene So
98. Gretchen Ho
97. Karen Bordador
96. Erika Padilla
95. Angela Gabrielle
94. Shaina Magdyao
93. Ann B. Mateo
92. Mayumi Yokoyama
91. Heart Evangelista
90. Gwen Zamore
89. Mika Reyes
88. Louise delos Reyes
87. Ashley Rivera
86. Rochelle Pangilinan
85. Aica Sy
84. Maxene Magalona
83. Alyssa Valdez
82. Danita Paner
81. Michele Madrigal
80. Carla Abellana
79. Red Dela Cruz
78. Rizza Diaz
77. Maica Palo
76. Belle Daza
75. Ryza Cenon
74. Jahziel Manabat
73. Dawn Zulueta
72. Megan Young
71. Jackie Rice
70. Debbie Garcia
69. Abby Poblador
68. Myrtle Sarrosa
67. Roxee B
66. Dawn Chang
65. Daiana Menezes
64. Aubrey Miles
63. Sarah Lahbati
62. Sunshine Garcia
61. Kylie Padilla
60. Queenie Rehman
59. Leah Bernardino
58. Chloe Dauden
57. Meg Impreial
56. Julia Montes
55. Ella Cruz
54. Cindy Miranda
53. Georgina Wilson
52. Julia Barreto
51. Bea Alonzo
50. Margo Midwinter
49. Janine Gutierrez
48. Sunshine Cruz
47. Danielle Castano
46. Erich Gonzales
45. Julie Anne San Jose
44. Angelica Panganiban
43. Kim Chiu
42. Arianny Celeste
41. Sarah Geronimo
40. LJ Reyes
39. Ritz Azul
38. Arny Ross
37. Jasmine Curtis-Smith
36. Christine Reyes
35. Valerie Bangs Garcia
34. Lovi Poe
33. Ina Raymundo
32. Bella Padilla
31. Katrina Halili
30. Liza Soberano
29. Yassi Pressman
28. Valeen Montenegro
27. Maria Ozawa
26. Alice Dixson
25. Yam Concepcion
24. Aiko Climaco
23. Maja Salvador
22. Max Collins
21. Mane Mendoza
20. Andi Eigenmann
19. Kathryn Bernardo
18. Anne Curtis
17. Coleen Garcia
16. Pia Wurtzbach
15. Andrea Torres
14. Jinri Park
13. Glaiza De Castro
12. Sam Pinto
11. Ellen Adarna

10 Rachel Ann Daquis

9 Kim Domingo

8 Solenn Heussaff

7 Arci Munoz

6 Marian Rivera

5 Rhian Ramos

4 Angel Locsin

3 Nadine Lustre

2 Jennylyn Mercado

1 Jessy Mendiola 2016

Reigning supreme right now and voted as the sexiest women in the Philippines!

Jessy Mendiola On Top

Be sure to grab your own copy of the July 2016 issue of the magazine you guys!

photos courtesy of fhm philippines

A Song for Orlando: ‘Hands’ by Britney Spears, Troye Sivan, Jennifer Lopez and More…

Hands SongBritney Spears, Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor – these two dozen pop stars have come together to record a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting last month touted as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of America.

The song aptly titled “Hands” was written by Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels and produced by Tranter, BloodPop and Mark Ronson and will benefit the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.

Here’s the names of the 49 people who’ve fallen victims during that horrific shooting and may they forever be a reminder of what could happen  if we’d let hate rule our hearts.

#ForThe49
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
KJ Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31 years old

‘Hands’ Lyrics
[Verse 1: Britney Spears + Gwen Stefani]
Can hold a gun
And hold your heart
Can put out fires
And make ’em start
Skin and bones
And flesh and blood
With all this nerve
How did we get this numb

[Pre-Chorus: Meghan Trainor + Troye Sivan]
Cus they can hurt
Or they can heal
They can give back
Or they can steal
They can break the world
Or they can change it too
[Chorus: All Together]
Ooh hands
Hands
Woooo hands
Oh hands
Cause they can love
Or they can take
They can fight up
Until they save
They can break the world
They can change it too
Ooh hands

[Verse 2: Selena Gomez + Kacey Musgraves]
Doesn’t matter
Who you love
All that matters
Is your love
I’ve been watching news
And seeing all this hate
Tell me is it wrong
To want a little change

[Pre-Chorus: Mary J. Blige]
They can hurt
Or they can heal
They can give back
Or they can steal
They can break the world
Or they can change it too

[Chorus: All Together led by Jason Derulo]
Ooh hands
Hands
Woooo hands
Oh hands
Cause they can love
Or they can take
They can fight up
Until they save
They can break the world
They can change it too
Ooh hands

[Post-Chorus: Led by Imagine Dragons]
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
Ooooh

[Bridge: Jennifer Lopez]
Can hold a gun
And hold your heart
Can put out fires
And make ’em start
I’ve been watching news
And seeing all this hate
Tell me is it wrong
To want a little change

[Chorus: Adam Lambert & Tyler Glenn + P!NK & MNEK]
Ooh hands
Hands
Woooo hands
Oh hands
Cause they can love
Or they can take
They can fight up
Until they save
They can break the world
They can change it too
Ooh hands

[Post-Chorus: Led by Imagine Dragons]
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
Ooooh

[Outro: RuPaul + (Mary Lambert) + Nate Ruess + Together]
Just take my hand baby
Everybody’s in love
(All that matters is your love)
(Change it or break it)
(They can love or they can take it, take it all)
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
If a million hands can build a wall
A million hands can break it down
Ooooh

Buy “Hands” on iTunes.

Ang Aking Tatlong Kahilingan Kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

DuterteNgayong araw ay manunumpa na si Rodrigo Duterte bilang ika-labing anim na pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas. Sa kanyang unang-araw na pag-upo sa pwesto, maraming mga mabibigat na bagay ang maiaatang sa kanyang mga balikat – mga hinahing ng mga mahihirap na Pilipino, ang trapik na dekada ng hindi nasusulosyunan, droga, karahasan, talamak na pangungulimbat ng mga nakaupo sa pwesto at kung anu-ano pang mga problemang kanyang kakaharapin sa loob ng anim na taon. Sa mga bagay na aking nabanggit at marahil marami pa na hindi ko na naisulat, gusto ko lamang pong iahayag ang tatlong kahilingan ko para sa ating bagong Pangulo na magsisimula ang termino ngayong araw na ito.

Una – Pangulong Digong, alam ko pong malakas pa kayo sa kabila ng inyong edad. Gayunpaman, gusto ko pong hilingin sa inyo na huwag magpabaya sa inyong kalusugan. Alam ko pong prayoridad niyo kaming mga taong-bayan, pero nawa’y ang mga suliranin ng bayan ay wag maka-apekto sa inyong kalusugan. Kailangan namin ang inyong pamumuno sa loob ng anim na taon na malakas at matalas hindi lamang sa isipan pati narin sa kalusugan.

Ikalawa – Nawa’y lalo niyo pa pong isulong ang pagkapantay-pantay ng bawat Pilipino. Marahil, hindi na talaga magkakapantay-pantay ang pamumuhay ng mayayaman sa mga mahihirap na Pilipino subalit sa mata ng batas, sana po’y itulak niyo ang isang Pilipinas kung saan ang bawat Pilipino – ano man ang estado sa buhay, ano man ang kasarihan, ang pinag-aralan, relihiyon at iba pa., nawa’y maging patas ang mata ng batas para sa lahat ng mamamayan ng perlas ng silangan.

At ang aking huling kahilingan ay simple lamang po. Huwag na huwag po kayong magbabago. Hindi po ako umaasa na matutupad niyo lahat ng inyong mga ipinangako. Sapat na po sa akin na makita ang ating bayan na sumusulong para sa kaunlaran ilang taon man ang abutin para maabot iyon. Nais ko lamang po na kung ano ang Rodrigo Duterte na ipinakita niyo sa taong bayan noong panahon ng eleksyon at maging nang kayo’y alkalde pa lamang ay siya ring Pangulong Duterte ang aming makikilala pa ng lubusan at makakasalamuha sa loob ng anim na taon.

‘Yun lamang po. Maraming Salamat Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Mabuhay po kayo!

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A Quick Message From Manila’s Pride Festival 2016!

Pride Parade 2016

I attended the 2016 Metro Manila Pride Festival yesterday and I was astounded by the support of a lot of folks for our community. There’s just that beautiful sense of belongingness and I just loved how welcoming they are! It was such an incredible experience and I’d definitely do it again next year!

Sa uulitin!

Like the page of Metro Manila Pride here!