Megan Young of the Philippines is the new Miss World.
In a glittering finale last night at the Indonesian resort island of Bali, Young bested 128 beauty queens from around the world to win the coveted title in a contest broadcast to more than 180 countries worldwide.
Young, who took the crown from Wenxia Yu of China, the 2012 winner, was born in the United States. When she was 10 she moved to the Philippines, where she has appeared in films and television.
Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, 20, took second place, while Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 22, came in third.
Miss World organizers had earlier agreed to cut bikinis from the swimsuit competition, replacing them with more conservative sarongs. But pressure continued to mount, and more mainstream groups joined in and called for the show to be banned.
Indonesia’s government announced three weeks ago that the final would be moved from the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, and instead held on the Hindu-dominated resort island of Bali, where earlier rounds were taking place.
After getting crowned, Young thanked the judges for choosing her and promised to “be the best Miss World ever.”
The 23-year-old Filipino actress pledged to “just be myself in everything I do, to share what I know and to educate people.”
Before her, no Filipina had won the prestigious crown in the 63-year-old London-based pageant.
Gwendoline Ruais was first runner-up in 2011. Evangeline Pascual was also first runner-up in 1973 while actress Ruffa Gutierrez was second-runner up in 1993.
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“El Presidente,” a historical drama produced by Scenema Concept International, Viva films and CMB Films for the 2012 MMFF was hailed Best World Feature Film at the SoHo International Film Festival in New York City beating entries from USA, Germany, Canada, Russia and other countries.
The SoHo International Film Festival was held on April 5-12, 2013 at the Sunshine Cinema in New York City. The 4th edition of the festival celebrates cutting-edge digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling. It was participated by USA, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey, Russia and United Kingdom.
“El Presidente” starred Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito with Baron Geisler, Christopher de Leon, Cristine Reyes, Cesar Montano and Nora Aunor. The Philippine entry which opened the festival last April 5 emerged as the winner of the Best World Feature Film award.
“El Presidente” failed to get the top awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) last year, which went to the box office drama “One More Try” starring Angel Locsin.
It’s the voice, not the looks or backstories, that will determine the next singing superstar in the highly anticipated singing competition “The Voice of the Philippines” airing this June on ABS-CBN with top caliber singers who have made their mark in the local and international music scenes as coaches who will mentor the aspiring singers or artists.
“The Voice of the Philippines,” to be hosted by multimedia star Toni Gonzaga with Robi Domingo as social media correspondent, proved to be a unique format with its “blind auditions,” where hopefuls will audition by singing on stage with the coaches facing against them.
It will not only have the artists competing in the show, but also the coaches who will go against one another in picking the best artists for their teams as early as the auditions round.
ABS-CBN has announced that Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo, Rock Superstar Bamboo, Broadway Diva Lea Salonga, and international hiphop sensation Apl De Ap will sit on the coaches’ chairs of “The Voice of the Philippines.”
The coaches’ first task is to pick who among artists they want to be part of their respective teams. The selection process begins during the blind auditions where they will evaluate the artists’ performances based on the voices they hear and if they would like to mentor a particular artist, they must press the button that will trigger their swiveling coaches’ chair to turn to the stage and get to see the artist in person.
In the event that more than two or more coaches chose a particular artist, the coaches will have to sell themselves to the artist and convince him or her to pick them as coach.
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Apr 09 2013
MANILA, Philippines -- Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz are open to doing a fourth installment in their series of romantic-comedy films directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
Shortly before a special screening of "It Takes a Man and a Woman" hosted by actor-director Rowell Santiago on Monday, Cruz and Geronimo addressed the possibility of doing yet another movie as their characters Miggy and Laida.
According to the 29-year-old actor, neither Viva Films nor Star Cinema, the film production outfits behind the film series, is certain as to whether a fourth film will eventually be made.
"It Takes a Man and a Woman" has often been called the third and final installment in the series.
"Personally, we don't know. Nobody really knows. I'm sure at this point even Boss Vic (del Rosario, Viva Entertainment founder), Tita Malou (Santos, Star Cinema head), they don't know if there's another chapter for Laida and Miggy," Cruz told ABS-CBN News.
Cruz, however, said he is only willing to do a sequel to "It Takes a Man and a Woman" if its script surpasses the quality of the third movie.
"If we can come up with a better script or better material than 'It Takes a Man and a Woman, then well see. If not, I'd rather end it this way," the actor said.
Geronimo, on the other hand, said that should a fourth film get the green-light, she hopes that it will explore the trials of newly-weds in the first years of married life.
"For me, it's nice for the people to see their married life. Their adjustments, problems and how they will overcome them," she said, when asked if she is willing to have "babies" in a possible sequel.
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The actors, staff and crew of the hit drama "That Winter, The Wind Blows" will be vacationing in Cebu in southern Philippines starting today.
The vacation is an incentive for the people who worked on the drama, which rose to the No. 1 spot in the ratings in its time slot.
According to Korean news reports, the drama's actors, staff and crew will be in Cebu for four days and four nights from April 8 to 12.
Jo In-sung and Song Hye Kyo, the main stars of "That Winter, The Wind Blows," will be unable to join the team because of their busy schedule.
About 80 people will go to Cebu including the actors, director Kim Gyu-Tae, writer Noh Hyee-kyung, staff and crew.
The vacation was also made possible as the production team was able to save on production costs by shortening the number of shooting days.
"That Winter, The Wind Blows" is a story about Oh Soo (played by Jo In-sung), a gambler, and Oh Young (played by Song Hye Kyo), a blind who is the heiress to her father's company. Oh Soo pretends to be Oh Young's brother.
The drama also starred Kim Bum, who starred in "Boys Over Flowers," and Jung Eun-ji, member of girl group A Pink, who starred in the hit drama "Reply 1997."
"That Winter, The Wind Blows," premiered in Korea on Feb. 3 and aired its last episode on April 3.
The 16th and last episode rated 15.8 percent to remain at No. 1 in its time slot.
"That Winter, The Wind Blows" is Jo In-sung's first drama in eight years. His last project was "Spring Days" which aired in 2005.
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It Takes a Man and a Woman reunites Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz in a romantic comedy that re-establishes the couple as the Philippines' definitive love team, a title half a decade in the making.
It's Easter Sunday and my mother is in tears.
As she quietly dabs her eyes with tissue, I have no one to blame but Laida Magtalas (Sarah Geronimo) and Miggy Montenegro (John Lloyd Cruz).
It's been four long years since I've seen them on screen, and if the tabloids were to be believed, the blockbuster tandem was seemingly doomed to never hit theaters again.
But there they were. Like old friends you’ve lost touch with. They had the same endearing charm and light-hearted banter they started with half a decade ago. They were older, preferably wiser, but that much more nakakakilig than ever.
For two hours, I fell in love with them all over again.
It Takes a Man and a Woman is the third film in the Laida-Miggy romantic comedy trilogy. Beginning with the runaway hit A Very Special Love and followed by the record-breaking You Changed My Life, this third outing is particularly special for the fans who've grown with Laida and Miggy over the years.
And they wouldn’t be alone. Screenwriter Carmi Raymundo admits that after three films, she's made a connection with the characters that is as deep as it is personal. "I've felt that we were on a journey together," Raymundo confesses. "Maybe it's also because I've forged a strong connection with them. Laida is like my best friend. Miggy, I consider him as my baby brother. It's really personal."
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Award-winning artists Gloc-9 and Zia Quizon have joined forces for a good cause – recording the anti-bullying song “Katulad Ng Iba.”
Gloc-9 himself wrote the song, which was created for the anti-bullying campaign “Not In Our School” and in partnership with the Jesuit Basic Education Commission, Universal Records, and the Department of Education.
The video for “Katulad Ng Iba” was uploaded online on April 1 and it has scenes that show students being bullied in schools. The video has also premiered on music channel MYX.
Spearheading the campaign is The Bully Project - Philippines, described on its Facebook page as “a community of ex-bystanders in the Philippines who have made the decision to take a stand.” It is the local chapter of the international social campaign The Bully Project, which was inspired by the award-winning documentary film “Bully.”
Other personalities have pledged support for the said campaign, including TV host-athlete Chris Tiu, singer Christian Bautista, power couple Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales, comedian Bayani Agbayani, musicians Ely Buendia and Yael Yuzon, and bands Kamikazee, Malay, and Rivermaya.
Mar 27 2013
MANILA, Philippines - Earning recognition from the prestigious World Music Awards (WMA) is Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo, who has been nominated in three categories namely World’s Best Female Artist, World’s Best Live Act and World’s Best Entertainer of the Year.
The 24-year-old singer is the only Filipino in this year's list of nominees, which also include big international stars like Adele, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber among many others.
The World Music Awards website said the nominations were determined by a "thorough inquiry conducted by the organization which includes sales figures and record certifications in 2012.”
“There is no jury involved and the Awards truly reflect the most popular artists as they are determined by the actual fans who vote and buy the records. The national member groups of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) provide the organization with the names of the best-selling artists from the major territories,” it said.
Fans could vote for Geronimo via WMA's official website at http://www.worldmusicawards.com.
MANILA, Philippines – Proving anew their caliber as performers, Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia won best actress and best actor, respectively, at the 7th Asian Film Awards (AFA) in Hong Kong on Monday.
Aunor, in a yellow gown, opened her acceptance speech by revealing that she was wearing rubber shoes under her gown on account of swollen foot that hurts when she walks. Aunor proceeded to thank the cast and crew of “Thy Womb” especially director Brillante Mendoza, before dedicating the award to her fans, the Noranians.
The actresses that Nora bested in her category were Cho Min-soo of South Korea (for the film “Pieta”), Golshifteh Farahani of Afghanistan (“The Patience Stone”), Gwen Lun-mei of Taiwan (“GF*BF”) and Hao Lei of China (“Mystery”).
The AFA honor is yet another addition to the international awards she has received for “Thy Womb.” Last November, she was named Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Aunor also became the first Filipino bestowed with the Bisato d’Oro Award (The Golden Eel) from the Premio Della Critica Indipendente, a jury of independent film critics in Italy, last September.
On the other hand, Garcia, who also received the People’s Choice Favorite Actor award for "Bwakaw," thanked the AFA, as well as his director Jun Lana, for giving him the “beautiful role” of a gay man facing his twilight years and finding companionship in a stray dog. He shared the honor with fellow nominees – Taiwan’s Joseph Chang (“GF*BF”), South Korea’s Choi Min-sik (“Nameless Gangster: Rules Of The Time”), Hong Kong’s Tony Leung Ka Fai (“Cold War”) and China’s Liu Ye (“The Last Supper”).
Garcia closed his speech by exclaiming, “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!”
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Mar 18 2013
MANILA, Philippines - Korean star Park Shin Hye held her first fan meeting in Manila last March 16 and surprised everyone when she sang the Filipino song "Kailan" by MYMP.
The popular actress sang, danced and played games with fans as she kicked off her six-country Kiss of Angel Asia Tour in the Philippines.
The Asia Tour is in celebration of her 10th anniversary since debuting in the Korean entertainment industry in 2003.
Park Shin Hye's rendition of "Kailan" drew loud applause and cheers from her fans as she sang the lyrics perfectly.
Fans praised the star for really making an effort to memorize the lyrics of the song.
"Wow. Ang galing niya magtagalog a" and "She sang it so beautifully! Aww the song fits her voice Haha she sounds bit like a native!" were some of the comments on YouTube.
She opened the fan meeting by singing "Lovely Day," a song she recorded for the original soundtrack of the Korean drama "You're Beautiful."
Park Shin Hye also had a question-and-answer part during the fan meeting.
When asked to choose her top 3 best onscreen partners, she selected Jang Geun Suk and CNBLUE's Yonghwa, her co-stars on "You're Beautiful," and actor Lee Seung-gi.
She also sang "Pitch Black" from the drama "Flower Boy Next Door" and "The Day We Fell In Love" from the "Heartstrings" original soundtrack.
Park Shin Hye showed her dancing skills in a medley of Hyuna's "Bubble Pop," SISTAR's "Alone" and Girls' Generation's "Genie."
Korean stars who have worked with Park Shin Hye also sent their congratulatory video messages.
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