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2017 Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night

2017 Binibining Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night

FabManila.com: Events Around the Metro

FabManila.com: Events Around the Metro

Miss U bet Maxine Medina: “I’m so excited!”

Miss U bet Maxine Medina: “I’m so excited!”
By JAY PATAO
Photos by Joselito Caleon


MISS Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina admitted she is excited to play the role of host-delegate at the 65th Miss Universe Pageant which will be held in Manila on January 30, 2017.
Maxine and the rest of her co-Bb. Pilipinas titlists met members of media during a press conference at Gateway Art Gallery at Gateway Tower in Quezon City recently.



While there is (double) pressure for her to duplicate Pia Wurtzbach’s feat last year and compete on home soil at that, Maxine admits that she is getting busier on her preparations for the pageant, brushing up on every news and topic concerning the Philippines and overseas, hoping to eventually turn the pressure into excitement.
As the third Pinay to play the role of host-delegate in Miss Universe (after top 12 semi-finalist Guadalupe Sanchez in 1974 and top 6 finalist Charlene Gonzales in 1994), Maxine is raring to show her fellow contestants the beauty of the Philippines, hoping to make them experience and enjoy the scenic spots in the country including Cebu, Davao and other places.
“Bb. Pilipinas was my very first pageant and this journey to Miss Universe is new to me as well, but I plan to enjoy it. I’m working hard to be 101 percent prepared for the pageant. Slowly but surely, I promise to surprise everyone!” said the 5’9” model-interior designer who hopes to become the fourth Filipina Miss Universe, after Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margie Moran in 1973 and Wurtzbach.
Wurtzbach will crown her successor on January 30, 2017 (most likely at MOA Arena) who will still be officially known as Miss Universe 2016.



Meanwhile, the other Bb. Pilipinas queens are just as excited for their respective pageants.
Jennifer Hammond will be the first to compete; she will vie for the 45th Miss Intercontinental Pageant to be held at Stein Studios in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 15, hoping to continue the top 3 streak of 2014 2nd runner-up Kris Janson and 2015 1st runner-up Christi McGarry. The reigning Miss Intercontinental is Russia’s Valentina Rasulova.
Nicole Cordoves will vie for the 4th Miss Grand International Pageant to be held at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 25, hoping to improve on Parul Shah’s 3rd runner-up finish last year.
Kylie Verzosa will vie for the Philippines’ sixth Miss International crown at the 56th pageant to be held in Tokyo, Japan on October 27. The reigning Miss International is Venezuela’s Edymar Martinez.
Joanna Eden will compete for the 7th Miss Supranational Pageant to be held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland on December 4, hoping to become the second Filipina winner in the tilt after Mutya Datul in 2013. The reigning queen is India’s Asha Bhat.
Nichole Manalo will vie for the 43rd Miss Globe Pageant, the date and venue of which is still to be announced. Nichole hopes to succeed reigning Miss Globe Ann Lorraine Colis and keep the title for the Philippines.
Fabmanilaph wishes all Bb. Pilipinas queens all the best in their respective pageants…may they make 2016 another banner year for world-class Pinay beauties!

Cebuana leads “Jewel of the Philippines” winners



Cebuana leads “Jewel of the Philippines” winners

By JAY PATAO
Photos by Joselito Caleon

A BS Accounting Technology graduate from Cebu City won the inaugural Jewel of the Philippines Pageant, besting 22 other contestants at the grand finals held at Tanghalang Pasigueño in Pasig City Wednesday night.


Natasha Angela Lim Manuel, 21, a graduate of University of San Carlos, was crowned as the very first Jewel of the Philippines who will represent the country at the maiden Jewel of the World Pageant which will be launched and staged in Manila in February next year.
Crowned as Miss Globe International-Philippines 2016 was Inna Patricia Liwanag Gita, 20, from Malolos, Bulacan. A 4th year Mass Communications student of Bulacan State University, 5-foot-8 Gita will vie for the Miss Globe International in Istanbul, Turkey next year.
A crowd favorite, Gita won the Best in Swimsuit award in addition to 3 other sponsor awards.
The Miss United Continents-Philippines 2016 title went to Romellean Joy Duro Pontino, 19, an Information Technology graduate from Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya.
Standing 5’7”, Pontino will compete for Miss United Continents in Quito, Ecuador next year. She also won the Best in Long Gown award.
Chosen as Miss World Peace-Philippines 2016 was Gladys Louise Matus Santos, 20, from Valenzuela City. A BS Hotel Management graduate of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (she was Miss PUP 2015), Santos will vie for Miss World Peace in China next year.
The Miss Charity Queen International-Philippines 2016 title went to Cindy Bisperas de Vera, 23, a BS Architecture graduate from Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan. She will represent the country at the Miss Charity Queen International tilt in Taiwan later this year.
The pageant, founded and directed by John de la Vega and which aims to produce “beauty queen-advocates of social change and nation-building”, was hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 Nina Ricci Alagao, Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry and Miss Intercontinental 2014 2nd runner-up Kris Janson. The panel of judges included, among others, Miss Grand International 2013 3rd runner-up Ali Forbes and Mister International Netherlands 2015 Cas Winters.

Laurence Mossman: fast rising Kiwinoy star

Laurence Mossman: fast rising Kiwinoy star
By JAY PATAO
Photo by Joy Arguil


BLESSINGS have come pouring for Laurence Mossman, a half-Filipino, half-New Zealander singer-actor, whose various talents have been noticed, keeping him busy in the months ahead.
Aside from his ongoing thrice-a-week show at Resorts World Manila as a member of the fast-rising trio The Primo, the classical singer has also made a social media-trending appearance as Signore Mossman in the top-rating Kapamilya teleserye “Dolce Amore.”



Laurence is now taking a big leap when he landed a co-starring role in the movie “Die Beautiful” (top-billed by Paolo Ballesteros) where he plays the role of a doctor.
 
Almost done shooting for the movie, he is set to start facing the cameras again for the movie “Bakitang mgaGwapomayBF” together with Paolo Ballesteros, Anne Curtis and Dennis Trillo.
Laurence also revealed during a photo shoot cum press con at Lumina Residences in Mandaluyong City recently that he had private auditions for the West End musical “Miss Saigon” in the presence of no less than its composer Claude-Michel Schonberg eagerly awaiting the result after the worldwide casting calls have concluded.

Laurence has also renewed his contract with Psalmstre Enterprises as ambassador for New Placenta for Men, which means that he will continue working with Kapamilya actor Ejay Falcon in the beauty soap’s branding efforts, along with the latest addition, Filipino-Italian beauty king Andrea Biondo who recently won as Gentlemen of the Philippines-Universal Ambassador 2016.
“Psalmstre decided to renew Laurence’s contract because of his impressive performance. Aside from being a good and talented artist, he is also very kind and professional, reasons why he is well-loved by his fans,” said Jim Acosta, Psalmstre’s CEO.



Laurence is set to grace the anniversary celebration of a big mall in Koronadal, South Cotabato on August 24, another mall show during his birthday in September, and a show with fellow endorser Miss Earth-Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz in Gaisano Mall also next month.
When not busy with his commitments as a singer, actor or endorser, Laurence religiously attends workshops to further improve his skills, as well as Tagalog. Wanting to offer the best to his fans, he does not settle for half-baked performances. Laurence believes that, while no one could perfectly give everything, one could do his best.

MAN OF THE YEAR PHILIPPINES 2016 Karan Singhdole is 100% “pusong Pinoy”

MAN OF THE YEAR PHILIPPINES 2016
Karan Singhdole is 100% “pusong Pinoy”
By JAY PATAO

Sendoff photos by Lito Caleon
MAN of the Year Philippines 2016 Karan Singhdole was given a warm sendoff party at Lancaster Hotel last August 10 before he flew to Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia to represent the Philippines at the inaugural Man of the Year Pageant on August 20.



“Truth of the matter, I am very happy, confident and optimistic about my forthcoming competition,” Singhdole, 23, said when he faced members of media, friends and supporters during the event. “Malulungkot ako sa pag-alis ko, but I know that everyone will be behind me, supporting me.”
“We will definitely be behind Karan every step of the way…the same support we gave Neil Perez when he competed (and won) as Mister International in Korea almost two years ago,” agreed Prime Events Productions Philippines (PEPPS) president Carlo Morris Galang who hand-picked Singhdole for the newest international tilt for men.



Karan will bring with him a wardrobe provided by homegrown talents. His formal wear was designed by internationally acclaimed fashion designer Francis Libiran. His national costume, inspired by the Manobo, Maranao and T’boli tribes of Mindanao, was masterfully crafted by Edwin Uy, who has also won accolades for his native costumes in various international pageants. Karan’s swimwear was created by Olan Roque.



Also present to support Karan during the event were Mister International 2014 Neil Perez and Manhunt International Philippines 2016 Don McGyver Cochico who will compete for his own international pageant in November.


Born in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna on July 31, 1993, Karan is the second in the brood of four of Indian parents Nashatar Singhdole and Balbir Kaur Dole. At 6-foot-2, Karan’s frame and well-chiseled face did not escape talent scouts who fielded him in pageants and modeling searches.
The first Man of the Year Pageant, which aims to look for the man who fits the 5 Ms – Masterly,Mindful, Manly, Masculine, Modern – will be staged at the Grand Central Hotel in Pekanbaru, the third largest city in Sumatra (after Medan and Palembang).
“I am dedicating my pageant in Indonesia to my father who is stricken with cancer. I hope I can make him and my family proud as well as all Filipinos who are behind me,” Karan revealed. “I may be a full-blooded Indian but I am 100 percent pusong Pinoy!”

GENTLEMEN OF THE PHILIPPINES 2016 WINNERS

GENTLEMEN OF THE PHILIPPINES 2016 WINNERS THE FINALS WAS HELD AT TRINITY UNIVERSITY OF ASIA THEATER, JULY 31, 2016.
Words by Jay Patao (Photo by Joy Arguil)

Finest Pinoy gents - The winners of Gentlemen of the Philippines 2016 finals (from left) 1st runner-up Miguel Alexis maliwat of San Fernando, Pampanga; Best Model Global Christian Lumasag of Cebu City; Mister Worldwide Jason del Juan Martin of Gold Coast, Australia; Mister Model International Job Abogado of Camarines Sur; Mister Universal Ambassador Andrea Biondo of Sicily, South Italy; Mister Tourism International Paulo Renzo Velo of London, UK; Mister Tourism World Kian Jabin Sumague of San Pablo City, Laguna; Mr. Teen International Mark Joshua Marquez of Milan, North Italy; and 2nd runner-up Rex Peter Calimbayan of Tagbilaran City, Bohol celebrate their victory after the finals at Trinity University of Asia Theater, Quezon City Sunday night. Gentlemen of the Philippines Charities Inc. will send the winners to their respective international tilts later this year and next year. - Jay Patao (Photo by Joy Arguil)



SEVEN MAGNIFICENT QUEENS FOR INTERNATIONAL TILTS

 By JAY PATAO
Photos by Joselito Caleon

SEVEN Filipina beauty queens were crowned and feted at Club Mwah in Mandaluyong City last Sunday, July 31.
They will vie for their respective international pageants by Megastar production's Ovet Ricalde, the licensee to the various international tilts.
Here is the parade of the magnificent 7 beauty queens:
1 MRS. AGNES PADAO JAKOSALEM from Cebu City - Mrs. Grandma Universe Philippines 2017.
She was crowned by Mrs. Grandma Philippines and Mrs. Grandma Universal 2016 Babylyn Newfield.
A real estate broker, solo parent with 3 children and a granddaughter, Agnes is also an active member of
Bukas Loob sa Diyos Community. She will vie for the international tilt in January next year.
2 MRS. RIZA CALDOSA of Muntinlupa City - Mrs. Asia International Philippines 2017. A 45-year-old mother to
three boys and grandmother to a beautiful girl, Riza is a dermatologist by profession, a fellow of the Philippine
Association of Skin Health Physicians, and the owner of Vanity Skin Aesthetics Dermatology Clinic with branches
at Resorts World Manila, Mall of Asia, Alabang Hills and Centuria Medical Makati. She will compete for her
international tilt in Kuala Lumpur in June 2017.
3 MRS. PRESCY YULO - Mrs. Asia International Philippines 2017. The immediate past president of Rotary Club of
Makati Gems, Prescy is a socialite, fashion model and one of the Best Dressed Women of 2014 and awardee as
one of Ten Empowered Women in 2014. She owns JC Medical Inc. and Skin Rejuve. This US-trained skin
specialist will compete for Mrs. Asia International in Kuala Lumpur next June.
4 MARIFE OMAMBAC CARILLAS of Zamboanga City - Mrs. Asia International Philippines 2017. This 38-year-old
Zamboangueñ will compete for Mrs. Asia International in Kuala Lumpur next June.
5 EMMA CORDERO - Mrs. Southwest Asia Universe 2016. This popular actress and singer will compete for
the pageant in China this month (August).
6 QUEENIE ORBETA - Binibining Filipina Most Beautiful Girl in the World 2016. A runner-up at the recent Miss
Tourism Philippines Pageant, Queenie will vie for The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Pageant in Dubai on
October 5-17, 2016.
7 KRISTINE JOY CRUZ - Binibining Filipina Miss All Nations 2016. This Miss Global Philippines finalist 2016 will
vie for Miss All Nations 2016 in China next month (September).

PLACENTA FOR MEN'S BEAUTY KING AMBASSADORS

 By JAY PATAO

CONGRATULATIONS to Mister Puerto Rico 2015 Fernando Alberto Alvarez Soto for winning first runner-up honors at the recently concluded 9th Mr. World finals in South Port, England.
Alvarez also competed for Mister International 2015 in Manila last year where he finished as a top 10 finalist.



Another "Bravo!" goes to Andrea Biondo who represented Siciliy, south Italy at the inaugural Gentlemen of the Philippines Pageant held at Trinity University of Asia Theater last July 31.
Biondo, a 23-year-old fitness buff, was crowned as Gentlemen of the Philippines-Universal Ambassador and will compete for the international lpageant in Surabaya and Bali, Indonesia later this year.
Biondo was also voted as Mr. Placenta for Men during the press presentation held at Sulo Riviera Hotel two weeks ago.
Both Biondo and Alvarez are distinguished ambassadors of Placenta for Men by Psalmstre Enterprises Inc.
headed by its founder/CEO and philanthropist Jaime V. Acosta.


Miss U bet Maxine Medina: “I’m so excited!”

 By JAY PATAO
Photos by Joselito Caleon
MISS Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina admitted she is excited to play the role of host-delegate at the 65th Miss Universe Pageant which will be held in Manila on January 30, 2017.
Maxine and the rest of her co-Bb. Pilipinas titlists met members of media during a press conference at Gateway Art Gallery at Gateway Tower in Quezon City recently.
While there is (double) pressure for her to duplicate Pia Wurtzbach’s feat last year and compete on home soil at that, Maxine admits that she is getting busier on her preparations for the pageant, brushing up on every news and topic concerning the Philippines and overseas, hoping to eventually turn the pressure into excitement.



As the third Pinay to play the role of host-delegate in Miss Universe (after top 12 semi-finalist Guadalupe Sanchez in 1974 and top 6 finalist Charlene Gonzales in 1994), Maxine is raring to show her fellow contestants the beauty of the Philippines, hoping to make them experience and enjoy the scenic spots in the country including Cebu, Davao and other places.
“Bb. Pilipinas was my very first pageant and this journey to Miss Universe is new to me as well, but I plan to enjoy it. I’m working hard to be 101 percent prepared for the pageant. Slowly but surely, I promise to surprise everyone!” said the 5’9” model-interior designer who hopes to become the fourth Filipina Miss Universe, after Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margie Moran in 1973 and Wurtzbach.
Wurtzbach will crown her successor on January 30, 2017 (most likely at MOA Arena) who will still be officially known as Miss Universe 2016.
Meanwhile, the other Bb. Pilipinas queens are just as excited for their respective pageants.
Jennifer Hammond will be the first to compete; she will vie for the 45th Miss Intercontinental Pageant to be held at Stein Studios in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 15, hoping to continue the top 3 streak of 2014 2nd runner-up Kris Janson and 2015 1st runner-up Christi McGarry. The reigning Miss Intercontinental is Russia’s Valentina Rasulova.
Nicole Cordoves will vie for the 4th Miss Grand International Pageant to be held at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 25, hoping to improve on Parul Shah’s 3rd runner-up finish last year.



Kylie Verzosa will vie for the Philippines’ sixth Miss International crown at the 56th pageant to be held in Tokyo, Japan on October 27. The reigning Miss International is Venezuela’s Edymar Martinez.
Joanna Eden will compete for the 7th Miss Supranational Pageant to be held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland on December 4, hoping to become the second Filipina winner in the tilt after Mutya Datul in 2013. The reigning queen is India’s Asha Bhat.
Nichole Manalo will vie for the 43rd Miss Globe Pageant, the date and venue of which is still to be announced. Nichole hopes to succeed reigning Miss Globe Ann Lorraine Colis and keep the title for the Philippines.
Fabmanilaph wishes all Bb. Pilipinas queens all the best in their respective pageants…may they make 2016 another banner year for world-class Pinay beauties!

Manila, Laguna bets win 48th “Mutya” tilt

Manila, Laguna bets win 48th “Mutya” tilt
By JAY PATAO
Photos by Edmund Chua
A sportscaster from Manila and a model from Pila, Laguna were crowned as this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas winners, besting 28 other contestants from all over the country as well as Filipino communities overseas at the 48th edition of the beauty pageant that celebrates the empowered millennial Filipina, at the finals held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City Saturday night.
Ganiel Akrisha Atun Krishnan, 21, a Mass Communications sophomore of FEU-Manila and side court reporter for FEU at UAAP, was crowned as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International 2016, succeeding last year’s winner and reigning Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Mae Bautista.
A 5’5 ½” half-Indian beauty from San Andres, Manila, Krishnan will vie for the Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant which will be re-launched after a hiatus of more than a decade and held in Palawan in November.
Krishnan, who was Miss Manila 2016 second runner-up last June 24, expounded on the topic “inner beauty” during the question-and-answer round of the 10 finalists.
Justin Mae Alcaide San Jose, a 19-year-old AB Communications student of Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba and the winner of the Calabarzon regional pageant, was crowned as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International 2016, inheriting the crown from last year’s winner Janela Joy Cuaton, who is scheduled to compete for Miss Tourism International in Malaysia in December; San Jose will compete for the same pageant next year.
San Jose, hails from Pila, Laguna and has lived in Doha, Qatar since the age of four with her parents who are both OFWs. Incidentally, both Cuaton and San Jose are childhood friends and have become successful models in the Middle East.
San Jose expounded on the topic “Tourism” and expressed the importance of tourism in the economy of the country.



Krishna and San Jose received cash prizes of P150,000 and P120,000, respectively, a two-year contract with Viva Entertainment and various gifts from sponsors.
Michelle Charlotte Narvaez Thorlund, a 19-year-old Filipino-American beauty from Irvine, California, was given the special title of Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities 2016. She received $1,000 in cash and various gifts from sponsors.
Rounding up the winning circle were Lynette Bradford, 19, from Melbourne, Australia, first runner-up; and Ashley Nicole Smith Singh, 21, from Central Luzon, second runner-up.
The top 10 finalists included: Joanna Rose Niño Tolledo from Caloocan City; Jannie Loudette Vicencio Alipo-on from Navotas City; Michelle Debuayas Cartagena from Cebu City, Mayu Eustaquio Murakami from Tokyo, Japan; and Dianne Irish Joy Quedding Lacayanga from Paniqui, Tarlac.



The 3-hour show, aired yesterday morning on ABS-CBN, was hosted by Richard Gutierrez, Arci Muñoz and Bela Padilla. The panel of judges included Ma. Lourdes Hapson of DOT, Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilley, Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters assistant coach Carlos Garcia, Col. Ricardo Nolasco of Hannah’s Beach Resort, Miss Indonesia 1976 Renny Harman, Noveleta Mayor Dino Carlo, socialite and philanthropist Tessa Prieto-Valdes and actress and Brazilipinas designer Diana Menezes.

MR. & MS. CHINATOWN PHILIPPINES 2016 CORONATION NIGHT

CORONATION NIGHT 
July 31,2016 

WINNERS:
Grand Winner : Jan Louie Ngo & Shirley Vy 
1st Runner-Up : Sherwin Yao & Jan Louie Ngo
2nd Runner-Up : Wryan Chua & l Pichie Lim 





MUTYA NG PILIPINAS 2016 CORONATION NIGHT

CORONATION NIGHT
July 30, 2016
Newport Performing Arts Theater

WINNERS:
Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International 2016 : Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan
Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2016 : Justin Mae San Jose
Mutya ng Overseas Communities 2016 : Michelle Thorlund
1st runner up : Lynette Bradford
2nd runner up : Ashley Nicole Singh

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