November 22, 2013 by ajay
We kid you not when we say that Magic 89.9 DJ Andi Manzano has one of the sweetest faces in the business.We caught up with her a week before she got married to PR & advertising man GP Reyes last Nov.13, and it was here where we got to know certain facets of her life. Like how she met her husband through Facebook (because she wouldn’t give her number) and how her family recently fought a valiant battle against her mom’s cervical cancer.
So it’s understandable that Andi has now become the spokesperson in the X Means Love campaign launched by GlaxoSmithKline and Healthway Medical. This aims to increase awareness in preventing cancer of the cervix through vaccination against HPV or the human papilloma virus which is one of those causing this type of cancer.
At the campaign’s launch program recently, Andi is shown with another beauty, Kim Jones, who is also slated to be married to actor Jericho Rosales soon.
“I decided to do this advocacy because early this year my mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer. It took us all by surprise and it was truthfully a very difficult time in our lives. She went through all the motions from the chemo to radiation treatments and by the grace of God, she’s been cured and is in remission,” Andi revealed.
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November 15, 2013 by ajay
It’s a meaningful weekend. Everyone I know is either donating, praying, and volunteering in relief efforts for typhoon Haiyan victims in Tacloban and other ravaged areas. If you find yourself in Manila this weekend, check out the fund-raising bazaars or yard sales that a few celebrities are holding in their neighborhood. A few of the auctions can also be found online.
The husband-and-wife team of Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez are now holding an auction through the Facebook page /RVFriendsOfficial. Some of the items up for bidding are watches, shoes, clothes and the luxury bags of Asia’s songbird which include such brands as Hermes, Celine, LV, and Balenciaga.
Dr. Vicki Belo chose to hold an auction in her Instagram account @victoria_belo. Put on sale were some of her hardly-used Chanel and Louis Vuitton bags, with starting bids from P5,000 to P20,000.
But for those who failed to join the Instagram auction, visit the Belo Clinic at the Greenbelt Residences tomorrow, from 3 to 7pm, for some more stuff donated by the stars in a charity bazaar.
Look out for Jennylyn Mercado’s Prada sling bag and Balenciaga belt.
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November 10, 2013 by ajay
Congratulations are in order for the Philippines’ very own Ariella Arida for winning 3rd runner-up in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant. It’s quite a feat to be the only Asian in the Top 5, and fourth year in a row that we’ve done it.
Ariella placed first in the swimsuit competition but unfortunately it seems her tacky evening gown did her in. Ara did her best to carry it, but the color and the material was far from queenly. We would have thought it came straight out of the bargain racks of Divisoria.
(Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/MissAArida)
In the Question and Answer portion, all the other four finalists (Ecuador, Spain, Brazil and Venezuela) needed interpreters. Either the judges weren’t sharp enough or there’s simply too much politics in Miss Universe. But Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler totally missed the answer to her question.
Q. What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?
A. We should overcome all our fears and this in turn would make us stronger. As soon as we overcome our fears, we can face any challenge.
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November 9, 2013 by ajay
And the answer is: we can hope!
After the coronation of Mutya Johanna Datul as Miss Supranational 2013 in Belarus, Megan Young as Miss World 2013 in Bali, the pressure is high on the chemist-beauty queen from the province of Laguna, Ariella Arida to bag the Miss Universe crown, something which has eluded the Philippines since 1973.
Reports state that Ariella is a top favorite in a field of 86 equally beautiful candidates from all over the world, and we wish her luck! The live telecast of Miss Universe 2013 from Crocus City Hall in Moscow happens in a few hours!
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November 5, 2013 by ajay
Avid beauty watchers can’t wait for the wee hours of Sunday, November 9 (about 2am) when Miss Universe 2013 will be telecast live from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. I won’t be up so early to watch the pageant so I will probably just wake up to announcements in my social media feeds about who the winner is
The good news is that the Philippines’ very own Ariella Arida is emerging to be a heavy favorite in the world’s most prestigious beauty tilt, even winning the title Ice Princess in a pre-pageant contest. The pressure is up because Venus Raj in 2010, Shamcey Supsup in 2011 and Janine Tugonon in 2012 all landed in the Miss Universe Top 5 and won runners-up titles. So let us wear our colors proud Team Philippines and vote for Ariella using this link
Remember, we also predicted Olivia Culpo to win Miss U 2012 in our fearless forecast here . Here’s our Top 5 bets for Miss Universe 2013: (all photos courtesy of the official pageant site at www.missuniverse.com)
1. Bb. Pilipinas Ariella Arida – for patriotic reasons and because her beauty can stand out with the rest of the 85 world-class contestants
2. Miss USA Erin Brady of Connecticut
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October 10, 2013 by ajay
The ‘ber months are here before we know it and it’s the bazaar season folks!
At about this same time last year, I wrote about how presidential sister Kris Aquino – the Queen of All Media – sold her Chanel bags and other designer stuff in a charity bazaar that was meant to benefit Gawad Kalinga, a non-profit that builds houses for the poor.
This year, as announced in her social networks, Kris is doing a repeat of the bazaar thing again.Her fans and lovers of pre-owned celebrity items can mark these dates (okay, it begins tomorrow already): October 11, 12 & 13 , 12 noon to midnight at the Metrotent, Metrowalk Plaza, along Meralco Avenue in Ortigas Center Pasig City. (Last year’s was held at the ABS-CBN Compound in Quezon City.
There’s no mention whether the annual sale will benefit a charity organization though.
Kris put Star Cinema creative director Roxy Liquigan in charge of organizing the bazaar. And here are some of the Krissy’s designer shoes for sale that Roxy put up on Twitter:
Some YSL’s (originally retailing at $500 to $1000). Kris is a Size 7.
There will also be some Jimmy Choo’s and Loubutins -
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October 8, 2013 by ajay
I’ve always admired Miriam Quiambao’s Filipina beauty, the kind that won her Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up honors. So it surprised me when I learned from my newsfeed that she’s engaged again/ slated to be married.
The guy: author & speaker Ardy Roberto. Research shows that his company is the one bringing John Maxwell to Manila for those inspirational speaking engagements.
Okay, first impressions stick. Am reminded of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Miriam is a beauty queen…. and Mr. Roberto looks like your typical jolly, nice Filipino. Hmmm, comedian ang peg
Apparently, the guy is so well-liked in the Christian and speaking circuits. My former colleague Anjo Perez of Manila Bulletin says: “wow, he’s my friend…what a lucky girl she is.”
To this photo which she posted on her Instagram, Miriam wrote: “Went to visit Passages Bookstore in Bacolod at the The District mall. Found @ardyroberto’s books by the window! #AMventures7 #realmenarepogi”
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October 4, 2013 by ajay
A few nights ago, I attended the Manila launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Galaxy Gear which I’ve already written about in this post. The affair at SM Aura wasn’t really that star-studded but it WAS, in a way, because of two hot guys playing gays in local TV’s most talked-about show, “My Husband’s Lover.”
Presenting “Vincent”, “Eric” plus “Lally” 20 years later. hehehe.
In my personal opinion, Tom Rodriguez had star factor. I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy will go places. And to think he just recovered from dengue fever in this pic.
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October 2, 2013 by ajay
So Megan Young has done what Ruffa Gutierrez failed to achieve: win the elusive Miss World title. Of course, beauty is subjective and the judges’ tastes differ through generations, but Megan has the classic look and is easy on the eye. Most of all, she’s super articulate, thanks to her stint as an actress and TV host.
But I can tell from rummaging through her pictures that the beauty queen is uber down-to-earth and has a crazy side. Her Instagram and Twitter handle @meganbata is a play on her name.
One shot has her sleeping on the MRT, acting out the role of a tired student
….. and making a face while grabbing a piece of macaron.
The future Miss World as a baby. Who would think she would grow up into a beauty?
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October 2, 2013 by ajay
In a land where medical supplies are scarce and one out of three people is infected with HIV, one organization works to ensure the future of the community. SHARE Africa, a nonprofit relief charity based in the United States, delivers medical attention, educational programs and social tools to disease-stricken villages in western Kenya.
Started in 1987 by Dr. Martha MacGuffie and Dr. Renée Brilliant, SHARE Africa has grown into an internationally recognized beacon of hope. One of their most critical projects, the SHARE Orphan Sponsorship program (SOS) has existed since 1993.
The AIDS epidemic has left hundreds of thousands of orphans throughout Kenya. A significant number come from Nyanza province near Lake Victoria. The lucky ones can move into a hut with a grandparent, an uncle or another member of the community. Sometimes, however, the closest relatives are unwell themselves or already support too many people.
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