Thursday, October 9, 2014


 (More Updates coming up...)


The new Miss Earth 2014, Jamie Herrell from Cebu City, Philippines had not won any awards during the pre-pageant rounds but in the Q & A portion, she rose to the top:

Asked what she will do to help slow down global warming if ever she wins the title, Herrell responded: "Global warming has been known to be a very long overdue issue. That is why if I am crowned tonight, I will use the crown to inspire others to help our environment. And we start with the kids because the kids are the people of tomorrow. And if we teach them they will also help the community. That's what I will do if I win Miss Earth tonight."



ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio was honored last Wednesday (Sept 3) as the Asian Media Woman of the Year by ContentAsia, a premier information resource that covers the entertainment media industry across Asia-Pacific region.

Santos-Concio, who topped ContentAsia’s annual list of Asia’s Most Influential Women in Media, was chosen by ContentAsia for leading “a powerful multi-platform content agenda that is the strongest insurance we know of amid all the uncertainties of a digital world. And she’s doing it mindful of the powerful legacy of a company that has led in its traditional broadcast space for the past 60 years.”

“This award is special for me because it recognizes my work and passion as a storyteller and a leader of a multimedia company, and I could not be more honored to represent not just ABS-CBN, but the hard-working media women in the Philippines. In so many ways I am blessed to get to do what I do, because to be in the business of telling stories is to be in the business of changing lives, inspiring people and offering hope, and promoting different perspectives. I am so thankful that I am given the opportunity to be of service to the Filipino people. I share this award with my family at ABS-CBN and with all the hardworking women in media,” Santos-Concio said.

She was honored at a gala dinner Wednesday themed “Great stories…& the women who tell them best,” along with the other women industry leaders and decision makers in the region, at Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Santos-Concio also delivered the well-applauded opening keynote presentation at the sixth annual ContentAsia Summit Thursday (September 4) to discuss ABS-CBN’s storytelling strengths and hopes and strategies for content creation.

The summit, which had the theme “Great Stories, Well Told,” was attended by content creators, producers, broadcasters, program buyers, programming heads, and executives, and focused on creativity and innovation in content creation, packaging, production, marketing, and distribution.

ContentAsia delivers information about entertainment content creation, funding, financing, licensing, distribution, design and branding, and technology to industry executives across Asia in electronic, print, and online publications.

Santos-Concio was also hailed as Woman Achiever for Tourism and International Understanding Friday night (Sept 5) at the 24th SKAL International Makati Awards for her exemplary contribution to the promotion of Philippine tourism both locally and internationally.



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ABS-CBN Corp. was named the winner of the People’s Choice Stevie Award for Favorite Company in the Media & Entertainment category after earning the Gold Stevie Award in the same category at the prestigious International Business Awards.

The only Philippine media company to be recognized by the awards competition, ABS-CBN received the highest number of online votes and beat the other Stevie winners in the category.

ABS-CBN, which won the Gold Stevie award for its business achievements in the past year, received both the Gold Stevie and People’s Choice Stevie Awards at a banquet in Paris, France recently.

More than 23,000 votes were cast in this year’s People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies, a feature of The International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards competition. All organizations honored in the IBA’s Company of the Year categories were included in People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies voting.

Last May, ABS-CBN bagged a Grand Stevie Award at the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and was the only Filipino company to receive the highest honor given to five companies in the region. It also won a Gold Stevie Award in the Services Company of the Year category, while ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio won a Gold Stevie in the Woman of the Year for all Asia-Pacific nations (except Australia and South Korea) category.

Technology Company of the Year - All Other Nations
PLDT, Makati City, Philippines

Services Company of the Year - The Philippines

ABS-CBN, Quezon City, Philippines

Medical Observer Philippines, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Third Team Media, Cebu City, Philippines

Robinsons Land Corporation, Pasig City, Philippines

Telus International Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Services Company of the Year - The Philippines

ABS-CBN, Quezon City, Philippines

Medical Observer Philippines, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Third Team Media, Cebu City, Philippines

Robinsons Land Corporation, Pasig City, Philippines

Telus International Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Customer Service Leader of the Year - All Other Nations

Globe Telecom, Taguig, Philippines

Services Executive of the Year - All Other Nations

KPJ Healthcare, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Tuan Haji Amiruddin Abdul Satar, Managing Director, CEO and President

Ayala Land Inc., Makati City, Philippines: Tony Aquino, CEO

Woman of the Year - All Other Nations

ABS-CBN, Quezon City, Philippines: Charo Santos-Concio, President & CEO

GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc., Makati City, Philippines: Amor Maclang, Founding Director

New Consumer Product of the Year - All Other Nations

Globe Telecom Inc., Taguig City, Philippines: Globe Prepaid Gosakto

New Consumer Service of the Year - All Other Nations

PCCW Teleservices (Philippines) Inc., Pasig City, Philippines: PCCW Customer Services

Globe Telecom (International Business Group), Taguig City, Manila, Philippines: The Globe Seafarer SIM

 A.S.A.P (All-Star Afternoon Party) 
Sunday All-Star Noontime Show
The show, with all star-studded line up of ABS-CBN top stars and promising stars, went to Los Angeles, California to perform in front of over 12,000 Filipino and foreign audiences. As they have always been doing in the show every Sunday at 12 noon until 3 p.m., the stars brought the house down showing off their live song and dance performances. Added to the excitement at the show is the presence of hollywood Filipino-American stars! 

October 11, 2014 at the L.A. Sports Arena

When it comes to an all-out performances, not to mention, the stage presence of Filipino celebrities, A.S.A.P show will always make the show alive and becomes a Sunday noontime show viewing habit for the Filipinos worldwide.

The show was attended by other Fil-Am Hollywood stars and singers like of the Black Eyed Peas, Jessica Sanchez, Tia Carrere, Reggie Lee, Mark Nicolas, and Fritz Friedman.  And the Filipino Youtube sensation, Charice.

Jessica Sanchez did a duet with Martin Nievera singing one of the Filipinos' favorite song in a voice belting tune, "IKAW" (You).


Teleserye Princess and Rom-Com Queen 

She was recently chosen as one of the Disney Princesses.  She will  be posing as Mulan for the Disney Calendar for Asia.  And perhaps more projects with Disney is coming... who knows?


Freddie Aguilar's popular worldwide song "ANAK " featured in Lee Min Ho's first ever movie, GANGNAM 70. 

Korean superstar Lee Min Ho’s upcoming movie “Gangnam 70” has something distinctly Pinoy about it.

Or on its trailer, at least.

Freddie Aguilar’s OPM classic “Anak” opens the trailer of the new movie, which is due out in November.

Original version

What’s even more surprising is that the original version with Tagalog lyrics was used.

“Anak” is one of the most popular songs not just in the Philippines but abroad. Since it was released in 1977, the song has had around 100 cover versions by both OPM and international artists.

It was released in 56 countries and translated into 27 different foreign languages.

Looking older than his 27 years for his role in "Gangnam 70."

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The Philippines' Pop Royalty

MTV has announced that Filipino singer and actress Sarah Geronimo was adjudged Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2014 MTV EMA, one of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world. 



Following her victory, Geronimo now has the opportunity to be voted into the prestigious Worldwide Act award category, the winner of which will be revealed during the 2014 MTV EMA in Glasgow. 


For Geronimo to advance to the final round of Worldwide Act voting as one of 10 international Worldwide Act nominees, fans can cast their votes at Voting started at 6 p.m. Thursday and would close at 5:59 p.m. Singapore time on Wednesday October 29. The final list of 10 Worldwide Act nominees will be revealed via on October 30.

View image on Twitter 



Sarah Geronimo has currently coached two of the best kid singers at the Voice Kids Philippines where she was also one of the coaches and judges.  The two singers are Darren Espanto, first runner up and making waves as the new Pop teen singer, and Lyca Gumerao, the first The Voice Kids Philippines Champion. 

International Accolades and Achievements

World Music Awards

Award Result Host Country
World's Best Selling Philippine Artist Won Monaco Monaco
World's Best Female Artist Nominated Monaco Monaco
World's Best Live Act Nominated Monaco Monaco
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated Monaco Monaco

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Award Result Host Country
2012 Best Asian Artist (Philippines) Won Hong Kong Hong Kong

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

Year Award Result Host Country
2013 Favorite Asian Act Nominated United States United States

MTV Europe Music Awards

Year Award Result Host Country
2013 Best Southeast Asian Act Nominated Netherlands Amsterdam
2014 Best Southeast Asian Act Won United Kingdom Glasgow

Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2004 Herself Kids Choice Award Won
2008 Herself Favorite Actress Nominated


The X-Factor 2014 Australia Winner

Known by her mononym Marlisa, is an Australian singer who won the sixth series of The X Factor Australia in 2014. She became the youngest contestant to win the show at age 15. Punzalan subsequently received a contract with Sony Music Australia and released her debut single "Stand By You".

She is of Filipino descent (both Parents are pure Filipino) and began singing at the age of three. In 2013, Punzalan auditioned for the seventh series of Australia's Got Talent but did not make it past the audition rounds, and also attempted to audition for the first series of The Voice Kids, but exceeded the age limit by one month. Before entering The X Factor Australia in 2014, Punzalan was a student at Mercy Catholic College in Chatswood and a regular performer at charity events, eisteddfods and RSL competitions. 

In 2014, Punzalan successfully auditioned for the sixth series of The X Factor Australia, singing "Yesterday" by The Beatles. She received a standing ovation and four yeses from all four judges and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition. For the first bootcamp challenge, Punzalan was placed into a group with three other contestants from the Under 25 Girls category to perform a song together for the judges. Punzalan made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where she performed "Never Be the Same" by Jessica Mauboy to the judges and a live audience of one thousand. She then progressed to the home visits round in New York City and performed "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders in front of her mentor Ronan Keating and guest mentor John Legend. Keating later selected Punzalan, along with Sydnee Carter and Caitlyn Shadbolt, for the live finals—a series of eleven weekly live shows in which contestants are progressively eliminated by public vote.

After the eliminations of Carter in week five and Shadbolt in week nine, Punzalan became the last remaining contestant in Keating's category. During the semi-final week, she landed in the bottom two for the first time with Reigan Derry and performed John Farnham's version of The Beatles' "Help!" in the final showdown. After the judges' vote went to deadlock, it was revealed that Punzalan received the most public votes and was put through to the grand final. During the grand final decider show on 20 October 2014, Punzalan was announced as the winner of the sixth series, becoming the first contestant from the Under 25 Girls category to win.

After winning The X Factor, Punzalan's debut and winner's single "Stand By You" was made available to download on the iTunes Store. She also received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. Punzalan's self-titled debut album, Marlisa, will be released on 7 November 2014 and will feature studio recordings of selected songs she performed on The X Factor. Punzalan will be the supporting act for Guy Sebastian's Madness Tour in 2015.



The Philippines' Sweetheart 
and among Time's '50 smartest' stars on Twitter

Anne, who is the most followed celebrity in the Philippines with 6.67 million followers is number 28 on the list, which includes Jimmy Kimmel, Usher, and Ludacris.

According to Time, the list was based on a reading comprehension test known as Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG). 

The report said that SMOG “measures the number of three syllable words used in a text to calculate the years of education required to understand it.”

It also wrote that in the analysis of the tweets, all of the celebrities listed on the list exceeded the “fourth-grade reading level.” To find the smartest celebrities, Time analyzed the last 20 tweets from the 500 highest followed celebrities (stripped of URLs and hashtags), and ran through the SMOG test to determine their reading level.
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SMOG is intended for processing English, so users tweeting in multiple languages were removed. Computer processing of natural language has its limitations. For example, the SMOG test can falsely read slang as multi-syllable words,” said the article.

Anne's tweets are on grade 6.5 level. 

She currently stars in "Blood Ransom", an independent film in Hollywood.  The movie has its successful premier nights in the Philippines and in different states in the U.S.
grade 6.5 ang level ng kanyang tweets,

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grade 6.5 ang level

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Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith, also known as Anne Curtis-Smith or simply Anne Curtis (born 17 February 1985 in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia), is a Filipino-Australian actress, television host, recording artist, and VJ in the Philippines.

Curtis had starred in several television series, which include Hiram (2004–2005), Kampanerang Kuba (2005), Maging Sino Ka Man (2006–2007) and Dyosa (2008), and has hosted the noontime show It's Showtime. As of 2014, she portrays the iconic Komiks character Dyesebel in Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel.

She also starred in several films like No Other Woman (2011), which grossed Php 278 Million at the box office and her role in the film earned her a FAMAS Award for Best Actress. Her other box-office hit films include Babe, I Love You (2010) and A Secret Affair (2012). Her other critically lauded roles were in the films Baler (2008) and In Your Eyes (2010).

Throughout her career, she has received a Metro Manila Film Festival Award, three FAMAS Award nominations (winning one), three PMPC Star Award for Movies nominations, two Luna Award nominations (winning one), and six PMPC Star Award for TV nominations (winning two).


as Dyesebel, a young sea princess who is half human/half fish  
(in a recent TV series she did on ABS-CN)

She was recently nominated at The Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards in 2014

2014 27th Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Asian Act - Nominated



Michael Martinez - First Filipino figure skater to join the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the first representative from the Philippines, a tropical country, in a Winter Olympics.

Martinez began skating in 2005 at the SM Southmall ice rink. In 2009, he missed two months after a skating blade cut his thigh. In addition to training in Manila, in 2010 he began spending several months a year in California working with John Nicks and Ilia Kulik.

Competitive highlights

Event 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15

Four Continents

16th WD
GP Skate America

Crystal Skate



Lombardia Trophy

New Year's Cup


NRW Trophy


Skate Helena

Triglav Trophy

U.S. Classic

Volvo Open

International: Junior or novice
Junior Worlds

15th 5th

Youth Olympics


JGP Australia


JGP Croatia


JGP Estonia

JGP Japan

JGP Latvia



Tirnavia 1st N.





Israel’s Filipina ‘X-factor’ champ allowed to work as a singer.

Rose Fostanes, winner of the nationally televised contest, opts to give up her caregiver permit in return for an artist’s visa.


Rose Fostanes, the diminutive 47-year-old Filipina caregiver who became the newest star of Israeli reality television last week by winning the singing competition “X-Factor Israel,” will legally be allowed to make money as a singer in Israel, the Ministry of the Interior stated Sunday.

Fostanes, who had been in Israel on a special work visa for caregivers which only allowed her to work legally in that one profession, was officially granted a permit to work as a singer in exchange for giving up her caregiver status. The proposal was made after Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority to issue a singing permit for Fostanes. 

Fostanes, who stands at just 1.5 meters-tall (4-foot-11), captured her audiences’ hearts with her strong and soulful voice, and beat out three other finalists by performing crowd-pleasing renditions of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” and ”Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics.

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 (You can see more of the Beauty Pageant lists in some of the posts in different categories)

Megan Young

Megan Young made history for the Philippines as she was declared as the first-ever winner of the Miss World Title in a competition held in Bali, Indonesia. 

Miss World Megan Young 

Miss Universe:

  • Gloria Diaz – 1969
  • Maria Margarita (Margie) Moran – 1973
Miss International:

  • Gemma Cruz-Araneta – 1964
  • Aurora Pijuan – 1970
  • Melanie Marrquez – 1979
  • Precious Lara Quigaman – 2005

Miss Earth:

  •  Karla Henry – 2008

Miss Supranational:

  • Mutya Johanna Datul – 2013
Miss World
  •  Megan Young - 2013 
Other Winners:
  • Gil Wagas – 4th runners up Mr . International 2013
    Alvin de Joya - 2nd runners up Mr.Asia 2013


 Ariella Arida - 2013 Miss Universe - 3rd Runner Up

Bea Rose Santiago - 2013 Miss International


Mutya Datul - 2013 Miss Supranational


Angeli Dione Gomez - 2013 - 2014 Miss Tourism International


Marisse Mendoza - 2013 Miss Campus World
Roland Willian De Dios - 2013 Mister Campus World - 1st Runner Up

Stephanie Malibirin  -  2013 Mrs. Asia International

 Koreen Medina - 2013 Miss Intercontinental - 3rd Runner Up

Sidelights : Look-a-like

Ms. Philippines & Ms. Intercontinental Asia & Oceana, Koreen Medina (left)
She resembles Miss Universe Poland 2014 (right) (she also resembles Philippine actress KC Concepcion)

Ali Forbes - 2013 Miss Grand International - 3rd Runner Up 



Janine Tugonon -2012 Ms. Universe First Runner Up

Rizzini Alexis Gomez - 2012 - 2013 Miss Tourism International 

Jun Macasaet - 2012 Mr. Manhunt International


Kevin Balot - Miss International Queen for Transgenders 2012





Shamcey Supsup - 2011 Ms. Universe 3rd Runner-Up



The World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) is the first and only international competition to find the best aspiring performing artists worldwide. This competitive contest which is held annually in Hollywood, California is often referred to as the "Olympics of the Performing Arts". Competitors of every age are judged in acting, singing, dancing, modeling, instrumentalists, and variety categories. Like the Olympics, the finest aspiring competitors from countries are qualified and invited. Every contestant attending the World Championships of Performing Arts system has been screened, qualified and selected under specific guidelines Founded by Griff O'Neil in 1996, The World Championships has sought out and found the next WorldStars from over 70,000 applicants and 47 countries in its decade-long competition, which culminates in an annual televised final awards show, in Hollywood.

2013 Jr. Grand Champions

  • Vocalist of the World - Aldeza Dela Torre -  Philippines

2013 Sr. Grand Champions

  • Vocal Group of the World - Gollayan Sisters -  Philippines 

  • Vocalist of the World - Beverly Caimen -  Philippines 

Extra Awards 2013

3rd place - PHILIPPINES


Overall Champions 1999-2014


  • Junior:Lloyd Edisonne Judilla Montebon - Vocalist (Philippines)
  • Senior: Xtreme Dancers - DANCE GROUP (Philippines)

  • Junior:Ianna Aldeza dela Torre - Vocalist(Philippines)
  • Senior: Beverly Lumbres Caimen - Vocalist (Philippines)

  • Junior: Shyandra Spencer - Vocalist (USA)
  • Senior: The Fantastic Four - Vocal Group (Sweden)

  • Junior: Joshua Pineda - Vocalist (Philippines)
  • Senior: Hano Janse Van Rensburg - Actor (South Africa)

  • Junior: Lianah Santa Ana - Vocalist (United States)
  • Senior: Rose Marielle Mamaclay - Vocalist (Philippines)

  • Junior: Rhap Salazar - Vocalist (Philippines)
  • Senior: Joe Robinson - Instrumentalist (Australia)

  • Junior: Catherine Loria - Vocalist (Philippines)
  • Senior: Andrew Clarke - Vocalist (Jamaica)

  • Junior: Aria Daniella H. Clemente - Vocalist - (Philippines)
  • Senior: Dylan Koroll - Actor/Model - (Canada)

  • Junior: Blia / Pachenko - Dancers - (Ukraine)
  • Senior: Pam Ward - Vocalist - (USA)

  • Junior: Vhong Navarro - Dancer - (Philippines)
  • Senior: Jed Madela - Vocalist - (Philippines)






  • March 31: Filipino-Hawaiian boxer Brian Viloria won via unanimous decision on his comeback fight against Puerto Rican boxer Juan Herrera at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • May 3: Despite being overweight by 5 pounds over the 108-pound limit in the official weigh-in & losing his IBF light flyweight belt, Johnriel Casimero won via technical knockout in the 1st round against Colombian Boxer Mauricio Fuentes in the main event of "Pinoy Knockout" held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu City.
  • May 31: Nonito Donaire, Jr. defeated South African boxer Simpiwe Vetyeka and proclaimed as the new titleholder of IBF featherweight championship belt via 4th round fight stopping and unanimous technical decision in the main fight at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China SAR.

  • May 21: Filipino chess grand master Wesley So hailed as the champion of the Capablanca Memorial Chess Open 2014 held in Havana, Cuba.



  • February 116: Ronda Pilipinas International 2014's first of all the sixteen stages was held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. It ended with Reimon Lapaza declared as the winner. Peter Pouly ended as the runner-up, while Mark Galedo ranked third place.

  • April 21-24: The 5th Le Tour de Filipinas bikeathon, organized by the Lina Group (Air 21 and UBE Media) was officially started at the Clark Field, Pampanga to Olongapo, Zambales, other following routes are Olongapo to Cabanatuan, Cabanatuan to Bayombong and Bayombong to Baguio. The 610.6 kilometer international cycling race is sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale. It ended with Mark Galedo declared as the winner of the bikeathon. Galedo was the 2nd Filipino to win in the competition.



  • June 14: The Cobra Philippine Dragon Boat Federation Team won two gold medals for the 100-meter mixed standard boat and 500-meter mixed standard boat categories in the recently concluded International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Cup in Fuzhou, China. PDBF Team also have one silver medal and one bronze medals.
  • August 28-31, 2014, Poznan, Poland
  • Litrato


Figure skating

Michael Christian Martinez, the first Southeast Asian and Filipino figure skater to take part in the Winter Olympics.

  • April 6: Olympian figure skater Michael Martinez won the Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Tournament of the senior's division in Jesenice, Slovenia.

Mixed martial arts

  • May 2: One Fighting Championship 15: Rise of Heroes was held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Filipino-American boxer Ana Julaton won against Aya Saber via 2nd round technical knockout on her first fight inside the cage of ONE FC. Team Lakay's Edward Folayang also won the co-main event against Kotetsu Boku via unanimous decision. In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes scores a unanimous decision winning on the main fight of ONE FC 15 against Masakatsu Ueda.


  • May 28: Azkals won their semi-finals match against the national football team of host country, Maldives in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, 3-2. Finals first-timers Azkals will face Palestine in the finals match for the spot of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia on May 30.
  • June 15: The Philippine women's U14 team achieved second place at the AFC U14 Girls Championship for Southeast Asia only losing to Thailand in the finals with the score 1-2. The team also won the Fair Play Award and midfielder Joyce Demacio was declared most valuable player of the tournament 

  • September 4: Not even a long lull could slow down the Philippine Azkals in a 5-1 drubbing of Chinese Tapei to advance in the 2014 Peace Cup finals Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

The Philippines’ Jason De Jong (6) is challenged by Taiwan’s Weng Wei-pin (15) and Chiu J-huan (7) during the Peace Cup 2014 soccer friendly match Wednesday, Sept.3, 2014 at the rain-soaked Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez

The Philippines won over Chinese Taipei. 

Not even a long lull could slow down the Philippine Azkals in a 5-1 drubbing of Chinese Tapei to advance in the 2014 Peace Cup finals Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. The Azkals raced to 2-0 lead at halftime on goals by Rob Gier, who scored his first international goal for the Philippines on a header in the 25th minute, and James Younghusband off a setup by Misagh Bahadoran not long after.

The match was stopped in the 57th minute due to heavy downpour that flooded the Rizal pitch but the 30-minute delay hardly affected the Philippines’ play.

The Azkals picked up where they left off. Fil-British midfielder Mark Hartmann struck two goals in the second half to cap a rousing performance by the Philippines.

The Azkals arranged a date with Myanmar, which earlier thrashed Palestine, 4-1, in the final set on Saturday.
Compounding Chinese Taipei’s miseries, the visitors scored on its own goal after Chen Yi Wei’s attempt to clear Phil Younghusband’s strike made it, 3-0, in the 65th minute.

Taipei’s only goal came in the 80th minute and in between Hartmann’s goals, which he struck in the 74th and 88th minute.
source: The Philippien Daily Inquirer

The Seattle Seahawks Douglas Dewayne Baldwin Jr. a Filipino-American football wide receiver is a Super Bowl Champion.
He scored a touchdown from Quarterback Russell Wilson as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl 43-8 against the Denver Broncos at the MetLIfe Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Born in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Baldwin is a quarter Filipino.

Baldwin made the news when he carried an upside down Philippine flag at a national football league match against the Minnesota Vikings to honor the victims of super typhoon Yolanda victims last November.

“Obviously when the typhoon hit, her family was impacted, everybody’s safe though. I wanted to do something kind of to lift their spirits and lift the spirits of Philippines. In general, I thought carrying the flag would be a nice gesture,” he said.

Baldwin led the Standford Cardinals in receiving yards and touchdowns and he is hoping to do the same this Sunday. But the 25-year-old wide receiver who went undrafted out of Stanford said he plays with a chip on his shoulder having been signed up for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted agent.
“It’s not a chip. It’s a boulder, no it doesn’t go away, because you will be continuing to doubt whether it’s about me or about my teammates. So that adds motivation to the boulder. It’s not so much to prove others wrong but it’s more proving ourselves right,” he said.

From Gulf Breeze High School to Standford Cardinals star football player, Baldwin said he is living his American dream right now playing at the 48th Superbowl.

“It means a lot obviously. It’s been a dream of mine since I put on pads to play football. So to be here now, to be able to experience this moment, enjoy the game of football at the highest level, it means the world to me. But my family gets to enjoy it as well. It’s an unbelievable ride for us,” he said.

Baldwin said he may never have stepped foot on his grandmother’s country of birth, but he thanks her for keeping him connected to his Filipinos roots.

He added he plans to visit the Philippines in the near future when his grandmother would be able to take him.

“Much love to the Philippines, my Filipino family, God bless,” he said.

Half-time performance breaks Super Bowl record

Bruno Mars performed at the Pepsi Half time Superbowl Show 2014

Bruno Mars’ old-school approach during his anticipated presentation captivated and as stated by Billboard and Fox news, formed the “largest in the history of the Super Bowl, attracting 115.3 million viewers. This performance broke the all-time record for most viewers during halftime, surpassing the previous record of 114 million views set by Madonna in 2012. 

The show opened with children holding hands and singing along the pop artist’s breakout hit, ‘Billionaire’, which was the song that kicked off his promising career in 2010. Mars then emerged slamming on a drum set, wearing a gold suit that resembled his band and started singing his groundbreaking single, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ and then transitioned into ‘Treasure’, pumping the crowd and making everyone sing along with him. 

Jose Martinez, nursing major, said, “I liked how he came in drumming. I liked everything. It was all good.” 

Fans of the pop sensation enjoyed his performance and the energy he brought on stage, especially the dancing and imitation of Michael Jackson’s legendary ‘moonwalk.’ 

But Mars wasn’t the only entertainment that night. Veteran alternative rock band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, joined in on stage singing one of their classics, ‘Give It Away’, making the crowd bounce off the ground. 

Business major Julio Figueroa said, “I liked the combination of these two different genres. I like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so any performance they give is always satisfying.” 

Although the rockers are men in their 50’s, their presence on stage proved that age does not limit a performers energy and fun attitude; the rockstars entered shirtless despite the weather conditions and entertained the audience whether they are fans or not. Unfortunately, their performance only lasted two minutes. 

Michelle Mancilla, Business Administration major said, “I really liked that these two cool artists got together because they’re my favorite, but I think the Red Hot Chili Peppers should have had more time and I also liked how Bruno actually sang unlike previous Super Bowl performers.” 

After the rockers departed from the stage, Mars ended the half time show by singing his famous lullaby,’Just The Way You Are’, with videos in the background of service men and women from the U.S. Army dedicating to their loved ones. With fireworks in the sky, and the soothing voice of Bruno Mars ringing, the Super Bowl half time performance was outstanding and one to remember. 

Communications major Jasmin Moreno said, “Bruno Mars is amazing. He’s gorgeous and gave a good show. Adding Red Hot Chili Peppers made it more entertaining.” 

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