Thursday, November 6, 2014


(Miss Philippines 2015 Winners)

We had watched the coronation night of the BB. Pilipinas 2015.  There were candidates qualified to become the next Miss Philippines and to represent the Philippines in various Beauty Pageants--one of which is the renowned, Miss Universe Beauty Pageant for 2015. Most of the contestants have the real Filipina beauty--from the beautifully smooth skin color, hair, face, posture and representation of themselves, and wit--all of these could lead them to win the beauty titles of any if not all beauty pageants in the world. But to the awareness of everyone, that not all Filipinos look typical of their natural Filipino race, but ever since the Philippines had been invaded by foreign nationals as the years go by, the Filipino looks have changed, some if not most have combined descent (racial mixtures) that were inherited from their biological parents with foreign/international heritage/ancestry, the term that is typically used is half-breed or mestizo and mestiza.


  • Miss Universe Philippines: Bb 10, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
  • Bb Pilipinas International: Bb 11, Janicel Lubina
  • Bb Pilipinas Supranational: Bb 25, Rogelie Catacutan
  • Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental: Bb 19, Christi Lynn McGarry
  • Bb Pilipinas Tourism: Bb 24, Ann Lorraine Colis

  • 1st runner-up: Bb 28, Hannah Ruth Lulu Sison
  • 2nd runner-up: Bb 8, Kimverlyn Suiza

 Special awards: 

  • Bb Friendship: Bb 6, Toni Alyessa Hipolito
  • Bb Talent: Bb 34, Teresita Ssen Marquez
  • Miss Photogenic: Bb 5, Cannielle Faith Santos
  • Best in national costume: Bb 34, Teresita Ssen Marquez
  • Best in swimsuit: Bb 11, Janicel Lubina
  • Best in long gown: Bb 11, Janicel Lubina

  • Bb Phil Airlines: Bb 12, Kylie Verzosa
  • Manila Bulletin choice award: Bb 5, Cannielle Faith Santos
  • She's so JAG 2015: Bb 34, Teresita Ssen Marquez
  • Miss Cream Silk: Bb 10, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Top 15:

  • #8 - Kimverlyn Suiza
  • #9 - Maolin Yalung
  • #10 - Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
  • #11 - Janicel Lubina
  • #12 - Kylie Verzosa
  • #14 - Princess Joy Camu
  • #17 - Brenna Cassandra Gamboa
  • #19 - Christi Lynn McGarry
  • #21 - Alaiza Flor Malinao
  • #22 - Anja Vanessa Peter
  • #23 - Justine Beatrice Dellosa Felizarta
  • #24 - Ann Lorraine Colis
  • #28 - Hannah Ruth Lulu Sison
  • #25 - Rogelie Catacutan
  • #34 - Teresita Ssen Marquez

I have been rooting for Miss Hannah Ruth Sison ever since she joined the pageant last year, would be considered a veteran if she joined Miss Philippines again in 2016.  She has that Filipina charm and beauty that I think would give her the title of any beauty pagent. 

Just like Mary Jean Lastimosa (MJ, for short), who had been joining this pageant, had her last straw in 2014 where she was already 27 years old (the maximum age allowed to join) had finally won the Miss Philippines title and had also won the judges' votes in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2014.  Eventhough she was not included in the Top 5 Finalists, at least she never missed the spot in the Top 15 and Top 10. 

As for Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, just like MJ--this being her last chance to join (3rd try)--had finally been given the Miss Philippines title. Well, we are hoping that she would be able to take home the Miss Universe crown soon. Pia Wurtzback is a 25-year old Filipino-German actress, model, and TV personality

Congratulations to the Winners, and for the Runners Up, expect that you will soon be getting that title in 2016.




JUNIOR NEW SYSTEM, a group of Filipino dancers from the Philippines were give a standing ovation by the judges and the audience in ASIA'S GOT TALENT!

Filipinos, pure or half-breed, have always been known for being talented. Wherever they may be around the world, they never fail to amaze everyone with their talents, skills, determination, and hardwork in order to fulfill their dreams. Among those Filipinos who have been recognized around the world, like Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, Charice, Juris, Billy Crawford, Manny Paquiao, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Rachel Ann Go, Christian Bautista, Sam Concepcion, Ann Curtis, Jessica Sanchez, and other new discoveries, we are also proud of all the Filipino contestants who braved the auditions and various competitions, careers, pageants, in whatever industry they embark themselves into in foreign lands and showcase what they have got.

Youtube video: by Asia No


Georgina Wilson (born Georgina Diaz Wilson on 12 February 1986) is an internationally-known half-Filipina, half-British model who is from the Philippines.  She has been an MTV VJ and has appeared in several television and wide screen commercials, billboard ads, magazine covers in the Philippines. And now, she is going to be the newest host of Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 3.



CHICAGO – With an insignificant presence in Philippine skies, Chicago-based aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing served notice recently of its interest in getting a bigger share of the Philippines’ expanding aerospace market.

“The demand for aircraft in Southeast Asia over the next 20 years will reach 3,500 units valued at $500 billion,” said John Schubert, managing director for Marketing for Asia Pacific and India.

“However, in the Philippines, out of the 141 commercial aircraft currently being used, only six are Boeings, with a dismal 4 percent market share,” he said.

This was made clear by Boeing officials to Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr., who paid a visit to Boeing’s Everett factory near Seattle in Washington state.

The France-based aerospace manufacturer Airbus Industrie dominates the Philippine airline market.

Noting the 6.6 percent projected growth in airline passenger traffic for the Philippines in the next 20 years and the backlog in Airbus aircraft orders, Boeing executives told Cuisia they are ready to make aircraft for Philippine carriers available in 2016.

The six Boeing aircraft in service in the Philippines are the 777-300ERs that Philippine Airlines (PAL) currently owns for its long-haul flights to North America, which is considered the flag carrier’s largest and most lucrative market with a population of more than four million Filipinos.

Dave Kell, director of Product Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the 777 remains one of the most in-demand and most reliable aircraft today, with 1,805 firm orders from 69 customers.

“The 777 is the most suitable aircraft for long range North American routes such as those of Philippine Airlines,” he said.

During their briefing for Cuisia, Boeing executives also informed him of the company’s assistance to the Philippines, including $750,000 from both the Boeing company and its employees for relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Yolanda as well as a cooperative effort between World Vision, PAL and Boeing to airlift relief supplies during a 777-300ER delivery flight last year. 



Sandara Park, that pure Korean girl who is Filipino by heart, has visited the Philippines for the third time this year because she misses the Philippines and her Filipino friends so much. And not only that, while in the Philippines, she celebrated her 30th birthday on November 8--but her birthday is really on November 12. 

At 30, just like any other Filipino, does not look her age at all. She celebrated with a fresh face and no-star attitude with her friends at the Resorts Hotel and Casino.  

With singer, Christian Bautista

Left to right : Her former SCQ Batchmate & Actor Jorross Gamboa, Singer/Actor Sam Concepcion with girlfriend-actress Jasmine Curtis Smith, singer Christian Bautista, Sandara, acoustic singer/actor Sam Milby, singer Eric Santos

Close Friend Host/Actor Luis Manzano

When new friend (Host/Part Actor) Robi Domingo (right) visited South Korea, he met up with Sandara.

Everytime Sandara's friends visit Korea, she was more than glad to act as tour guide to them as she loves being with friends from the Philippines where she had lived for almost 12 years with her family.  Her brother is a member of MBLAQ, an all male singing group in South Korea. 

Sandara Park used to be a very popular teen actress in the Philippines until she left for South Korea to join a popular girl group, 2NE1.  Her popularity in the Philippines did not wane, and she is also one of the most popular celebrities in South Korea.



KOBE PARAS, the 16-year old 6 ft. 6" tall son of two time PBA most valuable player and now comedian actor, Benjie Paras, impressed LA Cathedral in a high school game against Poly in the Dermar Rozen tournament on Thursday, scoring 22 points while hitting crucial three-pointers. 

Although he fouled out with 48 seconds to go to go in a game L.A. Cathedral eventually lost, 50-57, he made quite an impression to merit a story from the Varsity Times issue of the Los Angeles Times titled, 'There's another player named 'Kobe' ready to star in LA."

My Take: 

Kobe starred for La Salle Greenhills, an exclusive school for boys in Manila, Philippines in the NCAA and won the slam-dunk title when he played in the Fiba World 3x3 Championship in Jakarta. He was recruited to play for LA Cathedral in the US this year and is now on his third year in high school. 

lthough Paras fouled out with 48 seconds to go in a game LA Cathedral eventually lost, 50-57, he made quite an impression to merit a story from the Varsity Times issue of the Los Angeles Times titled, 'There's another player named Kobe ready to star in LA.'

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In an interview with, Benjie advised his son to finish high school in the US and take things one game at a time before he could decide if he was going to continue to play college ball in the US or he will do it in the Philippines.  He will leave it to his son to decide. In the meantime, he wishes his son to improve his basketball skills and finish his studies.   

Trivia : Bryant was the winner of the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, becoming the youngest player to be named the slam dunk champion at the age of 18.

Kobe (Paras) was named after Kobe Bryant.  He is the son of Benjie Paras, a former PBA Player in the Philippines during the 80's and now a comedian actor, and his mother was the former actress, Jackie Forster.  His older brother has also tried acting and is part of Viva Films. He co-starred in a successful movie, Diary Ng Panget, adapted from a Wattpad story. 
The 16-year-old son of two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Benjie impressed for LA Cathedral in a high school game against Long Beach Poly in the Dermar Rozen tournament on Thursday, scoring 22 points while hitting three crucial three-pointers.

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KOBE - Paras, not Bryant - is taking LA by storm. The 16-year-old son of two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Benjie impressed for LA Cathedral in a high school game against Long Beach Poly in the Dermar Rozen tournament on Thursday, scoring 22 points while hitting three crucial three-pointers. Although Paras fouled out with 48 seconds to go in a game LA Cathedral eventually lost, 50-57, he made quite an impression to merit a story from the Varsity Times issue of the Los Angeles Times titled, 'There's another player named Kobe ready to star in LA.' His dad Benjie wasn't even aware of his son's latest exploits when called him up for comment, but his voice perked up over the news that Kobe is doing well in the US. Kobe starred for La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA and won the slam-dunk title when he played for the Philippines in last year's Fiba World 3x3 championship in Jakarta, but Benjie said this latest feat by his son in the US exceeded even his own expectations. “Syempre, happy tayo kasi unang-una nakakalaro siya internationally, pangarap niya talaga 'yan and happy ako kasi natutupad niya pangarap niya ngayon,” said the elder Paras. “Nagugulat rin ako talaga sa kanya. Hindi ko nasusubaybayan, pero talagang nagugulat ako sa mga nababalitaan kong mga ipinapakita niya,” he said. Paras bared that he never saw his son perform at a level which he is showing now. the Varsity Times also said Kobe has grown three inches and is now 6-foot-6 since he arrived in the States last year. “Kahit papano naman dito sa atin iba yung laro, pero pare-pareho sila (nung mga kalaban niya). Hindi siya ganyan na nagdo-dominate,” said the PBA's only rookie-MVP awardee. “Nalagpasan niya talaga 'yung expectations ko sa kanya,” added Paras. While some fans are quick to daydream on Kobe’s future as an NBA prospect based on how he has been making heads turn as a high schooler in the States, Paras was quick to play down expectations. “Player din ako dati, kaya diretso kong sasabihin na hindi ko pa iniisip ang NBA o paglalaro dun ni Kobe. Malayo pa yun,” he said.

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KOBE - Paras, not Bryant - is taking LA by storm. The 16-year-old son of two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Benjie impressed for LA Cathedral in a high school game against Long Beach Poly in the Dermar Rozen tournament on Thursday, scoring 22 points while hitting three crucial three-pointers. Although Paras fouled out with 48 seconds to go in a game LA Cathedral eventually lost, 50-57, he made quite an impression to merit a story from the Varsity Times issue of the Los Angeles Times titled, 'There's another player named Kobe ready to star in LA.' His dad Benjie wasn't even aware of his son's latest exploits when called him up for comment, but his voice perked up over the news that Kobe is doing well in the US. Kobe starred for La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA and won the slam-dunk title when he played for the Philippines in last year's Fiba World 3x3 championship in Jakarta, but Benjie said this latest feat by his son in the US exceeded even his own expectations. “Syempre, happy tayo kasi unang-una nakakalaro siya internationally, pangarap niya talaga 'yan and happy ako kasi natutupad niya pangarap niya ngayon,” said the elder Paras. “Nagugulat rin ako talaga sa kanya. Hindi ko nasusubaybayan, pero talagang nagugulat ako sa mga nababalitaan kong mga ipinapakita niya,” he said. Paras bared that he never saw his son perform at a level which he is showing now. the Varsity Times also said Kobe has grown three inches and is now 6-foot-6 since he arrived in the States last year. “Kahit papano naman dito sa atin iba yung laro, pero pare-pareho sila (nung mga kalaban niya). Hindi siya ganyan na nagdo-dominate,” said the PBA's only rookie-MVP awardee. “Nalagpasan niya talaga 'yung expectations ko sa kanya,” added Paras. While some fans are quick to daydream on Kobe’s future as an NBA prospect based on how he has been making heads turn as a high schooler in the States, Paras was quick to play down expectations. “Player din ako dati, kaya diretso kong sasabihin na hindi ko pa iniisip ang NBA o paglalaro dun ni Kobe. Malayo pa yun,” he said.

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Almost everything’s made in China, from wares and clothes and cheap iPhones. But the Philippines is not to be outdone. We have a surplus of local Einsteins and Edisons, though they are mostly unappreciated, underrated, even unrecognized.

Air Juan volunteer Tomas Leonor demonstrates the use of a solar cooker made of cardboard and aluminum foil after it was built, in Quezon City. It can be used to cook items using the heat that came from direct sunlight. The makeshift device can cook rice for about an hour and a half. (Mark Balmores).

We invented the yoyo, patis, fluorescent lamp, mole remover, super kalan, and videophone for the hearing impaired, among others. Dr. Jose Rizal easily comes to mind, too. When he was exiled in Dapitan, he discovered three new species of animals, all later named after him, the Dracoli rizali (lizard), Apogania rizali (beetle), and Rhacophorus rizali (frog). He also invented a water system for the community.

In science, Fe del Mundo is credited for her studies that led to the discovery and invention of the incubator. Makati City has launched its green e-jeepneys, which carry 24 passengers and can run 43 miles per day.  This year, 15-year-old high school Angelo Casimiro invented an in-sole shoe power generator that can charge phones, radios, and flashlights. He says jogging eight hours straight can charge a 400mAh lithium ion battery.

This Nov. 13 to 16, witness an array of Filipino inventions at Fishermall Quezon City as the Philippines celebrates National Inventors Week. According to Filipino Inventors Society secretary general Teodorico Castañeda, there are 50 inventions on showcase, from fuel conservation to herbal alternatives to anything under the sun. The most recent invention, Teodorico says, is the Rapid Development Ambulatory for disasters invented by Lito de Leon, one of their members.

Last July 24 to 28 meanwhile, was the National Science and Technology Week exhibit at the SMX, which featured cool inventions. According to the article “The Coolest Pinoy Inventions at the National and Technology Week Exhibit,” a handful of kickass inventions from the first low-cost jet to adobo-flavored salted eggs left the audiences at awe.


Wi-Fi Medical Tablet, which is an ultrasound, electrocardiogram (ECG), tachometer, blood pressure recorder, and messenger all in one cool, sleek Android-powered gizmo. Developed by the UP Manila National Telehealth Center, the gadget can send a person’s vital signs to major hospitals for diagnosis. Called RxBox, this small wonder has been distributed to provinces like Mindoro, Tacloban, and Batanes among others.

A vendor demonstrates how solar panels generate power and can provide electricity for home appliances. (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

From medicine, there’s also something Mother Earth would love: eco-friendly home furnishing. Inventors Pete and Cathy Delantar of Nature’s Legacy, a green company, have invented naturecast, a wood-like material made of twigs and debris and other materials from trees. These materials are hardened and shaped into pieces of furniture. Cool, right?

There’s also a portable generator powered by a water bottle. Awesome. Pinoy inventor Stevenson Rejuso is the man behind the 2Big Power, an LED lamp portable DC generator, which can light flashlights, charge batteries, power radios, and—read this: light an entire town for two weeks.

While we have lots of geniuses and future inventors in the making, the problem, however, are the limited or lack of support and resources from the government. Teodorico says we have an RA 7459 (Inventors and Inventions Incentives Acts of the Philippines) that was approved in 1992 after a series of legislative processes. “Incentives are given to our inventors, but instead of grants they are becoming loans. Worse, some of our local inventions don’t get patented because of a tedious process. Minsan nawawalan sila ng loob or nabubuwisit. Minsan, tinatawaran pa ng gobyerno. So the tendency is they sell their works to other interested parties, mostly abroad or to private companies,” says Teodorico. Still, many aspiring inventors apply at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) to get patent and assistance.

It just goes to show that the Philippines isn’t lacking in genius people. While we may be behind China and its monster economy, government support wouldn’t hurt.



French aerospace companies are conducting talks for possible business opportunities in the Philippines, according to French Ambassador Gilles Garachon.

Garachon told reporters at the recent “France-Philippines United Action for Typhoon Haiyan” event in Makati that French aerospace companies are interested in sourcing, investing or conducting MROs (maintenance, repairs, operation) here.

Garachon, however, refused to divulge these French firms saying these are private discussions.

“I cannot tell you more than this. These are exploratory talks and private,” said Garachon.
He, however, said that some of these firms may accompany the visit of French President Francois Hollande into the country next year.

Aside from the aerospace firms, he said there are other areas of interest by French companies like infrastructure such as airport and tourism projects. He noted that some French firms are already involved in some infrastructure projects like the LRT and airports. Tourism is a new sector that French businessmen are also looking into, Garachon said.

The government has long been courting European aerospace companies to make the Philippines a part in their supply value chain considering the presence of MROs and other aircraft parts manufacturers in the country.   DTI had conducted investment roadshows to Germany, France, Sweden and Norway early this year. The Philippine Economic Zone Authority had its investment missions to EU also targeting aerospace companies.

DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo told EU aerospace firms in one of his investment roadshows that establishing MROs in the Philippines is a wise move considering the huge fleet of aircraft orders from Airbus that the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. At least 75 Airbuses have been ordered in addition to its existing fleet of the local airlines.

At present, there are already three MRO facilities in the country. The first was Lufthansa Technik Philippines’ facility at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. Lufthansa Technik is a joint venture between Philippine Airlines (PAL) affiliate MacroAsia Corp. and Germany’s Lufthansa group.

The second was Singapore Engineering Philippines, Clark’s first MRO locator, which caters to wide-bodied aircraft.

The third was Hong Kong’s Metrojet Engineering is opening its P1.75-billion MRO facility on three hectares of land at the former US military base.

The domestic aerospace sector also expressed confidence that investments in this sector could hit about $2.5 billion by 2021. These investments would go into building the  capability of local parts manufacturing and strengthen the MRO facilities.

John Lee, president of Aerospace Association of the Philippines, Inc. said the sector’s current investment in local capacity is estimated at $400 million to $500 million.

According to Lee, investments in the local front would increase along with the huge demand of aircraft. According to lee, investments in the local front would  increase along with the huge demand of aircraft. Aircraft companies  are trying to cope with demand with an estimated backlog of around 10 years.

Lee further said that Clark and Subic are good candidates for MRO hubs because they have huge areas to accommodate several aircraft.


Sarah Geronimo

Sarah Geronimo is hailed as the Philippines' Popstar Royalty and won as the Best Southeast Asia Act  in MTV EMA 2014.

Sarah's phenomenal musical talent has earned her prestigious awards both in the Philippines and abroad. In 2012, she became the first Filipino to win the title Best Asian Artist (Philippines) at the MNet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong. In the history of the Aliw Awards Philippines, Sarah is the only female artist to win all major awards - Most Promising Female Entertainer in 2003, Entertainer of The Year and Record Breaker in 2010, Best Female in Major Concert in 2012 and Best in Collaboration For A Concert in 2011.  

“From her nominations at the MTV EMA last year to this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, we knew she was a fast rising Asian star. We will continue to elevate Asian artists at international platforms, grow the awareness and appreciation of Asian music and artists for fans around the world to enjoy,” said Paras Sharma, vice president of MTV Brand and Digital Media, Viacom International Media Networks Asia.

Eventhough she was not included as one of the Top Ten Finalists for the MTV EMA Worldwide Act on November 09, 2014, she has still proven that she is being recognized not only in Asia but around the world as the Best Pop Singer from the Philippines in her generation. 

Sarah can sing while dancing for upbeat performances LIVE without any help from a recorded voice / lipsync and all her major concerts are sold out! She can also sing in various genre, of different tones and styles.

She recently coached for the first time two kid finalists in The Voice Kids 2014 Season 1 and both won the major awards respectively. For the second season in the Adult Category, she sits once again as one of the four coaches in The Voice Philippines with Lea Salonga, Bamboo, and Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas.

Some of the half-Filipino artists that have been nominated in the Best World Stage category are : Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Iglesias // Best Live category : Bruno Mars of the MTV EMA Worldwide Act.



The Jacksons performed at the Solaire Resort and Casino, Philippines during their recent visit and concert.

The Jacksons’ latest Manila visit – their second after two decades – was only a few days long. But it was enough to make Jermaine, one of four siblings who performed last November 3 at Solaire Resort and Casino, think of investing in the Philippines. 

Eureka moment

Jermaine had a eureka moment when the Solaire staff briefed him about the resort-casino.

“The Jacksons own a resort-hotel in the US (where they are based). They know the business inside out. The idea is to partner with Solaire,” the reliable source, who rode the limousine together with Jermaine and the hotel staff, told Yahoo Philippines.

It was Jermaine’s first time in Manila, but not for his brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito, whose debut show in the country was way back in 1979.



MANILA, Philippines – Hotel heiress and socialite Paris Hilton has unveiled her first real estate project in metropolitan Manila and says she wants to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather and grandfather, who created a luxury hotel empire.

Azure Urban Resort Residences

A lavish beach resort within the city

Playing a part: The new property is a partnership with a Filipino real estate company called Century Properties, and Paris reportedly helped design it.

This luxurious apartment-hotel is located near large shopping malls and commercial cities and high-end subdivisions in the South of Metro Manila.





BMBX Entertainment

In 2014, he opened his independent record label, BMBX Entertainment, whose name refers to 'boombox'. The label aims to sign South East Asian artists and give them a Western-style production by collaborating with with musicians in Los Angeles. The label sources its talent from the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. Its current rooster includes Slapshock, Kevin Lester and The Voice Philippines season 1 semi-finalist Jessica Reynoso.

On March 1, 2013, ABS-CBN has confirmed that they are in the final stages of negotiating with his management to become its fourth and last official coach of the show. On March 7, it was announced through ABS-CBN's entertainment website, Push, that Apl will sit as the fourth coach. On March 20, the network's official website stated that he was scheduled to do the initial promotional plug with TFC London and is scheduled to arrive in Manila by April to meet and work with the three other coaches and the rest of the show's team. His promotional television plug was aired on March 27 right after TV Patrol. During his introduction as the fourth coach, he was dubbed as "The voice that ruled the worldwide music chart."

In an interview conducted by ABS-CBN News, Apl admitted that it was, Pineda's friend and co-member in The Black Eyed Peas, that encouraged him to accept the coaching stint in The Voice of the Philippines. is also a coach on The Voice UK. He also told the press that he will be truthful on coaching his artists, as well giving them constructive criticisms. He also wants to share his life experiences, what he has been through the music industry, and how hard it is to fulfill and reach it. 



  • 2011: It's Me Applebees


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Featured songs

Jessica Reynoso


My Take: 

Apl de Ap will surely be able to help out these very good singers that he recruited for his recording studio and label, Jeepney. I've watched and heard Jessica Reynoso sing in The Voice season 1, she really has an International singing voice and her look will work internationally.

The music of Slapshock and Jessica Reynoso will be marketed not only in the Philippines, and the rest of Asia but also in the USA.


The victims of Haiyan or Super typhoon Yolanda, are trying to stand up and start their lives again.

November 08, 2013 when super typhoon hit the Philippines. 
November 08, 2014 commemorated the first anniversary of super typhoon's destruction.

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When you get a COMPASSION backpack, another backpack is donated to a child in need.
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When you order one Compassion backpack, you are giving jobs to Haiyan survivors. 

If you make a pre-order, the bags will be available before December 14, 2014. 





The world's largest passenger aircraft landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3  and was welcomed by President Benigno Aquino III. The Emirates Airbus A380 arrived from Dubai past 10 p.m. in the Philippines and Emirates said it took its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Manila to celebrate the airline's move to the international terminal.

The Airbus A380 of the Emirates airline from Dubai was piloted by Franklin Desiderio.

President Benigno Aquino III welcomed the arrival of the jumbo jet with a water cannon salute.

The Airbus A380 has a capacity of 500 passengers.

With two full-length decks measuring a total of 6,000 square feet, the A380 is 50 percent bigger than the Boeing 747 and is widely considered as the solution to the common problems of rising number of plane passengers and congested tarmacs.

Among the other airlines that have moved to Terminal 3 are Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Frankline Desiderio, the first Filipino certified to fly A380, helmed that rare appearance of the world’s largest passenger airliner at a Manila airport, and which left the country at 1:15 am on Wednesday, October 8.

Flying since 16

At 41, Desiderio has been a pilot for 25 years, with over 18 years and 14,000 hours of commercial flying experience. Before flying A380, he was a captain for A330 and A340 airplanes. He has been flying the A380 since January 2014.

Boeing 777 is Emirates passenger airliner that flies to Manila. Emirates started flying between Manila and Dubai in 1990 and as of 2013, the airline welcomed over 820,000 passengers on its 3 daily Dubai-Manila services.

The pilot from Meycauayan, Bulacan first flew a plane when he was 16, and said his fascination for airplanes started when he was very young – from loving the science behind flying an airplane to enjoying the sound those huge engines make.

Eventually, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Major in Flying at Airlink International Aviation School, and his first job was a flight instructor. “I’m so enthusiastic about flying that I told my parents, 'I’m going to study really hard and I want my solo (flight) immediately,'” he recalled.

Then he joined the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), and commanded his first commercial flight, Manila-Catarman-Manila, in January 1997, flying a A320. After about 9 years, he left PAL, and as his wife, Rebecca agreed, the couple and their two children moved to Dubai and Desiderio joined Emirates. “It’s nice to have my family closer,” Desiderio said.

Currently, there are 8 Filipino pilots for Emirates – 5 of them, including Desiderio, are Filipino nationals, while two pilots are Filipino-American and one Filipino-Australian. “All together, we’re friends. We’re all brown-skinned. We talk in Filipino,” Desiderio shared.

My Take:

The recent news that NAIA was the worst airport in Asia (or the world) in 2013 was in fact referring to NAIA Terminal 1.  It said NAIA-1 is designed to accommodate only six million passengers while an average of 32 million use its facilities each year and it is the old Manila airport (Terminal 4 is the oldest domestic airport).

The US website The Cheat Sheet also said the ongoing upgrades and renovations at the NAIA provide the “good news.”

The Cheat Sheet’s list also includes Charles De Gaulle in Paris, Los Angeles International Airport, Italy’s Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Zurich International in Switzerland, Chad’s N’Djamena International Airport, Russia’s Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Arkansas, and India’s Calcutta Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport.

Well, I used to travel twice (2x) a year and always being assigned to NAIA Terminal 2 or 3, for eight (8) years.  I did not experience anything worse or worst eversince Terminal 3 opened for use.  It is very wide, refreshing (aircondition functions 24/7),  and more convenient while I wait for my plane to arrive.  

The US website The Cheat Sheet was referring to NAIA  Terminal 1 when it reported that the Philippines' NAIA airport was the worst world airport in the world, which I agree in some point because IT IS AN OLD AIRPORT. But the airport management should have done something to ease traffic and made this airport more convenient for passengers, at least for some domestic flights, before any surveys had taken place.

Per Manila International Airport website states :

In 1991, NAIA’s Terminal 1 reached its design capacity of 4.5 million passengers. As a result of annual passenger traffic growing at 9% per annum, the 1990 NAIA Master Plan crafted by Aeroport de Paris included a provision for a larger and modernized international passenger terminal.  While improvements raised Terminal 1’s design capacity to 6 million, a peak level of 7.7 million passengers was reached in 1997, causing overflow of passengers that year.

Terminal 3 was the answer to this growing traffic. Currently the largest airport in Manila, it stands proud on a 65-hectare property adjacent to the NAIA runway facilities. It is a two-tiered design with its ground floor handling arrivals and the second level facilitating departures. Each level has 600 meters of curbside space, rendering drop offs and pickups efficient.

Terminal 3 can handle 13 million passengers annually. The center of the building contains the head house where passenger processing is centralized. A total of 24 boarding gates accommodate 4,000 peak hour one-way passengers.

Retail shops and food courts line the departure and arrival levels while parking for over 1200 cars is provided in front of the terminal.

HISTORY Terminal 3 :

The third terminal of the airport, Terminal 3 or NAIA-3, is the newest and biggest terminal in the NAIA complex, wherein construction started in 1997.  

Terminal 3 is built on a 63.5-hectare (157-acre) lot that sits on Villamor Air Base. The terminal building has a total floor area of 182,500 square metres (1,964,000 sq ft) and has a total length of 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi). A four-level shopping mall connects the terminal and parking buildings. The parking building has a capacity of 2,000 cars and the outdoor parking area has a capacity of 1,200 cars. The terminal is capable of servicing 33,000 passengers daily at peak or 6,000 passengers per hour.

Its apron area has a size of 147,400 square metres (1,587,000 sq ft). The terminal has 34 air bridges and 20 contact gates with the ability of servicing 28 planes at a time. The terminal has 70 flight information terminals, 314 display monitors, and 300 kilometres (190 mi) of fiber optic I.T. cabling. It also has 29 restroom blocks. The departure area has five entrances all equipped with X-ray machines with the final security check having 18 X-ray machines. Its baggage claim has 7 large baggage carousels, each with its own flight display monitor.
The terminal officially opened to selected domestic flights from July 22, 2008 (initially Cebu Pacific only, then Philippine Airlines' subsidiaries Air Philippines and PAL Express), with Cebu Pacific international flights using it from August 1, 2008. All international operations, except for those from PAL, are intended to operate from Terminal 3 in the future, originally proposed to move in fourth quarter of 2010, however domestic carriers Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express (then Air Philippines) remained the only tenants for the first two years of its operation. The vast majority of international flights still operate from Terminal 1 except for All Nippon Airways being the first foreign-based carrier to operate out of Terminal 3 started on February 27, 2011.

The terminal became fully operational on August 1, 2014 leading to the transfer of five international airlines to Terminal 3 to ease congestion at Terminal 1. Delta Air Lines transferred their operations to Terminal 3 on August 1, 2014, while KLM transferred on August 4, 2014, later followed by Emirates on August 15, 2014, Singapore Airlines on September 1, 2014, and Cathay Pacific on October 1, 2014.  //

NAIA Terminal 3:  

Viewing Gallery

   Passenger Lounge

Banking and Currency Exchange

VIP Lounge

Shops and Restaurants

If you would notice in some ABS-CBN TV soap operas like "Ikaw Lamang" and "Two Wives" that they started showing NAIA Terminal 3 as part of the scenes in the series.  I guess the airport management has allowed this to happen as part of promotional campaign and to show the world that NAIA Terminal 3 IS NOT the worst airport, as others probably thought.

I think, the reason why airport management had not allowed the shooting of scenes for a movie or tv soap in any of NAIA airports in the past, probably due to the security measures that they are implementing and for me it is understandable.  When we were younger, relatives and friends of the Balikbayans (Filipinos coming back to the Philippines to visit or as tourists), were allowed to stay inside NAIA 1 while their Balikbayan relatives or family members waited for their scheduled flight. 

Below is the NAIA Terminal 4 for Domestic and International Flights.  It is the oldest Domestic Airport Terminal in Manila. 

HISTORY Terminal 4 :

The Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal, also known as the Old Domestic Terminal and as Terminal 4, is the oldest of the four existing terminals, having been built in 1948. It is host to all domestic flights within the Philippines that are operated by AirAsia Zest and Tigerair Philippines, among others. Although it's intended to be a domestic terminal, AirAsia Zest hosts most of its international flights there as well. There are no jet bridges and passengers walk to and from the aircraft or are occasionally bussed. Twenty-six check-in counters are located in the terminal. The departure hall has the seating capacity for 969 people at a time. Several food stores and a book and magazine stall are also available. Five baggage carousels are located in the terminal whilst domestic airline offices, banks, restaurants and a grocery store are also located right beside the domestic passenger terminal. The Domestic Terminal is on the old Airport Road near the north end of Runway 13/31. An old hangar has since been annexed to the terminal.  //

NAIA Terminal 4:

The NAIA management should continue to maintain the availability of facilities that will provide convenience to its passengers, especially now that there are big aircraft carriers that will start landing on Terminal 3 to drop off and pick up passengers to and from various destinations in the world. 

HISTORY  Terminal 1: 

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Ninoy Aquino) or NAIA /ˈn.ə/, also known as Manila International Airport (IATA: MNLICAO: RPLL), is the airport serving Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. Located along the border between the cities of Pasay and Parañaque, about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of Manila proper and southwest of Makati, NAIA is the main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines and serves as a hub for AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, Philippine Airlines, Tigerair Philippines, and Philippines AirAsia.

The airport is named after the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., who was assassinated at the airport in 1983. In 2012, all terminals at NAIA handled a record breaking annual passenger traffic of 31,558,002, making it one of the busiest airports in Asia.

The original airport that served Manila, Grace Park Airfield, also known as Manila North, was opened in 1935 in Grace Park, Caloocan. It was the city's first commercial airport, and was used by Philippine Aerial Taxi Company (later Philippine Air Lines) for its first domestic routes. In July 1937, Manila International Air Terminal located in the 42 hectares (4,500,000 sq ft) Nielson Airport was inaugurated and had served as the gateway to Manila.

In 1948, following Philippine independence, the airport was moved to its current site adjacent to the Villamor Airbase, which was then called Nichols Field due to the reasons of less terrain slope, expansive land area in the new site, and the USAF base runway (Runway 13/31) which can be used for the airport. The original structure was built on what is now the site of Terminal 2.

In 1954 the airport's international runway and associated taxiway were built, and in 1956, construction was started on a control tower and a terminal building for international passengers. The new terminal was inaugurated on September 22, 1961. It would become the country's international terminal until 1981 when a new, higher-capacity terminal, known today as Terminal 1.

The present Terminal 1, originally named Manila International Airport, was given its present name on August 17, 1987 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6639, with the intention of honouring Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., who was assassinated at the airport after returning to the Philippines from his self-imposed exile in the United States on August 21, 1983. Plans for a new terminal were conceived in 1989, when the Department of Transportation and Communications commissioned Aéroports de Paris to do a feasibility study to expand capacity.

The recommendation was to build two new terminals, and in 1998 Terminal 2 was completed. Terminal 2 was nicknamed the Centennial Terminal as its completion coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain. In 1997 the government approved the construction of Terminal 3, which was originally scheduled to be completed in 2002. After many delays caused by technical and legal issues, the terminal became partially operational in mid-2008 and fully operational on August 2014. The government aims to return services from many of the airlines which cancelled services to Manila as a result of Terminal 1's problems.

Terminal 1 or NAIA-1, has an area of 67,000 square metres (720,000 sq ft) and having been completed in 1981 is the second oldest terminal at NAIA (after the Old Domestic Terminal, now called Terminal 4) with a design capacity of 4.5 million passengers per year but was further expanded to accommodate 6 million passengers. It currently serves most of the international airlines except Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines. The detailed designs were adopted by the Philippine Government on 1974 and was subsequently approved by the Asian Development Bank on September 18, 1975. Actual work on the terminal began during the second quarter of 1978. In 1989, a Master Plan Review recommended the construction of two new terminals (NAIA 2 and NAIA 3), as well as many other facility improvements.

Since 1991, the terminal has been over capacity and has been recording an annual average growth rate of 11%, but improvements to the airport increased its capacity to 6 million passengers yearly. It has 18 air bridges and services 33 airlines (as of May 2011). Compared with international terminals in other Asian countries, Terminal 1 has consistently ranked at the bottom due to limited and outdated facilities, poor passenger comfort, and crowding (the Terminal has been operating above designed capacity for decades now). In this regard, transport authorities plan to give Terminal 1 a makeover; the plans were approved by President Benigno Aquino III. The makeover and upgrade includes the expansion of the arrival area, addition of parking spaces, and improvement of other terminal facilities.

On January 23, 2014, The rehabilitation of Terminal 1 started involving the improvement of the architectural and structural aspects of the terminal facilities. The rehabilitation, which is expected to be finished by March 2015 and operational by April 2015, is divided into 6 phases of which the first is already completed. The 2nd phase is composed of the installment of 138 buckling restrained braces to make the terminal earthquake-proof. The rehabilitation includes the improvement of the passenger-terminal building of Terminal 1. The management also announced that 5 international airlines are transferring to Terminal 3 starting on August 1, 2014.  //

Here now is NAIA Terminal 1 :

HISTORY Terminal 2 :

The second terminal of NAIA, Terminal 2 or NAIA-2, also known as Centennial Terminal, has an area of 75,000 square metres (810,000 sq ft), and is located at the Old MIA Road. It began construction on December 1995 and was inaugurated on May 1, 1999 and began operations in 1999. It has been named the Centennial Terminal in commemoration of the centennial year of the declaration of Philippine independence. The terminal was originally designed by Aéroports de Paris to be a domestic terminal, but the design was later modified to accommodate international flights. It has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year in its international wing and 5 million in its domestic wing. It is able to be modified to accommodate nine million passengers per year if needed.

Terminal 2 is exclusively used by Philippine Airlines for both its domestic and international flights. It is divided into two wings: the North Wing, for international flights, and the South Wing, which handles domestic operations. It currently has 12 air bridges. There are several cafes and restaurants in the Terminal post-security. There is also a small duty-free section in the north wing. The need for two more terminals was proposed by a Master Plan Review of the Airport that was undertaken in 1989 by Aéroports de Paris (ADP). 

On August 2014, DOTC formally announced the plan of expanding of Terminal 2. The plan also considers to build a structure interconnecting Terminals 1 and 2. It also includes the demolition of the unused Philippine Village Hotel complex beside the terminal awaiting the fixing of certain issues. A fuel depot located between the terminals will be transferred to the demolished area to give way for the expansion. The 26 comfort rooms are being renovated, in which 16 are located in a passenger movement area. 4 of the 7 Air handling units are being repaired and 21 additional units are expected to be installed to improve the temperature in the Terminal. //

NAIA Terminal 2 : 

There is the proposed Terminal 5 for budget airlines or Low Cost Carrier Airlines and it is currently in its design stage.



The competition nears for the Most Beautiful Women in the World.  Every country looks forward to the competition and praying that its candidate would bring home the pageant crown. The Philippines and the Filipinos all over the world expect the same thing, inspite of what the Philippines have gained from the success of the Filipino candidates in the recent competitions, the country is still hoping that they continue to bring home the most beautiful crowns in the world. 

The Philippines' recent winners in various Beauty Pageants in 2013

(With Ms. Universe 2013 Gabriella Isler (center) are the Philippines' past Ms. Universe  Runners-Up, Left to Right : Venus Raj-4th Runner Up, Ariella Arida-3rd Runner Up, Shamcey Supsup-3rd Runner Up, and Janine Tugonon-1st Runner Up)

MJ Lastimosa - Miss Philippines - Universe 2014 



Bianca Anne Guidotti - Miss Philippines - International 2014

Yvethe Marie Santiago - Miss Philippines - Supranational 2014

Kris Tiffany Johnson - Miss Philippines - Intercontinental 2014

 Parul Shah -  Miss Phlippines - Tourism 2014

Jamie Herrell - Miss Philippines - Earth 2014




World's Largest Indoor Arena

With a maximum capacity of 55,000 people, it is the world's largest indoor arena and the largest mixed-use indoor theater. It is the centerpiece of the many centennial projects of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) for their centennial celebration on July 27, 2014.

The Philippine Arena is a 140-hectare tourism enterprise zone and is located in Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan.  The seating layout of the arena is different from that of a standard arena where the stage is at the middle and is surrounded by seats. The seating of the arena closely resembles that of a Greek amphitheater, built in a semi-circle with the seats at the sides and front of the arena stage. The seatings are divided into three sections. Each of the sections are colored green, white and red the colors of the Iglesia Ni Cristo flag.

The arena will not only hold major church gatherings, but will also operate as a multi-use sports and concert venue, capable of holding a range of events from boxing and basketball to live music performances, but no soccer or field events due to its limited size. There is clear "line of sight" for every seat from each tier, even for various arena configurations such as church ceremonies, boxing, tennis, concerts or indoor gymnastics. The Iglesia ni Cristo will allow non-Iglesia tenants to use the arena. The church reserves the right to disallow activities which it sees violate its religious principles, which include gambling-related events and cockfighting. The overall vision of the master plan will eventually see inclusion of shopping centers, a hospital, and large scale residential developments.

The Philippine Basketball Association's opening ceremonies for the 2014–15 season on October 19, 2014 was the first commercial and non-INC event held in the arena.

The arena will be one of the proposed main venues for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup if the Philippines wins the bid.

The Philippine Arena was featured in a documentary called Man Made Marvels: Quake Proof. It aired on December 25, 2013 in Discovery Channel and focused on making structures in the Philippines more safe from natural disasters such as earthquake and typhoons.

The Philippine Arena was awarded as the best sports project in Asia under the "medium cap project" category at the Construction Awards 2013 by the World Finance. On July 27, 2014, Guinness World Records recognized the arena as the largest mixed-use indoor theater.


Hotel Casino and Resorts

With three (3) hotel brands and six hotel towers :  Crown Towers, Nobu, Hyatt
Nobu Towers will have 321 rooms, Crown Towers with 260, 365 rooms at Hyatt Hotel

The casinos will have high energy casino floors, themed areas, and the latest slot technologies. A world-renowned hospitality and international standards of entertainment will soon open and with the dream rewards will surely give its players more ways to enjoy playing the games.

Dreamplay.  A sure fun way to make the whole family create, learn, innovate, and imagine in its creative space along with their favorite Dreamworks characters using the state-of-the-art technologies.  A family bonding experience never to be forgotten!

Fortune Egg. If playing the casinos is not enough, then dance the night away at City of Dreams night club situated in Fortune Egg, an architecturally-unique dome-like structure, which will be accented with creative exterior lighting design. It is expected to become an iconic landmark of the Manila Bay area.

With Robert De Niro and the City of Dreams Executives
De Niro helps bring Nobu Hotel Hospitality to the City of Dreams, Manila


Ne-yo (second from left) and his group acknowledge the cheers after performing at the opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila Monday night.

MANILA, Philippines –Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger arrived in Manila a few days ago to peform at the newly opened club Chaos at the City of Dreams Manila held over the weekend.

Nicole performed a number of her hits. The opening of Chaos comes after the successful opening of another club Pangaea, a lounge-club also inside City of Dreams.

R&B singer Ne-Yo and Kelly Rowland were also in the country last February 2 to grace the opening of City of Dreams Manila.

According to a press release, Nicole said she was happy to perform and experience the crowd in Chaos.

"What an amazing experience! The ‘Chaos’ crowd here has shown so much love tonight. What an incredible addition to Manila's night life – that was so much fun,” Nicole said.

Chaos was developed by Michael Van Cleef Ault, who also developed Pangaea. In the same press release, Michael said: “We could not have planned a more high energy opening night for Chaos – Manila’s most spectacular and globally renowned dance-club. Nicole took all of us on a mesmerizing journey. The evening was packed with powerful vocals and a mind-blowing performance!"

Nicole's parents are pure Filipinos. When her mother re-married, her step-father adopted her and so she had long been using the surname Scherzinger.

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