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QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, KING OF THE RACETRACK

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Sunday marked the first official public appearance of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Formula 1 racer Marlon Stockinger as a couple. The Filipino-Swiss athlete escorted the Queen of the Universe to a tribute in her honor before she passes the crown to her successor on January 30’s grand pageant…

2017 MAP PRESIDENT MARIFE BUTALID ZAMORA

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HEADING the country’s largest private employer with a 65,000-strong workforce across the archipelago, Convergys Philippines Chair Marife Butalid Zamora has been elected president of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) for 2017. She is the third woman and the 68th chief executive of the elite managers association since it…

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EIGHT of the 86 Miss Universe 2016 candidates Manila visited young cleft patients at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Parañaque City Thursday morning, spending time with the newly operated patients who received free corrective surgery from international charity organization Smile Train. From the hospital, Misses USA, Colombia, Indonesia, Great…

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Filipino designers winningly dress 20 Miss U candidates in the national costume Twenty candidates of the 65th Miss Universe had the unique experience of donning the traditional Filipino terno during pre-pageant activities in Vigan, Ilocos Sur on January 15. With the well-preserved Spanish town of Calle Crisologo and Plaza Burgos…

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PHILIPPINE SHOW business is in mourning over the passing of actress-turned-movie producer Donna Villa late Tuesday at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital in Manila. She was 57. Her illness was kept a secret until she was reportedly brought to the hospital on January 10 suffering from the final…

GETTING READY FOR MISS U

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After a dry spell for an entire de­cade—with nary a single semi-finals placement—Filipinos were hopeful in 2010 that Maria Venus Raj could break “the curse” hounding Filipina candidates in the Miss Universe Pageant for so long. But Raj almost did not make it to the pageant at one point—she was…

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26-year-old Binibining Pilipinas is all set to win the Miss Universe crown Binibining Pilipinas talent scouts invited Maria Mika Maxine Peñaranda Medina to join the country’s foremost beauty pageant as early as 2012, but an existing advertising contract prevented her from entering the contest. Apparently, her endorsement brand was a…

GETTING READY FOR MISS U

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Gloria Diaz crowned her successor, Marisol Malaret of Puerto Rico, in 1970. The Philippines was represented by Simonette Delos Reyes. The following year, Vida Valentina Doria did not make it to the semi-finals but was named Miss Photogenic. Georgina Rizk of Lebanon was crowned Miss Universe 1971. In 1972, Armi…

GETTING READY FOR MISS U

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A Filipina first made it to the Miss Universe winning circle when Lalaine Bennett was third runner-up to Ieda Maria Vargas of Brazil in 1963. The previous year, Josephine Estrada was the country’s representative to the pageant, and there were no Filipinas competing in the world’s prestigious beauty pageant in…

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