Binibining Pilipinas Beauties Crowned

Janine Mari Tugonon, 22 years of age, a cum laude graduate with a pharmacy degree from the University of Santo Tomas, outdone 29 other candidates and was crowned Miss Philippines-Universe 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last April 15, 2012 (Sunday).

She got the most desired title after finishing first runner-up in the same beauty pageant last year.

Nicole Schmitz, 23 years of age, from Cebu City secured the title of Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012, she also won the Nestlé Fitnesse Best in Swimsuit award and Best in National Costume. Schmitz is set to graduate with a double major in Law and Psychology in Australia at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Katrina Dimaranan, 18 years old, was announced as Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2012. She recently graduated from High School and also gotten the Miss Talent award.

Completing the winners’ circle were a 19-year-old, Annalie Forbes (1st runner-up) and 20-year-old Elaine Kay Moll (2nd runner-up).

The Big Dome was filled with a lot of enthusiasts and supporters of the 30 candidates who prepared hard for the big night over the past four months.

The pageant was hosted by Xian Lim, Iza Calzado, Venus Raj and Georgina Wilson which was started by a cheerful number as the girls whirled to heavy beating in a “more fun in the Philippines” mode.

The program then was followed by the swimsuit competition and the long gown parade interposed by the sounds of DJ Callum David and performances of Arnel Pineda, the Journey frontman who did a U2 song, and bamboo with a flashy version of the Anakbayan song “Probinsyana.”

The winners of other special awards were Chloe Zanardi (Bb. Friendship), MJ Lastimosa (Bb. Philippine Airlines and Ms. Avon), Roxanne Tadique (Manila Bulletin’s Readers Choice), Giselle Muñoz (People’s Binibini), Karen Gallman (Bb. Photogenic), and Angelee de los Reyes (Best in Long Gown).

Last year’s conquerors Shamcey Supsup, Dianne Necio and Isabella Manjon walked the Binibini stage as queens for the last time in a demonstrative sendoff.

The judges’ panel was composed of an elite mix of businessmen from empowered women, government personalities, diplomats, and leading multinationals.

They comprised of US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr., Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Rizal Gov. Junjun Ynares, former congresswoman Risa Hontiveros, STAR columnist Babe Romualdez, actor and sportsman Richard Gomez, Azkals striker Phil Younghusband, banker Olivier Gougeon, Avon Philippines’ Ashley Ferguson, Nestlé Philippines CEO John Miller and Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman.

The event was also attended by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chairwoman Stella Marquez Araneta, Araneta Group Chairman Jorge Araneta and the BPCI executive board was composed of Conchitina Bernardo, Pitoy Moreno, Eddie Ocampo and Betsy Westendorp.

Numerous historical Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens and showbiz personalities also graced the event, including Boy Abunda and Mateo Guidicelli. Binibining Pilipinas 2012 was presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, Nestlé Fitnesse in cooperation with Nestlé Fruit Selection Yogurt, Avon, JAG jeans as the official jeans, Manhattan Garden City, the Department of Tourism, Philippine Airlines as the official airlines, and Resorts World Manila as the official residence.

Other partners are the Manila Bulletin, Pizza Hut, Charter Ping An Insurance Corp., David’s Salon, Gold’s Gym, Entrepreneurs School of Asia, Dale Carnegie Training, Picture City, TicketNet, and the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Raymond Saldaña is the official photographer of the affair. Joylong Philippines is the official transport partner of Binibining Pilipinas 2012.

Bruno Mars Concert @ Manila


Doo-Wops & Hooligans Concert Tour - Philippines

Doo-Wops & Hooligans Concert Tour - Philippines

Tonight will be the concert of Grammy Awards Best Male Pop Vocal Performer, Bruno Mars in Manila.

Filipino-American Pop Singer solo musician is surely having a great time staying here in the Philippines for two days now, after his successful sold-out concert Last night at Waterfront Hotel and Casino at Cebu City, Peter Gene Hernandez, popularly known as Bruno Mars is now upbeat to take the concert stage of Araneta Coliseum tonight, as part of his Doo-wops & Hooligans Tour, produced by TV Personalities, Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda.

Together with his band and One Tree Hill Hollywood actor, Singer and Model Michael Copon who is also a Half-Filipino to open the show.

According to abs-cbnNews, Bruno was surprised when his mom Bernadette showed up at his concert at Cebu City.

“I am very proud of my son because he still has a heart of a Filipino and he never forgets to look back to where his family came from”, Mom Bernadette Hernandez said.

“We’re a very close Filipino family, and that’s what I want my kids to carry on to the next generation,” his mom added.

Pete got his name Bruno at the age of two (2) from his Puerto Rican father Pete because he is a chubby baby and because there was a famous chubby wrestler famous that time named Bruno Sammartino. Bruno Mars’s mom is a Filipina. Ms. Bernadette Hernandez immigrated to Hawaii from Philippines since her childhood.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bruno eventually transfers in 2003 to Los Angeles, California to push his dream of becoming a singer and a songwriter.

Now, Bruno Mars is widely popular as a solo artist after sharing his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the chart-topping hits “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B, and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy, and for his hit songs Grenade, Just the way you are, The Lazy Song, Marry You and many more.

Taylor Swift: Live in Manila for February concert

Country pop singer and Grammy award winner Taylor Swift will be performing live for Manila concert for the first time. It will be on 19 February 2011, at Araneta Coliseum. Her hits such as Love Story, White Horse, You Belong With Me, Teardrops on my Guitar, Fearless, and her latest single Mine from her second album Speak Now.

I’m so excited with her Manila concert because she’s one of my favorite international artists. When I searched TicketNet site, still no reservation yet. But when I read an article, the tickets will go on sale on 08 November. Taylor Swift Fans Club Philippines members can buy their tickets exclusively starting on 05 November. I really want to watch her concert. One of my favorite songs from her is You Belong With Me. I am liking her latest single Mine. Unfortunately, I haven’t bought her two albums yet. But I really enjoy watching her music videos in music channels like MYX, MTV, and Channel V, and listening her hits in different radio stations.

She was  controversial lately because she wrote two songs for her ex-boyfriend John Mayer. She was indeed young and talented woman. I just want to meet her soon. If I’m gonna able to watch her concert, maybe this will be a nice graduation gift for myself.


A SPECTACULAR inbound pass was all Talk N Text needed to survive Ginebra, 106-105, in a tightly-fought Game 2 of their best-of-five quarterfinals series in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum last night.

Jared Dillinger was the hero of the day for the Tropang Texters, which were trailing most of the game before hitting the big shot in the last 3.3 seconds of the game.

Dillinger made a terrific alley-oop basket from Yancy de Ocampo’s inbound pass and lifted the Tropang Texters within a win away from clinching the second to the last semifinals seat.

Bucking a slow start and down by as much as 16 points — 43-59 at the end of the third period — the Chot Reyes-mentored team slowly clawed their way back into the fray in the final quarter to lead their series, 2-0.

Actually, the Gin Kings were leading, 104-102, in the last minute of the final quarter, but Ronald Tubid missed a jumper in the 30.2 mark.

Harvey Carey made a layup from an assist by Jimmy Alapag in the ensuing play to tie the game at 104-all with 25.1 seconds left.

Ginebra tried to push for the win behind JC Intal, but missed a free throw off a foul from Mac Cardona in the last 3.3 seconds to lead by one, 105-104.

Enter Dillinger.

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Now or never for La Salle

Games on Thursday
(Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. UE vs UP
4 p.m. La Salle vs UST

La Salle fights for dear life on Thursday when it meets University of Santo Tomas in a crucial UAAP basketball tournament game at the Araneta Coliseum.

A regular fixture in the Final Four the past 11 years, except in 2006 when they served out a one-year suspension, the Archers must win this game if they hope to advance to the semifinals.

With a 4-7 record – the fifth best in the eight-team field – a loss would put them out of the Final Four picture while UST advances with its 6-5 mark, towing along with University of the East in the process.


Eagles gain Final 4

Games Thursday (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. — Adamson vs FEU
4 p.m. — NU vs Ateneo

Defending champion Ateneo came through in the payoff period, beating stubborn University of Santo Tomas, 80-70, Sunday to become the first team to earn a place in the Final Four in the 72nd UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Struggling for most of the contest and bucking early foul trouble, Rabeh Al-Hussaini found enough strength to deliver in the game’s last five minutes as the Blue Eagles secured their ninth victory in 10 games and moved within a victory of claiming a twice-to-beat advantage.

“We’re happy to be in the Final Four but our goal is to get into the top two,” said Ateneo head coach Norman Black.

In the other game, University of the East derailed Far Eastern University’s bid to join the Eagles when the Warriors coasted to an 87-72 win for their sixth win against four losses.

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What makes Lady Gaga go gaga?

The hottest ticket in town is, you guessed it, Lady Gaga.

“Parang ginto,” said those manning Ticketnet, Ticketworld and the box-office of the Araneta Coliseum where Lady Gaga’s concert will be staged tonight, produced by Renen De Guia’s Ovation Productions.

The black market must be doing brisk business.

Am I watching the concert? No, I’m not. I already had the rare (once-in-a-blue moon but not really once-in-a-lifetime) chance of watching her “live” in concert in Singapore last June during the promo for her debut album The Fame (released locally by MCA Music, Inc.), plus an exclusive one-on-one to boot.

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Series comes to fitting end

Game Today (Araneta Coliseum)
7:00 p.m. — Ginebra vs San Miguel

No team has won back-to-back games in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup Finals — a trend that should suit defending champion Barangay Ginebra fine if it holds one last time.

Having won Games 1, 3 and 5, the Kings are on track for a major celebration tonight when they go up against the San Miguel Beermen in the winner-take-all Game 7 at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Day of knockouts for Filipino boxers

Donaire, Viloria stop foes in world title fights.

MANILA, Philippines—The punches landed as promised.

World flyweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. Sunday knocked down Mexican challenger Raul Martinez four times to keep his IBO/IBF titles by technical knockout in the fourth round at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

And former World Boxing Council champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria was just as impressive, knocking out Mexican Ulises Solis with a crushing right to the jaw in the 11th round to wrest the IBF light flyweight crown.

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Craig David returns to RP for first concert

Multi-awarded R&B singer Craig David arrived in Manila Thursday morning for his first concert that will be held at the Araneta Coliseum this Friday.

This is Craig’s second visit to the Philippines. He was in Manila years back to promote his album then.

Craig’s Manila concert is in line with the promotion of his “Greatest Hits” album, which is set to be released in Southeast Asia this month.

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