3/15/2015

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 coronation night final results, winners, updates

The coronation night of the 52nd edition of the Philippines' largest beauty pageant, Binibining Pilipinas, is set to conclude tonight, March 15, 2015 at the Araneta Coliseum.


A total of 34 stunning ladies will compete for the five coveted titles this year: Bb Pilipinas-Universe, Bb Pilipinas-International, Bb Pilipinas-Supranational, Bb Pilipinas-Intercontinental and Bb Pilipinas-Tourism.

The winners of the pageant will be crowned by the reigning titleholders and will compete in the international pageants.

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 will be hosted by Tony Gonzaga and Xian Lim. Miss Universe runners-up Shamcey Supsup, Ariella Arida and Venus Raj will serve as co-hosts for the event.

The pageant will be broadcasted live (or delayed) via satellite by ABS-CBN after comedy-chat show Gandang Gabi Vice.

Meanwhile, it was announced that the national costumes the five representative in the international pageant will be designed in the Philippines.

It can be recalled that the Philippine national costume in the recent Miss. Universe competition was created by a Colombian designer. This instance has raised eyebrows among Filipinos (I believe mostly of which were not impressed with the costume) around the world. The controversy has dragged the name of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. president Stella Marquez Araneta.

The show is still progressing as of the moment. Winners and special awards shall be posted below, so stay tuned. You may refresh or bookmark this page for future results.

MAJOR AWARDS: 

-Bb Pilipinas–Universe 2015: Pia Wurtzbach

-Binibining Pilipinas–International 2015: Janicel Lubina

-Binibining Pilipinas–Supranational 2015: Rogelie Catacutan

-Binibining Pilipinas–Intercontinental 2015: Christi McGarry

-Binibining Pilipinas–Tourism 2015:  Ann Lorraine Colis

-1st Runner-Up: Anna Ruth Sison

-2nd Runner-Up: Kimverlyn Suiza

TOP 15:

(in no particular order)

1. Kimverlyn Suiza
2. Hannah Ruth Sison
3. Princess Joy Camu
4. Rogelie Catacutan
5. Pia Wurtzbach
6. Brenna Cassandra Gamboa
7. Teresita Ssen Marquez
8. Maoling Yalung
9. Janice Lubina
10. Ann Lorraine Colis
11. Justine Dellosa Felizarta
12. Alaiza Flor Malinao
13. Anja Vanessa Peter
14. Christi Lynn McGarry
15. Kylie Versoza

SPECIAL AWARDS:

-Miss Talent: Teresita ‘Wynwyn’ Marquez
- Best in Long Gown: Janicel Lubina
-Best in National Costume: Teresita ‘Wynwyn’ Marquez
-Manila Bulletin Readers Choice: Caneille Faith Santos
-Miss Philippine Airlines: Kylie Versoza
-She’s So Jag: Teresita Marquez
-Miss Friendship: Toni Hipolito
-Miss Photogenic: Caneille ‘Faith’ Santos
-Miss Cream Silk: Pia Wurtzbach
-Best in Swimsuit:  Janicel Lubina

Actress Liezl Martinez dies at 47 due to cancer

Actress and Albert Martinez's wife Liezl Martinez passed away earlier this morning, March 14, 2015 after many years of battling against lung cancer.

photo credit to GMA Network
Veteran actress Amalia Fuentes told inquirer.net that the 47-year-old actress succumbed to cancer at around 6:15 in the morning.

"No pain in my life worse than this," she said. "Please pray for our family."

Liezl's husband Albert and her beloved children , Alyssa, Alfonso, and Alyanna are all surrounding her during her death. The family will announced the date and other details of the funeral soon.

In 2008, Liezl was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She has recovered from it after several years, however, in 2011, her doctors found out that she has Stage 4 lung cancer.

Before her death, Liezl has served as one of the members of Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

'Your Face Sounds Familiar' March 14, 2015

The highly-anticipated premiere of the Philippine version of "Your Face Sounds Familiar" started with a bang!


The show is hosted by RNB sensation Billy Crawford, together with Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, singing champion Jed Madela and returning Kapamilya Mega Star Sharon Cuneta.

The first set of celebrity performers include Karla Estrada who impersonated the Mega Star herself, Nyoy Volante who did Michael Jackson, Tutti Caringal as Freddie Aguilar, Maxene Magalona went Taylor Swift and Jay-R showed as Pepe Smith.

Other celebrity performers will face off on the next episode.

All the celebrity contestants will compete in 13 weeks for a cash prize. The contestant with the highest points per week will become the weekly winner. The top four contestants will compete for the public's votes, wherein the one with the highest votes will be declared the winner. Half of the cash prize will proceed to the contestant's chosen charity.

Meanwhile, the show was a hot topic among netizens. On Twitter, the hashtag #YourFaceSoundsFamiliar became a trending topic worldwide. This only means that the show's format was catchy and greatly appreciated by viewers.

Catch the full episode of this show on iwantv.com.ph

1/25/2015

Piolo Pascual injured in bike accident

Kapamilya prized actor Piolo Pascual was rushed to hospital after being figured from a minor bicycle accident. The accident happened during the actor's TV ad shoot for ABS-CBNmobile on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Fortunately, the 38-year-old actor only sustained minor wounds on his face and some parts of his body. Furthermore, findings revealed that the facial injury was abrasion and doesn't need for a plastic surgery.

Meanwhile, the Pascual shared a photo on Instagram showing his injured face and hands.



It can be recalled that the "Hawak Kamay" actor was hurt in a motorcycle accident in July 2012. Although bloodied, he only received minor injuries during the accident.

PCSO introduces Ultra Lotto 6/58: A minimum of P50-million jackpot

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PSCO) has introduced a new game for Philippine Lotto called Ultra Lotto 6/58.


The new lottery game offers a minimum jackpot prize of P50-million, making it as the highest minimum jackpot prize among all the PCSO lotto games. The last time PCSO launched a new game was four years ago.

The gaming mechanics for the Ultra Lotto 6/58 is the same as the other lotto games like Super Lotto 6/49 and Mega Lotto 6/45, wherein a player will choose a lucky six-number combination from 1 to 58 for only P20. If he/she hits the 6 winning numbers, he/she will win a minimum of P50-million or above.

Meanwhile, here the consolation prizes for Ultra Lotto 6/58:
> Second prize (5 out of 6 winning #s) - about P280,000 or more
> Third prize (4 out of 6) - as high as P3,800
> Fourth prize (3 out of 6) - P20

"We'd like to make Lotto playing more exciting," according to PCSO Vice-Chairman and General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II in an interview. "Our new product provides players more chances to be a millionaire, and allows us to raise more funds for charity."

The tickets for the new game will go on sale beginning February 7, 2015.

Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla all set for 'Crazy Beautiful You' movie (full trailer)

Today's reigning Teen King and Queen, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, are now gearing up for the release of their upcoming movie with official title "Crazy Beautiful You."



Yes, the ever-famous "KathNiel" loveteam is back on the big screen! As a result, the KathNiel army all over Twitter have expressed their excitement for their idols' newest film. Catch some tweets below.
Aside from KathNiel, the movie will also headlines Neil Coletta, Kiray Celis, and veteran actors Gabby Concepcion and Lorna Tolentino. It is directed by Czarina Mae Cruz.

The full trailer shall be posted here once available online.

The movie will be Star Cinema's Valentine Offering and is set to be released theatrically on February 22, 2014.

Will this film be as successful as the loveteam's previous blockbuster movies like "She's Dating The Gangster" and "Pagpag: Siyam Na Buhay" which both earned more than PHP200-M in theaters? Well, let's all find out soon!


1/19/2015

6-7 million people attend Pope Francis' mass in Manila

About 6-7 million pilgrims attended the concluding mass of Roman Catholic head, Pope Francis, in the massive yet rainswept grounds of Luneta Park and its surroundings in City of Manila on Sunday, January 18, 2014, according to the Vatican.

The number of crowd sets a world record of the biggest Papal gathering in history - beating the earlier record set by Saint John Paul II in the same venue wayback 1995 World Youth Day, which had drawn 5 million people.

An aerial view of the sea of people at the Luneta Park. Image source: Twitter
The Philippines is considered as the Catholic bastion of Asia, whereas about 80% of its more than 100 million population is devoutly Roman Catholic.

Pope Francis arrived in the country on  January 15, 2014 for a 5-day pastoral visit with a theme "Mercy and Compassion". During his arrival at the Villamor Airbase from his 2-day visit to Sri Linka, he was welcomed by president Benigno Aquino III, vice-president Jejomar Binay, the Philippine Cabinet officials, the members of the Church (including Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle), and the much excited Filipino people who welcomed the Pope with joyous music and dance presentation (this includes the two children who welcomed him with flowers and gifts).

Afterwards, the Pope opted for his first motorcade en route from Villamor Airbase to Apostolic Nunciature, his official residence for the 5-day visit.

Riding his non bullet-proof  (upon his request for to greet the crowd with all his love at no barriers) "popemobile," Pope Francis was very overwhelmed by the extremely warm welcome he received from the Filipino people who massively filled the streets of Manila just to take a glimpse of him and be blessed during the motorcade.

Here are the happenings in the 5 days of Papal visit:

Day 1 (Jan. 15)
- Pope arrived in Manila at 5:32 pm, boarding a Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A340-300
- First motorcade follows
- First arrival at the Apostolic Nunciature

Day 2 (Jan. 16)
- Pope welcomed at the Malacañan Palace
- First mass in the Philippines at Manila Cathedral
- Meeting with Families at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City

Day 3 (Jan. 17)
- Papal visit to Typhoon-hit Tacloban City
- Outdoor Mass at the Tacloban airport
- Visited Palo Cathedral

Day 4 (Jan. 18)
- Meeting with the youth at University of Santo Tomas grounds
- Concluding Mass at Quirino Grandstand

Day 5 (Jan. 19)
- Final motorcade from Apostolic Nunciature to Villamor Airbase
- Send-off ceremony headed by President Benigno Aquino III
- The Pope left Manila and headed to Rome, boarding a Philippine Airlines Airbus A-340

12/26/2014

2014 MMFF: 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' breaks box office records, rakes P53.3-M on opening day

Star Cinema and VIVA Films' highly anticipated Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' leads the box office chart on its first day of showing.

According to an Instagram post of ABS-CBN executive Eric John Salut, the comedy film earned a whopping P53.3-M  on opening day - making the Vice Ganda starrer as the highest opening and at the same time highest single day gross for a Filipino film.

The film surpasses the record previously held by the 2013 MMFF movie 'My Little Bossings' which earned P50.5-M on opening day.

Meanwhile, Salut also announced that Kris Aquino and Coco Martin's 'Feng Shui' has raked a total of P31.4-M of ticket sales on first day.

MMFF 2014 Opening Day Box Office Race

Here is the list of the leading films on the opening day of MMFF 2014:

1. The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin - P53.3-M
2. Feng Shui - P31.4-M
3. My Big Bossing
4. Kubot
(No available statistics for the other four film entries)

The other film entries in the 2014 MMFF are 'Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo,' 'English Only Please,' 'Muslim Magnum 
357' and 'Shake Rattle & Roll XV.'