Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles

GMA Films, Reality Entertainment and Agosto Dos have released the full trailer for the groundbreaking horror flick “TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles.”
After the critically-acclaimed Yam Laranas-helmed “The Road,” GMA Films is set to release another groundbreaking horror movie this year. In partnership with Reality Entertainment and Agosto Dos, new horror movie “TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles” will make Philippine movie history as the very first feature-length Filipino film entirely shot on green screen. 

“TIKTIK” stars Dingdong Dantes, who also co-produced the movie, and Lovi Poe, and under the direction of Erik Matti (Magic Temple).

Other cast-members include LJ Reyes, Roi Vinzon, Ramon Bautista, Joey Marquez, Janice de Belen, Rina Reyes, and Mike Gayoso

“TIKTIK: The Aswang Chronicles” is scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on October 17 in time for the Halloween.


Watch the teaser here:


DINGDONG DANTES STARS IN 'Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles' by Erik Matti. Image from the movie's Facebook pageDINGDONG DANTES STARS IN 'Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles' by Erik Matti. Image from the movie's Facebook page

David Yu is soft-spoken and laid back like a Zen master.

He’s wearing a “Tiktik” movie pin on his breast pocket that jumps and moves as he gestures, telling me how his childhood monsters, having grown up in Canada, were the vampires and werewolves of the West. 

Yu was born in Hong Kong but has been living in Manila since the early 1990s, having come here as an R&B and hip-hop musician, when synths and drum machines were first beginning to cut through the swath of expensive analog recording and live performance. 

Yu was an early adopter at the vanguard of that tech movement that put soul into music made by machines.

Now he’s putting the soul and the fangs into the dark, dark corners of Erik Matti’s (“Dos Ekis”, “Prosti,” “Gagamboy”) new opus as the head of its visual effects (FX) team. 

“I became a hobby model maker after I saw Episode Three of `Star Wars,’” he explains. “I said, that’s what I want to do: I want to make models, blow them up, put them in movies and have audiences enjoy the explosion!”

MOTHERSHIPS ARE MEANT TO fly. David Yu is a proud and happy guy.MOTHERSHIPS ARE MEANT TO fly. David Yu is a proud and happy guy.

When “Tiktik, The Aswang Chronicles” is unveiled, it will claw a new high watermark for Philippine-made CGI and visual FX for cinema.

Most of it will be thanks to the work of Yu and his team of 60 or so artists, animators and illustrators at Mothership Studios, along with post-production and editing done at PostManila (another young company that bagged 2nd place in the Adobo Magazine Post Production House rankings and snagged two Gold Araw Awards in the Advertising Congress).

A company especially dedicated for feature film and broadcast entertainment, Mothership was formed in 2011 in reaction to the demand of “Tiktik” as their flagship client and other major commercial projects.

Yu brings 17 years of experience as a multi-awarded visual FX supervisor and artist to his company’s efforts for Matti’s movie. 

“This is the hardest project I’ve ever done,” adds Yu. Our interview follows. 

MOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership StudiosMOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership Studios

How did you approach the scope and the demand of Tiktik’s CGI and FX?
David Yu (DY): Erik Matti and I discussed that we wanted to make a film, not a special FX-driven thing. Traditionally, folks from the FX side would want you to lock off your cameras. You cannot move your cameras because there’s just too much going on and it’ll be very hard for the visual effects (VFX) people to fill in afterwards.

But I said to Erik: "Do whatever you want and the post-production will be part of your storytelling." The attitude from the get go was, we’re making a film. We never tell the director to second guess what he’s doing just for our sake. 

Special FX in service to a story is a great thing.
DY: There are, of course, budget and production limitations but no limits for creative decision-making.

You want to move the camera? No problem. You want to do the wire harness for the action scenes and we’ll paint them out in post? No problem. You want to do the wires AND the moving camera? No problem! 

That must have been such a relief for them.
DY: “Tiktik” is not really a monster movie. It’s not a “Resident Evil” kind of effects-driven thing.

It’s actually a love story. They run into this local gang, these mobsters, who just happen to be aswangs. There’s a pregnant Lovi Poe and they want to eat her or her baby or probably both and Dingdong has to defend her.

I think the audience will be surprised. It’s a very Pinoy movie. Dingdong is playing a role that he usually doesn’t do. 

MOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership StudiosMOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership Studios

Well, the movie and the creatures look great.
DY: The Filipino crew knows the mythology very well. Our artists made — I swear — hundreds and hundreds of illustration studies to design the creatures. Originally, it was too Western, too much like vampires, too Hollywood.

And then Erik Matti comes from his Ilocano province and he has a history of that so he art directed us. He took a look at the designs and said "This is too alien, too Hollywood. Scrap it!" 

What approach did you take to designing the aswangs?
DY: We were looking at birds, boars, chickens, dogs, carabaos. We took all local animals. So the creatures here are not really fantastical. They move and look like monstrous versions of common animals.

The boar aswang is like a big humanoid warthog. The hakag is based on a chicken. It has chicken feathers, chicken legs, his face looks like a beak. 

The creature movements look very organic and natural, like they’re real, living, things.
DY: I told our animators: "Guys, you are animators, so go out and act like an aswang!"

I’m acting the aswang out, am down on the floor and crawling and they’re just looking at me like “What the hell is Dave doing?” They don’t understand it because it was not taught to them that you have to feel the weight and the way they move. You’re feeling it down here. When you crawl on the floor your balance is different and your shoulders take much more weight. 

MOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership StudiosMOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership Studios

You need to bring a certain physicality to the process to render your designs into reality?
DY: Exactly. I had a big artist crawling on the floor and trying to be a boar and then they get it later on. The physicality of it needs to be there.

We approached the killing of the creatures in a 3D manner, too. Unlike a lot of movies where they just go up in a puff of dust and get vaporized — Poof! Into smoke! — they get sliced and you see their insides, their guts spill out, their major organs spill out. You can feel them hit the ground.

Erik was adamant about that "no magic pixie dust" thing. 

Do you feel that you and your team had enough time to get things right?
DY: We spent months designing creatures and environments. The producers also invested over 18 months to do something proper.

That’s almost a year of just post-production. Other movies would have just a month or a few weeks to do post-prod.

Any major obstacles during those 18 months?
DY: The attention to detail and the scope of it. Our chroma key doesn’t look like it was just done overnight. We shot smoke over green screen, hair, clothing, so it looks like the background matches the foreground.

It’s hard enough in photography to get a single frame right but we’re dealing with multiple frames. Around 1000 and 6 visual FX shots. That’s insane, right? 

MOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership StudiosMOVIE STILL COURTESY OF Mothership Studios

That sounds like a crazy amount of work.
DY: Also, the green screen was a bit patchy inside the studio. It wasn’t really green. It was green-ish. It’s more fun in the Philippines, right?

A lot of our former artists just went AWOL on us because they thought this project was impossible. They dropped out and never showed up again. 

Let’s talk about shooting inside the studio with a skeleton set and designing an environment around it.
DY: We spent about 4 months getting the environments right from scratch. We had to go through so many [studies] for the environment. The first couple ones looked like Nevada. [laughs] Looked too Western!

We tried to stitch a lot of clouds on the sky but it didn’t work because it looks like a photograph so we generated an entire sky at different times of the day, a 24 hours time cycle in 360, in 3D.

We needed to approach the virtual set like a real set. Where is the sun? Where is the house? Where are the trees? 

A real 3D environment with time cycles!
DY: Took like 20 hours to render per frame! We had the topography and the map and the cameras in place. We pointed the virtual camera where the real camera would be and then it worked.

Even the trees and flora are very detailed.
DY: Oh, we went through literally hundreds of trees. Yes, the trees are real but they look stylized, right? We tried something that looks too real and it doesn’t look good.

I went to the Bicol province and Camarines Sur, drove around and put what we found into the tree studies. But Erik goes, "No, no, no, that’s too real! That’s a real place! I could have shot there."

So we dialled it back and did a sparse field with the trees, this mountain and a dark sky. 

Mission accomplished, the place looks quite creepy.
DY: Some guys feel that it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t feel right.

Well, then you better start jumping on mats. You need to feel it to get it.

You need to eat, sleep, breathe this project 24/7.

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Meet the X FACTOR Auditionees for June 30 and July 1

Spot the ‘x factor’ among Pinoy hopefuls right at your very homes as the top-rating and Twitter trending musical event of the year, “The X Factor Philippines,” continues this weekend.
All set to impress celebrity judge-mentors Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Charice, and Pilita Corrales this Saturday (June 30) are all girl group 5th Avids, and solo singers Ashley Campbell, Gabriel Anciano, Jelianne, Joebert Jumaoas, John Montera, Noel Cosca, and Princess Lucky.

Alyssa Quijano, JC Erasga, Jerriane Templo, Jet Barrun, Katrina Velarde, Marlo Mortel, Osang, duo D Crus Sisters and boy groups El Canta and Pilyo will show off this Sunday (July 1).


Who will make it to the next round? Who will surprise the judge-mentors this time? Don’t miss the country’s biggest and grandest musical event of the year, “The X Factor Philippines,” with KC Concepcion as host, every Saturday, after “MMK,” and every Sunday, after “Sarah G Live” on ABS-CBN. Follow the show’s official Twitter account at @thexfactorphil and tweet your thoughts and reactions using the hashtag #thexfactorphil.


Top 12 Tips When Driving in the Philippines


Ever driven a car?  Easy enough question answerable by a simple YES or NO.  But have you ever driven a car… in the Philippines?  “Heck, yeah!” would be the obvious reply if you indeed have shared the road with the jeepneys, tricycles, motorcycles, huge travelling coffins (err, buses), pedicabs, and kuligligs (yup, pedicabs and kuligligs in major roads like those found at the intersection of Taft and U.N. Avenues in the great city of Manila) frolicking around the major thoroughfares of the country. So, if you want to go from Point A to Point B in these islands without any hitch, I suggest you read on, take down notes (mental or otherwise) and keep an open mind because as they say in TV, radio, internet and print ads, “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”  And the fun begins… now: 

1. Keep cool.  Remain calm.  Stay collected.  First things first, (and you should always remember this while driving in the Philippines) keep in mind that you are driving in the Philippines -- a country where it’s perfectly normal for people to drive like there’s no tomorrow.  Here’s one way of keeping your anger at bay: Use the Force.

2. Be courteous and never take other drivers’ behaviors on the road seriously/personally.  Road rage, anyone?  We Filipino drivers are very possessive of the roads we’re driving on.  That’s where the expression “Parang mauubusan ng kalye!” (Like it’s gonna run out of roads!) is derived from.  If you want to survive your trip, better let the occasional dirty finger from another driver slip by “unnoticed” even if you want to shout expletives right in his face.  Instead of cursing, just smile and be on your way.  Besides, you’ll be sparing yourself the stress that surely stems from such situations. And you might just save a life in the process: your own.

3. Stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, and practice defensive driving--always.  Shit can surely happen when you drive offensively in these islands.  Accidents here are like a box of chocolates ‘coz you never know what you’re gonna get.


4. Buckle up, use your side and rear-view mirrors, and maintain a safe distance all the time.    It’s better to be safe than sorry and it’s much better to be safer than just safe.  We can’t reiterate this enough.

5. Plan your route ahead.  Mapping out your trips can save you a lot of trouble and a whole lot of time, not to mention a lot of money.  Preparing for your drive not only gives you all these advantages, it also keeps driving more manageable as you already know what to expect when you’re out there on the road.  If you don’t know where to go, Google it!


6. Leave early if you can.  If you can’t, make sure that you still do.  My advice:  As always, use the Force.

7. Tune in to traffic reports on the radio.  Most radio stations have this special service for motorists during rush hour in the mornings and evenings during weekdays.  This is truly helpful especially if the traffic reporter can give you up to the minute updates on what’s happening on the thoroughfares, so you’ll know which roads to use.

8. Be mindful of pedestrians, motorcycles, tricycles, “kuligligs” and bicycles.  In the U.S. and Canada, when a motorist sees someone crossing the street, the motorist yields and gives the pedestrian the right of way.  Here in the Philippines, when a driver sees pedestrians crossing the road, he incessantly honks his horn and leaves each one of them biting the dust (literally) as they scamper away from the four-wheeled monster out to get them.  

9. Share a car, win some friends.  Carpooling can work wonders for you.  Though it’s not usually done here in the Philippines, just think of how much fun it would be to see your friends off to work and pick them up later in the afternoon when all of you are dead-tired and you’re (you guessed it) the designated driver.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is, tomorrow and for the rest of the week, you’ll be sleeping to and from the office as someone else from the group is in charge of the wheel.  Just think of how much down time you (and your car) will have at your disposal, not to mention the savings you’ll incur, from this very nice approach to being green.

10. Leave your ride in a safe car park and take the train instead.  So, you’re an introvert with no friends to have rides with?  Not to worry, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet new friends in the jam-packed trains of the metropolis.  Just go to your nearest (and safest) car park service and leave your ride there so you can go to work feeling like a million bucks!

11. Make sure your car is in good running condition all the time.  Maintaining your car in tip-top shape is its own reward.  You need your car to be on top of every situation rain or shine, flood or no flood.


12. Avoid honking your horn at the slightest provocation and don’t make a habit of flashing your headlights to on-coming traffic because you want to get ahead of the other driver.  Just don’t.  ‘Coz it’s so rude.  Enough said.

What are your other tips when driving in the Philippines?





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What is the 'best time to have sex'

Making love at 7:30 am is apparently one of the best ways, which can make your day healthy, a new study has revealed.
 At 7:30 am, the body produces a surge in sex hormones and a rush of adrenalin to get a person going in the morning.

"You'll both be rested, with heightened senses. As you're still waking up, you tend to be more responsive," the Sun quoted sex therapist Suzie Hayman as saying.

Research in Italy revealed that it is also the time most couples are likely to orgasm and conceive. (ANI)

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Why women go to toilet in groups

This question has engaged the attention of “Man”-kind for ages but the endless speculation hasn’t provided a constructive conclusion, yet.

Rather than merely conjecturing like most members of my genus, I am taking a step forward. Rather than merely putting-up lame, one-liner jokes as to why women visit the restroom in groups; I will systematically dissect and reason-out every possible theory. The attempt here is to provide some degree of closure to this question that continues to baffle logic and scientific reasoning. If I am successful, I believe that despite my humble qualifications, I would have promoted myself to the league of top-notch Human Behavior Experts and Evolutionary Biologists. If not, I really don’t have much to lose, so here I go with my analysis:

Blame it on evolution: They want to show guys that they are independent.
This point establishes my highly developed scientific mind—just ponder for a second and think, how come men and women seem to do everything different? This is something that has been established over a long period of evolutionary changes. I believe that during the development of Early Man (and Women), millions of years ago, the Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon or some form of the Early Man had women doing things opposite to men, intentionally. 

You see, at that time, the human brain wasn’t very developed. Thus, the thinking patterns and actions of men and women at that time weren’t the most impressive. With their semi-developed brain during the Iron Age, or a bit before that, women started going to their forested bathrooms in groups just because they noticed that men would go alone!

They need help: It's their group therapy time.
The toilet-centric groupie habit of women can be best interpreted as something akin to Group Therapy. For those who don’t know this psychiatric tool, Group Therapy is when a few individuals are called upon to talk about their problems, confess to each other and vent their anger.

This is among the most potent of Behavior Management Methods. It is a scientifically-established fact that women tend to think too much, worry excessively and have a relentless urge to know about problems of others. I believe, with the amount of unnecessary clutter that occupies the female mind, they need a constant form of psychological fine-tuning. Thus, visiting the toilet stalls in groups and blurting-out everything and anything is their form of Group Therapy, helping them to be a bit saner.

Don't blame it on them: It's a hormonal thing.


Among the most widely-acknowledged facts about women, one tends to surface as the absolute unchallenged reality—actions of women are ruled by their Hormones and not their brains. We have all suffered the mood swings of our mothers, sisters, girlfriends, wives, female colleagues and many other forms in which the female kind forms a part of our lives. If you ask Gynecologists, the Menstrual Cycle isn't the easiest puzzle to solve. For starters, it tends to vary across nearly every woman. The repercussions of the slightest delay, change in frequency or any related symptoms, can mean a whole lot in terms of diagnostic information. Considering that women need to overcome this menstrual challenge so often, is it really surprising that they need to seek each other’s expertise when visiting the loo?

They suffer from biological bias: There's just too much going on there.
This is among the most potent of Behavior Management Methods. It is a scientifically-established fact that women tend to think too much, worry excessively and have a relentless urge to know about problems of others. I believe, with the amount of unnecessary clutter that occupies the female mind, they need a constant form of psychological fine-tuning. Thus, visiting the toilet stalls in groups and blurting-out everything and anything is their form of Group Therapy, helping them to be a bit saner.

This point will be easily understood and will get a lot of nodding heads—God has been slightly unkind and biased when configuring the female anatomy. Just look at what guys need to do when they need to empty their bladders—it is basically Stand & Deliver. Yes, there is the customary shakedown to ensure that any liquid traces don’t make it back to the confines of the jocks but overall, it is rather simple. At the most, a couple of guys might talk about some sort of rash or having pulled back their foreskin during their latest bedroom adventure. Compare this to the kind of things a woman has to deal with. I am not talking just about tampons here but the entire range of pads, birth control stuff, thongs, pantiliners and God knows what other inventions and contraptions. The point is that women just need more time, space and group advice to handle such complicated stuff.

It's all talk: They need to "steal" some chat time
This point is probably going to get some arguments but I think every lady will have to admit that by nature, they are gossip-mongers. Leave apart the minority that actually talks less, the rest are born with a system that needs a fuel of constant conversation, no matter how meaningless it might be. So at workplaces, the washroom serves as the perfect place to steal some gossiping time. No boss can object to it. No Human Resources Management Tool can find out whether the bathroom time is being used “sincerely.”

It's a "Monica from Friends" scenario: They are all neat freaks.
Those who have watched Monica (played by Courtney Cox), would instantly realize what I am referring to—Monica’s character is essentially suffering from a kind of OCD. This refers to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. What is the most common symptom of OCD? It is a tendency to repeatedly clean something. Most OCD patients will try to find spaces that tend to remain filthy and clean them repeatedly and most OCD patients are women! So, there is every chance that many of them are huddled together in the bathroom, cleaning every nook and crevice to vent-out their negative, sorry, psychotic tendencies.

Horror movie fears: They are afraid of being attacked by the "Toilet Demon."


This might sound childish but none of the reasons listed above make universal sense. Yes, the points listed above are based upon decades of my scientific research, but they are not applicable to every group of women that visits the bathroom in flocks. Thus, there could be just one other reason that answers this mysterious question—there is a Toilet Demon, so horrific and sadistic that it can only be defeated by groups of women! My decade-long research has established that the Toilet Demon has two, major weaknesses—apart from these, it is pretty much undefeatable. Firstly, it cannot withstand human beings obsessed with putting things on their face and secondly, it is highly susceptible to idle talk. Thus, only groups of women, armed with their cosmetics, gossip-ridden brains and incessant chatter can defeat it!





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What to Do After a Breakup

Losing someone you have been in love with, over irreconcilable differences, can be the hardest thing to deal with in the world. With the memories of the good, bad and ugly moments looming over your head, the future alone may seem bleak. Let this list guide the broken hearts on how to ease the ache and move on to a world of brighter possibilities.

1) Evaluating Choices

When recently out of a relationship, the primary thing that you need to do is to evaluate your feelings, the past and the togetherness shared. This is not hard to do, mostly because the broken heart keeps mulling over the details anyway. What you need to do is to think constructively to realise the good and the bad parts of the relationship and ponder over the necessity of choosing to part ways. If the differences in the relationship were too vast, not going back is a potent decision. However, if the differences were petty and mostly based on ego issues, then you need to seriously rethink the decision.

2) Keeping Space

After break-ups, a large amount of time is spent in denial. At this point, it is suggested to maintain your solitary space and give yourself the time to compose your thoughts. Staying away from anything that connects you to the world, is probably the best idea. This will give you the time to listen to your inner voice. Keep a journal, engage in sporting activities, or hang out more with the buddies – anything that lets you spend time alone or with those you feel at ease with.

3) Coping with Pain

It is understandable to feel that your heart has been punched out of your chest and that nothing in the world can compare to the heartache that you might be experiencing then. However, you also need to realise that if given enough time, this pain will ease as well. After denial, most people experience surmounting anger as a response to the pain, followed by extreme hatred. This is totally normal. It means that the mind is actively trying to overthrow the emotional weakness by replacing it with another strong emotion. Talking to friends about coping will also prove to be helpful. You should not fight this phase off. After anger, acceptance will soon follow, along with the eventual peace that is needed.

4) Removing Old Memories

A break-up need not signify an end by all means. It can also usher a new beginning. Nevertheless, holding onto the past will not let you accept the future. Old photographs, memorabilia, gifts that remind you of the past loves, should be packed away or disposed of. Deleting emails, numbers and texts is a way to consciously stop living in the past.

5) Living Anew

Only after relinquishing all the old stuff, can you bring in new memories. Choosing to repaint and redecorate the house, revamping the way you look, or even a small getaway can provide the requisite escape from the past experience. You need to understand that a break up need not imply that your life should come to a standstill. You simply need to find a new outlook to keep you going.

Life post-breakup does not need to be torrid and messy. You need to be mature enough to understand that the only constant in life is change, and with every breath drawn in, you are that much closer to the next miracle. With this understanding, you can sail through all storms in life and live to see tomorrow.





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5 Grooming Mistakes Most Men Make

When it comes to being a “man’s man”, grooming plays such an important role,
and it is surprising how so many men out there get even the most basic of grooming essentials wrong. Whether it’s about being the top cat at the office or being a hit with the ladies, you need to know how to play your cards right, or you will never win.

Here are five common grooming mistakes that you should ideally avoid.

1. Smelling too good can be bad!
This is one of the most common grooming bloopers observed with men. When it comes to cologne or deodorants there is a tendency to go overboard with the amount that is applied or sprayed. This will have a reverse effect causing people to run away from you. Remember that these fragrances are meant to enhance your natural scent, not overpower everybody’s nostrils. Subtle works best.

2.Locking away the razor
A lot of men are caught up with the macho look and start sporting stubble to get that look right. But the thing is, too much stubble just makes you look shabby and unkempt. The stubble look is not for everyone. If you have a face that can pull it off make sure you use a trimmer to keep it down to the bare minimum. If you work in an ultra-professional corporate environment, then it’s time to bring out the razor. A clean shaven look can never go wrong, but not keeping that stubble under check, certainly can.

3. Skin ill-treatment
Some men are under the false impression that skin care is a girly thing. It most certainly is not. Although men’s skin is tougher than women’s, it is still susceptible to aging, wrinkles and other skin ailments. So, make sure you get plenty of moisturizer wherever needed, use a face wash daily and drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated and younger looking.

4. Hair or there?
Your mane is perhaps the best asset that you will possess so make sure you take good care of it. Depending on your hair type, take some time out to visit a salon and get some professional advice and styling done. At home, use products but don’t go overboard. Men have this tendency to slap on way too much gel making their hair look very gooey. Just a little bit worked well into damp hair with the fingers should do the trick. Also, be sure to use shampoo and conditioner.

5. Bad dental can make you look mental
Oral hygiene is supremely important, especially when you are in an environment where you need to work with many people. Too many men out there take this for granted and if you have ever wondered why people tend to make a run for it when they see you, now you know. Use mouthwash daily and equip yourself with a pack of mints when on the move. Avoid eating garlic and onions before walking in to a meeting or going on that special date.
Getting your act right when it comes to grooming will not only make you a more socially acceptable and enjoyable person but you will also have a certain feel good factor about yourself. Self-confidence, charisma and personality are few of the positive side effects of good grooming habits.





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Meet the 11 Members of the 2012 Philippine Olympic Team

Get to know more about the 11 Pinoy athletes who will compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games in hopes to bring home the first Olympic Gold for the country.
The Philippines is the first Southeast Asian country to win an Olympic medal, a bronze for swimming courtesy of Teofilo Yldefonso at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. 

Since then, we’ve already won two silvers (both from boxing) and seven bronze medals (from athletics, swimming and boxing).

However, a gold medal was elusive to the country through the years unlike our neighboring Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia which already got 6 and Thailand which already won 7.

The hopes of winning the country’s first ever Olympic gold now lie to the following 11 athletes who are about to fly to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Here are the 11 Pinoy Olympians for the 2012 London Olympic Games:

 JASMINE ALKHALDI
SWIMMING (100 M FREESTYLE)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JUNE 20, 1993 (19 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: PARANAQUE
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 2011 SOUTHEAST ASIAN AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 3 -GOLD MEDALIST
• QUALIFIED TO THE OLYMPICS BY UNIVERSALITY THROUGH HER PARTICIPATION AND BEST TIME IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
• 2010 SINGAPORE NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 2-BRONZE MEDALS

MARK ANTHONY BARRIGA
BOXING (49 KGS. LIGHTFLYWEIGHT)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JUNE 11, 1993 (19 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: PANABO, DAVAO
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• FIRST FILIPINO TO QUALIFY TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
• GOLD MEDAL IN THE 2012 SYDNEY JACKSON MEMORIAL TASHKENT UZBEKISTAN
• OLYMPIC QUALIFIER IN THE 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AZERBAIJAN

DANIEL MANABAT CALUAG
CYCLING (BMX)

PRESENTLY IN THE U.S.
Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JANUARY 15, 1987 (25 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: FIL-AM BUT HAILS FROM BULACAN
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• AMONG TOP 60 RIDERS IN THE WORLD
• PARTICIPATED IN THE UCI BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

HIDILYN DIAZ
WEIGHTLIFTING (58 KGS)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: FEBRUARY 20, 1991 (21 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: ZAMBOANGA CITY
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• RANKED 9TH IN THE WORLD
• FIRST FILIPINO FEMALE TO COMPETE IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES
• WILD CARD ENTRY IN THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS
• 2007 SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES BRONZE MEDALIST
• 2 GOLDS & 1 SILVER IN THE ASIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

RENE HERRERA
ATHLETICS (5,000 METER RUN)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: MAY 24, 1979 (33 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: GUIMARAS ISLAND, ILOILO
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 5-TIME SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES DEFENDING CHAMPION
• RANKS 8TH IN ASIAN 5,000 METER RUN & 3,000 METER STEEPLECHASE
• 8TH IN THE 2006 DOHA ASIAN GAMES 3,000 STEEPLECHASE

TOMOHIKO ALDABA HOSHINA
ATHLETE – JUDO (+100 KGS. SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT)
CURRENTLY IN JAPAN

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: JULY 4, 1987
• Place of Birth: FIL-JAP BUT MOTHER HAILS FROM BULACAN
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• GARNERED 27 RANKING POINTS IN 2011 WORLD JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
• AMONG 20 ASIANS TO QUALIFY TO THE LONDON OLYMPICS
• 2007 SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES SILVER MEDALIST

JESSIE KHING LACUNA
SWIMMING (200 M FREESTYLE)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: DECEMBER 23, 1993 (18 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: PULILAN, BULACAN
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 6 GOLD MEDALS IN THE 2ND PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GAMES
• QUALIFIED TO THE OLYMPICS BY UNIVERSALITY THROUGH HIS PARTICIPATION AND BEST TIME IN THE 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BRIAN ROSARIO
SHOOTING (SKEET)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: APRIL 17, 1982 (29 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: MANILA
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• CURRENTLY THE BEST FILIPINO SKEET SHOOTER HITTING 6 TIMES THE MINIMUM QUALIFYING OLYMPIC SCORE SINCE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS
• 2011 SYDNEY WORLD CUP SERIES HITTING THE MINIMUM QUALIFYING SCORE
• ITALIAN WORLD CUP OF SHOTGUN MINIMUM SCORER
• 2005 SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST

MARESTELLA TORRES
ATHLETICS ( WOMEN LONG JUMP)

Personal Circumstance
• Date of Birth: FEB 20, 1981 (32 YRS OLD)
• Place of Birth: SA JOSE, NEGROS ORIENTAL
• Civil Status: SINGLE

Achievements in Sports (From the most recent to the earliest)
• 4-TIME SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES LONG JUMP DEFENDING CHAMPION
• 2009 ASIAN ATHLETICS LONG JUMP CHAMPION
• COMPETED IN THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES
• 2005 ASIAN ATHLETICS LONG JUMP SILVER MEDALIST
Please pray that the 11-member Philippine Olympic team will do their best in their respective fields and that any one of them could bring the country’s first Olympic gold.

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Ilocos Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson on the issue of 'Mining in Ilocos Sur'

October 14, 2011 when I and two of my classmates got an exclusive interview with the governor. He answered the questions that plague the province.

Research shows that Cabugao, Candon, Narvacan,Sinait, Sta. Cruz and Vigan are the sites of mining in the province.Chavit confirmedthat almost all the towns in Ilocos Sur are mining sites but there are no activities yet.

He also enumerated the specific locations of the mining sites - gold in Quirino, Cervantes, Sto. Domingo and Magsingal; white clay (for cement) in Sto. Domingo and Magsingal; and black sand in all most all the towns along the shoreline.

The governor also reacted on the news that the Provincial Government allowed the mining companies to do mining in places which identified in geohazard map. According to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, these towns are Cervantes, Salcedo, Vigan, Narvacan, Cabugao and Candon. He already gave an order to stop mining across the province except in San Vicente. In other places, he let the initiators do sampling for future purposes. Usually, he allows tests so that the government will know the natural resources of the province.

He also insisted that he is against mining if it is irresponsible. He said, he is for mining if it is responsible meaning the people concerned approves it and all safety measures are being conducted.

“Wrong impression lang ang mga tao kasi. Ang black sand, according to DENR, ‘yong kukunin ay 15% lang hindi iyong akala nila na kukunin lahat. Iyong 85% ibabalik at puwedeng itambak sa shoreline. Ang batas, they have to put up infrastracture. Maglagay sila ng barangay hall, basketball court, iskuwelahan, gawin ‘yong kalsada, 100% approved by the people and nandoon na lahat ‘yong safety,” Chavit added.

He also confirmed that only the application in San Vicente was approved. Four applications for onshore and offshore blacksand mining for magnetite in Tagudin, four in Sta.Cruz, five in Sta. Lucia, four in Candon City, four in Santiago, four in San Esteban, five in Sta. Maria, five in Narvacan, eight in Santa, five in Caoayan, four in Sta.Catalina and four in Vigan City are not yet approved.

We asked about the benefits of mining to the public and he replied taxes, infrastractures and investments will come to the government.

Who is behind the black sand mining in Ilocos Region?
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) revealed that 80 percent of the black sand mining operations in the area are controlled by the Canadian company, Colossal Mining. Exploration and mining permits given to Colossal Mining will allow them to explore at least 15,700 hectares of offshore areas in North Western Luzon.

Philippine Mining Industry 
The damage wrought by mining upon the environment and local communities, coupled with the lack of significant contributions to the Philippine economy has prompted various groups, from environmental advocates to the Church, to halt mining activities in the Philippines. Militant groups, however, have raised concerns over the anti-mining stance, pointing out that extracting and utilizing minerals are necessary for modernization.

After all, as mining serves only foreign interests and caters to the demands of the world market, the large-scale plunder of the country’s minerals continues unabated, and extracted materials are used for the economic gain of other countries.

As mountains and lands are drilled to extract minerals for export, the damage and destruction of the environment and the displacement of communities are often inevitable.  However, strict government regulation over extractions will minimize its adverse effects on communities and the environment,  while providing the resources needed for the modernization of the manufacturing and agriculture industries.

The Untold Stories of Gov. Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson
The Ilocos Kingpin



Luis Crisologo Singson is the Governor of the province of Ilocos Sur. Chavit Singson was appointed Deputy National Security Adviser, on September 5, 2008 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Governor Singson started out as a businessman. He then entered politics, becoming a prominent political figure in his province.

Chavit Singson was born on June 21, 1941 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. He is the second among the seven children of José Singson and Caridad Crisólogo. His siblings are Evaristo (Titong), Bernardo (deceased), Fernando (Dodoy), Maria Olivia (Honeygirl), Jeremias (Jerry), Germelina (Germy) and Jose, Jr. (Bonito).

Singson's growing-up years were spent in Vigan, where he led a normal childhood "with a very liberal upbringing and a lot of opportunity to play and make friends." He apparently got his own fondness for jueteng from his mother who loved the game. Despite their prominence in the province, it was not always a life of wealth for the Singsons. At one point, the family had to sell their appliances. Singson learned how difficult life was without money. Singson's character was strengthened especially with the seemingly unending family squabbles and political dynasties of his youth, the tobacco industry in Ilocos and how the Singsons got into tobacco growing and trading. The family brought the first redrying plant to Ilocos in the '60s. He studied in Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila and finished his Commerce degree.

Singson is known to have started EDSA II and being identified as the Kingpin of Ilocos Sur with issues and allegations including physical abuse to his wife, jueteng, Ilocos Sur killing, son Ronald Singson on drug charges in Hong Kong and mining in Ilocos Sur.


Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an officer and a member of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo)

Paul is a BS Accountancy student at the University of Northern Philippines. He works for CBAA Biznews and  The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points. He is the CBAA Biznews’ Editor-in-Chief. 


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‘I Do Bidoo Bidoo’ starring Ogie Alcasid, Gary V., Eugene Domingo

“I Do Bidoo Bidoo” is an upcoming rom-com musical movie from Unitel celebrating the hit songs of the APO Hiking Society–Jim Paredes, Boboy Garrovillo and Danny Javier.
Written and directed by Chris Martinez (Temptation Island, 100, Here Comes the Bride), “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” stars Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid and Eugene Domingo, with Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos. It is set for release in Metro Manila and nationwide mid-2012, immediately followed with screenings in the U.S. and worldwide.

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Watch the music video here:

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MTRCB approves airing of MMK (YOUNG GIRL RAPED in front of her mom JUNE 30)

ABS-CBN was finally given the go-signal by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to air the controversial “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episode that deals with the story of a teenage girl who was repeatedly raped, once even at the sight of her own mother. The episode will air this Saturday (June 30). 


Jane Oineza portrays the role of a rape victim in MMK

From the previously obtained X-rating, the ‘Cursed Beauty’ episode was granted by the MTRCB with a rating of ‘SPG’ or ‘strong parental guidance.’ The ‘SPG’ rating was given to the show after being thoroughly reviewed by the agency since its June 2 airing was postponed.


Jane plays the role of Nene who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather

Former “Goin’ Bulilit” child star Jane Oineza portrays the 15-year-old girl named Nene who was recurrently raped by her stepfather. But her world drastically changed when her mother even assisted her live-in partner in the act of rape. Since then, Nene cursed the ‘beauty’ that she possesses. How can someone who lost her self-respect regain her love for herself?

Together with Jane in the “MMK” episode are Angel Aquino, Carlos Morales, RS Francisco, Vangie Labalan, Ana Abad Santos, Archie Alemania, Gerald Madrid, Jacko Benin, Kyline Alcantara, Liz Alindogan, Jesette Prospero, Minco Fabregas, and Elaine Quemuel.. It was researched by Mae Rose Balanay, written by Benson Logronio, and directed by Nuel Naval.

Witness the touching tale of Nene in another remarkable TV masterpiece this Saturday in the longest running drama anthology of Asia, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK), after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN.

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PRESS RELEASE: ‘MMK’ features life story of young girl raped in front of her mom

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Ilocos Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson on Gandang Gabi Vice

Ilocos Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson brought his pet pony Marimar to the set of "Gandang Gabi Vice" on Sunday night. Singson, who owns the Baluarte zoo,  shared his love for animals with host Vice Ganda.  Aside from snakes and horses, Chavit also owns a Bengal tiger. In the show, Singson also denied that he has found a new romance. He also shared his singing prowess as he performed "To All The Girls I've Loved Before." Gandang Gabi Vice, June 24, 2012
 
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Celebrity couple Andrei Felix and Venus Raj celebrated their seventh month together in "Gandang Gabi Vice" on Sunday night. Raj first admitted her relationship with Felix also on Vice Ganda's show  last March.
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Miss World Philippines 2012 is Queenierich Rehman


Name: Queenierich A. Rehman

Age: 22

Height: 5’ 7"

Weight: 110 lbs.

Hometown: Pasay City

Education: Assumption College Makati

Talent / Hobbies: Internet surfing, cooking , baking, basketball , playing video games, singing

Interesting Info: Varsity player from HS to College in basketball / Rookie of the year award during college.

Starting from this point, Queenie will only have three weeks to do final preparations for Miss World 2012. By mid-July, she will be given a formal send-off by Pageant Director Cory Quirino, before joining more than a hundred delegates from around the globe in different parts of China.

Complete list of winners. Click this.


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LiveBlog: Miss World Philippines 2012 Winners (Results)

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Hosts: Ruffa Guttierez who was Miss World Second Princess in 1993 and actor, television personality and politician Edu Manzano


These are the PAGEANT JUDGES:
Raymund Isaac, master lensman
James Younghusband, Azkals team
Sonny Angara, Aurora Representative
Milenda Reyes
Roberto Barreiro, chief operating officer of TV5
Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla
Emanuael Lorenzana, head of Smart Communication's Wireless Consumer Division
Clint NavaleBaby Cruz
Amelia R. Ablaza, Honorary Consul of Guatemala
Joey Lina, Manila Hotel President
Lorna Tolentino, actress
Maria Fe Agudo, Hyundai president
ER Ejercito, Laguna Governor

Winners

MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES  - QUEENIERICH REHMAN
FIRST PRINCESS - MARY ANN ROSS MISA
SECOND PRINCESS - VANESSA CLAUDINE AMMAN
THIRD PRINCESS - APRIL LOVE JORDAN
FOURTH PRINCESS - BRENNA CASSANDRA GAMBOA

Notes:

Contestant #22 QUEENIERICH REHMAN is a part-Morrocan who was most memorable for her singing/beatboxing during the talent portion. She has earned the Miss Philippines Prudential, Miss World Traveler and the highly coveted Miss Photogenic award. She has also competed in the 2011 Binibing Pilipinas contest, won the Best in Swimsuit and was among the Top 15. She is a Psychology college student at the Assumption College, an avid basketball player.  (More...)

Contestant #13 MARY ANN ROSS MISA has an advertising degree from Assumption College. She previously joined the 2010 Binibining Pilipinas pageant where she placed among the Top 10. 

Contestant #17 APRIL LOVE JORDAN is a girl from Tondo who has a Tourism Degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. She has previously won the Grand Prize in the 2009 Miss International Beauty and Model Festibal in Yunnan, China, and has previously competed in the following pageants: Bb. Pilipinas, Mutya ng Pilipinas, Miss Philippines Earth and Miss World Philippines.  

Contestant #16 BRENNA CASSANDRA GAMBOA is Fil-Am who shuttles between the US and the Philippines. This Nursing Degree graduate placed among the Top 10 in the 2012 Miss Philippines-Earth contest and was the World Super Model 2011 1st runner up. She won Miss Manny O special award during this Miss World Philippines pageant night. 

Contestant #2 VANESSA CLAUDINE AMMAN is a German-Pinay beauty from Lapu-Lapu City. She won Miss Friendship, Miss Olay, Miss Laguna World.


Special Awards
Miss Talent - Candidate No.22 Queenierich Rehman and Candidate No. 19 Marie Loraine de Guzman
Miss Photogenic awards - Candidate No.22 Queenierich Rehman 
Miss Friendship - Candidate No. 2 Vanessa Claudine Amman
Miss Coco Cabaña/Best in Fashion Runway - Candidate No. 16 Brenna Cassandra Gamboa 
Miss Manny O - Candidate No. 16 Brenna Cassandra Gamboa
Miss Philippines Prudential - Candidate No.22 Queenierich Rehman
Miss World Traveler - Candidate No.22 Queenierich Rehman
Miss Laguna World -  Candidate No. 2 Vanessa Claudine Amman

Awards
Ms OraCare: #17 April Love Jorda
Ms MyPhone: #2 Vanessa Claudine Annann
Ms Manila Hotel: #17 April Love Jordan
PEOPLE CHOICE AWARD: #11 Vania Valiry Vispo
MISS OLAY: #2 Vanessa Claudine Ammann
MISS PANTENE: #22 Queneerich Rehman
BEST IN SWIMWEAR: #22 Queneerich Rehman
BEST IN LONG GOWN: #17 April Love Jordan

Top 12
#14 Mariver Ocampo
#22 Queenrich Rehman
#18 Rufaida Babudin
#5 Carla Jenina Lazardo
#19 Marie Loraine de Guzman
#1 Kay Wigand
#13 Mary Anne Misa
#17 April Love Jordan
#11 Vania Valiry Vispo
#16 Brenna Cassandra
#12 Paulina Eliseeff
#2 Vanessa Claudine Ammann

The TOP 5:
#22 QUEENRICH REHMAN
#13 MARY JANE MISA
#17 APRIL LOVE JORDAN
#16 BRENNA CASSANDRA GAMBOA
#2 VANESSA CLAUDINE AMMAN

QUESTION AND ANSWER portion for Candidate #2 - VANESSA CLAUDINE AMMAN
Tweet: If you were given the chance to travel back in time, what lesson of today would you tell the F ilipinos in the past and why?
Answer: If i had the opportunity to tell the people of the past about the future today, I would tell them how proud I am that that they kept their virtues and their respect for their families and that even in this time, that is something that we treasure. And that's why i wouldn't change a thing because I appreciate the heritage where I come from And i'm very, very proud of the Filipinos of today. 

QUESTION AND ANSWER portion for Candidate #13 - MARY ANNE MISA
Tweet: Have you ever been bullied? What can you advise people who are often bullied?
Answer: Yes, i have been bullied back in my childhood days. And it just motivated me to prove those people wrong because I think if you have the dignity in yourself and the strong will that you can do things and people dont think that you can, I think that's what's going to make you successful in life. 

QUESTION AND ANSWER PORTION for Candidate #16 - BRENNA CASSANDRA GAMBOA
Tweet: If you could choose one value that Filipinos should be proud of, what is it and why?
Answer: One valuable lesson...when i first came to the Philippines is that FIlipinos are very proud of who they are. That is one thing that I'm proud. I am a Filipino. I am proud. Our family is always together. Thank you. 

QUESTION AND ANSWER PORTION for Candidate #17 - APRIL LOVE JORDAN (She's from Tondo)
Tweet : Do you think social media has made our society worse or better?
Answer: Good evening. I believe that the social media has made our society better. It made us united easily. I believe that social media is a good influence to everyone and it is easier. It makes us more united and I believe that now, having social media, is one of the tools for us to be successful and for our country to be successful because we have news easily and we can all be united. Thank you.

QUESTION AND ANSWER portion for Candidate #22 QUEENRICH REHMAN
Edu: What are you going to do first thing later? A: Eat as much as I can. Of course, I'm going to sleep the whole day.
Tweet Q: As an ambassador of the Philippines, what are the best features of your country that you can project to the world?
Answer: Good evening everyone. I believe that wherever you will go here in the Philippines, it's not the islands that make us special but of course the Filipinos who have warm hospitality, who are having smiles on their faces, and of course who will treat all foreigners the love and respect, and hospitality that they can give to them. I believe that the Philippines is a country that we can be proud of. 

Candidate #22 QUEENIERICH REHMAN was given the BEAUTY AND BRAINS award for giving the best answer during the Q&A portion 

The winner of tonight's coronation night will represent the Philippines in the Miss World Pageant on August 16 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia China.

She will vie for the crown where more than 113 candidates from all over the world will compete to be proclaimed the winner as the most beautiful woman in the world.

Miss World prized itself in being the biggest and the longest running pageant in the world, established in 1951 with headquarters in London, England.

MEET: Miss World Philippines 2012 Candidates



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