SHOWBIZ NEWS THIS PAST WEEK

SEN. GRACE: UNDECIDED ABOUT RUNNING FOR VEEP...AS OF NOW 

PHOTO: Sen. Grace Poe and son Brian who is shown during the recent premiere of the indie Filemon Mamon. -- Despite the clamor for her to run for vice president in the 2016 national elections, Sen. Grace Poe has remained “undecided” as of now. “As I’ve said all along,” Grace told Funfare during the recent birthday dinner for TV executive Malou Choa-Fagar at Mother Lily Monteverde’s events place on Valencia St., Quezon City, “I have no plans of running for a higher office as of now. If anyone has the chance to serve the country in a higher capacity, why wouldn’t he/she consider it?” READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: First boyfriend for singing star Susan Boyle at 53  

DEC 2 ---PHOTO: In this June 24, 2014 photo shows Scottish singer Susan Boyle poses for a portrait in promotion of her upcoming US tour in New York. Singing sensation Susan Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 — a Connecticut doctor she met on her recent U.S. tour who may soon visit her in Scotland. AP
LONDON — The magnificent and shy singer Susan Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 — a Connecticut doctor she met on her recent U.S. tour who may soon visit her in Scotland. “That’s the plan,” Boyle’s spokeswoman, Nicola Phillips, said Monday. “She met someone when she was in America and the idea is that he can come here.” Boyle and the doctor met at a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Phillips said, adding that Boyle is “definitely” happy to have met someone. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Why Sarah G is glowing  

PHOTO: Sarah Geronimo (who’s the voice behind Disney’s empowering song The Glow) on what keeps her glowing: The gift of music and the people I love MANILA, Philippines - Sarah Geronimo lends her voice and talent to Disney’s The Glow, a global Disney princess anthem meant to inspire self-belief and self-empowerment. The singer-actress joins other popular artists from Southeast Asia in the localized music video of the song that premiered yesterday to coincide with Disney Channel’s I am Princess Weekend, which offers viewers the chance to revisit such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty. Sarah sings the English version of the song (the rest are in Thai, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia). Her vocal rendition — veering from the fierce diva numbers you’ve probably been hearing from her of late — rings with delicate earnestness, infusing each lyric with disarming feeling. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO on his b-day, Ai-Ai tells 21-year-old bf: Love conquers everything

PHOTO: Ai-Ai delas Alas to boyfriend Gerad Sibayan: "Always be thankful to GOD -- and if sometimes nasasaktan ka na hinga ng malalim at isipin they just know your name but not your story." STAR/File photo MANILA, Philippines - “They just know your name but not your story.” Thus said Ai-Ai delas Alas to her boyfriend Gerald Sibayan in a post on her Instagram account on Monday. The 50-year-old actress took to social media to greet her young beau on his 21st birthday via a short Instagram video. The video shows photos of Sibayan to the tune of Ronnie Liang’s song “Ngiti.” READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO earlier news report: Ai -Ai delas Alas' new boyfriend is 20-year-old student 

PHOTO: Screengrab from Gerald Sibayan's Facebook page. MANILA, Philippines – It looks like Ai-Ai delas Alas has moved on from her past heartache. According to a report published on entertainment news site Philippine Entertainment Portal on Monday, September 15, the comedienne has a new boyfriend—a 20-year-old Sports Management student from De La Salle University named Gerald Sibayan. “Opo. God bless you,” Sibayan told the news site when asked through Facebook Chat if he is in a relationship with Ai-Ai. In a previous interview with the entertainment press, the 49-year-old actress admitted dating a younger man. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Cebuana crowned Miss Earth 2014

PHOTO: ANOTHER PINAY WINS PAGEANT — Twenty-year-old Jamie Herrell (second from left) proudly wears the crown of Miss Earth 2014 at the end of Saturday night’s pageant at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City. Other winners are (from left) Miss Venezuela Maira Alexandra Rodriguez as Miss Earth-Water, Miss USA Andrea Neu as Miss Earth-Air, and Miss Russia Anastacia Trysova as Miss Earth-Fire. (Linus G. Escandor II) --An owner of a dance company in Cebu who vowed to promote environmental care and preservation was crowned Miss Earth 2014, besting 83 other candidates from around the world at Saturday’s coronation night at University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman, Quezon City. Twenty-year-old Jamie Herrell, owner of the Mactan Dynamics Dance Company, became the second Filipina to win the title after Karla Henry in 2008. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: From Miss Cebu City to Miss Earth 2014 

Photo courtesy of Carousel Productions. --Jamie Herrell was only 19 years old when she won the honor of representing the country on the international level at Miss Earth 2014. Back then, she said right after winning her Miss PH Earth crown: “I want the whole Philippines and all Filipinos to know that the judges picked the right person to get this crown.” Truer words could not have been spoken – now 20, she has bested 83 others to win the title of Miss Earth – last won by the Philippines in 2008. Soon, it will be time to look at what projects and organizations she'll be aiding during her reign. READ MORE...


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Sen. Grace: Undecided about running for veep…as of now


Sen. Grace Poe and son Brian who is shown during the recent premiere of the indie Filemon Mamon

MANILA, DECEMBER 8, 2014 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricky Lo - Despite the clamor for her to run for vice president in the 2016 national elections, Sen. Grace Poe has remained “undecided” as of now.

“As I’ve said all along,” Grace told Funfare during the recent birthday dinner for TV executive Malou Choa-Fagar at Mother Lily Monteverde’s events place on Valencia St., Quezon City, “I have no plans of running for a higher office as of now. If anyone has the chance to serve the country in a higher capacity, why wouldn’t he/she consider it?”

Those encouraging Grace to run, and who are convinced that she’s winnable, have been telling her that since she has one foot in politics, she might as well put the other foot in. The Poe Magic admittedly helped Grace top the senatorial race last year (and it would surely continue to be a big factor in her career) but so far she has amply proven her mettle and been making a name of her own. But still, with prospects in her favor, Grace is biding her time, carefully weighing the pros and cons.

“One must want to do it not for the sake of just winning,” continued Grace but because she believes that she is ready for it, and she can truly make a difference. “Running the country is one of the hardest jobs I can think of. You can succeed on much ground but you will always be deemed lacking in others. Half of the country will love you, the other half will hate you. It’s not for the unprepared or the weak of heart.”

On a lighter note, Grace said that she’s behind her son Brian’s joining showbiz. An Ateneo graduate, Brian is in the cast of Filemon Mamon, an advocacy indie that promotes health as well as the life and heroism of Andres Bonifacio. The producer, Mega Vision (headed by businesswoman Donna Sanchez), has scheduled campus screenings “to inspire the youth.”


FROM THE INQUIRER

First boyfriend for singing star Susan Boyle at 53 Associated Press 9:24 AM | Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014


In this June 24, 2014 photo shows Scottish singer Susan Boyle poses for a portrait in promotion of her upcoming US tour in New York. Singing sensation Susan Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 — a Connecticut doctor she met on her recent U.S. tour who may soon visit her in Scotland. AP

LONDON — The magnificent and shy singer Susan Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 — a Connecticut doctor she met on her recent U.S. tour who may soon visit her in Scotland.

“That’s the plan,” Boyle’s spokeswoman, Nicola Phillips, said Monday. “She met someone when she was in America and the idea is that he can come here.”

Boyle and the doctor met at a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Phillips said, adding that Boyle is “definitely” happy to have met someone.

The church volunteer from a small Scottish town became a global sensation when she sang the “Les Miserables” number “I Dreamed a Dream” on TV contest “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009. At first she seemed uncomfortable on stage, but she silenced skeptics as soon as she started to sing.

Boyle said at the time she had never been kissed.

The contrast between her timid, occasionally nervous manner and her matchless soaring voice won Boyle millions of fans throughout the world, and she has followed her TV breakthrough with a string of successful record releases. She has received an honorary doctorate, performed for Pope Benedict XVI and wowed audiences in Las Vegas.

But the pressures of performing have sometimes overwhelmed her, and she was treated for nervous exhaustion after her “Britain’s Got Talent” run focused national attention on her.

Boyle told The Sun newspaper that the doctor she met in the U.S. was a “perfect gentleman” and that they enjoyed each other’s company. She said the relationship was in “early days,” but she hopes he will visit her in Scotland.

The singer was diagnosed last year with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and had learning disabilities as a child.

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Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger’s Autism
 Agence France-Presse 11:21 AM | Sunday, December 8th, 2013


PHOTO TAKEN DECEMBER 2013

LONDON— Scottish singer Susan Boyle revealed on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.

Boyle, a 52-year-old church volunteer who became a global singing sensation, told Britain’s Observer newspaper she had been diagnosed a year ago and spoke of her relief after years of bullying for her learning difficulties.

“It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid,” she said.

“I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”

Boyle shot to fame on the TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009.

A devout Catholic and lifelong singleton who lived on welfare handouts, she became an overnight sensation after her rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” from the musical Les Miserables went viral on the Internet.

Her first appearance on the show has racked up nearly 140 million views on YouTube. She has since recorded four smash-hit albums and sung for the pope.

Boyle’s quirky sense of humour and golden voice won her legions of fans, but her rapid rise to fame and the huge press attention drove her close to breakdown.

Asperger’s affects communication and social interaction. Sufferers have difficulty picking up on social cues and gauging appropriate behaviour.

Boyle was deprived of oxygen at her birth and was bullied throughout her school years, nicknamed “Susie Simple” by her classmates.

But recent tests have revealed that she has above-average intelligence, she told the Observer.

“I was told my IQ was above average,” she said.

Boyle said her Asperger’s diagnosis would not make any difference to her life, insisting: “It’s just a condition that I have to live with and work through.”

But she added: “I think people will treat me better because they will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.”

Fox Searchlight is reportedly interested in making a film of Boyle’s rise to stardom from her humble life in the village of Blackburn, near the Scottish capital Edinburgh.


FROM PHILSTAR

Why Sarah G is glowing By Nathalie Tomada (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 7, 2014 - 12:00am 109 0 googleplus0 0


Sarah Geronimo (who’s the voice behind Disney’s empowering song The Glow) on what keeps her glowing: The gift of music and the people I love

MANILA, Philippines - Sarah Geronimo lends her voice and talent to Disney’s The Glow, a global Disney princess anthem meant to inspire self-belief and self-empowerment.

The singer-actress joins other popular artists from Southeast Asia in the localized music video of the song that premiered yesterday to coincide with Disney Channel’s I am Princess Weekend, which offers viewers the chance to revisit such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty.

Sarah sings the English version of the song (the rest are in Thai, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia). Her vocal rendition — veering from the fierce diva numbers you’ve probably been hearing from her of late — rings with delicate earnestness, infusing each lyric with disarming feeling.

Small surprise really, as Sarah said she can relate so much to the song (which is also reflective of her journey to becoming one of the country’s top performers).

“I can very much relate to the song. It’s very fitting… Whether you are a little girl or a grown-up woman, kahit nga mga kalalakihan makaka-relate sa song because it’s encouraging anyone to go after your dreams, your goals in life and to have that courage to really pursue that. It’s about self-empowerment and self-belief,” Sarah told The STAR in a one-on-one last Friday.

“My journey started with a simple dream — all I wanted was to stand on a stage and entertain an audience. It all started from that small dream, until it grew bigger and bigger… As the song goes, The story begins with the light in your heart, a fantasy, a dream and a spark/Once you believe you are ready to shine, the princess inside you will show/You are the glow… It’s very true, you don’t need a castle or great clothes, you don’t need a prince charming, you don’t even have to look like a Disney princess na magandang maganda, blonde, fabulous and everything to become a princess — you can be a princess in your own way. You can find that princess in you.”

According to a statement from Natasha Malhotra, GM for Branded Media and Content of The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, “The Glow is a crown jewel in our Disney songbook, a song that truly reflects the qualities of a Disney princess. Through the song, we hope to inspire Filipino kids to believe in themselves, follow their dreams and recognize that true beauty comes from by being kind and compassionate just like their very own homegrown princess, the young, talented and beautiful Sarah.”

The Glow was composed by Adam Watts and Andy Dodd (who have written for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato) in 2011 and originally sung by the British pop singer Shannon Saunders.

Obviously, Sarah is honored to be chosen to interpret The Glow, along with Oranicha Krinchai from Thailand, Daiyan Trisha from Malaysia and Chilla Kiana from Indonesia, although the prestige of it didn’t sink in right away.

“Just the mere mention of Disney, it’s (like) wow, is this for real? But maybe because they (her management Viva) didn’t want to overwhelm me, they didn’t hype it up (initially). It was only a few days before I was to record it, that I was told what to do. Then we recorded it and it went well. Naging maayos naman yung shoot ng music video then when I saw the video, nung nakalatag na ang boses ko, it was when it hit me, like wow, is it really me singing? Ang sarap! It’s a dream come true.”

The Disney project is another highlight in what has been a very productive year for Sarah. She has two words to sum up the year 2014 — “fruitful and fulfilling.”

“My 2014 is a year of self-discovery,” Sarah said, “because of the situations in my life and even the projects that I have become part of like The Voice of the Philippines. Who would have thought I would become one of the coaches? It’s something that you’d never expect — to be entrusted with that position. And all the citations I received like the (Best Southeast Asia Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards), and others, and now this project with Disney, 2014 has been very fruitful and fulfilling.”

And what is her personal wish this Christmas? “Siguro, just to continue this mindset (as in the song) because with the kind of business that I’m in, the pressure, the bashing, the negativity, i-da-down ka ng lahat, it’s important to look inside yourself and to see the beautiful in you that other people don’t have. Yung self-belief, that’s what will lift you up, nobody can do it for you. Kahit ano pa ang sabihin nila, ‘Kaya mo yan, kaya mo yan,’ but if you don’t believe in yourself, nothing will happen.”

Sarah also picks herself up by focusing on her relationships and not on the material aspects of her success. She said, “Especially when there are trials, when you feel down, when you feel you are not blessed enough or when you feel insecure, you just have to look around you, and look back to what has been given to you, the blessings that God gave you, and you will realize you have more than enough already. Even the little things — that you’re alive, that you’re breathing, right? And especially (the presence of) your loved ones, the thought that they are with you. That’s what you should focus on, not the material things.”

Being regarded as one of the most wholesome stars around has its advantages but also disadvantages, one of which is being placed all the more under media and public scrutiny. Asked if she’s feeling the pressure to be always mindful of her actions on and off-screen, she said, “Sa totoo lang po, I don’t think about it (being seen as a role model). But of course, the sense of responsibility is there as young ones look up to you. Especially when I see kids, nagugulat ako na kilala pa nila ako kasi 26 years old na ako, I expect that there are kids who don’t know me anymore, so it makes me happy (that they do recognize me). Somehow, it’s a reminder that you have this responsibility to fulfill. But of course, my motto is, as we mature we also mature in the projects and roles that we do, in the songs that we perform. I have to be careful at the same time, I also have to find that balance — that what I do is appropriate for my age.”

It’s also not hard to notice that as Sarah matures, she’s blooming even more. She didn’t have to state the obvious as to what’s (at least, partly) responsible for that glow (read: love life). Nevertheless, she stressed, “Music (keeps me glowing)… the gift of music. Also, the gift of life, not just with me, but lalo na sa mga mahal ko sa buhay, sa pamilya ko, the people I love, my relationships with them, and also my supporters, and every given opportunity to inspire people — I think that’s what keeps me glowing.”


FROM PHILSTAR

Ai-Ai tells 21-year-old bf: Love conquers everything By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated December 1, 2014 - 5:15pm 16 279 googleplus0 0


Ai-Ai delas Alas to boyfriend Gerad Sibayan: "Always be thankful to GOD -- and if sometimes nasasaktan ka na hinga ng malalim at isipin they just know your name but not your story." STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - “They just know your name but not your story.”

Thus said Ai-Ai delas Alas to her boyfriend Gerald Sibayan in a post on her Instagram account on Monday.

The 50-year-old actress took to social media to greet her young beau on his 21st birthday via a short Instagram video. The video shows photos of Sibayan to the tune of Ronnie Liang’s song “Ngiti.”

“(Alam) ko mahirap ang dinaanan naten at dinadaanan pa din pero may kasabihan nga LOVE CONQUERS EVERYTHING -- kaya natin to sobrang dasal lang at malalampasan naten to lahat-- at parate ko sinasabi sayo at sa sarili ko i am always thankful to GOD dumating ka pinasaya mo ang buhay ko at iniba ang pananaw sa pagibig (lumang salita te hayaan mo na parang nerbyos din yan dapat kinakabahan.. pambata hahaha),” delas Alas posted.

The comedian further said: “You walk into my life and make me realize why it never worked out with any one else. Maraming salamat sayo and on this special day i want to greet you A HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”

“Enjoy your happy bday with me -- enjoy life -- always be thankful to GOD -- and if sometimes nasasaktan ka na hinga ng malalim at isipin they just know your name but not your story .. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH,” she ended her message.

The two celebrated Sibayan’s birthday in Japan.

Sibayan admitted his relationship with Ai-Ai in an interview with entertainment news site Philippine Entertainment Portal in September.


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Ai -Ai delas Alas' new boyfriend is 20-year-old student – report By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated September 15, 2014 - 7:00pm 4 2431 googleplus0 0


Screengrab from Gerald Sibayan's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – It looks like Ai-Ai delas Alas has moved on from her past heartache.

According to a report published on entertainment news site Philippine Entertainment Portal on Monday, September 15, the comedienne has a new boyfriend—a 20-year-old Sports Management student from De La Salle University named Gerald Sibayan.

“Opo. God bless you,” Sibayan told the news site when asked through Facebook Chat if he is in a relationship with Ai-Ai.

In a previous interview with the entertainment press, the 49-year-old actress admitted dating a younger man.

“Parati namang mas bata yung nalilink sa akin kasi first yun yung binata. Kasi kapag ka-edad ko na may mga asawa na 'yun or hiwalay, ganyan. Parati namang mas bata,” she said in an interview last July.

In his Funfare column last September 10, Philippine STAR entertainment editor Ricky Lo hinted about Ai-Ai's romance.

“There’s a certain sparkle in Ai-Ai’s eyes these days and friends are guessing that she must be in love again. I know something but I won’t preempt Ai-Ai and just wait for her to tell the world about it during her birthday bash a few more weeks from now,” Lo wrote.

Ai-Ai separated from husband of one month Jed Salang just last year. Her divorce with Salang was finalized earlier this year.


FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Cebuana crowned Miss Earth 2014 by Robert R. Requintina December 1, 2014 (updated) Share this:


ANOTHER PINAY WINS PAGEANT — Twenty-year-old Jamie Herrell (second from left) proudly wears the crown of Miss Earth 2014 at the end of Saturday night’s pageant at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City. Other winners are (from left) Miss Venezuela Maira Alexandra Rodriguez as Miss Earth-Water, Miss USA Andrea Neu as Miss Earth-Air, and Miss Russia Anastacia Trysova as Miss Earth-Fire. (Linus G. Escandor II)

An owner of a dance company in Cebu who vowed to promote environmental care and preservation was crowned Miss Earth 2014, besting 83 other candidates from around the world at Saturday’s coronation night at University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.

Twenty-year-old Jamie Herrell, owner of the Mactan Dynamics Dance Company, became the second Filipina to win the title after Karla Henry in 2008.

It was a tough competition as Herrell competed with stunning ladies. But it was in the question-and-answer portion that Herrel impressed the judges.

Asked “If you will be crowned Miss Earth tonight, what will you do to slow down the effects of global warming?” Herrell said: “Global warming has been known for being long overdue issue. That is why if I am crowned tonight, I will use my title to inspire others to help our environment and start with the kids; because the kids are the people of tomorrow. And if we teach them, they will also help the community.”

The moment Herrell’s name was announced the winner, she cried for joy. Herrell, who stands 170 centimeters and measures 32-25-28, describes herself as “hyper and adventurous.” She loves food and never had a boyfriend.

Andrea Neu, model, of the USA, won the title Miss Earth Air; Maira Alexandra Rodriguez, fashion designer, of Venezuela, Miss Earth Water; and Anastacia Trysova, of Russia, Miss Earth Fire.

Other candidates who made it to the Top 18 semifinalists were delegates from Tahiti, Korea, Colombia, Scotland, Mongolia, Zambia, Brazil, Slovak Republic, Thailand, Egypt, Mexico and Spain.

From Top 18, the candidates were cut down to eight composed of Brazil, Mongolia, Slovak Republic, Venezuela, USA, the Philippines, Russia and Spain. All of them took part in the question-and-answer portion. With Herrell’s win, Rodgil Flores, who heads the Kagandahang Flores beauty camp, expressed hope that more Filipinas will join beauty contests to give honor to our country.

“I knew from the start that she would eventually clinch the second Miss Earth crown for the Philippines. I had the same gut feel during Karla Henry’s time. Both Karla and Jamie had the dame zest and passion to excel, unmindful of tremendous time and hard work thrown for training,” Flores said.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Herrell also received the Darling of the Press, Best in Cocktail and other corporate awards, including Sun for Miss Earth award.

Mr. Jaime V. Acosta, President and COOof Psalmstre Enterprises, Inc., maker of Placenta soap and other beauty products, awarded Miss Puerto Rico Francesca Toro, Miss Psalmstre; and Miss Czech Republic Nikola Buranska, Miss Placenta. Miss France Laetizia Penmellen, Miss Photogenic; Esonica Veira, US Virgin Islands, Leticia Silva, Brazil; and Damola Akinsanya, Nigeria, Best Teachers; Veira, Patricia Veklar, Slovenia; and Shanzay Hayat, Pakistan, Miss Talent. Aside from Herrel, other winners in the Cocktail Wear competition were Sendy Caceres, Miss Paraguay; and Sasi Sintawee, Thailand.

Alankrita Sahai, India; Silva; and Trysova, Best In Evening Gown; Bas; Ceceres, and Neu, Best in Resort Wear; Sandiswe Bhule, Zimbabwe; Shayade Hug, Switzerland; and Gabriella Gatehouse, England, Miss Friendship; and Bas, Alejandra Osorio, Colombia; and Sintawee, Best in Swimsuit; and Ilze Saunders, South Africa; Maria de Lourdes Gallimore, Panama; Annisa Nusyirwan, Indonesia; and Gatehouse, Best In National Costume.

HOME TURF

Despite winning in her home turf, the Cebuana beauty deserves the crown, candidates for this year’s beauty contest said. Miss Northern Ireland Justine McEleney said: “I’m happy for her and she deserves it. She belongs to our group and I think she worked hard for it.”

“I’m happy for Miss Philippines. But you know, I’m so happy that I made it to the Top 18,” said Miss Zambia Cartier Zagorski.

Miss Kenya Lydiah Manani said: “I think it was a fair contest. None of us are complaining about the non-inclusion of candidates in terms of color. And I’m praying for her that the Lord God will guide her.”

“I’m really happy for Miss Philippines. She’s one of my favorites because she has a beautiful soul and she’s got a humble heart,” said Miss Namibia Paulina Maluu. Miss South Africa Ilze Saunders said: “It’s amazing! I”m also glad that we all made it this far. And I think we are all winners and for us, this is an achievement.”

“Everybody wants to be in the Top 18, but I think the winner was deserving. Maybe being a beauty queen is not for me, but I’m happy for her,” said Miss Austria Valerie Huber.

Miss Netherlands Talisa Wolters said: “I’m very happy that my friend Jamie won the crown. But beyond that, I want to thank the organizers for making our stay here in the Philippines wonderful.”

BOARD OF JUDGES

Judges in this year’s contest were former Senator Panfilo Lacson; My Phone VP for Marketing and Business Development Richie de Quina; Unilever Philippines Media Director Dennis Perez; head conductor of Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Olivier Ochanine; international fashion model Allison Harvard; Star World presenter Ingrid Chua-Go; Joseph King; attache environment energy and climate change of the European Union to the Philippines Matthieu Penot; actor-producer Jake Macapagal, and Carousel Productions, Executive Vice President Lorraine Schuck.

PALACE CONGRATULATES HERRELL

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. on Sunday relayed Malacanang ‘s congratulations saying, “ Ikinagagalak po natin and kanyang tagumpay at binabati natin siya sa paglalagay muli sa ating bansa sa world map.” (With a report from PNA)


FROM RAPPLER.COM

From Miss Cebu City to Miss Earth 2014 Rappler.com Published 11:05 AM, Nov 30, 2014 Updated 11:05 AM, Nov 30, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Jamie Herrell was only 19 years old when she won the honor of representing the country on the international level at Miss Earth 2014. Back then, she said right after winning her Miss PH Earth crown: “I want the whole Philippines and all Filipinos to know that the judges picked the right person to get this crown.”

Truer words could not have been spoken – now 20, she has bested 83 others to win the title of Miss Earth – last won by the Philippines in 2008. Soon, it will be time to look at what projects and organizations she'll be aiding during her reign.

From the competition's earliest days in this year's Miss Earth season in April 2014 to Jamie's most recent big win, let's take a look at her 2014 journey.

Ms PH Earth Cebu City: Jamie Herrell Meet Miss PH Earth Cebu City

NAME: Jamie Herrell MUNICIPALITY OR CITY: Cebu City AGE: 19

Describe your growing up years: Awesome and adventurous

What lessons did you learn from your childhood?: That hardships make you understand and appreciate life because that's how a person can become successful.

Most memorable moment: When I graduated high school

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?: My environmental advocacy is to be against animal cruelty, because I have seen how some people treat animals in a wrong way and I believe animals should be treated with love or at least in a proper manner.

– Rappler.com

Ms PH-Earth swimsuit competition 2014

MANILA, Philippines – It was Cebuana beauty Jamie Herrell’s night as she was named Best in Swimsuit during the Ms Philippines Earth 2014 Swimsuit Competition, held poolside at Solaire Casino and Resort Wednesday, April 30.

Angelie Crizelle Ocampo of Sta. Rita, Pampanga took 2nd place, whil Crystal Star Aberasturi of Liloan, Cebu took 3rd place.

FOR COMPLETE REPORT  AND  17 photos of the exact moment Miss PH Jamie Herrell won Miss Earth 2014
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