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INVITED BY PALACE: NOEL CABANGON 'INSPIRED' BY POPE FRANCIS' VISIT


Noel Cabangon is one of the personalities who was privileged to meet Pope Francis during his visit here in the Philippines last week. He was invited by the Palace to attend the Pope's courtesy visit on January 16. "Iba, iba talaga, e," he said, describing seeing the pope in an interview on Wednesday. "Titignan mo lang siyang gano'n, nagsasalita siya, mangingilid talaga luha mo, e. Iba, iba ang experience."  Cabangon was so inspired by the Pope's visit that he will be working on an album which will be an "expression of what the pope has been telling us. We should always sing for the poor, sing of their struggles, we have to talk about their lives."  READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: What Pope Francis considers his ‘most moving moments’ in PH


Pope Francis gestures as he talks with journalists during his flight from Manila to Rome, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Pope Francis flew home Monday after a weeklong trip to Asia, where he called for unity in Sri Lanka after a civil war and asked Filipinos to be “missionaries of the faith” in the world’s most populous continent after a record crowd joined his final Mass in the Philippine capital. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Cacace, pool) MANILA, Philippines—Speaking to the media on the plane while on his way back to Rome, Pope Francis recounted his “most moving moments” during his five-day visit in the Philippines. “For me, the mass in Tacloban was very moving. Very moving. To see all of God’s people standing still, praying, after this catastrophe, thinking of my sins and those people, it was moving, a very moving moment,” Pope Francis said during the interview with the media, a transcript and loose English translation of which was provided by America Magazine. READ MORE...

ALSO IN PHOTOS: Jaw-dropping national costumes at 63rd Miss Universe prelims


Miss Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. AP Photo/J Pat Carter MANILA, Philippines - MJ Lastimosa was a standout during the preliminary event of the 63rd Miss Universe on Wednesday (Thursday morning, Manila time), but she received a bit of flak for her national costume. READ FULL REPORT...MORE PHOTOS...


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Noel Cabangon 'inspired' by Pope Francis visit


Noel Cabangon on seeing Pope Francis: Iba, iba ang experience.

MANILA, JANUARY 24, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Joyce Jimenez - Noel Cabangon is one of the personalities who was privileged to meet Pope Francis during his visit here in the Philippines last week.

He was invited by the Palace to attend the Pope's courtesy visit on January 16.

"Iba, iba talaga, e," he said, describing seeing the pope in an interview on Wednesday. "Titignan mo lang siyang gano'n, nagsasalita siya, mangingilid talaga luha mo, e. Iba, iba ang experience."

Cabangon was so inspired by the Pope's visit that he will be working on an album which will be an "expression of what the pope has been telling us. We should always sing for the poor, sing of their struggles, we have to talk about their lives."

The album will be named "Acoustic Prayers."

Aside from the album, Cabangon will continue to work on his advocacies to strengthen the music industry.

He's also starting to plan the activities for the Buwan ng Musikang Pilipino celebration on July. Some of the plans include forums and concerts around the country, and another year for the PhilPop competition.


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What Pope Francis considers his ‘most moving moments’ in PH Ivan Angelo L. de Lara @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 10:25 AM | Tuesday, January 20th, 2015


Pope Francis gestures as he talks with journalists during his flight from Manila to Rome, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Pope Francis flew home Monday after a weeklong trip to Asia, where he called for unity in Sri Lanka after a civil war and asked Filipinos to be “missionaries of the faith” in the world’s most populous continent after a record crowd joined his final Mass in the Philippine capital. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Cacace, pool)

MANILA, Philippines—Speaking to the media on the plane while on his way back to Rome, Pope Francis recounted his “most moving moments” during his five-day visit in the Philippines.

“For me, the mass in Tacloban was very moving. Very moving. To see all of God’s people standing still, praying, after this catastrophe, thinking of my sins and those people, it was moving, a very moving moment,” Pope Francis said during the interview with the media, a transcript and loose English translation of which was provided by America Magazine.


Pope Francis Pope Francis, center, pauses during a celebration of Mass in Tacloban, Philippines, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. A rain-drenched but lively crowd wearing yellow and white raincoats welcomed Pope Francis in the typhoon-ravage central Philippine city of Tacloban early Saturday, chanting “Papa Francesco, Viva il Papa!” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

“In the moment of the mass there, I felt as though I was annihilated (“wiped out”), I almost couldn’t speak. I felt very little; I don’t know what happened to me, maybe it was the emotion, I don’t know. But I didn’t feel another thing, it was quite something,” he continued.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, His Holiness flew from Manila to Tacloban to celebrate Mass and meet with survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), which flattened parts of Eastern Visayas in 2013.

Wearing a flimsy raincoat similar to the ones worn by the rain-drenched pilgrims, Pope Francis consoled the survivors, asking them to trust Jesus and “hold on to Mama Mary.”

“So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say,” the Pope said.

His trip in Leyte, however, was cut short by the inclement weather caused by Tropical Storm “Amang” (international name: Mekkhala).

The Pope said that another memorable moment for him was witnessing people cry. He singled out street child Glyzelle Palomar, 12, who on Sunday emotionally asked: “Why does God allow bad things to happen (to children)?”

“We Christians must ask for the grace to cry, especially well-to-do Christians. And cry about injustice and cry about sins. Because crying opens you to understand new realities, or new dimensions to realities,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis safely returned to Rome early Tuesday (Manila time).


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IN PHOTOS: Jaw-dropping national costumes at 63rd Miss Universe prelims By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated January 23, 2015 - 12:10am 0 463 googleplus0 0


Miss Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. AP Photo/J Pat Carter

MANILA, Philippines - MJ Lastimosa was a standout during the preliminary event of the 63rd Miss Universe on Wednesday (Thursday morning, Manila time), but she received a bit of flak for her national costume.

LOOK: MJ Lastimosa sizzles at 63rd Miss Universe preliminary show

Netizens took to social media to criticize MJ’s national costume -- a white terno with yellow and pink floral accents.

Some described the outfit as lackluster. Others, meanwhile, mocked the costume, saying it “remotely looks Pinoy” and that it “reminds me of a flower basket.” A few even compared it to a wedding cake.

But the Miss Universe national costume segment of the pageant’s prelims is known for being over the top as it churns out elaborate and outrageous costumes every year.

This year, for instance, Miss USA Nia Sanchez came out as the American flag and Grace Levy of Great Britian wore a feminine version of the Queen’s Guard uniform.

Meanwhile, Miss Canada Chanel Beckenlehner dressed us an ice hockey player -- with a scoreboard, hockey sticks and a hairdo that resembles an ice hockey trophy.

There are a few simple costumes in between the elaborate displays of the Miss Universe beauty queens: Miss Lebanon Saly Greige, for example, wore a traditional Lebanese sherwal.

Check out the other jaw-dropping national costumes at the 63rd Miss Universe preliminary event:


Miss Israel,Doron Matalon, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. AP Photo/J Pat Carter


Miss Ireland, Lisa Madden, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. AP Photo/J Pat Carter


Miss India, Noyonita Lodh, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss UNIVERSE Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. AP Photo/J Pat Carter


Miss Canada, Chanel Beckenlehner, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. AP Photo/J Pat Carter

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