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IN PHOTOS: MISS U BETS KICK OFF PRE-PAGEANT IN BORACAY


Miss Nicaragua Marina Jacoby and Miss Universe Ecuador Connie Jiménez during their visit in Boracay. DOT/Released  At least 16 candidates of the 65th Miss Universe on Saturday began the pre-pageant with a splash in one of the country’s top tourist destination, Boracay. Miss Universe delegates including Miss Argentina, Miss Australia, Miss Belize, Miss Chile, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Ecuador, Miss Guyana, Miss Malta, Miss Mexico, Miss Myanmar, Miss Namibia, Miss Nicaragua, Miss Poland, Miss Turkey, Miss US Virgin Island and Miss Honduras were welcomed by waving local residents at the Geodofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan. Most of them were delighted by the hospitality given by the local residents. “This is unbelievable! All these folks, young and old, turned out to welcome us,” Miss Australia Caris Tiivel said. READ MORE...


ALSO: MERYL STREEP CRITICIZED, CALLED OUT DONALD TRUMP AT GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
(TRUMP RESPONDED CALLING HER 'OVER-RATED ACTRESS', 'HILARY FLUNKY')


JANUARY 10 -
SCREENSHOT Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech: Meryl Streep gave a sweeping, serious speech at the Golden Globes when receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. She championed press freedoms, criticized Donald Trump and called for empathy in performances and "in real life." (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) It’s no secret that Hollywood skews liberal, and there were probably few Donald Trump fans in the audience at Sunday’s Golden Globes. And although the awards show kicked off with a few jokes at the president-elect’s expense, Meryl Streep took a serious tone to address the recent presidential election. Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award — basically a lifetime achievement award — but didn’t say much about her career. Instead, she spent the minutes allotted to her to speak critically of the current political climate and Trump, although she did not mention the president-elect by name. READ MORE...

ALSO: George Clooney has a hilarious message for Donald Trump


JANUARY 11 -George Clooney is the latest in a long line of Hollywood a-lister’s to speak out against Donald Trump's social media criticism of Meryl Streep.
On Monday, Donald Trump, 70, took to Twitter to label Meryl Streep as “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” after she used her platform at the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards to excoriate the president-elect in a politically charged speech. And now, George Clooney, 55, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter and former costar of the 67-year-old actress, has addressed the brouhaha at a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice. “I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney told PEOPLE sarcastically. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gloria Diaz & Margie Moran on the Miss Universe experience


JANUARY 12 -Roses for the country’s two Misses Universe: Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margie Moran (1973) during an exclusive presscon (organized by George Sison) with Narvacan Councilor Chavit Singson (who worked hard to have the pageant held here for the third time) and Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo. Photos by VER PAULINO
Definitely, Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, the country’s first two Misses Universe (in 1969 and 1973, respectively), will share maybe not all but a good part of the limelight with reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach during the varied activities leading to the grand coronation night on Jan. 30 at the MOA Arena. “After all, they are part of history,” said Narvacan Councilor Chavit Singson who moved heaven and earth to have the pageant held here (for the third time), mobilizing the private sector so that the government would not spend a single cent. “The pageant will not be complete without them. The pageant is a project of all Filipinos so everybody should help make it a success. Millions of people around the world are watching the pageant on TV and it’s the best time to showcase what the country has to offer, tourism-wise.” READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Higante' versions of DU30, Bato join Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival [RELATED: Ati-Atihan Festival 2017 in full swing at Kalibo, Aklan]


JANUARY 13 -"Higante" or larger-than-life versions of President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa made an appearance at the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan. The pair's giant paper-maché counterparts were paraded in the streets, accompanied by dancers and other merrymakers. According to a report aired on "Balitanghali" on Friday, the Duterte giant mascot is striking the president's signature "kamao pose." The Dela Rosa giant mascot, on the other hand, is depicted holding a plastic bag as symbol of the police's campaign against drugs. The Ati-Atihan festival is set to conclude on January 17. — Aya Tantiangco/VVP, GMA News READ MORE...WATCH VIDEO NEWS, RELATED, Ati-Atihan Festival in full swing at Kalibo, Aklan ...

ALSO: Feng shui expert's advice to Duterte for the Year of the Rooster


JANUARY 11 -In this Dec. 8, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with Mount Mayon as the background. He is in Legazpi, Albay to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Bicol International Airport Terminal. Duterte was born in the Year of the Rooster. PPD
A year of conflict and romance. These are some of the things that await President Rodrigo Duterte this coming Year of the Fire Rooster, says a feng shui expert. “It is unusually unlucky if you meet your birth year’s animal sign, but this year is an exemption,” feng shui guru Princess Lim Fernandez explains to Philstar.com in an interview. Those born in the Year of the Rooster, says Fernandez, have lots of lucky stars this coming Lunar year, and these can turn negative outcomes into positive ones. The Rooster has an inborn benefactor luck, so help is always available to a Rooster like Duterte, says Fernandez. READ MORE...


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IN PHOTOS: Miss U bets kicks off pre-pageant in Boracay


Miss Nicaragua Marina Jacoby and Miss Universe Ecuador Connie Jiménez during their visit in Boracay. DOT/Released

MANILA, JANUARY 16, 2017 (PHILSTAR) January 15, 2017 - 6:08pm - MANILA, Philippines — At least 16 candidates of the 65th Miss Universe on Saturday began the pre-pageant with a splash in one of the country’s top tourist destination, Boracay.

Miss Universe delegates including Miss Argentina, Miss Australia, Miss Belize, Miss Chile, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Ecuador, Miss Guyana, Miss Malta, Miss Mexico, Miss Myanmar, Miss Namibia, Miss Nicaragua, Miss Poland, Miss Turkey, Miss US Virgin Island and Miss Honduras were welcomed by waving local residents at the Geodofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan.

Most of them were delighted by the hospitality given by the local residents.

“This is unbelievable! All these folks, young and old, turned out to welcome us,” Miss Australia Caris Tiivel said.

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“Boracay is even more exciting and meaningful. The people are very friendly and joyful to be with,” Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun said.


Miss U bets warmly greeted by local residents at the Geodofredo Ramos Airport in CaticlanDOT/Released

These Miss Universe hopeful enjoyed the island by trying dragon boat-rowing, frolicking in the water, trying out the indigenous Ati culture of weaving and fishnet-making. They had their swimwear photoshoot in the island.

“The intricate weaving shows the rich Filipino culture,” Miss Mexico Kristal Silva said.

The event was hosted by Miss Universe first runner-up Shamcey Supsup. It was sponsored by former Gov. Luis Chavit Singson and Solar Entertainment.


Miss U bets take selfie in the famous island DOT/Released

Among the attendees of the event were Malay town Mayor Ciceron Cawaling, Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre, who represented Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo, and Tessa Paz Alviz, Solar Entertainment vice-president for Programming & Marketing.


Miss U bets take selfie in the famous island DOT/Released

—Rosette Adel


WASHINGTON POST

Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump at the Golden Globes. He responded by calling her ‘over-rated.’


SCREENSHOT Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech: Meryl Streep gave a sweeping, serious speech at the Golden Globes when receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. She championed press freedoms, criticized Donald Trump and called for empathy in performances and "in real life." (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON POST -- By Elahe Izadi and Amy B Wang January -

It’s no secret that Hollywood skews liberal, and there were probably few Donald Trump fans in the audience at Sunday’s Golden Globes. And although the awards show kicked off with a few jokes at the president-elect’s expense,

Meryl Streep took a serious tone to address the recent presidential election.

Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award — basically a lifetime achievement award — but didn’t say much about her career. Instead, she spent the minutes allotted to her to speak critically of the current political climate and Trump, although she did not mention the president-elect by name.

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“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.

“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”

Streep was referring to Trump’s remarks during the campaign, when he appeared to mock New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits the functioning of his joints.

“And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” the actress said.

Trump responded in a brief interview with the New York Times shortly after the Golden Globes aired.

He told the Times he had not seen the speech, but he dismissed Streep as “a Hillary lover” and said that he was “not surprised” to be attacked by “liberal movie people.” (Streep spoke in support of Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.)

[The Golden Globes wasn’t the first time Meryl Streep got political at an award show]

As Monday dawned, the president-elect followed up with a trio of tweets lambasting Streep’s speech, calling it an attack on him.

In addition, Trump referred to her as “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”


Meryl Streep gave a sweeping, serious speech at the Golden Globes when receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. She championed press freedoms, criticized Donald Trump and called for empathy in performances and "in real life." (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

30 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS, 19 OSCARS

In her nearly four-decades-long career, Streep has been nominated for 30 Golden Globe awards and 19 Academy Awards, more than any other actor for either honor. She has won both awards multiple times, along with numerous Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

[Donald Trump’s long feud with the Emmys: ‘The public is smart. They know it’s a con game.’]

When Streep was named as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, the performing-arts center noted that “the sheer breadth and joy of her artistry counts as one of the most exhilarating cultural spectacles of our time.”

The American Film Institute presented her with its Life Achievement Award in 2004, citing “her unparalleled talent and integrity.” A decade later, Streep received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with the White House calling her “one of our nation’s greatest actors.”

And in 2015, Trump referenced Streep when asked by The Hollywood Reporter, “any actress you love?”

“Julia Roberts is terrific, and many others. Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person, too,” Trump said in 2015. “The problem is I’ll name three or four or five and then the hundred that I know will be insulted, and I don’t mean to insult them.”

OBAMA'S PRESS SECRETARY

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Streep “clearly was delivering a thoughtful, carefully considered message that she believes in deeply.”

“And it seemed to me to be a fairly straightforward exercise of her First Amendment rights as a citizen of the United States,” Earnest said during a press briefing. He added he hadn’t spoken to President Obama about the Golden Globes speech.

On Monday, Trump added that Streep’s attack was unfounded, writing: “For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”

 
[FACT CHECKER: Donald Trump’s revisionist history of mocking a disabled reporter]

Trump has made that claim before — and in August, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave it “Four Pinocchios.”

“It remains a mystery why Trump feels the need to revisit past controversies, particularly ones that reflect poorly on his tenor and judgment,” The Post’s Glenn Kessler wrote then. “But, as the evidence shows, Trump clearly mocked Kovaleski — who in any case never ‘groveled’ or in any way took back his reporting.”

At a rally in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mocks New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski who is disabled. (Reuters)


VIDEO FROM THE WASHINGON POST: THE FIX Ann Coulter wrote in her book, released last week, that Trump was not making fun of Kovaleski's specific symptoms — he has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits flexibility in his arms — but rather "was doing a standard retard, waving his arms and sounding stupid." As if that made it okay. Now Coulter has a new excuse for the Republican presidential nominee, which she presented Wednesday on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect." "Something I didn’t know when I wrote the book, and I’m writing about it in tonight’s column: It is absolutely an outrageous, despicable, deliberate lie that the media has told about Donald Trump mocking a disabled person," Coulter said. "He would not do that. He said he would not do that. And the proof positive of this is in the exact same speech, he did the exact same imitation of a general. And the media knew that, and they will not show us that clip. He has done the exact same imitation of Ted Cruz, flailing his arms. This is how Donald Trump does an imitation of a flustered, cowardly person or a frightened person." WASHINGTON POST HEADLINE NEWS REPORT: The Fix Ann Coulter says she can prove Donald Trump never mocked a reporter’s disability. (She can’t.) By Callum Borchers September 1, 2016

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Trump and his former campaign manager, appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning to criticize Streep for not trying to unite people.

“I’m concerned that somebody with a platform like Meryl Streep is also, I think, inciting people’s worst instincts,” Conway said on the show.

Here are Streep’s full remarks:

Thank you very much. Thank you. Please sit down. Please sit down. Thank you. I love you all. You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend. And I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year. So I have to read.

Thank you, Hollywood foreign press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said, you and all of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press. But who are we, and what is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida and raised by a single mom in Brooklyn.

Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy, and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem — where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in — no, in Ireland, I do believe, and she’s here, nominated for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.

They gave me three seconds to say this, so. An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that — breathtaking, compassionate work. There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.

And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. Okay. Go on with that thing.

This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press and all of us in our community, to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re going to need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.

One more thing. Once when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something — we were going to work through supper, or the long hours or whatever — Tommy Lee Jones said to me, “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”

This post has been updated.


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George Clooney has a hilarious message for Donald Trump


George Clooney is the latest in a long line of Hollywood a-lister’s to speak out against Donald Trump's social media criticism of Meryl Streep.

On Monday, Donald Trump, 70, took to Twitter to label Meryl Streep as “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” after she used her platform at the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards to excoriate the president-elect in a politically charged speech.

And now, George Clooney, 55, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter and former costar of the 67-year-old actress, has addressed the brouhaha at a reception hosted by The Clooney Foundation for Justice.

“I’ve always said that about Meryl,” Clooney told PEOPLE sarcastically.

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George Clooney worked with Meryl Streep on 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'.© Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP George Clooney worked with Meryl Streep on 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'.

CLOONEY'S QUIP

With a smile plastered across his face, the Money Monster star added, “She’s maybe the most overrated actress of all-time. She and I worked together on Fantastic Mr. Fox as husband and wife and I will tell you even as a fox, a female fox, she’s overrated.”

George decided to end his rant by asking the president-elect a rather cheeky rhetorical question.

He said: “Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?”

According to The Guardian, when questioned about his own thoughts on president-elect Trump, he said “I didn’t vote for him, I don’t support him, I don’t think he’s the right choice.”

“At this moment in our lives we have to hope that he doesn’t destroy everything. The reality is you have to hope he will do a decent job because if the United States fails, really terrible things happen, so you have to hope that he can.”

He added: “I don’t see any signs of it.”

MERYLL LAUDED

Meryl has been lauded for her actions at the Golden Globes.© Woman's Day Meryl has been lauded for her actions at the Golden Globes.

In case you missed it, George’s scathing review of president-elect Trump is a direct response to Meryl’s impassioned speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Meryl used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award - a lifetime achievement award, of sorts - to call out Trump for appearing to mock a disabled New York Times reporter in 2015.

The Florence Foster Jenkins actress said, "There was one performance this year that stunned me.”

"It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.”

"It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”

Speaking to a room filled with Hollywood a-listers she added, "It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life.”

“That instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone's life because it gives permission for others to do the same.”

“Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

George Clooney isn’t the first celebrity to back Meryl’s courageous act. In the aftermath of her speech, many of her Hollywood peers took to social media to offer their support, describing the three-time Academy Award-winning actress as “brave” for carrying out the biting speech.

Among the star-studded tributes were Shonda Rhimes, Ellen Degeneres, Diane Kruger, Lily Collins, Sharon Stone and Jesse Tyler Ferguson - just to name a few.


PHILSTAR

Gloria Diaz & Margie Moran on the Miss U experience FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 12, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Roses for the country’s two Misses Universe: Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margie Moran (1973) during an exclusive presscon (organized by George Sison) with Narvacan Councilor Chavit Singson (who worked hard to have the pageant held here for the third time) and Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo. Photos by VER PAULINO

Definitely, Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, the country’s first two Misses Universe (in 1969 and 1973, respectively), will share maybe not all but a good part of the limelight with reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach during the varied activities leading to the grand coronation night on Jan. 30 at the MOA Arena.

“After all, they are part of history,” said Narvacan Councilor Chavit Singson who moved heaven and earth to have the pageant held here (for the third time), mobilizing the private sector so that the government would not spend a single cent. “The pageant will not be complete without them. The pageant is a project of all Filipinos so everybody should help make it a success. Millions of people around the world are watching the pageant on TV and it’s the best time to showcase what the country has to offer, tourism-wise.”

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Gloria and Margie were at an exclusive press conference at the Makati Business Club organized by Chavit and George Sison. Also present was Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo, herself a beauty queen who competed in the 1972 Bb. Pilipinas pageant won by Armi Barbra Crespo (Universe) and Yogi Dominguez (International) with, among others, Jennifer Peña, Elizabeth Oropesa and Janet Bordon (“My roommate,” recalled Wanda) as the other aspirants.

The 88 contestants have started arriving, all set for the various activities designed to play up the country’s tourist attractions in Ilocos, Boracay, Cebu, Davao and more, with the first major competition (swimsuit) slated on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Cebu coinciding with the Sinulog Festival venerating the Sto. Niño, itself a major attraction famous around the world just like the Black Nazarene Procession attended by over a million.

“Gloria and Margie are invited to all the activities,” assured Wanda.

Asked what their roles would be, Gloria and Margie said they didn’t know yet.

“But whatever it would be,” she added, “we would be there.”

“Yes,” joked Gloria, “saling-pusa.”

The event will surely bring back fond memories to Gloria and Margie (she opened the 1974 Miss Universe held at the Folk Arts Theater where she relinquished her crown to Spain’s Amparo Muñoz who died a few years ago). That was what the few invited journalists at the lunch presscon were curious about.

Do they still have the gowns they wore when they won?

Gloria (who won in Miami, Florida): “It was designed by Pitoy Moreno. It’s in the museum.”

Margie (in Athens, Greece): “Mine was by Auggie Cordero. I think it’s also in the museum.”

Like the other winners, Gloria and Margie were given replicas of the crown as souvenirs. Gloria has kept hers but Margie lost hers in transit from Athens to the Philippines.

“I lost my trophy at the San Francisco airport because it was in my excess luggage,” said Gloria. “I didn’t have $600 to pay for it.” (Trivia: Gloria’s daughter Isabelle Daza, now Mrs. Adrien Semblat, dusted off Gloria’s crown and wore it to a costume party with friends. Deemed a possible winner, Isabelle has turned down requests to join a beauty contest, saying, One in the family is enough.”)

Have they retained their winning figures?

“Secret na ‘yon!” Margie begged off, laughing.

“As they say,” replied Gloria, “beauty is from within.”

“It’s been a long time,” followed up Margie. “I am already a grandma and so is Gloria. Can you imagine that the girls (in this Miss U pageant) are already our daughters and granddaughters!”

They may not have kept their Miss U figures but, Margie assured, “We are still proportional.”

Countered Gloria: “Not as before but even then we were not perfect.”

Being still figure/health-conscious, they follow a balanced diet and do regular workouts.

Margie: “I have stopped doing strenuous exercises and lifting heavy weights. What I do is low-impact exercises such as ballet and stretching.”

Gloria: “I still do strenuous exercises. I play tennis for two to three hours, I lift weights, I bike…I try to do everything.”

They recalled the moment they won as if it happened only yesterday and the 12-month reign that followed. Gloria succeeded Brazil’s Martha Vasconcellos and Margie came after Australia’s Kerry Anne Wells.

Gloria: “It was surreal. I had just turned 18. You realized that everything was about you. Events would not start until Miss Universe arrived. Doors were opened for you, and so did all kinds of opportunities.”

Margie: “I was kind of reluctant to join a beauty contest. I was 18 when somebody asked me to, and my parents put their foot down, ‘No way!’ When I was 19, my dad had a surgery and he recuperated at a friend’s farm in Davao with my mom watching over him. I was asked to join the Bb. and my grandmother, herself a carnival queen and crazy about pageants, said, ‘Yes!’ I had already won when my parents learned about it.”

The pageant on Jan. 30 will start at 8 a.m. (to coincide with the New York Time, 8 p.m. Jan. 29). During Margie’s time, the pageant held at the Atticus Theater which was part of the Parthenon, began at 2 a.m. (which was also around 8 p.m. NY Time).

“So we had to be acclimatized,” said Margie. “We conditioned ourselves to sleep the whole day since all the activities were scheduled at night.”

For 12 months, Gloria had a big room all to herself at a posh hotel and so did Margie (at St. Regis in New York; while Pia has hers at the Trump Tower right across Central Park, also in New York).

Since she won in Las Vegas in December 2015, Pia has been very active on social media, up-to-date with the men she has been dating (the latest being racer Fil-Swiss Marlon Stockinger).

How was it during their time? Did Margie and Gloria have a love life (or even a semblance of it)?

Margie: “None! I remember meeting Salvador Dali who invited me to watch Tony Bennett’s concert. Bennett was very young then.” (Trivia: Bennett has just turned 90.)

Gloria: “Are you kidding? Before I became Miss Universe, I never crossed the street alone. No, I didn’t have a lovelife but, come to think of it, I should have run for gold, hahahaha!!! I lived in a nice hotel for free but I had a chaperon who slept on another bed in the room. At that age, your hormones are raging but…That was my period of awakening.

What felt somewhat painful was another moment of awakening — the night they relinquished their crowns.

Gloria (to Puerto Rico’s Marisol Malaret): “The photographers were scrambling all over the stage to take a shot of the new Miss Universe, all most stepping on my feet and I almost fell off the stage. Suddenly, there was no more limousine to take me to my hotel. I was given 48 hours to vacate my room. You wake up the next morning and tell yourself, ‘Hay, tapos na!’ At the end of the day, you just have to come down to earth. It was a good thing that my family was there. It’s important that you have your family with you.”

Margie: “Yes, you go back to reality; you go back to being normal again.”

With the crowns off their heads, Margie went to Boston University and then resumed her studies at Maryknoll, working at J. Romero (advertising) after graduating and is now involved with Ballet Philippines. Gloria ventured into showbiz and metamorphosed into an award-winning actress.

And what’s the best post-Miss Universe lesson that they have learned?

Gloria: “Try to be as normal as possible and be somebody who would mean something to other people. Hopefully, you do something that your children will be proud of…don’t do anything that will embarrass your children.”

Margie: “Continue to educate yourself.”

Any pieces of advice to Maxine Medina, the bet to (hoping against hope!) to win the country’s fourth Miss Universe crown?

Margie: “Don’t be pressured. Just enjoy the experience. Have fun!”

Gloria: “During our time, I never thought of winning or losing. I just enjoy every moment of it. But now, patayan na talaga. Don’t think of it as the end and the beginning of everything. Just have fun.”

(Trivia: During the 1994 Miss Universe pageant in Manila, it was Gloria who predicted that India’s Sushmita Sen would win the crown.)


A KAY SANTO NINO!!!


2017 Senor Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Festival Kalibo Aklan Philippines January 6 to 15, 2017 Viva Senor Sto. Nino ! Bendisyuni Kami Senor Sto. Nino !

GMA NEWS NETWORK

'Higante' versions of Duterte, Bato join Kalibo's Ati-Atihan Festival Published January 13, 2017 4:30pm

"Higante" or larger-than-life versions of President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa made an appearance at the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan.

The pair's giant paper-maché counterparts were paraded in the streets, accompanied by dancers and other merrymakers.

According to a report aired on "Balitanghali" on Friday, the Duterte giant mascot is striking the president's signature "kamao pose."

The Dela Rosa giant mascot, on the other hand, is depicted holding a plastic bag as symbol of the police's campaign against drugs.

The Ati-Atihan festival is set to conclude on January 17. — Aya Tantiangco/VVP, GMA News

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Ati-Atihan Festival in full swing at Kalibo, Aklan Published January 11, 2017 1:30pm


Ati Atihan 2017 Venue : Kalibo, Aklan Start Date : Sunday, 08-Jan-2017 End Date : Tuesday, 17-Jan-2017 Held in the month of January, Ati Atihan is one of the famous festivals of Philippines. Held in honor of Santo Nio (Infant Jesus), it is amongst the wildest fiestas of the state. The literal meaning of Ati Atihan is make believe Atis, is week long festival celebrated with full vigor. A festival to watch out for, especially the parade where celebrants paint their mouth with different colour. Often considered as the fun and colorful festival, ATI ATIHAN is visited by number of travelers from all across the world in order to view the splendour of this festival held in Philippines. Also known as the Filipino Mardis Gras, it is an annual fest that takes place in 3rd Weekend of January every year in Kalibo,

A grand parade kicked off the Ati-Atihan Festival 2017 in Kalibo, Aklan, a report on News To Go on Wednesday said.

Residents and tourists joined the merriment, with people celebrating with their own Sto. Niño statues on the streets.

The beautiful women of Aklan joined a pageant dubbed "Mutya It Kalibo." The candidates were serenaded by Kapuso recording artist James Wright and the queen was crowned last Friday.

Meanwhile, Julie Anne San Jose and Martin Del Rosario led the celebration at the Kapuso Fiesta on Tuesday.

The Ati-Atihan festival is set to conclude on January 17. —Aya Tantiangco/KG, GMA News


The Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan is considered as the Philippines’ own version of Mardi gras. But whereas Mardi gras is celebrated one day before Ash Wednesday, Ati-Atihan festivities start as early as January. A feast in honor of the Santo Nino, it is steeped in religious tradition although it can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their faith. “Hala Bira! Pwera Pasma!” is the rallying cry of the festival, characterized by street dancing in tribal attire, a procession of Santo Nino images, and capped off by a masquerade ball. Kalibo Ati-Atihan is truly a fusion of spirituality and eccentricity.


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Feng shui expert's advice to Duterte for the Year of the Rooster By Deni Rose M. Afinidad Bernardo (philstar.com) | Updated January 11, 2017 - 9:22am 47 1013 googleplus0 1


In this Dec. 8, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with Mount Mayon as the background. He is in Legazpi, Albay to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Bicol International Airport Terminal. Duterte was born in the Year of the Rooster. PPD

MANILA, Philippines — A year of conflict and romance. These are some of the things that await President Rodrigo Duterte this coming Year of the Fire Rooster, says a feng shui expert.

“It is unusually unlucky if you meet your birth year’s animal sign, but this year is an exemption,” feng shui guru Princess Lim Fernandez explains to Philstar.com in an interview.

Those born in the Year of the Rooster, says Fernandez, have lots of lucky stars this coming Lunar year, and these can turn negative outcomes into positive ones.

The Rooster has an inborn benefactor luck, so help is always available to a Rooster like Duterte, says Fernandez.

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Moreover, a Rooster has academic luck, which stands for thirst and quest for knowledge. Therefore, Roosters like Duterte, according to the feng shui expert, are smart.

The Rooster may have many lucky stars this year, but not so much in areas of health and relationship, says Fernandez.

Thus, she reminds Roosters to watch out for their health, avoid attending funerals, and find the right out-of-the-box solution to resolve conflict.

“Because he (Duterte) is born in the Year of the Rooster, he has to watch for his personal well-being, safety, and health,” Fernandez advises.

“The relationship between the fire and the Rooster is fire and metal. The Rooster is the metal, so the fire will melt the metal. There is a general disharmony in that relationship. Disharmony will translate to conflict,” she explains.

“But, the good thing is, the characteristic of the Fire Rooster is innovation, creativity, communication, and romance. So, it’s both good and bad.”

As for love life, “The Rooster will always have a romance star no matter what,” Fernandez asserts. “I think that’s why the Rooster is pretty colorful!”


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