Pia Wurtzbach meets her look-alike

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach met her doppelgänger Glenn Krishnan and photo proof of how much they look alike is now up online for everyone’s perusal.

Their photo, which was uploaded by a fan account on Instagram, already has over 2,300 “likes” as of this posting.

Krishnan went viral in 2016 after people took notice of her uncanny resemblance to Queen P.

After months of having their photos side-by-side — thanks to half amused, half bewildered fans —the Filipina beauties finally met at the MAC Aids Fund event for the 65th Miss Universe pageant.

Many have pointed out how Wurtzbach’s and Krishnan’s eyebrows and lips seem identical.

Both Pia and Glenn are also models and have foreign blood—Pia’s father is German, while Glenn’s father is Indian-Singaporean.

‘Yaya Dub’ returns to dubsmash

Philippines’ dubsmash queen Maine Mendoza, also known as ‘Yaya Dub,’ has made a dubsmash return with a video she posted on Twitter.

In the video, lipsynced the song “Nung ako’y bata pa,” which gathered 10,000 retweets and more than 30,000 likes in just three hours, with a bunch of people editing her video together with the original.

Last Thursday, Maine excitedly announced that she has received a personalized gift from international band Coldplay’s vocalist Chris Martin.

According to the “Eat Bulaga” host, her good friend “Mel,” a flight attendant at Etihad Airways managed to get her the gifts when the latter was on the same flight with Martin.

Maine gushed about the gift in a lengthy Instagram post, saying the singer willingly granted the request, and also voluntarily gave the signature love button he wears all the time.

She captioned, “Grabe hindi ko keri, I have never felt this special. Lol! Chris Martin might not know me at all but daaamn this is definitely #fangirlinggoals. Oh and I also got a video greet from him! Pero ito nalang ang ishshare ko. Tee hee! Anyway, I am so so so so soooo happy! Thank you very much Ms. Mel for this wondeeeerful surprise! This is priceless!”

WATCH HERE: https://twitter.com/mainedcm/status/822380074909319169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Paolo Ballesteros mimics Pia’s look

Paolo Ballesteros, who is admired by social media users for his makeup skills, has come up with his latest cosmetic masterpiece for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.

The “Die Beautiful” actor transformed into 2015 Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. He captioned his Instagram post on Wednesday with “Pia Wurtzbach-la”, reported Inquirer.

This was the second time Ballesteros styled himself to mimic the German-Filipina. Last year, he managed to copy her looks, but with a slightly different nose, the report said.

In previous posts, he transformed into other beauty queens including Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss USA Olivia Jordan, Miss Philippines Universe 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa, Miss Jamaica 2014 Kaci Fennell, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, it added.

His makeup transformations of Hollywood celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Miley Cyrus went viral and earned him praises from netizens, said the news portal.

His masterpieces were featured in his Metro Manila Film Festival front runner “Die Beautiful,” in which he won Best Actor, reported Inquirer.

Kris Aquino not barred from joining GMA, network official says

An official from GMA Network has revealed that there is no assurance that Kris Aquino will have a program in the network this year.

“‘Yan ang hindi ko pa alam. Wala talaga kaming alam kasi iba ang nagma-manage sa kanya. Wala pa kaming naririnig na ganyan, somehow,” Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA’s Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV said in a press conference on Monday.

Despite this, Rasonable clarified that Kris is not barred from the network.

She cited a recent guesting of Aquino in “Yan Ang Morning.” Rasonable said, “If she were not welcome, she would not have guested in the first place.”

She also said that Kris is welcome to become a blocktimer. Like most blocktimers, she will have to undergo the same proposal and approval process, according to her.

In the meantime, the Queen of All Media is busy with her other projects. In another GMA report, Kris was shown launching a new food business venture called Nacho Bimby. Aside from business, Aquino is also occupied with her new online projects, primarily her Facebook page. Her most recent appearances has been through Facebook Live, such as doing several interviews with Maine Mendoza. This was part of what she calls “Unscripted with Kris.” She also has her own series called “Kitchen Stories by Kris” which also available on her Facebook page.

Kris left ABS-CBN, her network for 20 years, in September 2016 and is now under the management of TAPE Inc. – the company behind Eat! Bulaga.

All-female team crosses Iran’s Lut Desert for a cause

The philanthropic group also raised $100,000 SGD for women survivors of war in the process.

DUBAI- An independent, self- funded, team of 12 women from Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Dubai, London and Bangkok has come together and successfully crossed Iran’s Lut Desert, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in November 2016.
Representing Women on a Mission (WOAM), a non-profit organization headquartered in Singapore, the team lead by its Filipina co-founder, Christine Amour- Levar, braved the 200-km expanse of unforgiving desert terrain on foot in seven days to become the first all-female in the history to cross the Lut desert.
‘Lut,’ which means “emptiness” in Persian, is where the hottest temperature has been recorded on the earth’s surface.
“Our crossing of the Dasht-e Lut Desert of Iran – otherwise simply known as the Lut – in November 2016, was nothing short of surreal, breath-taking, challenging and ultimately, transformative. During our journey, we covered more than 200 kilometres, across a magnificent, varied landscape that had wildly contrasting temperatures and climates.
“The Lut is exceptional and full of contradictions. From the scorching heat of the mega dunes to the icy cold nights in the valley of the Kaluts (sandcastle-like rock formations), from the salt plains cracked by the fierce sun, to the vast, echoing meteorite craters, the desert kept us enraptured by its raw beauty and versatility.” Christine Amour- Levar Founding Partner at Women on a Mission told The Filipino Times.
Amour-Levar also said they had an intense training and preparation before going on the expedition.
Amour-Levar also added that by trekking in such challenging conditions, WOAM hopes to bring international attention to the need for societies, governments and corporations to get involved and help end violence against women.
As of today, the WOAM Iran team has successfully raised $100, 000 SGD for Women for Women International (WfWI), an independent humanitarian organization, which provides women survivors of war civil strife and other conflicts, with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. WOAM, now in its fourth year of operation, has managed to raise a total of 700,000 Singapore dollars to date, in support of organizations that advance the position of women and girls around the world.
Amour-Levar said WOAM’s main objective is to inspire women to want to leave their comfort zone while pushing their limits in an effort to rally support for a worthy cause.
“We seek to travel and explore the world, and as a result make new discoveries, flourish as individuals, and most importantly, to contribute to society by championing of abused women around the world,” she said.
According to Amour-Levar, the group is planning a stand up paddleboard expedition in Bhutan in April 2017 in support of women survivors of domestic violence, and this will also be the first time a women’s team will be undertaking such a challenge in the said country.
To find out more about WOAM and their missions or to join one of their expeditions, go to their website at www.womenmission.com.

Sneak peek: Stunning national costumes of Miss Universe bets

With just two weeks before the 65th Miss Universe pageant, the candidates of the 65th Miss Universe look more than ready to compete for the title of Best National Costume.

Wearing their costumes imbibed with cultural pride. Miss Malaysia, Kiran Jassal, showcases her outfit inspired by the Petronas Towers, the popular landmark and tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Miss Indonesia, Kezia Warouw, wears a sparkling gold suit inspired by the mythical holy bird Garuda from the Hindu and Buddhist belief. The bird is also a national symbol of the country.

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Miss Australia, Caris Tiivel, is seen wearing a costume with the iconic Great Barrier Reef as a motif. The inspiration to use the world’s largest coral reef off the coast of Queensland is to help raise awareness on coral bleaching.

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Miss Venezuela Mariam Habach wears a costume depicting the ocean goddess Yemaya, a deity believed to be the mother of all living creatures.

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Miss Universe Panama’s Keity Drennan’s brightly colored costume representing the vibrant Flower and Coffee Fair of her home country.

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Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane wears her country’s original traditional costume, a magnificent gown rich in cultural heritage.

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For the rest of the national costumes, each candidate will be parading their outfits at the opening of the pageant when they are individually introduced.

Miss Universe bets wearing Filipino terno wow Vigan

Miss Universe candidates were all poised and elegant as they paraded wearing the Filipino terno on Sunday in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Residents, tourists, and well-wishers applauded as each candidate walked the stretch of the famous Calle Crisologo in the heritage city.

The beauty queens wore the terno, a one-piece gown with butterfly sleeves, done by Filipino designers.

Among the candidates who participated were Miss Great Britain, Miss Netherlands, Miss Thailand, Miss USA, Miss Guatemala, Miss Venezuela, and Miss Philippines Maxine Medina.

The candidates praised Vigan’s beauty and were grateful for the warm hospitality shown by Filipinos.

Miss Universe President Paula Shugart was happy to have the candidates experience all the activities prepared for them by the Philippines as host country.

Miss Universe-UK reveals her Pinoy gown designer

Miss Universe Great Britain Jaime-Lee Faulkner has finally revealed the Filipino designer who will be creating her gown for the international pageant.

“I was keeping it a secret but I believe he’s actually mentioned it in an interview. Leo Almodal is designing my gown. He’s very professional. He’s very talented and I can’t wait to wear his creation on that stage,” ABS-CBN News quoted Faulkner as saying.

Faulkner reportedly said Almodal exceeded her expectations. She also added in jest that getting Almodal to design her gown is “another excuse to come out here to the Philippines when I come for the fittings.”

Faulkner is having an “incredible” time in the country and said she appreciates the Filipino hospitality, the report said.

“I can’t even put it into words. I’m like a child at Christmas, just seeing what I can find next. It’s more than what I expected,” she was quoted as saying.

This is not her first time to visit the Philippines, which Faulkner reportedly said has become “very special” for her.
Aside from having Almodal design one of her gowns, Faulkner has also trained under Filipino mentors while she was preparing for the Miss Universe Great Britain last year, the report said.

Miss New Zealand is half-Pinay

Miss New Zealand’s Tania Dawson has Filipino blood, it has been revealed.

The 24-year-old was born in Waiuku, New Zealand, to a Filipina mother from Santa Maria, Pangasinan, reported Sun Star.

Before the Miss Universe competition formally heats up, Dawnson dropped by her mother’s hometown to visit relatives, the report said.
She reportedly posted a photo of herself posing with relatives on her Instagram account last Friday. She captioned it: “Before arriving in Manila today I went and saw my family in Pangasinan.”

Aside from being a beauty pageant title holder, Dawson is also an actress, singer, model and teacher in New Zealand, which is one of the countries where the Filipino population is quite large, reported the news portal.

Bruno Mars, Sarah G may perform at Miss Universe

Filipino-American pop superstar Bruno Mars is likely to perform at this year’s Miss Universe pageant, which will be held in Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena on January 30.

The rumors emerged after Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo reportedly said the pageant had booked a pop star from the United States with Filipino lineage to perform at the beauty pageant.

“The singer from America is a very famous celebrity with Filipino blood,” The National quoted Teo as saying.

On whether she was referring to Mars, who was born in Hawaii to a Puerto Rican father and Filipino mother, Teo reportedly said: “I’d rather not say anything.”

Other US pop stars who have a Filipino connection include apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Glee star Darren Criss and Vanessa Hudgens, who found fame on High School Musical, said the news portal.

Last week, a member of the Philippines’ Department of Tourism reportedly revealed on Twitter that local music superstars Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac, Jed Madela and Lea Salonga are likely to appear at the pageant as guest performers.

Salonga, Broadway and West End singer-actress and coach on The Voice of the Philippines, quickly quashed the rumors on social media, tweeting to her fans: “I have not been booked to perform at the Miss Universe pageant. Plus, I’ll already be out of the country. Someone has made a mistake.”

US presenter Steve Harvey will return to host this year’s pageant, with model Ashley Graham serving as a backstage presenter. A female Filipino co-host is expected to be announced soon, reported The National.