Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere to push advocacy on children’s education

French beauty queen Iris Mittenaere, who won the Miss Universe crown on Monday, has just become a role model for women who push for their advocacies.

Mittenarae wants to put all her effort into making sure children from around the world will get the quality education they deserve, reported GMA News.

Mittenarae reportedly said she wants to expand her charity that provides health guidance and proper feeding program to a program that will make education more accessible to everyone.

“I will be a dentist in two years. I have a charity for teaching children how to eat properly. But now that I’m representing the Miss Universe, and I want to do more than that. I really want to bring all the children to school… I think this is really the most important—education for every child, especially for young women,” she said in a press conference shortly after the coronation event. She cannot wait to travel the world, meet new people, and be “a good Miss Universe.”

“I had the chance to live in France and go to school every morning, and I think every children should have this chance, too,” she was quoted as saying.
Mittenarae also reportedly expressed her gratitude to the Filipino people who have been a great audience in the 65th Miss Universe pageant.
“Thank you to all the Filipinos. You are just exceptional. You are so welcoming and lovely to us. It was amazing. I think all of the girls during the pageant loved you,” GMA News quoted her as saying.

8 Pinay beauty queens who have become actresses

One of the best things about being a beauty queen is that even when you have passed the crown, you still remain beautiful.
It is not surprising then that many former beauty queens landed a job as models, hosts and actors.
Here are some of them:

Pilar Pilapil
1. Pilar Pilapil.
1967 Bb. Pilipinas, Pilar Pilapil’s filmography spans three decades and she has received a Gawad Urian Best Best Actress Award for the 1986 film Napakasakit Kuya Eddie. She also appeared in TV shows Marimar as Dolores Aldama and cast as Lady Elle in Lobo.

Gloria Diaz
2. Gloria Diaz
Gloria Diaz became the first Miss Universe from the Philippines. She won the title in 1969. Diaz’ first film was “Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa” in 1974. She has been acting since then. Her box-office mettle and acting prowess earned her the Best Supporting Actress trophy from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) for her role as a spinster adoptive mother in “Nasaan Ka Man.”
Gloria has so far appeared in more than 60 movies and TV shows.

Alice Dixson
3. Alice Dixson.
She joined Bb. Pilipinas 1986 as Jessie Alice Celones Dixson and was named Bb. Pilipinas-International; she also won special awards as Miss Photogenic and Miss Talent. She became a household name for her role as Faye, the fairy wife of Vic Sotto in the top-rating ’80s sitcom Okay Ka Fairy Ko. Her popularity increased further when she was tapped to play the mermaid Dyesebel in the 1990 film opposite Richard Gomez.

Charlene Gonzalez Muhlach
4. Charlene Gonzalez
Charlene Gonzalez was the country’s representative in the Miss Universe pageant in 1994, which was held in Manila. She was best known for her witty answer to the question, “How many islands does the Philippines have?” to which she replied, “At high tide or low tide?”
Charlene won the Best National Costume award and was one of the top six finalists. She started out in the ‘90s sitcom Oki Doki Doc where she was paired with the matinee idol, Aga Muhlach, now her husband. Charlene also played the lead role in Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko (1994). But her biggest break came when she was tapped to host ABC-5’s Eezy Dancing and ABS-CBN’s Keep On Dancing.

Precious Lara Quigaman
5 Precious Lara Quigaman
Bb. Pilipinas-International Precious Lara Quigaman won the in the Miss International beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Japan in 2005. Precious first appeared on the GMA-7 shows Encantadia and Bubble Gang. She also appeared in the sitcom That’s My Doc where she is paired with Aga Muhlach. She also appeared in the indie film Umaaraw, umuulan (2006), where she played Ryan Agoncillo’s woman of his dreams.

Bianca Manalo
6. Bianca Manalo
Bianca Manalo won the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe title in 2009 and although she did not win the Miss Universe crown, her show biz career prospered a year after her Binibining Pilipinas stint. She immediately landed a starring role in a television series, which was followed by other TV projects and movie roles in “The Adventures of Pureza” and “Kung Fu Divas,” where she was able to show her quirky side.

Venus Raj
7. Venus Raj
Venus Raj, a beauty queen from Camarines Sur, entertained the international audience with her “major, major” remark during the Q&A portion of 2010 Miss Universe, in which she placed fourth runner-up. After the pageant, Raj started out hosting and later tried her luck in acting. She starred in comedy programs, teledramas, horror films, and other projects.

Alma Concepcion
8. Alma Concepcion
Alma Concepcion was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-International in 1994. After her stint as the country’s representative to the international pageant, she appeared in several movies such as Massacre Files, Sa Ngalan ng Pag-ibig, Halik and Kamay ni Eva.

Filipinos in the UAE get up at 4am to watch Maxine; proud of her despite the Q&A gaffe

DUBAI: Filipinos in the UAE took the extra mile to throw their support to the Philippines’ bet in the Ms Universe 2016 pageant, Maxine Medina, getting up a lot earlier than usual at 4 am to watch the live streaming of the event, and still being proud of her despite the Q&A gaffe.
Medina only made it to the top six, but without doubt, she made Pinoys back here proud, despite several reactions on how she fared in the question and answer portion where she went on to reply in English despite the question having been translated in Filipino by an interpreter.
Medina was asked by host, Steve Harvey what she thinks is the most significant change she has seen in the world in the last 10 years.
To which she said, “The last 10 years of being here in the world is that I saw all the people being in one event like this in Miss Universe, and it’s something big to us that we are one, as one nation, we are all together.”
A netizen, Martina Apines posted on her FB wall while sharing a screenshot of the Q&A, “Moral of the story: Use your resources. Anjan na eh.”

Another netizen, Ejej Jae Aila posted Medina’s Q&A’s answer in his FB wall a caption, “K BYE.”
On the other hand, Jonathan Albarracin commented on TFT FB article post saying, “The Philippines answer is not that convincing. In fact, we do have quite a few key factors to consider as great changes or achievements in our country or as a whole nation for the last 10 years. Not this time for the Philippines but then, huge thanks to Maxine Medina for the effort – it’s not that easy to be part of Miss U Q&A.”

Brian Bryle de Gracia, an avid follower of Miss Universe has only good words for Medina, “Even though Maxine didn’t win and only placed in the top 6, we Filipinos must be grateful for her for what she achieved during the pageant. We know the fact that Maxine has a bit lacking in terms of her communication skills, but then she expressed herself the way she verbalize her thoughts during the moment,” he said.
Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere of France was hailed as the Miss Universe 2016.

Solenn: Miss France’s interpreter changed translated answer

Fil-French actress Solenn Heussaff on Monday casted doubt on Miss France Iris Mittenaere’s interpreter at the Miss Universe 2016.

The actress hinted that the interpreter provided an inaccurate translation of the candidate’s answer.

Solenn said the French interpreter changed the France’s representative answer from “first year of Medicine school” to “first casting.”

Mittenaere’s translated answer was “I failed several times in my life. So I thought I failed the first time that I went on a casting because my name was not in the list. And the very next day, I found I was in a new book. So I think when you fail, you have to be elevated and you have to try again and keep going. If tonight I’m not one of the winners, I will still have the great honor being one of the three finalists. So I think I have failed before but for me this a great first opportunity.”

Miss France was eventually crowned Miss Universe 2016.

Solenn clarified in a later tweet that the inaccurate translation should not affect Miss France’s chances of winning the pageant.

“Congrats miss France! And all the women. Winner silang lahat,” Solenn added.

Maxine misses top 3 of the Miss Universe pageant

Philippine Miss Universe 2016 bet Maxine Medina failed to make it to the Top 3 at the 65th Miss Universe competition.

After going through the swimsuit, evening gown, and Final Question rounds, Medina was not one of the three candidates called for the finals.

Medina was the first up in the competition’s critical question-and-answer round, and here’s a look at what she said.

An interpreter asked Maxine the question in Filipino, but she answered in English.

Question: What is the most significant change you’ve seen in the world in the last 10 years?

Maxine’s answer: The last 10 years of being here in the world is that I saw all the people being in one event like this in Miss Universe, and it’s something big to us that we are one, as one nation, we are all together.

The other candidates also faced tough questions related to world and current events.

The questions at Miss Universe have in recent years touched on political and social issues.

Maxine moves to Miss Universe Top 9

Maxine Medina continues her Miss Universe journey as she joins the pageant’s Top 9.

The other candidates that made it to the evening gown competition were called in the following order:
1. USA
2. Thailand
3. France
4. Mexico
5. Kenya
6. Colombia
7. Canada
8. Haiti

Medina, a model and interior designer, is eyeing a back-to-back victory even as the pageant is held in her home country.
Her predecessor, Filipina-German Pia Wurtzbach, was crowned Miss Universe in 2015.

Maxine Medina enters Miss Universe Top 13

The Philippines’ bet Maxine Medina made it to the Top 13 of the Miss Universe coronation at the Mall of Asia Arena on Monday, January 30.

The other candidates in the Top 13 are:


The ladies will compete in the swimsuit portion, where 9 candidates will move on to the next round.

Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo witness Aurora Borealis in Finland

Celebrity couple Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo is currently celebrating Chinese New Year with a sight like no other, well the duo are currently in a Northern Lights sightseeing trip in Finland.

The two proceeded to the trip from their show at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in California last week.

Jennylyn and Dennis headed to their first European trip this year which made a stopover in Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

From Qatar, they travelled seven hours to reach Helsinki Airport in Finland.
Finland is one of the best places to see Northern Lights, with green and purple as the dominant colors.

Some hotels actually give their visitors an “Aurora Alarm” which will beep when the Northern Lights appear.

Jennylyn and Dennis stayed in the famed Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.

Its website indicated that an overnight stay in one of its small glass igloos would cost 467 € or PHP24,896.
Feel like seeing the Northern Lights? Here are the 6 best places to see the Northern Lights

  1. Svalbard, Norway
  2. Kakslauttanen, Finland
  3. Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  4. Reykjavik, Iceland
  5. Northern Canada
  6. Scotland, United Kingdom

The Ultimate Couple’s Travel Bucket List

As the famous saying goes, the couple who travels together stays together. There are plenty of ways to spice up your relationship with your significant other, but some of the best memories are made when both of you leave your comfort zones and try something completely new.
Since it is the month of love, TFT has come up with 14 exciting destinations that are more adventurous than your usual dinner dates.
Here’s the ultimate dating bucket list with experiences that all couples should try having at least once in their lives. From skydiving in Dubai to a backpacking trip in South America, there’s something for every couple’s taste. Happy trip.

Sky dive over Dubai’s Palm JumeirahSky dive over Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

Go on an island hopping tour in Koh Samui in ThailandGo on an island hopping tour in ThailandWitness the Aurora Borealis in a Glass Igloo in IcelandWitness the Aurora Borealis in a Glass Igloo in IcelandRide a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, TurkeyRide a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey

Tokyo, Japan - March 24, 2013: Chidorigafuchi park during the spring season this area is popular sakura spot at Tokyo, Japan.

Catch Japan’s cherry blossoms in full bloom

Bungee Jump from Macau's Tower, Macau, ChinaBungee jump from the 233-meter Macao Tower

Spend a night in the woods at a tree house in Georgia, AtlantaSpend a night in the woods at a tree house in Georgia, Atlanta

See a performance at the Sydney Opera House in AustraliaSee a performance at the Sydney Opera House in Australia

Go on a safari trip in Tanzania

Go on a safari trip in Tanzania

Witness Maldives sea glow like stars

See Maldives’ sea glow like stars

Watch the sunset in Santorini, Greece

Watch the sunset at Santorini, Greece

Book a dinner for two at Polignano a Mare's Cave restaurant in Italy

Book a dinner for two at Polignano a Mare’s cave restaurant in Italy

Go on a backpacking trip in South America

Go on a backpacking trip in South America for a month 

Witness thousands of lantern light up the sky at Loi Krathong lantern festival in Thailand

Witness thousands of lantern light up the night sky at Loi Krathong lantern festival in Thailand


Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica open up about pregnancy and engagement rumors

To put an end to the issue, controversial couple Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica have finally spoken about Kylie’s early pregnancy and their sudden engagement.

After weeks of speculation over the alleged pregnancy of the actress by boyfriend Aljur Abrenica, the couple finally decided to face the public once and for all.

Shortly after the pregnancy issue came out, news of the engagement followed when Padilla’s management, Vidanes Celebrity Marketing, posted a congratulatory message for the two. The announcement further fueled speculations about the two.

However, the actor revealed he is actually quite displeased over the sudden disclosure of an engagement, especially at the height of the pregnancy rumor.

“The reason why kung bakit tayo nandito ngayon ay dahil sa issue na engagement. Unang-una, ang engagement ay nangyari between two people, kami ni Kylie. May lumabas na post na pinangunahan kami,” Abrenica told entertainment portal, PEP.PH.

“Sentimental ang engagement para sa akin, kahit sino’ng tao, di ba? Kahit kayo, napangunahan kayo sa balita, na dapat kayo ang unang naglalabas nito. Ang engagement kasi, minsan lang ‘yan nangyari sa buhay natin, e,” Abrenica opens.

Photo credit: PEP.PH

Abrenica and Padilla were first engaged on Oct. 2016 during their trip in Japan. It was then followed by two more proposals.

On breaking the pregnancy news to her parents, Padilla said that she even had a hard time telling her mom Liezl Sicangco, who is currently living in Austrailia but as soon as she broke the news, her mother just gave an advice that made her teared up, “Alagaan mo ‘yan.”

Padilla said that her dad Robin Padilla was supportive with her pregrancy.