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PH beauty on shortlist of new models for Victoria’s Secret show

Will former beauty queen Janine Tugonon finally become the first Filipina to join the ranks of supermodels in the most-awaited Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this holiday season? Tugonon made it to the second round of the callback session for the casting of new models of the fashion extravaganza in New York City. Last weekend, hundreds of models turned out at the casting callbacks. On October 25, Tugonon was in the shortlist of new VS angels. The new VS models are expected to be announced this week. This year, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will head to Paris, France and will be broadcast around the world on December 5. Now based in the US, Tugonon has initially appeared in the latest ad of Victoria's Secrets Pink, which caters to female college students ages 13 to …

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Ecuador beauty leads in 2016 Miss Earth pre-pageant activities

Two weeks before the Miss Earth 2016 coronation night, Miss Ecuador already reaped pre-pageant accolades. Katherine Espin has won two gold medals for Darling of the Press and Best in Resorts Wear, Group 3. Miss Russia, Aleksandra Cherepanova, is in second place. She has won gold in Evening Gown Competition and bronze in Best In Resorts Wear, Group 2, during the presentation at the Versailles Palace in Las Piñas City. Candidates in the environment-conscious beauty pageant are ranked in gold, silver and bronze during pre-pageant activities. Lorraine Shuck, executive vice president of Carousel Productions, Miss Earth’s organizer, said that pre-pageant activities are only part of the total criteria in judging the ladies. “It’s still anyone’s game,” Shuck said. Tied in third place with one gold medal each are Miss Philippines Imelda Schweighart and Miss Lebanon Carole …

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PH beauty shines in Mongolia pageant

Another Filipina model has joined the roster of international beauty pageant winners. Princess Edilyn V. Ramos, 23, of Rizal, was named second runner up in the 2016 Face of Beauty International pageant held in Mongolia, where 60 countries were represented. “Thank you so much for all your prayers and support. This recognition is for my family and for the Philippines,” said Ramos, during an exclusive interview upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Paranaque City recently. She was welcomed by her talent manager Marky delos Reyes, Marry Grace Ylona and Sycris Brown. The 5’7 Ramos was also named Best in National Costume for her Mindanao-inspired outfit designed by Weng Alicarte and People’s Choice special awards. She is an alumnae of 2013 Miss Tourism Philippines and the Philippines representative to the …

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PH’s Ms. Earth bet clarifies remarks on Hitler, Duterte

Miss Earth-Philippines Imelda Bautista Schweighart has apologized for her recent comments on Adolf Hitler whom she likened to President Rodrigo Duterte. Last Monday, Schweighart asked Miss Earth - Austria Kimberly Budinsky in a video if Hitler is a native of her country. “Okay, that’s a bad question because we normally don’t talk about Hitler. But, yeah, he is,” said Budinsky. “Oh my God! Our President is doing Hitler stuff here in the Philippines,” Schweighart answered. “That’s crazy,” Budinsky said. “Guys, I’m a Duterte follower. The people who talk to me everyday know how delightful I am to see and experience the change he has made happen so far. I am half German that is the reason why I talked to a fellow delegate about Hitler, who is Austrian,” said Schweighart, in a statement at the …

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Miss PH earth sorry for Hitler remarks

Miss Philippines Earth Imelda Bautista Schweighart has apologized after she caught the ire of netizens when she likened President Rodrigo Duterte to dictator Adolf Hitler.   "Guys, I'm a Duterte follower. The people who talk to me everyday knows how delightful I am to see and experience the change he has made happen so far. I am half German that is the reason why I talked to a fellow delegate about 'Hitler' so casually who is Austrian," said Schweighart, in a statement at the sidelines of the press presentation for the candidates of the 2016 Miss Earth beauty pageant at a hotel in Manila last Tuesday. "Because all my life I am always teased by fellow Filipinos as 'Hitler' because they are not well informed that Hitler was not German. In fact Hitler …

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Miss China touched by friendliness of Filipinos

Cameras clicked as some of the candidates to the Miss Earth 2016 beauty contest made their first public appearance during a meet-and-greet event with members of the press in Pasig City the other night. Miss China Earth Xiaohan Gang, who revealed that it was her first time to travel abroad, has cited the politeness of Filipinos. “This is my first time to visit abroad. My deep impression about the Filipinos is that they are very polite. Everywhere I go people say hi! and they greet. In Shanghai, it’s very different. I’m from Shanghai,” said Gang, when asked about her impressions about the Philippines and the Filipinos, in an exclusive interview. “Shanghai is a modern city in China. People are always busy. They just work and they don’t look at people. Even if they …

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Male pageant winners tell youth: ‘Stay away from drugs’

Two male foreigners who are making the Philippines as their second home after they won in pageants abroad have called on the youth to stay away from drugs because it will not lead them to anything good. "Drugs will not lead you to anything good. Be healthy all the time. I always take care of myself always. God doesn't like that so try to be good. Live longer life. Don't think of yourself but think of other people who love you," said Fernando Alvarez of Puerto Rico, 1st runner-up at 2016 Mr. World pageant held in the United Kingdom recently, during a press conference sponsored by Psalmstre Inc. in Quezon City. Alvarez said he keeps himself fit and healthy by hitting the gym all the time. "I do my cardio. I keep …

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PH jeweler designs crown for reality-based pageant

Filipino jewelry designer Ramona Haar has been commissioned to design the crown for Miss Multiverse, a reality-based international beauty pageant, which will be held in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic on October 20. Haar agreed to design the crown and finished it on time for the coronation night without any monetary compensation. She also used her own resources with condition that Miss Multiverse will feature the rich culture heritage of the Philippines, especially the rich ancient jewelry making in the Philippines. Haar was asked by Linda Grandia, founder of Miss Multiverse contest, to make the crown. “I hope that the young generation of Filipinos will appreciate and feel proud of this remarkable legacy and glorious heritage," said Haar. The Mandala-inspired crown has sapphire and garnet gemstones. She chose these stones because of its significance …

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Marlon on Pia: We’re just friends

Filipino-Swiss Formula 1 racing driver Marlon Stockinger recently clarified that he and reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach are just friends. “We’re friends and we just happened to see each other in New York. It was just a nice picture, nice moment with her,” said Stockinger, during an interview on ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol last Friday. Rumors swirled that the two have been dating after the beauty queen posted a photo of her and Stockinger on Instagram last Sept 23. She captioned the image "Marloner." “I normally don’t like talking about my private life but at the moment, again, we have known each other for a while,” said Stockinger. Wurtzbach has earlier said that she and Stockinger are just friends. Stockinger, 25, described Pia as “fantastic, friendly and very beautiful”. “I think her beauty speaks for itself and …

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Marlon Stockinger on PiaWurtzbach: ‘We’re friends’

Filipino-Swiss Formula 1 race driver Marlon Stockinger said he and reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach are "just friends." “We’re friends and we just happened to see each other in New York. It was just a nice picture, nice moment with her,” said Stockinger, in an interview on TV Patrol news program on ABS-CBN last Friday. Dating rumors sparked between the two international celebrities after the beauty queen posted a photo of Queen P and Stockinger on Instagram last Sept 23. She captioned the image: "Marloner." “I normally don’t like talking about my private life but at the moment, again, we have known each other for a while,” said Stockinger. Wurtzbach earlier said she and Stockinger are just friends. Stockinger, 25, described Pia as “fantastic, friendly and very beautiful.” “I think her beauty speaks for itself and …

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