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Rachel Peters crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017



MANILA, Philippines - Congratulations to our new queen of the universe!

Reining Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina, who finished in the top 6 of the Miss Universe pageant in Manila in January this year, finally crowned Rachel Peters as her successor in the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 coronation night on Sunday, April 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Rachel Peters crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017
Rachel Peters wins Miss Universe Philippines 2017! Photo Credit: Facebook/Bb. Pilipinas
Peters from Camarines Sur bested other 39 candidates to win the much-coveted title.

Peters won P 500M worth of management contract, full scholarship package, 18 months free membership at Gold's Gym and will be the newest PLDT ambassador, among others.

Aside from the top title, she also won special awards such as Miss Photogenic (Face of Binibini), Best in Swimsuit and named Jag Denim Queen.

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In the Question and Answer (Q&A), Peters was asked: "What are your message to the leaders of ASEAN?"

“I believe that one of the biggest problems of our country is divisiveness: in politics, religion, and culture,” Peters said.

“I believe it is same across the world and that is something I would like to address. If we can learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other, then we will be a stronger nation going forward,” she added.

Rachel Peters crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017
Photo Credit: Facebook/Bb Pilipinas

According to Bb. Pilipinas website, the 25-year-old Filipino-British beauty queen completed her International Baccalaureate at the British School in Phuket, Thailand and has a Bachelor of Business, Tourism and Events major from La Trobe University in Australia.

Other winners of the night were Maria Angelica A. de Leon (Bb. Pilipinas International), Katarina Sonja A. Rodriguez (Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental), Chanel Olive V. Thomas (Bb. Pilipinas Supranational), Elizabeth Durado Clenci(Bb. Pilipinas Grand International), Nelda C. Ibe (Bb. Pilipinas Globe), Charmaine F. Elima (Bb. Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up) and Kristel Guelos (Bb. Pilipinas 2017 2nd Runner-Up).

winners Bb. Pilipinas 2017
Photo courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas on Facebook.
The schedule and venue for the 66th edition of Miss Universe are yet to be announced.



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LIVESTREAM: Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night coverage, updates



MANILA, Philippines - The Bb. Pilipinas 2017 coronation night happens tonight, April 30, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Check out on this page for the livestream video and coverage for the crowning of successors of the 6 reigning queens.

LIVESTREAM: Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night coverage, updates

As reported, ABS-CBN got the sole and exclusive rights to the live coverage of the 54th edition of Binibining Pilipinas coronation night. The agreement with Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc (BPCI), the organization that owns the pageant, stated that other media outfits will be allowed to post updates after ABS-CBN's delayed telecast.

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The Kapamilya Network is scheduled to air the delayed telecast at 10:15 p.m. and expected to last for three hours or around 1 a.m. (Monday, May 1).

On its TFC website, it says that Bb. Pilipinas Coronation Night will be available on Pay-Per-View (PPV) and ABS-CBN Streaming Simulcast at 10:15 p.m. Pre-order here (http://beta.tfc.tv/category/live).

Livestream of Bb. Pilipinas will be available also via iWantTV.

The Binibining Pilipinas 2017 will headline the crowning of successor of Miss Universe 2016 Top 6 Maxine Medina. Also, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Miss Intercontinental 2016 Top 15 Jennifer Hammond, Miss Supranational 2016 Top 25 Joanna Louise Eden, Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-up Nicole Cordoves and Miss Globe 2016 3rd Runner-up Nichole Marie Manalo will relinquish their titles to their respective successors as well.

Forty lovely candidates are vying for the main titles and two runner-up positions.

Bb. Pilipinas 2017 is hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach together with Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj and actor Xian Lim.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Xian Lim
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and actor Xian Lim. Photo Credit: Twitter/Bb. Pilipinas
Who will be crowned the Miss Universe Philippines 2017? Tell us in the comments section below.



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LIST OF WINNERS: Bb Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night



MANILA, Philippines - (Updated as of 1:30 a.m.) The six reigning Bb Pilipinas queens finally crowned their successors in the grand coronation night on Sunday, April 30, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The full list of winners and updates are available on this page as announced online.

LIST OF WINNERS: Bb Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW QUEENS! The winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 pageant. Photo Credit: Facebook/Bb Pilipinas
The Binibining Pilipinas 2017 will headline the crowning of successor of Miss Universe 2016 Top 6 Maxine Medina. Also, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Miss Intercontinental 2016 Top 15 Jennifer Hammond, Miss Supranational 2016 Top 25 Joanna Louise Eden, Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-up Nicole Cordoves and Miss Globe 2016 3rd Runner-up Nichole Marie Manalo will relinquish their titles to their respective successors as well.

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Forty lovely candidates are vying for the main titles and two runner-up positions.

According to Bb. Pilipinas website, this year’s roster is composed of local pageant winners, degree holders from top schools, honor graduates, artists, sports and fashion enthusiasts, and working professionals who excel in their respective fields. Representing various provinces in the country, the official candidates bested hundreds of aspirants that went through rigorous screenings and interviews in January.

Here are the results of Bb Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night (updated):


Final Results Candidate
Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters
Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Maria Angelica A. de Leon
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 Katarina Sonja A. Rodriguez
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2017 Chanel Olive V. Thomas
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2017 Elizabeth Durado Clenci
Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2017 Nelda Ibe
Bb. Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up Charmaine F. Elima
Bb. Pilipinas 2017 2nd Runner-Up Kristel N. Guelos


Top 15 Candidate
Binibini 39 Elizabeth Durado Clenci
Binibini 15 Maria Angelica A. de Leon
Binibini 22 Chanel Olive V. Thomas
Binibini 31 Katarina Sonja A. Rodriguez
Binibini 10 Jehza Mae S. Huelar
Binibini 13 Sirene L. Sutton
Binibini 40 Kristel N. Guelos
Binibini 18 Nelda C. Ibe
Binibini 32 Charmaine F. Elima
Binibini 20 Christagale Borja
Binibini 17 Maria Camille P. Manalo
Binibini 34 Gabriela Patricia M. Ortega
Binibini 16 Larah Grace P. Lacap
Binibini 19 Rachel Louise O. Peters
Binibini 28 Juliana M. Kapeundl


Top 25 Candidate
Binibini 18 Nelda C. Ibe
Binibini 2 Arienne Louise B. Calingo
Binibini 19 Rachel Louise O. Peters
Binibini 27 Beatrice O. Valente
Binibini 1 Dane Felisse R. Marasigan
Binibini 31 Katarina Sonja A. Rodriguez
Binibini 28 Juliana M. Kapeundl
Binibini 17 Maria Camille P. Manalo
Binibini 37 Sammie Anne L. Legaspi
Binibini 22 Chanel Olive V. Thomas
Binibini 39 Elizabeth Durado Clenci
Binibini 6 Maria Benjieleen T. Nama
Binibini 13 Sirene L. Sutton
Binibini 40 Kristel N. Guelos
Binibini 7 Jennyline Carla F. Malpaya
Binibini 15 Maria Angelica A. de Leon
Binibini 32 Charmaine F. Elima
Binibini 9 Vanessa N. Saliba
Binibini 33 Kristie Rose D. Cequeรฑa
Binibini 16 Larah Grace P. Lacap
Binibini 20 Christagale Borja
Binibini 26 Ruffa Nava
Binibini 34 Gabriela Patricia M. Ortega
Binibini 10 Jehza Mae S. Huelar
Binibini 38 Ana Patricia Asturias


Special Awards

  • Miss Cream Silk: Bb 15 Maria Angelica de Leon 
  • Miss Philippine Airlines: Bb 31 Katarina Rodriguez 
  • Best in Long Gown: Bb 15 Maria Angelica de Leon 
  • Best in Swimsuit: Bb 19 Rachel Louise O. Peters 
  • Miss Friendship: Bb 22 Chanel Olive V. Thomas 
  • Miss Photogenic (Face of Binibini): Bb 19 Rachel Louise O. Peters 
  • Miss Talent: Bb 1 Dane Felisse R. Marasigan 
  • Best in National Costume: Bb 22 Chanel Olive V. Thomas 
  • Jag Denim Queen: Bb 19 Rachel Louise O. Peters 
  • Manila Bulletin Reader's Choice: Bb 20 Christagale Borja

People’s Choice Award

For the first time in Binibining Pilipinas, the winner of the text votes will be included in the Top 15.

To vote for your favorite candidate ( via unlimited voting):

Send BB(candidate number) to 2131 for ABSCBNmobile subscribers
Send BB(candidate number) to 2929022 for Smart/TNT/Globe subscribers

Live coverage and updates

Bb Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night will be aired via delayed telecast on ABS-CBN on Sunday at 10:15 p.m. The show will last for three hours and expected to finish around 1 am. on Monday, May 1.



Among the judges at the coronation night are actor Paulo Avelino, volleyball player and TV host Gretchen Ho, newscasters Mitzi Borromeo and Ted Failon and PLDT Group's Eric Alberto.

Bb. Pilipinas 2017 is hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach together with Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj and actor Xian Lim.

Who will be crowned the Miss Universe Philippines 2017? Tell us in the comments section below.



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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Sarangani, Davao Occidental on April 29, 2017



MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that shook parts of Mindanao on Saturday morning, April 29, 2017.

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Sarangani, Davao Occidental on April 29, 2017
Screenshot from Phivolcs earthquake advisory.
The exact time of occurrence was recorded at 04:23:14 a.m. with epicenter at 05.02°N, 125.24°E - 053 km S 30° W of Sarangani town in Davao Occidental.

The earthquake that occurred has a tectonic origin with 57 km depth of focus.

The strong quake was felt at Intensity V in General Santos City; Koronadal City; Santa Maria, Jose Abad Santos, Don Marcelino, Balot Island, Davao Occidental; Polomolok, Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Malapatan, Glan, Sarangani; and Palimbag, Sultan Kudarat.

Also felt in Intensity IV in Davao City, Cotabato City and Zamboanga City.

It was at Intensity III in Cagayan De Oro City and Intensity II in Kidapawan City.

The quake was measured at Instrumental Intensities: Intensity V in General Santos City; Intensity IV in Zamboanga City and Intensity III in Cotabato City.

Damage and aftershocks are expected after the tremor.

Cancellation of Tsunami Advisory

After the quake was reported, PHIVOLCS issued a TSUNAMI ADVISORY for coastal communities fronting Celebes Sea (Sarangani, Davao Occidental, South Cotabato, Davao Oriental and Sultan Kudarat) where sea level disturbances were expected.

The occurrence of sea level disturbance was confirmed by records of the Sarangani sea level monitoring station showing a drop of approximately 30cm and a maximum rise of approximately 10cm wave height relative to normal sea level. It is expected that the continuing sea level fluctuations in the area associated with this event will no longer exceed this recorded wave height.

"PHIVOLCS has now cancelled its Tsunami Advisory as there is no longer a tsunami threat for this event," the latest bulletion stated.



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LOOK: Manila’s first-ever YouTube Pop-up Space now open



MANILA, Philippines - Popular online video community website YouTube officially opened the YouTube Pop-up Space Manila on Friday at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Arts Center.

Manila’s first-ever YouTube Pop-up Space opened

Pop-up Spaces is a YouTube initiative created to support creative communities around the world, and an investment in the development and growth of these content creators in line with the mission of YouTube Spaces: learn, connect, and create.

The first ever YouTube Pop-up Space Manila will operate until May 1 and will allow YouTube creators to learn about video production, collaborate with other creators, and give them the production tools they need to realize their creative goals. They can use the facilities for free.

YouTube Pop-up Space Manila

Through the Space, creators can access all the latest audiovisual and editing equipment to produce original and innovative digital video content for their own YouTube channels.

The Filipino YouTube creator community is one of the world’s most vibrant, and in the past year alone, the amount of content uploaded to YouTube in the Philippines has grown by a staggering 150%, while watchtime on mobile in the Philippines has grown 65% year on year. To support this incredible community of YouTube creators as well as the next generation of local talent, YouTube is excited to be bringing in a physical pop-up presence where creators can interact.

The YouTube Pop-up Space encompasses two studios— one music themed and one themed after a traditional Philippines street with a Jeepney. There is a lounge area and multiple meeting rooms for creators to use. Over the next four days, YouTube will organize events, workshops, and networking events in the Space’s auditorium and classrooms that are open to all YouTube creators locally.

YouTube Pop-up Space Manila

YouTube Pop-up Space Manila

YouTube Pop-up Space Manila

YouTube Pop-up Space Manila

YouTube previously opened Pop-up Spaces across Asia in cities like Bangkok, Jakarta, Seoul, Taipei, Sydney. Permanent YouTube Spaces are presently open in Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, New York, Sรฃo Paulo, Berlin, Paris, Mumbai, and Toronto.

YouTube Logo

Since the first YouTube Space opened in 2012, more than 150,000 creators have visited the Spaces globally, creating over 10,000 videos from their visits. Videos created at YouTube Spaces worldwide have amassed almost 2 billion views thus far.

You can follow the latest updates about YouTube Pop-up Space at #YTPopupSpaceMNL to stay informed of the latest news about activities and events. Find more YouTube creator resources at youtube.com/creators and learn more about the YouTube Spaces across the world at youtube.com/space.



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Faroe Islands' local men seek wives from the Philippines



Ladies, if you’ve given up on finding a partner in the Philippines, perhaps you need to go the distance. Faroe Islands is running out of women and local men are actively searching for partners from the Philippines.

Due to shortage of women in Faroe Islands, a Denmark-based islands located between Norway and Iceland, local men are increasingly seeking potential wives from countries like the Philippines and Thailand.

Faroe Islands local men seek wives from the Philippines
PHOTO CREDIT: BBC
With a humble population of only 50,000 which is further decreasing, there are about 2,000 less women than men in this island. As a result, Faroese men are looking beyond the islands for love. In fact, many of them have found their spouses, mostly Asians, through online dating websites, social media networks and other existing Asian-Faroese couples.

Faroe Islands local men seek wives from the Philippines
PHOTO CREDIT: BBC
Currently, there are over 300 ladies from Thailand and the Philippines thriving in the islands.

While Faroe Islands may seem like the perfect escape from reality, many newcomers initially found it hard to cope with the islands’ very different weather, landscape and culture.

Faroe Islands local men seek wives from the Philippines
PHOTO CREDIT: BBC
Its wet, cool climate can be very challenging for people particularly from a tropical country as a good summer day could have a temperature of 16°C.

In terms of food, Faroese prefer dried cod, fermented mutton and occasional whale meat and blubber. Asians would definitely miss their traditional cuisine as traditional herbs and spices in the region are not available in this area.

Moreover, immigrants have to learn the Faroes’ own language which is derived from Old Norse as many villagers don’t speak English.

Despite the difficulties of living and adjusting to an entirely different environment, Pinay Antonette Egholm said she didn’t encounter any bad experiences when she moved to the island.

She told BBC: “I’ve never experienced any negative reactions to my being a foreigner. I lived in metro Manila and there we worried about traffic and pollution and crime. Here we don't need to worry about locking the house, and things like healthcare and education are free. At home we have to pay. And here you can just call spontaneously at someone's house, it's not formal. For me, it feels like the Philippines in that way.”

--Mini, The Summit Express



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Video of Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo’s wedding, renewal of vows captures hearts of netizens



MANILA, Philippines - Last year, celebrity couple Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo renewed their wedding vows in front of family and friends in a solemn beach celebration at a private beach resort in Batangas on April 30. A year later, renowned videographer Jason Magbanua decided to release a same-day-edit video of the momentous event.

Video of Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo’s wedding, renewal of vows captures hearts of netizens

Magbanua, who also filmed the couple’s sunrise wedding in San Juan, Batangas in 2009, said there was no way he’s not going to do the anniversary video. But unlike his usual videos, Magbanua decided to “draw parallels” between the film footages of the actual wedding and the renewal of vows ceremony.





“I wanted to key in on the constants in their lives, the people surrounding them, the ones who matter the most, the ones who have been there and are still there,” Magbanua wrote in his blog.

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Interestingly Magbanua filmed both events in Super 8.

“It’s one thing to see Super 8 footage of a wedding shot one month ago, and it’s a totally mind-blowing experience to re-watch the movie clips seven years after. It’s just utterly beautiful, nostalgic, haunting in a positive manner. Indescribable to a degree, transcending pixels,” the renowned videographer revealed.

Santos and Agoncillo, who tied the knot in 2009, decided to renew their wedding vows after their son Lucio asked for it. Apparently, the family was watching their wedding video when Lucio noticed that he wasn’t present in the ceremony unlike his older sister, Yohan.


“Lucho’s reaction was priceless for me. He wanted to be part of a happy memory that happened prior to his existence. The power of film/video had that effect on the child, much like we all wanted to enter Sesame Street, the Electric Company or Blue’s Clues,” Magbanua remarked.

Watch the video.


--Mini, The Summit Express



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Free tuition to be offered to poor but “academically able” students



MANILA, Philippines -Tuition-free schooling for academic year AY 2017-2018 will be offered to poor but “academically able” university students particularly those under the student financial assistance programs (Stufaps) as well as those whose households are under the conditional cash transfer program.

Free tuition to be offered to poor but “academically able” students
PHOTO CREDIT: PhilStar
In the April 20 memo released by the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Budget Management, details of how the grant of the free tuition offered in 114 state universities and colleges (SUCs) were outlined. The said guidelines aim to ensure proper implementation of the special appropriation of P8 billion subject to the conditional implementation that President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered.

According to the guidelines, only students who are “academically able” or those who pass the academic and retention standard of the SUCs will be granted tuition-free schooling for the new academic year.

Moreover, Stufap beneficiaries will be prioritized on enrolment. Given that the total annual benefit amount of these grants is more than P15,000, Stufap beneficiaries’ tuition will be charged to the relevant allocation of the Stufaps.

Those whose total annual benefit are equal or lower than P15,000 will be charged to the “free tuition” allocation of the SUC. They will continue to get their regular Stufap on top of the tuition subsidy.

Undergraduate students whose households are current or former beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Listahan 2.0 program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be included in the “free tuition” slots.

Regardless of household per capita income, graduating students with one semester and one academic year remaining will be granted free tuition.

In December 2016, Duterte subjected the P8-billion free tuition program under conditional implementation.

“Yet, as with all new programs, there is a need to safeguard the proper implementation of the provision of free tuition fee. It is important to underscore that we must give priority to financially disadvantaged but academically able students,” Duterte said.

--Mini, The Summit Express



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