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Vote for Yul Servo!


He’s not running for political office this time, but he’s nominated at 2014 BroadwayWorld.com Philippines Award.

Yul Servo

To quote Vladimir Bunuoan, deputy head for AB-CBNnews.com’s lifestyle, entertanment and sports sections wrote about Yul Servo in his review of the play the actor appeared recently, “Servo, who previously appeared in the stage adaptation of F. Sionil Jose’s ‘Mass’ and the one-act play ‘Isang Araw sa Karnabal’, captured Biff’s charisma but also gave slight hints of the character’s weakness in a nicely layered performance. But when Biff breaks down in front of his father and admits to his own failings and of being ordinary, it becomes a heartbreaking moment that defines the entire play. That scene alone is why ‘Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente’ matters and why it must be seen. It is also makes the point about why Servo deserves to be more successful despite the accolades he has received from his indie turns.”

Thus, he encourages his friends and contacts here on facebook as well as supporters of Hon. John Marvin Nieto a.k.a. Yul Servo to be the Next Best Crossover Artist (Mainstream to Theater) for the play ‘Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente’

When he’s not acting onstage, he also appears in movies. Some of his most recent films were ‘Rosario’ (2010), ‘Kingpin: Story of Asiong Salonga’ (2011), ‘El Presidente’ (2012) and ‘Porno’ (2013). Only lately this year, he pitted acting with the Philippines’ Superstar—Nora Aunor in a psychological-horror-drama flick titled ‘Dementia’, directed by Perci Intalan.

Voting is only until December 30 and to cast the votes, click on the link.

‘Bamboo Flowers’ honored in both International, Local Awards


Director Maryo J. Delos Reyes shows-off his award from the first-ever Silk Film Festival.

Director Maryo J. Delos Reyes shows-off his award from the first-ever Silk Film Festival.

Multi-awarded international and veteran director Maryo J. Delos Reyes’s 2013 film titled ‘Bamboo Flowers’ won the Audience Favorite award at the first-ever Silk Road International Film Festival held on October 20-25 in Xi’an City, China’s Shaanxi province. A trophy and Certificate of Honor was awarded to the Philippine Embassy in Beijing on behalf of the filmmakers.

Delos Reyes officially received the award at the Film Development Council of the Philippines headquarters at Export Bank Plaza, in Makati City on Wednesday, December 17.

‘Bamboo Flowers’ centers on the chandelier-shaped bamboo flowers which when blossoming forebodes its death; and is set at the island of Bohol. The film highlights the lives of small people as their dreams are shattered; and yet fulfilled as well. Aloy Adlawan wrote its story and featured some of the Philippines’ fine actors, the likes of Spanky Manikan (Nominated for Movie Supporting Actor of the Year, 2014 Star Awards for Movies), Irma Adlawan, Mylene Dizon, Ruru Madrid (Nominated for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor, 2014 Golden Screen Awards), Orlando Sol, and beautiful Max Collins with child actors Yogo Singh and 2014 Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor Miggs Cuaderno.

The said award-winning and internationally-acclaimed film was produced by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and co-produced by Productons56 Incorporated during the Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival: All-Masters Edition and won the Indie Movie Cinematographer (Jun Gonzales) of the Year award at recently concluded 2014 Star Awards for Movies where the film was also nominated as Best Film of the Year.

The film also took part at the 21st Annual Filipino International Cine Festival in the 95-year-old Roxie Theater, in San Francisco, USA on December 11.

Delos Reyes was also one of Philippine Daily Inquirer Entertainment and Corporate Affairs Department’s ‘Indie Bravo! 2014 Honoree’—for his huge contribution in the film industry as an artist; and received it on Thursday, December 11 at the publication’s main office in Makati City.

What probably made Valerie Weigmann lessen Her Chances to Win Miss World 2014?


In the recently concluded Miss World 2014, held at ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre in London on December 14 as it crowned South Africa’s Rolene Strauss as the title holder; it failed the Philippines’ delegate Valerie Weigmann to duplicate her fellow Filipina’s success (Megan Young), who was crowned the previous year.

Weigmann poses by the Mayon Volcano, an active volcano in the province of Albay, Philippines. Photograph courtesy of Weigmann's facebook page.

Weigmann poses by the Mayon Volcano, an active volcano in the province of Albay, Philippines. Photograph courtesy of Weigmann’s facebook page.

The 25-year-old Filipina-German beauty queen who made it to as one of the Top 10 in ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ didn’t quite impress the rest of the judges for her to advance to the next round of the competitions. She was among the Top 25 finalists along with the beauties from Bolivia, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Dominican Republic, England, Mexico, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Sudan, Vietnam, Finland, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and United States.

However, when the Top 10 was announced, Weigmann failed to make the cut. Why is it so? Pageant aficionados in the country had various reactions and observations and one of which is Weigmann’s gown.

For me, here are my observations…

She doesn’t look Pinay.

If Weigmann gets to stand side by side with other European beauties, she won’t stand out. She doesn’t uniquely exude the kind of beauty that most of the Philippines crowned queens would still be identified as ‘very’ Filipina.

Unlike Weigmann, Megan Young still is Filipina-looking despite her being half-American. Even the newly-crowned Miss Earth 2014, who is also a Fil-Am—Jamie Herrell, when you look at her in most angles—the Cebuana is very much Filipino-looking.

Back in 1993, when Ruffa Gutierrez placed Second Princess to Miss Jamaica; she stood out because she has that certain X-Factor and traces of being a Filipina is still very much evident in her features.

She speaks Too Fast.

Based on the video when she was presenting her advocacy for the finalists of ‘Beauty with a Purpose’—Valerie spoke too fast and wasn’t conscious about her pronunciation and enunciation.

English may not be her first language, but she should have been trained on how to say her words with precision especially in emphasizing a particular word in order to make an impact and great impression. On the other hand, when Young competed in the same beauty tilt—she exuded confidence overall.

Back then, she speaks clearly; beaming with so much confidence. Apart from that, she only chose to use the right words to create the needed impact with her advocacy, which Valerie hasn’t perfected.

Has No Queenly-bearing.

If we try to compare Megan Young and Rolene Strauss, both walk, talk, and even stand with such queenly-bearing. They both carried well their gowns. When both Megan and Rolene smile, it is obvious that they were not faking it or probably didn’t get to force it—just to make an impression.

Margie Moran when she won Miss Universe 1973—she was even predicted that she would win the title—it’s because her totality as a woman and as an ambassador of goodwill for the Philippines have further earned the respect of a goddess.

Perhaps, the next time when the Philippines get to send a candidate—these three traits should be part of the criterion.

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