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Mutya Pilipinas 2019 reveals its 40 Official Candidates

Under the new leadership with Ms. Cory Quirino as president, the 51-year-old beauty pageant dropped the preposition ‘ng’ (‘of’ in English) from its original name ‘Mutya ng Pilipinas’. On August 1, the pageant presented its 40 official candidates to the press at the Citadines Bay City Manila.


The presentation of candidates is a culmination of a three-month national search, covering Metro Manila, Luzon, Cebu, Bohol, Davao and even in Filipino overseas communities.

This year’s pageant will crown three titleholders, Miss Asia Pacific International, World Top Model Philippines, and Miss Tourism International. Last year, Sharifa Akeel, the country’s representative to Miss Asia Pacific International was declared a winner in the said pageant.

The candidates are as follows: Jigg Kirsty Ang (Catanduanes), Alyanna Bettina Penales (Bacacay, Albay), Jasmine Eaton (Tacloban City), Mariah Gelina Lequin (Bogo City, Cebu), Amber Delos Reyes (Canada), Ella Cayabyab (Quezon Province), Hanna Jessica Villa (Taguig), Louise Janica Arroyo An (California), Andrea Fe Gomez (Baguio City), Jenieva Basultin (Barotac Viejo, Iloilo), Keinth Jensen Petrasanta (Laguna), Camille Joy Ang (Cavite), Andrea Acibo (Batangas City, Batangas), Karmina Luiza Grady (Arizona), Sandra Jele (Tagbilaran City), Maria Isabel Alves (San Isidro, Parañaque), Tyra Goldman (Nevada), Joi Hunter (Illinois), Cyrille Payumo (Pampanga), April Short (Zamboanga City), Ysabel Napiza (New Jersey), Savannah Rosemary Catayas (Australia), Klyza Castro (Davao del Sur), Christine Longakit (Quezon City), Eiffel Janell Rosalita (Sta. Maria, Bulacan), Karla Claudine Lasquite (Cebu City), Layla Yousif Adriatico (Bahrain), Iana Faye Marie Olea (Davao Oriental), Dionne Sade Nicha (Tunasan, Muntinlupa), Jenny Kim Agasid (San Dionisio, Parañaque), Maricres Castro (Alabang, Muntinlupa), Maxine Nicole Rangel (Padre Garcia, Batangas), Maria Angelica Pantaliano (Mandaue City, Cebu), Lesley Anne Ticaro (Davao del Norte), Camille Maha Marie Rono Fabro (UAE), Irish Silades (Malinao, Albay), Nina Bernedo (Cagayan de Oro), Jaica Zacate (Pangasinan), Lady Justerinnie Santos (Bulaacan, Bulacan), and Stephanie Monique Villavicencio (La Paz, Iloilo City).

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Quirino also reiterated the ‘open-door-policy’ of the pageant. All aspiring candidates are welcome to join regardless of their previous pageant affiliations.

Cory Quirino

The press presentation was hosted by JustinQuirino and reigning beauty queen PaulineAmelinckz.

grand coronation night is set to happen on Sunday, August 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena and will have its delayed telecast on ABS-CBN. For more information, visit the pageant’s official website.


Tony Labrusca: Irresistible as Bacsi Bro’s Food Offering

Coming from a trip in Palawan, I still managed to brave the jammed streets of Quezon City to Marikina Cit  to witness the opening of Bacsi Bro’s outlet in Ayala Malls on Saturday, July 27 with Tony Labrusca as its brand ambassador. After he was launched as an endorser and a franchisee  of a drink sometime last year, the star of Sino ang Maysala (Mea Culpa)?–Labrusca greeted the mall-goers, customers and his fans alike with his usual irresistible presence.


Just like the comfort food under Bacsi Bro’s, he maintained his stature as one of today’s most sought-after young male actors; especially after he did daring scenes with Angel Aquino in the 2018 iWant movie Glorious, which was written and directed by Connie Macatuno.

Apart from Tony’s appearance, the all-day breakfast served with rice and bread wraps shared the limelight with the hunky actor.


Labrusca admitted what he favored on the Bacsi Bro’s menu, “Syempre ma-rice ako na tao kaya gusto ko yung original na Bacsi Bro’s rice meal.”

Other variants of Bacsi Bro’s rice meals are: Bacsi Bro, Tapsi Bro, Toci Bro, Cornsi Bro, Chicksi Bro and Porksi Bro. While its Bacsi Bro’s wraps come in four–Bacsi Wrap, Cornsi Wrap, Hotsi Wrap and Tapsi Wrap.

For more information about Bacsi Bro’s and for interested parties to open a franchise, please contact U-Franchise via franchising@franchiseasia.com or telephone number at (632) 6340586 or mobile number +639209830247. Also, visit its facebook page.

iflix partners with Viva for more Compelling Content!

In its vision to redefine the entertainment landscape anew and provide viewers with compelling content[s], on July 12, Friday at Common Ground BGC, Southeast Asia’s leading entertainment streaming service–iflix announced its partnership with one of the country’s biggest multimedia companies–Viva Communications Incorporated. The deal promises a unique understanding of Filipino creativity that Viva has for many years as well as the expertise in reaching a wider audience via iflix‘s streaming platform.

In its first phase, Viva’s extensive library of film classics, modern indie pieces, live concerts, and series will be available on both iflix’s FREE and VIP tiers. Also, a wide selection of Hollywood flicks and K-dramas (dubbed in Filipino) are set to premiere on iflix’s platform. Its second scope and quality of available content promise to stay true to Viva’s tagline ‘Iba ‘pag Viva!’

On a macro scale, both have set the wheels in motion for a series of collaborations, intending to complete 30 films and nine series over the next three years. To top off the list, Viva is looking to international shores, with iflix’s help. Upcoming projects in Indonesia and Malaysia featuring Filipino and local talents are in the works.

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iflix Philippines co-founder and country manager, Sherwin dela Cruz on stage as he shared exciting stuff about the partnership with Viva.

Since iflixFREE was launched in mid-2018, iflix Philippines co-founder and country manager, Sherwin dela Cruz showed the event’s attendees with a sneak peek into what iflix has been up to in recent months. It included the release of several iflix Original productions like the second season of Hoy! Bibig Mo and the full-length film Mystified

The new direction in delivering content has led to iflix PH with an average base of 3.2M monthly active users

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Viva Communications’ COO and president Vincent del Rosario echoed Grove’s enthusiasm, as his team is looking forward to working with iflix.

Also, iflix co-founder and chairman, Patrick Grove shared with the audience how the iflixxViva came together and how it will change the way users binge-watch with the contents Viva is bringing to the platform. He also expressed his excitement over the projects the two companies will be embarking together over the next three years. Viva Communications’ COO and president Vincent del Rosario echoed Grove’s enthusiasm, as Viva team is looking forward to working with iflix on delivering quality Filipino content and showcasing local talents to its users both here and abroad.

iflix co-founder and group CEO, Mark Britt wrapped up the evening’s excitement as he led the toast to the partnership. The four gentlemen onstage were joined by iflix PH head of content and marketing, Georgette Tengco; Viva’s president and COO for Viva Artists Agency, Veronique del Rosario; and SVP for content creation and development, Val del Rosario.

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Matteo Guidicelli performed at the said momentous event of iflix and Viva.

The evening ended on a high note via a special performance by multi-talented actor-singer Matteo Guidicelli. Sam YG (who is also the host of Hot Ones Philippines on iflix) hosted the said affair.