Sunday, April 30, 2017

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Grand Parade Of Beauties

The afternoon of April 22, 2017 became even more hotter as the lovely forty candidates of #BbPilipinas2017 dazzled and sizzled once more in the annual Grand Parade of Beauties. The Binibinis came out from Kia Theater where this year's parade started. Touring the streets of Araneta Canter, the #BbPilipinas2017 candidates wore a stylish floral blue swimsuits designed by Filipino designer Domz Ramos. A fancy and featherly headdress accentuated by colorful beadwork was worn to complement the looks of the beautiful Filipinas.  

Accompanied by drum and lyre, the Binibinis paraded and waved to the crowd with their beaming smile as they passed through the fans and members of the press riding on Miata cars. The parade is another anticipated event of the Binibining Pilipinas prelude to the Coronation Night slated on April 30 to be aired by ABS-CBN. As soon as the parade ended at Gateway Pavilion, the #BbPilipinas2017 candidates introduced themselves in front of fans and flashes of the media.
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Words by Gilbert Kim Sancha
Photos by Armando Orcilla


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wakay Travel and Tours made history in Batanes.

Wakay Tours, the premiere booking and travel agency in the province of Batanes recently made a history in the tourism industry of this northernmost island in the Philippines, by hosting the first ever cruise ship to land and visit this beautiful province of Region II.

Caledonian Sky cruise ship made its historic voyage to Basco last March 17, 2017 along with 70 mostly American tourists, the stop over that lasted for almost 8 hours is the last leg of the Philippine tour for the said cruise before heading to Taiwan.

Wakay (Ivatan term for Sweet Potato) spearhead the arrival of tourist from Basco Pier going to their first destination, the giant Basco Lighthouse that serve as the good destination to see the magnificent view of Batanes from up above the hills. It is located in Naidi Hill, a former resettlement area that also house a old battery office that was bomb during Japanese invasion time.

The fast and moving tour is also assisted by eight dynamic and professional national tour guides from Tour Guide Federation of the Philippines headed by its President Albert Gadia, they help and motivate Ivatan guides that lead different tour van of guest, from Caledonian Sky.
After Basco Lighthouse the tour directly go to Japanese Tunnel also located in one of Basco beautiful mountains, this tunnel was purely made by Ivatans as commission by Japanese invaders way back then.  They proceed to Diora fishing village, where Ivatans traditional fishing is showcase. As part of customs, when fishing season start by March, a ritual of sacrificing a boar is taking place to have a blessing for bountiful harvest at the sea. They usually aim for Dolphin Fish or Dorado as called by them. Flying Fish or Dibang is the one they use as bait to catch the precious Dorado. Prior to that they also use fresh water shrimp to catch Dibang then it will be used to catch the said target fish.
A short program takes place at Ivana to welcome this special tourist, they were greeted by the locals and cultural presentation of dances and songs is also presented.

The last leg of the tour happens in Sabtang, a nearby island town that can be reach 30 minutes from Ivana, this is where the living museum of Batanes is located where old and authentic Ivatan houses made from stones are still standing along with their beliefs and culture. Another special program is also held organize by the local Government of Sabtang to welcome this once in a lifetime guests.

This first cruise ship travel in Batanes by Caledonian Sky is indeed a success, they prove that being the most typhoon visited place in the country, and the most expensive to visit locally is still a worth of your hard earn money to spend with, the beautiful sceneries and its warm people called Ivatans are the best experience you will treasure forever.
Caledonian Sky visit is also made possible with Zegrahm Expeditions and Sharp Travel Service.  Batanes this 2017 is expected to host more Cruise ship arrival since it is a new destination to be offer in cruise ship tour packages. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Heat is on for Gerald Santos in Miss Saigon.

FORMER Pinoy Pop Superstar Grand Champion and Theater actor Gerald Santos, is now officially the newest Filipino cast of the Broadway hit and award winning musical Miss Saigon, for UK Touring cast of 2017.

Santos will play as Thuy, the Vietnamese lover of lead star Kim who became a head of a military service, and still pursue Kim due to a parental arraignment, but Kim is in love already with a son to an American GI name Chris.

During its press conference, Santos admit that it was not easy auditioning for the role of Thuy, he undergoes a multiple callback to fit for the role that once played by Robert Sena and many other Filipino artist. Santos pass the two-audition process and 2 callbacks, he was instructed to sing Thuy piece during those times.

Santos admit he waited patiently for more than a year after receiving the confirmation, that he did pass the audition and got the Thuy role. But he didn’t lose hope and believe in God that the opportunity will still pursue.
“Actually, hanggang ngayon di pa rin ako makapaniwala, di pa rin nagsi-sink in, hanggang wala pa ko dun, tapos ang tagal ng paghihintay, we keep praying, asking God, na sana makapasa ako, kahit understudy tatanggapin ko.” Santos said,

After reading the email confirmation of him being Thuy, he did cry and think of all the hardship he passes thru before auditioning for Miss Saigon, like putting up his own show, producing his own album, because he have no TV contract for the past many years after his freelance status. He did some theater production like Sino Ka Ba Jose Rizal of Gantimpala Theater Production, and Pedro Calungsod by Redlife Entertainment Production.

“Thuy is not a villain, he just truly madly in love with Kim, He is just so pisst off with the situation, kumbaga na fix na yung marriage nila bakit na in-love pa si Kim kay Chris. Ganun ko siya interpret, intense and angry lang sya sa situation but he is not a villain.” Santos added.
Gerald did a solo concert last April 9 at SM North Skydome entitled “Something New In My Life” with Regine Velasquez as his very special guest, and the UP Concert Chorus.

Miss Saigon is a production by Cameron Mackintosh, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Alain Boubil and Richard Maltby Jr.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

An Afternoon of Talents with the Binibinis.

The calendar of activities of the beauties of Binibining Pilipinas has always been an event to be ecstatic and enthusiastic about for pageant lovers alike. And one of the most anticipated is the annual talent competition, being held weeks prior to the coronation night. It is this time and again of the year where the official candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas once more showcased their skills, crafts and talents in their chosen field, where they are exemplary and extraordinary in their own way. 
The very hot temperature last April 8, didn’t stop the pageant fans and members of the press to flock at Ali Mall, to witness not just beauty but also artistry of Bb.Pilipinas 2017 candidates. The competition was hosted by Patricia Fernandez, a former beauty queen. Soon after the short introduction, the forty official candidates of #BbPilipinas2017 graced the stage wearing outfits provided by JAG, a consistent major sponsor of the BPCI over the years.   
It was indeed an entertaining and thrilling afternoon as thirteen out of forty #BbPilipinas2017 candidates were chosen to perform:

Bb. 1 Dane Marasigan - Singing
Bb. 2 Arianne Calingo - Ballet en pointe " The Dying Swan "
Bb. 4 Jessica Ramirez - Speed Painting
Bb. 5 Joselle Mariano - Singing
Bb.15 Marielle de Leon - Singing
Bb. 17 Camille Manalo - Tae Kwon Do Demonstration
Bb. 23 Ara Salientes - Declamation
Bb. 25 Clarice Marion Villareal - Singing with guitar accompaniment
Bb. 27 Beatrice Valente - Speed painting while singing three songs in different languages
Bb. 35 Thoreen Halvorsen - Singing
Bb. 36 Gillian Colcol - Contemporary Dance
Bb. 39 Elizabeth Clenci - Bass Guitar playing
Bb. 40 Kristel Guelos - Magic

To determine the Binibini winner of this year's " Best In Talent, " which will be announced on April 30 during the Coronation Night, Chit Guerrero, Head of ABS-CBN Creative, Chris Violago, ABS-CBN Creative Director, Jojo Bragais and Joy Charlton, Shoe Designers and Stella Marquez Araneta, BPCI Chairperson sat as the judges. A performance by former The Voice Of The Philippines 2013 contestant and Viva Artist, RJ dela Fuente was a hit, as he serenaded the Binibinis at the conclusion of the talent competition
Catch the official lovely #BbPilipinas2017 candidates on April 22 as they go around at the Araneta Center for the Grandeur Parade of Beauties.
Palawan's bet Thoreen Halvorsen
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Text/Words by Kim Gilbert Sancha
Photos by Armando Orcilla