PLDT lauds ‘unbreakable spirit’ of PH enterprises amid challenging times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented immense challenges to industries around the world. With mobility restrictions in place, business owners had to rethink their operations and adjust to navigate the uncertainties in the new normal. Although some companies were able to adapt and seamlessly shift to the new norm, the process was not easy with many struggling with financial losses and temporary business closures. A survey from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released September last year reported that the Philippine economy experienced the worst impacts of the pandemic. The Philippines logged the highest number of business closures and layoffs among its peers in Southeast Asia. Despite that, Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP and Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said that resilience is one of the core values that helped businesses conquer the challenges of the pandemic. This ‘unbreakable spirit’ of enterprises allowed them to embr

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
Follow Binibining Pilipinas Pilipinas to cast your votes for Miss Photogenic:
Twitter: @realbbpilipinas
Facebook: realbbpilipinas
Instagram: bbpilipinasofficial
Website: www.bbpilipinas.com/vote

Text/Words by Kim Gilbert Sancha
Photos by Armando Orcilla

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