Friday, June 24, 2022

Binibining Pilipinas showcased Pinoy culture in 2022 talent competition


Press Release

Manila, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas entertained the audience at the New Frontier Theater and the online viewers worldwide with a one-of-a-kind talent presentation on June 23.

Hosted by Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Grand International Samantha Panlilio and runner-up Meiji Cruz, the show highlighted the amazing talents, colorful culture, and unique beauty of that every Filipina possess. It paid homage to the rising PPOP music with guest performances from groups DIONE and 1st.One that added more local flavor to the show.

Considered one of the major and most anticipated Binibining Pilipinas events, the talent competition was a testament to how well-rounded the Binibinis are. Nineteen of the 40 official contestants wowed the audience and judges as they showcased their singing, dancing, and artistic talents on stage.

Watch the show here.

The 40 candidates of the 2022 Binibining Pilipinas strike a pose at the closing remarks of the talent competition. It was hosted by 2021 Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Samantha Panlilio, and 2021 Binibining Pilipinas 2nd Runner-Up Meiji Cruz. Photo by Bruce Casanova.

Binibini 2 Kryzzia Lynn Moreno opened the performances with a cultural dance Pansak (or “to dance on top porcelain plates”) which is native to Tausug tribes. Binibini 6 Elda Louise Eznar followed with an astounding demonstration of sand painting. The crowd got wild when Binibini 8 Nicole Budol gave a concert-worthy performance of her original song “Gandang Hipon” that exude a message of empowerment and self-confidence. Binibini 9 Natasha Jung serenaded the audiences with a beautiful rendition of “Di na Muli” by Itchyworms. 

The competition continued with a cultural dance B’laan interpreted by Binibini 10 Fatima Kate Bisan. Binibini 11 Esel Mae Pabillaran followed with a fiery dance routine as a salute to Filipinas. Binibini 12 Leslie Avila wowed the audience as she showed off a masterful display of the local sport arnis. Binibini 15 Nyca Mae Bernardo gave a heartfelt ballad while Binibini 17 Chelsea Fernandez treated the audience with oozing sexiness and glamor as she sang Shakira’s "Whenever, Wherever”. 

The audiences were floored as Binibini 18 Ma. Isabela David sang as she played the piano and rocked the theater as she played an electric guitar. Binibini 23 Nicole Borromeo gave an inspiring talk as she painted her interpretation of hope through charcoal. Binibini 25 Anna Valencia sang to the audience while Binibini 27 Jessica Rose McEwen shook the stage as she showed off her popping and hip-hop skills. Binibini 31 Yllana Marie Aduana gave a duet while Binibini 33 Justine Punsalang gave a hair-raising spoken poetry. 

Binibini 34 Christine Juliane Opiaza oozed with hotness as she showed her belly dancing skills. She was followed by Binibini 36 Jannine Navaro who jazzed away with Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”. Binibini 39 Jasmine Omay offered a regal and exquisite performance of Les’ Miserables’ “Castle on a Cloud” as she played the violin. Binibini 40 Roberta Angela Tamondong capped off the performances with a unique dance routine to the tune of Barbie Girl.  

The competition’s panel of judges was composed of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) Executive Committee members Irene Jose and Precious Lara Quigaman, Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Best in Talent Vianca Marcelo, and executives from Binibining Pilipinas sponsors and partner companies.

The Binibinis capped off the show in a PRIDE fashion walk that had the girls wearing Binibining Pilipinas shirts with different colors of the LGBTQIA flag.

The winner of the Binibining Pilipinas 2022 Talent Competition will be revealed on the Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Things get slicey in GIGIL Agency’s latest ad for Danes Cheese

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Our favorite local cheese brand, Danes Cheese, is back with yet another hilarious film from GIGIL Philippines for us to enjoy. If before they showcased their various flavors of cheese blocks in a teleserye-like ad, their mascots have taken more mature roles in this slasher (in this case, slicer?) film! 

The film starts off with a guy wearing a cheese-block costume taking a shower. 

However, his bath time gets interrupted by a looming shadowy figure…who has something sinister in mind.

Inspired by classic thrillers such as ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Shining,’ Danes Cheese wants to communicate the benefits of using Danes Cheese Slices–their new and improved formulation makes it perfect for burgers and sandwiches! 

Since its release, the film has amassed over 3.1M views and counting. Click here to watch the video.

Social media users praised the ad for its humor and uniqueness.

Every pack of Danes Cheese Slices contains 22 slices, so it’s actually cheaper per gram than cheese blocks – making it the affordable choice for your burger and sandwich cravings. Danes Cheese Slices is now available in leading supermarkets.

The amusing advertisement was made in collaboration with GIGIL Philippines.

For Metro Manila residents, you can easily grab Danes Cheese Slices online! Just visit the CDO Home Delivery on Facebook Messenger:

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Filipino filmmaker studies in the US to elevate PH film: "I want our films to have depth"

Meet Tadeo Paras, a Filipino who dreams of making big in fashion photography in the US. 

Tadeo Paras, 25, was born and raised in the Philippines. He shared that it was in his teenage years that he became a cinephile.

Paras is currently in the US since 2019. He finished his baccalaureate degree at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. After graduating, he then flew to the US and pursued his master’s in business in San Diego, California. 

"I was taking my master's and was doing part-time at a hotel," Paras shared.

How did his fascination for films started?

"My fascination for Western films began in high school. It was when I continued to watch and got curious about how they were able to create high-quality movies.

"I loved how stories are told [even] in fiction.”

His passion for films even grew intense when he had the opportunity to do acting back in the country. His latest appearance was with ABS-CBN's top-rating revenge drama series--Wildflower (2018) with Maja Salvador in the lead role and the drama series--Nang Ngumiti ang Langit (2019) with Sophia Reola as the lead star."  

He lists Gordon von Steiner as one of his favorite filmmakers. Von Steiner has established himself as the most sought-after talent for top fashion brands. He has collaborated with Steven Meisel on films for Prada, Miu Miu, and Coach.

"I love Gordon von Steiner’s work," Professed Paras. "His (von Steiner) fashion films are amazing, and I think of them as masterpieces."

It’s his dream to be a fashion photographer someday, too.

Currently, he is learning more about filmmaking at Santa Monica College and looking to transfer to a more known film school in the future.

He pursue filmmaking since he wants to elevate Filipino films and the same time build a better foundation for his dream of becoming a photographer, too. "Looking at the Western or other foreign films, they have good storytelling and diverse actors," he said.

He added, "It is what I want for the Philippines. Not just have good-looking people, I want our films to have depth."

Since he dabbled into theater back then, he believed that the discipline he acquired in the industry would be an advantage to his film studies and photography.

"Yes, I think all of my experience [even] in different fields applies to filmmaking. 

"Helping them build the set even if I was an actor, knowing what the actors are feeling, being in the position they were in so I can connect with them more, it helps with my direction and resourcefulness."

"I’m proud of everything I’ve done because all of my projects helped me in my journey to become a great artist. 

"I treat every experience and project as a lesson. I’m proud of each project like that of Garth Garcia’s music video, Do You Miss Me, assisting One Down, Kumu USA, and Add Hiraya Media in their productions here in Los Angeles."

He also photographed the Los Angeles Fashion Week last year, all of those and more. 

"I have a lot of dreams because I don’t want to limit myself, and working someday in Hollywood is one of them. I want to represent my country in a way that would make my country proud."

As a filmmaker, he has this vision and mission to share with his fellow 'kababayans,' "I always want to include my culture in the films that I will be making. 

"I want to create something that will make my country proud. In my classes right now, I always put a hint of culture in the films and stories I create. 

"I know I’m on the right track because my professors love them and have praised me for my plans. Imagine having a Western quality Filipino film, that is my goal."

Monday, April 25, 2022

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu arrives in the Philippines

Press Release

Manila, Philippines – Harnaaz Sandhu, winner of Miss Universe 2021, arrived in the Philippines last Sunday, April 24, 2022, where she held court at the Platinum Skies Hangar Domestic Airport Compound. Hosting the welcome were Narvacan City Mayor, Hon. Chavit Singson and Architect Richelle Singson Michael, LCS Group Vice Chairperson, Ako Ilokano Ako Partylist first nominee, and Host Committee Chairperson of the 65th Miss Universe that took place here in the Philippines. Both Mayor Singson and Architect Richelle Singson-Michael have tirelessly continued to represent the country in the organization to make Miss Universe one of the most anticipated and inspired events in the country. 

Architect Richelle Singson-Michael shared the delightful moments she had with the reigning Miss Universe, “We are more than happy to welcome Harnaaz. We had the opportunity to learn from each other as we tackled topics she wishes to address throughout her reign. Like a true beauty queen, she is confident yet humble, with the influence to make a positive change in a global scale.” 

Mayor Singson also expressed his exuberance with Harnaaz’s visit, “Having her (Sandhu) visit our country and share her goals with us Filipinos is an inspiration. It's also an opportunity for us to learn about her plans and advocacies as Miss Universe and extend to her all the help to promote her causes."

“The Philippines has always been one of my dream destinations because of its stunning beauty, but more importantly, I feel that it is a country full of opportunities for me to contribute as Miss Universe.” shares Harnaaz when asked how she felt when she first arrived in the country. “I'm excited to work with people who share my passion for putting advocacy into action.”

Menstrual Equity is one of Harnaaz’s advocacies, where she mentioned, “This is a topic near and dear to my heart because I grew up watching my mother deal with this issue. So now that I'm able to address this problem globally, I'm going to devote my time and energy to help young girls and women overcome this challenge. I firmly believe that when women support other women, incredible things happen,” she continued.

Her arrival ramped up excitement among Filipino pageant fans who are looking forward to see her in the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Coronation Night. Her followers are also interested as to which destinations in the country she would visit. The Philippines has hosted two Miss Universe coronation nights and having the reigning title holder sparks joy among Filipinos.

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Francis Libiran Universe Collection Fashion Exhibit Opens At Sofitel Manila

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Manila, Philippines – The Francis Libiran Universe Collection fashion exhibit formally opened its doors during a press event held in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila last April 13th, 2022.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s General Manager, Mr. Olivier Larcher, who opened the night, said that they are thrilled and delighted to work with the best fashion designer in the Philippines and one of the best in the world. He added that It’s an absolute honor to work with such a talent. Now that Sofitel is on a strong rebound, Larcher is expecting more social events to come. He’s looking forward to these, along with more collaborations with Libiran.

Likewise, Libiran is grateful to Sofitel for mounting this exhibit and putting all the stops to have everything in place. The Francis Libiran Universe Collection fashion exhibit is housed in Sofitel Manila’s Events Lounge. It features six gowns, all of which have been strutted by Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Bea Luigi Gomez during the competition.

Libiran, who is no stranger to the world of pageantry, explains that every piece was inspired by Gomez’s personality, her walk, and her physical assets.

“Before I design something for clients, I would really sit down, talk to them, and get to know them. That’s very important for me. I want to know how they are as a person. And I would always ask this question: how do you see yourself on that stage in front of the whole universe?” Libiran said.

Bea Luigi Gomez, the muse for the Universe Collection, came to the event in another Libiran ensemble. She reminisced about truly feeling like gold in her gown during the finals. She expressed how making these gowns was a team effort, but the work was easy because they were helping each other out.

When asked how her journey with the crown has been, Gomez said it was more than the usual beauty queen work. She had to go through with countless realizations, which helped her to become a more empowered woman.

“It became a learning experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and the people that I’m with. I’m very grateful for the crown and what the crown brought into my life,” she explained.

Shamcey Supsup-Lee, who’s the Miss Universe Philippines National Director for the past three years, also graced everyone with her presence. She says it’s been an honor working alongside Libiran for the past several years, so she had to come to celebrate with him.

“I know the work that entails to produce all the bead gowns, and I think you could really see the dedication,” Supsup-Lee said. “He was also the one who initiated to provide different looks and to ask Bea what she really feels would be the best fit for her during her competition,” she continued.

When asked about what the public can expect from Miss Universe Philippines, she exclaims that this year is really exciting. For the past two years, they’ve been planning a big event where fans could witness and enjoy the biggest national pageant in the Philippines. She also thanked everyone for the support and for sticking by Miss Universe Philippines.

The ribbon cutting was done with Libiran at the center. President and CEO of Francis Libiran – Mr. Arsi Baltazar, Creative Director of Miss Universe Philippine – Mr Jonas Gaffud, and the Director of the Philippine Plaza Holdings – Kazuhito Shibuya, were also in attendance.

The Francis Libiran Universe Collection fashion exhibit is open to the public for the whole month of April until May 2022.

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