The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas [ˌpɪlɪˈpinɐs]), officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Repúblika ng Pilipinas), is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons but have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it a megadiverse country. The Philippines is the 73rd largest independent nation,covering almost 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi) and an archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, and is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila.
The name Philippines is derived from that of King Philip II of Spain. Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos during his expedition in 1542 named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then Prince of Asturias. Eventually the name Las Islas Filipinas would be used to cover all the islands of the archipelago. Before that became commonplace, other names such as Islas del Poniente (Islands of the West) and Magellan’s name for the islands San Lázaro were also used by the Spanish to refer to the islands.
Scenic spots shown in current Survivor Cagayan
MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!
The Filipino people gave their warmest thanks to the whole world…
WINS FOR THIS YEAR 2013!!!
These are the major and minor wins of the Philippine contingency in the international competitions. It’ll make you proud to be a Filipino that even if we are facing political problems with the politicians’ scams left and right… typhoons… flooding… unrest in the south… and just recently the earthquake in the Visayas and Mindanao region… we still get to see and hear these good news of the Philippine teams winning.
Bringing us hope that we can still stand proud and tall no matter what… So “Kapit-Bisig… Kapit-Kamay” where ever we are in the world don’t ever be ashamed where you come from and be proud!!!
Please try to offer at least a prayer for the people who lost their lives in the earthquake that devastated Cebu and Bohol… and now the devastation brought by typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda… There’s always Hope… God bless the Philippines…
To the Philippine contingent…
(complete news feed on September wins down below)
From http://www.rappler.com posted 10/03/13
MANILA, Philippines – There was already talk of a Hollywood remake of Erik Matti’s “OTJ: On The Job” as early as April 2013, amid the film’s world premiere at the Directors Fortnight of the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, the annual event held around midyear.
According to Canadian film critic Chris Bumbray, the remake is “already on the books.”
In his review of the film for joblo.com, Bumbray suggested 3-time Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (of the recently concluded Emmy-winning show “Breaking Bad”) for the part of the hard-core hitman Tatang played by Joel Torre.
Los Angeles-based production company XYZ Films has bought the story rights of “OTJ” and tapped film director Baltasar Kormakur of Iceland (“Contraband,” “2 Guns”).
In recent years, Hollywood has turned to Asia for its remakes – e.g. Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” based on the crime thriller “Infernal Affairs” by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. With rare exceptions like “The Magnificent Seven” (adapted from Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”), Hollywood has conventionally relied on European material, particularly French cinema. The planned “OTJ” remake will be another addition to Hollywood’s Asian connection if completed.
Matti has recently figured in a brief word war with members of the Film Academy of the Philippines after it selected Hannah Espia’s “Transit” for submission to Hollywood’s Academy Awards, for its consideration in the Foreign-Language Film Category. – Rappler.com
Mrs. Asia International Pageant – That extravaganza platform for married and senior ladies to showcase their beauty, talents and success in a more contemporary and glamorous approach. While beauty is the key element, contestants are also urged to voice their opinions about marriage and current events.
All married women – young wives, mothers and even grandmothers from Asia Countries – are eligible to participate. 26 Ladies from Asia countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Japan,Hong Kong China, Sri Lanka and Philippines taking part in this contest.
The World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) is the first and only international competition to find the best aspiring performing artists worldwide. This competitive contest which is held annually in Hollywood, California is often referred to as the “Olympics of the Performing Arts”. Competitors of every age are judged in acting, singing, dancing, modeling, instrumentalists, and variety categories. Like the Olympics, the finest aspiring competitors from countries are qualified and invited. Every contestant attending the World Championships of Performing Arts system has been screened, qualified and selected under specific guidelines Founded by Griff O’Neil in 1996, The World Championships has sought out and found the next World Stars from over 70,000 applicants and 47 countries in its decade-long competition, which culminates in an annual televised final awards show, in Hollywood.
An “Olympics-style” competition in which singers compete only against other singers, dance groups compete only against other dance groups, and so on, the participants are grouped by age into Juniors and Seniors, and then a winner is selected in each performance category, for both Juniors and Seniors, over a week long elimination process. Industry heavy-weights, talent agents, record execs and television producers judge the talent to determine who moves onto the finals. Once at the finals, a champion is selected by 16 celebrity judges from among the top 3-4 performers in each category and both age groups. Of the eight category winners, a Junior and Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World is selected and awarded.
The official hip hop dance group of the University of the Philippines – UP Streetdance, placed third in the competition’s MegaCrew Division, and getting the Bronze Medal duplicating their feat last year. It was held August 3 -11, 2013 at the Red Rock Resort and Orleans Arena. Over 250 crews represented over 40 nations. 26 crews in four divisions advanced to the World Finals held at the Orleans Arena with over 6,000 in attendance. The top three crews in each division received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Two-time champions Royal Family from New Zealand defended their title by winning the gold prize. Canada’s Praise Team bagged the silver.
Six teams competed in the division’s final round, including another Philippine team, the De La Salle Dance Company-Street, which had placed fourth in the semifinals on Friday.
In the Adult Division, the world-famous Philippine All Stars, which won in 2006 and 2008, failed to win for the third time. Canada’s Rockwell took the gold, New Zealand’s Identity won the silver, and Malaysia’s Elecoldxhot stole the bronze.
The Philippine All Stars had finished third in the semifinals.
Created in 2002 by Hip Hop International, the World Hip Hop Dance Championship is a prestigious dance competition that has attracted competing teams from the US, Italy, Mexico, France, Japan, Switzerland, Morocco, Philippines, United Kingdom, China, Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, India, Colombia, South Africa, Nigeria, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland and Uruguay.
This year’s competition featured over 2,500 competing dancers representing 40 countries.
The Pyronale, a fireworks championship, takes place annually on the Maifeld. By presenting spectacular fireworks, international teams try to win the jury’s and audience’s support. Every year teams from all over the world create various fireworks with breathtaking effects in order to win the pyronale trophy and the public’s favor.
A jury consisting of experts and celebrities decides who becomes champion of the Pyronale. The winning team receives a trophy created by designer Jette Joop. Other awards will be handed over to the second and third placed team. On both evenings the audience is allowed to vote for its favourite firework.
The rules of the competition include an obligatory and freestyle programme. During the obligatory part the teams have to create two shows, one on given music and one without.
The freestyle part on the other side allows the teams to set up a show on their own.
From http://www.bubblews.com by Rojan 88
Fireworks is one great way of adding excitement and drama to a special occasion and Philippines is known for being one of those countries who are fond of celebrating with fireworks. Every occasion may it be big or small one, fireworks of any sort will be part of Pinoy’s way of celebration especially the New Year. For year’s now Philippines has been known as the host of the annual Pyrolympics or the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition. And since we are the host country we didn’t have the chance to compete but only to showcase our pyromusical expertise via an exhibition number.
But just recently, the country was able to find a venue where we can showcase our talent and skills and also compete at the same time and that is the 2013 Pyronale Fireworks World Championships in Berlin, Germany. Held last Sept 6-7, 6 countries competed this year which includes Mirnovec Pirotehnika of Croatia, Surex of Poland, JoHo Pyro of Finland, Kanellopoulos Fireworks of Greece, Pirotecnia Zaragozana of Spain and our very own Dragon Fireworks of the Philippines.
The 6 teams were given the following rules or guidelines to follow:
About 1 minute of fireworks without music, with certain colour demand (2013: VIOLET – YELLOW)
About 4 minutes of fireworks to a certain musical piece (2013 medley of Johann Strauss “An der schönen blauen Donau” and Jacques Offenbach “Can Can” from “Orpheus in the underworld”, which is the same for every team.
About 10 minutes of fireworks to music which is picked by the individual teams with the theme My Country.
The evaluation is based on a 0-8 points system. The highest number equals a higher valuation. The jury assesses the individual programme parts of obligation and freestyle as well as the overall concept.
The evaluation criterions are amongst others creativity, versatility of colours and the chosen effects, synchronicity to the music, as well as the artistic and technical execution.
Miss Supranational is an annual international beauty contest run by the World Beauty Association based in Panama. The current titleholder is Mutya Johanna Datul from the Philippines who won the title on 6 September 2013.
The Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951.Since his death in 2000, Morley’s wife, Julia Morley, co-chairs the pageant. Alongside its rivals Miss Universe and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the most publicised beauty contests in the world.
The winner spends a year traveling to represent the Miss World Organization and its various causes. The current Miss World is Megan Young of the Philippines.Traditionally, Miss World lives in London during her reign.
Miss World is part of the Big Four international beauty pageants.
Michael Christian Martinez from Muntinlupa is the first Filipino athlete to secure a spot in the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Martinez started skating in 2005 after discovering the sport in a shopping mall ice rink. He started to skate competitively in 2008. Martinez debuted on the Junior Grand Prix series in the 2010–2011 season. He is the first skater from the Philippines to perform a triple Axel in competition. He placed 6th in his JGP event in Croatia. At the 2012 Crystal Skate of Romania, Martinez won his first senior international title, also a first for the Philippines.
In 2013–14 season, Martinez finished 5th in his second appearance at the 2013 World Junior Championships in February and set a new personal best overall score of 191.64 points. Martinez competed again at the 2013 JGP Latvia last August where he finished 4th. He again competed on the senior level at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy in September, the last qualifying event for the 2014 Winter Olympics. He finished 7th and earned a spot for the Philippines in men’s singles – a first for his country. His idol in skating is 2011 World Champion Patrick Chan (CAN). Martinez trains two months a year in the USA. Coach Ilia Kulik is the 1998 Olympic Champion, competing for Russia. Martinez’ mother is part of his coaching team.
A graceful finish… not bad at all… Top 10 over-all…
From ABS-CBN news.com :
Miss Tourism Queen International or Miss TQI is an international beauty pageant founded by Mr. Charlie See, while Mr Alex Liu is the current president. The first edition of this contest was held in Hangzhou, China in 2004. There has been 7 editions of the competition so far.
Top 3 over-all…
for full story you can visit this link: http://www.mb.com.ph/speed-of-sunlight/
Czarina Rosales grabs several special awards at Miss Asia Pacific World competition
The Philippines was well represented in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday during the Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 competition, dubbed the “Super Talent Endeavor 2013″.
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Appointed by local franchise holders, Filipina beauty and talent, 25-year-old Czarina Rosales placed as a Top-15 semi-finalist in the contest.
In addition, the 5’6″ Czarina, hailed by the judges as the most talented girl in this year’s competition, garnered four special awards in the competition– Best in Talent, Miss Asia Pacific World Star, Best Model and World’s Most Beautiful Supertalent.
Czarina is a professional R&B singer, she was part of the ABS-CBN’s Star in a Million contest Season 1. The competition was won by now popular recording artist Erik Santos.
The winner of the contest, which had its beginnings in 2011, was Srishti Rana from India, a former Miss India runner-up.
Srishti was followed by Miss Egypt and Miss Kazakhstan, in second and third place , respectively.
The finals for Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 was held on October 30 at 63 Tower City, Seoul, South Korea.
Amidst the devastating typhoon that hits the Philippines…. WE Filipinos stand proud with humility…
God bless the Philippines…
The 86 lovely candidates were trimmed down to 16 finalists but the host country’s bet Miss Russia Elmira Abdrazakova was not able to make it on the first cut. Miss Philippines Ariella Arida, meanwhile, completed the list giving the Filipinos a nerve-racking experience.
Arida, later on made it to the top 10 giving her the chance to showcase once again her simple yet elegant yellow evening gown, but this time with her hair down as requested by a lot of fans.
It is not the end for Arida as she bagged a spot on the Top 5 making it to the Question and Answer Round of the competition.
Question for Miss Venezuela was, “What is your biggest fear and how do you plan to overcome it?
Her Answer was: “We should overcome all our fears and this in turn would make us stronger. As soon as we overcome our fears, we can face any challenge.”
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida made it to the Top 5 and has the strongest cheer from the crowd in Russia too. Her question at the final round was, “What can be done about the lack of jobs for young people starting their careers around the world?”
“For the people who have lack of jobs, I do believe that we people should invest in education and that is my primary advocacy, because we all know that if everyone of us is educated and well aware of what we are doing, we could land into jobs and we could land a good career in the future. Education is the primary source and ticket to a better future.”
Question for Spain: “What is the most significant thing we can do help elect women to political offices around the world?”
“In order to select a good woman, she must posses good qualities in order to do a good job – discipline, knows how to adapt… so she can fulfill her job,” he winning answer.
Question for Brazil: “What is your opinion in places that do not allow women to vote, or drive cars?”
Miss Brazil Answer: “Good evening everybody! In my opinion, we as women achieved our independence through time. Unfortunately nowadays we still have problems with our independence. But we need to keep our open minds because nowadays we are homemakers, part of a work force. In our country, our president is a woman. We are capable of everything,” she answered.
Question for Ecuador: “What would happen to the world if we could no longer use the internet?”
Tech has disadvantages – “We are no longer close with our families. We use the methodology of computers and internet for the positive. It is never too later to start,” was her answer.
Below is the list of winners in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2013.
- Miss Universe 2013: Venezuela
- 1st Runner-up: Spain
- 2nd Runner-up: Ecuador
- 3rd Runner-up: Philippines
- 4th Runner-up: Brazil
from The Sydney Morning Herald:
CORPUS CHRISTI, November 10, 2013 (AFP) – Filipino star Nonito Donaire stopped Australian-based Armenian southpaw Vic Darchinyan in the ninth round of a 10-round non-title bout Saturday to boost his bid to return to boxing’s elite.
After 11 heats in one day, AmPPhi finished 2nd in both 12-crew mixed and 22-crew mixed international categories while its men’s crew secured the top 3 spot in the finals of the 22-crew men’s open category. The team ranked 2nd overall among the 20 local and international teams from eight participating countries.
It has been a very successful year for the Philippines in international beauty pageants in 2013. Two Filipinas took the top spot in the Miss World 2013 and Miss Supranational 2013 contests this year, Megan Young and Mutya Datul, respectively.
In addition, Miss Universe Philippines, Ariella Arida, captured the third runner-up spot recently at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Russia.
To add to this already impressive list, Bulacan native, Annalie Forbes grabbed the third runner-up spot at the first ever Miss Grand International 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand today (11/19/2013).
The results were announced by Mister International Philippines on its official Facebook page.
Wagas’ top 5 finish, according to the pageant’s local franchise licensee, is the highest finish of the Philippines in the international competition.
The pageant, which promotes the values of health and leadership among young men, was created by the Mister Singapore Organization in 2006 and has since been held annually in Asian territories.
The fourth runner-up feat of Wagas in Mister International 2013 last November 21 follows several other successes of Filipinos in international pageants this year, including Megan Young’s Miss World win, Mutya Datul’s Miss Supranational win, Ariella Arida’s Miss Universe 3rd runner-up finish and Annalie Forbes who also grabbed the 3rd runner-up spot at the first ever Miss Grand International last November 19.
Two more major international pageants are set to be held in December — Miss Earth and Miss International, where Filipinas Angelee delos Reyes and Bea Rose Santiago will compete, respectively.
from: rappler.com and philstar.com
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MOVIES ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES by FOREIGN FILM MAKERS:
From Kicker Daily News by Jocelyn Faulmino:
Indeed, the movie ILO ILO has very recently clinched three awards at the 11th Pacific Meridian Vladivostok International Film Festival in Russia (Sept 7 – 13) which is one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most prominent film events.
From The Hollywood Reporter by Stuart Kemp
LONDON – British filmmaker Sean Ellis‘ Metro Manila has been selected as the U.K.’s official submission in the race to secure a best foreign language movie nomination slot for the 2014 Oscars.
Metro Manila tells the story of Oscar Ramirez and his family’s search for a better life in the bustling Philippine capital city of Manila. As events take an unexpected turn, he unwittingly endangers himself and his family.
Nomination voting begins on Friday, Dec. 27, and the final Academy award nominations will be announced Jan. 16, 2014.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is the organization appointed by AMPAS to select the U.K.’s submission for consideration for the foreign language film award.
Ellis’ movie won the World Cinema audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is set for release in the U.K. on Sept. 20 by distributor Independent Distribution.
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