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Monday, March 2, 2015

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Final 15 Hot List

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Finals will be on Sunday, March 15 while the Pre-Pageant Specials will be on March 8. Thirty-four (34) contestants will be competing for Binibining Pilipinas 2015 prestigious titles namely: Bb. Pilipinas Universe, Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational and Bb. Pilipinas Tourism with the latter I am not yet sure if they will retain the title or replace the franchise with an international contest with solid and stable reputation which they can be assured that it will take place. 

Taken from Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Official TV Commercial Plug, here's Watchful Eyes of a Silhouette Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Final 15 Hot List: 




Misamis Oriental 





Albay 





Palawan 





Camarines Sur 





Metro Manila 





Metro Manila 





Zamboanga City 





Pampanga 





Camarines Norte 





Metro Manila 




Pampanga 





Rizal Province 





Davao del Sur 





Metro Manila 




Misamis Occidental



Source:

Binibining Pilipinas Official Youtube Channel

Monday, February 23, 2015

WVRAA Literary - Musical Contest

Literary Musical Contest has been a part of and the most anticipated event of the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet since the early 1990s until 2014 when it was abolished in the meet due to the additional expenses incurred when the winners in the regional competition does not go on to represent Western Visayas region in the Palarong Pambansa (National Games) because no such event exists in the national level unlike the sporting events. It was added in the meet as part of the academic activities of the students practicing what they learn in their academic subjects enhancing or harnessing further their hidden talents and potentials. We hope that this literary-musical competition will be revived in the future. 

Meanwhile, here are some of the competition categories being contested normally in colleges or tertiary level but some are previously competed in the primary and secondary level, their guidelines and criteria for judging.





Lip Synchronization - College - Dream Girls - WVSU




Character Interpretation - College - WVSU 





WVRAA Literary-Musical Contest 2013 Folk Dance - Secondary - ANCHS


English Declamation
Guidelines

1. The piece must be in English. Contest piece must be of any topic suited for declamation: it can either be in poetry or in prose
      2.  Delivery must not be less than five (5) minutes nor more than seven (7) minutes.
      3. The contestant must be in appropriate attire based on his/her character in the piece
.     4. No other parts of the body must touch the floor, except the feet.

Criteria for judging:

Interpretation - 40%
- Expression
- Characterization

Delivery - 30%
- Pronunciation
- Stress and Accent
- Enunciation
- Fluency
- Mastery

Stage Presence - 20%
- Personality
- Poise

Suitability of the piece - 10%

TOTAL - 100%


Filipino Declamation
Guidelines

1. Ang piyesa ay kinakailangang bigkasin sa Filipino.
      2.  Ang pagbigkas ay hindi bababa sa limang (5) minuto at hindi hihigit sa pitong (7) minuto.
      3. Ang mga kalahok ay kinakailangang magsuot ng nararapat na kasuotan.
.     4. Walang ibang bahagi ng katawan ang dapat makalapat sa sahig maliban sa paa.

Pamantayan sa Paghatol:

Interpretasyon - 40%
-Ekspresyon
-Pagsasatao

Pagbigkas - 30%
-Tinig
-Boses
-Pagbigay diin
-Artikulasyon
-Pagsaulo

Tikas o Personalidad - 20%
-Tindig
-Kilos
-Gawi

Kaangkupan ng Piyesa - 10%

KABUUAN - 100%



Declamation (Hiligaynon)
Guidelines o Giya:

1. Ang ‘pinikas’ ukon piyesa kinahanglan nga sa pulong nga Hiligaynon. Puede ini sa binalaybay ukon sa dinalayday (poetry or prose).
2. Ang pagpaalinton indi magkubos sa lima (5) ka minutos ukon magsobra sa pito (7) ka minutos.
3. Ang naga pasakup sa paindisindis dapat magasuksok sang nagakadapat nga biste.
4. Wala sing iban nga bahin sang lawas ang magatandog sa salog luwas lang sa tiil.

Talaksan sa paghukom:

Kasayuran - 40%
-Dagway sang nawong
-Paglarawan

Pagpamulongpulong - 30%
-Pagmitlang
-Kabug-at kag kadagmit
-Katigda
-Katayuyon
-Pagkalandason

Pagdala sang kaugalingon sa entablado - 20%
-Panggiho
-Panindogtindog

Ang pag angay sang pinikas ukon piyesa sa personalidad - 10%

KABILUGAN - 100%


Extemporaneous SpeakingGuidelines

1. The topics will be based on current events
      2.  The contestant is given three (3) minutes to prepare for his/her answer. Delivery must not exceed three (3) minutes.
      3. The timer will ring the bell thirty (30) seconds before the maximum time limit. The timer will again ring the bell twice to indicate that the contestant has consumed the time limit.  

Criteria for judging:
Content - 35%
-Worth of ideas
- Comprehensive treatment and updated issues

Facility of the English language - 25%
-Pronunciation
-Enunciation
-Stress and accent
-Fluency

Delivery - 20%
-Style
-Expression and gestures
-Voice projection

Organization - 10%
-Logical presentation of ideas

Over-all impact - 10%
-Stage presence
-Audience appeal

TOTAL - 100%



Oration
Guidelines:

1. The topic must be original and relevant to the theme.
2. The piece must be in English.
3. Delivery must not be less than three (3) minutes nor more than five (5) minutes.


Criteria for judging:

Delivery - 35%
-Expression
-Gestures
-Voice Projection
-Mastery

Content - 30%
-Relevance to the theme
-Worth and logical presentation of ideas

Facility of English Language - 25%
-Pronunciation
-Enunciation
-Diction
-Stress and accent

Over-all impact - 10%
-Audience appeal
-Stage presence

TOTAL - 100%


Talumpati (Oration In Filipino)
Mga Alituntunin:

1. Ang piyesa ay kinakailangan sariling gawa o orihinal at nauugnay sa tema.
2. Ang pagbigkas ay hindi bababa sa tatlong (3) minuto at hindi hihigit sa limang (5) minuto.
3.  Bawal magsuot na may pagkakakilanlan ang mga kalahok gaya ng uniporme.


Pamantayan sa Paghatol:

Nilalaman - 30%
-Kaugnayan sa tema
-Kabuuan at kaayusan ng diwa
-Kalinawan

Paglalahad - 35%
-Tinig
-Pagbigkas
-Akmang gamit ng mga salita

Tikas o Personalidad - 30%
-Tindig
-Kilos at gawi
-Tuwirang pakikipag-ugnay

Pangkalahatang impak - 5%

KABUUAN - 100%   


Binalaybay (Oration in Hiligaynon)
Guidelines o Giya:

1. Ang ‘pinikas’ ukon piyesa kinahanglan nga sa pulong nga Hiligaynon.
2. Ang topiko dapat nagakaangot sa tema.
3. Ang pagpaalinton indi magkubos sa tatlo (3) ka minutos kag indi magsobra sa lima (5) ka minutos.



Talaksan sa paghukom:

Pagpamulongpulong - 40%
-Pagmitlang
-Kabug-at kag kadagmit
-Katigda
-Katayuyon
-Pagkalandason

Unod sang piyesa - 30%
-Kaangutan sang piyesa sa tema
-Presentasyon sang mga ideya

Pagdala sang kaugalingon sa entablado - 20%
-Panggiho
-Panindogtindog

Ang pag angay sang pinikas ukon piyesa sa personalidad - 10%

KABILUGAN - 100%



Storytelling
Guidelines:

1. The piece must be in English. Contest piece must be of any topic suited for storytelling.
2. Delivery must not be less than five (5) minutes nor more than seven (7) minutes.
3. The contestant is free to use the stage and must show rapport with the audience.
4. The use of book may not be necessary.
5. No other parts of the body must touch the floor, except the feet.

Criteria for judging:

Interpretation - 30%
-Expression
-Characterization
-Mastery of the piece
-Stage Presence

Delivery - 30%
-Pronunciation
-Stress and Accent
-Intonation

Audience Impact and Rapport - 20%
Suitability of the piece - 20%
TOTAL - 100%




Character Interpretation
Guidelines:

1. The contestant is free to choose any fictional character (e.g. literary character, movie character, etc.)
2. The piece must be delivered in English.
3. The contestant must be in appropriate costume based on his/her character in the piece.
4. Recorded sound effects or live music may be used.
5. Delivery must not be less than five (5) minutes nor more than seven (7) minutes.

Criteria for judging:

Interpretation - 40%
-Expression
-Characterization
-Gestures

Delivery - 40%
-Voice
-Stress and accent
-Enunciation
-Fluency
-Diction
-Mastery

Stage Presence - 10%
-Personality
-Poise

Suitability of the piece - 10%

TOTAL - 100%

Vocal Solo (Filipino Classical)
Guidelines

1. Contestants are free to choose any Filipino classical composition.
      2.  The lyrics must be in Filipino language.
      3. Accompaniment may be live or recorded (limited only to piano or audio CD).
.     4. The organizing committee will provide a piano (for live accompaniment).

Criteria for judging:

Tone - 40%
-Tone quality
-Flexibility
-Range

Musicianship - 30%
-Interpretation
-Melody
-Tempo
-Style
-Dynamics

Diction - 10%
-Clarity of sound, vowels and consonant

Piece - 10%
-Quality
-Suitability to singer’s range

Stage Deportment - 10%
-Stage presence
-Showmanship

TOTAL - 100%





 
Vocal Solo (Pop)
Guidelines

1. Each contestant is free to choose a composition suited to his/her voice range.
2. The song may be in Filipino or English
3. Only the use of accompaniment such as minus one and audio CD-recorded instruments is allowed.
4. Back-up singers in the minus one is allowed provided they do not sing louder than the soloist during the entire performance



Criteria for judging:

Tone - 30%
-Tone quality
-Flexibility
-Range

Musicianship - 20%
-Melody
-Tempo
-Rhythm
-Dynamics

Style - 20%
- Interpretation

Diction - 10%
-Clarity of sound, vowels and consonant

Piece - 10%
-Quality
-Suitability to singer’s range

Stage Deportment - 10%
-Stage presence
-Showmanship

TOTAL - 100%


Vocal Duet (Pop)
Guidelines

1. The pair is free to choose a pop song that best suits their voice range and style.
2. The song can be in Filipino or English.
3. Only the use of accompaniment such as minus one and audio CD-recorded instruments is allowed.
4. Contestants may be both male or female or a combination of a male and female.


Criteria for judging:

Blending - 30%

Tone - 25%
-Tone quality
-Flexibility
-Range

Musicianship - 15%
-Interpretation
-Melody
-Tempo
-Rhythm
-Dynamics

Diction - 10%
- Clarity of sound, vowels and consonant

Piece - 10%
-Quality
-Suitability to singer’s range

Stage Deportment -10%
-Stage presence
-Showmanship

TOTAL - 100%



Lip Synchronization
Guidelines

1: The group is free to choose any piece.
2. The group must have a minimum of 10 members and a maximum of 25members.
3. Props may or may not be used.
4. Costume must be appropriate.
5. Performance (including the setting up of props and clearing of stage afterwards) must not be less than seven (7) minutes nor more than ten (10minutes.



 
 Criteria for judging:

Synchronization - 40%
-Timing

Interpretation - 30%
-Choice of piece
-Relevance

Expression - 20%
-Facial gestures
-Gestures

Over-all impact - 10%
-Audience appeal

TOTAL - 100%

 
Song Writing Composition
Guidelines

1. Performance must not be less than five (5) minutes nor more than seven (7) minutes, including the setting up of instruments, introduction and finale.
2. The lyrics may be in English, Tagalog or Hiligaynon.
3. The composer, lyricist and interpreter are allowed but they must be students of the school, and must come from the same college/department.
4. All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry form.
5. Participants may use recorded music (Audio CD) or sing in Chorale group. Live accompaniment is allowed, provided that the competing groups will supply their own instruments such as electric guitars, drums, keyboards, amplifiers, extension wires, etc.
6. The organizing committee will only provide four (4) microphones
7. Performance may be done in solo, pair, or group, not exceeding eight (8) members.
8. Five music sheets with the lyrics are required for submission
.

Criteria for judging:

Harmony - 30%
-Appeal of melody
-Rhythm

Lyrics - 30%
-Arrangement of the words and ideas within the composition
-Relevance

Over-all impact - 40%
-Originality
-Music treatment

TOTAL - 100%


Theatrical Modern Dance 
Guidelines

1. The piece must be original and related to the theme.
2. The group must have a minimum of 15 members and a maximum of 25 members.
3. The group may be all males, all females, or combination of both.
4. Performance (including the setting up of props and clearing of stage afterwards) must not be less than seven (7) minutes nor more than ten (10) minutes.


 
Criteria for judging:

Interpretation - 35%
-Creativity, clarity and originality
-Substance of storyline

Choreography - 30%
-Projection
-Poise and grace
-Mastery

Performance and intricacy of dance steps - 20%

Over-all impact - 15%
-Costume/Props
-Audience appeal

TOTAL - 100%


Philippine Folk Dance
Guidelines

1. The dance must be taken from a published Philippine Folk Dances authored by Francisca Reyes Aquino and Libertad V. Fajardo or any researched dances enumerated below approved by the Cultural Center of the Philippines or Philippine Folk Dance Society. The following are the specific titles of books:
a. Philippine Folk Dances from Pangasinan Volume I by Jovita Sison Triese.
b. Ilonggo Folk Dances by Petronila Suarez.
c. Philippine National Dances by F. Reyes/Tolentino.
d .Handumanan - Capiz Folk Dances by Jose B. Balcena.
e. Sayaw - Dances of the Philippine Islands Volume I to V – Philippine Folk Dance Society.

2. In dances where the author does not specify or describe the entrance and/or exit steps, the trainer may create such. However, entrance steps must not be longer than the dance itself.
3. The group shall be composed of exactly eight (8) members. The members could either be all males, all females, or a combination of both.
4. Live accompaniment is not allowed. The dance should be accompanied by an Audio CD.
5. The literature (5 copies) of the dance with the CD must be submitted
.
Criteria for judging:
Skill and mastery of performance - 20%
Stage projection, grace and poise - 20%
Precision - 20%
Interpretation - 30%
Authenticity of Costume and Music - 10%

TOTAL - 100%











Friday, February 20, 2015

Leading Filipino Women: Magdalena G. Jalandoni













Magdalena G. Jalandoni 
Prolific Ilongga Woman Writer and Artist 
(1891 - 1978) 


Magdalena Jalandoni was known as Western Visayas first woman writer. She is now remembered as one of the most prolific Filipino writer in the Hiligaynon language. She was the first recipient of the Republic Culture Heritage Award for Literature in 1969 by President Ferdinand Marcos. She also wrote poems and novels in Filipino and English language. She did 36 novels, 122 short stories, 231 short lyrics, 8 narrative poems, 7 novelettes, 5 corridos, 7 long plays, a number of sculptures and hundreds of paintings throughout her lifetime. Her works are said to have left permanent and significant milestones in Philippine literature. 


Birth and Early Years 

She was born on May 27, 1891 in Calle Alvarez in the old city of Salog (now Jaro, a district of Iloilo City) to the pious, devout Catholic couple Gregorio Jalandoni y Jopson from Jaro and Francisca Gonzaga who hails from the town of Pavia. Magdalena had an only younger brother Luis who later married Amelia Benedicto Ledesma , also of Jaro. 

Her formal schooling started in the school of Clemente Gonzales and his wife Donata. In June 1902 she studied at the Colegio de San Jose where she was a day boarder, and in 1904 she entered the same school as an enterna. She wrote her fist corrido “Padre Juan and Beata Maria’ at the age of ten, and “Don Juan Gonzaga” also a corrido at the age of twelve. Later on she wrote “Lucibar and Portivillar”, “Principe Recaredo” and Heneral Manfredo.” Her mother brought these corridos at the La Editorial Publishing House where these were printed and sold to the public. 

On November 6, 1906 she entered the Iloilo High School. She stopped her studies after the first year because her mother did not approve of co-education and just stayed at their home where she wrote in her native tongue. 

 
Childhood and Early Works 

She began writing at a young age wherein she already had her poems published at the age of 12. At the age of sixteen, she published her first novel in Hiligaynon, "Ang Mga Tunoc Sang Isa Ca Bulac" (The Thorns of a Flower) which she finished in December of 1907, which was later followed by many novels, compilations of poems and short stories. Jalandoni only wrote for publication purposes due to the male-dominated society at the time. Back then, female voices in literature were not taken seriously by the general public. Although her mother strictly forbade her to take literature seriously, she refused to do so and devoted her life entirely to literature. 

In her childhood autobiography Ang Matam-is Kong Pagkabata (My Sweet Childhood), she cites: "I will be forced to write when I feel that my nose is being assaulted by the scent of flowers, when my sight is filled with the promises of the sun and when my soul is lifted by winged dreams to the blue heavens." 


Significant Works 

Her famous poem Ang Guitara (The Guitar) is read in classrooms all over the country today. Literary critics and historians claim that she has mastered a special talent for poetry and description as well as dramatic evocations of landscapes and events in her novels and short stories. Her works span from the coming of Malay settlers in the Middle Ages up to the Spanish and American colonial era as well as the Japanese occupation of World War II, all portraying the history of Panay and the evolution of the Ilonggo culture. According to Riitta Varitti of the Finnish-Philippine Society in Helsinki, "Jalandoni was the most productive Philippine writer of all time." 

Other famous works include Anabella, Sa Kapaang Sang Inaway (In the Heat of War), Ang Dalaga sa Tindahan (The Young Woman in the Market) and Ang Kahapon ng Panay (The Past of Panay). Throughout her turbulent and displaced life, she still managed to publish 36 novels, 122 short stories, 7 novelettes, 7 long plays, 24 short plays and dialogos in verse complied in two volumes, seven volumes of personally compiled essays including some translations from Spanish and two autobiographies. She has been displaced from her hometown twice and has survived the Philippine Revolution, the Filipino-American War and the Japanese Occupation. In 1977, she received the prestigious Republic Cultural Heritage Award for her literary achievements from the government, about one year before her death. 

Her works are kept in the University of the Philippines in Diliman and in the Visayas, the Ateneo de Manila, the Universities of Iloilo and San Agustin, the Universities of Syracuse and Yale in the United States and in the National Library. 


Death Of A Great Writer

She died on September 14, 1978 at the age of 87. At the time of her death she had written a total of 66 volumes composed of 24 novels, long poems, dramas, historical epics, translations, meditations, poems, her autobiography, a bibliography of her works and many other literary pieces. The author lost twenty novels during the Second World War when these were burned inside the Archbishop’s Palace in Jaro where she kept them. 

During her lifetime she had received many awards recognizing her contribution to the enrichment of Hiligaynon, her native tongue and the genius that made her such a prolific writer. She never married. She is now survived by a few nieces as well as several other close relatives. Magdalena Jalandoni's birth place and ancestral house still stands today as a historical landmark and a museum not far from the cathedral of Jaro and is frequented by students. A street at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City, Philippines is named in her honor. 



Sources: 

Magdalena Jalandoni Wikipedia entry, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Jalandoni 

First Thoughts: Magdalena G. Jalandoni blog, http://andyesperancilla2.blogspot.com/2010/09/magdalena-jalandoni.html 

Magdalena Jalandoni Blog, http://magdalenajalandoni.blogspot.com/ 



Photo Sources: 

Today In Philippines History, The Kahimyang Project May 26, 2012, http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/1150/today-in-philippine-history-may-27-1893-magdalena-jalandoni-was-born-in-jaro-iloilo-city 

Heroines, News Today December 13, 2007, http://www.thenewstoday.info/2007/12/13/heroines.html 

Magdalena G. Jalandoni Ancestral House Facade, ExploreIloilo.com, http://imgarcade.com/1/magdalena-jalandoni/

 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Initial Hot Picks

The 52nd Binibining Pilipinas 2015 will be held on March 15, 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City. Thirty-four (34) contestants from around the Philippines and Metro Manila officially selected through a casting call by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. will compete for the much coveted titles namely Binibining Pilipinas - Universe, Binibining Pilipinas - International, Binibining Pilipinas - Intercontinental, Binibining Pilipinas - Supranational, and Binibining Pilipinas - Tourism and will represent the Philippines in its respective international competitions.

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 officially begins and the contestants already engaged in some activities leading up to the finals next month. Meanwhile, Watchful Eyes Of A Silhouette blog came up with the first hot picks based on initial impression. It will still change based on their performance where this blog will come up with its final hot favorites for the crowns.

The pictures below are the contestant's official cover photo and official portraits. This year's theme for the official program cover is "URBAN LANDSCAPE". 

Minimum height requirement for Bb. Pilipinas is at 5'6" and the delegate numbering are systematically assigned in pyramidal order of their heights. 

Backed by the music of Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith and Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, here are the Watchful Eyes Of A Silhouette Binibining Pilipinas 2015 First Hot Picks ORDERED BASED ON THEIR OFFICIAL BINIBINING PILIPINAS NUMBER and also the town, city and the province they represent: 












Binibini #3 - Ria Rabajante 
Pasig City, Metro Manila 







Binibini #4 - Renee Soraya Hassani 
Quezon City, Metro Manila 







Binibini #6 - Toni Alyessa Hipolito
Davao City, Davao del Sur 







Binibini #8 - Kimverlyn Suiza 
Marikina City, Metro Manila 






Binibini #10 - Pia Wurtzbach 
Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental







Binibini #11 - Janicel Lubina 
Narra, Palawan 







Binibini #12 - Kylie Verzosa 
Baguio City, Benguet 







Binibini #19 - Christi Lynn McGarry 
Nabua, Camarines Sur 





Binibini #27 - Ina Dominica Guerrero 
Capalonga, Camarines Norte 







Binibini #28 - Hannah Ruth Sison 
Oas, Albay 







Binibini #29 - Nancy Leonard 
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur 







Binibini #30 - Patricia Lae Ejercitado 
Cainta, Rizal 







Binibini #31 - Mia Allyson Howell 
Quezon City, Metro Manila 







Binibini #33 - Namrata Neesha Murjani 
Cebu City, Cebu 







Binibini #34 - Teresita Sen Marquez 
Quezon City, Metro Manila





Photo Source: 

Binibining Pilipinas Official Website and Facebook Page