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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Watchful Eyes Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Initial Favorites

Forty official contestants of the Binibining Pilipinas 2017 will compete for the following titles: Miss Universe Philippines 2017, Bb. Pilipinas International 2017, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2017, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinetal 2017, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2017, Bb. Pilipinas United Continents 2017, Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2017.

Watchful Eyes Of A Silhouette blog came up with the first hot picks based on initial impression. It is just an initial favorites but may change until their preliminary competition where this blog will come up with its final favorites for the crowns.

Backed by the music of Bruno Mars,, Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and Ed Sheeran, here are the Watchful Eyes Of A Silhouette Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Initial Favorite Picks in random order and also the town, city and the province they represent:

Binibini #5 - Joselle Mariano, 21 
Trece Martires, Cavite

Binibini #4 - Jessica Ramirez, 25 
Socorro, Oriental Mindoro

Binibini #21 - Jamaica Elysse Ambal 
Calamba, Laguna

Binibini #10 - Jehza Mae S. Huelar, 21 
Davao City, Davao del Sur

Binibini #32 - Charmaine Elima, 24 
Binangonan, Rizal

Binibini #19 - Rachel Louise Peters, 25 
Camarines Sur

Binibini #9 - Vanessa Saliba, 21 
Tanay, Rizal

Binibini #2 - Arienne Louise Calingo, 24 
Angeles City, Pampanga

Binibini #30 - Mae Liezel Ramos, 26 
Naga, Camarines Sur

Binibini #31 - Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, 24 
Davao City, Davao del Sur

Binibini #13 - Sirene Sutton, 23 
Las Piñas City, Metro Manila

Binibini #12 - Angelique Celine de Leon, 26 
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

Binibini #7 - Jennyline Carla Malpaya, 25 
Marilao, Bulacan

Binibini #26 - Ruffa Nava, 24 
Iloilo City, Iloilo

Binibini #15 - Maria Angelica A. de Leon, 23 
Las Piñas City, Metro Manila

Photo Source:

Binibining Pilipinas Official Facebook Page 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Moonlight, a coming of age tale of a young black man Chiron growing up in a crime infested area of Miami beautifully told in three chapters was named the best film of 2016 at the 89th Academy Awards Oscar 2017 right after La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz named them as the winner when the presenter Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner La La Land. It bested eight other nominees on the category: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La la land, Lion and Manchester by the Sea.

Best Director went to 32 year-old Damien Chazelle for the film La La Land making him the youngest director in Oscar history to win the Academy Award. Best Actress went to Emma Stone of La La Land while Best Actor went to Casey Affleck of the film Manchester by the Sea.

Academy Award winner for Best Sound Mixing Kevin O'Connell also made history with the most number of nominations without winning with 20 all but until his 21st nomination while Meryl Streep also celebrated her record breaking 20th acting nomination.

TV show personality Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Picture - Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Best Director - Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Actor - Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler

Best Actress - Emma Stone – La La Land as Mia Dolan

Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali – Moonlight as Juan

Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis – Fences as Rose Maxson

Best Original Screenplay - Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Adapted Screenplay - Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Best Animated Feature Film - Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

Best Foreign Language Film - The Salesman (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi

Best Documentary - Feature - O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best Documentary - Short Subject  - The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best Live Action Short Film - Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy

Best Animated Short Film - Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best Original Score - La La Land – Justin Hurwitzdouble

Best Original Song - "City of Stars" from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Best Sound Editing - Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare

Best Sound Mixing - Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace

Best Production Design - La La Land – David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Best Cinematography - La La Land – Linus Sandgren

Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson

Best Costume Design - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood

Best Film Editing - Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert

Best Visual Effects - The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Official Logo of the 60th Palarong Pambansa 2017 

These are the following schedules of the eighteen (18) regional meets all over the Philippines whose winners will represent their respective regions in the annual and largest multi-sporting event in the country, Palarong Pambansa 2017 to be held in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique in from April 23 - 29, 2017. 


ARMMAA - Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association

CARAA - Cordillera Autonomous Region Athletic Association

NCRAA - National Capital Region Athletic Association

IRAA - Ilocos Region Athletic Association

CAVRAA - Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association 

CLRAA - Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association

STCAA  - Southern Tagalog Calabarzon Athletic Association
  * aka CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon)

MIMAROPAA - Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan   
                            Regional  Athletic Association
  *aka Southern Luzon Region 

BRAA - Bicol Region Athletic Association

WVRAA - Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association

CVRAA - Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association

EVRAA - Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association

ZPRAA - Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association

NMRAA - Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association

DAVRAA - Davao Region Athletic Association 

SRAA - Soccsksargen Regional Athletic Association
*aka SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos).

NIRAA - Negros Island Region Athletic Association               

                                       Date                        Venue / Host Province

ARMAA -    February 16 - 21, 2017   Cotabato City, Maguindanao
CARAA -     February 4 - 8, 2017   Baguio City, Benguet
NCRAA -     February 13 - 18, 2017   Marikina City, MM
IRAA (Region I) -   March 3 - 8, 2017   Bantay, Ilocos Sur
CAVRAA (Region II) -  February 24 - 27, 2017  Ilagan, Isabela
CLRAA (Region III) -   February 5 - 10, 2017  Malolos City, Bulacan
STCAA (Region IV-A) -  February 13 - 18, 2017  Cavinti, Laguna 
MIMAROPAA (Region IV-B) - February 17 - 21, 2017  Brooke's Point, Palawan
BRAA (Region V) -  February 5 - 10, 2017   Legazpi City, Albay
WVRAA (Region VI) -  February 5 - 10, 2017  San Jose de Buenavista, Antique
CVRAA (Region VII) -  February 12- 17, 2017   Naga City, Cebu
EVRAA (Region VIII) - February 7-11, 2017  Naval, Biliran
ZPRAA (Region IX) -  March 12 - 16, 2017   Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
NMRAA (Region X) -   December 12 - 16, 2016   Mambajao, Camiguin
DAVRAA (Region XI) - March 19 - 26, 2017   Mati, Davao Oriental
SRAA (Region XII)  -     February 18 - 22, 2017  Kidapawan City, North Cotabato 
CARAGA (Region XIII) -  February 12 - 17, 2017  Tandag City, Surigao del Sur
NIRAA (Region XVIII) -  February 24 to March 1, 2017 Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Monday, January 30, 2017


Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines - A 24 year-old dental surgery student from Paris woo the judges and beats 85 other equally gorgeous contestants to capture the 65th Miss Universe 2016 title held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines in the morning of January 30. It took 64 years with Iris Mittenaere to bring home the elusive 2nd Miss Universe title to France the longest in Miss Universe history. France first won the Miss Universe crown back in 1953 with Christiane Martel. It also took 27 years to bring back to Europe the Miss Universe crown since Norway's Mona Grudt (Russia's Oxana Fedorova originally won the Miss Universe 2002 crown but eventually gave up the title for some undisclosed personal reasons and her first runner-up Panama's Justine Pasek took over the title. The pageant is back in the Philippines after 23 years since it last hosted in 1994 with India's Sushmita Sen as the winner.

First runner-up is Haiti, Raquel Pélissier who after the pageant revealed in an interview that her grandmother on her mother side is actually Filipino. 2nd runner-up is Andrea Tovar of Colombia. The rest of the six finalists include Kenya, Philippines and Thailand. Best in National Costume went to Myanmar with her heavy puppetry ensemble while the Photogenic award goes to Albania and Congeniality went to Korea.

Steve Harvey returns as the host of the event with backstage correspondence by Ashley Graham. The Red Carpet Event is hosted by Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj who also hosted the CHI Pageant and Post Pageant Backstage Interviews (CHI by Farouk Systems is the official haircare sponsor of Miss Universe competition) and social media personality Brettman Rock.

Here's the complete result:

Miss UNIVERSE 2016 – Iris Mittenaere – France

1st runner-up  - Raquel Pélissiere – Haiti

2nd runner-up  – Andrea Tovar – Colombia

Top 6 Finalists

Kenya – Mary Esther Were
Philippines –Maxine Medina
Thailand – Chalita Suansane §

Top 9 Semifinalist

Canada – Siera Bearchell
Mexico – Kristal Silva
USA – Deshauna Barber

Top 13 Quarter-finalist

Brazil – Raissa Santana
Indonesia – Kezia Warouw
Panama – Keity Drennan
Peru – Valeria Piazza

 § - Online Popular Vote Recipient; Automatic Slot In The Top 13

Special Awards:

Congeniality - Korea, Jenny Kim

Best National Costume - Myanmar, Htet Htet Htun

Photogenic - Albania, Lindita Idrizi

Final Telecast Judges:

Dayanara Torres  - Miss Universe 1993

Sushmita Sen - Miss Universe 1994

Leila Lopes - Miss Universe 2011

Mickey Boardman - Editorial Director, PAPER Fashion and Pop Culture Magazine

Cynthia Bailey - Model, Real Housewives of Atlanta Star

Francine LeFrak - Emmy® and Tony Award-Winning Producer and Activist

Preliminary Judges:

Dayanara Torres - Miss Universe 1993

Cynthia Bailey - Former Model and Founder of The Bailey Agency, Star of Real Housewives of Atlanta 

Rob Goldstone -  Former Journalist, Publicist and International Marketing Director 

Fred Nelson - President/Executive Producer of the People’s  Choice Awards

Francine LeFrak - Emmy® and Tony Award-Winning Producer and Activist

Riyo Mori - Miss Universe 2007


Steve Harvey - TV Host, Family Feud

Backstage Host:

Ashley Graham  - Model

Red Carpet Event Hosts:

Venus Raj - Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up
Brettman Rock - Social Media Personality


Flo Rida

Boyz II Men

Photo Sources:

Miss Universe Organization Inc.
Global Beauties

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Tribu Salognon 

Tribu Panayanon 

Tribu Paghidaet 

Tribu Ilonganon 

Tribu Hubon Binagtong sa Manggahan 

Tribu Tatusan 

     Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School defended the championship title it won last year and declared as the winner of 49th edition of Dinagyang Festival 2017.       

      Aside from the top prize, Tribu Salognon also collected most of the special award from opening salvo to the main competition awards. The 1st runner-up went to the Dinagyang 2015 Champion Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School which was shockingly kicked out of Top 5 spot last year due to 20-point deduction on rule violation, 2nd runner-up went to Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School, 3rd runner-up went to Tribu Paghidaet of Lapaz National High School and 4th runner-up went to Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School, 

       Dinagyang Festival competition which was started in 1970 is the only Philippine festival that has an official mascot named Dagoy and the winning tribe goes on a world tour in promoting not just the festival but also the Philippines as a tourist destination. Next year 2018 Dinagyang Festival will celebrate its 50 Golden Years of Festivities and Merrymaking Honoring Señor Santo Niño or The Holy Child Jesus.

Here's the complete result and winners of the Dinagyang Festival 2017: 

Dinagyang 2017 Results

Sponsors Mardi Gras Parade

Special Awards:
Best Float -  International Pharmaceutical Inc.
Best In Festival Music - Jollibee 
Best In Costume - University of San Agustin
Best Choreography - University of San Agustin

Champion / Over-All Winner - University of San Agustin

Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika Drum and Bugle Corps Competition 2016:

Elementary Level

Special Awards
Best In Music - Mandurriao Elementary School
Best In Performance - Mandurriao Elementary School
Best In Costume - Mandurriao Elementary School
Best In Discipline - Banate Elementary School

Major Awards 

Champion - Mandurriao Elementary School
1st runner-up - Arevalo Elementary School
2nd runner-up - Banate Central Elementary School
3rd runner-up - Lapaz I Elementary School
4th runner-up  - Jaro I Elementary School

Secondary Level

Special Awards
Best In Music - Iloilo City National High School
Best In Performance - Iloilo City National High School
Best In Costume - Iloilo City National High School
Best In Discipline - Ramon Avanceña National High School

Major Awards

 Champion - Iloilo City National High School 
 1st runner-up - Ramon Avanceña National High School

Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition
Major Awards
CHAMPION - Tribu Hubon Binagtong Sang Manggahan Festival, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
1st Runner-up - Tatusan Festival, Caluya Island, Antique
2nd Runner-up - Pintados de Pasi, Passi City, Iloilo
3rd Runner-up - Tinabuay Festival, Murcia, Negros Occidental
4th Runner-up - Salakayan Festival, Miagao, Iloilo

Special Awards

Best In Costume - Tribu Hubon Binagtong Sang Manggahan Festival, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Best In Music - Tribu Hubon Binagtong Sang Manggahan Festival, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Best Musical Director - Tribu Hubon Binagtong Sang Manggahan Festival, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Best In Street Dance - Pintados de Passi, Passi City, Iloilo

Best In Choreography  - Tribu Hubon Binagtong Sang Manggahan Festival, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Best Choreographer   - Lonelle Robles Carado, Luigi Bas-Maly Ramos, Tribu Hubon Binagtong Sang Manggahan Festival, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Best In Performance -  Tribu Hubon Binagtong Sang Manggahan Festival, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

*Consolation Prizes to the rest of the non-winners or non-placers participating group

Dinagyang Festival Ati Tribe Competition   

Major Awards  

Champion – Tribu Salognon, Jaro National High School

1st Runner Up - Tribu Panayanon, Iloilo City National High School

2nd Runner Up – Tribu Ilonganon, Jalandoni Memorial National High School

3rd Runner Up – Tribu Paghidaet, Lapaz National High School

4th Runner Up – Tribu Pan-ay, Fort San Pedro National High School

Special Awards 

Opening Salvo 
Best In Costume - Tribu Salognon
Best In Discipline  - Tribu Salognon
Best In Performance   - Tribu Salognon

Main Competition
Best Choreographer - Romel Flogen, Tribu Panayanon
Best In Costume Designer - Paul Jerome Penuela, Tribu Salognon
Best In Head Dress - Tribu Panayanon
Best Musical Director - Ivan Legada, Tribu Salognon
Best In Discipline - Tribu Ilonganon
Best In Music - Tribu Salognon
Best In Costume - Tribu Salognon
Best In Street Dance - Tribu Salognon
Best In Choreography - Tribu Panayanon
Best In Performance - Tribu Salognon


Benhur Zerrudo Abolencia
Larry Cabag
Reynella Ibañez
Lortiño Vergara
Peter Agustin de Vera
Corazon Agustin
Franco Manny Villa
Pepito Mosquito
Adonis Voltaire Villanueva
Odesso Oyales
Edna Froilan
Cris Millado
Alden Lognasin
Jhett Tolentino 
Nestor Obsiana Jardin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dinagyang Festival 2017 List of Participating Tribes

These are the list of participating tribes competing for the Dinagyang Festival 2017:

Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition

1. MassKara Festival (Non Competing Tribe) - Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

2. Tribu Salakayan - Miag-ao, Iloilo

3. Tribu Tatusan - Caluya, Antique

4. Tinabu-ay Festival - Murcia, Negros Occidental

5. Pintados de Pasi Tribe - Passi City, Iloilo

6. Tribu Manog-Gama - Maasin, Iloilo

7. Tribu Patabang - Tapaz, Capiz

8. Hubon Binagtong Sa Manggahan - Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

9. Tribu Haw-as - Dumangas, Iloilo

10. Tribu Dos Once - San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

Dinagyang Ati Tribe Competition 

1. Tribu Panayanon - Iloilo City national High School

2. Tribu Salognon - Jaro National High School

3. Tribu Dagatnon - Ramon Avanceña National High School

4. Tribu Amihan - Mandurriao National High School

5. Tribu Ilonganon - Jalandoni Memorial National High School

6. Tribu Paghidaet - Lapaz National High School

7. Tribu Obreros - Bo. Obrero National High School

8. Tribu Pan-ay - Fort San Pedro National High School

9. Tribu Abiador - Asian College of Aeronautics

10. Tribu Buntatalanit - Tiu Cho Teg Ana Ros Foundation Integrated School