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Saturday, July 25, 2015

PHILIPPINES' Most Beautiful City Halls Rank 35 - 67

35. City: Cauayan 
Province: Isabela

36. City: Sorsogon 
Province: Sorsogon 

37. City: Bais 
Province: Negros Oriental 

38. City: Cebu 
Province: Cebu 

39. City: Manila 
Area: Metro Manila \ Capital City 

40. City: Ilagan 
Province: Isabela 

41. City: Baguio 
Province: Benguet 

42. City: Bogo 
Province: Cebu 

43. City: Taguig 
Area: Metro Manila 

44. City: Navotas 
Area: Metro Manila 

45. City: Balanga 
Province: Bataan 

46. City: Talisay 
Province: Cebu 

47. City: Lipa 
Province: Batangas 

48. City: Parañaque 
Area: Metro Manila 

49. City: Mandaluyong 
Area: Metro Manila


50. City: Candon 
Province: Ilocos Sur 

51. City: Pasig 
Area: Metro Manila 

52. City: Talisay 
Province: Negros Occidental 

53. City: Cabadbaran 
Province: Agusan del Norte 

54. City: Tanauan 
Province: Batangas 

55. City: Biñan 
Province: Laguna 

56. City: Toledo 
Province: Cebu 

57. City: Kidapawan 
Province: North Cotabato 

58. City: Laoag 
Province: Ilocos Norte 

59. Tarlac 
Province: Tarlac 

60. City: San Fernando 
Province: La Union


61. City: Davao 
Province: Davao del Sur 

62. City: Santa Rosa 
Province: Laguna 

63. City: Marikina 
Area: Metro Manila 

64. City: Gapan 
Province: Nueva Ecija 

65. City: Batac 
Province: Ilocos Norte 

66. City: Passi 
Province: Iloilo

67. City: Surigao 
Province: Surigao del Norte 



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Monday, July 13, 2015


Oklahoma's Olivia Jordan reacts after she was crowned Miss USA 2015 by reigning Miss USA 2014 titleholder Nia Sanchez of Nevada 

Miss USA 2015 crowning moment 

Miss USA 2015 Top 5

Baton Rouge, Louisiana - In an eventful year where the contest is in hot water and history unfolding, 26-year-old Olivia Jordan from the city of Tulsa was crowned Miss USA 2015. She was the 64th woman to be crowned Miss USA on Sunday, July 12 at the Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is the first Miss USA title for her home state of Oklahoma. She beats 50 other contestants including the District of Columbia to earn the right to represent the United States at the upcoming Miss Universe 2015. Jordan said that the diversity of the country needs to forge stronger racial relationship and unity is needed for the country to move on to progress is the next thing she wants to be tackled after the same sex marriage and the Confederate flag issue in America. 1st runner-up went to 22-year-old Ylianna Guerra of Texas, 2nd runner-up is Cranston, Rhode Island native 20-year-old Anea Garcia, 3rd runner-up went to 25-year-old Brittany McGowan of Las Vegas, Nevada and 4th runner-up went to 23-year-old Mamé Adjei from Silver Spring, Maryland.

However, one of the biggest news of the night is the surprising placement of Delaware's Renee Bull in the Top 11 of the competition. She had broken the 64-year curse or drought of her home state Delaware in the Miss USA pageant. She also shared the Congeniality award with Alaska's Kimberly Agron which is only the second time in Miss USA history to have a tie (the first one being in 1965). Photogenic award went to Indiana's Gretchen Reece. The all-beauty queen line up of judges include Miss Universe 1992 Michelle Mclean from Namibia, Miss USA 1997 and Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Ann Pressler, Miss USA 1999, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola, Miss Teen USA 2011 Danielle Doty and Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether.

Earlier, a twist called Save The Sash allowed fans to vote online (through www.missusa.com/play) a particular contestant who did not made it past the top 10 to be saved and put her through the Top 11 for the evening gown competition. A lucky fan question submitted through Miss USA official Facebook page or an Instagram video using the hashtag #askmissusa was used to ask the Top 5 for their final question.

The pageant came under the fire after Donald Trump made a harsh remark against Mexican illegal immigrants and some are even referred to as drug traffickers and rapists. The backlash is so strong that Miss USA official broadcast partners, media networks NBC and Spanish-language, American television broadcast network Univision primarily catering to the Latino community in the United States backed out from broadcasting the finals of Miss USA 2015 and the upcoming Miss Universe 2015. Soon the sentiments were echoed by the hosts, judges and performers that they all withdrew from participating in the said competition. Pageant organizers are rushing up to find replacements with the Reelz Channel, an Albuquerque-based digital cable network stepped in to air the show while Todd Newton and former Miss Wisconsin USA 2009 Alex Wehrley hosted the show replacing the original hosts Thomas Roberts and Cheryl Burke while Julie Alexandria serve as the backstage host replacing Jeannie Mai who earlier deflected from the show. Travis Garland, Stefano Langone, Felicia Barton, Antoinette Scruggs and Adley Stumps performed in the show.

Miss USA 2015 – Olivia Jordan – Oklahoma

1st runner-up - Ylianna Guerra – Texas

2nd runner-up – Anea Garcia – Rhode Island

3rd runner-up – Brittany McGowan – Nevada

4th runner-up – Mamé Adjei – Maryland

Top 11 Semifinalists

Alabama  -  Madison Guthrie
Delaware  -  Reneé Bull
Hawaii  - Emma Wo
Kentucky -  Katie George (chosen by public fan vote online)
Louisiana - Candice Bennatt

Top 15 Quarter-finalists

Arizona   -  Maureen Montagne
Illinois  -  Renee Wronecki
New York  - Thatiana Diaz
Virginia  -  Laura Puleo

Special Awards:

Congeniality (tie) – Kimberly Agron, Alaska
                            Renee Bull, Delaware

Photogenic – Gretchen Reece, Indiana


Nana Meriwether – Miss USA 2012 from Maryland
Danielle Doty – Miss Teen USA 2011 from Texas
Leila Lopes – Miss Universe 2011 from Angola
Rima Fakih – Miss USA 2010 from Michigan
Crystle Stewart – Miss USA 2008 from Texas
Tara Conner – Miss USA 2006 from Kentucky
Kimberly Pressler – Miss USA 1999 from New York
Brook Lee – Miss Universe 1997 from USA
Michelle McLean – Miss Universe 1992 from Namibia


Todd Newton -  game show host
Alex Wehrley - former Miss Wisconsin USA 2009, host

Color Commentator / Backstage Host:

Julie Alexandria


Travis Garland
Stefano Langone
Felicia Barton
Antoinette Scruggs
Adley Stumps

Photo Source:

Derick E. Hingle, AP 


Friday, July 10, 2015

Watchful Eyes' Miss USA 2015 Feisty Patriotic Final Picks

Fifty-one (51) contestants coming from the fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia struts their stuff, walk the runway, show their pose, elegance and personality last Wednesday night, July 8 at the Miss USA 2015 Preliminary Competition. Along with the preliminary interview with all the contestants done the next day, the preliminary competition which shows the ladies compete in the evening gown and swimsuit round will determine who will make the first cut of 20 semifinalists. 

Miss USA 2015 Finals is on Sunday, July 12 (8 pm, ET / 5pm PT) LIVE from Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Reelz Channel and Miss USA official website. 

Back by the sound of Katy Perry (Dark Horse) and Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith (La la la), here now is my final pick of favorites for the crown of Miss USA 2015 based on the preliminaries with the official cover of Miss USA 2015 contestants with the theme of Stars and Stripes in the Old South. 

                                    1. Rhode Island - Anea Garcia 

                                     2. Oklahoma - Olivia Jordan 

                                      3. Texas - Ylianna Guerra 

                                       4. Arizona - Maureen Montagne 

                                            5. Colorado - Talyah Polee 

                                            6. Maryland - Mamé Adjei 

                                7. Michigan - Rashontae Wawrzyniak 

                                         8. Alabama - Madison Guthrie 

                                                 9. Utah - Nicol Powell 

                                           10. Florida - Ashleigh Lollie 

                                  11. South Carolina - Sarah Weishuhn 

                                              12. Ohio - Sarah Newkirk 

                                          13. Kentucky - Katie George 

                                          14. Minnesota - Jessica Scheu 

                                       15. Louisiana - Candice Bennatt 

                                      16. Nevada - Brittany McGowan 

                                          17. Illinois - Renee Wronecki 

                                          18. Kansas - Alexis Railsback 

                              19. Massachusetts - Polikseni Manxhari 

                                         20. Georgia - Brooke Fletcher 

                                                              Rising Up: 

                                                  Virginia - Laura Puleo 

                                          Mississippi - Courtney Byrd 

                                              Missouri - Rebecca Dunn 

                                             New York - Thatiana Diaz 

                                          California - Natasha Martinez 

Photo Source: 

Miss USA Official Facebook Page