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WATCH: Miss World Philippines 2018 candidates explore El Nido

MANILA, Philippines – The Miss World Philippines 2018 candidates may be in El Nido to compete in the pageant's swimsuit round, but before the going through stress that comes with such a high-stakes event, the ladies were able to unwind and enjoy El Nido's natural beauty. Aboard boats from the El ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerSep 20th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Miss World Philippines 2018 Beach Beauty Competition

PALAWAN, Philippines – It was a week of bringing out their inner beach babes for the 40 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018. The women flew to El Nido, Palawan, where they enjoyed a fun day of island hopping, speaking to local officials about sustainable tourism, and of course, participating in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss World Philippines 2018 Beach Beauty Competition

PALAWAN, Philippines – The world-renowned tourist destination of El Nido, Palawan played host to the Miss World Philippines 2018 Beach Beauty Competition on Thursday, September 20. The 40 candidates were welcomed by Mayor Nieves Cabunalda Rosento and very accommodating local government officials. The candidates were so proud to know that for almost ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

FULL LIST: Miss World Philippines 2018 Swimsuit Competition finalists

MANILA, Philippines – The 40 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018 competed in the pageant’s Beach Beauty Competition on September 20 in El Nido, Palawan. During the event, the ladies performed in an opening production number, and walked in two segments: the resort wear segment, where they wore clothes they styled ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

WATCH: 2018 Miss World Philippines candidates in swimwear

From over 70 applicants all over the country, Miss World Philippines has trimmed down its official candidates to 40......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Intercontinental 2018 winners

MANILA, Philippines – More than 80 candidates from around the world compete in the Miss Intercontinental 2018 pageant in Manila. Who will win the crown and succeed Veronica Salas of Mexico? Will the Philippines' representative Karen Gallman finally win the title for the country? Tune in to the live stream of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Intercontinental 2018

MANILA, Philippines – More than 80 candidates from around the world compete in the Miss Intercontinental 2018 pageant in Manila. Who will win the crown and succeed Veronica Salas of Mexico? Will the Philippines' representative Karen Gallman finally win the title for the country? Tune in to the live stream of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

10 can’t-miss moments in sports for 2019

2018 is already in the books. Now, we look forward to the next chapters we’re all about to read in 2019. Laban Azkals in AFC Asian Cup – January The Azkals will enter historic grounds as early as January as they play for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019. Their ticket was booked after crushing Tajikistan in a 2-1 home victory early in 2018. With a world-renowned mentored on their side in Sven-Goran Eriksson and veteran national players, the Azkals will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the continental showdown. The Azkals kick off their 2019 AFC Cup Campaign on January 7th against South Korea, followed by a match against China PR on January 11th, before closing out the Group Stage on January 16th against Kyrgyzstan.  Newest season of the oldest professional league in Asia – January After just roughly a month of break from basketball action, the oldest professional league in Asia is back. The PBA will be kicking off its 44th season on January 13 with San Miguel defending its Philippine Cup title. Aside from that, marquee rookies such as CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Paul Desiderio are all set to play their first professional games with their respective teams. Up next on Pacman’s list – January The Filipinos will be treated to quality boxing as early as January 19 when Manny Pacquiao defends his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against challenger American Adrien Broner. After two years of fighting outside the US, Pacquiao will be back in Las Vegas to defend his title against a tough challenger in Broner. Just like old times, Freddie Roach will be back in Pacquiao's corner, this time serving as a consultant. Fanning the flames for a place in FIBA World Cup 2019 – February For the Philippines to be back in the FIBA World Cup, these are the things that need to happen: we must sweep out last two games then Japan must lose at least one of its last two games – giving us the third spot in Group F. Alternatively, we can pin our hopes on China winding up in the top four of its group – giving Groups E and F four berths apiece. Gilas Pilipinas begins its trek through that long and winding road away from home up against Qatar. All teams are teams-to-beat in UAAP 81 Volleyball – February The exciting and highly entertaining collegiate volleyball league is back on February 16. Things to watch out for? La Salle's bid for their fourth consecutive title, Ateneo's face post-Tai Bundit era, UP's confident aura coming off two major preseason championships, and UST's game-changing rookies. Eaglets-Bullpups Finals rematch or not – March Without a doubt, Ateneo and NU, the very same two teams that battled in the Finals last year, are the favorites to go all the way back to the champipnship round in the ongoing season. After all, the Blue Eaglets still have 7-foot-1, 16-year-old Kai Sotto and the Bullpups boast of the deepest roster in all of high school. After the first round of eliminations, however, it’s also clear that RJ Abarrientos-led FEU-Diliman and Joem Sabandal-fronted Adamson have other plans. For sure, something’s gotta give. Alab Pilipinas’ shot at history – April In the almost decade-long history of the Asean Basketball League, no team has won back-to-back championships. Alab Pilipinas is here to change that with the Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos showing the way alongside two-time Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. No doubt, this is the most talented team in franchise history and as such, nothing but a second straight title will be an acceptable outcome. The NCAA is five years away from its centennial celebration – July The first collegiate league in the country is approaching rarified air. Set to open its milestone mark 95th Season, the same old intensity is to be expected in the NCAA. The protagonists, however, may very well be different as all of last year’s Final Four teams will now be missing their main men – Robert Bolick for San Beda, CJ Perez for LPU, Bong Quinto for Letran, and Prince Eze for Perpetual. Is the UAAP 82 Basketball crown Katipunan’s to keep – September In Season 82, all teams will be seeking to nip the dynasty that the Ateneo Blue Eagles are trying to build. After going for back-two-back last season, all eyes will still be on them as their enter the season with an intact core. However, just like Season 81 it will not be a walk in the park with all contenders striving to match their caliber through massive recruitment, coach changes, and tough training camps. Filipino hospitality in SEA Games 2019 – November For the first time since 2005, the SEA Games will be played in Manila. That means that, at long last, our regional neighbors will yet again experience that world-renowned warmth of the Philippines and its people. Make no mistake, however, the Filipinos are all set to go all-out and dominate the medal tally – whether that be basketball in Manila or athletics and aquatics in Clark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Athletes to Watch Out for in 2019

Remember these names because for sure, they will be making the headlines this 2019. Kai Sotto The 7-foot-2 wunderkind of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets will be making major decisions in 2019. With opportunities opening up for him in Europe and USA, the current Grade 10 student of Ateneo High School has the option to leave the UAAP Juniors early to explore bigger stages. Billed as the nation's best bet to be the first Filipino homegrown NBA talent, there will definitely be a lot of eyes following this young man's every move.   Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras Former De La Salle Green Archer Rivero and former Creighton Blue Jay Paras are both set to make University of the Philippines' #AtinSeason82 bid more promising, as they finish their residency and finally play for the Maroons in the UAAP in 2019. Both players are expected to make immediate impacts in the history-seeking squad given Rivero's championship experience, Paras' athleticism, and both player's Gilas cadets background.   Kiefer Ravena 2018 was a tough year for national team player and NLEX Road Warrior Ravena after he was slapped with an 18-month suspension in FIBA and the PBA for testing positive for banned substances. Due to the suspension, Ravena has diverted his attention to other interests such as golf and volleyball but his days away from the hard court will be over come August 2019. By then, he will be taking the keys again for NLEX either in the PBA Commissioner's or Governor's Cup.   CJ Perez, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., and Robert Bolick The 2018 PBA Rookie Draft was full of quality guards, and these top three draftees are expected to make immediate impacts in their professional teams. Former NCAA superstars Perez and Bolick both already signed lucrative contracts with Columbian Dyip and Northport. On the other hand, after being drafted in the second pick by Blackwater Elite, the former UAAP MVP and ASEAN Basketball League champion and MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is still in the middle of trade talks and negotiations.   Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, and Joshua Pacio Team Lakay had a magical 2018 after producing four world champions in the Lightweight, Bantamweight, Flyweight, Strawweight divisions. However, as people say, defending a title is always tougher.  By 2019, all fighters will most likely have the tough assignment to keep their belts in Baguio City.   Manny Pacquiao Philippine sports fans will be treated to world-class boxing by as early as the second week of January, when Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao gets back in the ring to defend his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against American Adrien Broner. Pacquiao's long-time mentor Freddie Roach will also be back in his corner, serving as a consultant. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)   Eya Laure University of Santo Tomas' much needed reinforcement is finally here, with incoming rookie Eya Laure. The former star of the UST girls volleyball team will be making her debut in the senior's division in UAAP Season 81 this February 2019. In the preseason activities for the PVL and the PSL, Laure already proved that she will be a reliable scoring option for the Golden Tigresses - a perfect aid for graduating Sisi Rondina.   Michelle Morente Volleyball fans, it's time to get used to the sight of Morente playing in La Salle green. Last September 2018, the former Ateneo Lady Eagle already played for La Salle during the beach volleyball tournament. If she makes Ramil de Jesus' cut, the feisty scorer will bolster the Lady Spikers' title defense in the UAAP Season 81 womne's volleyball tournament.    Kath Arado La Salle's Dawn Macandili set the gold standard of libero greatness in UAAP. However, in 2019, libero extraordinaire Arado of the University of the East has every chance to prove that she might be the next to take the mantle of Philippine collegiate volleyball's best libero. For her UAAP Season 81 preparations, Arado played in two conferences of the Philippine Superliga at the same time - for UE in the Collegiate Grand Slam and for Generika Ayala Lifesaves for the All-Filipino conference. As a proof of her caliber, she swept all libero awards in both conferences.   Kat Tolentino With Jho Maraguinot's decision to not come back for the Ateneo Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 81, Kat Tolentino is expected to make the leap and be the number one scoring option for the blue-and-white. During their preseason preparations in the Premier Volleyball League under Ateneo-Motolite, rookie coach Oliver Almadro praised Tolentino for embracing her new role as the go-to girl. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Catriona Gray s Miss Universe win inspires Filipina warrior Rome Trinidad

Filipina mixed martial artist Rome "The Rebel" Trinidad has a newfound inspiration in Catriona Gray, who was crowned Miss Universe 2018 last Monday, 17 December in Bangkok, Thailand.   The 24-year-old Filipina beauty queen bested 93 other candidates from all over the world, standing out for her signature "lava" catwalk, which made headlines in the news around the globe and trended on social media.   “Catriona is truly an inspiration for us women. She is a living proof that anything is possible through hard work,” Trinidad said.   A familiar face in the Philippine modelling world, Gray is also a martial artist, singer, and advocate of free education and HIV/AIDS awareness.   Touted by both casual and long-time pageant followers as a shoo-in for the crown, she represented the Philippines in the Miss World 2016 pageant but failed to bag the crown, settling for Top Five.   Two years later, Gray won the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 trinket, making her the country's delegate to Miss Universe 2018.   Gray's impact to women is undeniable as it motivates the likes of Trinidad to go the extra mile when it comes to chasing her dream.   "She didn’t give up on her dream. Failures didn’t stop her to reach for her ultimate goal. It is empowering to have a fellow Filipina like Catriona Gray," she stated.   "We belong to a totally different kind of fields, but seeing her succeed boosts my morale and inspires me to pursue my dreams just like her."   2018 has been a big year for the Philippines, especially in the world of combat sports, where six of its celebrated athletes copped gold on the international stage.   Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao claimed the WBA Welterweight World Championship, stopping Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round last July.   Meanwhile, the Philippines established the unprecedented record of most mixed martial arts world title wins in the history of ONE Championship this 2018, courtesy of Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio and Brandon Vera.   Trinidad, a professional model before she ventured into the mixed martial arts scene, is more motivated now than ever after witnessing how far the Philippines has gone in 2018.   She believes that hard work is in a Filipino's DNA, commending her countrymen for the tremendous amount of effort and dedication that they exerted in their respective fields.   "Seeing the Philippines excel in the worlds of boxing, mixed martial arts and beauty pageant is a big motivation," Trinidad shared.   "Our boxing hero Manny Pacquiao became a world champion again this year. In mixed martial arts, the country ended the year with five ONE World Champions. To top it off, Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe 2018."   Trinidad was last seen in action this past May when she took on Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol  ONE: GRIT & GLORY, yielding to the Indonesian hometown hero by way of first-round submission.   Although her 2018 did not turn out the way she wanted it to be, the nation’s banner year in combat sports and beauty pageant fuels Trinidad to strive even harder as she aims to carve her own success story next year.   "2018 proved to be a year of success for the Philippines. I am drawing inspiration from that success as I open a new chapter in 2019. Like them, I am not giving up. I will be back stronger than ever,” she vowed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 18th, 2018

Who is Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018?

MANILA, Philippines – The Miss Universe 2018 coronation night on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand saw fan favorite, the Philippines' own Catriona Gray bringing home the coveted crown. (READ: Philippines' Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018 ) The 24-year-old Catriona bested 93 other candidates from all over the world, standing out for her signature "lava" walk, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018

Palace hails Catriona: Wit and strength amid challenges 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sX4ndb57Ow MANILA, Philippines - Malacaangon Monday hailed Catriona Gray for winning the Miss Universe 2018.   "The Palace wishes to congratulate newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.   "Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges," Panelo added.   In her success, the Palace official said "Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the...Keep on reading: Palace hails Catriona: Wit and strength amid challenges .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018

Catriona Gray at Miss Universe 2018: Ambassador for PH culture, design

MANILA, Philippines – On Monday, December 17 (Manila time), viewers from around the world will watch as a new Miss Universe titleholder is crowned in Bangkok, Thailand. Filipinos – both hardcore and casual fans alive – will definitely tune in to watch. The Philippines is hoping to grab its 4th ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

TRANSCRIPT: Miss World 2018 Q and A segment

MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, December 8, the top 5 candidates of Miss World 2018 went onstage for the pageant night's highly-awaited Q&A portion. Five previous Miss World winners each asked a candidate their own question. Here are the contestants' respective questions and answers: Maria ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

WATCH: Katarina Rodriguez features Marawi in Miss World 2018 video

MANILA, Philippines – Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez's "Beauty with a Purpose" (BWAP) video has been posted online. In the video, Katarina travels to Marawi, where she meets and speaks to students, soldiers, and survivors of the war that began in 2017. In the video, Katarina, visits a school, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth 2018 highlights

MANILA, Philippines — Ninety beautiful candidates from all over the world graced our stage for the last time during the coronation night of Miss Earth 2018 on Saturday, November 3, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Miss Earth 2018 ended with a bang as audiences were treated to an energetic ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Earth 2018 hashtag, Q and A segments

MANILA, Philippines — The Top 8 and Top 4 candidates of Miss Earth 2018 had the chance to share their heart and knowledge to the world during both hashtag and Q&A portions of the Miss Earth 2018 coronation night on Saturday, November 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena.  The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

El Clasico fires up La Liga on S+A

The La Liga gears up for another “El Clasico” match that will surely provide all the fireworks this weekend for Filipino football fans as FC Barcelona and Real Madrid face off for pride and glory this Sunday (October 28) LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A at 11:10 pm. Before the storied rivals take the field in Camp Nou, the English Premier League (EPL) will pit Leicester and visiting West Ham at 12:25 am on Sunday (October 28), to serve as appetizer for the main meal later in the day. Another EPL match-up will air on Tuesday (October 30), as Tottenham hosts the 2017-2018 EPL champions Manchester City LIVE at 3:55 am. However, all eyes will be on the age-long rivalry between Spain’s two biggest, and most successful, professional football clubs in Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barca leads the Los Blancos in their match-up with 112 wins against Real Madrid’s 99. This coming “El Clasico,” however, will be played without football greats and usual headliners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The pride of Portugal has transferred to the Italian side Juventus in the offseason, while ultimate rival Messi suffered an arm injury recently. Still, fans will have a lot to watch with Uruguayan superstar Luis Suarez leading the attack line of Barcelona while the Los Blancos have Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, as well as 2018 Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Luka Modric in the midfield. Meanwhile, French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germaine and Marseille will get on their own rivalry match in the Ligue 1 fixture airing LIVE on S+A on Monday (October 29) at 3:55 am. Brazilian star Neymar Jr. and 2018 FIFA World Cup star Kylian Mbappe, who has been a scoring machine with nine goals in six matches, looks to lead the Red and Blues against the Olympians bannered by Florian Thauvin, who has scored seven goals this season in the French clasico known as “Le Classique.” S+A and LIGA, sports channels of ABS-CBN Sports, were also the country’s official broadcasters of the recent the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. S+A also airs selected matches and highlight shows from top European club football leagues such as the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A through a partnership with Hong Kong-based holdings company Triple CH, as part of ABS-CBN Sports’ efforts to promote love and appreciation for the most popular sport in the world in the Philippines. Don’t miss the intense action in La Liga and the EPL this week as S+A brings the “El Clasico” between Barcelona-Real Madrid LIVE on Sunday (October 28) at 11:10 pm. Meanwhile, the EPL sees Leicester take on West Ham on Sunday (October 28) LIVE at 12:25 am while Tottenham hosts Manchester City on Tuesday (October 30) LIVE at 3:55 am, all on S+A. French premier football will take center stage on Monday (October 29) as PSG faces Marseille LIVE on S+A at 3:55 am. For sales and advertising inquiries, please contact ABS-CBN Airtime Sales at (+632) 415-2272. For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook and Twitter. For updates, follow ABS-CBN PR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Miss World Philippines 2018 swimsuit segment

MANILA, Philippines – The 40 candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018 rocked their Bench bikinis one last time during the swimsuit segment of the pageant’s coronation night on Sunday, October 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The women walked the stage in the bright pink and pastel blue swimsuits by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Miss World Philippines 2018 evening gown competition

MANILA, Philippines – This year’s Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night showcased on stage not only the confidence and beauty of all 40 candidates, but their fanciest and most gorgeous gowns during the evening gown competition. What were contestants wearing on Sunday, October 7, at the Mall of Asia ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

TRANSCRIPT: Miss World Philippines 2018 Q and A

MANILA, Philippines – One of the most awaited parts of the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night has always been the Q and A portion.  It's a chance for candidates to show everyone who they really are – it's also a test of nerves. After all, the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018