Ilocos Sur named its most beautiful

New queens were crowned at the Saniata ti Ylocos Sur 2020 pageant night held on Feb. 2 at the Tamag Grounds. The pageant was a highlight of the annual Kannawidan Ylocos Festival that celebrates Ilocos Sur being a separate province and a treasure chest of traditions and culture. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 14th, 2020

WATCH: Ilocos Norte fresh grad’s amazing room renovation

Sonder Evennys Agustin talks about his room’s Japanese-inspired extreme makeover and the importance of bringing art into our lives Spending his days and nights indoors due to the health crisis is not the experience 22-year-old Sonder Evennys Agustin thought he was going to have after graduating from civil engineering. As the days went on and he tried to find things to fill up his days, he realized he had been staring at a blank canvas this whole time. Over a month, within the four walls that had become his world, Sonder transformed his room into a tranquil Japanese-inspired space. “The main reason [I transformed my room] is gusto kong maging productive ngayong lockdown (The main reason I transformed my room is that I wanted to be productive during the lockdown),” says the Ilocos Norte native in an interview with Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “Kaya po naisipan ko pong gumawa nga mga furniture and then naisipan ko na din pong irenovate ang room ko (I thought of making furniture and renovating my room).” A WAVE OF INSPIRATION Sonder imitates The Great Wave off Kanagawa in the face of his walls Big in Japan On YouTube, Sonder shares the process in creating his Japanese style furniture, including a chic kohiteburu, or coffee table, as well as a floating table. The eye-catching masterpiece of the room, however, is his mural recreating The Great Wave off Kanagawa created by Katsushika Hokusai in the late Edo period of Japan. It truly ties the whole room together and elevates it to a whole other level. Hokusai’s woodblock print, created almost two centuries ago, is one of the most recognizable and influential art pieces in the world. Original prints are on display top museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the British Museum in London. Artist in residence Of course, any plans to travel to those museum-filled cities to see the original are grounded as of the moment. But Sonder’s beautiful recreation shows that we don’t need to travel to experience and appreciate art in our daily lives. “As a local artist, important po para sa aking na to bring art into a room,” Sonder adds. “Kasi, isa ito sa mga nagbibigay buhay sa isang lugar. Kumbaga po is sila nagbibigay lasa sa isang pagkain (Because it is a live-giving space. It is like giving flavor to food).” “And dahil love ko po ang art, dapat lang na ilagay ko po sa kwarto ko po para ipaalala sa akin na ang Diyos ay may binigay sa akin na talent na dapat ko lang pong ipagmalaki (And because I love art, I just have to put it in my room to remind me that God has given me a talent that I should be proud of).” THE GREAT ROOM Sonder’s renovated bedroom Sonder says that his artistic talents and sensibilities come from both sides of the family. As a child, he competed in various drawing and painting competitions. He even placed first in the Department of Education’s (DepEd) National Festival of Talents (NFOT) in 2014 when it was hosted in Olongapo City. While his extreme makeover room edition took 30 days to put together, Sonder wants to make it clear that it took a while to save up for the big renovation. Even while studying, he accepted commissions for paintings, drawings, and murals. But it was all worth it. “Kung gusto mo talagang maka-achieve ng kahit ano, huwag kang mawalan ng determinasyon na matapos ang goal mo (If there is something you want to achieve, do not lose your determination to finish your goals),” Sonder adds. “Wala pong mahirap sa taong may determinasyon sa buhay. Maging positibo lang sa buhay. Yung mga negatibo dapat naiwaksi (There is nothing difficult for a person with determination in their life. Just stay positive in life and disregard the negatives).” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Majoy Baron in FIVB website feature article: Enjoying both volleyball and fashion worlds

Filipino volleyball stars continue to make headlines in the FIVB website. Majoy Baron’s humble volleyball journey to her slaying it on the catwalk and her incredible story of striving to be at her best in both worlds is the latest Filipino volleyball  feature article on the site. The F2 Logistics middle blocker shared the news on her Instagram post on Sunday.               View this post on Instagram                   Thank you FIVB for the feature. I am humbled to be able to share my journey not only as a volleyball player but also as a model. I hope to inspire others to go beyond their limitations. Pursue your passions and don’t be afraid to do the things you love. You are limitless ?? Click full article on my bio! A post shared by Majoy Baron (@majoybaron) on Jun 6, 2020 at 6:20pm PDT “Thank you FIVB for the feature,” she posted. “I am humbled to be able to share my journey not only as a volleyball player but also as a model. I hope to inspire others to go beyond their limitations. Pursue your passions and don’t be afraid to do the things you love. You are limitless.” Baron, who is a mainstay in the national team since 2018, told the website that she fell in love with beauty pageants growing up. It was her first love. “Before I became a volleyball player, I used to enjoy joining beauty pageants,” the 5-foot-10 stunner on and off the court told the website. “In the Philippines, beauty pageants are very popular. Miss Universe is our Super Bowl and is one of the major events the Filipinos look forward to every year. Growing up with that energy and enthusiasm, pageants and modelling easily became my first love.” Baron added that walking on the ramp puts her on a different high. “There was a rush every time I would put on a beautiful designer garment and walk down an elevated ramp in front of an audience,” she said. “What I enjoyed the most was transforming into a different person that was totally removed from my real self even just for a few minutes.” Her modelling career had to take a backseat when the Concepcion, Tarlac native was recruited to play for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored De La Salle University Lady Spikers in the UAAP. “My skills in high school weren't sufficient to make me stand out, I was tall and that was it. After a national tournament, only two schools scouted me for college. I was very grateful to even receive an offer from two schools with well-known and established volleyball programmes,” she said. “Going to DLSU for college turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Baron continued. “It still gives me goose bumps remembering the time I was playing for the them. Those championships, trophies and individual awards we got were the fruits of our unending hard work and dedication to the sport.” Her first two years with the green and white were disappointing with DLSU losing to archrival Ateneo de Manila University in Season 76 and 77. Baron became a UAAP champion in 2016 in her third year and in her fourth year with the squad, she bagged Season 79 Most Valuable Player award as well as leading the Lady Spikers to a back-to-back. She left a winning legacy after closing her collegiate career as a three-peat champion. Baron also enjoyed a flourishing career in the commercial league, helping the Cargo Movers collect titles in the Philippine Superliga. Her talents and skills also landed her a spot in the national team. Baron saw action in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and was named Best Middle Blocker twice in the two-leg 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix. She returned to modelling after college, squeezing in photo shoots for magazines, product endorsements and fashion shows, in between her commitments with her club and national squad. “It was not hard juggling volleyball and modelling duties, but the determination and discipline that I honed while playing volleyball took over. Know your priorities, pursue excellence, and push to be better than before,” said Baron, who was the fourth Filipino featured in the website after Jaja Santiago, Sisi Rondina and Bryan Bagunas.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2020

Kai Sotto officially G League-bound to team up with Jalen Green

Kai Sotto has made the next step in his young career official - he will be suiting up for the G League Select Team.  “Now, I have to take the next step towards my NBA dream,” he said in his Instagram post on Thursday. “We have many options available, but after much thought, I believe this is the best option for me to get closer and faster to that dream.”         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Kai Zachary Sotto (Official) (@kzsotto) on May 13, 2020 at 5:59pm PDT Two days ago, The Athletic’s Shams Charania already reported the development that the 7-foot-2, 18-year-old is the first international player to take this new path for promising prospects. The developmental program has been incentivizing this new path to keep promising prospects in the US instead of Australia's National Basketball League or the Chinese Basketball Association. With that, Sotto will be joining forces with Jalen Green, the US’s top-ranked talent out of high school who traces his roots to Ilocos Sur, who spurned several US NCAA colleges and instead sprung for the G League's select squad, one that will be unaffiliated with any NBA club or any existing G League franchise. “My wish is that you continue to support me and my new teammates Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, and Dashien Nix,” he said, referring to the other promising prospects who tooo this new path. “I’m very proud and excited to start my professional career with the NBA G League Select Team.” According to the NBA, this path will let top young prospects kickstart their professional career while also being mentored.  Even more, this decision will allow the fully blooded Filipino to “accelerate his on-court development as he learns NBA-style basketball.” Sotto excelled at Ateneo de Manila High School in the Philippines, leading the Eaglets to the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball crown and winning Finals MVP honors then claiming the Season 81 MVP award before playing at The Skill Factory.  Sotto, who was named an All-Star and MVP of the Jr. NBA Philippines program in 2016, is the first Jr. NBA Philippines participant to sign with the NBA G League.  In February, Sotto participated in the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago.  He has represented the Philippines in several competitions, including the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.   —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2020

New Ilocos cop chief named

A new police director has been appointed for the Ilocos region, according to the Philippine National Police......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2020

Pujada Bay named ‘one of most beautiful bays’ in the world

The Pujada Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental, has been included in the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World” (MBBW). In a press statement on Sunday, the Davao Oriental Provincial Information Office (PIO) said the declaration was made by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World during the 15th World Bays Congress […] The post Pujada Bay named ‘one of most beautiful bays’ in the world appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 21st, 2019

Liza Soberano named world’s 2nd most beautiful face

Liza Soberano named world’s 2nd most beautiful face.....»»

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Paolo Ballesteros thankful for being named best actor

NAGKASAKIT si Paolo Ballesteros kaya hindi siya nakadalo sa Gabi ng Parangal ng Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 noong Disyembre 29 sa Kia Theater. Hindi niya tuloy personal na natanggap ang tropeyo niya nang tanghalin siyang Best Actor para sa mahusay niyang pagganap bilang transgender na si Trisha Echevaria sa “Die Beautiful.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 1st, 2017

Manlawi, one of 6 most beautiful sand bars

MANILA &'8212; Saying that summer will never be over, a blogger, Gene Loves Acosta (, named six of the Most Beautiful Sandbars in the Philippines. And Manlawi Island in Caramoan, Camarines Sur is one of them. The other five are Vanishing Isl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolmailRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2016

Make EDSA more colorful & beautiful

I’ve been driving along the EDSA northbound from Ortigas Center to ABS-CBN for the past six months, and I must confess that it was only recently that I noticed that there were more plants and a few small trees along the center aisle......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Trump names ‘brilliant’ conservative to US Supreme Court

President Donald Trump named Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, setting in motion a rush by Republicans to cement a conservative majority on the court on the eve of a tense and potentially disputed US election. Trump stood alongside Barrett at a White House Rose Garden ceremony to announce his decision, calling […] The post Trump names ‘brilliant’ conservative to US Supreme Court appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Smart, Globe named among world& rsquo;s best improved in 4G, video& mdash;UK firm

Telecommunications giant Globe Telecom and Smart Communications are among the world’s top 30 “most improved” mobile operators in terms of video experience and fourth generation (4G) availability, according to a report by an independent mobile analytics company......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

UST names third IPEA director within a month

A new director has been named to the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) of University of Santo Tomas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

A remarkably different love in & lsquo;My ExtraOrdinary& rsquo;

Like most romantic tales, Shake and Ken’s story started off as a simple encounter between two wandering souls. And that encounter blossoms into a beautiful friendship until they both find that they can no longer live without each other. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

AFP, PNP join forces to strengthen barangay peacekeepers

ILOCOS SUR, Sept. 23 (PIA) - Elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), specifically from Charlie (CRUSADER) Company of the 81st Infantry (SPART.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

Smart, Globe named Global Rising Stars

PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. and Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. have been recognized for significant improvements in 4G availability and video experience, respectively, by independent analytics firm Opensignal......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

Vista Land named most innovative community developer

Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., one of the Philippines’ leading integrated property developers and the country’s largest homebuilder, took home the Most Innovative Community Developer award at The Global Economics Awards 2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

PMA still off-limits to tourists

Tourists are still banned at the Philippine Military Academy even as this city reopened to visitors from the Ilocos region starting yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

Davao lawyer with IT background named to Comelec

Twenty months before the May 2022 local and national polls, a lawyer and information technology expert has been nominated as the newest commissioner of the Commission on Elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

Peloton named Comelec commissioner

Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sheriff Abas on Monday said the nomination of lawyer Michael Braganza Peloton to the commission will contribute to the government’s campaign to revolutionize the country’s electoral process......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

Giannis Antetokounmpo named back-to-back MVP

Antetokounmpo, who led the Bucks to a league-best record in the 2019-20 season of 56-17, claimed 85 of the possible 101 first-place votes to run away with the award......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020