Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Philippines' bet and Iloilo's very own Angelia Ong was named Miss Earth 2015 at the pageant's grand coronation night on December 5 at the Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria.

The 24-year-old Ilongga beauty bested 80 other candidates from around the world to earn the competition's first back-to-back victory in its 15-year history. Philippines' own Jamie Herrell also won Miss Earth 2014.

Angelia Ong shined in the Q&A portion which included the following questions:

Question: The slogan of Miss Earth for the last 15 years is "Beauty for A Cause". If you want to propose a slogan for the next 15 years, what would it be?"

Answer: If I were to make a slogan for the next 15 years for Miss Earth that would be "We will because We Can". I want to let everybody know that all things are possible and all things are feasible if we work together. We will because We Can.



Founded in 2001, Miss Earth aims to actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth. The winner of the pageant will serve as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns worldwide.

Miss Earth 2015 awardees
Miss Earth 2015: Philippines' Angelia Ong
Miss Earth Fire: Brazil, Thiessa Sickert
Miss Earth Water: USA, Britanny Ann Payne
Miss Earth Air: Australia, Dayana Grageda

Top 8:
USA, Britanny Ann Payne
Australia, Dayanna Grageda
Brazil, Thiessa Sickert
Philippines, Angelia Ong
Austria, Sophie Totzauer
Chile, Natividad Leiva
Colombia, Estefania Munoz
Venezuela, Andrea Rosales

Angelia Ong's win brings the total number of Philippine wins to 3 since this pageant started in 2001.  The other countries to have multiple wins over the years are Venezuela and Brazil with 2 each.




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Angelia Ong from Iloilo, Philippines Wins 2015 Miss Earth

Congratulations Star Cinema, ABS-CBN and of course the whole cast and crew of 'A Second Chance' on your successful screenings in Europe in mainstream cinema!

Just finished watching 'A Second Chance' in Vue West End cinema, reminded me of being back home in one of the Malls in the Philippines, there I was queuing up for popcorn, my ticket and drinks to watch the much awaited screening of a sequel to 'One More Chance' the first installment of the lives of Popoy and Basha. A couple in love of course, but also a couple facing real life, working together to build a life and future together, through good times and bad, in sickness and health together forever.

I have had the privilege of meeting Bea and John Lloyd on several occasions and I can truly say that they are both very professional, highly skilled actors who work exceptionally hard to give the audiences then best they can, both Bea and John Lloyd are also humble, down to earth and caring. Even way back when they made one of their first movies together, 'Two Hearts', you could see that they have this chemistry on screen. 

In fact I had the chance to ask Bea about that movie and her work with JLC at a special international press conference from Manila last week and as Bea said, over the years, both her and John Lloyd had been working very hard on their own projects, crafting their skill and improving. I even asked Bea if she still watched those early movies, she told me that she gets really embarrassed watching her early movies, she compared it looking through old photos of when you were younger that you didn't want anyone to see lol.

That's just how they are, both humble, always trying to work hard to give their audience their very best, in 'A Second Chance', they certainly delivered, this was a very emotional, clever story of love, trust, honesty and giving marriage and love a Second Chance, One More chance...

‪#‎POPOYandBASHA‬
‪#‎ASecondChance‬
‪#‎StarCinema‬
‪#‎TFC‬

"A Second Chance" Shows In London

Friday, November 20, 2015

Once again Filipino creativity and ingenuity was showcased on the world stage when leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and their spouses donned them for a formal dinner.  The Barong Tagalogs worn had a different kind of shimmer to it as they were made of a unique combination of Aklan Piña and Negros Island silk.

Designed by renowned Filipino fashion designer Paul Cabral, the heads of state who wore the pina and silk fabric were United States President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among others. 
 

Most of the materials consisting of Aklan piña fiber came from Kalibo, Aklan.  In Aklan, piña weaving is an age-old tradition handed down from generation to generation. Fiber is extracted from the leaves of native pineapple, with each strand painstakingly knotted by hand and woven manually.

While most barongs are made of full piña fiber, this special APEC barong fabric was mixed with Negros Island silk.


Without much fanfare, it was on Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, who displayed pride in the Philippine national dress.  In a commemorative photo posted on the Facebook page of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan on Thursday, Prime Minister Abe, and his wife Akie were seen smiling with US President Barack Obama, seated next to each other at the round table at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday evening.



"At the dinner banquet hosted by President Aquino, President Obama, my wife, and I had a commemorative photo taken. We are wearing Barong Tagalog, the ethnic costume of the Philippines," Abe said in a message that accompanied the post.

The silk from Negros Island is a product of the Silkworm Rearing Project in Bago City, less than hour south of Bacolod, managed by the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA)- International, an NGO founded and based in Japan but extends help to developing countries mostly in Asia and the Pacific with agriculture as its main thrust.

Farmers from Bago and other neighboring towns rear silkworm whose cocoons are produced into silk yarns which are used as raw material for barong and other products.



With the Negros Island silk complementing the Aklan Pi
ña on a global stage, it won't be a surprise when the combined piña and silk "APEC signature fabric" comes into great demand from global designers too.


Officials during the formal turnover of Sericulture Tools : Japanese Embassy's First Secretary Ryutaro Aoki, Governor of Negros Occidental Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Outstanding sericulture farmer Mr. Dennis Florentino last February 2014.




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Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.

Barongs Made of Piña from Aklan and Silk from Negros Island Showcased on the APEC World Stage

Friday, October 16, 2015

This year's search for MassKara Queen 2015 ended with Candidate No. 2 Sam Gergiana Yu rising above the rest.

At the coronation ceremonies held at the SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City,  the 1st Runner Up was Candidate # 11, Kennyveb Casabuena and 2nd Runner Up was Candidate Number 5, Ivy Benedicto.












Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.



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I am Really pleased to hear that the Government have been forced to do a U-Turn over their ridiculous immigration policy of deportation of nurses from outside the EU who earned less than £35,000 within 6 years. I was asked to write a report some months ago to reassure Filipino nurses back home that this quite ludicrous policy would never work. As I said at the time, the British public would simply not allow hard working NHS nurses to be deported, especially as theirs is such life saving essential work Yes I do support the idea of more training for nurses from the UK, I believe that all study fees, accommodation and expenses should be free for all students studying to gain a qualification in the healthcare sector. Until this happens, we will always need to recruit from overseas. 

Thank goodness the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) fought for nurses here and thanks also to everyone else who highlighted this absurd idea by the Government. 

As far as I understand nursing is to be added to the list of skills shortage in the UK on a temporary basis until more research is done. This is of course fantastic news for all our nurses in the Philippines who had visas refused as we had reached our quota. This is a victory for common sense. Great Britain deserves the very best skilled workers from around the world, including nurses and this U-Turn by the Government now enables this. 

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Malcolm Conlan, Pinoy At Heart : Elated With Good News For Filipino Nurses

I have to be honest. I have always been a fan of Philippine culture, film and music. My first OPM tape I heard around 25 years ago featured ‘Anak’ by Freddie Aguilar. I can understand a little Tagalog, but to be honest, I can enjoy music in any language; as long as that music or song tells a story, I’m hooked…


So to have been invited to play a small part in telling a story of love — for me love of Philippine culture — is such a privilege. I was first approached by singer/songwriter LJ Manzano earlier this year, around seven months ago. LJ shared the concept with me of creating a music video and tell a story with 100 parts. I had already been a fan of his through his massive hit, Hay Nako. I have watched many videos on YouTube of groups retelling this story.

In fact, as I knew that Hay Nako had several million hits, I knew this latest song was destined to become a classic OPM hit.



I was also aware that so much hard work and dedication has gone into this project. Honestly, as soon as I heard the song at the beginning of 2015, I immediately found it fun and clever; with a catchy lyric and pleasing tune.

However, in order to feature in the video, I had to learn several lines of the song. Thing was, I only had a day to practice. So I basically ended up learning my lines overnight. The following day, I asked a work colleague of mine, Abi, to record me performing my bit.

The video even features the Mayor of Davao, Duterte… Such an honour to appear alongside the honourable Mayor.

Around 50 takes later, we had a rap and there you have it, my work was done. Again it’s an honor and privilege to have played a small part in ‘May Forever’ by LJ Manzano. Enjoy…
Please like and share friends!!!

#LJManzano
#Davao
#Duterte
#MayForever
#OPM
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Pinoy At Heart, Malcolm Conlan Appears In an OPM Music Video

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This September, the City of Paris will play host to a different kind of Fashion Show - one that benefits the calamity stricken areas of the Philippines.  

Founder and Creator of Fashion Extreme Paris,  Suzette Riego, a makeup artist, describes Fashion Extreme Paris 2 as a one of a kind International Fashion series of shows that features a team of world-class professional HMUA's, Fashion Designers, International Models Photographers & Videographers showcasing their talents in freestyle makeup & modeling, mixing traditional and neoteric fashion designs, thereby making true our goal of promoting seasoned and fresh international artists who have all offered their valuable time to come & collaborate together for a charitable cause.  In helping to rebuild lives from the areas struck by calamity in the Philippines, Fashion Extreme Paris 2 endeavors to bring the best in design, make-up, and modeling to the ramp.

Suzette Riego





Fashion Extreme Paris 2 happens on :

September 6, 2015
15h00 - 20h00
LE PAVILLON CHAMPS ELYSÉES
34 rue Marbeuf 75008 Paris
Access : M1/9 Franklin Roosevelt

http://fashionextremeparis.com
https://www.facebook.com/FashionExtremeParis

Fashion For A Cause : Fashion Extreme Paris 2

A few weeks ago I sent this shoutout:

Hi guys, hope you don't mind this shoutout. In 2007 whilst on a visit to the Philippines, I fell ill and was confined at the Makati Medical Center.  During that brief confinement, this is one of the nurses who looked after me. 

She is such a symbol of Filipino diligence and care.

Can you help locate her?  I wish to extend my thanks personally.

As you all know, I am campaigning right now about racism from the Daily Mail towards Pinoy nurses. Would be nice to know where this nurse is now, is she still with you or maybe she went abroad.


Salamat po,



Malcolm


Well, through social media, I found out who she was.  She is Katrina Manansala.  At the time I was admitted at Makati Medical Center, she was still fresh off from the Remedios Trindidad Romualdez Memorial Schools-MMC, now known as Makati Medical College. 

She moved to Singapore in 2010 and is now employed in a hospital where she is assigned in the Chronic Sickness Unit/Long Term Care, handling all bedbound and tracheostomy patients.  These are mostly elderly patients.  The same hospital has sent her for further studies at the Nanyang Polytechnic to further learn about Nursing Gerontology
.

I've been a recipient once of her care and surely, Katrina will also be a great blessing to the elderly patients she attends to.




Malcolm Conlan talks about why he wants to visit Negros Island in 2015.















Through Social Media, I Found The Filipino Nurse Who Tended For Me and Thanked Her

Friday, July 10, 2015

This evening, coming home from work, had this feeling inside which was hard to explain. A feeling of longing, wishing and hoping to visit my Philippines again. Last time I went back home was in April. However that visit was really quick, busy and somewhat emotional.

I miss Manila at night, with all its vibrancy,lights, traffic, excitement, its the city that never sleeps. You can always see people working late at night, security, road sweepers, street vendors, people on the streets, helping others, helping cars to park and then there's people in bars, coffee shops, clubs just having fun.

Miss the barangay life, the Perya, where people from the local village, gather together, playing bingo, roulette to win packs of crisps, foods and the occasional few pesos.

Missing my good friends in our Barangay in Pangasinan, always people to chat to, hang out with and share about life. Miss sitting on the bench at the local village school basketball court late at night, under the moon, watching the stars.

Miss hearing the Filipino accent, such lovely pronunciation, like soft, with some American tones, perfectly clear and somehow comforting. Even now, when I am feeling sad and missing home, missing the people I love and care for so much, as I think of home once again.

Philippines, you and your people are deep within my blood, Philippines, missing you so much. Can't wait until the day we can see each other once again!




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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Over the last few days, there have been a number of reports in the British press over a possible move by the current British Government to introduce new immigration rules from next April, which would mean that non-EU workers earning less than £35,000 a year after six years would be deported.

For many years now, we have had a shortage of nurses in the United Kingdom. Previously in the UK, the nursing route used to be through Diploma of Higher Education, where it was possible to obtain a full bursary or funding. So in effect the course was fully funded by the NHS, this therefore made nursing more accessible to applicants.

In recent years however, the only way to become a qualified nurse in the UK is through a university degree. There is funding for living expenses through a bursary, however this is means tested and therefore currently limits the number of applicants who can afford the training.

Those that would make very good nurses, however would possibly struggle with university education are also unable to become a fully qualified nurse due to the current training arrangements.

Combined with the cost of living being so high in the South East of England and
the starting salary of newly qualified staff nurses being so low, I am of the view that we will always struggle as a country to fill all the current nursing vacancies within the NHS through British nurses alone.

Maybe in time, the Government will look at these issues. However in the meantime, with the cost of living and housing rising, I believe that the NHS will always have to some degree rely on recruitment from overseas to fill nursing positions.

There are many thousands of Filipino nurses and healthcare workers in the UK, both within the NHS and working in private hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities, some of whom have been here for many years.

It would not make any sense at all, to suddenly send them back home just because they were earning less than £35,000 a year?.

Filipino healthcare workers are highly skilled, professional, caring and from the messages, comments and emails I have received, are highly praised and regarded by the British public.

Recently, the Daily Mail published a story following the conviction of nurse Victoriano Chua, who originated from the Philippines, where they described him as a 'Filipino serial killer'. They also published a headline 'NHS STILL hiring Filipino nurses'.

This led to racist comments and behaviour directed towards Filipino healthcare workers, as a result, I wrote a letter to the Daily Mail, which went viral and helped to organise a protest against the Daily Mail.

Following on from these actions I received many hundreds of comments from British doctors, patients and even senior NHS consultants, all praising the professionalism of Filipino healthcare workers.

I am of the firm belief that if the British Government started to send Filipino nurses back home after six years of loyal, dedicated service, there would be uproar from the British public. For this reason, I believe that this is just a headline story to demonstrate to the public that the Conservative government is addressing immigration concerns expressed by some voters.

However, in practice, I do not believe that any foreign nurses recruited in the NHS would be deported at all, it would just not make any sense.

Please find below a link to a survey which I have initiated and is being supported by many nurses in the UK, please could I ask you to sign and share, thanks so much.

https://m.facebook.com/l.php…

Malcolm Conlan,

UK, Blogger
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Despite collapsing of vertigo in the run-up to the US Open, half-Pinoy and half-Australian, Jason Day, just might be this year's US Open Champion.

Jason Day (born 12 November 1987) is an Australian professional golfer who is a member on the PGA Tour. He has had some notable results in the major championships where he has been a runner-up on three occasions, with two of these coming consecutively at the 2011 Masters and the 2011 U.S. Open. In June 2011, Day broke into the world's top ten for the first time in his career, rising to world number nine after his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.[3] In February 2014, Day won his first WGC title, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and rose to world number four, his highest world ranking position to date.

Day was born in Beaudesert, Queensland.

His father, Alvin, was an Australian  and his mother Dening was born in the Philippines and moved to Australia in the early 1980s.

I'm rooting for Jason Day!  Go Jason!

Fil-Aussie Jason Day Just Might Win The US Open

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Coming from the hit teleserye "Forevermore", catch this LizQuen movie at Leicester Square in London on June 27 & June 28! Tickets are available at Prince Charles Cinema or visit the TFC booth at the Morden Fiesta or get your tickets at the TFC Earls Court Office! See you at Prince Charles Cinema!

"Just The Way You Are" Screening in London

Thursday, June 18, 2015

WILL DUTERTE RUN IN 2016?

Join us for this special luncheon to see and hear the man who might be the future of Philippines.  This Asia CEO Forum event will be held on Thursday, June 25 (11:30am to 2:00pm) at the Makati Diamond Residences, the city's newest 5-star facility (located on Legaspi St. across from Greenbelt5).  Register at this location: asia-ceo.org/?event=mayor-rodrigo-duterte .
 
Before Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City was called “Murder Capital of the Philippines” and one of the poorest regions in the country.  Today, Davao is rated one of the most peaceful cities in Asia and among the Top 10 Most Livable in the entire world -- in addition to having a vibrant economy and rising living standards.  Many call Rodrigo Duterte the greatest city mayor in the history of Philippines.

CAN HE DO FOR ALL PHILIPPINES WHAT HE DID FOR DAVAO?
 
Chosen by land-slide in every election he has run since 1988, Rodrigo Duterte is easily one of the most popular leaders of our era.  His willingness to take extreme personal risks to make positive change for others makes him unique among elected officials of any nation.
 
Many feel the upcoming election is critical to the country's future and will determine whether the tremendous economic and social advancements made by this generation of Filipinos can be sustained.  If the effective leadership of the most recent 2 presidents can be repeated, it is thought the country will reach a tipping point that will propel it to First-World Status by the middle of the century. However, a bad choice in this election could unravel a decade of progress and send a generation of Filipinos back to squalor.

Many cynics inside and outside the country say Philippines has a track record of “shooting itself in the foot.”  They say it is only a matter of time until the country "flushes itself down the toilet" all over again.  Let's hope they are wrong and Filipinos achieve the greatness they deserve.

IS DUTERTE THE RIGHT CHOICE TO LEAD THE NATION?  WILL HE RUN AT ALL? 
  

See Rodrigo Duterte and decide for yourself.  Confirm your attendance and payment on the Official Event Website at www.asia-ceo.org (Visa, M/C, Amex, Paypal accepted). The price of admission is Php2,000 and includes elegant lunch (Php2,500 if paid at the event). We expect a sell-out event and cannot guarantee seating for late-comers.
 
Asia CEO Forum, presented by PLDT ALPHA Enterprise, is the largest regular business event in Philippines with major sponsorship from AIG, Aon, Ascentia Consulting, Aseana City, Daiichi Properties, DB Schenker, Figari, JLL, MDeC, Meralco, SAP and SHORE Solutions.  See details at www.asia-ceo.org. For information on sponsorship and participating in the dynamic Philippine economy, send a personal message directly to

rmills@chalre.com


 


RODRIGO DUTERTE

MAYOR OF DAVAO CITY

Rodrigo Duterte, Mayor of Davao City 

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Asia CEO Forum June 25 : Hear Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Makati

Hi guys, hope you don't mind this shoutout. In 2007 whilst on a visit to the Philippines, I fell ill and was confined at the Makati Medical Center.  During that brief confinement, this is one of the nurses who looked after me. 

She is such a symbol of Filipino diligence and care.

Can you help locate her?  I wish to extend my thanks personally.

As you all know, I am campaigning right now about racism from the Daily Mail towards Pinoy nurses. Would be nice to know where this nurse is now, is she still with you or maybe she went abroad.


Salamat po,

Malcolm

Do You Know This Filipina Nurse? I Would Like To Thank Her

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The saying that eating is more fun in the Philippines has been validated in a recent international poll as Filipino food took the spotlight by making it to number 2.

In a Facebook poll, CNN asked "Which destination has the world's best food?"

The Philippines made it to the second spot with 1,528 votes just behind Taiwan which received 8,242 votes.

"Blessed with an abundance of seafood, tropical fruits and creative cooks, there's more to Filipino food than the mind-boggling balut (duck embryo)," CNN wrote.

Last April, the Department of Tourism along with other agencies hosted Madrid Fusión Manila, which was viewed as an opportunity for the Philippines as a gastronomical destination in Asia.

"This is an effort of the Department of Tourism to make sure Manila, as it represents all Filipinos, retakes its place as one of the most important gastronomical capitals in this part of the world," Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said. 

Top food critics like Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain praised Filipino food, even saying it's going to be the next big thing.

Aside from Taiwan and Philippines, six other Asian countries made it to the list:


    Taiwan
    Philippines
    Italy
    Thailand
    Japan
    Malaysia
    Hong Kong
    India
    Greece
    Vietnam


"Clearly, Asian food is on people's minds these days. That or we have a lot of readers in the region who want to support their homeland's culinary prowess. With the exception of Italy and Greece, every place on our list is in Asia," CNN wrote.
Oh boy, now I'm getting hungry.


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