47th Miss Intercontinental in Manila in January

The 47th edition of the Miss Intercontinental pageant will be held in Manila on Jan. 26, 2019. Reigning titlist Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico will relinquish her crown to the winner from among contestants from more than 85 countries around the world.

Vallejo was present during the announcement that the pageant would be held in Manila, instead of Japan, at Conrad Hotel together with 2018 Miss Intercontinental Japan Akari Maeda, 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Karen Gallman, Miss Intercontinental Japan COO Kumi Miyamae, Miss Intercontinental Organization (MIO) CEO Detlef Tursies and Miss Intercontinental Japan CEO Joanna Leonisa Gimena Miyamae

Like other pageants, Miss Intercontinental puts premium on looks and talent, and also, according to Tursies, “applicants who have no children and no criminal record.”

Unlike in this year’s Miss Universe pageant (to be held in Thailand in December) that has a transgender (Miss Spain) delegate, all the Miss Intercontinental candidates are natural born women, although the MIO doesn’t discount the possibility of letting a transgender join the pageant in the future.

47th Miss Intercontinental in Manila in January
 Reining Miss Intercontinental Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico
Originally, the pageant was scheduled to be held in Japan. Due to lack of venue because of the forthcoming Olympic Games, the MIO decided to hold it in Manila.

In the pre-pageant night, it will be a Filipiniana Night with 80 international candidates wearing Filipino-made gowns. 

“It’s also a contents and this is open to province or chartered city-based fashion designers. Which means, we need more than 80 designers to dress up the candidates with Filipiniana gowns. Every designer in this event will get a plaque of participation from Miss intercontinental,” enthused Joanna Miyame.

The design of the winning Filipiniana gown will receive a plaque of recognition and $1,000.00 cash prize. Avant-garde design will not be acceptable, but the gowns should be elegant and wearable. In addition to the Filipiniana night, there will also be a Philippine Designers Night that will feature creations by noted Filipino fashion designers,” she added. 

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Vaness del Moral in ‘I-Bilib’

Newly married Vaness del Moral joins Chris Tiu, James and Roadfill in this Sunday’s edition of I-Bilib.

They make a toy train puff out smoke bubbles from dry ice and soap, as well as discover the secret behind the floating soda can.

In “Bilibabols,” Kapuso celebrities wage war on a giant tic tac toe board on the floor.

Meanwhile, the Street Genius-team discover which will fall faster? A javelin, a bowling ball or a piano?

They also discover what happens to a bottle of champagne when heated in a microwave oven.

Lastly, the gang tries to interpret vague illustrations and in so doing, learns about Gestalt.

All these on your favorite science show every Sunday morning on GMA.

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A family favorite returns to Ballet Manila’s 23rd Season

In 2016, Ballet Manila surprised and delighted theater fans with Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s first full-length choreographic work. Cinderella combined special effects, refreshing humor, and a heartwarming tale to become an instant family hit. The fantasy production cast a spell on its audience, which also happens to be the biggest in Ballet Manila’s history. 

Two seasons later, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Cinderella is ready to weave its magic once more. For the first time since its world premiere, the show returns to Aliw Theater for two weekends of fantasy ballet that the whole family can enjoy. 

Unlike earlier versions of Cinderella, Ballet Manila’s adaptation was written to cater to all ages. “The one by Sergei Prokofiev can better be appreciated by mature audiences, while the theatre and animated versions were created more for children,” shares Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Macuja-Elizalde. “Never has there been a version that captures both, so we went ahead and created one.”

Cinderella features music from both the Broadway and Disney versions of the tale, with excerpts from the original Profokiev version inserted in between. Principal Dancers Abi Oliveiro and Joan Sia take on the role of the lovely Cinderella, while Principal Rudy de Dios and Soloist Mark Sumaylo dance the role of the dashing Prince Charming. There’s zero doubt that Joan and Rudy are set to put up another enchanting performance, given that they are among the company’s most seasoned dancers. On the other hand, Abi and Mark share an interesting on-stage chemistry—they’re a real couple off-stage, after all.

Ballet Manila also pulled out all the stops to make Cinderella a stunning visual feast. Award-winning production designer Mio Infante conceptualized the sets, which come alive with the help of a special effects team. Meanwhile, the dazzling costumes were designed by fashion designer Michael Miguel, who has created costumes for some of Ballet Manila’s most iconic shows. 

“We’re proud of this modern take on the classic tale. Consider it a romantic comedy that’s also full of fantasy,” adds Lisa. Ballet Manila has started doing public tours to promote the shows, the most recent stops being SM Mall of Asia and Resorts World Manila. Given the warm reception, it looks like Cinderella has already begun casting its spell on a new generation of theater fans.

Cinderella goes on stage on tonight and tomorrow, and on Dec. 1 and 2. 

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Topics: Veronica Salas Vallejo , Miss Intercontinental , Akari Maeda , Ballet Manila , I-Bilib , Chris Tiu , Lisa Macuja-Elizalde
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