Miss Earth 2009 Results: Larissa Ramos of Brazil Wins

The 9th edition of Miss Earth beauty pageant was concluded last night of November 22nd at the Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center, Aklan, Philippines with Larissa Ramos of Brazil taking the title of Miss Earth 2009.

Out of the 80 delegates from various countries and territories, Larissa Ramos emerged to be the winner and succeeded the crown of Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry of the Philippines. Sandra Seifert of the Philippines manage to take away the 1st Runner-up title Miss Air 2009, while Jessica Barboza of Venezuela and Alejandra Echevarria of Spain won Miss Water and Miss Fire, respectively.

Here’s the official list of final results of Miss Earth 2009:

MISS EARTH 2009:
Brazil – Larissa Ramos

MISS AIR 2009:
Philippines – Sandra Inez Seifert

MISS WATER 2009:
Venezuela – Jessica Barboza

MISS FIRE 2009:
Spain – Alejandra Echevarria

FINALISTS:

Colombia – Alejandra Castillo Múnera
Martinique – Pascale Nelide
Poland – Izabela Wilczek
Thailand – Rujinan Phanseethum

SEMI-FINALISTS:

France – Magalie Thierry
Georgia – Nona Diakonidze
India – Shriya Kishore
Korea – Park Ye-ju
Northern Ireland – Kayleigh O’Reilly
Paraguay – Gabriela Rejala
Singapore – Valerie Lim
South Africa – Chanel Grantham

SPECIAL AWARDS:

Best in Swimsuit:
Philippines – Sandra Seifert

Best in Long Gown:
Philippines – Sandra Seifert

Best in National Costume:
Tanzania – Evelyne Almasi

Miss Talent:
Tahiti – Niuriki Teremate

Miss Photogenic:
Czech Republic – Tereza Budková

Miss Friendship:
Switzerland – Graziella Rogers

SPONSOR AWARDS:

Best in Eco-Bag Design Wear:
Czech Republic – Tereza Budková

Best in Eco-Design Wear:
Jamaica – Jenaae Jackson

Best in Use of Indigenous Products Wear:
Albania – Suada Saliu

Miss Asei:
Korea – Park Ye-ju

Miss Perwoll:
Venezuela – Jessica Barboza

Miss AVSCOR:
Dominican Republic – Mariel Garcia

Miss Discovery Suites Award:
Spain – Alejandra Echevarria

Miss Eagle Express:
Korea – Park Ye-ju

Miss Fontana Resort:
China – Yan Xu

Miss Gandang Ricky Reyes Award:
Spain – Alejandra Echevarria

Miss Golden Sunset Resort & Spa:
Cuba – Jamillette Gaxiola

Miss HDR Management:
Poland – Izabela Wilczek

Miss Jubilee Presidents’ Foundation:
Philippines – Sandra Seifert

Pasigandahan Award:
Guam – Maria Luisa Santos

Placenta Award:
Puerto Rico – Dignelis Jiménez

ABS-CBN Dominates KBP’s 18th Golden Dove Awards

ABS-CBN showed its dominance in the 18th Golden Dove Awards by taking away 24 recognitions including two major awards — Best TV station for ABS-CBN and Best AM station for DZMM. Their primetime drama series “May Bukas Pa” starring child star Zaijian ‘Santino’ Jaranilla won Best Drama Program and their children’s show “Sineskwela” won Best Children’s Program.

ABS-CBN’s News and Current Affairs programs also had an award-winning streak with “TV Patrol World” winning Best Newscast, “Umagang Kay Ganda” for Best Public Affairs Program, “Matanglawin” for Best Science and Technology Program, “The Correspondents” for Best Documentary Program, and “Salamat Dok” for Best Public Service Program.

In the radio categories, DZMM’s ‘7AM Radyo Patrol Balita’ won Best Newscast, ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya sa DZMM’ for Best Drama Program, ‘Sa Kabukiran’ for Best Science and Technology Program, ‘Konsumer at Iba Pa’ for Best Public Service Program, ‘Tambalang Failon at Sanchez’ for Best Public Affairs Program, and DZMM’s One Hand campaign for Best Television Station Promotional Material.

Also recognized were DZMM anchors Ted Failon as Best Public Affairs Program Host, Winnie Cordero as Best Games/Variety Program Host, Carl Balita as Best Public Service Program Host, and Angelo Palmones as Best Science and Technology Journalist.

Last year, both ABS-CBN and DZMM bagged the Best TV and Best AM radio station. The Golden Dove Awards is annually organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas or KBP.

Manny Pacquiao Wins by TKO over Miguel Cotto in 12 Rounds

Manny Pacquiao proved he’s the pound-for-pound King of the Ring once more as he toppled off Miguel Cotto in their match-up dubbed as Firepower: Pacquiao VS Cotto at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada.

Cotto’s supporters were right in one thing though, he’ll push the bout up to 12 rounds. It’s just that coach Freddie Roach is also right that Manny’s got the speed and in perfect shape to knockout the Puerto Rican champ. Pacman actually manage to outwit and outpunch Cotto to be knocked down three times.

The two great fighters actually gave their best shot, but there’s only gonna be one left standing. Manny Pacquiao now holds the first boxer to garner seven title belts in seven weight divisions. Now, Bob Arum’s job is to get a fight with Floyd Mayweatherman Jr.

But for now, celebration has got to be in place for Team Pacquiao and the land of the mighty… Mabuhay ka Pilipinas! …at Mabuhay ka Manny Pacquiao! Kami’y kasama mo!

Ded Na Si Lolo: Philippines’ Official Oscars 2010 Entry

The country’s entry to Oscars 2009, ‘Ploning’ gained lots of achievements in different international film festivals across Asia and Europe. Unfortunately other films bested ‘Ploning’ over at the 2009 Oscars.

This year to compete in the ‘Best Film in Foreign Language’ category is APT Entertainment’s ‘Ded na si Lolo’ which casts Elizabeth Oropesa, Gina Alajar, Roderick Paulate, Manilyn Reynes, Dick Israel and BJ Forbes as the lead stars. The story revolved around a child whose grandfather died and their family’s beliefscaused conflicts on how they’ll mourn.

The 82nd Academy Awards will will be presented on March 7, 2010 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) chose ‘Ded na si Lolo’ over other award-winning Filipino movies including Baler. Let’s cross our fingers and be hopeful that they’re pretty right with their decision. It’s still a good film after all. 😉

‘Independencia’ Triumphs At Bangkok International Film Festival 2009

The cast and crew of the indie film, ‘Independencia’ brought home smiles as they bagged two main awards in the recently concluded Bangkok International Film Festival 2009.

The indie film was directed by Raya Martin starring Sid Lucero, Tetchie Agbayani, Alessandra de Rossi and Mika Aguilos. The drama film won the Grand Prize award in the Southeast Asian Competition and the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Film Prize beating Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Nepal. ‘Imburnal’ another Filipino Indie Film received a special mention.

Filipino directors must continue in making superb indie films as they get recognition around the globe. Last year, ‘Serbis,’ another Filipino Indie Film received the grand prize in the Film Festival.