Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia
Filipino American Emilbert de Leon won $45,000 as a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" on March 19. He had to figure out the correct three word phrase with only two letters available. He guessed it right in two seconds.
Pat Sajak told him to talk it out. On his first guess he said "New Baby Buggy" which was correct and had him jumping for joy. Sajak jokingly patted him down to check if he was cheating.
De Leon is a nursing assistant from Daly, California. He has a mathematics degree from San Francisco State University, according to an Inquirer News report. De Leon had to go through a number of auditions to appear on the show, the report added.•
Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez received the Notable Global Pinoy Award which is given by the SM Global Pinoy Program to outstanding individuals who have excelled in their fields internationally. Martinez was in 19th place at the Sochi Winter Olympics and is the first Southeast Asian figure skater to participate in the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Martinez withdrew from participating at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria last March because of a knee injury.•
Filipino American student Malaya Watson, who hails from Southfield, Michigan, made it to the top 10 during the American Idol's 13th season premiere.
The contestants on March 19 were challenged to sing a top 10 song in which Watson sang a rendition of the Bruno Mars song "When I was Your Man."
She got praise from Jennifer Lopez who said it was "beautiful." JLO added that she sang "with so much feeling and love."
At age 16, Watson is the youngest finalist so far, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She is of Filipino heritage from her mother's side and African American from her father's side. •
MA Cadet 1st Class Aldrin Jeff P. Cudia and his family could not accept the Honor Committee's unanimous 9-0 vote of guilt for his lying about his being late to class, thereby dismissing him from graduating with the PMA Class of 2014. Lying is a direct violation of the PMA's Honor Code.
Cudia filed for a motion for reconsideration to the Cadet Review and Appeals Board (CRAB) which was denied, according to an Inquirer News report.
His family filed on March 10 an appeal to the Philippine Supreme Court and appealed to President Aquino to let him graduate, according to an Inquirer News report. Only the president can reverse the decision. Aquino withheld his decision and redirected Cudia's case to Aquino's military chief to investigate the case. •