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Miss International 2016 advocates mental health

The Miss International Pageant held in Tokyo on Oct. 28 crowned Filipina Kylie Versoza, a model from Baguiao City as their 2016 titlist. She bested 68 other contestants. Versoza is the sixth Filipina to hold the title, according to an Inquirer News Report.

Versoza stated three things during her Top 15 round speech: “wha comes to mind when I think of Miss International is culture, education and international understanding,” she said.

She added that if she became Miss International, she would devote herself to cultural and international understanding. Versoza is currently promoting mental health awareness in the Philippines, the report said.

Teen asks for votes to enter finals of int’l science tilt

A Filipina teenager from Leyte who submitted an entry online for a international global science competition was ultimately chosen as a semifinalist. Votes for her entry were given on her Facebook page giving her the opportunity to compete in the finals with 14 other entrants of the 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge. Hillary Andales, 17, was the only Filipina to make the semifinalist, according to an Inquirer News report.

Andales explains in her online entry the Feynman’s path integral formulation of quantum physics. She will be judged on her ability to communicate hersubject in an “engaging and illuminating”way. She is competing to receive a $250,000 college scholarship, a $100,000 Breakthrough Prize Lab for the school and a $50,000 Teacher Inspiration Prize.


Japan gives Sen. Drilon distinction

Senate President Pro Tempore Frank Drilon received distinction from Japan for his “contribution to promoting friendly relations and developing economic cooperation between Japan and the Philippines,” according to an Inquirer News report.

He was given the rare imperial honor, which is the highest distinctions given to foreign nationals.

Sen. Drilon said that Japan is a reliable treaty ally and among the top foreign aid donors to the Philippines, the report added.

Filipino dignitaries who have received the honor in the past were former UN General Assembly secretary and president Carlos P. Romulo, former Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco and former Sentaor Edgaro J. Angara.


‘Global Pinoy Singing Idol’ belts it out for ANCOP

CARSON, California – Musically talented Filipino Americans recently joined local Christian groups in raising funds for poor children’s education in a talent competition billed as “2016 Global Pinoy Singing Idol USA Finals” here.

Couples for Christ (CfC), Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) Child Sponsorship program and ABS-CBN/DZMM sponsored the event at Carson Civic Center. The program provides financial support for elementary, high school, or college education for each sponsored child.

Don Bronto won the Global Pinoy Singing Idol USA Finals. “Thank you to [the] ANCOP Tampa chapter for believing in me to represent Tampa,” he posted on his Facebook page. (PDI)

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