Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia
CHICAGO--Accomplished stage actress Christine Bunuan received a positive review for her one-stage act musical as one of an interfaith couple celebrating the holiday season. Bunuan plays a Filipina- Catholic opposite a Jewish husband in “Christmas at Christine’s” which is playing at Silk Road Rising located at the Historic Chicago Temple Building in the loop. Bunuan wrote the musical herself. It is directed by J.R. Sullivan.
The Reader critiqued it as “sweet, lighthearted,” citing her “lovely voice.” The critique said the highlight was her Jewish-themed parody of “Santa Baby” which was sung as “Moishe Baby.”
Bunuan’s numerous credentials include a title role in Drury Lane’s “Miss Saigon” and a role in television show “Chicago PD”.
Another Filipina was close to winning the top spot during the 2016 Miss World Pageant at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Donning a pink gown, Catriona Elisa Gray made it to the top five hoping to be chosen to wear the coveted crown. Ultimately, the crown went to Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle.
Gray is the daughter of Filipina Normita Ragas Magnayon, and Australian Ian Gray. The 22-year old five-foot eleven model is a native of Bicol. She was a finalist of the pageant’s “Beauty with a Purpose” the segment.
Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Reyes took first runner up. One of the co-hosts was Miss World 2013 winner Megan Young, according to an Inquirer News report.
Social change was the top of the Global Fairness Initiative where a Filipina was awarded for her social entrepreneur work Nov. 30 by this international organization.
Dr. Cristina Liamzon has been the main impetus behind The Leadership and Entrepreneurship Progam. It is a six-month empowerment and capacity building program for overseas workers to help them become “change agents of social transformation,” according to an Inquirer News report.
The Global Fairness Initiative is a not-for-profit organization which promotes a sustainable approach to economic development.
Dr. Liamzon was one of three awardees at the Howard Theater in Washington, D. C., according to the report.
Kriesha Tiu, a 17 year-old Filipino-American girl entered the K-Pop Star program to get a chance to become the next Korean -pop or “K-pop Idol.”
She impressed the Korean judges with her rendition of “Mr. Chu,” and “I don’t love you” by Urban Zakapa in Korean. Her dancing skills also wowed the judges. The report said that the judges were “astonished” by her performance.
The CEO of YG Entertainment Yang Hyeon Seok was interested in introducing her to his agency, according to the report.
K-Pop Star is a program where singers can challenge and showcase their skills to impress Korean judges Yu Hui Yeol, Park Jin Young, and Yang Hyun Suk.