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Pinay wins 'X Factor Australia'

Marlisa Punzalan of Sydney, Australia, became the youngest champion in the Australian edition of singing competition "The X Factor" Oct. 20.
At only 15 years of age, she is the winner of season 6.
Punzalan battled against two other finalists: Brothers3 and Dean Ray. She was coached by former Boyzone member Ronan Keating.
Punzalan received three standing ovations each for performing 'Yesterday" by the Beatles, her winner's single "Stand By You," and a duet with Jessica Mauboy for "Never Be The Same Again".
Punzalan has received a contract with Sony Music Australia and released her debut single "Stand By You."




Pinay appointed head of NYC's Tech Dept.

A Filipina American has been appointed by the Mayor of New York to head the city's Technology department.
Minerva Tantoco was announced by New York City Mayor de Blasio as the city's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Sept. 10.
She was intoduced during a 10th anniversary gathering of the New York Tech Meet-Up at New York University. Her job is to expand the city's tech economy and find ways to use high tech tools to help the city government. Mayor de Blasio wants more people to be employed by tech jobs and to expand broadband Internet access.
Tantoco has had three decades of technology experience. She has launched her own start up company and has four patents.•



Toddler graces cover of magazine

Eighteen month-old Matthew Daniel Lacerna is featured on the July-August issue issue of MeadJohnson Nutrition "Nourish. "The company's mission is to nourish the world's children for the best start in life.
Matthew is a "little miracle of joy," according to his parents Regina and Sherwin Lacerna who consider themselves blessed to have Matthew in their life as Regina initially had reproductive concerns.
Matthew has achieved milestones such as uttering his first sounds at one month, crawling at 3 months, and at age 18 months, he can say his alphabet and 1 digit numbers as well as sing some of his favorite nursery rhymes. •



Miss World Philippines 2014 is Valerie Weigmann

Valerie Weigmann, a Filipina-German, was crowned by Meghan Young as Miss World Philippines Oct. 12 in Pasay City. Weigmann is a TV host of "Eat Bulaga" and commercial model.
She won several awards such as Best in Swimsuit, Best in Fashion Runway and Best in Long Gown.
She is of German ancestry from her father's side. Her father is deceased and was a chef. Her mother is a Filipina (nee Clacio) from Albay. Val graduated at a university in Wiesbaden, Germany with a Bachelors Degree in Communications.
She is also an entrepreneur and co-owns Manila's first German-Turkish restaurant named, bamm located at The Collective, in Makati City.
Weigmann will compete in the beauty pageant in London Dec. 14. •



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