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Pinay wins ‘Vietnam Idol’

Compiled & Edited by Grace Garcia

HO CHI MINH CITY--A Filipina residing in Vietnam was declared this year’s “Vietnam Idol,” which is in its seventh season. The singing contest is patterned after the US version of “American Idol”.

The title is unprecedented as non-Vietnamese were prohibited from competing until this year. Janice Buco, a native of Bohol province, is described as having a powerful alto voice, according to an Inquirer News report. She is married to husband, Minh Que, a Vietnamese.

She was awarded the cash prize of 600 million Vietnamese dong ($28,000), the report said. She won 54.25 percent of the audiences’ votes, according to the report.

Leni Robredo honored as ‘most influential Filipina’

CEBU--Vice President Leni Robredo attended the Filipina Leadership Global Summit dinner as the keynote speaker and an awardee chosen by the the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN).

Celebrating its 13th year, an awards ceremony was held at Shari-La to announce the “100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World”. Awardees came from Australia, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, the United States and the Philippines.

The organization was founded by Marilyn Mondejar in San Francisco, California. The FWN will eventually become a global organization with worldwide chapters, according to an Inquirer News report.



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