Pinoy acts advance on ‘X Factor UK’

Pinoy acts advance on ‘X Factor UK’(Manila Bulletin) Two Filipino acts advanced in the next round on the British singing competition “The X Factor UK.” 4th Power, composed of Mylene, Celina, Irene and Almira Cercado; and 37-year-old Neneth Lyons impressed judges with their rendition of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” on Sept. 20 along with fellow contestants Louisa Johnson, Sherilyn Hamilton-Shaw, Jasmine Leigh Morris and Andre Batchelor.

Before their performance, a short clip of the rehearsals was aired in which Lyons said she was there ” to compete.” 4th Power on the other hand, said it was going to be “the performance of a lifetime.” Before giving a decision, Simon Cowell asked 4th Power, Batchelor and Morris to step forward. Cowell surprised them when he announced that all of them passed. 4th Power and Neneth Lyons will be competing in the Six Chair Challenge round… Read More

Pinoy Celebs in a relationship with foreigners

Pinoy Celebs in a relationship with foreigner
(ABS-CBN) MANILA – Netizens were pleasantly surprised after Cristalle Belo announced her engagement to her Australian boyfriend, Justin Pitt. Let us take a look at Filipino celebrities who have found love in foreign nationals. Cristalle Belo the daughter of celebrity doctor Vicki Belo is engaged to Australian hotelier Justin Pitt. Erich Gonzales, this actress is in a relationship with Brazilian-Japanese model Daniel Matsunaga. Photo from Erich Gonzales’ Instagram page (@erichgg). Pokwang, this comedienne is in a relationship with American actor Lee O’Brien. James Yap, this basketball star is in a relationship with Italian Michella Cazzola… Read More

2 Miss USA in Pinoy-made designs

2 Miss USA in Pinoy-made designs
(GMA News) The gown was encrusted with 2,000 silver and platinum hand-applied Swarovski crystals with a platinum silver dupioni silk edwardian train that flowed around the hips of Miss Nevada, one of the top five finalists for this year’s pageant.

Fellow finalist Miss Maryland Mame Adjei also donned a Filipino-designed gown, this time by red carpet favorite Rocky Gathercole.

Unlike McGowan, Adjei’s gown was an all-black, sheer floor-length gown that tastefully accentuated her body with black crystals and a collar that enveloped her neck and flared out to resemble Gathercole’s signature look.

The gown bore the same sheer look of a piece Gathercole designed for socialite Paris Hilton at the fourth pre-Grammy celebration by the Senate Music Group in 2014.. Read More

Jersey City, celebrates Pinoy culture

Jersey City, celebrates Pinoy culture
(Jersey Journal) While clouds lingered over Lincoln Park, the 25th annual Philippine-American Friendship Day Parade and Festival kicked off yesterday as scheduled with attendees experiencing a little piece of the Philippines in Jersey City.

A 10 a.m. Mass was held at Our Lady of Victories and was followed by a parade to West Side Avenue. The park was rimmed with food vendors while musicians and other performers held court in the middle of the park.

Her fifth year attending, city resident Hazel Mejia said she and her family came primarily “for the food.”

Church groups, Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, and a group conducting a bone marrow registration drive had tents set up in the park.

This year’s theme was “Stronger every year and here to stay in New Jersey.”

“We are going to be a vital part of the community,” said Victor Sision, president of the Philippine-American Friendship Committee.

“We didn’t know anything about it,“ said Irene Pac, who said she was walking with her husband Peter when they noticed the festival. “It’s nice that they have something going on a Sunday.”.. Read More

Utah Jazz VP calls Parks a ‘mystery’

Utah Jazz VP calls Parks a ‘mystery’
(PhilStar) MANILA, Philippines – Five years ago, Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. was considered an elite recruit to any US NCAA Division I program. Fast forward to present, the former high school star is having rough sailings finding his way back to realize his NBA dream.

He got his first workout with an NBA team last Tuesday (Manila time) with the Utah Jazz and the team’s Vice President for Player Personnel Walter Perrin acknowledged that like any player coming from overseas, there is an air of mystery surrounding Parks, Jr.

“Without travel to Philippines, yes he was a mystery,” Perin said after the pre-draft workout session.

Back in 2010, Parks, Jr. was rated no. 34 at his position by Rivals.com, US’ no. 1 authority on college basketball recruiting. But he got lost in the radar of the NBA scouts when he decided to return to the Philippines to be with his cancer-stricken father, who got a job as sports consultant to a transitioning National University Bulldogs.

Parks, Jr. helped the Bulldogs become a contender in the UAAP overnight. But along the way, he lost the attention of the NBA scouts.

The 6-foot-4 Parks, Jr. was born to a Filipina mother and to an American basketball player… Read More

Mayweather does not want Pacquiao fight – Roach

Mayweather does not want Pacquiao fight - Roach
(BBC Sport) Manny Pacquiao’s trainer says he fears Floyd Mayweather might not turn up for Saturday’s super-fight in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao and Mayweather are set to split upwards of £150m following their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand.

But Freddie Roach said of Mayweather: “I really am wondering if he’s going to turn up on the night.

“I don’t think any fighter is afraid, but I don’t think he wanted this fight. He was forced into a fight he didn’t want to take.”

Roach added: “I just don’t know why Floyd has gone quiet for this fight. His speech is very subdued.”… Read More

Manny in Diddy’s Old Digs

Manny in Diddy’s Old Digs
(Zillow-TMZ) Manny Pacquiao is going for the knock-out, buying a Beverly Hills home with a celebrity pedigree just in time for his May 2 welterweight face-off against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The 7-bedroom, 8-bath manse features a grand, two-story entrance with a sweeping staircase and a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms. The “her” side boasts a steam shower, spa bathtub and two large, custom walk-in closets.

A home theater plays in high definition and surround sound, with luxurious seating for more than 20 people.

At 10,000 square feet and a listing price of $12.5 million, it carries considerably more weight than the Los Angeles home he’s listed at $2.7 million for the past two years.

The listing agent, Elsa Nelson of Nelson Shelton & Associates Real Estate, sold the home to Sean “Diddy” Combs back when he was called Puff Daddy and was dating Jennifer Lopez. Nelson took multiple photos of Manny in his new digs with the agents and the current owners, who are not celebs.

“This is the fourth time our company has sold that particular property,” Nelson notes. “And Manny is buying the home completely furnished.”

Pacquiao’s latest move was first reported by TMZ… Read More

Pinoy hopefuls shine

Pinoy hopefuls shine
(Manila Standard Today) Ten-year-old Filipina Gwyneth Dorado wowed the judges of Asia’s Got Talent in the premiere of the regional version of Got Talent franchise aired last week.

Judges Mel C of Spice Girls, Indonesian chanteuse Anggun, F4’s Vanness Wu and composer David Foster were impressed with the young talent who played the guitar and sang Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Her audition piece earned her a standing ovation from the audience and judges Mel and Vanness. The Indonesian singer quipped and told her fellow judges that they better watch out for their respective careers. David, on the other hand, gestured a nod of approval and said, “I think this business has a place for you.”

Gwyneth’s performance was just a sneak peak of what Filipino talents can offer to the show because to date the biggest performance seen in the reality search came from a dance crew based in Manila. The video of their performance took social media by storm shortly after they appeared in the program on Thursday. It has also become the most-watched video on the official YouTube channel of Asia’s Got Talent… Read More

Mayweather-Pacquiao Press Conference

Mayweather-Pacquiao Press Conference
(HBO Sports) Eleven-time, five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will appear together for ONE exclusive press event in Los Angeles in anticipation of their history-making championship showdown on Saturday, May 2 live on pay-per-view.

On May 2nd, 2015, boxing will return to the forefront of the American sports world (if only for a night) when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather finally square off. Today, the two well dressed fighters had a press conference promoting the fight, and it was super, super weird.

Things got off to a strange start when the president of entertainment and sports for MGM Resorts International, Richard Sturm, was brought to the podium. Now, I can’t know for sure whether or not Sturm was wearing a ridiculous hairpiece, but let’s just say his hair was decidedly in the Trump Zone… Read More

Mayweather vs Pacquiao preview

Mayweather vs Pacquiao preview
(CBS) Lyle Fitzsimmons joins Jamie Erdahl as they take a look at the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

The biggest fight in boxing history, the epic match up that’s been years in the making, will finally take place. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will get into the ring—both partiesfinally agreed—on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather announced the fight on Friday.

The megafight will carry a Super Bowl atmosphere to what will be the most watched fight in boxing history.
All the boxes had been checked for the mother of all fights between Pacquiao and Mayweather seemingly weeks ago for the May 2 date, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The missing piece was Mayweather’s signature on the contract for a fight that will shatter the 2.4-million pay-per-view record buys garnered by Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in 2007… Read More