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Beauty pageantry 2018 started on January 25 in Egypt where Philippine bet Katarina Rodriguez placed First Runner-Up to Mexico’s Veronica Salas Vallejo in the Miss Intercontinental contest. Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel is the first Filipino Muslim woman who won Mutya ng Pilipinas then getting crowned for an …

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Pia, Iris and Demi

Published in the March 16, 2018 issue of The Manila Times, on April 25, 2015, Psychic Gurmeet fearlessly declared who was to be crowned Miss Universe 2015. “This is going to be tough for the judges but the [candidate from the] islands between Australia and China is sure to be …

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Pangasinan’s Provincial Capitol celebrates centennial completion

Declared among the eight Architectural Treasures of the Philippines by the Filipino Heritage Festival of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Pangasinan’s Provincial Capitol marked its centennial of completion. With the theme “Stronger Heritage, Stronger Pangasinan”, the commemorative rites was highlighted with a Thanksgiving Mass and an Anticipated …

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‘Art 2 Art’ airs Christmas specials

In the spirit of the season, “Art 2 Art” has lined up a series of Christmas specials offering inspiring ideas and insights. The first Christmas special aired on December 9, featuring the independent bookstore artbooks.ph. Co-owner and artist/curator Ringo Bunoan related the story behind the enterprise selling Philippine art books …

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A ballet treat for the holidays

In time for the merriest part of the year, Ballet Manila presents the classic “Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” on stage at Star City. ‘Masasayang Prinsesa’ Three beloved tales from Severino Reyes will be presented at Aliw theater stage until January 2, 2019 with a 7 p.m. timeslot. Meanwhile, on …

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Grown-up Christmas list

CARLA BIANCA RAVANES-HIGHAM As a child, I recall wanting a very specific plastic blow up “bubble bag” that was the number one fashion bag of the ‘90s. The bag was hideous and possibly dangerous, but I wanted it more than anything in the world. I pleaded to my parents and …

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Joeben Tai and his ‘Grand’ beginnings

IT only took this promising Filipino-Chinese businessman two years to rise from accidental realtor to a full fledged property developer. And he hasn’t even reached the age of 40. Joeben Tai, who comes from a family of entrepreneurs, took up Business Management in college at the University of Asia and …

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