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The Frontrunners

By Alex Y. Vergara Good news! Philippine bet Maxine Medina is almost in everyone’s top 15 list of likely frontrunners in the ongoing Miss Universe…

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Miss Universe fever is on

By Alex Y. Vergara Miss Universe fever will soon be gripping the country, if it hasn’t already. The last of the 87 delegates, who started…

Princess Lim Fernandez, geomancy and feng shui expert.

Moving Forward with Sec. Art Tugade

By Deedee M. Siytangco ANGEL THOUGHTS “You can’t start the next chapter in your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” “The first step towards…

Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina

Ready for the Universe

By Alex Y. Vergara Portrait by Noel B. Pabalate A supposedly new and improved Maxine Medina faced the media last Tuesday during a sendoff party…

The Designer and His Muse. Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina, in a strapless copper number by Rhett Eala, poses with the designer. (Image by Noel B. Pabalate|Manila Bulletin)

The Eala magic

By Alex Vergara While many local designers would probably kill for a chance to dress up the country’s representative to Miss Universe, it took an…

The woman who made it all happen. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo pulled all strings to make the Ms. U pageant happen—sans government funding. (Manila Bulletin)

‘Not a Single Centavo Spent’

By Sara Grace C. Fojas Video by Jay Cedric Bustamante and David Clarence Rivera Portrait by Pinggot Zulueta With a needed budget of $12 million,…