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Four ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants out due to cheating

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They joined the contest to win. And they tried to grab the crown the cheater’s way.

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Unsolicited advice

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HONTIVEROS. Exemplifies perfectly clear and unaccented enunciation

“Eat Bulaga’s” “Pinoy Henyo” tilt remains popular even after years of being played, because it is indeed “very Pinoy.” It’s a good thing that the wordplay competition is now varying the composition of its teams of contestants, with the current batch featuring senior citizens and their grandkids.

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Binibining Pilipinas primer strikes cautionary notes

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GUIDICELLI. Couldn’t provide needed focus and pertinence

Last March 23, we happened to catch the Binibining Pilipinas TV primer, expecting just the usual cavalcade of beautiful faces and figures. —Boy, were we in for an unwelcome surprise!

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Malaya Watson joins Top 11 in latest ‘Idol’ results

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Filipino-American Malaya Watson is safe in this week’s elimination round of the hit singing contest “American Idol.”

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Rose “Osang” Fostanes: Defying the odds

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 photo, Rose Fostanes sings during a rehearsal of the X-Factor Israel in Tel Aviv. The 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country. AP FILE PHOTO/ARIEL SCHALIT

Against all odds, the 47-year old Filipina Rose Fostanes became the grand winner of the first ever season of “The X-Factor Israel,”

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‘Risky’ gambit boosts Mitoy’s victory

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Last month’s finals for “The Voice of the Philippines” was full of unexpected but instructive developments that presaged the popular choice of Mitoy Yonting as the Philippines’ version of the US singing tilt’s first champion.

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Real-life sweethearts win Philpop 2013

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QUEST (kneeling), Thyro Alfaro, Karylle, Yumi Lacsamana (in blue) and Sam Concepcion

The final roster of this year’s Philippine Popular Music Festival (Philpop) songwriting competition featured an interesting mix of 12 songs that encompassed different genres and styles—like jazz, pop-rock, reggae, folk, acoustic, ballads, and even novelty. It was a welcome treat for discerning music fans in constant search of something fresh and innovative.

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Cooking challenge is a stressful viewing experience

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Recently, we watched the ongoing cooking challenge, “The Big Break,” Sundays on the Asian Food Channel, and found it an exciting but excessively stressful viewing experience. Its contestants appear to be youths from different Asian countries, including two surviving bets from the Philippines, Ruth and Lawrence.

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Philpop tilt target: Discover new global Pinoy songwriters

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PHILPOP finalists: (front row from left) Marlon Barnuevo, Joey Ayala, Adrienne Sarmiento-Buenaventura, Yumi Lacsamana, Lara Maigue and Jungee Marcelo; (top row from left) Paul Armesin, Myrus Apacible, Johnoy Danao, Thyro Alfaro, Raffy Calicdan and Gani Brown; and not in photo is Kennard Faraon.

More than a mere vehicle to inspire composers—young and old, famous or inexperienced—to write and produce new songs, Ryan Cayabyab envisions the Philippine Popular Music Festival (Philpop) songwriting competition as a catalyst for the local music industry’s improvement.   “We want to put the spotlight on Philippine music, and hopefully, spark a new movement that [...]

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Variety is the spice

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Last April 8 at 11:15 a.m., Marvin Agustin unveiled his latest TV show, “Karinderya Wars,” on TV5, and a good, hearty time was had by all. What makes the new reality challenge a perfect fit for Marvin is the fact that, aside from performing, he’s become quite a hit at bankrolling a wide range of restaurants, so he knows whereof he speaks.

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Will we finally win the Miss Universe crown this year?

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TOGONON. Almost won the elusive title. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

The Philippines, like Venezuela, is addicted to international beauty pageants. In 1953, Armi Kuusela of Finland, the first Miss Universe, conquered the country when she came for a surprise visit.

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Tearjerking distractions

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SANCHEZ. Is she joining “Glee”?

VLADIMIR Macaspac, televiewer: “Why can’t local TV singing tilts do away with the contestants’ ‘emotional back stories’? We have enough tearjerkers on TV.

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