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Paolo Ballesteros Bags 'Best Actor' Award At Tokyo International Film Festival
Filipino actor Paolo Ballesteros won the award for "Best Actor" at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival on Thursday.

Ballesteros while delivering his acceptance speech (Credit: TIFF)
The award is for Ballesteros' role as a transgender woman named Trisha in the movie "Die Beautiful." In his acceptance speech, he said he was surprised about the award and thought he was only attending the red carpet event for the closing ceremony of the festival, which celebrates its 29th edition this year. He also thanked the organizers for "embracing our film."

"Die Beautiful" also received the "Audience Choice" award. Directed by Jun Robles Lana, the movie centers around Trisha, who makes a living by joining beauty pageants. She unexpectedly dies while being crowned in a beauty contest. Before she died, her one last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake. However, her conservative father wants to bury her as a man so her friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. While they transform her to look like different celebrities, they look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led - being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen.

Watch the trailer of "Die Beautiful" below:

noypi Thursday, November 3, 2016
Blind Filipina Gets Standing Ovation, Makes Judge Cry On 'France's Got Talent'
A blind Filipino woman received a standing ovation and made one of the judges cry during her audition in the latest season of "France's Got Talent".

Screengrab of Alienettte's audition (Credit: "France's Got Talent")
Alienette Coldfire, whose real name is Katchry Jewel Golbin, chose to sing the French version of the "Les Miserables" piece "I Dreamed A Dream" for her audition, which was aired on Tuesday. Her beautiful and emotional rendition of the song swept the judges off their feet, with one of them reduced to tears. The judges then gave her their nods to send her to the next round of the competition.

When asked how she learned French, Coldfire, who hails from Capiz, said her friends taught her the language for about three years.

"I learned with my friends through the Internet," she said. "When I heard Edith Piaf's 'La Vie en rose,' I wanted to understand the lyrics. That's how I learned French."

The 25-year-old Pinay also said that she joined the competition to prove that physical impairment is not a hindrance for anyone to do great things.

Check out Coldifre's inspiring audition on "France's Got Talent" below:

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Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa Crowned Miss International 2016
Another Filipina has bagged the Miss International crown.

Kylie Verzosa, 24, was named winner of the Miss International 2016 pageant on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan, besting 69 lovely ladies from around the world.

The Baguio City-born preschool teacher and model is the 6th representative from the Philippines who won the beauty pageant. She now joins the ranks of Filipino Miss International winners Bea Alonzo (2013), Precious Lara Quigaman (2015), Melanie Marquez (1979), Aurora Pijuan (1970), and Gemma Teresa Cruz (1964).

Check out the full result of the Miss International 2016 beauty pageant below:

Miss International 2016: Philippines – Kylie Verzosa
1st runner-up: Australia – Alexandra Britton
2nd runner-up: Indonesia – Felicia Hwang
3rd runner-up: Nicaragua – Brianny Chamorro
4th runner-up: USA – Kaityrana Leinbach

Top 15   
Argentina – Yoana Don
Canada – Amber Bernachi
Dominican Republic – Cynthia Núñez
El Salvador – Elizabeth Cader
Finland – Emilia Seppänen
Japan – Junna Yamagata
Mexico – Geraldine Ponce
Poland – Magdalena Bieńkowska
Russia – Alisa Manenok
Thailand – Pattiya Pongthai

Continental Queens Award   
Miss International Africa: Sierra Leone – Maseray Swarray
Miss International America: Ecuador – Ivanna Abad
Miss International Asia: Hong Kong – Kelly Chan
Miss International Europe: Netherlands – Melissa Scherpen
Miss International Oceania: Hawaii – Guinevere Davenport

Special Awards
Best National Costume: Nicaragua - Brianny Chamorro
Best Dresser: Indonesia - Felicia Hwang
Miss Perfect Body: Moldova - Alina Chirciu

noypi Thursday, October 27, 2016
PH Team Wins Historic First Gold At Sepaktakraw World Championship
The Philippine team dominated the premiere men's doubles event at this year's King's Cup Sepaktakraw World Championship in Thailand, clinching the country's first ever gold medal in the decades old annual competition.

Philippines wins first gold at King's Cup
Striker Rheyjey Ortouste led his team to victory against the Myanmar team, the SEA Games 2015 gold medalist, during the final round on Friday, scoring 35 points, 15 of which he harvested during the crucial third set. He and his teammates earlier beat the Thais, who are currently ranked number 1 worldwide.

The Philippine team also bagged the silver medal in men's hoop event and the bronze medal in women's hoop category, making this year their best performance in the international tilt ever.

The RP team was comprised of Rheyjey Ortouste, Ronsited Gabayeron, Jason Huerte, Emmanuel Escote, John Jeffery Morcillos, John Bobier, Reznan Pabriga, Mark Joseph Gonzales, JC Lee, Joeart Jumawan, Rhemwil Catana, Alvin Pangan, Desiree Autor, Gelyn Evora, Mary Ann Lopez, Rizzalyn Amolacion, Josefina Maat and Kristel Carloman.

Now on its 31st edition, King's Cup Sepaktakraw World Championship is considered as the most prestigious tournament in the sport as the best national teams around the world compete in the said annual event.

noypi Saturday, October 22, 2016
Chinese Boss Kisses Female Staff Daily As A Routine (Video)
Chinese boss kissing female employees at work (Credit: Youtube)
A Beijing employer is kissing his female staff every morning as part of the routine in his company, Chinese media reported.

Everyday, at around 9:00am, female employees queue up to receive a kiss on the lips from their boss. 

According to reports, the man created the rule in order to "foster good relationships among colleagues." He claims that he got the idea from an American firm that does the same practice.

The businessman said he and his workers became more united because of the morning kisses.

A video of the Chinese boss giving a kiss to his female employees has emerged online which shocked many viewers. Watch it below.

noypi Saturday, October 8, 2016