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Hidlyn Diaz Is Latest Under Armour Ambassador
Rio Olympics Silver Medalist for Weightlifting Hidlyn Diaz was recently announced as the latest Under Armour Ambassador, at the recent UA Circuit Challenge held at Robinson’s Magnolia last weekend.
The UA Circuit Challenge, is a two-part event, with the next one taking place at Greenbelt 3 on Saturday, March 4 at 1pm; aims to be a preliminary event to help prepare the participants of  the regional fitness challenge UA ‘Test of Will’, which is set to take place on March 25 & 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.

UA ‘Test of Will’ is on its second year and will be held in 6 countries, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.

Participants in ‘Test of Will’, will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw.  Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year's overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

noypi Thursday, March 9, 2017
Whale Carcass Found In Dinagat Islands
A sea creature's carcass washed ashore at Barangay Poblacion in Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands on Wednesday, February 22.

BFAR personnel inspecting the whale carcass
According to Cagdianao's Municipal Information Office (MIO), the carcass has been confirmed by the local staff of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to be of a whale. A specimen sample has been brought to the BFAR office in Manila to determine the specie of the said whale.

The whale carcass was 6.3 meters long and 2 meters wide from its dorsal to pectoral fins, MIO reported.

MIO added that the local government unit will be preserving the bones of the whale as memento of the rare event.

noypi Friday, February 24, 2017
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:

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