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Miss Universe 2018 contestants flaunt swimsuit, evening wear in last night’s preliminary competition

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

 

 

Ms. Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray in swimsuit attire

The Miss Universe 2018 candidates had their last strut on stage before the much-awaited coronation night.

Each candidate flaunted her own style to capture the judges’ and audience’s heart at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani while wearing their swimsuit and evening gown.

Several of them successfully stood out among the other contestants including Ms. Universe Thailand, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Japan, India and, of course, the Philippines.

Everyone was awestruck when Catriona Gray perfectly executed a slow-mo turn during the swimsuit competition.

It was followed by a loud applause and cheers when she walked on stage with full confidence while wearing an Ibong Adarna-inspired evening gown.

Several of the audience members — Filipinos and foreigners alike— admired Catriona’s performance in the preliminary competition.

“She nailed it the lava walk, it’s explosion. Everyone was a big ‘wow’. One hundred percent Catriona for the win,” said Jem, Catriona’s fan from the USA.

“Every time she comes out in the stage, talagang may pasabog. It’s overwhelming her looks, her aura, her gown, her body composure. It’s perfectly executed,” said Mhagsy, a fan of Gray.

“She’s so perfect and professional,” said Thitaree Kasorn, Ms. Universe Thailand 2018 1st Runner-up.

Even the designer of Miss Sweden, Aviad Arik Herman expressed interest in designing a gown for Catriona.

“Absolutely! I have a very, very special idea for Ms. Philippines which I would love to bring to life. I would love to do Ms. Philippines next year maybe. Hopefully, maybe with your help for this channel,” said Miss Universe 2018 Sweden’s designer Aviad Arik Herman.

Meanwhile, Catriona’s boyfriend, Clint Bondad was very proud and supportive of Catriona during the preliminary competition.

“Si Catriona, ang ganda niya at ang galling niya din. Nakita niyo talaga na na-prepare ang katawan niya. Super fit, saktong-sakto,” said Bondad.

Our fellowmen in the Philippines also cheered for Catriona during her performance and she immediately become trending in social media.

Witness who will reign as Miss Universe 2018 in the coronation night on December 17 at 7:00 a.m. in Thailand in Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. — Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Thailand to open opportunities for Filipino English teachers – Bello

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has announced that a labor agreement is soon to be signed with the government of Thailand to hire hundreds of Filipino English teachers.

Bello said he is set to meet with the Thai Ministry of Employment officials to discuss the provisions of the agreement under the Thai government’s ‘English for All’ Project in the area of Eastern Economic Corridor.

Bello said, “Filipino teachers are the preferred nationals needed by the government of Thailand because of the excellent English proficiency and competence of our teachers.”

Under the proposed agreement, the Thailand Ministry of Education will hire teachers to teach English to students in primary and secondary levels in government schools.

Successful applicants will receive 25,000 baht per month or P45,000 salary, inclusive of housing allowance, according to Bello.

Likewise, they will be provided with personal accident insurance, round trip airfare, and work permit fees to be shouldered by the Thai government.

Meanwhile, Secretary Bello said Thailand is also opening job opportunities to other foreign professionals in in the field of accounting, architecture, engineering, medicine and dental medicine.

According to government record, there are 16,704 overseas Filipino workers in Thailand.

A total of 11,848 of them are professionals, mostly composed of teachers, musicians and other professionals. – Marje Pelayo

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3 arrested for smuggling cocaine in children’s books

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Three suspects arrested at NAIA for allegedly smuggling cocaine concealed inside children’s books

MANILA, Philippines — Three individuals were arrested for smuggling 3.29 kilos of cocaine, worth P30 million, inside children’s books.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy spokesperson Auralyn Pascua said they arrested two of the three individuals at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

“While waiting for a rebooking to Thailand, nag-stay po siya sa isang fast food chain sa NAIA Terminal 3 (While waiting for a rebooking to Thailand, they stayed at a fast food chain in NAIA Terminal 3). She met the other subject Alvin. It was then that our operatives went to that fast food chain and our subject undertook a consented search,” she said.

Ma. Clara Bedico, 28 years old, was arrested on March 28, along with Alvin Avila. Bedico was set to deliver the illegal drugs to Thailand while Avila took care of her flight booking.

Bedico and Avila’s accomplice, Antonette Mendiola, was arrested during a follow-up operation on March 29 in Pasig City.

Authorities confirmed the substance inside the children’s books to be cocaine and was reported to have come from Brazil.

The NBI believes that a notorious Western African drug syndicate that
recruits women to be drug couriers, is behind the operation.

Bedico said she was just following orders to take the luggage from Pasig and deliver it to Thailand in exchange for $2,000. She was under the impression that the baggage contained jewelries.

NBI chief special action unit Atty. Emeterio Dongallo warned OFWs against this type of operation.

“Warning po natin sa mga OFW, (Our warning to OFWs) beware of this enticement. Magpo–post sa Facebook and they will entice the OFW to transport jewelries kunwari, iyon pala may palaman na palang drugs. Iyong kung ano–ano ang mga ibibigay sa inyo, it may be in the form of books toys or anything, (They will post on Facebook and they will entice OFWs to transport jewelries but it really contains drugs. They will give you anything,)” he said.

They also advise OFWs to report any attempt of recruitment that uses the same mode of operation.

Authorities are continuing to investigate how the cocaine got through airport security personnel and if there are other accomplices involved.—Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Panelo says Catriona Gray should be ‘educated’ on facts of criminal liability age bill

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2019

(L-R) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and 2018 Ms. Universe, Catriona Gray

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed his gratitude for the concern that 2018 Ms. Universe Catriona Gray has shown, when she stated that the government must focus on why children engage in crimes instead of lowering the age of criminal liability.

Panelo said that, like many Filipinos, Gray may have been misinformed about the facts of the bill that aims to lower the age of criminal liability to 12 years old.

Panelo agrees with Gray about focusing on the problem, which is what the government, he said, is actually doing by rehabilitating the minors.

“Sa batas nakalagay dun yung rehabilitation. Ang focus nga ay rehabilitation. So, you are solving precisely the problem why these people are engaged in crimes,” Panelo said.

He added, “Because the problem is, they engage in crimes. So, what will we do? We will have to rehabilitate them. Learn why they have committed such crimes. And then put them back to the society,” Spokesperson emphasized.

The Presidential Spokesperson said Gray should be educated on the facts of the said bill.

“She may have been misinformed of the facts, given that the opposition to the lowering comes from yung mga dating kritiko ng administrasyon,” Panelo said.

Panelo made the statement when asked about his reaction to Gray’s statement on Wednesday, February 20, at her homecoming press conference.

Ms. Gray has long been known for her advocacy for underprivileged Filipino children and being a supporter and volunteer of the non-profit organization “Young Focus Foundation” – Freema Salonga

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