Get to know Asia Pacific’s queens

THE long wait is over because after almost a decade, new queens have been hailed for Miss Asia Pacific International. The newly crowned queens were tasked with the goal of promoting the beauty and diversity of each of their countries. As the first leg of its journey, the beautiful winners graced the Queen City of the South with their presence to learn about its culture, people and appreciate its cuisine.

The competition having been founded in the year 1968 is the first and oldest beauty pageant in Asia. But in 2006, the competition came to a halt. Having just recently been rejuvenated, the competition is now seeing a stronger future after having chosen the beautiful mix of faces to represent it and forward its advocacy for the year 2017.

The grand relaunch was held last Nov. 23. During the event, Miss Netherlands Tessa Helena Le Conge was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 and also bagged the award for Miss Friendship. Miss Thailand Chawanya Thanomwong won first runner-up and was hailed Best in Swimsuit. Miss Philippines Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan won second runner-up, while Miss Cook Islands Felicia George was hailed as third runner-up and bagged the awards for Miss Photogenic and Best in Talent. Miss Korea Soyeon Kim came in fourth and was also chosen as Miss Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa. Only four of the winners were able to visit Cebu as Krishnan had to attend her thesis defense.

Miss Peru Ana Lucia Leiva won the People’s Choice Award.<a href=”http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2016/12/18/get-know-asia-pacifics-queens-515759″ target=”_blank”>MORE</a>

Fil-Brit talent Matthew Parry-Jones returns to Cebu

FILIPINO-British performer Matthew Parry-Jones has returned to Cebu, Philippines, to feed poor kids as part of his foundation’s (Jeremiah’s Foundation International) outreach program.

The 15-year-old Matthew, together with his Cebuana mother, Evelyn, Living Light Christian Fellowship pastor Ben Neri, and volunteers held a feeding program for the kids at Pediacare section of the Cebu City Medical Center on March 26.

On March 29, Matthew went to the Basak Elementary School in Mandaue City to give school supplies to kids. (MORE)

Filipino wins 2014 Tallenge January contest

(Photo grab from www.tallenge.com)

(Photo grab from www.tallenge.com)

A Filipino musician, based in China, won the 2014 Tallenge January contest at www.tallenge.com.

Bryan Magsayo, a young musician from Valencia City, Bukidnon, topped the result tally with 7,636 votes and won $500.

Here’s an interview of Magsayo with Sun.Star Pilipinas.

Tallenge is an online talent platform where users can showcase their skills and compete to win fame and fortune.

According to its Facebook page, Tallenge said they have no celebrity judges. However, viewers can vote for their favorite entry via a unique head-to-head voting format.

The competition has participants from over 100 countries with over 20 open categories including performing arts, visual arts, literature, technology, and business. (Sunnex)