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Mayor Erap launches Miss Manila 2014

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada launched the search for Miss Manila 2014 on Monday, May 12, at the Centennial Hall of the historic Manila Hotel.

The project is in collaboration with Viva Entertainment, Inc., headed by Vic Del Rosario.

MANILA MAYOR Joseph Estrada

MANILA MAYOR Joseph Estrada (center) with Dra. Loi Ejercito and Vic Del Rosario of Viva Entertainment during the Miss Manila 2014 launch at the Manila Hotel

The winner of the pageant, who will receive P1 million in cash and other attractive prizes, will be crowned on June 24 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, a highlight of this year’s celebration of Araw ng Maynila.

Proceeds of the tilt will benefit the Dialysis Center of MARE Foundation, Inc., a non-profit institution headed by former senator Dr. Luisa “Loi” Ejercito-Estrada.

It is recalled that when Mayor Erap was president, Dra. Loi put up a dialysis center in the vicinity of Malacañang Palace to benefit the poor. “But it isn’t there anymore,” lamented the former First Lady.

She hopes that this time, the Dialysis Center to be established by MARE Foundation will last.

Anyway, the deadline for submission of application to join Miss Manila 2014 is on Thursday, May 20.

Applicants must be naturally born females, Filipino citizens between the ages of 18 and 25, at least 5’4”, single, never been married or pregnant, at least a college student, of good moral character with pleasing personality, proficient in Filipino and English, and should exhibit good knowledge of the history and culture of the City of Manila.

Applicants must also meet at least one of the following criteria: Born in Manila, resident of Manila, either parent born in Manila, either parent residing in Manila, or student of a school in Manila for at least two years.

Application forms may be secured at the Tourism Office of Manila City Hall or the Liga ng mga Barangay on the 4th Floor. It may also be downloaded at The requirements must be submitted to the Miss Manila 2014 Secretariat, c/o Miss Liz Villasenor at the Tourism Office.

Screening will be held on May 24 at the Palacio de Maynila from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Alwyn Uytingco Alwyn Uytingco and actress Jennica Garcia have been in a relationship for four years now, the success of which the former has always credited to God. He also says that, as a couple, they have always tapped on the Lord’s strength.

“Kumbaga ’yung flaws ninyo bilang tao mas maiintindihan ninyo. The more that you’ll be patient because you’ll be using the Lord’s patience. Patience na ni Lord ang hinuhugutan ninyo,” Alwyn explained.

He also wants his relationship with Jennica to be his last. “Oo siya na,” he declared.

His love for her is such that, when Jennica’s contract with GMA-7 was not renewed, his support had proven to be a “healing potion” for her.

Alwyn, on the other hand, is said to be renewing his contract with TV5 very soon.

“Beki Boxer,” his starrer on TV5, is doing well. He is also a mainstay of the network’s gag-show “Tropa Mo Ko Unli.” It is also reported that he was also cast on “Jasmine.”

Truly thankful for a steady career with the Kapatid Network, Alwyn – who is managed by Manny Valera – hopes to become a film director in the future.

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After the massive success of the “Drink.Dine.Drive” promo where a lucky patron of Buddha-Bar Manila won and had driven home a brand-new Jaguar XF, comes a more luxurious surprise – the chance to own a Maserati Ghibli.

Experience Buddha-Bar Manila’s sumptuous Pacific Rim menu (for a single receipt of P3,000 à la carte or P25,000 on banquet events) and get the chance to win a cool new Maserati Ghibli. To know more, visit

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The Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA) announces the holding of the PCDA-Cordilleras Administrative Region Assembly to be held at the Centennial Hall of the University of Baguio from May 16 to 18.

PCDA Chairman Jonathan Velasco leads the roster of distinguished resource speakers that include Eudenice Palaruan, Joy Nilo, Ma. Theresa Roldan, Onyl Torres and Jude Roldan.

Performing tonight at 7 p.m. is The Maryknoll Sanctuary Choir. The St. Louis College Choir will perform the following day at 12 noon. Capping the series will be the University of Baguio Voices Chorale at 7 p.m. on May 17.

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TIDBITS: Happy b-day greetings today, May 16, go to BM Gary Estrada, Robert Arevalo, Cherry Cobarrubias, Carmina Pavia, Ada de Leon, Danny Cruz, Vice Valenciano, Benny de Ocampo, Adrian Albert Dominguez, Lynda Reyes, Malou Almonte, Alfredo C. Mendoza, Abet Lopez, Anelle J. Baluyot, Lina Reyes, Ronald Manalili, Ma. Luisa Tuazon of PCSO GM’s office, Toffer Cojuangco, John Quizon, Mhel Ps, Trish Cojuangco, Christian Perol, Maggie Herrera, Bien San Roque, Jun Natividad, Lorainne Raffols, Leonarda Calo Solito, Butch Tenorio, singer-TV host Billy Crawford and MB’s Sports writer Waylon A. Galvez… Happy wedding anniversary to Terry and Eli Maniquis… In The Cascades/Classics IV concert held on May 14, the second generation Cascades Gabe Lapano and Tony Grasso weren’t present to perform with John Claude Gummoe…