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DUMAGUETE CITY — Yes, Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte is now in show business.


After being linked to show business personalities, the goodlooking son of President Rodrigo Duterte jumped to show business and is now a host of a television show.


Duterte has began to shoot scenes for the program called “Lakbai” with co-host funnyman Bogart the Explorer. The show will be aired on TV5 reportedly starting May.


Baste will feature the world-renowned dive destination Apo Island in Negros Oriental and the nearby province of Siquijor in his travel show on the national TV network.


“Baste” Duterte, the youngest son of President Rodrigo Duterte, sailed to Apo Island from Dauin last week along with his TV crew.


While in Apo Island, he went scuba diving and got first-hand experience of swimming with the sea turtles and saw the vast coral reefs and rich marine biodiversity there.


Apo Island is a protected landscape and seascape and is popular not just for scuba diving and snorkeling but also because of its remarkable community-based resource management program.


The young Duterte arrived at the Dumaguete-Sibulan airport  and proceeded first to Zamboanguita, a town in the south, where he jammed with some musicians before returning to Dumaguete where he stayed overnight at a local hotel.


The young Duterte  stayed overnight in Apo Island and then proceeded to Siquijor. 


Duterte will personally tour around the country for his show  “Lakbai” on TV5.


Since his appearance in the election campaign, his charming looks and down-to-earth personality have driven ladies to admire him prompting many to suggest that he host a show.


Baste is a seasoned surfer and diver as shown in a video showing him surfing and his good body.


The rich marine life of Negros Oriental was the key that opened doors to several jobs in the tourism industry. Among these, were underwater guides and emergency responders.


Just recently, 12 boys and four girls completed courses for dive master (DM), advanced open water (OPW) and emergency first response (EFR), which brought them a step closer to becoming professionally trained divers, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).


Upon securing their certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the young divers can start guiding foreign and Filipino underwater enthusiasts in hopping to Apo Island from other dive sites in Siquijor Island, Oslob, Cebu and Panglao, Bohol, PNA reported.


Among the young divers was 20-year-old Mark Cyrel Mendez who signed up for scuba diving training offered by a volunteer group of French divers, Plongeurs de Monde, when he was only 13. The French diver group visited his native Apo Island in Negros Oriental back in 2011.


Before he signed up, Mendez could only dream of getting through high school. Now, Mendez has graduated to professional scuba diving after seven years of training.


He said that he would continue professional scuba diving while pursuing his civil engineering course at a Dumaguete City college.


“Our country and our seas are so rich. There is no reason for Filipinos to stay poor,” Mendez said.


Plongeurs Philippines head Laurent Martin welcomed this development, noting that there was still hope” for promising deep-sea divers like Mendez.


“Hope floats for these promising young deep-sea divers who honed not only the nitty-gritty of scuba diving but also deepened their appreciation of marine life,” Martin said.


Plongeurs founding member, Roger Gugliemi said that the program is also meant to raise the young divers’ awareness for the protection of the environment and attain economic freedom by gaining a professional skill in diving.


The 16 Apo kids join some 300 young “ploogners” certified master divers in countries such as Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Morocco, Oman, and Tanzania, Dominica.


Tourism Undersecretary and Philippine Commission on Sport Scuba Diving (PCSSD) chair Kat de Castro welcomed the efforts of the French diver group noting that they have helped contribute to a meaningful inclusive tourism program.


The Plongeurs program, De Castro said, was set to train more young divers in Southern Leyte and Siargao, Surigao del Norte.


Meanwhile, local marine advocate, diving instructor and former barangay captain Mario Pascobello, who hosted the Plongeurs de Monde during the summer training over seven years, said that the program also helped keep the youth from illegal drugs by providing them with opportunities for career advancement.


Plongeurs de Monde (Divers of the World) began when divers from France, Switzerland and Belgium got together to train poor kids from families devastated by the tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2005.

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WINNERS of the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas (from left) 2nd runner-up Kristel Guelos, Bb Pilipinas Globe 2017 – Nelda Ibe, Bb Pilipinas Grand International 2017 – Elizabeth Durado Clenci, Bb Pilipinas International 2017 – Mariel de Leon, Miss Universe Philippines – Rachel Peters, Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2017 – Chanel Olive Thomas, Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 – Katarina Rodriguezpose and 1st runner-up – Charmaine Elima during the coronation night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.


QUEZON CITY — A Filipino-British beauty who grew up in Camarines Sur and who admitted she is in a relationship with its youthful governor was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017 on April 30 in ceremonies at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Rachel Peters, 25, won over 39 other beauties during the pageant which had popular former titlist Pia Wurtzbach, the country’s first Miss Universe title-holder in over four decades, as co-host with actor Xian Lim. 

Peters won three special awards before she was crowned the winner. She won The Face of Binibini,  Jag Denim Queen and Best in Swimsuit awards.


The other winners were Binibining Pilipinas Globe Nelda Ibe, Binibining Pilipinas International Maria Angelica de Leon; Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Chanel Olive Thomas; Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Katarina Sonja Rodriguez; and Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Durado Clenci. 


Charmaine Elima and Kristel Guelos were first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. 


Binibining Pilipinas International winner de Leon is the daughter of actors Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong. She joined the pageant first in 2013 where she placed in the top 15.


RACHEL PETERS with Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte before winning the crown.


The winners received their crown from previous title holders Kylie Verzosa, Joanna Eden, Jennifer Hammond, Nichole Manalo and Nicole Cordoves.


“‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ star Daniel Padilla, the guest performer, serenadedg the contestants with Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” during the long gown competition.


Peters succeeds Maxine Medina, who failed in her bid for a back-to-back Miss Universe titles for the Philippines during the Miss Universe pageant which was hosted by the Philippines.


Peters, who stands at five feet and nine inches, is an event organizer who had worked with international artists like Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera. She was previously crowned 4th Princess in the Miss World Philippines pageant in 2014.


The new beauty queen, who is in a relationship with Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte, called for unity amidst a tough time for the Philippines during the question and answer portion of the pageant which lasted up to the wee hours on May 1.


Peters impressed the panel of judges when she answered the question of European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen: “This week, the Philippines hosted the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit. If you were invited to speak, what would have been your message to the leaders?”


“I believe that one of the biggest problems of our country is divisiveness: in politics, religion, and culture. I believe it is same across the world and that is something I would like to address. If we can learn to tolerate each other’s differences and respect each other, then we will be a stronger nation going forward,” she answered brimming with confidence.


Peters, who was trained and groomed under the Kagandahang Flores beauty camp under Rodgil Flores, e finished her International Baccalaureate at the British School in Phuket, Thailand. She has a Bachelor of Business, Tourism and Events major from La Trobe University in Australia.


Peters also said that she officially became a Filipina on Nov. 4, 2015 as she held her Philippine passport on Instagram. It was captioned: “Salamat po DFA. Officially a Filipina today!!! Yewww.”


Special Awards winners were: Binibining Friendship: Chanel Olive Thomas; The Face of Binibini: Rachel Peters; Binibining Talent: Dane Felisse Marasigan;

National Costume: Chanel Olive Thomas; Manila Bulletin Reader's Choice: Christagale Borja; Jag Denim Queen: Rachel Peters; Best in Swimsuit: Rachel Peters;

Best in Long Gown: Maria Angelica de Leon; Binibining Philippine Airlines: Katarina Sonja Rodriguez; and Binibining Creamsilk: Maria Angelica de Leon.


Before the final tallies, those in the Top 15 were Elizabeth Durado Clenci, Maria Angelica de Leon, Chanel Olive Thomas,  Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, Sirene Sutton, Kristel Guelos, Nelda Ibe, Charmaine Elima, Christagale Borja, Maria Camille Manalo, Gabriela Patricia Ortega, Larah Grace Lacap, Rachel Peters Jehza Huelar, and Juliana Kapeundl (People's Choice).


Although favorites among pageant fans, Binibini 12 Angelique Celine De Leon and Binibini 24 Dindi Pajares did not make it to the top 25, GMA News reported.


GMA News added that nerves got the better of Binibini 13 Sirene Sutton in the Q & A portion as the strong contender missed the mark and failed to place.

In another shocking twist, front-runner Charmaine Elima failed to win a crown and only placed first runner up, the report added.



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Filipino-American stage actress Eva Noblezada has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for this year's Tony Awards.

Noblezada, 21, of San Diego, California, was nominated for her exceptional portrayal of Kim in the "Miss Saigon", a role she also played at London's West End.

Among Eva's fellow nominees were Denée Benton for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812;     Christine Ebersole for War Paint;  Patti LuPone for War Paint; and    Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

The list of nominations was announced at  the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center.

The Tony Awards honors theater professionals for distinguished achievements on Broadway.


Singer Lea Salonga, whose real name is Maria Lea Carmen Salonga, was the first Asian and Filipino to win the Tony award. She was only 20 years old in 1991 when she accepted the Best Actress Tony for her heartbreaking portrayal of Kim in "Miss Saigon."


Noblezada first got the role of Kim in the London revival of Miss Saigon after she auditioned in 2013, shortly after her high school graduation from the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Charice Pempengco, who is known internationally as singer Charice, is no longer in a relationship with Alyssa Quijano.


Last week, it was reported that Quijano, once a singing rival of Charice, left the apartment she shared with the "Pyramid" singer.


The break-up was then confirmed by Carl Cabral, the new manager of Charice, through ABS-CBN showbiz reporter MJ Felipe.


Cabral said the split was a mutual decision and Charice will not be accepting any interviews as she was taking a break. 


The singer's manager also dismissed rumors that Charice is currently staying with a fan in Laguna.


"The rumor that Charice is living with the fan is not true. He has bought his own house," he said. 


"He's doing fine and he's happy," Cabral said.


The news of their split came after Charice hinted on social media that he’s “tired” and “over” with uncertain things. He wrote: "Happy for what I've achieved, for what I've become, for making people happy. I'll just leave it like that. I'm tired now." 


Charice added: "I can't anymore. I'm over it" on Twitter.


Charice and Quijano were in a relationship for four years. It was a relationship opposed by Charice' mother from the start.


The singer confirmed that they were a couple in 2013 even if his mother, Raquel Pempengco, disapproved of their romance.


Just last year, Charice and Quijano shared that they were thinking of tying the knot abroad and having a child.

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