December 14, 2019

3 Girls from PHL and US Named “Star Hunt: The Global Showdown” Grand Winner

‪After over a month of wooing fans all over the world with their voice and personality, three aspiring singing stars from the Philippines and the U.S.A. are gunning to become the grand winner of ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel's "Star Hunt: The Global Showdown," the first global singing search on Kumu, the fastest growing social media app in the Philippines.‬
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‪Denize Castillo and Jazza Torres of the Philippines and Yzabel Cabral of the U.S. are already gearing up to seal their victory in the grand finals that will be streamed live on the Star Hunt channel on Kumu on Wednesday (December 11), 7 PM (Manila time).‬

Kathy Bates Wins Acting Honors for Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell”

‪Legendary actress Kathy Bates (Misery, Dolores Claiborne) has been getting rave notices for her performance as the mother of real-life hero security guard-turned bombing suspect in Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell."‬

‪See a glimpse of Bates' performance that critics are calling "a gutting centerpiece" in the clip below.‬


‪After winning the Best Supporting Actress prize from the National Board of Review (NBR), Bates has just received a Golden Globe Awards nomination in the same category. ‬

‪"Thank you HFPA for the recognition, I am so proud of this film and it was an honor to work with Mr. Eastwood on telling this important story," Bates said in a statement after her nomination was announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that hands out the Golden Globes. "I hope our film brings justice and peace to Richard and Bobi Jewell in telling their truth and honoring his heroism."‬

‪Despite her long and respected career, this film marks Bates' first at bat in an Eastwood movie. "I have to say what really attracted me to the film was working with Clint, and the idea that I would finally get that opportunity was just amazing." ‬

‪The actress reveals that the first thing she asked the storied director was, "'Why did you want to make this movie?' And the first thing he said to me was that it's a movie he'd want to see. He said he really felt it was a tragedy that this man was treated so badly by the FBI, that he was tricked when he went in to make this training film, which was all a ruse to get him to waive his Miranda rights. That just astounded me. I had known about the bombing, of course, but I had no idea how devastating it was for Richard Jewell and his mother. And to read about that in the script was just absolutely horrifying."‬

‪In Philippine cinemas January 15, "Richard Jewell" is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company. ‬

December 13, 2019

Korea’s 2nd Highest Grossing Film of All Time “Extreme Job” Now Showing in PH Cinemas

Going undercover to investigate a big-time drug syndicate while… frying chicken?! It doesn't get more extreme than this!‬

VIVA International Pictures and MVP Entertainment bring you the blockbuster Korean comedy film EXTREME JOB. To investigate a drug syndicate and its operation, five detectives start running a chicken restaurant located across the syndicate's base. But they find themselves busier frying chicken than investigating, when their restaurant start to become famous for its accidental delicious food. And things turn out for the worst when they find out that their chicken chain is actually distributing drugs.‬

‪The hardworking chicken restaurant crew a.k.a detectives is led by Chief Go (Ryu-Seung-yong, MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7). A determined but poorly performing cop, he invests his retirement fund into the fried chicken business. His team consists of the unreliable Detective Jang (Lee Hanee), the determined goal-setter Detective Young-ho (Lee Dong-hwi), the youngest, enthusiastic team member Detective Jae-hoon (Gong-Myoung), and Detective Ma (Jin Sun-kyu) who used his parents' chicken recipe, making their restaurant famous. Together, the five of them fry chicken in the morning and fight crime in the evening.‬

‪EXTREME JOB was released in Korea January this year, and just started setting box office records. Three days after its release, EXTREME JOB surpassed 1 million viewers, setting a record of exceeding 1 million views in the shortest period of time for a January comedy film in Korea. On its fourth day, it reached a total of 2 million viewers, breaking the record of fastest comedy film to hit the 2 million mark. Previous record holders Miracle in Cell No. 7 and Miss Granny took six days to hit the 2 million mark.‬

‪19 days after its release, EXTREME JOB became the highest-grossing Korean comedy film of all-time, setting a new record of 12,835,396 moviegoers. And according to statistics released by the Korean Film Council, EXTREME JOB now holds the record for the second most-watched film in Korea of all time, with a record of 14,536,378 moviegoers.‬

‪Now showing in Philippine cinemas, find out what makes these detectives' fried chicken a hit dine-in, take-out and on-screen.‬

December 10, 2019

HBO GO Now Available in the Philippines for Only P149 a Month with 7-Day Free Trial

Want to binge-watch all seasons of GAME OF THRONES this holiday season? Or watch the latest episodes of WATCHMEN the same time as the U.S.?

Stream and download your favourite HBO Original series on your mobile phone and connected devices with the HBO GO app! No contract or TV subscription required! Download the HBO GO app now at App Store or Play Store for only PHP 149 a month with a 7-day free trial to start enjoying unlimited access to thousands of hours of non-stop and uncut entertainment or watch it on your computer by clicking on
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‪Stream the latest Hollywood blockbusters, exclusive original content from HBO, HBO Asia and CINEMAX, Asian movies and series, and all-time favourite kids' programmes over multiple connected devices anytime, anywhere with WarnerMedia's streaming service, HBO GO.‬
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‪Never read about another spoiler again as HBO Original programmes premiere the same time as the U.S. on HBO GO. Watch the debut episodes of highly-anticipated HBO Original series like HIS DARK MATERIALS and the latest and last season of SILICON VALLEY simultaneously as viewers in the U.S.‬
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‪No internet connection? No problem!

Download your favourite movie or series and watch it when you are not connected to the internet. Choose from HBO's complete library of unedited, original versions of HBO Original content (series, movies and documentaries) from the U.S. and Asia, as well as CINEMAX Originals.‬
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‪Binge-watch complete seasons of award-winning and critically-acclaimed HBO Original series like CHERNOBYL, BIG LITTLE LIES and SEX AND THE CITY in their original version and get access to exclusive series like THE HANDMAID'S TALE and THE DEUCE which are only available on HBO GO.‬
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‪With the live TV function, stream all six of HBO Asia's suite of TV channels – HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO HITS, HBO FAMILY, CINEMAX and RED BY HBO, live via HBO GO simultaneously on your internet connected devices.‬
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‪Missed Erik Matti's episode of the HBO Asia Original anthology series FOOD LORE? Don't fret. Catch up on it anytime, anywhere on HBO GO, along with all the other award-winning HBO Asia Original productions such as HALFWORLDS, THE TEENAGE PSYCHIC and THE WORLD BETWEEN US.‬
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‪With a vast library of Hollywood blockbuster hits such as FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, A STAR IS BORN and CRAZY RICH ASIANS, to Asian hit movies like EXTREME JOB, RAMEN TEH and EUROPE RAIDERS 2, and popular and beloved family-friendly series including WE BARE BEARS, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS and SESAME STREET, there is something for everyone on HBO GO. Potterheads can binge watch all 8 movies from the HARRY POTTER franchise while Tolkien fans can look forward to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy on HBO GO. Subscribers can also look forward to AQUAMAN and THE LEGO MOVIE 2 coming soon to HBO GO.‬
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‪Each HBO GO account can be viewed on two concurrent streams across five registered devices and the service has Airplay and Chromecast functionalities.‬

December 9, 2019

Binibining Pilipinas, Out! Shamcey Supsup Now Owns the Right to Choose the Next Miss Universe Philippines

Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) will no longer hold the rights to come up with the next Miss Universe Philippines queens starting 2020 as the new independent organization to be headed by Miss Universe 2011 runner-up Shamcey Supsup now holds the right to the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines.

Read the full announcement posted on the Miss Universe Philippines Facebook page.

"The Miss Universe Organization expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Araneta Group and Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. for their more than 50 years of stewardship of the Miss Universe brand and franchise in the Philippines. Both organizations have made an indelible mark in the international pageant scene for celebrating the intelligence, beauty and grace of hundreds of Filipina queens, and for garnering several international titles through the years. Undeniably, the most prestigious of these titles continues to be the coveted Miss Universe Philippines. The foundation and fundamentals of Philippine Pageantry are known worldwide to be solid and shall endure all because of the hard work and commitment of the Araneta Group and BPCI.

Today is a momentous occasion as the country and the Miss Universe Organization focus their collective gaze towards the future of pageantry. It is but fitting that the path to the future be led with vigor and a vision aligned with the transformative purpose of Miss Universe. The Miss Universe Organization is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization - a fresh team that will lead the country towards its continued quest to share the beauty and grace of the Filipina to the rest of the world.

The new organization will be headed by Shamcey Supsup as the National Director. She will be joined by Albert Andrada as the Design Council Head, Jonas Gaffud as the Creative Director, Lia Ramos as Head of Women Empowerment Committee and Charity, Atty. Nad Bronce as Head of Legal Affairs, and Mario Garcia as Business Development/ Marketing Head.

Rooted in the same strong foundations that have earned the country title after title in the past half century, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization is poised to bring the Miss Universe franchise to greater heights. More importantly, it is the continued support of the pageant fans and community that inspires the Miss Universe Organization to take this crucial step forward. With the Filipina at the center of it all, a bright and beautiful future lies ahead.


Check out the official pages of Miss Universe Philippines (themissuniverseph) in Facebook and Instagram on December 13, 2019 at 6pm for the live feed of the first official press conference of the new Miss Universe Philippines Organization to find out more details about this historic event in the year 2020!"

On her official Instagram account (@supsupshamcey), the former beauty queen wrote:

"I am honored with my new role for the organization that brought meaning to my life as a beauty queen and as a woman. I am more than blessed to be the National Director of Miss Universe Philippines. As I continue to grow, I understand that being an architect and an entrepreneur are facets that will form part of my core as we continue the projects of Miss Universe and create more opportunities for aspiring beauty queens in the future. Thank you for the trust and confidence in my capabilities as a strong and independent woman."

South Africe Zozibini Tunzi Crowns Miss Universe 2019, Gazini Ganados Makes Top 20

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa bested 89 other contestants from around the globe to win the much-coveted Miss Universe 2019 crown on December 8 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in USA.

Madison Anderson of Puerto Rico was announced as 1st runner-up while Sofía Aragón of Mexico named 2nd runner-up.

Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados, who won National Costume, made it to the Top 20 semifinals.

December 8, 2019

Philippines Most-Watched Teleserye “Kadenang Ginto” to Air in Myanmar

"Kadenang Ginto," the country's most-watched and talked about teleserye, has become the latest ABS-CBN teleserye to make waves via the Sky Net Channel in Myanmar, entrancing viewers with its explosive twists, feisty confrontations, and gripping story.

Retitled as "The Heiress," the series airs from Monday to Thursday at 7 PM.

"Kadengang Ginto"'s entry into Myanmar airwaves follows ABS-CBN's string of successes in capturing more non-Filipino viewers in international markets this 2019 with the airing of "Pangako Sa'Yo" the Dominican Republic, "Halik" in Africa, "Forevermore" in Thailand, "Asintado" in Kazakhstan, "Wildflower" in French islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans, and the upcoming co-production of ABS-CBN and Limon Yapim of "Hanggang Saan" in Turkey.

Sky Net, which brought "Ngayon at Kailanman" to Myanmar earlier this year, also airs "The General's Daughter" from Friday to Sunday at 9PM.

ABS-CBN's content, popular for their heartfelt Filipino stories, are available across other territories through ABS-CBN International Distribution, recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 50,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its first line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.

Visit for more details.

iWANT Releases the 6 “Mayaman-Mahirap” Pinoy Love Stories

‪Poor boy meets rich girl, and together they fall in love and beat the odds. It's a familiar trope we have seen again and again, but can't seem to get enough of. After all, who doesn't love a great romance story?‬

‪In the iWant original movie "Wild Little Love," "Kadenang Ginto" co-stars Andrea Brillantes and Seth Fedelin or SethDrea star in their first digital movie as a love team. Here, they play spoiled Sam and playboy Jake, who are paired together by fate as they try transcend the bounds of their socio-economic classes.‬

‪If you're craving to watch stories of wildly different people proving their love for each other, here are modern love stories with a Cinderella twist you can watch on iWant:‬

‪1. Sam and Jake in "Wild Little Love"‬

‪When spoiled rich girl Sam (Andrea) is forced to go to a public school, she finds a savior in Jake (Seth). Even with her "maarte" demeanor, Jake finds a soft spot for Sam, who only wants to impress her father. Sam is also inspired by the hardworking boy who never lets his confidence falter. The two work on their own dreams and support each other only to be tested by the difference of their statuses in life.‬

‪2. Ella and Alex in "Basta't Kasama Kita"‬
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‪In one of the best Pinoy romcoms ever, Aga Muhlach plays a jeepney driver who accidentally meets Princess Ella (Dayanara Torres), who gets tired of security personnel monitoring her every move 24/7 and yearns for independence. But their "langit-lupa" situation is not what will threaten their budding relationship, but the fact that Ella keeps her real identity from him.‬
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‪3. Sasa and Nico in "Babe, I Love You"‬

‪Nico (Sam Milby) is an architecture professor who is focused on his career, while Sasa (Anne Curtis) is a promo girl whose line of work is not exactly "acceptable" to him. They let each other go after their differences cause an overwhelming setback they can't get behind, but unexpectedly reunite after a year in their second romantic meet cute in Quiapo.‬

‪4. Eya and Cross in "Diary ng Panget"‬

‪Who could forget the movie that showed JaDine had on-screen chemistry? "Diary ng Panget" features independent orphan Eya (Nadine Lustre), who works for rich bad boy Cross (James) to make ends meet. At first, the two squabble like cats and dogs, but eventually end up having feelings for each other. Cross only makes his romantic confession with the help of Eya's diary.‬
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‪5. Via and Gabriel in "Mula sa Puso: The Movie"‬

‪That spectacular bus explosion scene! And Princess Punzalan's evil laugh! But seriously, we're here for Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan's soap opera film version. Via (Claudine) is a rich debutante who runs away from an arranged marriage and becomes – literally –a damsel in distress saved by her prince, taxi driver Gabriel (Rico). It's not only their statuses that thwart their romance, but their parents' secrets and complicated past.‬
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‪6. Sean and Wendy in "The Prenup"‬

‪After a whirlwind romance, Sean (Sam Milby) and Wendy (Jennylyn Mercado) decide to tie the knot, but their overprotective families threaten to tear them apart. Distrustful of their future daughter-in-law's intentions, Sean's wealthy parents demand that the couple sign a prenuptial agreement.‬

‪Catch "Wild Little Love" and more swoon-worthy love stories on the iWant app (iOs and Android) or For updates, like, and follow @iwant on Twitter and @iwantofficial and @dreamscapedigital on Instagram, and subscribe to

Kapuso OST Princess Hannah Precillas Continues to Impress the Judges and Viewers of Dangdut Academy Asia 5 in Indonesia

‪Kapuso singer Hannah Precillas stays at the top of leaderboard in Dangdut Academy Asia 5 in Indonesia.

‪On the competition's latest episode, Hannah performed Indonesian songs 'Sudahlah' which earned her the top spot and qualified for the next round.‬

Hannah is now the only Filipino remaining in the competition. Renz Fernando placed 12th in the competition while Sheemee Buenaobra was in 13-16th place.

'Julie Anne San Jose Sings The Divas' to air on SNBO on December 8

Julie Anne San Jose's sold-out concert, "Julie Sings The Divas," last July 2019 will air on SNBO this Sunday, December 8.

In "Julie Sings The Divas," the Asia's Pop Diva paid homage to various women in music through their songs.

"Julie Sings the Divas" will also air on GMA Pinoy TV on December 28 and 29 (depending on the territory).

GMA Network Leads TV Ratings in Urban Luzon, Mega Manila for November

GMA Network sustained its lead in the TV ratings game in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila according to the latest data from ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

For the month of November (with November 24 to 30 based on overnight data), GMA posted an average of 33.3 percent total day people audience share in Urban Luzon, outscoring ABS-CBN's 29.6 percent. The said viewer-rich area accounts for 72 percent of all urban TV viewers in the country.

The Kapuso Network continued to win in the afternoon block with 35.6 percent people audience share while ABS-CBN registered 28.4 percent.

GMA similarly led in the evening block with 35.3 percent versus ABS-CBN's 31.9 percent.

Award-winning magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) was still unbeatable in the number one spot in Urban Luzon's list of top-rating programs for the month. It also kept its position as the most viewed program in the nationwide list.

Following KMJS in the list of top programs for November were 24 Oras, The Clash, The Gift, Magpakailanman, Beautiful Justice, Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko, Pepito Manaloto, Daddy's Gurl, One of the Baes, Amazing Earth, Prima Donnas, Eat Bulaga, Wowowin, 24 Oras Weekend, and Magkaagaw.

Likewise in Mega Manila (with official data from November 1 to 23), GMA Network recorded 33.9 percent average total day people audience share as compared to ABS-CBN which only managed to get 27 percent. Meanwhile, Kapuso shows took 18 spots out of the top 30 shows in the said area, which accounts for 60 percent of all urban viewers in the country.

Nielsen TV Audience Measurement's client pool covers a total of 32 clients/subscribers consisting of 6 local TV networks including ABS-CBN, TV5, Aksyon TV and CNN Philippines, among others; 3 regional clients; 2 blocktimers; and 21 agencies (17 media agencies, 3 consulting agencies, and 1 digital agency).

Gazini Ganado’s Quest for Back-to-Back Miss Universe Win Airs Live on ABS-CBN

Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados makes her bid to bring home the Miss Universe crown for a back-to-back win for the Philippines when she competes in the 69th Miss Universe to be aired live via satellite from the US on ABS-CBN and iWant, on December 9 (Monday), at 8 AM. ‬
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‪Hailing from Talisay, Cebu, Gazini first impressed pageant enthusiasts during her performance at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 where she showed confidence, grace, and wit, ultimately taking home the coveted title. Now, fans are excited to see her strut as the country's representative in the popular pageant with her signature "Ganado walk" and be the successor of the current Miss Universe titleholder Catriona Gray.‬
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‪Hosted by comedian Steve Harvey, the Miss Universe coronation night will be held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.‬
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‪Filipinos can also root for the country's bet via SKYcable channels 167 (Metro Manila) and 700 (regional areas), as well as online via SKY on Demand.‬
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‪Pageant fans, meanwhile, can relive Gazini's battle against the other candidates from 92 countries on Metro Channel (channel 52) on December 17 at 7pm, with replays on December 18 (8am), December 20 (9pm), December 22 (8am), and December 25 (3pm).‬
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SKY Subscribers Can Witness Filipino Greatness in #SEAGames2019 Across Multiple Platforms

Celebrate the best of Filipino athletes with SKY's all-out coverage of the Philippines 2019 30th Southeast Asian Games. SKYcable and SKYdirect subscribers can cheer for our athletes in their quest for glory and gold by watching the live telecast on SKY via SKY Free View, ABS-CBN, S+A, Liga and TV5.‬
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‪Football aficionados can catch all the football action live on LIGA Channel and find out if the Azkals can make it all the way to the top.‬
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‪On S+A, watch out for team captain Alyssa Valdez and her team as they try to get through the feisty volleyball teams of our neighbor countries to win the crown. Viewers can also catch the men's volleyball live on the same channel.‬
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‪Subscribers can also witness the best of aquatics, gymnastics and athletic matches on SKY Free View.‬
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‪Leaving the house? You can livestream the games via SKY on Demand or iWant you don't miss out on the action. Visit for the schedule of televised matches and their channel assignments. ‬

Miss Universe Philippines 2019 ‪Gazini Ganados Reveals Her Top 5 Miss Universe Candidates‬

‪Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados is now in Atlanta, Georgia in the US for this year's prestigious Miss Universe competition. While the pageant is the much-awaited opportunity every year for a number of the world's top ladies to show what they've got, for the candidates themselves, it's also a chance to make new friends.‬
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‪Ganados took the time to share the five Miss Universe candidates she loves to bond with after following their videos and social media content online. The lucky ladies are:‬
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1. ‪Frederika Cull, Miss Indonesia (@frederikacull)‬
‪Miss Indonesia Frederika Cull has a special place in Ganados' heart after the former immediately congratulated her when she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines, but she wants to get to know her better after finding her online. "I looked at her Instagram and I saw how beautiful and sophisticated this lady is," said Ganados. She also compliments the work Cull puts into working out and getting her body competition-ready, as well as the fact that she's also a dog lover.‬
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2. ‪Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa (@zozitunzi)‬
‪Ganados admits she chose Zozibini Tunzi as one of the people she'd like to meet because of their similar names. "The moment she won, all the pageant fans went crazy and started tagging me in her photos," she shares. "I like her name—it's so sassy, but so smooth at the same time." She also admires Tunzi for her advocacies in women's rights and equality, as well as her work in fashion.‬
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‪3. Fahsai Paweensuda Drouin, Miss Thailand (@paweensuda)‬
‪Miss Thailand Fahsai Paweensuda Drouin and Ganados go back to when the former joined Miss Earth in 2017, and the latter rooted for her to win Miss Universe Thailand. "I'm so happy she's going to be one of my sisters in this competition," she says. "I'm pretty sure she will rock the universe." Ganados compliments Drouin's fierceness, elegance, natural looks, and her charity work.‬
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4. ‪Julia Horta, Miss Brazil (@juliahorta)‬
‪Ganados is excited to meet Julia Horta of Brazil because of her smiling and approachable demeanor. "I want to be her friend if she's always smiling and bubbly," she says. She also praises Horta for being into muay thai, which she also does, sports, as well as her fashion sense.‬
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‪5. Gabriela Tafur, Miss Colombia (@gabrielatafur)‬
‪Colombia's Gabriela Tafur struck a chord immediately with Ganados the moment she saw her on Instagram. "The first thing that I noticed when I checked out her Instagram was her abs when she was on the beach," she says, and shares that Tafur's similarities to a friend is what personally makes her interesting. On a related note, Ganados is also in awe of Colombia for the beautiful ladies the country always sends to international competitions.‬
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‪Find out more about Gazini's top Miss Universe candidates and click this link to watch the full video: Binibining Pilipinas (Official Page).‬
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‪Like Ganados did, you too can check out and follow her fellow Miss Universe candidates online, which is now a better experience with PLDT Home Fibr's Speedboost, to find out the caliber of women she'll be up against, and also leave good luck messages on her online page as she competes at the Miss Universe pageant on December 9!‬
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