ALESSANDRA de Rossi bagged the Best Actress Award in the recently concluded 44th Gawad Urian for her role in "Watchlist."

"Maraming-maraming salamat po sa pagpili sa akin bilang best actress."

"Honestly, ano, e... parang mas sanay lang ako pag Urian na, 'Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,' sabi nga nila. Parang mailap daw sa akin yung best actress.

"But, nung ito, ngayon... parang di ko alam kung paano ko siya tatanggapin. Kasi, sa sobrang sanay ko na matalo. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

"Naalala ko kasi, sabi sa akin ng mama ko, every time na may Urian, isinesenyas sa akin noon na, 'Anak, nominated ka. Anak, mananalo ka!'

"Ako, parang lagi kong gusto na mapunta siya sa iba. Parang gusto ko lagi na mapunta na lang siya dun sa mas may kailangan, parang ganun. So, never akong umasa na mananalo.

"Pero lagi niyang sinasabi na, 'Ikaw, ikaw ang dapat manalo! Ikaw 'yan!' Ganyan-ganyan.

"Hanggang nitong huli, sabi niya, 'O, anak, nominated ka na naman. Ikaw na talaga ‘to!' Sabi ko, 'Hindi, kay ganun 'yan mapupunta, alam ko na!'

"Tapos, sabi niya, 'Hindi ako titigil magdasal na magkaroon ka ng Urian!' Eto ngayon, pakiramdam ko, parang... nagkatotoo na lahat ng dasal ng nanay ko!

"Sa kanya ko siya iniaalay [itong award]. And of course, sa daddy ko na alam ko na mag-iikot na naman sa buong town para sabihin na nanalo ang anak niya!"

"Thank you so much for offering this project—this semi-Hollywood project na hindi ko kinailangang mag-audition.

"So, kung humingi siya ng audition, malamang, wala ako dito ngayon!"

Alessandra is now among the "Dekada Awardees" the other three being Nora Aunor, Angeli Bayani, and John Lloyd Cruz.


Cindy Obenita joins Miss Intercontinental 2021 competition

THE 25-year-old beauty queen from Cagayan de Oro wore a Diwata-themed national costume made by the Filipino fashion designer Odelon Simpao.

On his Instagram post, Odelon shared the inspiration for his creation.

"Filipinos have long been in love with the enchantments of a DIWATA, a mythical goddess whose omnipotence can be likened to Egyptian deities.

"Across regional literature in the Philippines, the character of a Diwata is almost always a mainstay narrative deep-rooted in the culture and daily life of the Filipino.

"Considered as guardian spirits of nature—from being protectors of the seas and oceans, rulers of the heavens and skies, and the keepers of the forests and mountains—the Diwata remains as a unifying mystical character in local and regional folklore that is a reflection of the distinct Filipino character and culture, wherever they may be."

"In this national costume, Cinderella Obeñita also glides with Cariñosa movements, a Philippine folk dance in the Maria Clara suite.

"Her movements are choreographed by #TheHouse resident choreographer, Ronald Caron.

"Prominent in this ensemble is the prestigious color gold, which is a nod to the ancient history of the Philippines and its gold-producing culture, particularly in Mindanao where Cindy proudly comes from."

"For these gold neckpieces, we collaborated with Mindanao’s crown maker Tres Cartera and Ben Torres Metalcraft for the beaten brass component of this masterpiece and ALjethro Amorin Sebastian for the leaves fabric manipulation.

"On top of that, Cinderella won't be complete without her shoes. We collaborated with the international shoemaker Jose Joaquin Bragais to complete this art.

"The whole piece is symbolic of the fighting spirit of this contemporary goddess, the Filipina representative to the Miss Intercontinental 2021 who will bring to the competition what Filipinos are known for on the international stage: triumph and prestige."

Cindy is among the 44 candidates all over the world competing at the 49th edition of the Miss Intercontinental pageant.

The new winner will be named at the pageant's grand coronation night at the Sunrise Diamond Beach Resort in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt on October 30, 2021.



A senior citizen puts a poster of Vice President Leni Robredo on his car during a caravan in Pampanga in support of the latter's presidential bid. Another photo shows a group of cyclists who joined the province wide caravan. Pampanga For Leni 2022 photos


With only 64 days to go before Christmas, the City of San Fernando known as the lantern and Christmas capital of the country is busy putting-up colorful lanterns along the Jose Abad Santos Highway in Barangay Dolores here.

- Chris Navarro


Major Aris Gonzales, chief of the Angeles City police Drug Enforcement Unit and Traffic Command, holds his award as Best Police Commissioned Officer PCO which was presented by Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando and Brigadier General Valeriano De Leon at Camp Olivas City of San Fernando recently.