Vanessa Balbuena
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Living a childhood dream, Barbie Forteza embraces the acting grind
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Barbie Forteza, 22, not only remembers that her very first regional promotional event was in Cebu, but was also able to correctly name which restaurant in a mall her press conference was held here years ago. That...
Borongan beauty is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Going up against experienced performers and at least one well-applauded ballerina, Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar’s Tribu Rayhak said she struggled during training since she wasn’t a dancer...
Bb. Cebu 2020: ‘I have girlfriend, tattoos...’
by Vanessa Balbuena - January 15, 2020 - 12:00am
After declaring a “bolder and fiercer” third edition during its September press launch – with its Manila recruit of a choreographer going as far as guaranteeing a production that will be at par...
‘Happy Jail’ filmmaker wanted to tell CPDRC story “from inside out”
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Michele Josue, the Filipina-American behind Netflix’s recent documentary series on the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center’s Dancing Inmates, was careful not to go the way of previous...
From one Leyte Queen to another and that Spratly scene-stealer
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The Queen Philippines Universe crown still belongs to Leyte, as the candidate from the province’s City of Ormoc was named successor of Samantha Dodson, the 2017 title-holder who also hails from the Eastern...
Netflix docu on CPDRC Dancing Inmates to premiere Aug. 14
by Vanessa Balbuena - August 8, 2019 - 12:00am
After the “Street Food Asia” Cebu episode and all the uproar that it brought last May, the province will once again be in the spotlight with a Netflix treatment of one of its (formerly) world-famous attractions:...
How to be a comedian according to Michael V
by Vanessa Balbuena - July 30, 2019 - 12:00am
Michael V talks about an American family he once read about in a book the title of which he failed to mention, but we assume is an educational read for aspiring comedians.
Binibining Cebu 2019 now accepting applications
by Vanessa Balbuena - July 4, 2019 - 12:00am
Binibining Cebu, now on its third year, has just announced that it is already accepting applications of candidates who want to take a shot at one of the five crowns at stake in the pageant.
Former Miss Mandaue calls Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Top 25 finish a victory
by Vanessa Balbuena - June 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Malka Padayhag Shaver, 23, revealed that she was reeling from a heartbreak and toxic environment – “spent and lost” – when she submitted her Binibining Pilipinas 2019 application on the last...
Ilene de Vera: I know better than to blame myself
by Vanessa Balbuena - June 12, 2019 - 12:00am
When there were only two slots left for the Top 25 finalists, it dawned on Ilene Astrid de Vera that it was game over for her.
Miss Mandaue’s mom to represent Philippines at Mrs. Global International Queen
by Vanessa Balbuena - June 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Emilia “Em-Em” Hann was invited last year to represent the Philippines at Mrs. Global International Queen, but the pageant was held in South Africa the same month she was up to the neck with preparations...
Binibining Pilipinas 2019: Cebu City’s Samantha Lo named Top 10 finalist for Best in National Costume
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 31, 2019 - 12:00am
Garbed in an exquisite Muslim princess ensemble designed by Edwin Uy, Samantha Ashley Lo was among those who earned the judges’ nod during Binibining Pilipinas 2019’s National Costume Presentation held...
Enchong Dee honored to work with 94-year-old Anita Linda
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 30, 2019 - 12:00am
Enchong Dee has goosebumps just talking about his latest film project that had him acting alongside “the great” Anita Linda, currently the Philippines’ oldest working actress at 94 years old.
A year after TNT win, Janine Berdin learns to believe in herself
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 29, 2019 - 12:00am
Next month, it’ll be a year since Janine Berdin was hailed “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” Season 2 champion, but the Cebuana singer feels she’s been in the industry much longer because of the opportunities...
Cebuanas win big at Teen Miss Universe
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s mission accomplished for Team Cebu – Team Philippines even – in the recently concluded Little and Teen Miss Universe competition held May 4-11 in Europe’s Tbilisi, Georgia.
Bb. Cebu Tourism 2018 Kimberly Covert auditions for Darna
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am
The moment ABS-CBN announced towards end of last month that it was opening auditions for Darna, Binibining Cebu Tourism 2018 Kimberly Covert booked a one-way ticket and left the very next day for Manila.
Jennylyn Mercado’s advice to fellow single moms
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Jennylyn Mercado, 31, is spending her Mothers’ Day today in Dubai where her biological mother is based in what will be the second meet-up for the year between the previously estranged parent and daughter.
Miss Mandaue 2018’s heartfelt farewell speech
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Breaking from tradition, Miss Mandaue 2018 Gabriella Ceniza Carballo bowed out memorably by delivering a farewell speech live at the Miss Mandaue 2019 Coronation Night.
Nicole Borromeo places 2nd runner-up in Miss Teen Philippines
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Nicole Yance Borromeo continues her winning streak with a second runner-up finish at Miss Teen Philippines 2019 which held its coronation Wednesday night, May 8, at the New Frontier Theatre in Araneta Center in Quezon...
Miss Mandaue Talent winner pens original song for city
by Vanessa Balbuena - May 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad initially prepared a spoken word performance for the Miss Mandaue 2019 Talent Competition. Realizing later on the significance of Mandaue celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the 22-year-old...
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