Inspiring Filipinos of 2013

Let me start by saying that 2013 made Philippines a country of adversities and triumphs. There were ups and downs but because of Filipinos’ resiliency and strong faith to God the ups far outweighed the downs. I made the list of my countrymen who give glory and honors to my Philippines. People who made a difference, who inspired us. I recognized them for what they have done to Philippines last year.

1. The Survivors, Rescuers, Donors. The Philippines was hit by different natural calamities like the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu on October 15, 2013 and the super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in Tacloban and other parts of Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013. In addition to this, the Zamboanga crisis that erupted on September 9, 2013 and the floods and landslides in Zambales last September 23, 2014. With all these, I believe that survivors has a lot of stories to tell us on how they struggle just to survive. I pity those who loss their love ones but I admired them for having a strength to move on with their lives. The survivors specially the innocent children who were traumatized by this adversity inspired me because of their courage and optimism.

The Survivor
The Survivor

2. The Overseas Filipino Workers.   They say that OFWs are the modern heroes of our  country. They are helping the economy thru dollar remittances. As one of them, I know how hard to live and work away from your family. I know their sacrifices not to mention that some of our fellow Filipinos are suffering from their employers. Not all are lucky to land a job. I  admire them for their hardships.

The Filipino Overseas Workers - They are our unsung heroes
The Filipino Overseas Workers – They are our unsung heroes

3. Megan Young. She is the first filipina to win this second biggest international beauty pageant. Megan was crowned in Bali, Indonesia last September 28, 2013. I remember her mom telling that Megan was the one working for them.

Megan Young - Miss World 2013
Megan Young – Miss World 2013

4. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao - World Pound-for-Pound Fighter.
Manny Pacquiao – World Pound-for-Pound Fighter. 

5. Mutya Johana Datul

Mutya Johana Datul - Miss Supranatural 2013
Mutya Johana Datul – Miss Supranatural 2013

6. Ariella Arida

Ariella Arida - Miss Universe2013 3rd Runner Up
Ariella Arida – Miss Universe2013 3rd Runner Up

7. Bea Rose Santiago.

Bea Rose Santiago - Miss International 2013 (53rd Miss International beauty pageant, held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan on December 17, 2013)
Bea Rose Santiago – Miss International 2013 (53rd Miss International beauty pageant, held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan on December 17, 2013)

8. Sen. Miriam D. Santiago

Sen. Miriam D. Santiago -  The Iron Lady of Asia
Sen. Miriam D. Santiago – The Iron Lady of Asia

9. Jonathan Allen Yabut

Jonathan Allen Yabut - Winner of the first series “The Apprentice Asia
Jonathan Allen Yabut – Winner of the first series “The Apprentice Asia

10. Michael Christian Martinez

Michael Christian Martinez - Filipino Skater Qualifies for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Michael Christian Martinez – Filipino Skater Qualifies for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

11. Lee Vann Corteza and Dennis Orcollo

Dennis Orcollo (left) and Lee Vann Corteza (right) -   Champions 8th World Cup of Pool
Dennis Orcollo (left) and Lee Vann Corteza (right) – Champions 8th World Cup of Pool

12. Amber Delos Reyes

Amber Delos Reyes - Miss Teen Expoworld Universe 2013
Amber Delos Reyes – Miss Teen Expoworld Universe 2013
13.  Jed Madela and Philippine Team for WCOPA 2013

Jed Madela - WCOPA Performing Arts Hall of Famer
Jed Madela – WCOPA Performing Arts Hall of Famer
2013 SENIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD Beverly Caimen - Philippines 2013 JUNIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD Aldeza Dela Torre - Philippines 2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocal Group of the World Gollayan Sisters - Philippines 2013 Sr. Grand Champion Male Model of the World Reynaldo Gorospe - Philippines 2013 Jr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World Aldeza Dela Torre - Philippines 2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World Beverly Caimen - Philippines
2013 SENIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD
Beverly Caimen – Philippines
2013 JUNIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD
Aldeza Dela Torre – Philippines
2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocal Group of the World
Gollayan Sisters – Philippines
2013 Sr. Grand Champion Male Model of the World
Reynaldo Gorospe – Philippines
2013 Jr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World
Aldeza Dela Torre – Philippines
2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World
Beverly Caimen – Philippines

14. Cheridel Alejandrino

Cheridel Alijandrino - The Bubbly Elevator Girl
Cheridel Alijandrino – The Bubbly Elevator Girl

15. Annalie Forbes

Ali Forbes - Ms. Grand International 3rd runner-up held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19, 2013.
Ali Forbes – Ms. Grand International 3rd runner-up held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19, 2013.

16. Gil Wagas

Gil Wagas - Mister Internationa 2013 Fourth Runner-Up, held in Jakarta, Indonesia last Nov. 22, 2013
Gil Wagas – Mister Internationa 2013 Fourth Runner-Up, held in Jakarta, Indonesia last Nov. 22, 2013

17. Angeli Dione Gomez

Angeli Dione Gomez - Miss Tourism-International 2013/14 held last Dec. 31, 2013 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Angeli Dione Gomez – Miss Tourism-International 2013/14 held last Dec. 31, 2013 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

18. Gerardo Gamboa

Gerardo Gamboa - Cab Driver of the Year/ Filipino-American Honest Driver
Gerardo Gamboa – Cab Driver of the Year/ Filipino-American Honest Driver

19. Rosalio Torrentira

Rosalio Torrentira - Taxi Driver now a Lawyer
Rosalio Torrentira – Taxi Driver now a Lawyer

20. Benigno Aquino III

President Benigno Aquino III
President Benigno Aquino III

Note:  I thought I already posted it last January 4… Can you check the date? LOL

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Miss World 2013

Winners of Miss World 2013

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Miss Megan Young was crowned as Miss World 2013 held at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. Marine Lorphelin of France won as First Princess while Naa Okailey Shooter of Ghana took the Second Princess title..

Miss World 2013 winners sing with other contestants in the grand finale.  (Photo by Reuters/Murdani Usman)
Miss World 2013 winners sing with other contestants in the grand finale. (Photo by Reuters/Murdani Usman)

Here’s the list of winners and recipients of some special awards:

Top 6:

Philippines
France
Ghana
Spain
Brazil
Gibraltar (People’s Choice)

MISS WORLD 2013 TOP 10 (INTERVIEW PLUS CHALLENGE EVENT SCORES):
1. Philippines; 326 points
2. Brazil; 323 points
3. Australia; 316 points
4. France; 308 points
5. Nepal; 290 points
6. England, Indonesia; 282 points
8. Spain; 281 points
9. Jamaica; 280 points
10. Ghana; 278 points

Miss World Top 20!
Netherlands
Nepal
Jamaica
Dominican Rep
India
Australia
Spain
USA
Italy
Canada
Ghana
Philippines
England
Belgium
Aruba
Brasil,
Francia
Ucrania
Indonesia
Slovakia

Queen of Americas: Brazil – Queen of Africa: Ghana – Queen of Caribbean: Jamaica
Beauty with a Purpose Winner – Nepal

Miss World 2013 Results, Winners: Top Model
1st – Megan Young of Philippines
2nd – Olivia Jordan of USA
3rd – Marine Lorphelin of France
4th – Anna Zaiachkivska of Ukraine
5th – Sancler Frantz of Brazil

Miss World 2013 Results, Winners: Sports
1st – Jacqueline Steenbeek of Netherlands
2nd – Elena Ibarbia Jimenez of Spain
3rd – Meagan Green of Northern Ireland
4th – Coral Ruiz Reyes of Paraguay
5th – Paola Ayala of El Salvador

Miss World 2013 Results, Winners: Beach Fashion
1st – Sancler Frantz of Brazil
2nd – Marine Lorphelin of France
3rd – Naa Okailey Shooter of Ghana
4th – Gina Hargitay of Jamaica
5th – Megan Young of Philippines

Miss World 2013 Results, Winners: Multimedia
1st – Navnett Dhillon of India
2nd – Kanyaphak Phokesomboon of Thailand
3rd – Ishani Shrestha of Nepal
4th – Megan Young of Philippines
5th – Melinder Bhullar of Malaysia