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Filipina Kindergarten teacher wins Miss International 2016

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016

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The Philippines won the crown again in this year’s Miss International beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.

The Filipina beauty of Kylie Verzosa, shone in her traditional costume and blue evening gown.

Kylie showcased her intellect in her winning speech at the 56th Miss International beauty pageant:

“Three things come to mind when I think of Miss International: Culture, education, and international understanding. These three work together to make the brand of the Miss International Beauty Pageant relevant to the global community and to our time.”

The 24-year old kindergarten teacher and model expressed her gratitude to those who supported her journey to victory.

“I cannot believe this moment right now and I am ecstatic and happy. Thank you so much to my family, to the Philippines, to everyone who supported me. I did not go through this journey alone,” said Kylie.

Kylie is the sixth Filipina to be crowned Miss International.

The last time the country won the title was in 2013 with Bea Rose Santiago.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is delighted by Kylie’s win.

It can be recalled that the beauty queen has posted in her Instagram account her photo with the president who was also in Japan at that time for a state visit.

“Of course I am happy. I am always happy if our beautiful women win all the titles because we are Filipinos. It gives us a bit of pride. We’re like proud,” said President Duterte.

Sixty-nine contestants from different countries participated in the prestigious beauty pageant. Australia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and United States were declared runners-up.

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Death toll from torrential rains in western Japan reaches 200, dozens still missing

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

A rescuer in the search for missing people, excavators working (Image grabbed from CCTV video via Reuters)

The death toll from the torrential rains that have battered western Japan reached 200, authorities said Thursday, as search and rescue missions continue to find dozens still missing in the wake of flooding and landslides.

More than 70,000 personnel are involved in the ongoing search and rescue missions for the 60 or more people still unaccounted for in the areas affected by the deluge.

These include the hardest-hit regions of Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures.

For days now, Masumi Fujita, a survivor in Hiroshima, has done little but worrying about his girlfriend. She was at home on Friday night when torrential rains started pounding Western Japan. The last time they spoke was on the phone on his way home, but he has not been able to hear from her since.

“She’s missing because of a series of unfortunate events. Now that I think about it, I could have intervened in one of those events. There’s a chance I could have prevented the tragedy,” said Fujita.

Fujita’s girlfriend could be one of the few still missing from their village in Hiroshima. Three days of heavy downpour set off landslides in different parts of the prefecture, killing scores. Search and rescue workers have been digging through rubble, looking for survivors or bodies.

Over 70 people have been confirmed dead in Hiroshima alone. Search teams are taking advantage of the improved weather, clearing the worst-hit communities of boulders that the rains have sent crashing down and debris from the destroyed homes.

“I walked up from the bottom of the hill towards where my house was, and when I looked up where my house was supposed to be, the only thing I saw was the foundation,” said Fujita.

As the search efforts continue, the Japanese government has earmarked more than 630 million U.S. dollars for reconstruction.

Fujita said he hoped to rebuild the life that he had shared with his girlfriend, so he is holding on to what little hope there is of finding her alive.— Reuters

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Duterte admin to send rescue and relief teams to storm-affected Japan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018


Flood waters run through the street in Japan (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte government will send aid to typhoon-affected residents in western Japan.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday (July 10) the government will send emergency teams to help in the relief and rescue operations in the affected areas as well as a supply of medicines needed by the residents.

“Ang tulong po ay sa pagpapadala ng mga inhinyero, doctor at ng gamot. Wala pa pong halaga at si sec. alan peter cayetano po ang magpapadala ng mensahe sa ambahador ng japan,” said Roque.

Fatalities have reached to 10 and a number of residents still missing due to flash floods and landslides as a powerful storm with an international name Maria heads to strike the central and western part of Honshu, Japan’s main island, up to the far-flung parts of the Ryukyu Islands. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Ex-leader of Japan doomsday cult involved in 1995 sarin subway attack is executed

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018

Former cult leader Shoko Asahara meditating (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

 

The former leader of Aum, the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, was executed on Friday(July 6), public broadcaster NHK reported.

Chizuo Matsumoto, who went by the name Shoko Asahara, was the first of 13 scheduled to be hanged for the attacks.

The Aum Shinri Kyo, or Aum Supreme Truth cult, which mixed Buddhist and Hindu meditation with apocalyptic teachings, staged a series of crimes including simultaneous sarin gas attacks on Tokyo subway trains during rush hour in March 1995. Sarin, a nerve gas, was originally developed by the Nazis.

The attacks left 13 dead and injured more than 6,000. -Reuters

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