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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is back home for the holidays

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 03:48 PM

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

MANILA, Philippines — Two days after winning the title, newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is now back in the Philippines.

Catriona arrived at around 3:30 p.m. via a private plane owned by former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson.

She was supposed hold a press conference at the Platinum Skies Aviation but was reset to a later date.

Unlike before when the winning Miss Universe would immediately travel to the Miss Universe headquarters in New York after the coronation, Catriona was given time to spend the holidays with her loved ones.

Meanwhile, Malacañang said Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is set to pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte, however, there is no specific date set as of press time.

“Hindi ko lang alam ang specific date but Secretary of Tourism Berna said definitely a courtesy call,” Panelo said.

The palace has already sent its congratulatory message to Ms. Gray for her victory at the Miss Universe pageant.

Catriona is set to live in New York for the duration of her reign. – Marje Pelayo

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Catriona Gray wears Sampaguita-inspired outfit for homecoming parade

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 February 2019 10:52 AM

Photo credit: Mak Tumang

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray donned a jumpsuit terno for her grand homecoming parade in Metro Manila on Thursday.

Gray was onboard a majestic float inspired by her diamond-and-pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown when she greeted her supporters along the parade route that passed by the cities of Pasay, Manila and Makati.

The Beauty queen wore a Sampaguita-inspired jumpsuit designed by Mak Tumang for her parade.

In a social media post, Tumang explained that Gray’s parade outfit, dubbed as “Sampaguita: A promise fulfilled,” was inspired by the Philippine national flower, Sampaguita.

“Legend has it that its etymology was derived from the Filipino words ‘sumpa kita’, which means ‘I promise you’. This ornamental flower is an inherent part of our landscape since time immemorial,” Tumang said in his Instagram post.

“Interestingly, this flower has a lot to do with the concept of ‘Coming Home’. You know you are home when its distinct sweet and aromatic fragrance tickles your olfactory sense. Moreover, the flowers are usually slung and made into leis which are used to welcome dignitaries or are being peddled in front of churches so as to become offerings,” he added.

Aside from sampaguita, Gray’s jumpsuit was also emblazoned with embroidery inspired by Anahaw.

Tumang said that “it is fitting that we welcome our Queen with Sampaguitas adorned with Anahaw – our national leaf. Catriona will wear this Philippine terno which is a ‘Callado’ (similar to Piña Barong) embroidered gown with stylized Panuelo and Mariposa sleeves.”

Despite the heat, Gray was all smiles as she waved to her supporters who went out to take a glimpse of her parade that started around 2 p.m. in Pasay City. The motorcade ended at Glorietta Shopping Center in EDSA around 6 p.m.

Several roads had been closed and a traffic rerouting scheme was implemented by the Makati City Government and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to give way to the parade.

The closed roads were opened to the public after the motorcade. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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Duterte forms task force to speed up Manila Bay Rehab

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:25 PM

Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a task force that would hasten the rehabilitation and restoration of Manila Bay.

Duterte, through Administrative Order 16 released on Thursday (February 21), formed the task force to ensure the complete restoration, rehabilitation and conservation of Manila Bay’s coastal and marine system.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will chair the task force while the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of Tourism will serve as vice-chairpersons; 13 government agencies will serve as its members.

The task force is mandated to enforce the Code of Sanitation of the Philippines as amended, Republic Act 9275 and Republic Act 9003, to ensure the complete rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of Manila Bay.

It can also require all government facilities and other establishments, including households to immediately connect existing sewage lines to available sewage systems or sewage treatment plants (STPs) or to construct individual STPs, whenever applicable.

The task force can also issue appropriate orders, impose fines, penalties and other administrative sanctions to compel compliance. It can also use engineering and technological interventions to improve the water quality of Manila Bay, such as reducing the coliform level in all river systems and tributaries of Manila Bay.

It is also mandated to prepare a plan to expedite the sanitation programs of LGUs within the Manila Bay region by 2026, ensure that concerned agencies and LGUs will penalize violators of environmental laws, undertake a ‘massive’ information drive to garner public support for Manila Bay clean-up in collaboration with selected government agencies.

It is also tasked to prepare a comprehensive plan for the relocation of informal settlers along the Coast of Manila bay and submit a quarterly report to the Office of the President, detailing its efforts and the LGUs programs.

The efforts and programs to be undertaken by the Task Force will be funded by the existing budget of each member agencies.

“The convergence of the national government agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) in Manila Bay Region and the active participation of private and public stakeholders, are necessary to facilitate the robust and integrated implementation of all rehabilitation and restoration efforts at the Manila Bay,” the order read. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte slams Trillanes for nitpicking his drug war, Hong Kong trip

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:52 PM

(L-R) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte hit Senator Antonio Trillanes IV anew following the latter’s criticism of his controversial war on drugs and recent trip to Hong Kong.

In a statement last Sunday, Trillanes said that many Filipinos believe there are now fewer drug addicts in the Philippines because the government killed many of them without due process and opportunity for rehabilitation. The Senator was referring to a recent survey which revealed that majority of Filipinos said that they now see fewer drug addicts on the streets.

In a speech during the 9th Anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) in Davao City on Wednesday, Duterte lashed out at Trillanes for believing more the figures coming from the critics of his administration and other countries.

“A stupid senator. Trillanes said, ‘Oh they are dead, they are no more — because they are dead.’ And so? Are you not happy that I’m doing it for you instead of you, a military idiot?” Duterte said.

“You do not even know how to count. And you kowtow to the figures of foreigners. You go to America, Trillanes,” he added.

Duterte also slammed Trillanes’ claim that he went to Hong Kong to allegedly undergo a medical check up or to transfer funds in his bank accounts.

“You take on every issue. I [went] to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of my wife because that was the order of my daughter. And the order of my daughter, just like the order of the mayor here, I follow,” he said.

On Friday, Duterte went to Hong Kong with his partner, Cielito ‘Honeylet’ Avanceña, and their teenage daughter, Veronica. The President said they went there to celebrate Avanceña’s birthday.

The President also berated the opposition senator for nitpicking on his administration.

Trillanes is among the staunch critics of the Duterte government.

“You know what, this Trillanes, you are paying a public servant who was just there to nitpick issues.” – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Marisol Montaño)

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