PH WINS FIRST MISS INTERCONTINENTAL CROWN
Karen Gallman made history last January after winning the Miss Intercontinental 2019 pageant.
Gallman, an advocate for better education for poor kids living in rural areas of the country, is the first Filipina to be crowned in Miss Intercontinental’s 47-year history. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
MIKEY BUSTOS COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET
Filipino-Canadian YouTube star Mikey Bustos surprised his fans and followers last April as he announced that he is part of the LGBT community.
The former “Canadian Idol” finalist shared two photos showing him with his manager, RJ Garcia, who turned out to be his boyfriend. Photo from Instagram.com/mikey_bustos
THERE’S A NEW MALL NEAR MANILA BAY
Tourists and locals have a new mall to visit with the formal opening of Ayala Malls Manila Bay last September.
Located across City of Dreams Manila, the massive mall was built with foreign visitors in mind. It has country-specific areas featuring Japan, Korea, China, and the Philippines, with signs inside the property shown in four languages. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
BEAUTY QUEEN LOSES MISS ECO TEEN PH TITLE
One of the crowned winners of the Miss World Philippines 2019 pageant made headlines last October after she was stripped of her title.
Vanessa Mae Walters, who won the Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2019 crown, was accused of “misrepresentation of her credentials,” “unprofessional behavior,” and “indecency.” She was replaced by Mary Daena Zaide Resurreccion. Photo by George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
HOW MUCH DOES ALEX GONZAGA EARN AS A VLOGGER?
Curious fans of Alex Gonzaga finally got their answer last April as she gave hints on how much she earns as a vlogger in an interview with Boy Abunda.
Gonzaga, considered a social media A-lister with millions of views on YouTube, said her earnings from vlogging usually reach “six digits.” Screengrab from YouTube
MAR, KORINA WELCOME TWINS VIA SURROGACY
“Rated K” host Korina Sanchez surprised her fans last February after she announced that she is now a first-time mother.
Sanchez and her husband, Mar Roxas, welcomed twin babies Pepe and Pilar via gestational surrogacy in the United States. Photo by Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News
CARLOS CELDRAN PASSES AWAY
The death of performance artist and cultural activist Carlos Celdran last October came as a shock to many Filipinos.
Celdran, known for his “Damaso” stunt that hit the Catholic Church, passed away due to “natural causes” at the age of 46. His friends, led by comedian and Third World Improv executive director Gabe Mercado, hosted a last “Walk This Way” tour of Intramuros to honor him. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
LIZ UY SLOWLY OPENS UP ABOUT HER FAMILY
After her controversial tell-all interview in 2018, Liz Uy took to social media this year to share bits of her family life with businessman Raymond Racaza and their son Xavi.
The celebrity stylist seemed to pay no heed to detractors, going by her all-smiles photos with her family. Many were critical of Uy’s relationship with Racaza, whose marriage with his former wife was annulled in January 2018. Photo from Instagram.com/lizzzuy
GAZINI GANADOS FINISHES IN MISS UNIVERSE TOP 20
Gazini Ganados ended her Miss Universe journey early as she failed to crack the pageant’s Top 20. This marked the first time the Philippines dropped out of the Miss Universe Top 10 in nearly a decade.
Ganados was hoping for a back-to-back win for the Philippines in Miss Universe and be the fifth titleholder after Catriona Gray, Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Margie Moran (1973), and Gloria Diaz (1969). Photo by Paras Griffin, Getty Images, AFP
GOODBYE, GINA LOPEZ
Tributes poured in for Gina Lopez after the environmental champion died of multiple organ failure last August. She was 65.
A long-time chairperson of the ABS-CBN Foundation and a former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Lopez became known for her work in rehabilitating the Pasig River and La Mesa Watershed. Photo by Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News