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The Month of Beauty Pageants: Miss World on GMA, Miss Universe on ABS-CBN

It has been an eventful month for Filipinas in various beauty pageants.

The Miss Earth pageant, an event dominated by Filipinas of late, was won by Karen Ibasco. Then in the Reina Hispanoamericana, Winwyn Marquez provided the upset of the year by becoming the first Filipina to win the pageant in the country’s debut appearance.

In the Miss Globe pageant, Nelda Ibe finished first runner-up, while Elizabeth Clenci earned a second runner-up finish in the 2017 Miss Grand International. Unfortunately, Mariel de Leon failed to maintain the Philippines’ momentum in beauty pageants as she was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the 2017 Miss International.


Nevertheless, the Philippines still has four more beauty pageants to participate before the year ends. Two of them will take place this month and both seem to be the most prestigious of them all.

This Saturday, November 18, the 2017 Miss World will take place in Sanya, China. The Philippines will be represented by Laura Lehmann, a former Binibining Pilipinas participant and UAAP courtside reporter.

The 2017 Miss World will be aired on GMA, albeit on a delayed basis. That said, spoiler alerts are expected to come in social media due to GMA’s loaded programming situation.

Then on November 27, the Miss Universe pageant will take place in Las Vegas. Representing the Philippines will be Rachel Peters, a Filipina-British beauty.

ABS-CBN and FOXlife will share the exclusive Philippine rights to the 2017 Miss Universe. The said pageant will broadcast live at around 8:00 a.m.

Rounding up the 2017 beauty pageant season are the Miss Supranational and the Miss Intercontinental pageants. Chanel Thomas and Katarina Rodriguez will represent the country in their respective pageants, which will take place on December 1 and December 21.

Neither pageant will be aired on television, however. Nevertheless, expect the two representatives to exude the same pride and determination that this month’s achievers accomplished.

Looking ahead to the Miss World and Miss Universe, it will be interesting to see how Laura Lehmann and Rachel Peters fare in their respective pageants. With all the momentum in the Philippines’ favor, one can only hope that the two will have what it takes to bag another crown for the country.

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ASEAN Summit Nothing – News5 No Longer Involved (Mostly) in ASEAN Summit

The possible final straw: News5’s lack of involvement in the 2017 ASEAN Summit was an indication that the organization is nearing its end, and the emphasis towards sports only made it worse. (Logo courtesy of ASEAN)

One seemingly moribund news organization is obviously non-committal when it comes to the ASEAN Summit.

Perhaps the biggest political event in the Philippines this year, the 2017 ASEAN Summit had it all. Whether it is the first visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to the country or the countless hours of talks between the ASEAN member states and top nations such as the U.S., China, Canada and Australia, the four-day event was for the most part memorable.

But not all of the Philippines’ top networks were around to cover those whirlwind four days. Just ask News5.

As expected, Luchi Cruz-Valdes and co. made little noise when it comes to coverage of the ASEAN Summit. And despite assigning some of their reporters (if there is any) to cover the said event, not to mention providing some live coverage on social media, the ASEAN Summit was buried in the pecking order in favor of sensational crime stories.

At least sister network Bloomberg Television Philippines did its share. As for the main network, nada.

Blame ESPN5 for all of this. After all, it was Chot Reyes who basically killed ‘Aksyon sa Umaga’, cut ‘Aksyon Tonite’ in half, and turned ‘Aksyon sa Tanghali’ into a ‘Hoy Gising’ wannabe.

They may still have ‘Aksyon Prime’ as their primary news program, but then again it has become a constant distraction to ESPN5’s sports coverage.

I have already written a eulogy that paid tribute to News5 and its ‘proud’ heritage. But as the ASEAN Summit neared, I thought to myself,

“Perhaps there is still a way to save News5 from the verge of collapse'”.

As it turned out, Chot Reyes was no longer committed to help News5 and instead made ESPN5 his ‘baby’. With sports now dominating TV5 and (for the most part) sister network AksyonTV, there is no room for said network to make the ASEAN Summit a must-see event the same way its rivals from Timog, Mother Ignacia, Shaw Boulevard and Visayas Avenue did.

It is safe to say that the time is now to pay our last respects to News5. Chot Reyes can dissolve this ‘pain in his butt’ anytime he wants, because as it stands, this division’s pain and suffering is unbearable and impossible to heal.

Hopefully the remnants of News5 will find a new home soon in the event that it will be dissolved. Good luck.

Philippines, Sports, television

In 100 Words: FIBA Asia Championship on TV5 and BTV

The 2015 FIBA Asia Championship will be seen on BTV from September 23 to October 3. Gilas Pilipinas games will be simulcast live on TV5 as well. (Logo courtesy of FIBA)

The FIBA Asia Championship will be on two different stations starting tomorrow.

For starters, the rights for every FIBA regional qualifying event (except Africa and Oceania) are currently held by Solar Entertainment’s Basketball TV. The said network has covered the Americas and Eurobasket championships, which were won by Venezuela and Spain respectively, and now it’s the turn of the Asian nations to qualify for the Olympics.

All games of the FIBA Asia Championship will air on BTV. The Gilas Pilipinas games will be simulcast live on TV5, unless they consider covering non-Gilas games on AksyonTV (and to a lesser extent, TV5) as well.

The 2015 FIBA Asia Championship will be held at Changsha-Hunan, China, and will run from September 23 to October 3. Full schedule can be clicked here.

Good luck, Gilas Pilipinas.

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The FIBA Asia Championship in Manila

The FIBA Asia Championship will be held in the Philippines for the first time in 40 years, and it will draw a 15-nation field.

For the first time in 40 years, the FIBA Asia Championship will be held in Manila. A majority of the matches will be held on the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena, with Basketball TV as the primary broadcast partner and Sports5 as the secondary. The tournament will be held from August 1-11, with the first three days of the tournament dedicated for the group stage and the remaining eight days are for the knockout stages.

China is the defending champion in the 15-country tourney. Lebanon was stripped of participation from the tournament in the wake of tensions within the country and its basketball federation ; they were also stripped of hosting rights for the same reason. Other strong countries in the tournament are Iran, Jordan, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Korea. Host Philippines will be a dark horse in the tournament, considering the lack of success the country has had in international competitions.

To give full support to the national team, the PBA elected to delay its season-ending Governors Cup to the second week of August. This will give practice and bonding time for the national team, while giving the league franchises time to strengthen their rosters. The UAAP and NCAA also elected to start their seasons earlier than usual, with a two-week break in order to give way to the FIBA Asia Championship.

All matches involving the Philippine team will be seen on VHF channel TV5. Select other matches will be seen on UHF channel AksyonTV. The entirety of the FIBA Asia Championship will be on cable channel Basketball TV.

The medal winners in the tournament are granted automatic qualification spots for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

To the participating nations in the tournament, best of luck to all.