The Voice Philippines Season 2 Knockouts: Top 9 each team move to the knockout rounds

The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 Knockouts start December 27
where 9 artists from each team (under coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo
Manalac, Lea Salonga, will compete with the hope of
advancing to the live shows.
After the Final Battles have wrapped up earlier, the Top 9 from each
team (including the 2 stolen artists) are now complete. With the
"steal" power enforced during the battles, it seems that Lea Salonga
has played her cards right, as no one from her team was stolen. It's
the opposite for Bamboo. Most of the stolen artists came from Kamp
Kawayan: 4 out of the 8 stolen artists. 3 of the stolen artists are
originally from Team Apl and 1 came from Team Sarah.
TEAM BAMBOO - Rita Martinez, Lougee Basabas, Rence Rapanot, Tanya
Diaz, Kai Honasan, Joniver Robles, Karlo Mojica and stolen artists
Elmerjun Hilario (from Sarah) and Arnee Hidalgo (from Apl)
TEAM SARAH - Jason James Dy, Monique Lualhati, Kokoi Baldo, Demie
Fresco, Douglas Dagal, Carol Leus, Poppert Bernadas and stolen artists
Jason Fernandez (from Apl) and Shaira Jim Cervancia (from Bamboo)
TEAM LEA - Timothy Pavino, Leah Patricio, Nino Alejandro, Jem Cubil,
Mic Llave, Miro Valera and stolen artists Casper Blancaflor (from
Bamboo) and Abbey Pineda (from Apl)
TEAM APL - Bradley Holmes, Mark Cando, Mackie Cao, Janet Cadayona,
Daryl Ong, Ferns Tosco and stolen artists Suy Galvez (from Bamboo) and
Patricia Gomez (from Bamboo)

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AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 Thailand vs Malaysia Finals: War Elephants win championship

AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 Finals, the Leg 2 of Thailand vs Malaysia final match, has just concluded at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Malaysia.

It was certainly one thrilling championship. Malaysia was the leading team in the 1st half with 2 goals (by Safiq Rahim at 7' and Indra Putra at the 2 minute extended time, 45+2'), while Thailand was yet to score.

During the 2nd half, Safiq made a goal again at the 58th minute, but the Thailand War Elephants pulled off 2 amazing late goals (by Charyl Chappuis at 82' and Chanathip at 87'), to make the final scores to 2-3 in favor of Malaysia.

But combining the results of Leg 2 to the 1st leg held in Thailand last December 17, it's 4-3 on aggregrate, so it's Thailand's War Elephants as the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup champions. Congratulations!

It's now the 4th time for Thailand to win the AFF Suzuki Cup championship, the first time was during the 1st edition in 1996 when they also defeated the same team, Malaysia.

Our dearest Philippine Azkals finished in the semi-finals, their 3rd straight time now to make it to AFF Suzuki Cup semis, and let's hope that in the 2016 edition, they'll finally make it to the final round. -

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Pope Francis, among People Asia Magazine's People of the Year 2014

Ahead of his visit to the Philippines, which is just 26 days to go, Pope Francis is being honored as one of the 'People of the Year' by a Philippine-based lifestyle magazine.

The December 2014-January 2015 issue of Stargate's People Asia magazine has been available in newsstands for a week now. You better
get a copy and know more about the 18 'People of the Year' awardees,
including Pope Francis, which the magazine labeled as their special awardee this year.

Whether he's just a last minute addition to the list or not, it's in perfect timing as he is set to visit the Philippines next month. The awarding will also be held next month, but I doubt if he'll be able to attend.

Joining Pope Francis as 'People of the Year' honorees are Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, King of Talk Boy Abunda, veteran actress Susan
Roces, singers Lea Salonga, Gary V. and Martin Nieverra.

Also awardees are Albert Del Rosario, Mariquita Yeung, Ramon Orlina, Loida Lewis, Cary Santiago, Henry Chusuey, Hans Sy, Dr. Edgardo Cortez and Lorenzo Tan.

Aside from the People of the Year awards, People Asia also hands out the awards Men Who Matter and Women of Style and Substance, usually given in the month of June and September respectively. -

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Ara Mina baby Mandy's Photos: father Patrick Meneses posts more pics

Ara Mina gave birth to a healthy baby girl last Wednesday, December 17, 2014, just 8 days before Christmas.

And so the 35-year-old actress, singer, entrepreneur, cook, baker and now mom Ara Mina is describing her first baby as a perfect Christmas
gift from God.

According to her Instagram post, she gave birth to a 7.4-lb baby girl at 11:35 AM Wednesday and they named her Amanda Gabrielle, nicknamed
as Mandy.

realaramina: "Born today at 11:35 in the morning, December 17. Weighing 7.4 pounds. Our angel, Amanda Gabrielle Meneses. The perfect gift this Christmas! Our Mandy...Thank you Father for the safe delivery of our healthy baby girl. There's nothing more I can wish for. We are truly blessed. A very merry Christmas indeed! Thank you for all the prayers. #MyAmandaGabrielle #blessed #blessing #Godsgift #OhBabyMandy"

Baby Mandy is such a cute and very adorable baby, who will surely grow up so beautiful like her mom Ara Mina (real name is Hazel Reyes) and Tita Cristine Reyes, who's also due to give birth this Summer 2015.

The baby's 36-year-old father, Bulakan Mayor Patrick Meneses, later shared 3 more photos of his newborn baby, also
describing her as "God's gift". He also said that Ara and Mandy completed his life.

patrick_meneses: "My portrait of Love...You both completed my life...#ohbabymandy #mandymylove…

Ara Mina is now added to the list of Filipino celebrities who gave birth this 2014. Earlier, we had Jolina Magdangal, Melai Cantiveros, Jinkee Pacquiao, Kristine Hermosa and LJ Moreno, just 2 weeks ago. -

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Herbert Colanggo, New Bilibid Prison VIP inmate who has music studio inside jail! Huwaaat?!?

Only in the Philippines! Convicted robbery gang leader Herbert Colanggo was allowed to have his own music studio while inside New Bilibid Prison and able to realize his dream of becoming a recording artist.

As what Anne Curtis' always says, "dreams do come true"...even for prisoners like Herbert Colanggo who's currently serving a 12-year sentence for a series of robbery that he headed in Metro Manila more than 5 years ago.

Recently, TV Patrol reported about the raid of the New Bilibid Prison by DOJ and NBI wherein they discovered inside a music studio, a bath tub, a king-sized bed, flat-screen TV, a Wi-fi connection, Rolex watches, guns, over a million cash and many more. This Herbert Colanggo owns that music studio and those expensive watches.

While it's not wrong to realize one prisoner's dream of becoming a singer or to help him transform into a better person by honing his talents and abilities, it's a big question why he was allowed to have his own music studio, record songs there, even shoot music video inside and hold a weekly variety show or concert where many people from outside can watch. VIP indeed = Very Important Prisoner!

Watch his music video of 'Pa'no 'Yon', his debut single, which was reportedly shot inside Bilibid and currently has more than a quarter of a million views:

Released by Ivory Music in February 13 2014, Herbert Colanggo's album 'Kinabukasan' surprisingly achieved gold and then platinum status in just 1 month, as certified by the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry (PARI) on March 18, 2014.

With these album achievements, Herbert was among the awardees during ASAP 8th 24k Gold and 10th Platinum Circle Awards 2014 held earlier this month.

Amazingly, he's one of only 8 artists who achieved platinum mark this 2014 along with Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo (TomDen), Noel Cabangon, Daniel Padilla, Gloc-9, Julie Anne San Jose and Xian Lim.

Herbert C.'s album cover

Colanggo is also the one who shockingly tied with Richard Yap as Best New Male Recording Artist at the 6th PMPC Star Awards for Music last September, winning over Abra, Michael Pangilinan, James Wright, Renzo Vergara, Bassilyo and Alden Richards. -

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