Miss World 2014: Philippines' birthday, Talent auditions, Sports eliminations

Miss World 2014 candidates are now in London. How are they? What have they been doing so far these first 3 days of the pageant?

Yesterday, November 21, some of the candidates who first arrived in London have already auditioned for the Miss World Talent and for the Dances of the World.


Candidates during the Talent and Dances of the World Auditions (credit to Miss World Organisation)


Among those who took part in the auditions yesterday are: (credit to MWO)


Thailand's Maeya Nonthawan Thongleng


Hungary's Edina Kulcsár


Guatemala's Keyla Bermudez


Japan's Hikaru Kawai, Mongolia's Battseteg Turbat and Indonesia's Maria Sastrayu


Today, November 22, it's one special day for Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann. She's celebrating her birthday, the first
candidate to celebrate such in this year's Miss World edition.


Philippines' Valerie Weigmann in silk floral dress by Eric delos Santos, Megan's gown designer last year (photo via Miss World - Philippines FB Page)


I'm sure every Filipino's wish for Valerie on this special day is a back-to-back win for the Philippines, whose candidate last year, Megan Young, became the first Pinay Miss World.

Valerie is now 25 years old, one of the oldest among 124 candidates. Before coming to the pageant, there were already 10 candidates who are 25 years old. They are Miss Netherlands Tatjana Maul, Miss Romania
Bianca Fanu, Miss Sri Lanka Chulakshi Ranathunga, Miss Norway Monica Pedersen, Miss Mauritius Sheetal Khadun, Miss Malaysia Dewi Liana Seriestha, Miss Haiti Carolyn Desert, Miss British Virgin Islands Rosanna Chichester, Miss Bolivia Andrea Forfori and Miss Albania Xhensila Pere.

Miss Guinea-Bissau Laila Da Costa meanwhile is the youngest of all, only 17 years old. Also among the youngest are the candidates from Côte d'Ivoire (Jennifer Yéo), Germany (Egzonita Ala), Moldova (Alexandra Caruntu), Montenegro (Natasa Novakovic), Slovakia (Laura Longauerová) and Sweden (Olivia Asplund) who are all 18 years old.

Later today, the candidates will be divided into groups, to take part in the Sports eliminations.

All these Talent, Dances of the World and Sports challenges are just 3 of the many competitions of the pageant where the candidates can earn
points or get high scores in order for them to earn a slot in
semi-finals. - Mykiru.ph

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Pacquiao vs Algieri Live Fight: Undercards, Main Card, Weigh-in Details

Pacquiao Vs Algieri live fight on HBO PPV as it happens at the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena in Macau, China on Saturday night, November 22, US time (Sunday morning, Nov. 23, Macau time).

There will be lots of live streaming videos online for the Pacquiao Vs Algieri fight, but this one is the official, authorized and legitimate live stream: the HBO Pay-Per-View (PPV). Sadly, it isn't free. Live broadcast starts at 9PM ET / 6PM PT on Saturday, US time (Sunday morning, Macau/PH time).

Earlier today, the two fighters already had their weigh-ins and they must not exceed the 144-lb limit. Manny weighed 138.8 lbs, while Algieri initally weighed over 144 twice, until he weighed 136.6-lbs on his 3rd try. (Photos credit to Top Rank Boxing)



It will be Pacquiao's 63rd fight in his career, and I'm hoping it will already be his 2nd to the last, if ever the super fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. will push through in 2015. He already won 56 times (38 via knockouts), lost 5 times and fought to a draw twice.

Looking at Algieri's records, he's no match to Pacquiao when it comes to "experience". He fought only 20 times, but his biggest edge is that - he's undefeated. However, he only scored 8 knockout wins out of 20.

Before this Pacquiao vs Algieri main card fight, there will be 8 undercard fights first featuring boxers from different countries, including another one from the Philippines. I posted the full details below.

12-ROUND FLYWEIGHT FIGHT: Shiming vs Kwanpichit
Opponents: Kwanpichit Onesongchai from Thailand (27-0, 12 KOs), 33 years old, vs Zou Shiming from China (5-0, 1 KO), also 33

12-ROUND WBO WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT: Lomachencko vs Piriyapinyo
Opponents: Vasyl Lomachenko from Thailand (52-1, 33 KOs), 29 years old vs Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo from Ukraine (2-1, 1 KO), 26 yrs old

12-ROUND WBA WORLD SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT: DeMarco vs Vargas
Opponents: Antonio DeMarco from Mexico (31-3-1, 23 KOs), 28 years old, vs Jessie Vargas from the USA (25-0, 9 KOs), 25 yrs. old

8-ROUND SUPER FLYWEIGHT FIGHT: Majiha vs Ancajas
Opponents: Fadhili Majiha from Tanzania (15-5-4, 7 KOs), 21 yrs old, vs Jerwin Ancajas from the Philippines (21-1-1, 13 KOs), 22 yrs old

8-ROUND SUPER FLYWEIGHT FIGHT: Sabu vs Tso
Opponents: Espinos Sabu from Indonesia (8-2-1, 5 KOs), 25 yrs old vs Rex Tso from Hong Kong,China (14-0, 9 KOs), 27 yrs old

6-ROUND SUPER WELTERWEIGHT FIGHT: Attard vs Ng
Opponents: Stephen Attard from Australia (4-0-2, 1 KO), 32 yrs old, vs Kuok Kun Ng from Macau, China (5-0, 2 KOs), 24 yrs old

4/6-ROUND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT: Robinson vs Peng
Opponents: Andrew Robinson from New Zealand (3-2, 2 KOs), 30 yrs old vs Qu Peng from China (6-0-1, 4 KOs), 25 yrs old

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Sandra Aguinaldo goes back to Iligan City for I-Witness' 15th Anniversary docu-series

For the students of Bayug Elementary School, the horror still grip them, two years after Typhoon Sendong hit Iligan City.

In the documentary "Batch 2012", I-Witness shared the story of Limuel Gonzaga, who graduated salutatorian despite losing his mother, his home and his entire school to the massive flooding that destroyed his community. He may have lost everything, but not his dreams and his determination. He is now studying in a private school through the help of his sponsors.


Limuel Gonzaga


Inside the classroom, Limuel sits in the middle surrounded by classmates much bigger than him. His shy and quiet demeanor belies the strength of a child who has stared death in the face and forges on even though faced with extreme poverty.  Not many of his classmates know that the "little guy" who ranks number one in class, sometimes goes to school hungry and completes his homework in the dark.


Sandra Aguinaldo


As part of I-Witness' 15th anniversary series, Sandra Aguinaldo goes back to Iligan City to celebrate the inspiring story of a boy who braved all odds, this Saturday, November 22, 2014 on GMA-7, after Celebrity Bluff.

Posted by GMA 7 for Mykiru.ph

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Pacquiao vs Algieri Predictions: Will there be a knockout win?

Pacquiao vs Algieri is drawing so near, just less than 2 days away, and predictions are already coming in as to who will emerge as winner. Will he be the Philippines' Manny Pacquiao? Is he gonna win by decision? or via knockout?


credit to Top Rank Boxing


The Philippines' congressman boxer Manny Pacquiao, age 35, and the USA's heart-throb boxer Chris Algieri, 30, will face each other on the ring for the WBO World Welterweight Title. Will there be a knockout win?

If this is an audition for a leading man role in a Hollywood movie, looks like Chris Algieri is the knockout winner. Younger, taller, hotter, sexier, much better-looking.

But this is boxing, and Pacquiao is still heavily favored to be the winner, based on some predictions I've read. Whether it's by decision or by knockout, I won't care, as long as it's very exciting, not boring and a well-deserved victory. (Many girls are wishing Algieri's handsome face won't be bruised so bad.)

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Valerie Weigmann starts Miss World 2014 journey, among early favorites

Valerie Weigmann has already arrived in London to compete in the Miss World 2014 pageant. She will be competing against more than 120 candidates and try to score a back-to-back Miss World win for the Philippines.


Valerie Weigmann posts on Instagram Thursday morning before she leaves for London: "So guys...this is really it! I'll be leaving for London and I'm so psyched to finally start and share this journey with all of you. I wish I had the time & the opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for the support and trust you have given me! I never experienced something close to this before & I'm just so happy to finally represent our beautiful country the Philippines! I also wanted to remind you to kindly like and share my official Facebook Fan Page Miss World - Philippines in order to follow my updates."


There are 124 expected Miss World 2014 candidates (supposedly the slain Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado was among them), which is a slightly lower number of delegation than last year's edition which had 127.

And just like Megan Young who eventually won Miss World 2013, Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann is already buzzing as one of the early favorites, those considered already as strong contenders as they begin to arrive in London.

Aside from Miss Philippines, the other candidates in my "Fave 10" as the pageant officially starts are Misses Dominican Republic, France, Guyana, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and South Africa, Rolene Strauss (picture below).


Miss South Africa World Rolene Strauss' arrival photo in Miss London (credit to MWO)


THE MISS WORLD 2014 CANDIDATES:
ALBANIA, Xhensila PERE
ALGERIA, Fatima Zohra CHOUIB
ARGENTINA, Yoana Del Carmen DON MAROZZI
ARUBA, Joitza HENRIQUEZ
AUSTRALIA, Courtney THORPE
AUSTRIA, Julia FURDEA
BAHAMAS, Rosetta CARTWRIGHT
BARBADOS, Zoe TROTMAN
BELARUS, Viktoryia MIHANOVICH
BELGIUM, Anissa BLONDIN
BELIZE, Raquel Alejandra BADILLO
BERMUDA, Lillian LIGHTBOURN
BOLIVIA, Andrea FORFORI AGUILERA
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, Isidora BOROVCANIN
BRAZIL, Julia GAMA
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, Rosanna CHICHESTER
CAMEROON, Larissa NGANGOUM
CANADA, Annora BOURGEAULT
CHAD, Sakadi DJIVIRA
CHINA PR, Du YANG
COLOMBIA, Leandra GARCIA CAICEDO
COSTA RICA, Natasha SIBAJA
COTE D'IVOIRE, Jennifer YEO
CROATIA, Antonija GOGIC
CURACAO, Gayle SULVARAN
CYPRUS, Ioanna FILIPPOU
CZECH REPUBLIC, Tereza SKOUMALOVA
DENMARK, Pernille SORENSEN
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Dhio MORENO ROMERO
ECUADOR, Virginia LIMONGI SILVA
EGYPT, Amina ASHRAF
EL SALVADOR, Larissa Mariana VEGA GRANIELLO
ENGLAND, Carina TYRRELL
EQUATORIAL GUINEA, Agnes Genoveva CHEBA ADE
ETHIOPIA, Yirgalem Hadish ADHANOM
FIJI, Charlene TAFUNA'I
FINLAND, Krista HAAPALAINEN
FRANCE, Flora COQUEREL
GABON, Jessie MATHAS LEKERY
GEORGIA, Ana ZUBASHVILI
GERMANY, Egzonita ALI
GHANA, Nadia Naa NTANU
GIBRALTAR, Shyanne AZZOPARDI
GREECE, Eleni KOKKINOU
GUADELOUPE, Wendy METONY
GUAM, Chanel CRUZ JARRETT
GUATEMALA, Keyla Lisbeth BERMUDEZ NUÑEZ
GUINEA, Halimatou DIALLO
GUINEA-BISSAU, Laila DA COSTA
GUYANA, Rafieya HUSAIN
HAITI, Carolyn DESERT
HONG KONG CHINA, Erin WONG
HUNGARY, Edina KULCSAR
ICELAND, Tanja Yr ASTÞORSDOTTIR
INDIA, Koyal RANA
INDONESIA, Maria Asteria SASTRAYU
IRELAND, Jessica HAYES
ISRAEL, Mor MAMAN
ITALY, Silvia CATALDI
JAMAICA, Laurie-Ann CHIN
JAPAN, Hikaru KAWAI
KAZAKHSTAN, Madina DAVLETOVA
KENYA, Idah NGUMA
KOREA, Hwa-Young SONG
KOSOVO, Vita REXHEPI
KYRGYZSTAN, Aikol ALIKZHANOVA
LATVIA, Liliana GARKALNE
LEBANON, Saly GREIGE
LESOTHO, Nthole MATELA
LITHUANIA, Agne KAVALIAUSKAITE
LUXEMBOURG, Frederique WOLFF
MALAYSIA, Dewi Liana SERIESTHA
MALTA, Joanne GALEA
MARTINIQUE, Anais DELWAULLE
MAURITIUS, Sheetal KHADUN
MEXICO, Daniela ALVAREZ REYES
MOLDOVA, Alexandra CARUNTU
MONGOLIA, Battsetseg TURBAT
MONTENEGRO, Natasa NOVAKOVIC
MYANMAR, Wyne LAY
NAMIBIA, Brumhilda OCHS
NEPAL, Subin LIMBU
NETHERLANDS, Tatjana MAUL
NEW ZEALAND, Arielle GARCIANO
NICARAGUA, Yumara LOPEZ
NIGERIA, Iheoma NNADI
NORTHERN IRELAND, Rebekah SHIRLEY
NORWAY, Monica Olivia PEDERSEN
PANAMA, Nicole PINTO
PARAGUAY, Myriam AREVALOS
PERU, Sofla RIVERA
PHILIPPINES, Valerie WEIGMANN
POLAND, Ada SZTAJEROWSKA
PORTUGAL, Zita Margarida REIS OLIVEIRA
PUERTO RICO, Genesis DAVILA
ROMANIA, Bianca Adriana FANU
RUSSIA, Anastasia KOSTENKO
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, Djeissica BARBOSA
SCOTLAND, Ellie MCKEATING
SERBIA, Milica VUKLIS
SEYCHELLES, Camila ESTICO
SINGAPORE, Dalreena Poonam GILL
SLOVAKIA, Laura LONGAUEROVA
SLOVENIA, Julija BIZJAK
SOUTH AFRICA, Rolene STRAUSS
SOUTH SUDAN, Awien KUANYIN-AGOTH
SPAIN, Lourdes RODRIGUEZ
SRI LANKA, Chulakshi RANATHUNGA
SWEDEN, Olivia ASPLUND
SWITZERLAND, Dijana CVIJETIC
TANZANIA, Happiness WATIMANYA
THAILAND, Maeya Nonthawan THONGLENG
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, Sarah Jane WADDELL
TUNISIA, Wahiba ARRES
TURKEY, Amine GULSE
UGANDA, Leah KALANGUKA
UKRAINE, Andriana KHASANSHIN
UNITED STATES, Elizabeth SAFRIT
URUGUAY, Romina FERNANDEZ SELLANES
US VIRGIN ISLANDS, Aniska TONGE
VENEZUELA, Debora MENICUCCI
VIETNAM, Loan NGUYEN THI
WALES, Alice FORD
ZIMBABWE, Tendai Bongani HUMDA

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