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Monday, May 31, 2010


A Colombian beauty queen was finally arrested by the anti-narcotics agents after hiding for a long time because of drug trafficking.

31-year old Angie Sanclemente Valencia, has been hiding for five months, according to the authorities.

Reports says that the former beauty queen used little girls to transport cocaine from Argentina to Europe via Mexico.

It was also reported that she's being linked to a druglord in Mexico in 2005 and in 2009, she transfered to Argentina.

She was crowned 2000 Coffee Queen, but was stripped of her title because it was discovered that she is already married when she joined the contest. Valencia was arrested inside Youth Hostel in Buenos Aires.


British model, joined the cast of Transformers.

Megan Fox will be replaced by a British model named Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the third "Transformers" movie.

Though there are three girls on the list to choose for the replacement of Ms. Fox, including "The House Bunny" star Sarah Wright and Sports Illustrated model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker, but the 23-year old Victoria Secret's is the top favorite for the role.

If Whiteley will be chosen, she will joined male star Shia LaBeouf next this June for the start of the shooting.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Marian Rivera landed on the No. 1 spot for the Sexiest Woman in the World 2010 for For Him Magazine (FHM).

Marian beats Angel Locsin who only placed second while Cristine Reyes got the number three spot. Rounding up the Top 5 is Iwa Moto on fourth place and Erich Gonzales on fifth.

With only more than two weeks to go, fans of showbiz celebrities can still have until June 15 before the voting period ends.

As of the moment, there are more than 260,000 fans cast their vote for their idol.

Here is the parti

al and unofficial list of the Top 10 Sexiest Woman in the World 2010-Philippines.

1. Marian Rivera
2. Angel Locsin
3. Cristine Reyes
4. Iwa Moto5. Erich Gonzales
6. Angelica Panganiban
7. Anne Curtis
8. Katrina Halili
9. Ehra Madrigal
10. Jennylyn Mercado


Born Marian Gracia Rivera on August 12, 1984 in Madrid, Spain to a Spanish father, Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso and Filipina mother Amalia Rivera of Cavite.

Her parents separated when she was only two years old.

She finished Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas.


Born Angelica Locsin Colmenares on April 23, 1985 in Sta. Maria Bulacan. She finished her elementary education in Bulacan and finished high school at the University of Sto. Tomas High School.

Her parents separated when she was 14 years old and since then, she lived with her father, Angelo Colmenares. She was discovered by a talent scout when she was shopping at SM City North EDSA.


Born Ara Christine Pascual Reyes on February 5, 1989 in Marikina City, Cristine studied in St. Bridget School, Quezon City but transferred to Roosevelt College.

She is one of the Avengers of the first ever StarStruck talent search.


Born Aileen Quimado Iwamoto on August 29, 1988 to her late Japanese father Hiroaki Iwamoto and a Filipina mother, Iwa is the eldest of the three siblings.

She auditioned for the second season of StarStruck but failed to qualify. She auditioned again after a year and succeeded for the third season and ended up as the First Princess.


Born Erika Chryselle Gonzales Gancayco on September 20, 1990 in Cebu City but raised in Davao City, Erich is the youngest of the three siblings. She is the grand winner of Star Circle National Teen Quest in 2005.

She is currently enrolled at Trinity University of Asia.


Born Angelica Panganiban on November 4, 1986 in Caloocan City, Angelica finished her elementary at St. Vincent in Teacher’s Village and her high school education at St. Vincent, West Avenue.

She was the Junior-Senior Prom Princess in 2002 and Miss Junior and Senior Prom in 2003. She was a cheerleader and a feature editor in her school newspaper. She attended college at Thames International Business School, majoring in Mass Communication.


Born Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith on February 17, 1985 in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia, Anne is the eldest daughter of Filipina Carmen Ojales and an Australian lawyer James Curtis-Smith.

Her siblings Jasmine and Thomas are living in Australia with her parents. She was discovered while eating at a fast food chain with her parents in 1997.


Born Maria Katrina Iren Pe Halili on January 4, 1986, Katrina was discovered when she joined StarStruck Talent Search.

She is the most controversial actress in Philippine showbiz after she was being caught in a sex video with a former doctor, Hayden Kho.


Born Geralyn Gaspar Madrigal on June 25, 1985 in Quezon City, Ehra is a high school graduate of St. Mary’s College, Quezon City. She is the elder sister of Michelle Madrigal, also an actress.

She is the daughter of former actress Karla Kalua. Ehra was a former ABS-CBN talent.


Born Jennylyn Mercado on May 15, 1987 in Las Piñas City, Jen was the winner of the first season of StarStruck.

She started out as a recording artist in 1999 with Alpha Records. She was with the singing group G4 of Nonoy Tan.

Prior to joining StarStruck, she bagged the Ms. Photogenic title in the Circle of 10 modelling search.


As the lyrics of the song "My Way" goes, "And now, the end is near, and so I'll face the final curtain," it seems that it will be the end of the road for Filipino 7-division boxing champion and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.

According to Pacquiao, he decided to hang his gloves in November after his fight to whoever it would be.

He said, he was frustrated with the new demand of Floyd Mayweather Jr. after he accepted his opponent’s challenge to undergo a random drug test before their fight, that’s why he made a decision to finally end his boxing career and focus on his being a Congressman in Saranggani Province in General Santos City, Philippines.

According, he is firm about his decision even if the plan fight with Mayweather will be pushed through or not.

It was reported that Mayweather is asking for a bigger purse because according to him, his last fight with Shane Mosley is much higher than Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight.

Pacquiao also said that it is not necessary to face Mayweather because his plan is to stop boxing after his fight in November.


Everybody, even Lee Dewyze was surprised when American Idol host Ryan Seacrest announced his name as the new American Idol Season 9 champion at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The 24 years old salesclerk beats the Crystal Bowersox, a 24-year old musician who is also a single mom.

It was a surprise win for Lee because even before the finals, the most ‘notorious’ judge of AI, Simon Cowell one sidedly said that he thinks that Crystal will be the next American Idol.

When asked about his reaction on his surprise win, Lee was ecstatics but only uttered the word “Oh my God.”

Before the final judgement, Lee and Crystal serenaded the more than 7,000 audience with their choice songs. Lee chose to performed Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” while Crystal picked Roger Miller’s “Me and Bobby McGee.”

In the final round, Lee performed U2’s “Beautiful Day” while Crystal chose Patty Griffin’s “Up To The Mountain.”

Very obvious that the judges on the final night favored Crystal to win the crown, but it was the audience who decide in the end.

Here's Lee Dewyze "The Boxer."

Here's Crystal Bowersox "Me And Bobby McGee."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Nicole beats Evan Lysacke, a champion figure skater and olympic gold medalist, who placed second and Erin Andrews, an sportscaster, who bagged the third place.

She and her partner Derek Hough performed a high-energy jive that gave them the perfect score of 30 and get the approval of the head judge Len Goodman.

Goodman said that all finalists gave their best, but according to her;

"There can only be one winner of 'Dancing With the Stars.' It should be you," Goodman's statement to Nicole.

Here's one of the best performances of Nicole and Derek.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Joseph Estrada President
Edu Manzano V. President
Rey Langit Senator
Gilbert Remulla Senator
Joey Marquez as Mayor of Paranaque
Anjo Yllana as Vice Mayor of Paranaque
Jobelle Salvador as Vice Mayor of Makati City
Rico J. Puno as Vice Mayor of Makati City Jestoni Alarcon as Congressman of Rizal

Tito Varela as Congressman of Caloocan (former PBA Referee)
Dingdong Avanzado as Congressman of Siquijor
Cesar Montano as Governor of Bohol
Rommel Padilla as Vice Governor of Nueva Ecija
Aiko Melendez as Vice Mayor of Quezon City
Arnell Ignacio as Councilor of Q.C
Jaime Fabregas as Councilor of Q.C.
John Lesaca as Councilor of Q.C.
Ogie Diaz as Councilor of Q.C.
Ma. Isabel Lopez as Councilor of Q.C. Glenda Garcia as Councilor of Q.C. (Sister Of Melissa Mendez)


Bong Revilla as Senator
Jinggoy Estrada as Senator
Lito Lapid as Senator

Tito Sotto as Senator
Manny Pacquiao as Congressman of Saranggani Province
Dan Fernandez as Congressman of Laguna
Lani Mercado as Congressman of Cavite
Jv Ejercito as Congressmann of San Juan
Gina De Venecia as Congressman of Pangasinan
Imelda Marcos as Congressman of Ilocos Norte
Imee Marcos as Governor of Ilocos Norte
Vilma Santos as Governor of Batangas
George Estregan Jr. as Governor of Laguna
Junjun Ynares as Governor of Rizal (Brother-In-Law Of Bong Revilla)
Anton Lagdameo as Governor of Davao (Husband Of Dawn
Daniel Fernando as Vice Governor of Bulacan
Angelika Jones as Board Member of Laguna
Gary Estrada as Board Member of Quezon
Teri Onor as Board Member of Bataan
Christopher D. Leon as Board Member of Batangas
Herbert Bautista as Mayor of Quezon City
Mon Ilagay as Mayor of Cainta (former ABS-CBN)
Strike Revilla as Mayor of Bacoor, Cavite
Maita Sanchez as Mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna
Guia Gomez as Mayor of San Juan
Isko Moreno as Vice Mayor of Manila
Alfred Vargas as councilor of Q.C
Gian Carlo Sotto as councilor of Q.C (Son Of Tito Sotto)
Roderick Paulate as councilor of Q.C.
Marjorie Barretto as councilor of Caloocan
Yul Servo as councilor of Manila

Monsour Del Rosario as councilor of Makati
Maybeline Dl Cruz as councilor of Dagupan City
Shalani Soledad as councilor of Valenzuela (Noynoy’s Girlfriend)
Precious Hipolito as councilor of Q.C.
Lou Veloso as councilor of Manila
Robert Ortega as councilor of Manila
Roselle Nava as councilor of Paranaque
Daisy Reyes as councilor of Pateros
Alma Moreno as councilor of Paranaque
Filipino chess Grandmaster Mark Paragua once again showed his worth when he captured the Prove Your Point Chess Championship in Manhattan , New York, last May 22, 2010.

Paragua posted 2.5 points in three outings, same score of American International Master Justin Sarkar, but eventually bagged the title when the tie break points applied.

Earlier, Paragua also beat Gabo Schnitzler and Aleksandr Ostrovskiy.


There’s no stopping player Lee Van Corteza.

After bagging the Hard Times Mezz Cues 10-Ball Open championship only two weeks ago in Bellflower, Los Angeles California, USA, the Filipino billiard player once again amazed the crowd with his tricks that brought aaaahhhhhsss and ooowwwsss from the cheering crown to capture the US Open 10-Ball Championship.

Corteza pocket the top prize of $20,000 when he beats Lo Hi Wen of China in a final match when he posted the iskor of 13-12 and push his standing to 5th rank in the World Pool Billiard Association.
Wen on the other hand won $12,500.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Madonna, the Queen of Pop is reacting to the verdict on a gay couple who were sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment just because they celebrated their engagement in Malawi, one of Africa’s most conservative state, by means of a traditional civil marriage ceremony.

The singer said, she felt mixed emotions when she heard about the verdict.

"As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved,” Madonna said.

Madonna is also appealing to all, especially residents of Malawi to protest the said decision.

“I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi - and around the world - to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all.”

But according to Judge Nyakwawa Usiwa-Usiwa, the couple, Steven Monjeza, 26 and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, committed gay sex which is unlawful to the order of nature that’s why a case of gross indecency and unnatural acts filed against them.


Another Filipina singer carved a name in an international singing competition when Lordenn Panganiban bagged the Gold Prize for "Best Performer" in the recently held 11th Asia New Singers Competition last April 28 to May 7 in Beijing, China.

Aside from the "Best Performer" award, the song Within that she sang also awarded the “Best Song” in the said competition.

Lordenn also interpreted Love Like Way Back, both composition of season and award winning composer Vehnee Saturno, where 32 contestants from 19 countries participated in.

According to Vehnee, Lordenn is set to join the said competition, but because his artist for this year’s competition back-out, she got the chance to represent the country. She said that her toughest rival are representatives from Sri Lanka and Bulgaria.

Lordenn on the other hand is the lead vocalist of a band that Vehnee and Willie Revillame is conceptualizing.

Here's Lordenn at her winning moment.

And here's the winning song "Within."

Friday, May 21, 2010


Four Filipino students won multiple awards in the just concluded International Science Fair in California last May 14.

Marc Mapalo, Jean Reni De Guzman, Maria Clara Isabel Sia and Marc Arthur, all graduate students of Philippine Science High School in Leyte stood up from the rest of competing 1,600 pre-college students from 59 participating countries in the Intel International Science Fair.

Mapalo, De Guzman and Sia bagged fourth place in team competition with their study on red tide while the research of Limpiado on the antibacterial properties of seaweeds extracts also gave him the fourth place finish.

According to Intel Philippines Country Manager Ricky Banaag, two out of three projects sent by the Philippine delegation won.

He also added that some countries like Brazil had more than 30 participants.


Willie Revillame is resigning from his noontime show Wowowee. In a letter address to all officials of ABS-CBN, Willie said, it is the right time for him to leave the station so as not to stain his relationship with the network where he works for five years.

Below is Willie's letter to ABS-CBN bosses.

12 May 2010


Chairman of the Board

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.

Mo. Ignacia Ave., Quezon City

Through: Ms. Charo Santos-Concio


ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.

Dear Sir Gabby and Ma’am Charo,

I have labored over the past week on what to do in the face of another setback in my relations with the management of the network. ABS-CBN has been my home for the last five years and five months and it has given me the greatest gift – the opportunity to reach out to people who have so little in life.

In the process, I have come to realize that my gratitude to the network would be more meaningful if I considered the impact of my recent actions which has placed the station in a bad light. This is among the reasons, as I will explain in this letter, that I humbly request the management, to release me as a talent of the network. (Willie’s contract is good for one year and a half more. — RFL)

It is no secret that the program “Wowowee,” for almost five and a half years, has been the core of my existence. The program gives me a sense of purpose because I make people happy and I give them hope that, despite their difficulties, they can make things happen for themselves. Because of this, my world has revolved around the show. The desire to make it the best noontime show, has consumed my waking hours, as I conceptualize its format and contents from Monday to Saturday. Apart from this, I want the show to give the network excellent ratings to maintain its reputation as the leader in the broadcasting industry.

My devotion to the show is unparalleled that I have even been besieged by health problems due to the long hours I spend daily, thinking of how to bring “Wowowee” closer to the public. In fact, I have developed a heart blockage, which has already once posed a real threat to my life. I have sacrificed so much. Now, I have to accept the reality that I also have to take good care of my health.

Hence, it is very painful to hear every time my show is the target of unwanted and unnecessary tirades. I do not think that these people even have the slightest clue of what I go through to put together a show like “Wowowee”’. The show is not for me, but for those people who dream of a better life. Is it too much to ask that we be respected for what we do? Is it too much to ask that we be defended from such attacks?

My outburst last week during the live presentation of the show is nothing more than a reflection of my frustration over these things, and was not at all meant to disrespect the network and its management. I implore you to understand that several incidents, which were beyond my control which have marred the reputation of the show to some extent, have already taken their toll on me.

There was the “Wilyonaryo” incident wherein we were accused of deceiving contestants about their winnings; the Ultra stampede wherein I was blamed and severely criticized; the misunderstanding about my remarks when the coverage of the funeral of the late Pres. Corazon Aquino was unexpectedly shown in the giling-giling portion of “Wowowee”’s airing, for which I have apologized. In all these incidents, I took responsibility even if I was not at fault.

I do not want to cause any further embarrassment to the network. I know that all these have caused so much strain on our relations and I would like to save the situation by asking that I be released as a talent of the station. This way, I will have the much-needed space and time to contemplate on my direction in life and, at the same time, maintain the relationships I have built within the network, which are all worth preserving.

Before I end this letter, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all the important people I have had the good fortune to work with during the years I have been with ABS-CBN. Ma’am Charo, maraming salamat sa lahat ng pagkakataon na naibigay ninyo sa akin. Kayo po ang tinuturing kong ina na patuloy akong tinatanggap at minamahal sa kabila ng lahat ng aking kahinaan. Hinding-hindi ko po kayo makakalimutan at lahat ng mga bagay na ginawa ninyo para sa akin.

Kay Mr. Gabby Lopez, maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala sa aking kakayanan na magbigay ng mahusay na programa. Kay Tita Cory Vidanes, maraming salamat sa pagiging maunawain ninyo sa akin. Kay Mr. Johnny Manahan, maraming salamat sa walang-sawang pag-suporta ninyo sa akin at sa “Wowowee,” at lalong lalo na sa pagtayo ninyo bilang aking pangalawang ama. Kay Ms. Linggit Tan, Mr. Jay Montelibano at Mr. Edgar Mortiz, maraming salamat sa suporta at tulong ninyo na mapabuti and programang “Wowowee” para sa ikaliligaya ngmga natutulangan natin. Sa lahat ng bumubuo ng management ng ABS-CBN, maraming salamat sa tulong ninyo sa aking programa.

Higit sa lahat, sa lahat ng mga taong sumuporta at patulong na sumusuporta sa show na “Wowowee,” maraming salamat at kayo ang nagbibigay sa akin ng lakas na gawin ang mga dapat kong gawin. Sana po ay maunawaan ninyo ang aking kahilingan sa sulat na ito. Ayaw ko na pong may masasaktan pa at gusto ko lang na maisaayos lahat. Taos-puso akong humihingi sa inyo ng tawad at lubos na pang-unawa sa lahat ng pinagdadaanan ko ngayon.

There will never be enough words to express my gratitude to all of you…

Salamat at mabuhay po kayong lahat!

Respectfully yours,

— Willie B. Revillame

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Ms. Charo Santos-Concio

Ms. Cory Vidanes

Mr. Johnny Manahan

Ms. Arlene De Castro

Ms. Linggit Tan

Mr. Jay Montelibano

Mr. Edgar Mortiz

There you are.

I agree with what Tempo’s Ronald Constantino wrote in his column yesterday: Willie is Wowowee and Wowowee is Willie, as in worthless one without the other? It’s like saying, Sharon is Megastar and Megastar is Sharon...Maricel is Diamond Star and Diamond Star is Maricel...Or, Vilma is Star For All Seasons and Star For All Seasons is Vilma.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


A waitress of Brixx Pizza from Charlotte, North Carolina was fired after she posted derogatory remarks on her Facebook account about a couple who sat at their table for three hours and gave her a $5 tip.

22-year old Ashley Johnson couldn't hide her disappointment when she received the tip after waiting for hours at her customers.

Johnson said, she was supposed to clock out but have to wait until the couple finish their pizza.

But the store has to fired her because according to the management, Johnson violated a company policy banning workers from saying bad words about customers and putting the restaurant in a bad light on a social network.

Johnson said, she has apologized already to Brixx management and is now moving on to look for a new job.


Tinanggal bilang waitress ang isang babae matapos na mag-post ito sa kanyang Facebook account ng reklamo sa kanyang naging costumer.

Agad na pinatalsik ng management ng Brixx Pizza ang 22-anyos na si Ashley Johnson matapos na maglabas ito ng reklamo sa kanyang Facebook account.

Tinawag ni Ashley na cheap ang mag-asawang costumer nila na nagbigay lamang sa kanya ng $5 matapos na magtagal ng tatlong oras sa loob ng kanilang pizza store.

Ayon pa kay Ashley, dapat daw ay pa-out na siya sa kanyang trabaho, ngunit dahil sa pag-i-stay ng mag-asawa kung kaya't nag-extend pa siya ng ilang oras para lamang sa limang dolyar na tip na ibinigay sa kanya.

Samantala, ang hakbang na ginawa ng Brixx Pizza ay dahil sa diumano'y paglabag ni Ashley sa company rules na nagbabawal sa kanilang empleyado na magsalita ng masama sa kanilang costumer at paglalagay sa alanganin sa pangalan ng pizza store.

Ayon naman kay Ashley, nag-sorry na siya sa Brixx Pizza at kasalukuyan na ring naghahanap ng bagong trabaho.

(Balitang Espesyal, Odd News, Weird News, Cute na Balita, Kakaibang Balita)


A Philadelphia woman hide inside a coffin to escape arrest.

19-year old Nicole April Kelly is about to extradite to another country when she was able to escape from deputies.

She was arrested again when the owner of the Brown Funeral Home found her in the coffin and held her until police arrived.

Kelly remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail, while the owner of the funeral home wants her to pay for the damaged coffin.


Isang babae ang nagtago sa loob ng kabaog para lamang makatakas sa mga otoridad.

Ang 19-anyos na si Nicole April Kelly ng Philadelphia ay nakatakda sanang dalhin sanang i-extradite sa ibang bansa dahil sa kasong isinampa laban dito, ngunit nakatakas ito sa mga umaresto sa kanya.

Dahil dito kung kaya't agad na nagsagawa ng malawakang paghahanap ang mga otoridad kung saan na-recover lamang ito matapos na magsumbong ang may-ari ng Brown Funeral Home na may isang babaeng buhay sa loob ng kanilang itinitindang kabaong.

Ayon sa may-ari ng nasabing punerarya, ini-utos niya sa kanyang mga tauhan na huwag pakawalan ang nasabing babae hanggat hindi dumarating ang mga otoridad.

Agad namang ibinalik sa kulungan si Kelly kung saan pinagpipiyansa ito ng $75,000 para sa kanyang pansamantalang kalayaan.

Samantala, pinagbabayad naman ng may-ari ng punerarya ang nasabing babae dahil sa pagkasira ng kabaong na pinagtaguan nito.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


He might be just an ordinary dog in the human eye, but wait, Bo, a Portuguese water dog is considered as the most important dog in the whole wide world.

Why? Because Bo, is included in the 2009 disclosure form of the president of United States of America, Barak Obama.

According to the form, the cute dog is worth $1,600. Bo was a gift to Obama family by the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his widow, when he was still in the White House.

The so-called "First Dog" is the final choice of Obama's family because of Malia Obama's allergies dictated a need for a hypoallergenic breed.


A grandmother from Iloilo City, Philippines finally earned her high school diploma.

Julieta Diaz becomes one of the graduates of Lapayon National High School (LNHS) in Leganes Iloilo.

According to her, it's her longtime dream to finish high school after seeing her children become professional.

She enrolled in LNHS after passing the Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT).

She stopped schooling at Grade IV because of financial problem, but she told herself to continue her studies if she has the chance to do so.

She said that she wanted to prove to everyone that age is not a hindrance to finish their studies.


A representative from Michigan emerged as the most beautiful woman in America when she beat out 50 other women to bagged the title of 2010 Miss USA beauty pageant.

Rima Fakih, a 24 year-old Arab American won the hearts of the judges that night when she answered confidently the final question if she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance. Fakih said, health insurance should cover birth control pills because it is very costly.

When asked how she felt after winning the crown, she said, "Ask me after I've had a pizza."

She replaces Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and will be the official representative of America in the Miss Universe beauty pageant.

First runner-up is Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, while Miss Virginia USA Samantha Evelyn Casey was the second runner-up, Miss Colorado USA Jessica Hartman was third runner-up, and Miss Maine USA Katherine Ashley Whittier was the fourth runner-up.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Finally, the most controversial Filipina beauty queen in town, Ma. Venus Raj, can now represent her country, the Philippines, in the Miss Universe 2010 beauty pageant.

This after the Department of Foreign Affairs' (DFA) ad hoc committee said that Raj is a Filipina in a truest sense of the word.

According to DFA, they already issued an electronic passport under her name, so that the beauty queen can now claimed her first victory and represent the country in Las Vegas on October 31 for the Miss Universe pageant.

DFA spokesman Eduardo Malaya said that Raj was able to present documents that can validate her claim of being a Filipino citizen.

"The committee stated that on the basis of documents presented by Ms. Maria Venus, it is well-established that she was born to a Filipina mother, and following the jus sanguinis rule on matters of citizenship acquisition, she is a Filipino citizen who is entitled to a Philippine passport," said Malaya.

It will be remembered that Raj was stripped of her crown by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc., last March 29 due to the citizenship issue.

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