John Arcilla stars in Himpapawid, a film by Raymond Red

Our main man John Arcilla stars in Raymond Red’s new film Himpapawid. The main character is played by Raul Arellano. The film’s website is here.

Inspired by a true event, Himpapawid (Manila Skies) tackles the astounding story of a lone deranged hijacker who is pushed to edge as he struggles with the oppression of surviving in modern Philippine society. The film dwells on the common story of a desperate simple man from the countryside searching for a decent means of living in the big city, Manila. He keeps stumbling as he moves from one “station of the cross” to another. In dire straits, he later joins an amateur gang plotting a wayward heist to get even with a corrupt employer. This ultimately ends in devastation. Further hounded by guilt that his father is helplessly ill in the province, he draws his last straw and plots the insane hijacking of a plane to finally take him to his ultimate destination – home or hell.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 – Official Candidates

The 38 36 official candidates of Mutya ng Pilipinas were presented to the media this morning at the Edsa Shangri-la. This is the 41st year of the event. The candidates are:

Athena Mae D. Imperial, Aurora
Therese Anne Francesca Meelhelb, Northern California
Dominique Lagrimas, Camarines Sur
Disayrey Sayat, Batangas City
Ma. Katrina Lopez, Quezon City
Mary Grace Morala, Cotabato City
Melissa Paula Travora, Davao del Sur
Jennielyn Natividad, Quezon City
Jelyssa Madrid, Canada-Vancouver
Ana Baladad, Texas
Lovett Keziah Avenido, Cebu
Mae Lanie Chan, Manila
Jo Ann Peria, Palawan
Agnes Santiago, Pangasinan
Roselynn Solis, Tarlac
Lenny Gamboa, Pampanga
Abigaile Fausto, Navotas
Sheryl Rose Guerrero, Aurora
May Ann Buenaventura, Taytay
Christina McGarry, Midwest-USA
Karen Nacario, Cebu
Rene McHugh, East Coast-USA
Dianne de Vera, Romblon
Samantha East, Canada
Consolacion Timbol, Tarlac
Jacqueline Schubert
Jenn-roe Gubat, Bulacan
Jane Banares, Legazpi City
Nadine Karla de Roxas, Tagaytay City
Zsaharah Nor Mantawil, Davao
Marie Loraine de Guzman, Makati
Darlene Dina, Batangas
Deborah Humpfner, Germany
Hannah Pichay, Singapore
Pearlyn Hortelano, Cebu City
Nadine Halvorsen, Norway.

The list was from this Manila Bulletin news.

More updates: There are two candidates from Aurora, Sheryl Rose Guerrero from Baler and Athena Mae D. Imperial from Casiguran, however there were infos that Ms. Imperial appeared at Unang Hirit this morning sporting a Nueva Ecija sash. We’re still confirming.
Well, it was confirmed that Ms. Imperial is a candidate from Aurora. She didn’t wear a Nueva Ecija sash.

There was a sabutan gown design competition during the media presentation, and Sheryl Rose Guerrero of Aurora won the award for wearing the best designed sabutan attire (read the comments, the award she won was explained) . Cong. Sonny angara and Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo presented the award. Sheryl or She-She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Update: In keeping with Batangbaler’s tradition of integrity (naks!) we would like to correct that Ms. Sheryl Rose Guerrero, did not win the Best in Sabutan Gown award during the press presentation of the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 at the Shangri-La Hotel Last July 29. What was given to her was the Aurora Beauty Award, which, despite of its name is not exclusive for the candidates from Aurora. It’s just a coincidence that she won it. Let’s be clear about that. The winner of the sabutan attire competition will be announced during the coronation night on August 9. 6 foreigners nabbed for poaching in RP waters


The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday said three Taiwanese and three Indonesians were arrested for illegally fishing within the Philippine territorial waters off Dilasag, Aurora.

Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo, Coast Guard spokesperson, said the poachers were on board the Taiwanese fishing vessel BK 7426 when they were caught poaching some 67 nautical miles off the village of Dinapiqui around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Read the complete news Aurora hosts this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas

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IN KEEPING with its aim to promote beauty tourism, Mutya ng Pilipinas brings this year’s pageant to the historic province of Aurora. The national beauty contest crowns its new titleholders on Aug. 9.

This marks the third year in a row that Mutya ng Pilipinas is being held in a prime eco-tourism destination. In 2007, the contest was staged at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Last year, the pageant was held in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, the ecological frontier of the Philippines.

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Awesome Aurora!

from Manila Bulletin:

It is not often we hear this province being promoted as a vacation and touring destination. We heard it made news when a foreign movie “Apocalypse Now,” (stars Robert Duval and Charlie Sheen) chose it as a location for a scene. Same is true with a local-award-winning movie “Baler.” Oftentimes, it lands on headlines when it has been battered by typhoons, landslides and shaken by a recent earthquake.

Little did we know that this province in the North Eastern most of Luzon is an awesome mixture of history, nature, and beauty! A place that is awesome as Aurora!

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