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Naga airport’s re-orientation plan up to RDC


Naga airport’s re-orientation plan up to RDC

This proposed project, once implemented, will undoubtedly contribute to economic growth and development not only of Naga City and the Province of Camarines Sur but the entire Bicol Region as well. 

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CamSur offers scholarship to IT students and professionals


Source: pia.gov.ph

PILI, Camarines Sur, Jan 24 (PIA)— The local government of Camarines Sur, after its pioneering effort to establish an information hub in the province and employing its constituents, now opens its door to qualified IT students and professionals for a five-month intensive training in Makati.

The good news was announced by the Camarines Sur Employment Center (CSEC) after successfully getting the nod of the Advance World Systems (AWS) for a scholarship grant to qualified partakers. Fortunate trainees will be selected thru a recruitment activity which will be conducted on January 26 at the Camarines Sur Trade and Investment Center , BMC Road , Panganiban Drive , Naga City .

The said opportunity is open to all graduating IT students or graduates of a 4 or 5 –year related courses such as CS, CoE, MIS, IT and ECE. Engineering graduates and those who were able to complete their science courses like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and related courses are also encouraged to try their luck.

Applicants who have a basic know how on C/C++ or Java Programming, Open Source Technologies, Web Programming, MS Net, Visual Basic, Assembly or TCP/IP programming will have better edge to pass the screening.

All qualified scholars will have their intensive training at AWS Center for Technology Incubation (ACTION) where general IT Concepts will be discussed by experienced IT instructors, including the latest technologies and innovations in information technology, business basic , including Japanese language.

This opportunity was designed by the provincial government of Camarines Sur to enhance the skills of IT students and Professionals and groom them to become AWS engineers. The training will also balance the IT enthusiast’s learning and help them adapt to the current trend in the information industry.

Interested participants may call the CSEC at telephone numbers (054) 477-5858 or (054) 477-7468. They may personally visit the CSEC office located at the 2nd floor of the Capitol Main Building , Capitol Complex, at Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur. (PIA Camarines Sur)

Catanduanes plants 32,000 trees in a day


Source: inquirer.net

VIRAC, CATANDUANES, Philippines – More than 100 people in Catanduanes planted 32,294 trees in one day under Project 1.11.11, boosting calls for reforestation in the country amid recurring landslides and flashfloods, said Representative Cesar V. Sarmiento, who conceptualized the project.

Those who planted the trees on Jan. 11 came from public and private schools, local government units, national agencies, provincial offices, environmental groups, nongovernment organizations, barangay councils, said Sarmiento.

He said he hoped the achievement would be done at least once a month until the main event on Nov. 11 when majority of the population are expected to troop to idle and barren lands to plant trees for Project 11.11.11.

The trees planted included mahogany, narra, fruit-bearing trees, berry seeds, rambutan and malunggay.

Most of the tree-planting sites were inside school and office compounds and road sides.

He said that five of the country’s most powerful typhoons have ripped through Catanduanes in the last two decades.

The environment department has said in a statement during a recent meeting at the Catanduanes State Colleges that the canopy forest of Catanduanes now has only about five-percent of the 151,150-hectare land area, or less than 5,000 ha. Fernan Gianan, Inquirer Southern Luzon

Bicol records 4.0 % annual inflation rate in 2010


Source: pia.gov.ph

…0.6% slower than 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, (PIA) — The National Statistics Office (NSO) in Bicol has noted an average annual inflation rate in Bicol Region for the year 2010 was 4.0 percent, slower by 0.6 percentage point than the 4.6 percent average in 2009.

NSO Bicol chief Cynthia Perdiz said that the increment in the annual inflation rate was due to the higher rates recorded in the food, beverages and tobacco (2.5 percent from 2.4 percent); fuel, light and water (11.8 percent from 8.0 percent) and miscellaneous items (2.1 percent from 2.0 percent).

Perdiz said that at the regional level, the year-on-year inflation rate increased to 3.0 percent in December 2010 from 2.7 percent in November 2010, wherein rates were maintained in the indices of clothing (1.3 percent) and housing & repairs (1.7 percent) while the annual price hike was slower in the services index at 2.3 percent from 2.5 percent.

She added that across provinces, annual price movements were slower in Catanduanes at 2.3 percent from 2.8 percent and Masbate at 1.5 percent from 1.9 percent. In contrast, higher annual inflation rates were registered in Albay (3.9 percent from 2.7 percent), Camarines Norte (3.6 percent from 3.4 percent), Camarines Sur (3.1 percent from 2.9 percent) and Sorsogon (3.6 percent from 3.5 percent).

On price situation

NSO Bicol data, meanwhile, show that the consumer price index (CPI) for all income households in the region was registered at 169.3 in December 2010, higher by 1.3 index points from the recorded CPI of 168.0 in November 2010.

“In terms of rate, the all items month-on-month inflation rate was registered at 0.8 percent in December from 0.3 percent growth in November,” Perdiz noted.

The same data also show that the over-all month-on-month rate of food, beverages and tobacco (FBT) index increased to 0.5 percent in December 2010 from 0.1 percent in November 2010.

“This could be attributed to the higher rates observed in the indices of fish (0.2 percent from -0.1 percent), meat (0.1 percent from -0.6 percent), miscellaneous foods (1.5 percent from 0.6 percent), beverages (0.3 percent from 0.0 percent) and tobacco (0.3 percent from 0.1 percent),” she explained.

However, according to the NSO Bicol director, these increases were counterbalanced by the negative rate continuously posted in the cereal and cereal preparations (-0.1 percent from -0.3 percent) due to the enough supply of rice and corn in the markets.

Meanwhile, the data also show that dairy products index and fruits & vegetables index maintained the previous month’s rate of 0.1 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

In the same report, zero percent growth was still observed in the housing & repairs index while slower price increment was noted in the miscellaneous items index at 0.1 percent from 0.2 percent.

On the other hand, a notable increase was recorded in fuel, light and water index from 3.1 percent in November 2010 to 5.9 percent in December 2010 due to the upward adjustments in the charges for electricity rates and add-ons in the prices of LPG and kerosene. The general price increments in gasoline and diesel nationwide raised the services index in the region by 0.4 percent from 0.2 percent.

Meanwhile, the clothing index maintained its November rate of 0.1 percent. The overall rate of the non-food index was recorded at 1.2 percent from 0.7 percent.

With such prices of the commodities and services, the Bicol Region’s purchasing power of peso (PPP) declined by one centavo from P0.60 to P0.59.

Likewise, PPP declined by one centavo in the provinces of Albay (P0.57 from P0.58) and Sorsogon (P0.58 from P0.59). On the other hand, the November 2010 PPP was maintained in Camarines Norte (P0.58), Camarines Sur (P0.62), Catanduanes (P0.55) and Masbate (P0.60). (MALoterte, PIA V/Albay)

BIR Bicol overshoots 2010 collection goal by 5.55 percent


By Ed de Leon |  pia.gov.ph

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA)- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Bicol regional office again overshoot its yearly collection goal, now on four consecutive years, when it was able to collect P254,,681,992.53 more than the 2010 goal of P4,588,274,000.00.

BIR Bicol Regional Director Diosdado Mendoza in his report to Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said that the bureau was able to collect last year a total of P4,842,955,992.53 in various taxes or 5.55 percent more than the goal.

The 2010 collection was also P882,006,247.21 higher than the 2009 collection of only P3,960,949,745.32 or 22.27 percent more according to Mendoza.

Mendoza said that despite the slow down in government projects in the region, and the lack of personnel, the seven revenue district offices (RDOs) and the regional office were able to make good its collection performance because of several innovative approaches it implemented to increase collection from Income tax, Value added tax, Percentage Tax, Excise and other taxes.

He cited among them the intensified tax information campaign, collection of delinquent accounts, the regular tax compliance verification drive , the close monitoring of withholding agents of National and Local Government offices, Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC) projects and the voluntary compliance of top tax payers in the region.

Mendoza said that RDO district office in Masbate posted the best collection performance among the seven RDOs in the region when it exceeded its collection of P295,507,000.00 by P75,268,794.90 or 25.47 percent more, while the Daet, Camarines Norte RDO was second which posted a collection of more than P83,218,276.93 over the goal of P410,445,000.00 or 20.28 percent over.

This year Mendoza said that they have lined up several innovations to be able to again overshoot its collection goal for 2011 counting on the strong support and cooperation of Bicolano taxpayers. (PIA V/Albay/mal)

Light penalty for extortion irks nun


Source: malaya.com.ph

LEGAZPI City – The nun who complained of extortion and rude treatment at the hands of two drunken Customs officials in Bicol last December said she is not happy with the light penalty imposed by Bicol Customs collector Titus Sangil.

Sr. Felicitas B. de Lima, executive director of the Foundation of Our Lady of Fatima Center for Human Development based in Iriga City, aunt of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and sister of Philippine Economic Zone Authority director general Lilia de Lima, said she went to Customs to pick up a shipment of tax-exempt used clothes to be distributed to the poor with a foreign missionary and a DSWD employe last Dec. 21.

She said Customs examiner and Informal Unit Assessment Division head Oscar Pablo and Port Operations division chief Ernesto Miranda, both inebriated, treated her and the foreign missionary rudely while administrative aide Asther Marinay tried to cover up for the two.

De Lima said she has yet to receive a copy of the decision issued by Sangil last Jan. 21 but she was told Pablo and Miranda were merely reprimanded and admonished.

In her complaint to Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez dated Dec. 21, the nun quoted Miranda as asking the foreign missionary with questions like, “Are you a priest, married? How many children and Filipino wives do you have?”

She said Pablo demanded 10 boxes from the shipment and even told her to personally unload the boxes from the container van. When she replied that it was the job of Customs personnel, she said Pablo ordered the van closed.

The three accused denied De Lima’s charges, saying they knew she was a nun, and accused her of dropping the name of the DOJ chief, a claim confirmed by acting deputy Bicol Customs collector Salvador Ruivivar who said the Justice secretary called their office on Dec. 21.

Sangil, who is a lawyer, said the sanctions meted to Pablo and Miranda are fair while admitting that the two were drunk during office hours. He absolved Marinay’s alleged coverup due to lack of evidence.

De Lima, who claimed that Pablo and Miranda are closely identified with Sangil, said she will decide on her next move when she gets a copy of the decision. She said the light penalty would only reinforce corruption. – Melany B. Ugalde

Bicol youths back realization of Millenium Development Goal 7


By Aida Alcazar-Naz | pia.gov.ph

LEGAZPI CITY, (PIA) – Some 165 youth organizations from different areas in Bicol participated in the BYEEnihan: Every Juan for the Environment through the Lakad at Pedal para sa Kalikasan to contribute in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7.

 

MDG 7 of the United Nations (UN) aims to ensure environmental sustainability.

BYEE, which stands for Bayer Young Environmental Envoy, Communications head Jovic Maurice Yee of Bicol University College of Arts and Letters said that the project is intended to be an on-going activity. It is spearheaded by the alumni of BYEE.

 

Yee said that the 165 organizations which conducted similar activities last January 15 in separate places in the region brought in a participation of 1,500.

In Legazpi City, the walk and biking activities started 5:30 in the morning followed by a luntiang almusalan (green breakfast) for participants who upon registration presented used plastic bottles.

At the opening program both Bicol University President Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya and BYEE Program Officer Reynaldo Cutanda commended the efforts of the youth in changing the local environment landscape and mindsets.

The Legazpi City event dubbed the activity as Araw ng BYEEnihan with different endeavors form which the participants chose to join. Among these were the painting competition sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), photo competition, storytelling and the Forum on the Effects of Smoking to Health and the Environment facilitated by the Smoke-Free Albay Network (SFAN).

Future activities lined up by BYEE alumni include various tree-planting activities as 2011 has been declared International Year of the Forest.

The MDGs is a set of goals set by the United Nations where member-countries like the Philippines is expected to adhere to the implementation and achievement of the targets come 2015.

BYEE Bicol has observed that goal no. 7 has not been met fully if not halfway due to lack of local and individual participation. These young environmentalists also believe that environmental protection is a shared responsibility. Thus, they spearheaded activities towards this end.

Yee, who last year was among the four Bayer Young Environmental Envoys who represented the country in Germany said that interested youth organizations can still join and register by sending in their action plans to fulfill MDG 7. Interested groups can contact Yee via e-mail at iamjovic@gmail.com or CP No. 09279099383. (PIA V/Albay)

Solcom launches ‘Oplan Tulong’


By Gemi Formaran | journal.com.ph

CAMP  NAKAR — The Southern Luzon Command (Solcom), in partnership  with the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCCI) and the  military’s 2nd Civil Relations Group, has launched “Operation Tulong” to render  relief operations in the Bicol region after serious flooding  in the  provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Through a symbolic turn-over early yesterday, Dr. Roberto Licup representing the  FCCCI handed over to Solcom chief Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali the donated goods  composed of 400 boxes of noodles, 200 pairs of reading glasses and P10,000 to be distributed to almost 75,000 affected families.

“These relief goods will be distributed among the areas that include 17 municipalities of the region affected by the floods,” Solcom spokesman Col.  Generoso Bolina said.

“The recent floods has caused serious affectations especially  to the residents of Albay, Sorsogon and Camarines provinces in this area thus  posing millions of damages to agriculture, infrastructure and private properties,” he said.

Bolina said he recognized the importance of the  multi-stakeholders in giving services.

Venus Raj says money is not the only reason she signed up with ABS-CBN


Source: pep.ph

Venus Raj says money is not the only reason she signed up with ABS-CBN

Tuloy-tuloy na ang pagpasok ng mga oportunidad ngayong bagong taon para sa Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up na si Venus Raj.

Bukod sa pagrampa, pinasok na rin ni Venus ang concert scene. Isa kasi siya sa special guests ni Christian Bautista sa upcoming Valentine concert ng singer titled My Beautiful Girls.

Gaganapin ang concert sa mismong Araw ng mga Puso, February 14, sa Newport Performing Arts Theater sa Resorts World Manila.

Makakasama rin sa concert ang reigning Bb. Pilipinas-International na si Krista Kleiner at ang Miss Resorts World 2010 na si Wendy Tabusalla.

Sa concert ay dalawang kanta ang aawitin ni Venus—isang solo at isang ka-duet si Christian.

“Yung dalawang song na kakantahin ko, mag-iisang buwan ko na pong pinag-aaralan! Hindi naman po talaga ako sanay kumanta, pero lahat naman po puwedeng pag-aralan.

“Gusto ko din pong ipakita sa tao na, ‘Yes, rumarampa ako, pero may konti-konting talent din naman ako. Puwede naman po siguro pag-aralan para po mapasaya yung mga tao,” saad ni Venus sa presscon ng My Beautiful Girls kaninang tanghali, January 26, sa Café Republiq, Resorts World.

ABS-CBN CONTRACT. Pagkatapos ng presscon proper, nakausap ng PEP si Venus. Kinumusta namin ang tungkol sa pagpirma niya ng kontrata sa ABS-CBN. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

“Yung Binibing Pilipinas kasi yung nakikipag-negotiate sa kanila, so minsan ini-inform na lang nila ako na ganito-ganito yung napag-usapan,” paliwanag ni Venus.

Pagpapatuloy niya, “Pero since, yun nga, Binibining Pilipinas signed the contract with ABS-CBN for five years, I think it would be better naman na yung nagma-manage sa akin na Binibining Pilipinas, makakasama ko pa rin sa…

“Siyempre, Binibining Pilipinas, ine-air nila [ABS-CBN], alangan naman nasa ibang channel ako? It would be mas madali sa part ng ABS at sa Binibining Pilipinas.”

Pero nilinaw ni Venus na kasama rin siya sa decision-making process.

Anu-ano ba ang considerations niya sa pagpirma ng kontrata sa ABS-CBN?

“Well, kasi… Oo, may money na involved. Siguro isa yung sa mga kelangan i-consider, pero hindi naman lahat-lahat talaga pera, di ba?” sabi ni Venus.

Isa sa mga ibinigay na dahilan ni Venus ay ang renewed relationship ng Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) at ng Kapamilya network.

Naging mag-partner na ang BPCI at ABS-CBN 12 years ago bago ito lumipat sa GMA-7.

“Siguro, ano lang, mas maganda kasi yung relationship din kung kasama ng Binibining Pilipinas ang ABS and mapapadali ang lahat since ako ang reining queen at ako ang magte-turnover,” aniya.

Matatapos na ang term ni Venus sa Binibining Pilipinas sa darating na Marso.

Excited din na kinuwento ni Venus ang mga inihahandang mga proyekto ng ABS-CBN para sa kanya.

“Hosting and then meron ding morning show na anchor…parang ganun.”

Ayon kay Venus, ia-announce ng ABS-CBN ang mga shows na ito sa February.

LEADING MAN. Para naman sa posible niyang makapareha, nabanggit na niya sa isang interview ng PEP na gusto niyang makapareha si Coco Martin kung saka-sakali. Seryoso ba siya sa sinabi niyang ‘yon?

“Yes, I am,” ang mabilis na tugon ni Venus.

“Before, he went to Bicol. Nando’n kami ng mga friends namin nag-aabang sa kanya para makita siya. Nakita ko siya nang personal, pero sobrang konting-konti lang.

“Siguro, that time, siya lang yung artista talaga na nakita ko nang malapitan. And I really admire [him] kahit na noong college pa ako,” kinikilig na sabi ni Venus.

Ngunit aminado ang 5’9″ stunner na mahihirapan silang pagtambalin dahil sa kanyang height.

“Pero siguro nga dahi sa sobrang tangkad ko, hindi ko alam kung okay lang yung ganun na makasama ko siya. Pero para sa akin, kahit na sino ang i-pair ng ABS, okay lang,” aniya.

Sinu-sino pa ba ang ibang choices niya?

“Si Piolo Pascual at John Lloyd Cruz. Sino ba naman ang aayaw sa kanila na talagang iniidolo ng lahat?” sagot ni Venus.

NEW HOUSE. Kinumusta rin ng PEP ang ipinapagawa niyang bahay sa kanyang hometown sa Bato, Camarines Sur.

“Hindi pa po siya natatapos, siguro kasi sa lack of materyales, pambili ng mga ganun. Pero sabi ko nga, ang dami-daming mga blessings na dumarating at February siguro magre-resume na ulit yung construction,” pag-a-update ni Venus.

Two-bedroom house ang ipinagagawa ni Venus sa harap ng kanilang nipa house. Pero hinding-hindi raw ipapatanggal ni Venus ang dati nilang bahay.

“Sabi ko sa family ko, ayaw kong patanggal ‘yon kasi yung mga tao naman, nagbabago talaga pag maraming changes ang nangyari sa buhay mo. Siguro when the time comes na iniisip nila na iba na tayo, parang huwag naman ganun. Tumingin ka sa bakuran natin, ‘yan pa din yung pinanggalingan natin.

“Huwag lang magbago na lumaki ang ulo o siguro lumakas ang hangin,” saad ni Venus.

Sa lahat-lahat ng mga nangyayari sa buhay ngayon ni Venus, ito ang kanyang nasabi:

“Alam mo, siguro alam naman ng lahat yung mga nangyari sa akin before. Then, yung mga nangyayari ngayon.

“It’s like siguro… I’m very very blessed. Ganun na lang iniisip ko kasi hindi naman lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng opportunity na mabigyan ng ganito karaming blessings.

“So, pinagpe-pray ko na lang at pinagpe-pray at pinasasalamatan na sana continuous yung blessings.

“Siguro, hindi naman kasi ako naghahangad ng sobra. As in yung kakayanin lang ng katawan ko, ng health ko, pinagpre-pray ko na lang.”

Venus Raj in good company


Source: philstar.com

Right after Miss Universe-Philippines Venus Raj took her bow as STAR columnist (Major, Major, every Sunday in the Entertainment Section) late last year, Funfare’s “other beauty expert” Celso de Guzman Caparas made a major, major discovery.

 

“Venus is in good company,” said Celso. “There were other beauty queens who became journalists.”

 

Here they are (from Celso’s extensive research):

 

• 1908 Carnival Queen Pura Villanueva (1886-1954) wrote articles for and edited the Woman’s Page of El Tiempo (circulated in Iloilo). She was the Spanish section editor of Women’s Outlook (the campaign voice of National Federation of Women’s Clubs). Through her writing endeavors, she met her future husband, renowned nationalist Teodoro M. Kalaw, the editor of El Renamiciento. She founded the Philippine Women Writers Association, an organization devoted to showcasing the literary and writing skills of Filipinas.

 

• 1912 Carnival Queen Paz Marquez (1894-1983), regarded as the matriarch of Filipino writers in English, she founded the Women’s Home Journal (the country’s first women’s magazine) in 1919. She became the editor of The Philippine Journal of Education for two decades, the job she inherited from her late husband, Francisco Benitez in 1951.

 

• 1924 Carnival Queen Trinidad Fernandez was the English section editor of Women’s Outlook and wrote the Philippine Women and the Vote for the Philippine Magazine in 1931, a mainstream publication with mainly male followers. She was the president of NFWC that led the campaign for suffrage in our country in 1921.

 

• 1931 Carnival Queen Maria Kalaw (1912-1992) embraced journalism and literature like her parents, some of her writings were published in Graphic and The Literary Apprentice magazines. She became a columnist for The Manila Times and Weekly Nation. Maria was elected president of Philippine Women Writers Association in the 1950s.

 

• 1952 (first) Miss Universe Armi Helena Kuusela of Finland wrote her memoirs (translated by her husband, Virgilio Hilario) in her column, Beyond All Barriers, published in The Manila Chronicle (1954) in 62 installments.

 

• 1952 Miss Europe Gunseli Basar of Turkey wrote a column, Gunseli Oradaydi (Gunseli Was There) in Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet.

 

• 1960 (first) Miss Philippines International Edita Vital was editor of the fashion and features section of Asian Forum Magazine in the late ‘70s.

 

• 1964 Miss International Gemma Cruz has written articles for various broadsheets and magazines through the years with the preservation of cultural and historical heritage as its theme in general. At age nine, Gemma was already writing a column, Children’s Corner, for Weekly Women’s Magazine. After college, she wrote for the Sunday Times Magazine and the pre-martial law Weekly Graphic Magazine. Her column, Landscape, is currently being published in Manila Bulletin’s Op-Ed section.

 

• 1964 (first) Bb. Pilipinas Universe Myrna Panlilio (1942-2009) was a Philippine Daily Inquirer contributor. Barely two months before her sudden demise, her write-up, We Mothers Try to Move on Past Our Grief, was published on May 10, 2009.

 

• 1967 Miss America Jane Anne Jayroe wrote articles (Out of the Blue, Delight Comes into Your Life and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul) for McCall’s magazine and other publications. She was Miss Oklahoma 1966.

 

• 1970 Miss Universe Marisol Malaret of Puerto Rico is the founder and editor of Imagen in 1986, the island’s first women’s and family lifestyle magazine; and Caras in 1992 which she headed until 2002.

 

• 1970 Miss Asia Zeenat Aman of India became a journalist for Femina magazine in late ‘60s right after she returned from her studies in University of Southern California.

 

• 1972 Miss Black Tennessee Oprah Winfrey publishes two magazines: O, The Oprah Magazine and O At Home. She was also Nashville’s Miss Fire Prevention 1971 and joined the Miss Black America pageant in 1972.

 

• 1973 Miss Universe Margie Moran wrote for Across the Nation section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer for two years in the early 2000. Her column, My Point, discussed the peace process in Mindanao, its culture, arts and traditions, among other topics.

 

• 1978 Miss Universe Margaret Gardiner of South Africa became a print journalist and is presently based in Los Angeles. She’s an active member of Hollywood Foreign Press Association (composed of 90 members from 55 countries who cover the US film industry) that hands out the annual Golden Globe Awards (now on its 67th year). (Trivia: Margaret wore a gown created by L.A.-based Filipino fashion designer, Oscar Challenge finalist Oliver Tolentino, during the 2010 Golden Globe Awards).

 

• 1985 Miss Universe Deborah Carthy-Deu of Puerto Rico wrote a column for the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, The San Juan Star, and in Style section of San Juan City Magazine (San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico). Deborah was already 43 when she gave birth to her first child, a boy, in October 2009.

 

• 1990 Miss Universe Mona Grudt of Norway is an editor of the magazine Ditt Bryllup (Your Wedding). Mona holds the distinction as the last Miss Universe to join the Bob Hope USO Tour.

 

• 1990 Miss World Gina Marie Tolleson of USA (and Queen of Americas) became an executive editor of glossy Santa Barbara Magazine in 2002. Gina was Miss USA 1990 (from South Carolina) first runner-up.

 

• 1992 Miss USA Shannon LaRhea Marketic gained acceptance into the Who’s Who in American Women for her writing accomplishments. While still a teenager, she was an editor and a columnist of Prime Time Magazine, a teen magazine. She was Miss California 1992 and a Top 10 semi-finalist in the 1992 Miss Universe pageant.

 

• 1994 Miss America Kimberly Clarice Aiken is a regular columnist for Pageantry Magazine, touted as the “Bible of the Pageant Industry,” extensively covers the world of both national and international competitions. She was Miss South Carolina 1994.

 

• 1997 Bb. Pilipinas Universe Abbygale Arenas wrote for Manila Bulletin (Manners by: Ms. Abby) and Mirror Weekly magazine’s Beauty & Fashion Section (For Women Only) in 2000 and 2001, respectively. She gave tips and pieces of advice on personality development, visual poise, wardrobe, etiquette, hair and make-up and other related subjects in both columns. She was Miss Photogenic and placed 11th overall in Miss Universe 1997 won by Brook Lee of USA.

 

• 2000 Miss Asia Pacific Diya Mirza of India used to write for The Hindustan Times and other publications as a guest writer.

 

• 2001 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Zorayda Ruth Andam, 2001 Bb. Pilipinas-World Gilrhea Quinzon and 2001 Bb. Pilipinas-International Maricarl Tolosa wrote for Just For Kicks section of Manila Bulletin in 2004. The triumvirate’s column, Innerglow, tackled beauty and personality development.

 

• 2006 Miss Philippines Earth Catherine Untalan writes a column, Green Niche, in Gen G Magazine, Philippines’ first green lifestyle magazine launched in 2009.

 

• 2007 Miss Philippines Earth Jeanne Harn used to write for the weekly Showbiz Sosyal. Her column, Green Lifestyle is environment and earth-friendly living up to her beauty title.

 

• 2008 Bb. Pilipinas International Patricia Fernandez started writing for Showbiz Sosyal’s Lifestyle section mid of this year. Originally titled It’s My World, her column was changed recently to Chot’s World. Chot is her nickname.

 

• 2009 Miss Philippines Earth Sandra Inez Seifert has written articles for magazines on social awareness issues.