Winner of The Voice Kids Grand Finale is Lyca Gairanod

MANILA, Philippines – The Winner of The Voice Kids Grand Finale is Lyca Gairanod. The Top 4 performed together with Pinoy top entertainment stars this Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Lyka, who was tagged as the Voice Kids’ Superstar Nora Aunor bested three other contestants: Darren, JK and Darlene.

Darren Espanto came in second, 3rd is Juan Karlos Labajo, and 4th is Darlene Vibares.

Reactions on Twitter favoured Darren Espanto, but most of the public votes were given to the little powerhouse, Lyka Gairanod.

The Top 4 The Voice Kids will surely shine in the Pinoy entertainment industry because of their immense talent and stage presence.

Congratulations to The Voice Kids Grand Finale Winner, Lyca Gairanod. Below are the videos of some of the performances, courtesy of The Voice Kids Philippines.

The Voice Kids Grand Finale Predictions; who will the winner be? Lyca, Darlene, Darren or JK? Winner will be revealed July 27, 2014

The Voice Kids grand finale will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 7:30 pm on ABS-CBN, and everyone is excited who would be proclaimed as the Grand Finale winner.

All the contestants are incredibly talented that it’s difficult to predict a winner, more so, that the winner will also be the outcome of the public votes.

The Top 4 The Voice Kids final contestants are:

• Lyca Gairanod
• Darlene Vibares
• Darren Espanto
• Juan Karlos Labajo

Sarah Geronimo coaches Lyca Gairanod and Darren Espanto; Bamboo coaches Juan Karlo Labajo, while Lea Salonga coaches Darlene Vibares.

The first part of The Voice Kids Grand Finale features the Top 4 contestants singing two songs each; one upbeat and one power ballad. The 4 kids performed the following songs, flawlessly:

• Lyca Gairanod – “Call Me Maybe” and “Narito Ako”
• Darlene Vibares – “Louder” and “Sanay Wala Nang Wakas”
• Darren Espanto – “Somebody to Love” and “Ngayon”
• Juan Karlos Labajo – “Runaway Baby” and “Yesterday”

The prediction is for Darren Espanto to win the competition if both performances are to be considered. He has the voice that could sing any genre of music, the stage presence, the charisma and the palpable connection with the audience.

Juan Karlos has the natural flair as a performer too and he could breeze through a song like a seasoned singer, while Lyca and Darlene are spectacular in their numbers. Lyca is, indeed, a Superstar Nora Aunor in the making, while Darlene is a performer with fire and so much power.

In the end, Darren Espanto has a slight edge of being more versatile than the three. Hopefully, viewers and voters would see through this and vote him as The Voice Kids Grand Finale Winner.

You can watch the full episode of The Voice Kids Grand Finale 2014 on or


Grand Winner of The Voice Kids PH is Lyca Gairanod

Watch: “Fifty Shades of Grey” Official Trailer

You can now watch the Official Trailer of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the sensual film adaptation of the popular novel written by E.L. James and Kelly Marcel for the screenplay. It is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

The film’s plot is about a Christian Grey, a billionaire, with a secret. He met Anastasia Steele, and they established a connection, which was difficult and painful.

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” Official Trailer, which was just uploaded July 24, has already more than 1.2 million views. This could serve as reflection of the movie’s ranking at the box office.

Watch the video of Fifty Shades of Grey” Official Trailer, courtesy of JoBlo Movie Trailers.

Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, Image credit: Fifty Shades of Grey

Watch: Filipina, Mary Ann Van Der Horst, Receives Standing Ovation on X Factor Australia 2014 for “Halo”; Gets a Hug from Ronan Keating

A Filipina, Mary Ann Van Der Horst, has received a standing ovation on the X Factor Australia auditions for her performance of Beyonce’s “Halo”. She also got a kiss from Judge Ronan Keating after all four judges voted “Yes”; she asked the famous singer if she could get a kiss, and she did, with a hug, as well.

Mary Ann Van Der Horst revealed that she met her husband through Facebook. Ronan Keating’s facial expression displayed disinterest, at first, but when Mary Ann sang, he said: “I was not expecting this.”


X_Factor_Australia_Mary_Ann_Van Der_Horst

Image credit: X Factor Australia


The X Factor Australia judges’ comments and reactions were heartwarming for Mary Ann:

“That was spectacular!”

“It was brilliant! I love it.”

“It was incredible to watch.”

Mary Ann received 4 ‘humongous “Yesses.”

On Mary Ann’s Facebook Page she posted her appreciation of her fans:

“The biggest competition I’ve ever had and just for the nicest comments that I am receiving from all of my supporters, win or lose, I can say that “I am already a winner!” because of all the LOVE and support from you guys.”

Mary Ann Van Der Vorst

Mary Ann Van Der Vorst, Image credit: Mary Ann Facebook page

Watch Mary Ann Van Der Horst’s performance of “Halo” on the 2014 X Factor Australia auditions.

Mary Ann Van Der Horst on X Factor Australia

Video credit: J1MZO7 /YouTube

Class Suspensions on July 17, 2014 due to Typhoon Glenda

Some schools have announced their Class Suspensions for July 17, 2014 due to Typhoon Glenda. Glenda will be out of the Philippines Area of Responsibility this afternoon of Wednesday, July 16, but the storm has caused damage due to strong winds and torrential rains. Some schools deem it still unsafe for students to report to class.

Here are some announcements about class suspensions (walang pasok) from Twitter, due to Glenda:

FarEasternUniversity @FarEasternU • 32m
#walangpasok Classes in FEU Manila will continue to be suspended tomorrow, July 17, Thursday, as the resumption..

From Official Facebook page of FEU

#‎walangpasok‬ Classes in FEU Manila will continue to be suspended tomorrow, July 17, Thursday, as the resumption of electricity service is not assured with Meralco’s facilities having been badly hit by the typhoon. Classes in FEU Makati will remain suspended until July 18, Friday, as announced yesterday by the city mayor.

PIO Marikina ‏@MarikinaPIO 2m
#walangpasok ALL LEVELS sa Marikina, public at private schools, bukas July 17, Thursday. (pps/cpio)

News5 AKSYON ‏@News5AKSYON 38m
#WalangPasok: PATEROS | Classes in ALL LEVELS (public & private) are suspended tomorrow, July 17, 2014 – Mayor Medina

FarEasternU: #walangpasok Classes in FEU Manila will continue to be suspended tomorrow, July 17, Thursday

Other schools with class suspensions:
Don Bosco College Canlubang – will resume on Monday, July 21, 2014
Bicol University – class suspension is until Friday, July 18, 2014
FEU Makati – class suspension is until Friday, July 18, 2014
FEU Manila

Check back later for more updates.

GLENDA'S track

Image credit: PAGASA


DepEd ‏@DepEd_PH 2m

SAN JUAN CITY | #walangpasok Classes in ALL LEVELS are suspended tomorrow, July 17, 2014 | via @sanjuancityncr #GlendaPH

From Angeles University Foundation (AUF) official Facebook Page:

Please be informed that work and classes will resume tomorrow, July 17. The Thursday schedule of the prelim exam will likewise proceed as per the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.. Please share. Thank you.

From DepEd Official Facebook Page

Class suspension – July 17, 2014

Here’s the list of areas where class suspensions have been declared due to ‪#‎PostGlendaPH‬:

- Camarines Sur (until July 18)
- San Juan City
- Marikina City
- Mandaluyong City
- Muntinlupa City
- Navotas City
- Pateros
- Batangas
- Laguna
- Bataan
- Makati City
- San Mateo, Rizal
- Angono, Rizal
- Malabon City
- Paranaque City
- Cavite province

- Pasay City
- Taguig (public only)
- Quezon City
- Antipolo City
- Cainta, Rizal
- Taytay, Rizal

- Pasig City

Keep monitoring ‪#‎walangpasok‬. Follow us on Twitter @DepEd_PH for real-time updates on class suspension. Stay safe, everyone.

Class Suspensions for July 16, 2014 due to Typhoon Glenda

MANILA, Philippines – Class suspensions for Wednesday, July 16, 2014 due to Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun – international codename ) was announced by DepEd on its Facebook Page on Tuesday, July 15.

Glenda has already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, and is expected to be out of the country in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Below is DepEd’s announcement.

Class suspensions (No classes)

• Muntinlupa City
• Parañaque City
• Mandaluyong City
• Quezon City
• Navotas City
• Marikina City
• Pasay City
• Valenzuela City
• Malabon City
• Makati City
• Pasig City
• San Juan City
• Caloocan City
• Pateros
• Province of Cavite
• Malolos City
• Taguig City
• Antipolo City
• Laguna
• Las Piñas
• Manila
• Angono, Rizal
• Binangonan, Rizal
• Baras, Rizal
• Tanay, Rizal
• Taytay, Rizal
• Teresa, Rizal
• Jala-jala, Rizal
• Pililia, Rizal
• Cainta, Rizal
• San Mateo, Rizal
• Morong, Rizal
• Montalban, Rizal
• Balagtas, Bulacan

• - Angono – Morong- Binangonan – Baras – Antipolo City – San Mateo – Tanay- Teresa- Taytay – Jalajala – Pillilia – Cainta

• - Angono – Morong- Binangonan – Baras – Antipolo City – San Mateo – Tanay- Teresa- Taytay – Jalajala – Pillilia – Cainta”

Meanwhile, other schools announced their #No Classes #WalangPasok notices on Twitter:

De La Salle Lipa ‏@DLSLOfficial 14m
NO CLASSES in ALL LEVELS tomorrow, July 16. There will be NO WORK as well for all DLSL employees. Keep safe, Lasallians!

SanJuanCity ‏@sanjuancityncr 32m
MAYOR GUIA GOMEZ’s announcement: No classes in all levels (pre-school to College) in the City of San Juan

Official Gazette PH ‏@govph 58m
#walangpasok • LAGUNA PROVINCE: No classes in all levels, public and private, tomorrow (July 16) due to #GlendaPH. | via @GovRamil

UPDATE: MUNTINLUPA | No classes tom. July 15, 2014 for PRE-SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY & HIGH SCHOOL (private & public) schools. #walangpasok

Antipolo City Gov ‏@AntipoloCityGov 1h
Official Announcement from the City Government of Antipolo NO CLASSES tomorrow July 16, 2014 – Wednesday

LICS Official ‏@LICS_Official 1h
Update: No classes tomorrow for all levels, Wed., 7/16/20134

BulSUofficial ‏@BulSUofficial 1h
Due to TYPHOON GLENDA, NO CLASSES in ALL LEVELS, both Public and Private Schools in the City of Malolos tomorrow

isko moreno ‏@iskomoreno 2h
NO CLASSES in ALL LEVELS (Public and Private) in the City of Manila tomorrow, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Stay safe!

ADMU Sanggunian ‏@ADMUSanggu 2h
Suspension of Classes OVPLS and ADSA There are no classes tomorrow, July 16, 2014.


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: ‪#‎WalangPasok‬ in Pre-School, Elementary and High School (Public and Private) due to ‪#‎GlendaPH‬ PSWS # 2 in Pampanga on Jul 16, 2014

Public Service Advisory from Angeles City Local Govt. Unit:

Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan has announced suspension of classes for tomorrow (July 16, Wednesday) from pre-school to high school level only for both public and private schools. The suspension shall remain in effect until further announcement from the Angeles City LGU. Nonetheless, all city hall employees are expected to report to their respective office tomorrow.

The center of the storm is in Albay, Catanduanes and neighboring areas. Public storm signal No. 2 was hoisted over Metro Manila, Pampanga, Bataan, Northern Quezon, including Polilio Island, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Biliran, Bulacan, Rizal, Northern part of Leyte, Rest of Eastern Samar and the rest of Samar.

Below is the national guidelines by DepEd for class suspensions and no classes announcements.


Image credit: DepEd


Released by PAGASA

#‎GlendaPH‬: Public Storm Warning Signals as of 11pm PAGASA advisory:

Signal No. 3: Catanduanes, Albay, Burias & Ticao Islands, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Quezon including Polillo and Alabat Island, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Metro Manila

Signal No. 2: Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora, Pangasinan, northern parts of Oriental & Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Romblon, Masbate and Northern Samar

Signal No. 1: rest of Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, the rest of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Biliran, northern Cebu including Cebu City, Camotes and Bantayan Is., northern part of Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Samar

FOR Typhoon Glenda’s path PAGASA has released this image.

GLENDA'S track

Image credit: PAGASA

Emmy Nominations 2014: “Breaking Bad”, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul Make Final List

“Breaking Bad”, the drama series, and its actors Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, and Director Vince Gilligan made it to the final list of 2014 Emmy nominees.

Bryan Cranston was nominated for Best Actor in a drama series, for his sterling performance as Walter White, teacher turned meth cooker, in the popular drama series “Breaking Bad”. Anna Gunn was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a drama series; Aaron Paul was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a drama series, while Vince Gilligan was nominated for Best Director in a drama series and Best Writing for a drama series (together with Moira Walley-Beckett), all for “Breaking Bad”.



Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad”


“Breaking Bad” also earned these nominations:

Best Drama Series
Best Casting
Cinematography for a single-camera series
Makeup for a single-camera series
Prosthetic makeup for a series, miniseries, movie or a special
Sound editing for a series
Sound mixing for a comedy or drama series

“Game of Thrones” has the most nominations with 19.

The “Breaking Bad” series has ended already, but the brilliant performance of its cast and the engaging storyline of the series seem to linger forever. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul developed a bromance during the filming of the series. Hopefully, they would be able to do more projects together.

The awarding of the Emmy winners will be on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre.

Short Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, we come before you to pray for the success of this activity.
We thank you for all blessings you’ve bestowed upon us.

Grant that the objectives we set for this event would be fulfilled,
And that all would be aware that this is done in your name.

We know that without your guiding hands, we won’t be able to succeed.
May you bless the organizers and participants that they may go home better persons,
who are able to contribute positively to their families, to their communities and to society.

All these we ask through the intercession of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.

An Opening Prayer for graduation

An Opening Prayer for graduation

Philippine President’s Impeachment Poll: Majority Says “Yes”; “Unconstitutional is not criminal” Says Philippine Government about DAP: Bad Example for Pinoys

The PNoy Aquino government is going overboard (again) when they defended the president’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Palace stated that “unconstitutional is not criminal” and that it was done in good faith. Meanwhile, an ongoing poll of whether PNoy Aquino should be impeached or not is being conducted online by Philstar, a leading new site. To date, majority of voters are in favor of the Philippine president’s impeachment.


President Aquino PH

President Aquino PH


The pronouncements of PNoy Aquino regarding DAP are dangerous. It’s just like declaring that anyone can violate the constitution, as long as they do it in good faith. To think that the president just proclaimed, through national TV, that he did not approve of the inclusion of Philippine cinema’s one and only Superstar, Nora Aunor, to the National Artist Award because he would be giving a wrong message to the Filipino people about drug use. Read more here.

Well, President BS Aquino, you just did with your reaction to the DAP. Former president GMA is currently incarcerated by you for a lesser amount of money, you should also have the delikadeza to resign from office.

P4,000 Blogging Contest about Journey’s Documentary Film’s Premiere in Manila

This is a contest for bloggers, who reside in the Philippines; however, if you’re not living in the Philippines and would like to join, you can, but the ticket price won’t be converted to cash. Here’s your chance to win great prizes. All you have to do is to follow these instructions:

• Write an original 300-word article in your blog about the premiere of Journey’s documentary film: “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”
• The article should mention the date of screening, venue, time, and prize of the ticket.
• It should also talk about why people should watch the premiere of the documentary film on the big screen.
• The article should mention this contest and have one link to this contest post.
* No copy-pasting please.

You can get some information from this post, and from Arnel Pineda’s official website.


That’s it. Double check your entry if you have fulfilled all the criteria. The post/article that has the most comments (significant comments, no one liners please!), and likes on social media sites would win:

First Prize = P1,500 + 1 ticket (worth P1, 000- cannot be converted to cash) to the premiere of the film
Second Prize = P1,000
Consolation prize for the third post with the most comments/likes/tweets = P500

This is how the points would be assigned:

Comments = 10 points (comments should be on the blog post itself. It’s up to you if you allow them to appear on Facebook too.)
Facebook likes = 5 points each (as reflected in your post’s buttons)
Twitter shares = 5 points each (as reflected in your post’s buttons)

So, your article should have both the Twitter and Facebook buttons.

The contest starts as soon as you’re able to post your article in your blog, so the earlier you post, the better. Deadline for posting is July 15, 2014, 12 midnight. The contest ends July 22, 2014 at 12 midnight (Philippines’ time).

Post the links of your post in the comment section of this article, including your email address. If you have a PayPal account, it would be preferable. Good luck to everyone!