Author: Ely Valendez

The Girl in the Orange Dress

MMFF 2018 Review: ‘The Girl in the Orange Dress’

WITH A VERY limited time to watch movies more so to write reviews (so expect ours to be straight to the point and short) these days, we got to choose a very few films to watch from the selection of eight featured films competing at the Metro Manila Film Festival or MMFF this 2018. Our first to watch is Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mendiola’s ‘The Girl in the Orange Dress,’ not because this is the ultimate choice but because we wanted to spend Christmas Day light-hearted and a little romantic but not too trashy. You know what I mean. To our surprise, ‘The Girl in the Orange Dress‘ exceeded our expectation. Not that we expected too little but it’s kinda good. Say, 6/10. The movie is not without flaws but it is very simple, close to reality, and not too cheesy compared with other romantic comedy films these days. It’s not melodramatic but rather funny, and pinches the heart softly, enough for viewers to maybe shed a tear at one point, then hold back, only …

Miss Earth 2018 winners

Vietnam’s Phuong Khanh Nguyen Crowned Miss Earth 2018

PHUONG KHANH NGUYEN of Vietnam bested 89 other beauties from all over the world to be crowned Miss Earth 2018 at the recently-concluded competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines Saturday night, November 3. Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco of the Philippines crowned the new Miss Earth. To represent her country to the pageant that aims to advance the welfare of the environment was Phuong Khanh Nguyen’s dream since she was 15, when she first watched the Miss Earth pageant held in Vietnam in 2010. Tonight, she hasn’t only represented her country well. She’s going back home wearing the Miss Earth 2018 crown. Fluent in both Vietnamese and English, the 23-year old marketing student hailed from Bến Tre, a coastal province located in the Mekong Delta. It is the Mekong Delta that she showcased in her eco video where she spoke about a project launched to protect the Mekong river and the people who depend on it for their survival. She was quoted by the media saying, “Our land has stood …