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Maxine Medina on Being Herself: Got an Interpreter but Bravely Speaks in English

Maxine Medina

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Miss Philippines did a good job representing the country. Never mind not making it in the top three of the 65th Miss Universe pageant. She is under a lot of pressure as the host country and the bashes over social media. In the end, she stands on her ground. She gets an interpreter but answers in English. That’s how she is – a woman who faces her fears!

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[VIDEO]: MAXINE Medina apologizes to the public after she made an erroneous remark that former first lady Imelda Marcos supposedly “invented” the traditional Filipino Terno.

Advises of Beauty Queens

1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz advises Medina to get an interpreter. This is for her to express herself well in the question and answer portion. 1973 Miss Universe Margie Moran leaves it to destiny to win the crown. There’s no formula for it but gives credit to Medina for improving a lot after going through the stages of the competition.

2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s advice is for her to be calm and think that she is with her all the way.  Medina opted to be herself with considerations of the other pointers as what her aunt, former Miss Universe Philippines 1990 Gem Padilla-Thomas told her.

Bashing on Imelda Marcos’ Terno

Maxine Medina is definitely not a history or communications expert but she is honest and speaks her mind on what she knows. In her own special way. former First Lady Imelda Marcos “re-invents” the elegantly beautiful Filipiniana gown version of the original Terno. She popularizes the enhanced Terno by wearing it proudly in relevant events. Various matching styles with the “Iron Butterfly” sleeves are displayed. Since it is really Marcos who is associated with the distinctive Butterfly sleeves, who can blame Maxine Medina for giving her credit? Only the politically biased people cannot accept this fact.

Not a Bad Answer

The many people that join together in unity for one great event like the Miss Universe pageant is indeed an important event but not quite a big change. That’s Medina’s view – but some people think that she needs a somewhat controversial answer to excel in the pageant. Like President Rodrigo Duterte’s victory perhaps and his verbal attacks against former President Barrack Obama and the United Nations who are condemning his war on drugs? It can also be when the Americans voted for a black man during Obama’s time for the first time?

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Look at the Bright Side

Medina is breathtaking in her gown, the two-piece, and national costume. Miss USA and Miss Kenya both have strong and inspiring answers to every question thrown at them – but like Medina, they are not included in the top three. This time, destiny’s choice is Miss France.

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Barack Obama Approval Rating Surges High after Duterte’s Insults

Barack Obama approval rating

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
President Obama just recently hit the highest approval rating of his second term in CNN’s new poll 55% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing. It is the highest  Barack Obama approval rating since his inauguration for the second time.

Philippine President’s Insults

It’s not the insults of the Philippine President that matter to Americans. It’s how he responded gracefully. Obama hit 55% just twice in the CNN survey after his first year in office. Also once right before his second term. Obama approval ratings were much higher in the opening months of 2009. As he was also riding a post-election high.

Impact to Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

The president is hoping that his approval rating helps get Hillary Clinton elected next month. “Let me just say that I think the president views himself as a clean-up hitter,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest during a briefing with reporters. He discussed the president’s role in the campaign.

CNN Poll Duration

The CNN/ORC poll was conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2 of 1,501 adults; the margin of error is 2.5 percentage points. This was when Philippine President Rodrigo calls him “son of a whore”. Not enough, Duterte also tells Obama anew “to go to hell”. Duterte refrains from listening to Obama’s advice on his drug war.

Humility Goes a long Way and it shows in Barack Obama Approval Rating

All the bad words coming from the mouth of the tough-talking Philippine President do not irk Obama. He just tries to understand that he is a “colorful guy”. Therefore his comments are also colorful.

Colorful Guy’s Take

Obama refuses to escalate the war on words. He cancelled his supposed visit for the time being. There are also reports that the US may cancel its military aid to the Philippines. As expected, Duterte boasted that his country can stand alone without America’s help.

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American President’s Father’s Day Message

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Getting involved in your children’s life not just on Sundays but everyday of the week is strongly advised by President Barrack Obama during his Father’s Day How message to the American people. How can this be possible for all hard working fathers when they all have to work full time for the basic needs of the family? His plea for congress just made sense. Watch this:

Weekly Address: The President Wishes America’s Dads a Happy Father’s Day

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Equal wages for men and women, general pay raise and work schedule re-arrangement  can definitely help in allowing parents who are both working to take turns in caring for their children. The president’s recommendation for people who can volunteer to mentor a child or children can also be very possible and helpful – because there are surely plenty of individuals who are earning well but no children. A nice thought and hopefully immediate actions for better society on Father’s Day.

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President Barrack Obama Visits the Philippines

By: Elena Grace Flores

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Unites States’ determination in strengthening bilateral ties with Asian allies including the Philippines is signified by his visit that is ongoing as of this time of writing. There were news about some groups opposing the said visit but there were too minimal and did not even trigger worries from the national security department. Read this to know the agenda of President Barrack Obama while in the Philippines:

LIVE: Barack Obama visits Philippines


“It makes up in part for the trip he was not able to take last fall because of the government shutdown, with the stops in Malaysia and the Philippines, and also allows us to go visit two of our closest allies in the world, the Republic of Korea and Japan,” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, said in a press briefing in Washington last week.

Majority of the Filipinos are thrilled with the visit of President Barrack Obama. Looking up to the American administration especially during calamities or disasters has already been a part of Filipino culture. Since the Filipino-American community is growing fast in the U.S., there’s no reason why Filipinos back home will not give full respect to the American President. A warm welcome to you, Mr. President!

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Eulogy of President Obama for Nelson Mandela is for the Living

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

English: President Barack Obama welcomes Israe...

Nelson Mandela who passed away recently at 95 years old had lived long full years despite spending 30 years in prison. He has done exceptional things for Obama to call him the last great liberator of the 20th century. Many if not all of his achievements were geared towards fighting for human rights without violence. Read more:

Obama, in eulogy, calls Mandela ‘the last great liberator of the 20th century’

By:  Erin McClam

President Barack Obama challenged South Africa and the world on Tuesday to apply the immortal example of Nelson Mandela and lift children from poverty, spread freedom of belief and overcome inequality and cynicism.

It is really true that people are still persecuted for the wrong reasons – their love choice, the way they are, their religion and who they voted for. These are proofs that we are still far away from a civilized world. Civilized in the sense that we know the priorities in life – which is to love our neighbors and care for the welfare of others. Know the true meaning of your existence and when that happens, the sacrifices of democratic icons like Nelson Mandela will be justified.

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