The 26th Philippine-American Exposition 2011 opening ceremonies began with the Filipino Veteran’s of foreign war singing the United States and Philippine National Anthems. They fought for the United States, and are currently fighting to be able to receive the benefits that are well overdue to them. It is unjust that the World War 2 Filipino veterans received a lump sum, but the Americans have been receiving monthly pensions. If you would like to help the Filipino veterans in their fight for their monthly pension, please contact The Justice for Filipino American Veterans at (213) 241-0995, or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entertainment continued with Ms. Becca Godinez receiving the Tri-Media Hall of Fame Award, and she graced the crowd with a song. Mara (Kathryn Bernardo) and Clara (Julia Montes) from The Filipino Channel sang a duet and solos. Fans surrounded them as soon as they walked off the stage. The Filipino Channel had a booth with life size posters of their actors and actresses.
Roshon Fegan from Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up” had the crowd going, and had a booth at the expo giving fans the opportunity for an autograph and pictures. Bernardo Bernardo was true to form with non-stop laughs, love ballads and music that people were dancing to. Marcelito Pomoy (Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 Grand Winner) impressed the crowd with his strong deep and high singing capabilities.
Consul General Mary Jo A. Bernardo Aragon gave the Filipinos the ability to have questions answered at the Philippine Consulate booth. It was the perfect time for anyone to ask questions without having to take a number, and they had forms available that may also be found on their website www.philippineconsulatela.org/CONSULARFORMS.htm. The Department of Tourism, Trade and Industry also participated with booths and information regarding the Save Our Industries Act, which helps the Philippine garments industry.
The Miss Philippines-Universe 2011 opened with the Tawag Ng Tanghalan grand finalists singing the national anthems. The contestants were escorted onto the stage by the Naval officers, and started the pageant with a dance and introduction of themselves.
The contestants wore sports attire, instead of bathing suits. While the contestants were wearing business attire, they were asked a few questions by Ms. Awee Abayari (Project Director, Phil-Am Expo, Executive Vice-President Radio Manila and 1st Tri-Media Group of Companies). They then wore their gowns and waltzed with the Naval officers. Afterwards another question that was randomly chosen was asked, while they were wearing their gowns. The host, Roland Valentino, who was once a Tawag Ng Tanghalan finalist, and is currently under Villar’s recording label, serenaded the contestants and the audience with his love ballads.
The first place winner was also voted as Miss Photogenic and best in gown. Joy Antonette Diaz is Miss Philippines-Universe 2011. Honorary First Class Petty Officer from the United States Navy was given to Jessica Lee for her confidence and her answers to the questions. Here is the order in which they finished: Miss Tourism Jessica Lee (second place); Miss Pearl of the Orient Seas Aire Jan Borbe (third place); Miss Luzon Isabel Young (fourth place); and Miss Manila Emily Talampas (fifth place).
The Philippine-American Exposition will have the Little Ms. Philippines-Universe 2011 pageant and the Tawag Ng Tanghalan contest on September 25, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center West Hall B. Tickets are: $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens; Children under 10 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Please note that numerous streets will be closed on Sunday, due to a triathlon (http://laist.com/2011/09/24/street_closures_for_sundays_los_ang.php).