In photos: Jessica Sanchez's 'Idol' journey

pinoy movies - filipino news Contestant Jessica Sanchez performs on FOX's 'American Idol' Season 11 Top 12 Girls Live Performance Show on February 29, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

Gabriel chooses to become 'Heart'

pinoy movies - filipino news The University of the Philippines has been branded as a microcosm of the country. As its Diliman campus recently elected its first-ever transgender student council chairperson, is the Philippines also ready for a transgender president?

Gabriel Paolo “Heart” Diño, who won as UP Diliman student council chair, is hopeful.

“In electing a president, we should go beyond the sexuality, but rather focus on his or her credibility, ability, character and commitment to serve the nation,” Diño told Yahoo! Southeast Asia in an interview.

Do you have the right moisturizer?

pinoy movies - filipino news Moisturizers play a big role in skincare when it comes to having softer, smoother skin. Made up of a combination of chemical agents, moisturizers are designed to make the external layers of the skin or the epidermis retain and attract moisture, hence the supple effect on the skin. They also replace key lipid components and form a protective layer on the skin.
Moisturizers work in a similar way to our skin's natural moisturizing system, which is present in the top layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum; this system consists of a mixture of amino acids and other naturally-formed chemicals such as lactic acid, urea, and salt. Lipids (or fats) are also present and they provide natural skin protection. This system keeps skin moist and pliable by attracting and holding water. Normally up to 15% of the stratum corneum consists of water, and when those levels drop below 10%, skin will become dry and flaky.
Environmental factors such as a cold or dry climate and prolonged exposure to air conditioning can lead to damage of the stratum corneum barrier. Exposure to solvents, detergents, prolonged contact with water and soap and other irritating chemicals will also remove the skin's natural moisturizing factors. And this is where moisturizers come into play.

Tips for job interview follow-ups

pinoy movies - filipino news Sarah Stamboulie, a New York career consultant, had a young Japanese client whose work visa was due to expire in just six weeks. The man was determined to find work at a hedge fund that would allow him to stay in the U.S., but he spoke with a strong accent, his written English was poor, and he had made a weak impression at job interviews. Stamboulie, who has worked in human resources departments for both corporations and nonprofits, encouraged him to follow up with an interviewer at a Japan-based fund who had already turned him down. Impressed by the young man's persistence, the hiring manager recommended him to another Japanese fund that had an opening. Stamboulie's client got the job. "It was like a semi-hostile referral, but it worked," she recalls.

Jennifer Lopez's revealing magazine cover

pinoy movies - filipino news If looking good is the best revenge, Jennifer Lopez — who split from husband of seven years Marc Anthony last summer — has been getting plenty of it lately. She stunned at the Oscars on Sunday in a plunging Zuhair Murad shimmering gown. Now, days later, the 42-year-old is showing off her killer bod in an unusual photo shoot for V Magazine. In the spring issue's cover photo, the "American Idol" judge dons wrist wraps, a men's groin protector ("I thought it was more graphic," J.

Mayweather refuses to talk about Pacquiao

pinoy movies - filipino news For once, Floyd Mayweather had nothing to say about Manny Pacquiao, deflecting questions on the Filipino at a news conference to promote his fight against Miguel Cotto.
Two days after he said Pacquiao wasn't "one of the sharpest knives in the drawer", Mayweather insisted he just wanted to talk about his super welterweight world title bout against World Boxing Association champ Cotto on May 5.
Mayweather was also reluctant to discuss New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin but said he had no regrets about recent tweets in which he said rising NBA star Lin was getting "all the hype because he's Asian".
"I never regret anything," Mayweather said. "I am not here to talk about Jeremy Lin. I am not fighting Jeremy Lin.
"It is not Mayweather versus Pacquiao or Mayweather versus Jeremy Lin, it is Mayweather versus Miguel Cotto."
Mayweather was criticized for his Lin comments, but the 35-year-old said he doesn't plan to change his outspoken ways.
"I thought this country had freedom of speech," he said. "Jeremy Lin I said was a good player ... Anything Mayweather says finds the front page of the media. I get dragged through the mud but it doesn't stop me."

Zsa Zsa: Dolphy's hanging on

pinoy movies - filipino news Zsa Zsa Padilla admits going through a difficult time, now that long-time partner Dolphy is “not in the pink of health.”

At the thanksgiving press conference of ABS-CBN’s “Budoy” on Tuesday, February 28, Zsa Zsa was emotional as she tearfully thanked co-stars for being her "support group" through her trying moments.

“Nakakamiss talaga (the cast). Tawag ko sa kanila support group kasi kapag pupunta ako sa set eh sa kanila ako magsusumbong ng mga problema ko. While doing 'Budoy,' I’m going through a very difficult chapter in my life,” Zsa Zsa said.

Taylor Swift's surprise prom response

pinoy movies - filipino news Lots of guys want to go on a date with Taylor Swift. So, what makes 18-year-old Kevin McGuire from Somerdale, New Jersey any different from the pack of Swift's would-be suitors?
Well, there are a few things, which I'll go over in a minute. But, suffice to say, McGuire, who recently asked Swift via Facebook to be his prom date in June, stands out for the response he got. Swift declined the offer...but asked him to accompany her to a prestigious awards show in April, instead!

How did this all happen? The backstory: McGuire has had a painful struggle with leukemia since he was 13 years old. He went into remission in 2010, but sadly relapsed and is currently battling cancer for a second time.

Son to Pacman: Fight Mayweather, beat him

pinoy movies - filipino news NEW YORK (Reuters) - Besides the urgings of boxing fans around the world eager for Manny Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacman said on Thursday he was feeling pressure closer to home to settle the argument over who is the world's best pound-for-pound boxer.
"My oldest kid (Emmanuel Jr.) is 11 years old and he said, 'Daddy, I want you to retire, but before you retire I have one request. You fight Mayweather, you beat him and then you retire,'" the WBO welterweight champion told a news conference.
"I want that fight to happen," admitted Pacquiao.
The much-discussed mega fight will have to wait until at least November, as Pacquiao first has a date in the ring with undefeated junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas, and Mayweather is fighting Miguel Cotto there on May 5.
Pacquiao, who has won titles in eight different weight divisions, said satisfying his son's wish was still possible but that time was running out.
"I have maybe two, three more fights," the 33-year-old Pacquiao said about his boxing future. "Hopefully he will fight before I retire. I'm hoping for a November fight."
Pacquiao said Mayweather made a telephone call to him in the Philippines last month to discuss possible terms.

Filipino-Mexican among 'Idol' Top 24

pinoy movies - filipino news Wednesday night, 14 of this season's "American Idol" top 24 were announced, ending with what was supposed to be a cliffhanger as weepy scenery-chewer Adam Brock awaited his fate. Well, Adam found out within the first 90 seconds of Thursday's part 2 "Green Mile" episode that he'd made it (much to my dismay; see below for my mini-rant why). But there were a few other announcements this evening that were indeed surprising.

Scott Dangerfield goes home
Among Thursday's notable eliminations were charismatic boy wonder David Leathers Jr, who'd really impressed me in Vegas; Scott Dangerfield, one of my favorites from last year who'd I'd been hoping to see more of this year, but who faltered in his final performance;

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