Graded A: ‘Edna’ tackles hard facts of returning OFW life

There had been movies produced about OFWs, but none so far tackled the harsh realities of a returning one, until Tonet Gedang’s Artiste Entertainment, Inc. production of Edna, starring Irma Adlawan with actor Ronnie Lazaro debuting as director.

EDNA

Probably more than half of OFWs have been or are being treated merely as human ATMs by their families at home. Caregiver Edna faces this hard fact and becomes paranoid, almost schizophrenic when she finds out that everything she expected turns out to be the opposite of what her family was telling her as she toiled abroad. Edna posterActor Ronnie Lazaro debuts as director in ‘Edna’

For one, eldest son Julius (Nicco Manalo) did not become the medical doctor she spent for his studies, but a basketball coach who got hitched early with Lyn (Sue Prado). Daughter Camille (Mara Marasigan) continued her affair with a married man despite Edna paying for her freedom. The youngest, Carl (Micko Laurente), is a troubled child,caused by sister-in-law Suzette‘s (Frances Makil) maltreatment . Husband Bobby (Ronnie Lazaro) secretly carries an affair with their godson Ted (Kiko Matos).

Edna scene with Carl and SuzetteEdna becomes estranged to son Carl and sister-in-law Suzette

All these shatter Edna that in her mind she’s murdering each one of them by feeding them poisoned delicious pansit (upon the request of Carl). As she gathers her senses that her family and everyone around had become strangers, she decides to leave again with the fervent hope that Carl can still overturn at least one dream unfulfilled.

Over bottles of beer

Anthony Gedang (producer of award-winning and internationally-acclaimed movie Ataul For Rent, also Graded A in 2007) and Ronnie Lazaro had been childhood friends and neighbors in Makati.

Edna and TedIs Ted (Kiko Matos) just a godson?

One evening over bottles of beer, Gedang asked Lazaro if he was doing any movie, then he offered him a directorial job, to which the actor presented a storyline that had been playing in his mind for quite some time, and said that no one else can portray the main character but Adlawan.

Gedang worked closely with Lallie Bucoy for the script. Some major scenes and subplots, like the mahjong sessions, were based on his life growing up, he says, as his father was one of the early OFWS in Saudi Arabia. Tonet and FrancesProducer Tonet Gedang plays a cameo role as too-close-for-comfort-priest-confidante of Suzette (Frances Makil)

When the lead actor considered for the film was not available, Gedang told Lazaro that he should take the role as well. The producer (aside from doing a cameo as priest) also served as assistant director who was at the monitor all the time.

P7-M production

Although the movie was done only in over a week, it’s way above the budget of an indie or pito-pito movie. Yes, P7 million is not a joke to cough up for the businessman-poet-author-bonsai grower-exhibit planner.

Using expensive Alexa cameras, the film shifts from full color to black and white or single color then back again, as way of telling what’s real and what’s imagined in the eyes of Edna.

Edna cast and crewCast and crew of ‘Edna’

Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, Edna is hailed both by the academe and the entertainment media for its unusual take on a dysfunctional family. When shown at Adamson University (Tonet’s alma mater), students approached him saying that they now appreciate and understand better the sacrifices of OFWs, whether they have one in the family or none. Edna opens May 20 in selected SM cinemas and other mall theaters.

Click the link to know more about Edna, touted as OFW Movie of the Year. https://www.facebook.com/Edna.Film2014.

MU 2014 Miss Jamaica brouhaha: Trump Universe not ready for short-haired queen, poor listening skills

Fans and self-proclaimed beauty pageant experts are still debating on social media that Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell was robbed of the Miss Universe 2014 crown that went to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega.

Paulina Vega Crowning MomentMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela crowns Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega of Colombia

“If she’s not Miss Universe she should be the 1st Runner-Up,” said one enthusiast.

“She’s the People’s Queen,” said another.

Some people who were at the venue – Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA – on coronation night reported that there was a loud boo when Miss Jamaica was named 4th Runner-Up. She also reportedly made the thumbs down sign and candidates gathered around her, expressing disapproval of her placement in the finals.

Miss Jamaica Swimsuit1Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell

Sifting through the predictions and forecasts, Miss Jamaica was in Top 5 by SOME but never was the top pick to win the crown.

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Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 allMiss Universe 2014 Top 10

Right after the preliminaries on January 22, many thought Miss Jamaica got a good chance to enter Top 5 but also cautioned that Miss Universe Organization or MUO (owned and ruled by Donald Trump) is not ready for a short-haired queen. Not only because of beauty product sponsors, particularly for hair grooming, but most notably long hair is a symbol of femininity which the Miss Universe is all about as against short hair as manly.

In the Q & A of the five finalists, Miss USA Nia Sanchez was not sure if she fully understood Manny Pacquiao’s question. Miss Netherlands asked Judge Giancarlo Stanton to repeat the question thru co-host Natalie Morales. Miss Ukraine was helped by an interpreter.

On Miss Jamaica’s turn, Judge Emilio Estefan gave his question. “One or three women will experience a violence in her lifetime. What can be done to get that number down?”

Miss Jamaica answered: “I, I’m sorry I did not understand.”

“Well, that happens a lot,” (then laughter).

Mr. Estefan repeated: “One or three women will experience a violence in her lifetime. What can be done to get that number down?”

She then answered with the live crowd erupting in applause and noise.

Rob Dyrdek’s question was interpreted for Miss Colombia. She answered in Spanish but the crowd obviously got delighted by her answer.

Click link for the Q & A clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIxD4lVKT3c

In simplest terms, both Miss Netherlands and Miss Jamaica have either poor understanding or not so excellent listening skills.

Miss Universe 2014-Miss Jamaica Long Gown1Miss Jamaica in her Long Gown

The Miss Universe Pageant is also a job application. Those shortlisted have all the chances in getting the job depending on the outcome of the interview. And asking an interviewer to repeat a question is a display of poor comprehension in a job application. The candidate is either not proactive or the mind is not totally engrossed to the process.

In the field of sales and customer service (particularly for phone voice accounts), asking the caller or customer to repeat a question would merit the lowest possible score in an evaluation.

For sure, it was tedious for the judges to repeat their prepared questions and the seemingly clueless candidate could not be ranked #1 by any of them. Sympathy of the other judges would go to their fellow judge who asked the question.

And that’s why Miss Jamaica was placed last.

End of story.

Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MissUniverse

Pageant aficionados, forecasters right in predicting Colombia’s Miss Universe 2014 win

This could be the year that beauty pageant experts, forecasters, bettors, oddmakers and predictors came solidly for naming the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant even before coronation night on January 25 (January 26 morning in Manila and other Asian key cities) at Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA.

Miss Universe 2014 crowning moment1Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega

Some may have missed in their Top 5 placements, but 99% pointed to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega as the 63rd Miss Universe. She handily won and how!

She was the first to be called for the Top 15, followed by Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands, Australia.

Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 first 5First half of Top 10

After the Swimsuit Competition, first to be called for the Top 10 was Jamaica, followed by Colombia, Ukraine, Argentina, Philippines then Spain, Netherlands, Venezuela, Australia, USA.

Special Awards were then given out. Miss Congeniality was Nigeria; Miss Photogenic was Puerto Rico and Best in National Costume (voted by viewers via Twitter) was Indonesia.

USA was the first to be called for the Top 5 after the Evening Gown Competition, followed by Netherlands, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.

Miss Universe 2014 Top 5Top 5

After the Q & A, the judges declared Miss Colombia as the new Miss Universe succeeding Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, Miss USA Nia Sanchez as 1st Runner-Up, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha as 2nd Runner-Up, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen as 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell as 4th Runner-Up.

This is the first time in five years that Philippines did not enter Top 5.

In 2010, Venus Raj was 4th Runner-Up. Shamcey Supsup was 3rd Runner-Up in 2011. Janine Tugonon almost got the crown by placing 1st Runner-Up in 2012. And in 2013, Ariella Arida was 3rd Runner-Up.

Gabriela Isler MU 2013 beautiful picMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

Looking at the predictions, Miss Netherlands was considered the dark horse as she was never among the Top 15 or even Top 20 picks.

Global Beauties (https://www.facebook.com/globalbeauties) came out with their final leaderboard after the preliminary competition on January 22 and put Miss Colombia as the frontrunner with a perfect 5.00 from their own set of judges.

Miss Spain, who was leading before the preliminaries, ranked 2nd; Miss Ukraine jumped to 3rd place from #15; Miss Jamaica was 4th and Miss India squeezed to #5.

The rest of Global Beauties Top 10 were Mexico, Argentina, USA, Australia and Venezuela. Miss Netherlands was at #23 and Miss Philippines was at #24.

Missosology’s (https://www.facebook.com/missosology.info) Final Hotpicks placed Colombia as winner, followed by Philippines, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine making up the Top 5.

The rest of their Top 15 were USA, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Czech Republic, Spain, Indonesia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega official photo shoot with crown1The new Miss Universe living the dream

Online betting company NicerOdds (http://www.nicerodds.co.uk/) was right on target in their 1-2 predictions: Miss Colombia at #1 and Miss USA at #2.

The rest of their Top 10 were Venezuela, India, Spain, Philippines, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and Russia. Placing 11th to 20th were delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

Colombia got its first Miss Universe crown in 1958 with Luz Marina Zuluaga. For three consecutive years (1992-1994), its delegate almost got the crown with 1st Runner-Up placements. A Miss Colombia was again 1st Runner-Up in the 2008 Miss Universe.

The Philippines has two Miss Universe titleholders – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973. The other 1st Runner-Up was Miriam Quiambao in 1999.

Interestingly, the Philippines never got 2nd Runner-Up placement but has four 3rd Runner-Ups (Rosario Silayan in 1980, Desiree Verdadero in 1984, Shamcey in 2011 and Ariella in 2013). Rose Marie Brosas was 4th Runner-Up in 1975 and Venus in 2010.

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Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MissUniverse

Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll

Before midnight on Sunday, January 25, 2015 (Monday morning in Manila) the new Miss Universe replacing Gabriela Isler of Venezuela would have been named.

The Miss Universe Pageant is always a big event for bettors, gamblers and oddmakers.

MJ Lastimosa MU swimsuit2Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa

In this 63rd edition of the most prestigious beauty contest, Miss Colombia, Miss USA, Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines are consistently the top picks to win the coveted Nexus crown among the 88 contestants.

NicerOdds (http://www.nicerodds.co.uk/miss-universe), which claims to have the best offer to placing bets in the current Miss Universe contest held in Doral, Florida as they cover the top betting sites online to guide gamblers, have come up with the top picks with corresponding Highest Odds and Lowest Odds numbers.

MU 2014 Miss Colombia Paulina VegaMiss Colombia Paulina Vega

Miss Colombia leads, followed by Miss USA, then Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines.

Miss France, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Mexico and Miss Russia make up the rest of the Top 10. MU 2014 Miss USAMiss USA Nia Sanchez

Placing 11th to 20th are delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

MU 2014 Miss SpainMiss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer

After the preliminaries on January 22nd though, where the candidates paraded in their National Costume, Swimsuit and Long Gown, MsUniversePageant Hotspot (http://www.msuniversepageant.org/miss-universe-2014-preliminary-competition-top-15-performers/) came up with the Top 15 performers and ranked #1 is Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa.

MU 2014 Miss India gown1Miss India Noyonita Lodh

“Her performance in the preliminary competition was sublime. It goes to show that she really is more than prepared for the deathmatch. We’re not digging the style of her gown as it didn’t accentuate her figure, but sure did in the swimsuit round! She’s our top bet in swimsuit. Whew! Her body figure is what we are envious of,” says the blurb why the Filipina beauty tops  them all.

MU 2014 Miss ArgentinaMiss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Ranked #2 is Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer.

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell is ranked #3, followed by Miss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia at #4 and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega at #5.

MU 2014 Miss VenezuelaMiss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos

Sixth is Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, Miss USA Nia Sanchez at #7, Miss Costa Rica Karina Ramos at #8, and Miss Guyana Niketa Barker and Miss Russia Yulia Alipova at #9 and #10 respectively.

The rest of the Top 15 are Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo, Miss Ecuador Alejandra Argudo, Miss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer, Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira and Miss Kenya Gaylyne Ayugi.

Choosing Miss Universe 2014 are judges Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, musician Emilio Estefan, model-actor William Levy, NFL great DeSean Jackson, skateboarder and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek, baseball pitcher Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton, fashion journalist Louise Roe, British author and movie and TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, fashion designer-actress Kristin Cavallari and Marie-Claire creative director Nina Garcia.

MU 2014 Miss MexicoMiss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia

Meanwhile, Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida serves as the correspondent for On The Scene, a web series on the Miss Universe YouTube channel, taking fans to behind-the-scenes as the 88 contestants prepare for exclusive events leading up to the big night including Preliminary Competition, National Costume Show and Contestant Rehearsals on the official Miss Universe channel www.youtube.com/missuniverse.

Last year, it was Miss Universe Philippines 2012 and 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon who did the task. The previous year it was Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup.

This is also the fifth time that a Filipino, in the person of Manny Pacquiao, sits as judge in the Miss Universe.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Carlos P. Romulo was the first Filipino to sit as judge in the prestigious contest when it was held in Manila in 1974 won by Miss Spain Amparo Munoz.

In 1989, fashion designer Josie Cruz Natori was one of the judges who chose Angela Visser of Holland as Miss Universe in Cancun, Mexico.

Then in 1991, singer Kuh Ledesma sat in the panel in Las Vegas, Nevada that chose Miss Mexico Lupita Jones as the new Miss Universe.

Manny-PacquiaoManny Pacquiao: 5th Filipino Miss Universe judge

In 2011, Broadway star Lea Salonga flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil to judge the contestants with Miss Angola Leila Lopes winning the crown. Lea later said in an interview that she had Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup ranked #2 in her sheet. Shamcey placed 3rd Runner-Up.

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Filipino teener Marlisa is ‘X Factor Australia 2014’ grand winner!

It’s the tightest result ever, with only 0.01 percent difference, announced The X Factor Australia host Luke Jacobz.

That 0.01 percent difference made Filipino teener Marlisa Ann Punzalan the grand winner in this year’s edition of the reality show Down Under over debonair rocker Dean Ray.

Marlisa congratulations

Marlisa almost did not make the cut to The X Factor Australia 2014 grand finals as she battled for the last slot with Reigan Derry last week. Fortunately, she got more votes to join Brothers 3 and Dean Ray.

On Sunday, the finalists sang their audition song.

Marlisa started the round with her version of Yesterday by the Beatles.

Singing the same piece in the grand finals already with her confidence built up, the audience and the judges gave her a standing ovation, which mentor Ronan Keating said she was getting it at the most perfect time.

The final song for the Best Moment was Titanium, which mentor-judge Dannii Minogue said was the game-changer as it’s in this performance that Marlisa stepped out of herself, adding that her edge is her vulnerability mixed with her strength, and should not change a thing.

Redfoo commented that Marlisa is like wine, getting better and better every time and advised her to keep the fierce attitude when she performs as it’s her edge (over the other finalists).

Natalie Bassingthwaighte said that it’s amazing to see Marlisa in the grand finals, as she joined the show with a powerful voice but didn’t know what to do with it. Things have changed in so short a time that at school people didn’t even know her name, but now everyone in Australia knows who she is.

Marlisa winner announcementMarlisa reacts as she’s announced as the grand winner

Marlisa also performed her Bootcamp piece Never Be The Same with no less than the singer of the monster hit, Jessica Mauboy herself (runner-up in the Australian Idol fourth edition in 2006).

Dean Ray performed with Olly Murs and Brothers 3 did theirs with Guy Sebastian.

Superstar Taylor Swift was the big guest performer with her Shake It Off.

Marlisa with Dean RayTop 2 Marlisa and Dean Ray doing a duet

On Results Night, Marlisa was the first to advance to the sing-off. Brothers 3 was sent to the back burner and it was her and Dean Ray slugging out for the title.

Her Winner’s Single, Stand By You, elicited comment from Foo that it’s a sure monster hit, and Ronan saw the song to be a sure number one as soon as it hits the market.

Marlisa’s big surprise upon the announcement that she’s the winner showed on her expression.

Dean Ray, the gentleman that he is, hugged Marlisa and Ronan, then literally swept the young singer off the floor. It was a picture of the rival accepting the result wholeheartedly.

Marlisa with winner's songMarlisa sings debut single ‘Stand By You’ predicted to be a monster hit

Ronan commented about Marlisa’s interview published in the papers that she hoped she was as confident as the other girls.

He advised her ward that she should not change a thing, as now people look for authenticity and Marlisa is so authentic, unlike in previous years that pop idols were manufactured.

“Who you are is so endearing. The fact that you are not over confident in this show is so refreshing. Who you are is everything.

“You know what, there was a time that manufactured pop music was important and that is what people want, and believe me, I know, but not anymore. Right now it’s all about authenticity, and you are so authentic, you are so real.

“You know, you’re too young to be affected by other people and other things. You are not affected by the bright lights and the fame of the show in any way. And I love that about you, I love that, every single week working with you.

“They say that ‘good guys or good girls finish last.’ I don’t believe that, and I hope that’s not the way it’s gonna be tonight. If this is my last year on the show, I hope that I can leave a worthy winner like you. Well done,” he said.

In the homecoming tour/concert, Marlisa was so surprised by the turnout of people in her school, Mercy Catholic College in Chatswood, New South Wales. She even attended her Math class with Ronan. The teacher asked the Boyzone lead singer what’s the factor of 12. The schoolgirl Marlisa whispered the answer to him.

Ronan also had a taste of Filipino culture and hospitality when they visited Marlisa’s home as he was enjoined to do traditional Igorot dance steps.

Marlisa album coverThe superstar now that is Marlisa

Marlisa posted on Monday:

“My X Factor Journey has been incredible because of the beautiful people around me. To my loving family, thank you for standing by me through thick and thin, you are my rock and my strength!

“Also, behind the scenes are passionate and dedicated professionals and I thank all the crew at X Factor for the unbelievable effort they put into the best talent show in Australia.

“Thank you also for the rare opportunity that Sony Music Entertainment presents to ordinary Australians like me starting a career in music.

“Thank you to Ronan Keating for believing in my ability and nurturing my talent, I have enjoyed every single day of working with you.

“And to all my supporters, thank you for getting behind me every single week, for I will not be where I am today without your support. And to The Lord above, I thank Him for everything.”

Website: www.marlisaofficial.com
Single: http://smarturl.it/StandByYou
Album: http://smarturl.it/MarlisaAlbum

Within 24 hours from release, Marlisa’s debut single is already topping iTunes in several countries, to wit: #1 Australia, #1 Philippines, #1 Qatar, #1 United Arab Emirates.

It also entered the top charts in several others: #5 Singapore, #7 Saudi Arabia, #47 Hong Kong, #61 Bermuda, #89 Sweden, #117 Norway and #176 Macau.

Click link to watch announcement of Marlisa as winner singing her debut single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8onLpiYW5g&index=1&list=UUTJAIsNx88v0e0nBgQ4PpVA

Click link for Marlisa’s finale performance of Titanium https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8yeCWPL9_k&list=UUTJAIsNx88v0e0nBgQ4PpVA

Videos from the official YouTube channel of X Factor Australia YAHOO7.COM.AU/XFACTOR

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‘Impossible’ but ‘Girl On Fire’ Filipina teener Marlisa gets into ‘X Factor Australia 2014’ grand finals with ‘Help’ from viewers

Australia-born but full-blooded Filipino teener Marlisa Punzalan was always second to be declared safe in the ongoing X Factor Australia 2014 reality show.

During the Top 4 phase, she was the first to be sent by host Luke Jacobz to safety.

Marlisa sexyMarlisa Punzalan

However, for the Top 3, where the remaining contestants will battle it out for the Grand Finals, Marlisa was in the Bottom 2 along with Reigan Derry, as Brothers 3 and Dean Ray were safely sent to the penultimate showdown.

Mentor Ronan Keating chose Alicia KeysGirl On Fire for Marlisa, then X Factor UK 2012 winner James Arthur’s Impossible.

Click links to watch Marlisa‘s Top 4 performances: http://youtu.be/bUCHXgnSOzE (Girl On Fire); http://youtu.be/iq7317cpSao (Impossible)

“Not only have you stepped into your voice and your confidence and you’re mastering those runs and you’re singing the best songs around, so congratulations to you and to Ronan,” judge-mentor Dannii Minogue commented.

Marlisa with Ronan Impossible numberMarlisa with mentor Ronan Keating

As for Ronan, he said he was nervous during the rehearsals as Marlisa missed a key for the second song.

“You found this one a little tricky during rehearsals. You struggled a few times. You nailed it this time. I was really nervous. This is your last shot. This is the last song Australia could ever see you sing on the show. I hope they pick up the phone and vote. You deserve a slot in the grand finals. You are incredible and that performance was impossible so congratulations,” Ronan quipped.

On Live Decider Night, Reigan sang Hallelujah, X Factor UK 2008 winner Alexandra Burke’s grand finals song.

Marlisa sang Help (a Beatles original) by John Farnham. She said she chose the song because it fits her voice and that was what she needed at that crucial time – Help from voters to sail through the grand finals.

Click link to watch Marlisas rendition of Help http://youtu.be/iBzH-lrjkcs

The mentor-judges gave their verdict.

Marlisa on the cover of a local publicationMarlisa on the cover of a local publication

Dannii voted to send Marlisa to the grand finals.

Ronans unimpeachable decision was, of course, for Marlisa.

Redfoo voted for his ward, Reigan.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s vote for Reigan made it a deadlock, so Luke had to announce who between Marlisa and Reigan was voted by Australia.

The moment was so tense and silent, that even a pin drop and the heartbeats of the remaining contenders and their mentors can be heard.

Marlisa and Ronan exulted in jubilation when Luke announced it was Marlisa joining Brothers 3 and Dean Ray in the grand finals.

Meanwhile, Redfoo and Reigan accepted their fate with resignation.

Foo said he’s sure Reigan will become a star, as she already has become a LegenDerry (a play on the word legendary) in the contest.

For the grand finals Brothers 3, Dean Ray and Marlisa will be singing three songs each.

Marlisa birthday picMarlisa with some of her birthday gifts from fans and supporters

The Filipino-Aussie teener posted on October 13:

My BIGGEST THANKS TO YOU ALL!!! I am sincerely grateful to each and everyone of you who fought with me in this incredible journey! To all my supporters/fans in Australia and the world, thank you so much for voting and supporting me, believing in me and for defending me at all times showing your ongoing loyalty every single week! To my beautiful family, the Punzalan’s and the Ongkingco’s for standing by me through thick and thin, for the countless hours spent unselfishly to promote my cause whether near or far, you’re my rock and my strength. To my vocal coach/piano teacher Roxanne & Stephen Kiely for the passion and perseverance in making me who I am today, for trusting my ability and making me feel so much like a member of your family. To all our friends and relatives, for all the well wishes and encouragement to keep going, Mercy Catholic College for supporting my education whilst living my dream, the Press for helping me get the right exposure at all times, to all the organisers of the many charity and community events, AND to all whom I may have missed, thank you so much and my apologies to you all. To Reigan, this was not easy for both of us but you brought out the best in my performance, you are incredible and truly a professional. To Ronan for the trust and belief in my talent and for the excellent mentoring and for guiding me to reach the Top 3!! Most importantly I thank the Lord God for all these blessings and I thank God that you are in this journey with me. Without a doubt, we will keep on chasing this dream together according to God’s plan. Thank you so much, God bless and much Lve, Marlisa

Marlisa turned 15 on October 1.

Get to know more about Marlisa thru her Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MarlisaMusic

Marlisa in Titamium costumeMarlisa in her ‘Titanium’ costume

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