Marlisa Punzalan safely sails through ‘X Factor Australia’ Top 6

Instead of just Bottom 2, the three who got the lowest number of votes battled for the verdict of Australia and the four mentor-judges – Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo – to stay on the next phase of X Factor Australia 2014.

In no particular order, Luke Jacobz announced Brothers 3 was the first to move to Top 6, then Marlisa, followed by Dean Ray. Last to be called safe was Reigan Derry.

Marlisa X Factor stageMarlisa Punzalan

The week was Judges’ Challenge, where a contestant gets to perform a number chosen by another mentor.

(Click link to watch Marlisa’s performance of Try by Pink chosen by Foo for her

Marlisa (Punzalan), a 14-year-old Filipina born in Sydney to parents both hailing from the Province of Bataan in Northern Philippines, was again second to be called to be safe, same as last week for the Top 7.

After the make or break performances of Jason Heerah, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Tee, the latter was sent home.

(Click link to watch Live Show 7 Results

Marlisa performing TryMarlisa performs ‘Try’ by Pink

Marlisa has been gathering accolades and support since her unique rendition of Yesterday by the Beatles during audition.

She posted on September 24:

Hi everyone!!! So happy for getting thru another week but so sad to see Tee go. I can’t forget the night I got so sick and Tee was one of the lovely people who comforted me. Will miss Tee a lot !!
So… I have been busy with tutoring !!!
Thanks to Carly, my tutor, for the wonderful job you do in helping me maintain my school work while I’m on X Factor !!!
And thanks again to ALL, so excited for my next song !!!! God bless…
Love, Marlisa 💕

Marlisa has now 12,569 Likes in her official Facebook page ( and expresses her gratitude for the support coming from all over the globe.

Marlisa shirtMarlisa shows supporter shirt

“This would have not been possible without each and everyone of you liking my music page and supporting me up to this day. Really appreciate it!” she said.

Marlisa with Ronan KeatingMarlisa with mentor-judge Ronan Keating

Seen as one of the strongest contenders for the win, Marlisa is one of two left under the wings of Ronan Keating. The other one is Caitlyn, who was in the Bottom 2 last week but managed to sail through when Rochelle Pitt was eliminated and in the Bottom 3 this week but got saved with the exit of Tee.

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FMRO (For Mature Readers Only): Parts 3, 4 & 5 make Paolo Bediones, partner sensational unpaid pornstars

Part 1 was 6 minutes 43 seconds. Part 2 was 16 minutes 13 seconds.

Those were the first two installments of TV5 news anchor-host Paolo Bediones’ sex videos.

Paolo Bediones TV5 logoPaolo Bediones: From face of TV5 news to body (and more) of Philippine cyberporn

He admitted and confirmed the videos and filed a complaint with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group stating that he was blackmailed.

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Apparently still part of the tryst, Video#3 is 4 minutes and 43 seconds with close up of the guy’s manhood then the girl deliciously playing it with her tongue even staring at the camera. The guy ejaculates then they laugh together, hearing him say, “Napagod ka (Did you get tired)?” then turns the camera to his face, and yes, it’s Paolo Bediones!

Paolo-Bediones-Sex-Scandal-Part3-Part4-Part5-MP4Paolo relishes recording his private moments

Video #4 is 1 minute 53 seconds. Doing it doggie style, the girl spits at her hand then lubricates her orifice with it. The guy pulls the girl’s long hair as if he’s reining a horse.

Video #5 is 4 minutes 52 seconds. Music plays in the background and the girl starts with her toy with a laugh then takes a straight look at the camera. She looks similar but also looks different from the girl in the previous videos (has no jewel adorning her navel). It leads to and culminates as cowgirl or girl-on-top position.

“Bakit ako lang ang nakikita? Ang daya niya (Why am I the only one being seen? He’s a cheat),” the girl says, then even makes a sound like riding a horse (“hiyaaa tigidig tigidig”).

Girl in Paolo Bediones video Andrea ShinIs the girl Andrea Shin?

Paolo seems to love recording his bedroom calisthenics with different partners. And the circulation of these videos has virtually made him a sensational pornstar, albeit an unpaid one.

All five have become favorites on

“Walang panama ang mga indie actors (Indie [independent film] actors are nothing compared to him),” said one netizen.

When the second video started circulating, Paolo was said to have resigned from his late news anchor duties on TV5 but remained as host with his two other shows – Rescue 5 and Demolition Job.

“Why, would he read scandalous news about himself?” asked a social media enthusiast.

It seems there are still other videos just waiting to be uploaded. Gays are hoping there’s one showing Paolo with another male but looks like they will be in for a big disappointment.

Girl in Paolo Bediones closeupOr is it China Roces? Or Angel Gutierrez?

Who’s gonna Rescue Paolo from this Demolition Job? Anyone from TV5?

The play on words has not escaped observers: His remaining shows rhyme with the (scandalous) season.

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Beauty pageant aficionados lament holding of Miss Universe 2014 in January 2015

For the first time in 63 years, there’s not going to be a Miss Universe Pageant held this year. Instead, it will be held on January 18, 2015 in Doral City, Florida, USA.

Donald Trump with Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela IslerMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler and Miss Universe owner Donald Trump

Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart announced in Moscow, Russia that Miss Universe 2014 was to be held in Brazil.

Apparently the deal with the city of Fortaleza did not pull through.

Other places were considered. One was China, the other was Philippines.

Paula Shugart with Gabriela Isler and BPCI Chair Stella Marquez AranetaMUO president Paula Shugart with Gabriela Isler and BPCI Chair Stella Marquez Araneta in Manila

Ms. Shugart even came to Manila along with Miss Universe 2013 Gabriella Isler and entertainer Emin to choose Miss Universe Philippines 2014, won by Mary Jean Lastimosa.

The holding of Miss Universe 2014 in Manila could have been the third time every 20 years for the Asia-Pacific country that produced two winners – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973.

MU2014PhilippinesMJLastimosa2Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa

Miss Universe 1974 was held in Manila with Miss Spain Amparo Munoz winning the title. Twenty years later in 1994, Miss Universe was again held in Manila with Miss India Sushmita Sen crowned as successor to Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico.

Filipinos have high hopes in MJ Latimosa even if the pageant was to be held in the country. Same for the 2015-2016 candidate if ever it’s going to be held in Manila.

It’s not unusual for the home country delegate to win the crown as already proven with the wins of six Miss USA (Miriam Stevenson in 1954, Carol Morris in 1956, Linda Bement in 1960, Sylvia Hitchcock in 1967, Brook Lee in 1997 and Olivia Culpo in 2012) and a Miss Puerto Rico (Denise Quinones in 2001) when the pageants were held in their own turfs.

MU2014USANiaSanchez2Miss USA Nia Sanchez

Miss Universe 2013 was held in Moscow on November 9, which means it’s just around the corner if it was to be held within the same period.

As the beauty pageant is a big business with tycoon Donald Trump at the helm, a franchisee would not have enough time to gather funds and contract sponsors to recoup the investment in so short a time.

Considering all aspects, the tourist city of Doral, Florida agreed but apparently asked for more time, that’s why the most spectacular event in the Universe the last 62 years is happening in January instead.

So, will the new Miss Universe the titleholder for the year 2014 or 2015?

MU2014VenezuelaMigbelisCastellanos2Miss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos

Beauty pageant aficionados all over the globe are up in arms against MUO, their tirades aimed at Mr. Trump, but could not do anything but wait and watch in the sidelines until the Big Night when they will be rooting for their favorites.

“How could you do this, Mr. Trump?” one avid follower of Miss Universe expressed his dismay.

?????????????????Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss

Another said that people would think that British-rooted Miss World is now more credible as Miss Universe actually had become Trump Universe when the media-real estate mogul bought the rights and took the reins of the prime beauty pageantry ever known to humankind.

MU2014MexicoJosselynGarciglia2Miss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia

Miss Universe is business. Reportedly, the City of Doral paid USD500K contract signing acceptance, USD1M advance payment in December, and USD1M by February 1, 2015, for a total of USD2.5M. MUO then will work to get sponsors in the next three months and the city government will get its share of 15% from the revenues.

(Click link for full report

Nonetheless, the Miss Universe in Doral, Florida is touted as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, as it boasts of more than 90 delegates participating. The average number of competitors the last two decades had been 80.

MU2014ColombiaPaulinaVega2 Miss Colombia Paulina Vega

Mayor Luigi Boria announced on Twitter his city’s agreement with MUO on September 12:

“Great news!#MissUniverse2015 is coming to our great @Cityofdoral @doralfriends @InSouthFlorida @MiraTVMiami”

Around 70 countries have selected their representatives so far and among them are frontrunners Miss Philippines, Miss Venezuela, Miss South Africa, Miss USA, Miss Colombia, Miss Costa Rica and Miss Mexico.

MU2014Indonesia1Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira

Other strong contenders are the delegates from Panama, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Angola, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Italy, Ukraine and France.

Manila will be much readier to host Miss Universe in late 2015 or early 2016, especially that the world’s largest indoor arena, the Philippine Arena, has been operational since July this year.

Philippine Arena inside pic1Inside Philippine Arena

The 50,000-seating capacity architectural showcase is owned and operated by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), erected for the centennial celebration of the influential religious organization with roots in this side of the Far East.

Philippine Arena full photo Philippine Arena Inauguration July 21, 2014 missbalita

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Filipina Marlisa Punzalan advances to ‘X Factor Australia 2014’ Top 7, remains mentor Ronan Keating’s strongest bet

Fourteen-year-old Filipina Marlisa Punzalan has advanced to X Factor Australia Top 7.

Mentored by Ronan Keating, she remains the strongest bet of the Irish lead singer of Boyzone.

Marlisa closeup1 Marlisa Punzalan

“Imagine yourself to be in the grand finals,” Ronan said when she was told that the song choice for the Rock 101 week was Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

The teener said she’ve heard of them (Metallica) but really did not know their songs.

Nevertheless, Marlisa gave an outstanding performance drawing raves from the judges, particularly her mentor, Ronan, who said he’s so proud of her.

On announcement night as to who should move to the next round from the Top 8, although host Luke Jacobz said it’s in no particular order, Marlisa was called second.

(Click link to watch the Top 7 announcement video

Rochelle Pitt from Redfoo’s team and Marlisa’s teammate Caitlyn Shadbolt ended in the Bottom 2. After slugging it out, Rochelle went home.

Marlisa auditioned with the BeatlesYesterday.

Keating regrets book Ronan Keating

In the U.S. where John Legend was with Ronan to evaluate the six members of the team that led to the choices of the Final 3 for the Live Show, Marlisa stopped by a few seconds towards the end of her piece, I’ll Stand By You. Despite that, Ronan chose her as he saw in her the potential of a winner.

On the second week of the Live Show, Marlisa was so sick she would not even speak. Her performance of Paparazzi though managed her to get enough votes to sail from Top 12 to the next round.

Judges X Factor Au 2014X Factor Australia 2014′ Judges

Last week, she sang this year’s Oscars Best Movie Theme Song, the popular Let It Go.

Born in Australia with Filipino parents both from Bataan, Marlisa has performed in Filipino artists’ shows and concerts in Sydney.

marlisa nothing else matters number Marlisa belting Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’

Then 12 years old, she performed at Sharon Cuneta’s concert in August 2012. In October of the same year, she performed with Jose Mari Chan and was told by the prolific singer-songwriter to visit her relatives in the Philippines after they sang Christmas In Our Hearts.

Last year, she was in the Aegis concert.

Marlisa was awarded Most Exceptional Vocalist of The Year in 2012 presented by multiple ARIA award winners Sharon and Christine Muscat.

Trill band Trill

All-Filipina group, Trill, aged 14-15, who impressed everyone with their audition piece, Super Bass, made it to Top 13 but were the first to be eliminated, eliciting remarks from some viewers how an-out-of-tune contestant won over them.

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