Last November, Kelsey Merritt made history as the first Filipino to join the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
The Pampanga-born model joined the likes of Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Martha Hunt, Kendall Jenner, Bella and Gigi Hadid, and fellow newcomers Winnie Harlow, Barbara Palvin, and Lorena Rae.
The Victoria’s Secret fashion show was held in New York last November and was aired on television last December 2.
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Catriona Gray made history last December 17 by winning the Miss Universe 2018 pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.
Gray bested 93 other candidates for the crown, making her the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe titleholder after Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Margie Moran (1973), and Gloria Diaz (1969).
Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters
Actress Maricar Reyes and her husband, singer Richard Poon, have gained a following online for giving sound advice on marriage and relationships.
They have a YouTube channel and blog called “Relationship Matters,” and have also released a book titled “10 Things We Fight About.”
One of the topics discussed by the couple that struck a chord with Filipinos this year is emotional cheating. Reyes recalled keeping her “harmless” chats with a male friend, and eventually becoming “emotionally tangled” with him.
The actress went on to advise couples to not keep secrets from each other as it may lead to future conflicts.
Former “Pinoy Big Brother” big winner Maymay Entrata made her international catwalk debut last November as she graced the Arab Fashion Week in Dubai.
The actress served as the muse of Filipino designer Furne One for his Amato Couture fashion show.
Entrata said she has always dreamed of becoming a supermodel, practicing her walk repeatedly inside her room and watching her idols Tyra Banks and Cara Delevingne.
The granddaughter of President Rodrigo Duterte celebrated her 18th birthday at The Peninsula Manila last January.
Preparations for the party courted controversy when photos from Isabelle Duterte’s “debutante” photo shoot circulated online, as it was held at Malacañang Palace.
The daughter of former Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte became the subject of criticisms for flaunting luxury and choosing an “inappropriate” place for a photo shoot.
Stylist to the stars Liz Uy shocked the public last March as she shared a photo of her baby for the first time.
Months later, Uy had a tell-all interview about her pregnancy. It opened a can of worms as many questioned the timeline of her relationship with the father of her child, businessman Raymond Racaza.
Eagle-eyed netizens were quick to point out that Racaza was still with his original family a month before Uy found out that she got pregnant.
ABS-CBN journalist and news anchor TJ Manotoc inspired many Filipinos early this year with his tell-all video about surviving depression, using his sphere of influence to break the social stigma surrounding mental health.
The tell-all video titled “You Will Be Alright” served to launch Manotoc’s advocacy group of the same name.
Despite his experience of suffering from depression, Manotoc said he wouldn’t change anything from his past. “All that pain, it contributed to who I am today. I wouldn’t be in the position to help people if I didn’t go through that pain.”
Many Filipinos were surprised last January when they saw a billboard showing broadcaster Korina Sanchez with a much smaller face.
In a series of Instagram posts, Sanchez explained that her face shrank “from large to small” thanks to thermage, a non-invasive procedure that involved “deep heat infusion through radio frequency that makes the skin tight.”
She also cited a change in her lifestyle, saying she became physically active and has been watching what she eats.
pageant arena last March as she joined Binibining Pilipinas.
Gumabao went on to represent the country in Miss Globe 2018 in Albania, finishing as a Top 15 finalist.
She also won two special awards: Miss Social Media and Miss Dream Girl.
Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Kris Aquino was a showstopper in the Hollywood movie “Crazy Rich Asians” as she played the role of the wealthy Princess Intan.
“Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan considers Aquino a “highlight” in the movie adaptation of his book, describing the host and actress as a “media star.”
The movie was shown in the Philippines last August.