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Short-term goals, long-term effect

Never write off an ambitious girl brimming with determination. A graceful swan might be yearning to break free inside that ugly duckling. Had Kagandahang Flores dismissed Karla Henry and Precious Lara Quigaman outright, the country would now have two less global beauty titles.

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 29, 2017

From probinsiyana with no ‘muscle memory,’ to woman of the Earth

A been there, done that beauty queen’s advice to Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina? ‘As long as she gives this contest her all, she won’t have to regret anything. No matter the outcome, win or lose, she’s still a winner because deep in her heart, she gave it her all.’

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 29, 2017

The education of a wannabe beauty queen

You can correct a girl’s posture. Even personality and intelligence can be acquired and developed through training. Physical beauty can be enhanced through makeup and, in extreme cases, through surgery. One thing you can never really acquire is the aura of a winner. That’s something innate.

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 29, 2017

A Home of Their Own

Emily Salas of Ridge View Emily Salas and her family have lived in three houses after Typhoon Yolana demolished their...

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 22, 2017

Yolanda Housing Timeline

2013 Nov. 8: Typhoon Yolanda hits Tacloban. Casualties number more than 6,000. Around 70%-80% come from Tacloban alone. Nov. 9:...

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 22, 2017

Home at Last

Yolanda survivors find a ‘roof over their heads’ in Tacloban North resettlement

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 22, 2017

Mentoring Champions

A determined teacher rebrands a school’s journ club into a paragon of excellence

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 15, 2017

Millennial Newsmaker

A reluctant journalist now sees herself becoming an agent of social transformation

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 15, 2017

Sibling Revelry

Collaboration brings two sisters to a journey of learning and winning

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 15, 2017

From Zero to Hero

It’s never say die for this athlete-turned-sports scribe from Pampanga.

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 15, 2017