Filipino Celebs Drew Arellano & Iya Villania’s BEAUTIFUL WEDDING

Drew Arellano and Iya Villania make a gorgeous couple so it only makes sense to have a gorgeous wedding. After all, fans have been waiting ten years for the two to tie the knot.

Arellano and Villania are both actors and television hosts. 34-year-old Arellano is one of the traveling hosts of the daily morning show, Unang Hirit the host of Balik-Bayan. He has been awarded for hosting both shows. He is also known for his movie roles in Spirit Of The Glass and My First Romance.

Villania, the 27-year-old Australian-born beauty, has hosted a number of shows including ASAP Mania and Us Girls. Additionally, Villania has a number of television roles, film roles and music videos to her name.

Although everyone was aware of the couple’s 10 year relationship, Arellano and Villania have prided themselves in keeping their romance private.

“We are really just a private couple and I would like to think that it’s something that has helped us in becoming strong so far… Basta, we are definitely preparing for our future,” Villania said.

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Despite this, they could not control the anticipation from their fans for their long-awaited wedding ceremony. In addition to their families, the ceremony had over 200 guests including Kim Atienza, Luis Manzano, Gary Valenciano, Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, Matteo Guidicelli, Iza Calzado, and Nikki Gil.

The gorgeous cliffside wedding took place on January 31, 2013 at Meditation Point, Kawayan Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas.

“The past week leading to this day has been crazy happy moments. But today marks the start of what I know will be a happier life with you,” Iya said to Drew during the wedding ceremony. “A life of freedom and adventure, a life of love that only seems to grow stronger as we get older, a life of laughter at the silliest of things, a life of growing with each other.”

 

Iya Villania and Drew Arellano’s Wedding from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

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Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013

2013 was quite the year for Audrey Magazine. Not only did it mark our ten year anniversary, it was also the launch of our revamped website. While we’re more than excited to kick off this new year, let’s take a moment to look back on all the stories of style, beauty and inspiring Asian Americans of the previous year.

Ranked by which stories were the most popular of the year, we bring you Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013!


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1) Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair
“If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, its Asian hair. No one knows when this actually happened, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women had the same kind of hair…”


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2) Not For Weak Stomachs: Removal of a 25-Year-Old Blackhead 
“In September we showed you the results of sleeping with makeup on for an entire month and called it a horror story. Now we take that back. We take it all back. Apparently, that wasn’t a skincare horror story at all. This is…”


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3) Korean Twin Sisters Unrecognizable After Plastic Surgery 
“It’s no secret. In Asia, plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. In fact, double eyelid surgery is so typical that many girls have been known to receive the procedure as a graduation gift. Aside from these minor procedures, just how far has surgery entered Asian culture? According to some, surgery has become a very serious ordeal…”


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“1. Indonesian entertainer Agnes Monica (@agnezmo) — 8,326,171 followers
2. Japanese-Swiss-Polish Brazilian TV personality Sabrina Sato Rahal (@sabrinasatoreal) 3. Indonesian singer Sherina Munaf (@sherinamunaf)…”


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5) Korean American K-Pop Star Embroiled in Nude Photos Scandal
“Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet. Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy…”


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6) The Ultimate Guide to EXO
“EXO is separated into two subgroups, EXO K and EXO M, which promotes in Korea and China respectively. But together? This boy band totals to 12 members. Overwhelming? Just a bit. As much as we wanted to get to know the line-up for KCON, was learning all 12 members worth it? YES. The answer to that question is a very enthusiastic yes…”


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7) False Rumor: Philippines Disqualified From Pageants For The Next Two Years 
“In the midst of all this good news for the Philippines, a strange rumor has begun to spread. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the  Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants for the next two years claiming that Filipina candidates had an “enormous advantage” this year…”


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8) Asians in Fashion | EXO-K for Ivy Club Autumn 2013
“With the rise of EXO’s popularity, we can confidently say that  Ivy Club made quite a good decision to have the boys model and endorse their Autumn 2013 look…”


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9) Extremely Racist Responses to Olympus Has Fallen
“Its no secret that we still face racism today. Every time I start to believe that I live in my ideal/equal world, acts like this bring me back to the reality that we still have a long way to go…”


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10) Where I Went and What I Bought: Seoul
“I took a dream vacation last month. Not to some tropical hideaway surrounded by crystal clear waters. Not to a romantic European capital overflowing with crumbling palaces and fine wine. No, I went on a shopping vacation. To Korea…”

 

MUST SEE: Filipino Pantene Commercial Calls Attention to Gender Labels in The Workplace

Now its time to applaud Pantene Philippines for its amazing commercial tackling gender discrimination.

We’re no stranger to gender labels. There have been many cases where women were perceived in a negative light while men were praised for doing the exact same thing. Many claim that such judgements are subconscious. Obviously, it would do us all well to question the disparity between these labels and why they exist.

Each scene portrays a man and a woman in the workplace environment. The commercial then highlights the double standards among men and women through labels. A man is simply being the “boss” while a woman in the same position is “bossy.” A man is “persuasive” while a woman is “pushy.” A man well-dressed for work is “neat” but a woman is “vain.” The man is “smooth” while the woman is a “show-off.”

The commercial successfully pulls our attention towards the unfair gender discrimination that often occurs in the workplace. It ends by stating, “Don’t let labels hold you back. Be strong and shine.”

Although this commercial doesn’t feature Pantene in the most obvious way, it certainly features glossy hair. Besides, we’re definitely a fan of the bigger issue that the commercial addresses.

The commercial was only uploaded onto youtube yesterday, but it has already gathered over 3 million views. Check it out for yourself.

False Rumor: Philippines Disqualified From Pageants For The Next Two Years

2013 has been quite the year for the Philippines in the pageant world. Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 and Mutya Datul was crowned Miss Supranational 2013.  In fact, every new international beauty competition has seen a Filipina winning the title or placing in the top 5.

This year, Ariella Arida became third runner up for the Miss Universe crown. The Philippines has been consistently doing well in the Miss Universe Pageant. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Janine Tugonon were all in the top 5 in the Miss Universe competition respectively.

The newest addition to this list is Annalie Forbes who recently became third runner up in the Miss Grand International Beauty Pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the midst of all this good news for the Philippines, a strange rumor has begun to spread. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the  Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants for the next two years claiming that Filipina candidates had an “enormous advantage” this year. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the ABPFH has decided “to give other countries the chance to win international beauty competitions.”

The crazy part? People have actually been believing this rumor and have been getting angry. Most of these individuals are unfamiliar with The Adobo Chronicles which is a compilation of faux news reports. In fact, the site literally says “Everything you read on this site is based on fact, except for the lies.” The site is similar to the American news satire organization, The Onion.

It would seem rather odd and unfair to ban the Philippines from all international pageants (or any for that matter) simply because they’ve been doing a good job. The “Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH)” appears to be something potentially made up. Ultimately, this news would not make sense.

However, the power of the internet has taken over. The story has appeared on a number of other sites who seem unaware that The Adobo Chronicles is satire. This is followed by a number of angry readers who have fallen into the trap. Of course, we must applaud The Adobo Chronicles for stirring up such attention.

So let out a sigh of relief everyone– something this absurd couldn’t possibly be true.

 

“Smile For The Philippines” Will Warm Your Heart

It goes without saying that the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan has been disheartening and has emotionally affected people worldwide. We cannot possibly know what the typhoon victims are feeling and we can only hope that everyone is giving their full efforts to help the Philippines in their state of need.

With that said, people have tried various methods to raise funds and help the relief efforts in the Philippines. Our hearts are warmed by acts as big as million dollar donations to acts as small as children donating their piggy-bank savings to those in need (small, but equally appreciated).

This is why we can’t help but smile at the efforts of Alex and Roi who handle the YouTube channel Wassabi. The boys, both Filipino, felt that they needed to do something to help. Of course, they wanted to do things a little differently.

In this time of tears, worry and stress, the Wassabi boys thought it would be best to create a video of love and support.

They visited a mall and had random strangers dance and give words of hope for the Philippine typhoon victims. In exchange, the boys would give monetary donations depending on the actions/ words of the the strangers.

In addition to strangers, the Wassabi boys also got a few familiar faces to participate including Keanu Reeves, Ryan Higa and AJ Rafeal.

Watch “Smile For The Philippines” below and be prepared to catch yourself smiling along with them.


Jason Day Loses Family Members to Typhoon Haiyan

Australian professional golfer Jason Day has recently revealed that he lost eight of his family members to devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines.

Day’s mother moved from the Philippines to Australia nearly 30 years ago. However, many of her relatives stayed in the Philippines in the city of Tacloban. Day is reported to have lost his grandmother, his uncle and six cousins during the typhoon which has claimed thousands of lives and left over 600,000 people displaced from their homes.

 Yahoo sports has described Day as “one of the nicest guys in all of professional golf.” Their description seems fitting as Day urges fans to focus their attention towards relief efforts in the Philippines.

“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour Monday.

“My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.

“We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media’s interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you.”

 

Gold Coast Bulletin was able to speak to Jason Day’s mother, Dening Day, about the tragedy that affected her family. She claims that she has not yet spoken to her son about their loss.


“My daughter has been updating him but I don’t want to bother him because he has commitments,” she said. “There will be plenty of time to talk after [the World Cup]. He’s representing his country so I don’t want him worrying about anything apart from golf.”

 

Day will team with Adam Scott in the World Cup beginning at Royal Melbourne on Thursday.

 

NFL Player DOUG BALDWIN Shows Support To Philippine Typhoon Victims

Doug Baldwin, the wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, was personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan which plowed through the Philippines. Baldwin revealed that many of his family members were in the Philippines including his grandmother.

Baldwin’s family was primarily located in Tacloban, a city in the northern part of the province of Leyte. Unfortunately, Tacloban received the worst of the typhoon.

After finding out that his family members were okay, Baldwin confessed his fears to The Seattle Times.

It was (stressful) at first just because you didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said Thursday. “Most of them have been accounted for. One of my family member’s house is completely gone and the majority of my family members are staying in my grandmother’s sister’s house. The only thing is that it’s been difficult to get them food and water because it’s not been accessible to do so. But most of them we have heard from and they are doing okay.

 

Baldwin added that he is very seriously considering taking his off-season time to visit his relatives in the Philippines.

In support of the Philippine typhoon victims, the Seattle Seahawks had American Red Cross volunteers at all gates on Sunday for the 1:25 p.m. game against the Vikings. All donations went towards disaster relief in the Philippines.

Fans are also invited to donate online through the American Red Cross’ disaster relief fund at the following link: http://www.redcross.org/cm/seahawks-pub

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Heartwarming Story of the Day: Six-Year Old Donates Piggybank Savings for Haiyan Relief

With his mother in tow, six-year old Shoichi Kondoh headed over to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo with a determined mind and an open heart.  In an act of great generosity, he was there to personally donate his savings to response efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

As stated by the Philippine Embassy, after seeing the extent of the damage on television, the Japanese pre-schooler “did not think twice about giving away his childhood savings (of JPY 5,000 or ~$50).”  With his donation, Soichi became the youngest cash donor at the embassy.  Consul Bryan Dexter Lao was there to receive the enveloped-donation.

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Soichi signs the condolence book at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and poses with Consul Bryan Dexter Lao. (Photos courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Japan)

With damages costing an estimated $15 billion, a rising death toll and hundreds of thousands of people displaced, it is no question that relief and aid are needed.  Soichi’s act of “sincere generosity” is a reminder that every little bit counts.

If you are interested in donating to the continuing relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines, be sure to check out these Ruby Veridiano and Audrey-approved picks.

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Girls At High-Risk For Rape: The New Fear of Typhoon Survivors

You would think that after surviving one of the world’s strongest typhoons, you’d have survived the worst. Unfortunately, conditions after such a destructive event prove to be quite dangerous as well.

Much of Philippines is left trying to cope with all the loss brought on by Typhoon Haiyan, otherwise known as Typhoon Yolanda. Days after the typhoon, residents are left in dire need of food, water and medical treatment.

Bodies line the streets in need of body bags. People wait in crowds at nearby airports for days just to receive some food. Tons of people are left without a home and must seek shelter in abandoned vehicles. Citizens cover their face in an effort to avoid the stench of rotting bodies. Looters have begun to take what they can simply because they want their family to survive. In desperation, some have dug into water pipes to keep from dehydration.

This nightmare has become a reality for some of the Filipino citizens who’s homeland was destroyed by the typhoon. While victims must go each day worrying about their survival, the British government points out another terror which haunts the victims.

According to The Telegraph, thousands of Filipino women and girls will face the very real risk of violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse, rape, forced marriage and trafficking.

“We are concerned about the safety of women and girls in the Philippines,” says Justine Greening, Britain’s international development secretary, who is helping to coordinate the UK’s response to the crisis. “After previous emergencies in the Philippines, we have seen an increase in violence against women and girls and in particular the trafficking of girls.”

According to The Telegraph, this danger is common during natural disasters in developing countries because people turn to trafficking as a way to survive, the weakened environment creates more vulnerable situations for women, and these issues are simply not prioritized because they are not considered life-threatening.

“Currently, girls and women in crisis situations such as earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and conflict are more vulnerable to violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking, because of the lack of protection and provision for their needs.” says Justine Greening. “The UK Government believes that the prevention and response to violence against girls and women in emergencies is a life-saving action and should be prioritised from the outset, alongside other life-saving interventions,” Ms Greening said.

Greening has already advocated for certain measures to be taken such as sending a women’s ‘protection specialist’ and solar lanterns because better lighting creates safer environments. Obviously, these are very quick tactics and UK hopes other countries will work in solidarity with them to create long-term strategies.

“It’s about giving girls a voice, participation matters,” Greening explains. “It’s also about choice over what women do post-crisis – what they do with their lives, what to do for a job, when to get married and what happens to their bodies. This matters.”

Anderson Cooper Reveals The True State of The Philippines

American journalist, reporter and television personality Anderson Cooper has been creating quite a buzz for himself for his live reports from the Philippines directly after Typhoon Haiyan.

The CNN reporter and host of is own daytime talk show Anderson Live, flew to Tacloban to report on the city most affected by the Typhoon.

His reports have gained quite a bit of attention because Cooper was not afraid to delve into the lack of aid and resources. He described the lack of government presence and the speed of aid.

Watch Anderson’s CNN segment below:

His report has caused a number of mixed reviews. Some were apparently upset over Cooper criticizing the Philippine government’s slow and inadequate efforts. Among those who disagreed with his sentiments was ABS-CBN newsreader Korina Sanchez.

During her morning radio show, Sanchez claimed that Cooper did not know what he was talking about. Philippine netizens, many of whom were facing the struggles that Cooper shed light on, were angered by Sanchez’s comment and pointed out that while he was out in the field gathering an actual account of the destruction, she was sitting sitting safely in a radio station saying that the state of things were not as bad as Cooper made it seem.

Others point out that her comment was for political reasons. After all, Sanchez is married to the  Interior Secretary who heads the rescue and relief operations in Tacloban CIty. Citizens said she simply did not want to make it seem as if her husband was not doing an adequate job.

Because of this, many more netizens seem to agree with Cooper’s report.

Additionally, Cooper has been using twitter to share his thoughts and reveal the true state of the Philippines after the Typhoon:

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