Album cover of Barbra Streisand's latest CD
I don’t know with you, guys, but Barbra Streisand is one of the greatest female singers ever. Her crystal-clear voice and diction, excellent vocal control, fabulous stage presence and consistent track record are hard to match, not even by the likes of Whitney Houston (who’s over-the-hill, imo) and Mariah Carey (she can be hit-or-miss) or the latest upstarts in the Hollywood music industry.
The very minute I learned about the release of her latest CD, I just had to rush to Odyssey to get a copy. She never disappoints. The orchestral version of all the cuts are, quite simply, a joy to listen to. The songs may not be a hit among the younger set, but they will surely be lapped up by the rest. I grew up listening to her music. And at her age (and mine), I am continuously amazed with her singing talent.
If you’re young and have doubts, give at least one of her tracks a try. If you’re older and a fan of Barbra, this one is a must-buy cd to add up to your collection. Her version of ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ is nothing short of phenomenal, just as the 12 other songs in the line-up like ‘Here’s To Life’ and ‘Love Dance.’
Here’s an audio-video of Barbra’s ‘Here’s To Life':
video courtesy of YouTube/DrLowenstein
Looks like Mexico is in a winning moment. After Anagabriela Espinoza won the Miss International 2009 title, here comes her compatriot grabbing the last fast-track ticket to the Miss World 2009 finals.
Perla Beltran was selected winner of the Miss World Top Model award and gained an automatic entry to the Top 15 on finals night December 12. The representatives of Vietnam and Martinique placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Do I smell another Mexican victory in a grand-slam pageant this year?
Anyways, there is one more fast-track event winner waiting to be announced, and that is for the Miss World Beauty With a Purpose.
Anagabriela Espinoza, 21, from Mexico was crowned Miss International 2009 a few hours ago at the Tennis International Hotel in Chengdu, China. She becomes the 2nd Mexican to win the same title after Priscilla Perales clinched her country’s first just two years back in 2007. Placing 1st Runner-Up is Miss Korea, while Miss United Kingdom rounded out the Top 3 by getting 2nd Runner-Up honors.
The 12 other delegates who made it to the Top 15 are Misses Brazil, Spain, Venezuela, Philippines, Cuba, Belgium, Belarus, Canada, Dominican Republic, Finland, Japan and Panama.
From Chengdu, China, the 49th Miss International 2009 will be crowned tonight. The 64 contestants vying for the crown are getting ready for the finals and are all excited to know who will be proclaimed the winner. Our very own Miss Philippines, Melody Gersbach, is a strong favorite to land in the Top 3 and might even get a good shot at taking it all the way.
Here are my 15 personal picks to place in the competition:
Laksmi Rodriguez of Venezuela
Melody Gersbach of the Philippines
Rayanne Morais of Brazil
Ksenia Hrabovskaya of Russia
Sona Skoncova of Slovakia
Melania Santiago of Spain
Cassandra D'Ermilio of Belgium
Yuka Nakayama of Japan
Mathilde Muller of France
Harshita Saxena of India
Anagabriela Espinoza of Mexico
Qian Wang of China
Angelika Jakubowska of Poland
Chanel Beckenlehner of Canada
Illuminata James of Tanzania
Who will be the big winner tonight?
Miss Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino, wins the Miss World Beach Beauty award.
The beautiful and charming Kaiane Aldorino becomes the first representative of Gibraltar to enter the finals of Miss World by virtue of winning the Miss World Beach Beauty competition of Miss World 2009. She outclassed 111 other delegates. Placing 2nd to 5th, respectively, are the representatives of Nadege Herrera of Panama, Katharine Brown of Scotland, Chloe Mortaud of France and Flavia Foianini of Bolivia.
The remaining ladies in the Top 12 going into the Miss World Beach Beauty finals are Misses Barbados, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and South Africa. Rounding up the Top 20 are the ladies from Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Korea, Namibia, United States, and Uruguay.
LET"S GIVE OUR ALL-OUT SUPPORT FOR MELODY!
If the steps above are not clear enough for viewing, here is a repeat of the procedures:
1. Log-on to this link.
2. Click English Version
3. Click 49th Miss International (Japanese Version)
4. Scroll down and click the 2009 – 49th Miss International
5. Click English edition
6. Look for Melody
7. Enter Miss Philippines code
1. Log-on to this link
2. Click English Version
3. Look for Miss Philippines
4. Enter correct code
Miss Philippines Melody Gersbach in her national costume at Miss International 2009.
The finals will be this coming Saturday night, November 28, from Chengdu, Province of Sichuan, China.
A day after the finals night of Miss Earth 2009, the four elemental beauties who were crowned as winners headed for the pristine beach of Fairways & Bluewater in Boracay for a pictorial with the press. The ladies wore their two-piece swimwear and crowns, while giving out victorious smiles to the photographers around. Here are some of the shots taken.
(L-R) Alejandra Echevarria of Spain (Fire), Sandra Seifert of the Philippines (Air), Larissa Ramos of Brazil (Earth) and Jessica Barboza of Venezuela (Water.)
The elemental beauties of Miss Earth 2009 flash their victorious smiles to the press.
ME09 Larissa Ramos handed Brazil its 2nd Miss Earth crown and is set to become this environmental spokesperson of Mother Earth for the next 365 days.
There's more to the earthiness of beautiful Larissa Ramos. She is smart and adventurous as well. This 20 year old will have her hands full as Miss Earth 2009.
Once more, congratulations to the winners!!! Boa sorte, Larissa!!!
Images are courtesy of Felix Manuel of OPMB Worldwide Forums.