These images are screenshots from Instagram alone
Try exploring posts on Instagram, and chances are that 2 in every ten entries would almost always have Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in it. She is such a popular fixture nowadays that people follow her every activity and post images (and quick vids) of her left and right. I daresay now that she could be the first Miss Universe winner to really maximize social media exposure across the board. And the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) must be very happy with how things are rolling out big for their reigning titleholder.
Miss Universe for Maxim
Mind you, that’s just Instagram. I haven’t even mentioned Facebook and Twitter yet where her presence stretches far and wide.
Here’s more of Pia on Instagram
I just love it!
Happy Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey everyone! 😉
2015 has been an extremely busy yet fulfilling pageant year for your blogger! Time was when the Holiday Season is the most looked forward to in terms of some much-needed rest and relaxation. No can do. It’s like all the pressures have decided to gather during the 12th month. At first, I thought it would be such a difficult task to accomplish. But I survived. And more than anything else, I will take a Miss Universe crown in exchange for all the planned breaks and vacation.
Thank you very much to all of you who have decided to stick it out with me. I know that I may not be the most responsive in terms of putting in comments and replies to your questions or clarifications. But I decided to focus more on coming up with new posts, topics and features that you can animatedly discuss. It’s not easy and I’m not complaining. I just needed to find that window of sleep in the wee hours of the morning to propel myself back to more blogging the following day. And I don’t intend to slow down just yet, at least not after the Philippines claimed its 3rd Miss Universe crown. Such a powerful booster, if you ask me.
2016 should hopefully be more exciting! And in line with this, allow me to announce that normannorman.com on Facebook will start at midnight later – while all the fireworks are starting to explode. Do find the time to visit me in that PAGE. It will be an extension of this blog where all the new posts will be linked to lure them back in return so they can finish reading the article. May I ask that you drop by at least once to LIKE and SHARE the PAGE in your personal accounts.
HAPPY 2016 to one and all!
normannorman.com will start on Facebook at facebook.com/normannormandotcom January 1, 2016! Click above to visit.
By now, I have already updated my Facebook profile picture (although it is scheduled to change again soon).
The terrorist attacks on Paris are signs that not even the perceived safe countries in the world are spared from such violent disrespect of life.
It breaks my heart to hear of news or see photos of innocent people losing their lives.
Pray for Paris. Pray for the souls of those whose lives were lost. Pray for Peace. While it is too much to ask for some people, it does not take a lot to think of what the serious consequences are.
If you still didn’t know, MWO’s Julia Morley already has an Official Facebook Page (Click above to check it out, then like!)
Have you heard (or read) on your timelines that our dearest Julia Morley of the Miss World Organization now has her own Facebook Page and Twitter account? I’m pretty sure she has a trusted staff who administers and updates the same, but I am also positive that she makes her own entries whenever free time permits. So head on over to these sites, follow and tag as one of your favorites. She just might personally reply. 😉
15-20 years ago, the five ladies above would have joined beauty contests and won by the sheer amount of intelligence they individually possess. Not that they are less gorgeous than our perennial idea of how a beauty queen looks like, but they know how to fully utilize their smarts to get what they want.
Take for example Marissa Mayer, Yahoo President/CEO and only 37. She could easily pass off as Miss Wisconsin-USA 1997 and a Miss USA winner or finalist. And then there’s 42 year-old Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO. Back in 1992, she would’ve participated in Miss Florida and placed well. Being a great fitness buff then, her swimsuit presentation won’t get lost on the judges’ scorecards. Hispanic Gisel Ruiz, Wal-Mart US COO, is also another could-have-been for the Golden State in the 90s. And how about Transaero Airlines’ Olga Pleshakova? She may be 45, but I won’t be surprised if she secretly took part in Miss Russia 1991 and almost became a contender the year Lupita Jones took home the Miss Universe crown. I’m not even adding Ariston Investments’ Efrat Peled yet. She may not have been an Israeli beauty titleholder back in the mid-90s, although not an impossibility had she gamely took the route. She’s only 38 at the moment.
At any rate, these women upped the ante even more. They are part of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business, and the youngest may I add. In the US ranking, Sheryl Sandberg (#8), Marissa Mayer (#14) and Gisel Ruiz (#21) are forces to reckon with, just as Olga Pleshakova (#49) and Efrat Peled (#50) are in the international listing.
It cannot be denied that they still have the beauty and relative youthfulness to give our young titleholders a run for their money. What’s more, they have achieved the kind of power most of us can only dream of having. What more can they ask for? More power, of course! They’re not getting any younger, but in terms of clout and control, the years ahead are still sprawlingly rich. 😉
Please click on the image above to go straight to Queenie’s Official MW Philippines Fanpage.
Do I sound like a broken record? My apologies, but your indulgence please. You might be slacking in campaigning for Queenie Rehman in Miss World 2012, so here’s another reminder to spread the word – your friends, your contacts, your family members, your acquaintances, your colleagues…..heck, even strangers in FB! Let’s keep on liking her Official Miss World Philippines Fanpage, and follow her on Twitter @MWPhilippines. 😀
Bosom buddies. Miss World Japan Nozomi Igarashi (L) and Miss World Philippines Queenie Rehman hug each other during the cold cable car ride to the Singing Dunes of Ordos.
From the Facebook grapevine, the photo above shows the rumored National Costume of Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup in Miss Universe 2011. It does look flamboyant but in a graceful way. And I can only wish our girl good luck while she is wearing the same. The train is over-the-top long that the ladies behind her can easily trip without meaning to do so.
Okay, dear readers, complete my blog title above…..
“If this is Shamcey Supsup’s National Costume in Miss Universe 2011, _____________________________________”
P.S. I’m not yet convinced that this will indeed be Shamcey’s National Costume. My moles described a different creation altogether – think butterflies. So do take this blog post as just a rumor.
You’ve been spending days and nights chatting, updating, arranging dates and doing all sorts of wholesome (and not-so-wholesome) things via Facebook. In fact, some people can say that their lives won’t be complete without it. But have you ever wondered how the whole thing really started and how it made a geek of a guy insanely rich and famous? Then you should watch “The Social Network” because it details – in cinematic scope – the rise to fame and fortune of Mark Zuckerberg and his friends. I actually got to read a long-ish article in Fortune Magazine about the same and, while I am not too keen on seeing the relatively ‘boring-for-the-mainstream-audience’ turn of events that made Facebook the almost indispensable online tool it is right now, I trust Director David Fincher (“Fight Club”, “Panic Room” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) to make it work.
Watch the HD trailer below…
video courtesy of YouTube/SonyPictures
I will surely head to the multiplex when the movie opens here in Manila, but for those living in the US, “The Social Network” opens wide this coming Friday, October 1. If you ask me what its’ box-office prospects are, I’d be very uncertain because this is the type of flick that may or may not hit it well with the young crowd depending on how the whole thing is filmed. Good thing it got a PG-13 rating. The people behind may have decided to cut short some scenes which could lead to being Rated R. But playing it safe, I think a US$18-20 million opening weekend would be a reasonable projection.
“The Social Network” is from Sony Pictures. It is directed by David Fincher from a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich (who wrote the book). The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg – in the role of Mark Zuckerberg – together with Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella and Rashida Jones.
My friend, Cynthia, who lives in Detroit, sent me an interesting article about Facebook contacts. Has the site been infiltrated by the feds? I really don’t know and I don’t even want to hazard any conclusion on the same. Read excerpts of the quoted write-up below as written by Richard Lardner of Associated Press:
Careful: New Facebook friends might be the feds
BY RICHARD LARDNER
U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting.
Think you know who’s behind that “friend” request? Think again. Your new “friend” just might be the FBI.
The document, obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, makes clear that U.S. agents are already logging on surreptitiously to exchange messages with suspects, identify a target’s friends or relatives and browse private information such as postings, personal photographs and video clips.
Among other purposes: Investigators can check suspects’ alibis by comparing stories told to police with tweets sent at the same time about their whereabouts. Online photos from a suspicious spending spree — people posing with jewelry, guns or fancy cars — can link suspects or their friends to robberies or burglaries.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties group, obtained the Justice Department document when it sued the agency and five others in federal court. The 33-page document underscores the importance of social networking sites to U.S. authorities. The foundation said it would publish the document on its Web site on Tuesday.
With agents going undercover, state and local police coordinate their online activities with the Secret Service, FBI and other federal agencies in a strategy known as “deconfliction” to keep out of each other’s way.
“You could really mess up someone’s investigation because you’re investigating the same person and maybe doing things that are counterproductive to what another agency is doing,” said Detective Frank Dannahey of the Rocky Hill, Conn., Police Department, a veteran of dozens of undercover cases…..
I use facebook but I’m not a slave to the site. I don’t want to go into ‘paranoid mode’ just yet so as not to get ahead of myself on the matter. But as the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
If you want to read the whole article, click HERE.
Thank God it’s Friday! 😉
This piece of news is actually both amusing and talk-worthy. Can you guys skip daily checks on your FB accounts for at least one whole (holy) week from Palm Sunday to Black Saturday (28 March – 3 April, 2010)? I know I can but that’s because I receive FB messages straight to my Blackberry and I just ignore the header if it’s not worth reading.
But if you can’t help it because you need to check your Farmville harvest and the like….read on!
Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz
MANILA, Philippines – Can you give up Facebook and videogames during Lent?
According to former Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, Filipino Catholics should abstain from videogames, movies, texting and even social networks as a form of sacrifice during the Lenten season.
“All these sacrifices such as abstaining from movies, Facebook, videogames, texting and eating pork are a form of mortification of the flesh. It is a form of self-denial that is meant to elevate the spiritual needs over the physical,” he said in an interview.
Cruz said time away from computers and games would mean more time for reflection. He added, however, that Filipino Catholics should also focus on doing more good works such as giving to the poor during Lent.
Cruz’s call echoes a similar proposal by British Church leaders urging people to give up their iPods and abstain from using technology at least for a day.
The retired archbishop had earlier encouraged Catholic bishops to use blogs as a tool to evangelize people.
Convinced or not? State your case. 😉