18 star wannabes remain after elimination

Last Friday, the artista search on GMA Network called Starstruck eliminated two hopefuls leaving 18 more who will battle it out to get to the final stages of the search.

Those whom the judges, both in-studio and public (through SMS) judges chose these 18 contestants for a few more weeks in the contest. And, they are Analyn Barro, Arra San Agustin, Avery Paraiso, Ayra Mariano, Beatriz Imperial, Camille Torres, Chat Bornea, Elyson de Dios, James Teng, Jay Arcilla, Joemarie Nielsen, Kevin Sagra, Klea Pineda, Koreen Medina, Liezel Lopez, Migo Adecer, Nikki Co, and Princess Guevarra.

Who among these young men and women will endear to the audience and make them be like Rocco Nacino and Jennylyn Mercado who have remained to be the biggest names from this reality TV search so far?


A showcase of Bicol pride

Bicolano regional pride takes center stage once more as the OK Bikol Association Inc., and the regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Tourism hold the annual Orgullo Kan Bikol-Gayon Bicol Trade and Tourism Fair at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall, Oct. 8-11.

Now on its 19th year, it is the longest running regional trade and travel fair which brings to the fore the distinct products and tourist spots from the six provinces of Bicol, one of the country’s fastest growing regions.

DTI Regional Director Jocelyn Blanco said the expo is Bicolandia’s vehicle in developing homegrown entrepreneurs, especially the exhibitors who are first-timers in the mainstream Manila market.

She noted that since its inception, the exhibit has generated more than P150 million in sales, which excludes other business transactions consummated after the event. 

Spicing up the event are the home-grown musical and dance talents such as the Himig Kapitolyo of Sorsogon, Jazzworx Artists’ Assembly of Camarines Sur, 4K Barrel of Naga City, and the MAG Dancers of Iriga City. Showbiz personalities and celebrity entertainers occasionally make surprise visits and performances to the fair.

The expo was started by the DTI in 1996 as Orgullo Kan Bikol (Pride of Bicol), which initially displayed the cottage industries in the region. The DOT joined in 2001, thus giving birth to the synergy of trade and tourism.

Producers have developed world-class packaging for processed food products, which have become more competitive in foreign markets. The DTI also supports micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in product development by tapping local designers to assist OK Bikol merchants in creating new designs for their handicrafts.

OKB-Gayon Bicol is also supported by the various provincial, city and municipal local government units, which will display their One Town, One Product (OTOP) specialties.

 Among the products for sale are abaca products, furniture, home furnishings, cutlery, pottery, gold craft, fashion accessories, processed food and beverages, health and wellness concoctions, pili-based candies and delicacies, and a wide assortment of novelty items.

Spicing up the four-day fair are performances by Bicolano artists and provincial cultural groups. 

DoT Regional Director Maria Ong-Ravanilla said that the expo would also highlight Bicol’s popular and emerging travel destinations and attractions. 

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