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El Gamma Penumbra Wows at World’s Got Talent, Makes Everyone Cry

Four years after winning Asia’s Got Talent (AGT), Filipino shadow theater group El Gamma Penumbra has moved to a bigger stage as they joined World’s Got Talent, once again meeting David Foster who was among the judges of AGT.

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Set in China, the contest features some of the best talents around the world.

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This time, El Gamma Penumbra touched hearts with their interpretation of ‘Anak’ which included Chinese lyrics, perhaps in a bid to better reach the Chinese judges and audience.

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In their performance, the group showed the story of ‘Anak’, based on the song lyrics by Freddie Aguilar. Just like in the song, El Gamma Penumbra shared the story of a young kid who was cared for by his mother. She made sure to send him to school and cared for him, even preparing his food. Yet he forgot about his mother and took the wrong path.

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As his life took a darker, difficult turn, his mother was still there; though she was certainly broken hearted over what happened.

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She visited him in jail but the story implied that he stayed there for such a long time that when he was finally able to get out, she was already gone.

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Even as the young man got out into the stage, carrying his mother’s portrait, the judges and the audience were already in tears! No one could take that the mother was gone when this young man was already ready to change his life.

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As expected, thought, the superb performance raked in great comments from the judges. David told El Gamma Penumbra that he always finds their performance magical, especially because he could not understand how they were able to create those superb shadow images to match the story.

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Needless to say, the group made it to the next round! Watch their impressive performance here:

World's Got Talent El Gamma Penumbra

"Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving"Grab your box of tissues and watch this moving presentation that will bring you that much-needed catharsis (spoiler's galore)A heartfelt performance of El Gamma Penumbra @ World's Got Talent in Changsha, China."Anak" by Freddie Aguilarversion of KZ Tandingan w/ Mandarin translation.

Posted by El Gamma Penumbra on Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Sinabawang Hotdog? Andrea Brillantes Goes Viral for Tasting Oil While Cooking in Music Video

Anong lasa ng cooking oil, Andrea?” netizens couldn’t help but jokingly ask actress Andrea Brillantes after she appears to taste the oil she used for cooking hotdogs in a music video, “Tahanan.”

Andrea Brillantes Tastes Cooking Oil

OPM singer Adie’s music video for “Tahanan” started off with a cliché scene of a man waking up in bed alone, then finding his partner cooking breakfast for him. She ruffles his hair and offers him a slice of sandwich.

It’s clear that she’s really just cooking some hotdogs (nothing wrong with that, of course).

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But netizens found the next scene hilarious: Andrea’s character appears to taste the soup she’s cooking, saying “Sarap!” with rounded eyes – and everyone knew she was cooking hotdogs! Ooooops.

Do you taste the oil when frying something, then say it’s delicious? Of course, not!

So, netizens had a field day laughing at Andrea, but the actress happily went along, posting “sinabawang hotdog supremacy” on her social media account.

Why Did Andrea Taste the Cooking Oil?

The biggest question in everyone’s mind is why she tasted the cooking oil in the first place? But the music video’s director and producer, Kris Cazin, clarified that it was exactly what they wanted to happen.

Okay so nag viral tayo dahil sa sinabawang hotdog. It actually worked!” Kris happily announced.

I just thought it looks dumb so I went for it. If you think it’s funny and stupid, that’s the point!

He added that this isn’t about a gender role, but wants to point out that it’s important to show appreciation to your partner, even if they don’t really know how to cook – at least they tried to do it for you, right?

Don’t expect all women, jowa, asawa, etc na marunong magluto,” he said.

Ipagluluto ka parin niya kahit di siya marunong magluto. Show mo parin ang pagtingin mo sakanya, mahal mo parin siya despite mukha siyang ewan na umiinom ng sabaw ng hotdog.

What do you think of this video?

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NBA Legend Michael Jordan Sends Autograph, Souvenirs To Pinoy Fan

NBA legend Michael Jordan has fulfilled the dreams of a Filipino fan when he sent him an autograph and gifts.

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Christian Oliver Talampas, a pen and charcoal artist, couldn’t believe that his artwork captivated the interest of his “idol” Michael Jordan. On TikTok, Christan posted a video showing his artwork of Jordan’s “Last Shot” in the 1998 NBA Finals. He asked netizens to help him reach Jordan so he could show his artwork.

Christan’s attempt didn’t go to waste as Jordan took notice of his amazing work.

As his video went viral, a collector in the USA, Bryan Apodaca took notice and coordinated with Jordan’s camp. Jordan was impressed with Christian’s skills and asked the artist to send him the artwork.

His work was sent to Jordan and was returned to him signed by the former Chicago Bulls player.

According to Christian, he didn’t expect that he would get an autograph. The most he anticipated was a photo of Jordan with his artwork and he got more!

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“Ang hirap paniwalaan. Ang ine-expect ko man lang picture na hawak niya [ang artwork ko]. Pero sobra-sobra ang binigay niya dahil sabi nila parang makakatulong ito sa career ko as an artist, “he said on GMA’s 24 Oras.

Jordan’s autographs are extremely rare. His signature is currently on a shoe line which is valued at $15,000 or around P765,000.

Aside from the autograph, Christian also received several gifts. He got a picture of Jordan as he signed his artwork. There was a souvenir shirt and playing cards which Jordan personally played with.

In the Joker card of the playing cards, Jordan even wrote a message for Christian. He wrote, “Christian enjoy this deck of cards played at MJ’s Grove XXIII.”

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The Grove XXIII is an exclusive golf course owned by Jordan in Florida, USA.

Jordan returned the original artwork for Christian to keep while he kept a copy.

Being a long-time fan of Jordan, Christian inspired others to not give up on their dream no matter how impossible it may seem. He motivated other artists to take their “shot” and believe in themselves.

“‘Wag kayong mawawalan ng pag-asa na magtiwala sa sarili n’yo, na maniwala kahit wala nang naniniwala sa ‘yo,” he said.

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Debutante Receives Hilarious Gift of Sardines from Her “18 Treasures”

A debutante receives hilarious gift in the form of a sardine can from her “18 treasures” – and we can’t help but laugh along with her! Would you also dare gift your friend with unconventional, funny gifts on their special occasion? But it can be a challenge to top this one! LOL

Debutante Receives Hilarious Gift

What’s the best gift you received from your friends? Of course, some would say that material things don’t matter because the gift of friendship is more than enough. Still, it would be nice to get some from your friends during special days or milestones in your life.

During debuts, the debutante usually receives special gifts from her “18 treasures.” These gifts can vary, but they’re expected to be good ones that the wishes of these “treasures” for the birthday girl.

But during the debut of Danah Elyka Simbajon in Dumaguete City, central Philippines, everyone had a good laugh as the debutante receives hilarious gift of a sardine can from one of these “18 treasures!” LOL.

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To be fair, this friend explained that she “swam” to the depths of the oceans to find this gift – and chose it because it symbolizes their friendship. After all, if you can be as close as the sardines packed in a can, then you really are super close, huh?

The friend’s analogy is, of course, easy to understand, but everyone still had a good laugh over seeing a debutante receive a sardine can.

But if you’re worried that she didn’t get a proper gift to complete her 18 treasures, don’t be. Her friend actually prepared another, more serious, gift for her but it’s really the sardines that top all the others. LOL.

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What are “18 Treasures” in a Debut?

The “18 treasures” in a debut symbolize the things that the debutante needs to succeed on her to womanhood. The people chosen for this task often make a speech to explain their treasure and how they think it would help the debutante in her life.

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