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Singing Group Miss Tres Drops "Sex Bomb" On Britain's Got Talent

Philippines’ singing group Miss Tres (Mariko Ledesma, Mavy Cleofas, and Crissy Marie Rendon) recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and wowed the judges with their take on Tom Jones’ “Sex Bomb.”

"We would like to be like Destiny's Child or Spice Girls," said the group.

Not only did the girls deliver “sparkle” and “girl power,” the performance offered a bomb of sorts as well. It wasn’t until they began to sing that it was revealed they were transgender.

The group impressed Simon Cowell and the rest of the judges.

"Were you hiding a little secret from us at the beginning?" Simon Cowell coyly inquired.

Amanda Holden added: “Your voices were fantastic, you look amazing, you’re just so hot! It’s unfair!”

In the end, the trio got four “Yes” votes from the judges which means Miss Tres will advance to the semi-finals of the reality competition.

The group has previously performed on Philippines Got Talent in 2013 and Asia’s Got Talent in 2015.

Back then they were a quartet, but sadly one of the group’s members, Mia Narciso (also known as Romeo) died of lung cancer, at 40, in September 2016.

Speaking to The Sun, the group shared, “To be honest, we did BGT not because of exposure, but to continue giving entertainment and to inspire most especially our LGBT community and above all to continue the legacy we started with our beloved brother Mia Narciso."

At the end of the competition one act comes out on top winning a £250,000 cash prize and a spot on the Royal Variety Performance.

For those in the UK, Britain’s Got Talent airs on Saturday evenings on ITV.

Watch Miss Tres in action below.

 

 

We're Setting Our Calendars To See The Filipino Panagbenga Festival Boys

We know where we want to go next year.

We have to be honest and share that we’re a little late to the party in terms of this year’s festival, but we’re happy to share with you the existence of this cultural event (and put it in our calendars for next year).

Every year, the Philippines celebrates the Panagbenga Festival.

The Panagbenga Festival (or the Flower Festival) is a month-long event that happens every February. The festival celebrates the coming of spring and is a tribute to the many flowers found in the city of Baguio. The festival is also partly a celebration of the city’s survival after the 1990 Luzon earthquake.

Besides the event giving the younger generation a link to their cultural history, it also acts as a great boost to the city (and the country’s) economy. And there’s a great reason why.

During the event, there are several performances, such as dancers in revealing outfits, that are inspired by cultural history and the many flowers the event celebrates.

Many of the male dancers are interestingly dressed for the event. They dress up in traditional/ceremonial Cordillera outfits. (And if you’re wondering. No, they are not wearing underwear underneath. Though, there is a special compartment to secure their private bits).

So, if you’re thinking of traveling somewhere next February, consider visiting the Philippines and seeing this inspiring cultural event (and its hot ceremonial dancers).