February 2009 - UAE Pics

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wowowee in Dubai

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Wowowee in Dubai
Popular Filipino show host and comedian Willie Revillame was supported by Valerie Concepcion, Pinoy Big Brother show host Mariel Rodriguez, comedienne Pokwang and a troupe of dancers.
Thousands of Filipino fans turned out to see the Wowowee show at Dubai Festival City.Willie Revillame, the main man in the mega popular Filipino TV show Wowowee, engaged with the crowd
The Wowowee team performed in Dubai as part of its Wowowee World Tour, which has reached the US, Canada and Australia. The huge crowd that made their way to the show at Dubai Festival City was testament to the noontime show's popularity.
Wowowee is a favourite noontime show telecast in the Philippines and through the TFC channel to reach viewers around the world.Fans of the popular TV show sang along to Revillame's Ah Doo Doo Doo, Araw-Araw Ay Pasko, Boom Tarat Tarat, Igiling-giling, Joke Joke Lang, Buksan Mo Papasukin Ako and Mamamasko Po.
Energetic dance routines were the order of the day. Upbeat moves had the crowds entertained.During a part of the show, the audience will dance to Willie Revillame's latest song. The best dancer among the lot will be chosen for the next game.
The Hep, Hep, Hooray segment, for example, not only delights the audience with star talent, but also with talent from the public.As they say, everyone is game during a Wowowee show.
Willie Revillame's funny antics never fail to delight the audience.Wowowee offers members of the audience a chance to win cash prizes, which one of the main reasons why it is very popular among Filipinos.
Audience participation is the key ingredient for Wowowee. Spontaneous fun is often the order of the day.The hosts make sure everyone is having a good time. This is one event Dubai fans will surely not forget.
International Filipino singer Charice Pempengco was at the event to give the crowd a sample of her powerful vocals.Former Dubai resident and Philippines' upcoming star Liezel Garcia was also there to wow the crowd.
Willie Revillame (left) with one of the contestants from the audience.Willie Revillame (right) with Ana, one of the winners at the show.

Barbie Fabulous at 50

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Barbie Fabulous at 50
The world's favourite doll celebrates her 50th birthday this year. In honour of Barbie we take a closer look at the extraordinary life of the iconic doll. For example, did you know that on average a staggering three Barbies are sold every second across the globe?The first ever Barbie was launched on March 9, 1959, and wore a zebra print swimsuit and sunglasses. She was developed by American businesswoman Ruth Handler, who used a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.
Barbie's full name in Barbie Millicent Roberts. She was named after Handler's daughter Barbara, for whom she created the doll after watching her play with paper dolls. Here she is driving one of her many motors, most of which are, of course, pink.
The doll is made by Mattel, Inc, but initially the company's executives, including Handler's husband Elliot who was a co-founder of the toy company, were unimpressed by the idea. These days, Barbie is big business for Mattel, and it is estimated that over a billion dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries
To honour the five decade mark of the doll, Mattel are planning a year-long list of events to celebrate her life, including a Barbie runway show in New York, a celeb-filled party at a real life Barbie Mansion, and special edition birthday dolls.
The anniversary year will also be marked with the opening of Barbie's first flagship store in March. The six-storey "retail-tainment" shop in Shanghai, China, will also feature restaurants and a spa.
A career woman, Barbie has had 110 jobs, and even holds a pilot's licence. Among the careers she has had in her fifty years are astronaut, nurse, dentist, footballer, ballerina and chef. Although it's not exactly a career move, princess Barbies are among the most popular in the shops.
arbie is a popular girl and has an array of friends and relatives, including Midge, Christie and Teresa. She has a younger sister called Skipper and various other cousins. She has never had any children, presumably because of all those jobs, but does act as a babysitter for some of her younger relatives.Despite her busy life, Barbie still finds time for a little romance, and in 1961 a boyfriend was made for her. Although they make a pretty couple, life hasn't always been rosy for Barbie and Ken, and in February 2004 Mattel announced that Barbie and Ken had split up. However, they reconciled their differences and two years later they were back together again
The Barbie brand is not just limited to dolls. As well as these laptops in her signature pink, the Barbie range also extends to mobile phones, jewellery, stationery, confectionary, clothing and more. In 2007, cosmetics company MAC even brought out a range called Barbie Loves MAC.
As well as an array of pets, homes and cars, Barbie also boasts a designer wardrobe, with outfits by Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace and many others. Here she is modelling a fetching outfit by fashion house Burberry.
After decades as the queen of all dolls, Barbie got some competition in 2001 when American toy company MGA Entertainment launched Bratz dolls. Young, trendy, and with abnormally large heads, these dolls gave Barbie a run for her money, and led to worldwide Barbie sales decreasing significantly.
It is estimated that there are around 100,000 Barbie collectors in the world, and this year's National Barbie Doll Collector's Convention in Washington is set to be a sell out. Auctions of the doll are also popular, like this one at Christie's in London, with 1965's Barbie in Midnight Red breaking records when it sold for 9,000 pounds in 2006.
Barbie is not to everyone's taste, and in 2003 she was outlawed in Saudi Arabia on the grounds that she did not conform to the ideals of Islam. Step forward Fulla. This Muslim-style doll made her debut in Egypt in 2004, and is hugely popular in the Middle East. Wearing an array of abayas and hijabs, she also appears as a teacher and a doctor.So there we have it: 50 years, over a hundred jobs, splits with her boyfriend, yet Barbie is looking pretty good. Happy Birthday!