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The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession


The Philippines is one of a few countries in the world where beauty pageants are taken seriously, so much so that a Filipino victory in international contests like Miss Universe is a source of national pride. Other cultures see them as exploitative of women, but beauty pageants are widely popular in the Philippines. Barnaby Lo met ardent fans whose worlds would stop when a pageant takes place, and a girl who is training hard to become a beauty queen someday.

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The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession


The Philippines is one of a few countries in the world where beauty pageants are taken seriously, so much so that a Filipino victory in international contests like Miss Universe is a source of national pride. Other cultures see them as exploitative of women, but beauty pageants are widely popular in the Philippines. Barnaby Lo met ardent fans whose worlds would stop when a pageant takes place, and a girl who is training hard to become a beauty queen someday.

 

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PHILIPPINES' BEAUTY PAGEANT OBSESSION CREDITS

 

 

CORRESPONDENT/WRITER/PRODUCER: BARNABY LO

CINEMATOGRAPHY: FROILAN MALICSI, ROBERT MALICSI

MUSIC: PEARLSHA ABUBAKAR

EDITING: REICHELLE REYES

SPECIAL THANKS: CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES

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Being a woman in the Afghan army


Afghanistan's military has seen an increasing number of female recruits since the withdrawal of NATO combat troops from the country in 2015. It is a job that not only requires securing one of the world's most dangerous countries, but also exposes them to social prejudices that make them vulnerable to abuse. As Natalie Carney reports, the women of Afghanistan's army forge ahead despite the risks, determined to make their mark and achieve peace for their strife-torn country. 

Being a woman in the Afghan army


Afghanistan's military has seen an increasing number of female recruits since the withdrawal of NATO combat troops from the country in 2015. It is a job that not only requires securing one of the world's most dangerous countries, but also exposes them to social prejudices that make them vulnerable to abuse. As Natalie Carney reports, the women of Afghanistan's army forge ahead despite the risks, determined to make their mark and achieve peace for their strife-torn country. 

 

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AFGHANISTAN'S FEMALE SOLDIERS CREDITS

Correspondent: Natalie Carney

Cameraman: Mark Esplin

Fixer & Producer: Zabihullah Tamanna