Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ADRIANA PIZARRO FROM COSTA RICA IS OUR BEAUTY OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2012


Adriana Pizarro una hermosa costarricense es NUESTRA BELLEZA DEL MES DEL AMOR Y LA AMISTAD (pulsa aquí para la versión en español)

By Tony Franco
A few weeks ago, during my trip to beautiful Costa Rica and while I was attending   LAS FIESTAS de PALMARES ("the city of Palmares" Fiestas), in the province of Alajuela, I had the opportunity to meet a great looking girl from this amazing country. 
 ADRIANA PIZARRO was born in Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica and she is attending college to fulfill her dream, which is to become a doctor and help her own people as a professional in the medicine field. 
Costa Rica, according to the New Economics Foundation ranks first in the Happy Planet Index and is the "greenest" country in the world. Costa Rican people are very friendly and are always willing to help tourists, for that reason many Americans and Canadians live here, as well as Europeans. For the last 5 years,  it has been ranked as the first country where its people are the happiest on the planet Earth. 
Adriana was born on April 23rd, under the Taurus sign. 
OUR INTERVIEW WITH ADRIANA PIZARRO
El NotiCoto Magazine: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES?
 I love to run, go to the beach and get a good tan, and ride 4 wheelers. I am addicted to buying lots of shoes and going to the Beauty salon. 
El NotiCoto Magazine: WHAT KIND OF PERSONALITY  IN A MAN  DO YOU PREFER?
I love a positive and humorous personality.  I really enjoy a sincere and full of life  smile too!
El NotiCoto Magazine: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE EDUCATION IN COSTA RICA TODAY AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL?

I think education in general is at a great level, but the opportunities to get into a good university are limited because we don´t have that many scholarships available, and educational loans are scarce.  
El NotiCoto Magazine: HOW IS THE INSTRUCTORS´ QUALITY IN YOUR COUNTRY?
i think in Costa Rica most of our educators are excellent instructors, but the services provided by the institutions themselves need to be improved. 
El NotiCoto Magazine: HAVE YOU FULFILLED ALL OF YOUR DREAMS?
No, not all of them and I am young and willing to pursue them because hope is the last thing that I would loose in my life. You need to believe in yourself and never give up on your own dreams. 
My biggest dream is to finish my career and be able to help others in Costa Rica as a surgical doctor.
El NotiCoto Magazine: WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SATISFACTION SO FAR?
It is hard to think about just one, but overall I am very happy that God has blessed my life in many ways. I enjoy good health which is the most important thing to have, because it doesn´t matter how many things you have in life, if you are not healthy to enjoy them. 
I am thankful that I am able to pursue my career, by attending an institution where I will be able to fulfill my professional dream and... I have the love of the people that I care the most about and that makes me very happy. 
.El NotiCoto: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COSTA RICAN AND INTERNATIONAL  MUSICAL GROUP?
It is hard to think of just one, but my favorite Costa Rican group is  CULTURA PROFÉTICA and RDX is my favorite international group. 
El NotiCoto: WHAT ACTORS DO YOU ADMIRE OR LOVE TO WATCH?
I really like Jeniffer Aniston y Adams Sandler.
El NotiCoto: WHAT COUNTRIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISI?
Italy and brazil 
El NotiCoto:  What places do you recommend for tourists to visit while in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is a paradise and if you visit it, you become addicted to its beautiful nature and landscapes. As a proud costarican, I would recommend to look for its magic and its less populated places like the South Pacific and in general all its coastal towns, and of course my beautiful  Golfito in the Puntarenas Province, near Panamá.

El NotiCOTO: ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD FOR OUR READERS?

Yes, Don´t ever loose faith in yourself and always pursue your dreams. 

I hope that someday you can visit my beautiful country, which I am sure that in doing so, you will be eager to return to its beautiful beaches, sunsets, gorgeous views, but above all the hospitality and the charisma of the "ticos" which is unique, will bring you back. 

Congratulations to everyone behind El NotiCOTO Magazine, I love the variety of interesting topics suited for the whole family, sports, entertainment, education, as well as very good music and links to all the newspapers and radio stations of the world on www.elnoticoto.com.
Thank you for choosing me as Beauty of the Month for February 2012, it´s an honor to be part of your magazine.

Finally, I want to send a kiss to all your readers and wish them lots of love and happiness always!



Tony Franco and Adriana Pizarro  at Barra Imperial 2012 during the concert  of Kumbia Kings in Palmares, Costa Rica  (Foto Chico Ocaña).
From left to right , Mariana Castro and Carolina Calvo Special Events Press Coordinators for  Imperial Beer from Costa Rica,  Tony Franco www.elnoticoto.com owner and reporter and Adriana Pizarro Miss NotiCOTO February 2012  (Photo Chico Ocaña El NotiCoto).
 

Adriana Pizarro,  "OUR BEAUTY OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2012  (Photo Chico Ocaña El NotiCOTO).

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Special GRAMMY Tribute to Honor Whitney Houston


Houston´s last performance

Compiled by Tony Franco

Many Fans of Whitney Houston gather outside the iconic Apollo Theater in New York City and share emotional memories about the singer who died yesterday at age 48, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Many others remembered Houston around the world.

 Whitney Houston's last performance before her death took place on February 9, 2012, when Houston performed "Jesus Loves Me" with Kelly Price.



Jennifer Hudson to perform tribute to Houston 
 In a statement, Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said Houston "was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades."

Tonight GRAMMY-winning singer Jennifer Hudson will do a tribute to Houston by singing her songs during the Grammys. It will be a special performance dedicated to sixth-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston

At her peak, Whitney Elizabeth Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

She had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.
She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.
It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.







A day after Whitney Houston passed away, her albums, includingGreatest Hits and The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale soundtracks shot to the top of the music charts.
Whitney's Greatest Hits topped Amazon's MP3 sales charts and eight of her albums were listed on the top 100 album sales chart on iTunes.Greatest Hits took the #1 spot, of course.
There's no denying that Whitney was an international superstar who was an absolute legend. During her career, she sold more than 170 million albums and singles worldwide, won 6 Grammys, 2 Emmys, 30 Billboard Music Awards and 22 AMAs.
Her music will always live on…

Compiled from CBS News and Grammy.com