Thursday, March 26, 2009

2009 Time 100 Finalists Out: Two Pinoys In (Manny Pacquiao and Pregnant Man Thomas Beatie)!

Time Magazine has once again rounded up their list of finalists for their 2009 Time 100 newsmakers. Jotting down the "world's most influential people in government, science, technology and the arts", Time came up with 203 finalists (comprised both the notorious and the heroic) which will be whittled down into 100 people through web votes. Two Filipinos are in the list -- Manny Pacquiao currently at #6 and Thomas Beatie (Tracy Lagundino) or more known as the "Pregnant Man" who is currently at #112.
Manny Pacquiao and Thomas Beatie Time 100

Unless you've been living under a rock, you now know that Manny Pacquiao gained some media mileage after defeating Golden Boy Oscar dela Hoya. Time noted how Pinoys love Manny Pacquiao but we are turned off by his political ambitions. Ditto for Filipino-American Thomas Beatie (former Pinay Tracy Lagundino picture below). Transgendered Beatie gained notoriety after giving birth as a "man". However, Time lamented that thanks to Octo-mom Nadya Suleman, Beatie is now overshadowed by her as "America's strangest parent"!

Tracy Lagundino aka Thomas Beatie Pregnant Man

Currently topping the Time 100 list are Rwandan president Paul Kagame, founder Moot (Christopher Poole) and Korean superstar Rain. Incidentally, Rain placed number two last year but he "has still not broken big in the United States", according to Time.

If you want to vote, you can visit the Time 100 website. Well, before voting for these Pinoys, you have to remind yourself that this is not "Vote for the Worst" contest, okay?

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