With 2018 just having sang its swan song, let us take a peek into the year’s highlights involving the Fil-Australians who made their way in the headlines—inevitably, much to our inspirations and joy. 

Whether it is people from sports or celebrities that managed to get into the screen, no persona deserves to be obscure in this list.

Philippine-born Australian gymnast, Christopher Remkes, who, through a combination of amazing physique and well-coordinated set of movements, bagged the gold medal for winning 2018 men’s vault. The event was recently held at XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Adopted as an orphan from the Philippines, Remkes is aware of his origins and is thankful to his adoptive parents.

Christopher Remkes Image: Twitter/@CommGamesAUS
Chris Remkes Image: Twitter/@CommGamesAUS

Chess might be the sport which gave fame to Arianne Caoili, but her career’s highlight in 2018 is not about competing for mind-to-mind against fellow chess players, rather it’s philanthropy. Already a homemaker living in Armenia since 2013 after having married to the world’s top chess grandmaster, Caoili is spending her time riding across the coastal areas of Cilicia raising funds for the benefit of the poor children there.

Arianne Caoili raised funds for the poor children in Armenia.

No lovers of music can simply overlook the name Mig Ayesa who, in an effort to entrench his name further in the industry, has made an appearance in the reality TV Show, Rock Star: INXS. But 2005 is quite a long leap back in the timeline for him to be remembered. This 2018, Ayesa made his way into the spotlight when he starred in a Philippine-Australian jukebox musical which gives tribute to an outstanding Australian duo Air Supply, All Out of Love: The Musical

They say that apples do not fall far from the tree. In the case of a daughter to a Filipino veteran musician and 1994 Miss Universe Australia-borne, Leila Isabel van Eimeren–Alcasid, the notion seems to be true. Following the footsteps of her father, Leila is treading the path of a musician as she pursues a career in her father’s homeland after signing a contract with Star Music. Her debut single titled “Completely in Love” was released on 23 February with positive remarks.

Anne Curtis-Smith—recently with “Heussaff” appended to her name from marriage in 2017—is most popular among the Fil-Australian communities for her TV appearances, particularly the noon time program, “Show Time,” in addition to a slew of memorable commercials. While being in movies may be intermittent at best for this Filipino-Australian celebrity, 2018 did not shy away of adding three more titles under her name.

Anne Curtis stars in Aurora, a 2018 film that grossed PHP107 million.

Pursuing on her own career which is not a stray from her sibling, Anne, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, is making a name for herself in the entertainment industry when she made the bold step of signing an exclusive contract to the Kapuso (GMA) Network. As of 2018, Jasmine is seen as the guest anchor for the TV news program, 24 Oras, and an active member of a TV comedy-drama, Pamilya Roces.  

A scene from 2018 comedy-drama, Pamilya Roces where Jasmine Curtis-Smith appeared.
The Curtis-Smith sisters in a photoshoot on Metro Style.

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