Category Archives: Beauty Pageants

Kris Tiffany Janson & Yvethe Marie Santiago: Crownless But Proud

Two minor pageants were held just this week in Europe and two of our Binibining Pilipinas queens were sent to carry out their mission. For Kris Tiffany Janson, it is to win the first ever Miss Intercontinental crown and for Yvethe Marie Santiago, that is to do a historic back-to-back placement for the Miss Supranational title. Both entered the semifinalists circle but failed to win the main title.

Kris Tiffany Janson / Yvethe Marie Santiago

Kris Tiffany Janson / Yvethe Marie Santiago

For the Cebuana beauty Kris Tiffany Janson, her second runner-up finish equaled the feat made by Maria Sovietskaya Bacud 19 years ago. On what deemed to be a rather controversial result, Phataraporn Wang of Thailand was declared the winner eclipsing Janson and Jeslie Mergal from Cuba, both favored by pageant fans and pundits to win the crown.

Kris Tiffany Janson, Phataraporn Wang of Thailand and Jeslie Mergal of Cuba

Kris Tiffany Janson, Phataraporn Wang of Thailand and Jeslie Mergal of Cuba

Meanwhile, Bicolana queen Yvethe Marie Santiago took a rather mean task to retain the crown for the Philippines after Mutya Datul snatched it last year in Belarus. It was an incredibly difficult mission for Yvethe who took the competition in stride but only managed a top 20 placement. It could be said however that the quality of the girls [beauty wise] in this year’s edition is perhaps the best in all of its six years of history.  Yvethe, though beautiful, smart and has what it takes to win any international pageant was greatly overshadowed by Asha Bhat of India who eventually won the title.

Miss Supranational 2014 Winners

Miss Supranational 2014 Winners

I thought Kris and Yvethe did pretty well and have done their homework perfectly. With regards to the hot mess that is Miss Intercontinental, I’m a bit disappointed because when I watched the whole thing via live streaming – I feel like telling them, “hey gotta call ‘em when I see ‘em”. It’s like crystal clear that there’s something off about the whole thing. I would’ve been more agreeable if Mergal actually end up winning. But really, what do I know about pageant politics right? For Miss Supranational, I am very much satisfied with the results and Asha Bhat’s a great winner.

Well, there – I’m still glad that Kris and Yvethe delivered well. I guess, we just have to wait now for the Miss World and Miss Universe results and see if we’re luckier in those two major pageants. I’m crossing my fingers until then.

Congratulations Kris and Yvethe – Mabuhay kayo!

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Miss World 2014 Journey: Valerie Weigmann on Beauty With A Purpose

Valerie During The Miss World Charity Gala NightGreat news to all Pinoy pageant fans because Valerie made the top 10 at the Beauty With A Purpose segment of the Miss World 2014 where each contestant presents their BWAP project and the organization chooses the 10 most impressive projects amongst the delegates. BWAP is one of the highest determining factors of making the cut. The winner will be announce during the finals on December 14.

Here’s Valerie’s impromptu speech when the Top 10 were announced

Along with Miss Philippine Valerie Weigmann, delegates from the following country also made the cut: Kenya, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Bolivia, South Africa, Netherlands and England.

Here’s Valerie’s Beauty With A Purpose project for Miss World 2014

Since the Beauty with a Purpose ethos was incorporated into Miss World, millions of pounds have been raised and countless hours of hard work have been carried out across the globe. As well as the official Beauty With A Purpose Charity, many other outlets of these selfless activities have been utilized through the years. [source]

for more information about the Beauty With A Purpose Foundation, please visit

Ultimate Eco-Warrior: Jamie Herrel is Miss Earth 2014!

Miss Earth 2014 - Jamie Herrel  via Miss Earth Pageant FB Page

Miss Earth 2014 – Jamie Herrel
via Miss Earth Pageant FB Page

Congratulations are in order for the newly crowned Miss Earth 2014! The host delegate and the ultimate earth warrior Jamie Herrel of the Philippines was adjudged the fairest last night at the UP Diliman Theather in Quezon City amongst 85 earth warriors across the globe vying for the crown won last year by Alyz Henrich of Venezuela.

(L-R) Maira Alexandra Rodriguez, Jamie Herrel, Anastasia Krysova, Andrea Neu via

(L-R) Maira Alexandra Rodriguez, Jamie Herrel, Anastasia Krysova, Andrea Neu via

Completing the elemental queens are: Miss USA Andrea Neu as Miss Air, Miss Venezuela Maira Alexandra Rodriguez as Miss Water and Miss Russia Anastasia Krysova as Miss Fire.

I won’t even give much thought about the grousing calls from other netizens about home court advantage and such because things like winning in your home turf happens all the time and since Jamie clearly made an impressive show last night, I won’t take the credit from the girl!

Congratulations Jamie Herrell! Mabuhay Ka!

Prepping For Miss Universe 2014 – MJ Lastimosa Is The Girl On Fire!

via Leo Almodal's IG account

via Leo Almodal’s IG account

Just recently, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa donned a Leo Almodal number in a photoshoot posted via Almodal’s instagram which garnered tremendous positive feedbacks from pageants fans netizens who are all hoping for Lastimosa to do well in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in Miami January of next year. The fiery evening gown silhouetted Lastimosa’s enviable figure and accented her beautiful bone structure.

Lastimosa is considered a favorite for the crown this early on and a lot of Filipino pageant pundits are hoping that she’d actually be donning a Filipino designer-made ensemble come Miss Universe season. And personally, her dress and styling here spells WINNER. Well, hope springs eternal guys… let’s just really hope for the best O_o

Valerie Weigmann For Miss World 2014 Top Model Event

Val during the Top Model Event

Val during the Top Model Event

via The Emerald

Here’s what Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann wore during the Top Model fast track event of the on-going Miss World 2014 in London.


Val for the World Designer Award representing a creation from Michael Cinco via

This yellow ball gown was designed by Michael Cinco. Reigning Miss World Megan Young won this fast track event last year in Bali.

Trivia: Back in 2012, Michael Cinco’s creation for Queenerich Rehman won the World Designer Award.

Update: Unfortunately, Val was not part of the Top 20 finalists for the Top Model Event. Based on recent Miss World trends, making an impression in this fast track event is a good indication of making it very far in the competition but I think it’s too early to tell that this would prevent Val from getting ahead since there are still fast track events in store for the girls plus the all-important judges one-on-one interview. Let’s just keep supporting Valerie and pray that she’d do all throughout the competition :)

Maureen Montagne, Former Mutya ng Pilipinas Crowned Miss Arizona 2015!

via Pageant Update - Miss USA Coverage FB Page

via Pageant Update – Miss USA Coverage FB Page

Maureen Ann Montagne was crowned Miss Arizona 2015 last Sunday November 23.

Maureen during the Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2013The twenty-one old Maureen Ann formerly competed at the Mutya ng Pilipimas 2013 where she was awarded Mutya 1st runner-up and got the Mutya ng IVI Collagen award. The pageant was eventually won by Angeli Dione Barbas Gomez (who won her international assignment) and Koreen Medina as the main winner (who also placed internationally).

Maureen is set to compete for Miss USA 2015.

Miss World 2014 Journey: Philippines’ bet Valerie Weigmann in London…So Far

Miss World 2014 ProfileMiss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann left for London last November 20 to compete for this year’s edition of Miss World where fellow Filipina Megan Young is the current title holder. Valerie knows that there’s pressure for her to continue the winning streak of the country in the said pageant and it looks like she’s up for the challenge to make it a back-to-back win for the Philippines.

So here’s what she is up to so far in London – the host city this year and also the home base of the Miss World Organization.

Valerie during the MW arrival dinner with fellow delegates

Valerie during the MW arrival dinner with fellow delegates

Upon arrival… she’s looking mighty pretty here.

With Miss GermanyShe’s roommate with Miss Germany Egzonita Ala – with Valerie being half-German, I’m sure they would really hit it off big time.

Here’s one of her #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) post

Valerie's OOTDSilk Floral Dress by Eric Delos Santos and Shoes by Jojo Bragais

Valerie's DOTW Costume

Valerie’s DOTW Costume

And here’s Valerie’s costume for Dances Of The World segment of the pageant. I’m hoping she’d be chosen to perform during the said segment.

And here’s one of the gowns she’ll be wearing for the Formal Evening Gown competition (this maybe for Top Model segment or the World Fashion Designer segment they used to have)

Valerie's Gown from Michael Cinco

Valerie’s Gown from Michael Cinco

Ooh, she just had her 25th birthday yesterday so Happy Birthday Val!!! Here’s to hoping that you’d win the crown again!!!

photos via Miss World Philippines FB Page / Michael Cinco /

Yvethe Santiago’s Back-To-Back Campaign For The Miss Supranational 2014 Crown!

Yvethe Santiago

Last Sunday saw the arrival of the Philippines’ rep Yvethe Marie Santiago into this year’s edition of Miss Supranational in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland. The Bicolandia beauty and reigning Binibining Pilipinas Supranational is set to start her campaign for a back-to-back win after fellow Binibini and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul snagged the crown last year during the fifth edition of the pageant.

Santiago, a favorite to win since the start of the Binibining Pilipinas season is confident that she’ll do well in the pageant having trained by former Binibining Pilipinas winners and getting the encouragement from Mutya Datul herself.

On her way to Poland... Represent girl' via Bb.Pilipinas

On her way to Poland…
Represent girl’
via Bb.Pilipinas

Here she is a week before her departure to Poland telling ANC’s Headstart her preparations and expectations for the upcoming pageant.

I’m sure Yvethe will do her best to represent the country but she’ll also need our support to carry through her campaign of winning it back #forthePhilippines.

Miss Supranational 2014 finals will be held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland on December 5th.

Good Luck Yvethe! Mabuhay ka!

John Spainhour is Mister World Philippines 2014!

pic_2Filipino-American John Spainhour, a model and a former US marine scout sniper was chosen to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Mister World 2014 that will be held in Torbay, United Kingdom. The announcement was made last May 29 at the Glorietta 5 Atrium by Ms. Cory Quirino who’s heading the so-far very successful campaigns of both Miss World and Mister World Philippines since 2011.

26 year old John was born in South Carolina, USA, growing up in Manila, Philippines. Describing himself as “Disciplined, hardworking and dedicated” John is a former Marine Corp Scout Sniper. Since finishing his service, he has worked as a fashion model, and is looking for new opportunities and adventures to pursue. In his spare time he likes to be in the outdoors, going camping, snowboarding and hiking. He is also a scuba diver and likes to play video games. via MrWorldTV

pic_1Now this is good news for pageant pundits and fans because we now have a very capable candidate to hopefully succeed the current Mister World Francisco Escobar of Colombia. If you still remember, Andrew Wolff almost bagged the crown from Escobar in 2012 placing as 1st runner-up. With John’s military training and modeling experience, it should be easy for him to do the physically tasking challenges required in the pageant and at the same time pull that charm that will hopefully win him the title. Good luck John!! Make the country proud!

During the event, it was also announced that Fil-Persian model Sam Adjani will be the country’s representative for the 2015 edition of the pageant! Why! Such good choices from Miss Cory!!
pictures via mrworldtv

Thank You Mary Jean Lastimosa!

A week after a “rather surprising but well received ” win of three-time joiner Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa at the annual Binibining Pilipinas, the newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines is enjoying (reaping) her reign (hard work) this early with non-stop TV appearances and interviews and much admiration from the public. Lastimosa, who previously joined in 2011 and 2012 and went home crown-less has provided pageant fans and the likes an epic story of determination and resiliency by winning the most coveted title and proving to everyone that if you have a dream, you must never give up on it despite of the many odds in reaching it.

1551512_388498167958900_892579167_n - CopyWith that, I just want to exclaim how proud I am with MJ. I’ve been a fan since her first stint in 2011 and placed her on top always because I believe that she’s got the capabilities to make us proud and this early, I truly feel it in my guts that MJ will leave an even bigger impression not only with the Filipino people but with the international audience as well. Salamat MJ sa inspirasyon! Mabuhay ka!


MJ will have her grand homecoming on April 8, 2014 at the Provincial Capitol Gymnasium in Amas, Kidapawan City.
She will also be gracing the Sayaw Kutawato 2014, one of the highlights of the Centennial Celebrations of Cotabato.

pictures via bbpilipinas