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Binibining Pilipinas 2015 – The Official Portraits!

The portraits of the final (hopefully) official candidates of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant are now up via the pagean’t official website.

From here on, the girls will battle it out for the five crowns at stake in this year’s edition. Amongst the photos below, I’m keeping my eye on number 10, 11, 12, 19, 25, 28 and 34 – all perceived by pageant fans and pundits to be the front-runners from this batch.

1 Samantha BalbinCandidate No. 1
Name: Samantha Balbin
Age: 26 years old
From: Quezon City
Height: 5’5″
Vitals: 34 – 25½ – 34½

2  Jenny Feliz GonzalezCandidate No. 2
Name: Jenny Feliz Gonzalez
Age: 24 years old
From: Cainta, Rizal
Height: 5’6½”
Vitals: 32 – 23½ – 31

3 Ria RabajanteCandidate No. 3
Name: Ria Rabajante
Age: 25 years old
From: Pasig City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 32

4 Renee Soraya R. HassaniCandidate No. 4
Name: Renee Soraya R. Hassani
Age: 23 years old
From: Cubao, Quezon City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 30 – 23½ – 31

5 Cannielle Faith SantosCandidate No. 5
Name: Cannielle Faith Santos
Age: 25 years old
From: Marilao, Bulacan

6  Toni Alyessa HipolitoCandidate No. 6
Name: Toni Alyessa Hipolito
Age: 25 years old
From: Makati City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 32½ – 27½ – 35

7 Enrica Roxiele GuiebCandidate No. 7
Name: Enrica Roxiele Guieb
Age: 23 years old
From: Angeles City, Pampanga
Height: 5’6½”
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 33

8 Kimverlyn SuizaCandidate No. 8
Name: Kimverlyn Suiza
Age: 26 yrs old
From: Marikina City
Height: 5’6¼”
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 30½

9 Maolin YalungCandidate No. 9
Name: Maolin Yalung
Age: 20 years old
From: Mabalacat, Pampanga
Height: 5’6″

10 Pia Alonzo WurtzbachCandidate No. 10
Name: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Age: 25 years old
From: Cagayan de Oro City
Height: 5’6½”
Vitals: 35 – 26½ – 33½

11 Janicel LubinaCandidate No. 11
Name: Janicel Lubina
Age: 19 years old
From: Palawan
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 34 – 23½ – 33½

12 Kylie VerzosaCandidate No. 12
Name: Kylie Verzosa
Age: 23 years old
From: Baguio City
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 32½ – 25½ – 32½

13 Mae Liezel RamosCandidate No. 13
Name: Mae Liezel Ramos
Age: 24 years old
From: Camarines Sur
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 32½ – 26 – 33½

14 Princess Joy CamuCandidate No. 14
Name: Princess Joy Camu
Age: 20 years old
From: Albay
Height: 5’7½
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 32
15 Paula Rich D. BartolomeCandidate No. 15
Name: Paula Rich D. Bartolome
Age: 24 years old
From: Laguna
Height: 5’7½ ”
Vitals: 31½ – 25 – 34

16 Marvi Ann Razon De LimaCandidate No. 16
Name: Marvi Ann Razon De Lima
Age: 24 years old
From: Iriga City
Height: 5’8″
Vitals: 32 – 25½ – 32
17 Brenna Cassandra S. GamboaCandidate No. 17
Name: Brenna Cassandra S. Gamboa
Age: 24 years old
From: Parañaque City
Height: 5’8½”
Vitals: 34½ – 26 – 34½

18 Crissa Marie MendiolaCandidate No. 18
Name: Crissa Marie Mendiola
Age: 19 years old
From: Bulacan
Height: 5’10”
Vitals: 32½ – 27 – 35

19Candidate No. 19
Name: Christi Lynn McGarry
Age: 24 years old
From: Nabua, Camarines Sur
Height: 5’9½”
Vitals: 34½ – 24½ – 32

20Candidate No. 20
Name: Tanya Angelina Nicole Hyde
Age: 23 years old
From: Masbate
Height: 5’8½”
Vitals: 32 – 24½ – 31½

21Candidate No. 21
Name: Alaiza Flor Malinao
Age: 21 years old
From: Davao Del Sur
Height: 5’8″
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 32½

22Candidate No. 22
Name: Anja Vanessa Peter
Age: 26 years old
From: Antipolo City
Height: 5’7¼”

23Candidate No. 23
Name: Justine Beatrice Dellosa Felizarta
Age: 20 years old
From: Davao del Sur
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 33 – 24 – 31½

24Candidate No. 24
Name: Ann Lorraine Colis
Age: 22 years old
From: Mexico, Pampanga
Height: 5’7½”
Vitals: 32 – 26 – 32½

25Candidate No. 25
Name: Rogelie Catacutan
Age: 23 years old
From: Cebu City
Height: 5’7½”
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 33½
26Candidate No. 26
Name: Anabel Christine Tia
Age: 26 years old
From: Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 33 – 25 – 34

27Candidate No. 27
Name: Ina Dominica Guerrero
Age: 21 years old
From: Capalonga, Camarines Norte
Height: 5’6″
Vitals: 32 – 24½ – 32

28Candidate No. 28
Name: Hannah Ruth Lulu Sison
Age: 26 years old
From: Oas, Albay
Height: 5’6″
Vitals: 32½ – 24½ – 32½

29Candidate No. 29
Name: Nancy Lee Leonard
Age: 24 years old
From: Zamboanga City
Height: 5’6″
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 32

30Candidate No. 30
Name: Patricia Lae Ejercitado
Age: 26 years old
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 34 – 24½ – 33

31Candidate No. 31
Name: Mia Allyson Hernandez Howell
Age: 24 years old
From: Quezon City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 34 – 27 – 35

32Candidate No. 32
Name: Danita Joan Ruazol
Age: 24 years old
From: Cavinti, Laguna
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 31

33Candidate No. 33
Name: Namarata Neesha Murjani
Age: 21 years old
From: Cebu City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 33½ – 25½ – 33

34Candidate No. 34
Name: Teresita Ssen Marquez
Age: 22 years old
From: Paranaque City
Height: 5’5″
Vitals: 33 – 24½ – 31½

 

 

This batch is looking to be a fierce battle of charms and wits – so who do you think will make the cut this year at this early stage of the competition?

photos courtesy of bb.pilipinas

 

Thank You,MJ Lastimosa! Mabuhay Ka!

Thank YOu MJ!Much has been said about the recently held Miss Universe pageant and how our rep Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa continued the semi-finalist streak of the Philippines for five consecutive years now. I still remember how the Philippines experienced a ten-year Miss Universe drought from the year 2000 with Nina Ricci Alagao up to Bianca Manalo’s Bahamas stint in 2009.  The following year, Venus Raj paved the way for the Philippine delegates to take center stage in the Miss Universe pageant yet again with Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Ariella following her footsteps in the succeeding years – all with runners-up finish.

This year’s pageant is definitely one of the toughest editions to judge and one of the strongest batches to date (along with 2008 and 2010). It’s no surprise that anyone from the Top 15 semifinalists could easily win the title. With MJ failing to advance into the Top 5, most of us (Pinoy pageant fans and pundits) were disappointed of course (including moi) and has probably blamed her horrendous evening gown (which I did and that’s just for me when I said that BPCI’s choice of evening gown was horrendous). And since what’s done is done, we have to remember that what MJ accomplished is no mean feat. Guys, she just bested 78 other ladies in the competition and she made every pinoy pageant fans and pundits extremely proud of her on that stage. With that being said, I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude and respect to the girl who not only showed the world how beautiful and gracious Filipinas are but also for her sheer determination that is truly awe-inspiring.

 MJ, Salamat sa iyong kahanga-hangang pagpapakita ng kagandahan ng isang Filipina at sa pagpapamalas mo ng halimbawa sa bawat Pilipino dito sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo na kapag may nagpursige ka, hindi malayong maabot mo rin ang iyong pinapangarap. After your heartbreaking loss in 2012 – you didn’t give up on your dreams of representing the country in the Miss Universe pageant. You came back stronger than ever at sa pagkapanalo mo, you inspired not only your fellow beauty queens but the rest of the Filipino people! Maraming Salamat! Ikaw ang aking Miss Universe – ikaw an gaming Miss Universe 2014!

image courtesy of OPMB

63rd Miss Universe [2014] Results & Ramblings!

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And there you go… Miss Colombia Paulina Vega conquered the Universe and bested 87 other delegates from all over the world clinching the title as the 63rd Miss Universe victor!

Miss Universe 2014 - Paulina Vega

Miss Universe 2014 – Paulina Vega

Top 15 

photo courtesy of www.inquirer.net

photo courtesy of http://www.inquirer.net

Top 10

photo courtesy of www.inquirer.net

photo courtesy of http://www.inquirer.net

Top5 [In OrderTop 5
1. USA – Nia Sanchez
2. Netherlands – Yasmin Verheinjen
3. Ukraine – Diana Harkusha
4. Jamaica – Kasi Fennell
5. Colombia – Paulina Vega

1st runner-up: USA
2nd runner-up: Ukraine
3rd runner-up: Netherlands
4th runner-up: Jamaica

Miss Universe 2014: Paulina Vega – Colombia

Special Awards
Best in National Costume: Indonesia – Elvira Devinamira

Indonesia's costume comes from Central Java and depicts the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Borobudur Temple. The temple was built with the concept of promoting and establishing serene spiritual living just like the purpose of becoming the Miss Universe.

Indonesia’s costume comes from Central Java and depicts the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Borobudur Temple. The temple was built with the concept of promoting and establishing serene spiritual living just like the purpose of becoming the Miss Universe.

Miss Congeniality: Nigeria – Queen CelestineNigeria
Miss Photogenic: Puerto Rico – Gabriella BerriosPuerto Rico

*Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa failed to advance into the Top 5 and I honestly blame her horrendous white evening gown! She was confident and sassy on stage and that gown totally destroyed her chances!!!!

lintek na Barraza...

lintek na Barraza…

This is like the worst thing ever to happen for every beki in the Philippines ATM. Ugh. Bwiset!

why, oh, why - bakit wala sa top 5 si mj????!!!!

why, oh, why – bakit wala sa top 5 si mj????!!!!

I was hoping that USA or Jamaica would clinch the title but yeah… Colombia obviously was poised /”prepared” to win it all albeit the booing public.

My 63rd Miss Universe [2014] Top 15 And Final Predictions!

Miss Universe 2014Heya guys! It’s prediction time and I am yet again sharing my very own top 15, winners and some thoughts about the coming finals this Sunday of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant!

Special Awards:

Best In National CostumeThere were only five ladies chosen to vie for the Best in National Costume Award which will ultimately be decided by the public via twitter – [To vote for the winner, tweet your favorite costume using both #MissUniverse and one of the finalists now up until the pageant on Sunday!!] I’d say it’s a close match between Miss Indonesia and Miss Argentina based on their costumes but I have to give it to Argentina – hands down! (you can still vote! see rules HERE)

Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Argentina’s costume represents one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Iguazú Falls. The impressive gown is covered with glossy stones that resemble Iguazú Falls rocks and water.

As for Miss Congeniality – it’s anybody’s ball game really but I have a feeling that it’d go for a certain Asian delegate ^_^

So let me now reveal my Top 15-6

15. France - Camille Cerf

15. France – Camille Cerf

14. Serbia - Andjelka Tomasevic

14. Serbia – Andjelka Tomasevic

13. Czech Republic - Ana Zubashvili

13. Czech Republic – Ana Zubashvili

12. Australia - Tegan Martin

12. Australia – Tegan Martin

11. Aruba - Digene Zimmerman

11. Aruba – Digene Zimmerman

 

10. Ukraine - Diana Harkusha

10. Ukraine – Diana Harkusha

9. Venezuela - Migbelis Castellanos

9. Venezuela – Migbelis Castellanos

8. Spain - Desire Cordero

8. Spain – Desire Cordero

7. Argentina - Valentina Ferrer

7. Argentina – Valentina Ferrer

 

6. Russia - Yulia Alipova

6. Russia – Yulia Alipova

And My Top Five Are…

4th Runner-up: The last three years saw Brazilian delegates sailing through the Top 5 and not quite getting the crown. This year, they sent another strong delegate in the name of Melissa Gurgel – the girl could definitely make it again but I don’t think she’d be able to place higher than the rest of the Top 5.

4th Runner up - Brazil - Melissa Gurgel

4th Runner up – Brazil – Melissa Gurgel

3rd Runner-up: She was a favorite since she won her national pageant and she’s got the Latin support of the host city. She’s got a body to die for, an exquisite evening gown but her presentation doesn’t give me a vibe of a winner – at least not at the preliminary so she’s got to settle for a 3rd runner-up finish. Take your place, Paulina Vega – Miss Colombia!

3rd Runner up - Colombia - Paulina Vega

3rd Runner up – Colombia – Paulina Vega

2nd Runner-up: Kaci Fennell haircut may have been the main reason why she’d effortlessly stood out from the sea of beautiful ladies during the preliminary competition. The girl is edgy, modelesque and quite articulate if you’ll base it on her web interview. Now her being edgy could also go against her – she could win it all or settle for 3rd place. There you go, Miss Jamaica!

2nd Runner up - Jamaica - Kaci Fennell

2nd Runner up – Jamaica – Kaci Fennell

1st Runner-up: If Nia Sanchez went on to compete during the 2012 Miss Universe pageant, she could very well win it in Vegas the way her compatriot Olivia Culpo snatched the title from then favorite Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon. But now, it’s the 63rd edition of the pageant and is again being held in the U S of A. Will it be a repeat of 2012? Possibly yes – a repeat of the last two standing but another crown for a Miss USA? Very unlikely. She’s got to settle for a runner-up finish this time.

1st Runner up - USA - Nia Sanchez

1st Runner up – USA – Nia Sanchez

Now my final pick to win the 63rd Miss Universe pageant is none other than Miss Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa. It’s been more than four decades since the Philippines has won its last title via Margarita Moran who won the title during the 1973 edition held Greece. And from the last four years, the Philippine delegates almost won the crown but something seemed to hinder their utmost desire to clinch the title. Janine Tugonon came very close when she finishes second to Olivia Culpo in 2012 but it’s still an elusive pursuit for the Philippine queens until now.

Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa with the new crown from Diamonds International Corporation (DIC)

Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa with the new crown from Diamonds International Corporation (DIC)

With MJ Lastimosa battling it out with 87 other delegates, its looks like things are heading her way and with her smooth performance all throughout the pageant – she may very well be declared the brightest star in the universe.

Philippines

Mark your calendars for the 63rd Annual #MissUniverse Pageant LIVE Sunday, January 25th at 8/7c on @NBC. All 88 contestants will compete for the @DIC Crown. Don’t miss it!

Hosted by: Thomas Roberts and Natalie Morales with color commentator Jeannie Mai

Performances by: Nick Jonas, Prince Royce and Gavin DeGraw

photos via missuniverse / mjalltheway fb page

Miss Universe 2014: MJ Lastimosa’s Preliminary Performance!!

Here’s Miss Universe Philippines Mary-Jean Lastmosa looking so regal and charming at tonight’s 63rd Miss Universe Preliminary Competition. She did so well and I couldn’t be any happier with her performance!!!

courtesy of gerald cruje

MJ MU Prelims

photos via OPMB

 

Can’t wait for the finals on Sunday January 25 [26th Manila Time]!!!! Yasss!!!!

Miss Universe 2014: The Preliminary Competition!

The all-important preliminary competition which will include the swimwear and evening gown segment will transpire on January 21 (22nd in Manila) and whittle down the 88 delegates to  top 15 finalists to battle it out come finals night of the Miss Universe pageant on January 25 Sunday in Doral, Miami. Today will be the one-on-one interview which is the other 50% of the preliminary grades and at this stage, predictions are floating around the net as to who will be making the cut.

Let’s me just share a wee bit of my list here which I grouped into 3 with five delegate each

The Frontrunners

The Frontrunners

[L-R] Philippines, Colombia, Serbia, USA, Venezuela

The Dark Horses

The Dark Horses

[L-R] Australia, Indonesia, Jamaica, India, Guyana

Bubbling Under

Bubbling Under

[L-R] Mexico, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Poland

Do we have the same Top 15 “pre” Preliminary Competition?

The Preliminary competition will be streamed LIVE on MissUniverse.com at 7pm ET, the Preliminary Competition features all 88 contestants in swimwear and evening gown.

Miss Universe Philippines MJ Lastimosa’s GlamShot / Fadil Shot!

Fadil Shot Lastimosa MJ

Wow.

Wow.

Wow.

I’m…

Simon Speechless

Miss Universe Philippines MJ Lastimosa at the Yamamay Swimsuit Fashion Show!

MJ in Swimsuit Yamamay

Here’s Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa sashaying at a pool side in Doral wearing a two-piece bikini by Yamamay.

MJ in Swimsuit Yamamay 3

via Marky Mark

It’s crystal clear in the video that MJ has perfected her pasarela! She’s owning it and she’s totally making waves in Miami!

MJ in Swimsuit Yamamay 2

Yamamay is one of the pageant’s official sponsors of the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant.

Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa: Miss Universe Web Interview

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Here’s Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa’s Official Miss Universe Web Interview!

I loved the way she talks about her family and the importance of education – she’s just so charming and well versed!!!

When ask to describe her fans:

“They are the heartbeat of every representative that’s fighting for Miss Universe. They’re my source of strength right. I’ll claim it, they are the best fans Miss Universe could ever have”

Way to go MJ!!! Claim it!

The Official Candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas 2015!

The Official Candidate Of the 2015 Bb.Pilipinas beauty pageant.

The Official Candidate Of the 2015 Bb.Pilipinas beauty pageant.

Thirty-four hopefuls made the roster of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas edition. With the screening process done only in three days, this maybe the speediest Binibining Pilipinas screening ever!


via missosologycoverage

Official Candidates with their official numbers:
1 SAMANTHA BALBIN
2 JENNY FELIZ GONZALEZ
3 RIA RABAJANTE
4 RENEE SORAYA R. HASSANI
5 CHRISTINE RAMOS BALAGUER
6 TONI ALYESSA HIPOLITO
7 ENRICA RONELE GUIEB
8 KIMVERLYN SUIZA
9 KIMBERLE MAE PENCHON
10 PIA WURTZBACH
11 JANICEL LUBINA
12 KYLIE VERZOSA
13 MAE LIEZEL J. RAMOS
14 PRINCESS JOY V. CAMU
15 PAULA RICH BARTOLOME
16 MARVI ANN RAZEN DE LIMA
17 BRENNA CASSANDRA S. GAMBOA
18 CRISSA MARIE G. MENDIOLA
19 CHRISTI MCGARRY
20 TANYA ANGELINA NICOLE HYDE
21 ALAIZA FLOR MALINAO
22 ANJA VANESSA PETER
23 JUSTINE FELIZARTA
24 ANN LORRAINE COLIS
25 ROGELIE A. CATACUTAN
26 ANABEL CHRISTINE TIA
27 INA DOMINICA GUERRERO
28 HANNAH RUTH LULU SISON
29 NANCY LEE LEONARD
30 PATRICIA EJERCITADO
31 MIA ALLYSON HERNANDEZ HOWELL
32 DANITA JOAN RUAZOL
33 NAMRATA NEESHA L. HURJANI
34 TERESITA SSEN MARQUEZ

Photo credit: Bruce Casanova
via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Let the battle begin!!!