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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!!
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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!

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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.

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In Photos: The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Winners First Press Conference!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see up-close the newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas queens as they were presented to the press people at the Balay, Araneta Center. I could say that this batch is truly something from the runners-up to each and every crowned winner. They all have their own aura that set each other apart. The event was also attended by the Queens of 2013 who gave their message of support and encouragement to the new title holders.

I wasn’t able to ask any questions because they mainly focused on the bigger media peeps. So let me just share with you some of the pictures I took from yesterday’s event.

Mary Jean "MJ" Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 lookig like a goddess!

Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 lookig like a goddess!

from L-R: Yvethe Santiago - Bb.Pilipinas - Supranationa, Kris Tiffany Janson - Bb.Pilipinas - Intercontinental, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb.Pilipinas - International and Parul Shah, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism

from L-R: Yvethe Santiago – Bb.Pilipinas – Supranationa, Kris Tiffany Janson – Bb.Pilipinas – Intercontinental, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb.Pilipinas – International and Parul Shah, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism

Here are the 2013 queens giving out their message of support and encouragement.

Here are the 2013 queens giving out their message of support and encouragement.

The 2014 Queens With reigning Miss International Bea Santiago and Miss Supranational Mutya Datul

The 2014 Queens With reigning Miss International Bea Santiago and Miss Supranational Mutya Datul

A The Queens With Bea And Mutya

I've seen second runner up Hannah Ruth Sison  several times now and I now wished that she style herself like this! What a beauty!

I’ve seen second runner up Hannah Ruth Sison several times now and I now wished that she style herself like this! What a beauty!

Yours truly with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

Yours truly with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

With Bb.Pilipinas Universe 1985 Joyce Burton and top pageant blogger Norman Tinio

With Bb.Pilipinas Universe 1985 Joyce Burton and top pageant blogger Norman Tinio

Ms. Joyce Burton is the beauty queen cum blogger behind Adventures Of A Beauty Queen while Norman Tinio’s the pageant guru running Norman’s Blog! #IFeelSoLucky

speaking of Guru, here with me now is none other than the "creme of the crop," "utmost" beauty queen maker - Mr. Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores!!!!

speaking of Guru, here with me now is none other than the “creme of the crop,” “utmost” beauty queen maker – Mr. Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores!!!!

The Kagandahang Flores Queens with their mentor Mr. Rodgil Flores

The Kagandahang Flores Queens with their mentor Mr. Rodgil Flores

girls: is it over yet? nope darlings, it's just starting! lol

girls: is it over yet? nope darlings, it’s just starting! lol

With the TV Press

With the TV Press

snippets: Ara Arida and Mutya Datul

snippets: Ara Arida and Mutya Datul

sidenotes: Mutya Datul signing autograph and her fascinating crown!

sidenotes: Mutya Datul signing autograph and her fascinating crown!

I have a feeling that this batch will even be more successful than their predecessor! Goodluck girls! Mabuhay kayong lahat!

Throwback Thursday : 2011 Binibining Pilipinas – The Crowned Ones!

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Who would’ve thought that the day would come that each one of these girls are all going to be Binibining Pilipinas crowned queens? Ofcourse the three are already winners from this batch, (Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup, Binibining Pilipinas International Diane Necio and Binibining Pilipinas Tourism Isabela Manjon) then a year later, Janine Tugonon (1st runner-up) was crowned Miss Universe Philippines whereas the 2nd runner-up Mary Jean Lastimosa who also participated went home empty handed. This year though, it’s still very fresh to us since it just happened last Sunday when Lastimosa finally grabbed the Miss Universe Philippines title. What a beautiful batch indeed because all of ‘em are winners!

2014 Binibining Pilipinas Winners Press Conference: I Got Invited!

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I am very glad to announce that my blog was chosen to be amongst the 10 bloggers  / websites selected to participate at the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas Winners Press Conference! I’m just really stoke right now and I can’t wait to meet them up-close!

paddylastinc was chosen along with raulgatal.blogspot.com as the most in-dept pageant blogs. Big thanks!!!

paddylastinc was chosen along with raulgatal.blogspot.com as the most in-dept pageant blogs. Big thanks!!!

Be sure to watch out for my post after the press conference :) My big thank you again goes to Binibining Pilipinas Organization!

On MJ Lastimosa… Miss Universe Philippines 2014!

I collated some write ups that I wrote about the newly proclaimed Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa. I’m just so ecstatic that she finally made it! I’ve been a fan since her first try in 2011 when she was selected second runner-up and my heart broke with her when she didn’t get past the semifinals in 2012  – this year though, MJ was finally vindicated and my sincerest and heartfelt prayers are for her on her journey in this year’s Miss Universe pageant.

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via binibining pilipinas

“When she was announced the new Miss Universe Philippines, I feel like crying and hyperventilating! I was shouting for joy at the top of my lungs! Finally, my girl did it and she was rewarded for all her hard work and determination! MJ finally harvested the fruits of her hard labor – it’s been a long and winding road for her but it’s all worth the wait!”on MJ finally winning Miss Universe Philippines!

“Mary Jean Lastimosa or MJ as she was fondly called never ceases to amaze her fans with her tireless smile in every event of this year’s edition. This is MJ’s third try to win a crown and her perseverance is more impressive than any other repeaters this year. MJ has more competition, no doubt, to win the most coveted crown but I feel that she’s up there and would never let go of what she’s holding on right now without clinching that title. MJ clearly did not diminish as a front runner and she’s bound to finish her last hurrah for the crown, all smile because she knows that after all the heartbreaks and disappointments, she’d still end up successful. After all, she’s still the brightest star in the universe.”as my top pick for Miss Universe Philippines this year!! Yay!

 “She should be more relax and more confident because I know that she can really do it! And this time, I’m hoping that the stars and the whole universe will aligned in her favor!”upon her application for this year’s pageant.

“I really thought that crowd’s favorite MJ Lastimosa outshined her all through out the evening who is also a repeater of the pageant.” - on her loss at the 2012 Binibining Pilipinas.

“I was so disappointed that she didn’t win the Best In Swimsuit category. I really thought that it was already locked for her. She didn’t give a bad answer during the question and answer portion and her articulation was a-okay but I didn’t feel any confidence from her. She should try next year. Please MJ!”on not winning the Best in swimsuit during the 2011 Binibining Pilipinas.

Congratulations MJ! Bring home the third Miss Universe crown for the Philippines!!!!

Binibining Pilipinas 2014: Review, Analysis and Random Thoughts

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Stage / Production: I thought the stage was quite elegant. I love that it did not overshadowed the contestants and the cylinder / tube props  looked really great live and on TV! A-

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Hosts: Upon learning that Xian Lim will be back to host the event, I was initially disappointed because I thought he did poorly during his 2012 stint. This time though, I was pleasantly surprised because he’s not one bit annoying. He brought with him enough charm to woo the live audience and this year, it went smoothly for him. Good job Xian!

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Anne Curtis was of course the darling of the crowd last night. She’s very charming and SO VERY, EXTEMELY BEAUTIFUL! She even belted  “Alone” off air while the judges were having their deliberation of the winners. The audience just totally loved her!

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On Venus, Shamcey and Janine: Venus is definitely now a pro in hosting. She did extremely well and looked every inch of a beauty queen! It’s a wonder why until now she’s still in competition form! Just amazing! Shamcey on the other hand was beautiful as ever but she sounded too scripted and too hurried. When Janine first appeared, there was a unanimous opinion in our row that she looked unkempt – it must be the hair though. Her second number though was rather alluring and she made it all up from her disastrous first styling. Overall, the three girls did really well.

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Opening Number: The opening number which includes the intro of hosts Xian and Anne and of course the introduction of the contestants reminds me so much of the 2011 Miss Universe pageant – it must be the color coding of their outfits.

The Swimsuit Competition: One word – BRAVO. Madam Stella really step up this time around (this I believe totally impressed Miss Universe president Paula Shugart and co.) The ladies are wearing expensive looking swimsuits inspired by the festivals in the country. I love that they were divided into four groups showcasing four different festivals from the Philippines.

The Evening Gown Competition: Oh I just love this part! This is where the eventual winners really stood out! My favorite gowns are from Parul Shah, Bianca Guidotti and MJ Lastimosa. The “White Gown” myth also got into us and made us a bit nervous. Oh, I also love that this segment was super fast!

Best in Swimsuit: I was so happy that finally, MJ was awarded this well deserved title. In 2011 and 2012, I thought she was robbed big time – now, “the body” of the competition was rewarded justly.

Best in Evening Gown: I really thought that this award was just a toss up between Bianca Guidotti and MJ Lastimosa. Bianca was awarded the title which I think was pretty fair.

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

The Announcement of Top 15: Pia, MJ, Bianca, Yvethe and Kris were already shoo in for the semis followed closely by Parul, Tiglao and Lehmann. The rest are surprises for me and it was with sadness that Diana Arevalo and Kim Suiza failed to make it into the semis – esp Suiza because she looks absolutely ravishing last night!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

The Question and Answer portion:

Laura Lehman was asked for her favorite city that best represents her and she answered Armsterdam. I thought it was a cute answer but it could’ve been better if she chose something close from home. Ya’ll know what I mean right?

Pia Wurtzbach was very charming in answering her question but I’m firm in my belief that she would’ve made it had she answered the question in English (even though she was asked by Angara in the vernacular.)

Mary Jean Lastimosa – well, what can I say? Like her answer, the girl was very much composed upon answering her question. She gave it her all and the audience just loved it, even reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler who asked the question looks very impressed!

Bianca Guidotti‘s answer was very short and lacks conviction. After her turn, I immediately pegged her for a runner-up finish but clearly, her charm was undeniable in delivering her thoughts.

Nichole Manalo faltered and received an awkward applause from the audience.

Parul Shah was very studied and calculated which I think works well for her.

Yvethe Santiago was really mesmerizing on screen and in person. Her answer along with Lastimosa, Shah and Janson were the clear stand outs!

Kris Janson’s answer was very heartfelt that even host Anne Curtis teared up. I love her spontaneity. I guess what I didn’t like about her last night was her make up which made her looked tired.

Hannah Sison gave a decent answer but she was trying a bit too hard to be charming. Nevertheless, she look so polished last night.

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On regining Miss Universe Gabriela Isler: Oh, the crowd just loved her! She’s very pretty and tall! She’s for the record the third Miss Universe titleholder I’ve seen in my life after Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran. ???????????????????????????????

The Announcement Of Winners

2nd Runner-up: Hannah Sison – my friend who’s with me (Rey) and I predicted this and we believe that the judges got it right.

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

1st Runner-up: Laura Lehmann – I was a bit nervous because of some rumors floating in the net that Lehman was the matriarch Stella Araneta’s favorite to win the MUP crown. I’m glad that she didn’t win it because she needs more polishing. She look so pretty though!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas Tourism: Parul Shah after her performance through the night deserved a crown and I was really hoping that she’ll get this one and she did!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas Supranational: I predicted Yvethe Santiago to win this title and my intuition was right! Now, we’ve a pretty good chance of nailing a back to back win in Miss Supranational!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental: As the first recipient of this title, Kris Janson made history last night after delivering a good performance and clinching this minor title. I was rather relieved when she was called because it means bigger chances for MJ to win the MUP title!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas International: Initially, I was not happy Guidotti even won a crown. I was expecting Pia to clinch this but I’m just glad she did because I figured that she and Bea have some similarities. This could really work well for her. Plus, her personality’s too contagious! You gotta love a girl with a very positive personality!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

>that shot when MJ was tearing up almost broke my heart. She must be thinking that she’d lose again since Pia Wurtzbach was still in contention. Lo and behold, her name was call the 2014 Miss Universe Philippines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MJ Lastimosa

When she was announced the new Miss Universe Philippines, I felt like crying and hyperventilating! I was shouting for joy at the top of my lungs! Finally, my girl did it and she was rewarded for all her hard work and determination! MJ finally harvested the fruits of her hard labor – it’s been a long and winding road for her but it’s all worth the wait!

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2014 Binibining PIlipinas Winners with reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler image via ompb

2014 Binibining PIlipinas Winners with reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler
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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Top 15 Final Hot Picks!

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Ainjely Manalo

Ainjely Manalo

15. The appeal of Ainjely reminds me so much of Nicole Marable and Imelda Schweighart (Binibining Pilipinas contestants in 2012 and 2013 respectively.) I’m saying this because like the two mentioned, Ainjely’s beauty is a fresh one that easily attract its audience. I just feel that she’s still too raw to win any of the crowns.

Diana Arevalo

Diana Arevalo

14. I’ve always been a big fan of Diana eversince her first Binibini stint and in 2011, I thought she should’ve placed higher. With her third time joining the pageant, I still find her extremely charming  and more beautiful. Something was missing though, her spark was nowhere to be found. It is with great sadness that I’ve to place her this low on my list but just the same, I’m still a fan.

Ladylyn Riva

Ladylyn Riva

13. From the very start of the competition up to this point, Ladylyn has shown a pretty consistent performance. She’s actually prettier than her 2011 stint and I now feel that she has matured – both physically and intellectually. Indeed, she’s got the goods but does she have the guts to take it to the next level? Methinks still not this time.

Vessica Sambo

Vessica Sambo

12. I always admire a girl who is proud of her roots and I think this trait is what is so charming about Vessica. I love that she’s feisty yet looks extremely feminine. This girl has a  big future ahead of her and I’m looking forward to see her competing more. She still has a lot to learn for a Binibini tilte but she’s getting there.

Parul Shah

Parul Shah

11. Parul Shah is such an unforgettable name. Had Parul not stumbled during her Q&A last year, she could’ve been one of the crowned golden Binibinis. Alas, she was “eradicated” from the contention and came back this year “more ready.” She is by any aspect a contended but for some reason, Parul somehow lost her charm and look likeable which I believe is far more important than a great answer to the Q&A.

Ednornance Agustin

Ednornance Agustin

10. With a unique name and a towering height, Ednornance isn’t just a mere model material. I feel that that given the right styling and personality development, she could easily annihilate any beauty competition. Not this time, though.

Racquel Kabigting

Racquel Kabigting

9. Racquel for me is a better version of Jennifer Barrientos. What’s more is that she’s way taller than our 2008 Miss Universe representative. This gives me hope for her that when she’s ready to take the national title, she could easily win the international crown – in time.

Angelique De Leon

Angelique De Leon

8. With a polarizing beauty much like Janine Tugonon, Angelique is set to pull some trick comes finals night. I’ve a feeling in my guts that she’d do well on the 30th. Disregarding that, Angelique for me is unquestionably beautiful!

Nichole Manalo

Nichole Manalo

7. The third Manalo sister pulling all the stops to win a crown isn’t that impossible a job. She’s tall, beautiful and smart enough to clinch a title. After impressing me during the primer, I placed her easily on my upper tier but considering the duration of the pageant, I just have to place her conveniently outside the crown contention. She may have her sisters to back her up and has very good potentials to win on her own merits, I still feel that she could only go this far, atleast for now.

Bianca Guidotti

Bianca Guidotti

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RUNNER UP NO MORE

Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach

Pia conveniently benefited from her Binibining Pilipinas training last year as the lone runner up from the golden edition. She seemed more ready and won’t settle for anything less this time. A stunning mestiza at its core, it is justifiable to award her the debuting title of Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental.

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FROM HEAD TO TOE

Joy Diaz

Joy Diaz

Joy Diaz may very well be crowned the Binibining Pilipinas – Tourism Queen International for she possessed an impressive academic background that goes well with her international appeal. From head to toe – Joy can totally deliver when needed.

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BACK TO BACK SUPERIORITY

Yvethe Santiago

Yvethe Santiago

After Mutya Datul’s historic win last year as the first Filipina and first Asian Miss Supranational, I think it is only natural that we send another head turner that is as superior as that of Mutya. With that in mind, Yvethe Santiago (whom I picked  during my 1st and 2nd hot picks as my Miss Universe Philippines) became my final choice  not because I feel that she won’t do well in Miss Universe but because I feel that after Mutya, we shouldn’t easily let go of the Miss Supra crown if we could easily get hold of it again. A back to back win would be an easy job for Yvethe, no doubt.

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BEAUTY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

Kris Tiffany Janson

Kris Tiffany Janson

It’s very easy to say that Kris Janson is the Miss International prototype that we’ve had in years from our delegates. This maybe true but keeping that aside, Janson without question maybe the most conventionally beautiful contestant this year. A superior beauty that you cannot fault in any way. If Bea won the hearts of Tokyo with her speech and elegance, Kris can wow them with her sheer beauty and cultured eloquence.

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THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE UNIVERSE

Mary Jean Lastimosa

Mary Jean Lastimosa

Mary Jean Lastimosa or MJ as she was fondly called never ceases to amaze her fans with her tireless smile in every event of this year’s edition. This is MJ’s third try to win a crown and her perseverance is more impressive than any other repeaters this year. MJ has more competition, no doubt, to win the most coveted crown but I feel that she’s up there and would never let go of what she’s holding on right now without clinching that title. MJ clearly did not diminish as a front runner and she’s bound to finish her last hurrah for the crown, all smile because she knows that after all the heartbreaks and disappointments, she’d still end up successful. After all, she’s still the brightest star in the universe.

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images courtesy of Jag Jeans, OMPB and Binibining Pilipinas.

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Fourth Hot Picks!

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So I’m basing my fourth hot picks from the primer that I’ve watched last Sunday adding to their respective performances (sic) thus far all throughout the competition. As usual, I will only be focusing more on the five ladies whom I thought delivered and have shone through with their personality and overall presentation.

MJNumero Uno. MARY JEAN LASTIMOSA. In 2012, MJ was thought to win one of the crowns but went home empty handed. This time around though, I’m betting on her big time for she’s smashing the competition in all angles! She’s well-versed this time around and she’s calmer if I may say. Out of all the 40 girls that were presented during the primer, MJ was the clear stand out!

NicholeSecond Best. NICHOLE MANALO. The youngest from the famous Manalo sisters. I’m not really the biggest fan of Nichole not because I don’t find her beautiful but I just initially thought that there are better girls than her but during the primer, she just wowed me with her TV presence! The girl was very telegenic on TV and looks every inch of a beauty queen if I may say so.

YvetheThird Best. YVETHE SANTIAGO. My dear, dear Yvethe reminds me of my all time favorite Filipina beauty queen Venus Raj. It could be because she also hailed from Bicol and has won the Miss Bicolandia. Nonetheless, this beauty is the beauty of someone who shouldn’t be ignored anywhere. She’s conversant, she’s got a commercial and yet could transform into a fierce amazonian beauty. During the primer, I just got worried that she kinda look a bit studied but that isn’t really bad at all. She just have to maintain her consistency.

KrisFourth Placer. KRIS JANSON. I’m officially a fan of Kris Janson. After watching her speak more and be impressed by her, my initial thought was that she’s more suited for Miss World. Her personality is so calm, her demeanor so charming and her beauty’s undeniable. This girl could easily win one of the crowns, that’s for sure.

JoyLast But Not The Last – Number Five. JOY DIAZ. She’s very natural and conversant in English which I supposed was her first language. She’s not pretty pretty but she’s very pleasant to look at and has a very good TV presence. I’m betting heavily on this girl cuz she’s got it.

images courtesy of Jag Jeans.

Flashback Friday – The Girl Who Wanted To Be Miss Universe

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Ruffa Gutierrez is already an household name in the pageant scene in the Philippines. Already a popular TV and Movie personality when she joined the 1993 Binibining Pilipinas pageant, Ruffa was very vocal of wanting to win the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title. Alas, they gave it to Dindi Gallardo which raised a lot of eyebrows during that time. Ruffa on the other hand went to represent the country in Sun City, South Africa for the 1993 Miss World placing third over eventual winner Lisa Hanna of Jamaica.

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Ruffa may not have captured the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title but she dazzled the world with her beauty, poise and sheer brilliance!

Ruffa, you truly are one of a kind!