Category Archives: Beauty Pageants

The Official Candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas 2018!

Yesterday’s final screening was a grueling day for the girls hoping to be part of the official Binibining Pilipinas candidates and earlier this morning, the name of the final 40 girls who made it were listed with their respective official numbers.

1. Vickie Marie Rushton
2. Katherine Ventura
3. Rose Murphy
4. Ana Patricia Asturias
5. Muriel Orais
6. Janice De Roman
7. Sigrid Grace Flores
8. Shane Quintana Tormes
9. Agatha Romero
10. Kayesha Chua
11. Aya Abesamis
12. Janette Roanne L. Sturm
13. Istie Cequeña
14. Samantha Bernardo
15. Juliana Kapeundl
16. Annalita Vizcarra
17. Ma Ahtisa Manalo
18. Rosantonette Mendoza
19. Michelle Gumabao
20. Catriona Gray
21. Anjame Magbitang
22. Sophia Baino
23. Ena Velasco
24. Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
25. Jerelleen Rodriguez
26. Wynonah Buot
27. Henna Kaizelle Cajandig
28. Angelica Corbe
29. Samantha Avestruz
30. Sarah Margarette Joson
31. Jehza Huelar
32. Eva Patalinjug
33. Stephanie Joy Abellanida
34. Mary Joy de Castro
35. Sandra Lemonon
36. Loren Mar Artajos
37. Patrizia Garcia
38. Karen Gallman
39. Trixia Marie Maraña
40. Angelie Aubrey Asuncion

Are your favorites on the list?

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Will Catriona Gray’s Rogue Magazine Cover Ruin Her Binibining Pilipinas Dreams?

After Catriona Gray’s successful filing yesterday in the hopes of becoming a Binibining Pilipinas candidate, pageant fans and pundits are waiting in bated breath whether she’d actually make it as an official candidate or all of her preparations will be for naught.

You may recall that Miss World 2013 Megan Young was allegedly denied participation during the 2013 edition of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant due to her very daring editorial for Rogue Magazine in 2012.

Catriona was featured on the cover of Rogue Magazine during its January-February 2014 Music Issue wearing a backless Roland Mouret dress. I personally don’t see anything wrong with this and the editorial that goes along with it was too high-fashion to even be considered racy. At all.

Just  let me post what Rogue Magazine exactly is based on their website. I personally don’t read the magazine so forgive me.

Rogue is an award-winning magazine that covers entertainment, culture, and current affairs for an affluent and important audience in the Philippines. Rogue is synonymous with beautiful women, powerful photography, and intelligent storytelling. Thought-provoking, relevant, and glamorous, Rogue has become a lifestyle filter whose pages reflect the unique pulse of Filipinos, in the Philippines and abroad. Combining cutting-edge style with profiles on the country’s influencers — from art and design to business and politics — Rogue is a purveyor of impeccable taste, elegant covers, and world-class journalism.  – Rogue.ph

The crux of the matter is, detractors of Ms. Gray are already clamoring for her disqualification which I thought was really mean-spirited and very unsportmanlike stating it clearly violates the Binibining Pilipinas rules of posing for men’s magazine. SERIOUSLY GUYS, GET A GRIP. Let the girl chase her dreams!

And to Catriona, Ganbatte! ^_^

Photo Credits: Fashion Media PH

Who’s Afraid of Catriona Gray? #CatrionaBBP2018

From Catriona’s Instagram

After her last minute application to the nationals, former Miss World Philippines and Miss World 2016 3rd runner-up Catriona Gray just sealed her status as the one to beat for the top plum in this year’s edition of the annual Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant.

Gray whose shocking exclusion from the Top 3 of the Miss World 2016 enraged many pageant fans allegedly prompting the then Miss World Philippines National Director Cory Quirino to give up the franchise of the pageant. Quirino even gave her blessings to Catriona should she endeavor to join the premier national pageant.

Catriona trending on Twitter upon submission of application! Now, that’s the star power!

As we wait for the announcement of the official candidates in the coming days, we’ll know more if Catriona will be able to maintain the momentum from here on up to the finals night. It’s inevitable that she’ll end up winning one of the six crowns at stake but her joining is also a risky move as there’s a possibility of being relegated to a lower-tier pageant assignment.

In any case, your blogger and I’m pretty sure the rest of the pageant fans around the world are tuned in on what’s about to tranpire in the coming months!

So are you afraid of Catriona Gray 2.0?

My 2017 Recap in Beauty Pageants!

2017 has been an eventful year in the world of pageantry from the staging of the 65th Miss Universe pageant in Manila in January up to it’s homecoming in Las Vegas last November 26 and every minor and major pageants in between – it was whirlwind and almost chaotic for both pageant fans and pundits!

France took the Miss Universe crown ending its 63-year title drought.

In a sold-out Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines, you could hear the crowd clamoring for Haiti’s Raquel Pélissier to succeed the DCI crown from the outgoing Miss Universe, the Philippines’ very own Pia Wurtzbach but Iris Mittenare of France was just too strong a competitor to be denied. It was a well-deserved win after an impressive showing during the prelimenaries and a flawless performance in the finals night. Iris was the rightful winner!

Rachel Peters Conquered the Binibini Stage!

Rachel Peters is one of the frontrunners during this year’s Binibining Pilipinas and she was faultless during the finals night leaving all of the contestants vying for the lesser crowns.

Miss Earth 2017 is the Philippines!

Philippines winning the crown three times in four years was mired with criticism of it being rigged but truth be told, in a world full of mere beauties – having the brains to boot is a novelty that will be rewarded, given the right time.

Venezuela’s Ninoska Vasquez overperformed.
Ninoska was touted to be one of the two strongest delegates for the crown. She was perfection all throughout the pre-pageant night activities but fel short with her stage-presence during the finals. Rather, she may have done it a bit too much that left the judges uncomfortable?

Fahsai underwelhmed.
Along with the Venezuelan beauty, Paweesuda Drouin of Thailand nicknamed as Fahsai was expected to be part of the elemental court but during the crucial Final 8 interview portion of the competition, she stumbled when she picked the hashtag Millenial possibly costing her the Miss Earth crown.

Karen Ibasco lorded over the heavy favorites!
The Philippines is almost always sending brainy girls in this pageant. That is the biggest asset of Karen Ibasco as the host nation as she set on reclaiming the crown back to our home turf.

She may not be the most conventionally beautiful girl in the bunch but the girl does eat mic for breakfast and only reads the dictionary. Hah! Kidding aside, Karen was untouchable after the final 8 interview.

The Muy Caliente performance of Teresita Marquez at the Reina Hispanoamericana!

It was the debut participation of the Philippines and sending Teresita Marquez was perhaps the wisest decision from the organizer of the Miss World Philippines under its new national director – Arnold Vegafria.

Terestita also known as WinWyn Marquez was unstoppable in Bolivia so it’s very easy to see why she won the pageant becoming the very first Asian to do so!

Miss World 2017

via Miss World Facebook page.

Manushi Chhillar snatched the sixth Miss World crown for India tying the title with the most wins along with Venezuela.

One word – Liminous!

Indonesia finally won their first major beauty pageant crown!

Kevin Lilliana was the main frontrunner from the get go of the compeition and it’s no wonder that she end up giving her country its first win in a major beauty competition!

The Worst Staging of Miss Universe in History!

Aside from its cheap pre-pageant activities and the horrendous preliminary competition, the 66th edition of the pageant was nothing to write home about. It’s probably the worst staging of the pageant that I could remember!

Was Davina Bennett Robbed?

After a stellar performance all throughout the night, Jamaica’s Davina Bennett who sported an afro was denied the crown, only winning third overall. Despite strong showing, it seems like the competition was already pre-determined to be all about Demi-Leigh Peters of South Africa.

via Miss Universe Facebook page.

I’m very much happy with the overall winners of each respective major pageants and I hope to see more competitive girls in 2018!

Is Catriona Gray, 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-bound?

photo from powerhouseph_ Instagram

The 2017 pageant season isn’t quite over yet since Katarina Rodriguez has yet to compete in her respective pageant assignment but since Miss Intercontinental 2017 edition is still slated for a January 2018 staging in Egypt, the buzz about the prospective queens next year is getting louder and louder especially after the lackluster results we’ve got from Miss World, Miss International and the Miss Universe pageant.

Photo from Catriona Gray’s Instagram

This early, we’ve been hearing one particular name that pageant fans and pundits are dying to see make a “comeback” and strut at the Binibining Pilipinas stage. It is none other than the top five finisher of the Miss World 2016 – Catriona Gray.

I for one is a big fan and couldn’t wait to see her win the most coveted title in the Binibining Pilipinas – the Miss Universe Philippines. She’s just so beautiful and smart that if we end up hosting the pageant next year – I’ve no doubt that she may end up winning the fourth Miss Universe crown for the country if she would decide, of course to truly participate in the nationals and (hopefully) bag the top plum.

Back in 2013, I’ve written a similar piece about Megan Young’s “supposed” intent to participate in the Golden edition of the Binibining Pilipinas. Her (again) “supposed” disqualification in joining the national pageant turns out to be a blessing in disguised as she went on to win the Miss World Philippines giving her a chance to represent the Philippines in Miss World 2013 where she end up winning the title, thus becoming the first winner of the blue crown in the country.

As of the moment, Catriona and her camp (the Aces & Queens – the same beauty camp of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, 2013 Miss World Megan Young and 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa) are keeping mum about her plans but it’s still very early to release a statement ofcourse since the Miss Universe was just held a week ago in Vegas! For now, let’s just keep our fingers crossed!

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere in a stunning Michael Cinco Gown!

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mitternaere of France was a vision in red as she relinquished her crown to the new winner last night in Las Vegas.

She had her final walk as Miss Universe wearing a scarlet red ombré couture gown in full Swarovski crystals by the very talented Michael Cinco who also made the gown worn by Pia Wurtzbach when she crowned Iris in Manila earlier this year.

I am hoping that we’d see our delegates sashaying a Michael Cinco gown during the evening gown competition of this* pageant soon? For Catriona next year, perhaps?

* Michael Cinco provided the evening gowns for Sandra Seifert (Miss Earth 2009), Queenierich Rehman (Miss World 2012) and Valerie Weigmann (Miss World 2014) during their international pageant assignments.

My Miss Universe 2017 Top 16 Based on the Preliminary Competition!

Top 10 Swimsuit Competition (Alphabetical)
Angola 9.35
Chile 9.15
Colombia 8.75
Honduras 8.75
Peru 8.75
Philippines 9.75 – My Best in Swimsuit
Russia 9.55
South Africa 8.55
USA 9.55
Venezuela 9.75

Top 10 Evening Gown (Alphabetical)
Albania 8.50
Angola 9.85 – My Best in Evening Gown!
Germany 9.25
Iceland 8.50
Mexico 8.70
Peru 8.55
Philippines 9.75
Puerto Rico 8.75
Slovak Republic 8.50
Thailand 8.50

My Final 16 Based on Swimsuit and Evening Gown Competition
1. Philippines 9.75
2. Angola 9.60
3. Venezuela 9.075
4. USA 8.95
5. Mexico 8.90
6. Germany 8.875
7. Russia 8.825
8. Chile 8.70
9. Peru 8.65
10.Albania 8.50
10.1 Colombia 8.50
10.2 Puerto Rico 8.50
13. Thailand 8.475
14. Honduras 8.375
14.1. Slovak Republic 8.375
16. South Africa 8.325

Who are your Top 16?

Give Some Love to #MissUniverse #Philippines

We’ve got 5 more hours to prove to everyone why we’re the social media capital of the world!

Let’s show our support to Rachel Peters by tweeting #MissUniverse #Philippines and by voting thru https://missuniverse.votenow.tv/ 

How is Chanel Olive Thomas in Miss Supranational 2017?

I know that everyone’s focused on Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters and her quest to win the fourth Miss Universe crown for the country in Las Vegas but let’s also take a peek at Chanel Olive Thomas who’s currently in the spa city resort of Krynca Zdroj in Poland for the 9th edition of this very young, European-based pageant where our very own Mutya Datul became the very first Asian and Filipino to win the title.

Chanel on the website of Miss Supranational

 

It looks like she’s enjoying her stint in Poland so far…

Here she is having fun in the snow with her room mate Jenny Kim of Korea.

With her Asian sisters in the competition.

And don’t forget to vote for Chanel!

Pictures are from the Instagram Accounts Attached.

How to VOTE for Rachel Peters at the Miss Universe 2017!

The voting starts tomorrow, November 20th.

1. You can vote 10 time per day at missuniverse.com

2. Tweet using #MissUniverse #Philippines  Always together, to be sure! YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST 10 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER FOR YOUR VOTES TO COUNT!

Repeat this process during the live telecast on November 26 (November 27 in Manila) in each round!

Kaya natin to! We’re not the social media capital of the world for nothing!