Emma Watson for Vogue Australia – March 2018

Here’s the beautiful and ever delightful Emma Watson gracing the cover of the Australian Vogue for it’s next month’s edition. 

Watson guest-edited the issue which she said is dedicated to sustainability and ‘designing the future.’
Truly, Emma is one of the few young actors in Hollywood that up and comers should emulate. Attagirl!

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Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Specials: My Second Hot Picks!

I’ve had a hard time selecting the girls for my second hot picks. After seeing them in person during the talent competition and their sponsors tour, there are some girls who went up from practically nowhere to the top of my list. Catriona is still a force in the competition. I firmly believe that she’s still the one to beat for the top plum at this point but there are girls who are peaking at this point and are challenging her claim to the most coveted crown.

It’s not going to be easy for Catriona to maintain her stronghold to the Miss Universe Philippines title but her international exposure, gift for gab and universal beauty are still the main factors that’s keeping her afloat amongst these bevy of beauties. She is still my Top Pick at this point.

Trailing behind her is the formidabble rallying of Ena Velasco. She’s slowly and surely becoming one of those girls that may pose a greater challenge to Catriona. She is beautiful, moves like a gazelle and her background as a doctor will play well to her advantage. For now, she is my alternate pick for the top title.

We cannot easily discard beauty over brains. This is a beauty pageant after all. Ma. Ahtisa Manalo is arguably the prettiest in this batch and her beauty alone could catapult her to the top. She is undeniable. A Miss International prototype to the hilt.

Vicky Rushton may just be Ahtisa’s biggest rival for the International crown. She’s like a ray of sunshine with that effervescent smile. Her presence has been widely felt in the competition since the beginning and I’m expecting her to peak real soon.

I am quite certain that if Michele Gumabao will be fielded to the Miss Supranational, there’s a big chance for her to bring the crown back to Asia. I’m still not discounting her to win the top plum but she’s kind of fading for me.

Karen Gallman is at a disadvantage because of her height but like Catriona, her gift of gab may just give her one of the coveted crowns. For now, I am delegating her as Katarina’s succesor.

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I am delegating Aya Abesamis and Samantha Bernardo as my 7th and 8th placer for now. Both have polarizing yet similar auras. They are also in the ‘oldest’ contestants category so I am expecting that they will either go home crownless or one of them will do an upset.

To complete my Top 10 are Wynonah Buot and Loren Mar Artajos.
Wynonah because of her facial beauty alone. I’m still not sold by her overall packaging but I think she’s still got a lot to offer. Artajos’ experience will be a huge advantage for her but up to this point, I’m not seeing her advancing into the winners’ circle but she’s definitely part of the upper 50% .

Cover Thursday: Sufjan Stevens’ Mystery of Love by Elisa Jane

Since “Call Me By Your Name” just had its commercial release last week in Manila, I thought of featuring this beautiful and haunting song by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens from the movie. But since this is a Cover Thursday, I present to you Elisa Jane’s wonderful cover of the song.

Enjoy!

Listen / Buy: iTunes & Spotify 

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Specials: The Frontrunners

Whilst Katarina Rodriguez is currently competing in Egypt to bag the elusive Miss Intercontinental crown for the Philippines, the pageant season in the country has officially started with the announcement of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas official candidates.

As per our tradition, we catapult girls to the all-so-important and perhaps the most difficult position to be in – the frontrunners pedestal where there is intense pressure from every pageant fans and pundits.

This year, we’ve a few frontrunners who are mostly crossovers and returnees, although there are also some newbies amongst them. Rest assured though, that these girls have the experience, the hype and the power to lord it over the other girls. The only question is – will they be able to maintain said status until the pageant night?

These are the seven considered frontunners based on the hype, connections, experiences or whatever you wanna call it. They have it.

We’ve been hearing Aya Abesami’s name since 2014 as a possible contender for the nationals but it’s only now that she decided to try out under the tutelage of Aces & Queens allegedly leaving behind a very stable job from the Big Apple.

For all of you unaware of her beauty queen pedigree, Aya is the daughter of Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero and the niece of Miss World 2003 finalist Mafae Verdadero Yunon. Pretty formidable connections yeah?

She is now being touted by many as the flag bearer of her beauty camp but does she have what it takes to win the top plum? Her beauty is a polarizing one but we have to remember that Aya before her beauty pageant quest is a model first and foremost. Will she be able to carry on her legacy this year?

Former DLSU Lady Spiker and Pinoy Big Brother housemate Michelle Gumabao is also gunning for one of the national titles this year as the lone sportswoman who applied and made it through the Top 40. Daughter of veteran Filipino actor Dennis Roldan, Gumabao is one of the tallest from this batch and is all ready to power it up under the Aces & Queens banner.

This is Jehza Huelar’s third attempt to win a crown after her 2nd Runner-Up title in 2016 and disheartening Top 15 finish last year. This Davaoena beauty is still as fresh as ever and she’s now hoping that she’d be able to do a Maricar-MJ-Pia comeback! Mind you, all three of these ladies went eventually won the Miss Universe Philippines title.

Karen Gallman made the semis back in 2012 and won the Miss Photogenic award. After a long hiatus in the pageant world, this beauty from Brisbane is all set to snatch one of the crowns at stake. Her height maybe her most disadvantageous quality at this point but we’ll see if the she’d be able to do a David against her Goliath competitors.

Vickie Rushton is a budding actress and a former Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011 grand winner where Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago was also a co-winner. In 2011, she was unable to represent the country in Miss Intercontinental because of scheduling conflict between the local and the international pageant. Now, she’s back stronger than ever in the pageant stage hoping the represent the country in the international arena!

Like Vickie, Eva Patalinjug was also a Mutya ng Pilipinas grand winner back in 2014 and was supposed to represent the country for the comeback staging of Miss Asia Pacific Quest. Unfortunately for her, the organizers of the pageant were unable to stage it on time until last year so Eva was left without a pageant assignment but retained the title anyhow. Now older and more beautiful, this Cebuana queen is consider to be the flag bearer of the Kagandahang Flores camp, the same camp of reigning Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters.

Without question, Catriona Gray became the one to beat the moment she declared her intention to try out for the nationals. Now, as part of the official 40 candidates, this Miss World 2016 Top 5 finisher is more than ready to conquer the universe. Will the stars align in her favor come March 18?

Who for you are the frontrunner/s this year?

 

 

photos courtesy of Official Binibining Pilipinas Facebook Page. 

Rachel Peters during the Miss Universe 2017 Preliminary Competition! #MissUniverse #Philippines

Here’s Miss Universe Philippines’ Rachel Peters strutting like the queen she is in her Yamamay two-piece swimsuit and another Val Taguba creation for her evening gown!

So heavenly! 

She may have performed really well here but just the same, let’s secure her spot in the semis by showing our support simply by voting for her via Twitter using these two hash tags: #MissUniverse #Philippines. Vote unlimited here.

You can also vote 10X per day through the Miss Universe Website at http://www.vote.miss universe.com

Let’s so these guys!!!!

pictures are from OPMB Facebook page.

Vote for Rachel Peters at the Miss Universe 2017!

The voting starts tomorrow, November 20th. (US time)

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

2. Tweet using #MissUniverse #Philippines  Always together! YOU NEED TO HAVE AT LEAST 10 TWITTER FOLLOWERS 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!

Rachel Peters’ Preliminary Interview OOTD at the Miss Universe 2017!

I know that Rachel is going to rock it!

 

This ivory tone gazaar silk suit she’s wearing for one of the most important events in the competition is the creation of the talented Ryan Ablaza Uson.

Picture is from Rachel’s Instagram story

Richwell Kids Kraze Toy Sale 2017 Has Arrived! #KidsCraze2017

It’s here folks!

Get ready

I’ve been going to Richwell’s annual toy sale for some time now and this year, I’d make sure to summon enough patience to weather the throng of buyers as Richwell Prime open its door at Richprime Corporate Center, #34 Sct. Torillo cor. Sct. Limbaga Quezon City from Thrusday-Sundays, 1:00pm-6pm starting Nov. 17, 2017!

The KIDS CRAZE WAREHOUSE SALE offers a wide range of branded toys, apparels, shoes, baby products etc… from Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Disney, Shopkins, VTech, Chicco, Ollie Shoes and many more!

Make sure to be in front of the line!

Advanced Merry Christmas y’all!