My Miss Universe October 2018 Hot Picks!

I know this post is a bit overdue but I had this note on my phone with my Top 9 only until the last month ended. I’ve tried checking out more girls and their trainings, their outfits and a lot more that has to do with their exposure but only came up with the same girls who are getting the hype since the start of the pageant season. So without further ado, let me present to you my Top 9 Hot Picks for the month of October!

In ninth place is Canada’s Marta Stepien. See, I loved Canada’s type of beauty just like the earlier comparison to superstar Taylor Swift, Marta has the type of beauty that would do well in Thailand like her compatriot Natalie Glebova when she snatched the crown from the Latinas in 2005. She’s went down on my list because I haven’t that much change in her – good or bad. I still think that she’s one of the frontrunners but her chances for me is dwindling.

At number eight is Sthefany Gutiérrez of Venezuela. I loved the fact that she’s experimenting with her looks now and that she’s listening to her supporters. I thought she looks a bit mature with her ‘pocahontas’ hair and too heavy make up so I’m very much happy with her different looks now. Seriously, she’s hella pretty with a no make-up makeup look.

Number seven for me is host delegate Sophida Kanchanarin. This Thai beauty is one of my favorite Asian beauties this year. I just loved her oriental bone structure and her classy aura. I still don’t see her winning the whole thing but she’s inching towards the Top 5 for me.

At sixth place is H’Hen Niê of Vietnam. I’m still on a fence with her recent styling with longer hair. I mean, she’s got a beautiful face but it felt too forced. Her face is meant to be shown with her current short do. She’s definitely one of the strongest Asian delegates this year!

On fifth place for me is Puerto Rico’s Kiara Ortega. Puerto has never reached the Top 3 in this decade but it looks like Kiki is about to avenge her compatriots most especially Bodine Koehler who got snubbed in 2013. Kiki is young, personable but lacks in height. Some people are touting her to be one of the ‘girls to beat’ but I am pretty sure that at this point – the girl to beat remains the same from my last Hot Picks – bias aside.

Coming in at fourth place for me is none other than South Africa’s Tamaryn Green. She also went down for me last month. She’s looking too mascular for me so she needs to exudes a little bit of softness come pageant proper in order to stand out the way Demi started her game plan to win the crown in Vegas last year.

My third placer is Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers. I loved Sarah Rose’ looks and again, I keep on saying that her winning personality will make her shine in Thailand. I’m not sure if she’s really that focused in winning the crown or she’s content to just be Miss USA since her prizes as the reigning queen is the same with her Miss Universe counterpart. I still she’s one of the strongest delegates this year and she’s just so pretty to begin with so I have her as my third best’ for October.

My number two is Valeria Morales of Colombia. I’m very much enamored by her Juliana Franco’s aura and she’s a very good speaker too. I wished that she could speak English fluently to cater to her international fans but I think she’s the biggest rival of the ‘girl to beat’ at this point.

And my numbero uno pick is still our very own Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray. It’s always been Catriona Gray, you say but she’s really THAT girl who could bring Miss Universe into a whole new level. She’s beautiful, current, has a fun personality and most importantly – the gift of gab. I’m still in awe everytime I watch her speak about ANY given topics. I’m telling you, she’s coming for your favorites.

Who for you is leading the pack this year???

See you in Thailand next month!

All photos courtesy of missuniverse.com
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ICYMI: Catriona Gray & Jezha Huelar’s Send-off!

Jezha and Catriona with Madame Stella Araneta

I’m a bit late in posting this but I’m pretty sure that you’ve read and seen all of there is to see during the send-off of Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray and Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational Jezha Huelar to their pageant assignment overseas.

Catriona of course will be competing at the 67th Miss Universe pageant in our neighboring country, Thailand while Jezha is flying to Poland for the 10th Anniversary Edition of Miss Supranational.

Catriona wowed everyone with her femme fatale styling while Jezha is looking oh-so-sweet with her blue princess cut gown.

Good luck ladies!

Miss Universe 2018 Ticket Prices – Live at the Impact Arena in Bangkok!

For those of you who are planning to watch the 67th Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, here are the ticket prices you’ve all been waiting for!!!

The prices ranges from 2,500 – 50,000 THB (that’s about 4,000 – 80,000 Philippine Pesos exchange rate as of press time).

So, who’s going to be watching?

We’re Proud of You, Ahtisa Manalo!

I was a bit pre-occupied in the past couple of days but obviously, congratulations are in order for our very beautiful and vibrant Binibini – Ma. Ahtisa Manalo for finishing 1st Runner-up in the recently concluded Miss International beauty pageant in the capital city of Japan. I actually thought that she had it in the bag but Mariem Velazco of Venezuela winning isn’t bad at all. They both performed so well and I’m glad that even if Ahtisa didn’t win the crown, the one who got it totally deserved it too!

Here’s Ahtisa during the three segments of that very long proceedings.

Ahtisa wearing a Sarimanok-inspired national costume. She’s such stage performer!

Ahtisa in yellow one-piece swimsuit.

Ahtisa looking muy elegante donning a nude Michael Cinco hand-beaded evening wear.

Here’s Ahtisa’s speech.

Congratulations Ahtisa – the whole Philippines is very proud of you!

ICYMI: Kelsey Merritt’s New York Post Feature!

The very first Filipino to become one of Victoria’s Secret models shared her journey towards landing her biggest modeling job to date – a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

“Victoria’s Secret is such a big deal in the Philippines,” she said. “So I feel like this was something I could give back to [Filipinos].”

Read more by clicking the image below!

Catriona, Oh Catriona!

A recent photo release from famed Filipino photographer Raymond Saldaña made the rounds of social media today that shook pageant fans and pundits around the world for it showcased yet again the alluring beauty of Miss Universe 2018 frontrunner Catriona Gray!

Catriona Gray
Miss Universe Philippines 2018

Raymond Saldaña Photography
https://www.instagram.com/raymondsaldana_klickbox/

Make up by : Jelly Eugenio
Hair by : Florenz
Styled by : Patrick Henry Mergano
Earrings : Christopher E Munar
Gown : Cherry Samuya Veric

Exquisite, isn’t she?

Nariman Battikha of Venezuela wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2018!

After missing out from the Top 4 in last night’s Miss Earth, Venezuela is back on track with Nariman Battikha becoming the new Reina Hispanoamericana, the 7th Venezuelan to win the prestigious Latin-based pageant since its inception in 1991.

Although Miss Filipinas Alyssa Mulach Alvarez failed to advance into the semis, she still look like a queen wearing a patriotic marsala red evening gown from Benj Leguiab IV.

Congratulations Venezuela! And to Alyssa, we are proud of you. You were amazing tonight!

Result Reaction: Miss Earth 2018 – Live at the Mall of Asia Arena!

‘Just got home from watching the coronation night of the 18th Miss Earth edition where Nguyen Phuong Khanh of Vietnam was adjudged the ‘ultimate goddess of the Earth.’

Her Elemental court are: Miss Air Melanie Mader of Austria, Miss Water Valeria Ayos of Colombia and Miss Fire Melissa Flores of Mexico.

This edition is without its fair share of controversies the moment outgoing Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco passed the crown to Phuong Khanh.

Rumor has it that Miss Venezuela was supposed to be in the final four but she fainted backstage before the announcement and host James Deakin had to announce a replacement (supposedly the fifth place who is Miss Vietnam) to complete the top four. I personally call bullshit on this.

Vietnam was an all-around performer during the finale and she easily nailed both Q&A segments of the pageant with charm, sincerity and sense. I’d say she’s a deserving winner and such allegation should be put to rest right away.

And regardless if it’s true or not, Miss Venezuela fainted.The show isn’t going to wait for her to feel better. This show is broadcasted live and they have to follow a schedule. IF and only IF she was indeed in the top 4, they would have to exclude her and put the next girl with the highest score into the next round. Sorry, but this is what’s live television for you. Plus, the girls in the top 4 are very much deserving too. Shame on the President of Miss Earth Venezuela for releasing such information without the ME organization’s confirmation!

Congratulations to Miss Vietnam for winning the Miss Earth crown! Again, it was a well-deserved win! A big round of applause as well goes to the rest of the girls for giving a good fight!

To my favorite Telma Madeira of Portugal – you did your best and you made your country proud! I hope to see you competing in other international pageants like Miss Universe or Miss World in years to come ❤

To Celeste Cortesi – you are pure class and you represented the Philippines well! Thank you.

Congratulations to the Miss Earth organization and Carousel Productions for the wonderful show this year! ❤👏 Bravo!

I will be posting my full pledge review in the days to come! 😘

Bangkok is Ready for the Miss Universe 2018!

After almost three months of radio silence from the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), Bangkok is now ‘officially’ re-confirmed as the host of this year’s Miss Universe pageant. The MUO team spearheaded by its President Paula Shugart confirmed the event happening on December 17, 2018 (Local Time) after the initial announcement in July.

Yesterday, a Press Conference was held in Bangkok where the Miss Universe Organization presented the new financier of the pageant – the TNP Group – after its initial investor TW Investment pulled out from the project due to misbehavior of its shareholders putting the third hosting of the Kingdom in peril.

And there’s also a rumored new crown for the winner of this edition? So that means, no more Mikimoto crown? We’ll see in the coming days or during the finals night at the Impact Arena.

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters via missuniverse.com

It can now be said that Bangkok is all set and ready to provide the most beautiful show in the Universe!

Newest Kapamilya Regine Velasquez’ Message to her Bashers!

Newest Kapamilya Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez- Alcasid has had enough of netizens bashing her, her hubby and her son Nate. Velasquez shared her feelings towards her bashers via Instagram that says: