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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!

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Ariella Arida On The Cover Of Metro Magazine’s January 2014 Body Issue Edition!

Ara AridaWho would have thought that Ara could look this hot? The Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up flaunts her curves in the cover of the 25th anniversary body issue of Metro Magazine which includes the “super hot” calendar shoot that includes equally sexy celebs like Tom Rodriguez, Enrique Gil, Christine Reyes and Sunshine Cruz among others. So folks, don’t forget to grab your copies of this very,very hot commodity! Ciao!

The Search Is On For The 2014 Binibining Pilipinas!

BBP 2014 is on

In the midst of Bea Santiago’s campaign in Japan to grab the fifth Miss International crown for the Philippines, the Binibining Pilipinas Organization just announced today the start of their search for next year’s Binibining Pilipinas queens. This year’s edition has been highly successful so far after the win of Mutya Datul in Miss Supranational, the semifinals inclusion of Cindy Miranda in Miss Tourism-International and the third runner-up finish of Ariella Arida in Miss Universe with Bea Santiago touted by pageant experts to place considerably well on next week’s Miss International finals.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Philippine rep in any of these pageants, then it’s your chance to be part of the elite group of Binibining Pilipinas queens and submit your application ASAP!

Live Streaming Links For Miss Universe 2013!

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For those of you who cannot watch the Miss Universe 2013 live on TV – here’s your chance to witness the most beautiful day in the universe. Choose the streaming links that you prefer to watch the crowning of the New Miss Universe!

http://www.1tv.ru/anons/id=198478

especiales.tntla.com/la/miss-universo/

tevetv.net/venevision-en-vivo/

http://tv.lrytas.lt/live

Philippines - Ariella Arida

Philippines – Ariella Arida

Watch it at the comfort of your own TV via StarWorld or Velvet at 02:00AM or you can also watch the delayed telecast on ABS-CBN today at 9:00 AM! Let’s pray that our very own Ariella Arida will reign supreme in about an hour and a half from now!

My Top 16 Predictions For Miss Universe 2013

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Heya guys! I just want to show you my predictions on how the Top 16 will look like on Saturday night at the Crocus City Hall during the culmination of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve already presented my Top 15 (based on their preliminary performances) but factoring everything, things would definitely change a bit in my opinion. So here is my prediction for the magic 15 plus the people’s choice!

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MISS UNIVERSE 2013: Philippines – Ariella Arida
1st Runner-up: Ukraine – Olga Storozhenko
2nd Runner-up: Russia – Elmira Abdrazakova
3rd Runner-up: Brazil – Jakelyne Oliveira
4th Runner-up:Spain – Patricia Yurena Rodriguez

TOP 10
6. Israel – Titi Ayanaw
7. Puerto Rico – Monic Perez
8. France – Hinarani de Longeaux
9. Venezuela – Gabriela Isler
10. Czech Republic – Gabriela Kratochvilova

TOP 15
11. Nicaragua – Nastassja Bolivar
12. Croatia – Melita Fabecic
13. Poland – Paulina Krupinska
14. Turkey – Berrin Keklikler
15. USA – Erin Brady

16. Azerbaijan – Aysel Manafova

(I’d like to think that either PR, PHILIPPINES or VENEZUELA will be getting the People’s Choice votes so an additional Trump Pick will come into play with debuting nation Azerbaijan as its receiver)

My Miss Universe 2013 Top 15 Picks After The Preliminary Competition

 Most of the ladies who made my final hot picks based solely on their performance on the Evening Gown and the Swimsuit competition are already touted to make the cut. There’s a couple of surprises and sadly, some few mishaps from some favorites. Here are my top 15 girls who impresses me the most during the preliminary that was held last Tuesday.

Miss Ukraine  Olga Strorozhenko is back on top!

Miss Ukraine Olga Strorozhenko is back on top!

Average: 94.42%

Ukraine came on stage like she owned it! She was perfect in both presentation and she knows how to work the stage. I won’t mind her winning it all because her beauty is just beyond. The crucial Q&A would only be her pitfall once she entered the Top 5 which is inevitable. Her beauty and demeanor reminds me of Rozanna Purcell (Miss Ireland, 2010) but her’s the sweeter version.

Russia - Elmira Abdrazakov

Russia – Elmira Abdrazakov

Average: 94.38%

Despite her homecourt advantage, I’m glad that Elmira didn’t just stand there doing nothing. This girl wanted to make her country proud and you can just feel it. She’s confident, young and vibrant. I won’t complain if she end up winning the Diamond Nexus crown on Saturday.

Israel -  Titi Yitayish Ayanaw

Israel – Titi Yitayish Ayanaw

Average: 94.25%

She’s obviously the strongest black delegate this year and she’s working all the press she’s gotten during the preliminary. It just worries me that she’s almost channeling Leila Lopes in both segment, this could either break her or make her win the judges’ hearts. Regardless, she’s a shoo-in for the semis.

Brazil - Jakelyne Oliveira

Brazil – Jakelyne Oliveira

Average: 94.17%

Jakelyne is Bodine Koehler in every level during the prelims. Her stance, her girth, her body and just the way she carries herself. She’s almost too perfect. She’s got a high score from me but I’m worried. I hope my instinct’s wrong. This girl’s amazing!

Philippines - Ariella Arida

Philippines – Ariella Arida

Average: 93.99%

I’ve nothing but praises for our girl Ara. Miss Philippines delivered what was expected from her! The twirl during the Swimsuit segment was an O-M-G moment and she exudes such elegance wearing that yellow evening gown. Our girl’s a shoo-in for the semis that I could tell you!

 Poland – Paulina Krupinska

Poland – Paulina Krupinska

Average: 93.94%

Poland already made a statement as one of the frontrunners all throughout the competition and last Tuesday sealed her semifinal placement with that ever-so endearing and captivating beauty. A back to back for Poland!

 Spain – Patricia Yurena Rodriguez

Spain – Patricia Yurena Rodriguez

Average: 93.64%

You can tell that Spain has been waiting for this moment and you can also see how polished she has become over the years after her Top 15 Semifinals stint in Miss World 2008. I find her too polished to begin with but she sure is ready to conquer the Universe this time.

Puerto Rico - Monic Perez

Puerto Rico – Monic Perez

Average: 93.13%

Monic has been one of my favorite girls even before she arrived in Moscow. She came prepared and I guess I was expecting too much from her and was slightly disappointed during the swimsuit segment. Nevertheless, she bounced back with her evening gown presentation and my faith in her was restored. Go Monic!

Nicaragua - Nastassja Bolivar

Nicaragua – Nastassja Bolivar

Average: 92.99%

Prior to the preliminary competition, Nicaragua was nowhere near my Top 30 but when she strutted with that gold evening gown number and flaunted her amazing catwalk during the swimsuit round – boy, was I dumbfounded! Nicaragua’s the biggest revelation for me! It’ll be a sin not to include her in the semis. Ooh, she also won the award for having the best national costume!

Czech Republic – Gabriela Kratochvilova

Czech Republic – Gabriela Kratochvilova

Average: 92.76%

Gabriela stood out because of her black short hairdo. This girl radiates beauty and positivity. You can’t deny her a semis spot!

Venezuela - Gabriela Isler

Venezuela – Gabriela Isler

Average: 92.69%

Another Gabriela, this time created by THE Osmel Sousa. She’s a Miss Venezuela and as expected – she delivered!

Dominican Republic – Yaritza Reyes

Dominican Republic – Yaritza Reyes

Average: 92.55%

Yaritza’s too polished not to be notice but I’m worried because she’s SO Ruth Ocumarez. Not because she’s got dark skin but because she’s like Ruth. Almost too perfect! Yes, I’m giving her the Ruth Ocumárez Award. 😦 (she’s still on my Top 15 though)

Croatia – Melita Fabecic

Croatia – Melita Fabecic

Average: 92.49%

If she wanted to be notice, Melita needs to step it up on Saturday once called in the semis. She needs to have spark! Mere beauty would only get her that far. I’m rooting for ya girl!

Turkey – Berrin Keklikler

Turkey – Berrin Keklikler

Average: 92.49%

Berrin could be the dark horse of this competition. She’s sweet, young and fresh!

USA - Erin Brady

USA – Erin Brady

Average: 92.45%

I was a bit disappointed by her presentation in both segment. I thought it was weak and she was barely there. I still gave her a relatively high score enough to make my Top 15 cause I know that Erin’s better than what she have shown during the prelims! C’mon now, you were my Top pick last week! Bring it girl!

Who are your top 15 guys?

How Do You Like Ariella Arida’s Official Evening Gown For Miss Universe 2013?

Ara's official Evening Gown during Preliminary Rehearsals via OPMB

Ara’s official Evening Gown during Preliminary Rehearsals
via OPMB

This gown was apparently made by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza

This gown was apparently made by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza

images via OPMB Worldwide Official FB Page

Miss Philippines Ariella Arida’s National Costume For Miss Universe 2013

What can you say about Ara’s national costume? She’s wearing a traditional Filipiniana dress in a silvery color. It’s fabric looks similar to Janine’s’ evening gown during the Miss Universe last year – atleast the bottom part with pleats.

Ara Arida in Natl Costume during the National Costume Show

A national costume is supposed to represent something from one’s culture and that dress was able to show it adhering to a Filipiniana theme. But just merely looking at it, you can see that the design and the craftsmanship was way way way below at par. We can do better than this right? To the BPCI – why not let a Filipino designer do it for us? This was done in poor taste and I’m glad that Ariella looked marvelously beautiful despite this disastrous costume.

My Miss Universe 2013 Top 15 4th Hot Picks

Erin Brady clinching the top spot is not a real shocker because she could really win this!

Erin Brady clinching the top spot is not a real shocker because she could really win this!

She’s a hot favorite to win the Miss Universe crown ever since she won the Miss USA pageant and I can see why. She’s got the facial beauty of Olivia Culpo, the sensuous glare of Dayana Mendoza, the elegance of Leila Lopes and the x factor of Ximena Navarette. I don’t really mind her winning a back to back for the US cuz’ she’s so worth it!

Russia's  Elmira Abdrazakova and Ariella Arida of the Philippines

Russia’s Elmira Abdrazakova and Ariella Arida of the Philippines

Hometown girl Elmira is too hard to ignore. Her multiracial beauty is simply captivating and with her home turf advantage, she could very well be on her way to the crown if she can pull enough steam until the finale.

Meanwhile, my girl Ariella Arida stepped it up big time and I cannot believe that over a period of just one week – she was able to deliver the goods for an impending top 5 finish and if she’s lucky, maybe the third crown for the Philippines! You go girl!

4. Ukraine - Olga Strorozhenko 5. Poland - Paulina Krupinska 6. Puerto Rico - Monic Perez

4. Ukraine – Olga Strorozhenko
5. Poland – Paulina Krupinska
6. Puerto Rico – Monic Perez

7. Australia - Olivia Wells  8.  France – Hinarani de Longeaux 9. Croatia - Melita Fabecic

7. Australia – Olivia Wells
8. France – Hinarani de Longeaux
9. Croatia – Melita Fabecic
10. Israel – Titi Yitayish Ayanaw 11. Czech Republic - Gabriela Kratochvilova 12. Turkey - Berrin Keklikler

10. Israel – Titi Yitayish Ayanaw
11. Czech Republic – Gabriela Kratochvilova
12. Turkey – Berrin Keklikler

13. Spain - Patricia Yurena Rodriguez 14. Venezuela - Gabriela Isler 15. Dominican Republic - Yaritza Reyes

13. Spain – Patricia Yurena Rodriguez
14. Venezuela – Gabriela Isler
15. Dominican Republic – Yaritza Reyes

new entries on the list is Spain with the return of Dominican Republic, Czech Republic and Australia.
pictures via missuniverse

Miss Philippines Ariella Arida’s Fadil Shot For Miss Universe 2013

Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida as an Ice Princess

Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida as an Ice Princess

Shot by the official photographer of the Miss Universe Organization – Fadil Berisha, Miss Universe Philipines Ariela Arida captured the essence of the theme this edition as an Ice Princess. Not only she look smoldering – Ariella does look every inch of a Queen! I daresay that she’s got the best glamshot this year!! Check out the rest of the delegates’ Fadil Shots via missuniverse.com