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My Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Third Hot Picks – Charmaine Remains!

Six days from now, we’ll finally witness the coronation of the new Binibining Pilipinas queens who will represent the Philippines in the international beauty pageant arena.  The competition is getting more intense as the day of the finals night at the Araneta Coliseum is getting closer and closer. With that being said, let me present to you my third hot picks for this year’s circle of winners!

Charmaine Elima is reigning supreme as my unbeatable Miss Universe Philippines pick for the third time in a row! Maine has everything going on for her and she knows it. I don’t think I have to say more about it – the Miss Universe Philippines title is hers to lose.

Mariel De Leon will definitely get a crown come Sunday night. The only question is, which crown is it? Methinks, the Miss International pageant will be a better fit for her. After sending Kylie last year and charming the Japanese to give her the crown, Mariel’s brand of beauty may just be refreshing enough for them to consider a back-to-back win for the country.

Katarina Rodriguez is no doubt the face of the competition. After finally seeing her person – vibrant and oh-so beautiful, I figured that she’s do really well in Miss Grand International! This Thai-owned pageant is looking for someone to carry the brand all across the spectrum and Katarina may just be the girl for the job!

Sirene Sutton is a match for Miss Supranational because of her height and elegance. I’m still not sold on her beauty but she’s definitely a candidate worthy of a crown come Sunday night.

Jamaica Ambal is a new entry on my winning circle. She’s just so beautiful in person and so charming! I loved her exotic sex appeal! She’s so mesmerizing and methinks Miss Intercontinental will eat her up!

Juliana Kapeundl is the second newbie on my list. This girl was not even on my radar until I had the chance to see her in person and focused more on her videos and images. I must admit, Miss Globe is just about perfect for her beauty and personality!

‘Hope you like my Hot Picks! If you don’t, lemme know who you think should be in it! ❤

All photos courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas Facebook Page.

My Binibining Pilipinas 2017 – Second Hot Picks!

The press presentation of the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas candidates happened last March 22 at the Novotel Manila in Araneta Center, Cubao and it was an eye-opening event, separating the goddesses of this year’s batch from mere mortals! hah!

With that being said, let me present to you my Second Hot Picks, taking into consideration the events that transpired after the official announcement of the candidates for this year’s edition. up to this point.

Let’s start first with the six girls on my radar whom I think are waiting for their right time to peak. They’re still not there in the upper tier but they’re basically on the hunt to spoil it for the/my top six!

In no particular order.

And my Top 6 in particular order

#7 Jezha Huelar’s second runner-up finish last year helped her gain confidence and the training she went through along with the 2016 queens was the result of her fierce return into the compeition. I was never a fan before but she’s slowly growing on me. Those legs are to die for! Not sure how many brownie points she had acquired from Madame Stella over the course of her runner-up reign but for now, I am willing to bet that she’d get one of the crowns – the ‘Globe’ one presumably.

#19 Rachel Peters is tall, smart and has a banging body – she needs to work on not looking older and dull. She almost has it all but she’s so lacking that glow! Rachel, you can do it! She’s my Intercontinental titlist at this point.

#15 Maria Angelica DeLeon. My faith for this girl is slowly fading as the days goes by. I knew enough that she’s a big-boned woman and I loved that she’s embracing it! Her face is deliciously divine and she’s got good enough articulation so it’s really up to her to level-up her game plan! She’s my bet for Grand International for now.

#13 Sirene Sutton. Beauty-wise, Sirene is one of the most facially beautiful ladies in the bunch aside from the fact that she’s also one of the tallest candidates. I thought she still need to work on her personality because she looks a bit bland in comparison to Elima and Rodriguez’ explosive stage presence. She needs that little oomph to come out sooner! For now, I am pegging her for Miss Supranational.

#31 Katarina Rodriguez is still my #2 at this stage of the competition. Nobody can argue that Katarina is THE face of the competition. Her boxy body may not be everyone’s cup of tea but her face alone compensates for what she lacks in that area. Janine Tugonon, Ariella Arida and Shamcey Supsup have boxy bodies but they still managed to shine on stage and Katarina could do so with that face. She’d be a great follow-up to reigning Miss International Kylie Verzosa and it’s not far-fetched for her to win the Miss Universe Philippines as well if Charmaine Elimamanaged to falter ‘again’ in the final Q&A.

#32 Charmaine Elima without question is the ring leader of this batch. At this stage, the target is still solidly planted on her back. In other words, she’s the biggest threat for everyone aiming for the Miss Universe Philippines crown. She’s luminous during the press presentation with such impeccable styling that could rival any pageant queen. This is one of those moments when you have no choice but to say, “Uwian na bes, may nanalo.” Elima’s still THE ONE to beat.

All photos courtsy of the Official Binibining Pilipinas Facebook Page.

Binibining Pilipinas 2017 First Hot Picks! The Power of Six!

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since the announcement of the official candidates of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas and so far, no one has been disqualified yet! *wink* Kidding aside, this is definitely a very strong batch with repeaters, crossovers and newbies battling for the six crowns at stake in this year’s edition!

Upon watching their web interviews, candid and official photos and other videos – I came up with my first hot picks of the season. They are definitely the frontrunners whom I’d like to call at this point the Power Six!

Six.  Gabriela Patricia Ortega

She may not be the most facially beautiful girl in the competition but this girl definitely has that regal bearing fit for a queen! She’s an articulate speaker and has very good bone structure! I’m waiting for her to shine even more but so far, she’s doing a wonderful job edging out the competition!

Fifth.  Sirene Sutton

This “independent” joiner from the Mercartor Models created a rather loud buzz during the final day of screening and you can see why in this picture. She’s statuesque, conventionally pretty (though she reminded me a bit of Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 Deborah Henry) and does seem to have the brains to back her looks so she’s probably the spoiler for the top frontrunner at this point.

Fourth. Rachel Peters

I loved Rachel during the Miss World Philippines 2014 until that final question and answer portion and I loved her aura even more now. I just hope that she’s going to take this more seriously now because she’s one of the Binibinis who has it all – beauty, personality and brains.

Third. Katarina Rodriguez

Asia’s Next Top Model runner-up turned beauty queen aspirant is an instant favorite the moment she decided to try out for the nationals and for good reasons. She’s vibrant, articulate and a face to die for. For now, she’s still giving me that “I’m a commercial model” vibe so she better step it up!

Second. Maria Angelica de Leon

Let’s face it – Mariel has one of the most beautiful faces in the competition and with an impressive pedigree to boot, she could very well topple my top pick for the Miss Universe Philippines at this stage of the competition. It’s going to be a tough job so she better be ready to shine ever brighter!

And the top goes to…

Numero Uno. The One to Beat.

Charmaine Elima.

After choking in the Q&A portion during the Golden Edition of this pageant, Maine took a break from the pageant scene to work as a flight attendant for the Philippines’ national carrier – the Philippine Airlines. Since then, it looks like her life experiences including her 2013 defeat made her an even stronger candidate making waves as she return this year with a bang! She is now handled by Aces & Queens transferring from its rival beauty camp – Kagandahang Flores. Do I think that it’s for the best? I think so. And it’s none of my business, anyway.

Charmaine looks and sound more confident now. She seems more articulate and she’s just glowing like a real queen! At this stage, there’s no denying that everything’s pointing to her succession of Maxine Medina’s title and if the stars will align this year in her favor, there’s a very big chance that she’d finally clinch that Miss Universe Philippines title!

photos courtesy of Bb.Pilipinas FB Page.

Jodilly Pendre & Katarina Rodriguez on the cover of Metro Magazine – June 2014 Edition!

via Metro Magazine

via Metro Magazine

Jodilly with her copy!! Yay!

Jodilly with her copy!! Yay!

Yesssiirr! I am totally loving the next month’s cover of Metro Magazine which features the second and third placer Pinay models in Asia’s Next Top Model Season 2  – Jodilly Pendre and Katarina Rodriguez. It’s just so refreshing to actually see working models making it in the cover of a fashion magazine esp. here in the Philippines!!! I’m so glad that Metro decided to to go with this and I’m very proud of these two ladies as well!!!

Sheena Liam is the winner of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2!

Malaysian model Sheena Liam was adjudged the winner of the second cycle of the modeling reality show, Asia’s Next Top Model. Liam bested 15 other finalists for the title including  Filipino models Jodilly Pendre and Katarina Rodriguez as runners-up.

Sheena

Sheena

With her win, Sheena will be receiving a three-month contract with Storm Model Management in London, the chance to appear in a spread and on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore and Malaysia, a cash prize from FOX International Broadcast, a Subaru XV car, and the chance of becoming the new face of TRESemmé for one of their 2014 campaigns.

So there you have it folks! Sheena battled all the odds to win it all!!! Congratulations as well to our homegirls Katarina and Jodilly!

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Finale (Episode 13) – The Girl That Wins It All!

After twelve weeks, the competition is now down to three girls battling it out to be this season’s Asia’s Next Top Model. Sheena is the girl who could give you good pictures but not good enough to clinch the top spot of any shoot from the past episodes. So are we up for a mediocre finish from this driven Malaysian model or is she ready to give it all for the final show and deliver a stunning photo and topple the competition? Katarina on the other hand have shown that she’s not only the face of the competition but she could also be a threat for the title by delivering some outstanding shots that catapult her on top getting two first call-outs that ultimately led her to the finale. Is she peaking a little too late or will Katarina battle it out like there’s no tomorrow and prove to everyone that she’s really the right gal for the title? Or is it going to be fellow Filipina finalist Jodilly, whose height, runway skills and sunny personality be the formidable force that will hinder the dreams of the other two to win the coveted title? Delivering outstanding photo after another, Jodilly’s versatility did not go unnoticed in the competition by receiving two best photo award and winning some of the challenges. Will this be enough for this sweet gal from the Philippines to win it all or are we still up for more come final showdown?

Katarina placing third

Katarina placing third

Jodilly's the runner-up

Jodilly’s the runner-up

Sheena is your Asia's Next Top Model

Sheena is your Asia’s Next Top Model

 

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 12 – Harper’s Bazaar Shoot

Four girls are still in the competition and this time, it’s anybody’s ballgame. Malaysian girl Sheena is still very much alive after a top finish last episode wanting to prove herself. Japanese Marie on the other hand is still trying to stay afloat despite steep competition. Meanwhile, the two aspiring top model from the Philippines – Jodilly and Katarina – are on a roll, keeping it strong in the hopes of becoming Asia’s Next Top Model.

Katarina

Katarina

This is no doubt Katja’s best shot to date – as in EVER! I’m just glad that she peaked at the right time. This is really smashing and I could totally see this in any fashion magazine! Her left fingers are just a bit weird but overall, I love how dynamic her shot was!

Jodilly

Jodilly

Wow! Jodillycious! This is Jodilly showing her sensual side and those legs are just never-ending! She’s totally selling the dress and those shoes! Work it girl!

Sheena

Sheena

I do not like this shot at all. I like Sheena as a model but this isn’t just working for me. I thought the styling doesn’t suit her and the posing was just awkward. She could’ve given more.

Marie

Marie

I love the dynamic of Marie’s photo but I’m not sold by her body movements which looks a bit awkward that it’s almost stiff.

First Call Out: Katarina
2nd: Jodilly
Bottom Two: Sheena & Marie
Eliminated: Marie

So with the judges decision to let go of Marie, the finale was set witj Katarina, Jodilly and Sheena to battle it out for the ultimate prize. So who’s it going to be?

via Asia’s Next Top Model

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 11 – Untelevised

Best Photo Week 2During the second week when Nicole ultimately went on top!

As per Asia’s Next Top Model official statement: Due to the recent events surrounding flight MH370 and out of respect and sensitivity for those affected, this episode of #AsNTM2 was not televised as it was filmed in collaboration with Malaysia Airlines. Please enjoy the following episode, which has been edited to ensure continuity.

Here’s that edited episode

I’m actually quite shock that Nicole actually got the boot. I thought out of the remaining girls, she along with Jodilly were the strongest model in the house. In the recap you can see that Cycle 1 winner Jessica Amornkuldilok visited them and gave them some tips on walking the runway. Anyhow, I think it was a wise and quite sensible for them not to televise the whole thing.

Call Out Order
1. Sheena
2. Jodilly
3. Marie
Bottom 2: Katarina and Nicole
Eliminated: Nicole

Goodbye Dear Nicole!

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 10 – The Island Girl

After a couple of weeks off the air * Asia’s Next Top Model is back and this time, a rather sad elimination was bound to happen. With six girls running towards winning the coveted title, it was really hard for the judges to eliminate anyone – but really, this is still a competition.

A back to back first call out from our homegirls isn’t so bad, no? I loved the fact that Team Philippines were at number one and two. Now it is with great sadness to let ya know guys that one of the most consistent girls this cycle faltered and eventually got booted out.  Last night episode, we see the girls discussing with the Storm Model Management who will eventually and hopefully manage them after Top Model.

Marie

Marie

I didn’t like Marie’s shot. I thought it was weak facially. She’s got that same scary face from last episode. I thought her body movement’s great but it’s still a weak picture.

Jodilly

Jodilly

This isn’t exactly Jodilly’s best shot but it’s far better than the rest of the girls. I love the composition of this shot and the way she displayed an Alex Perry – kudos to you girl!

Josephine

Josephine

I thought Josephine looked great in this dress. My only problem is that it looked so catalogue-ish.

Katarina

Katarina

Alex Perry and the gang just loved how beautiful Katja was and I’ve to agree with them wholeheartedly. A beautiful face could really get you so far and I think Katarina’s out to prove that she’s not only just a face. Good job girl!

Nicole

Nicole

I am inlove with this girl and I thought that she’s got tons of potential! I just hate the fact that this photo is just boring. What just happened?

Sheena

Sheena

Are you guys getting tired of Sheena’s blonde hair? I’ve to admit that it’s getting kinda old now but you can’t fault a girl who really knows how to model. Her face looks boring but it’s still a strong shot altogether.

Call Out Order
First Call Out: Jodilly
Katarina
Sheena
Marie
Bottom Two: Josephine and Nicole
Eliminated: Josephine

via Asia’s Next Top Model
**(in consideration to the tragic incident involving the Malaysia Airlines – my prayers to the victims and their loved ones) 

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Episode 9 – The Girl With a Wild Side

There’s a lot of things that I liked about the episode last night and just a few missed that I didn’t care about at all after waking up this morning. I loved the fact that my two home-girls got the first and second call-outs, whoot hoot! And ofcourse, the photoshoot this week was j’adore!!!! I’m not that disappointed with the girl that was sent home, only if you will based the episode on their body of works all throughout the competition but to boot her out with that picture was a travesty! For this episode, the girls went to Sarawak in Borneo. During the shoot, resident judge Mike Rosenthal was their photographer so the girls were very nervous and all. It was the best concept of the season for a shoot if I may say so, let’s all check them out…

Jodilly

Jodilly

This for me is beyond incredible! It’s my favorite shot of the season! This is a very strong photo and could easily land Jodilly a spot in the finals!

Josephine

Josephine

I just love this girl! She keeps on producing great shot after another! I’m not gonna be mad if I’ll see her walking the final runway.

Katarina

Katarina

I love me some baby Katja and she’s looking fierce as hell here! I love that she also reminds me of a tribe princess here jungle warrior princess theme since the outfits says so little about the latter.

Marie

Marie

This shot is too grotesque for me in the face. I wished Marie could’ve soften it a little but nevertheless, it was still a good shot face down.

Natalie

Natalie

Remove the shoes and I can totally picture this in a National Georgraphic feature. I just love the composition of this shot! There’s so much to look at and it’s really interesting!

Nicole

Nicole

Nicole’s magic seems to be not working this time – she’s totally losing it. Cmon’ girl! It’s the final stretch!

Sheena

Sheena

Wow! Sheena is looking so luminous! I love her body movement and I love that I can still see Sheena! Like always, it’s smashing!

So who went home this episode?

Call Out Order
First Call Out: Katarina
2nd: Jodilly
3rd: Sheena
4th: Marie
5th: Josephine

Bottom Two: Natalie & Nicole
Eliminated: Natalie

pictures via Asia’s Next Top Model