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My 65th Miss Universe Final Predictions!

This is going to be a bit tricky for me because I’ve never seen the interviews of each candidate and I’m basing my final choices based on the preliminary competition as well as the events they have participated in leading into this event.

(Also, I’m a bit late posting this because I’ve just been to Burias Island and have not slept at all – so I’m basically zombie-ish watching this one right now.)

So off to my final 13 (apparently, the 13th spot will be given to the girl voted by the public worldwide to go through)

So I’ve made a ranking based on the swimsuit and the evening gown competition from the prelims (again) and below is what I came up with. (tho not necessarily my final 13)

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13. Indonesia – this is supposed to be the girl with whom the public voted for and Miss Philippines has it in the bag but she’s not gonna be awarded this because she’s a shoo-in even without this. I am predicting that Indonesia will get the 13th spot! Also, I found her not that impressive during the prelims so she should thank her lucky stars!

12. Curacao – sash factor wise, she may not make it at all.

11. Brazil – She didn’t make my Top 12 from the prelims but she’s obviously very personable in person and the fans just loved her! I do think that she’d make the cut but during the Prelims, she’s just too much for me.

10. Great Britain – This girl has got a great personality. She’s also exceptionally pretty. She need better styling if she wanna go further than this.

9. China – What a dear surprise from China! She’s not as polished as Miss Universe China 2011 but she’s got this enchanting aura that may work in her favor…

8. Portugal – This girl for me aside from Belgium, France and Australia has one of the most beautiful faces in the competition and if I’m being honest, her face alone made me put her on my list

7. Spain – she was exceptional during the prelims but I’m not sure how exactly memorable she was when it comes to the eyes of the judging panel. I will still give her a chance tho. After all, her compatriot Amparo Munoz was crowned here during the second staging of the Miss Universe in 1974.

Top Six

6. Thailand – This girl won’t go unnoticed because she’s got a very interesting story to present to the judging panel. Aside from that, you can see that she’s studied so hard to be a perfect Thai delegate. She’s the one I’m suspecting to be the biggest spoiler of the night!

5. Venezuela – She’s my initial pick for the title of Miss Universe but I’ve seen some of her videos and I just have this feeling that she’s going to falter come Q and A portion.

4. Australia – this young fresh thing from Australia has all the making of Miss Universe. She’s gonna go higher, I can already tell but I don’t think she’s stronger than my pick for the final three.

2nd Runner-up: Argentina – I know that this is not a popular pick but I just loved her! She was spectacular during the prelims! She was mesmerizing and if the Q&A will work on her favor, she could make it. The only thing that’s preventing me from elevating her as my Miss Universe pick is her sash.

1st Runner-up: Philippines – This resilient, brave and very beautiful Philippine delegate will always be remembered as the first Miss Universe representative from the land of the orient sea to use an interpreter (as confirmed by the Philippine Tourism Secretary, although there’s a disclaimer that says, “In case”). From the divisive support from pageant fans Filipino and Non-Filipino alike, Maxine has rise to the occasion and delivered a spellbinding preliminary performance.

She still can accomplish a back to back but she needs to be perfect tonight to do such thing!

My Miss Universe 2016 is Miss FRANCE!

She was gliding like a queen during the preliminary. Her body’s to die for and clearly has the best face in the competition. I firmly believe that she should win the crown for these points alone and if she’s got the wit to back these area – then we will have the perfect successor of the confidently beautiful Pia Wurtzbach!

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The Ticket Prices for the 65th Miss Universe Live in Manila!

65th Miss Universe Ticket PricesThey finally released the ticket prices for next month’s beauty spectacle – the much awaited 2016 Miss Universe edition dubbed as the 65th Miss Universe – to be held in Manila at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30, 2017!

I think most of you guys will be happy to know that they lowered down the rates for the general admission and upper box tickets. The rest are too pricey already if I may say, tho, I am pretty sure that these prices won’t matter much because we Pinoy fans are crazy about the Miss Universe and I’m betting that once the tickets are available (they will be, on Dec. 20th), they will selling like pancakes!

Ready to fall in line on Tuesday or make sure that you’re glued on your devices to buy your tickets online via smtickets.com!

See ya next year in Manila!

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach X Fadil Berisha

Just a little something to tickle you this Saturday, the 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach looking fierce on these shots by Miss Universe official photographer Fadil Berisha. Wow!

Pia with Crown

Kween P!

Pia Wurtzbach by Berisha

via @fadilberisha

That Awkward Moment When Miss Universe 2015 Host Announces The Wrong Winner!

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Did that just really happened on TV? Steve Harvey just made the biggest hosting blunder on worldwide television when he announces the wrong winner of the Miss Universe crown just moments ago proclaiming Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the new winner, only she’s not.  Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was beyond herself when Harvey proclaimed her the actual winner! Pia ended the 42-year Miss Universe drought of the Philippines and continued the Miss Universe placement of the country since 2010. (And what’s even more awkward is when Paulina had to take the crown, bouquet and the sash off Miss Colombia!!!)

Congratulations Pia!  That’s going to be way more awkward backstage I’m sure.

Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach reacts in disbelief!

Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach reacts in disbelief!

We’re so proud of you girl!

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Paolo Ballesteros And The Faces Of Miss Universe 2014!

Filipino TV host and actor Paolo Ballesteros looks like he’s on a mission to impersonate the beautiful queens of the 63rd Miss Universe pageant! He already posted on his instagram account a make-up transformation of Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa and has since then did four more with Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Colombia and the newest Miss Universe Paulina Vega, Miss USA Nia Sanchez and the latest was Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha!

Colombia

as Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega

USA

as Miss USA 2014 and Miss Universe 2014 1st runner up Nia Sanchez

Ukraine

as Miss Universe 2014 2nd runner up Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha

Jamaica

as Miss Universe 2014 4th runner up Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell

Philippines

Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa (top 10)

Pretty neat make-up transformation yeah? Now all we need is Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen (3rd runner up) to complete the 5 top finishers!

via http://instagram.com/pochoy_29

Thank You,MJ Lastimosa! Mabuhay Ka!

Thank YOu MJ!Much has been said about the recently held Miss Universe pageant and how our rep Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa continued the semi-finalist streak of the Philippines for five consecutive years now. I still remember how the Philippines experienced a ten-year Miss Universe drought from the year 2000 with Nina Ricci Alagao up to Bianca Manalo’s Bahamas stint in 2009.  The following year, Venus Raj paved the way for the Philippine delegates to take center stage in the Miss Universe pageant yet again with Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Ariella following her footsteps in the succeeding years – all with runners-up finish.

This year’s pageant is definitely one of the toughest editions to judge and one of the strongest batches to date (along with 2008 and 2010). It’s no surprise that anyone from the Top 15 semifinalists could easily win the title. With MJ failing to advance into the Top 5, most of us (Pinoy pageant fans and pundits) were disappointed of course (including moi) and has probably blamed her horrendous evening gown (which I did and that’s just for me when I said that BPCI’s choice of evening gown was horrendous). And since what’s done is done, we have to remember that what MJ accomplished is no mean feat. Guys, she just bested 78 other ladies in the competition and she made every pinoy pageant fans and pundits extremely proud of her on that stage. With that being said, I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude and respect to the girl who not only showed the world how beautiful and gracious Filipinas are but also for her sheer determination that is truly awe-inspiring.

 MJ, Salamat sa iyong kahanga-hangang pagpapakita ng kagandahan ng isang Filipina at sa pagpapamalas mo ng halimbawa sa bawat Pilipino dito sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo na kapag may nagpursige ka, hindi malayong maabot mo rin ang iyong pinapangarap. After your heartbreaking loss in 2012 – you didn’t give up on your dreams of representing the country in the Miss Universe pageant. You came back stronger than ever at sa pagkapanalo mo, you inspired not only your fellow beauty queens but the rest of the Filipino people! Maraming Salamat! Ikaw ang aking Miss Universe – ikaw an gaming Miss Universe 2014!

image courtesy of OPMB

63rd Miss Universe [2014] Results & Ramblings!

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And there you go… Miss Colombia Paulina Vega conquered the Universe and bested 87 other delegates from all over the world clinching the title as the 63rd Miss Universe victor!

Miss Universe 2014 - Paulina Vega

Miss Universe 2014 – Paulina Vega

Top 15 

photo courtesy of www.inquirer.net

photo courtesy of http://www.inquirer.net

Top 10

photo courtesy of www.inquirer.net

photo courtesy of http://www.inquirer.net

Top5 [In OrderTop 5
1. USA – Nia Sanchez
2. Netherlands – Yasmin Verheinjen
3. Ukraine – Diana Harkusha
4. Jamaica – Kasi Fennell
5. Colombia – Paulina Vega

1st runner-up: USA
2nd runner-up: Ukraine
3rd runner-up: Netherlands
4th runner-up: Jamaica

Miss Universe 2014: Paulina Vega – Colombia

Special Awards
Best in National Costume: Indonesia – Elvira Devinamira

Indonesia's costume comes from Central Java and depicts the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Borobudur Temple. The temple was built with the concept of promoting and establishing serene spiritual living just like the purpose of becoming the Miss Universe.

Indonesia’s costume comes from Central Java and depicts the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Borobudur Temple. The temple was built with the concept of promoting and establishing serene spiritual living just like the purpose of becoming the Miss Universe.

Miss Congeniality: Nigeria – Queen CelestineNigeria
Miss Photogenic: Puerto Rico – Gabriella BerriosPuerto Rico

*Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa failed to advance into the Top 5 and I honestly blame her horrendous white evening gown! She was confident and sassy on stage and that gown totally destroyed her chances!!!!

lintek na Barraza...

lintek na Barraza…

This is like the worst thing ever to happen for every beki in the Philippines ATM. Ugh. Bwiset!

why, oh, why - bakit wala sa top 5 si mj????!!!!

why, oh, why – bakit wala sa top 5 si mj????!!!!

I was hoping that USA or Jamaica would clinch the title but yeah… Colombia obviously was poised /”prepared” to win it all albeit the booing public.

My 63rd Miss Universe [2014] Top 15 And Final Predictions!

Miss Universe 2014Heya guys! It’s prediction time and I am yet again sharing my very own top 15, winners and some thoughts about the coming finals this Sunday of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant!

Special Awards:

Best In National CostumeThere were only five ladies chosen to vie for the Best in National Costume Award which will ultimately be decided by the public via twitter – [To vote for the winner, tweet your favorite costume using both #MissUniverse and one of the finalists now up until the pageant on Sunday!!] I’d say it’s a close match between Miss Indonesia and Miss Argentina based on their costumes but I have to give it to Argentina – hands down! (you can still vote! see rules HERE)

Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Argentina’s costume represents one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Iguazú Falls. The impressive gown is covered with glossy stones that resemble Iguazú Falls rocks and water.

As for Miss Congeniality – it’s anybody’s ball game really but I have a feeling that it’d go for a certain Asian delegate ^_^

So let me now reveal my Top 15-6

 

And My Top Five Are…

4th Runner-up: The last three years saw Brazilian delegates sailing through the Top 5 and not quite getting the crown. This year, they sent another strong delegate in the name of Melissa Gurgel – the girl could definitely make it again but I don’t think she’d be able to place higher than the rest of the Top 5.

4th Runner up - Brazil - Melissa Gurgel

4th Runner up – Brazil – Melissa Gurgel

3rd Runner-up: She was a favorite since she won her national pageant and she’s got the Latin support of the host city. She’s got a body to die for, an exquisite evening gown but her presentation doesn’t give me a vibe of a winner – at least not at the preliminary so she’s got to settle for a 3rd runner-up finish. Take your place, Paulina Vega – Miss Colombia!

3rd Runner up - Colombia - Paulina Vega

3rd Runner up – Colombia – Paulina Vega

2nd Runner-up: Kaci Fennell haircut may have been the main reason why she’d effortlessly stood out from the sea of beautiful ladies during the preliminary competition. The girl is edgy, modelesque and quite articulate if you’ll base it on her web interview. Now her being edgy could also go against her – she could win it all or settle for 3rd place. There you go, Miss Jamaica!

2nd Runner up - Jamaica - Kaci Fennell

2nd Runner up – Jamaica – Kaci Fennell

1st Runner-up: If Nia Sanchez went on to compete during the 2012 Miss Universe pageant, she could very well win it in Vegas the way her compatriot Olivia Culpo snatched the title from then favorite Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon. But now, it’s the 63rd edition of the pageant and is again being held in the U S of A. Will it be a repeat of 2012? Possibly yes – a repeat of the last two standing but another crown for a Miss USA? Very unlikely. She’s got to settle for a runner-up finish this time.

1st Runner up - USA - Nia Sanchez

1st Runner up – USA – Nia Sanchez

Now my final pick to win the 63rd Miss Universe pageant is none other than Miss Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa. It’s been more than four decades since the Philippines has won its last title via Margarita Moran who won the title during the 1973 edition held Greece. And from the last four years, the Philippine delegates almost won the crown but something seemed to hinder their utmost desire to clinch the title. Janine Tugonon came very close when she finishes second to Olivia Culpo in 2012 but it’s still an elusive pursuit for the Philippine queens until now.

Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa with the new crown from Diamonds International Corporation (DIC)

Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa with the new crown from Diamonds International Corporation (DIC)

With MJ Lastimosa battling it out with 87 other delegates, its looks like things are heading her way and with her smooth performance all throughout the pageant – she may very well be declared the brightest star in the universe.

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Mark your calendars for the 63rd Annual #MissUniverse Pageant LIVE Sunday, January 25th at 8/7c on @NBC. All 88 contestants will compete for the @DIC Crown. Don’t miss it!

Hosted by: Thomas Roberts and Natalie Morales with color commentator Jeannie Mai

Performances by: Nick Jonas, Prince Royce and Gavin DeGraw

photos via missuniverse / mjalltheway fb page

Miss Universe 2014: MJ Lastimosa’s Preliminary Performance!!

Here’s Miss Universe Philippines Mary-Jean Lastmosa looking so regal and charming at tonight’s 63rd Miss Universe Preliminary Competition. She did so well and I couldn’t be any happier with her performance!!!

courtesy of gerald cruje

MJ MU Prelims

photos via OPMB

 

Can’t wait for the finals on Sunday January 25 [26th Manila Time]!!!! Yasss!!!!

Miss Universe 2014: The Preliminary Competition!

The all-important preliminary competition which will include the swimwear and evening gown segment will transpire on January 21 (22nd in Manila) and whittle down the 88 delegates to  top 15 finalists to battle it out come finals night of the Miss Universe pageant on January 25 Sunday in Doral, Miami. Today will be the one-on-one interview which is the other 50% of the preliminary grades and at this stage, predictions are floating around the net as to who will be making the cut.

Let’s me just share a wee bit of my list here which I grouped into 3 with five delegate each

The Frontrunners

The Frontrunners

[L-R] Philippines, Colombia, Serbia, USA, Venezuela

The Dark Horses

The Dark Horses

[L-R] Australia, Indonesia, Jamaica, India, Guyana

Bubbling Under

Bubbling Under

[L-R] Mexico, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Poland

Do we have the same Top 15 “pre” Preliminary Competition?

The Preliminary competition will be streamed LIVE on MissUniverse.com at 7pm ET, the Preliminary Competition features all 88 contestants in swimwear and evening gown.