The Miss Earth 2011 National Costume Competition was recently held at Acacia Hotel in Filinvest Alabang. All 85 contenders glided the runway in their best traditional attires and I just had to select the five ladies who wore them best. And they are as follows:
Miss Japan Tomoko Maeda wore my pick for Best National Costume. A very NOW geisha!
Miss India Hasleen Kaur wore a very fashionable Indian garb with colors that veer away from the usual earth tones in the past. This is my choice for 2nd best.
Call it showstopping. Casandra Becerra wore a visually glorious costume that is not at all unusual with beauty queens from Mexico. My 3rd best.
Miss Chinese Taipei Cherry Liu is an oriental goddess in this creation. My 4th best.
Andrea De Vivo Creazzo wore a Colombian national costume that is both colorful and eye-catching. The design is simple, but the impact is more eye candy than drag. My 5th best.
I wanted to concentrate on costumes that have strong themes of Mother Earth and the like. But since very few came up with environmentally-inspired ones, I decided to judge the same based on usual standards.
Watch out for my Miss Earth 2011 predictions this coming Saturday. :-)
All images above are courtesy of Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide.
There’s a very good chance that you haven’t completed your Christmas shopping yet. And if you’re looking for gift options that won’t break the wallet, Rags2Riches will have its annual sale starting this Friday (December 2) till Saturday.
Check out all their items, especially the ones designed by Rajo Laurel, Oliver Tolentino and Aranaz. In the process, you will be helping a good cause.
Happy Shopping! :-)
You have up to tomorrow, November 30, to vote for Miss Earth Photogenic in this year’s edition of the pageant. You can cast your pick by clicking HERE or one of the images above.
One of the 85 hopefuls will be getting this special award on pageant night this coming Saturday, December 3, at UP Theatre so express your support now! ;-)
I’m very pleased with the recent development in the careers of Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010 & Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj and ‘Zombadings’ discovery Kerbie Zamora. Both talents are now the latest to be signed up as Regal Babies.
In their contract signing held earlier today at the Imperial Palace Suites, Venus & Kerbie were accompanied by Mercator Head Jonas Gaffud. Regal Films matriarch ‘Mother’ Lily Monteverde and daughter Roselle Monteverde were present for the same.
Good luck with your showbiz careers in film, Venus and Kerbie! ;-)
courtesy of vevo
I am head over heels in love with the live voice of Jessica Ellen Cornish, or Jessie J. if you will.
Her acoustic interpretation of the gorgeously upbeat song “Domino” is more than enough to start my week right. Actually, the recorded version is already a winner in itself. But hearing the undiluted lilts coming out of her mouth is a truly ear-candifying treat.
Watch the video above and you’ll see (and hear) what I mean. ;-)
Maria Bergensen (Filipino Community of Norway)
Bernadette Lou Faundo (Zamboanga)
Abbygale Monderin (Caloocan)
Bea Rose Santiago (Filipino Community of Canada)
Felicia Baron (Filipino Community of Arizona)
Vickie Marie Rushton (Bacolod)
Annie Lea Fingcale (Manila)
Kristina Marie Jose (Tondo, Manila)
From among the thirty (30) Official Candidates of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011, I took the liberty of coming up with a list of my personal choices for the three (or four) crowns at stake. There is a handful of promising ladies in this batch, maybe not to the level of Binibining Pilipinas just yet but will suffice for the competitions they will be fielded in.
Top of my head right now is to see Maria Bergensen (representative of the Filipino Community in Norway) wearing the Philippine sash in Miss Intercontinental. Meanwhile, I would select Bea Rose Santiago (Filipino Community in Canada) to be Mutya-Overseas Communities and possibly be qualified for the Top Model of the World contest. As for Miss Asia-Pacific International (if ever there will be one), Bernadette Lou Faundo (Zamboanga) could be given serious consideration. Lastly, Abbygale Monderin (Caloocan) is my pick for Mutya-Miss Tourism International.
Coronation night will be on December 2, 2011 with Puerto Princesa, Palawan as host.
What do you think, dear readers? :-)
Late yesterday morning, the motorcade of Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais was finally held after it was postponed earlier this week due to bad weather. From the GMA Network Center in EDSA all the way to the SM Mall of Asia, she gamely waved and acknowledged the cheers of fans, supporters and onlookers along the way. It took all of two hours before reaching the end point, but she never complained. Accompanying her atop the float were the Miss World Philippines runners-up Nicolette Henson, Chloe McCulley and Jaysel Arrozal.
It was a long and successful journey for Gwen in London and now that she is back home, she’s more than ready to face the next challenge before joining Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos and Julia Motley in their world tour come January.
Some showbiz engagements before that, perhaps? :-)
Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide