Bb. Pilipinas 2012 1st Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll during the Jag Collection Fashion Show at the SMX Convention Center. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/OPMB Worldwide)
Aside from Katrina Dimaranan, 1st Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll seems to be getting good makeovers. Makes me want to think that she is being groomed for a 2013 comeback with a big bang. While that possibility sits fine with me, I’m just wondering why we’re not noticing more marked improvements in Janine Tugonon yet? Could it be that she will ‘disappear’ in the next few months only to resurrect as the best-ever version of herself in time for Miss Universe? Hmmm…
But back to Elaine, I really adore this girl’s height. And her finely-toned legs add to the more queenly stature that she can project given sharper trainings. I’m not sure if BPCI will field her abroad for one of the less-popular beauty contests, but I am more confident that she will take part in BBP2013.
Bb. Pilipinas-International 2012 Nicole Schmitz: ready to conquer Japan (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/OPMB Worldwide)
The decades of staging Miss International in Japan were not the most memorable, save for the years that the Philippines actually won. The pageant itself was either lackluster or tacky at times. But then again, that is the culture of Japan working in all the nooks and crannies of the beauty congress. And when the hosting duties were transferred to mainland China (with Macau taking charge last 2008), the production was not any better. It slowly descended into one of those dime-a-dozen tilts being invented and staged by the Chinese. So when news about the return of the same to Japan were validated, there were shouts of joy and alleluia everywhere in the country. Aside from our candidate not being politicized because of the ongoing tension between the Philippines and China over Scarborough Shoal, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2012 Nicole Schmitz has fond memories of the Land of the Rising Sun and would love to reunite with its language and culture one more time.
What lies ahead of our bet? Bright possibilities, I must say. Aside from Nicole being a near-perfect fit for Miss International, she has this natural spirit of competitiveness that can never go unnoticed. All things being equal, that is.
So come Autumn (around late September-mid October), all eyes will be on Okinawa, Japan for Miss International 2012! :-)
2012 Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism Katrina Dimaranan during the Jag Collection Fashion Show at SMX (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/OPMB Worldwide)
Call it a healthy spike in inner confidence after winning one of the three Bb. Pilipinas 2012 crowns, but Katrina Dimaranan is glowing nowadays and how! Her oft-unruly hair – albeit long and shiny – has evidently become more compliant as it parts in a more balanced section of her head. The traces of a girly stance (she’s only 18 after all) a couple of months back are almost gone. In its place is a more arresting presence that highlights her exotic Pinay features even more. And the way she glides the runway has clearly improved as well. Her gait is more secure and calculated.
Which brings me back to my old question about her scheduled representation abroad – supposedly for Miss Tourism Queen International but not anymore due to franchise kinks. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she finally gets to be sent to Miss Supranational in Poland as the Official Philippine rep. Otherwise, she would end up being just a wasted beauty.
Thoughts, my dear readers? :-)
(L-R) MP Eco Tourism Candice Ramos of Vigan, MP Water Samantha Purvor of San Juan City, MP Earth Stephany Stefanowitz of QC, MP Air Glennifer Perido of Tabuk City, and MP Fire Thoreen Halvorsen of Puerto Princesa (Photo credit: Melvin Sia/OPMB Worldwide)
Stephany reacts after being announced winner of Miss Philippines Earth 2012 (Photo credit: Melvin Sia/OPMB Worldwide)
Stephany Stefanowitz of Quezon City is the new Miss Philippines Earth. She bested 46 other lovelies on the way to earning the right to represent the country in Miss Earth 2012 to be held in Indonesia. The 5’8″ beauty broke the pattern of petite winners for the pageant after Psyche Resus and Athena Imperial in 2010 and 2011. The finals, held at the SM Mall of Asia Center Stage, was quite a successful event.
Together with her court of elements, Stephany has always been a favorite to win, alongside Miss Air Glennifer Perido of Tabuk City, Miss Water Samantha Purvor of San Juan City and Miss Eco-Tourism Candice Ramos of Vigan. The one surprise Top 5 placer was Thoreen Halvorsen of Puerto Princess who copped Miss Fire.
The other ladies who made it to the Top 10 are Glenna Christina Duch of Negros Oriental, Princess Manzon of SFO Cebu, Jaydielou Dilidili of Indang, Kathleen Subijano of Muntinlupa City and Roxanne Corluy of Fil-Belgium.
Congratulations, Stephany! :-)
Gearing up for the national finals on June 2, the 44 Official Candidates of Miss Universe Thailand 2012 are being prepped up for the glitz and glamour of the competition. Coronation Night will be held at the fab Siam Pavalai Royal Grand Theatre of Siam Paragon. At the moment, all hopefuls are based in Phitsanulok before eventually moving to Bangkok for final rehearsals and the like. Last year’s winner – Chanyasorn Sakornchan – will be on hand to crown her successor who will compete in Miss Universe 2012 this coming December.
Click on the images above if you want to scrutinize each delegate better. So far, the five girls I’m liking are pictured below.
(L-R) #43 Farida Waller, #31 Waratthaya Wongchayaporn, #10 Supattra Jucharoen, #14 Mukanda Art-ong and #34 Nattanankarn Reejinda. (Photo credit: MUT website)
But the one who I think has the upper hand right now is #3 Sirin Praiwutpipatkul, 21, 5’11″ and studying to become a Doctor. Let’s see if she can be molded into a Farung Yuthitum. ;-)
Rizini Alexis Gomez: could she be the one?
Her name is Rizzini Alexis Gomez. A 1st Runner-Up of Miss Cebu 2009, she stands 5’10″ and is a registered nurse by profession. Earlier this year, the 21 year-old screened for Bb. Pilipinas 2012 but was not fortunate enough to make the cut of Official Candidates. When Maxine Medina was disqualified, it was thought that she would take over the vacated slot. But it wasn’t meant to be. This time, she is putting her bets on Miss World Philippines 2012. Do you think she has the makings of a beauty queen? Or does she have meager offerings outside of an impressive height? We’ll see what’s in store for her in this competition. ;-)
Rizzini Alexis Gomez (R) with MWP2011 1st Princess Nicolette Henson during the MWP2012 screenings where the former enlisted.
(Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/OPMB Worldwide)
Amidst their tight schedules, the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 winners – Janine, Nicole, Katrina, Elaine and Ali – took time out to grace the AVON Fashion Show held at the SMX Convention Center and coinciding with Philippine Fashion Week.
How are you liking them now? See any improvements? ;-)