With Miss Universe Canada 2012 Sahar Biniaz no longer able to compete in Miss Universe 2012 due to “unforeseen circumstances”*, her first runner-up Adwoa Yamoah has taken the responsibility of going to Las Vegas for the pageant.
Will this development result in a positive turn for Canada’s performance in the pageant? Hard to tell at this point. I’ve always thought Sahar could be a strong delegate capable of nailing at least a semifinal appearance. Hopefully, Adwoa would be a worthy – if not worthier – representative.
*- read that it had something to with pitbulls and Sahar’s petition to prohibit the presence of this canine breed in British Columbia after one attacked and bit a young girl. As a result, people clamored for her not to represent Canada in Miss U. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Miss Thailand Universe 2012 Farida Waller
Sultrier now, this Rida!
Say what you want. Miss Thailand Universe 2012 Farida Waller may be the least Thai-looking of all their representatives to Miss Universe in a long time, but the girl has really transformed into one hot competitor for the pageant.
Although her half-Austrian roots belie the warmth of a true Thai within, Rida is actually one of the sweetest individuals you could ever meet. The fame and fortune of being a national titleholder has not gotten to her head, and is the most accommodating when asked to pose for a picture with.
Now that she is finally flying to Las Vegas, I’m pretty sure that she will endear herself to a lot of the locals and tourists alike. Once she turns on the charm, you can’t help but fall for her, hook, line and sinker. I’m not sure how her Latina styling will enmesh with what people usually associate a Miss Thailand with, but she should stand out in her own special way (and “wai“).
For now, my shout-out to Rida is โชคดีครับ! or Chok di khrap!
That’s “Good Luck!” for the non-Thais.
Lorraine Schuck selling the Miss Earth crown to the Russians? I don't think so.
The scandal has already been discussed far and wide, in and out of the pageant world. Let me just share my brief thoughts on the matter to get it out of my system before we commence with the Miss Universe fiesta about to start in just a couple of days.
Carousel Productions have, for a little over the past decade, been through a lot building, spreading and mounting the annual Miss Earth and with much success to boot. They have gone to the highest highs and the lowest lows just to protect and preserve the reputation of the pageant – much like its core objective of fighting for the cause of Mother Earth. And now comes a controversial interview where its EVP Lorraine Schuck allegedly struck a deal with representatives of the Russian Oligarchs to sell the crown for the relatively cool amount of Four Million Dollars.
For damage control, Ms. Schuck has already released a statement denying the same. Yes, she admitted that the one-on-one (or two-on-one) took place last year. But nothing even remotely close to making a dangerous deal with the said reps.
I’m writing on the defense of Carousel Productions and Miss Earth on this one. And let me just add that this is no paid blog service to them. My stand is this – the crown was not offered for sale. Ms. Schuck is too smart a businesswoman to even fall prey to individuals who might have the intention of breaking down her defenses with the lure of big money. There is so much Filipino Pride in Miss Earth, such that after sharing it with the world, the last thing in her mind is to throw away everything the group has painstakingly built from scratch. And all in a matter of less than an hour? I don’t think so.
These Russian Oligarchs better bark up another planted tree. Miss Earth is here to stay. And for me, that is that.
Besides, didn’t Miss Earth Russia Natalia Pereverzeva just call her country a beggar during an interview when the candidates were presented to the press? If the business magnates do really have the moolah to spare, why not give it to the more needy sectors of their society? That way, they can prove that Russia is far from being a pauper in disguise.
Let me hear your thoughts on this issue, won’t you?
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan is excited for MTQI2012!
Sensuously lovely Katrina!
Time flies so fast. And for Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Katrina Dimaranan, her date with Miss Tourism Queen International 2012 is getting nearer and nearer by the day. Since all the candidates need to be in Beijing by December 12, she should be getting her own send-off a few days earlier.
The finals will take place on December 28. And while she will definitely be spending Christmas away from home, the challenge of bringing honor to the country outweighs everything such that she has already conditioned herself to the less-than-familial Holiday celebrations in Mainland China. Who knows, she might be able to pull a victory and set herself up for a festive New Year’s Eve party in Manila. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for that possibility.
P.S. Katrina will be showcasing her excellent singing voice during the Talent Competition of the pageant. By now, she must’ve already zeroed in on her song of choice, and I heard it might be Beyonce’s “I Was Here”.
Janine Tugonon: Circa April, 2012
Janine Tugonon: November, 2012
Just two more photo grids to show the positive changes in Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon from way back April, 2012 to now.
Our girl is, without a doubt, battle-ready for Miss Universe 2012!
Three faces of Janine Tugonon (Thanks to OPMB Worldwide for sharing these photos)
Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon: third time's a charm for the country in the pageant?
According to the Urban Dictionary
, “Third time’s a charm” is…
When you are trying something (activity, task, function) and you are not successful during the first two attempts, you make this comment to assure people that you will get it right the third time you attempt it.
Venus Raj started it all in 2010 when she placed fifth in MU2010 in Las Vegas. Shamcey Supsup followed suit last year when she notched fourth in MU2011 in Sao Paulo. Back to Las Vegas this time around, a full circle of sorts could be shaping up with Janine Tugonon gearing up for the ‘beauty battle’ that can possibly spell the difference between the third (consecutive) time being a charm or back to square one of clapping for the winners.
I am, quite simply, stunned with how our entry has turned into a ravishing Filipina ready and determined to bring more honors to the country in a competition considered to be the fitting finale for the annual round-the-world celebrations of beauty, purpose, culture, relevance and what-have-yous. From Miss World to Miss International and just recently, Miss Earth, it has all come down to this – Miss Universe.
Will Janine Tugonon be the answered prayer for all pageant-loving Filipinos here and abroad? Will she be the occupant of the throne that has been missing a Pinay Miss Universe since 1974? The only answer I can give is that she will fight tooth and nail to better her predecessors’ achievements. Matching the same won’t make her efforts any less significant. But claiming a spot that only Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran were able to reach in their respective years is the crowning glory for decades of patiently waiting. A lot is at stake here.
So to Janine, let me give these parting rah-rah statements before she leaves for Las Vegas on Sunday: “Aim high, even higher than you could ever imagine. The journey won’t be a bed of roses. But the rewards, if successfully accomplished and if fate so decides, will be greater than the collective efforts of all the Filipinas who have tried but failed in their missions.”
2012 Miss Universe Philippines Janine Tugonon during her Official Send-Off held at the Gateway Cineplex. (Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide)
Janine Tugonon with her Binibini sisters. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Five days from now, Janine Tugonon will start spreading her wings on the Las Vegas strip as she banners the country’s participation in the year’s most highly-awaited beauty pageant, Miss Universe 2012.
Her Official Send-Off just wrapped up at the Gateway Cineplex. Everyone (well, almost) was in attendance. The presence of her Binibini ‘sisters’ brought more glamour to the occasion. And the excitement level was high. Hopes for Janine to duplicate, if not exceed, the respective Top 5 placements of both Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup are well-regarded.
After Venus (R) and Shamcey, will Janine hit the mega progressive Miss Universe jackpot of a crown in Las Vegas? (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Here’s to wishing our Miss Universe Philippines the best in her upcoming journey!
P.S. The secret’s out of the bag. Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta announced during the send-off that Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup has been tapped by Miss Universe Organization to host all the online events and features of the pageant. What a great opportunity for her!
Miss Universe Australia 2012 Renae Ayris wearing her National Costume for MU2012.
Australia’s winning traditional attire to be worn by Renae Ayris for Miss Universe 2012 was voted upon by the public. Created by Bregenhoj, the description is as follows:
Inspired by “This Golden Country”.
Gold colour is a symbol of Australia – with its golden sun, desert and sands Inspired by Jorn Utzon’s Opera House, one of Australia’s most recognisable example of architecture This costume is a symbol of our nation’s forward thinking, arts and culture, and the great sails of our harbour lifestyle.
I know it doesn’t compare to the more culturally-rich attires in the Asia-Pacific region. But how do you feel about it, dear readers?
Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon: back in April, 2012 (L) and early November, 2012.
From top to bottom: the transformation of Janine for Miss Universe 2012.
Today is the scheduled send-off of Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Mari R. Tugonon at the Gateway Suites. Her flight to Vegas will depart on December 2, Sunday. Although she was given a near-similar acknowledgment during ASAP Kapamilya last Sunday, this is what everyone is looking forward to.
Indeed, the ‘non-invasive’ transformation of Janine from April to November is nothing short of impressive. The picture grids above should serve as evidences of the same. Jonas Gaffud and Aces & Queens should take much of the credit for her makeover.
At this point, bashing our rep and giving below-the-belt criticisms are uncalled for. We should support her 100%. After all, she is representing the Philippines.
Watch out for pictures from Gateway later in the day.
Farida Waller wearing the National Costume of Thailand in Miss Universe 2012. The other shots show her with the designer.
And Thailand does it again!
The National Costume that Miss Thailand Universe 2012 Farida Waller will wear in Miss Universe 2012 is an elegant showstopper that will further stamp the country’s unbeatable class in terms of cultural creativity.
The finished product is a tasteful mix of the old and the creative new. The headdress is the bomb! Very delicately crafted. And matched with the gorgeous neckpiece, they bring National Costumes to a heightened level of excellence. The red bra top and double-sided cape add modern drama to the overall effect of the creation. Very nice!
Photo on the left is Farida's evening gown for Miss Universe 2012.
What can I say? Love it! We have another winner here.