Melanie Balagtas - Miss Fil-Sydney in MPE2014 - and your blogger
Actually, our meeting last Sunday night was already the second. The first time, however, was just an initial introduction that consisted of small talks and perfunctory pleasantries.
When I finally got around into sitting down with this beautiful Lia Andrea Ramos-deadringer, I discovered a young lady of 22 summers who is approaching the Miss Philippines Earth 2014 with the mix of nervousness and excitement expected from someone dipping her feet in a national competition for the first time. While our conversation was spiced with a few juicy inside tidbits that I promised won’t see the light of blogging anymore, she captured my attention with the way she puts her message across – sweet and unpretentious.
Melanie Balagtas has the passion for learning and improving herself – something that is topmost in her head right now. Not wanting to disappoint the people back in the Filipino Community of Sydney, Australia, she constantly yearns for comments and criticisms (especially from Jonas Gaffud who was observing and giving her on-the-spot tips that night) that would help improve the way she speaks and presents herself to everyone. And while the little girl inside still peeks during unguarded moments, she has transformed herself into the classy mold of a modern Filipina.
Miss Fil-Sydney knows that the competition is tough, and she hasn’t fully learned how to fend off all the intrigues and fellow candidates with unpredictable personalities yet. But she sure is ready to give it a good fight till the very end. Element or no element in hand. ;-)
With the exit of Kimverlyn Suiza, Nancy Leonard moved up and Athina Chia became Miss Fire.
We all know that Kimverlyn Suiza lost her Miss Philippines Earth Air 2013 crown after deciding to pursue Bb. Pilipinas 2014 instead. As a result, Nancy Leonard of Zamboanga City has replaced her in the court of Angelee Delos Reyes. And Athina Chia has taken over the Fire spot.
Was it all worth all the risk for Kim? I think so. She is already 25. Had she waited till 2015 when she will have turned 26, then the reality is that she can only vie for two crowns instead of four.
Anyways, I think she has good-naturedly moved on from the Binibini experience and is now back in the groove of work. I’m sure she won’t be keen on showing up for another pageant this year. But if she does, I wish her all the best! :-)
What do you think of Sylvester 'Ram' Sagad for Mr. World Philippines 2014?
Ram's Photo Card for Ford Models
Tall, dark and handsome. Sylvester Sagad fits the bill. You might also be more familiar with the name Ram Sagad which he used during the Century Tuna Superbodies edition he joined and won plus a brief showbiz stint that saw him taking part in ABS-CBN’s one and only season of Pinoy Fear Factor. After that, he went to New York, did a VTR for Ford Models and became one of its Asian male models who would hop from one go-see to the next in search of ramp modelling gigs that would up his market value. He achieved some success, but perhaps not too much within the line of expectations he set up for himself.
So will Ms. Cory Quirino make an exception with 30 year-old Ram and allow him to try out for Mr. World Philippines 2014?
John dela Vega of the House of JDV is in the thick of preparations now for the launching of the national search for Miss Grand Philippines 2014 which will crown the country’s official representative to Miss Grand International 2014 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand later in the year.
Instead of appointing one of his Bb. Pilipinas 2014 ladies, he decided to go for a full-blown pageant that will allow ladies outside the camp to try their luck in the same. Regional coordinators have been selected to send their entries to give the competition a nationwide appeal.
Sponsors are starting to come in. The official crown is being finalized with a noted jewelry designer. And negotiations with a TV network are underway for the airing of the finals night. Even a pageant theme song – titled ‘Grand Dream, Grand Hope’ – has been composed by John himself.
Good luck, John!
And may the very first edition prove to be a big success! :-)
Bence plans to turn her BBP2013 experience into a more fulfilling participation in MPE2014 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide and Melvin Sia)
As an R-L Angel during Bb. Pilipinas 2013, Bencelle Bianzon joined forces with Ria Rabajante, Pauline Quintas and Sofia Mustonen to show that the new camp has what it takes to nail a national crown.
And while they were not fortunate enough to achieve the objective, Bence decided to give it another shot with Miss Philippines Earth 2014 (where she represents Duenas, Iloilo) and hopefully get a far more fulfilling outcome during the pageant finals next month.
This sweet lady is certainly prepared to become a true-blue Earth warrior if it happens to be her pageant fate.
Here’s wishing you the best of luck, Bence! :-)
Miss Zamboanga City Margie Alatan in Miss Philippines Earth 2014 wearing one of the more interesting eco-costumes in the competition (Photo credit: Melvin Sia for OPMB Worldwide)
No need to make a write-up here.
The photo speaks for itself.
Have a relaxing weekend everyone! :-)
An update on MTQI's Facebook just hours ago
Parul is ready! (Photo credit: Melvin Sia)
Good news to all fans and supporters of Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah. It’s looking more and more clear that Miss Tourism Queen International 2014 will push through in Guiyang, China.
The pre-launch promotional tours in the host city have already started with former winners arriving and their Chinese counterparts visiting several parts of Guiyang.
Will this mean that Parul should start planning her wardrobe for the competition and get a crash course on Chinese language and etiquettes very soon? I certainly certainly hope so!
Our girl is ready whenever they are! :-)
Ok. I don’t really mind seeing all these Tourism titles one after the other. But Miss Tourism World Philippines 2014 is aiming for something record-breaking. That is, if the organizers are dead serious with the grand vision. Are they really?
They plan to have Two hundred (200) Official Candidates for the national finals to establish not one but two (2) Guinness World Records as the beauty pageant with the biggest number of participants and the biggest stage. Perhaps, they could also gun for two more world records – longest introduction of candidates and pageant finals with the longest running time. I’m not trying to be a jester here, mind you.
As of now, the coronation night is scheduled for June 1, 2014 at the SM MOA Arena. I wish the people behind it the best of luck because this is going to be one tough objective. But hey, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
What happened to Aiyana Mickiewicz?
Before wrapping up this post, can someone tell me why Aiyana Mickiewicz is no longer the reigning winner? One of her runners-up (Crislet Rase Gerona) last year is now wearing the Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013 sash. Was there a resignation, abdication, dethronement or what-have-you somewhere?
Which Miss Universe 2014 host city would best favor MJ Lastimosa as the winner? (Photo credit: Joseph Ostria for OPMB Worldwide)
Where would you like Miss Universe 2014 to happen?
Time for some light discussions about the possible host countries of Miss Universe 2014. Now that Fortaleza, Brazil is out of the picture, Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is once more left without a committed city for the year yet. Rumors have been floating about Mainland China, the Philippines and the US (either Las Vegas or Baton Rouge) being considered to take charge of the edition scheduled for October-November.
With MJ Lastimosa as our representative, where do you think is it most favorable to “make her win” our 3rd Miss Universe crown?
Everything is hypothetical here, so no need to take your replies way (or that of others) too seriously.
The three medalists of Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Eco-Costume Competition (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
One of the more interesting pre-pageant events of Miss Philippines Earth 2014 is the Eco-Costume Competition where the fifty (50) delegates were garbed and presented in attires made out of eco-friendly materials sewn into one head-turning creation of the designers for each.
Miss Tanauan City Diane Querrer walked away with the Gold, with Miss Gapan City Ma. Paula Bianca Paz and Miss Cebu City Jamie Herrell snatching the Silver and Bronze medals, respectively.
Well-done, ladies! ;-)