Winners all (left to right): Chelsie Marie (Earth), Kumiko Lycah (World), Josh Ona (Universe), Maria Vodka Dee (Asia-Pacific) and Kristine Coronel (International) Photo credit: Jory Rivera for OPMB Worldwide)
The fairest of them all - Josh zona (Photo credit: Jory Rivera)
After Ms. Tiffany’s Universe 2015, here comes Ms. Gay Philippines 2015. While the former won’t have its finals until May 8, the local counterpart had its crowning night last Friday at the CAP Aiuditorium in Legaspi Village, Makati City.
From among thirty-eight hopefuls, five beauties (5) were crowned with their corresponding pageant values:
Universe – Josh Ona from Batangas
World – Kumiko Lycah from Bohol
International – Kristine Coronel from Angeles City
Earth – Chelsie Marie from Caloocan City
Asia-Pacific – Maria Vodka Dee from Iligan City
Interestingly enough, all major parts of the country were represented among the winners – Northern/Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila.
This pageant is not a precursor to the Miss International Queen in Thailand. Should anyone among the new titleholders decide to qualify for this tilt, then a separate group handles the selection of entries who will go to Pattaya.
Congratulations to all the new Gay Queens of 2015! :-)
The Thirty (30) Official Candidates of Miss Tiffany's Universe 2015
Except for a few who really blew my mind with their very feminine looks, aura and overall Thai appeal, I still find the remaining candidates of Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2015
with a couple of nicely-concealed giveaways. But I can overlook those ‘natural slips’ because the effort they poured into transforming their individual selves is nothing short of amazing.
One of them will win the crown on May 8 and become the representative of Thailand in Miss International Queen 2015. And I bet the ultimate victor will come from the dozen contenders I short-listed below.
My Twelve (12) Favorites to win the Miss Tiffany's Universe 2015 crown on May 8 in Pattaya.
My 13th on the short list is #15
Truth be told, I originally had a 13th girl on the list because she has a striking face. Her body leaves much to be desired, however. If major improvements can be made to her proportions, then I can also predict #15 ฐานันตรา เบกิน as a title gunner.
But for now, I can see one among #5 ญาดา คงศรีเจริญ, #17 กัญญพัชร สินคำคูณ, and #24 ดลณพร ผาพบูรณ์ as possibly the successor of Nissa Katerahong.
Who are your favorites, dear readers? ;-)
Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina spent part of her homecoming visit to Puerto Princesa at Cowrie Island (Photo credit: Jan Kevin Geli)
Photo credit: Jan Kevin Geli)
When Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina went home to Puerto Princesa, Palawan for her homecoming parade and visit, she also made sure that time was alloted for a bit of rest and relaxation in one of the nearby beautiful islands.
Together with her KF team and a few friends, they hied off to Cowrie Island to enjoy its sparkling waters. Now, the shots in this page were not part of a photoshoot. It just goes to show that even with point-and-shoot digicams, our Queen registers so beautifully well that the images need not be filtered for maximum effect.
Janicel is smoldering hot from all angles. She only needs to flash that winning smile and everything will be alright. ;-)
Always beautiful regardless of the time of the day, our Janicel (Photo credit: Jan Kevin Geli)
Three of my Top 5 Favorites made it to the magic circle of Reyna ng Aliwan 2015, and one of them actually won the title last night at the finals held at the CCP Complex Grounds.
Stephanie Joy Abellanida, representing the Halad Festival of Midsayap, North Cotabato, was named the fairest of them all and upended the bid of the more experienced pageant joiners like 1st Runner-Up Alexandra Faith Garcia (from the Dinamulag Mango Festival of Zambales and one of three (3) 2nd Runners-Up Gazini Christiana Jordi Ewamer (from the Sinulog Festival of Cebu). The two other ladies who were proclaimed 2nd Runners-Up are Vianca Louise Marcelo (from the Singkaban Festival of Bulacan) and the entry from Bambati Festival of Isabela.
Ms. Abellanida effectively broke the six-year winning streak of Cebu – Sian Maynard, Rizzini Alexis Gomez, Rogelie Catacutan, Angeli Dione Gomez, Jamie Herrell and Steffi Aberasturi – in the annual competition.
Congratulations to all the winners! :-D
A screenshot of Ricky Lo’s article on Funfare about the return of Dindi Gallardo. Click above to read the whole write-up.
One of the latest shots of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1993 Melinda “Dindi” Gallardo (Photo courtesy of thefilam.net)
It is quite interesting to note that Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1993 Melinda “Dindi” Gallardo is back in the Philippines. For good. According to the article
by Ricky Lo published in his Funfare column on the Philippine Star, she will welcome offers to work on TV projects, but is more keen about producing and directing a movie that will be sort of her way of paying back to the industry that has been so good to her after completing her pageant reign more than twenty years ago today.
Dindi admits to being wiser now, after the last few years of her life in the US went downhill in most aspects and was anything but a bed of roses.
So do we see her appearing in one of the upcoming teleseryes soon? I bet she will.
In the meantime, let us reminisce on the highlights of Bb. Pilipinas 1993 when she was crowned Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1993. Everyone thought that the competition between her and eventual Bb. Pilipinas World 1993 Sharmaine Ruffa Gutierrez was a fight to the finish, but it was her biggest night alright. She had the top crown in the bag even before the winners were announced.
courtesy of A Tribute to Dindi Gallardo
Below is a video featuring parts of Dindi’s participation during the ultra-tough Miss Universe Pageant 1993 won by Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico.
courtesy of A Tribute to Dindi Gallardo
It’s getting real hard to pick the best Festival Costume every year. Photo credit: Collin Yap
Colorful, full of joy and life! Photo credit: Collin Yap
The variety of festival costumes and contenders are more than rnough to draw anyone in. Photo credit: Collin Yap
There are two perfectly good reasons why Reyna ng Aliwan continues to be a crowd-drawer at the CCP Complex year after year during the Aliwan Fiesta. And this edition is no exception. Aside from the beautiful ladies vying to be the best among the best Festival Queens, the equally gorgeous costumes are more than enough to satisfy any stone-cold member of the audience.
I just wish that the makers of the National Costumes of our pageant representatives will take an inspiration or two from the celebratory attires of these ladies.
Do you agree, dear readers? ;-)
All photos in this post are courtesy of Collin Yap.
The 50 Official Candidates of Miss Grand Thailand 2015 with Nawatt Itsaragrisil (middle) and the reigning titleholders
The three (3) reigning winners of Miss Grand Thailand. Pla (middle) represents two (2) titles.
The fifty (50) Official Candidates of Miss Grand Thailand 2015
have been presented to the media in Bangkok the other day. Led by Pageant Owner Nawatt Itsaragrisil and three of his reigning winners – Miss Grand Thailand 2014 (and also Miss Supranational Thailand 2014) Parapadsorn Disdamrong, Miss Intercontinental Thailand 2014 and Miss Intercontinental 2014 Patraporn Wang and Miss Tourism Thailand 2014 Warangkanang Wutthayakorn
– the top placer will be Thailand’s entry in the next Miss Grand International scheduled for the last quarter of 2015.
As we all know by now, the Miss Earth franchise is no longer part of this pageant. So I can already smell a new one being introduced in the upcoming months.
I will post the promising contenders in a future feature. ;-)