The original speech (with revisions) of Bea Rose Santiago that helped her win Miss International 2013
Bea Rose during the greatest moment of her pageant life (Associated Press photo)
Just the other day, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago updated her FB status with the following statements:
“Its almost Miss International and i remember around this time i was cramming for my speech! It wasn’t until late November when i wrote my winning speech. Ara Pia and i went to Roxas City to help during #typhoonyolanda i had no idea the 3rd level of Roxas City, City hall changed my life. The experience was so overwhelming i thought i was gonna cry! all the people from different sorts of organization (canadian troops, UN, etc) were there and i had to say Thank you in 10 secs! Honestly….. They are the reason for my speech, Thank You! Those beautiful souls helping us, they deserve the best way of thank you. Of course, behind my speech was equally beautiful people who stayed with me for hrs making sure i will deliver every lines with love and sincerity. We made sure that the thought should be straight from my heart. I made so many but at the end i did my very best! My aunt Aurelia L. Castro, direk chris violago of abs cbn, Dale Carnegie masters doodz policarpio and Oliver Espiritu my ESA teachers sir Bong and sir Gian. Thank you for believing in me. Sorry if matagal ko na sabi pero i always thank god for my mentors. You didn’t ask credit or anything i am forever grateful for all your support! – here are some of them my mentors deserve to be named!!”
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago in Leo Almodal (Photo credit: Ari Simangan)
In just a little over a month from now, Bea Rose will be returning to Tokyo, Japan. Initially, she will be doing some photo and video shoots in preparation for the arrival of delegates to Miss International 2014 by the last week of October. The moment the batch is complete, she will also act like a big sister to all the new contenders vying for the crown on top of her head. And in between the activities, she will be finalizing the speech that will be simultaneously aired during her farewell walk.
Time really flies so fast. And Bea Rose can’t help but feel a mix of emotions that is mostly filled with happy memories of the year that was. Regardless of some intermittent regrets for not having been given the opportunity to do a lot of travels during her reign, she remains grateful.
Having given much pride and honor to the country, our Miss International 2013 remains a true symbol of the world-class Filipina. :-)
Miss Philippines Kimberly Karlsson in her official gown photo for Miss Grand International 2014
Breakfast shot with Misses New Zealand, Norway and Singapore before leaving for Sukhothai.
The image above is the official evening gown photograph of Miss Philippines Kimberly Karlsson in the ongoing Miss Grand International 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
By this time, she is already in Sukhothai with the other candidates to savor the culture and hospitality of the Northern Province. The next few days will see them joining various tours and appearances.
No intense competition yet. The real battle will begin right after they return to Bangkok late next week. ;-)
Miss World Philippines 2014 Official Candidate Eliza Johanna Cruz is the younger sister of singer Geneva Cruz (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMBworldwide)
Photo credit: Melvin Sia
Many people do not know that Candidate #25 in the ongoing Miss World Philippines 2014 is the younger sister of singer Geneva Cruz.
And while Eliza Johanna Cruz may not be as known yet, I betcha she can also carry a tune and perhaps, give her ate a run for the money. Who doesn’t have a singing talent in the famous Cruz clan anyway?
But for now, she is more keen in taking a different route towards fame by hopefully becoming a beauty queen.
What’s your take on this girl? Do you think she can pull a surprise in the competition and prove that she also has what it takes to be as famous as the other Cruzes? Let’s wait and see! ;-)
P.S. Eliza will now be training with John dela Vega for the competition.
Miss Philippines Kimberly Karlsson and her roommate Miss Singapore Jasy ln Tan
Kimberly during the Press Presentation
Kimberly Karlsson is currently enjoying the full-on warmth and hospitality of the Thai hosts in Miss Grand International 2014. She has also started getting chummy with her cute roommate Miss Singapore Jasy In Tan. For today, she will fly to Sukhothai with everyone for a 7-day stay that will incorporate loads of historical tours and visits to get to know the culture even better. Let’s hope she grabs all the photo ops she can take part in so that my feature blogs on her participation will heighten your interest levels. :-)
During wardrobe fittings for the opening number (left to right): Kimberly, Miss Australia Renera Thompson and Miss Indonesia Margenie Winarti
This one's happening tonight!
One of the thirty ladies above will be crowned Miss Casino Filipino 2014 tonight
While a big chunk of my friends will be heading over to SM MOA Arena to ogle at denim- and underwear-clad celebrities and models walking the ramp in Bench for “The Naked Truth
” tonight, a good number will prefer instead to avoid the big crowds and troop to Midas Hotel and Casino to watch Miss Casino Filipino 2014
. Thirty young and beautiful Filipinas representing different CF centers all over the country are vying for the crown that comes with a half a million pesos in cash prize. Among them, I am specifically giving my good luck wishes to the six (6) contestants below. I would be happy to see one of them win, especially former Binibini Emma Mary Tiglao.
Emma Mary Tiglao and Rogelie Catacutan
Agatha Lei Romero and Maria Fatima Al-Sowyed
Ivy Meerry Enriquez and Rosemary Turner
Miss Casino Filipino 2014 may not be as prestigious as the other national beauty pageants, but nobody can contest that it is one of the most generous in prizes. Aside from the top finisher with a cash bounty of PhP500,000, the four (4) runners-up will not come home empty-handed. They will receive PhP400,000. Php300,000, Php200,000 and Php100,000, depending on the final rank. Not bad. ;-)
Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities 2014 Patrizia Bosco could be perfect for Miss Progress International 2015 in Puglia, Italy
Since we made quite a rippling discussion about the national franchise of Miss Progress International last Wednesday afternoon, I suddenly thought of Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities 2014 Patrizia Lucia Bosco.
The Fil-Italian girl, whose beauty title does not necessarily come with a pageant representation abroad, could be conveniently considered for the Puglia-based competition that is scheduled for May, 2015. She was born and raised in Milan, speaks fluent Italian, and can easily take that hour-long flight from her hometown to Apulia via Bari or Brindisi. And more importantly, she is already one of the crowned winners in a respectable national beauty contest that is Mutya ng Pilipinas.
It only takes an hour to fly to Puglia from Patrizia’s hometown of Milan.
So if the people behind Mutya would take interest in sending her to Miss Progress International 2015 (the dates of which are still safely within her reign
), I’m pretty sure that she would get solid support from her designer-mentor Julius Ornum.
Paging Mutya ng Pilipinas, I hope that your group (or someone directly connected) will get to read this post and possibly communicate with Giuseppe Borrillo on the suggestion.
What do you think, dear readers? :-D
Below are photo grids of today’s Miss Grand International 2014 Press Presentation at the Suvarnabhumi Airport which was followed by their evening gown photoshoot that will be used for website and online purposes.
Such a long day of waiting and smiling and waving for the ladies while wearing their formal attires. But starting tomorrow, they will have the time to enjoy Thailand by way of Sukhothai in the north. :-)
The Miss Grand International 2014 Press Presentation was held earlier in the day
The candidates wearing their Press Presentation gowns
Photo op with Miss Grand International 2013 Janelee Chaparro
Miss Philippines Kimberly Karlsson during the gown photoshoot
All photos courtesy of Miss Grand International.