The late Bb. Pilipinas International 2009 Melody Adelheid Gersbach
Today is the 4th death anniversary of Bb. Pilipinas International 2009 Melody Gersbach who met an untimely death a little more than a year after she was crowned. This sweet and radiant Bicolana
– who represented us in Miss International 2009 and placed among the Top 15 used to be one of the brightest Binibini titleholders in modern times. But then, she was gone too soon. If only. If only.
We know that you are an angel in heaven now, smiling down at us and the successes of the Philippines in the World of Pageantry.
We still miss you, Melody! We really do.
This is how the ladies looked a day after arriving in the Philippines (Photo credit: Aski for Events2Images)
Here are their initial looks after the first make-up transformation (Photo credit: Missosology)
Having fun during the photoshoot (Photo credit: Missosology)
After the dancing and pasarela
sessions, Gouldian scheduled the ladies of Miss Grand Thailand 2014 – Pla Disdamrong, Sasi Sintawee, First Wang, Ploy Wutthayakorn
and Miss Universe Myanmar 2014 Sharr Eaindra to their make-up (as coordinated by Gouldian’s Gian Quiballo
) classes which they met with much excitement. They had fun experimenting on different looks before finally settling with the one that works for them best and photo-worthy enough to upload online as the result of their first transformation. A styling class with Poi Subijano also followed.
Please take note that the images above are not the final results yet. There will be more to come as the out-of-town pictorials draw near. :-D
Glenn Suba is representing San Luis, Pampanga in Misters of the Philippines 2014
There’s another 20-going-on-21 comer in Misters of the Philippines 2014. And he is officially representing San Luis, Pampanga in the male competition.
A graduate of Pampanga Agricultural College, Glenn Suba compares pageants to the country’s love for basketball. He believes that the Filipinos enjoy seeing their countrymen fighting for the Philippines and bringing back an honor in the process.
Reading his online bio, I discovered that he gives a premium on what matters most to the youth – education. Quoting him, “My advocacy is to shed awareness about the importance of education. Education is really important and I want to be part of a group who can do community service for those people in secluded areas who can’t go to school.“
If you want to support Glenn Suba in his quest to become one of the Misters of the Philippines, cast a fan vote HERE.
Miss Grand Philippines 2014 Kimberly Karlsson arrives in Puerto Galera for her homecoming.
A sneak peek into her photoshoot at Tamaraw Beach Resort
When newly-crowned Miss Grand Philippines 2014 Kimberly Karlsson arrived in Puerto Galera for her scheduled homecoming, she was met by the locals with much funfare. The island is abuzz with joy in seeing a new beauty queen in their midst.
John dela Vega’s team also took the opportunity to have Kimberly’s pictorial (left photo) conducted inside the Tamaraw Beach Resort. The final shots will be used as her pre-arrival images for Miss Grand International 2014.
Between now and September 15, our Miss Grand Philippines 2014 will be busy as a bee training and preparing for the international competition in Bangkok.
I’m looking forward to seeing the final look in her send-off to the Land of Smiles. :-)
Mrs. Universe Philippines 2014 Hemilyn Escudero (middle with crown) during her send off to Mrs. Universe 2014 in Kuala Lumpur (Photo credit: Melvin Sia)
Last Tuesday at Wang Fu Chinese Bistro in Quezon City, Mrs. Universe Philippines 2014 Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo was given a formal send-off before finally departing for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to represent the country in Mrs. Universe 2014 scheduled to crown the new winner on August 29. In attendance were her local predecessors for the title as well as family members and friends from the media.
Hemilyn is hopeful of performing well in the competition. And she promises to give it her 100%. But you can also show your support by voting for Mrs. Philippines in the online poll. Just follow the instructions below or click on this LINK.
Good luck, Hemilyn! :-)
1970 Miss International Aurora McKenny Pijuan during her victory in Osaka, Japan
Aurora Pijuan circa 1970
Aurora Pijuan circa 2012
Aurora Pijuan appeared in only two movies in her short showbiz career
Interesting trivia about 1970 Miss International Aurora McKenny Pijuan: She only appeared in two movies in a short-lived showbiz career. Her introductory role came in 1973 via the trilogy flick “Si Popeye Atbp
” where she played Olive Oyl to Ariel Ureta’s Popeye in the first episode. The following year, she was casted as one of the leading ladies opposite then action star Ramon Revilla Sr. in the Spanish-American war movie titled “Sunugin ang Samar
” (Burn Samar).
Thereafter, Aurora soon married businessman/golfer Tomas “Tommy” Manotoc to whom she bore two kids: Mavis and Tomas Jr. However, the union didn’t last that long. There was even some controversy after Tommy got involved with and eventually married then Presidential daughter Imee Marcos. The intrigues lasted till the 1984 Parliamentary Elections.
Au – who is considered the first official Miss International of Bb. Pilipinas – plunged into her 2nd marriage with American businessman Bob Cleveland. It was another failed relationship by her own account. From that point, she firmly decided not to look for a 3rd husband anymore. Instead, she opted to work on several charitable causes, while raising her two offsprings. She is now a proud Grandmother (to her three grandchildren) with active affiliations in Gawad Kalinga projects and the like.
courtesy of TheOnesBeautiful
A Marine Transport graduate is carrying the colors of Aklan in Misters of the Philippines 2014. And his name is Elvin Tiel.
The 20-going-on-21 Filipino seafarer has been entertaining thoughts of joining national male pageants since he was a teen growing up in the province. Now that he is vying for one of the titles, Elvin is extra motivated in improving himself and hopefully becoming a better person in the process.
Advocacy-wise, he goes for education. He states in his bio that “…If we are all educated, we are aware of what we are doing. We could get good careers in the future.“
If you would like to know more about Elvin and his life priorities, read the full text about him HERE. While there, you can also cast a vote for him to become a fan favorite.
Remember the name. Elvin Tiel, 20, Aklan! :-)
Ara Arida’s comment about Patricia Yurena: “I love her realness”
As soon as news broke about Miss Spain Universe 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 1st Runner-Up Patricia Yurena Rodriguez coming out in the open with her sexuality (including a relationship with fellow model Vanesa Klein
), I sent a direct message to Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida who became a close friend of the Spanish beauty during their stint in Moscow last November.
I initially thought that she might be too busy to give me a reply. But ever the sweet (and quick-to-respond) girl that she is to one of her “titas” (that would be your blogger, of course), she gave me her take as soon as she read my question.
Below is a screenshot of her comments on the whole thing. :-)
Ara’s say on her friend Patricia Yurena finally coming out.
Patricia comes clean with her sexuality.
Miss Universe Spain 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 1st Runner-up Patricia Yurena Rodriguez can now breathe a sigh of relief that she has finally come out and declared that she is a lesbian. In this news report from La Prensa, the beautiful Señorita has decided to be more open about her sexuality, days before crowning her successor to the national title.
All I can say is…Good for you, Patricia Yurena, mi Amor! And Donald Trump, on the other hand, must be glad that the judges went for Gabriela Isler last year. But on second thought, this could be the kind of publicity he wishes he had full control of.
What do you think, dear readers? ;-)
Patricia getting sweet with her 'mi amor' Vanesa Klein (aka Vanesa Cortes)
Kimberly Castillo will represent Dominican Republic in Miss Universe 2014 (Photo credit: Bufeo.com)
Kimberly in swimsuit
Name: Kimberly Altagracia Castillo Mota
Place of birth: Salvaleón de Higüey
Previous international title: Miss Italia nel Mondo 2010
The newly-crowned representative of the Dominican Republic to Miss Universe 2014 is statuesque alright. Standing at 1.84m (or 6’0.5″), she will literally tower over the other candidates, including our own MJ Lastimosa. And she is no pageant newbie either. Having participated in Miss Italia nel Mondo 2010 and winning the title for her country, Kimberly Castillo will be bringing her pageant experience to the table once she starts to compete for the big one come December. And I reckon she would like to follow the trail of Amelia Vega and become the 2nd wearer of the MU crown from DR.
So the ultimate question for you, dear readers, is this. Do you consider Kimberly Castillo a major threat – long limbs and all? I bet there will still be some enhancements where they are needed most. ;-)