Watch the video below of the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 winners being interviewed by host Ginger Conejero of ANC Mornings.
courtesy of ANCalerts
What do you think? :-)
Take a good look at the picture above. Photographer Raymond Saldana captured the best of Janine Tugonon just before she won the top crown. And it is mid-April more or less. Give her 200 days from this date and our representative to Miss Universe 2012 will be presenting a more fit and more battle-ready figure.
courtesy of OPMBvids
Janine, while she may not be the most preferred winner of Bb. Pilipinas 2012, will face the challenge of getting herself in tiptop shape on all important areas of international competition. BPCI will take over her training from handlers at Aces & Queens. And the previous winners will surely be on hand to help in her re-molding, Shamcey most especially.
Let’s see what transformations will happen by late October (if Miss U is scheduled by December) or late August (if the rumored October holding of the same happens). ;-)
Aussie Callum David has been doing several DJ-ing gigs in the country (right now, he does it at Tim Yap’s Prive’) for close to a year now. He is also a print model, and the more popular one locally is for Penshoppe.
My unsolicited advice for her? Lose the stiff/monotonous delivery of reply during the Q&A. It’s best to show grace under pressure without losing the much-needed warmth and sincere spontaneity. Last night, her interview paled in comparison to how she did in 2011, while wearing a gown that looked more tacky than regal (it’s like a throw pillow was sewn on her chest). Nonetheless, I trust that she will be made over in all areas, this one included.Nicole Schmitz played her cards right and she had her patience rewarded by being crowned Bb. Pilipinas-International. And for the China-based pageant, her bi-racial features and flirty Latina vibe will definitely sit well with the predominantly Chinese organizers and judges. I initially penciled her for Miss Universe. But after careful consideration, I guess me and the judges became one in assessing her as a perfect fit for Miss International. In addition, she handled the Q&A best and was picked Best in Swimsuit (usually an indicative award for Bb. Pilipinas-Universe). But then again, she might have been seen as gorgeous but a wee bit common-looking for Miss Universe where the true-blue Latinas dominate. I’ve always had a good feeling that Katrina will be first-time lucky. I may have seen her as the best bet for Miss Universe, but the results showed otherwise. At any rate, this Fil-Am charmer still registered well among last night’s decision-makers with her all-natural unspoiled and unpretentious self. Whenever she talks, the world sits up and listens. And who best to help promote Philippine Tourism but someone who is proud of her East and West combo. Her Q&A showing had nothing extraordinary to crow about, but she still managed to be one of the better speakers in this regard. I was close to giving up on Elaine Kay Moll during the pageant proceedings when she sounded tentative in Q&A and took relatively longer to reply. But in fairness, she was beautifully made up and looked her best all throughout. In the final analysis, she fell short of getting one of the three crowns. There was always one candidate ahead of her in each. She comes off half-raw for Miss Universe and relatively missable for Miss International and Miss Tourism Queen International. But as 1st Runner-Up, I believe she will be the Philippine rep for Miss Supranational. Chances are that she will be immersed into more training that should hopefully better her potentials to stand out in Poland. Annalie was one of the surprise performers last night. She was in her best form during the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. No eyebrows were raised when she made the Top 12. But when it came to the interview segment, her reply was one of the weakest, if not the worst. But in fairness, she did not really make a complete fool of herself. It’s just that the way she composed her statements bordered on the somewhat laughable. And correct me if I am wrong, but did she mishear the question of the judge (H.E. Jorge Domecq) about the disadvantages of social media? Because it was very clear that she stated the advantage instead. Anyways, if I’m going by sentiments, I should be glad that my ka-probinsiya made it to the Top 5. I have a nagging feeling SMA will also consider her for Miss Supranational 2012 if Elaine Kay Moll won’t be sent.
Okay, so second chances proved to be golden for both Janine Tugonon (who’s my alternate for BPU being 1st Runner-Up in my own forecast) and Nicole Schmitz (who has been my pick and that of the majority for BPI), plus Katrina Dimaranan is first-time lucky. So am I happy with the trio? Yes, I am. Maybe not 100% happy, but still, they are all in my Top 5. No need to harbor ill feelings over the outcome anymore.
– I am sad for Mary Jean Lastimosa whose re-joining attempt failed and worse, did not even place in the Top 5. She even fell below her placement last year. She was very good last night. But her Q&A was bordering on the vague (the word ‘curiosity’ keeps flying back and forth in my head) and superficially impressive. It was probably a case of overload or she was way too rehearsed/exacting in her moves, projection and interview.
– When #26 Angelee delos Reyes won Best in Evening Gown, I knew she was a shoo-in for Top 12. She was supposed to be a stand-out in the Q&A (and could have made it as runner-up), but made a tad of a mess when she spoke too much. Even the judge (H.E. Harry Thomas, Jr.) joked that she answered the question even before it can be asked. In the end, her good reply was invalidated by wordiness.
– Pre-finals favorite Patricia Lae Ejercitado was good last night. But good just doesn’t cut it.
– Top 12 placer Sherlyn Gonzales had the best face of the night. She was just drop-dead beautiful. And her Q&A wasn’t bad. Her height must’ve been an obstacle, though. But Annalie Forbes made it to 5th place. What gives? Probably the lack of titles or runner-up ranks to give out? I think not. Annalie was really excellent in SS and EG.
– Roxane Joy Jesalva, was completely lackluster last night. Maybe she gave up on the competition too early? Her swimsuit and evening gown takes were very uninspired. Too bad, that costed her a Top 12 spot at the very least when she could’ve prevented a shutout for the Bicolandia reps this year.
– About the pageant itself, I would give it a grade of 9/10. ABS-CBN did not leave any stone unturned, so to speak. The production values were high. So where did they miss the single point to score a perfect 10? One is male host Xian Lim who was very dependent on his cue cards. Good thing Iza Calzado kept him on his toes. During the Q&A, however, he did not study the names of the judges which he kept on mangling to my ears’ disgust. And the poor lad doesn’t know that ‘H.E.’ in front of a person’s name means “His Excellency”. Venus Raj had minor lapses, but she was at least quick in correcting herself. The other complaint I have was during the evening gown competition where rockers Arnel Pineda and Bamboo sang separately for the first and second group of ladies. Because production had no control over the speed that the ladies negotiated the stage, they had to unceremoniously cut off the two singers even if they were still in the middle of their 3rd songs since everyone was already finished presenting onstage. A slow fade out would have been better.
– Lastly, did you notice that Janine was wearing the sash “Miss Universe Philippines” instead of “Bb. Pilipinas-Universe”? Must be a directive from MUO.
So this is the part where I remind people…”let’s move on and support the winners” – which is the right thing to do. Their respective pageants are still scheduled for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2012 so the wait will give them the precious time to prepare hard for the same. And I believe that we shall see much improved versions of Janine, Nicole, Katrina, Elaine and Annalie by then. ;-)
After the dust settled last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, only three ladies could call themselves brand-new Beauty Queens from a strong field of 30 contenders for Bb. Pilipinas 2012. The whole process wasn’t the easiest and I tip my hat to the ones who soared (and scored) high and are now looking forward to life-changing journeys to more success in the global pageant arena. Here’s the Official Honor Roll:
Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2012: #18 JANINE TUGONON
Bb. Pilipinas-International 2012: #8 NICOLE SCHMITZ
Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism 2012: #13 KATRINA DIMARANAN
..with their court:
First Runner-Up: #15 ELAINE KAY MOLL
Second Runner-Up: #29 ANNALIE FORBES
…and the remaining placers in the Top 12:
# 1 Karen Gallman
# 30 Sherlyn Gonzales
# 16 Liezl Alcantara
# 26 Angelee Claudett delos Reyes
# 9 Mary Jean Lastimosa
# 14 Gina Joy Howell
# 7 Patricia Lae Ejercitado
Best in Swimsuit: #8 Nicole Schmitz
Best in Evening Gown: #26 Angelee Claudett delis Reyes
Best in National Costume: #8 Nicole Schmitz
Miss Photogenic: #1 Karen Gallman
Miss Talent: #13 Katrina Dimaranan
Miss Congeniality: #25 Chloe Zanardi
Miss Philippine Airlines: #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa
Miss Avon: #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa
Miss Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice: #20 Roxanne Tadique
People’s Choice: #21 Giselle Angelica Munoz
The 3-hour program – hosted by actress Iza Calzado, upcoming matinee idol Xian Lim, 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj and commercial model/cable presenter Georgina Wilson – saw each of the ladies going through the traditional swimsuit and evening gown competitions before the cut to the Top 12 went underway. After the dozen finalists were announced, they were subjected to the Q&A round which gave the Board of Judges a better perception of their individual dispositions and/or quick-wittedness. From here, the winners were announced with no further trimming down to a Top 5 anymore, thereby lending more suspense to the proceedings.
The winners will now start preparing for their respective dates of international representation: Miss Universe 2012 on December (exact date and venue still unannounced), Miss International 2012 (China) on November 11, Miss Tourism Queen International (China) on September 28 and for one of the runners-up, the Miss Supranational 2012 (Poland) on September 15.
Big Congratulations to all the Winners! :-D
(Photo credit: Jory Rivera/ OPMB Worldwide)
The ladies who will remain cool, calm and collected all throughout the 3-hour telecast
The ladies who will exude charm so unique that they will leave the judges’ mouth wide open while gliding to centerstage
The ladies who will not experience mental block during the Q&A and give replies that may be short, but sweet and worth remembering
The ladies who will show strong potentials to follow through the momentum built by Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup. You know what people say? Third-time lucky.
At this point, allow me to say a prayer I personally composed just for tonight’s beauty extravaganza….
May all the 30 Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 effortlessly shine tonight.
May the fated finalists shine better.
And may the truly deserving ones shine best.
May nobody lose their footing or blocking while doing the opening production number.
May nobody slip or fall on the stage while negotiating a 360-degree turn in platform heels, swimsuits and long gowns.
May nobody give incoherent/embarrasing answers during the Question & Answer portion.
May the non-fluent in English be brave enough to express herself in Tagalog to put the message across with wit and clarity.
May the proclaimed winners be the most humble.
And may the disappointed losers graciously accept their defeat.
And in the coming months, may our new beauty queens gift the Philippines with its 3rd Miss Universe crown or its 5th Miss International win or its 2nd Miss Tourism Queen International victory or hopefully, its 1st Miss Supranational sash or better yet, all of the above.
With these thoughts, I would like to reiterate my heartfelt thanks for bringing the best of the Pinay to the Universe and coming back with success. God Bless, Architect Supsup! :-)