Below are photos of the Miss International 2014 contestants during their visit to the Aoi-Ryu Dance School to learn the Traditional Sakura. If you want to see the other images taken by Kenji Yutani for Missosology, click HERE.
For today, the contestants of Miss International 2014 will be going to Aoi-Ryu Dance School where they will be taught the Traditional Sakura Dance (a staple dance demo in the pageant).
Videos of the dance lesson will be shown during the finals, but the actual performance could be part of the Kimono Fashion Show that will happen next week.
The Sakura dance they will be practicing is similar to what the ladies had to learn last year. Watch the video below courtesy of Missosology Coverage.
She’s 21 years old, stands 178cm and is passionate about kickboxing. And she will represent Spain in Miss Universe 2014 scheduled for January, 2015 in Doral Miami.
Enter Miss Universe Spain 2014 Desiree Cordero, the successor of Patricia Yurena Rodriguez who placed 1st Runner-up in last year’s edition in Moscow.
Desiree was crowned at the finals held inside Teatro Bodevil de Madrid. The successful fashion model, who plans to major in Oceanology in the future, will be extra busy during the holidays preparing for her trip to the US where she will try to improve on Spain’s placement.
Could she be the girl Donald Trump is looking for? ;-)
Last night, I was chatting with Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti on FB when she was ‘invading’ the hotel room of her good friend Shauny Bult of the Netherlands. And it just so happened that I was really about to write a post about the Dutch fashion model from Boxtel. What a nice coincidence.
You might remember Shauny from Miss Earth 2012 here in Manila. For a while, she even scored a few modeling gigs with Carousel Productions. But this year, you will definitely keep her in mind even more. As Miss International Netherlands 2014, she is planning to perform much better in Tokyo, and has actually upped her game from the time she arrived in Japan. She may be chummy with a lot of contestants, but her gameplan remains focused on the crown. And our bet knows that she has one fierce challenger in her.
While I initially tagged Shauny as a potential sleeper in the competition (and a definite part of my Top 15 so far), gut feel tells me now that she could be one serious contender. There is a far more relaxed vibe in her disposition compared to two years ago.
With that said, I will keep a more watchful eye on this one. ;-)
Watch Shauny’s brief intro vid for Miss International 2014 below.
courtesy of Shauny Bult
P.S. I was told that Shauny checks out my blog from time to time. If you’re reading this right now, thank you! :-D
For today’s Throwback, I thought of bringing you back to the night the very first Miss International was crowned last August 12, 1960 in Long Beach, CA. Of course, I wasn’t born at the time yet. But I can still remember reading about this long-forgotten but supremely interesting detail that led to the victory of Colombia’s Maria Stella Márquez Zawadzky.
According to the account, the Top 5 Finalists were announced and they were Maria Stella Márquez Zawadzky of Colombia, Joyce Kay of England, Sigridur Geirsdottir of Iceland, Iona Pinto of India and Charlene Lundberg of the USA. At that point, it was getting more and more clear that the Colombian, Icelandic and Indian bets were neck-and-neck in competition. But just before the judges started with the final voting, Miss Iceland was already out of the picture and the title was a toss between Misses Colombia and India.
To help in the ranking, something peculiar happened. The five ladies were asked to stand in front of the judges for an extra ten (10) minutes – quite an eternity of waiting or a test of patience, if you will. It was during this period that Maria Stella Márquez Zawadzky defeated her eventual 1st Runner-up Iona Pinto by a slim margin. Just half a point.
And you know what made the Indian lose? She stopped smiling during the ten (10) minutes of extra standing. Stella kept on with the happy face. This was revealed to Iona by one of the judges – Vincent Trotta – during a post-pageant reception.
Quite a unique way of breaking the deadlock, huh?
If not for the constant smile and effervescent presence of Miss Colombia, she would’ve lost the Miss International 1960 title to Miss India.
Of course, we all know that Maria Stella Márquez Zawadzky is the beloved Madame Stella Márquez de Araneta who founded Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. and has spearheaded the search for the country’s loveliest Filipina Beauty Queens since 1964 up to the present.
From the time she decided to settle down and marry Filipino businessman Jorge Araneta, Madame Stella moved to the Philippines where she has been living ever since. She might be Colombian by birth, but her heart definitely belongs to the country which has adopted her with open arms.
And since Miss International fever is currently on, this TBT on her is just what the Pageant Blogger ordered. ;-)
Remember Hannah Mariz dela Guerra, Binibini 5 during the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas batch and who I had a crush on? Well, the pretty girl has resurfaced and in the movies at that.
She landed the role playing the wife of lead actor Dingdong Dantes in “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles” which is the sequel of the box-office hit “Tiktik”. Actually, she took over the role originally played by actress Lovi Poe (who dropped out of the cast).
“Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles” will be part of the December-scheduled Metro Manila Film Festival. Watch the teaser below.
courtesy of official dongyanatics
Good luck in your new endeavors, Hanna! And may your star shine bright in showbiz! :-D
There’s a Mrs. World 2014 happening from November 11-19 in Solomons Island, Maryland, USA. And in this beauty contest for married women, the Philippines will be represented by Marlan Sabbun-Manguba who currently holds the title Mrs. World Philippines 2014. Yesterday, she was given a formal send-off at the Quezon City Sports Club.
Marlan is a mother of five who multi-tasks as a Personality Development Coach and Interior Designer. She is also considered a Philantrophist, having thrown her support to many worthwhile charities and significant causes. On top of that, she is the immediate Past President of the Lions Presidents League (LPL) of the Philippines which gives out TESDA scholarships to deserving but underprivileged youth.
Surely, this accomplished woman will bring forth a wealth of life experiences and knowledge in the worldwide competition. Add to that her personal fashion style and elegant bearing, she will definitely hit the mark when it comes to the more pageant-related aspects of the new challenge. And that is to be the successor of Mrs. World 2013 Kaley Spring.
Best of luck in Mrs. World 2014, Marlan! :-)