One of Catriona’s magazine covers above could spell the difference between joining Bb. Pilipinas or not.
For quite some time now, Catriona Gray’s name has been floating amidst a pool of possible Bb. Pilipinas aspirants as far back as two years ago. But no dice. She hasn’t decided to bite the bullet to date.
That could all change, though, with the joining and winning of her good friend Valerie Weigmann in Miss World Philippines 2014. The thing is, will she also be interested in the same contest when rumors abound that Ms. Cory Quirino is decided on looking to crown a full-blooded Filipina for next year?
Bb. Pilipinas, therefore, is a more solid option. More titles mean being more open to all types of beauties. Besides, she has all the makings of a title-grabber in our 5-in-1 nationals.
Now what could be the possible fly in the ointment? Nothing really, unless her previous pictorial for Rogue Magazine will shoot down her chances even before seriously mulling about the same.
Watch her latest video for Circuit Magazine’s December 2014 issue now.
courtesy of Circuit Magazine
So what say you, dear readers? Where does Catriona Gray fit? Which pageant can Aces & Queens groom her for? ;-)
Angelie Crizelle Ocampo in two of her latest photos
Angelie during Miss Philippines Earth 2014
When Angelie Crizelle Ocampo joined Miss Philippines Earth last summer, she showed a lot of potentials, aside from possessing one of the most beautiful faces in the competition. In fact, she was one of Aces & Queens’ best bets to land an elemental crown. She made it to the Top 10 and was given a sash as one of the five (5) runners-up. Not bad for a first attempt in the big league.
This time around, the girl from Pampanga knows better. Having been exposed to the non-stop pressure of a national pageant, she can present herself more confidently and holds a firmer composure when faced with the daunting task of doing her Q&A in front of a big audience.
Could Angelie be ready for her next big foray into beauty battles? I think so. The scheduled screenings of Bb. Pilipinas 2015 are almost in our midst – right after the Holiday Season in fact. Will she sign up? Oh, I hope she will. ;-)
Miss Philippines Yvethe Santiago (left) and her roomie Miss Great Britain Zandra Flores
Inside the cab going to the gym
Just what are the chances of this happening? Pretty high, I must say. Miss Philippines Yvethe Santiago is glad that even in Poland, she can still keep on speaking Tagalog at the end of the day and after waking up in the morning. You see, her roommate happens to be another Filipina, Zandra Flores, who is representing Great Britain in Miss Supranational 2014. Of course, you know the latter as having joined a number of our national beauty contests before finally finding her pageant destiny in the UK.
It’s amusing how fate really has a way of bringing together two people from different training camps. Yvethe is from Aces & Queens, and Zandra is a product of KF. I’m happy to note that they’re getting along well at this stage. I really hope that they’ll hold each other’s back somehow. ;-)
Working out in the gym with the other ladies
Roommates Yvethe (right) and Zandra pose for Missosology while in Poland.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda hosted a send-off for Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago at Passion inside Resorts World Manila.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda (middle, seating in green) with Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago to his right and friends from the province during the send-off.
Just before BPCI comes up with its own Official Send-off for Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago for Miss Supranational 2014 in Poland, our Queen’s home province of Albay hosted its own right here in Manila.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda, together with Aces & Queens’ Gerry Diaz, were at the helm of the gathering which happened inside the uppity Passion Chinese Restaurant at Resorts World Manila. Present were members of the Albay Pageant Academy, together with some of their ladies plus a few personal friends of Yvethe.
There were endless wishes of good luck. And if our Queen achieves success in her objective of nailing a back-to-back victory for the Philippines, then all the more that her fellow kababayans from the Bicol Regional will make one grand celebration.
See you at your Balay Send-off, Yvethe! :-D
Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann during her victory celebration at Wafu
Valerie and your blogger
Going to the Greenhills area from Paranaque on a busy Tuesday night can be quite the trying commute. Just thinking of the number of bottlenecks along the way is more than enough to wear me down. But then again, there’s no other way to go about it except face the traffic head-on. The invitation to attend the victory celebration of Aces & Queens for Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann is unmissable, to say the least.
Smiling faces everywhere
Arriving at Wafu, I was greeted by familiar faces of friends and dear acquaintances. Aside from Jonas Gaffud and the people behind the pageant training group, a list of camp-affiliated beautiful ladies – past, present and future titleholders – made the affair shine even more. In attendance were: Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Yvethe Santiago, Mary Ann Ross Misa, Christine Balaguer, Janelle Lazo Tee, Justine Felizarta, Monique Trinidad and Carla Lizardo.
The sit down dinner filled everyone’s tummy. Lively talks and pleasantries filled the air. Smiles and laughters came in succession.
Val upon her arrival at Wafu
Of course, the star of the night made her grand entrance soon enough. And London-bound Val is on a natural high with all the love and support being constantly showered upon her. Never-ending camera clicks and photo ops followed.
Beautiful ladies (well, almost) all plus Valerie
Everyone knows that the mission has just started for our Miss World 2014 rep. And if she is fortunate enough to score a big win in London – which equates to an even more fulfilling back-to-back victory with Miss World 2013 Megan Young – then I can only imagine how glorious the jubilation will be. :-D
Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti (middle) with her Aces & Queens camp. (Photo credit: Gerry Diaz)
Bianca (left) and Jonas Gaffud (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Last night, Aces & Queens threw a simple despedida dinner for Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, four (4) days before her Official Send-Off by BPCI at Araneta’s Balay.
By Saturday, our Queen will be flying to Tokyo, Japan to start her journey for a back-to-back victory and a 6th Miss International crown – two objectives that may look impossible for some, but quite achievable for most.
These days are so busy for Bianca, but she still keeps the pressure at bay. After all, she wants to look at her most beautiful when she arrives in the Land of the Rising Sun. ;-)
Yvethe, Valerie and Bianca: all going for back-to-back wins (Photo credit: Pao Oap)
Looking for victories in Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational are Valerie, Bianca and Yvethe, respectively
Call it fate, sheer coincidence or plain luck of the results. But Aces & Queens ended up with the major titleholders who will work hard for back-to-back wins abroad. It’s like a blind-folded Jonas Gaffud dipped his hand inside a velvet bag to select three random challenge chips and picked the tougher ones like clustered destiny.
But as the popular saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” And when the successful track record becomes like second skin, the next step is to up the level of difficulty to see how far the envelope can be pushed.
As far as Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago are concerned, they will not settle for anything less than the crowns currently on the lovely heads of Megan Young, Bea Rose Santiago and Mutya Datul, respectively. The three missions sound ambitious. But the objective is to set the bar high, and not be distracted from focus. You can bet your bottom dollar that they will give more than their 100% best efforts to go for the big wins.
With our constant cheers and support, nothing is impossible for our Queens. After all, it’s #ForThePhilippines ! :-D