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.
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
Three for Aces & Queens in Miss World Philippines 2014 (Swimsuit photos by Jayson Ballesteros)
(L-R) Jonas Gaffud, Valerie Weigmann, Nicole Donesa, Christine Balaguer and Caloy Buendia
Don’t look now, but Aces & Queens has already added a third lady to their roster in Miss World Philippines 2014.
First, it was just Valerie Weigmann as the camp’s solo entry. Then Christine Balaguer followed suit shortly after the announcement of Official Candidates. And just recently, Nicole Donesa made it as the third candidate being trained and sponsored by Jonas Gaffud and company.
The more, the merrier, so to speak. And Nicole’s decision to join the group couldn’t have come at a more crucial stage of the competition when the official preliminaries will soon start.
Good luck, ladies! :-D
Valerie (right) helping Christine do her catwalk right. (Photo credit: Gerry Diaz)
Practicing out their poses
When Miss World Philippines 2014 started, Valerie Weigmann entered the competition as the lone entry of Aces & Queen. More than a week after, she found herself in the company of a new camp sister in the person of deaf model/paddler Christine Balaguer who was taken in by Jonas Gaffud after the unanimous decision of all the key individuals to accommodate her.
Sure. Christine had beautiful potentials. But without the proper guidance and training from the pageant master, she can only rely on whatever limited knowledge and exposure she acquired as a fashion model. And it simply wasn’t enough. Add to that the fact that she needed support in wardrobe and styling. She had no formal handler to speak of.
I won’t go on relating the other background information about Christine because it sure would read like a real-life teleserye. Suffice it to say that she is a much happier person now who feels a sense of belongingness. Her confidence has jacked up tremendously.
And with ‘big sister’ Valerie by her side, she knows that things can only get better – crown or no crown on top of her head. :-)
Valerie & Christine have somehow found strength in each other. And in silence at that. (Photo credit: Gerry Diaz)