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
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)
Like a boxing match, Valerie and Lorraine are being pitted akin to a Pacquiao-Mayweather dream face-off. (Credit goes to Madamme Xtellar for the layout above)
First off, I’d like to give credit to Madamme Xtellar for the image layout above, including the statistics.
Team Valerie or Team Lorraine? (Photo credit: JR Noses)
The Coronation Night of Miss World Philippines 2014 won’t be over until more than two weeks from this posting, but many pageant followers are already anticipating the results to boil down to just two (2) ladies – Valerie Weigmann of Aces & Queens (who is actually a shade above 5’9 1/2″) and Lorraine Kendrickson of Kagandahang Flores (who is now 20) – being left standing in the end. And it just couldn’t do better than this – a fight between the two top beauty camps at the same time.
And their respective cheerers and supporters are just as divided. It’s like watching a virtual tug-o-war where both sides won’t give in whatever happens.
I’m pretty sure Ms. Cory Quirino is watching all of this with much glee and twinkle in her eyes. The battle is really giving a lot of unsolicited publicity for the October 12 event at the SM MOA Arena.
So is your excitement for real up to now? Or has it already been dampened by the wave of Valerie/Lorraine popularity that awaiting the outcome of the finals will be practically a foregone conclusion? ;-)
P.S. In the just recently-concluded mini-pageant held at the Iriga City Coliseum, Valerie Weigmann was named Miss World CamSur. This is a title similar to what Megan Young won – Miss World Laguna (out-of-town host) – last year.
Jonas Gaffud (left) communicating with Christine Balaguer via SMS. (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Christine (left) with fellow candidate Valerie Weigmann (Photo credit: Gerry Diaz)
Aces & Queens initiated the move to take on the pageant training and polishing of Miss World Philippines 2014 Official Candidate Christine Balaguer. The lovely deaf paddler was only too happy to be accommodated by the main man of the beauty camp so she can better improve the way she presents herself throughout the competition.
Some individuals might take this development to mean that there are now two (2) bets of the beauty camp in MWP2014. It certainly is looking more and more like that. Technically, Valerie Weigmann remains as the sole registered entry of Aces & Queens. Christine Balaguer, on the hand, is an additional commitment recently decided upon by Jonas Gaffud and all of the members.
Expect to see a more fine-tuned (and extra confident) Christine (who, I was told, got assigned to Designer Eric delos Santos) in the upcoming events of the contest. :-)