Ara Arida in Boracay. What beautiful sights!
Time now for the regular admiration post for my dear Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida.
Just last week, Ara hied off to sunny Boracay for a well-deserved holiday break. Of course, word got around that she was indeed spending more than a few days in the island. And so, the organizers of Mutya ng Kalibo 2016 hurriedly made arrangements for her to become a guest judge in the provincial beauty competition. That really added more prestige because she joined Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina in the panel.
Back to Ara now. She was seen sunbathing and showing off that enviable figure to everyone who happened to chanced upon her on the beach. I wish I was there. I’d love to spend a little more than short moments of talk with this enchanting Binibini. ;-)
The Bb. Pilipinas 2013 winners produced a Miss Universe, a Miss International, a Miss Supranational, a Miss Universe runner-up and a Top 10 MTQI finisher!
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the only winner in the Top 5 of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 who was not issued crown jewels being the sole runner-up. But it must have been written in the stars that she will eventually win and wear the best one after two years – the Miss Universe DIC art deco-inspired gems itself.
But there is more to Pia’s win that made the titleholders of Bb. Pilipinas Gold more special. It produced our 5th Miss International (Bea Rose Santiago), our first Miss Supranational (Mutya Johanna Datul) and a Miss Universe runner-up (Ariella Arida). In addition, this batch had the last recorded Philippine paricipant in Miss Tourism Queen International with Cindy Miranda placing in the Top 10. Tally-wise, this quintet edged out the equally-successful 2012 counterpart simply because it had more victories than top placements. It also eclipsed the reigning group in terms of collection.
Let us now reminisce on the crowning moments of Bb. Pilipinas Gold more than two years ago. :-)
courtesy of ABS-CBN News
Ara Arida on a street in Brussels. Very editorial.
After Paris and Amsterdam, Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida hopped to the Belgian capital, Brussels. And she was charmed by this city even more that she endlessly posed to the delight of the photographer who captured our beautiful Queen in picturesque urban settings that could very well make for a nice travelogue spread inside a glossy fashion magazine.
Please bear with my eternal fondness for this lady. She never fails to pull me in everytime she uploads a new photograph. There is always something exciting to look forward to in her next shots, and as you can see in the images here, there is simply no way you can ignore her magnetic charm and appeal.
By now, Ara is back in Paris for more of the City of Lights. And her fond memories of Europe will definitely stay in her heart and ours. ;-)
Ara Arida in front of the Grand Palace in Brussels
Ara Arida in front of the Eiffel Tower
No, it’s not an official business trip. And no again, she is not in so much love (yet) to be swept off her feet all the way to the City of Lights. But Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida is having a relaxing vacation in Paris and cities outside the French capital. She is enjoying the food, the wine, the cheese and the countryside. And she is in such an inspired mood everyday with the scenery, the flowers and all things beautiful in one of the most visited countries in the world.
And you can see just how much she is having a wonderful time by looking at the image below. Very refreshing. :-)
Ara Arida in Betting, France
Jonas Gaffud (2nd from right) with left to right: Ara Arida, Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Look who’s going to be a fellow pageant blogger. Jonas Gaffud, that’s who.
The Beauty Queen-Maker has shared the upcoming endeavor in his Facebook account: “Starting my blog soon about my journey into the world of beauty pageants etc.”
And following the same thread, it is likely that his blog will go live starting Tuesday, September 1. It’s coming real soon. And it should be filled with a lot of highlights and sidelights from all the beauty pageants he has fielded his winning national and international Queens in, and more. Juicier than juicy tidbits, I reckon?
I can’t wait to read the first entry! :-D
Left-to-right: Janine Tugonon, Ara Arida and Venus Raj shopping in L.A.
Ara (left) and Venus meet renowned Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino
Ara walking the street adorned with a large chandelier
Jonas Gaffud (2nd from left) with 3 of his 4-Peat Queens (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Vacationing in Los Angeles at the moment, Jonas Gaffud made sure that US-based Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon found time to reunite with friends and fellow MU placers 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida and 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj. And the three ladies spent a day hanging out and going shopping like young girls out on a break from their pageant activities.
Also, renowned Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino hosted a sumptuous Pinoy dinner for everyone in the group. It was definitely a night of fun and endless chats.
It would have been complete had Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee joined the trip. But with her pregnancy and the busy daily routines at Pedro ‘n Coi, it just could no longer be accommodated. ;-)
I had to find a good reason to blog Ara's photos in Vegas where she is now. This SSS post should do it.
Ara inside a giant platform heel
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida is in Las Vegas right now, reason for the picture above in front of the city’s iconic sign. So I can’t let photos from her current US trip pass just like that, including the one on the left where she is inside a giant platform heel.
Anyways, below is a senti video of her being interviewed by Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart. If memory serves me right, this was her last local TV guesting right before being whisked to the airport to board her Philippine Airlines flight (with one stopover ) to the host city of Miss Universe 2013, Moscow. And this is also the same clip that triggered a small controversy regarding her English communication skills that somehow implicated the Latinas in theirs and allegedly got the ire of then Miss Brazil Jakelyne Oliveira on Twitter. Of course, we know by now that the latter’s supposed negative pronouncements against Ara were all fabricated via an account that didn’t belong to her.
Let’s reminisce now. :-)
courtesy of i viral