Regardless of pageant affiliations, our beautiful Filipinas who either won national crowns or placed in the same (including those who were candidates) gathered together for last Sunday’s Charity Fashion Gala at the Grand Ballroom of Ace Hotel & Suites. They walked the ramp and in the process, helped raise funds for the ST Yolanda victims.
Kudos to Team JDV’s John dela Vega – who was at the helm of the event – as he was able to pull together these ladies from various organizations such as Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc., Miss Earth Foundation, Miss World Philippines and Mutya ng Pilipinas Quest Inc.
All images are courtesy of OPMB Worldwide’s Bruce Casanova.
Mutya Datul, Ara Arida and Pia Wurtzbach for Bb. Pilipinas
Patricia Fernandez, MJ Lastimosa and Toni Hipolito
Ellore Punzalan, Chloe McCully and April Love Jordan
Janicel Lubina and Jeanne Horn
Czarina Gatbonton, Dianne Necio and Samantha Purvor
Ali Forbes and Nina Ricci Alagao
Individually now: Ara Arida, Mutya Datul and Pia Wurtzbach
(L-R) Ali Forbes, Gil Wagas and Ara Arida during their Unang Hirit guesting
courtesy of GMA Public Affairs
When Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida, Miss Grand International 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ali Forbes and Mister International 2013 4th Runner-Up were gathered for a guesting in the GMA-7 Morning Show “Unang Hirit“, the hosts (Lyn Ching and Lhar Santiago) had fun asking questions picked from a fishbowl.
There’s no question that the country has already far exceeded many years past in its pageant performance for 2013. Aside from the three mentioned above, Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul added the big points to lift us to greater heights of recognition abroad.
And in the upcoming days ahead, the record stands to improve even more with the expected good performances of Angelee delos Reyes in Miss Earth 2013, Koreen Medina in Miss Intercontinental 2013, Bea Rose Santiago in Miss International 2013 and Angeli Dione Gomez in Miss Tourism International 2013.
Ara returns home and getting ready for her Presscon.
Just to let you know that our Miss Universe Philippines and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida has safely returned to the country. She is in high spirits and raring to participate in relief and charitable efforts to help the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda. ABS-CBN will definitely take care of that.
Welcome back, Ara!
Ariella Arida by Niccolo Cosme (Photo courtesy of Rappler.com)
Is it reasonable to expect for a 4-peat to happen in Moscow?
When Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida boards her flight (two flights actually) for Moscow, Russia tomorrow, my birthday wish (posted last August) stands firm. You will recall that two of the items on the checklist (Mutya Datul and Megan Young winning their respective pageants) have already come true.
For Ara, I specified that she continues with the winning streak and hopefully achieve a 4-peat for the country by making it to the Top 5 of Miss Universe 2013. Anything more glorious than that – i.e. capturing the Miss Universe crown – is very much welcome. And at the rate victories are unfolding so far, the Philippines is the only country that can go for rare back-to-back wins in the two biggest global beauty competitions.
After Miss World 2013, what are the chances of getting Miss Universe 2013 as well? Not at all remote, I must say. While we are still unaware of what fate lies ahead for our bet in the Russian capital, it bears watching how the stars will align come November 9.
courtesy of jojacob75
What destiny awaits Ara in Moscow?
And you (my dear readers) and I will be on constant stand-by to watch all the happenings as they unravel in Moscow.
The Black Tippy Top
Janine Tugonon wearing her tippy top.
When the Miss Universe 2013 delegates start arriving in Moscow less than a week from now, they will head straight to fittings – swimwear, casual dress and the all-important platform heels. Chinese Laundry is sponsoring the pageant once more and their Tippy Top model will be worn by all the ladies in the important preliminary swimsuit competition.
This is similar to what MU2012 Olivia Culpo and her runner-up Janine Tugonon wore last year in Las Vegas. There must be something in its structure and design that make the wearer’s feet move more gracefully.
Now, if you want to have a pair (retailing at USD79.95) of your own, click on the various links above or you can order your size HERE.
Ariella! (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
Ariella and blue go well together (Photo credit: Ghune Katigbak)
Sending-off Ariella to Russia with love (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida
Ariella Arida (center) with her Bb. Pilipinas Gold sisters (l-r) Pia Wurtzbach, Bea Rose Santiago, Cindy Miranda and Mutya Datul.
The Official Send-off of Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella ‘Ara’ Arida is now taking place at Gateway with family, friends, press, pageant supporters, beauty queens and Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta present to lend moral support to our rep who will depart for Moscow come Monday, October 21.
All I can say is…Best of luck, Ara!
And trite as it may sound, bring home the bacon. Preferably wet cured with Tender Quick and Russian vodka.
This will happen at 1PM today.
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella ‘Ara’ Arida is ready for her close-up.
At 1:00PM, all media reps, pageant fans and supporters (at least the invited ones) will troop to Gateway for Ara’s Official Send-Off to Miss Universe 2013. For sure, her Bb. Pilipinas 2013 sisters, plus Miss Universe Top 5 placers Janine Tugonon (still in the US so she begged off), Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj, will be in attendance. As always, Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta will oversee everything to make sure that our rep is given a memorable turn.
Watch out for pictures of the event before the day wraps up.
court3sy of jojacob75
The last two women standing of MU2012, Janine (left) and Olivia.
Just before the Official Send-Off of Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida happening later in the day, let’s backtrack a bit and watch the performance of Janine Tugonon during last year’s pageant when she came soooo close to winning the country’s 3rd Miss Universe crown.
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida with photographer Niccolo Cosme (back to the camera)
OPMB Worldwide prepared a campaign video (with the help of Neil Dalida) for Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella ‘Ara’ Arida in preparation for her nearing departure date (October 21) for Moscow, Russia to target a 3rd Miss Universe crown for the Philippines. Watch below. Inspite of the divisive remarks given to our bet, let us still make a concerted effort to support her in whatever way we can. Give her the benefit of your doubts. Ara is doing her best to make us proud in Miss Universe 2013.
courtesy of OPMBvids
Bb. Pilipinas International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
While the finals of Miss International 2013 won’t be until a week before Christmas – December 17, 2013 to be exact – Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago is deep into gym training to prepare herself for the onslaught of tough competitors in Japan. Language-wise, it helps that she can speak conversational Nihongo having stayed in the Land of the Rising Sun in the past. And she’s not leaving anything to chance. With her main objective of not just placing but winning the Mikimoto pearl-encrusted crown, this Kagandahang Flores
flag-bearer is feeling confident more than ever.
Will she follow the bandwagon started by Mutya Datul and Megan Young (and hopefully Ara Arida as well)?
Bea clowning around during one of her training classes.