Emin is coming over! (Screenshot from Rappler.com)
The Coronation Night of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 just got bigger and more globally-appealing with the confirmation from Rappler.com that Russian Pop Star Emin will indeed be the Guest Performer.
This is further proof that Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is making its presence felt heavily in our national pageant. Donald Trump’s group is definitely in. First, there is MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler arriving to judge and help crown the winners. And then, we also have the attendance of MUO President Paula Shugart as VIP Guest during the finals. And now this.
I was floored. Literally.
The 40 candidates must be so excited about this. :-D
Just to refresh your memory, below is the music video of Emin that featured some of the Miss Universe 2013 candidates which included our very own Ariella Arida.
courtesy of eminmusicofficial
MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler getting a foot massage from one of the locals.
Easy. You have to be Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler to get the treatment and look like the most beautiful woman in the universe.
During Molly’s visit to Djakarta to crown the successor of Whulandary during Puteri Indonesia 2014, she got the chance to receive a wonderfully relaxing foot massage from one of the trusted locals. But just by looking at the photo above, I will not enjoy the whole process dressed to the nines and with a large crown on my head if I were on the receiving end. It would have been a more authentic experience if I was seated/slumped on a lazy-boy chair while being slowly cradled to sleep with every stroke on the sole of my feet.
Which reminds me, Molly is also scheduled to visit our country for the finals of Bb. Pilipinas 2014. While that scenario will mean that Ariella Arida will have to give her friend the honor of crowning the next Miss Universe Philippines, I don’t think she would mind at all. This is going to be worth looking forward to. :-)
Venus Raj speaking in front of a full-packed venue during the Youth Convention hosted by the Atty. Francis Padua Papica Foundation in Naga City.
Years after Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Maria Venus Raj brought the Philippines pageant honor in Las Vegas, she is now gazing at more charity and advocacy-oriented activities.
Guests of Honor and Speakers during the Naga City-hosted Youth Convention
During a chat we had early last year, I remember her saying that she sincerely wants to put up a foundation for the education of streetchildren. So I was no longer surprised when she turned out to be one of the speakers during the Youth Convention organized by the Atty. Francis Padua Papica Foundation and attended by thousands of youth leaders from all over the country. Along with the Hon. Leni Robredo, mentor Jonas Gaffud, fellow Beauty Queen Ariella Arida, actor Benjamin Alves, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Jim Paredes and more, she spoke to the participants about her journey to success and inspired them to do everything to the best of their abilities to rise above the challenges today.
This speaking engagement should help Venus jumpstart her noble plans for the future. Her leadership skills cannot be ignored. And in just a few years from now, I wouldn’t be surprised if she joins politics in the Bicol Region, if not put into motion her long-cherished dream of putting out-of-school youth inside the classroom.
Your blogger is behind Venus in whatever good endeavor she plans to accomplish in the years to come. :-)
Photo credit: Metro Magazine
Photo credit: Metro Magazine
And by the title of this post, I am asking of a Bb. Pilipinas 2014 candidate who is likely to follow Ariella Arida’s footsteps. She should be someone who is being heralded as a contender but not unanimously by pageant fans. She could be someone who is being noticed everytime but not being picked by many as the next Miss Universe Philippines. She would be a young lady whose stars perfectly aligned during pageant finals, even if predictions stated otherwise all throughout pre-pageant.
Your thoughts? :-)
Mega Magazine January 2014 issue has Miss World 2013 Megan Young on the cover
If Metro Magazine featured Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida on the January 2014 cover, will competitor Mega Magazine just let it slide? No way! They made sure that theirs is just as picture perfect with Miss World 2013 Megan Young.
I wonder if Preview Magazine will have Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago gracing their front page. ;-)
Bb. Pilipinas Gold winners (left to right): Pia, Cindy, Ariella, Bea Rose and Mutya
It just crossed my mind to make a quick post about the Bb. Pilipinas Gold winners because they will make their farewell walks come March 30 in grand fashion. With both Bea Rose Santiago and Mutya Datul winning their respective pageant assignments, Ariella Arida continuing the Top 5 winning streak of the country in Miss Universe and Cindy Miranda earning a decent Top 10 spot in hers, there has never been a more victorious celebration of Filipina beauty ever since the 41 year-old 1973 edition when Margie Moran brought home the Miss Universe crown and fellow sisters Marilen Ojeda and Nanette Prodigalidad placed 5th and 2nd in Miss International and the now-defunct Miss Maja International, respectively.
This is truly a golden set of winners. And rightfully so. ;-)
Event Planner Ghune Katigbak (left) is credited for having recommended Ariella Arida to A&Q.
When Ariella Arida was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2013, one of the first few individuals Jonas Gaffud thanked was Events Planner Ghune Katigbak who scouted/saw the gem in the Alaminos beauty and promptly referred her to Aces & Queens. And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.
So will Ghune try to extend his lucky streak and recommend another undiscovered Binibini to the beauty camp? While it is not within his specialization to actually do the transformation of beautiful girls to gorgeous beauty candidates, he surely has the eye for spotting ones who are likely to hold a good future in pageantry.
Who could be his muse for 2014? ;-)