(L-R) Jonas Gaffud, MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler and Ara Arida (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud
Who will Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler come looking for upon arrival in Manila? Who else, but her good friend and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida with whom she got close with during their stay in Moscow last year. Together with Jonas Gaffud, Venus Raj, the other reigning Bb. Pilipinas titleholders plus invited guests, a welcome reception was hosted for Molly (which is separate from the Gala Dinner for Paula Shugart).
It was such a heartwarming sight seeing Molly and Ara reunite and update each other. :-)
MUO President Paula Shugart (right) with Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida in Moscow last year.
The buzz is loud and clear.
According to reports in pageant sites and message boards everywhere here, a planned welcome dinner is being scheduled for Miss Universe Organization (MUO) President Paula M. Shugart who will be flying in from New York to be a VIP Guest of Bb. Pilipinas 2014.
Now that’s the world-renowned hospitality of the Filipinos at work. But wait. During the same event, I was told that only eighteen (18) of the forty (40) Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 will be in attendance and wearing eye-catching traditional attires no less.
Now here’s a bit of a nagging factor for me. What will be the basis of short-listing the 18 attendees? Have they been pre-selected by BPCI? Or were they chosen by Paula herself to gain a more up close and personal encounter with the lucky ones? What will now happen to the 22 (twenty-two) remaining ladies who are just as excited to be part of the same? It’ll be one heck of a missed golden opportunity for the uninvited.
Oh how I wish all forty OCs will take part in the same. Fair-and-square, right? ;-)
(Left to right) Bea Rose, Mutya, Ara and Cindy during last Thursday’s fashion event (Photo credit: Emerson Cebanico for OPMB Worldwide)
When the four (4) reigning Bb. Pilipinas titleholders walked the ramp with this year’s Official Candidates during last Thursday’s Grand Fashion Event-cum-National Costume Competition, it suddenly dawned on me that March 30 is fast approaching and a new set of winners will effectively succeed them.
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida, Bb. Pilipinas International 2013 (and Miss International 2013) Bea Rose Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Cindy Miranda and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2013 (and Miss Supranational 2013) Mutya Datul must be feeling happy and a bit sad, but ultimately relieved that they will be passing the crowns to four (4) new ladies who will take on the even more challenging assignments of matching – if not surpassing – what they have achieved for the country in 2013.
The succeeding tasks will not be enviable, inspite of the honor and prestige that go with it. But for the forty (40) hopefuls vying to become one of the chosen winners, the long and winding road to that once-in-a-lifetime pageant glory is something they will not exchange for anything else in this world.
Ara, Bea, Cindy and Mutya in their Jags (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
And Ara, Bea, Cindy and Mutya can attest to that. :-)
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? :-)