courtesy of MissGrandInternational
The inaugural edition of Miss Grand International will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19, 2013. The Beauty Thunderdome will be the finals venue, with the centrally-located Pathumwan Princess serving as the Official Hotel of all candidates. Celebrity hosts will be former MTV VJs Uttsada Panichkul and Sonia Couling.
Meanwhile, the Philippine entry, Ali Forbes (Bb. Pilipinas 2012 2nd Runner-Up), is all ready for the pageant and will do her best to win the crown for the country. Team JDV is in-charge of her final preparations leading to the scheduled send-off next week.
Miss Grand Philippines 2013 Ali Forbes
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Miss Grand Philippines 2013 Ali Forbes
After finishing her contract with BPCI as the 2nd Runner-Up in Bb. Pilipinas 2012, Analie ‘Ali’ Forbes has resumed her love for singing. After all, this was her main bread-and-butter back in the day. Bars, lounges, 5-star hotels – she has done the rounds.
So when this Team JDV ward was called upon by her mentor (John dela Vega) to attend a casting call for the Philippine entry to the 1st edition of Miss Grand International, little did she know that what never happened in Bb. Pilipinas will come true with the Bangkok-based beauty competition – to wear the country’s sash abroad. She is now Miss Grand Philippines 2013.
The competition won’t be until past mid-November, but Ali is getting her wardrobe ready. With the help of her beauty camp and designer Poi Subijano, she will be dressed in sexy but elegant evening gowns and cocktail dresses from the pre-pageant activities all the way to the finals.
And she is also practicing her sensual singing voice for the talent competition. I bet she will render one of her more lively jazz standards, if not a really danceable pop tune.
Good luck, Ali!
Miss Grand Philippines 2013 Ali Forbes
Bb. Pilipinas 2012 2nd Runner-Up (or 1st Runner-Up because Elaine Kay Moll has already moved up to Miss Supranational Philippines 2012) Ali Forbes may not have been given the opportunity to participate in an international beauty competition during the entirety of her management contract with BPCI. But things have a way of working in one’s favor long after the dust has settled, so to speak.
Just recently, Nawat Issarakraisin – owner of the Thailand-based Miss Grand International – flew into town and screened potential Philippine representatives to his pageant. And what do you know? Team JDV got the luck of the selection with one of their own getting the nod to wear the country’s sash in Bangkok come November.
Ali Forbes will now assume the title of Miss Grand Philippines 2013 (the first-ever to be proclaimed as such) and get ready for the upcoming tilt which has a scheduled November 19 coronation night at the Beauty Thunderdome.
Ali Forbes (right) with Miss Grand International owner Nawat Issarakraisin. (Photo credit: Missosology)
Let’s hope Ali will have a successful run in Miss Grand International 2013.
If she can’t win Binibini, why not Miss World Philippines? (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Melvin Sia)
By now, Nicole Marable should already be one year wiser and more confident. After participating as one of the Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2012, her beautiful face left an indelible mark in many pageant followers’ list of possible spoilers. But then again, her relative youth must have given away the lack of polish and training in presentation skills and the like.
While 12 months (or a quarter over it) do not guarantee anything spectacular in terms of improvements, this young lady has already shown a generous sprinkling of the same. And Nicole Marable is facing the Miss World Philippines battle that, even if far from being a top favorite, is still open for manageable possibilities that could include stealing the limelight from the perceived toppers.
Will pin number 1 prove lucky? Let’s find out as the weeks unfold leading to the coronation night on August 18.
Patricia Lae Ejercitado looked fresh and well-prepared during the MWP2013 screening (Photo credit: Sash Factor)
Overly prepared or just right? (Photo credit: Ro-El Lacanienta)
Patricia Lae Ejercitado, who took part in the 2010 and 2012 editions of Bb. Pilipinas, can only look back at the memories of both (not-so-successful) attempts, while looking forward to what lies ahead in Miss World Philippines 2013 where she took the plunge and screened at the SM MOA to make her one last attempt for a major national beauty crown.
Inspite of the stiff competition coming from both Megan Young and camp sister Ria Rabajante, Pat remains unfazed. She can only give more than 100% of her best efforts and hope that the judges score her favorably when it matters the most. What could be in store for her in this endeavor? Has she learned well from whatever shortcomings she may have committed in Binibini? And can she turn the tide and make this one her greatest pageant curtain-call-of-sorts if ever?
Miss Olongapo City Angelee delos Reyes is storming the MPE2013 competition.
Winning Miss Bikini Philippines 2011 was not enough. A semifinal placement in Bb. Pilipinas 2012 just does not cut it either. And representing the country in the Thailand-hosted International Model 2012 is far from pleasing her.
The girl badly wants to win a national beauty title with satisfactory reputation to be taken seriously by pageant aficionados. And Angelee Claudett delos Reyes is stopping at nothing to achieve that.
I admire the chutzpah and determination of MPE2013’s Miss Olongapo City. She is taking the competition very seriously, and will only be happy if she nails the top prize and becomes the Philippine rep to Miss Earth 2013.
I’d really like to see her succeed. Time is slowly running out. And at the rate she is conditioned right now, only a fumble in the all-important environmental Q&A will crush her chances for a victory.
Let’s see what happens comes May 19. If she meets her ultimate objective, then an anticipated retirement from beauty pageants should take effect after her reign.
Are rumors true that BBP2012 2nd Runner-Up Ali Forbes is being seriously egged upon to join again this year?
Ali Forbes (R) and her mentor, John dela Vega – the main man behind Team JDV.
If earlier talks exist about Bb. Pilipinas 2012 1st Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll rejoining Bb. Pilipinas 2013 to hopefully land a major crown for herself, then the buzz about Bb. Pilipinas 2012 2nd Runner-Up Ali Forbes trying her luck once more shouldn’t be too far behind. Janine Tugonon and MJ Lastimosa – their 2011 predecessors – did the same thing, except that only one of the two came out victorious.
Will Ali’s mentor, John dela Vega, give the green light to such a risky move? For Bb. Pilipinas to crown one of its runners-up so soon may not be the wisest outcome, coming off from the 2012 results. But stranger pageant ongoings have happened in the past, so there could be some juicy meat to the speculation. Abangan!
Here’s wishing that Ellore Punzalan makes the cut for 2013.
Ellore during pre-screenings in BBP2012 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
During the screenings of Bb. Pilipinas 2012, Ellore Punzalan was one of those tipped to make the list of 30 Official Candidates. The ward of fashion designer/beauty scout Jontie Martinez, she gave it her best during the interviews and line-ups only to be given the sad news that she did not make it till the end. But instead of sulking in disappointment, she took everything as a sign that her time has not come…yet. Will 2013 prove to be her comeback to Bb. Pilipinas with a pass to the last cut?
This 5’8″ stunner with quite a curvaceous figure should make it this time around. She diligently goes through all her trainings and makes sure that she has her related homework covered. Fingers crossed for Ellore!
Will Maxine Medina be finally green-lighted for Bb. Pilipinas 2013?
Maria Mika Maxine Medina was the biggest heartbreak of Bb. Pilipinas 2012. She was already proclaimed as an Official Candidate and pinned with the number 12 (aside from completing Aces & Queens’ Dazzling Dozen in that batch). In fact, she has already joined a couple of pre-pageant activities, only to be handed the sad news that she has been disqualified due to conflicts in endorsement contracts. Mentor Jonas Gaffud was the most disappointed with the exclusion.
I’m not all too familiar if the obstacles (read: contract stipulations) to her Bb. Pilipinas participation have already been removed (or expired if you will), but the pageant somehow owes her a big favor of being given a fair shot at one of the crowns. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she gives the pageant a second try, and be free of whatever hassles this time around.
In left pic, Marie Molo Peter, representing Norway and Ayelee Marie Dasalla, representing the Philippines, pose side-by-side during the presentation of Miss Humanity International 2012 candidates in Georgetown, Barbados. In right pic (courtesy of OPMB Worldwide), Ayelee Marie Dasalla (#12) and Marie Molo Peter (#11) were almost always paired during the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 activities.
Fate always has something to keep Marie Molo Peter and Ayelee Marie Dasalla by each other’s side during beauty competitions. If you will recall, the two ladies were wearing numbers 11 and 12 – respectively – during Bb. Pilipinas 2012 last April. In the ongoing Miss Humanity International 2012 this time around, the two are also placed one after the other alphabetically with Fil-Norwegian Marie representing Norway and 100% Pinay Ayelee wearing the Philippine sash. It goes without saying that the duo bonded quite fast since they already shared time together in the past.
The question left to be answered is who between the two will come out more victorious in the finals of the Caribbean-based pageant come October 20? Well, the wait won’t be long. Let’s see if Norway or the Philippines or both will figure out well on Saturday night.