The two bets from Rizal Province represent experience for one (Anna Carmela) and first-time jitters (Nicole) for the other.
The girl form Taytay has gone the national pageant route when she participated in Bb. Pilipinas 2013. On the other hand, the youthful lass from Rodriguez is dipping her feet in the big league for the first time. While previous exposure has a decisive edge over inexperience, there is no denying that this is a competition where the results tend to be just as unpredictable as the winning lottery numbers. At the same time, Nicole Grimalt has the more youthful vibe going for her compared to the relatively more mature (read: learned) disposition of Anna Carmela Aquino.
Be that as it may, whoever presents more consistently is likely to prevail over the other. Let’s watch their eco-videos for now to get a better impression of both wannabes.
videos courtesy of MissPhilippinesEarthOfficial
So who’s more preferable for you? Anna Carmela or Nicole? ;-)
Bence plans to turn her BBP2013 experience into a more fulfilling participation in MPE2014 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide and Melvin Sia)
As an R-L Angel during Bb. Pilipinas 2013, Bencelle Bianzon joined forces with Ria Rabajante, Pauline Quintas and Sofia Mustonen to show that the new camp has what it takes to nail a national crown.
And while they were not fortunate enough to achieve the objective, Bence decided to give it another shot with Miss Philippines Earth 2014 (where she represents Duenas, Iloilo) and hopefully get a far more fulfilling outcome during the pageant finals next month.
This sweet lady is certainly prepared to become a true-blue Earth warrior if it happens to be her pageant fate.
Here’s wishing you the best of luck, Bence! :-)
This was how the envelope – containing the names of the Fifteen (15) Finalists during Bb. Pilipinas 2013 – looked like. (Photo credit: Sahara Jessica Parker)
Once the (still unannounced) lead host of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 opens the envelope containing the names of the 15 Finalists on March 30, it will look like the one on the photo above. The qualifiers’ numbers and full names will be handwritten in the order they should be called out.
Of course, you don’t expect the same to be laser-printed instead. The auditors at SGV & Co. are very particular about details, so they would rather have them listed using a sign pen.
So while lulling myself to sleep, it got me into thinking who will be the chosen ones this year to be transmitted to the hosts for revelation. But on second thought, I don’t want to stress myself out anymore. I just decided to turn on Arianna Grande in my iPod. Zzzzz. ;-)
You can’t put Pia Wurtzbach down easily. The girl is a fighter.
However tough the competition is, Bb. Pilipinas 2013 1st Runner-Up Pia Wurtzbach is determined to translate her previous placement to the real deal this time around. She is not about to be crestfallen about the string of negative vibes coming her way, be it in the form of online bashings or negative comments. If at any, these will serve to push her even more and prove the detractors wrong.
With Aces & Queens behind her back, she is getting all the support system she needs to put up a good fight. And until one of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 crowns gets pinned on her head, she won’t stop and surrender. She has gone this far. There’s no looking back. There’s no letting up. Not even with a pack of Clover Chips in hand, she won’t. ;-)
The two “Angels” of R-L Angels for Bb. Pilipinas 2014
First off, the group responsible for Ria Rabajante, Bence Bianzon, Pauline Quintas and Sofia Mustonen of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 is still alive and kicking.
R-L Angels has two entries this year, and I was told that they are literally Angels, i.e., their nicknames coming from actual first names.
But don’t ask me what their full names are. RL himself is still being a bit secretive, although the two ladies are actually taking part in the screenings.
Let’s see if his two wards will make it in 2014’s line-up. ;-)
Like her or not, Pia Wurtzbach enjoys more than a couple of advantages going into the screenings and pre-pageant activities of Bb. Pilipinas 2014.
1) For starters, she will be the only applicant with a practically guaranteed spot among this year’s Official Candidates. Having served as 1st Runner-Up for almost one full year, she has the inside track in BPCI.
2) In addition to that, she has proven her good attitude and cooperative spirit to the people behind the organization.
3) Having undergone intensive training with the four other Bb. Pilipinas 2013 winners, she already has ingrained in her the essential learnings on how to style, project and express herself in the international stage.
Let me make it clear. I’m not stating that she has already been “promised” a crown, but it doesn’t take a lot of deliberations on whether she deserves to represent us abroad or not. All she needs right now is to stick to the game plan, give it her best shot all throughout and perform solidly during the finals night’s Q&A. How hard can that be? The advantages are hers to lose, if I may add. ;-)
Will we get to see a new version of Anna Buquid that matches the more delightful version of the word spelled out behind her back above?
According to sources, the tallest candidate of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 is set to return to Gateway for another shot at pageant glory with the 2014 edition.
During last year’s 50th Anniversary, Anna Fernandina Buquid failed to capitalize on her gloriously glamazonic height to whisk away the competition. This time around, and with the trainings she gained from Kagandahang Flores where she reportedly set camp these past number of months, we might be seeing a more polished version of this nearly 6-feet tall beauty.
If ever, your blogger hopes to see a fiercer (more ‘maldita’ aura in a positive way) transformation of Anna.
Is that possible? ;-)
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. ;-)
Binibini 9 of 2013 is now a Philippine Airlines FA.
Okay, this is not one of those posts about Bb. Pilipinas 2014 potential applicants, but an update on one of the ladies who took part in Bb. Pilipinas 2013.
Just like Charmaine Elima who is now a Flight Attendant, Katherine Anne Enriquez (Binibini #9 of BBP2013 and an Aces & Queens entry) is now a full-pledged Stewardess with the country’s flag carrier. Right after participating in last summer’s national finals, she went straight to training with Philippine Airlines and is now pinned and garbed with dignity in the royal blue colors of the same.
I wish you fulfillment in your chosen career path, Kate! May you bring joy and comfort to the people you will serve, and may your sunny smile bring forth the warm hospitality the Filipinas are known for all over. ;-)
Finishing 4th and 5th in Miss Resorts World Manila 2013 respectively, Samantha Purvor and Jaysel Arrozal smile despite the perceived disappointment within.
It’s no secret that one of the major come-ons in joining Miss Resorts World Manila 2013 is the juicy cash prize (PhP500,000.00) going to the winner. And because of this, the official list of candidates this year contain four very familiar names – Samantha Purvor who was already Miss Water in Miss Philippines Earth 2012, Jaysel Arrozal who placed 4th Runner-Up in Miss World Philippines 2011 plus Rhea Nakpil & Gabrielle Runnstrom who were two of the Official Candidates in Bb. Pilipinas 2013.
There were certainly risks they took in joining, but none more glaring than what both Samantha and Jaysel put themselves into. Having been top-tier finishers of big national pageants in the past, they stood losing more in the eyes of pageant followers (and even those who know them personally). And to be defeated by relative newbies made it extra disheartening in the end. I’m sure these ladies have already moved on from the surprisingly weak placements. I just feel slightly bad for them.
I do hope that they can now put their pageant-joining years to rest and start new chapters in their respective lives where sweeter victories can be achieved. ;-)