Bb. Pilipinas 2013 ladies in the middle of catwalk training. (Photo credit: Rossbert Apostol)
Name the reptile or force of nature. Be it a cobra, komodo dragon, tsunami or tornado, our Bb. Pilipinas 2013 beauty queens will take inspiration from the same. In fact, the Philippines – Miss Universe wise – has already started a trademark of sorts by coming up with catwalks that are at once unique, altogether eye-catching. And since our ladies are in the thick of training for their respective pageant assignments, I am curious to know what they have in store for pageant fans, not only here but around the world.
There are only so much variations one can do to make the walk stand out. Ultimately, the lady still needs to put her own spin to make it talk-worthy. I am confident that Ara, Bea, Cindy and Mutya (plus Pia) will not disappoint, let alone take their drills lightly.
(Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
In the recently-concluded Philippine Fashion Week/Holiday 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 walked the ramp during the JAG Origins event that was also graced by Project Runway’s Nina Garcia.
Ara Arida, Bea Santiago, Cindy Miranda, Mutya Datul and Pia Wurtzbach ruled the runway with their collective gorgeousness overshadowing the respective get-ups they displayed to the audience. Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon also joined the group. And for one show all throughout the week-long celebration of fashion, the models breathlessly stood out and convinced everyone why this quintet won their places in last April’s finals.
In the actual show, extra points for catwalk skills go to Bea and Pia. Nonetheless, all of them effortlessly stood out.
You don't need to read what's etched on her back. It's still a hard-to-hide tattoo. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Notice the tattoo peeking from her right shoulder? (Photo credit: Critical Beauty)
I may not have one permanently inked on my skin ever, but tattoos – especially the skillfully and beautifully made ones – are considered works of art which I don’t mind looking at and appreciating. Not on our Bb. Pilipinas winners, though.
While an unwritten rule, Bb. Pilipinas traditionally frowns at ladies with obvious tattoos on any part of their bodies. The latter may be accommodated up to a certain extent, but not to the point of actually becoming a crowned winner.
Such is what may have dealt a heavy blow on Anna Fernandina Buquid’s (mis)fortune with Bb. Pilipinas 2013. The lady stunned everyone with her towering height, lithe body and smooth catwalk skills. She may not have the killer looks to come with it. But still, she is capable of commanding attention and breezing her way to the list of favorites. However, she found herself unplaced last April 14. She wasn’t even called to the Top 15, let alone a minor special award.
I can’t say if the horizontal back tattoo was the only cause for the snub. But in any case, it is the indelible mark that will keep her from becoming a Bb. Pilipinas. I’m not certain if Miss World Philippines or Mutya ng Pilipinas would ignore the same, but chances are, they might also mind.
So where could she possibly join and not be held against for literally having a long statement roped across her upper back? I can only think of the all-things-blind Miss Multinational. But do we even have a local franchise holder for this one?
The Miss International website is clearly stating that all information regarding Vietnam as this year’s host country is unfounded. It could only mean that Japan is still likely to be the (default) organizer of the 2013 edition if no official announcement is made on where the pageant will be traveling to. Rumors floated in recent months that the Philippines was being considered, but the wild talks died down after awhile. Some people are saying that the presence of ICA (International Culture Association) Head Hirofumi Hashimoto during the finals of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 hinted on the possibility. But then again, it was only because of the national pageant’s 50th Anniversary that he agreed to judge the finals.
Nothing is clear so far. Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013 Bea Santiago will have to wait a little more.
Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide
Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide
Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide
Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide
MUP2012 Janine Tugonon sweating bullets under the heavy terno she wore yesterday (Photo credit: Sweet Pomelo)
Oh, and yes, our Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida was conspicuously missing from the line-up. Not sure of the reason, but there must be a good excuse why she couldn’t make it to the Grand Santacruzan yesterday.
Mariel's shot in the Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Souvenir Programme
Celebrity links or none, she was hyped to snatch a Bb. Pilipinas 2013 win. She did make it to the Top 15. But still, the stars failed to align in her favor when the winners were announced.
But it’s not the end of the (beauty pageant) world for Mariel de Leon. That is, if she picks up the pieces of disappointment and gather enough steam to join another one. And I think she should.
If we are to profile this lady, anyone would say that she is a better fit for Miss World Philippines. And I couldn’t agree more. She has the looks and talent to do the country proud in Indonesia if ever.
And since MWP won’t be until early August, she will have more than enough time to prepare herself for the national competition. Will she seriously consider taking part in it?
Aiyana may have lost in Bb. Pilipinas 2013, but she is now Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013 (Photo credit: Bb. Pilipinas)
Right after her crowning as Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013 (Photo credit: airwindzone.wordpress.com)
The girl now has a national beauty title all her own.
Last night, Aiyana Camille ‘AJ’ Mickiewicz of La Union was crowned Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013 towards the end of the competition’s proceedings at the AFP Theater. She will now represent the country in the Miss Tourism World 2013 to be held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea come October 12.
After participating in and coming out unplaced in Bb. Pilipinas 2013, AJ took the risk of joining another pageant immediately. Her efforts were rewarded.
By the way, she was also the recipient of several special awards such as Best in Talent, Miss Sundance, Miss Light Skin and Miss Lady Grace.
Congratulations, AJ! You deserve it! Do us proud in Africa!
The Bb. Pilipinas Grand Santacruzan 2013. It’s happening this afternoon at 4:00PM starting at the parking grounds of Smart Araneta Coliseum. Get your cameras fully-charged and ready. This is going to be a good watch.
Whose star will shine the brightest?
During the ladies' courtesy call at Philippine Daily Inquirer
The ladies during Ginebra San Miguel's Ginuman Fest 2013
Gracing the Ironman Brick Exhibit at Gateway Cineplex
With all their personal appearances coming one after the next, the ladies of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 are getting close, just like long-lost sisters reunited after years of mutual anonymity.
But in just a few months from now, they will start their overseas campaigns with Miss Supranational 2013 happening first come September. Although if Miss Universe turns out be scheduled by July-August (which I have doubts of happening), Ara will depart first.
Among themselves, competition is just as intense. And whoever becomes most successful in terms of bringing home the crown will definitely become the toast of the batch. We all want Ara to be that winner. But if Bea, Mutya and Cindy nail victories just as well, then what a truly outstanding batch we are looking at.
P.S. I wonder if BPCI will be granted the right to field a Philippine rep to Miss United Continent 2013 (formerly known as Miss Continente Americano). That could pave the way for Pia Wurtzbach to wear the country’s sash abroad.
The Bb. Pilipinas 2013 ladies with their respective mothers. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Yesterday, the five Bb. Pilipinas 2013 winners spent Mother’s Day with the special woman in their respective lives. It was pure joy seeing them bonding together.
So who among the five pairs do you like the most? Which beauty queen inherited good genes from which mother? And which among them look alike the most?