My level of admiration for Charmaine Elima has increased even more. Now that she is a full-pledged Flight Attendant of Philippine Airlines, we won’t be seeing her donning a two-piece swimwear or evening gown for a beauty pageant. Well, at least not for the next few years if she is dead-serious about her new career.
I reckon that the girl has given up on her beauty queen aspirations for now and finds more importance in sustaining a stable source of income that will allow her to travel abroad and technically represent us in various destinations. For the past number of months, she went through a rigorous training program that prepared her for the nitty gritty of the job. And I bet she is just as satisfied with what she has achieved. What she lost in Bb. Pilipinas 2013 is now being served by the country’s flag carrier.
Best of luck in your new profession. I’m sure you will bring joy and warmth to all passengers leaving from and arriving in the country. Hopefully, I will encounter you in one of my future flights with Philippine Airlines.
(L-R) Cindy, Ara and Bea are next to go, and in that order. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
I could be lighting the fire of debate with this post once again. But what the heck?
Mutya started with Supra, who will follow suit?
Starting next month till December, the remaining Binibining Pilipinas Gold winners will be taking on their respective missions abroad – Cindy Miranda for Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 in China on October 10, Ara Arida for Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow on November 9 and Bea Rose Santiago for Miss International 2013 in Japan on December 17.
Mutya Datul started the ball rolling this month with a well-deserved Miss Supranational 2013 victory in Minsk. Who will (hopefully) win next? Truth be told, the pressure is extremely high for the rest. I remember briefly FB-chatting with Bea Rose a few weeks back when she confidently stated her target to win the Miss International crown itself. There really is no other way to psyche up one’s self than to focus on the top prize.
Let’s see what fate has in store for the trio of Cindy, Ara and Bea. If 2013 will turn out to be the winningest year of the Philippines in global pageantry, then I can only shout for joy.
Zippy Zandra: all she wants is a clear pageant win. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Melvin Sia)
Photo credit: Miss World Philippines
Talk about running on heels and catching one’s breath. Zandra Flores has been doing that for the most part of the last five months now. Back in late February, she busied herself with the Bb. Pilipinas 2013 screenings. Once she got in, all the pre-pageant activities ate whatever is left of her waking time. She left winless after the dust settled during the finals.
Resting only for a little over a month, the Pangasinense buckled down to more business as she enlisted, screened and qualified for Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013. The pageant got going in the first week of July en route to the finals last July 26 where she made it to the Top 10. Alas, the crowns landed on favored heads other than her own.
And after just three nights of sleep, she readied herself for the final screening day of Miss World Philippines 2013 where she was awarded pin #24 for her efforts. Will this be her pageant of reckoning, so to speak? She has never been amiss in preparations. She diligently took each attempt to heart. The only thing missing is a placement – be it #1, #2, #3, #4 or #5.
I want Zandra to achieve something for everything she has put into becoming a beauty queen. Seriously. What’s the use of bearing the surname Flores (no blood relation to Rodgil) if she can’t return something to her hardworking beauty camp?
Fantasy or not, would you approve of the hair colors for our Binibinis?
I was told that the shots above are supposed to be for local hair conditioning brand Creamsilk. I have yet to confirm it myself, though. At any rate, do you like what you see? Or would you rather see the quartet in bouncy, wavy curly tresses than long, straight locks?
Post your replies. Thumb up or two thumbs down.
Mercegrace Raquel joined MWP2013 at the very last minute. (Photo credit: Miss World Philippines)
Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide
I followed the tweets of Mercegrace Raquel (@mercegrace) during the final day (July 29) of Miss World Philippines 2013 screening. It was evident that she only decided to show up at Solaire Resort and Casino just before the closing of the extended deadline. She really had no solid intentions of joining this year. Otherwise, she would have attended the original dates of the first and second casting calls. Her heart was not into it, to sum it all up.
But now that MG has qualified, she should muster all the learnings acquired from Bb. Pilipinas 2013 and rise from that defeat to make her MWP journey more successful.
And yes, everything was unplanned. But the lovely lass from Nueva Ecija is just too happy that she did not change her mind and went with her gut. No regrets for the Team JDV bet!
How do you size up Mercegrace’s chances? Do you see her doing a lot better than Bb. Pilipinas Gold? Or will this be her last stab at pageant success?
Our Bb. Pilipinas winners during the Money Matters for Kids exhibit of the BSP (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Bruce Casanova)
You must have already gotten eye fatigue with all the Miss World Philippines (and Mutya ng Pilipinas) postings of late. So for our Sunday Special, I am sharing photos of the latest personal appearance of our Bb. Pilipinas 2013 winners during the Money Matters for Kids (MMK) fair/exhibit conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) at Gateway.
Looking at the lovelies, are you seeing marked improvements? Or sadly unconvinced till now? Well, all five are in the middle of training and all so what you see are still unfinished results. Quality control continuously in check!
Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Bruce Casanova
Henna Kaizzelle Nicole “KZ” Cajandig is eyeing MWP2013 after BBP2013. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Edmund Chua)
KZ’s Bb. Pilipinas 2013 profile shot
Henna Kaizzelle Nicole “KZ” Cajandig stands out in recent memory as the girl who took the place of disqualified #35 Theresa Fenger during Bb. Pilipinas 2013. She can also be remembered as the lady who joined the other candidates only during the Parade of Beauties around Araneta Coliseum. Her participation in the same may have been forgettable (due to the fact that the other candidates have already gotten significant headstarts in the competition), but she did not allow the disappointment to put her down.
The lady has resurfaced, and how! KZ Cajandig is now a more confident and extra-polished woman seeking for a spot in the line-up of Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2013. Her looks and specific facial attributes are not popular enough to win support from pageant followers, but there remains a distinct quality in the way she projects herself. While she benefits more from pensive and serene poses than ordinarily smiling/laid back shots, her beauty in person is far more winsome. I hope to see her name included in the final list of contenders come July 29.
With the flash and hype now gone, can Ria Rabajante focus on a more relaxed aim for the MWP2013 crown? (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
When Ria Rabajante screened for and became Official Candidate #1 of Bb. Pilipinas Gold, the flash was so strong and the hype so pressuring that it looked like every pre-pageant day had to reach boiling point proportions with the expectations weighing down her quest for one of the crowns. I can only feel for her during the pageant night when most everyone inside Araneta Coliseum furiously chanted her name together with the other favorites.
Ria’s failed Binibini mission notwithstanding, this beauty is trying her luck in Miss World Philippines 2013. And I reckon she will be more relaxed and focused this time around despite the fingers pointing to another candidate (Megan Young) as being destined to take the crown next month.
Will a victorious Ria be seen on August 18? Or will that victory be just a sweet Top 5 spot? Regardless, she is not about to let things slide easy for the popular entrant. After all, the hype over her is a thing of the past and would rather be tagged as the underdog for a change.
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.