Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens in a grid of their later/latest photos
MJ and Janine take selfies in Sta. Monica Beach, CA
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa was just on vacation in Los Angeles after attending the Bachelorette Party of Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez in Las Vegas. She also found time to reunite with Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up. Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti is still into her NGO commitments after hosting her friend Miss Grand Netherlands 2015 Shauny Bult who was here on a one-month vacation. Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson is back in Manila after her London and Paris sojourn (photo above was taken during her day trip to Paris Disneyland
). Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago is spending precious time in Albay with family and friends. Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah is doing pictorials to build up her portfolio and accepting out of town pageant judging invites. 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann is busy with her studies at Ateneo de Manila University while accepting occasional modeling shoots (like the photo above which appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday
). And just very recently, 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison (who continues to be part of the 2015 Queens
) proudly celebrated her 27th birthday.
These are just quick updates on our 2014 Bb. Pilipinas Queens for our Sunday lookback. The group photo below gives me such fond memories of this batch. ;-)
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens during their victory night in Araneta Coliseum last year (Photo from pinoyambisyoso.com)
Anabel Christine G. Tia is Guayaquil-bound
After two Bb. Pilipinas stints (2014 and 2015), Anabel Christine Tia did not get what she was looking for. She took it as a sign that one of the national crowns just wasn’t meant for her.
But dreams do happen for those who wait. And right now, the privilege of representing the Philippines in an international pageant is now in her midst. She has been appointed as the country’s entry to Miss United Continents 2015 happening on September 12 in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil.
I bet this positive turn of events is bringing out her excitement in heaps. And I can only wish her the best in this mission.
Bring your A-game on, Bel! :-)
Hannah Mariz dela Guerra: From being a Bb. Pilipinas candidate to a Star Magic Angel of ABS-CBN
Hannah (seating, leftmost) with the other Star Magic Angels
Not very many people know yet that Hannah Mariz dela Guerra loves acting and performing when she was still Binibini 5 of Bb. Pilipinas 2014. Here was a pretty girl whose bio promoted her corporate work with just a small hint of theater stints as a student at Ateneo de Manila University. After all, she graduated with a degree in Information Management.
These days, Hannah is starting to fulfill one of her true passions via showbusines. After a short role in the movie “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2” earlier this year, she has now been signed up by ABS-CBN as one of its Star Magic Angels and will become more visible on your TV screens as potential cast member of a teleserye or doing a production number with the other angels on ASAP.
And I can definitely see the happiness in her face. She has been waiting for this break for quite some time. And now that the opportunity has presented itself, I bet she will start rising in popularity very soon.
Hannah Mariz dela Guerra as Binibini 5 of Bb. Pilipinas 2014
Watch her guesting on Aquino and Abunda Tonight along with Aiko Climaco and Jed Monte, also of Star Magic Angels.
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
Laura Lehmann's latest studio shots
First off, I never hid my admiration for Laura Victoria Lehmann – she who placed 1st Runner-Up during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 and who I expected to rejoin last March for Bb. Pilipinas 2015. I was always hoping that I would see her become an Official Candidate once more. But then again, her studies at Ateneo de Manila University took the steering wheel and became top priority. Perfectly understandable.
And since we have already started featuring potential joiners for Bb. Pilipinas 2016, my wish for Laura flickered once more.
Let us now watch her performance in a video collage during Bb. Pilipinas 2014. :-)
courtesy of The Emerald
Laura showing off her Ateneo de Manila U ID
But with the new school year, it’s looking like my favorite girl is going into study mode full time once more. Lest I be tagged as a selfish individual, I will just let her decide on things when the right time comes. ;-)
Julian Aurine Flores posing in front of Bencab's Sabel
Julian Aurine ‘Ja’ Flores learned her lessons well from Bb. Pilipinas 2014. After making it to the Top 15 more than a year ago, pageant followers were expecting that she would jump straight into 2015 and ride on the wave of familiarity she has already started. But this full-fledged Manileña
must have a different game plan in mind. She skipped on the opportunity first after landing a string of commercials on TV that could only spell disqualification should the contract run against a new Bb. Pilipinas candidacy.
My hunch is that after serving those endorsement ties, Ja will propel herself back to the pageant world and perhaps, resume the unfinished business of winning a national crown.
So is the buzz true that she could be joining the queue for Bb. Pilipinas next year? Methinks the prospects are bright for a return. ;-)
Julian enjoying Baguio City and Benguet
Let us look back at how the outgoing Queens from the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 finals night delivered their farewell speeches as they traversed the entire stage of Araneta Coliseum.
Time really flies so fast. The Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens will be doing theirs tonight. Will the tone be emotionally grateful? Or will MJ Lastimosa, Bianca Guidotti, Kris Tiffany Janson, Yvethe Santiago and Parul Shah choose to be joyfully positive?
I’m expecting both. :-)
courtesy of Pageant Guru
Left-to-right: Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago
2013 was a truly tough act to follow – what with a Miss International, a Miss Supranational and a Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up to face up to. But the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens faced the past year head-on and took on their respective missions with head held high and the promise to give their very best abroad. They all did.
While a Miss Intercontinental 2nd Runner-Up placement, a Miss Universe Top 10 finish and a Miss Supranational Top 20 inclusion are not enough to please everyone, do keep in mind that 2014 was the Philippines’ Year of Representing Dangerously.
Yvethe, Kris, MJ, Bianca and Parul during a Sponsor Visit
The Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Souvenir Program (Photo credit: Gines Enriquez)
Our reigning titleholders were never amiss in their individual assignments. They followed their game plans as best as they could. If the sincere efforts did not yield the desired results, then it is already destiny speaking to us in bold letters. It still wasn’t time to either shine brighter or continue the streak or even achieve rare back-to-back feats.
I salute all of you, ladies!
The year wasn’t the kindest, but you still gave Filipinos reasons to be proud.
Prouder than most nations, I daresay. :-)