Miss International 2014 Valerie Hernandez Matias during her final turns onstage before being crowned winner.
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago putting the sash on her successor, Valerie Hernandez Matias
Could it be true that Miss International is now aiming to evolve into a new image? That the re-branding is jumping from “prim and proper” to “sexy and aggressive”?
I heard from the grapevine that, during the select talent performances of this year’s candidates, Valerie Hernandez Matias performed a “Beyonce-style” dance number wearing a tanga which people around classified as “seductive” (others call it bordering on the erotic). Normally, something like that could be a bit of a turn-off to the traditionally conservative Japanese organizers.
Does this mean that the pageant – which is likely to take on a more Tourism thrust very soon – is now shifting gears and opening itself to the idea of allowing a more modern woman of the world carrying the title for one year? If so, then the roster for 2015 could take Valerie’s win as the green-lighting of a new set of Miss International contenders – perhaps, a peg that would parallel the pre-Gabriela Isler Miss Universe image Donald Trump approved of.
Your thoughts, dear readers? ;-)
Miss Canada Kesiah Papasin, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti (Photo credit: Stephen Diaz for Missosology)
Kesiah & Bea Rose (Photo credit: Stephen Diaz for Missosology)
This is the second time that the three Filipinas in Miss International 2014 were photographed in one frame. Just the three of them, that is. And days after the competition started in Tokyo, how are things among them? Have they become closer as a trio? Or has the pressure of standing out taken a toll on the chances of getting on one side as allies?
Truth be told, it can be really be awkward for Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago to have herself in one frame with the two ladies most of the time. If it can be helped, she would rather be seen frequently with the other delegates so as not to raise any eyebrows from the more imaginative among them.
But at the end of the day, it cannot be denied that there is still an unspoken closeness that binds them together. They have common roots, after all. It could either work for or against the association. At any rate, I still trust both Bianca and Kesiah to know where to put themselves more appropriately. ;-)
(Left to right): Miss Canada Kesiah Papasin, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti
As we all know by now, there are two Filipinas currently competing in Miss International 2014. There is Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti, of course. And then there’s Miss Canada Kesiah Papasin (who, at one time, trained with Kagandahang Flores here in Manila
Without a doubt, it definitely makes things extra challenging for either Bianca or Kesiah. And they have game plans already in motion.
And how about the reigning Miss International Bea Rose Santiago? Who do you think she will prefer? While picking the Philippines over any other country is expected, there’s no denying that Canada (where she has been living before returning to the country for pageant purposes) will always have a soft spot for her.
Will it be a survival of the fittest between the two? Or already a foregone conclusion on who’s better than the other? ;-)
The sixty (60) candidates of Miss International 2014 with last year’s winner Bea Rose Santiago (center)
There are already sixty (60) registered contestants of Miss International 2014 now enjoying the sights and sounds of Tokyo. Based on the confirmed number, though, there are still more than ten (10) additional delegates expected to arrive.
But basing initial assessment on those already head-counted at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, I have decided to reveal my early Top 10 picks. The list is definitely open to a lot of changes still. Many things can happen between now and early next month that could be game-changing for both the favorites and sleepers.
My early Top 10 picks for Miss International 2014. The list can definitely change as the competition progresses.
In summary, my running Top 5 are Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Belgium. The second-tier is a random sprinkling of delegates from Israel, France, Thailand, Colombia and UK. For now, the potential sleepers (or just to complete a Top 15) are Netherlands, Ecuador, Panama, Dominican Republic and Canada. ;-)
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago presiding over the orientation of the Miss International 2014 contestants
Just hours back, the general orientation of the Miss International 2014 delegates took place inside a function hall of the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa. The activity was presided over by Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and some Japanese Officials. It was like a getting-to-know-you session as well for the ladies who have not been formally introduced to each other yet. This was followed by the Welcome Dinner wherein which the symbolic start of the competition was announced in front of all the contenders. Everyone was so amicable and pleasant. I daresay that the more aggressive ones are already starting to assess their challengers up close and personal.
Tomorrow, the battle continues. :-D
Snapshots during the orientation
Photos from the welcome dinner
The daily schedule of the 2014 candidates
MI2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti in Ginza (Photo credit: Stephen Diaz for Missosology)
With the orientation and welcome party taking place today in Tokyo, it only means that the competition for Miss International 2014 has officially began.
Practically all the candidates have already clocked in at Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa – the Official Residence and where the finals will be held on November 11.
From this day on, it’s going to be game on for everyone! :-D
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago (middle) and Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti (1st from right) with the already checked-in delegates shopping in Ginza (Photo credit: Stephen Diaz for Missosology)
Bianca (1st from right) with two delegates (Photo credit: Stephen Diaz for Missosology)
I envy my Saitama-based friend Stephen Diaz (of Missosology
) who resides only two train rides away from where the Miss International 2014 delegates spent the afternoon shopping at Ginza. The photos above and left are exclusives of the pageant site
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago accompanied the ladies which included Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti. And what made the small group of 12 early delegates even more excited about the whole outing is that it’s not an official activity (notice that they still don’t have their country sashes on) so they can shop around without worrying too much about TV cameras following them or checking out only the sponsor shops/department stores.
Tomorrow will be entirely different because there will be more than sixty (60) foreign beauties already accounted for. ;-)