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. ;-)
Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti was one of the first delegates to register in Tokyo. And today will be relatively light for everyone since the other ladies have yet to check-in. The main bulk will be arriving later and tomorrow.
And no, she hasn’t updated me yet on who her roommate is. Perhaps, that girl hasn’t landed in Narita till now.
Anyways, it’s going to be a bit of shopping plus a tea ceremony for the eleven accounted heads plus Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago for now. ;-)
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago (front) and Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Biance Guidotti during a lull in taping for their UKG guesting.
If you watched the morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda
” on ABS-CBN earlier in the day, you will have seen the final TV guesting of Miss International 2013 and Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti before they leave for Tokyo, Japan this coming weekend.
The two beautiful ladies were actually in the segment where they exhibited some relevant beauty queen gym exercises that are helpful in maintaining their shapely bodies.
In the following days, they will be busy as Queen Bees. Bea Rose will start packing her luggages, while Bianca – whose competition wardrobe has already been prepared and packed by the BPCI team – will get ready for her (Strictly by Invitation) Official Send-Off at Araneta Center tomorrow afternoon.
P.S. Let’s have some good clean fun in the meantime. Try putting a caption on the big photo of Bea Rose and Bianca above. ;-)
courtesy of Pageant KEENOPh
Will Bianca's wish of following Bea Rose in this group come true?
Practicing her eyebrows, Bianca is.
In less than a week from now, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti will be arriving in Tokyo fully pumped-up to go for her pageant mission with a sincere smile, a heart of gold, a warm disposition and a wealth of conversational Nihongo in memory that should bring her closer to the Japanese people.
By the time she opens her mouth and tests her ability to speak to the locals, Bianca will unleash her “Konnichiwa, Arigato Gozaimasu and Kombanwa” with a dash of charm only a woman of true loving and caring substance can offer.
A confidence check on our girl will show that she has the right balance of niceties, conformity and aggression to show to everyone that she means serious business in wresting a back-to-back win for the Philippines in Miss International 2014. I can still remember our chat where she jokingly but in an oddly serious tone said that she has already collected all her annual allocated wishes for that one special gift – a pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown that she intends to give back in gratitude to all the Filipinos who supported and cheered her on every step of the way.
I love you, Marianne. You are the younger beauty queen sister I never had, the tall Bb. Pilipinas niece I might never get the chance of raising and guiding to pageantry and the pure unadulterated celebrity-friend I discovered serendipitously.
Tōkyō de saikō no kōun!
Best of luck in Tokyo! :-D