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
First off, the video of the TV guesting of Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti on ANC Headstart this morning can already be seen below. Thanks to Pageant KEENOPh for taking the time to upload the whole clip on YouTube.
Both ladies looked really good during the interview with host Karen Davila. And they answered all the questions with confidence and clarity.
courtesy of Pageant KEENOPh
One part that stood out for me, though, was when Karen asked Bea Rose how she prepared and why she won last year’s Miss International crown. The latter went about explaining that she did everything by the books, like knowing and emulating the kind of women the Japanese people love among many other strategies. And she rattled adjectives like soft, gentle, caring, sweet, lady-like. To this, the former quickly responded with something like “but really you’re not?” That witty remark from the host floored me a bit.
Go watch it now and find out Bianca’s planned speech on why she wants to win the title. Then return here to give your two cents! ;-)
Yvethe, Valerie and Bianca: all going for back-to-back wins (Photo credit: Pao Oap)
Looking for victories in Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational are Valerie, Bianca and Yvethe, respectively
Call it fate, sheer coincidence or plain luck of the results. But Aces & Queens ended up with the major titleholders who will work hard for back-to-back wins abroad. It’s like a blind-folded Jonas Gaffud dipped his hand inside a velvet bag to select three random challenge chips and picked the tougher ones like clustered destiny.
But as the popular saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” And when the successful track record becomes like second skin, the next step is to up the level of difficulty to see how far the envelope can be pushed.
As far as Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago are concerned, they will not settle for anything less than the crowns currently on the lovely heads of Megan Young, Bea Rose Santiago and Mutya Datul, respectively. The three missions sound ambitious. But the objective is to set the bar high, and not be distracted from focus. You can bet your bottom dollar that they will give more than their 100% best efforts to go for the big wins.
With our constant cheers and support, nothing is impossible for our Queens. After all, it’s #ForThePhilippines ! :-D
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
At exactly 1:11 into the video below, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago gathered enough guts to reveal on nationwide TV her dismay and frustration over her reign. Citing that she was not given the permission to start and move forward with planned charities, she could only bow her head in disappointment. And while there was no mention of which specific organization she is directing her complaints at, it could be the Japan-based ICA (International Cultural Association)
being allegedly hinted since it has control over her activities and appearances.
In my opinion, BPCI can mediate but only to a certain extent.
“I wanted to do more but I couldn’t,” said Bea to reporter Mario Dumaual.
courtesy of ABS-CBN News
My hope is that Bea’s public declaration of dismay won’t put unnecessary strain in her relationship with the people behind Miss International. To express my sentiments in Tagalog, “Sana naman ay hindi ito maka-apekto sa paglaban ng ating kandidata ngayong taon sa Tokyo. Hindi pare-pareho ang disposisyon ng bawat tao, kaya hindi maikukumpara ang pananaw ni Bea sa kung sino man ang papalit sa kanya. At si Bianca na rin sana ‘yong makoronahan nyang susunod.“
I would have wished Miss International 2013 doing the TV patrol interview after her reign ends on November 11. But then again, it has already been aired all over the country and around the world via YouTube and TFC.
In Tagalog again, “Sa abot ng aking nalalaman, naka-kontrata siya sa Miss International kaya ang pagsulong ng kanyang mga pang-sariling kawanggawa ay maaari lamang simulan ng malawakan sa oras na matapos ang kanyang panahon ng pagkapanalo. Sana ay hindi lamang ang kakulangan o kawalan ng pag-biyahe sa iba’t-ibang bansa ang pinanggagalingan ng kanyang pagka-dismaya.“
Your thoughts, dear readers? ;-)
If you plan to watch Miss International 2014 live, you can buy your ticket/s on the link below.
Bianca taking a selfie during one of her workouts at Gold's Gym
Do you have plans of going to Tokyo this coming November to watch Miss International 2014 live at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
? Then you can buy
your ticket/s HERE.
This year’s edition is going to be extra special with the reigning titleholder being our own Bea Rose Santiago. And with the possibility of Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti going full steam ahead in her quest for a first-ever back-to-back country win in the pageant, wouldn’t it be nice to be a witness should it happen?
A ticket for Area A costs ¥10,800 (roughly around US$100.00) or PhP4,400+ in Philippine Peso.
So if you’re up to it, buy now! :-D
The original speech (with revisions) of Bea Rose Santiago that helped her win Miss International 2013
Bea Rose during the greatest moment of her pageant life (Associated Press photo)
Just the other day, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago updated her FB status with the following statements:
“Its almost Miss International and i remember around this time i was cramming for my speech! It wasn’t until late November when i wrote my winning speech. Ara Pia and i went to Roxas City to help during #typhoonyolanda i had no idea the 3rd level of Roxas City, City hall changed my life. The experience was so overwhelming i thought i was gonna cry! all the people from different sorts of organization (canadian troops, UN, etc) were there and i had to say Thank you in 10 secs! Honestly….. They are the reason for my speech, Thank You! Those beautiful souls helping us, they deserve the best way of thank you. Of course, behind my speech was equally beautiful people who stayed with me for hrs making sure i will deliver every lines with love and sincerity. We made sure that the thought should be straight from my heart. I made so many but at the end i did my very best! My aunt Aurelia L. Castro, direk chris violago of abs cbn, Dale Carnegie masters doodz policarpio and Oliver Espiritu my ESA teachers sir Bong and sir Gian. Thank you for believing in me. Sorry if matagal ko na sabi pero i always thank god for my mentors. You didn’t ask credit or anything i am forever grateful for all your support! – here are some of them my mentors deserve to be named!!”
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago in Leo Almodal (Photo credit: Ari Simangan)
In just a little over a month from now, Bea Rose will be returning to Tokyo, Japan. Initially, she will be doing some photo and video shoots in preparation for the arrival of delegates to Miss International 2014 by the last week of October. The moment the batch is complete, she will also act like a big sister to all the new contenders vying for the crown on top of her head. And in between the activities, she will be finalizing the speech that will be simultaneously aired during her farewell walk.
Time really flies so fast. And Bea Rose can’t help but feel a mix of emotions that is mostly filled with happy memories of the year that was. Regardless of some intermittent regrets for not having been given the opportunity to do a lot of travels during her reign, she remains grateful.
Having given much pride and honor to the country, our Miss International 2013 remains a true symbol of the world-class Filipina. :-)
Have you visited Mang Jose’s blogsite?
The masked Mang Jose
I’m not the person easiest to believe in predictions based on visions. On the other hand, I’m not the hardest to convince if the individual has already built a respectable track record of revelations that have come true after they have been posted days or weeks or months prior.
Mang Jose is one such special guy. While my interest was piqued when his pageant-related visions made me raise my eyebrows (like when he saw the victory of Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago last November 27, 2013), he has a wide assortment of predictions (in showbiz, politics, world affairs and disasters) that have mostly come true and are very likely to make most anyone a convert.
If you would like to check his blog out, click HERE. In the meantime, I took the liberty of posting some of his pageant visions below that should take place in the remaining months of 2014. Let’s see if one or all of them will take place. ;-)
One of Mang Jose’s recent predictions
Now the prediction above is very interesting. Can you hazard a guess?
Mang Jose’s take on MJ Lastimosa last April 27