Kim de Guzman...will she defy the odds and take a shot at Binibini this year?
I'm not that of a prude, but this FHM shot of Kim de Guzman might be frowned at by BPCI.
In 2011, Kim de Guzman experienced two significant milestones in her life. First, she participated in the Mr. & Ms. Eco-Tourism Philippines/Mossimo Bikini Summit. She failed to capture the distaff title but somehow, she parlayed the exposure to her inclusion as one of the housemates in Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited of ABS-CBN. This became her ticket to a fair degree of popularity among the voting masses of the reality show.
Last year, though, she took on a bold step by posing for the September 2012 issue of FHM Magazine – quite a daring move if she is still entertaining thoughts of joining the bigger and more strict Bb. Pilipinas. Should she go the beauty pageant route once more, then she had better have solid presence and potentials to make up for the unsolicited potshots she could get for the aforementioned sexy pictorial.
What do you think of her, dear readers? ;-)
Top photo shows newly-crowned Miss Tourism International 2012/13 Rizzini Alexis Gomez (center) with her runners-up from (left to right) Paraguay, Australia, Venezuela and Malaysia. Lower photos show her during crowning.
Miss Philippines Rizzini Alexis Gomez being crowned MTI 2012/13 by last year's winner Aileen Gabriella Robinson.
What a way to welcome 2013 for the Philippines in the international beauty pageant scene!
Mutya ng Pilipinas – Tourism International 2012 Rizzini Alexis Gomez is now Miss Tourism International 2012/2013 after she bested 55 other delegates for the title during the finals held at the Grand Ballroom of Sunway Resort & Spa. It is the Philippines’ second victory in the Kuala Lumpur-based beauty competition after Esperanza Manzano grabbed the very first back in 2000. She was crowned by last year’s winner Aileen Gabriella Robinson of Malaysia.
Her runners-up include Monika Radulovic of Australia, Marielis Alejandra Castellanos Perez of Venezuela, Lourdes Maria del Carmen Motta Rolon of Paraguay and Jun Yong Wan Jun of Malaysia, in that order.
After a failed attempt at Binibining Pilipinas last April, and a semifinal placement in Miss World Philippines two months later, it appears that Rizzini’s best fortune is with Mutya. The Cebuana Registered Nurse will come home to the Philippines an international winner no less. Spending Christmas and New Year away from home proved to be well worth it indeed!
Hooray to our new international beauty queen!
Congratulations, Rizzini! Mabuhay ka! :-D
Calling out all the beautiful people out there!
Mercator Artist & Model Management Inc.
Lou Munoz of Mercator Models
will be holding an Open Day Go-See
for prospective models on September 15, 2012 (a Saturday). Ready to test the waters and see if you’ve got what it takes to be groomed as the next face and body to grace important TVCs/print ads and the pages of glossy fashion magazines or glide your way to the ramp of high-profile fashion events? Then spruce yourself up and present yourself on the appointed date, put your best foot forward and brim with as much confidence to get noticed. Height will definitely be a factor for consideration, but a photographic face and body will have just as much weight.
Angelo Cacciatore of Mercator Models
Alex Anselmuccio of Mercator Models
You can follow the footsteps of some of Mercator’s more popular models such as Carlo Sawit (of McDonald’s ‘Hooray for Today” TVC), Angelo Cacciatore (of Nescafe’ and other TVCs), Vanessa Matsunaga (of “Downy Passion” and countless others) and many more. Of course, you could also become the next hunk to experience back-to-back bookings for fashion assignments like Hideo Muraoka (for SM) or Akihiro Sato. And better yet, you might even be handpicked for training in cooperation with Aces & Queens as one of its bets for the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant, that is the Binibining Pilipinas.
Vanessa Matsunaga of Mercator Models
Hideo Muraoka of Mercator Models
Whichever way you look at it, hooking up with Mercator Models is the best path you can take towards a career in modelling. So mark the date, September 15, from 9am-3pm at the 2nd Floor of Renaissance Bldg., Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Or if you want to enlist now to get a headstart, click HERE. :-)
Miss Universe New Zealand 2012 Avianca Bohm – conditional, that is.
Drumming up attention for controversial Miss Universe New Zealand 2012 Avianca Bohm is effortless. You see, the 22 year-old fashion model joined the national pageant despite the fact that she is not a citizen of the country – a South African in fact. There were rumors that one of the organizers allegedly allowed her to take part, thinking that she could never win the title. But she did. And now that the crown is on her head, she decided not to abdicate and instead, resorted to legal proceedings to help her keep the title. So here’s the thing. She will be greenlighted to participate in Miss Universe 2012 if she gets to be issued a New Zealand passport by August. Failure to do so will mean that the next in line, Talia Bennett, will take her place.
Sounds like a simple settlement, right? Well, unless a new development in this scenario transpires in the next month or so. If something like this happened in Binibining Pilipinas……oh, wait….it already did. Venus Raj was threatened with dethronement just last 2010. In the end, the all-important passport saved the day. ;-)
April Love Jordan for Miss World Philippines 2012: Like?
Ready for Miss World?
2009 was a significant year for April Love Jordan. It was then when she joined Binibining Pilipinas and made her mark by reaching the semifinals. But more than this placement, she found herself being appointed (by a different group) shortly afterwards as the Philippine delegate to the International Model and Beauty Festival 2009 held in Yunnan, China. She won the Grand Prize and became the very first winner of the said competition. While not a top-tier event, she was able to prove that she has the looks, the goods and the charm to wow an international audience.
Fast forward to 2012. She is now taking her chances for one last shot at big-time pageant glory by becoming an Official Candidate of Miss World Philippines 2012. Could this be the culmination of a lifelong dream of representing the country in one of the grand slam titles? If fate has it in her direction, then she should be able to harness all the acquired learnings, experiences and tricks of the trade to her advantage and possibly make a worthy successor to Gwendoline Ruais.
Do you think she has IT? ;-)
Megan Lynne Young…buh-bye, Binibini
I just want to post one more photo of Megan Young, as she graced the cover of Circuit Magazine. She has already made it loud and clear that joining Binibining Pilipinas is not part of her future plans. “Walang bawian ha!”
We all know that she is a cinch to win a crown, but without the inner desire, motivation and fighting spirit to even screen for BBP, there is no chance that she will become a good rep for the country.
And so I say….next! ;-)
Mutya ng Magayon 2011 Roxane Joy Jesalva
Roxane Joy Jesalva after winning Mutya ng Magayon 2011.
Bicol region beauties are consistent performers in Binibining Pilipinas. In the last three years alone, they have at least one titleholder in each. Just to name a recent few, I can rattle off 2010 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj, 2011 Bb. Pilipinas International Dianne Necio and the late Melody Gersbach who was 2009 Bb. Pilipinas-International.
For 2012, another Bicolana is bent on conquering the national stage. Mutya ng Magayon 2011 Roxane Joy Jesalva is now undergoing intensive training under the tutelage of pageant experts for Bb. Pilipinas 2012. The 18 year old native of Irosin, Sorsogon stands 5’7″. Her beautiful face – framed by long shiny tresses – is reflective of the ‘Joy’ in her name. Always smiling, she has this winsome disposition coupled with a youthfulness that can be further enhanced with the right guidance in styling and projection.
Is Roxane Joy your type of beauty? Or do you find her too young to become a grand slam beauty queen? Or will she continue the winning streak of Bicolandia?
Personally, I can see a Dianne Necio in her. She could register well in her first attempt to nail a Bb. Pilipinas crown. But she can possibly be more victorious in her second try. We’ll see. ;-)
Local pageant fans are dying to know if ABS-CBN artist Megan Young will join Binibining Pilipinas 2012. You see, early talks seem to point to this tall beauty as one of two possible entrants (Valerie Weigmann being the other) of the network in the annual pageant derby.
The 5’9″ television actress, an alumna of GMA-7’s Starstruck who moved to Channel 2 for greener pastures, looks ripe and ready for the nationals. She has the looks, the body and the height to fit the bill and possibly be the country’s representative to either Miss Universe or Miss International next year.
But the bigger question is this: is Megan Young mentally prepared for the exacting discipline of beauty warfare? It is not enough that she has the physical package required for a crown. She needs to have the focus and determination – not only to win a Binibining Pilipinas title but also to train long and hard for the global pageant arena.
Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj are tough world-class acts to follow. On top of that, pageant followers have upped their expectations a notch or two higher, believing that the Miss Universe 2012 sash should be pinned on a Filipina.
Can Megan Young face such pressure and carry the weight of a nation’s incessant yearning for an international winner? ;-)
Tastefully daring, this Georgina Wilson!
If you happen to see the December 2011 issue of Rogue Magazine, you will be mildly shocked after seeing the beautiful Georgina Wilson practically topless with only the digits of “50” strategically covering her nipples. If that’s not enough, there is an alternate cover showing her au naturel
with the horns of a bull hiding her privates. Hot!
What does this all mean for her? Well, for starters, she has already surrendered any chance of joining the Binibining Pilipinas with the release of these photos. Not a big loss anyway, since she has not expressed any interest at all in becoming a beauty queen, let alone signing up as a candidate.
So what say you, dear readers? Does this bold move change your perception of Georgina? :-)
2011 Bb. Gay Pilipinas-Universe Miriam Jimenez (Photo credit: Jory Rivera of OPMB Worldwide)
The winners of Bb. Gay Pilipinas 2011 (Photo credit: Jory Rivera of OPMB Worldwide)
Call it an obsession. But many outwardly gay men have distinct desires of becoming beauty queens. And the more womanly in the lot can be potential “replacements” for the real ones, only if. Regardless of the reasons, a lot of the participants in the recently-concluded Bb. Gay Pilipinas 2011 looked, moved, spoke and projected like true ladies of the universe. And I have decided to blog about the same to give the contest its fair share of credit for coming up with a production that merits some serious attention.
Miriam Jimenez in swimsuit
It’s already a given that the trainers of most Filipina beauty queens are gay men. And why not? Real women – however beautiful they are – do not always have the natural glide and effortless projection that will ramp them up on centerstage (even off). Truth be told, a fraction of these gay pageant joiners tend to overdo their stuff, but a good majority measure up pretty well. Take for instance Miriam Jimenez who was named Bb. Gay Pilipinas-Universe 2011. His/her exotic features and shapely body will put some Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Philippines-Earth and Mutya ng Pilipinas wannabes to shame. Things are basically on the same level once the Q&A portions are put into task, but the bottomline here is that the gay counterparts do their assignments diligently well, and without the constant need of extra heads to guide them along the way -some of them even make their own costumes, evening gowns, cocktail dresses and the like.
Gone are the days when serious gay pageants are totally sneered at or treated as complete jokes. Even the provincial searches hold up with credibility. And what does this mean for the rest of us? Aside from being part of a society more accepting, it gives diversity a whole new meaning, and more positive one at that. And for a gay man like myself who would rather watch than be watched, I give kudos to my ‘sisters’ who have the discipline and daring to showcase their ‘femininity’, fend off the still-remaining discrimination (or ostracism if you will) with grace and tell the whole world that they deserve to be noticed with due admiration. Sure, there will be all kinds of judgment blocking their path, but in the end, it’s better to have joined and lost, than not to have joined at all. A win – while not equivalent to international representation – is Swarovski-coated icing on the cake. ;-)